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Summary: One moment can change everything! Booth and Hannah are engaged to be married, Bones is pregnant with Booth's child but he doesn't even know it. And with the revelation of loving Booth hitting Brennan hard, her logical side is losing to the emotional new Brennan who refuses to interfere in Booth and Hannah's relationship. But when the gravedigger strikes again, this time taking Brennan alone how will things turn out? Will Booth be able to figure out the truth before it's too late?
Yeah I know the summary sucks but the story is good.
"Sweetie, should you really be pulling all nighters in your current physical condition?" Angela's voice filled the large office that belonged to the rather exhausted Forensic Anthropologist. She walked in carrying a warm cup of tea in hands; her eyes looked Temperance Brennan with concern and a hint of playfulness. Bright green eyes stared at her groggily as Temperance sat up from her uncomfortable sleeping position, her hands finding the warmth of the tea cup soothing.
"It's not like I'm sick Angela. I am very well able to work." Temperance protested as she took a sip of the tea, the warmth filling her body soothing and calming her aching muscles. Relief strangely followed the warmth as she settled back into her chair closing her eyes contently.
"Yes but your baby needs you to be physically well for it to grow healthily." Angela argued as she took a seat, Temperance's eyes shot open a tad bit paranoid as she looked around making sure no one else heard Angela. It had been close to a week since Angela confronted her about her pregnancy and since then the very Pregnant Angela had turned into a very fussy friend. Temperance found however, she liked very much being fussed over, Angela much like Zac was just as worried the health and growth of Temperance child as she was her own.
Of course Temperance wasn't aware just what was going on when she wasn't in a room. Since the teams discovery of her pregnancy they have been secretly helping the smart and socially awkward scientist as much they could. Camille was trying hard not to give Temperance too much work, Jack tried to help Angela in fussing over Dr. Brennan without giving away that he knew and Booth became even more protective of Dr. Brennan than he already was.
A soft knock came to Temperance's office door, causing both pregnant women to turn to look towards the door. The tall door entrance held the small but firm frame of Hannah Burley, her clear green eyes warmly watching Temperance as she stood from her seat and made her way from out of her desk. Angela sat perfectly still, completely unaffected by Hannah's visit. Temperance smiled at Hannah as the woman stepped into her office.
"Hey Bones" She said as she reached out, gently gripping her arm as she walked up to her. "I kind of need your help." She said sheepishly, waving a hello to Angela who smiled democratically. Temperance smiled at Hannah though a little bothered by the nickname that she used.
"How can I assist you?" Temperance said as they both took a sit on the couch; Angela simply shifted positions on the chair so that she was facing the two women, the fatigue finally settling in Temperance as she began to feel the weight of her exhaustion. She exhaled a little heavily an action that did not go unnoticed by Angela who instantly perked up concerned.
"I was following a lead and I found what looks like a body that was buried underground." She said Temperance arched an eyebrow confused. "No I know bodies are generally buried underground but…there was just something very strange about this body, can you please come and look at it?" Hannah's eyes pleaded with her in such a way that Temperance had to wonder if it were those eyes that made Booth succumb to her so easily.
"Okay." Temperance said as she stood up, Angela also standing up but more annoyed and worried than anything else.
"Okay?" She shot at Temperance; Hannah sat quietly watching the two women. "No way! You haven't slept since yesterday!" She argued as Temperance began to gather her things. "You need sleep, like now!"
"I'm fine Angela." She stated simply as she took her coat and put it on. The reality was she wasn't one hundred percent OK, her entire body had begun to ache and that numbing feeling that came with exhausting had begun to take over, her heart rate had elevated and she felt as if her body suddenly weighed tons.
"I can wait." Hannah said trying not to get on Angela's bad side surprisingly enough she got a thankful look from the very pregnant woman.
"No, I'm going." Temperance said, she turned to Angela then and spoke more firmly. "I'm going." She took her purse and walked out of her office. Hannah shot Angela an apologetic look before flowing Temperance out of the office leaving Angela to silently fume to herself. However several seconds after the two women left Angela took out her phone and angrily dialed Booth's number.
