Precious Things

Chapter One

AN: Another new fic. I'm not even sorry this time.

Disclaimer: As much as I'd like to, I do not own Castle.

The faint ringing of a cell phone pulled Kate Beckett from her peaceful slumber. For a second, she thought about ignoring it. But she wasn't on call and no one else would call her unless it was an emergency. Terrible scenarios filled her head as she found herself detangling her body from the arms of her boyfriend and pushing the blankets back.

Once standing and out of his vice grip, Kate looked around on the floor for her phone until she found it under Castle's jeans that had been discarded the night before.

Seeing all the clothes on the floor reminded her of her naked state. She suddenly shivered and hopped back into bed underneath the covers as she answered her phone.

"Beckett." She said, realizing she hadn't checked the caller ID.
"Hey Katie." Came the warm voice of her father.

She smiled and leaned back against the headboard, pulling the blanket with her. "Hey Dad! What's going on?" She glanced over at the clock, 7:30 a.m. She shouldn't be surprised; her father always called early in the mornings. Normally she'd already be up but since she stared dating Castle, she was slowly losing her ability to wake up before nine.

"Oh, I was just wondering if you needed a ride to the airport. We can go together."

"Why would I be going to the airport?" She asked.

"The family reunion." Jim said in a matter-of-fact tone.

"Oh my god!" Kate said loudly, causing Castle to stir beside her. She didn't notice as he slowly came out of his sleep. "That's this year?! Oh, dad I forgot." She ran a hand through her hair and leaned her head back against the headboard.

"Katie, you can't miss this. You left the last one three days early and they're so worried about you because of your shooting-"

"Aunt Carrie visited after I got shot." She interrupted, trying to take her guilt away. She felt bad about leaving early and not seeing them so often…but she was busy and it wasn't her fault that they lived in Texas.

"Yes," Jim said. "And our other thirty plus family members didn't get a chance to. Especially your Grandmother. Have you even called her since your shooting?"

Kate rolled her eyes at his accusatory tone. She rarely saw this side of her father and when she did, she'd admit it, it annoyed the hell out of her.

"Yes, dad. I called a few times."

Jim ignored her. "You have to come." He repeated.

Kate sighed. "I know…listen, I'll use my vacation days and come down." She paused. "But I'll be down tomorrow. There's no way I'm going to be able to make it today. I have a lot of paperwork that I can't leave for the boys-"

"But you'll miss the-"

"Family dinner. I know. I know. But this is better than not coming right?"

Jim sighed in defeat. "Okay…I'll tell everyone." He said. "Are you bringing Rick?"

Kate looked over to Castle, who was now awake and scrolling through his phone, and smiled. "I think so." She said. "You think anyone would care?"

Jim chuckled. "They might scare him away."

"I think I'll take that chance." She laughed. "I'd kind of like for them to meet him."

"That's a good idea." Jim said, happily. "Now, I'm going to let you know so you can go talk to your Captain and get everything in order."

"Okay, bye Dad. Love you."

"Love you too, Katie."

Kate hung up and sat her phone on the nightstand before turning and looking at Castle, who had also sat his phone aside.

"How much did you hear?" She asked with a smile.

Castle sat up and scooted closer, leaning against the headboard next to her. He leaned forward and snagged her lips in a quick good morning kiss. He pulled with a smile. "Who do you want me to meet?"

Kate sighed. "The Beckett family reunion is this year…and I was going to invite you to come."

Castle mock-gasped. "Your family reunion?! I'd be honored."

"Well, it starts today…but we probably won't get there until tomorrow." She said. "We need to get dressed so I can go in to talk to Gates about getting the rest of the week off and hopefully make it on a plane to Texas by tomorrow morning."

Castle nodded. "Sounds like a plan."

Silence overtook them as Castle stared at the woman in front of him, marveling in how far they had come. In a little over a year they've gone from just friends to completely and utterly in love. She'd told him she loves him. She invited him to her family reunion.

"So exactly how much Beckett greatness am I going to be exposed to on this trip?"

"Well," Kate began. "My Dad is one of six and most of them had kids so I have nine first cousins, not counting their spouses…and then twelve second cousins." She said.

"Wow." Castle said. "How did I not know this about you? Why don't you ever mention them…or have pictures of them or anything?"

"I keep most family photos I have in albums but I don't have many anymore since my old apartment blew up. And they don't really come up in many conversations."

"But why have I never seen you talking on the phone or texting or emailing or something?"

"The only one who really ever calls in my grandmother, but she can't hear very well on the phone so we talk for a short time…I email most of my aunts and uncles." She paused. "I text a few of my cousins but I'm not that close with any of them except the youngest of my first cousins, Miranda."

Castle grinned. "You think they'll all like me?"

Kate nodded with a smile. "Yeah, I think so. Most of the boy will try to scare you a little…but everyone else should be good."

"Should I be scared of them?" Castle asked.

Kate laughed. "No. If anything you should be scared of Nana."

"Nana?!" Castle gasped with a smirk.

Kate groaned. "Shut up, Castle." She said. "I was a kid and the name stuck."

"That's so adorable!"

"Shut up." She muttered, getting up from her spot on the bed and making her way to the bathroom.

Okay, what did you guys think?

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