Annnnnnnnnnnnnd, Its completed! I finally finished my first fanfic that is more than 3 chapters long! It's amazing!

I DO NOT OWN CASTLE!


The ambulance carrying their favorite homicide detective sped down the streets of New York until it finally stopped at a hospital and Kate was quickly rushed back into surgery, it was a head wound so they weren't taking any chances.

Castle and the rest had followed right behind the ambulance and while the paramedics were taking Kate back to an operating room, they settled into the hard uncomfortable chairs of the waiting room.

Twenty minutes later, much to the team's shock, Kate came walking out into the waiting room with a tall African American female doctor. The two came to a stop in front of the group as they quickly got to their feet. Before anyone could ask any questions, the doctor spoke up.

"The wound on her head wasn't nearly as bad as it looked. It only needed four stitches and surprisingly she doesn't have a concussion so she is free to go." Another ambulance was pulling into the drive way so the busy doctor hurried off to go take care of her next patient, leaving Kate standing in front of the group.

"What do you want to do now?" She thought about Ryan's question for a minute then answered.

"Since you guys found me, I'm assuming you know the guy and have arrested him right?"

"Well…About that… It's a little more complicated than that…"

Eyebrow raised, she replied. "How so?"

They spent the next few minutes filling her in on what had happened while she was gone, not leaving out a single detail.


A good thirty minutes later, Ryan, Esposito, and Castle stepped off the elevator into the homicide division of the twelfth precinct. The two detectives made their way to the Captain's office to report what had happened while Castle headed straight to Demming.

"Can we talk for a minute?" He glanced over at Jesse who was giving orders to some of the other cops then added, "Alone?"

Demming turned a weary gaze to Castle and took in the smug expression on his face. "Is this about your ridiculous theory?"

Castle nodded and Demming responded sharply. "No."

"But-"

"I said no. We've got a completely solid lead that we are following and just as soon as we get a little more information, we can go bust this guy. So, we don't need you and your ridiculous theories. Go play detective somewhere else and let the real detectives do their job, okay?" He started out talking normally but as he went on he got louder and louder and by the time he got to the last sentence, the whole floor could hear what he said.

Those words definitely stung the writer but, he just shrugged and walked back towards the elevators where Ryan, Esposito, Lanie, and the Captain were waiting. He had tried to be nice and save him from total embarrassment but now? He was going to sit back and enjoy the show.


Once everything was explained to Kate, she decided that before she did anything, she desperately needed a shower so the boys went back to Jesse's house to collect some evidence to back up Kate's claim that he held her hostage there while Lanie and Kate took a cab back to her house so she could shower and change clothes.

Feeling much better after a shower, a quick snack, and dressed in a clean work suit, Kate was back to her old self and confidently strode into the precinct, with Lanie close at her heels, a few minutes after the guys.

They rode the elevator up and stepped out just in time to hear Castle and Demming's conversation. Not wanting to be seen just yet, Kate ducked out of sight and waited until her team gathered around her.

Then she attacked.

"Jesse Clark! You are under arrest for the kidnapping of…Well, me. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be held against you in a court of law!"

Jesse stood there staring at Kate, as if he had seen a ghost, as she walked up to him with Esposito and Ryan moving out from behind her to handcuff him.

Demming stood off to the side with a completely dumbfounded expression on his face. "Oh for the love of… You have got to be kidding me!" He threw his hands up in the air then turned to see a smirking Castle who gave him a cheery little wave before following Kate who had started moving Jesse to an interrogation room.


A few hours later, a slightly disturbed Kate stepped out of the interrogation room while Ryan and Esposito, with Castle tagging along, hauled Jesse down to the holding cells until everything was processed and he was sent away for a long time.

After Jesse realized that yes, Kate was there and no, she wasn't still locked up at his house, he broke down and confessed everything. But the thing that had Kate so disturbed was the fact that he did all this out of love for her. At least that's what he had said, when in fact it was more of strong obsession with her that started when they were partners in the academy together. He had changed a lot from the young man that she was partnered with back then, so it was no wonder that she didn't recognize him.

When Jesse mentioned it, Kate remembered the sweet confession he had made to her near the end of their time together at the academy. Anyone would have been a fool to turn him down after that but, the only thing she had on her mind at that time was finding her mother's killer. Not once in their whole partnership did she think of him anymore than just a partner so she thought nothing of turning him down and then moving on when their time at the academy was over.

Apparently though, he wasn't quite ready to let her go. He had trained to be accepted into the missing persons division but after finding out that the precinct that Kate was going to didn't have any need for anymore people in that division; he switched to robbery just so he could follow her.