"Hey Angie, what can I do for you?" His smooth voice was heard over the earpiece but was instantly attacked by Angela's clam but dangerously cold voice.
"I'm going to kill your Fiancée." That was the only thing Angela said before she hung up and stomped out of Temperance's office completely ignoring the flood of incoming calls from Agent Seeley Booth. Several minutes later Seeley emerged into Angela's office where Jack and Camille were attempting to calm a very upset Angela. From a completely different perspective the image was completely comical.
Angela sat with her arms crossed over her enormous belly; lips pouting as she completely ignored the two adults that tried talking to her as if she was a child who was being unsupportive. However the moment Angela saw Seeley she shot up from her seat, her eyes glaring the poor man down and truthfully he was a little bit scared of Angela, she seemed to emit the same ominous feel as her father usually did, when she was angry.
"What happened?" He asked her cautiously as she approached Seeley with an accusing finger, which at the moment as probably the scariest thing in the world for Seeley. She walked slowly towards him and he walked slowly away from her until he was completely pinned against the wall, watching as her finger came over and continuously began to poke him in the chest.
"Your. Stupid. Fiancée. Took. Brennan. To. A. Crime. SCENE!" her words were slow but very chilling. Booth caught her finger already feeling a bruise forming on his chest; he gently rubbed his chest with his free hand, confused as to what Angela meant.
"What crime scene? What are you talking about?" Angela retrieved her finger as Booth asked his questions, turning away from him and running a hand through her hair. She breathed in obviously still worried over her friend who could be in danger of just passing out from exhaustion.
"She came into the Lab today looking for Temperance." Angela explained. "She asked Temperance to help her with some remains she had found concerning those crooked cops." Angela seemed to get more and more anxious as the seconds went by.
"Seeley! The last time Hannah poked her nose into that case she was shot at! And Temperance is Pregnant!" She shot back, her voice escalating by the second. Seeley, Camille and Jack stared at each other somehow suddenly remembering and understanding why Angela was so frantic…Hannah had been shot at the last time she was openly investigating on the crooked cops…and now there were more than two lives at risk.
"Where are they?" Booth asked quickly, panic quickly taking over as the thought of any of them getting injured scared him but more so Temperance than Hannah. Angela shook her head silently saying she didn't know. Immediately Booth began to call Hannah but each time he called she would not pick up, Jack as dialing Brennan but it seemed that he had the same luck as Booth. "Damn it!" Booth growled as full blown panic began to set in.
"How exactly did your investigation lead you here?" Temperance asked as she dodged some branches that seemed to come out of nowhere as the two women walked into what seemed to be the forest part of one of the many parks in Washington. Temperance's hand instinctively rested on her belly as a way of protection as she walked behind Hannah who led the way.
"I found out that some of the drug dealings took place here, as well as fire arm selling." Hannah said as she continued down the path that lead to the buried body. "When I started poking around here I found what seemed to be like a metallic handle." She pushed a branch out of the way and waited until Temperance passed before continuing. "I thought maybe that it was like a place where they kept drugs or something but then I found this…" She said as they made it through to a clearing and towards what Hannah had dug up that looked to be a refrigerator.
Temperance approached the container and almost immediately upon seeing it her heart sky rocketed as pure shock and anxiety filled her body. Feeling a strange heaviness in her chest, she placed her hand over her chest and a hand over her belly as she stared at the body of the child that seemed to have been there for a year at the most. Hannah was shocked by her reaction and instantly at her side as Temperance panted for air.
"Oh my God, Bones are you okay?" She asked reaching over to grab the woman's shoulders. Tears began to form in her eyes as she stared at the body of the skeletal child, a shaky breathe escaped her as she closed her eyes.
"Female…" She said through gasped breathes. That hateful woman! Oh that hateful, vile human being!
"It's okay you don't have too…" Hannah began but Temperance would not hear any of it.
"Caucasian." She said again trying to hold the tears that threaten to hotly escape her, Temperance clutched her belly tightly as the sheer thought of what had happened to her three years ago came crashing back, the idea of a child and a female one at that sent hot new waves of anger coursing through her.
