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Research (Ficlet #26)
Jasper
only_more_love
Title: Research
Pairing: Booth/Brennan
Series:  All That Lies Between Us
Rating: PG
Word Count: 401
Timeframe: Future
Disclaimer:  Bones and its characters belong to FOX, not me.  This story is purely meant to entertain.  No copyright infringement is intended.
A/N:  I apologize for being behind on responding to comments.

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On a Sunday afternoon in early September, Brennan sits on Booth's living room couch with a red pen in one hand and a draft of her next book in her other hand. She promised her editor she would have the manuscript ready by Thursday, and she intends to keep her promise. But one particular section niggles at her; she hasn't articulated Kathy's emotions in a satisfactory way. However, the concrete words Brennan is searching for don't come.

Booth sits on the floor, his hair gilded by the autumn sunlight coming from the window they kept open because the air hasn't turned chill yet. As she watches, he takes off his t-shirt and pulls another one from the laundry basket in front of him. The shirt musses his hair as he pulls it over his head. He sighs happily and tugs it down.

"Booth?"

He looks up from the red boxers he is folding. "Yeah?"

"Would you come here for a moment?"

"Sure." The couch dips as he sits down next to her. "What's up?"

After setting down her pen, she wraps an arm around him. Her fingers register his t-shirt, warm and fresh from the dryer. She inhales and rests her cheek against him. He smells clean--like dryer sheets. When she pulls back, she finds him gazing at her with his eyebrows raised. "What was that for?"

"Research."

"What kind of research?"

Slowly, she smooths her hand over Booth's jaw and feels her fingertips catch on his weekend stubble. It makes her smile. "I'm trying to describe what Kathy feels when she looks at Andy."

"Any luck?"

"Perhaps."

"Well don't hold out on me, Bones. As your test subject, aren't I entitled to know the results of your research?" His gaze is warm as it settles on her face, as is his hand where it cups shoulder. "It's only ethical. Or something."

Brennan tilts her head, not looking away, and laces her fingers through his. "I'm not certain, but I think she feels... hopeful." Though she intends the last word to sound like a question, it doesn't.

"Hopeful, huh?"

She nods; he turns over her hand and presses a kiss to the center of her palm. A slow smile spreads across his face and warms her somewhere inside that she can't quite pinpoint—though that doesn't stop her from trying.

"I bet Andy'd be happy to know that."

Awww.... *wibbles* That's sweet.

*smiles* Thank you, Meredith.

*grin* I gotta say this, nice header! That's exactly what Booth was saying, imo :D

And I really liked this, it's got that happy warm feeling about it that I love, and the way Brennan was still trying to figure out exactly what she was feeling was very sweet.

*grin* I gotta say this, nice header! That's exactly what Booth was saying, imo :D

Thanks, Ren. Yeah, he was SO transparent in that moment. *g* I'm happy this felt happy and warm to you, as that's how it felt to me. Sometimes, it's the little things.


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Thanks, Sam. :)

yay for goodfic! LoL!
Excellentfic actually ;)


*g* I'll settle for doesn't-make-the-average-reader-want-to-stick-a-fork-in-her-eye!fic.

I dunno why, but this line tags Booth perfectly.

I'm so happy you thought that; I grinned to myself when I wrote it because I could hear Booth saying that.

Aww. Very sweet.

Love the banner!

Glad you thought this was sweet, Emily. :) Thank you!

Now *that's* what you call a muse!
*purr*

*purr* indeed. If only we all had one of those. *sigh*

Ha! Love the new header.

Aw, I love futurefic. It gives me hope for a concievable B/B relationship.

Love the new header.

Thanks; I had to make it because I've always thought Booth was so transparent in that scene. *g*

I have no idea what the show will do to Booth and Brennan, but I like imagining a future for them, too.

What everyone else said - very sweet. I love the domesticness (I know, not a word) of it. I feel another case of the warm fuzzies coming along. :o)

Thank you very much. I like picturing them experiencing moments of mundane domesticity together. That's real life, right there. :)

he turns over her hand and presses a kiss to the center of her palm
Beautiful.
If I ever see this, I'll definitely faint.

Aww, thanks, Foxy. I don't think we'll ever see it, but if we do, I'll faint along with you. *g*

Awww. Now, if the writers would just write that scene....(after the strike's over, of course..) :-)

I can't tell you how happy I am that the strike is reportedly almost over. *does a little dance*

On April 14th, I will be glued to the tv waiting for my first new glimpse of the Bones crew. :)

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Aww..this is short and sweet ;)

Is it bad that I immediately felt better by seeing this on my Flist??

Absolutely loved it. *melts*

Is it bad that I immediately felt better by seeing this on my Flist??

Really? That's awesome. Thank you!

I say the same thing… Awwwww!!! XD
It’s sweet and cute and comfortable.

Brennan sits on Booth's living room and Booth sits on the floor, his hair gilded by the autumn sunlight *sigh* Lovely scene.

He turns over her hand and presses a kiss to the center of her palm.
More sighs.

Besos

As always, thank you, Isabel. Picturing like this makes me smile. :)