This is the flipside of the truth about the author, what would Brennan's life be like if she'd kept Madelyn? This will kind of follow the pilot, girl with the fridge and 100th episodes other than that it's my way.


February 1997

Temperance Brennan sat in the bathroom staring at the test on the counter and the two pink lines, she was pregnant. Brennan knew she was, she had all the symptoms, but the scientist in her had to confirm the hypothesis. Brennan heard the apartment door open and Michael's keys clatter on the counter, she made no move to get up she couldn't. Michael walked though the apartment,"Tempe? Where are you?" Michael knocked on the bathroom door, Tempe are you okay?"

"Y-Yeah, I'll be out in a minute."

"Okay."Brennan tossed the test and box back into to the Walgreens bag and put the bag in the trash and splashed water on her face opening the door, she went in to the living room.

"Tempe, are you sure you're okay? You're a little pale."

"I'm pregnant."

Michael stood in shock for a second, and then pulled Brennan to him, giving her a kiss."Tempe, this is great news, we need to celebrate."

Brennan pulled free of his arms, "Later, I'm going to be sick." And went to the bathroom. A half hour later Brennan sat next to Michael on the couch. "How are you feeling, Tempe?"

"Better. Michael how are we going to do this?"

"You are going to keep the baby right?"

"Yes."

"We're both taking jobs at Stanford in January, it will be fine. You'll finish your program graduate and be my assistant until the baby gets here then we'll move to California a few months after and you'll teach undergrad and I'll teach graduate studies."

'We're still living together right?"

"Yes." Michael pulled Brennan closer, "how do you feel about dinner?"

"Soup would be good."


Things went well for the next five months, Michael doted on Brennan as much as she'd allow him to, and he got her a grad student to do any heavy lifting. Then one night Brennan came home to Michael packing his things.

"Michael what are you doing?"

"Packing to move to California."

"We aren't moving until January, I can't fly right now."

"You're not going I am."

"Why?"

"Tempe I don't want to be a father, I can't do it. If someone finds out you're my girlfriend and we have as kid and that I was you graduate studies professor it could be detrimental to my career. I can't risk that."

"What am I going to do? I can't raise a baby by myself."

"Do whatever you want; my attorney will contact you in a few days with paperwork severing my parental rights. The apartment is paid though the end of the year, stay here as long as you want. I left my school email address on the fridge contact me whenever you move. Goodbye Temperance."

Before Brennan could formulate a sentence Michael was gone. A few hours later Brennan ordered Indian food despite the fact it gave her horrible heartburn and called her best friend Cindy and they talked for hours.

The month that Madelyn was born Brennan's best friend Cindy, moved in to help get the nursery ready and to help Brennan out after Madelyn arrived.

"Tempe what are you going to do?"

"I'm going to keep the baby and move to Washington D.C. and take the job at the Jeffersonian. It'll be hard, but I can't let the baby go into foster care. I've been through it."

"I'll help anyway I can so will mom."

"Thanks.

Madelyn was born on October 21st 1997, at 12:13AM. She weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and was 19 ¾ inches long. She had a full head of light brown hair and the brightest blue eyes you've ever seen. Brennan was holding her and Cindy was leaning over looking at the baby. "She's beautiful Tempe. Do you want me to call-"

"No, he severed his parental rights before Maddie was born. Right now I want to sleep, it's been a long 17 hours."

"Okay, I'll be back later this afternoon. Call if you need something."

"Okay. Thanks for staying here and helping out the last few weeks, I couldn't have done it without you."

"You're welcome."