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Hannah spends the last few days of 2008 doing a lot of thinking.

And she spends them at her mother's house.

She puts the whole thing firmly out of her mind on New Year's Eve, and goes to the party Sam's parents are throwing, and has a very good time. (Officially, their first anniversary is the sixth, but New Year's Day is the day she sent a certain e-mail and is an anniversary in its own right, too.)

She sleeps late that morning, and then gets up, and decides it's time to stop thinking and start figuring out what to do.

She starts by making a phone call.

Date: 2009-01-19 01:17 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (On the Phone)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
Brennan catches the phone on the second ring, on her way around the bar separating her kitchen from the living room.

"The cinnamon is in the cabinet on the left, Dad," she says, turning down the heat under one of the pots on the stove.

Max has come over for a late lunch, and has effectively taken over the kitchen.

"Hello?" she says into the receiver.

Date: 2009-01-19 01:22 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Smile)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
"Hannah, hi." Brennan smiles, heading back out to the living room (at Max's shooing).

"Happy New Year. How are you?"

Date: 2009-01-19 01:28 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Kind of a smile)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
"I'm fine."

Brennan gets comfortable in her favorite chair.

"Dad's here. Trying not to burn down my apartment." She peeks over the back of the chair just to confirm, and then sinks back.

"Is everything all right? How's Neptune?"

Date: 2009-01-19 01:33 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Neutral Friendly)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
Brennan frowns. It can often be hard to glean impressions of mood simply from voices, especially transmitted voices, but there's a note in Hannah's voice that sounds troubling.

"I have time. He's not letting me help."

"Is something wrong?"

Date: 2009-01-19 01:40 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Questioning--Neutral inquisitive--Intere)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
"Clearly something is bothering you," Brennan says reasonably.

"You're equivocating."

Date: 2009-01-19 01:50 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Neutral Friendly)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
"Is he using again?" Brennan asks.

Hannah's father has been clean for a while now, but drug abusers sometimes have a habit of sliding back into bad habits.

"How erratic is his behavior?"

Date: 2009-01-19 02:02 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Questioning--Neutral inquisitive--Intere)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
Brennan nods, even though Hannah isn't there to see.

"Perhaps presenting the evidence in chronological sequence will help?"

Brennan glances up at her father, who has emerged from the kitchen long enough to hold up a crude marker-on-scrap-paper sign. Trouble?

Brennan shakes her head, and Max retreats to the kitchen.

Date: 2009-01-19 02:20 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Questioning--Neutral inquisitive--Intere)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
"He's been dating since October?"

That makes Brennan raise an eyebrow. Hannah has been home between October and Christmas.

"Can you explicate what makes her a 'bitch'?"

Brennan's wondering if it's the woman herself, or the woman's association with a negligent Dr. Griffith that has earned her that term.

Date: 2009-01-19 02:28 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Consideration)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
"She sounds highly unpleasant."

There is always adjustment when there is the shift in the structure of the family. For all Brennan knows, she may experience it herself now that her own father is able to live open and above board.

But adjustment does not negate the fact that sometimes the shift is just plain negative.

"I take it that your father has been less than communicative on the issue?"

Date: 2009-01-19 02:38 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Questioning--Neutral inquisitive--Intere)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
"Hannah. You cannot be responsible for your father for the rest of your life."

She said. Peeking over the back of her chair at Max.

Okay, maybe she isn't the best person to be dispensing that bit of advice. But that doesn't make it any less true.

"Is he serious about her? Or do you think it's just a passing relationship?"

Date: 2009-01-19 02:51 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Questioning--Neutral inquisitive--Intere)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
"I do believe, based on past evidence, that your father does respect your opinion, Hannah."

"He went into rehab because of you. He cut a number of questionable ties because of you."

Even if there had probably also been a healthy dose of fear of legal ramifications.

"There's no reason to think that that has completely changed. Not in four months."

Date: 2009-01-19 03:07 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Making Up Her Mind)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
"No. I agree."

There's a pause.

"I suppose you could check his phone logs. Hack into his email."

She is partnered with a cop. Investigative contingency plans have become second nature.

Date: 2009-01-19 03:16 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Questioning--Neutral inquisitive--Intere)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
There is such a thing as a healthy level of suspicion.

"How hard could his password be to guess?"

The man is a plastic surgeon.

"Was there anything alarming in the phone log?"

Date: 2009-01-19 03:27 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Questioning--Neutral inquisitive--Intere)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
"You do know where is best to draw that line," Brennan concedes.

"The worry over resuming drug use may be preliminary at this point. It's unpleasant, but your father is not the first middle-aged man to make highly questionable dating decisions. Often it's an attempt to regain youth."

"Is she significantly younger than he is?"

Date: 2009-01-19 03:39 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Questioning--Neutral inquisitive--Intere)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
"An obsession with retaining the physical qualities of youth and beauty in spite of natural aging is one of the signs of a declining society."

Anthropological lesson for the day.

Brennan refrains from adding that for males, establishing relationships with woman who are younger or appear younger, is a means of trying to prove their sexual prowess to other males.

There's no need to kick a friend when she's down.

"Does your mother know he's seeing someone?"

Date: 2009-01-19 03:53 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Forthright)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
"I can see where that would get awkward."

Brennan tucks her feet up under her in her chair.

"Can you arrange for some time to see your father alone? That would seem like a reasonable request."

Date: 2009-01-19 04:07 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Questioning--Neutral inquisitive--Intere)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
"I think that, if you're going to put your mind at ease, you're going to have to talk to him."

Brennan sympathizes, though. She knows that avoidance feels much easier.

Date: 2009-01-19 04:19 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Kind of a smile)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
"I'm not good at making those sorts of judgments," Brennan says.

"Perhaps a little sensitive. But based on past behavior, I can understand why you'd have concerns."

"And he should have told you he was seeing someone. Especially before you stumbled onto it yourself."

Date: 2009-01-19 04:31 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Kind of a smile)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
"It would certainly facilitate more enjoyable holidays."

"We've all made questionable relationship decisions. Myself included."

Brennan's track record is pretty dismal in places.

"There's nothing to say that he won't make a better one after this. And, perhaps, seeing her in context with his child will alert him to the fact that she is a less than optimal partner."

There is a pause.

"And if she doesn't like you, she is stupid."

Date: 2009-01-19 04:45 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Questioning--Neutral inquisitive--Intere)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
Brennan cranes her head to look over the back of her chair again.

"I think I see smoke."

That's probably a 'yes.'

"You'll call me? Tell me how it goes?"

Date: 2009-01-19 04:50 am (UTC)
dr_temperance: (Kind of a smile)
From: [personal profile] dr_temperance
"You're welcome."

Brennan's voice it pitched to be heard above the shrill beeping.

"It'll be okay, Hannah."

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