Disclaimer: I do not own Castle or its characters, if I did a certain season finale would have ended much differently...


The first time I saw them was in a photograph. My son-in-law, Robert, is a photographer for a magazine and was covering a fundraising gala. He had wanted my opinion on which photographs to present to his boss, although why he wanted the opinion of an eighty year-old woman on something usually reserved for young people still stumps me. But this isn't about me, it's about them. At least I'm pretty sure they were a them, they had to be a them. Or maybe a separate he and she who desperately wanted to be a them. No matter what they were at that time anyone could see, even an old lady, that they were destined to be a them. I had looked through each photograph carefully, asking whom these people were and if they were important. I didn't really care for any of the photos, Rob was a great photographer but I didn't like the people in them. Not that I had met any of them, I could just feel their vibe; fake. Fake smiles plastered onto perfect faces that were searching for nothing but the flashes in the crowd. Then I came across the picture of them, this photo was much different than the others. Instead of fake smiles sweet endearing ones crossed their faces as they looked not at the cameras, but at each other. Anybody could tell that these two had something special, it radiated from the paper in my hands. I told Rob that he should present that one and a few others that didn't disgust me as much as the rest, but to really push that one. He had asked me why, why should he get his boss to publish a photo where the people weren't even looking at the camera? I still remember my answer clearly, because it's real. What those people had was undeniably real, and their emotions shot off the page.


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