Hello guys! I know I suck at posting new chapters and I'm terribly sorry; college is crazy and I don't really have time to do much. I will try to update every weekend, cos I know you guys like reading, but I also like writing, and I kinda missed it.

So here's my new story. I also loved the whole kids thing, so here it is. Alexis is four; Rick would be 34; Kate 30 and Matthew, her son also 4. Johanna is alive, and that's why Kate's a lawyer is this story.

Hope you like it.

It was 7pm on a Friday. I was getting ready for Alexis' class reunion. Not that I liked going there, but I had too.

My little girl went to a private school, because I knew that the education was better than in the other schools. Actually I wouldn't mind if she went to a public school, but Saint Patrick's International School was known as one of the best schools in town. Their program was huge and even if it only was Alexis' first year I could tell she would thank me later.

I was putting my shirt on when I heard running footsteps coming up to me.

"Daddy! Daddy!"

"Hey pumpkin!" I said picking her up. "How's my princess doing?"

"Good. You look handsome daddy… Going out tonight?" Alexis asked.

"Off to your class meeting…"

"Forgot that…" She giggled.

"I have to go now sweetheart… Or I'm gonna be late…"

"You go daddy… Gram's cooking." She said walking into the living room, followed by her dad, who was all dressed up. Dockers, white shirt and dark blue jacket.

"Mother, I'm off. It won't take long, but Alexis needs to go to ben in two hours."

"Got it, kiddo."

"Good night pumpkin."

"Night dad. Oh and by the way, Graham's mom will sit beside you…"

"Graham, huh?" I asked with a grin.

"Dad…" She said and gently hitting my arm.

"Good night ladies." I shout shutting the front door behind me.


I took a cab and ten minutes later I was entering the school. It was quite a beautiful place; an old building located in New York's city centre.

Looking around a spotted a young lady that looked like she could be a teacher.

"Excuse me…" I said and she turned around to look at me.

"Can I help you, Sir?"

"Actually yes; I'm looking for class 21."

"Follow me."

"Thank you." I nodded and followed the blonde lady.

We arrived at the class and only few people where there, mostly women. I looked around and didn't see any familiar faces. I made my way to the front row, and found Alexis' place. She had everything set, and organized; the books at one side and the pencil case and other stuff at the other part.

"Hello…" I heard someone saying.

I turned around to face a mid-thirties woman.

"Hello…" I said.

"Are you really Richard Castle?" She asked.

Oh no… Not again. This question was the number one reason I hated going to these school meetings. Because I'm Rick Castle, a best selling author. Not that I don't like my job, is just that it gets annoying sometimes.

"Yeah, I am… And you are?"

"Clara Blake. I'm Graham's mom…"

"Oh right! Alexis has told me about your son…"

"So has Graham. So, do you mind if I sit next to you?"

"Of course not… go ahead." I said.

"Rick!" I heard someone call me.

"Kevin! Hey! I didn't know Tommy was in this class…".

"Oh yeah. He is!" He replied shaking my hand.

Kevin. Kevin Ryan. One of my best friends; not that I had many close friends, but he was definitely one of them.

"This is awesome man! Where's Jenny?" I ask.

"At home with Tommy."


"Well Rick… I better get a seat. We should get a beer later, catch up."

"Sure thing, bro!" I said and walked back to Alexis seat where Graham's mom, because I honestly don't remember her name, was talking to other women.

"Rick!" She nearly squealed.

Not again please.

"Girlfriends… This is Rick Castle, THE RICHARD CASTLE." The woman said and everyone turned to look at me.

"Hello…" I said.

"He is Alexis' father."

"I heard you are single right now…" Someone said touching my arm.

"I… uh… well…" I stammered.

"Good evening everyone… Take a seat please." A female voice shouted entering the class.

Thank God.

Every woman went back to her seat and so did Graham's mom. So I was finally sitting there by my own.

Ten minutes into the meeting someone opened the classroom door and walked in. Everyone turned to look at the young woman standing at the doorframe.

"Sorry, I'm late…" She excused herself and walked to the only vacant chair, by my side.

"Hello…" She whispered not looking at me.

"Hi…" I replied, wanting to start a conversation, but it wasn't the right moment or place.


The teacher talked about the class, everything they were planning to teach the kids and also the cultural trips that were planned during the year.

"Well, thank you all for coming… Hope to see you all in the next parent's meeting next month." She said gathering all the papers she had spread across the table. "Oh and one last thing… Private meetings start next week. It would be great to meet all of you in personal, so we can talk of every kid and everything…" And with that she left the classroom.

I turned to look at the woman sitting next to me. She was busy reading something on her phone. She looked so different from all the women in the class. Long curled brown hair and green eyes. Wearing black jeans, white shirt and a cardigan.

"Oh… Sorry, I'm being rude here…" She said putting the phone on the table.

"Don't worry about it… Actually it feels good not to be harassed for a while… Those women back there are dangerous…" I said smiling at her and she laughed.

Such a cute laugh.

"I'm Kate." She said shyly.


She didn't seem to recognise me, which was a good thing.

"Nice to meet you, Kate." I said breaking the silence.

"Good to meet you too. Do you remember the way out?" She asked.

"Sure. I'll show you."

"That would be nice." She said walking outside the class.

I wanted to talk to Kevin for a minute, but I didn't see him, so I just followed Kate out.

"So… Who's your kid?" Kate asked me.

"I'm Alexis' father. She's new, so doesn't know anyone really."

"Matthew is also new." She said checking her phone again.

"Are you okay?" I asked.

"Yeah… it's just that I left Matt with this girl next door and well… He has never been babysit before…"

"I'm sure everything's fine, Kate."

"I hope so." She said stopping by a blue Audi. "This is my car. It was nice to meet you Rick."

"Hope to see you around." I said shaking her hand.

Soft. Warm.

"Goodbye." She said getting into the car; and then leaving me there, awkwardly standing watching her leave.


Kate unlocked the front door of her apartment, carrying a sleepy Matthew. She laid her son on his bed and walked back to the living room. Picked up her phone and dialled her mother's number.

"Hello mom… Guess who I just met… RICK CASTLE!" She said with a huge smile of her face.