A/N: Thanks to everyone who has left a review! All characters you recognize belong to Hart Hanson and Kathy Reichs, all others belong to me :)

Chapter 27: Peace in the House

Five hours after sending Bones and the kids home with an FBI agent, Booth dragged himself into the house. Everything was dark except for the moonlight coming through the windows. Slowly, he made his way up the stairs to Bones's bedroom. He briefly thought he might check on the kids, but something told him that Bones wasn't likely to be separated from them and they weren't about to move too far from her side.

Sure enough, there they were. His little family, all nestled together in the big bed, Parker on Bones's left and Lily on the right. The fluffy down comforter was tucked around them, an added protection from any outside force disturbing them. After quietly slipping off the suit he had been wearing since Bones disappeared and pulling on a pair of gym shorts, Booth crawled into bed with his family. Lily, who was sandwiched between him and Bones, wriggled over in her sleep to cuddle against his bare chest. Smiling, Booth draped his arm across Lily and Bones, his hand resting on Bones's stomach.

Before falling asleep, he sent up a silent prayer of thanks that they were all safe and in one place.


The next morning Booth was jarred out of sleep by a small projectile landing on his chest. Prying his eyes open, he looked up to see Lily sitting on his chest. "Up, Dada. Up," she commanded. "Me and brover hungy!"

"Yeah, Dad. We're hungry," Parker chimed in from the foot of the bed. Groaning, Booth glanced at the clock on the cable box. 9:32. No wonder the kids were hungry. He glanced over at Bones; she slept on, undisturbed by their very awake children.

"Ok, guys, I get it. Give me a minute to get up. You go on downstairs and figure out what you want to eat." Parker helped Lily off the bed and Booth lay there listening to their little feet scamper down the stairs.

Knowing he only had a few minutes before they started to mutiny, Booth turned on his side and propped his head on his arm, studying the woman beside him. It still sent a shiver down to think of how close he had come to losing her. Reaching out, he pushed a stray strand of hair out of her face. It was then that he saw her eyelids flicker a bit.

Narrowing his eyes suspiciously, Booth leaned closer to her. Bones's eyes remained closed. Smirking a little, Booth began to trail kisses along the edge of the cotton camisole she had put on to sleep in. Still, she didn't open her eyes. Booth pressed a kiss into her cleavage, his tongue flicking out to taste her skin. A little moan escaped her throat, but she still kept up the act. His eyes gleaming with wicked naughtiness, Booth used his kisses to push down the camisole. While his lips were occupied, his hand crept down her body, into her pajama shorts, under the waistband of her panties.

The second his fingers began to play with her, Bones's eyes flew open and she gasped. He chuckled. "Good morning, beautiful. How are you feeling today?"

"Mmm," she moaned. "If you keep that up, I'll be feeling fabulous."

"Happy to oblige," Booth said, his voice husky with desire. In a few short minutes, his devilishly clever fingers sent waves of sleepy warm pleasure coursing over her.

She brought his face up to hers for a warm kiss. "Thank you."

"I've never been one to leave a lady unsatisfied," Booth quipped.

"Not just for that. Thank you for saving me," Bones murmured. "I knew you would find a way and you did."

Booth's eyes were serious and loving. "I'll always save you, Bones. Always. You're the woman I adore and the mother of my daughter. If you need rescuing, I'm your white knight."

"I love you too," she whispered, leaning in for another kiss.

Sighing, Booth pulled away. "We've got two hungry kids downstairs that I need to go and feed before they start to rebel."

Bones nodded. "I'll come help you. I find myself experiencing a great deal of hunger as well."


Brennan felt at peace. Looking around the table, she smiled. Booth was helping Lily cut up her little sausages and small pancakes into bite-sized pieces. Parker shoveled mouthfuls of his Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes into his mouth, oblivious to the syrup ringing his mouth. She smiled at him and reached over with her napkin to help him.

The little boy beamed at her. "I'm glad you're home, Dr. Bones."

"I'm glad to be home, Parker." Bones took a bite of her own pancakes. "It will be good to get back to life as usual." Booth frowned at that, but didn't say anything.

After breakfast, he cornered her in the kitchen as they did dishes. "So…I guess now that the danger is gone, Parker and I should probably move back to my place."

Brennan frowned at him. She hadn't considered that. "If…if that's what you would prefer." There was a few minutes of awkward silence. "Although, if you would like, you could always just stay here."

Booth's eyes lit up with a spark of hope. "Yeah?"

"Of course. Now that you have custody of Parker, it would be practical for us to work as a team in parenting the kids, which would be much easier if we lived in the same house. Besides, we have an intimate relationship now. I don't know about you, but I hope to continue that relationship. And I think that it would prove much simpler for us to continue our relationship if you live here."

Booth raised his eyebrows, a grin slowly spreading across his handsome face. "I…can't argue with ya, there Bones. Why don't we just take things a day at a time? If you decide that you want your own space back, Parker and I will move back to my place."

"I will not change my mind," she said confidently.

"Well, then, I guess Parker and I have some packing to do."

A/N: Filler, but still. What'd you think? Updates may slow down to once a week because I'm hitting my stride on this novel. Thanks to everyone who has reviewed!