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Hodgins loaded Michael in the backseat with Angela, promising to be right behind them. Brennan began the drive to the hospital, listening as Angela tried to soothe her son.

"Guess what? You'll get a super cool cast. Remember Lexi in your class at preschool?"

"Uh huh."

"She had a cast. Remembering coloring on it? It's pretty awesome, isn't it? What color do you think you want?"

"Don't know."

"Blue? Black? Maybe green? I bet they can do two colors."

"I hear they have patterns, too," Brennan added helpfully, letting out a sigh as she hit a red light.

"Hear that, buddy? Maybe you could get camo!"

"Do they have bugs?"

"Maybe. If not, I will draw them on your cast."

"And a snake?"

"Sure, I can draw a snake. What kind?"

The little boy thought for a moment. "A big one."

"OK."

"He can be red."

"That sounds great. A red snake. What color do you want the bugs?"

Brennan tuned out Michael's reply as she suddenly hit a wave of traffic. She hesitated, glancing up at the tempting switch close to the sunroof. When she found that it had been nearly two minutes since she had moved, she impulsively reached for it.

"Hey Ang? Hang on."

Angela's eyes widened, immediately hearing the siren. "Bren!"

"This is taking too long," Brennan reasoned, smiling as traffic began to open up for her. "Ah, here we go."

"Are you allowed to use those?"

"This is an emergency."


The trio arrived at the ER, with Hodgins still a few minutes behind them. Brennan promptly dropped her name at the front desk and asked for a specific pediatric orthopedist. The nurse nodded and quickly went to get her request granted, telling another nurse to take them to a private room immediately.

"I'll need to see his x-rays after you finish," Brennan instructed, having rattled off the specifics of where the bone was broken to the orthopedist.

"Right." The doctor was interrupted as Hodgins entered the room.

"Daddy!"

"Hey buddy. Sorry it took me so long. Massive delay on the freeway." He glanced at Brennan. "Um, there's someone in the waiting room for you."

"It can wait."

"No, it can't."

"Who is it?"

"Trust me. You need to go to the waiting room."

"Fine." Brennan sighed and turned to Angela. "I'll be right back."

She stepped outside of the room and headed back to the waiting room. A slightly amused police officer waved at her. "Dr. Brennan, right over here, please."

"Can't this wait?"

"No ma'am, it can't. I'm afraid you're going to have to come with me."

"What?"


Booth strode back into his office, greeting Caroline with a smile. "Sorry, got asked to do a little consulting. Hey, where's Bones?"

"I've been here for 20 minutes, Cher. She hasn't set foot in this room."

He glanced around the room. "But she was just here!"

"Do you see her here now?" Caroline rolled her eyes. "It's your job to make sure the two of you are here. I'm supposed to be preparing both of you for court."

"She knows that. She was supposed to call me when you got here. Maybe she's in the bathroom." Booth poked his head outside his office. "Hey, Susan, you see Dr. Brennan?"

"About 30 or 40 minutes ago."

"What?" His phone interrupted him, revealing Brennan on the caller ID. "Never mind. Hey, Bones, where are you?"

"You're going to need Caroline."

"She's here. Where are you?"

Brennan huffed. "The precinct."

"What?"

"Apparently taking your car was a bad idea."

"What … why did you take my car? And why are you at the precinct?"

"That doesn't matter right now. The officer says I only have 30 more seconds before he takes my phone. Please come get me."

"Bones, seriously?"

"Booth!"

"Why are they taking your phone? Wait … are you being held there?"

She let out an exasperated sigh. "Yes, but they've got it all wrong."

"Oh, I can't wait to hear this one."

"Just come get me!"

"On my way." He pocketed his phone. "Caroline, you're driving us to the precinct. We've gotta get Bones."

"She assault another federal agent? Piss off another mob boss? Pull out a gun when she shouldn't have?"

"Beats me. Come on."