Chapter 1

Temperance Brennan watched the screensaver on her computer. She had never paused to look at it before. It really was a fascinating sight. Colorful pipes built and built and built, until the screen was full and it started all over. That is somewhat symbolic, Brennan thought to herself. Over and over again, never ending. As she stared, seemingly absorbed in her computer, she became aware of someone else in the room. Her partner, Special Agent Seeley Booth, was standing in the door of her office, studying her.

"Working on our case, Bones?"

Brennan jumped and hastily hit the mouse to her computer, erasing the screensaver. "I was, but now I have to go." She pushed back her chair and stood, walking around the office to gather her things.

Booth's eyes tracked her as she moved around the room. "It's the middle of the day. Where do you have to go in the middle of the day?"

Brennan ignored his question. "It's all been cleared with Dr. Saroyan. I should be back later. Did you need me for anything?"

"No, I just thought…you know, maybe you guys had something found something new about our case, or we could grab lunch, or…" he trailed off, not even sure himself of the real reason he had come to the Jeffersonian just then.

Brennan pulled her coat off its hook and started slipping her arms into the sleeves. "If anything new had come up on our case, I would have called you." She grabbed her bag off her desk and walked out of her office, leaving Booth behind. He watched, taken aback, as she quickly walked towards the front of the lab. He jogged to catch up, stopping her just as she was about to leave.

"What's going on, Bones?"

Brennan heaved an exasperated sigh at his question. "Nothing's going on, Booth. But I don't have a lot of time right now, so if you could…," she motioned with her head to the side, telling him to move out of the way. She pushed past him and exited the lab, shielding her eyes against the bright sunlight as she walked.

Surprised at his partner's small but rare burst of temper, Booth stood still for a minute, then changed his mind. His longer strides caught him up to her in seconds, as he grasped her arm and spun her around to face him. "Where are you going?"

Brennan pulled her arm free and glared at him. "If you must know, I'm going to visit my father in prison."

"I'll drive you," Booth volunteered quickly.

Brennan shook her head. "And what are you going to do while I'm there?"

"I'll wait in the car."

Brennan put her hand up as the shield her eyes from the sun, grateful that it disguised her suddenly teary eyes from her partner. "No. What would be the point? I'm sure you have other things to do."

Turning serious, Booth stepped closed to her. "Temperance. You understand that I had to arrest your father. I couldn't let him get away. He murdered two people."

Brennan forced a smile to her lips, a cheery, fake smile that didn't fool either of them. "Of course I understand. You were doing your job."

"And I'm sorry, that I had to arrest him, but considering who he is…I couldn't have done anything differently."

Brennan nodded pleasantly. "I understand perfectly. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have someplace I have to be."

And with that, she left, Booth's eyes on her until she disappeared.

My first Bones story. I know this was a little short, but it's just the introduction - more to come. Please review!