Title: If Wishes Were Horses
Characters: Brennan, Booth
Word Count: 200
Timeline: Post-ep for 4x04: The Finger in the Nest.
Spoilers: For 4x04: The Finger in the Nest.
If Wishes Were Horses
She surprises him.
After years of coffee, cases, and corpses, Brennan still makes him sit up and blink.
She pokes and prods all his sensitive spots. Hell, she even compares him to a dog. But beneath her squint-speak beats a woman’s heart. Booth tries to never forget that.
He doesn’t have to try very hard. Not when her eyes shine with happiness because of a dog he knows she’ll never get to take home.
She’s one of the good guys; she deserves to have Ripley warming her lap while she reads her anthropology journals. But what people deserve and what they get aren’t always the same, he knows. So does she.
So he breaks the news and her heart, and this time there is no compartmentalizing – just him and her standing beside yet another grave, while she eulogizes a dog. Except she isn’t just talking about the dog, is she? Booth doesn’t need Sweets to tell him that.
They don’t talk much about Zack, but Booth sees his loss in her eyes and hears it in the words she speaks about poor Ripley and his master.
The world isn’t fair. Booth wishes it was – for Parker’s sake and for Brennan’s.