For years he was content with watching her from afar, watching her grow to be one of the best detectives in the precinct. He watched her be the best for so long he started thinking that she was better than everyone and he started thinking that she deserved to be with someone that was so much better than everyone else, meaning that he would never have a chance with her so he left her alone.

Then Castle showed up. Jesse was livid when he found out that a mere writer got to follow her around and flirt with her all day but she clearly didn't return his affections so Jesse decided that Castle wasn't a threat and went back to peacefully watching her from afar.

Then she did something unspeakable in his mind. She started dating Demming. Demming! The man who was just like him! Who was a friend, of sorts, to him. A man who was no better than he was yet, when he approached Kate one day with some sort of meager excuse, she didn't even look twice at him.

That was the last straw for Jesse who just snapped. Why should Demming get to be with her? She was supposed to be with someone that was better than all them, so Jesse reasoned, if she wasn't going to be with someone better then she might as well be with him.

So, slightly disturbed that she had practically been stalked without knowing it for years, Kate stepped out of the interrogation room intending to find Castle to get her mother's ring back, as she was sorely missing the comfort it brought right now but when she stepped out, Demming was waiting for her.

"Hey… Looks like you got quite the admirer there. I would have never thought a good honest cop would do something like that."

Kate moved to lean on the wall opposite him with her arms crossed before fixing him with a steady look.

"So I've heard. You didn't think for one minute that he could have been responsible?"

"Of course not! He's a cop that's never done anything wrong in the years that I have known him. You would have thought the same if you were in my position."

"No, I wouldn't have. I would have followed the lead, no matter how unlikely it seemed." There was one thing Kate Beckett hated the most in the world and that was detectives who didn't think outside of the box, then tried to fit everything into said box and that was exactly what he was doing right now.

"Oh, so you mean to tell me that if Castle had come up to you and told you that he thought a cop that had done nothing wrong had kidnapped a fellow detective, you would listen to him?"

"Yes." That was the answer, plain and simple.

"Kate, we are detectives. Trained to look at the evidence and draw a logical answer from them. We don't have time to listen to stupid writers and their insane theories. It's a wonder that you ever solve cases with him around, spouting theories like that all the time."

He had moved closer to her but she merely shifted her position a bit and gave him a blank look.

"He was right wasn't he?" Demming didn't know what to say to that so she continued on. "Look, I know you have a problem with Castle but this is never going to work between us if you two can't play nice. I heard what you said to him earlier when he was just trying to tell you what had happened and I'm sorry but I won't stand for you insulting and hurting my friend and partner like that." Her calling Castle her 'partner' shocked her just as much as it did Demming. He stood there, barely two feet away, and stared at her for a while before his eyes hardened as if he had made a decision.

"You are right. This won't work out between us with Castle in the way. I'm sorry to make you do this, but I feel that it's necessary; you have a choice to make Kate. It's either me or him. You can't have both."

Her face fell into a small frown as she regarded the man in front of her. He was everything that she always thought that she wanted in a man. Plus, he was a detective too so he knew her job and understood that her life was dedicated to her job. He was sweet and funny when he wanted to be yet, could be serious enough to head an investigation into her disappearance.

So, when it came down to what matter the most, it wasn't hard to make a decision.


After the interrogation was over, Ryan and Esposito took Jesse down to the holding cells and Castle followed them because he wanted the satisfaction of seeing him behind bars. After he was securely locked up, the guys went back to their desks while Castle went to go find Kate since she wasn't at her desk like he figured she would be.

He look around for her until he found her in the hallway having what looked like a meaningful conversation with Demming seeing as he was way too close to her for Castle's comfort. And just like that he was reminded of his thoughts, and decision, he had made before he had gotten that call from Esposito. Watching the two of them together reminded him of why he had come to the decision to leave in the first place. Castle turned on his heel to go back to the bullpen and leave them alone when he realized he could hear them and heard Kate speak his name.

"Look, I know you have a problem with Castle but this is never going to work between us if you two can't play nice. I heard what you said to him earlier when he was just trying to tell you what had happened and I'm sorry but I won't stand for you insulting and hurting my friend and partner like that."

Castle felt like he was on cloud nine after hearing her claim that he was her partner, but quickly came back down to earth as Demming started speaking.

"You are right. This won't work out between us with Castle in the way. I'm sorry to make you do this, but I feel that it's necessary; you have a choice to make Kate. It's either me or him. You can't have both."

It's a good thing I was already planning on leaving, this way I can leave before Demming tries to get rid of me.

Castle knew he should have turned around right then and left before his fears were confirmed but he couldn't get his legs to listen to him so instead, he stood at the end of the hall, out of sight, and listened with baited breath until she spoke.

