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Fic: Trouble Me (Double Drabble #4)
B&W B/B - lerdo
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Title: Trouble Me
Series:  All That Lies Between Us
Word Count: 200
Characters: Brennan, Booth
A/N: This double drabble is set at an undetermined time in the future.

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Trouble Me

When the solid warmth at her back disappears, Temperance wakes. Booth slips from the bed, and she knows he's trying to be quiet to keep from waking her. He limps toward the bathroom; she frowns, then remembers that snow is coming.

She rises and pads to the closet. When he returns from the bathroom, she is sitting up, cross-legged.

“Sorry. Didn't mean to wake you,” he says with a smile that doesn't reach his eyes.

“Shh.” She pats the space in front of her. Once he's seated, she crawls forward and adjusts the heating pad so it covers his feet.

He sighs, and the sound echoes the ache that must be in his feet. “Thank you.”

Wrapping her arms around him from behind, Temperance rests her chin on his shoulder and does something completely irrational—she closes her eyes and wishes for a world in which people didn't kill, and good men didn't suffer. She wishes she had the power to erase the things he has silently endured.

As the morning light illuminates the first cold flakes outside their window, she presses her cheek against his. “No, Booth. Thank you.”

He reaches up to cover her hands with his.




So someone told me that this drabble is a bit confusing. Whatever interpretation YOU have is fine, but if you're curious about my intent, read on:

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From Two Bodies in the Lab:

Brennan: (opens the file) "You know on your x-rays, there’s a history of multiple fractures on your feet consistent with beating. It’s a common method of torture in the Middle East, beating the soles of the feet with pipes or hoses."

So Booth was tortured when he was a Ranger. Often, people with old injuries like broken bones experience pain when the weather changes, especially if cold, rain, or snow are coming. Temperance wakes when Booth gets up. She sees him limp toward the bathroom and then realizes his feet must hurt. When he returns. she's plugged in the heating pad, and she puts it on his feet. She knows WHY his feet hurt, and that's why she makes the specific wishes she makes.


Lovely :)

I can imagine that this takes place some time down the line--at a point where we all get aches and pains from the weather :) And it's a nice thought, because it means they've stuck together.

Thanks, Piper. This was a reference to Booth's torture and the subsequent aches and pains he gets in his feet when the weather changes, but your interpretation is sweet, too. :)

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Thanks, Court. I'm glad this left you feeling hopeful. And your icon is simply perfect. Booth and Brennan are and maybe could be, something beautiful. :)

Thank you very, very much. :) Your comment and your icon warm me from the inside out.

Oh, just what my hungover heart needed.

*g* Judging from your latest entry, you had a good time last night. Glad to hear it.

Thanks!

I want it noted that I TOTALLY knew what it meant, what it referred to, without help! YAY ME!

And, along those lines, OMG! I was going to say how clever and well crafted that was. The explanation kinda takes away from it. If you repost it (whihc, no doubt, you have) you might want to post the actual drabble on the comm and then provide a link back here for further explanation if needed. Just a thought. Because it's such an amazing little piece of writing.

Duly noted, hon. :)

You know, I had a feeling that this one might confuse some people, but I initially posted it without an explanation because I wanted it to be subtle, and I wanted to leave it up to people to see it however they wanted to. But then someone let me know they felt like they missed something, even though they could feel some emotion in this. So then I explained to her what my intent had been. Which made me think that maybe lots of people were reading this and just going "What the hell?" so I did a 180 and decided maybe I SHOULD post an explanation. In any case, in response to your comment, I've now added a bit of "spoiler space" in case people don't want to read something boring about authorial intent. Hopefully that's a happy medium.

And I haven't posted this drabble at any comms yet. I sometimes worry that maybe I'm spamming comms with fic updates. I don't mean to, but I write and post fairly frequently, so I worry about that. But your suggestion is a good one if I do post this at a comm.

How hysterical is it that this comment is longer than the piece? *g*

Thanks for the compliment and the suggestion, sweets. :)

Edited at 2007-12-15 03:14 pm (UTC)

this was so gorgeous. the explanation really helped too. thanks.

Thank you; I'm very happy you liked this. And I'm glad the explanation helped. I left it out initially, but a subsequent review elsewhere lead me to believe it might make sense to put in a note that people could then read or not read as they saw fit.

So tender *sigh*

Wrapping her arms around him from behind, Temperance rests her chin on his shoulder and does something completely irrational -she closes her eyes and wishes for a world in which people didn't kill, and good men didn't suffer. She wishes she had the power to erase the things he has silently endured.
Sweet Brennan. I love this part.

Besos

Thank you so much. I enjoyed seeing them like this; I'm glad you did, too. :)

I didn't read your authorial intent, but it was obvious to me that his was a reference to the torture that Booth endured previously. The cold makes the old breaks hurt and Brennan is aware of this and tries to comfort him.

In any event, I found it quite beautiful.

You are correct! And thank you.

BTW, you missed nothing by skipping my boring note on authorial intent. *g* I inserted it later in case someone wanted clarification and was too shy to ask me directly.

I loved it. For such a short piece, it has a lot of history and emotion behind it. As a devout Bones fan, I liked it better without the explanation, but I can see how casual viewers might need more. No matter what, great work.

Thanks, Meredith. I'm partial to this drabble; I like seeing them like this and think it's a plausible part of their future. :)

And I prefer it without the note, too. But since someone asked me for clarification, I thought there might be other people who would appreciate the explanation and weren't comfortable approaching me directly.

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Thanks, Sam. I'm happy you thought this was sweet. I love how they take care of each other; they're together even if they're not hitting the sheets. And that, too, is only a matter of time. *g*

I'm seriously enjoying this fic-a-day thing you've got going love ;)

I wish it was a fic-a-day. :) But thank you all the same.

nice!!! :)

without reading the A/N I knew what you were referring to as I've sprained my ankles more times than I care to admit and *never* have to check the weather station to see if we have rain and/or snow...it *can* be very painful...it's nice to see the fact that she knows him well enough to help and take care of him. *nods*

I've read your stuff before, btw :) and every time I *love* what you've written...can't wait for the next installment :)

Thanks, Fran! Glad you liked this. They do a good job of looking after each other on the show, and I have to think that it if they officially got together in a romantic way, that would only be more true.

I've read your stuff before, btw :) and every time I *love* what you've written...can't wait for the next installment :)

Well thank you for delurking and letting me know you're reading. See, I don't bite. ;)

Thanks again for commenting. Don't be a stranger. *g*

And I just thought Booth was old ;)
My fractured ankle always hurts when it's cold like now. So lovely scene.

And I just thought Booth was old

:D That too!

My fractured ankle always hurts when it's cold like now.

Poor you. *sends you a virtual heating pad*

Thanks, Foxy. :)

Loved it keep up the great work! Oh btw, I didn't find it confusing at all (just so you know) your explanation just made it make more sense ;)


Thank you, Jen. :) Sounds like you didn't need the explanation, but I'm glad that having it there didn't detract from your enjoyment.

Nice catch, I'd never thought of that before. It makes a lot of sense though, and I love that they take care of each other, sometimes it's him taking care of her, other times it's the other way around, but they do.