A/N: Hi guys. I said this was my last chapter, and I meant it. This is the last one, but I am SAD to see it go… it was pretty fun to write. THANK You to all those who gave me ideas, who stuck with the story, who reviewed, alerted and favorited and even those who just read it… thank you. I am really enjoying Castle FF atm. But I was thinking if anyone had the time or energy, if they wanted to take my idea of pranks, then they could maybe move it to the precinct, and add Lanie and the boys into it as well. Just a thought… if someone does take it up, let me know, I'd LOVE to read it.
Now, on to the ending… =)
It was time to get back to reality. Time had escaped her, but it was not professional to take so much time off work for a bit of fun, especially Beckett. It wasn't in her nature. She had changed too much in the last few days; playing games she wouldn't have anywhere else, or with anyone else to be exact.
Beckett felt embarrassed about her nightmare admission the night before, and ever since then she had been feeling a strange sense of some kind of energetic-pull to Castle. She found that her eyes wondered to wherever he was, she was constantly watching him, and when he caught her staring, she would blush and looked away.
"Do we really have to go?" Castle looked evidently disappointed.
"Yes, I have to get back to work," she said as she packed up her sleeping bag. It had been aired out, and no longer smelt of the horrific prank Castle had subjected her to.
"We should have that framed," he grinned playfully.
Beckett shot him a glare.
"You'll be thinking of me…" he smiled staring her in the face.
Beckett felt her chest tighten, her stomach went into over-drive and for a moment she actually stopped breathing. "What?" she croaked.
Castle smiled almost knowingly. "Every time you look at the sleeping bag, you'll remember what I did, you'll remember this camping trip."
There was no denying that. "Yeah, so?" she shrugged.
"So, didn't I tell you before we left, that it was going to be the best camping trip you ever had," he said.
Beckett frowned. "No, actually you didn't. But I do recall you promising me things like needed space and breakfast," she folded her arms under her chest, as they stood together in the tent.
"Oh," he bit his lip. "Well, I'll have to make up for that, then?"
"Save it," she waved him off and continued packing her things up.
It took them another hour to pack up the tent, and when everything was in the car, ready to go. Castle said his goodbyes to Ashley and his parents. Alexis was teary when she pulled away from her boyfriend, and climbed into the backseat.
"It was nice to meet you," Beckett said politely.
"Yes," Ashley's mother nodded.
Ashley's father stepped up to shake her hand. "Make much use of the sleeping bag?"
"Um…" she blushed.
"That's what I thought. I suggest next time you leave it at home, to collect dust."
Beckett smiled as the couple walked away.
It was still early as they made the drive back home. Beckett found her eyes watching him as he kept his on the road; he glanced at her every few minutes and smiled. Alexis was too sad missing her boyfriend to bother with conversation, and Beckett was too lost in her mind to focus, leaving Castle thinking about his next move.
Once they got out of the car, he realized, once he dropped her off at her apartment, Beckett would rebuild the walls around her heart, the same ones Castle had spent 5 days breaking down. There had to be something he could do to secure his new-found relationship with her, whatever it was. It was certainly different.
Finally, he pulled the car up to Beckett's apartment building.
Alexis got out of the car to collect Beckett's suitcase from the boot.
Beckett sighed and turned to face Castle, still seated in the passenger's side. "I guess this is it… well, thanks. I had fun."
Castle nodded. Ask her to come back to your apartment?
"It was relaxing. Thank you, I needed it…" she said.
"No worries." She's about to leave.
Beckett opened the door. "I'll see you at work then."
"Beckett…" he stopped mid-sentence. He didn't even know what to say.
"Have a good day," good one stupid.
Beckett nodded and climbed out of the car. He looked through the window, as she took her things from Alexis and hugged her goodbye. Why didn't I get a hug? She stepped up to her apartment building. This was it, it was now or never.
He pulled the handle and pushed open the door, struggling to get out quickly.
"Kate, wait…" he yelled.
She stopped at the entrance door, her suitcases now by her feet, and the key to her building in her hand. "What?" she frowned.
"I didn't get a hug," he shrugged.
She frowned, and he leaned in and hugged her. It took a moment for her to respond, before her arms pulled around him. He made daring move then, and lifted her chin up, his eyes settling on her lips just before he brushed his mouth against hers.
