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Fic: Decisions (Ficlet #20)

Title: Decisions
Series: All That Lies Between Us
Characters: Booth, Brennan
Word Count: 512
Rating: PG-13 for a curse word.
Spoilers: For the Pilot episode.
Summary:  Episode filler for the Pilot ep.
Disclaimer: Bones and its characters belong to FOX, not me. This story is purely meant to entertain. No copyright infringement is intended.

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Story Notes: This ficlet is set at the end of the Pilot episode. Toward the end of Cleo Eller's funeral, Booth and Brennan walk away. This ficlet steps in just after they've bantered about her being on The New York Times' bestsellers list.

At the very end of the episode, after they take off down the road, Brennan shoves Booth. I always wondered what he said that made her do that. :)
A/N: Thanks to everyone who's been commenting. I wish I could hug you all. :)  Feedback, critical or not, is always welcome.  As long as you don't flame me or curse at me, it's all good.

Booth trails off when Brennan stops walking. As he turns to see what's captured her attention, the priest's voice drifts to him. "Where there is sadness, joy. Oh, divine master, grant that I may seek not so much to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving..."

"...that we receive," Booth finishes silently.

The September breeze tugs at his suit and hair, and Booth watches the Ellers put their arms around each other after they've placed matching red roses on their daughter's casket.

His thoughts return to the woman standing next to him.

Thanks to her, that asshole Furst got to head up the special unit to investigate Cleo Eller's murder.

Thanks to her, he got reamed by Cullen.

Thanks to her, Ted and Sharon Eller can bury their daughter.

With that burial, there may not be peace, but finally, there's closure.

Which is more than a lot of people get; more than she got.

He turns to face Brennan, and though he can't read bones the way she does, he can read people. He watches how her eyes linger on the Ellers, how her slender brows draw together. He makes his decision.

"You know, if it weren't for you...those people would never have known what happened to their daughter. That's got to be worse than the truth."

He doesn't regret his decision. Because when she turns those clear blue eyes on him, he can tell she's heard him.

"I know exactly how the Ellers felt about Cleo," she says, surprising him.  "My parents disappeared when I was 15, and nobody knows what happened to them."

The news isn't anything he doesn't already know, but hearing it from her, instead of reading it in her file or hearing it from her friend, is different. He realizes she's offered up a piece of herself.

So he offers up a piece of himself, tells her a secret. And it is a secret—even if she doesn't know that. "Being a sniper, I...took a lot of lives. What I'd like to do before I'm done is try and catch at least that many murderers."

"Please, you don't think there's some kind of...cosmic balance sheet." Her laughter cuts him.

He nearly regrets telling her, but then the laughter fades, and her lips compress. Grass crunches beneath her booted feet as she shifts her weight. "I'd like to help you with that," she says, surprising him again.

"Eh..." he replies.

Laughter spills from her mouth again, only this time, he wants to laugh with her.

They walk, side by side, down the road. Booth pulls his shades from his pocket and slips them on. "You know," he says, shooting her a look and admiring how blue her eyes seem as he watches them through the polarized lenses of his shades, "you're never gonna have a gun again." When she shoves him, he stumbles and flicks her a grin. Maybe having a squint out in the field won't be so bad.


Amazing! Just amazing! I love how Brennan and Booth share those small moments.

Maybe having a squint out in the field won't be so bad.

So sweet...

Thank you, Emily. I'm re-watching eps starting with the first season, and it is such a joy to see all those little moments again. Plus I realize how much I missed when I watched them before. :)

Amazing. I love it.
The last paragraph fits very well. I really can imagine that Booth said that. It would be totally him and that is how Brennan would react *g* I always wondered what Booth said that made Brennan shove him. Now I have the perfect answere ;)

Really great work sweety *hugs*

Thank you, Sabi. *hugs you back* I'm re-watching episodes, and I realized I wanted to know what Booth had said to garner that reaction from Brennan.


Oh, our broken men... Why do we like the ones who are so fractured?

*hugs your icon* (Now that I have some small sense of who John Sheppard is.)

Oh, our broken men... Why do we like the ones who are so fractured?

Oh, if you figure out the answer to that one, let me know. *g* They are irresistible.

He nearly regrets telling her, but then the laughter fades, and her lips compress. Grass crunches beneath her booted feet as she shifts her weight. "I'd like to help you with that," she says, surprising him again.

You've taken the promise of that pilot and brought it back so clearly, so neatly. Your Booth is visceral and real, and makes me forget the show wastes his potential.

(I meant to respond to your comment to my comment the other day... you asked who Faux was! That's my snarky reference to the Fox Network. *pfft*)

I love this. Period.

:D :D Recalling good times :P
Loved it :D
The beginning of those intimate moments where they share... :D

Yes, back to the start. :) *hugs Bones dvds*

Thanks, Sara!

Sorry, thought for some reason it was a chapter fic lol. Anyway, great job...very in character.

No problem. :) Thanks for reading!

that was very nice. I like how in-character you always manage to keep them, that's a real quality!

thanks for sharing! and you should definetely write more porn! :D

Thanks, Lucy. I don't know that I always succeed, but I do try to keep them in character.

and you should definitely write more porn!

*g* I don't have a steamy idea at the moment; what would you like to read? No guarantees, of course...

Thank you for reading and feeding! *hugs*

Maybe having a squint out in the field won't be so bad. Awww. It’s sweet.
And this is the beginning of a beautiful story of love *sigh*

Very in-character, as always.


Beginning of a beautiful love story indeed. :)

Thank you, Alderaan.

One of my favorite moments from the pilot, and you just made it twenty times better. And lol at the gun reference!

Aww, thanks! Re-watching that episode was fun. :)

And lol at the gun reference!

The way she shoved him just wouldn't stop bugging me; I had to take a stab at figuring out what he said that made her do it. *g*



I've been thinkin' about that scene for the past 1-1/2 years, after listening to the Commentary on the Season 1 DVD. I've wondered what DB said to ED, because, according to the Commentary, it wasn't scripted.

I'm so glad you gave us that Fill-in-the-blank; it wonderfully fits canon, and makes their personal nudge fit neatly.

You know, I think one of the secrets to the show's success is that the writers allow -and encourage - such neat improvisation. It surprises us as fans, wondering, and, encourages the fic. (And it's all about the fic....)

nice!!! :D

how appropriate...Fox is showing the pilot again tonight :D

sweet! :D

Yes, they did air the pilot again this week. :)

Thanks for reading and feeding, Fran.

Edited at 2008-01-10 08:42 pm (UTC)

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"you're never gonna have a gun again."

It fits :) great job .

Thank you :)

*g* Glad you thought the bit about the gun worked. Thank you for reading and reviewing!

I love how you've taken this moment and show how it's the first time they really connect on a personal level and how Booth realizes how important this is to Brennan.

I love his little teasing moment. He instinctively knows that after such a revelation, some lighter banter is called for.

You nailed it; this is the first time they both "really connect on a personal level."

Booth is as good with people as Brennan is with bones. :)

Thanks for reading.

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Thanks, Asra. Yup, that's how it all got started. *smiles*


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