Disclaimer: I don't own Bones or the song. All I own is a crappy laptop and a lot of time.

Story: In My Heart

Author: ReadingRed

IN MY HEART

Temperance Brennan-Booth woke up when a small hand shook her shoulder. Her eyes still thick with sleep took a moment to adjust to the darkness. When they did she saw her step-son Parker standing by her bed holding the red and blue Superman themed baby blanket, he still at five years old, slept with every night and tears in his eyes.

"Parker, sweetie, tell me what's wrong. Why are you crying?"

"I had a bad dweem. I was al, hiccup, all alone, you and Ddaddy weren't tthere and it was dark and cold and I cccould hear da mon'ter right behind me. It was 'bout to catch me an' eat me all up." He told her, his voice quaking slightly because he had been crying.

"Oh hun, come here." Temperance said pulling the child onto her lap Parker wiggled a little until he got comfortable. Then she started singing a song that always made him feel better after a nightmare.

Come stop your crying

It will be all right

Just take my hand

Hold it tight

When she sang that he took hold of her hand tightly pulling it to his pajama clad chest.

I will protect you

from all around

I will be here

Don't you cry

For one so small,

you seem so strong

My arms will hold you,

keep you safe and warm

It was amazing to Temperance how she no longer feared being responsible for a child's life. It wasn't so long ago when she would have run from a situation like this, now she found herself willing to cradle a tearful child in her arms and sing a lullaby until he is no longer scared.

This bond between us

can't be broken

I will be here

Don't you cry

'Cause you'll be in my heart

Yes, you'll be in my heart

From this day on

Now and forever more

You'll be in my heart

No matter what they say

You'll be here in my heart, always

"Mama Bones?" Temperance smiled at Parkers name for her before asking.

"Yes Parker" The little boy paused for a moment before moving on with his question.

"Daddy will be ok, right?" Her heart broke for the child right then. It must be so very hard for him not to fully understand what was going on around him. A few months before Booth left for Iraq, Rebecca made some wrong choices that unfortunately for her sent her to jail and young Parker to live permanently with his father and step-mother. That enough was difficult for him, but to not know if his daddy was going to come home must be very scary to a child his age, she knew it was for her.

"Your Daddy promised that he would do his very best to come home real soon. If all goes well his time overseas should be up in about a month, and then he can come home. And don't forget that we still get to talk on the phone, and we can email him, maybe tomorrow we'll see if we can call him, ok?"

Parker nodded his head then closed his eyes satisfied that "Mama Bones" would not lie to him and his Daddy would try to come home soon, and until then he could still talk on the phone and email him. Seeing that Parker was done asking questions she began to sing again.

Knowing the part that would come next she sang just as much for Booth as for Parker. She sang hoping that somehow Booth would know that she was thinking of him, and telling him to be strong, that he would be home soon and they would be together.

When destiny calls you

You must be strong

I may not be with you

But you've got to hold on

They'll see in time

I know

We'll show them together

'Cause you'll be in my heart

Believe me, you'll be in my heart

I'll be there from this day on

Now and forever more

By then Parker had fell asleep on her lap. She stood, carefully holding him in her arms so he wouldn't wake, and carried him down the hall back to his bedroom.

Placing him under his messy Superman covers Temperance leaned down and gently brushed Parkers blond hair back from his face then kissed his small forehead. Bones continued to sing in a quieter, almost whispering voice.

Oh, you'll be in my heart

No matter what they say

You'll be here in my heart, always

Always

I'll be with you

I'll be there for you always

Always and always

Just look over your shoulder

Just look over your shoulder

Just look over your shoulder

I'll be there

Always

Backing up closer to the doorway, she looked at the sleeping boy thinking about how true those lyrics where. She loved him and he did have a very special place in her heart. A place no one but him could ever fill as well as he could. She would protect him to the best of her abilities and she would always be there for him no matter what. Simply put she loved the little boy as much as if he were her flesh and blood. Hoping that he would never know the loneness she had felt before Booth and he had come into her life she blew him a kiss and went back to her bed to sleep. His dad would come home soon, and then all would be well, but until then they both had him in their hearts.