Soooooo...new story! Sorry! I know I have so many stories already in process but this came to me today and I can't stop writing it so please enjoy this new story from Me!
Chapter One: Thinking
Booth walked into his apartment and plopped down on his couch, dazed.
Brennan had just confessed her feelings for him. She told him that she had made a mistake when she didn't take him up on his offer to give them a shot as a couple. She told him that she didn't want any regrets, like their latest victim had had before she died.
But, Booth had denied her. Partly because of Hannah, because he was still with her and she didn't deserve a boyfriend who just left her for another woman, or a boyfriend who cheated on her. But, didn't she also deserve the truth? That he was more in love with Brennan than he'd ever be with Hannah. That Brennan had taken his heart years ago, making it impossible for Booth to ever truly love another woman.
Yes. Booth decided. She deserves to know. I can't keep living a lie. I have to tell her.
Booth stood up, then his mind went to the other reason he'd denied Brennan tonight.
She had denied him all those months ago. Before Afghanistan. Before Hannah. Before she went off to the Maluku Islands. He'd given her his heart.
And she'd crushed it.
Booth sat back down, remembering that night.
How she had just flat out denied giving him a chance, telling him that she would hurt him. Because she didn't have an open heart like him. Because she couldn't change.
Bullshit! Booth thought to himself. She didn't have to change for me! She was perfect just the way she was. That's why I wanted her! Because of who she was! And still is! She's perfect to me. She's funny, kind-hearted, once you get to know her, beautiful, and she's brilliant. So what if she lacks a little common sense and doesn't get the pop culture references everybody throws at her? She'll always be perfect to me!
Booth stood up, again, angry. Not at Brennan, but at himself.
Why didn't I tell her all this that night? After she said no, I didn't even try. I just told her I had to move on. I gave up on her! If I had just...
Booth closed his eyes, unable to finish the thought as Hannah came in.
"Hey, babe. Watsup?" she asked, wrapping her arms around him, oblivious to him self-torment.
Booth shook his head and opened his eyes, looking into her eyes. The first thought that came to his mind was, Her eyes aren't as blue.
Taking a deep breath, he stepped away. "I, uh, I gotta tell you something, Hannah." he said, looking away from her.
Hannah was instantly alert. "What is it? What's wrong, Seeley?"
Booth flinched. Bones would never call me that. "Um, I have a confession to make."
Hannah's eyes narrowed and she placed her hands on her hips. "Did you cheat on me?"
Booth shook his head. "No, I didn't cheat. But this is probably a lot worse."
Hannah's eyes widened and her hands fell away from her hips. "What do you mean?"
"I mean that I fell in love...with somebody else." Booth said, looking at Hannah, whose face fell at the same time she sat down.
She was silent for a moment, before she looked up. "Wh-who is it? Do I know them?"
Booth nodded, looking at her meaningfully.
Hannah sighed. "It's Temperance, isn't it?" she asked, standing up.
Booth nodded. "I'm really sorry, Hannah."
Hannah held up a hand. "Don't be. I sort of knew this day was coming. I've seen the way you look at her. The way you two look at each other. She loves you back, Seeley."
Booth smiled sadly and shook her head. "No. Bones, she doesn't believe in love."
Hannah smirked. "Oh, she believes. And even if she doesn't, she still loves you, whether she knows it or not."
Hannah walked past him, going towards the bedroom.
"What are you doing?" Booth said, walking behind her as she began to gather her clothes and throw them into a suitcase.
"What does it look like, Seeley? I'm moving back to my old place." Hannah replied, with a hint of resentment in her voice.
"You still have it? I thought you sold it when you moved in here." Booth replied.
Hannah shook her head, pushing down on the clothes in her suitcase so they would fit. "No. I still have it. I told myself that if I could make it a year with you, then I'd sell it for real. I haven't had many good relationships so I know enough to keep my apartment just in case things don't go well with my boyfriends. Our relationship is probably the longest I've had."
Booth nodded in understanding. "I know what you mean. My relationship with Parker's mom, Rebecca, didn't even last this long."
"But, look on the bright side, now you have Temperance to go to." Hannah said, zipping her second suitcase and putting them both by the door. "I'll send for my stuff later. I'm supposed to go to a conference in Baltimore for the weekend anyway." She paused and looked up at Booth once more. "I'm gonna miss you, Seeley." she said, leaning up to hug him once more.
Booth hugged her back. "I'll miss you, too, Hannah. But, I'll see you around. Okay?"
Hannah nodded and stepped back, opening the door and picking up her suitcases. She spared one more look at him, before she walked down the hall, towards the elevator. Booth watched her until she got there, and entered the elevator. When she was completely out of sight, Booth closed the door and walked over to his couch, where he plopped back down, sighing.
Now, all he had to do was find Bones. Hopefully, they didn't miss their second chance.
Okay, so the next chapter will be up, shortly. Most likely tomorrow. Until then, please REVIEW!