A/N: It almost seems surreal to finally be checking off the complete button next to this story, but here is the last chapter. It's a bit different and I hope you enjoy it. I hope it's a satisfying end to the story. Thanks to everyone who has kept with me through this process. I'm thankfully for all of you.
Disclaimer: I don't own Bones, but if anyone knows Hart, tell him he should hire me.
It seems silly for me to be writing this right now, but yet here I am. I remember the look in your eyes when I handed you that stack of letters…for some reason I thought we could continue the letters, at least for a while. Josie is in her room packing her backpack getting ready to spend her first overnight with you and I'm thrilled. It's only been a few weeks since you entered her life and you're already making a difference. She loves you so much, and I know you love her too. I know that I've said sorry already, but I don't think I can say it enough.
You are a wonderful father Booth. I couldn't have dreamed a better one up.
I don't think it's silly at all to continue the letters, but now you can expect to get one back every time. It's a connection for us, not that we need it, but I like the idea of them. And I loved the letters you wrote from before. I'm sure I told you that already but I feel like I need to assure you it was spectacular that you did that.
And please stop apologizing. We both screwed up, we've been over that, but I've forgiven you and I hope you have forgiven me. Now we just need to move forward, for our sake and Josie's. There isn't any point dwelling in the past, okay?
And you're right, I love her so much. I never told you, or anyone else really, but I've always wanted a daughter. When Rebecca was pregnant with Parker I had hoped she would have a girl. I wouldn't trade Parker for anything now, but I'm even more doubly happy with Josie too. I'm not sure if I told you this already, but Parker is hanging out with us tomorrow. He's excited to meet his little sister.
You Bones, are an excellent mother. Anyone who spends anytime with Josie has to know that.
Can you believe it's only been a year since you came back into town? I can't. It honestly seems much, much longer. Sometimes I forget you were ever gone. Things are different now though, for the good. Josie is getting so big, and she's really a great kid. We've done a good job Booth.
You know that conversation we had the other day, in my office? The one you told me to think about and I tried to say something but you stopped me? Well, I what I was trying to tell you, is that I don't want to think about it. I don't have to. I would love to have you move in with us. I want you to.
I have for a long time. I love you Booth, I think I always have. I just wish it wouldn't have taken me so long to figure it out.
It's official; I've just unpacked my last box of stuff. I'm all moved in. It's a little surreal still, isn't it? I'm writing this quickly, you are Josie are in the kitchen making dinner and I'm in our room. OUR room. I'm not sure I'll ever get tired of saying that. Or saying that I love you.
I love you.
It doesn't matter how long it took for us to realize what we had, I'm just glad we did. I would have waited forever for you Bones.
I can't wait to wake up next to you in the morning, knowing that all my stuff is here and that Josie knows now. That we aren't hiding our relationship from anyone and that nothing will be in our way of building a life together. I'm making breakfast in the morning, that's a promise.
You bring out my illogical side. Which shouldn't be any huge news to you, but I thought I would say it. It's been three years since you've moved back, nearly two since you've moved in, and I still love finding your letters around the house. They always seem to come at the best moments. I love you.
Can you believe that Josie is old enough to go to away camp this summer? I know we haven't decided on whether or not we'll allow her to go, but I'm still coming to terms with the fact she's old enough to begin with. My argument is consistently changing…I know she'll be with Max and Hayley will be her counselor, but I'm still worried. I never thought I'd be this worried of a parent…
We really need to decide what we're going to do.
The house is too quiet. Why did we agree to send Josie to that camp? You're still at the lab, Josie is gone, and there is nothing on TV. I'm going stir-crazy. So, being a little reminiscent tonight, I turned on 'our song' and I'm going through my old letters and some pictures. God, I love you and Josie so much it hurts sometimes. I can't believe I was almost stupid enough to lose you completely.
I'll never make that mistake again. You have my word on that. You're stuck with me for fifty-plus years and don't ever forget it.
I can't wait for you to get home; I hope you don't work too late tonight.
