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Bones Drabble: Shiver

Written for

late_heart for a drabble meme.  Click the link if you'd like to leave a prompt.


Title: Shiver
Pairing: Booth/Hodgins, if you squint.  (Yes, you read that correctly.  If that bothers you, don't read this.)
Rating: PG or K
Word Count: 100
Timeline: Set after the end of The Pain in the Heart -- later that evening.
Spoilers:  References to The Pain in the Heart. 
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Prompt: Booth/Hodgins
A., I hope this doesn't make you throw up, but please feel free to tell me if it does. *g*  It's subtext-y rather than explicit.  Man, 100 words is tough

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“Jack, I’m staying at Brennan’s tonight,” Angela says, and breezes a kiss across his mouth before heading out, leaving the faint scent of oranges in her wake.

When the doorbell rings, Jack sets his plate in the sink before answering the door. “Booth.”

Booth stands with his hands in his pockets, shoulders hunched.  “Hey, man.  Bad time?”

“No.  It’s just me, though.  Angela’s at Brennan’s.”

“I know.”

“Come on in.”

Jack suppresses a shiver as their arms brush.

“Sorry about Zack.  You two were close.” 

Booth’s large hand settles on his shoulder, squeezes.  “Thanks.”  Jack blinks.  “Want a beer?”


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So much left unsaid.
I really hope that the show continues with the thread of the Gormagon, because it's just silly to make the characters suddenly be fully healed after one of their closest friends decieves them. They have to fix this plot somehow. *hopes*
Very well written, and only 100 words! *sigh* you never cease to amaze.

I really hope that the show continues with the thread of the Gormagon, because it's just silly to make the characters suddenly be fully healed after one of their closest friends decieves them.

I agree wholeheartedly. Here's hoping!

Thanks a lot for commenting. :)

Shivers is right! This is a wonderful 100 words, subtle and real.

The subtext is so well done; it can really go either way, and that's what I dig about it. My shipper's heart is gladdened :) but there's also a real possibility that Booth would seek Jack out on that awful day as a friend -- to console them both. Makes a lot of sense.

Now what happens on the 6th beer is anyone's guess.... ;)

Thank you, sweets! Lovely stuff.

*is relieved you like it* And yes to everything you said -- that's how I thought of it, too. You can read it either way, Booth cares about his friends, including Jack, and who knows what'll happen later? ;)

Thanks for taking a moment to let me know what you thought.

Lovely! I agree with late_heart, the subtext is so well done that it could be viewed either way. The subtlety is wonderful, and I just love how you can say so much through only 100 words! :)

Thanks, hon. *hugs* I also thought it could be read either way.

Nicely sub-texted, very nicely sub-texted.

The subtext was perfect as always. Loves!

Thank you, Doc. I like to think this can be read in different ways, with B/H subtext if you're looking for it.

I agree with freevortex and I hope to see a reflection from all of them about Zack.

This was great.

I'm glad you enjoyed this. I'm hopeful they'll pick up the Gormogon thread next season; it almost seems like they HAVE to in order for there to feel like there's good continuity between last season and the upcoming one. We'll see soon enough, I guess!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Whilst the pairing is not my fav, the writing, as always, never fails to move me :) Fabulous, sweetie and kudos to you, for taking it on.

Thank you, as always, K. B/H isn't my fave pairing either, but some write them very beautifully. I like to think drabble could be interpreted in different ways, depending on how the reader wishes to read it...

This is my 4th attempt at writing this comment so I surely hope it works before my computer decides to go psycho again. Sorry if you got it multiple times.

Okay so how sad is it that my B/B focused brain totally zoned in on the fact that Booth already knew Angela was at Bren's and not anything to do with the Booth/Hodgins angle/subtext. Tho now rereading it I do see it. Great job as always!

Sorry you were having trouble posting; for what it's worth, your comment only came through once. :)

I don't think it's sad at all that you focused on that point. We all read things differently. And I think it IS significant that Booth knew Angela was at Brennan's -- regardless of whether or not you "ship" Booth and Brennan, it's canon that they care about each other, and Booth makes it his business to know about her.

Many thanks for commenting on this!

Very nice. Whether you want to see subtext or not, their closeness as friends is very evident.

Thank you.

Whether you want to see subtext or not, their closeness as friends is very evident.


Is it wrong of me to read this as a friendship drabble? Because that's how it feels to me, and I could totally see that happen, and it's very moving the way you write it. Those two really do share a special bond of mutual respect.

No, I don't think it's wrong at all. :) As I stated above, different people interpret writing in different ways. Furthermore, I thought I this was written in such a way that one could read it as pure friendship or as something more subtext-y.

Thank you for reading and commenting; I appreciate your taking the time to do that.

Thanks for replying! ;-) I actually read a lot of your stories but this was the first time I actually dared posting a comment. I often feel that I probably don't have anything useful to contribute but convinced myself now that a simple "I liked it!" might be some valuable feedback, too.

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