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Negotiation (Double Drabble #35)
Booth Serious
Title: Negotiation (Double Drabble #35)
Characters:  Booth, Brennan
Series:  All That Lies Between Us
Rating: PG
Spoilers: None
Timeline:  Future
Prompt Table:  Romance
Written for:  drabble123
Prompt: #19 (Surprise)
Word Count: 200
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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Please note that this is a companion to Stalemate (Chapter 17).  This won't make much sense if you don't read that first.

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.

"Too late."

"--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?

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I think these two exist in ambiguity so there is no cop out: it's one of their moments of complicity. I can't see the relationship being any more than moments. That's probably your fault; they come together in a case or an ending, but there can be no settling into routine. That would reduce them somehow into ordinary people, which neither of them is. Hope that's not to thinky for a Friday but your question prompted it. Stalemate did feel more satisfying, though I'm pleased she came back. Booth would settle for that.

Edited at 2008-02-15 08:07 pm (UTC)

Interesting that you see them that way. I don't think they're ordinary, but I also don't think they're extraordinary, if that makes sense. I think they could make a relationship work, but I don't think it would come effortlessly. Then again, I don't know of a single real relationship that does.

You know, your comment makes me want to write a really long story novel about Booth and Brennan and what happens over the course of their (hopefully) long life together--the ups and downs, the compromises, the fights, the sorrows, etc. But I don't know that I have the guts to do that.

Thanks for posting your thoughts, Sara.

Edited at 2008-03-03 05:57 pm (UTC)

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