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Chapter 10 – The First Day
The next morning, Brennan woke to an empty bed. Her heart sank, and she was halfway to a very respectable panic attack, when the baby monitor on her nightstand caught her attention. She held her breath, tearing up as the sound registered. It was Booth, and he was singing to Jenna. Her tears fell as she recognized the song.
And I feel so satisfied when I can see you smile
I, I want to confide in all that is true
So I'll keep on tryin, I'm through with lyin'
He was singing the song Max had sung to her when she was little. The song they had sung together in the diner, so many years ago.
Just like the sun above, I'll come shining through
Oh yes, I'll keep on tryin, I'm tired of cryin'
I got to find a way to get on home to you
She smiled through her tears, listening to her husband sing as she allowed her racing heart to return to normal. She slid from the bed and moved quietly down the hallway to Jenna's nursery. She stood silently in the doorway, watching as Booth rocked with their daughter. Jenna was staring up at him, almost enamored with him, as he gave her a bottle. Brennan shifted in the doorway, and the movement caught his attention.
"Good morning," he murmured, smiling up at her before glancing back down at the baby. "I hope you don't mind that I gave her the bottle. I wasn't sure if you nursed in the mornings, but I found the bottles, and she-"
"It's okay Seeley," Brennan smiled. "It's important for you to have this time later. I can pump later, it's not a big deal," she told him as she moved closer to the rocking chair.
He glanced up at her, noting the tear tracks on her face with concern. "You okay Bones?"
She nodded, but the expression on her face was a cross between pained and almost embarrassed. "I, uh- I woke up and you weren't there," she admitted softly.
"Oh Bones," he murmured. He grabbed her hand and pulled her closer until he could wrap an arm around her waist. "I'm sorry I scared you."
She shrugged. "I overreacted a little. I think it is going to take me a little time to adjust, but I'll get there."
"We'll get there together Bones, the four of us."
She glanced at the small clock on Jenna's dresser. "Speaking of the four of us, it's time to get Parker ready for school. Would you like to wake him and get Jenna dressed while I get ready and start breakfast?"
"Sure," Booth stood, patting Jenna's back gently as he made his way next door to his son's room.
Twenty minutes later, the family was downstairs eating breakfast. While Brennan scrambled some eggs, Booth was trying to feed Jenna her baby food. He found himself extremely grateful he wasn't wearing a suit as Jenna blew raspberries, spraying her oatmeal and applesauce all over his T-shirt with a grin.
"Jenna," Brennan scolded gently and the baby's grin slipped away. "That usually means she's finished," Brennan told Booth, "she can have a handful of Cheerios to keep her occupied while we eat."
As they ate their breakfast, Parker chattered about all of the things he wanted to do with his father, and the things he needed to show him.
"Hey Parks," Booth interrupted gently, "I'm not going anywhere okay bub? We'll do all of those things, and you can show me anything you want, but it doesn't all have to be today."
Parker grinned sheepishly around a mouthful of eggs. "Sorry dad."
Booth laughed, reaching over to ruffle his son's hair. "No problem bub. Let's finish eating so we can get you to school on time."
Parker groaned, "I don't wanna go to school."
"We talked about this Parker," Brennan reminded him, "Math test, and then we'll pick you up at lunch."
"And I get to spend the rest of the day with you guys?"
"Right, so eat up!" Booth exclaimed
They arrived at Parker's school early enough for Brennan to speak with his principal and teachers. She had wanted to be sure that they knew and understood the situation. She found it slightly surreal to sit in the principal's office and explain how and why her "dead" husband was suddenly alive and home again. Brennan left the office a few minutes later and headed straight to her SUV where Booth and Jenna waited. She slipped into the driver's seat and immediately reached for him, hugging him tightly and kissing him.
"You okay Bones?" He whispered as he held her.
She nodded against his shoulder and kissed his neck, cheek, and lips before taking a deep breath and sitting back in her seat. "We need to head over to the Hoover building before going to the lab, correct?"
"I'm okay Booth," she assured him. She started the car and pulled out of the school parking lot. As soon as they were on the road, he reached out and took her hand, holding it in his the rest of the drive. They made a quick stop at the FBI building to pick up Booth's bag before continuing on to the Jeffersonian lab. When they pulled into the parking lot, he tightened his grip on her hand to keep her from exiting the SUV.
