AN: Yes, I couldn't resist any longer! I had to do a finale fic! Wait! Don't push the back button yet! It is not your normal finale fic! I'm pretty sure that no one else has done a fic like this though I haven't read all of them so I am not completely sure about that. When the finale went off I wanted to just start writing but I couldn't function enough to do so. By the time I could actually think straight, all the ideas I had had already been done lol! So I eventually thought about this one but decided against doing it but I was trying to write for Kate's Choice but this idea suddenly popped back up and would not leave me alone. So here you go.

I do NOT own Castle!

Kate Beckett stood still and watched as Castle walked away, hand and hand with his ex wife. It took a minute for the shock to wear off, but then one slim eyebrow was inching it's way up her forehead and she was walking back to her desk.

I can't believe I was surprised by that. After all, newly realized feelings aside, it is still Richard Castle, playboy extraordinaire, we are talking about here.

She sat down at her desk and picked up a file, intending to finish some paper work on it, before realizing that she was already off duty and had no reason to still be doing paperwork.

"I decided not to take a vacation, so I'll see you guys in the morning."

Kate didn't wait for an answer before heading home. That was a good thing though, since no one knew what to say to her after watching that scene, and her lack of a reaction to it.

It was only nearing seven when Kate left the precinct so she stopped by one of her favorite Chinese takeout places and bought dinner for herself. While waiting for her food to be prepared, and during the drive to her apartment, she had plenty of time to think on everything that had happened today.

I finally let myself realize that he wormed his way into my life and maybe, just maybe, we could be more than friends. Then he rides off into the sunset with his ex-wife… I suppose it is sort of my fault for waiting so long though. But if, no, when he comes back, just what am I going to do about all this?


"Good morning to you too, Lanie."

"Pssh, like you ever say good morning to me when you want to know something…"

Lanie waited until Kate stopped typing on the computer and turned around so that she could get a good look at her face, trying to judge how she was dealing with recent events.

"Seriously though girl, are you okay?"

Kate looked at her with a slightly confused look on her face. "Yes? Why wouldn't I be?"

Lanie shot her a look that clearly said 'Really? You expect me to believe that?' to which Kate shot back a look of her own that said 'What?' while she voiced it out loud as well.

"Don't 'what' me, last night! You and Castle, then him walking off with his blond harpy, that's what!"

Kate let out a small 'oh' before turning back to her computer.

"Yeah well, Castle is still Castle, I don't know why I suddenly decided to expect him to grow up and not run off with any nearby, available and willing, female."

Lanie opened her mouth, intending to say something, possibly something to defend Castle, but stopped short when she realized she didn't know how to reply to that since it was actually true. She didn't have time to think of anything else to say because her cell phone started ringing, apparently there was a dead body with her name on it somewhere.

"We will talk about this more later. I-" Lanie was cut off when Kate's phone started ringing as well. She answered with her usual greeting of "Beckett" then wrote down the address she was given.

"Looks like I'll be coming with you."

The case ended up being a short and simple one, but very disturbing and gruesome all the same. And by the time Kate got home, she was ready to slip into a warm bath to wash away the day, then hit the sack early.

But as always, even the best laid plans go astray. She had just slipped into the hot water when her phone went off. Mildly irritated, she reached out for a towel to dry off her hands, then grabbed the phone off the stand next to the tub. Her irritation disappeared when she looked at the screen and it showed "Little Castle" as the caller.

"Hello? Alexis?"

"Hi Detective Beckett…Um, I'm not keeping you from anything am I?"

Kate sunk back down into the water, keeping a towel close by, and got comfortable again.

"You can call me Kate, and no, I'm just at home relaxing. Is something the matter?"

"No, not really. My roommate has been gone on some special trip thing all day and since there weren't any activities or classes scheduled today, I got a little lonely being by myself. I tried to call dad, but Gina answered the phone and said he was too busy writing to talk. Sorry, I probably shouldn't have called you. I'm sure you don't want to listen to teen ramblings." Alexis trailed off at the end, obviously rethinking calling Kate.

Kate just chuckled a bit before replying. "It's okay, I don't mind, It's not like I am doing anything anyway. Has it been fun while you've been there?"

They continued talking about little things, like some of the people Alexis met there, until Kate's water was well below what people considered normal bath water temperature. There was a lull in the conversation and Kate took that opportunity to ask a question that had been in the back of her mind ever since she had answered the phone.

"Are you sure everything is going okay over there? You can tell me about it, you know."

There was a pause before Alexis sighed. "No… I mean, nothing bad has happened, because I know that's what you are thinking, but it's just… Well, it's not like I thought it would be. Everyone is just here to party with the 'cool college kids' and play around. I thought there would be some actual learning going on, or I wouldn't have come at all."

Kate smiled at that, normally kids would be complaining that they were doing too much learning yet here was Alexis, complaining that they weren't doing enough.

I might be extremely annoyed at Castle right now but that doesn't mean I can't help Little Castle out.

"Do you want to escape the summer program early then?"

"Really? But… how? I can't just leave the program…"

Kate could hear the excitement and joy in her voice when she replied.

"Oh trust me, there are ways."

AN: So... What did you guys think about it? I've noticed that a lot of people want to see more Kate/Alexis bonding in season 3 so I'm hoping that you guys will like this as well.

Um, as for Kate's thoughts about the whole Castle/Gina thing... Thats what I imagine she would be thinking about after the events of the finale...

If anyone is wondering, there will be some Caskett later on but this story will be mostly about Kate and Alexis. (If people actually like this story that is.)

So, guys, I need to know: Do you like this idea? Should I continue it? Will I ever be able to focus on the story I want to write the next chapter for? What would you like to see in the next chapters of this story?