I purposefully left #100 for last, so I hope you enjoy.
"Okay, people," Cam said as the Squint Squad plus Booth stood outside of the Jeffersonian, "You heard the men. The fumes are too unsafe right now for any of us to be inside for the next forty-eight hours, so consider yourselves off until then."
A chorus of groans arose from Hodgins, Vincent, and Bones, but Cam stood her ground and suggested that if they didn't want this to happen in the future they should think before they performed superfluous experiments. Bones argued that she hadn't sanctioned this latest one, nor would she have had she know about it. Cam shrugged her shoulders, but refused to change her mind.
"So what do you wanna do, Bones?" Booth asked, looking over at his partner, who had sulked all the way to the car.
"I suppose I should have you take me home," she sighed, "There is some correspondence that I need to reply to and I'm sure that there is some housework that needs to be done as well."
"Housework?" Booth wrinkled his nose, "Com' on, Bones, it's a perfect day out, we don't have to work, and you want to lock yourself in your house all day?"
"I might go for a run," she said defensively.
"You should relax," he told her, "Enjoy the day."
"What are you going to do?" she deflected.
"Go home, change out of this monkey suit," he shrugged, "Maybe head to the park or something for a picnic."
"Fine," she told him as he pulled up to her building, "Would an hour be sufficient enough time for you to prepare yourself?"
"What?" he looked at her, confused, "You're coming with me?"
"You didn't intend for me to?" she looked up suddenly, "Of course you didn't. That was quite presumptuous of me and I apolo-"
"I'd love it if you hung out with me, Bones," he cut her off with a finger to her lips, "And an hour should be way more than enough time."
"Okay," she nodded, "I'll prepare a salad if you'd like and some sort of dessert food."
"Sounds good," he grinned, "I'll bring the sandwiches, chips, and some drinks."
They parted ways and Booth drove home, wondering what in the world he had gotten himself into. Precisely an hour later, there was a knock on his door. Bones had changed into jeans and a baby-doll t-shirt and smiled at him when he opened the door. She had a cloth bag that he assumed had some food in it with her and asked if he was ready to leave. He nodded, grabbed the rest of the food and a blanket, and they left.
The park that Booth had picked was within walking distance of his apartment and they both decided that they'd rather take in the fresh air than drive. Booth had a small cooler with the sandwiches and drinks in it slung over his shoulder, while Bones insisted on carrying her food and the blanket. They found a shady spot under a big oak tree and settled down to eat.
Conversation was light as they munched their way through the meal. A couple of months back he'd discovered that she liked PB&Js as much as he did, so that's what he'd gone with for the sandwiches. She'd also approved of the Pringles he'd brought and actually giggled with glee when he showed her that he'd brought a can of sour cream and onion ones just for her.
Then she brought out her food and he prayed there was nothing with tofu in it. He was pleasantly surprised when the salad turned out to be a fruit salad- complete with a little shaker of powdered sugar for him. For dessert, she produced a pound cake with a thick and creamy chocolate mousse to dip it in; though she refused to divulge her recipe, even when he employed his charm smile.
After lunch, they packed everything that was left in the cooler and set off for a walk around one of the park's trails. As Booth had pointed out earlier, the weather was perfect for being outside and Bones seemed more than happy that she hadn't stayed inside after all. When they finished the circuit, they headed back to his apartment.
"That was fun," he smiled, fishing out two bottles of water for them from his fridge.
"It was very diverting, yes," she agreed, chugging down the water as soon as he gave it to her.
She frowned when she finished.
"What wrong, Bones?" he asked, concerned.
"Well," she said slowly, "I've just noticed that it's only one o'clock in the afternoon."
"So we still have over forty hours left until we can return to the lab," the frowned deepened, "I would have thought that our activities would have taken more time, however, it appears I was wrong."
"What do ya wanna do next?" he asked.
"I'm not certain," she replied.
"How about bowling?" he suggested.
She made a face and he took it as a no. He suggested they go to a movie next, but when they looked online neither one of them could find one that they agreed on. She suggested that they play a board game, but they couldn't decide on one of those either.
"You know," she said, as they sunk into the couch, "This relaxation concept is not as easy as one would presume it to be."
He offered her a half-smile, "We're just too used to working, that's all."
She nodded, "What would you normally do in a situation like this?"
He shrugged, "Honestly, it's been so long since I had the time to relax, I'm not sure what to do. Normally on the weekends I don't work I have Parker. He keeps things interesting enough. What do you do?"
"Housework," she replied, "Sometimes Angela will take me to an art exhibit, or some such thing. If I have no obligations or social engagements, then I read."
"Nothing like a good book and a hot cup of coffee on a rainy day," Booth smiled.
"Indeed," she returned the smile.
"I'm guessing that you'd cuddle up with a forensic journal, though," he teased.
"Sometimes," she admitted, "Though I have a large collection of classic novels that I enjoy as well. What do you read?"
"Tolkien," he shrugged, "And, you know, there's this Temperance Brennan person who writes fairly decent stuff."
"I heard that she dedicated a book to you," Bones said slyly.
"Yeah," he ducked his head, "Something like that."
"Perhaps we should read, then, if that's something we both enjoy."
"You mean together or separately?" he asked.
"Either one," she said easily, "My mother and father used to read to me every night when I was a child, and as I grew older I would read to them as well."
"Parker and I do that sometimes," he said.
He stood up and went over to a stack of books that was on his floor while she grabbed a blanket and nestled in the corner of the couch. He sat down beside her and she offered him a corner of the blanket.
"You ready?" he asked.
She nodded her head, "Let me know when you would like me to read."
"Will do," he smiled, "Now, just sit back and relax, Bones."
To his surprise, she listened, leaning her head back to rest in the back of the couch and closing her eyes.
He opened the book and began reading, "In a hole, in a ground there lived a hobbit…"
Thank you all so much for going on this LONG journey with me. I can't believe I actually finished them, but I'm happy that I did. I hope you all have a great week and I'll see you sometime- I'm sure musie won't let me stay away for too long! If you have a favorite, let me know what it is!