Okay guys, this is the final Chapter. Thank you all so much for your support while I wrote my first fanfic. The response was amazing, and i'm so happy people took the time to read it. With that, sorry this update took so long! I got a new laptop and i'm still getting used to everything. Enjoy the end of the story!
Kate and Rick danced around the ice rink, catching one another as they fell. After about an hour of skating, Rick was standing against the wall, watching as Kate slid around the rink, laughing and smiling. He'd never seen anything more gorgeous in his life. As he watched her, he saw the look in her eye that she got whenever she was about to do something devious.
"Kate…" he trailed off, and she bit onto her bottom lip before skating quickly toward him. She sped up more before stopping short, spraying his pants with ice from the rink, falling into his arms.
Kate let out a loud laugh and threw her arms around his neck, leaning in and kissing him sweetly.
"Ready to get going?" he asked, pulling his arms around her waist and holding her close.
"Where to next?"
"The Old Haunt for a drink. Your present is there."
Kate smiled and ran her hand over his chest, pressing a kiss to his cheek. "Okay. Your present is at your loft."
They got their shoes changed and started the walk to the Old Haunt, fingers intertwined with one another's as they walked through the snow.
"I love the snow," she said, staring up at the sky.
Rick stared up at her, a look of complete awe in his eyes. "How come?"
"It's… well… when I was a kid, my Mom and I used to go out every time it snowed. We'd come to the park, build snowmen, make angels... Everything. It was so much fun. Even after she died, I would walk around during the first snow of the season" she trailed off, looking down at her feet.
Rick drew his arm around her waist and pulled her close to him as they walked. She laid her head down on his shoulder, reaching a hand up to wipe a tear from her eye.
"I miss her," she whispered into his neck, tilting her head up and pressing a kiss to his cheek.
"I know you do," he whispered back, kissing the top of her head.
They walked to the Old Haunt in silence. When they got there, Rick pulled the key out of his pocket and opened up the door, locking in behind him when they were both in the bar.
"Grab anything you like. I'm going to run down to the office" he said, catching a quick kiss from her before walking down the steps.
Kate grabbed a beer and opened it up, taking a drink before sitting at the barstool. She leaned against the bar; looking around at the décor Rick had set up. There were photos along the wall, mostly the ones she had seen during their case. She knew he wanted to keep the bar's original feel, and loved that about it. She saw a photo on the wall and stood to get a better view of the picture.
In the frame was a picture of her and Rick together. The picture was from one night when they had gone to be bar for a drink. They were staring at one another, both laughing, and Kate had her legs draped over his lap. The photo was gorgeous, and she hadn't realized it'd been taken.
"I see you found the new picture" he said, dropping a box onto a table before wrapping his arms around her waist from behind, pressing a kiss to her cheek.
Kate nuzzled back into him and smiled, tilting her head to the side, kissing him. She set her beer onto the table and turned in his arms, wrapping her arms around his neck, kissing him deeply. She twirled her fingers into his hair, deepening the kiss. Rick lifted her up with ease and set her on the table, moving in to stand between her legs, capturing her face in his hands for a searing kiss.
After a while, they finally broke for air. Kate rested her hand on his chest, panting. "Damn" she breathed out, smiling up at him as she let out a little laugh.
Rick smiled and pressed a kiss into her hair, slipping his hand down, squeezing her ass. "You're incredible" he said, kissing her hair again.
Kate eyed up the present on the table, biting onto her bottom lip as she drew the heel of her boot over his leg. She had wrapped her legs around his hips during their kiss, and had no intention of letting him go anytime soon. "That for me?" she asked, twirling a strand of his hair around her finger.
"Possibly. The only way you're going to find out is if you let me go" he whispered, kissing her quickly.
Kate bit down onto her bottom lip and contemplate what he said, unwrapping her legs from around his hips. He walked to the other table and got her present, bringing it back over to her.
"If you don't like it, I can t-" he began, but she stopped him.
"Rick, I'm going to love it. I promise."
Rick stared down at the box for a minute before handing it to her. It was a fairly large box, wrapped up with a large bow.
"It's cute" she said happily, pressing a kiss to his cheek. Kate untied the ribbon and unwrapped the present, pulling open the box. She stared down at the contents, a smile warming across her face.
"Oh Castle" she trailed off, leaning up and kissing him deeply. "I love it" she said, caressing his face with her fingertips.
"You haven't even opened up the entire present" he said, smiling at her.
"Doesn't matter. I love what I see" she said, looking back down at the box.
Inside of the box was a photo album, but taped to the front of the album was a key to his loft.
"I want you there all the time Kate. Anytime you want to be there, you're more than welcome. I promise you that." He kissed her again, and then nudged the box into her lap some more. "Open up the rest of it."
Kate opened up the photo album and sucked in a breath. The first picture was of her as a baby, with her Mom and Dad holding her, staring at her. She flipped through the pictures, showing photos of her through her life, in order. 4th grade graduation, her 'wild phase' as a teenager, high school graduation, college… All of it. "Rick where did you get these" she asked softly, her fingertips running over a picture of her and her mother.
"Your dad. I called him up and he helped me find all of the pictures."
She flipped more through the book, coming upon photos of her and her precinct family, and then photos of them. Tears formed in the corners of her eyes and slowly began running down her cheek. Rick brought her face into his hands, wiping her tears.
"You're crying. Kate, I can give your dad the pictures back. You don't like it, its okay. We can pretend it never happened. We can-" he began, but she pushed the present off her lap, leaned in and kissed him.
Kate broke the kiss and stared into his eyes. "I love you. Richard Alexander Rodgers, I love you."
He drew her in quickly, kissing her hard on the lips. Their lips parted and they kissed more, holding one another tight in their arms. She broke the kiss for air and ran her hands over his face, smiling up at him.
"I love you too."
Kate smiled and drew his face in for another long kiss. She pulled away moments later, her left hand tangled into his hair, her right pressed onto his chest.
"This is the best Christmas ever. Thank you, so much. Merry Christmas Rick."
"Merry Christmas Kate."
Thats it! I hope you all enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it. I'm going to continue the story into a different one that isn't Christmas based, focusing more on their life together and what not. It should get started within the next few days. Thank you all so much for reading, reviewing, story alerting, and favoriting.