Well, here it is, the last chapter. I had to do something involving Christmas because i love Christmas. I really hope you like it and sorry that it is a little longer then normal.
Three Years Later, Christmas Eve
Castle quietly crept into the apartment, hoping no one would hear him. He turned and quietly shut and locked the door. He sighed and turned around coming face to face with his lovely wife, Kate. He let out a small girlish squeal. Something was wrong, she looked… mad.
"I thought you would be asleep." He said.
"Where have you been?" She asked tapping her foot. He felt like a teenager sneaking in after curfew and having his mom question him.
"I was just around." He said not wanting to give away anything. It would kill him if she found out right now.
"Around where?" She asked with a still mad but also disappointed, almost sad look.
"Nowhere in particular." He said, he felt bad. She sighed and let her shoulders drop. "What? What's wrong?"
"It's just that… the past couple days… you've been coming home later than usual. We both leave the precinct and you say you're going to The Old Haunt but you weren't there, not tonight anyway." She looked so very sad. He wanted to tell her, but that would ruin it.
"Kate, you trust me right?" She nodded. "You have nothing to worry about. I had some last minute Christmas things to do." He guided her to the couch and they sat down. He placed a hand on her very pregnant belly. "I love you so much and I can't wait for this baby." He said and she laid her head on his shoulder.
"I love you too."
Castle woke up to the sound of someone knocking on his door. He got up; made sure he looked descent, and stumbled down stairs. He opened his door and looked sleepily out at the person who had been doing the knocking. His eyes got big and a smile spread across his lips when he saw who it was.
"Alexis!" He wrapped his daughter in a hug.
"It's so good to see you." She said coming inside.
"When… how… I'm so glad you're here." He said. She was away at college when he spoke to her last night.
"Is that Alexis?" Kate asked coming down stairs.
"Hey Kate." She said running up and giving her a hug.
"Sweetie when did you get in to town?" Kate asked. Alexis smiled.
"Late last night. I stayed at Ashley's so that I could surprise you this morning."
"I thought you were spending Christmas with your mom." Castle said hugging her again.
"She decided last minute to go to Italy with some guy and when she asked if I wanted to go I said no." Alexis said excitedly. Castle felt his heart warm. This would be the perfect Christmas.
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"Where are we going?" Kate asked. She and Alexis were in the back of the limo while Castle rode up front with the driver. Why? They did not know.
"Why are we bringing all the gifts?" Alexis asked.
"Just wait." Castle said. Kate sat back and relaxed. She wasn't up for arguing on Christmas. She kept eyeing the small selection of drinks that the limo held eagerly. She missed being able to drink. She missed a lot of things, like being able to go out in the field at work, being able to see her toes, but most of all, feeling attractive to her husband. She felt like a cow. He didn't look at her the same way anymore.
"We're here." He said. He hopped out and opened the door.
"Where is here?" Kate asked. She looked at the building in front of her. It was a beautiful, new looking house.
"Dad?" Alexis raised an eyebrow at her father.
"I hope… I hope this is a good Christmas present." He said. "Kate, the loft is getting kind of cramped with my mother and Alexis every other weekend, and now that we are going to have a baby, I think it's time we move to a bigger, more kid-friendly place. So, if you want it to, this can be out new home." Kate felt herself smile. She was going to bring it up after Christmas. She had even talked to Lanie about it.
"I love it." She said giving him a quick kiss. "Can we go inside?" She asked. Rick pulled a set of keys out of his pocket.
"Yep." He unlocked the door and Kate stepped in. The whole house had tons of Christmas decorations. In the living room there was a big, real tree. Castle came up behind her with his bag of gifts. He placed them under the tree.
"This is perfect." She said and he wrapped his arms around her and gave her a deep kiss.
"I'm glad you like it." He said before kissing her again. The way he kissed her made her feel desired again. She was angry at herself for even thinking that he didn't love her anymore.
They broke the kiss off when Alexis cleared her throat. "So I take it we're spending Christmas here?" She asked.
"Yeah. It's bigger and better for guests. We won't really move in until after New Year's though." He said.
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Christmas music was playing and Rick was making ginger bread cookies with Alexis. Kate watched and every once in a while tasted but did feel to artistic right then. It was almost six when the doorbell rang. It was Lanie and Esposito. Isobel and Dante ran in past Kate when they smelled the cookies. Esposito was holding their five month old, Derik, and Lanie was holding their eighteen month old Dominick. After the twins they didn't stop. It was one after another and they loved every minute of it.
"Hey guys." Kate said letting them in. Dom seemed a little down. Normally he was super hyper but now he seemed super clingy to his mom.
"He just woke up from a nap." She said. Then Ryan and Jennie and their newborn came up behind them.
"Hey. Everyone come on in. Kate gave them a quick tour of the house and then they all sat in the living room. Isobel and Derik took turn handing out gifts. They would ask who it was for and then set it at their feet. Finally it was time to open. They let the kids go first. Dom didn't like the wrapping paper at all.
Next they decided to take turns. It went Alexis, Jennie and Kevin, Lanie and Javier, Kate and Rick, Martha.
Alexis loved her clothes and her new lap top. Jennie and Kevin got a couple things for their baby and a new, single cup coffee maker. Lanie and Javier got a new bed spread and keys to Castle's house in the Hamptons. Kate got a Sony Reader digital book and Castle got a new poker set. Martha was the most fun out of them. Her gift was small and she was thinking jewelry, but what she got was something she hadn't expected. She got the keys to the loft. The night went on with lots of laughter and love.
After everyone had left Kate laid in Castle's arms while he read her 'A Christmas Carol.' It was the perfect end to the perfect Christmas.
*Sniffle Sniffle* I'm going to miss this story. It was such fun to write and i'm glad you all read. Thank you all for reviewing previous chapters and hopefully reviewing this one.
I've said it before and i'll say it again, im not great at endings however i thought i did pretty good with this one.
Well, please review this story one last time. Thank you for reading and have a happy holiday, whatever it is you may be celibrating.