Title: Proof (Double Drabble #48)
Written for: drabble123
Prompt Table: Romance
Word Count: 200
Spoilers/Timeline: This is a missing scene for the end of The Man in the Morgue.
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"Does that prove something?" Angela asked.
Brennan studied the earring. "Yeah." She glanced at Angela with the beginnings of a smile. "It proves something."
A suspicion tickled her mind. Without offering any explanation, Brennan hurried out of her office to catch her partner.
"Booth," she called out when she sighted his jacket-clad back.
He turned, eyebrows raised in question. "What?"
"Answer my question."
"Where did you find the earring?"
"Doesn't matter. What matters is you have it back."
"It matters to me," she insisted. "Where did you find it?"
Booth shrugged and looked at his shoes. "At Legiere's place," he finally answered, confirming her suspicion.
"That's why you said you'd bet your career on my innocence. You compromised evidence," she said, her voice a mixture of anger and wonder. "Why would you do that for me?"
"Why'd you introduce me to Peter LeSalle as your friend and not your partner?" he countered.
"Because you are my friend," she said, knowing it was the truth. Uncertainty warred with impulse; Brennan surrendered to the latter and placed her uninjured hand on Booth's arm. "Thank you."
His gaze flicked from her hand to her eyes. "You're welcome," he replied, smiling.
A/N: I adore The Man in the Morgue because I see it as being all about Booth and Brennan's growing friendship, their respect for each other, and their faith in one another. But I was never satisfied with the ending--especially in light of the beautiful conversation they had about why Booth is nice to Brennan. That said, as much as I like Booth/Brennan hugs and smoochies, I just couldn't see either happening at the end of this episode. In my opinion, this episode called for more than we got but still something more restrained than an embrace or a kiss.