Title: In the Line of Duty
Spoilers: Reference to 'The Wannabe in the Weeds'
Big THANK YOU: To kateroly</lj>f or beta'ing this for me.
Summary: I wanted to write something that involved Booth's family, however I have always felt that Booth's parents have passed (the way he tells Bones she should just talk to her Mom). So that left me with Jared. Now my Jared is nothing like what I have read in spoilers.
This is just a short part until I get time to get the rest of it finshed. I really do hate real life!
Booth had been pacing back and forth for almost half an hour now and still no sign of her. Her cell was off. He’d been to the Jeffersonian, Angela’s and even his office. When she wasn’t at home, he’d gone back to the diner and driven every possible route he could think of that would lead her to the Jeffersonian until he’d found himself once again at her front door.
‘Where the hell was she?’ His mind was racing, ‘How could I just have left her standing there. What was I thinking ... I should have come back sooner.’ The ping of the elevator caused him to spin quickly to his left; Tempe was walking towards him with her head down, focused on finding her keys in her bag.
“Where the hell have you been?” His voice was full of force and harsher than he had intended, but Booth has been so happy to see her he hadn’t realised until he saw her jump at the sound of his voice.
“Booth! What are you doing here?”
“Looking for you!”
“Well, you found me.” Tempe’s voice was flat as she pulled her keys from her bag.
“Where have you been?” His tone barely masked the tension that was still causing him to dance from one foot to the other, until he finally he lost patience with her and grabbed the keys from her hand to open the door.
“Talking to Jared.”
“My brother Jared?” Booth’s voice was strained as he dropped her keys onto the kitchen counter.
“You left me on the foot path.” Tempe’s tone stayed very matter-of-fact as she replied to Booth’s question.
“I didn’t leave you; you wouldn’t get in the car.”
“And you left me.”
“I didn’t leave, I drove around the block, and when you weren’t there I went to your lab, Angela’s and here ...” Booth knew he needed to lower the tone of his voice but he wasn’t sure it was going to be possible, drawing in a deep breath, he continued, slowing his words just hoping that it would help. “Why would you do that?”
“I wanted to find out why you wouldn’t.” Tempe sat on one of her bar stools. “And he told me.”
“Well Jared and I have a very complicated relationship so I’m sure he told you something but I doubt it was the reason why.” Booth had dropped his voice from its high pitch of a few seconds ago to lower than his normal tone.
“He wanted me to tell you that he would call you.”
“I don’t think he will and y’know that’s okay with me.” Booth dropped his head and tapped the counter a few times. “Been okay for a while now.”
“Jared said that you shouldn’t write letters; he said you should tell people how you feel.”
“Really, Jared said that I should talk?”
“You could forgive him, I mean that’s part of what you believe isn’t it? He has forgiven you so I would think that you could forgive him.”
“He has forgiven me ... well that’s just big of him isn’t it.”
“Booth I don’t understand---”
“No Bones you don’t! So just stay out it, for once can you just stay out of it?” With that Booth tapped the bench a few times, “And would you please not turn your cell off.”
“Can I read my letter now?”
“It’s not your letter.”
“It has my name on it.”
For the first time that night Booth smiled back at her, “No it doesn’t.”
Ritz-Carlton Georgetown – 11:55pm
Booth didn’t care about the hour as he banged on room 3211. “Jared!” He didn’t even give the occupant time to answer before he started to bang on the door again. “Jared I know you’re in there.”
Before Booth had the chance to bang on the door again it was pulled open, “And now so does the rest the hotel.” Jared pulled a sweatshirt over his head. “For god’s sake Seeley it’s almost midnight.”
“I don’t know why you came here and I really don’t care, but you stay away from Bones. You stay away from Bones and you stay away from Rebecca and Parker … just forget whatever you’ve got planned and go back to your nice comfortable life.” Booth finally stopped yelling long enough to scan the room his brother was in. The small part he could see was easily twice the size of his apartment. “Nice room.” Booth said in a normal tone as if to say goodbye to his brother.
“You could come in, find out why I’m here.” Jared said, but all he could really do was watch his brother walk away. “I read them.” It was a desperate attempt to try and stop his brother from leaving and it worked. Those few words brought Seeley to an instant and complete stop, his shoulder falling forward a little as he did. “It took me too long but I came. You wrote that you wished we could work things outs … I’m here Seeley.” Jared had to wait, unsure if Booth was going to just walk away or stay.
“Well I guess it’s just too late.” Booth didn’t even turn around.