"Temperance, it's enough. Stop." Hannah said softly, but Temperance continued…Hannah couldn't understand.
"Between the ages of five and ten." She cried then, her entire body shook from the anger and sadness that filled her body. She had thought and hoped that they had found all of that woman's victims, but here was another one…how many more were there, how many more people had that woman buried beneath the ground without a second thought to the life that could be lost? "Oh I hate this woman." She whispered out earning a somewhat surprised look from Hannah.
"You know who did this?" She asked gently, Temperance nodded, with a shaky hand she wiped the tears from her face. Her hand still rested on her belly as she stared down at the girl whose name for now would remain unknown.
"Call Booth." She said a bit more calmly. "You tell him you have another gravedigger case." Her words were low and cold, full of rage. Hannah stared at her a little worried.
"I have no reception out here…I'd have to leave you here…"
"It's okay…" Temperance said turning to look at the blond next to her. "I can take care of myself…just hurry" Hannah nodded before standing up and dashing out of the clearing and out as far out towards the road as she could go until her phone found reception. Immediately as her phone got reception a call came in, ironically enough Booth was calling. She quickly picked up; she was several yards away from the Forensic Anthropologist.
"Hannah! Finally, where are you?" Hannah caught her breath as she tried to speak but found she was too out of oxygen to do so, she did manage to pant out the address to where she and Temperance were at. "What are you two even doing?"
"The gravedigger." Those words left Booth completely frozen, his heart stopping as he heard Hannah speak again. "Bones said that she found another victim of the Grav-" Hannah stopped mid sentence as a sound caught her attention. Booth could hear the sound of Hannah retrieving a weapon and running, the reception got a bit scratchy, when it finally seemed like Hannah had stopped running she spoke again though he could barely hear her though it clearly sounded like a grunt, the phone seemed to have fallen somewhere, Booth could hear what sound like a gunshot and the thud of a body falling…the sound that followed was scratchy and distant but Booth recognized it as Hannah's voice. "Temperance! Oh my God"
Seeley's heart completely stopped beating as he stared at the phone, the screen reading 'call lost' What the heck had just happened? Wha- He turned to the other three who seemed completely anxious and waiting for a response but Seeley simply stood there. When he did react he was dialing for an ambulance.
"This is Special Agent Seeley Booth…I need a bus." His words sent panic through the three who were now speed walking with him down the halls of the Jeffersonian, Angela getting help from her wonderful husband. Booth gave the officer's the directions to Hannah's and Temperance's whereabouts before turning to Camille. "Cam, I need an investigative team to follow me. I'll tell you on the way but we need to move now!" Camille nodded as she, Jack and a few other squints quickly packs and followed Booth to the scene, Angela somehow manipulating her way onto the ride.
She wasn't sure where she was, not sure what was going on. The blaring sound of a siren and the motion of a moving vehicle gave her some clue but she wasn't really sure what was going on. She heard voices, they were talking, discussing something, and she didn't know what. The soft beeping sound of an EKG filtered through the air.
"The baby's heart beat seems to be fine…" she heard someone say, why would her baby need to be okay…what had happened? She could hardly remember a thing; the last thing she remembered was stepping out of Hannah's car. She opened her eyes slowly, feeling a strange pain course through her body making her groan a bit.
"TEMPERANCE!" Angela's voice caught her off guard a bit…why was Angela there…where was there…looking around she realized she was in an ambulance. "Hey Tempe…" She said as she turned to look at her, she winced slightly as she turned her head, one of her hands rushing to her neck.
"What happened?" she asked softly completely disoriented "Where's Hannah?" she asked again feeling really weak and just out of it.
"Booth is with her in the other ambulance, she was pretty beat up…how do you feel." She asked, softly taking hold of Temperance's hand. Temperance closed her eyes again trying to remember but still could not go further than leaving Hannah's car. "Sweetie you were attacked." Angela began, earning Temperance's full attention. "The gravedigger escaped prison a few weeks ago…it appears she made Hannah find a victim of hers….it was trap."
