Title: I Will Not Take These Things for Granted
Characters: Booth, Brennan
Rating: K or PG
Word Count: 300
Disclaimer: Bones and its characters belong to FOX, not me. This story is purely meant to entertain. No copyright infringement is intended.
Story Notes: The title comes from a gorgeous song by Toad the Wet Sprocket.
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I Will Not Take These Things for Granted
Every few months, Booth asks Brennan to marry him. It's almost a joke between them. The first couple times she tells him it's an antiquated ritual that she has no desire to perform; as the years turn like the pages in one of her books, she gives him one of those gentle smiles he thinks she saves just for him and says, "No, thank you."
Ten years later, he still asks.
Booth waits in line at Barnes and Noble. When it's his turn, he steps up to the table and hands her his copy of Blood in the Water, her latest book. She opens the book and stares down at it, pen hovering until Booth waves his hands in front of her face. "Earth to Bones."
With a sigh, she scrawls something in the book and returns it to him. He silently reads the inscription: "Yes."
"Yes, what?" he asks.
She gazes back at him, hands folded on the table. "Yes."
He's not sure he gets it. But there's this feeling growing in his gut, and he's always trusted his gut.... "Wait, you mean 'yes'? As in 'yes yes'?" He knows he sounds like a moron, but he doesn't care.
The smile she sends him borders on shy. "Yes, Booth."
"But why?" he can't resist asking. "I've been asking you for years."
"Because it matters to you -- and you matter to me. Now, I should warn you that I'm only open to a civil ceremony--"
Booth leans across the table and swallows her words with a kiss. "Thank you," he says, after they've separated, looking at the woman who crossed the line into his heart so long ago.
"No," she replies, glancing at their joined hands before looking back at him. "Thank you -- for being my partner in all things."
Author note: I started this series in December 2007; a lot has happened since then. :) It's been fun, and it's given me a place to write -- even through the craziest and busiest moments in my life. To anyone who's read and/or reviewed at any point along the way, you have my eternal thanks. I hope you found some enjoyment in these ficlets, even if not all of them were to your taste.