Title: Gods and Monsters
Characters: Seeley Booth
Spoilers: For The Con Man in the Meth Lab.
Word Count: 200
Summary: "Fear is the heart of love."
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Gods and Monsters
He’s never hit Parker. He never will. It’s one of those things he promised himself and God almost as soon as Rebecca looked at him with trembling lips that formed the words that changed his life again: “I’m pregnant.”
Sure, there are promises he’s broken, and he’ll spend the rest of his life on his knees if that’s what it takes. But his son won’t ever watch him fall into a longneck and drown; won’t learn at his hand that sometimes the scariest monsters don’t lurk in the shadows or under the bed and aren’t monsters at all – just flawed people who saw too much and never really made it back to themselves.
Booth’s fingers bite into the plastic circle in his pocket. His eyes flicker closed and then open again. He inhales, remembering that familiar sour smell as it rolled off Jared and hit him right between the eyes.
Maybe it’s all the same: plastic and glass, fathers and sons.
Then again, maybe it’s the monsters that patiently sit inside you, waiting for the moment when you can’t outrun them, that you have to watch out for.
It’s a lesson he desperately hopes his son never has to learn.
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