"Castle."

Castle flinched, thinking that she had caught him spying on them but she never turned his way, instead she stood staring straight at Demming, a small smile on her face.

"Wh-What?" Demming stammered out in shock and Castle realized that he hadn't been caught, that that had been her answer.

"Castle. That's my answer. You made me choose so I chose. You said I couldn't have both so, goodbye detective."

With that, Kate turned on her heel and walked off down the hallway, unknowingly straight towards Castle who quickly backpedaled out of the hallway and rushed over to his place by her desk. Esposito, Ryan, and Lanie who had come back up to the homicide division after the interrogation was done to find out why Jesse did it, all looked at him with questioning looks but he quickly motioned for them to not say anything about it then quickly acted normal as Kate came out of the hallway and headed straight for her desk.


Castle and Kate sat at her desk for hours after Lanie and the guys had left. Apparently being kidnapped for three days meant there was massive amounts of paperwork to catch up on and Kate had been working intently, ignoring Castle who was sitting in his chair looking rather smug.

They worked like that for a while longer until Kate suddenly looked up at Castle, then held her hand out expectantly. When Castle just looked at her hand confused, she explained.

"My mother's ring. You never gave it back after the hospital like you were supposed to."

His eyes lit up in realization then reached up to pull the chain with the ring over his head, placing it in her waiting hand when it was finally off. She took it and held it close to her face, examining it for scratches before deciding that it was in no worse shape than it was before he had it.

She slipped it over her head and felt as it settled in its normal place on her chest before turning her attention back to him.

"So, do I want to know why you've been staring off into space with that goofy grin on your face for the last hour or so?"

"Probably not. But since you asked, I was thinking of a new idea for Nikki Heat. Nikki gets kidnapped and Rook goes to save her alone and after an epic battle with the bad guy he finds Nikki trapped in the bathroom. Naked. So he rescues her and she's so happy that he found her that-" She cuts him off with a glare and a roll of her eyes.

"I was right. I didn't want to know."

That wasn't what he was really thinking about but, there was no telling what she would do to him if he told her he was thinking about her conversation with Demming. Still he couldn't help it when he opened his mouth next.

"I've told you what I was thinking about so what are you thinking about?"

She sat back in her chair and gave him a questioning look. "Why would I tell you that?"

"Well, I was thinking that we should know more about each other's thoughts."

A raised eyebrow was the only response he got to that so he continued.

"I think we should get to know each other a little better now since after all, we are partners." He grinned the classic Castle grin and Kate felt her face go up in flames as she realized he had heard her talking to Demming.

Thankfully, she was saved from having to respond right then as her phone rang and she answered it with her normal greeting. As she listened to the voice on the other line she pulled a notepad closer to her and quickly wrote down an address. She hung up the phone then stood up and put her jacket on. When she turned around, Castle was already set to go, so without a word to him she walked off to the elevator with him faithfully following her.

Once the elevator doors shut and they were alone, Castle turned to her.

"So…" He drug out the 'O' in the word and Kate just knew he was going to ask something potentially embarrassing about what she had said to Demming earlier so she tried to prepare herself but it did nothing to prepare her for what he said next.

"Esposito and Ryan are partners and he lets Ryan drive sometimes so since we are partners now does this mean I get to drive? Please?"

Not what she was expecting but it was so typically Castle that she should have been expecting it.

"No."

"But! But, Beckeeeeeeeeett." He whined all the way down until they were in the car then he pouted from the passenger side all the way to the crime scene.

They still had a long way to go in this strange relationship of theirs but, they were back on the right track and right now, that's all that mattered to the detective and writer.

~FIN~


I had no idea how I was going to end this when I started writing this chapter but it just sort of all came together as I got nearer to the end. I hope the explanation about Jesse was understandable but basically he sort of idolized her but was in "love" with her too then when Demming who was just like him got to be with her and he didn't, he snapped and kidnapped her.

So, probably not the completely mushy and/or sappy ending some of you were probably wanting but something like that just didn't seem right here...

Now, I don't really know what to do... I know I should work on my other stories but I've been working on this one for over two months (Whoa, seems a lot longer than that...) and now that its finished... I don't know, seems kind of empty lol!

Now, a question for all of you fans of this story, would you be interested in reading a story where Castle gets kidnapped this time? With the kidnapper having similar motives as Jesse? Its just a vague idea that I had a while back and I don't even know if anyone would want to read it lol! And I really need to work on my other stories but working on a story that is focused on something other than Castle and Beckett's romantic progress is kind of nice...

Don't be shy! Leave me a review and tell me what you think! Please?