Tempe stood looking over an empty grave as a priest went over a prayer. She lifted her head and looked at the small outcome of the funeral. Angela and Hodgins stood across from her next to Hodgins and to their right Zach and Dr. Goodman were watching.
On her left was her brother, Russ and to her right was Booth, everyone came to support her in her time of need, but she didn't know why, wasn't it just a funeral? Something that happens to everyone after they've lived?
The priest finished and walked over to her and Russ, giving his condolences, then stood and watched as everybody walked forward and placed a flower on the coffin.
"You going to be ok, sweetie?" Angela asked walking up to her.
"I'll be fine Ange, thank you for coming."
"You're my best friend; I'll always be there for you." Angela embraced Tempe, and then headed to her car.
"Hey, Dr. B. how you holding out?" Hodgins asked making his way to her.
"I don't know what that means." She replied giving him a small smile.
"How are you doing?" he restated the question.
"I'll be fine Hodgins, thank you for coming." She said, hoping it would all be over soon.
"Anytime, Dr. B, see you in the lab soon." He then turned and left as well.
"I'm sorry Dr. Brennan." Zach said passing her and followed Hodgins to the car.
"So, kiddo, what do you say you come and stay with me for a little while? Get to know my girlfriend and all." Russ said pulling his sister close with one arm.
"I'd like that a lot Russ. I'll have to see about getting a few days of though." She said hugging him close and watched as Booth stood close to the coffin, probably praying.
"Dr. Brennan," Dr. Goodman said making his way to brother and sister. "Mr. Brennan."
"Please, call me Russ." Russ said taking his hand and gave it a shake.
"Dr. Brennan, Russ, my deepest condolences. May you find the rest of the puzzle pieces still out there." He said looking completely sorry.
"Thank you Dr. Goodman." Tempe said smiling at him.
"If there is anything I may do for you, please don't hesitate to ask." He said then turned to leave, but was stopped by Russ stopping him.
"Dr. Goodman," he said then waited for him to turn around. "Actually there is something I may ask, can Tempie here have a couple of days off?"
"Of course, take off as much time as you need." He said smiling.
"thanks." Both brother and sister said in unison, smiling.
Tempe watched as her brother turned and left heading towards the coffin just as Booth walked towards her. She was grateful he was coming her way, because she just needed the closeness of a friend, and not just any friend, a friend who went through everything she did and was on her side the whole time.
"Hey, Bones." He said standing next to her.
"How are you doing?"
"I'd be doing a lot better if everyone stopped asking me that."
"We're just worried about you." He said raising his hand to bring it around her shoulder, but thought twice and lowered it to his side, luckily she didn't notice it.
"I know, but…I don't know I'm just sick of everybody telling me they're sorry."
"I know, Bones, but hopefully this will get better."
"I hope so." She mumbled and smiled as Russ made his way back to her.
"Ready to go?" he asked pulling her close again.
"Whenever you are." She said and walked with Booth and her brother, leaving her mothers coffin to be buried.
"Where you guys headed?" Booth asked watching as brother and sister got ready to enter her car, Tempe in the driver's seat and Russ in the passengers.
"I'm going with Russ for a week or so. We're going to get a little re-acquainted." Tempe said opening her door and getting in.
"Have fun you guys." Booth said walking away and down towards his car at the end of the long field of grass and headstones.
Tempe looked to her brother and asked him to wait a minute as she got back out and walked towards Booth.
Booth walked to his car, a little upset his friend was leaving, but happy knowing she'd be back. It was amazing how they had become friends and were no longer 'just partners' they now had a friendly bond.
As he walked he knew that she was leaving to be with her brother and if it weren't for him they would have never been reunited. Booth smiled and headed to his car, when he heard her calling him.
"Booth! Booth! Wait up." She called running towards him, he stopped and turned to se her only feet away.
"Yes, Bones?" he asked and was surprised when he found her wrapped around him in a tight hug.
"Thank you Booth. For everything." She whispered in his ear, and then pulled away and that's when he saw a hint of tears behind her blue eyes.
"No problem Bones. You're my friend and partner. It was the least I could do." He said stroking her cheek in a friendly way.
"I know, but thank you for staying with me the whole time, and bringing Russ and I back together. I never really knew how much I missed him."
"Hey, it's alright. I'm just glad your happy." He said and watched as she nodded.
"Thanks again, Booth." She said and leaned in to give him another quick hug.
"Bye Bones." He said and watched as she turned to leave.
"Bye Booth." She called over shoulder and got back in the car with her brother, starting the ignition and driving off.
Booth stood there watching the car until they disappeared in the distance and then he got in his car and drove off. A man in an all black car sat in the driver's seat watching the scene outside.
He knew that no matter what had happened, things were on the way of being ok. If only Tempe, Russ and the FBI agent would stay out of the past, he would be alright. Though he wanted nothing more then to touch them again and talk to them he knew he couldn't.
The man sat in the car for another five minutes before getting out and walking over to the coffin and open grave everybody had stood over ten minutes prior. He carefully placed flowers on the wooden box and spoke.
"My love, I'm sorry this happened, but you're safe now." He lowered his head and took a deep breath. "I will always love you, no matter what. Our children are older now and have lives of their own; we always wondered if leaving them was right, but we had to do it no matter what, just to keep them safe." He was quiet for a while before speaking again.
"Christine……Ruth……what happens now? I know you're safe, but what of our children? Tempie, she's so big and beautiful, just like you. And Russ, wow, I never thought I'd see either of them again. What do I do Christine? Do I ignore them and forget I ever had children? If they dig too deep, they could be harmed and we spent so much time trying to protect them from that. What do I do, love?"
All was silent in the cemetery and he was glad that nobody was around; he was allowed to have a few moments alone with his beloved.
"I love you, and don't ever forget that, sweetheart." He said, then left the area and back to his car, only to turn around and see Tempe and Russ back and looking around the area where he was only moments before.
"What are you looking for Tempie?" Russ called from the car.
"My necklace!" she called looking around the floor and soon Russ joined her.
"What?" he asked making his way to her.
"My necklace, mom gave it to me a long time ago." She said looking around the floor.
"Here it is." He said picking up a small silver chain from the floor; a silver dolphin was at the end of it.
"Thanks, Russ, I thought I lost it." She mumbled taking it and placing it in her pocket.
"How did you loose it? I thought it was on your neck."
"I think the chain broke." She said walking towards him, but stopped.
"What's wrong?" he asked following her gaze to the coffin.
"Where do you think those roses came from?" she asked looking to the new bouquet that sat there.
"I don't know Tempie." He said pushing her towards the car. "Probably comes with the package we bought for mom. With the price they charged us, for everything it better have."
"You're right, let's go." She said laughing and got back in the car and drove off.
Matthew sat in his car smiling at the sight of his children getting along, just like they had years before any of this had happened. He took one last look to the sight made a promise to return and left, praying he'd see his family alive again soon.