Castle: When Ricky Met Katie
Summary: A Castle & Beckett spin on the classic rom-com "When Harry Met Sally". AU of course, starts with Rick and Kate in college and there are time jumps from there as we navigate through their lives and they continue to cross paths. Lots of bickering and banter between our favourite duo. A few laughs, and eventually, a love story. PS: You don't need to know the movie to enjoy this fic.
Chapter 1: Ricky Rodgers and Katie Beckett
A/N: Yes, I'm back! I've had this idea in my head for a long while now and have been working on it on and off for quite some time. Basic concept of the movie is the same. If you haven't seen it, you really should! However it's not necessary to know the film to enjoy this fic. Castle and Beckett's personal lives will stay relatively canon to the show, such as some of their relationships and family members but I've tweaked a few details. For starters Johanna Beckett was never murdered and therefore Kate pursued her career as a lawyer rather than a homicide detective, but don't worry, that didn't stop me from including our boys Ryan and Esposito in this fic! For the sake of this story Castle and Beckett are close in age as they are attending university at the same time. Castle is only 2 years older than Beckett so we begin with a 23 year old Castle and a 21 year old Beckett. Read on and enjoy...
[May 1999, Chicago, Illinois]
It was an unusually warm May afternoon in the Windy City and the hot sun peered in through the light shades as Kate Beckett stood in her now empty dorm room at NorthWestern University taking one last look around and basking in the nostalgia of what she was about to leave behind.
This had been home for the last three years of her life, save for the occasional down time they received for summer and Christmas breaks where she'd fly home to spend time with her parents in New York. She'd been studying pre-law here and received her undergrad degree but after this summer break she would be headed off to Stanford to get her full Law degree. She can easily recall the excitement in her parent's voices as she told them over the phone about her acceptance to Stanford. Over the moon didn't begin to describe the pride and excitement they held for their little girl and a smile creased her lips as the memory from just a few months ago flooded back to her.
She reached the front door and cast one final look over the room to ensure she hadn't forgotten anything before reaching down to pick up her suitcases and heading out into the hallway, letting the door close firmly behind her.
Stopping a few feet down the dimly lit dorm hallway at the door of room 12 she set her luggage down and rapped her knuckles against the door.
"Kyra" she called out but got no response.
She could hear giggling from inside the room and she knew unmistakably that it was her friend Kyra Blaine. She could also tell by the occasional chuckles of a much deeper voice that Kyra's boyfriend was also in the room. Doing what, well, she probably didn't want to know so she knocked again, a little harder this time.
"Kyra?" She called out once more against the closed door.
"Shhh" she could hear Kyra mutter from inside; followed by another bout of laughter which was quickly silenced, followed by some heavy breathing and muffled groans suffocated between what she could safely assume was kissing.
"Kyra, its Katie, are you guys coming?" she regretted the choice of words the moment it left her lips but it was too late, it was already out there.
"Not yet, but give us a minute would you?" the male voice called out and she could hear Kyra gasp in embarrassment, followed by a slap and then more laughing.
"I'm sorry Katie" Kyra called out, and then more giggling. "We'll be out in a minute okay?"
"Okay" Kate sighed, unamused.
"You're so bad" she heard Kyra mumble quietly.
"I thought you liked it when I was bad?" the deep voice practically growled in return.
Oh for crying out loud.
"I'll be in the car" Kate called out, and although they couldn't actually see her rolling her eyes she's sure they could hear it in her voice.
Well this was going to be just peachy, Kate thought to herself as she headed for the exit. She had yet to have an actual conversation with Kyra's new beau, only seeing him in passing and saying a quick hello as he would be seen coming and going from Kyra's room at random hours over the last few weeks since they'd gotten together. Yesterday she had the added bonus of seeing him in nothing but his boxer shorts as he snuck quietly out of Kyra's room a little past 6a.m. Kate had just headed out into the hallway to take a quick morning run before an exam but practically stumbled onto her backside as she turned away from her door and walked straight smack into the hard naked chest of a blue eyed stranger.
"Owww" she groaned; rubbing her nose with her hand.
"Gosh, I'm so sorry" a voice mumbled oddly and she looked up to see a green toothbrush dangling out of his mouth. He pulled the toothbrush from his mouth and nodded at her apologetically "Sorry" he said again.
"It's fine, I'm fine" she assured him; taking a moment to look him up and down, having to supress a laugh as her gaze fell to his oddly large feet stuffed into Kyra's pink flip flops she wore when she went to the shower room.
"Nice flip flops" she commented and he shrugged, apparently not at all embarrassed. Then again, why would he be? Here he was in the middle of the dorm hallway in his underwear, hair all mussed and sticking up every which way and a look in his eyes that said 'I just got lucky'. Clearly the man had no shame.
"You're Kyra's friend, right? Katie?" he asked and she nodded.
"Yes. You must be the famous Ricky she won't stop going on about"
"Guilty as charged" he smirked at her.
She forced a smile back at him and gave a quick nod before brushing past him and heading down the hallway toward the exit. It was all too awkward to have a conversation with her friends boyfriend while he stood there in his underwear and she had a feeling she wasn't hiding her embarrassment very well by the way he gave her that smug smirk every time she accidentally let her eyes wander over him.
It was later that day when Kyra had come to Kate's room with her 'wonderful' idea. Apparently Captain Underpants there had told Kyra of their little run in and Kyra had been instantly struck with what she could only conclude was the best idea she's ever had. She explained to Kate that Ricky was going to New York this summer as well and was also headed there the next day but would be taking the train as he didn't have a car of his own here in Chicago. Kyra decided that the idea was absurd and that since they were both travelling to the same place, why wouldn't they travel together? Kate tried to protest but Kyra wouldn't hear of it.
