Hi everyone! *wave*. I am back with another one... (I know, I am insane...) The following fic is not based on spoiler or speculation, but does take place after Booth and Brennan return from their respective trips... Well, you'll see... I hope you'll stay with me through it...


The solid clacking of shoes on the tile floor could be heard as it echoed through the silent lab. Temperance Brennan turned the corner to her office and tossed her briefcase onto the couch without a second thought as she rounded the corner to her desk. She sat in the chair, rolling it over to her incoming file, opening a folder, she sat back in her chair.

She enjoyed getting to the lab about an hour before everyone else, it gave her some time to organize her day, and at the same time, gave her a little bit of solitary time around the things she loved. She flipped the page as she read through the case report, chewing her bottom lip as she read her partner's colorful language. She smiled, shook her head and closed the folder, tossing it onto the pile as she looked up to see that very man standing in her midst.

"Something amusing in that file, Bones?" He asked, walking across the floor with his arms crossed. There was a slight cocky grin on his lips, but it disappeared when he noted the stiffness in her posture, and her avoidance at looking toward him.

"No." She replied, looking up at him, her eyes were stern and cold as she watched him stand above her. "Can I help you with something?"

"We need to talk." He said softly, watching her eyes. She had an amazing ability to take whatever situation they were in and push it to the back of her mind, so that her eyes told him absolutely nothing.

"Well then you'll have to come back when I'm not working." She said, looking back at the papers on her desk, she lifted a folder and opened it, sitting back in her chair; she focused on the computer and began to type.

"Bones." He said, his voice deep and serious, she ignored him, continuing to type. "We need to talk about what happened."

"We don't have to talk about anything. What is done is done." She said, looking toward him with a cold expression. "Isn't that what you told me?"

"That was a completely different situation."

"It was the exact same situation." She said, glaring at him. "Whatever you think happened? It's in the past. I am working… if you don't have a case, then you can show yourself to the door." She said, her eyes becoming colder, her fingers tapping the keyboard just a little harder.

He stood his ground, staring at her as she glared for another moment, before moving her eyes to the screen. "I'm not leaving."

"I'll have security remove you."

"You won't do that."

"Would you like to put a wager on that, Agent Booth?" She glared again, though this time, her eyebrow raised just a bit, her lips in a straight line, no signs of joking.

"You have to talk to me about this, Bones." He said, a virtually unseen sigh escaping his lungs as his eyes begged her to listen. "Tell me that you'll talk to me about it."

"No." She said angrily. "I'm finished talking about it, Booth." She said, looking at him. "You have known me long enough to know that when I make a decision, it's a very well thought out and intelligent decision. You know that I don't make intuitive leaps, and you know that I don't take risks that I don't feel are sure things." She said as she stood up and walked toward him. "When I told you, what I told you… and you pushed it aside for your own selfish reasons. You have someone now, Booth. I have accepted that, and I am not going to stand in your way if you have an opportunity for true happiness with someone that you care about. I would be lying if I told you that I haven't felt a bit of indifference on your part regarding our relationship, but I assume that it was inevitable. However, your behavior the other night has only reinforced that I am better off the way that I've always seen myself… alone." She said as she walked toward the door.

"Bones, you don't understand." He said softly as he followed her toward the door, where she turned sharply and looked him directly in the eye.

"I do understand, Agent Booth. I understand completely… and that's why I will be requesting for Agent Cooke to become my full time partner as soon as possible." She said, keeping her eyes steady. "It is very clear that you've let your emotions get in the way of our work, and in our line of work, that can be very dangerous." She said as she turned around and walked away from him. She walked strongly and firmly through the empty lab, turning sharply without a second look as she headed toward Limbo, leaving Booth to stare after her in terrified stupor, as she disappeared from sight.

I know, short beginning... and we will find out how we got to this point, I assure you... and in classic fashion, I suppose I can show you what happens after.