Title: Magic of Christmas

Author: digitaldesigner

Beta: hazel_eyes_86

Word Count: 368

Rating: PG

Spoilers: A spoiler-free zone.

Pairing: Castle/Beckett

Summary: A quiet moment in the Castle household.

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

Author's Note: Written for castleland.

Castle turned off the Christmas tree, followed by the rest of the lights in the house and slowly making his way upstairs. He checked on Alexis, who was sleeping soundly, a smile gracing her features. Probably dreaming of her boyfriend. He hated to admit it, but he was a good one. No one would ever really deserve her, but he came close. He closed the door and moved down the hall to the nursery.

After being surrounded by nothing but females, Kate had given birth to their son just last month. He'd almost evened things out, but the male species was still down, 3 to 2. He could almost hear his wife telling him it was not a baseball game and they weren't keeping score.

He poked his head into Jamie's room and smiled. Kate stood at the window with Jamie in her arms, speaking softly and pointing at the softly falling snow. He quietly crossed the room and pulled them both into his arms. "Hey," he whispered, kissing Kate on the lips and the top of Jamie's head.

"Hey yourself," his wife greeted him with a smile.

"What are you two up to?" he asked.

"Oh, not much. I was just showing Jamie the snow and explaining the magic of Christmas."

"Magic, huh?"

She nodded. "Yes." Where normally he would have made a joke, something stopped him this time. Instead, he looked out at the gently falling snow and then at his wife and son and nodded.

For her part, Kate looked into Rick's eyes, all the love she had for him shining in her own eyes. He lovingly pressed his lips to hers, this kiss infinitely more tender than the first had been. He was rarely without words, but he sometimes found that words were simply unnecessary. This was one such occasion.

He gently took the sleeping Jamie from her arms, placing him in his crib. Without a word, he took Kate's hand in his and led her to the room they shared, fully intent on showing her how much he adored her as the snow outside continued to fall and the magic of Christmas became more than something people said around this time of year.