Chapter three

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I still felt embarrassed about my outburst, but Booth promised me it was okay. Hours had passed and we'd had a wonderful dinner. I had no idea Booth was so good in the kitchen.

We'd made it to the sofa with a bottle of wine and some snacks. Somewhere soft Christmassy music was playing and the room was still sparkling just as beautiful. It was obvious Booth had wanted to make this day special for me, though I had no idea of how he'd managed in such a short time.

I looked around the room. That's when I suddenly realized the little red box under the tree was for me.

"Booth?"

"Yeah?"

"I don't have anything for you, I spent the whole day trying to find the perfect gift but I couldn't find anything…"

Booth smiled. Maybe she wasn't aware of what she'd just said, but he could easily understand the hidden meaning of her sentence.

"Seriously? Not one little thing?" he made a little whistle, grinning at me.

"No."

"It's okay, Bones."

I nodded, somehow knowing he was right.

"Hey, I'm sorry I hurt you earlier, I never meant to throw you…I was…" my voice trailed off. Booth was grinning at me again.

"What?" I couldn't help but smile back.

"You almost broke my back; the bruises won't be pretty, but hey! You know what? It's kind of… uh… hot."

I chuckled, shaking my head. "You're nuts, how can that be hot? That's not logical Booth."

Booth tried to ignore that question. He had no idea of why he'd said that in the first place, and a rational answer seemed very far away.

"But I think I'll have to think twice before pissing you off in the future," Booth got up on his feet and when he returned to the sofa, he was carrying the little red box. "Merry Christmas Bones!"

I stared at him for a long time, before finally bringing myself to accept the gift. It brought back so many memories just by looking at it.

Booth placed one of his hands on my arm. "You okay?" his voice was soft as he spoke. I nodded. But my hands were trembling when I began removing the paper.

Minutes later, I was looking down at a necklace in gold; the chain was thick and it had an about four centimetres tall skeleton hanging from it.

"You like it?" Booth.

I could only manage a nod. I loved it. And that fact that Booth had bought it, for me, was more than anyone had ever done for me.

"It must have been very expensive."

"Yeah, but I had to buy it, it was just so perfect, bones, for Bones," Booth smiled. "Hey, anything for you Temperance," he was almost whispering now.

Tears were silently running down my cheeks, but I was smiling. "Thank you so much."

Booth returned the smile. Then he slowly leaned closer. Before I had time to think, he was kissing me, and this time I was sure there was no mistletoe above.
If I thought it was wonderful kissing Booth in my office, that was nothing comparing to this. If I wasn't sitting down I'm sure I would have fainted. Gosh, how could this man make me feel like this? When he pulled away, my cheeks were flushed and I could hardly breathe.

Booth looked shocked as well as we stared at each others for what seemed like an eternity.

"Uh let me help you with that." Booth gestured for the necklace I was clutching in my hand. I smiled nervously and turned my back towards him and he gently brushed away my hair so he could lock the jewelry around my neck. Was it just my imagination, or did his fingers linger longer than necessary? Not that I was complaining, his light touch felt wonderful against my skin.

Without thinking too much about it, I suddenly leaned back against him. We shifted a little so I could lean against his chest comfortably. Booth wrapped his arms around my waist; hesitatingly talking one of my hands is his.

I'd thought this night would be awful. The first real Christmas since my parents left, but somehow being with Booth made it better. It still hurt to think about what I'd lost, about the happy family Christmases I used to have, but Booth made it a lot more bearable, just by being there, letting me know I wasn't alone.

"Booth?"

"Yeah?"

"Thank you…for everything…" I hesitated, but somehow it felt right to let him know. "When you invited me yesterday, I didn't know what to do; I thought that if I came here, it would be too much, that all these Christmassy stuff would bring back memories, things I'd want to forget… but ehm… you were right, I can never forget, the pain will never go away, I'll always miss my childhood, my parents, but I don't think I can do this alone anymore… and uh, what I'm trying to say is, you made me realize I don't have to… I uhm…" I couldn't bring myself to say anymore.

"You can always count on me, I'm uh… I'm here for you, Bones, always…"

I used my free hand to wipe tears away

I didn't know how to respond to that. But I knew he meant every word, and that meant everything to me.

With a soft sigh, I let myself relax against him. I felt Booth squeeze my hand gently. I took his other hand in mine, closing my eyes. The Christmas music was still playing in the background, and for once, I really listened.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on your troubles will be out of sight…

My voice was soft and loving as I spoke. "This must be the best Christmas in a very very long time, and it's all your fault Seeley…"

I was sure he smiled as he pulled me closer to his warm body. Our hands were still linked together. Everything suddenly felt so right.

"Not entirely, it wouldn't be anything without you Temperance…"

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The End

Authors Note: Yeah that was it, hope you liked the ending!

Thank you everyone for the reviews.

I'll be posting "Thoughts about Bones" as soon as I can,
I wanted the fic "Thoughts about Booth" to be a oneshot, but I'll add another chapter anyway!

Oh and, A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE!!!!!

// Miss P.