This is a new series of stories. Yes, I know another one.
These stories will be centered around Booth's Daddy's Handbook. The idea for this handbook appeared in chapter 38 in my story, "Personal Effects". I introduced two new characters to my Booth/Brennan world in that chapter, Hank Zachariah Booth and Joseph Seeley Booth. They are the identical twin sons of Booth and Brennan and are two years younger than Christine.
I don't own Bones which is probably a good thing.
When Booth needs backup with his parenting skills, Booth uses his "Daddy's Handbook" as a sign of his ultimate authority with his children. What else can a guy do when raising genius children?
Booth, carrying Christine into the house from the truck, strode angrily to the staircase and put his daughter down on the first step, "Go upstairs to your room, Christine. Right now."
Trembling, Christine looked at her father and cried, "I want my Mommy."
Shaking his head, Booth repeated, "You go up to your room right now. Daddy is very angry with you and I don't want to see you for awhile."
Crying, Christine turned around and slowly climbed the staircase. When she arrived at the top of the steps, Christine turned around and threatened, "I'm going to tell Mommy on you."
Stepping up on the first step, Booth threatened back, "You get to your room or you'll have a lot more to tell your mother about than you do now."
Putting her hands over her eyes, Christine ran to her room and closed her bedroom door as hard as she could.
Booth, hearing the door slam, stepped down from the staircase and walked over to the couch. Sitting down, he began to weep.
Brennan who had been in the laundry room downstairs next to the Man Cave, thought she heard shouting. Folding the last sheet, Brennan picked up her folded sheets and walked upstairs to see what was going on.
Arriving at the top of the steps, Brennan thought she heard Booth weeping. Hurrying across the living room, Brennan sat down next to Booth and asked, "What's going on Booth? What's wrong? Why are you crying?"
Wiping the tears from his face, Booth looked up at Brennan and answered, "I have to do something Bones. Christine may have almost been kidnapped today. We need to do something about her being too friendly."
Shaking her head, Brennan put her hand on Booth's knee and demanded, "What do you mean she was almost kidnapped? Where is Christine now?"
Putting his left hand on hers, Booth looked at their hands and said, "She's ok, she's in her room. I made her go to her room because I was so mad I was afraid of what I would do if she stayed down here. Today was the closest I've ever come to really punishing her."
Holding up his right hand, Booth measured an inch with his fingers and said, "I came that close. She scared the Hell out of me Bones."
Shaking her head, Brennan insisted, "Please Booth, tell me what happened. What do you mean she may have almost been kidnapped?"
Sighing, Booth explained: "I needed a new tie; so, while we were at the mall, I stopped by that shop I like and decided to see what they had in stock. Christine didn't want me to hold her; so, I put her down and told her not to leave my sight."
Looking at Brennan to make sure she was listening, Booth continued, "I started to look at the ties and I guess I forgot to make sure that Christine was still standing next to me. The next thing I know, I hold out a tie and ask Christine if she liked it and I realized that she wasn't standing next to me. I liked to had a heart attack . . . I turned around and called her name and I heard her voice at the front of the store calling for me. I ran to the front of the store and this guy had Christine's hand in his and he was walking towards the entrance."
Panting as if he had just run a hard mile, Booth continued, "I ran over to the guy and grabbed Christine from him and demanded to know what the hell he was doing."
Shaking his head, "The guy claimed that he found Christine running around unattended and he was trying to find her parents."
Frowning, Brennan asked, "What did you do?"
"I reached down and grabbed my badge and showed it to him. The bastard ran from me as fast as he could. I was holding Christine in my arms; so, I couldn't chase him. I tracked down the manager of the store and made arrangements to have all the film from all of the security cameras sent over to the Jeffersonian. I called Angela and she's going to do her best to try to identify the guy. He is not going to get away with what he tried to do."
Sighing, Brennan remarked, "Maybe Christine is too friendly. I don't know what we can do about it though. We've talked to her many times about it; but, nothing seems to impress her."
Leaning his head against Brennan's head, Booth said, "Let me think about it. I'll try to come up with something."
Two days later, Booth came home with a big manila envelope in his hands. Walking into the house, Booth called Christine's name.
Christine, trying to be on her best, four year old behavior, hurried out of her room and came downstairs. Stopping at the bottom of the staircase, Christine held the stair railing, "Here I am Daddy."
Nodding his head, Booth sat down on the couch and motioned for Christine to come over to where he was sitting. Brennan, standing in the kitchen doorway, stood and watched.
Patting the couch, Booth said, "Sit down Christine. I have something important I need to talk to you about."
Walking over to the couch, Christine sat down and stared at her father.
Holding up the envelope, Booth said, "You know you got me into trouble, baby girl."
Puzzled, Christine asked, "How come Daddy? What did I do?"
Frowning, Booth said, "The head Daddy found out that you almost walked away with a stranger the other day and he contacted me and yelled at me for not enforcing the Daddy rules. He was really mad at me."
Staring at her father, Christine frowned, "I don't like you to be yelled at Daddy."
Nodding his head, "Me neither. He sent me a binder and he said he's going to start sending me the Daddy rules to put in it. I'm supposed to make sure that you, me and Mommy memorize the Daddy rules. We have to follow the Daddy rules or the head Daddy is going to punish me."
Her eyes widening, Christine asked, "We have Daddy rules?"
"Yep, let me show you." Opening the manila envelope, Booth pulled out a three ring binder and opened it. The first page displayed the words, "Official Daddy's Handbook".
Counting on the fact that Christine started reading at the age of three years old, Booth made sure that Christine was looking at what was printed on the pages. Turning the first page over, the next page displayed, 1. Mommy and Daddy love you now and always will. Turning the page, Booth showed Christine what was printed on the next page, 2. Don't talk to strangers even if they say they know Mommy and Daddy. Turning the page, they both saw the printed words on the next page, 3. Make sure that Daddy knows who all of your friends are.
Looking at Christine, Booth explained, "The head Daddy is going to send me new pages once in awhile to put in the book. It's really important that we memorize these rules and try to follow them. If we don't I could get into trouble and you don't want me to get into trouble, do you Baby?"
Giving Booth a solemn look, Christine answered, "No Daddy. I'm sorry I got you into trouble."
Placing the book down on the coffee table, Booth hugged his daughter and said, "That's ok. We just have to learn the rules and everything will be ok."
Kissing her father on the cheek, Christine stood up and picked up the book. Carrying it to her mother, Christine informed her, "See Mommy. We have to follow the rules to keep Daddy from getting into trouble."
Smiling, Brennan took the book from Christine and acknowledged what Christine had said, "I see, Christine. We will be very careful from now on and memorize the rules. We definitely don't want Daddy to get into trouble."
Ok, what do you think? Do you think this would be a good story? If you like it, let me know and I will update it once in awhile.