"What?" Fear filled Temperance's eyes as she once again tried to desperately remember what had happened but with no avail. She began to fidget, her heart skyrocketed as panic began to set in. The gravedigger…No…The paramedic said something to Angela and she backed away from Temperance as he tried to calm her down. Tears began to spill from Temperance's eyes as she thought about what could have happened, what was happening and what was still unknown but yet to come. "Angie…" she said, her voice cracking, her grip tightened around Angela's hand.
"I'm here." Angela whispered as she tried to calm Temperance down. A few minutes passed in silence before the Ambulance arrived at the hospital, the moment however the car was parked Temperance immediately heard someone pounding on the doors. Temperance looked to Angela a bit concerned and then to the paramedic who opened the door.
Hannah stood on the other side, Seeley trying to calm her down and the other Paramedic trying to continue working on her cuts, yet Hannah was more concerned over Temperance to really care. Her eyes were wide with worry but filled with relief as the Paramedic helped Temperance off of the truck.
"I'm so sorry." Hannah began startling Temperance. "I'm sorry…I didn't know…Are you okay? Are they OKAY!" Hannah asked turning to the Paramedic, the Man nodded feeling sorry for Hannah who just seemed so frantic.
"Both her and the Baby are okay." The man said Hannah sighed in relief even though out of the two women the one who seemed the most beat up was her. Temperance however froze as Booth had also just been informed of her pregnancy…or so she thought. Hannah had tears falling from her eyes of not just the relief but pure excitement that they were both okay and that somehow moved Temperance.
"Hannah we're fine…" She whispered, the blond woman dragged her into a tight hug, and Temperance could do nothing more but hold her back.
"I'm sorry Temperance, I didn't know." She repeated. Temperance patted her back gently.
"Hannah….you're bleeding." She said with a small bit of humor, Hannah pulled away chuckling softly. "What happened?" She asked as she looked at Hannah who was pretty much a mess.
"She fought back..." Booth said, looking at Temperance even though she refused to look at him, she didn't know how to even begin to explain to her partner that she was pregnant without saying 'oh yeah by the way you're the dad.' "She interrupted the Gravedigger, after she attacked you, and fought back, fought hard." Temperance looked at Hannah.
"I heard something and the moment I arrived you had already been fighting back when she shocked you, After she shocked you I noticed your belly Bones…I knew immediately that bump wasn't fat and I don't know some weird instinct to protect someone important to me kicked in….but she's one hell of a fighter."
"We really need to get you inside Ma'am." The paramedic told Hannah, who nodded and began to walk away.
"Hannah!" Brennan called, getting Hannah's attention; Temperance stared at her for a moment there was an odd sense of irony, she had just saved the baby that she was unaware belonged to her fiancée. A sense of guilt filled Temperance, as tears formed in her eyes. "Thank you…" she said softly, her voice cracking, Hannah simply smiled and walked into the Hospital.
"We're going to need to have a more thorough check-up on you and the baby." The paramedic said as he began to lead Temperance into the hospital but she was going in a different direction.
"And you're sure both you and the baby are fine?" Zac asked as Temperance nodded, running a hand through her hair. "And to top it off Agent Booth now knows you're pregnant." He added and Temperance nodded. "But he doesn't know he's the father." Temperance nodded again. Temperance stood up from her seat and began to pace the small room that was Zac Addy's room.
"News spreads fast, everyone in Jeffersonian now knows I'm pregnant…and it hasn't even been a week." Zac smiled at her, of course especially if Hannah would come in baring gifts shortly after her release from the hospital. It had been five days since the Gravedigger's attack and already they had come to the conclusion that the Gravedigger's target had always been Dr. Brennan.
"There's one thing I don't understand Dr. Brennan." Zac said, somehow getting Temperance to sit down, though he knew what he was thinking would only serve to agitate her even more. "Why did she choose you?" he asked her.
"What do you mean?" Temperance asked finding she wasn't getting any relief from her frustrations
"I mean why attack you?"
"Zac, we aren't exactly on friendly terms…last time I saw her I put her in Jail." Temperance said but Zac made a face.
