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03 October 2008 @ 09:27 am
Very Married [Bones; Booth/Brennan]  
TITLE: Very Married
PAIRING: Booth/Brennan-ish; Tempe/Angela best-friendship
SPOILERS: First season
RATING: PG-13 for brief language


Angela Montenegro breezed by the office of her best friend and threw only a casual glance at the doorway... stopping dead in her tracks when her eyes settled on Temperance Brennan. She sat at her desk, looking 'like she'd stuck a fork in a toaster' -- as Hodgins would always put it -- while she had her nose buried in a book. It wasn't so much the sight of Temperance Brennan reading that had frozen Angela in her footsteps, but rather the title of the book that had caught her eye:

'Ten Keys to a Healthy and Happy Marriage'

Angela chuckled and, after rapping her knuckles on the doorframe as the obligatory courtesy knock, she stepped inside. "Sweetie, what the hell are you reading?"

Brennan, not at all perturbed by the intrusion, set the spine of the book down on her desk, folding her arms across it to hold it open as she looked up and replied, "I'm learning how to maintain my relationship with Booth. I think we need to re-establish our connection."

Angela's eyebrows raised at the final word to leave her friend's mouth, thinking, Connection, indeed!, though outwardly she replied, "Your connection, huh? Are you aware that you're reading a book about maintaining a successful marriage?"

Predictably, her best friend merely rolled her shoulders in a shrug and spouted off, "Well in many ways, a mixed-gender partnership is a marriage. And a partnership, or a marriage, will not remain successful unless both parties work at keeping their connection."

"Mm-hmm, mm-hmm," Angela nodded, "so how do you plan on achieving that with Booth? Couples therapy?"

Brennan gave her friend 'the Look' -- head inclined, staring up at her through her lashes unamused. "No." She then turned back to the book, flicking the corner of it with her finger. "Apparently, all we really need to re-establish our connection is just to make small-talk with each other more often."

Angela nodded. "Or, you could have more sex with each other. That'd work too."

"More sex? We don't have any kind of sex with each other."

"Yes you do, Sweetie. Don't play dumb."

Brennan barked an incredulous laugh. "Ange! Booth and I have never had sex!"

"I'm talking about eye sex. And where that is concerned, you two are insatiable. Seriously, I've been forced to take cold showers because of the all the eye-fuckage."

"I don't think that's a socially acceptable term to use."

"Oh, I do. It perfectly encompasses the way you and Booth look at each other. Would you rather I use some of your scientific lingo?" Her grin became devilish. "I could call it 'visual copulation' if that would make you feel better about it, but it still means the same thing."

Brennan only sighed and turned back to her book, obviously not amused. Not that she ever was. Angela watched her a moment, then continued with, "It's odd you're reading about marriage at all, Sweetie. I mean, aren't you the one that always says marriage is an 'antiquated notion' anyway?"

"I still believe that. I don't think it's necessary for two people to be legally tied together for eternity. Many species are monogamous and mate for life without any kind of written document connecting them. And in some cultures--"

Angela held up her hand to halt the oncoming lecture. "Thanks. Sweetie. Really."


"No worries." She took a seat on the arm of her best friend's couch. "So what does Booth think of your new reading material?"

"He doesn't know about it."

Angela fought the chuckle and straightened up, heading toward the door. "Please let me be there when you tell him. I'd love to see the look on his face."

"Okay." Brennan's voice was filled with distraction -- predictably, she was nose-deep in her marriage manual again, absently reaching for the phone while never tearing her eyes from the page in front of her.

"Bye, Sweetie!" Angela called over her shoulder.

Just before she rounded the corner, she heard her best friend on the phone with her partner: "Hey Booth? Do you think we need some time off from each other in order to re-establish and strengthen our connection? ....What do you mean, 'what the hell am I talking about'?"

Angela could only shake her head and laugh. Antiquated notion or not, that settled it -- the anthropologist and the FBI agent were very, very married.


{x-posted to 206_bones}
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Its a Fraked-Up World: PD - Olive AH!lizetm on October 3rd, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Matthew! God, i love how that man smiles!
a.regalish on October 15th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
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a.: booth/brenn; i believe in youregalish on October 15th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks much!
enigmaticblues: booth/brennan smileenigmaticblues on October 3rd, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
LMHO! Very believable.
a.: db/ed; beside youregalish on October 15th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you liked it! :)
Ally: every once in a whilevanima_luhta on October 3rd, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
It's so TRUE! Thanks for sharing, this is great.
a.: booth/brenn; such great heightsregalish on October 15th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
Ha, thanks! I'm happy you enjoyed this! :)
Daniellehappy_overdose on October 3rd, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
QUITE married.
you don't need legal documentation for that, hun!
All you neeed is commitment and they got it!
Lov-er-lee story dear.
a.: cm/mh; sweetheartsregalish on October 15th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you muchly! :D
FreeSpiritbuffyangellvr23 on October 3rd, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
ROFL love it!
a.regalish on October 15th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks!
Its a Fraked-Up World: Bones - BB LooknSitlizetm on October 3rd, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Lol! I love the things you fic writers get Brennan into, not that she wouldn't do that in reality ... she so would. XD

Are you a psychic or something? Hinting to the couple's therapy was priceless. XD

Great job. now I'll go look for more fics by you, ma'am.
a.: mariska; fearlessnessregalish on October 15th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
Hehe, thanks very much!

And I was actually surprised when I re-discovered this fic and realized it had the couples-counseling bit - haha, maybe I am psychic! :D

Thanks again.
Leviathan: Bones smilingleviathan101 on October 3rd, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
Aww, that was sweet! Thanks for sharing!
a.: bp/mh; one sweet loveregalish on October 15th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
nofrontiers100: [Bones] BB Sweets Officenofrontiers100 on October 3rd, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
Very nice! It's interesting how, though this was written in season one, they ended up in therapy anyway. Great job!
a.: cuddy; back at your doorregalish on October 15th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks much! It was interesting for me to re-discover that bit of the story as well, haha - I'd totally forgotten the therapy part :D
just stole a poncho from a wooden indian: hotlizook12 on October 4th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
Aww, I loved this. I can totally see Brennan doing something like that.

Also, "Oh, I do. It perfectly encompasses the way you and Booth look at each other. Would you rather I use some of your scientific lingo?" Her grin became devilish. "I could call it 'visual copulation' if that would make you feel better about it, but it still means the same thing." made me laugh so hard I snorted.

Looking forward to reading more of your stuff :)
a.: cuddy; pinkregalish on October 16th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
Hehehe! Thank you so much, I'm so glad you liked it! And I always have such a blast writing Angela. Her snark is so awesome. ♥
csiAngel: bones b/bcsiangel on October 6th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
Hee very cute! Totally in character, absolutely something Brennan would do :-)
a.: booth/brenn; such great heightsregalish on October 16th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
Hehehe, thanks Jac!! ♥ ♥ ♥