Title: The Trouble in the Triangle
Disclaimer: Bones and its affiliated characters do not belong to me. I mean no copyright infringement.
Summary: Booth admits to Hannah that Brennan has feelings for him. While Hannah has trouble with the news, Booth continues to deny his real feelings and convince Hannah that she is the woman he wants. How will Booth and Brennan resolve their feelings for each other?
Spoilers: Season 6 (Based on Promos and spoilers for future episodes)
Rating: K+ (I may change it to T in later chapters.)
The Trouble in the Triangle
Chapter 1: The Partial Confession
Booth was driving Hannah crazy. He was acting unusual and his denial that anything was wrong was starting to worry her. For the third time in the last week, she was going to confront him on the matter. And this time, he wasn't going to beg her to let it go.
"Seeley, we need to talk."
Booth sighed heavily. He didn't want to talk to Hannah about what had been on his mind all week. If he couldn't deal with it, how was Hannah going to be able to deal with it?
"Seeley, please. I'm starting to get worried." Booth nodded slightly and turned off the hockey game. "Thank you," she said softly.
"It's Bones," he said simply. Maybe she would let it go thinking he was only worried about her rather than himself. "She's been having trouble with the last case."
"Still? I thought her friends were making a greater effort to include her in their plans so she wouldn't feel alone."
"Yeah, I guess so."
"So why are you constantly sulking? You walk around here aimlessly. You hardly ever talk. You stay up late not being able to sleep and you won't let me comfort you. You've barely touched me in a week, Seeley! There's something you're not telling me, isn't there?" Booth had been looking down the whole time she spoke to him, but now he looked up at her. Hannah gasped at what she saw. He looked anxious, sad, and frightened. "I'm right. There's something you're not telling me about Temperance."
"I'd rather deal with this on my own. The last thing I want to do is worry you."
"Seeley! I'm already worried!"
Booth got up and started pacing. "Okay, fine. You already know that Bones started worrying that she was like the victim… that she would die alone without anyone missing her." He stopped pacing and sat down next to her on the couch. He leaned forward with arms resting on his legs. Staring down at his hands, he continued slowly and cautiously. "She's having regrets on how she has lived her personal life. All her adult life, she hasn't believed that relationships last. She expects people to leave her because so many people in her past have left her… including her family."
"Yeah. First her parents and then her brother. She was fifteen and ended up in the foster care system."
"That's awful! Poor Temperance. I can see why that would affect her. Go ahead. I want to hear more. Maybe I can help her."
"It's important to me that the two of you are friends. You're both so important to me, but I don't think this is something you can help her with. You just need to trust me on this."
"I don't like it, but I'll respect your wishes. But that doesn't mean I can't help you with it. It's obviously bothering you. Please don't shut me out, Seeley."
The pain in her eyes was killing him. It's partly why he had been avoiding her all week. That pain would only increase if she knew the truth. But now she had him cornered. He had to talk. He just hoped that she would trust him.
"Bones confided in me something that she was feeling. She… She wishes that she had a chance for a relationship with me."
"What?" shrieked Hannah.
"Please don't get upset, Hannah. I need you to understand. This is hard enough for me."
"What did you say to her? What exactly is hard for you? Facing her every day knowing how she feels or do you have feelings for her too and you don't know what to do?" Her voice was rising as she continued to talk. Her heart was racing so hard it felt as if it might just jump right out of her chest. "Seeley? What did you tell her?"
"I told her I was with you. I told her that I love you." She relaxed slightly but Booth could still see the terror in her eyes. "She knows I wouldn't leave you. We've known each other a long time. She knows how loyal I am. She knows that I love you. She's determined to adjust and to move on."
"Move on? What are you not telling me, Seeley?"
"That's it. That's what is bothering me. She's my partner and close friend. It's bothering me and I have to figure this out on my own. I need you to let me handle this."
"What exactly is it that you need to figure out? You're scaring me."
"I need to figure out how to act around her!"
"You need to do this alone? What about me? This week you haven't known how to act around me. Maybe you're trying to decide how to act around both of us."
"Hannah, don't make more of it than it is. I love you. I don't want that to change."
"But you said you need time."
Booth felt nauseous. He couldn't lose Hannah. She was what made life continue every morning. She loved him. He needed her. "Hannah, please understand that this is just temporary. Everything will work out. You love me, right? Please tell me you love me."
Author's Notes: I'm almost ready to update 2 of my other stories. I just had to get this story started. The spoilers were eating at me and I needed to make myself hopeful… even if it is just fiction. *u*
Chapter 2 coming soon… How will Hannah respond? How is Brennan dealing with moving on? What happens when Hannah refuses to talk to Brennan?