Kate stood in the living room looking towards the kitchen. The events of that night one month ago playing over and over in her head. She laid her hand on her stomach closing her eyes. The apartment was empty now. No couch, no table, no dishes, no family photo's, none of Castle's books, and neither of them. Opening her eyes she looked to the door where Castle was standing.
"Are we sure about this?" Kate asked.
"We can come back, this is always going to be our home. No matter what happened. But first we need time to heal." He said walking towards her.
Wrapping her arms around him she rested her head on his shoulder. His hand rubbed her back softly and he kissed the top of her head. He swayed slowly humming lyrics to "In my veins". Kate laughed quickly moving to kiss him.
"You know what I'm looking forward to?" Kate asked.
"what?" He asked still smiling.
"Well, Mr Castle get me to that house of ours in the Hamptons and find out" Kate smirked dropping his hand as she walked to the door. Turning back she smiled.
"your right this will always be our place but right now we need new."
Rick smiled and nodded as he followed her closing the door behind him for the last time, at least for a while.
Rick fumbled with the keys to unlock the front door as a very eager and willing Kate Beckett stood behind him. She laughed leaning against the door frame while she waited. Throwing her a glance Rick finally unlocked the door, grabbing her waist he pulled her against him. She smiled kissing him softly as she pushed him inside.
"Are you sure about this?" Rick whispered.
With only a month since the shooting they hadn't been able to do anything since they were both healing. Kate sighed.
"All I know is I want you Rick. Maybe it's the hormones but…"
"I know, I want it too."
"Ya know, there isn't a reason we can't just take it easy and slow."
Rick smiled Kissing her. A loud Crack of Thunder told them it had started raining.
"Romantic night in?" Rick asked Kate smiled and nodded.
"I would like that" She followed him to the kitchen.
"So, what sounds good?" Rick asked opening the refrigerator. "Or I guess what does baby want?'
Kate laughed sitting down at the island. "Well, baby is hungry for daddy's cheesy alfredo pasta."
"That I can do"
Kate watched him as he made dinner offering up several times to help but he wouldn't let her. So she sat there laughing at his comments and remembering when they got married. It felt like forever ago since that day. That completely unplanned and unexpected day that had turned into the happiest moment of her life. She felt Rick's lips against hers suddenly, elbows rested on the counter he looked at her with his deep blue eyes.
"I hope our baby has your eyes." Kate said quietly.
"Mmmm, we're going to have one good looking baby." Rick smirked, Kate rolled her eyes.
"This weekend is Father's day and I want to tell my dad." Kate said biting her lip.
"Yeah, we could invite him up, have a cook-out."
Kate smiled leaning forward to kiss him quickly.
"What was that for?"
"I wanted to kiss you, so I did" Kate smiled.
"I'm not complaining" Rick smirked pushing off the counter as the sauce started to simmer on the stove.
"So should I text my dad and see if he wants to come up Sunday?" Kate asked pulling out her phone.
"Yeah, we just need to come up with a way to tell him, instead of just hey Jim I knocked up your only daughter."
Kate laughed "mmm yeah" She paused looking at him. "When I was little,"
"Oh baby Kate Beckett story?" He interrupted, Kate glared at him.
"Yes, when I was little my dad use to take me to our cabin and just the two of us for the weekend. We would fish and go for walks and then at night we would watch old movies, like James Bond or something." Kate smiled at the memory.
"Alexis and I would go to this really great pancake place just outside the city, it was a tradition and then we would go to the park or whatever we felt like doing. One year when she was like 10 we build this massive blanket fort in the living room. It was epic."
"Well now maybe you can make a new tradition." Kate smiled.
"I like that idea, I really hope it's a boy."
"What if it's a girl?" Kate asked laying her hand on her stomach.
"I'll hope she is as amazing as her mother"
Kate smiled finally getting a response from her dad "He's fine with coming up, wants to know if he can bring anything."
"Nope, just himself" Rick smiled, Kate loved that her dad and Rick were so close.
The night seemed to go by quickly and soon it was Sunday morning. Kate finished putting her dad's gift together as well as a little something she had gotten for Rick and put them in the living room. The doorbell rang and Kate hurried to get it.
"Hey dad happy father's day" Kate smiled letting him in.
He smiled kissing her cheek.
"Hi sweetie" He smiled walking with her inside.
Rick walked into the foyer smiling at them.
"Happy father's day Jim" Rick said shaking his hand.
"You as well" Jim smiled looking at Kate. "You look different, is something different?"
"Just happy because you're here" She smiled.
"Have you eaten Jim, I'm making french toast?"
"I ate before I got in the car but I would go for a coffee." Jim said following them into the kitchen.
Kate couldn't calm her nerves, or maybe it was morning sickness, the whole breakfast. Finally she couldn't take the waiting any longer and they moved onto the front porch. Kate grabbed the two bags from the living room and brought them out with her. She looked at Rick who smiled. Kate handed her dad the bag moving to sit beside Rick.
"You didn't have to get me anything sweetie." Jim said setting his coffee down on the table.
"I wanted to" Kate smiled.
Jim reached into the bag pulling out a neatly wrapped gift. Inside a baseball onsie. Jim looked up at her.
"Is this? Are you…?" Kate laughed and nodded beaming at her father.
"A little over 11 weeks."
"I'm so happy for you sweetie" Jim smiled, he stood up as did Kate. He gave her a hug staying there for a moment. "Your mom always wanted grandkids, I guess I'll just have to spoil this one for the both of us."
Kate looked at him and smiled softly. "I don't think it could be any other way."
"Congratulations for what?' Alexis asked standing in the doorway.
Rick looked at Kate who smiled and gave a slight shrug. A smile ran across his face as he looked at Alexis.
"You still want to be a big sister?"
Alexis' eyes widened as she looked from her father to Kate.
"Kate you're pregnant?" Alexis asked.
Kate nodded laughing slightly. Alexis ran forward hugging Kate then her dad.
"Does Gram know?" Alexis asked.
"Yeah, I found out while I was in the hospital and I freaked out and told her." Kate said looking at her dad.
"Wait can I open my gift?" Rick asked seeing the one for him. Kate and Alexis both laughed.
"Go ahead" Kate laughed.
Rick smiled opening his own gift. He pulled out a frame with Kate's latest ultrasound inside. He smiled looking at her.
"Thank you" He said kissing her softly.
Kate smiled wrapping her arms around Rick wincing a little at the pain it caused her. But she didn't mind, she could deal with this pain, losing her family would be far worse pain.