A Family Threatened

Second Body

Chapter 4

Two weeks later Booth walked into the lab and went straight for Angela's office. He walked in to see Angela talking with Brennan about the case as Angela was working on recreating the damage caused to the remains.

"Hey, Ange. You think you can analyze this?" He asked holding up a disk.

"Okay." Angela said taking the disk slightly confused. "Where'd this come from?"

"Broadsky sent it to my office." He said as it started playing. The camera was still before it moved slightly to show the barrel of a gun before zooming in to see the Victim sitting outside of a cabin smoking. The camera zoomed back out to show the rifle and a hand holding it. The gun jumped as it was fired and the video zoomed to the victim then went black.

"Did he just send us a murder video?" Angela asked as she started it over.

"Ange pause." Booth said as the video pause showing the gun with a hand. "That's not Adams' rifle."

"How can you be sure?" Angela asked as Brennan looked from the picture to Booth who was staring at it.

"Because Adams' had a Barret M99. This is a McMillan Tac-50." He said looking at it. "Each sniper had a weapon they liked the best. The best each had a different weapon." He looked back at the two women.

"Find out who had this one and you find the murderer." Angela said as Booth nodded before walking out and letting the two women get back to work on their recreation.

"Did you find anything?" She asked as she walked into her office to see him at her desk looking at a file, obviously upset.

"Yeah, I found out who had the rifle on there and I found out it was stolen two days ago." He said as she sat on the couch.

"Did the owner see anything or hear anything?"

"The only thing in the police report is that it was stolen from the gun case. I have agents bringing the owner in. Maybe I can get something to help." He paused and sat back in the desk chair to look at her. "I don't get why Broadsky would take the rifle from Williams and then need to go take Adams' rifle later that day."

"Someone was operating the camera and someone was shooting, is it possible that there is someone working with Broadsky?" Booth thought for a minute.

"It's possible but unlikely. Broadsky likes to work alone, he always has." Booth said before he sighed and moved to sit next to her on the couch. "If he's training someone….. Bones I want you to stay around security and in buildings."

"Booth, I'm going to stay with you. If he is training someone, it's not going to matter much where I am. He was able to shoot Vincent in the lab, what's to stop them from doing it again?" She asked looking at his worried brown eyes. "I'm not leaving you to wander around by yourself, while I sit in the lab."

"Bones-."

"No, Booth." She said making him sigh and smirk at her.

"Stubborn as always." She sat up and looked at the paper work he had put on the table, as there was a knock on the door making them look to see Sweets walking in.

"Agent Booth, Dr. Brennan." He said walking farther into the room. "I had heard there's a second gunman and I updated Broadsky's profile. It's likely that he is unable or feels that in the coming years he will need someone to take over for him so he's training a student to take his place. It would be the only reason a man such as Broadsky would stop working independently and begin working with another."

"But we need to know who?"

"Someone he trusts very much. Someone he knows would follow him anywhere, and would have his back in dangerous situations." Booth sat trying to think of someone that would be.

"Broadsky only trusted other snipers in our group and his family." Booth paused before he pulled his phone out and dialed. "I need the logs for visitation to Jacob Broadsky and I also need his service file." He said before hanging up.

"You think of someone?"

"There's one person that I can think of, but I doubt she would be the one on the tape." He said. "Broadsky was married when we were in the service. When we all got out word was that he left his wife and he disappeared."

"You think his ex-wife would be with him?" Brennan asked.

"It's worth a look." He said standing up to leave. "Let me know if you find anything else." He said as Brennan nodded and watched him leave as Sweets looked at Brennan.

"What are you looking at me like that for, Sweets?" She asked before she started looking at the papers Booth had left on her table.

"A couple weeks ago when this case started, he was sarcastic with me and all you did was say his name and he relaxed and started talking to me. What was that about?" He asked making Brennan look at the young psychologist.

"I don't know what you mean." She said standing and walking over to her desk with several files.

"Yes you do, Dr. Brennan. You were able to calm him down just by saying his name; I've never seen that between the two of you before then."

"Sweets, I assure you I have no inkling what you're talking about." Sweets stood and looked at her as she went back to work. She looked up at him as he stood watching her as her stomach started to churn. She knew she needed to get him to leave before she had to run from the room, but the question was how to do that without causing more questions to raise.

"Are you okay?" He asked as he walked over to her desk.

"Yes, I'm fine. I have a lot of work to do Sweets, and I cannot work with you looking at me like that." She said hoping he would leave. Instead, he looked at her more intently as she took a deep breath to try to calm her stomach.

"Are you sure you're okay, Dr. Brennan? You don't look like your feeling all that well." Brennan sat back in her chair and looked up at him trying her best to keep her stomach from churning any more than it already was.

"I'm fine Sweets. Please, I have a lot of work to do." She said making him nod and walk out slowly. She stood up, walked over to where she had the box of crackers before she laid down on the couch, and tried to calm her stomach.

Booth was becoming more frustrated with the case with every passing day. It was now two months into the case and there was still no lead. Brennan was back to work identifying remains from Limbo until they found new information to help them solve the case while Booth worked on digging up all the information he could on Broadsky. Brennan went into her office with a file on the remains she was working on only to see Max sitting in a chair.

"Dad, I thought you were going to visit family in Ohio." She said putting her file down on her desk before she looked at her father.

