A/N: Okay, after a long journey… we have finally reached the end… I want to say thank you to all of my readers and especially those who have supported me with all of their comments and feedback along the way! Sorry for the delay in this, I've had a lot going on! Here is the epilogue to our wonderful journey! This will be from Booth's point of view and will take place a few years in the future.
I looked across the playground to see kids all over the place. I smiled to myself as I looked over to see Bones waving me over to her. I walked over to join her in the sand as she instructed me to stand waiting at the bottom of the slide. She took hold of our daughter's hand and led her up to the top of the slide and my smile widened in amazement as I looked at the expression of pure joy on the toddler's face as she came flying down the slide in my direction. I caught her and swung her up in to the air, listening to her incessant giggles. "Again, daddy!" She cried happily.
Bones joined me near the bottom of the slide and gently took her from my arms. "After we have cake, sweetie! It's your birthday; don't you want to have cake and ice cream with all of your friends?" Bones asked.
I laughed and said, "Don't forget the presents! That's the best part!"
We wandered over to the picnic tables where the presents were all piled up. Bones placed her in front of the cake. Everyone; all of our closest friends, co-workers, and their children were gathered around the table. Wendell reached out and lit the candles as we all started singing "Happy Birthday" to our little girl.
She squealed in delight at all of the attention she was receiving. I leaned down and whispered in her ear, "Now blow out the candle Eva! And make a wish, but don't tell anybody or it won't come true."
She giggled and contemplated for a moment before blowing out her candle. Everyone erupted in applause.
My heart swelled as I watched Bones lean down and hug her affectionately and place a kiss on the top of her head. "Happy Birthday, Eva."
Hodgins grinned at her from across the table. "So how old are you now? 15?" He grinned.
"No! Uncle Hodgie, I'm freeee now!" She held up three fingers to prove her point.
I chuckled, "That's right sweetie, you're three now! You're daddy's big girl, aren't you?" I smiled when she nodded and kissed me on the cheek.
After cake and ice cream, Parker was the first to hand her a present. "I want you to open mine first, Eva!"
Angela was ready with her camera as my beautiful and precious little clone of Bones, Evangeline Lilly Booth, tore open her present from Parker. Her face lit up like the Fourth of July when she saw the pretty princess crown that Parker picked out for her. "Thanks Park! Now I can be a real princess!" She ran to him and flew into his arms.
Bones leaned into me and I put my arm around her and kissed her forehead. I watched the exchange between brother and sister. "Let's see how it looks on you." Parker took the crown from her and gingerly placed it on top of her head. "Wow, Princess Evangeline! You look so pretty!"
"Thanks!" She squealed happily.
"More presents!" Hodgins declared. That's all it took to gain Eva's attention once more as she dove into the pile of presents. After all of the wrapping paper had been ripped off and destroyed, our little bundle of joy ran off to play in the playground with Angela and Hodgins' son and the other children while the adults chased after flying paper shreds that were blowing away in the breeze.
"Wow… I forgot how trying children's birthday parties can be." I remarked as I grabbed my lower back in pain.
"Aww, do you need another realignment?" Bones teased.
"No, I remember the one I had to have after you paid me back for the 'secret wedding' we planned for you." I groaned.
Everybody laughed at my expense.
"It's not funny… man the things you do for love sometimes…" I shook my head.
"Hey, I could do it again…" she challenged.
"No thanks, Bones… I could really do without another night of kickboxing lessons from you. I really don't want to end up on my back again." I smirked.
She grinned. "Oh, I'm sure there are things I could get you on your back for." She winked suggestively.
I could feel my face growing hot with embarrassment as everyone laughed.
"Just wait, Bones… I'll get my revenge."
"What's revenge, daddy?" I felt Eva tug at my arm and I looked down at her.
"You'll find out when you're older." I replied as I grinned wickedly at her mother.
I couldn't believe how lucky I had become. I had the most wonderful family. Not just Bones and my children, but my friends, too. It was great for us all to be together celebrating the life Bones and I created out of love. Finally I had found my place in life and it was with my best friend, lover, wife, and partner. Who could ask for more? Side by side we could conquer anything! Including birthday parties for young children.
A/N: I hope you all liked it! I had fun with this tidbit! Thanks everyone for being with me on this journey! It was a lot of fun! Watch out for more stories in the future now that this one is complete! I can never keep my stories straight if I write more than one story at a time… so now I think I'll move onto a few one shots! Follow me on Twitter ResoundingEcho