It occurred to me after re-reading the last chapter that I still had not explained Sully's presence in the lab. Whoops. I got a little caught up in the sentiment and completely forgot. Sorry about that. I will cover that in this last chapter, though.
That's right. This is it. I actually only intended this to be a one-shot to begin with, so expanding it was never my wish. But hey…you never get exactly what you wish for.
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After another round of hugs and laughter and several retellings of the wedding ceremony (in Massachusetts, during a case, at a justice of the peace), everyone was feeling loose and more than a little tipsy. Watching Sully speaking animatedly to his wife, Booth finally got up the courage to ask him why he was there in the first place.
"So, Sul. What brings you back to DC?" Booth pasted an innocuous smile on his face, hoping the answer he was about to receive was just as innocuous.
Sully wasn't stupid. He had been waiting for this question since he walked into the lab that morning. "Well, to be honest, I came to see Tempe. I had something I wanted to ask her."
Every muscle in Booth's body tensed at the same time, including the one that was currently holding his jaw shut. He simply raised an eyebrow, indicating that the other man continue.
Sully reached into his wallet and pulled out a picture. He turned it around, showing a photo of a beautiful blond woman holding a tiny baby. "This is my wife, Gretchen and my daughter Charlotte."
Relieved and smiling a true and full-on charm smile, Booth took the picture and looked closely. "They're gorgeous, Sully. Really. Congratulations!"
"Thanks, Booth. I can't believe I was lucky enough to convince Gretchen to marry me, and having Charlie…there's just no words." Sully grinned and took another peek at his family before passing the photo on to Angela, who cooed delightedly over the baby. "Anyway, the reason I wanted to see Tempe…and by extension, you…was to ask if you two would be interested in being Charlie's godparents."
Brennan turned a shocked look to Booth, who was still grinning stupidly. "Well, what about your families?" Booth had to ask him. "Shouldn't they be your first choice?"
Sully shook his head, sadly. "Gretchen lost her parents when she was very young and has no siblings. And my parents…they're both in a nursing home, and unable to care for a child. And since I don't have any other relatives, our options are limited. But I mean that in a good way."
"Sully, I appreciate the sentiment, I really do. But…why us?" Brennan was truly confused.
Smiling again, Sully answered. "Look, Tempe…I knew when we were dating how Booth felt about you." Booth moved to protest, but Sully cut him off. "Don't even bother to deny it, Booth. When I asked you for advice on how to get Tempe into bed-"
"You did not!" Brennan gasped, laughing. "Oh no, I'll bet you loved that, Booth!"
"Both of you, shut up." Booth rubbed his temples, trying not to lose his temper. "Anyway, go on with what you were saying, please…"
"Anyway, the point is, there is no two people I trust more to protect and nurture Charlie should the unthinkable happen. You're two sides of the same coin and my baby girl would get the best of both worlds with the two of you. You know what I mean?"
Booth nodded, taking in Brennan's wondrous look and her hand in his. "Sul, we'd be honored to be Charlotte's godparents. Really."
Sully nodded and released the breath he didn't know he had been holding. "Thank you. Thank you both. I appreciate it."
"And hey…maybe someday you two can give Charlotte a playmate!" Angela grinned at Booth and Brennan, eyebrows wiggling.
"Maybe someday." Booth smiled, trying not to sound too hopeful. He laced his fingers through Brennan's, kissing her palm. "When Bones is ready, of course."
Brennan leaned over and kissed Booth softly, then leaned into his neck and whispered something in his ear.
"What?!? We're having a baby?!?" Booth was floored, and everyone started cheering and clapping, and more hugs and handshakes were passed around.
Temperance took her husband's face in her hands and smiled the smile she had just for him. "In seven months, we're going to be parents. Are you happy?"
Booth grabbed his Bones and pulled her into a loving hug, kissing the top of her head and grinning. "Babe, I couldn't be happier if I were twins!"
Brennan pulled away from Booth and grinned. "And speaking of twins…."
Well, that's it. I might go ahead and do a sequel, but right now I am working on three other stories and have sort of overextended myself. But once the muse strikes, you never know what will happen.
This chapter is dedicated to the memory of my cousin, Charlotte. I miss you every day, kiddo.
Thanks for reading, everyone.