A/N: So sorry that it took me so long to update the last chapter. The inspiration pool dried up for a few days. Thank you so much to everyone who read and thanks to Anne Nonymus for the help. I apologize if Angela is slightly OOC in the chapter but I felt I had to write her the way I did to get the point across.
Brennan was looking into Booth's warm and reassuring brown eyes. She loved his eyes, they always made her feel so safe and cherished.
"I told Angela that she hurt Hodgins" Brennan said, self-consciously playing with her napkin. "And she pointed out that I have hurt you in the past." She looked away from Booth, not wanting to see the emotions in his beautiful eyes. Booth was surprised, that had not been what he had anticipated. He reassuringly put his hand over hers, effectively stopping her from tearing up the napkin, and forced her to look at him.
"Please don't say anything yet Booth. I need to get this out of my chest"
"It's off my chest Bones, you have to get it off you chest" Booth corrected gently. Brennan couldn't help the small smile that tugged at her lips.
"She said that I have hurt you and Sweets confirmed this. I never meant to hurt you Booth" She said urgently, willing him to understand. "And I'm sorry." Booth nodded.
"It's ok Bones." He said gently, smiling softly at her.
"You forgive me?" She asked, sounding surprised.
"That was quick" Booth laughed.
"Bones, I'll always forgive you. And I really can't stay mad at you. Trust me I've tried." Brennan bit her lip trying not to let the chuckle leave her mouth.
"I'd do anything to help you Booth." Booth was touched and couldn't for the life of him get the silly grin off of his face.
"Thanks Bones" He clasped her hand and held it for a moment.
"Booth" Brennan said after a moment.
"I've been thinking"
"You do that a lot"
"I'm being serious, please Booth" Booth knew she had something important to say and immediately became serious.
"Thank you." She took a breath to compose herself.
"I used to seek relationship advice from Angela because we were of the same opinion. I used to approve of the way she conducted her relationships. But lately I've been re-evaluating her behavior and I no longer find it acceptable."
"Ok" Booth said unsure of where the conversation was headed.
"Recently I have found that relationships should be founded on more than just sex. I know that in the past I have been dismissive of the idea but I think emotions…should be valued. I do feel the sting of rejection every time a relationship, no matter how casual ends. So I think that starting now, I am going to try and form more meaningful relationships." Booth held his breath. He was unsure of her exact meaning but he was praying that she didn't have someone other than him in his mind.
"And I have to thank you Booth" She continued, he snapped out of his thoughts and focused on her again.
"Yes, without you I wouldn't have been able to come to the conclusion that sometimes taking the risk is worth it." Booth's heart was pumping hard, as if he had just run a marathon.
"You're welcome Bones" He said managing to keep his voice calm. They sat looking at each other for a few moments before Brennan spoke again.
"I was talking about wanting to enter a relationship that wasn't based on sex but also included the emotional elements as well."
"I understood Bones"
"I meant with you" She said bluntly. He was silent. She opened her mouth to tell him it was ok if he didn't want to and that she took it all back, but before she could get anything out Booth grabbed her face and kissed her.
"YES!" Sweets threw his fist in the air before awkwardly rubbing his neck and taking a sip of his coffee as the other patrons in the diner looked at him oddly.
Angela stood outside the bar trying to catch her breath. She had finally realized just how much she had hurt Hodgins. She wanted to go knock on his door and beg him to forgive her. Hodgins was standing just a few meters away. Once he had walked out of the bar he had realized that Booth had driven him. He could have easily called a cab but he felt the need to talk to Booth and get him to finally grow a set and tell Dr. B how he felt about her. Hodgins figured that Booth had brought Dr. B and Sweets to the diner to wait while he confronted Angela, so after giving her one more look, he forced himself to head towards the diner. As he approached he saw Booth and Dr. B sitting alone at their usual table and he could tell that they were having an intimate conversation. He nearly jumped for joy when Booth pulled her into a kiss, a smile he didn't know he was capable of at that moment gracing his face.
"At least one of us got what we wanted" Hodgins spoke to himself.
"It's about time they got together" came a soft, melancholy voice from next to him. He turned as was surprised to find Angela standing right beside him. Tears were running down her beautiful face and her hair was loose, flapping in the wind.
"I didn't hear you follow me" Hodgins whispered awkwardly, unsure of what else to say. Angela sniffed.
"I wasn't following you. I figured that Booth had brought Bren here and I wanted to talk to her"
"They're really predictable huh" Hodgins joked, his heart fluttering when she laughed.
"Ya they are" They stood awkwardly next to each other, no longer wanting to talk to the people in the diner.
"Um…Do you think we could go somewhere quiet and talk?" Angela asked looking at her shoes. "You ran away before I could say anything. And don't say anything please, I know why and I understand but I do want to talk to you." Hodgins opened his mouth to retort but he couldn't stay mad at her, and he most certainly couldn't deny her anything, even if it was simply a talk. He realized that even though he made a speech about moving on, he would never be able to fully move on from her. So instead he nodded and followed her as she walked into the park. It was several more minutes before she had worked up the courage to speak.
"Ok" She exhaled deeply. "I am really, truly sorry Jack." She started. Hodgins stood and let her talk, he didn't think there was anything for him to say and he knew if he interrupted she would most likely stop and leave.
"I am so sorry for everything. I didn't realize how much I as hurting you every time I rejected you. I really didn't mean to. I was just trying to protect myself and tried to make it look as if I was trying to protect you instead. But I hurt you. So many times and I am sorry. I was always afraid – God I sound like Brennan." She took a deep breath before continuing.
"I was always scared that I would lose who I was if I got too close to someone. I enjoyed living in the moment because there were no consequences. But you showed me that there are. That the people I use in those moments get hurt while I take and never give anything back." Angela paused and looked at him.
"You are the only one I ever even considered spending my life with. You always made me feel wonderful, and not just with sex, all the time. I think you really are the love of my life and I am so sorry that I was scared and threw it away." She gulped and mentally prepared herself for multiple reactions before continuing. "I threw it away once but I am really hoping you'll give me another chance and trust me not to throw it away again. Please" She hated that the last word came out as a supplication but there was nothing she could do about it. She did not want to lose Hodgins forever and she was so close to that becoming a reality. Hodgins broke into a giant grin and pulled her to him, hugging her close.
"Yes! Yes!" He said happily, he was reminded of how he had pictured Angela would react to his proposal and laughed; hugging her closer. They pulled away and he kissed her passionately and Angela kissed back with equal enthusiasm, ecstatic that he was giving her another chance.
Sweets watched Brennan and Booth leave the diner hand in hand. He was elated that they had finally admitted their feelings and gotten together. He paid for his coffee and made his way out of the diner. He decided to cut through the park to get to his car. On his way he noticed Angela and Hodgins standing beside some rose bushes. He began to make his way over to them when Hodgins pulled Angela into a fierce hug and then watched as they began to kiss passionately. He had to laugh. Romance was definitely in the air. Sweets made his way to his car and quickly maneuvered his way home to Daisy.