A/N: muse is stuck on the next few words for the Bonesolgy summer 2015 hiatus challenge so I wrote a chapter for this one ….
It was Saturday, Booth's third full day home, things were slowly returning to normal. Booth's pain was decreasing and he let Christine drag him out of bed at 5AM to watch classic cartoons. Brennan found them sound asleep under a mound of blankets on the couch with a box of Fruit Loops between them, a few hours later when she got up. She took a picture and left them be. Later that morning Sweets came over to take Christine to the park.
"Guess what Uncle Sweets?"
"That's great! I bet you're excited."
"Yeah, but daddy can't play with me like he used to because he's still hurt…"
"He'll be better soon and will be able to play with you like always."
"That's what mommy said…"
"Your mommy is really smart about things like that."
"Hey Booth. You look better than the last time I saw you."
"I feel better than I did the last time you saw me, but I'm still recovering. Thanks for taking Christine today Bones and I need time together."
"You're welcome, Booth. If you two need to talk…"
Sweets nodded and turned to Christine, "Are you ready to go to the park, Christine?"
"No, I don't want to go…"
"Because daddy's home…" knowing where this was going Booth quickly picked Christine up and sat her on the counter so she was more eye level with him. "Christine, you can go to the park, mommy and I will be here when you and Sweets come back."
"I promise. Now let's get your jacket." Booth got Christine's jacket off the hook and helped her put it on. He kissed her cheek and handed her to Sweets. Once they were gone he went over to the couch and sat down. "I wish she wasn't so afraid to leave the house if I'm not with her, Bones."
"I know, me too. She's getting better with it though."
"Yeah. Do you have anything planned for today?"
"We need to go to the store and talk about the baby's room. We'll have to get all new stuff. Christine's still using most of her furniture. Plus most of it is for a girl anyway."
"Okay. Store first. What do you think about naming the little guy after pops?"
"I think Hank Joseph Booth sounds like the perfect name for our son."
Booth smiled a little. "Me too. Let's go get some food. I want chocolate cake for some reason."
"Oh that does sound good!" Booth chuckled and followed Brennan out the door. Later that night after the park, a trip to the bowling alley, the diner and one phone call to Booth Sweets and Christine were back.
"Daddy, I'm home!"
"I see. Did you have fun with uncle Sweets?"
"Yeah we went to the park and fed the ducks. Then we had lunch. After that we went bowling, I didn't use the bumper things."
"Good job, Christine. Who won?"
Booth looked over at Sweets. "I didn't let her win, I got spanked by a three year old who refused to use gutter bumpers!"
"By how much?"
"Daddy, can we go bowling?"
"In a few weeks when I'm not sore any more…"
"Okay," Christine wiggled out of her jacket and handed it to Booth. Brennan came out of the kitchen then. "Mommy, I had a lot of fun bowling with Uncle Sweets!"
"That's great Christine, I'm glad you had fun with Uncle Sweets. Sweets, would you like to stay for dinner? I'm making baked pork chops, roasted potatoes, and green beans. We also have chocolate cake for dessert."
"Sure" Sweets lowered his voice to a whisper, "the two of you need to talk to me later don't you?" Booth nodded.
"Daddy, will you play Candy Land with me?"
"Sure go set it up. Sweets you wanna play too?
"Sure I call the blue piece." A few hours later after dinner, another game of Candy Land, this time with Brennan playing and a bath Christine was tucked in by Booth, Brennan and Sweets. As soon as the adults were back in the living room Sweets said, 'guys, Christine is fine."
"But she doesn't want to be anywhere without me. You saw how she was practically glued to me as soon as she came through the front door…"
"For now that's okay, she's adjusting to you being home after somewhat adjusting to you being gone. The last three months have been traumatic for her, she needs time. She didn't ask to come home to be with you and Brennan while we were out. She got a little nervous at the diner but after I let her call you she was fine for the rest of the day. Is she sleeping better?"
"Yes, you saw how quickly she went down tonight. She's been crawling into bed with us around 2AM though. After she lays down as close to Booth as she can get she goes right back to sleep until we wake her up."
"That's good, it's a huge improvement over last week at this time If she's not back to herself in a week I'll talk to her."
"Brennan how are you doing now that Booth is home?"
"I'm doing better. Like Christine I have a strong need to be close to Booth, especially at night. My doctor's appointment went well, our son is perfect…"
"That's great, you're both adjusting well. Congratulations on having a boy."
"You're welcome. I should get going. Call me if you need anything. I'll get Christine at the same time next week."
"Sweets you don't have to keep taking her every Saturday."
"I know but I want to we both enjoy it. Plus it gives you and Brennan alone time that you need right now."
"Thanks Sweets…for everything."'
"You're welcome, Booth."
The next morning Brennan quietly got Christine out of hers and Booth's bed so they could make breakfast for him. An hour later Christine stood in the doorway of her parents bed room watching Booth put on a clean t shirt. "Daddy?" Was whispered so quietly that if Booth hadn't had sniper's hearing he wouldn't have heard it. He quickly and somewhat painfully pulled the shirt on and looked at Christine. "Come here baby girl let's sit and talk for a minute." Christine walked to the bed and Booth picked her up and sat her in his lap, kissing the top of her head. "I'm fine, Christine."
"Why is your side like that though?"
"You remember when the bad guys that messed up the house hurt me and I was in the hospital?"
"After I got healed up from that I had to go to jail and some of the people that were in jail with me didn't like that I was in jail with them so, they hurt me again."
"Does it still hurt?"
"Yeah, but it's a lot better now that I'm home with you and mommy. In a week or so I'll be healed up and we can go have some fun, okay?"
"Okay. Mommy told me to tell you the cinnamon rolls are ready."
"Yummy! Let's go eat." Booth carried Christine to the kitchen.
Booth had been home for a week and Christine didn't have to be near him all the time but she was still climbing into bed with him every night.
"Bones I'm going to take Christine back to her bed tonight instead of letting her sleep with us. It's been a week, she's almost back to her old self. I need my space, I love her, but she needs to spend all night in her bed."
"I agree. I'm going to get bigger and we'll be really tight on space in here. I don't want her to accidently kick me."
"Me either." Later that night Christine found Booth awake and waiting on her to crawl into bed. "Come on Christine let's get you back in your bed."
"No! I wanna sleep with you!"
"Christine you're a big girl who needs to sleep in your own bed all night. I'm not going to go away again." Booth picked Christine up.
"No daddy! I need to sleep with you and mommy, please!" Brennan turned on her bedside lamp. "Christine, why do you need to sleep with me and daddy?"
"Because when I wake up at night and its dark I get scared that the bad guys are gonna come back..."
"Aw baby girl you don't have to be scared, the bad guys aren't going to come back."
"I promise. How about you give mommy a kiss goodnight then I'll stay with you in your room until you fall asleep. Then after breakfast you and I will go get a nightlight for your room so when you wake up at night it won't be dark and you won't be scared."
"Okay." Booth held Christine so she could give Brennan a kiss goodnight then he took her to her room. A half hour later he was beck in bed holding Brennan gently.
A/N2: Next chapter is the baby's arrival! I might do one more after that, I'm not sure yet….