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Nov 6 11 3:38 PM
One final mushy, happy chapter.
There was no response to Bug’s knock
so she used her key and opened the door. “If you are home don’t shoot!” she
yelled as she entered. “It’s just me.”
She hurried to the kitchen and
rummaged through a drawer. She gave a little crow of victory when she found
what she was looking for and turned back for the door. “Oh!” she exclaimed when
she found the half-dressed couple standing behind her. “Hi, Professor,” she
said giving the woman an approving grin. “I didn’t know you were both here.”
She moved toward the door and tapped Clay on the shoulder. “I’ll wait a little
longer next time I knock.” He started to open his mouth and respond and Bug
made a noise to silence him. “I have what I need,” she assured him holding up
the measuring cup she couldn’t find in her own kitchen. “Carry on.”
Grinning like a Cheshire cat she
pulled the door shut pausing just before they passed from view to give Clay a
wink. Still laughing she returned to her own apartment.
“What’s so funny?” Zac asked
catching her smile.
“I interrupted,” she reported.
“Professor Tuttle was visiting.”
Zac grinned the same kind of grin
she wore. “Good for them.”
“That’s what I thought,” Bug agreed
as she measured out the milk she needed and then dumped it in her mixing bowl.
“I may need to have a talk with Clay
before I go,” Zac said with a hint of worry. “I want him to be happy, but I
don’t want him distracted when he’s supposed to be watching your back.”
“Zac, don’t be ridiculous. You know
he never does a half-ass job. Let the man be happy for once. He deserves it.”
“I know. I just want you safe.
Always.” He wrapped his arms around her from behind and hugged her to his
“I’ll be fine.” She wiggled trying
to slip from his hold. “Let me go,” she said through a laugh. “This has already
taken twice as long as it should.”
Zac let her work the hand mixer but
he did nibble at her neck to provide the occasional distraction. When she set
the mixer aside he took the bowl and poured the contents into smaller dishes.
“We could just eat that out of the
bowl, you know,” Bug commented as she popped the beaters from the mixer.
“But it wouldn’t be the same,” Zac
objected. “Pudding should come in little cups.”
“What is it with you and pudding?”
Bug asked with a laugh.
“Pudding has been very good to me
for many years,” he answered and she dutifully kissed his cheek. “See,” he
Bug began to move the cups into the
refrigerator to set. “Small or not you know you’ll eat all these before you
“What’s your point, Babe?”
She sighed as she turned to answer
him. “Nothing. Maybe I just want the pudding to last longer so you don’t go.”
“I had an idea,” he said as he
reached for her hand. He tugged and she moved into the hug he offered. “I was
going to save it, but maybe we should discuss it.”
“Discuss what?” Her right hand
slipped into his and her left rubbed gently over his chest the diamond there
“You are going to graduate in May.”
“Assuming I don’t hit a snag.”
“And we are getting married in
“Yeah we are.”
Zac loved the smile she wore when she
said that. “I thought the timing might be right for me to take some time off.”
“What do you mean?”
Zac pulled her body flush with his
and kissed her lingering in the touch long enough to leave them both
breathless. “I thought if I took a break from the road we could go on a nice
long honeymoon and then get ourselves settled wherever you need us to be. I’d
like to take some time and just live like an old married couple.”
Zac shrugged as if it was no big
deal. “Like a year or so.”
Bug squealed. “Zac, a whole year!”
“So you like my idea?” he asked
laughing as she covered his face in kisses.
heard the soft grunts and looked up from his reading. He smiled to see Joseph
sleepily nursing at Ashley’s breast. She was seated close but he moved closer
and wrapped his arm around her. He kissed her temple and then caressed his
tucked her head against him and he tightened his hold. “I’m going to miss
this,” she admitted softly.
still want to nurse,” Parker promised.
but this time of night he settles down and takes his time.” She stroked one
plump cheek with her finger and then ran it down the length of Joe’s arm until
she reached his hand and his tiny fingers latched on to her. “It’s kind of a perfect
moment and being on stage means I’ll miss it.”
don’t have to.”
she interrupted. “I do and I want to get back to work. But, I know what I’ll be
going to miss you too,” Parker promised. “He never gets this relaxed for me.”
smiled at the way Joseph lazily sucked. “He does zone out for me. Maybe the
next one will be a daddy’s boy.”
girl,” she agreed lifting her head to kiss his cheek.
going to need a bigger place before then.”
time,” Ashley said as she settled back into his embrace. “Unless you are
planning to start trying for a second one tonight?”
chuckled. “We can practice, but I think it’s a little early for another one.”
start trying next Christmas Joe would be about two-and-a-half when the baby was
finally gave in and slipped into a full sleep. Ashley adjusted her clothing and
when Parker turned she moved with him. He pulled her in place so she lay
against his chest and his arms circled both her and the baby. “I love our life,
Park,” she said softly.
too,” he agreed.
