Series: All That Lies Between Us
Characters: Booth, Brennan
Word Count: 200
Summary: Booth reflects on the thing he refuses to discuss.
Rating: T for some language and somewhat disturbing themes
Warning: See the rating.
Spoilers: Through 2x18: The Killer in the Concrete.
Timeline: This is set during the final scene of 2x18: The Killer in the Concrete.
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Disclaimer: Bones and its characters belong to FOX, not me. This story is purely mean to entertain. No copyright infringement is intended.
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"Why didn't you just -- just tell them about Kennedy?" she asks, and her eyes are even bluer than they'd seemed in his head as scorching metal burned through fabric and skin.
"Well, you know, I needed to give you time to find me." That part was true. "I've been tortured worse." Worse is relative. Worse is lying in your own piss and shit for so long you don't even notice the smell anymore. Worse is when you can no longer tell where the pain ends and you begin.
These are things that will never touch her -- not if he can help it -- and by God, he can.
But he hasn't slept since she found him. He's just so fucking tired that he doesn't know if he can hold it inside him and keep it all off his face so she doesn't read it as easily as she read his X-rays.
So he lets his glance slide to the table for a breath.
The rest is easy; she provides the distraction herself, and he nearly laughs in relief. She turns her perfect face away from him and reaches for something at her side.
He prays: Thank You.
Author's Note: This has been niggling at my consciousness for a while, and I finally decided to just get it down. You may or may not agree with the characterization of Booth in this, but I can tell you with complete honesty that this is how I see him.
Thanks for reading. Thank you, too, to everyone who's commented on my stories. I am finally legitimately getting caught up on comment replies. :) Hope you're having a great wkend.