Disclaimer: Bones originally belongs to Kathy Reichs, but is currently under the great care of Fox, Hart, Deschanel, and Boreanaz.
A/N: Parker's take on our series' favorite couple. Set ten years from season five.
Brennan sat at the diner, staring out the window at the afternoon sun. It was an interesting turn of events that brought her to this familiar spot today. She glanced at her phone and realized she was still early. She couldn't help it; her scientist's curiosity had been peaked.
"Dr. Bones!" Parker exclaimed, taking the seat across from his father's partner. "I'm surprise you came."
Brennan smiled at the boy, well, now young man. "Of course I came. I am interested in what you have to tell me."
Parker chuckled. "Some things never change, no small talk, huh?"
Brennan wasn't surprised how much Parker was like his father. They had the same good looks, although different hair. Parker had gotten his haircut since he'd turned sixteen. He looked well groomed and his zygomatic arch was not unlike his father's. He was also well-behaved for a young man his age.
"Are you done observing me Dr. Bones?" Parker mimicked his father's grin perfectly.
She shook her head. "I was just making some mental comparisons. I apologize."
"I'm gonna order some soda, do you want a refill on your coffee?" Parker asked politely.
"I'm fine thank you." Brennan couldn't help but notice the similarity between father and son.
"So," Parker cleared his throat and sat back. "I'm here to do what Dr. Sweets never could."
"I beg your pardon?" Brennan asked.
Parker was still grinning. "You really have no idea why I'm here, do you?"
Brennan shook her head, confusion on her face.
Parker leaned back in his chair. "Why didn't you marry my dad?"
Brennan was taken aback. "It was just, never the right time."
"That's not really a good excuse." Parker shook his head. "I need a better reason than that."
"I was never ready. I didn't want to hurt him. He has such an open heart and he loves so completely." Brennan tried to explain.
Parker smiled. "I know. He's a great father."
Brennan nodded. "I always used to tell him that."
"But," Parker continued. "Not marrying you is probably the thing that has hurt him the most in life. I mean, I'm not an expert or anything, but I think you need to talk to him."
Brennan shook her head and stood to leave. "I don't know."
"He's loved you all this time, Dr. Bones. I can see the pain in his eyes. He tries to hide it, but well..." Parker sighs. "For my dad, it's always been you."
A/N: So, what do you think? Plausible. It's set as if Brennan and Booth never got together. Even ten years after the end of season five. But of course their still partners.