So finally I have reached the end, it has only taken me nearly a year but it is finally finished. Here for all those still reading is the last chapter. Thanks for all those who have reviewed throughout this story, your comments were very encouraging. So, I hope you enjoy this last part and I would love to hear what you think of it :D
Brennan was working steadily in her office, she had managed to get some time for herself to finish paperwork and hopefully be at home by a reasonable hour. She was content with the only sound being her fingers clicking away on the keyboard; she enjoyed this type of silence. It was comforting to know in this room she could completely lose herself in her work and not have one distraction.
Her concentration was broken at a knock at the door. Irritated she mumbled a response and waited for the door to open.
"Hey Sweetie, so where am I supposed to go?" the woman at the door said excitedly. Brennan's new friend Angela Montenegro had just arrived for her new position at the Jeffersonian, an interruption that was worthy of Brennan's time.
"Hi Ange, We have got you an office around the corner," Brennan said leaping from her seat and guiding her friend out of the office.
"Wow, this is huge, I certainly don't need this much room but i will definitely enjoy it," Angela said as she walked into the impressive room.
"Well, that's it, you have already been shown around the lab and you need to settle in and I need to get back to work," Brennan was quick with her response and left quickly leaving Angela to continue gawking at the room.
Jack Hodgins had come a long way since he graduated high school. He had been to college, earned his degrees and doctorates and managed to remove himself from an identity he despised. He was happy; for one of the first times in his life he felt a feeling of pure happiness at how his life was turning out. Not to mention he was also able to work every day with a woman who long ago had fast become one of his best friends.
His life was even more enhanced by the fact that the most beautiful woman he had ever seen had just begun working with them. He was definitely interested in becoming more than just her friend.
Jack was content playing with bugs and particulates, he felt at peace and he felt the whole world cease to exist much like Brennan felt when it came to her Bones. This was why it took him a few minutes to realise that his name was being shouted out from across the lab.
"Jack, hey Jack," he heard a familiar voice booming behind him. He turned around to face the visitor and immediately a smile was on his face.
"Booth, man great to see you," Jack said as he and Booth shared a very manly hug,
"Good to see you to. Wow I see nothing has changed, that lab is still...whoa and you totally space out around bugs, which I still don't understand," Booth said with a charming grin on his face.
"Yeah, yeah whatever. So...you're back, I mean I knew you would be back but I wasn't sure when," Jack replied.
"Well it's hard to put a time frame on what I was doing but I tried to get back here as quick as I could," Booth told Jack, "But I am back now, and let me tell you I don't miss being away at all."
"I hear you. So does she know you're here?" Jack asked in a slightly girly voice, he may be all man, but he could help feeling extra happy when he saw Booth put a smile on her face.
"Nope, I thought I would surprise her," Booth said excitedly.
"Wow, you're a brave man," Jack commented.
"I sure am, but I better go find her before she finds me. She in her office?" Booth asked only to be answered with a 'what-do-you-think?' look. Booth smiled and went off in the direction of her office. As Booth was exiting the platform he passed Angela who he gave his best charm smile to and continued on his way.
"Who was that and where can I get one?" Angela asked when she reached Hodgins on the platform.
"That was Booth, and don't even think about it he's taken," he told her before turning back to his neglected bugs.
"Shame," he heard Angela say before he once again was lost to the world.
He had been waiting for this day for months. Since joining the FBI, he had been constantly moved around in departments before he was permanently placed somewhere. His latest stint was with the undercover and special operations sector. For the last six months he had been working on and off directly with undercover operations, most recently he had been right in the action and that had required him to be away for a month.
He hated to be away from Brennan, but he knew that to get a stable position he had to persist and hope that soon enough he would have a full-time position in DC. While Brennan had been completely supportive and understanding regarding all of it, he knew that him being away for great lengths at a time wasn't easy for her. He knew that it probably reminded her of years before when everything was unstable.
He was pulled out of his thoughts when he reached her office. He immediately noticed her sitting at her desk with a determined look of concentration on her face. He always thought she looked the most beautiful in these moments, when she was unaware of everything around her and was relaxed in her own way. He knocked on the door to announce his presence and held his breath as he waited for her to look in his direction.
It took a few minutes but finally she turned his head to him and automatically her eyes widened and a huge smile was plastered on her face. Without saying a word she got out of her seat and rushed to him and jumped in his arms. He felt her legs wrap around him and her head bury in her neck and he then finally felt like he was home.
"Booth, you're back," he managed to decipher her saying as she pulled away from him slightly.
"Yep, I am," he answered her grinning.
"I thought you wouldn't be back for a while, you said yourself that it was going to be a long case," she said quickly.
"Well, Bones, I managed to crack the case, so now here I am. Your talk is making me think you're not happy to see me," he teased.
"No, of course I am happy to see you. I am just surprised, that's all," she told him sincerely.
"Good, because I am so glad to be back Bones and do you know what this means now?" he asked her. She just shook her head in response and a puzzled look came across her face.
"It means that I was able to ask for a permanent position in DC, which means I won't be going away anymore," he told her.
"Really," she asked with slight hesitation in her voice.
"Absolutely, I don't want to be away from you anymore Bones," he heard her breathe a sigh of relief. She then kissed him for the first time he had come into her office, and he now felt that everything was right. After the kiss ended due to lack of air he spoke, "So what do you say we get out of here and you catch me up on what has been going on around here?"
"Ok," she said shyly before going to turn off her computer and gather her things. He watched her race around her office and he was amazed that the amazing woman in front of him was still his. He knew that there were many times throughout the years when she could have given up but, luckily for him she had decided to stick around and wait out the rough patches. He loved her more than anything and was gald they could now finally start to live a close to normal life together, what they had both been wanting for many years.
"Are you finished?" he asked her.
"Umm, yes I think so," she said looking around to check she hadn't forgotten anything.
"Well, let's go then," he said urging her towards him. She finally was satisfied that she could leave and went to join Booth before he left without her. As they began walking out of the lab she moved closer to him and grabbed his hand with hers, he looked down and smiled interweaving their fingers. They walked out hand in hand as close as humanly possible and began to tell each other stories from the past month.