Chapter 35: Celebrating the Engagement

Once Castle had gotten in touch with Alex's uncle, he'd insisted that they have the party at his family's townhouse and he'd put the word out to his family and Alex's friends. His daughter Janice was there while he was on the phone and when she overheard that a party was in the works, she asked if she could speak to Castle.

She offered her assistance for anything they might need and Castle, being a gentleman, took her offer. He thought it only fair that someone from Alex's side had the chance to work with him and Lanie to plan the party. They spent the week gathering decorations and ordering the food and by Saturday, the Harriman home was twinkling with lights and laughter as everyone waited for the couple to arrive.

Kate pulled her car into the open parking spot on the street near Alex's uncle's house and turned off the engine. She turned to Alex, "Did your Uncle Bill tell you why he wanted to see you? And why he wanted us to 'dress up?'"

"He said he was having some high ranking officials over and they wanted to meet me. My guess is he's trying to get me back into the political arena,"she said as she got out of the car.

Kate frowned as she stepped out of the car and walked around to stand next to Alex, "Do you want to get back into the political arena? Run for public office?"They hadn't talked about that yet, but she was curious. Kate lifted the remote and turned on the car alarm before they began walking down the block towards Alex's uncle's townhouse.

"Not particularly, but he's my uncle and I couldn't say no after he went to all the trouble. I'll have a chat with him afterward and let him know that my plans have changed."

Kate took a breath, "I'd support you if you wanted to do it."She didn't want Alex to give up her political dreams because of their relationship.

"I know, but I don't want to give us any more public exposure than we already have with Nikki Heat, especially once we start our family,"she said as they reached the front door. She rang the doorbell and waited for her uncle to answer.

Kate just nodded, willing to wait until they were alone to revisit the topic.

The door opened and Janice smiled at them. "Hi, come on in."

Alex smiled at her cousin, who was dressed to the nines, and she looked confused. The double doors to the living room were closed and there was zero noise inside. She looked at her watch and then to her cousin, "Are we early?"

Janice kept smiling as she let them in the house and took their coats, "No, you're right on time. You know how dad's political friends can be, low voices and snifters of brandy. Mom and I put our foot down about the cigars in the house though. Come on."She said as she led them towards the living room doors.

Alex exchanged a look with Kate and then shrugged as the reached the door. Janice opened both doors swiftly and before the two women knew what hit them, there was a loud "Surprise!" from inside.

Alex nearly stumbled back against Kate and her eyes filled with tears. All of their closest friends and family were inside and there was a large banner over the fireplace that read "Congratulations Kate and Alex!"

Kate wrapped her arm around Alex's waist to keep her from falling backwards. She smiled when she saw the room full of their friends and family. They took two steps into the room but before they could say anything, Kevin burst through the crowd and ran right to Kate and hugged her leg, "Kate! Were you surpriseded?"

Kate looked down at the boy and smiled, "Yes I was. Did you do all of this?"

The boy grinned but shook his head, "Mommy and Lanie and Mr. Castle helped too!"

Alex chuckled and then looked to her cousin, "You guys didn't have to do all of this, but I'd be lying if I said it isn't amazing."

Lanie, Castle, and Janice came forward and hugged them each in turn. Lanie smiled at them, "You didn't think we'd let something this big go by without celebrating it, did you?"

Kate shook her head, "Of course not, but we didn't think about that part, we've been pretty occupied planning the ceremony."Kate and Alex joined the rest of the guests and everyone found a moment to quietly congratulate them on the engagement and to see Alex's ring.

Once the other guests went back to enjoying their drinks and hors d'oeuvres, Alex walked over to her uncle and smiled, "Thank you for hosting tonight Uncle Bill. Kate and I couldn't be happier. There's just one thing I have to ask you..."

Bill looked at his niece and smiled, "Oh? What is it Alex?"

"Since you've always been like a second father to me, I was hoping that you'd be willing to walk me down the aisle?"she asked, her blue eyes misty.

Bill felt a lump in his throat and he tried to suppress by clearing his throat, "I'd be honored, Alex."

Alex hugged him tightly and whispered, "Thank you. You have no idea how much this means to me."

He hugged her close and whispered, "It means a lot to me too that you would ask me." He pulled away to look into Alex's eyes, "I am so happy for you, that you survived the shooting, that you were able to come back to New York, and most importantly, that you've found someone like Kate, someone you can spend your life with, openly. All I ever wanted was to see you happy and in love." He smiled again, "I love you Alexandra and if she were here, I think your mother would've loved Kate as much as I do. She's good for you and she loves you."

"I know. All the pain I suffered brought me to her. I'd never trade a single moment if it meant that she would be gone from my life. It was all worth it." She looked over at her fiance, who was playing with Kevin, and she smiled, "She's wonderful."