"What was that?" she asked as he drew away.
"I didn't know if you'd let me do that again," he admitted.
"And you thought I'd let you now?" she asked. Her hands trembled slightly, resting on his upper arms, his hands still at her waist.
"You didn't resist me," he pointed out.
Beckett only stared at him.
He tucked her hair behind her ears. "Before we left, I promised needed space and time to yourself neither of which I delivered," he reminded her with a daring smile. "I also promised to buy you pretty things… anything you wanted…"
"I didn't want anything, Castle," she said simply, except you.
"I promised you breakfast every morning," he said. "Let me at least give you that."
Beckett found her heart quicken. "There's a bagel place up the street," she smirked.
"No," he said shaking his head. He leaned in and answered in her ear. "I was thinking breakfast in bed…"
Beckett smiled. Yes, that would do nicely, she thought silently. "And you think I'm going to let you up to my apartment?" she challenged biting her lower lip.
"You're thinking about it," he smiled.
"Am I?" she asked twirling her hair with her fingers.
"Yeah you are, every time you look at me, you keep thinking 'what would it be like' and you know it," he was still smiling at her, teasing her. He wasn't wrong. "It's why you're twirling your hair."
Beckett blushed, and dropped her hand to her side.
"I like it when you do," he admitted.
"So…" he pressed.
"Where did we land with breakfast in bed?" he asked.
She bit her lip again before answering. "I suggest you take Alexis home," she said.
"Oh," he didn't hide his disappointment. But he wasn't sorry he tried. He had kissed her, and she hadn't resisted, that was more than a good sign, maybe he was asking for too much too soon. He took a step back. "Okay, well. I had a great time anyway… thanks for coming, Beckett."
"Why do you look so sad?" she smiled. "I'm going to see you in a minute."
Castle frowned. What did that mean?
"Pick up some bagels on your way back," she ordered. She turned with a knowing smile and pushed open the building door.
Castle stood stunned, watching her for a moment.
She turned back and smiled. "For a man who got what he wanted, you don't look very happy," she pointed out. She knew that he was stunned. All the games of flirtation he had played, and he hadn't expected it to ever end this way.
He cleared his throat. "I'm confused," he admitted. "I'm dropping Alexis' home, coming back-"
"With bagels," she reminded him.
"With bagels," he said. "And having breakfast in bed… with you."
"You make it sound like a chore," she was teasing him.
He shook his head. "No, not a chore… just-"
"We can always forget the whole thing," she shrugged.
No, you idiot. Tell her you want her. He shook his head, still stunned, and then it dawned on him. "Is this a prank… a payback for what happened up there?" he demanded. He was no longer smiling. That was just mean.
"You better believe it," she nodded. "Best prank you ever had done to you."
Castle pressed his lips into a thin line. "That was uncalled for, Beckett…"
"So was this," she said stepping up and kissing him squarely on the mouth. "If you hurry up, I might even let you see me in a white tee-shirt again, soaked in water…" she teased playfully stepping back.
"Oh," moaned at the image, and turned around to see Alexis with her head hanging out the window and a wide smile on her face. "Keys are in the ignition, drive safe. I'll call you later."
Alexis nodded not needing an explanation and Castle turned back to Beckett.
Beckett raised an eyebrow. "Can't you wait ten minutes?"
"Kate, I've waited all my life. I'm done waiting," he said pulling her roughly to him. He pressed his lips to hers, on the step of her apartment building, and not only did she not resist, Beckett's hands wondered up his shirt, pressing her palm to his bare chest, the heat absorbing into her skin.
"Breakfast can wait… right?" she asked as he trailed a kiss down her neck.
"Sure," he agreed. Castle shoved her through the apartment building, and down the long hallway, his lips still pressed to hers as he found her apartment. Taking a short break, Beckett struggled with the lock as his hands wondered over her body. Finally she pushed the door open, and the two of them fell through it, closing it swiftly behind them.
Her suitcase on the front step of the apartment building, long forgotten.
Can I get a WOO HOO!
Who doesn't LOVE casket fluff! Its brilliant. It's wonderful. I wouldn't mind a Castle of my own, come to think of it, and I'm not talking about the big, tall, many rooms, kind of castle. I want him!
Now this turned out MUCH better than I had anticipated, and I'm sure you'll thank me with reviews… *bats eyelashes* =)