Beckett was curled around Castle with her head on his chest as they lay in his bed. Castle was lightly stroking her arm with his fingertips, sending little tingles up her spine. It was strange to think that just a few hours ago, she thought she was going to die and now she was lying beside Castle feeling safer than she had ever felt before. She could have fallen asleep if it weren't for Castle talking so much.

"Okay," Castle said after a short silence. "Would you still love me if I was fat?"

"Yes." Apparently it wasn't enough for Castle to know that she loved him; he was going to milk it for all it was worth.

"Would you still love me if I didn't have all my money?"

"Yes, Castle."

"Would you still love me if I didn't have my rugged good looks?"

"Yes, Castle," she said, rolling her eyes.

"Would you still love me if I wasn't such a sex god?"

"No." She felt Castle go still for a second. "I'm kidding Castle," she laughed.

"Mmm, I love it when you laugh," he said, kissing her hair.

"So when you tell all those terrible jokes at work, it's for my benefit?"

"No, Esposito gets these real cute dimples when he laughs, it just brightens my day," he said sarcastically. She smiled, letting her fingers draw little circles on his chest.

There was a long comfortable silence in which Kate nearly dozed off.

"Castle?" she said sleepily.


"I don't want things to change at work."

"What do you mean?" he asked.

"Working with you these past four years has been so great; I don't want anything to change because we're together."

"You want things to stay the same?"


"So, I'll still make jokes while you tell me to stay in the car?"


"And I'll spend most of the day flirting with you and you'll try to resist my incredible good looks?"

"Yeah," she smiled.

"And then we'll go home to separate houses and not have sex?"

"Um... no," she said, frowning. That didn't sound fun at all.

"But you said you wanted things to stay the same!" he said playfully.

"Okay, maybe with a few, small differences," she amended. "But seriously Castle," she said, propping herself up on her elbows to look at him. "I don't want you to treat me any differently when we're at work. No mushy lovey-dovey stuff, no heroics just because I'm your girlfriend."

Castle stopped. "You're my girlfriend?" he asked, tilting his head down to get a look at her face. Her cheeks turned a very pleasant shade of pink.

"Aren't I?"

"I think you are," he said with a grin on his lovely face. She lay back down on his chest and very soon, the gentle rise and fall of his chest was lulling her in to a deep, warm, comfortable sleep.

Just before sleep enveloped her completely, Kate felt a rush of warmth within her as she realised that she wasn't afraid to fall in love anymore, because Castle would be there to catch her.