Bill's eyes followed Alex's line of sight and he grinned, "Yes she is, she's going to make a great mom someday." He paused and looked at Alex, "Have you two talked about kids yet?"

She smiled, "We have. My friend Ryan is our donor. We've already taken care of all the paperwork and whenever the time is right, we can start trying. We decided to take some time to be us before we start our family, though."

That put a big smile on Bill's face, but before he could say anything, Janice came up behind them, having heard Alex's last statement. "So, when can I expect a new baby cousin?"

Alex blushed, "We're thinking of starting near the end of the year, so hopefully sometime next fall. You remember Ryan, don't you?"

Janice thought back to the very handsome man Alex had introduced her to a couple of years before the shooting and she smiled, "The cutie with the"She faltered when she remembered her father was standing right there.

"Yeah, him. He's our donor. We're going to look for a clinic to harvest Kate's eggs and then we'll work with a specialist to implant the embryos."

Janice thought about that as she tried to picture a child with Ryan's good looks, Kate's beauty, and the intelligence, class, and breeding that Alex would provide and she suddenly felt sorry for her cousin, "Well, more power to you both but you should start getting ready now because...when that child hits puberty, you're going to have your work cut out for you."

Alex grinned, "Believe me, I've thought about that. I'm sure we can enlist your son's help to protect his baby cousin..."

Janice grinned, "Yeah, as long as he never knows there's no blood link between them. Otherwise he might go after her himself."She was joking but there was a grain of truth to it.

"That's if we have a girl...besides, I'll be giving birth to the baby, so let's hope he doesn't suspect anything."

Janice nodded, "Don't worry, I'll keep him in line. But enough about that, I want to know how you proposed. You never told me, all you said was that you were engaged."Janice assumed it was Alex who had done the asking because, despite being the more feminine of the two, Janice remembered their childhood games of Alex always being the bride.

"Actually, I didn't, Kate did. She took me to the top of the Rock just as the sun was setting. She got down on one knee and declared her love for me as she held up the ring. It was the most romantic thing in the world..."

Janice smiled, "Well now I know she's the right one for you. You need someone who can take charge and give you everything you've ever wanted. I'm so happy for you Alex."Janice reached out and hugged her cousin.

Alex was hugging her cousin when she spotted a familiar brunette over Janice's shoulder. She pulled away from her cousin and uncle and said, "Will you excuse me for a moment?" She walked over and touched the brunette on the shoulder, "Abbie?"

Abbie Carmichael turned when she heard her name and smiled when she saw her old friend Alex standing there, "Alex, hi."

"Oh my God, you're back?"she asked with a broad smile.

Abbie nodded, "Yeah I took a transfer to the local AUSA office here. I missed the city."

"It's great to see you back. We missed you at the DA's office, but I know you had to move on. Say, do you want to know something funny?"

Abbie grinned, "I'm always up for something funny, but first, can I just say how happy I am for you? Your fiance is...stunning." Abbie got a look in her eyes, "She's a detective, am I right?"

Alex grinned, "How'd you guess?"

Abbie gave her a look she knew Alex was familiar with. "Alex, I can spot a cop a mile away just from the way she walks. After Olivia though, I'm surprised you'd let yourself fall for another detective."Abbie said, not knowing she was possibly stepping into a minefield with her comment about Olivia and cops.

"Well, I didn't know she was a cop when I fell in love with her, but I can assure you that she is nothing like Olivia. Kate is comfortable with who she is and she loves me with all her heart,"she said, her mood changing from the comparison.

Abbie sensed she'd hit a tender spot so she backed off, "Whoa there kiddo, I can see she's not like Liv in that sense. I can see she loves you and she's not about hiding who she is, but come on, you have to admit she looks like she could be Liv's little sister!" Abbie's voice was just above a whisper, not wanting their conversation to be overheard. "I just want to make sure you're going into this with your eyes wide open here. I care about you and I want the best for you...and if that's Kate then I am happy you found her. It's just that the resemblance is uncanny."Abbie had known Alex since college and if anyone could get through to her, it was Abbie.

"Abbie, stop comparing her to Olivia. I don't care if they look like they could be related, the fact is, they're not. Kate is like the day to Olivia's night and I love her with all my heart. I know what I'm doing and what I want. I appreciate that you want to look out for me, but really, I'm fine." She took a breath, "Now, can we get back to that funny thing I wanted to tell you?"

Abbie grinned, having gotten the reaction she was looking for, "Yeah, ok. What's so funny?"

"Well, see that blonde over there?" she asked pointing to Serena. "That's the woman who succeeded you. Weird that both of you are here, but I'm glad you are. She's really sweet. Her name's Serena."

Abbie turned to look at the blonde in question and smiled, "She's cute, but why are you pointing her out to me?"Abbie looked carefully at the blonde and she had to admit that this Serena was her type. Tall, beautiful, elegant, blonde...but Abbie reminded herself that this woman was in all likelihood straight or taken so she didn't let her attraction show.

