Okay, this answer will be long and rambling. Re-Bones saying he’d “earned” the right to change Cat. All of you know Bones loves Cat insanely, so that’s a main motivation in pretty much everything he says/does regarding her. But, just like you and me, Bones doesn’t always speak or act with ONLY loving motivations at the forefront, especially in stressful circumstances. And this was very stressful for him. At the time of this conversation, Bones wasn’t sure what Cat felt about him. He thought she’d slept with Vlad. He’d had to manipulate her by risking his life to even get her to leave Vlad’s, in fact, and then he’d had several days to brood about how his former actions had contributed to their separation. Then Cat suddenly shows up talking about changing over, and when Bones questions whether she really wants to do that, Cat throws out (as perceived by Bones in his state of mind) almost a dare that if he doesn’t change her, Vlad will. Vlad - the same arrogant vampire that Bones has a long, less-than-friendly history with and who Bones thinks was, until recently, boinking his wife. The “earned” comment was partially an angry, knee-jerk reaction to the idea of Vlad further cementing his tie to Cat. Remember, Bones wanted to put his marriage back together. Cat getting pulled deeper into Vlad’s world by letting him sire her would be very counterproductive to that. A vampire sire/offspring tie is a serious, permanent one. You know from DFAEG how Cat could feel Bones’s emotions once he’d turned her (unless he deliberately shielded them). He had a strongly negative reaction to the idea of Cat having that permanent, close tie with someone else – especially someone Bones already saw as a rival because he didn’t know yet that Cat hadn’t slept with Vlad. And his reaction was partially territorial. Bones was the person responsible for changing Cat’s entire outlook on vampires, causing her to hunt only the murdering ones, allowing her to stop hating herself for her mixed heritage, etc etc. Turning her was something that meant a lot to Bones, once she was ready for it. He wasn’t about to just roll over and let someone else do it after everything he and Cat had been through.
She could have broken him to pieces. But he wouldn't have let her know it.
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