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Bones Drabble: Peace Offering
Written for tidbit2008 for this drabble meme.  Click the link if you'd like to leave a prompt.

Title: Peace Offering
Fandom: Bones
Character: Brennan, Booth
Rating: PG or K
Word Count: 100
Spoilers: For The Pain in the Heart.
Timeline: Set after The Pain in the Heart.
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Prompt: Brennan. Some days, it is possible to see over the top of her walls.
Author's Note:  Many thanks to those who read and commented on the previous drabble; it's particularly special to me because I lived in NY from 1999 - 2004.  I will always love NY, and Sept. 11, 2001 and its aftermath are forever etched in my memory.   I remember walking to work in Midtown that morning and seeing the clouds of smoke rise into the air downtown.  I remember the shock that rippled through the office as the news reports surfaced.  I remember the streets teeming with frightened people as companies throughout the city sent their employees home.  I remember the smell that haunted the city for many months afterward.   

My husband was scheduled to go to the WTC later that day; it's pure chance that he wasn't there during the attacks.  Several of his friends/coworkers were not that fortunate.

Anyway, since we know Cam worked in NY before, I thought it was both plausible and likely that she'd been there in 2001. 

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Peace Offering

“I’m sorry,” Booth said, fingers tweaking a fry, and Brennan glanced up to catch the deepening lines in his forehead. 

Part of her wanted to ask, “About what?” but a more voluble part insisted the two words he’d uttered were all she’d waited to hear after learning he was alive.

Sometimes one could choose to be gracious.  So instead of asking a false question for the sake of her pride, she said, “I know.” 

“Oh.”  A thoughtful nod, then, “Want a bite of my pie?”

Cocking her head, she eyed the plate he’d pushed toward her.  “All right.”

Booth smiled.

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Thanks for sharing your vantage point of 9/11. I think the personal impact of that event on people's lives is something that we on the other side of the pond have never fully appreciated. I'm sure it gives one a profound sense of the fragility (and value!) of life, especially having experienced how little can make the difference.

That said, I can move on to saying how much I liked this drabble. *sigh* I adore their unspoken communication (much like that other favorite pairing of yore, M&S). And I’m inordinately proud of Brennan for every self-conquering little babystep she makes (one small step for mankind…). And darned if Booth doesn’t recognize and appreciate it, too. Plus, the reference to Sweets’ seduction metaphore is just...precious.

I would say that 9/11/01 was one of the defining moments of my life. It truly brought home the fact that safety is a beautiful illusion. Anything can happen anytime.

Lots of people have told me that Booth and Brennan are reminiscent of Mulder and Scully. In the past, I saw a few eps of The X-Files here and there, but that's about it. Perhaps someday I'll go back and watch from the beginning. :)

It takes courage to reach out, to do things that aren't instinctive for us. Brennan is brave, and Booth knows it.

Thanks for your thoughtful comments; I appreciate them very much.

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