This chapter is written by theputz913. Thanks Julie for encouraging me to write this story.
"Help...Oh, God...No...Oh, no... come on, no..." Kate gasps though still dreaming.
"Huh...Beckett," Rick mumbles trying to fight his sleep fogged mind.
"Castle," Kate whispers breathlessly.
Rick rolls over swearing he hears his name so soft it is barely audible...he thinks he's dreaming. "Kate... I'm right here..." Rick whispers as he reaches out to to her struggling form that he notices is tangled in the sheets and is apparently frantically fighting someone or something off in her sleep.
"No...Castle...Castle, I'm here...No...Oh God...Castle...Castle!" she pleads as beads of sweat pour from her sleep tousled hair as she jolts into a sitting position on the edge of the bed.
"Kate...Kate, I've got you...you're okay," Castle soothes as he reaches out to touch her hand that still grips the sheets.
"Castle?" she says as she turns her puzzled green eyes towards his voice.
"Shh...you're okay Kate...just a dream...you're safe...I'm here with you...it's okay." he continues in soft murmurs so he doesn't startle her more than she already is...fearing a panic attack may result from the apparent nightmare.
"Oh...Castle...Rick...I'm sorry..." she mumbles staring at the expanse of space that has suddenly opened between them.
"It's okay Kate...just a dream...are you okay?" He says as he closes the gap between them with a gentle touch to the small of her back and his other hand brushing her tear-stained cheek.
"Did... did I wake you...I"
"Shh... it doesn't matter. We're here...we're fine. Do you want to talk about it?"
"I don't even know where to start."
"How about you tell me what had you tossing and turning and calling out my name? Is this about what happened with ... with Maddox? Tell me what happened to you...how you ended up here."
"Here? In your loft, or in your bed?"
"Well, I know how you ended up in my bed. How did you end up standing at my door soaking wet?
"It was raining and I didn't have an umbrella...come on Castle...you've solved harder ones than that."
"Kate...I'm serious...tell me what happened to you today."
She took a deep breath before continuing, "Fine, Espo and I tracked my sniper to a hotel where he was staying. He had Montgomery's files and some other personal papers spread out on the table. We must have gotten caught up looking at the paperwork and didn't hear him come back. He got the drop on us. He knocked Javi out after he threw me into the wall. I..."
"Please, Rick, just...stop. Just let me tell it. I chased him up the stairwell and onto the roof. We fought...he was just too damn strong...I ...he threw me and I fell over the side...I was hanging over the side of a freaking building by my fingertips. I remember screaming "Help" and "No". I remember thinking that I didn't want to die...broken and bleeding in that alley below. I called your name over and over again...I could swear I heard your voice...all I could think of was you Castle. Just as my fingers lost their grip a hand reached over the side and clutched my wrist an pulled me back up. When I looked up and saw blue eyes...I thought it was you but..."
"I wasn't there...I left you...Oh, Kate...I should have been there to pull you back."
"You did...in a way. I held on for you...all I wanted was you in that moment...everything became clearer" she said with a far off look in her eyes.
"So who pulled you up? Ryan? I owe that man all if the Irish whiskey he can drink!"
"Yeah, it was Ryan...and Gates was there too. We all went back to the precinct after we checked on Espo who was recovering downstairs. Gates placed us both on administrative leave for withholding information from a superior officer and had us turn in our badges and guns."
"How long are you suspended?"
"I don't know...I told Gates to keep it...I resigned."
"Kate...you resigned? What does this mean? What are you going to do? That job is a huge piece of who you are. Can you really walk away from it?"
"I don't know if it was the right thing to do. I know that I want to be more than just a cop, I want to be more than a daughter who lost her mom...I want to be Kate. I need to find out who I am without that badge and gun...without my mom's case hanging over my head. I want to be more for you...us. I want you here with me while I try to figure it all out."
"I'm not going anywhere. You're stuck with me now! You know how persistent I can be Kate," he grinned mischievously.
"You call it persistence Castle, I call it annoying!" She teases finally gracing him with the first real smile since she grasped his hand and lead him to his bedroom a few short hours ago.
"Okay, you explained the nightmare...you still haven't told me how you ended up a soaking mess on my doorstep", he poses the question as he tangles their hands together and places a chaste kiss to the cheek he had most recently wiped the tears from.
"I didn't know what to do with myself after I packed up my stuff and left the precinct. I took a cab home, but I was too restless and... well ... you weren't there. I wanted to come here but I knew you were at Alexis' graduation, so I just went for a walk. I ended up at the swing-set where I told you about my wall last September. I sat there for what seemed like hours thinking back to that conversation and all of the things that had happened since that day. I spent a lot of time thinking about all the times we had saved each other, all the times you brought me coffee, how I had hurt you so many times. I didn't even realize it had started to rain until I was too soaked for it to matter. I left the park and ran straight here...to you," she explained looking directly into the bluest eyes she had ever seen all the while reaching out to pull him closer to her side.
"I'm sorry I didn't answer when you called. I was just so..." he stuttered.
"Angry...hurt? Castle...Rick, you have every right to still be upset with me...I was going to ask if the offer was still open for the John Woo movie night. I had this whole speech planned for when you opened the door. I wasn't going to give you a chance to ignore me or shut the door in my face. I had finally made up my mind and nothing was going to stop me. But...when you opened that door and asked me what I was doing here...all the words went right out of my head. I couldn't force the words out over the lump in my throat so I just reacted. I blurted "you" and reached out to kiss you like I have dreamed of doing again ever since that kiss in the alley all those months ago."
"That kiss was amazing, but...that...what we did tonight... just...Wow. And, so totally worth the wait!" His smile lighting up the room.
I...we...finally...well you know that part...God. No more waiting Castle," she blushes.
"Did you, Kate Beckett, just blush? Wow...I'm seeing a whole new side of you..."
"You've seen me naked Castle...on more than one occasion...and yes...I know you peeked!"
"How could I not...you were naked...in a bath tub...I tried not to look...but seriously Kate. Look at yourself. I wasn't kidding about your hotness back in LA. By the way...do you still have that swimsuit?"
"Yes...why do you want to know that?" she questioned him with what was supposed to be a glare that she just couldn't pull off while sitting on his bed gloriously naked.
"Well, it is May...Memorial Day weekend will be here in a few weeks...you could come to the Hamptons with me...enjoy the sun, the sand...the other amenities..." he smirked as he drew her into his arms for another kiss...this time to her forehead and then her temple.
"What other amenities would you be referring to Mr. Castle? I could find sand and sun anywhere with a beach...I might need a little more convincing...might have to do a little more research before I can make travel plans."
"How about a private stretch of beach right outside your door, someone who knows the area to be your personal tour guide, and your favorite writer at your beck and call."
"Is Connelly going to be there?" she giggles.
"Did you just giggle? You wound me...Connelly?...Really? Well at least you didn't say Patterson."
"I'm kidding...I'm a one writer girl...remember?"
"Yeah...I remember," he says with a wistful smile.
"Castle..." she says not even trying to stifle a yawn, "I would really like to try and get a little sleep."
"On one condition...we crawl back up in the bed and I get to be the big spoon!" he says as he flashes that knowing smile accompanied by the wiggling of his eyebrows.
"You are incorrigible" she says with a first rate Beckett eye roll. "Deal."
"Sweet dreams Kate," he says placing a lingering kiss on her slightly parted lips.
"Night Rick," she says softly, already drifting off into what they hope to be a peaceful slumber.