Temperance sat by herself in the hospital's chapel and stared at the seat in front of her. Her thoughts drifted around as she thought about the comfort that Booth got from his religion. His belief in an invisible parent figure that watched over the universe was ridiculous to her way of thinking, but he seemed to really believe in his god. That would mean that Booth was with his god, at least according to him. She sighed and closed her eyes, trying to fight off the tears. Maybe it was selfish of her, but she didn't want him to leave her. She wanted Booth with her living that thirty, or forty, or fifty years he'd spoken of. It was a scary concept to her but if she was truthful, and that was how she prefered to be, then she'd admit that she'd rather be scared of the idea of a lifetime with someone than a lifetime without.
"Please stay here for me," she whispered. "If Booth is correct and his god does exist then let him come back to me." She opened her eyes and watched as a single beam of sunlight streamed through a window and landed at her feet. Temperance looked at the beam as though it held the secrets of the universe.
"You know, back in the day that ray of light would be considered a miracle." Temperance turned around in surpris before she smiled.
"Hank!" Brennan flew out of her seat and across the capel to give theld man a hug.
"What's the matter Sweetheart? I know Shrimp's in the hospital, but he can't be that bad." Hank patted Brennan's back as she held onto him.
"I couldn't... his heart stopped. He left me Hank."
"Now, now, I'm sure he's fine." He pulled Temperance away from him and led her back to the pews to sit. He could tell that she was skeptical of his statement. "I'm sure Seeley told you about my heart surgery?"
"Yes, he mentioned that you had triple bypass surgery."
"My heart stopped, but I'm still here. Maybe it doesn't seem like the same thing, but it does to me."
"The difference is that you weren't in a coma, Booth is," Brennan said and then looked up at the light rapping on the doorway of the chapel. Padme stood there, looking relieved.
"Temperance, there you are. Seeley's awake and he's looking for you."
"He's awake?" A wave of relief washed over her as she bolted up past Hank and out the door. Hank watched her go and glanced up at jPadme. He looked at her for a long moment and smiled.
"You must be Jared's girl. Padme is it?"
"Yes. You're Hank, right? Jared's told me so much about you. It's a pleasure to finally meet you."
"Oh believe me, the pleasure's all mine." Hank pulled himself up from the pew and offered his arm to Padme. "I'll say one thing, my grandsons have excellent taste in women. Now, what do you say we go up and see how Shrimp's doing?"
Temperance raced up to Booth's room, her heart pounding in her chest. Booth was alive. He was alive,, and awake and he was asking for her. He knew who she was and wanted to see her. She reached his room and took a breath to calm herself down. Once she flet she'd recovered enugh, she stepped into the room and looked at his bed. His vitals all showed normal and he looked to be resting peacefully. Jared turned to look at her and smiled.
"He was asking for you. I told him you'd be right back and he calmed right down." He got up to offer his seat by the bed. "I'm glad Padme was able to find you. We were worried when you ran off like that."
"I apologize if I caused you any concern, but I needed some time to myself."
"I understand, just... Temperance, he loves you and maybe you don't trust my opinion, but he was devastated when you hung up on him. Do not hurt my brother again."
"Oh, leave the girl alone, slick." Jare turned to the door, surprised to see his grandfather there.
"Pops, what are you doing here?" He went to the door and hugged Hank.
"You call me and say Shrimp's in the hospital and expect me to stay home? I've got to be here for my grandkids."
"I'm sure he appreciates the effort," Brennan said as she took Booth's hand and gave a little squeeze. When sh felt him squeeze back, she turned back to him, beaming.
"Bones, you're here," he murmured once he focused on her. She leaned forward and kissed his cheek.
"I'm sorry that you thought I wouldn't be here. I'll always be here for you." She brushed her free hand across his cheek, looking at him with all of the love and relief she felt.
"You keep looking at me like that and I might think you love me."
"I never said I didn't." She sat back and pointed to the doorway. "Look, your grandfather is here."
"Heya Shrimp. You look like hell." Hank came up to the bedside and smiled at Seeley.
"I feel like hell," Booth said, his grip tightening on Brennan's hand. He closed his eyes again, resting contentedly with Brennan at his bedide. Everyone stayed in the room visiting with each other and Booth for a few hours until he fell back to sleep. Jared and Padme left with Hank while Brennan stayed behind. She began to doze as nurses came to check on Booth, none of them willing to wake the pair.
"Bones." Temperance woke with a start at the sound of Booth's voice. She picked her head up from the mattress and looked at him.
"Do you need anything? Are you hurting? Do you need a doctor?" She waited for his response, surprised when he let out a chuckle.
"No, it's nothing like that." He looked at her for a long time before he spoke again. "How did you find out about me?"
"Padme called me. I'm sorry that I was so rude to you that day you called me. I know you were drunk and felt I didn't have time to deal with you in an inebriated state."
"I shouldn't have been drinking, and I'm sorry for what I said to you."
Brennan gave a sad little smile and shook her head. "Maybe you're sorry you said what you did, but I think that I needed to hear it. When we found my mom, Russ and I had a talk and I told him that at the time that mom and dad left that I didn't understand what it meant that he was only nineteen. I didn't understand that he was doing what he could to take care of me. I told him that I don't always hear what people ar saying to me. I promise that I will listen to what you say, and really try to hear what you mean."
"That's all I ask, Bones, but in that you need to share with me too. Don't run scared. Let me know what's going on in your head."
"I can't say that it will be easy for me, but I will endeavor to be more open." Booth smiled at her and shifted on his bed to get more comfortable. "Will you have to go back into service one you're cleared by your doctors?"
"Nah, I'm done with the army for good. Besides, I don't think they'd want someone as hard headed as me to com back anyway." Booth smiled at her and watched as a twinkle appeared in his partner's eye. He waited fo her next words knowing he was in for something good.
"Well a hard head is something I expect from you." Booth laughed until tear were in his eyes.
"Oh Bones, it's so goodto have you back." And it was. This was where he felt complete. Sure his life with Bren was a fantasy, one that was created by Temperance of all people, but when it came down to it, the only thing he really wanted in life was sitting by his bedside laughing with him and holding his hand. He didn't know what the rest of his life would bring, but he couldn't wait to find out with her by his side the entire way.