Chapter 4! Beckett comes for dinner. Hope you enjoy! Comments are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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Castle and Alexis had managed to throw together a nice lasagna and a large loaf of garlic bread. The dining table was decorated with two long candles and what Alexis called the guest dishes. It was six fifty and Alexis could see her father was getting anxious.


He stopped pacing around the table and looked at his daughter, "Whats up kid?"

"I just remembered that I promised to go to Sam's house to help her with her math homework." Alexis explained after realizing that her father was developing feelings for the woman who had rescued him from jail.

"Alexis! The only reason Beckett agreed to come is because I said you'd be there! Now she's going to think it's a date!" Castle began pacing again.

"Dad!" Alexis walked over to him and had him sit down, "Calm down. If you really want me to stay I'll stay."

Castle looked up at his daughter who was standing over him with concern, "No its ok" he smiled, "You go and try to have fun. Though I think fun and math normally don't mix but your very strange so you never know." Castle laughed.

"Okay Dad" she kissed his head, "Good luck tonight" she winked and ran upstairs to grab her books. Castle laughed and shook his head. Nothing got by Alexis. She could clearly see he wanted this to be more than just a thank you dinner.

Castle waved at his daughter as she ran out the door and went to the mirror for another quick hair check. He checked his watch and felt his heart start to race. It was 7 o'clock, she'd be here soon. He didn't know what it was but Kate made him nervous. But nervous in a good way. Maybe it was because she believed in him. Maybe it was because she had stopped him from going to jail. Or maybe it was something more. Either way being with her made him the happiest he'd been since his mother's death.


Castle quickly lit the two candles that were sitting on the table and raced to the door.

"Good evening." He said bowing as he opened the door.

"Hello, Mr. Castle." Beckett shed her coat and walked over to the dining area. She frowned when she saw that only two places were set.

"I thought your daughter was going to be home?" She said with her arms folded against her chest looking at Castle suspiciously.

"She was. I swear" Castle argued giving a nervous smile, "But she had to go to a friend's house to share her math knowledge. Alexis is quite the brain."

Beckett accepted his story. As she took her seat at the table she said jokingly, "She must have gotten those from her mother."

Castle faked a offended look then chuckled, "You wouldn't be saying that if you knew her mother."

Beckett smiled not sure how to respond.

Castle went into the kitchen and grabbed the two dinner plates. He then walked back in and placed Beckett's in front of her. "Dinner is served" he announced grinning widely.

"Thank you kind sir." She smiled.

When Castle took his seat she took a bite. "Why Castle I didn't expect you to be such a good cook."

"I had to be with the way my mother cooked." He smiled sadly.

"It must have been hard losing her so suddenly."

"I was, but it was harder because I didn't get the chance to be sad. I was too busy getting thrown in jail."

Kate looked him in the eyes and said sincerely, "I'm sorry for everything you've been put through."

Castle smiled at her, "It's not your fault. If it wasn't for you, well I don't know where'd I'd be."

Kate blushed and continued eating.

"So let me guess. Your dad's a lawyer?" Castle asked between large forkfuls of lasagna.

"Close, my mother."

"Oh I see. So she was your role model growing up?"

"Ya. My mom and I get along really well. She always took on the cases that no one wanted. It always inspired me to be a better person. Its part of the reason why I helped you."

"Well then tell your mom thank you for me"

Beckett smiled, "What about you? I already know that your mother was an actress but what about your father?"

"My father is one of the best spies that works for M16. He knew James Bond personally. I always asked him to take me to work but it was too dangerous even for a brave kid like myself."

Beckett stared at him confused.

Castle laughed, "I don't know who my father is. So when I was a boy I used to make up different scenarios about what he'd be like, what kind of relationship we'd have. My favourite was always him being a spy for some reason. Probably because then I'd have some connection to Bond."

Beckett smiled and took a sip of water, "So you've always had a wild imagination huh?"

"What can I say, I've always been a bit of a genius."

Beckett laughed, "I don't know if I'd call your books genius Castle."

"Oh so you've read them?"

"I might have glanced at one or two." Beckett blushed again and Castle couldn't help but stare at her rare beauty.

"Did I mention you look lovely tonight." He said quietly.

Kate looked surprised at his sudden comment. She stared down at her now empty plate trying to hide the grin that had appeared on her face. "Thank you Mr. Castle." Kate tried to remain professional. Tried not to notice that her a gorgeous man had just called her beautiful. Tried to remember that he was her client. But it was getting hard.

Castle slowly got up from his seat and took his plate and Kate's to the kitchen.

"Did you want some ice cream?" He called to her.

"Um no thank you, I really should be going. I have an early client meeting tomorrow." She got up from her chair and walked over to the front door to grab her long black coat.

"Are you sure?" he looked around and noticed that she had left her seat. He walked over to the door and saw her preparing to leave.

"We should do this again." He said reaching out to help her put her coat on.

Kate turned to face him after she had finished with the coat. She found that she was quite a bit closer than she should be. She wanted to move back but couldn't. Her eyes were fixated on his trying to remember what she was going to say.

"Thankā€¦thank you. I had a nice time." Kate stumbled on her words. She could feel his breathe as his face got closer.

"Like I said." His voice was quiet, "We should do this again some time."

Kate's heart was pounding at how close their lips were. Her eyes darted down to them again. It was time to leave she told herself. Move feet.

Kate slowly bent down to pick up her purse and opened the door, breaking the moment they had been holding. She felt her heart begin to steady again.

"I'll see you tomorrow, we should discussā€¦" She stopped as she felt his lips against her cheek.

"Tomorrow then"

Kate blushed one last time and walked quickly out of the flat.