Alex leaned in and said, "Because she's single and looking...and I happen to think you're her type. I could introduce you. Only if you want, of course."

Abbie turned to look at Alex, her eyebrow raised, "Um, no offense Alex, but I remember the last time you tried to set me nose still hurts in the cold weather."Abbie was talking about a few months before Alex had transferred to SVU, when Alex had set her up with another ADA, Kelly Gaffney, and Abbie ended up in a brawl with Kelly's on-again off-again girlfriend Tracey when they ran into her at the bar they were at. Tracey had broken Abbie's nose while Abbie had bruised some of Tracey's ribs, but since they both held important positions at the DA's office they agreed it might be better if they walk away and not press charges. Abbie hadn't seen them again after that because she'd gotten the job offer from DC and left town.

"This is different. Serena isn't seeing anyone and I have it on good authority that she's only been dating here and there for the past year. You're safe, I promise."

Abbie hesitated, not wanting to get into another brawl over a was enough for her. "I don't know Alex. You're sure there's no psycho exes or anything like that in her life? I don't need another gaffe like Gaffney in my life."

Alex rolled her eyes at the pun and then reassured her, "I promise. Abbs, I wouldn't say anything if I didn't think that you guys would be good for each other. She's a wonderful woman."

Abbie smiled, knowing she'd never be able to say no Alex. "Ok fine. Go play matchmaker, I'll wait right here." At Alex's puzzled look Abbie said, "Well, make sure she's interested in meeting me before you just go introducing us. It's only fair."Abbie hoped Alex wouldn't call her on the stalling technique because she needed a minute to mentally prepare herself.

Alex smiled at her friend and agreed. She figured Abbie could use the time to get ready to meet Serena. She walked over to her blonde friend and placed a hand on her shoulder, "Hey."

Serena turned her head and smiled when she saw Alex, then she turned to the couple she was talking with and excused herself. She led Alex to a quiet corner and said, "Hey Alex, what's the story with the hottie you were talking to just now?"

"Funny you should ask. Her name's Abbie and she actually worked for Jack just before you started with him. I told her that I'd introduce the two of you if she wanted to meet, here I am."

Serena stole a quick glance at the brunette before she turned back to Alex, "That's Abbie Carmichael?"

"So you've heard of her. Indeed that is Abbie Carmichael and like I said, she's interested, she's just worried that you won't be."

Serena closed her eyes for a second and then said, "Alex, when I started working with Jack, do you know what the first thing he said to me was? 'Well, you're no Abbie, but we'll see what you can do.'"

Alex couldn't help but laugh, "Yeah, that sounds like Jack. I heard he said the same thing to your replacement and believe me, no one under Branch thought it was right that he let you go. He said it wasn't because you were gay, but...we knew better."

Serena just nodded. She remembered Branch's speech when she was being fired about her being a better "advocate" than prosecutor. "Yeah well...turns out it was the best thing to happen to me. I found work I love and I'm happier than I was when I was taking orders from Branch. So, Abbie wants to meet me?"

Alex nodded, "Yeah. Come on..." She led Serena over and smiled brightly, "Abbie? This is Serena Southerlyn. Serena, Abbie."

Abbie smiled her most charming smile and extended her hand, "Hi, it's nice to meet you Serena."

Serena reached out her hand to shake Abbie's, "It's nice to meet you too. Um, do you want to go out on the patio to talk?"

Abbie took a second, glancing at Alex before she said, "Yeah, I'd like that."Then she led Serena away, taking a second to look back at Alex and wink at her.

Alex was standing there admiring her handiwork when she felt a hand on her shoulder. She turned to see Kate standing behind her. "Hey, baby. Are you enjoying the party?"

Kate smiled as she looked in the direction that Alex had been looking and then she turned to her fiance, "I am. Are you playing matchmaker?"She knew that look in Alex's eye.

"Um, maybe just a little? Abbie and Serena are two good friends who are each looking for someone good in their lives. I figure two birds, one stone, you know?"

"I know you like your 'yummy dead birds' sweetie, but what if it doesn't work out?"Kate was concerned because she didn't want Alex to have to choose between her friends if they started something that ended badly.

Alex stopped for a moment, "Oh...well...I guess I hadn't thought that far. I mean, I just want them to be happy the way we are and I know they'd be good for each other."

Kate wrapped her arms around Alex and rested her chin on the blonde's shoulder, her hands resting on Alex's tummy. "I know you do baby and I hope that things do work out, but you might want to prepare yourself for the possibility that they might not."Kate placed a kiss on Alex's shoulder, comfortable to openly display her affection for her fiance in this setting with their friends and family.

