I suddenly had the inspiration to re-vive this one.
The Line In The Dust
It's Halloween. I remember Bones once told me that when she was growing up she rarely got to go trick or treating. Since her parents were always on the run, they had to keep a low profile. Maybe that's why she always insists on going to the Jeffersonian Halloween party, always in her Wonder Woman costume.
This year I thought of something different. I talked Rebecca into letting me take Parker trick or treating in her neighborhood. Our last "date" with Parker at the diner went incredibly well despite my insecurities so I decided Bones should come along with us tonight.
I had adamantly refused to let her come in her Wonder Woman costume. It didn't seem appropriate and seeing her in that costume would probably give me a heart attack given that I'm finding it harder and harder to keep my feelings for her in check.
She had turned up tonight jeans and a simple button down shirt under her jacket much to my relief. We picked Parker from his mother's house and made our way round the neighborhood. The atmosphere is light and there are many other children with their parents out tonight.
I watch from a distance as Parker and Bones approach yet another house. After the fourth or was it fifth house I kinda lost track of how many.
"Trick or treat!" Parker grins as the door is opened to reveal a woman with her own young son.
"And what are you young man?"
"I'm a squint!" Parker replies enthusiastically.
The woman's face betrays her confusion.
"He means he's a scientist." Bones explains.
"Oh, aren't you a handsome little scientist."
The woman hands Parker a generous amount of candy.
Parker runs towards me, coming to a stop in front of me.
"Look Dad I've got lots of candy!"
"Yeah little man, that's quite a lot."
Bones walks up to me, beaming. She reminds me so much of a little girl, bubbling with excitement.
I place a hand on his shoulder. "It's getting late Parker. Time to get you home."
"Aw come on Dad, one more house, please?"
"Yeah come on Booth, one more?"
Normally I have trouble saying no to either one of them. With their forces combined I hardly stand a chance.
"Ok." I raise my hands in defeat. "One more, then you're going home."
"Yes!" Parker high-fives Bones and he heads down the street to the next house, Bones right behind him.
"You too Bones!" I call after her. She turns to grin at me and my heart skips a beat.
An elderly woman comes up to me.
"I've been watching you guys all night. My grandson is one house behind." She points to the little boy in the Batman costume standing at the door to the house Parker was at moments ago.
I smile back politely at her, shoving my hands into my pockets.
"Looks like a nice family you've got there."
"Oh that's not my son's mother."
"Yes that seems to be the case more often than not. Not like me and my Phil. Married for forty years now."
I raise my eyebrows. Feigning interest in what she's saying, "Gotta teach me your secret to success some day huh?"
"It doesn't really mater though."
For a moment I'm not sure I'm following her train of thoughts. She nods towards Bones and Parker.
"She looks like she loves your son as if he were her own flesh and blood."
That she does. I want to verbalize that. I've always known but hearing it and admitting it to myself makes my heart seize.
"Whatever you do, you hold on tight to this one."
I grin at the sight of Bones and Parker walking back towards me.
"Yeah, I will. Thanks."
The old lady smiles and goes off to gather her grandson.
We get to Bones' apartment later that night after taking Parker home to Rebecca.
Tired I plop myself on Bones' couch. She sits next to me, the huge grin still on her face. She's so cute like that.
"Had fun Bones?"
"Yes, lots of it."
We lock eyes and for a moment I forget to breathe. She's so beautiful. My hand moves of its own volition, smoothing her cheek with the back of my hand. A split-second later I panic silently inside. I've been having more and more of these lapses in self-control lately.
"Trick or treat Bones." A quick save.
I reach into my back pocket and pull out the lollipop Parker gave me earlier from his collection.
Bones accepts the lollipop with a smile.
"My turn. Trick or treat Booth."
Feeling mischievous I reply, "Trick."
"You're not supposed to say that!"
"Why not? What are you gonna wrap me up in toilet paper?"
Without warning she launches herself from her side of the couch, plating a kiss on my lips. I'm momentarily stunned. She sits back a smug look on her face.
"I – what – "
"I've been wanting to do that for some time now Booth." She admits with an evil glint in her eye.
"But why didn't you- I mean, I just… whoa this isn't a joke is it Bones? Cos I'm not sure I can take it if you are."
"I'm serious Booth. That night, when you told me you loved me."
"But you had this deer-in-the-headlights look when I told you."
"I don't know what that means."
"Bones I told you, then you looked like you were so scared I thought you didn't feel the same way."
"When I got home, I started thinking, and I thought maybe I feel the same, but then I remembered you said you loved me in an atta girl kinda way, I thought maybe cos you have this line that we can't cross."
"You kidding me Bones? My stupid line has been obliterated, left in the dust for the longest time."
"Well you should've told me sooner Booth."
She's saying all this so calmly and so matter-of-factly I'm inclined to think I've fallen asleep and am dreaming.
"Pinch me Bones."
She pinches me on the forearm so hard I'm sure it'll leave a bruise.
"Ow! What'd you do that for?"
"You told me to pinch you."
"I'm not dreaming am I?"
"Bones, I love you."
"I know Booth. I love you too."
I pull her to me and we kiss.
"I think it's time you got into your Wonder Woman costume."
Too cheesy? I swear it sounded really good in my head lol!
Ah the Bones withdrawal…. *gasp* need new episode…..