"But so did Hodgins and Agent Booth…All of you have been her victims before, and she lost her appeal the first time because of the efforts of everyone in the Jeffersonian…so why you?" He asked watching as she tried to come up with some logical explanation but to no avail, she made a face before speaking.
"I mean we fought in the court the last time…." She trailed off but then Zac said something else.
"And wouldn't it be more convenient if she attacked both you and Hannah…I mean that would be a way of also hurting Booth, to attack something special of his and we all know he's marrying Hannah…so with Hannah being there, why only you?" Temperance began to fidget about, Zac was right, attacking Hannah would also have been ideal but why did she wait until Hannah was gone to attack? Why did she only attack her.
"Unless…" Zac said slowly "She knows that attacking you would be a double blow for Agent Booth." Temperance's head shot up, fear and realization suddenly filled her eyes and she began to hyperventilate. She shot up from her seat going through all the events in her head, through all their research in her mind, pacing the small room as she became more and more frantic.
"Oh God Zac!" She said with a quivering voice. "Oh My God" She repeated all logic thrown out the window as fear for her daughter began to well up within her. "She knows…she has to know, she was after something that would cause both me and Booth pain…she was after my Baby." She cried, shaking all over, making Zac stand up and embrace his old and dear teacher and friend.
"It's okay Dr. Brennan" He said, trying to gently sooth her but his words did nothing to calm the now hysterical Forensic Anthropologist. She wrapped her arms around Zac's smaller frame and crying. He held her gently, held her lovingly; like a younger brother would hold his heartbroken sister, softly telling her it would be okay, that it would all turn out the way it always did.
"Whoa! Sorry…didn't mean to interrupt!" Booth's voice startled both Zac and Temperance as they turned towards the door. Booth apparently having appeared while they were embracing each other, Temperance pulled away from Zac slowly but Zac just smiled at Booth before turning to Temperance, he took her face in his hands.
"You're both going to be alright…" he said gently, Booth watching silently feeling a bit awkward somehow the conversation he had with the squints two weeks before came rushing to his head, Zac was acting as if he and Temperance were lovers and if that was the case then maybe that baby did belong to Zac.
"I'm scared Zac." She admitted, but he just smiled and shook his head.
"Nothing is going to happen to either of you…and if anything should happen, Agent Booth will protect you…Right?" Zac turned to Booth who stared at Zac a little uncomfortably. "You will protect them won't you? You won't let anything happen to Dr. Brennan and her baby right?" Booth looked at Zac and then to Temperance who was looking down, tears still falling from her eyes he suddenly felt his heart break a little.
"Hey…" he said softly touching Temperance's shoulder, she looked up and looked right at him, his heart stopping for a moment. "I'll protect you both." He said unsure if he was allowed to touch her or not. Temperance gave him a weak smile before turning back to Zac.
"I'll see you soon Zac." She said hugging him again only this time she placed a small kiss on his cheek, He smiled and watched as she walked out of the room. Booth waited until she left before he spoke.
"Congratulations." He said, Zac turned to him confused.
"The baby" Booth said earning a grin from Zac Addy.
"Oh no Agent Booth I am not the father of that child" he assured, Booth cocked his head confused
"Then why do you act as if it were yours?" Booth asked Zac who walked towards his bed and sat down, Zac looked right at Booth.
"Because I'm doing the father a favor." His words leaving Booth more confused.
"For right now, the father can't be with Dr. Brennan, she needs all the support she can get at this moment so until that man becomes her support I'm here for her, and until that man can take care of that Baby, I will be here for it." Booth sort of understood and nodded, he gave Zac a small wave before walking out. He looked at Temperance who had been standing around eavesdropping.
"You could have just asked me if Zac was the father, if you were so curious." She said with her arms crossed, Booth gave her a goofy grin. "Obviously he's not, that would just be weird." Booth laughed.
"Yeah I thought so too but I was just making sure…so uh…who is it?" Temperance walked with him in silence for a few moments before she spoke again.
"I'd tell you…but then I'd have to kill you."
Okay so here is the Second Chapter of this small story, sorry it took so long to upload I was just busy, Enjoy yo~ Please review!