I don't own Bones, I know I have 206 in my body, but the Bones from Fox isn't mine.

The Last Time

Bones realized that each time the waiting seemed harder. Even though this surgery took the same amount of time as the last one, it seemed ten times longer. She knew her trepidation was because of Abigail's fear. She lied to her daughter, and she hoped that somewhere the universe understood. Because losing her daughter would destroy her. She began to cry.

Booth walked over to her and held her tight.

"Baby, what's wrong?"

"I lied to our little girl Booth. What if the universe wants revenge and takes her away like it did with Vincent?"

Booth remembered the squint that died a couple of years ago, from a sniper's bullet. Bones had taken it hard.

"Bones, the universe doesn't control what the doctors do. We have the best, she'll be ok. I know it in my gut."

There were so many lies going around there today, because he only felt dread in his gut. For the first time he could remember he wanted his gut to be wrong.

They just stood in the middle of the room, holding each other.

"Hey, Tempe, let's play cards."

Max produced a well-worn deck of cards, which she realized were the same ones she gave him in jail all those years ago.

"You still have them?"

"Yep, I was saving them, because at the time they were the only things that gave me hope. I think right now we all need a little hope."

Bones went over to sit near him, and Booth pulled a table between the two.

"How many can play, Max?'

"As many as we want, but I never played with more than four."

Russ pulled up a chair.

"Well, now we're four."

Max dealt the cards, and they began to play Blitz. They began playing the game, and soon everyone was fighting to win. If nothing else all the players were fighters to the bitter end. There was bickering, and arguing about who was cheating, but it made the time pass, and Booth was thankful for Max.

The nurse walked to see the four players arguing about who was the winner. As soon as she saw them, she realized why the little girl on the operating table survived, against all odds. She came from a family of fighters, and she knew that was why that tiny girl was still alive. She fought with everything she had to come back to this family who loved her.

Bones jumped up, as soon as she saw the nurse in the doorway.

"Is she okay?"

The doctor walked in behind the nurse.

"I'll do this Susan."

Bones felt her heart drop to her feet as the doctor approached. She knew it was bad. The tears started to flow, and Booth had to grab her to prevent her from falling.

"Hi, I came to tell you, we had a bit of a complication, but she pulled through. The next few hours are critical. I think it would be best if you were to come and talk to her. She needs to hear a familiar voice."

Bones turned into Booth's embrace, sobbing. Booth was also crying.

"She made it?"

"Yes, but we had a little trouble starting her heart after we took her off bypass. She has a line in with a pacemaker for now, in case we have to start her heart again, but she is stable, and you can see her. She's a fighter; we didn't think she was going to make it for a while there."

They followed the doctor out of the room, leaving everyone behind.

A nurse came in a few minutes later, and explained what happened. The rest of the family just sat and stared. The nurse left soon after, and one by one, they left. Max stayed behind and waited.

Booth held Bones up on the walk to the recovery room. Helping her to walk. He didn't know where he got the strength to stand, never mind hold her, but he did, and they arrived to see their little girl being kept alive by machines. Bones went to her bed.

"Hi, baby, its Mommy. I know you can hear me, so I'm going to just talk to you. I love you baby, and I want you to be strong for mommy. Remember I told you, you would be ok. Well you made it, and now we just have to wait for you to wake up."

She started to cry, and Booth took over.

"Hey, munchkin, it's Daddy. I'm here too. I can't wait until we can go to the park. Your brothers with Aunt Angela, and he is waiting to see you too. Just hold on baby girl we will be here waiting for you. We will be here until you wake up."

They took turns at her bedside. Max also came and spoke to her. Her heart stopped again during the night, but they were able to restart it. They read her books and sang her songs, waiting for her to be strong enough to come out of the drug-induced coma.

Two days later, they removed the line to her heart, and the next morning they took out the intubation tube. She was finally out of the woods.

They kept her drugged so she wouldn't be in any pain, but slowly brought her out of the coma. On the fourth day, she awoke, and they held her in their arms. She talked to them, and they laughed at her slurred and confused speech.

"Hi Mommy. Whres I am?"

"You're in the hospital sweetie, remember?"

"Yeess, I'ss think soo. Is my heart bebber now?"

Bones pulled her close with tears in her eyes.

"Yes, baby all better. No more surgeries. No more pain."

She kissed her head as she fell back to sleep.

The next time she awoke Booth was holding her.

"Hi, munchkin, are you feeling better?"

"I'm not munchkin, I'm Abigail."

Booth laughed. "I know baby, I know."

"Will you read to me?"

"Yes, what story did you want?"

"The Little Prince."


Booth opened the book and began to read.

An hour later, she was asleep again.

Once she started to recover, she bounced back quickly. After ten days, she came home, and by the end of the week, she wanted to go outside and play.

"Mommy, I'm tired of being home. Why can't I go out and play?"

Bones knew the doctors said she could go out, but she was scared that something would happen.

"How about tomorrow?"

"That's not fair; I want to go out today. The sun is shining and it's so beautiful."

Booth came in and heard the end of the conversation.

"Well, then let's go. We can take Angelus for a walk."

She ran to get the leash.

"Bones, you can't keep her in forever. We had a scare but she is fine now. We need to let her be a child again."

Bones sighed. She knew Booth was right; it was just so hard to let her go.

"Ok, Abigail, I'll get the stroller, we can take Nicolaus too."

They walked around the neighborhood, pausing at the park so Abigail could ride on the swings. Booth took Bones' hand.

"Everything's going to be fine. She's done. No more surgeries. Life is good."

He kissed her.

"Daddy, yuck. Why do you always kiss Mommy?"

"Because I love her, just like you."

He ran after his daughter and caught her in his arms, kissing her until she was laughing hysterically.

She went to join her husband and daughter laying in the grass laughing. She took Nicolaus out and placed him on a blanket. They lay down and watched the clouds roll by.

"Daddy, look that one is a dragon. Can you see his spikes?'

"Yes, I can, and I think that one is a knight coming to save the princess."

"Daddy, I love you." She leaned over and gave him a kiss.

Bones watched her two favorite people, and realized, that although her life didn't work out as planned; it worked out much better.

I really enjoyed writing this story, and I'm sad to see it end. I may write more adventures with this family in the future. Please review, and tell me what you think of it.

I am starting a new story. It's a lot darker and shows the story from the murderer's point of view. Look for it in the future, and thanks for all the wonderful reviews on this story.