Characters: Booth, Brennan
Series: All That Lies Between Us
Prompt Table: Romance
Written for: drabble123
Prompt: #19 (Surprise)
Word Count: 200
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As Booth gets ready for bed, he brushes his teeth and tries not to see the pieces of her that are scattered around his place--like the mousse sitting next to his gel.
Though the sheets are icy when he climbs into bed, he forces his eyes closed. He sleeps for only a few minutes at a time, and that feels worse than not sleeping at all.
When a shadow melts out of the blackness, he doesn't reach for his gun. Three breaths later, the bed dips. He remains still; it's her move.
The silence nearly breaks under the weight of their words.
"I don't want to hurt you--" she finally says.
"--But I can't give you up either."
The words fill him with hollow satisfaction. Why should he be the only one to want what he can't have?
"What do you want, Bones?" he asks, his voice unrecognizable.
"You." Her answer surprises him.
"What if you can't have that?"
"Is that the case?"
Though not doing so still might cost him everything, he isn't ready to call her bluff yet. "No."
She exhales. "I'm...sorry."
Nothing's resolved, but he believes her. "I know. Come here." He opens his arms.
Author's Note: Does this seem like a copout, or can you feel the ambiguity?