We need to stop avoiding the subject you brought up last week. Even if you brought it up in the heel of the moment, we need to talk about it. I wish you wouldn't avoid it like you know the answer I would have given.
Because I'm pretty sure I would have surprised you.
You love me. I love you. What's keeping us from making it official?
So, the answer to the question you sort of asked is yes. Now get out to the living room and kiss me.
Your future wife,
How juvenile is it for me to tell you that I'm too excited to sleep? It's the night before our wedding. It's the night before you become my wife and I knew I'd be excited, but I'm like a kid at Christmastime. I want it to be morning.
Actually, I wish I could be holding you right now, but you're off with Josie at Angela's having a girls' night since we're not supposed to see each other tomorrow. (That would have been one tradition I wouldn't have minded leaving out, but it's Angela so…) Parker fell asleep a while ago, so it's just me up and I wish I could see you.
I'm going to have this given to you before the wedding tomorrow…I'll bribe Sweets or Parker to sneak it to you.
I love you so much Bones.
Happy Anniversary. I love you so much, Booth. It's amazing to me the feelings I have for you. They're so strong, I'm sure they're never going to go away. We'll get our fifty years or plus without a problem. (Just so you know the tearstains are happy tears, I promise. You've turned me into a mushy sentimental girl.)
We're two years into marriage and I couldn't be happier. Our family is perfect. I never thought I'd have a family after my youth, but you've been able to show me that I can have happiness too. And I do. Completely.
Our perfect family is about to get a little more perfect though. I know we haven't really talked about it much, but…surprise.
(If you haven't figured it out, I'm trying to tell you I'm pregnant. About three months along.)
Love you daddy,
I didn't think it was possible for a person to be this happy, but yet here I am. I have the most beautiful wife in the world (don't argue), a future something great in Parker (if he ever decides what he's going to declare for a major), a beautiful teenage daughter (that thankfully has decided she doesn't want to date yet, which is a father's dream come true), and a perfect little boy to round it out. Ethan is getting so big so quickly. He's definitely my child though, a barrel of energy.
Getting old hasn't even fazed me. I'm too happy to let it.
I love you so much. I love that I'm able to tell you that every day. That I can wake you up with a kiss and cuddle with you all night long. I love that I'm teaching our daughter to drive and that you're teaching Ethan to read. I love our family.
Don't ever forget how much I love you.
I'm watching you through the window right now as you hold the back of Ethan's bike. You are both smiling and you're happy and I'm happy because of it.
I miss Parker and Josie at the house. Can you believe Parker is an adult? And a doctor? I'm so proud of him. He's a great man, and I'm guessing it's because he learned from the best. He'll change the world because you taught him how.
I still try to keep Josie as the little nine-year-old girl in a flower girl dress at our wedding, but she's not that little girl anymore. No matter how badly we wish she was. I never quite understood the logic when parents said they didn't wan their kids to grow up, but I understand it now.
It's hard having her away at college. But I know that she's doing what she wants and she'll be a great teacher.
I'm glad I have you and Ethan still around. I don't know what I would do without you.
It's our fortieth wedding anniversary today and I miss you so much. You weren't supposed to leave me here…it wasn't how it was supposed to go. It's only been a month and I know things will never be the same.
Josie and Kyle and the kids have been checking up on me. Hannah misses you and Blake just doesn't really understand were you went. Parker had to go back to California, but he promised to fly back soon with Melissa and Taylor.
I think Ethan has met someone. There is this girl he's been talking about over the last couple weeks. They met at a coffee shop on campus and he's totally smitten. They are supposed to come by sometime this week for dinner. I wish you were here to meet her with me. It doesn't seem fair that you'll never get to see him marry.
We had a great life together, didn't we Bones? Sure, it had its ups and downs but I wouldn't change it for anything in the world.
I love you Bones. And I have for over fifty years. You were my soul mate and I never doubted it. Save me a spot in heaven, I plan on bugging you for all eternity.
For all eternity my love,
A/N: I know, it's a little sad at the end, but I wanted it to span their entire life together. I hope you enjoyed. And I hope you take a moment of your time to let me know if you did or not. Thanks!