"I'll be prepared, but I'm not going to choose between them if things go wrong and I intend to tell them that. For now, I'm content with letting them be happy. Have you had a chance to talk with Lanie and Castle?"

Kate smiled, "Yes. They wish us well and have each expressed the desire to be Godparents."

"They'd better get in line...I have a feeling that Janice and Serena are going to fight them for the honor..."

Kate squeezed Alex closer, "Then either we set up a kiddie pool full of Jell-O and let them go at it...or we have at least two kids."

"I know you're only kidding about the Jell-O, but you have to admit, it would be interesting to watch." she said with a chuckle. "But really, you'd want to have a second baby?"

"Well, I'm only half kidding about the Jell-O, but yeah, if you're ok with it I'd love for us to have at least two kids. I grew up an only child and I always wanted a sibling."Kate said, remembering how she'd often wish for a sister or brother.

"Um...I'm all for having two kids as well, but...I'll be 41 in a week and we agreed that we'd take some time to be us before we start our family...that means best case, I'd be close to 45 by the time we'd have our second baby know there are risks that come with getting pregnant past the age of 43..."

Kate turned Alex to look her and she smiled, "I know...which was why I was thinking that I could carry the second baby. Your embryo in my womb, that way we can both have genetic links to our children, what do you say?"

A smile spread across Alex's face and tears came to her eyes, "I say an emphatic yes!" She hugged Kate tightly and then kissed her, "Thank you, baby."

Kate hugged Alex close to her, happy that her idea was so well received, "You never have to thank me for anything honey. I love you and I want to have a family with you."

They were lost in their embrace when they heard the tinkling of silver against crystal. They turned to see Castle, Lanie, Uncle Bill, and Janice standing near the fireplace. The entire crowd quieted down and Castle smiled, "First of all, we want to thank all of you for being here to celebrate the engagement of Kate and Alex. We have a few things we'd like to say and then we'll continue with the party."

He quieted and then Bill took center stage, "First of all, I want to say how happy I am that my niece has found true love with Kate. Her mother, my little sister, always wanted her daughter to be happy and fulfilled in her life and I feel blessed to be witness to just that. Elisabeth passed away before she could see this moment, but I know she is looking down from heaven and sending her blessings to protect and support these two wonderful women."

He stopped and wiped his tears, "I look at Alexandra as my daughter and she has honored me by asking that I give her away on her wedding day. I will be the first to say that I cannot wait for that moment to come and I wish you both nothing but the best. I love you Alex and I love you Kate and I hope you have a long and happy life together."

He raised his glass and several people in the room responded, "Hear, hear!"

Alex squeezed Kate and smiled a tearful smile.

Lanie and Castle looked at each other and Castle gave a tiny nod, allowing Lanie to go first. Lanie stepped forward as the room quieted and she cleared her throat.

The room gave her their attention as she began, "I've known Kate since college. I've seen her happy and I've seen heartbroken, but I have never seen her as in love as I have since she found Alex again. Anyone who has spent more than five minutes with them can agree that no one is more in love than these two women." She looked right at Alex and Kate, "Kate, Alex, you both deserve nothing less than a lifetime of love and happiness and when you're ready to have children, you'd better be prepared to deal with all their honorary aunts and uncles spoiling them rotten. I love you both and I can't wait to see the gorgeous babies you bring into this world. To the happy couple."

The room exploded into applause and soon everyone in the room was tapping their glasses, encouraging the couple to kiss. Kate turned to Alex and arched her eyebrow and once Alex nodded, Kate leaned in and kissed her. The room once again roared, some cheering while others wolf-whistled.

Kate pulled away and then buried her face in Alex's neck, her face a bit red from the attention.

Castle stepped up then, quieting the crowd and taking the focus off of Kate for a bit to let her recover. "My name is Rick Castle and I want to start out by saying that I've only known Kate for about a year or so, I've known Alex even less, but I'm a quick study and the main thing I've learned about these two women is that they are truly extraordinary. Kate never backs down, she doesn't run away, she goes after what she wants, and she fights to protect the ones she loves. Everyday she makes this city a little safer for the rest of us and I, for one, sleep a little better knowing she's on the job. Alex, she keeps Kate grounded. She works tirelessly to make sure the bad guys go away for a long time. Together, they make a great team. I promised them I wouldn't use their relationship in any of my future Nikki Heat novels, but I hope they won't mind if I borrow Alex to give Heat a platonic ADA friend in the movie." Castle grinned, "Seriously though, you're both wonderful women and I can not wait to see how you tackle married life and motherhood. I personally know that there's no challenge, not even parenthood, that you two can't handle." He raised his glass, "I love you both. Congratulations."

Another round of applause broke out and Kate smiled, thankful his long-winded but very sweet toast was over and they could blend back into the crowd again. She wasn't good at being the center of attention.

