Title: Shattered Memories

Author: digitaldesigner

Beta: hazel_eyes_86

Word Count: 114

Rating: PG

Spoilers: A spoiler-free zone.

Pairing: Castle/Beckett

Summary: It was the first Christmas without him.

Disclaimer: If you recognize them, they belong to Andrew Marlowe. Otherwise, they're mine.

It'd been six months since they'd lost her dad and she'd mostly learned how to live without him, but this was the first Christmas without him. And all she could think about was everything he was missing, all the traditions he wasn't here to share in. It broke her heart.

She wanted him to experience the joys of waking up Christmas morning with his grandchildren. She wanted to watch his eyes dance with laughter when he saw Rick playing Santa, suit and all, for their one-year-old on Christmas Eve.

She picked up a photograph from the table on which it sat, staring into her father's warm smile.

...and a single tear fell.