"Bones, are you sure you're okay?" He asked softly, his hand against her cheek turning her to face him.
She sighed, rubbing a hand over her eyes. "I'm- I will be fine. I will just be relieved when everyone knows you are home and I can stop reliving it all."
He squeezed her hand and leaned over to kiss her. "We'll get there Bones, we've got all the time in the world. At least we can kill a couple of birds here."
She had been reaching for her purse, but stopped and turned to look at him incredulously. "Why in the world would we kill birds at this lab, and why would you expect that to make me feel better?"
Booth chuckled, "God I missed that. It's an expression, babe." She frowned. "To kill two birds with one stone means to take care of a couple of things at once. I meant that we will be able to tell a larger group of people here without explaining it all a hundred times."
Brennan laughed. "Alright then, let's go kill a few birds?" Booth pulled her in for one more kiss before sliding out of the car and opening the back door to lift Jenna from her car seat. Brennan grabbed her purse and a file from the backseat before taking his free hand and heading inside.
"Bren? Sweetie what are you guys doing here?" Angela called, seeing them enter from her place on the platform. The rest of the squints looked up as well. "I thought you would take a few days off."
Brennan swiped her card and the three of them climbed the steps to the platform. "Good morning. I am taking the rest of the week off Angela. We just came in to drop off a file and make sure everything was wrapped up and would be okay without me until after the holiday."
"And I wanted to see everyone," Booth added from where he stood at her side, one hand on her lower back, the other holding Jenna.
Cam smiled. "Alright, let's take a break everyone. There's coffee upstairs, let's move this party up there." Booth, Jenna and the rest of the squints followed her up to the couches above the platform.
While Booth explained his absence to the group, Brennan hurried to her office to deposit the file on her desk, check her messages, and take care of anything that couldn't wait a few days. She filed the pages she carried and replied to all of her emails with a promise to respond in detail after the holiday. With a quick glance around her office, Brennan gathered her purse, and a present she had hidden for Parker, and made her way back to the lounge. She arrived just as Booth was finishing his story.
"Hey Bones," he grinned, pulling her down to sit on his lap, and kissed her gently.
Cam and Angela exchanged grins.
"So what are you doing with your time off?" Cam asked.
"We're picking Parker up at lunch today to spend the day together," Booth answered.
"As a matter of fact, we should probably get going if you want to retrieve your things before picking him up," Brennan pointed out.
"Oh yeah, we probably should." Booth waited until she'd slid from his lap before standing and reaching to take Jenna from Angela. "It was good to see you all. I'm sure we'll be seeing you again soon."
"Are you coming back to work with us?" Hodgins asked?
"I'd love to," Booth answered honestly, but shrugged. "I've got a lot to do to get back with the FBI though, so I'm not sure how soon I'll get back, especially with Agent Matthews doing so well here in the meantime."
"We'll figure it out," Cam assured them. "We want you back."
The family said their goodbyes and left the lab, heading home to unpack Booth's boxes from the attic. After Jenna was down for her morning nap, the couple made multiple trips, hauling boxes of clothing and knickknacks into their room. When they were all there, Booth settled himself in the middle of the boxes, opening them and sorting the contents. While he unpacked, Brennan reorganized her own items, making room for his in the closet and dresser. They had just completed the project when Jenna woke up, the baby monitor on the nightstand lighting up.
Booth grinned. "She has impeccable timing, doesn't she?" He asked as he surveyed the room.
Brennan laughed, "It's good she does, it's time to pick up Parker."
Parker was practically bouncing with anticipation when they arrived to pick him up. After a quick review with his teacher of what work he would be missing, the family left the school, making a stop at the diner to eat lunch and plan the rest of the day. They ended up walking around the monuments, stopping by the reflecting pools for a little while, and letting Parker run off a little bit of energy on the hill by the Washington Monument. Whenever he wasn't running, Parker was holding tightly to his father's hand, talking a mile a minute about anything and everything. Brennan hung back a little, pushing Jenna in her stroller, just enjoying having her family together again.
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