Within minutes, things went back to normal and everyone started up their conversations again. Alex took Kate's hand, led her to where the toasters were still standing, and spoke sincerely, "Thank you all for your kind words. They mean so much to us."

Kate nodded her agreement but kept her mouth shut, she wasn't great in front of big crowds. After a few moments she pulled Alex away from the spotlight and onto the now empty patio. She stepped behind Alex as she leaned against the railing and wrapped her arms around her. "We have some very sweet friends, baby."

"I know. I can hardly believe they did all of this for us," she said with a happy sigh. "I don't think I could be happier."

Kate pulled her closer and whispered into her ear, "Wait until I get you alone tonight..."She reached her tongue out and flicked Alex's earlobe.

Alex felt something warm shoot through her body, "Is that a promise?"

"That's a lifetime guarantee baby."She smiled as she once again flicked Alex's earlobe and then she wrapped her lips around it and sucked lightly.

Alex moaned softly and asked, "So, what made you decide that you wanted to carry one of our children?"

Kate ran her hands over Alex's tummy as she explained, "Well, I figured that since you were going to go through the morning sickness, the swollen ankles, the mood swings, the cravings, and best of all the delivery for our first child, it was only fair that I do the same with our second child. Plus, I want you to have a child that's biologically yours, too. It felt a little selfish of me to have you carry my child if I didn't at least offer to carry yours. Besides, I like the idea of having a part of you inside of me." She kissed Alex's shoulder, "Bottom line though, I love you and however it happens, I want a family with you."

Alex turned in Kate's arms and looked deep into her fiance's eyes, "Baby, I think that may be the sweetest thing anyone has ever said to me and I love you so much for wanting to do this. I will love both our babies the same, but yes, I would like to have one that's yours and one that's mine."

Kate smiled and then leaned close to kiss her, pouring all of her love and desire into the contact. Kate wanted to leave no doubt in Alex's heart that this was real, they were together and nothing would ever tear them apart. They had survived the worst, Dunn and his craziness, and they had come out the other side of that mess stronger for their suffering. Kate held her close, never wanting to let go of her.

Alex whispered, "I want to go home and make love to you right you think they would think it rude if we excused ourselves?"

Kate smiled, "I don't know about rude, but they would all know why we're leaving so early."

"Because my fiance is an extremely sexy, hot, wonderful woman that I can't wait to take advantage of?"she asked with a grin.

"Yeah something like that, but I'm going to be one taking advantage. I was thinking...maybe tonight we something new? If you're up for it that is."Kate was a bit nervous about what she was going to suggest because she didn't want to spark an argument or anything, but she felt like they were in the right place, emotionally, for her to bring it up now.

"Oh? What did you have in mind?"

Kate took a breath and said, " of all, I want you to know that you can say no and I'll totally understand, no hard feelings, ok?"

Alex looked worried, "Babe, you're scaring me."

Kate looked down, "I'm sorry, I'm not saying this right. Ok, I was thinking we could...well actually that I could..." Kate lowered her voice to a whisper and leaned close to Alex's ear so that there was no chance of anyone overhearing them, "I was thinking I could wear the strap-on and make love to you...with know?"Kate pulled back to look at Alex's face and gauge her reaction.

Alex's eyes were sparkling, "Really? want to?"

Kate nodded, "Yeah I want to...but if you don't want to, it's ok. I mean it baby."

"No, I do. I...well, I've wanted to for a while, but ever since that night we fought...I was afraid to ask."

Kate chuckled, "I was actually waiting for you to ask again. I've wanted to try for a week now, ever since I asked you to marry me. I think tonight might be a good night for it."

Alex pecked Kate's lips and then moved to whisper in her ear, "I promise that I'll stare straight into your eyes when I come. Will you let me be on top?"

Kate felt an answering pulse between her legs and she smiled, "Baby, we can try as many positions as you want as long as I can hear you call my name as you come."

"You got it. Come on, let's go say our goodbyes,"she said as she took Kate's hand. They went back into the living room and let Castle, Lanie, and the Harrimans know that they were leaving early because Alex wasn't feeling well, but they thanked them for everything.

The conspirators knew the real reason they were leaving early, but no one was going to hold it against them. They waved goodbye to everyone and then went out to the car and drove home.

When they arrived, Alex practically dragged Kate up to the loft and to their room. She shed her clothes and helped Kate out of hers, worshipping the brunette's body before getting the strap-on from the closet.

Alex watched with awe as Kate slid the harness on and though she could tell her lover was nervous, she still looked hot. The blonde placed a hand on Kate's shoulder and gazed deep into her eyes, "You look amazing...and if you don't believe me look."She slipped a finger between her legs and presented it to Kate, the coating of arousal glistening in the low light.

