Bones, this week, dealt with the well decomposed remains of a man and a woman discovered in a distant cave in a national park Tracy and her male companion were out hiking and stumbled into the cave, leaving badly shaken up. They hurried to a ranger's station and notified the police. Dr Temperance "Bones" Brennan and Special FBI Agent Seeley Booth were sent out to investigate the matter, questioning the ranger guiding them to the site about possible causes and if there were any people reported missing in the park recently. The remains were determined to have been lying in the cave for nearly a year. They were determined to have been a Hispanic male with the initials FV and a Caucasian blond blue eyed female. The female had been identified as one Hillary Fuller, whose African American boss who had filed a missing persons report on her when she did not come to work one day. The boss was closely questioned by Booth, revealing that he had dated Fuller once or twice, telling her that he liked her, wanted to get to know her better, but that Fuller had "put the kibosh on that". Booth asked him if he might have become jealous or angry enough to kill her, but the man vehemently denied that! He said he had no problem complying with Fuller's wish to be left alone. Fuller had been a sponsor to FV, who was revealed to have been an alcoholic going through the AA program with Hillary Fuller as his sponsor. The two people had become romantically involved, with FV's girlfriend getting very angry and jealous upon discovering this fact.
Booth and Bones were having lunch together in a local restaurant, Booth discussing how he felt about a woman reporter named Hannah he had become involved with during his tour of duty in Afghanistan, when Hannah walked thru the doors of the eatery. Booth jumped up and walked quickly to Hannah's side, kissing her soundly and holding her close. They expressed their deep joy at being reunited as Booth led her back to the table where Bones sat with a questioning look on her puzzled face. Booth quickly introduced Hannah to Bones as they got to know one another. Smilingly, the women exchanged details of their own vast scholarly and career oriented accomplishments, sparring with words and glances, but never quite actually openly expressing hostility. Once they had the lay of the land, so to speak, they rapidly became friends and exchanged verbal notes on Booth as he sat there listening, a bit dazed. Hannah had been injured in Afghanistan whilst interviewing an Al Quaida leader, stepping on an IED sensor. She had recovered slowly in a local hospital, afterward being flown to the United States, then searching for Booth.
Back at the Jeffersonian, the remains were being closely examined by the forensics team. The nostrils of the victims were vacuumed carefully, pollen being recovered to reveal the time of year that the victims had died. There seemed to be blunt force trauma to both victims in the chest and back not consistent with anything familiar to the team. Further tests were performed on the remains to determine that they had fallen two hundred fifty feet from a cliff above the location where they had been found, to the sharp pointed rock below, causing internal bleeding and deep punctures. The male had apparently held the female until she died in his arms and his death had followed soon after, how soon was not able to be determined. Computer graphics were used to determine just where the victims had fallen, where the death dealing injuries had occurred on the bodies.
The girl friend of the male victim was tracked down and questioned closely as to where she was when the victims had died. She admitted tearfully, angrily, that she had indeed followed the male and female through the woods at first, but that she was allergic to plants and trees, having had a strong allergic reaction and had to return to her car before she could follow them very far. To prove this, Booth had her tested in the lab with several types of plants, including dogwood, at which she had a very violent allergic reaction, thus proving her alibi correct, releasing her from further question. Meanwhile. one of the forensics team, a black male, had a violent sneezing fit also, at which Booth was left feeling responsible for his illness.
Hannah and Booth spent some quiet time in Booth's hotel room, Booth having given her a key to his room earlier. They reacquainted themselves with one another, discussing past events, talking about how they met and what had happened in the seven months since Booth had left Afghanistan. They agreed to spend more time together, as time allowed, confessing to one another that they really wanted a future together.
Bones discovered, from a chat with a forensics team member, that the remaining flesh around the eyes of the male victim had not been devoured by insects, which was very unusual. Tests given determined the flesh to be covered by government issued capsacin called pepper spray, naturally driving off anything that might eat human flesh.
An investigation began immediately to determine where the strong pepper spray might have come from. Only a park ranger could have had that strong version of the spray, usually used to drive off bears. Further investigation revealed that the male ranger who had led Booth and Bones to the remains in the cave had used the spray on the couple, blinding them and driving them off the cliff where they had crawled into the cave below to die. He had knowingly left them there to die. He had been very angry at seeing a biracial couple together, harking back to his brother and sister in law having been killed by a man from a South American country, somehow confusing the past with the future. He was promptly arrested and jailed, pending judgment. The ranger protested his innocence, but when confronted with the stark evidence, had to admit that he was responsible for the deceased couple's deaths and that he had sought revenge for the deaths of his brother and his wife.
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