a/n: sorry its been so long, I've had this ending written for a long time in my notebook but haven't had the time to type it up. I hope you all like it.
It had taken Booth and Hodgins almost ten hours to convince Angela to go to her place, shower and pick up some stuff for Brennan. So right now, Booth was on watch duty.
He held her small hand in his, rubbing his thumb over her knuckles. "Bones… You probably know I'm here and you don't want to open your eyes because you're mad at me… or something. But you should really wake up now. Whatever I did… I'm sorry. But I'm not sorry for saying I love you… Because I do… Love you that is. I love you Temperance Brennan and I am going to do everything I can to make you see that and I'm going to do everything I can to keep you with us. And now I'm rambling…"
"Yes… you are."
Booth looked up to the head of the bed. "Bones, you're awake!"
"Yes, I am." She smiled.
"How are you feeling? Are you in any pain? Do you need me to get the doctor?"
"Actually, about an hour ago I woke up. You were sleeping and I didn't want to wake you. The doctor already came in to check on me. I'm feeling ok."
"Why didn't you wake me?"
"An earthquake couldn't wake you Booth… You didn't need to apologize you know?"
"You heard all of that huh?"
Brennan nodded. Tears filled her eyes. "The door was locked. I was leaving to come and see you. To tell you…" She trailed off, wiping furiously at the tears running down her face.
"Tell me what?" Booth tightened his grip on Brennan's hand.
"Sweetie! Welcome Back!" They both looked to the door. Angela came running in and gave Brennan a hug. "When did you wake up?"
"About an hour ago." Brennan replied.
"I knew I shouldn't have let Hodgins join me in the shower."
Booth got up quickly, instantly missing the feel of Bones hand is his. "You two obviously have some girl talk to catch up on."
"You don't have to leave Booth." Angela said.
"I really don't want to hear about you and Hodgins. And I have some things to take care of today." He looked to Bones. "I'll be back a little later. I promise."
Booth left the hospital and drove for three hours; ending up in front of a dilapidated old building. He sighed then knocked on the door. A guy about his age answered the door. "Yeah?"
"Are you Russ Brennan?" Booth asked.
"Yeah, what's it to you?"
"I need to talk to you about your sister, Temperance Brennan."
Temperance sat alone on her hospital bed. She had convinced everyone to go to school. She didn't want to fall behind. She gave everyone specific note taking instructions. Now she was just waiting for Booth , hoping that he would be back soon.
Into the afternoon, there was a knock on her door. She looked up to see Booth standing in the door frame. Brennan smiled, "hey".
"Hey, sorry I disappeared on you." He said, walking in and taking a seat near her bed. "Where is everyone?"
"I sent them all to school."
Booth laughed, "Of course you did." Then he turned very serious, "there's something I have to tell you."
"Oh me too. I've been waiting for you to get back. Booth I-"
"Let me go first. Please. It may change what you have to say to me."
"What are you talking about?"
Brennan looked towards the door. Then back to Booth, then back to the door. "Russ?" Her eyes filled with tears. "What are you doing here?"
Her brother walked in and took a seat on the opposite side of Booth. "I heard about what happened Tempe. I'm so sorry. I never thought things would end up this way."
"Well then did Russ. You left me and now I'm in the hospital."
"I should have never left you."
"But you did! You left me all alone!" Brennan shouted at him.
"Bones, calm down."
Brennan turned her head to look at Booth. She had almost forgotten he was there. "You went and got him? Why would you do that Booth? Why would you bring him here?"
Booth took her hand in his. "Because I don't want to lose you. Angela, Hodgins, Cam, Zac and I don't want to lose you." Booth took a deep breath. "I love you Bones; and I know you don't feel the same; and that's ok. Russ can help."
"Booth… I love you too."
"I love you." She whispered.
Russ stood up. "Ok, you two look like you have lots to discuss. I'm going to go and call the social worker. See how quickly we can get things moving."
Before Temperance could say anything to Russ he left.
"I was rude to him." She stated.
"A little. But he understands." Booth gave her a kiss on the cheek. They both smiled.
"Is this really going to work? With Russ just waltzing back into my life? Are they even going to give him custody? Where are we going to live?"
"Whoa Bones, slow down. I've already talked to the social worker. She says that its not going to be a problem. As for the living situation…" He trailed off.
"You didn't think about that?"
"No, I did. A lot. Your brother lives three hours away. Not a very nice be neighborhood". Brennan's face fell. "But I'm going to be leaving the museum soon when I start with the FBI so the manager said he could take my job. Also, there's an apartment for rent in the building across the street from mine and I've paid the first five months rent-"
"Well, yeah. I told you I wasn't going to lose you." He smiled, leaning in and giving her a gentle kiss on the lips. "You have no idea how long I've wanted to do that."
Brennan shifted uncomfortably in the hospital bed. "Umm, do I have to live with Russ? I mean, its only across the street. I could leave some stuff there…" She trailed off.
"Wow, once we get over your intimacy issues, theres no stopping you huh?" Booth smirked.
"You started it."
"I love you Bones."
"I love you too Booth"