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Bones Ficlet: Quid Pro Quo (#19 in Into the Fire)
B/B Soldier - lerdo
Title: Quid Pro Quo
Series: Into the Fire
Series Summary: This is a series of oneshot 300-word ficlets about Booth and Brennan crossing the line over and over again.
Rating: PG
Set in the not-too-distant future.
Spoilers: References to episodes through The Finger in the Nest.
Prompt: #6 (Shiver)
Prompt Table: Sex
Written for: drabble123
Word Count:
Bones and its characters belong to FOX, not me. This story is purely meant to entertain. No copyright infringement is intended.
Summary:  Quid pro quo:  "Something for something, one thing for another."

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Quid Pro Quo

He coaxes her to the grave of the woman she doesn’t know if she’ll ever fathom… or stop missing. Just for once, Bones, do what people do….Talk to your mom. He speaks in tongues – about princesses and drawbridges; she watches his mouth curl around the syllables, imagines the puff of air as he hits the plosives, but is frustrated by her own inability to understand.

Still, it is his unyielding shoulder she seeks when she grieves: for a dog who was not and never will be her companion, except in a fleeting moment of fantasy she should have known better than to indulge; for the protégé who was always more than that; for the father lost then found then lost again.

Friendship forged by all the intangibles that make up their days. From Don’t call me Bones to acceptance of a name she’ll tolerate from no one else. This is who they are now; this is who they’ve become.


The week has scratched itself into Booth’s face in letters even she can read. A former orphanage. The discovery of deciduous teeth and several sets of long bones exhibiting a lack of epiphyseal fusion.

Children’s bones.

When Booth turns down her offer of dinner, she lets him go.

After hours unspool without a call, she finally finds him at the gym. Sweat molds his shirt to his back, and his tense shoulders telegraph his awareness of her presence. The punching bag shudders beneath the insistent kiss of his fists. Silently, she watches him battle an opponent she cannot see.

When she can stand it no longer, she steps behind him. Arms around his waist, she holds on until he shivers and exhales, head bowed. Slowly, his hand creeps over hers.

This is who they are now; this is who they’ve become.

A/N: As always, many thanks to everyone who reads and/or comments.

beautiful, hon... how they are there for each other.
The week has scratched itself into Booth’s face in letters even she can read.

And did you give me a paid account? I'm asking everyone so I can narrow down my list! ;)

Thank you, Space. I'll admit I'm rather attached to that sentence, so I'm thrilled you liked it. :)

No one ever solved the mystery of the account fairy, did they?

A great way to start the morning. The little ways they take care of each other --- perfect.

Yes, they do take care of each other, don't they? It's one of the many things I love about them. :)

Thanks for reading and feeding!

I so admire-- and okay, envy-- your way with words. Simple and beautiful and right.

Well, then we are mutually envious. ;)

Thank you, honey. I know how much you have going on right now.

You know I adore your future BB! This is utterly beautiful. Love the give and take.

This is who they are now; this is who they’ve become.

I so hope for this for them someday! *happy sighs*

Thank you! I just can't seem to take off those rosy glasses when it comes to these two. :)

This is gorgeous. I especially like the first section about the things she doesn't understand and recognizes she may never understand but the way you have her watch and frown and TRY anyway.

Thank you, as always. :) And it's the "trying" that so endears Brennan to me. She doesn't get everything, but she's inquisitive and interested and motivated by both intellectual curiosity and affection.

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Beautiful sentence, gave me shivers.

As always, thank you!

I was just filling out a meme stolen from a friend..."question" 18 was:

18. I've come to realize that when I get on livejournal:

My answer was, no joke and no editing: "I'm always hoping Lerdo has written a new Bones drabble."

Imagine my delight when I checked it a few hours later!

I've never commented on one of your fics before, but I just want to say thank you, for giving Brennan and Booth and the whole gang the same nuance and life I see on the show. I can't think of a single time where I've been jolted out of one of your stories or drabbles because the tone wasn't right or I felt that someone was saying something out of character; even the fics that have them together seem so them and so possible that it's hard to figure out why the writers haven't already done it this way. Keep up the fantastic work! :D

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments! I can't tell you how happy they've made me. :) Bones is one of my favorite shows, so I am beyond thrilled that you felt I did a decent job of keeping the characters in character.

I'm glad you decided to de-lurk, and I trust it wasn't too scary an experience.

Thanks again.

They just keep getting better and better. I don't know how you do it. Thank you.

PS - Love the new banner.

*hugs* Thank you.

Re: the banner, it makes me giggle. ;)

From Don’t call me Bones to acceptance of a name she’ll tolerate from no one else.

I loved that so much!!

I can picture them having that moment.

Very nicely done.

Many thanks! I'm happy you could picture Booth and Brennan having a moment like this.

This is sad but I'm in a sad mood so maybe it's just poignant. Either way, it's just lovely.

It's whatever it seems like it is to you. :)

Thank you very much for letting me know what you thought.

Oh, wow. I love how they are quid pro quo. [sigh.]

I love that she helps him wordlessly. I love how he accepts her help.

That's partnership, thankfully. ♥

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Gave me the warm and cuddlies :)

It's nice to see Brennan seek Booth out in order to comfort him; it's a concrete sign of her character's growth.

Gave me the warm and cuddlies :)

:) Then my work here is done!

Yes, Brennan has grown and changed.

Thanks for reading and feeding.

nice work :) You do have a way with words :)

A perfect moment between Booth and Brennan.