Booth instinctively pulled her closer to him.
"What did he do to you? Did he hurt you?" Booth referred to the owner of the freak show. Shaking her head she replied.
"It's nothing he did." Hesitating for a second she decided that it would be better if she just told the truth.
"You did. Heartbreak is the only thing that can kill a mermaid and when you turned your back on me…I thought you were disgusted. Like everyone else."
"No," Booth shook his head again and pressed her body close to his, "no, no, no... I wasn't disgusted. Never. I was surprised and overwhelmed and about to burst into tears with relief. If I could've gotten you out at that moment, I would have, but I couldn't. There were too many people."
He cupped her cheeks in his hands desperately, "You can't die. I don't think I can survive your death twice... especially not knowing I was the cause of it."
"There's nothing you can do about it really. But please don't blame yourself. You showed me so many great things." She smiled sadly at him.
"How can I not blame myself?" he whispered desperately, "I'm responsible for your death... Please tell me there is something I can do. How do you save a mermaid from a broken heart?"
"We must die too. There's nothing you can do about that. Just know I had a wonderful time with you, showing me new things I'd never thought I'd be able to see."
"But not before your time. Not because I didn't make the situation clear. Not because of a misunderstanding," Booth whispered bitterly.
"There's really nothing I can do? Nobody I can talk to? No spell that will keep me here with you or you with me on land?" he whispered brokenly as a first tear rolled down his cheek.
Quietly she wiped away his tears. Of course she knew something. The only problem was that she couldn't tell him.
Otherwise it wouldn't be honest and she knew only honest wishes came true. So instead she shook her head.
"There is no spell that can do that. Even my spell was temporarily."
"God, this isn't fair," Booth whispered as he hugged her, holding her body against him, her tail brushing against his legs.
"I wish you were human, at least then I could heal the heart that I broke."
As soon as she heard the words leave his mouth, she inhaled sharply, his words more powerful than anything she'd ever heard or felt.
Taking him under with her on the last bit of air left in her lungs and swimming back to the shore, her tail dissolving as she swam and legs replacing it.
He had saved her.
Booth suspected that her nearing death was finally getting the better of her and he sank down with her as she kissed him and pulled them back underwater.
Together they swam back to shore. Something was wrong though. She was a lot slower than she'd been before.
Booth hugged her closely to him and swam the last bit for both of them.
He pulled her torso onto the beach and was about to pour water over her gills in order to help her breath, when he saw that they were gone.
Confused, he caressed her flawless neck.
"What? What's going on? What's happening?"
"You did the only thing that could save me." She simply explained, tears of joy forming in her eyes.
"I thought there was no way. What was it? What saved you?" he asked her as he encased her with his arms, leaning over her.
"Your wish. Never before has someone done that. No-one ever considered wishing a mermaid human out of fear for their lives."
"Does that mean it worked? Are you - Are you human?" he asked her hopefully.
"What do you think?" She asked smiling, relief coursing through her body.
He smiled happily at her as he leaned down and chastely kissed her neck, on the exact place her gills had been just moments before.
"I believe you are as much human as I am."
"From head to toe." She giggled happily.
He looked down and smiled even brighter when he noticed her tail was gone and had been replaced by two - very human - legs. "Temperance?"
Booth tenderly caressed her cheek and with his heart pounding in his chest, he whispered softly, "I love you."
"I love you too. More than you'll ever know." She replied, leaning up to capture his lips in a kiss.
He pulled her up into a sitting position and wrapped his arms securely around her waist as he relished their first kiss. A kiss of love, trust and commitment.
A/N: Only one chapter left to go, a short epilogue :)