"I did, I just got back today. I heard you were staying in the lab recently and not going out with Booth." He said as he walked closer. "Did you two have a fight or something?" Brennan shook her head. She knew she could not tell her father what was going on but she knew he would dig until he did find out. "Is everything okay between you two?"

"Yes dad. Everything is fine between us. Why are you asking about Booth and my partnership?"

"I had heard you weren't spending much time together and thought that something had happened making you stay away from him, that's why you weren't going with him to crime scenes and solving murders with him." Brennan shook her head and walked around the table to sit down.

"We have a tough case that we're working on finding more details to lead us to the murderer. I've gone over the remains so many times I could describe each osteocyte. Booth is working on finding as much information as possible and that's why he hasn't been around recently and that's why we haven't been solving cases together."

"Oh, well I thought that something happened and the FBI stopped you two working together."

"What would cause that to happen? Booth and I have the best solve rate out of anyone at the FBI." He walked closer and smiled down at her.

"Maybe the FBI found out about your relationship with him." He said making her head spin to look at him in silent question. "I went to your place to drop something and I saw his things there. I've noticed the way you two act around each other since Angela's baby was born."

"Dad…" She trailed off before getting up and closing the door then turned back to her father. "Dad, no one knows and we would really like to keep it that way. If the FBI finds out-."

"They'll stop the partnership. I know, I know." He said with a smile. "It's about time you two finally admitted you loved each other. What did it take? A threat that the world would end?" He said jokingly.

"Broadsky shot one of my interns almost five months ago. Booth wanted to make sure I was safe so he had me stay at his place and…." She paused remembering Vincent and the day he had been killed. "My intern kept saying that he wanted to stay. I kept remembering him looking at me afraid as he kept repeating her wanted to stay." She said as a tear fell from her eye. Max walked forward and wrapped his arms around her as she calmed herself enough to pull back and continue talking.

"You went to Booth." Max said as Brennan nodded.

"Yes, I went to him and we spoke about what had happened and what we wanted for the future." She said with a small smile. "And we've been together since then. No one else knows so I would appreciate it if it stays that way." Max nodded with a smile before her door was opened.

"Bones, we have a case." Booth said as he walked in. He saw her nod as she reached down to get a file from her desk and whipped her eyes.

"I have to drop these off to Angela and then we can go." She said walking past him. Booth looked at Max who was smiling as Brennan left.

"What happened?" Booth asked.

"What do you mean?" Max asked trying to play dumb.

"You know what I mean, Max. Why was she crying? What did you do?" He asked walking farther into the office.

"She was telling me about her intern who died."

"Vincent? Why would you bring something like that up?" he asked as he looked at the door hoping Brennan was okay. "She had a hard time with his death to begin with, bringing it up now with…" he trailed off looking back at Max.

"All I wanted to know was when you and she started dating." Booth looked at him shocked for a moment.

"W-what are you talking about?" He asked.

"Oh can the crap, Booth. Tempe already told me, and it's about time you finally got together with her. you two have been playing games since I first saw you. I should warn you that if you hurt her you'll regret it but something tells me that threat won't do much against you." Booth smirked and shook his head.

"You know I won't hurt her, Max." He said before the door opened again.

"Okay, let's go." Brennan said grabbing the bag from the corner of the room. Max smiled as Booth walked out with her and took the bag from her.

Once at the scene the two walked over to the remains that were leaning against a tree in the middle of Arlington National Cemetery. Brennan leaned down to look at the remains as Booth stood behind her ready to write what she fired off.

"Brow ridge and pelvis suggest Male…. 35 to 45 years old based on the wear on the teeth. From the rate of decay of the charred flesh I would approximate time of death to be two to four weeks ago." She looked at the charred body and tried to move it to see the skull that was being covered by the tree. "Booth, the parietal and occipital bones are gone." She said looking up at him as she turned the skull to show him.

"The back of his head exploded."

"It looks like the entry point was the right orbit." She said looking at the front as she put her finger in the empty eye socket. "I can't tell anything else until I get the remains back to the Jeffersonian."

It took an hour for Booth to show back up at the Jeffersonian.

"Devan Barnes." Booth said walking over to the group on the platform. "36 years old. Human trafficking."

"So Broadsky's back to his old line of targeting?" Hodgins asked as he turned around in his chair.

"Yeah but this guy is from Pennsylvania. Broadsky killed him and drove him down here. He wants us to find these bodies." Booth said as he opened the file and handed it to Brennan who read over it. Before checking the healed bones to the file as they heard a call.

"Seeley." Everyone turned to see Matt walking over to them as Booth stood on the platform and looked over the railing. "The FBI said you would be here."

"Where else would he be?" Angela said with a smirk.

"You work with a lot of hot women, Seeley." Matt said with a smile to Angela.

"Yeah well you better watch it." Booth said looking at Hodgins. "They're all taken. And believe me, it's not the husbands or boyfriends you need to watch out for." He said making his friend laugh before he turned back to look at Brennan working.

"This is defiantly Devan Barnes." She said handing the file back to Booth. "As far as we've been able to find a projectile entered the orbit and shattered parietal and occipital bones. The body was taken to the Cemetery and set on fire using an accelerant."

"I'm working on the samples I have. I was able to determine that there was copper used to create the giant hole, and I found particulates that are native to Pennsylvania and upper Maryland. I'm working on narrowing the area down." Hodgins added.

"Mr. Brey, clean the bones, get the skull to Angela and then catalog the injuries the victim sustained." Brennan said pulling her gloves off before she and Booth walked down to meet Matt and walked into her office.

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