Tanargue has a request: Could some of these be made into shorter stories eg Hannah? you have several about her and I would quite like to re-read them.

She made me realize that Hannah is taking over Personal Effects and should really be seperate. I'm moving the Hannah stories to its own story. That way I can move on to other story ideas in Personal Effects and still continue with the numerous Hannah prompts I still have yet to do. So the first few chapters will be reposts and then I will continue with new story ideas.

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, 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 place to give Hannah the "Welcome to the Family" speech.

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

A little stunned, Angela looked at Brennan and said, "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."

Smiling, Brennan said, "Since I am Booth's partner and best friend, I think I should go with you to show my support in his new relationship."

A little stunned at Brennan's kindness, Cam nodded her head and said, "I don't think Booth realizes what a great best friend he has."


That evening, Brennan, Cam and Angela met at Booth's apartment. Knocking on the door, Cam had pasted a smile on her face and when Hannah opened the door, said, "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 and said, "Please sit down. Seeley called me a little while ago and told me he's on the way home."

Smiling, Angela said, "Oh good, this should be funny."

Puzzled, Hannah said, "Why will it be funny?"

Glancing at Cam, Angela said, "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."

Smiling, Hannah opened her mouth to say something when they all heard the door open. Booth, walking into the room, stopped and stared. It reminded Cam of a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming car. "Hi, what's going on?"

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

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

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

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

Smiling, Hannah said, "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 doesn't like."

Glancing at Hannah, Booth said, "Hey, I'd be happy with whatever you gave me."

Smiling, Hannah tore the wrapping paper off of the box and then putting 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 said, "Oh my God, I've been looking for one of those for a long time."

Looking at Brennan with a silly grin on his face, Booth said, "Thanks Bones. It's perfect."

Smiling, Brennan said, "Yes, Hannah had 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 said, "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 and said, "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?"

Shaking her head, Hannah glanced at Brennan and said, "Maybe we should have this conversation later."

Expelling his breath sharply, Booth said, "No, we're having this conversation right now. I don't have any secrets from Bones. She's my best friend. 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."

Frowning, Hannah said, "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 said, "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 said, "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 have fun. 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 said, "No, I don't think so."

Folding her arm across her chest, Hannah said, "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."

Sighing, Booth said, "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."

Nodding her head, Hannah walked over to her bags and said, "Give me a few minutes and I'll be out of here."

Walking away, Booth walked over to his bedroom, walked through the doorway and slammed the door behind him.

Sighing, Hannah said, "How can you be best friends with someone like that? He's a damn control freak."

Shaking her head, Brennan said, "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."

Picking up her bag, Hannah said, "Well whoever wants him can have him. I'm done."

Smiling, Brennan said, "Good. I want him."

Stunned, Hannah said, "I knew it. I knew that there was no way you two were just best friends. He used me and you let him."

Frowning, Brennan said, " 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.

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


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