A/N: SPOILER ALERT! This is based on (disturbing) sides from 6x13.
Disclaimer: I don't own Bones. If I did, we'd all be saying "Hannah who?"
After she heard the news, Angela Montenegro stormed into Booth's office. Without invitation, she sat down in the chair in front of his desk and folded her hands over her swollen stomach.
"You're proposing to Hannah?" Angela hissed.
"What?" Booth asked, wondering how she'd obtained this knowledge.
"Sweets told me that you bought an engagement ring," Angela said near tears.
"Angela, this isn't really any of your business and Sweets wasn't supposed to tell anyone."
Angela stood, slamming her palms down on Booth's desk, "None of my business? Sweets was going to tell Brennan, so she wasn't blindsided by the news, but instead, he told me."
"Why would Bones be blindsided?" Booth asked, seeming genuinely confused.
"Oh, I don't know, because for six goddamned years you've been in love with her! Then, you go off to Afghanistan and come back a different person!" Angela shouted angrily.
"I did not come back a different person, and yeah, I was in love with Bones. She made her feelings quite clear, and I've moved on."
"There are so many things wrong with that statement; I don't even know where to start."
"I don't really have time for this now, Angela," Booth said warily.
"I don't really care," Angela retorted, "You did come back different. I know what happened between you and Bren last spring. Believe me; she did not make her feelings clear. You might be hurting, but that's no excuse for acting like an ass!"
"I think you should leave," Booth growled.
"No! You know, for someone who is supposed to be so perceptive, you are blind to what is right in front of you. Did you really expect Bren to pour her heart out to you? Do even know her?"
"Of course, I do!"
"Then, how can you not see how badly she is hurting?" Angela asked sadly.
Booth searched his mind for a response and could not find one.
"I have been on your side since the beginning. I saw the spark between you and Bren six and a half years ago. I know that she isn't always the easiest person to be friends with, but I love her like a sister," Angela said as her eyes filled with tears.
"I know you do," Booth said quietly.
"I always thought of you as someone who would never hurt her."
"How am I hurting her? Bones is the one who turned me down! So, I had no choice, I had to move on," Booth defended.
"Yeah, well you sure didn't waste any time," Angela sneered.
"I waited for six years! Six years, I waited for her to realize what we could have." Booth shouted.
"Don't you think I know that? And in those six years, she has changed, opened up in a way I didn't think possible. You did that. You showed her that love is worth the risk."
"Bones doesn't believe in love," Booth replied.
"That's just a façade, Booth. Other than the people in the lab, everyone she has ever loved has hurt her badly. God! I never thought I would have to add you to that list!"
"I don't know what you expect me to do, Angela."
"I want you to wake up and see what is going on right in front of you! Newsflash, Special Agent Seeley Booth, Brennan loves you! She came back from Maluku ready to give a relationship with you a chance."
"Then why didn't she contact me for seven months? Why didn't she tell me she changed her mind?"
"I don't know why Bren didn't contact you, or me, I might add. I am sure it would be a hell of a lot easier for her to admit her feelings if you hadn't come back flashing photos of Hannah like some first grader at show and tell. Bren loves you too much to break up your relationship with Hannah, because she thinks you're happy."
"I am happy," Booth retorted, crossing his arms over his chest.
"Yeah? If you are so happy, so in love with Hannah, and over Bren, why didn't you tell someone who is supposed to be your closest friend that you were going to ask Hannah to marry you?"
Angela's observation rendered Booth speechless.
"That's what I thought," she said with a sigh, "If you propose to Hannah, you might as well tell Bren that everything you've said in the last six years about love was a lie."
"So, what if Bones does love me?" Booth asked, the words stirring an uneasy feeling in the pit of his stomach, "How could we have a relationship if she can't admit her feelings for me?"
"Hannah is the path of least resistance," Angela stated.
"Yes. No!" Booth exclaimed.
"I get it, Booth. I really do. Hannah is pretty, funny, and I like her. Being with her is easy; there are no emotional defenses to overcome."
Booth nodded hesitantly.
"But, aren't the best things in life worth fighting for, Booth?" Angela posed.
Booth sighed, swallowing the lump in his throat, "I am tired of fighting."
"Just do me a favor. Let me know before Hannah comes waltzing into the lab wearing your rock on her finger, so I can be there to pick up the pieces of Bren's broken heart."