Kate was blushing, having stepped out of her comfort zone with the strap-on, but she was determined to follow through with her suggestion. She knew it was something Alex really wanted and she wanted to try it as well. She ran her own hand between Alex's legs, letting her fingers become soaked with the wetness she found there, then she grinned at her fiance, "I love that I can do that to you. It tells me without words, without question, that you want me."She leaned forward and kissed her, pulling her close enough that Alex could feel the length of the strap-on pressed against her thigh.

Alex moaned, another burst of moisture coating her pussy in anticipation. She wanted to look into Kate's eyes and feel the brunette's hands on her breasts as she came; it had been a dream of hers for a long time. She put her hands on Kate's back just above the harness and tickled her in the way that Kate liked.

Kate pulled away from the kiss, smiling, "You know what that does to me..." She wanted nothing more than to lay her down on their bed and forget the rest of the world for the night. She wanted it to be just the two of them in this little bubble they'd created. Kate gently guided Alex down to the bed, stretching out above her lover. She looked into her eyes, "I love you and I want to do this right."She felt herself blush again but she fought it and began kissing and licking her way down Alex's body, determined to make her as wet and ready as possible before she used the strap-on.

Alex rested her head on the pillow and smiled softly. Her skin was a soft pink color and the throbbing from between her legs was making it hard for her to concentrate. She was so excited to do this with Kate. She ran her fingers through Kate's hair and whispered how much she loved her fiance.

Kate began sucking on Alex's breast as she moved her hand down her lover's body to her thighs. She slipped her fingers between Alex's legs and she smiled at the gush of wetness she encountered. She lifted her head and looked at her fiance, "Are you ready for me baby?"

Alex nodded, "Yes. Trade places with me."

Kate nodded and rolled onto her back, her hand holding the dildo upright for Alex. "I'm so hard for you, baby,"Kate said, trying a little dirty talk.

"Oh God," Alex said in a breathy voice. Kate looked so sexy laying there with the dildo standing at attention and she couldn't wait to have Kate inside of her. Alex straddled Kate's hips and lowered down until she felt the head of the dildo enter her. She hovered for a moment and looked straight into Kate's eyes as she took the rest of the dildo inside of her. She growled and smiled, "Oh yeah."

Kate looked up at Alex and smiled, "Can I just say that you look so hot right now?" She brought her hands up to Alex's hips and ran her fingers over the skin before she licked her lips, "I definitely like the view from here."

"I'm glad, baby. I've wanted to make love like this so that I can look into your eyes and kiss your lips when I come."She started rocking back and forth, grazing her swollen clit against the leather of the harness, a soft moan escaping her lips.

Kate slid her hands up until they were cupping Alex's breasts. She gently squeezed them and rolled the nipples between her fingers. Kate started slowly moving her hips up into Alex, matching the motion of Alex's hips, and she smiled, "I want to watch you come baby, I want to see your face when it happens."

Alex nodded and tossed her head back, her hips continuing to rock. When she felt Kate thrust up into her, she fell forward and supported herself on her hands. She lifted her hips and started sliding on and off the cock, the sensation against her inner walls driving her crazy.

Kate wrapped her arms around Alex's back, her nails lightly raking her shoulder blades as she kept rocking her hips. She lifted her head and began running her lips and tongue over Alex's collarbone and neck before she whispered against her ear, "That's it baby, you're mine now...come for me."

Alex picked up the pace, riding Kate hard. Her clit and breasts were brushing against Kate's skin and the dildo was covered in her wetness. She squeezed the cock and moaned, her orgasm getting closer and closer. "I'm almost there."

Kate kept up the motion of her hips and brought her hands back to Alex's breasts, fondling them and squeezing the nipples. She looked at Alex's face and noticed her eyes were closed, "Open your eyes baby, I want to see them when you come, please."

Alex registered the request and opened her darkened blue eyes. She looked into Kate's eyes and said, "Tell me you love me..."

Kate reached up and ran her hand through Alex's hair as she said, "I love you so much...we're going to have our future together..." She smiled as she looked into Alex's desire-darkened eyes, "I love you Alexandra Cabot and I can't wait until I make you my wife."

That was all that Alex needed to hear. She let herself go and came hard, yelling out, "I love you, too, Kate!"as her orgasm washed over her. She kept her eyes focused on Kate the entire time and lost herself in those dark brown pools.

Kate held Alex close as she came back down from her orgasm. She rained kisses all along her neck, smiling against the skin as she whispered, "You're so beautiful when you come baby. I love you."

Alex smiled and rested against Kate, "I love you too. Thank you for that, baby. It was amazing."

Kate shifted her hips, slowly sliding the dildo out of her lover and letting it rest against her thigh. She looked up at Alex, "You never have to thank me for that, I love making you come any way I can, any way you want it."She leaned up and kissed her.

