Disclaimer: For the last time, I don't own Bones or the characters therein. I just own the storyplot.

Chapter 11

The next morning they woke up at the same time for the first time during this hike.

"Morning" he said and smiled at her.

"Morning" she answered still resting her hand over his heart.

"Why don't we stay like this for a while? What do you say?" he asked.

"I'd love to, but civilization is calling" she answered and smiled.

"Yeah, well last night we both wanted to stay here forever, didn't we?"

"Yeah, but that was just something of the moment, right?" she asked.

"Not completely from my side" he said.

She tilted her head back a little to be able to look him in the eyes properly.

"Are you serious?"

"Yes" he answered. "I am. I want to be out here together with you. For eternity."

"But, our work, our friends, your family?"

"Yeah, well. I can live without my work. Friends and family are a bit tougher of course, but they'll get over it."

"What about Parker? Shouldn't he be able to get to know and spend some time with his father?"

"Yeah, well... I don't know. It was just something I've thought about since last night you know, staying out here forever."

"I know that you don't want this to end 'cause I don't want to either, but we don't belong out here, at least not me. I certainly don't belong out here in the wild. I do love you, but if you want to spend the rest of your life out here in the wild, you have to do it without me" she said and sat up a bit angry at him.

He didn't say anything, just laid there and thought. He certainly didn't want to loose her now, and besides she had a point about Parker. He loved him, heck he was his son and of course he should love him, which he of course did. He loved Parker more than life itself, but he also loved Brennan more than life itself. But was this reason enough? He didn't have that answer yet. He had to sort it out.

When she got up and went outside, he didn't come after her for a while. He just laid there and thought about what a life out in the bush would be like. He had loved that part of the Army, being able to be alive out in the bush. Nothing of civilization for miles.

He shook his head and thought:

'No way I'm staying out here without her. That's impossible.'

He got up on his feet, picked up the blanket and shook it outside, folded it and packed it in the backpack. She sat just outside on the ground with her legs up, feet to the ground and her arms wrapped around her legs. Her forehead leaned against her knees and she shook uncontrollable. Booth didn't say a word. He stood for a moment in silence before slowly squatting down in front of her, laying his hand on the back of her head causing her to flinch but she didn't look up. She started sobbing, first quiet but then louder.

"How can you even consider living out here?" she sobbed, horrified of what he might answer.

He didn't say a word however.

"How can you? We've really connected during the last few days and you are thinking about staying behind?" she sobbed and lifted her head to look at his face.

She flinched again when she saw that he too had tears in his eyes. She saw a single tear fall down his right cheek before he looked down into the ground. She didn't believe it. Booth cried? Booth cried. Her maternal insticts kicked in amazingly enough and she took him into her arms as he started sobbing for real.

They stayed like this for a while but finally Booth stopped sobbing and looked up and into he tearfilled eyes.

"I was planning on staying behind, but I wanted you to stay with me too. I don't want to stay behind by myself. You were right. Parker is important to me. I love him. He's my son you know. But there's another person that I love more than life itself, and I can't stay behind without you. Heck, I can't live without you" he said with tears still running down his cheeks.

He leaned forward and kissed her gently on the lips. She just sat there staring at him. After a few moments she leaned forward and kissed him on the lips, this time deeper than he had kissed her. He was shocked at first, thinking that this is not Brennan kissing him. He had never felt her kiss him with that much passion, desire and need. Although he was not late to respond to her kiss. He wrapped his arms around her, pulling her closer to him. The air ran out and they had to part for it but after a few deep breaths he kissed her again, pulling her with him down backwards on the ground. Her hands ran through his hair sending him chills down his spine.

"Maybe we should get going?" Booth said when they once again parted for air.

"Maybe" she said a bit out of breath.

"One more thing though" he said.


He pulled a small diamondring out of the sidepocket of his pants and held it up in front of her face.

"Temperance Brennan, will you marry me?"

She clasped her mouth with her hand before kissing him passionately again causing him to almost drop the ring on the ground. When they parted for air he asked:

"I take that as a yes?"

"Yes, Booth. Yes, I do want to marry you."

He slid the ring onto her left ringfinger and looked her into the eyes. He saw desire and passion, but mostly he saw love. A burning love.

'That's amazing' he thought. 'I feel a burning love too'

They kissed once again passionately before they got on their feet and started their journey back to civilization hand in hand.


A/N A bit to mushy perhaps? R&R please. Thank you to those who have followed the story, even though you haven't reviewed it I thank you for reading it.

Next Bones story, if there will be one, will probably be a while. I seem to have lost my muse in this process. We'll see if I can find her again.