And I'm back with Part 3 as promised. This story's about BB and their baby. As if you all didn't know.
Chapter 1 picks up right from where the last story The Future in the Past left off. If you're stumbling on this fic for the first time, it's probably a good idea to go read the one before this, as there will be mention of it. And since you're gong to read that, you might as well read The Faith in Their Love, the story that started this all.
Disclaimer: Bones doesn't belong to me. She belongs to Booth. But seriously, Bones and all its characters are property of FOX. Not mine. I just take these characters out for a spin sometimes, but I return them in one piece.
"Feeling sick again?"
Jackie walks up to me looking at both her sons loading our luggage into the trunk of the car. I'm on the sidewalk, getting ready to leave Philly.
I nod, not trusting myself to keep what little of breakfast I took in if I spoke.
"It'll pass." Jackie smiles reassuringly at me.
"You sure you don't want Seeley or Jared to stay?"
"No. Jared has to get back to his job. And you need Seeley now."
"I'll be fine. I have my father and friends back home."
"Seeley wants nothing more than to be with you now. He needs you now too."
I look over at Booth who's slammed the trunk of the car with shut. He's beaming at me, his usual charm smile.
"Besides, I'd come visit soon. I can't wait to meet Parker."
Booth has walked up to join us.
"You're looking a little green Bones. You sure you're up to us driving home? It's not like we can't afford a plane ticket back."
"I'll be fine Booth."
"You're hardly eating… I'm just really worried."
"It'll pass Seeley." Jackie repeats her words to Booth.
"I know. But she's lost weight since she got here, she feels so light in my arms now –"
"And I'll go see Dr Cowan once I get home. You'll see that everything is fine."
Booth raises his index finger, wagging it in my face. "No more going into the field – "
"We've had this conversation – "
"Not again!" Jared groans as he walks to join us, throwing his hands up in the air. "If you two are going to keep at it the entire trip to DC, I'm making alternative arrangements to get back."
"We won't!" Booth and I reply in unison.
"You two are scary together."
Jackie laughs. Jared grins and hugs his mother to him.
"Take care Mom. Call if you need anything. And I have a guest room waiting for you when you wanna come visit."
"I'll come when Seeley's ready."
"I'm always ready Mom."
"It'll take some time for you two to tell Parker, and your friends, get settled back into your jobs. I don't want to be any trouble."
"You won't be Mom."
"I'll give it another couple of months before I make the trip. You boys will be the first to know when I decide to come over."
"We'll hold you to your word."
Booth and his mother embrace. Jackie releases Booth and turns to hug me.
"Take care of yourself." She smiles.
"You take care of your wife Seeley."
Booth nods, then takes my hand.
"Bye Mom!" Jared kisses his mother on the cheek then climbs into the driver's side of the car. Booth does the same, echoing his brother's goodbye.
"I have benefited a lot from this trip. Thank you."
Booth takes my hand, still grinning from ear to ear. We walk to the car, Booth climbing in the back seat while I take the passenger side.
We wave goodbye till Jackie disappears from view.
"Back to what I was saying Bones."
"What were you saying?"
"He doesn't want you working in the field without him."
"I don't want you in the field period. Not while you're pregnant."
"I'm not incapacitated Booth."
"Oh you're not?! How about puking your guts out a couple of times everyday? How about not being able to eat? How's that not being incapacitated?"
"It's not like I can't walk or examine remains. The only part of my body that is causing me discomfort is my gastrointestinal system."
"Bones, you're stomach's queasy. Normal people throw up after seeing the kind of bodies we deal with. How are you not going to puke and compromise anything?"
"He's got a point."
"Shut up Jared!"
"Hey! He was helping!" Booth quips from the back.
"I've never thrown up at the sight of any human remains and I don't intend to."
"You've never been pregnant before either have you Bones?"
"Seeley Booth, you're being unreasonable! "
"I'm unreasonable?! Why don't you listen to me for once? "
"No Booth! I'm working in the field until I deliver this baby!"
"Guys!" Jared groans. "Think you two could keep the volume down? I'm trying really hard not to crash the car."
My cellphone rings and I pick up before Booth can interrupt.
"How were the in-laws?"
"It was a good trip but I'll tell you more when I meet you. Do we have a case?"
Booth sticks his head in between the headrests of the two front seats.
"Case? What case?"
I ignore him.
"Yes. I know you're still in Philly with Booth but a body was found badly burnt and decomposed in the Everglades. They think the victim was murdered but ID-ing the body is gonna be though. They'd like us to go over to have a look. They specifically asked for you."
"Actually we're on our way back to DC now. Booth's father passed away."
"Father? I thought you said his mother was sick."
"It's a long story."
"Is he ok?"
I glance at Booth. He reaches to try to grab the phone from me but I'm too quick for him, moving it to my other ear.
"Ok. So what do you think? You wanna meet me in Miami, or should I take one of your brilliant interns?"
"No, I'll be there."
"There? Where?" Booth tries to reach for my phone again.
"Great. I'll see you then. Call me when you reach Miami."
Hank hangs up and Booth is scowling at me.
"You did not just say you're going out in the field with Hank. Miami?"
Ignoring Booth again, I turn to Jared. "We're going to the airport."
"Yes. I need a flight to Miami."
"Miami?! Wait Bones, no! You haven't even seen your OB yet. You're not going!"
"A body was found in the Everglades. They requested for my expertise."
"Come on Bones. You're not the only forensic anthropologist in America! Hank can take Clark, or Wendell or Nigel-Murray or any of your other interns."
"They requested for my expertise Booth. It's not going to take long. I'll go, take a look at the remains, and determine if the person was indeed murdered. Once I've gathered the evidence I need I can have everything shipped back to the Jeffersonian. Hank can remain in Miami until the case is solved. It'll only take a day or two."
"It's still being in the field Bones."
"For a day or two. And then I promise I'll fly back to DC and see Dr Cowan right away."
"There are alligators in the Everglades!"
"I know I was there with Sully remember?"
"I remember Bones."
"Booth, you know I love doing this. There'll be no danger. I'm not going to interrogate anyone with Hank, just looking at remains."
"Alligators Bones! I don't like this."
I know Booth has an innate inability to say no to me. And I'm using his weakness to my advantage. Admittedly I want this pregnancy to go smoothly and want my baby to develop well inside me. But I'm taking the pre-natal vitamins I know I should be taking. Another short delay in seeing my OB should not be a problem.
I bate my eyelids at him. Booth looks like he's about to relent.
"I'm feeling fine. I haven't felt nauseous since we left your mother's. And I will eat. Jared can drop me off at the airport and you two can continue on your way home."
I'm lying now. But I'm good at denial. Besides, nausea is good. It simply means the hormones in my body that are keeping this pregnancy going are at healthy levels.
Booth sighs. "Alright but I'm coming with you."
"You're not cleared for fieldwork Booth."
"I'm not going there to do work Bones. Technically I'm still on vacation. I'm just accompanying my wife on her working trip to Miami."
Jared laughs and I smack him on the head.
"To the airport Jared." I command. I point a finger at Booth.
"You can come. But promise you're not going to do anything strenuous and hurt your knee again."
"Fine, fine! And you're not to do anything strenuous too!"
"I promise if you do."
I rest my head back on the headrest as Booth sulks in the backseat. I'm grateful for a moment's rest. It is only in this rare moment of silence in the car, and my adrenaline begins to wear off that I realize that I'm tired, so very tired.
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