"I just know you were nervous about this and you were brilliant, by the way. I can't believe you've never used one of these before."

Kate grinned, "Well, I'm a fast learner and I had an excellent teacher." She winked at her then said, seriously, "But really, I just want you to have everything you want, I want us to be able to try new things. All I ask is that when you find something new you want to try, don't ask me in the heat of the moment, ok? I think we've established that I don't react well to changes when all I can think about is having you come in my mouth or my hands."

Alex nodded, "I know." She settled down next to Kate and said, "I think we should get this off of you...I'm sure you're quite excited after all of that."

Kate grinned, "Now that you mention it..."

Alex smiled and sat up to help Kate out of the harness. She tossed it aside and looked at her beautiful girlfriend, "What are you in the mood for?"

Kate smiled as she reached for her fiance, "You...only you in any way that I can have you...please?"

Alex nodded and then skimmed her slender fingers over Kate's breasts. The brunette's nipples were already hard and Alex lowered her head so that she could suck one into her mouth. She pulled gently with her teeth and then soothed the ache with her tongue as her hand trailed lower over Kate's stomach.

Kate moaned as she arched her back and ran her hand through Alex's hair. She was so ready for Alex and she grabbed the hand that was on her stomach and ragged it lower, "I need you baby, please don't tease me."

Alex grinned and obliged Kate, her fingers slipping between moist folds. She found her lover's clit and massaged it in circles while her tongue trailed from one breast to the other.

Kate's hips began to rock. She was so ready that she knew it wouldn't take much, but there was something she needed. She reached for Alex's chin and lifted it up so that she could look her in the eyes, "Baby, I'm so close... please...I need your mouth...down there...please?"She loved it when Alex went down on her; it was her favorite way to come.

"Of course, baby."She removed her hand from Kate's pussy and settled between her legs. She lifted the detective's legs over her shoulders and rested her hands on Kate's hips, pulling her close as she slid her tongue inside of her lover's warmth. She thrust in and out, the wetness pouring into Alex's mouth.

Kate moaned at the contact. She reached out and ran her hands through Alex's hair, holding on to her as her head fell back to the pillow. Her eyes closed as she felt her orgasm rush forward and before long it crashed over her and her whole body tensed. She cried out, "Oh yes Alex!"

Alex remained inside of Kate for several moments until she felt her lover relax. She pulled back and licked her lips, Kate's essence thick. She ran her hand over Kate's stomach and soothed her, "Breathe, baby."

Kate's breaths came in gasps as she came back down. She smiled when she felt Alex's hand on her stomach and she opened her eyes to look down at her lover with a smile, "I love you Alexandra Cabot... you... are... amazing!"

"I love you too, Kate Beckett," Alex said as she took her lover into her arms. "You bring out the best in me, I can assure you of that."

Kate snuggled into Alex's chest, but then something came back to her, something she suddenly remembered, "Hey, um, can I ask you something?"

"Mmhmm,"Alex said softly.

Kate began drawing idle patterns on Alex's chest as she asked, timidly, "Did you, um...did you mean what you said that time when we were...talking about our baby being a...Beckett?"

"You mean about me taking your name and giving it to our child? Yeah, I did. You still want that, right?"

Kate looked up into Alex's eyes, "I'd love that, as long as you still want to. I like the sound of it...Alexandra Beckett."She smiled as she tried out the new name.

"Me too. The one thing I realized when I went into the program is that 'Cabot' is just a name. It doesn't change the person I am inside. Taking your name and giving it to our makes me feel so connected to you. Besides, I don't want our child having a stigma attached to him or her because he or she comes from money."

Kate arched her brow, "And being a Cabot would bring that stigma?"

"Unfortunately, yes. Our baby is already going to have a hard time because people still don't accept families like ours. The last thing I want is for him or her to have grief because of the whole Cabot thing."

Kate shifted to lie on her side, resting her head on her hand as she looked at Alex, "Is that what happened with you? Growing up a Cabot I mean."

She nodded, "Yeah. It made things difficult. I never knew if people liked me for me or for my money and the expectations..." She exhaled, "It made being me harder and I don't just mean the gay thing. I'm talking about following my dreams."

Kate felt a tug on her heart. "I'm sorry you had to grow up like that." She looked into Alex's eyes, "You do know that I don't care about your money, right? I love you for who you are not who your family is or where you came from."She leaned forward and kissed Alex.

Alex nodded and looked into her eyes, "I know. You fell in love with me when you thought I was Vicky Harrison from Santa Fe and you've never changed, not one bit, since you've found out who I am and where I come from. I've never felt more secure than I do with you, Kate."

Kate smiled, "Good. I'm glad. Now...what dreams were you talking about?"Kate was curious about the things Alex had wanted to do but hadn't felt the freedom to do.

