"Uncle Seeley, can we go home now?" Eva begged her Uncle after a long day at the DMV.
"Soon Sweetie." She laid her head on his lap, her bouncy dark curls flowing smoothly on his legs. She closed her bright blue eyes and drifted to a soundless sleep. Seeley looked at the little girl he had taken in after his brother and sister in law had passed away. Jared and Marie had been in a bus crash a year earlier and they had left Eva to Seeley. He had cared for her to the best of his ability and loved her more than he thought possible.
"G64 at window 18." That was his number. He picked Eva up and walked to the window. He handed the lady the filled out papers to renew his driver's license. She calculated the price and after he paid he went to stand in the photo line. When his turn to take the picture was almost up he wasn't quite sure what to do. He had forgotten that you can't take a picture holding a six year old child. He looked around looking for a place to maybe set her but he saw nothing. Just the cold metal chairs they had sat on. But, there was a woman standing behind them. He hadn't realized her but now that he had he noticed her true beauty. Her hair was the most beautiful shade of brown and it really brought out the warm blue color of her eyes.
"Hello, I'm Seeley Booth." She smiled. That was a good sign.
"I'm Temperance. Temperance Brennan." Seeley couldn't contain his smile. This was the most beautiful girl he'd talked to in a long time. Well, besides Eva. When the beautiful woman, Temperance, noticed Seeley's distress when the woman called to get his picture taken, "Do you want me to hold your daughter?" She asked plainly. Seeley didn't even respond before she began to take her. He was in a rush so he didn't even bother to explain. He took the picture and took Eva. He wanted to thank the woman so he waited.
"Thank you." He said shaking her hand.
"Your welcome. Your daughter is so adorable." She mused. Seeley blushed.
"Actually she isn't my daughter. She's my brother's. He died a little over a year ago." He had gotten used to telling people the story because he got tired of people asking a lot of question.
"Oh I'm so sorry! I have a brother too and I don't think I'd be able to handle losing him." This wasn't the direction he wanted this conversation to lead.
"Yeah, it was pretty hard. Well, enough about that. What do you say to lunch tomorrow?" He hadn't known what she would say. It was a little sudden but he felt the need to see this woman again but he wasn't sure why. She looked deep in thought for a few seconds then gave an answer.
"Yeah, I don't have anything planned." He couldn't contain his joy and it was evident on his face.
"Alright. Well do you want to give me your number so I can call you?" She nodded and handed her a paper with her number on it, "Well I'll be sure to call you tonight and give you the plans."
"Alright." They walked out together and he walked her to her car where they stood talking."
"Well it's getting late. I should probably get her home." They said their goodbyes and Seeley was off to get home. He placed Eva in her pink floral pattern bed and went to bed himself, thinking of Temperance until he drifted away.
I couldn't believe what had just happened to me. He was so handsome and he wanted to go out with me. Maybe he was just a player, no he didn't seem the type. I almost called my mom but decided she was probably already asleep and I was going to call Angela but decided I didn't want everyone knowing so I simply went to bed. It was only nine but I just wanted lunch to come. When I finally crawled into bed I couldn't sleep. I didn't know what it was about this guy but I just couldn't get him out of my head. It was like he had taken full residence right there in my head. I turned on my bedside lamp, right on my nightstand was a picture of my family when a year after I graduated college. My Parents were holding each others waists and Russ and I were standing on each side of them. Me by Mom and him by Dad. As I looked at my family I drifted slowly into sleep with my light still on.
"Hey, Uncle Seeley...Wake up! I've got to go to school." Eva was on the end of my bed in her pink pajamas.
"Alright, Alright. I'm getting up. Go get in the bath." With that she ran to the bathroom and turned the water on. As she bathed I cooked breakfast and set her clothes out for her to get ready. I brushed her hair into long straight layers that I knew would bounce up as it started to dry. We sat at the table to eat and said blessing.
"Can I call you Daddy?" I wasn't really sure what to say. I thought this day might come. This usually happened in cases like ours.
"Please. I don't have a daddy and all the kids at school have daddys cept me. You're like a daddy. You feed me, love me, and bring me places so why can't you be my daddy?"
"You have a daddy but he's in heaven with your mommy. You will see them again but I can be your daddy here." She smiled one of the biggest ones I've seen since the accident.
"Thank you. Daddy here." She came over and sat on my lap and squeezed my sides.