Brennan scolded and slapped Booth’s hand away from his tie.
he objected, but he lifted his chin to let her do the job he had been fussing
have to relax,” she lectured as her sharp eyes moved over him making certain he
was looking his best.
you a little nervous?”
would I be nervous?” Brennan asked with honest confusion.
the President of the United States, Bones,” Booth exclaimed with a quick glance
at the Secret Service Agent guarding the door across the room.
you are the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI. And I am extraordinarily
accomplished in all my endeavors. On examination of our accomplishments neither
of us should be intimidated by this meeting.”
you crazy? We got summoned to the White House at the end of a very long day,”
he answered in a tense whisper. “This is huge, Bones!”
told you it was a good thing.”
doesn’t mean it’s not huge!”
a huge inconvenience,” Brennan complained. She knew her argument would shock
him and she grinned at the look of disbelief her complaint gave him. “I’ve
waited far too long for my dig site to be functional again,” she whined. “I’ve
lost valuable time waiting for the collapse to be cleared and the cavern
declared safe and tomorrow I am finally able to return. I had plans for
tonight, Booth. I was going to spend all evening in bed with you in celebration
of your accomplishment and then I was going to get some sleep so I can get to
the site early tomorrow.”
did you just complain that a meeting with the leader of the free world is
cutting in to our sex life?”
chuckled, unable to help himself and the natural response to her hubris. “I
know. I love you too.”
if you’ll follow me,” the agent at the door called. “He’s ready for you.”
took Brennan’s hand as they followed the escort down the carpeted hallway.
“Bones, about that plan you had for tonight.”
already adjusted it,” she assured him giving his hand a squeeze. “I’ll need to
get a late start tomorrow.”
grin was cocky as the door before them opened.
“Thanks for dinner,” Zo said as she dropped her napkin to the
“My pleasure,” he answered leaning on his elbows and
offering a return of her soft smile. “I...uh,” he reached out and slipped his
fingers between hers letting his thumb graze her palm. “I took the grant so,
you know, I thought I could treat.”
“Well, I earned it you know.”
“I do know that.” She
cupped her second hand around their joined fingers. “I’m glad you know it too.”
He pulled her hands close and pressed a kiss to her warm
fingers. They shared another smile and then slowly pulled apart. Without
discussing it they began to clean up the remains of their meal. Things were
still slightly awkward between them and they used the chore to try and restore
a sense of normalcy.
“I should probably do something nice for Professor Marlow,”
James commented as he tossed the empty containers in the trash. “She really did
me a favor by not accepting my refusal of the award.” He chuckled in
self-deprecation. “She said she’d never had anyone turn it down before. The way
she said it made it pretty clear she thought I was out of my mind.”
Zo winced, she knew how hard he worked to cultivate a
reputation with his professors and she worried this mess had damaged that. “She
doesn’t’ think that,” she promised. “And even if she did you would prove her
James’ arm moved to circle her and he pulled her against his
chest. “God, I love that,” he swore as her arms went around him. “No one
defends me like you do. It makes me feel invincible. Knowing someone like you
believes in me is intoxicating.”
“James,” she started to object.
He shook his head. “I’m not talking about the money or the
power. I’m talking about you. You are brilliant, amazing really, that quick
mind or yours is a turn on. And you are gorgeous, the most beautiful woman I’ve
ever seen.” Her dark eyes were glowing with invitation and he leaned down to
press his lips to hers. When they parted he continued, his voice thick and
gravelly now with desire. “You are kind and warm and fun. How could I not feel
like I can do anything when someone like you says I can do it?”
Zo felt the kind of warmth only he could give her and she
said the words that no longer scared her. “I love you.”
“I know you do,” he answered as he tightened his hold on
her. “Good thing, because I’m going to love you to infinity.”
“Ok, Buzz Lightyear,” she joked.
“Too infinity and beyond,” he added and they were both
giggling as he kissed her. The humor evaporated as their lips touched. The
truth in their words had wiped away the lingering tension and replaced it with
a desperate need for affirmation. He moved forward and they stumbled across the
room still kissing deeply.
Zo’s back hit the refrigerator, the cold steel a shock to
her quickly warming body. The obstacle prevented their progress and for a
moment neither seemed able to formulate a plan to move around it. James pressed
his body against hers trapping her and his hands moved over her with a hunger,
caressing first a breast and then a hip. Both hands cupped the swell of her ass
and he made her moan with a firm squeeze before running his touch slowly back
up the length of her torso.
“Not here,” Zo warned even as her body arched into him
invitingly. Her head fell back against the cool metal behind her and her eyes
rolled back in her head as he sucked at her smooth neck. “This is going to take
James grunted and his hands slid down to again cradle her
rear. He lifted and she wrapped her legs around his waist when her feet left
the ground. “This is going to take the rest of our lives,” he corrected as he
carried her to her bed.
~~ The End~~
So there it is. I know some were hesitant when I said this was Zo's story. I understand that, she's always been the sidekick and giving her the spotlight was a definite change. I think it worked out well. She's awesome in her own way. Thanks for sticking with it and giving her a chance to shine.
As to where we go from here: Family isn't over, but there are things happening that will affect it so watch this space for details on what that means. I think it's rather exciting. I hope you'll like it. I WILL write the B&Z wedding. How could I skip that? Thanks again for all the comments, love and encouragement. Thanks for embracing this version of a happy B&B family.
Nov 6 11 3:53 PM
Dean (Head Administrator)
"When Booth and I first met, I didn't believe that such a thing as love
existed. I maintained that it was simply brain chemistry. But, perhaps Booth is
correct; perhaps love comes first, and then creates the reaction. I have no
tangible proof, but...I'm willing to accept Booth's premise."
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Squint, with holidays fast approaching, and life getting more hectic than usual, will you be starting any new parts to the Family saga before the new year? You know we start to go into withdrawals if it's been a while, nad I'm just trying to prepare myself for that if it's the case.
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