"I didn't always want to be a lawyer. When I was a teenager, I thought about doing something else with my life. I always liked art and psychology and I wanted to give it a try. But my dad...he was so insistent that I stay focused and not get distracted by frivolous things. I took a couple of art classes on the side, but my nose was always in my law books."

Kate smiled, "So your job in Santa Fe must've been a dream job then huh? So were you more interested in the admiration of art or...did you want to create the art?"

"I'm not much of an artist. I have an eye for it, but that's about it. Working at the gallery in Santa Fe was amazing and I really liked working with people. It was nice not having to worry about doing things perfectly. It was no pressure, which is something I've never known before."

Kate nodded, "After we're married and you become Alex Beckett...will you continue practicing law or...did you want to do something else? I want you to be happy baby, no matter what you need to do to achieve that, ok?"

"I don't know what I'm going to do...I guess it'll all depend on how things go after I get pregnant. I don't want to put our baby at risk, you know? I could be happy doing something else...or maybe if I stick with law, I could do something less risky."

"Well, whatever you decide to do, I will stand beside you no matter what."

"Thank you, baby,"Alex said with a smile. She leaned over and kissed Kate on the lips and then settled in beside her.

They lay there in the silence for a few hours. Alex was tickling Kate's arm, thinking about a multitude of things before she finally spoke, "We haven't really talked much about where we want to get married. We talked about flowers, colors, maids of honor and all that stuff, but nothing about location."

Kate turned to look at Alex, "Well, I'm not really feeling a church wedding. Since we're planning to do this in June, I was thinking maybe something outdoors?"

"I was thinking the exact same thing...I thought maybe we could get married at sunset on a beautiful terrace overlooking the ocean."

Kate smiled, "That sounds wonderful. Any specific terrace calling your attention?"Kate knew Alex wouldn't suggest something so detailed unless she had something in mind.

"As a matter of fact, there is a place. My parents and I were on vacation in Venice one year and there was this wonderful villa that overlooked the water. The sunset was amazing. Beautiful blues, purples, and pinks reflecting on the waterways and lights twinkling. I've never seen anything like it."

Kate shifted to lie on her side, her head resting on one hand as the other hand rested on Alex's tummy. "Venice? As in, Venice, Italy? You want us to get married in Italy?"

"Yeah, don't you think that would be great? We could fly our close friends and our family out and rent a villa where they can stay."

"I think it sounds like a great place for a honeymoon but...I was kind of hoping to keep the wedding local so that all of our friends can be there."

"But it's Venice, baby. We'll only get married once and what could be more memorable than Italy?"

Kate lowered her head and began drawing circles on Alex's skin. "Sweetie, I don't have to go all the way to Italy to make our wedding memorable. All I need is you and I'm going to remember our wedding for the rest of my life because it's the day you officially, and legally, became mine. I love you and that's all I need. However, I am willing to offer a compromise," Kate said as she lifted her eyes to meet Alex's. "What if we got married on the beach in the Hamptons at sunset and then rented a villa in Venice for our honeymoon?"

Alex pouted, "It's not the same...I know that it shouldn't matter where we do it, but don't you think it would be wonderful to be abroad when we do?"

Kate took a breath and then buried her face in Alex's neck to try and steel herself against that pout; she never could say no to Alex when she pouted. After a moment, she lifted her head just enough to growl into her lover's ear, "You don't play fair. You know I can't resist that pout." She wrapped her arm around Alex's waist and pulled her closer, "But baby, it's going to be pretty expensive to fly everyone out there and rent a villa to house them all. How about we rent a house in Martha's Vineyard and get married on the beach there? It would be cheaper to bring our friends and families out to the Vineyard than fly them out to Italy. Plus, you know not everyone is going to have the time and a passport to leave the country."

Alex sighed and asked in a quiet voice, "Can I sleep on it?"

Kate nodded, knowing when not to push, "Of course. We have time to decide on a location."

She cuddled up with Kate and kissed her neck, "I love you, Kate Beckett. I know I can be a pain in the ass sometimes, but I just want everything to be perfect for our special day."

Kate held her close, "I know you do and I love that about you baby, but our wedding day is going to be perfect no matter where we have it because we'll be together. I just want all of our friends and family to be able to make it. For now let's get some sleep and we'll talk more about this in the morning."

"Ok," Alex nodded. "I love you,"she said before she kissed Kate one last time and closed her eyes to drift happily off to sleep.

"I love you too, Alex. Sweet dreams,"Kate said as she cuddled closer to Alex. She too fell deeply asleep, safe in the arms of the woman she loved.


AN: Well, so concludes our story. For those who reviewed, let us know what you thought of the ending. For those who've been reading but haven't reviewed yet...this is the last chance! Let us know what you thought of this love story. There are talks of a sequel...but only if enough interest in if enough people want the second book, we'll write it...but you all have to let us know you want it!

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