Bonekeeper – Chapter Forty-Nine

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Chapter Forty-Nine

Wednesday: October 29, 2025
11:00 AM; CLINSTONE POLICE DEPARTMENT, LIEUTENANT JACOB MASON’S OFFICE

Bo knocked lightly on the open door, leaning into Jacob’s office. “Hey, LT.”

Jacob shook his head, chuckling as his sapphire blue eyes shot up to the blonde’s face. “We’ve talked about this, lab geek. Don’t call me that.”

Bo smiled. “You should be proud of it,” he said.

Proud? Oh, Blondie, I’m damn proud of this. I just don’t like being treated like your boss. Still adjusting to that,” Jacob said. “So, whatcha need?”

“Jens and I are checking out for an early lunch. We’ll be back around noon. Want us to bring you anything back?” Bo questioned.

“Depends. Are you gonna make me eat a salad?”

Bo snorted. “I’ll compromise and bring you a burger, fries, and a side salad,” he said.

“And a bottle of pop?” Jacob asked. Bo nodded. “Then… yes. All of that.”

The blonde chuckled softly, smacking a hand against the doorframe. “Sounds good, Jake. See you around noon, all right?”

“Sure, Bo.”

“Don’t work too hard.”

Jacob chuckled, offering a quick two fingered salute. “I’ll do my best, brother.”

Bo returned the salute before walking away from the office. He met Jensen in the parking lot, smiling as the younger man pulled open the passenger side door. “Thank you.”

“Mmhmm.” Jensen watched Bo slide into the car before he shut the door and walked around to the driver’s side. “What’s the game plan?” he asked, closing the door.

“Celia’s meeting us at the doctor’s office. And then we’ll run to Little Delights, pick up food for Jake, grab an incredibly small lunch for ourselves, and make sure to eat it before noon. Jake thinks we’re going to lunch,” Bo said.

Jensen nodded, starting the car. He let out a quiet sigh. “How long before we can tell people?” he asked.

“Second trimester,” Bo said.

“Yeah, since I’m not pregnant, I don’t know what that is.”

Bo smiled faintly. “Sometime in December,” he said softly.

Jensen muttered something Bo didn’t understand as he pulled out of the parking lot. “That’s a long damn time away.”

“I know.”

Jensen reached over, laying a hand on Bo’s thigh. “You know… you’ve yet to go into great detail about why we can’t tell anyone.”

“We could lose the baby.”

“Like a miscarriage?” Jensen asked.

“Mmhmm.”

“I hadn’t even thought of that. Once Cecilia told us, I…” Jensen let out a breath. “Happiness. I wasn’t thinking about anything else.”

“I know, love,” Bo murmured, dropping his hand to rest over Jensen’s.

“What… happens if we lose the baby?”

“We wait a while and then start over,” Bo said quietly. He cleared his throat, wrapping his fingers around Jensen’s hand. “But that’s literally the worst case scenario.”

“What other bad things could happen?”

“Not as bad, of course, but there’s always the possibility that we end up with only one baby.”

“We transferred four embryos.”

“Right, which we did in hopes of ending up with twins,” Bo said.

“But we could still only end up with one?” Jensen asked. Bo nodded. “Jesus.”

“I know. It sucks, and it’s a lot of waiting. But, if we’re lucky, we’ll find out today if we have twins or not. If we’re lucky… we’ll get to hear our child’s heartbeat.”

“That’d be amazing,” Jensen whispered. Bo nodded, silently lifting Jensen’s hand to press a kiss to the back of it. “I’m nervous as hell, Eli.”

“You and me both, Jens.”

11:32 AM; CLIFFBURN FERTILITY ASSOCIATES, EXAM ROOM TWO

“All righty. See this?” Doctor Craig Hill asked.

“Mmhmm.”

“This is baby one. And this little spot over here,” he continued, touching a finger to the monitor before him. He smiled at Bo and Jensen. “That’s baby two.”

Jensen let out a surprised breath, his fingers wrapping tightly around Bo’s wrist. “So it’s twins?” he asked.

“Yes, Mister Taylor. It’s twins,” Craig confirmed.

“Oh, my God,” Jensen whispered, pulling Bo into a side hug.

Bo smiled, resting a hand on Jensen’s back. “They’re healthy?” he asked.

“They’re both growing like they’re supposed to,” Craig assured. “It’s a good thing we decided on four embryos. It’s definitely worked in your favor,” he added.

“What about the heartbeats?” Cecilia questioned, an arm crooked beneath her head as she stared at the monitor.

Craig chuckled softly. “Hold on,” he said. “Okay, this little flutter here? That’s a heartbeat. Let’s see if we can hear it,” he explained quietly. He clicked several things before the soft, fluttering thump thump of one of the baby’s heartbeats came through the machine. “There we go,” Craig whispered.

Bo’s fingers curled around Jensen’s shirt as the younger man let out a breathless sound. “That’s our baby’s heartbeat?” he asked.

Craig smiled. “One of them.”

“What about the second baby?” Bo questioned. Craig held up a finger, an indication that he’d get there. Bo turned his head, pressing a kiss to Jensen’s shoulder. Cecilia smiled faintly at the couple before turning her head back toward the ultrasound’s screen.

“Here’s baby two,” Craig murmured as the second heartbeat played through the machine’s speakers. “They’re both healthy, both heartbeats just as strong as they should be at this point,” he said. “So, I’ll take a couple pictures of the twins here and then we’ll meet in my office, discuss a few things, and schedule your next appointment. Sound like a plan?”

Bo nodded. “Thank you, Doctor Hill,” he said, barely managing to force his voice above a whisper.

Craig smiled. “You’re very welcome, Mister Austen.”


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