AN: Okay, so it's a bit short, but hey, at least I have the start of this going. Here we are loyal readers, the last installment in the 'Butterfly Effect' series. This one is the culmination of all the changes and problems that have affected them during the last three stories, so I hope you enjoy it. Next chapter will most likely be an M, and I will put a warning at the beginning of each chapter if there is anything questionable in it. So, without further ado…here is 'Adult Star on the Tape'.
"So, what do you think?" Temperance turned to look at her best friend as she awaited an answer from the artist. Angela took in the room they were in until her eyes settled on the large object in front of her.
"Sweetie, is there any reason in particular that you have a one hundred six inch screen LCD television on the wall?" The two women looked at each other as Brennan gave a small shrug.
"Booth said he wanted a 'man cave', and I remember him insisting on having this size television in a cabin he wanted me to build. Besides, him having his own space allows somewhere for all of his sports memorabilia."
"You do realize you're crazy, right Bren?"
"I don't see how. It's a perfectly logical decision," she said as they headed back up from the basement of Temperance's new house. She'd gotten lucky and found a five bedroom house in Arlington, Va., and closed the deal within a month of returning home from New Jersey.
"That's not exactly what I meant. When does Booth come home?"
"Oh, he'll be back on Friday. He's finally done helping Rebecca fix up her place, especially all of the damage in the basement."
"I'll definitely give you the trust thing. Not very many people would trust their husbands or boyfriends to stay with an ex for as long as he has and not worry that something was going on."
"Booth doesn't cheat." She couldn't understand why many people thought that was an issue. He had a standard of morals set down by his religious beliefs, one of which was that it was immoral to cheat.
"Yeah, but with his and Rebecca's history…"
"Ange, I trust Booth implicitly. There is no reason for me to think that he would ever do something so dishonest behind my back. Besides, he's too excited about the prospect of fatherhood again to do anything."
"So your little inability to currently have sex hasn't bothered him at all?"
"Well, it never really came up while I was in New Jersey, and we've been apart now for six weeks. I would assume in that time he'd find self gratification an acceptable means of release."
"Eh, you're probably right. I guess it's just that with everything that's gone on lately…"
"Oh Ange, I'm sorry I didn't think that discussing my relationship would have much of an effect on your emotions regarding Dr. Hodgins." Angela waved off the concern and shrugged.
"There's not much I can do about it right now. Everything will work out the way that it needs to."
"Much like the issues with the paparazzi?" Angela groaned and shook her head as they settled down in the living room. She still couldn't get over the size of the house that Brennan had purchased. It was huge and stylistically not something she ever would have thought her friend would like. Then again, it was old, very old and the previous owner had done wonders restoring the historic house.
"God, when they found out that Jack works there and discovered who my dad was they had a field day. Poor Goodman hasn't even been able to make headway in keeping them away because the museum grounds are technically public property."
"Well something needs to be done soon or we won't get any work done once Booth gets back." Temperance sighed and rested her hand on her abdomen. She was just beginning to show at twelve weeks along, and found herself constantly rubbing the tiny bump that had formed.
"Ha, I can't wait to see how he deals with the press. They haven't gone anywhere near Rebecca's house, have they?"
"No, but they found out where dad lives and keep following him around." Brennan laughed, thinking back to the last time she'd been out with her father. They were shopping, and he was helping her pick out some furniture for the 'man cave' when a couple of reporters and photographers began to follow them. Max simply shook his head and invited them along while they shopped.
"They like him, and probably keep wondering whether or not he's going to start a vendetta against someone." Both women laughed a bit at the thought before Temperance glanced over at a clock on the wall.
"Well, I need to get to my doctor's appointment. Dr. Tarlow should have the results of my ultrasound back and depending on what she sees…"
"So you'll find out whether you can go back into the field or not."
"And just who would you be going out there with?" Temperance just smiled in response.
"Well, everything looks good Temperance. The placenta is higher than I originally thought, the baby is at the right size and weight, and you've gained the appropriate amount of weight yourself."
"Does that mean I can return to my normal duties at work?" Dr. Tarlow set down the information sent to her from the ultrasound performed on Temperance and looked at her patient.
"You can return to all of your previous activities provisionally."
"What do you mean exactly?"
"If anything you do causes you to spot, cramp or have pain of any kind, and that does include back pain, then you need to stop and come see me. Just because you're out of the danger zone for miscarriage doesn't mean that a problem can't still develop."
"Good. I expect to see you back here in a month." Dr. Tarlow smiled and left the room just ahead of Brennan. The anthropologist smiled as she gathered up her belongings and headed to the receptionist to make her next appointment. With a smile, she took care of the scheduling and headed out to her car. Booth would be home this Friday, and there was some serious alone time that needed to occur.
She pulled out her cell phone and dialed information. They might not have been able to have a honeymoon because of their accidental marriage, but maybe they could have a weekend alone, with no interruptions. She ran a hand over her abdomen again as she got the number for the hotel she was looking for. The two of them deserved that alone time and she was going to be sure that they got it.
Booth walked through the halls of the Jeffersonian after turning in his rental car and stopping back at the Hoover Building. It felt good to have his badge and gun back; he didn't feel quite so naked now. While he'd been activated to investigate who it was that had abducted his son, he had forgone retrieving his badge or gun. If he needed to use a weapon, he had his own to use.
He stepped into the lab and took a moment to watch all of the lab assistants and scientists running around as they attended to their jobs. Even though he still didn't get all of the science that went into the work he did with Brennan, this still felt like home to him what with the amount of time he spent here on cases.
"Hey Angela, have you seen my beautiful wife around here anywhere," he called out to the artist. Angela turned and smiled at him before pointing to Temperance's office.
"Where do you think she is?"
"Thanks," He flashed a smile as he headed toward Brennan's office, whistling a little as he went.
"Hey Booth?" He turned back to the artist.
"Glad to have you back with us. We've missed you."
"I've missed all of this too." He offered her a wave and strode into Temperance's office. She sat at her desk, completely engrossed in a report of some sort. Booth watched her for a moment before sneaking up behind her. "Honey, I'm home."
Brennan shrieked and spun around in her chair. She hit him hard on the shoulder before wrapping her arms around him. "Don't sneak up on me like that!" She planted a kiss on his lips before pulling back to look at him critically.
"Did you come here straight from the airport?"
"No, I stopped off at the Hoover first, why?"
"Why didn't you go home first?"
"Funny thing about that Bones. You never told me where home is." He smiled as she turned a bit red. "We do have a home, right?"
"Yes, of course we do. Come on, I'll show you around the house before we have to leave." Booth quirked up an eyebrow as he looked at his wife.
"And where exactly are we going?"
"You'll see. It's a surprise." She turned back to her computer and shut it down before straightening the files on her desk. Booth gathered up her belongings and led her out of the lab, his hand on the small of her back as usual. Temperance smiled as they made their way to his vehicle. It felt nice to know that after everything they'd gone through the past year, they were still the same people.
"Are you sure I'll like this surprise?" Brennan just looked up at him with a smile.
"I'm positive you'll love it."