Characters: Booth, Brennan, Sully
Series: All That Lies Between Us
Prompt Table: Romance
Written for: drabble123
Prompt: #7 (Bliss)
Word Count: 200
Timeline: Set at the very end of The Bodies in the Book.
Spoilers: Through The Bodies in the Book.
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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Booth drew it himself--that solid black line between them--intending to permanently separate "you" and "me" from the risky territory of "us."
But what does the human heart know of geometry, geography, or cartography?
It knows blood, like his fingertips know the rasp of dried blood and Technicolor bruises blooming obscenely on her pale skin.
It knows fear, as time slows down and speeds up, sucking the air from his lungs as surely as it devours the air in her metal prison.
And it knows envy, that cardinal sin, as Booth stands frozen, watching through her office window with wide eyes while she kisses another man.
Sully has dark hair and dark eyes, and he carries a badge just like he does. But he isn't him.
Booth's feet move because he forces them to, taking him away from the lab that bustles with his people. Unfortunately, the physical distance doesn't do anything for the unwanted afterimage branded into his retinas.
Brennan's happiness matters; he's glad she's finally doing something besides staring at moldy old bones, isn't he?
As Booth steps outside, a bitter smile twists his lips. God must exist; no one else could have this perfect a sense of irony.
Author's Note: Tell me you didn't want to hug Booth when you saw the look on his face during the last scene of The Bodies in the Book.