I never realized that there was so much interest in Hannah stories. Perhaps they are interesting because most of these stories either change Bones history and we see Hannah leave earlier or they try to explain the Baghdad Barbie and her affect on our Bones world.

I heard about this prompt and I thought I'd give it a try: bones_ga LJ community: Maggots in the Meathead - what if Hannah hadn't asked Brennan for help with finding the perfect gift for Booth?

This story is definitely AU.

I don't own Bones,but if I did, this is how "Maggots in the Meathead" would have ended.


Cam had decided that since she loved Booth she would make an effort to like Hannah or as she told Angela, Baghdad Barbie. She had found out that Booth had invited Hannah to move in with him and Cam felt it would be a real nice gesture if she and Angela went over to Booth's apartment to give his girlfriend the "Welcome to the Family" speech.

Brennan overheared Cam and Angela talking about their surprise visit for Hannah and Booth and had interrupted their conversation. "I'd like to come with you if that would be alright."

A little stunned, Angela looked at Brennan with a complete look of surprise. "Uh . . . you want to come too? I mean you don't have to do it. I know you're busy and we're just going to pop in, say hello, wish them good luck and then we're going to leave."

Not sure why Angela was trying to keep her from going with them, Brennan explained. "Since I am Booth's partner and his best friend, I think I should go with you to show my support in his new relationship. It is what friends do for each other isn't it?"

A little stunned at Brennan's generosity, Cam smiled at Brennan. "I don't think Booth realizes what a great best friend he has."


After leaving the Lab fairly early that evening, Brennan, Cam and Angela met at Booth's apartment. Knocking on the door, Cam quickly pasted a smile on her face and when Hannah opened the door, she greeted the reporter. "Hannah, we thought we'd drop by and give you the whole welcome to the family treatment."

Flattered, Hannah stepped back and watched her guests walk past her into the apartment. Once they had assembled in Booth's living room, Hannah pointed to the couch and chair, "Please sit down. Seeley called me a little while ago and told me he's on the way home. I'm so glad you came by for a visit. Thank you."

A sudden thought hitting her, Angela giggled. "Oh good . . . this should be funny."

Puzzled, Hannah shook her head. "Why will it be funny?"

Glancing at Cam, Angela returned her gaze upon Hannah. "Well . . . Booth is a little on the shy side when it comes to his personal life. He likes to keep his work life and his family life separate. He won't expect to see us here. He's going to be very surprised. "

Hannah opened her mouth to say something when they all heard the door open and then close. Booth, walking into the room, stopped and stared at the group in hiis living room.

Her hand over her mouth, Cam hid a smile. The look on his face reminded her of a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming car.

Not sure what was going on, Booth hesitated and then asked. "Hi, what's going on?"

Hannah, worried that she'd misunderstood Booth earlier that day, started to stammer. "Oh my God, did you not mean it when you said I could move in?"

Nervous, Booth looked at Hannah and smiled. "Yes, I wanted you to move in."

After a little light chatter, Cam and Angela thought it would be wise to leave. Brennan, waited for Cam and Angela to leave the apartment before she turned towards Booth. "I've brought you and Hannah a house warming present."

Picking up the bag she had placed on the couch when she first walked into the apartment, Brennan opened it and handed the wrapped present to Hannah.

Surprised, Hannah took the gift from Brennan. "Wow, this is so unexpected. I was going to get Seeley a little something, but I decided to wait a while and get a feel for what he likes and he doesn't like."

His relationship was new and Booth didn't want Hannah to feel ackward. "Hey, I'd be happy with whatever you gave me."

Hannah tore the wrapping paper from the box, placed the box on the coffee table, lifted the lid on the box and pulled out a Bakelite rotary phone. Booth eagerly reached for the phone and admired what he saw. "Oh my God, I've been looking for one of those for a long time." Booth looked at Brennan with a silly grin on his face. "Thanks Bones. It's perfect."

Thankful that he liked the gift, Brennan watched him turn the dial on the phone. "Yes, Hannah told me that you were going to be moving in together and I told her that you would give yourself completely to her so she must be serious about her relationship with you. She assured me that she is very serious and I think it's wonderful that she has decided to have a serious monogamous committed relationship with you. I am happy for you Booth. You deserve to have a relationship with someone that is willing to commit themselves to you so completely."