"It'll be way cheaper, you guys can split the cost on everything. And just think, you'd only have to do half the driving" she had explained. "And it doesn't have to be weird, I mean I know you guys don't actually know each other but he means a lot to me, and you mean a lot to me! I want you guys to get to know each other, and this is perfect!"
Kate knew that once Kyra had her mind made up there was no sense arguing with her. She also didn't have the heart to tell her that the chances of her and Ricky's relationship surviving this split was slim to none. Kyra was a Chicago native and still had two years of school ahead of her so it wasn't like she'd be shacking up with underwear boy in New York any time soon and honestly, they'd only been together a few weeks and if his reputation held true, he didn't stay tied down too long.
So finally deciding not to argue the inevitable anymore Kate agreed to Kyra's idea and they had set a time for them to leave the following morning and Kyra was to fill Ricky in on all the plans later that evening.
Sitting in the old but reliable Volvo sedan that once belonged to her father, Kate waited for her travel companion to arrive. Her luggage was already neatly tucked away in the trunk and her fingers continued drumming over the steering wheel as she waited anxiously; noting how they were already nearly a half hour off schedule. She hated being late.
A sharp scream followed by a loud bout of laughter shook Kate out of her daze and she adjusted her rear-view mirror to see what all the commotion was about. She watched as Ricky had unceremoniously bent over and hooked his arm around the back of Kyra's knees and swooped her up and over his shoulder into a fireman's carry and began running towards the car with her safely secured to him in one hand and his oversized duffel bag in the other.
"Ricky you're going to drop me" she said through another bought of laughter; her fists pounding lightly against his back. "Put me down"
"Kay" he smirked as they reached the back of the car and Kate could still see them in her mirror. He dropped his duffel and slowly slid her down the front of him until her backside came to rest on the trunk of the car and he stood between her legs. He grinned before leaning down and kissing her.
The kiss seemed to last hours; at least to Kate it did as she tried not to watch in her rear-view mirror. She groaned though when she looked up and saw Kyra wrap her legs around his middle, tugging him closer to her and his hands came down on top of the trunk on either side of her as she slowly slunk her back down against the trunk and rear window, bringing him with her.
'Yeah, not going to happen on my car' Kate grumbled to herself as her hands slammed down on the horn and startled the two of them apart.
"Whoops, sorry" Kate shrugged, looking out the window at the two lovebirds. "Slipped"
"Well," Ricky cleared his throat as he straightened himself up. "I guess I should probably get going, huh?" he mentioned and Kyra pouted as she slid off the hood and stood in front of him, taking his hands in hers and swinging them back and forth between their bodies.
"I'm going to miss you!" Kyra sighed.
"I miss you already" he countered and Kate couldn't help the audible groan that escaped her.
Are these two for real?
"Oh my goodness I almost forgot!" Kyra gasped before reaching into the pocket of her jeans and fishing out a cassette and placing it into Ricky's hand.
"You made me a mixed tape?" He had a goofy smile on his face as his thumb traced over the label, no doubt covered with doodles of hearts and various combinations of both their names.
"Yeah I did. It's all our songs" she smiled sweetly at him.
Good grief. How could they have songs, plural? They'd been dating for five minutes. She loved Kyra to death but she had a tendancy to dive in head first into relationships and Kate was the one who she'd call at midnight to come over for some therapy courtesy of Ben & Jerry's.
"Call me when you get there?" Kyra asked, bottom lip held out in a pout.
"I'll call you before then" again, that trademark smirk of his appeared before Kyra kissed it away.
"I love you Ricky" she mumbled against his lips.
"Back at ya babe" he told her before capturing her lips again.
Another blast of the horn startled them again and they scrambled a few feet back from each other.
"Alright, alright" Rick called out to Kate. "Sorry, I'm coming"
"I really gotta go now babe" he told Kyra softly as he pressed one last kiss to her forehead, tucked a few stray strands of dark brown hair behind her ear and then left her side and headed for the passenger's side door of the Volvo.
"Have a safe trip you guys, and call me sometime, okay Katie?" Kyra called out and Kate turned to her and smiled.
"Bye Ricky!" Kyra shouted dramatically; jumping up and down while waving at him. "Bye!"
"Bye" he smiled at her and blew a kiss and Beckett could only roll her eyes as she watched Kyra grasping out at thin air and closing her fist before bringing it to rest over her heart.
Finally he opened the car door and lazily tossed his duffel over the front seat and onto the back before plunking himself down in the passenger seat.
"Oh, I left a space for your things in the trunk. I took up one half of it, but the other half is…"
"It's fine, back seat works" he shrugged before reaching for his seat belt and fastening it.
She adjusted her rear-view mirror and while doing so caught a glimpse of his bag tossed carelessly in the back seat; covered in a light dusting of dirt after he had dropped it on the ground earlier and it was half on the floor, half hanging over the seat. One zipper wasn't completely closed all the way and there was what looked to be a dirty sock hanging out from the side of it. She let out a small huff and rolled her eyes before straightening the mirror and then throwing the car into drive as the made their way off the campus grounds, the sight of Kyra continuing to jump up and down dramatically waving at them still evident in her rearview.
Great. This was going to be the longest thirteen hours of her life.
A/N: Well? How do you like it so far? This was just a quick little introduction, the next chapter plans to be more about their journey from Chicago to New York and them getting to know each other a little better. There will be a lot of banter and bickering between them, but it'll be light and fun. Oh, and they won't always go by 'Katie' and 'Ricky', I'm just using that now while they're younger, which is why Beckett is referred to as 'Kate' out of dialogue in this chapter (because this chapter is from her POV). Drop me a line and let me know what you're thinking of the story so far. I'd love to hear from you!