|The Smell of Death Part II
Author: FaithinBones PM
First Pelant went after Brennan. Now he's going after Booth. He should have stopped while he was ahead.Rated: Fiction T - English - Angst/Friendship - S. Booth & T. Brennan - Chapters: 16 - Words: 22,951 - Reviews: 90 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 25 - Updated: 07-07-12 - Published: 06-06-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8188963
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Ok, a little explanation is needed before you continue. I wrote the first 12 chapters of this story before the season finale of Bones aired. I had no idea what was coming; but, I had planned for this story to pick up with the ending of season 7 and then tell a story between season 7 and season 8 with chapters 13 and onward based upon what happened in the season finale. The first 12 chapters I wrote can be found in my story "The Smell of Death". This is the sequel. All you really need to know before you start reading this is that a body was found in Bedford County, Pa and Booth, Hodgins, Daisy and some FBI techs were sent to bring it back to the Jeffersonian.
I am giving you fair warning that the fluffy part of this story is done. The rest of this story is going to be very dramatic. At least for a little while. I might move this story later on to family/humor depending upon how far I get with this story. I know some of you will probably quit reading this story because of this turn of events and I just want you to know, "I understand." I plan to be past most of the angsty part by chapter 11 or 12.
This is a B&B story; so, this story will have a happy ending. It's how I roll.
I don't own Bones.
It was Tuesday and the body had been at the Jeffersonian for two and half days. Cam had finished her autopsy, taken skin, hair and blood samples and had started running DNA tests. The very badly decomposed body had been given to Wendell and Daisy so that they could clean up the bones and remove all of the flesh. The bike and the travel bag had been handed over to Hodgins. Once the skull was cleaned of flesh, Angela would be given the opportunity to do a facial reconstruction. Everyone was doing their job and they were confident that they would have an identification of the body in the next day or so.
During the autopsy, Cam had determined that the victim had died of a broken neck. She had decided to let Wendell and Daisy clean up the bones and then let them corroborate her initial cause of death. She felt that the victim had been dead for about four to five days. Cam knew that the victim was male and approximately 46 years old. He seemed to be in excellent health and he wasn't suffering from any wasting diseases. What puzzled her was the fact that the victim had been found with a mountain bike and a travel bag and yet the victim was a parapalegic. There was no way he had ridden the bike found near his body.
Hodgins had gone over the bag looking for fingerprints, human hair and DNA. He hadn't found anything. He had removed each item from the bag very carefully and much to his disappointment, he didn't find anything useful. All of the clothes appeared to be new and never worn. The pair of shoes were clearly new also. Those shoes had never stepped on soil. He had checked the snacks and water bottles and again, he hadn't found any fingerprints. A little exasperated, Hodgins had finally extracted the bike trail map and had very carefully opened it. Opening it had been the first real clue that what they had pointed to murder. When Hodgins had opened the map, he'd become speechless. Staring at it, he realized this was going to be bad. Placing the map down on a table in his office, Hodgins had taken a few pictures, checked for fingerprints and then once he was confident that there wasn't anything like that to be found on the map he left the map open on his table and went in search of Cam.
Finding Cam in her office, Hodgins asked, "Have we got the DNA results back from our victim yet?"
Shaking her head, Cam said, "Not yet. Why?"
Feeling a little weird, Hodgins said, "Has Angela finished the facial reconstruction yet?"
Frowning, Cam said, "Not yet. Don't make me ask why again."
Biting his lower lip, Hodgins said, "I need to show you something in my office."
Standing up, Cam ran her right hand nervously down her skirt. She didn't usually consider herself the nervous type; but, Hodgins was doing everything in his power to make her very nervous. Walking towards his office, Cam felt a little disconcerted.
Walking into Hodgins office, Cam followed Hodgins over to a table against the back wall. Hodgins, stopping next to the table, crossed his arms and refused to look down. Cam, curious, walked over to the table and looked at the map lying on top of the table.
Seeing the bright red letters written on the map, Cam put her right hand to her mouth and said, "Damn it."
Nodding his head, Hodgins said, "That's what I thought. We need the DNA tests done as soon as possible."
Staring at the map, Cam said, "Don't tell Dr. Brennan or Booth anything yet. It will just stir them up. We can wait until the DNA tests are back, it won't be that much longer. I'll go and check with Angela and see if she's done with her reconstruction yet. Hodgins, I, uh, let me go talk to Angela then we'll see."
Looking back down at the map, Hodgins said, "This is Pelant. I know it is."
Nodding her head, Cam walked across the room and out of Hodgins office. Walking down the hallway towards Angela's office, Cam was feeling a little sick. She didn't know how Pelant was doing what he was doing; but, she knew that it was being done.
Angela had finished putting the finishing touches on her facial reconstruction and was running it through the missing person's database. So far, she hadn't got any hits and was thinking about other options when Cam came into her office.
Smiling at Cam, Angela said, "I'm running the reconstruction through missing persons now."
Nodding her head, Cam said, "Try the FBI database and then military."
Folding her arms across her chest, Angela said, "Why, what do you know?"
Pursing her lips, Cam said, "Hodgins found something that may point to the fact that the victim has either worked for the FBI in the past or may have been in the military."
Puzzled, Angela asked, "What kind of evidence? What did he find to make you think the victim was a FBI agent or in the military?"
Curious Cam looked at the face Angela had come up with for their victim. Startled, Cam stared more closely at the facial reconstruction and said, "I think I know him."
Stepping closer, Cam stared at the picture of their victim and said, "Oh my God. I do know him. That's Hank Latrell."
Yeah, I'm mean.
(For those of you who don't remember, Hank Latrell is Booth's friend from his Army days. We met him in season 1)
I plan to post this story on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I'm still writing it; so, I'm not sure how many chapters there will be. How far I take this story will depend upon reader response and reviews. I do know there are a lot of Finale stories being written. I hope mine is different enough to hold your interest. Thanks for reading my story.