Swallowing, Hannah's throat suddenly felt dry. "Wait, I never said that I'm in a committed relationship with Seeley. I love Seeley, but I'm mostly a war corespondant. I travel a lot and I never know if and when I'm going to be reassigned to someplace else. I'm with Seeley right now because that's what we both want. We're having a good time. Why spoil it with talk about commitment? I mean, sure I'm committed to Seeley right now, but I'm not the marrying kind . . . I know he isn't either."

Disbelief clearly showing on his face, Booth put the phone down on the table. "What? Of course I'm the marrying kind. I want to get married. You mean you don't think you'd ever consider marrying me? Why not? Why did you move in with me if you're not serious about our relationship?"

Slowly shaking her head, Hannah glanced at Brennan and then back at Booth. "Maybe we should have this conversation later."

Expelling his breath sharply, Booth glared at his girlfriend. "No, we're having this conversation right now. I don't have any secrets from Bones. She's my best friend . . . Look, when someone moves in with someone that's usually a sign that their relationship is getting serious. I mean really serious. You don't just move in with someone to have a good time. At least I don't."

Hannah wanted to stop the argument, but she knew she needed to be clear and for Booth to understand. "I've told you before that I'm not the marrying kind. Just because I'm moving in with you doesn't mean that I've changed my mind about that. I can't do that. I have a career to think about. I'm a top notch war correspondent. I have no intentions of settling down permanently with anyone. Come on, I've told this to you before. You said you understood."

Folding his arms across his chest, Booth shook his head. "You said those things to me in Iraq. Now you've moved back to the U.S. because you said you wanted to be with me. That's what you said. Now you've moved in with me. You told me that you love me. Who does all of those things for just a fling? Who does that?"

Angry, Hannah held her hand up. "Stop it, Seeley. Listen to yourself. It's ridiculous. I love you and I want to spend my time with you while I can. Who knows when I might be sent back overseas. Let's just stop this conversation before it goes somewhere we don't want it to . . . Look, we were having so much fun together. Why stop now just because I moved in with you? We can have even more fun now that we're together. You'll see."

Turning his back on Hannah, Booth muttered. "No, I don't think so."

Her arms folded across her chest, Hannah felt like everything was falling apart. "What do you mean, no, you don't think so? Are you telling me to leave? That doesn't make sense. I love you. We're great together. You told me you haven't been this happy for a long time now. Be happy, Seeley. Accept me for who I am, not who you want me to be."

He knew he was being hard on her, but he did have some principles. "No, I can't do that. Love obviously doesn't mean the the same thing to you that it does to me. Love means more to me than just sex. A lot more. Hell you don't know me and you don't want to know me. I can't do it. I can't live with you, Hannah. I won't do it. Not if it means that our relationship is nothing more than an effort by you to feel a little less lonely and have someone to have a good time with. I'd rather be alone for the rest of my life that to have a relationship like that."

His words were plain and to the point. Nodding her head, Hannah walked over to her where her bags were. "Give me a few minutes and I'll be out of here."

Furious that he'd made another bad decision in his life, Booth walked over to his bedroom, entered the room and slammed the door behind him.

Angry that she hadn't understood who she was getting involved with, Hannah turned to look at Brennan. "How can you be best friends with someone like that? He's a damn control freak."

Shaking her head, Brennan felt sad for Booth. "No, actually Booth has very little control over those that know him and love him. He doesn't want to control anyone. He just wants someone to commit to him in a permanent relationship. He wants to give his heart to someone who is willing to take it and give their heart back in return."

Done with Seeley Booth, Hannah picked up her bags. "Well whoever wants him can have him. I'm done."

Hannah's loss was something that Brennan decided to take advantage of. "Good. I want him."

Stunned, Hannah stared at Brennan with growing anger. "I knew it. I knew that there was no way you two were just best friends. He used me and you let him."

Brennan knew that Hannah was speaking less than the truth and she would not allow that to continue. " He didn't use you Hannah. You were a willing participant in Booth's attempt at having a happy life. No one forced you to move back to D.C., that was your idea. If anyone used anyone, I would say that would be you. I told you that Booth would be serious with any relationship he had with you and you ignored me because what I told you was an inconvenient truth. I am Booth's best friend. I have been for a long time. I have also come to realize that I love him and I hope that Booth will realize that some day. In the mean time, those of us that do love Booth will have to live with the repercussions of what you've done to him. You are a selfish bitch and I want you to know that I will never forgive you for being that way towards my best friend."

Shaking her head, Hannah carried her bags down the hallway. Once her bags were out of the apartment, Hannah slammed the door as a final act of defiance.

Alone in the living room, Brennan sighed, walked over to Booth's bedroom door and knocked.


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