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Bones Double Drabble: Understanding (#65 in ATLBU)
I'm Your Gun - lerdo

Title: Understanding
Series: All That Lies Between Us
Spoilers: For The Pain in the Heart.
Characters:  Booth, Sweets
Feedback is always appreciated. Thank you.
Word Count:  200
Notes: Lest we forget that Seeley Booth is a dangerous man... ;)

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Timeline: Set about a week after Sweets told Brennan why he'd neglected to tell her Booth was alive.


A week had passed; it was time.

He was seated at his desk, head bent over a manila folder, when Booth stepped into his office.

“Agent Booth,” Sweets said, leaning back in his chair and steepling his hands.  “What brings you here?”

In ten steps, Booth stood over him.  An image of Brennan standing in his bathroom, eyes filled with hurt, flashed through Booth’s mind; his hands clenched with the urge to haul Sweets to his feet.  Since both he and Sweets bore responsibility, he resisted.  “You were supposed to tell Brennan I was alive.”

“We’ve already discussed this.  I—“

“Shut up and listen to me.”

Sweets blinked rapidly and swallowed, his throat working.

“I know what you told her, and I don’t care.  As far as I’m concerned, you had a job, and you didn’t do it.  Next time you get the urge to play with my life or Brennan’s, think twice.”  Booth leaned over Sweets and narrowed his eyes, bracing his hands on the armrests of his chair.  “Do you understand me?”


“Good.” He stepped back, straightening his suit jacket.  “Sorry for interrupting,” Booth said, letting his lips curve in a smile that was all teeth.

A/N:  So someone asked why Booth refers to Temperance as Brennan in this.  I'm just going to copy and paste a section of my response:

I wrote Booth referring to Temperance as Brennan because he was dead serious, and he was talking about her to Sweets.  This wasn't therapy or joking around; Booth was trying to make a very serious point with Sweets.  He calls Temperance Bones when he talks to her and often when he's talking about her.  However, he does occasionally refer to her as Brennan when he's talking about her with other people. 

Witness the diner scene between him, Brennan, and Sweets in The Verdict in the Story.  When he's explaining to Sweets why he and Brennan have been split up, he says, "Brennan’s dad murdered the deputy director of the FBI."  So there is precedent for it; I didn't just randomly decide to do it. 

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I noticed he said Bones when he was talking about her in court in The Verdict. I found it weird, being that a serious and formal situation. I would've made him say Dr. Brennan, if I were the writer =P But hey, Booth always calls her Bones, so I forgive him ;) It's his Bones.
“Sorry for interrupting,” Booth said, letting his lips curve in a smile that was all teeth. I love this part. I can picture Booth wearing that smile.

I hope life is being good with you and you're enjoying it.Hugs.

Edited at 2008-06-06 09:18 pm (UTC)

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