Title: I Knew
Word Count: 452
Spoilers: A spoiler-free zone.
Summary: It's Beckett's birthday.
Disclaimer: If you recognize them, they belong to Andrew Marlowe. Otherwise, they're mine.
Author's Note: Part of the Getting Results series.
When Beckett sat down at her desk in the precinct, she noticed a small package there. "What's this?" she wondered aloud.
Castle came in carrying two cups of coffee. "Why don't you open it and find out?" he asked, setting hers down in front of her and taking his usual seat beside her.
Smiling her thanks, she picked up the small gift and started pulling away the lavender wrapping paper. Discarding the paper, she lifted the lid of the box inside. "Oh, Castle," she whispered.
Castle took her hand. "Kate, I can't even begin to imagine my life without you. You filled an emptiness I didn't know was there.
You know when to make me laugh and when to give me a good kick in the rear. You are my best friend and the love of my life. I love you more than I ever thought possible. Kate Beckett, will you marry me?"
Tears she didn't know had fallen slid down her face. "Yes," she whispered.
Castle gently took the princess-cut diamond engagement ring from her and slipped it onto the third finger of her left hand. Smiling, he brushed her tears away with the tips of his fingers and lowered his mouth to hers. "I love you so much," he whispered.
Neither noticed Ryan, Esposito, Lanie or Captain Montgomery as they took in the scene, each with identical smiles on their faces. Their lives were normally filled with so much murder and mayhem, it was a nice change when a little happiness came instead. They turned and entered the captain's office, giving them what little privacy they could.
Beckett smiled at Castle, happier than she had ever been. "The moment I met you, I knew."
"Knew what?" he asked.
"Knew you'd change my life forever," she answered with a smile. "And you have. I've never been happier. I love you."
"I love you, too." He paused, thinking. "Let's go tell your dad."
"We can't. We have cases to solve. We-"
"Are being given the day off," Captain Montgomery interrupted with a smile. "Go home. Celebrate. Tell your dad."
"Beckett, there's no pressing cases that can't wait a day or two. Take a couple days. You deserve it. You both do," he told her, heading for his office once again. Turning back, he smiled. "And Beckett?"
"Congratulations. I'm thrilled for you both," he told her, continuing on to his office, a spring in his step.
"Shall we?" Castle asked, holding open her jacket for her. She nodded and let him help her into it.
Slipping her arm around his waist, they made their way to the door and disappeared into the bright New York City sunshine.