Finally! The last chapter! I really struggled with this one, don't know why, I think musie decided to go on vacation early!
Thanks so much for all who have read and reviewed, and a special thanks to Sarali1983, for 'reminding' me to post! lol!
Booth woke to an empty bed. The sheets beside him were cold, and he knew she had been gone awhile. He sat up, looking around, his eyes adjusting to the darkness.
Smiling briefly at the sight of Jasper, perched on the nightstand, he swung his legs over the side of the bed. Standing, he looked around for his clothes before remembering that they were strewn about the apartment. He found his jeans in a pile by the door, then pulled them on quickly and headed down the hall.
He carefully made his way through the living room, then paused at the sliding door to the balcony. He watched her for a moment as she stood there, leaning against the railing, looking out into the night. A blue silk robe was wrapped around her body, and her auburn hair was touseled. He smiled, recalling running his fingers through that hair.
He heard her soft sigh, and he walked to her, slipping his arms around her waist. She leaned back against him, her hands moving to cover his. "You okay?" She didn't answer, and he pulled her closer. "Your father loves you, Bones."
"How do you do that?"
She turned her head to look up at him. "Know exactly what I'm thinking?"
He smiled down at her. "I am FBI, you know. It's my job." He was rewarded by a small smile.
She was silent for a moment, turning back to look out over the quiet street. "It hurts."
Booth's heart nearly broke at her words, and he leaned down, lightly kissing the top of her head.
"I thought the worst thing would be finding my parents dead, but now..." Her voice broke, and she turned to him, laying her head on his chest.
He pulled her close, absently rubbing circles on her back. He wished there was something, anything he could do to ease her pain. He felt helpless, and he hated the feeling.
Brennan closed her eyes, taking comfort in his arms, the only place she ever felt truly safe. She didn't question it, it just was. Logically, she supposed that it was because he was a strong, alpha male, a protector, but it was so much more than that.
She didn't cry, just held on to him, glad he was there. After a few moments, she pulled back and looked up into his eyes. "I'm sorry. I should be used to this by now." She shook her head. "It's just...I didn't know it would hurt so much."
"Of course it hurts. They're your family." He reached up and brushed her cheek with his fingers. "No matter how strong you are, Bones, you're only human."
Her eyes filled with tears, but she wouldn't let them fall. "I...miss them."
She pulled away, and walked back into the apartment, settling herself on the sofa. Booth sat down beside her, pulling her to him. She snuggled close to him, taking comfort in his nearness. "So, isn't this where you tell me that everything is going to be okay?"
He closed his eyes, and tightened his arms around her. "I wish I could, Temperance. I would give anything to be able to say that, and to mean it."
"Thank you" she whispered. "For not lying to me."
He pulled back and gazed down at her upturned face. "I can't say those words, but I can promise you that you won't have to go through this alone." He brushed a tear from her cheek. "I'm going to be here for you. I promise. I won't leave you."
She took a deep breath, then smiled up at him. "I know." She reached up and pulled his face down to hers, their lips meeting in a sweet, gentle kiss. "I may not believe in God, but I believe in you." She smiled. "Hodgins' says it's faith."
He smiled back. "Hodgins' is right." Standing, he held out his hand to her. "Come on, let's go back to bed."
"I'm not tired. I won't be able to sleep."
He raised his eyebrows. "Who said anything about sleep?" He reached down and picked her up, carrying her to the bedroom, her laughter echoing through the now empty room.
Okay, I know it's short, and I know it's not great, but... Anywho, that's the end! I hope you liked it, thanks to everyone who stuck with it till the end! Sorry you had to wait so long, if I'd known how much trouble I was gonna have writing this last chapter, I would've ended it before! lol!