For the last time (well at least in this story anyway) I do not own Bones.


After being rushed to the hospital in the ambulance, Dr. Temperance Brennan received the finest of care. The hospital doctors and staff always treated their patients with great care, but this time was maybe just a little different. It may have had to do with the fact that her overprotective FBI boyfriend was always there watching over everything and being very pushy. Anyone that knew him, knew that that was just Booth being Booth. Doing everything he could for the people that he cared about.

There was a lot to be done before she would be anywhere close to being able to go home. First the head wound needed to be attended too. Since it was located at the very base of the skull, they didn't have to shave too much hair to stitch the wound closed. You couldn't even tell when her hair was down and the doctors seemed optimistic that there wouldn't be much of a scar. She also had a concussion from the blow to her head.

The emotional trauma would be something altogether different. No one knew what if anything she would remember about what had happened to her. Brennan had been unconscious since the few words she had spoken to Booth before being transported to the hospital.

He hadn't left her side at all. He was sleeping in the same room (the doctors and staff had been kind enough to let him do this). He went with her for every test, including when they had to run a rape kit on her. That had been really painful for him to sit through, but he held her hand throughout the entire procedure. Even if she didn't know he was there, he could still be supportive. They all breathed big sighs of relief when the tests showed Pernout hadn't gotten a chance to rape her.

It was very early in the morning of her third day in the hospital when Temperance finally woke up. As her eyelids fluttered open, she took in her surroundings. She quickly realized she was in the hospital and wondered how she had gotten to be there. She looked down and was surprised to Seeley Booth's head resting in her lap. He had his arm curled up and her fingers were intertwined with his. She reached up with her left hand and began to gently rub her fingers in his hair. As she did, she caught sight of the diamond ring on her finger as it reflected the early morning sunlight streaming through the window.

"Bones? He asked his voice still thick with sleep.

"Seeley." A smile played over his lips as she called him by his first name.

"You're awake. I just can't believe it. How are you feeling? Let me call a doctor." As he reached to push the call button she reached out and stopped him.

"We can call them in a minute. Right now, I just want you here. No doctors, no cops, just us."

"Okay" he said tentatively.

She slid over on the bed as far as she could and motioned for him to join her. He climbed in and protectively wrapped his arms around her as she laid her head on his chest. Her left hand came to rest on his chest and he took it in hers. The ring caught his eye.

"After everything you still have it."

"Yeah, it's still here" she said beginning to twirl it around her finger again.

"It looks good there you know. It just seems to fit. Maybe you should consider keeping it." She looked back up at him with an expression of shock and panic. "Look Bones, I'm not saying we should go out and get married or anything right away. But, would it really be so terrible? I mean we did a pretty good job playing a married couple. Maybe one day we could do it for real?"

She let the thought pass through her mind as she looked at it again, now in a different light. He saw her features relax a bit as she looked back up at him.

"Yeah, maybe one day."

The End

That's it! I can't believe this story is over. I have had such a blast writing this. I had such a good time in fact, that I would like to continue this story in a sequel if anyone is interested in reading another one. It will focus more on the Booth/Brennan relationship and how it will be affected by what happened on this case. Will Brennan have to explore her feelings of hatred on psychology? Will Booth & Brennan ever be able to have a normal relationship and will they ever get married? Find out in the sequel.

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