Here it is. The sequel to Surprises!

"Castle, get your hand off my back!"

"We need to get moving! You need to get there faster."

"I'm going as fast as I can! It hurts!"

Kate waddled through his loft, headed for the front door. Her feet were swollen and her abdomen felt like it was going to fall to the floor.

"Castle, I swear to - If you touch me one more time!"

Castle removed his hand and ran to get the door. Two bags over his shoulders, cell phone dialing the hospital.

"Hello, hi! Yes. No, I can't hold - look. Get Dr. Hanes. Now. No, I need him. My wife is in labor. No, hello. Dammit."

He pressed the end button and feverishly redialed as he pounded the down button on the elevator.

"Kate, a little faster. Honey, I know. I know. Okay."

Kate's irritated look greeted him as she made her way to the elevator.

"You look great," he said, with - what he hoped - was a reassuring smile on his face.

Kate's breathing became faster as she held her hand out, a hand on her back and her knees beginning to bend.

"Okay, here we go," he said.

Castle swung behind her, held her up as a contraction ripped through her body.

When it was over, he picked up the cell phone he dropped, removed his foot from the elevator that he had kept opened, and loaded them all in.

"She's ready," Kate said, lying in the hospital bed.

"The doctor will come back - "

"Is there anything for - "

"Kate, you heard him. It's too late. You go into labor too quickly. Some might call that -"

"Don't you dare say blessing. I am not in the mood to hear any of it," she said, sweat dripping down her forehead.

Castle grabbed the towel on the edge of the bed and wiped it away from her face.

"I'm going to go see - "

"Don't go back out there."

"Just, I want to make sure."

"Castle, I'm still - I'm - Dammit."

Another contraction hit Kate just as she was about to tell him how fine she was. She squeezed his hand, breathing through the knife that was ripping through her stomach. Her hand reached down and hugged the bottom of her bump, feeling her daughter push her way down.

"That was a really big one, let me go check - "

Kate didn't stop him as he exited their hospital room. She knew how he felt. She was trying to not think about it. She was trying to focus on her daughter and not the consequences. She would remember this. Both of them would be wheeled out of this hospital in the matter of days.

The nurse - a new one - came in with Castle, her hand in his - being pulled up to the machine.

Castle backed away slightly and let her read the information.

"The contractions are progressing fast, but they are normal. You should be delivering within the night," she said, grabbing her chart from her pocket.

"Dr. Hanes should be back in here in about half an hour. Are you okay until then?"

"Well - "

"Thanks, we will be fine," Kate interrupted.

"But - wai - no. I - "

Kate pulled her hand to rest over his.

"Castle, look at me. Come here," she said as he sat in the chair next to her bed.

"I'm here, we're both here. That monitor says she's got a heartbeat. We're not going anywhere. Not this time. Okay. So sit here and wait with me, okay?"

He was still concerned. And how could he not when just two years ago they were sitting here. Two years ago, an hour from now he would be getting the worst news of his life. And two years ago, tomorrow, he would break her heart.

"Castle, I'm scared too. I'm terrified and I don't even remember what happened last time. But, we've got to get through this, okay? What happened to the Castle that's been here for the last nine months?"

He laughed, slightly easing his nerves. His hand greeted hers on top of his.

"We're going to be okay."

9 Months Earlier

The sun ripped through his blinds as she was entering the loft to finally get to bed for the first time since Tuesday. Halloween was always the time that cases piled up and, even though they wrapped up quickly, Kate spent most of her time sitting at her desk or at her white board.

She entered the bathroom that they recently got redone. Her new shower was a walk - in, a splurge that she had always wanted since she opened an Ikea magazine one afternoon.

Her toothbrush laid next to the toothpaste, not her husbands. Castle insisted on getting his new toy - you put your toothbrush up the slot and it cleans it every time you use it.

Too much, she would stick with her simple holder.

Kate finished brushing her teeth - decided against a shower - and made her way for the dresser that held her pajamas.

She made her way for the king sized bed that she immediately became used to. Her feet stretched in, trying to avoid his. Looking over, Castle was deeply asleep. Mouth open, slight snore. He was out. She adjusted herself to fit into his body without touching him completely - her feet were cold, she knew it, and she didn't want to wake him up. He was out late trying to fix severe roommate problems at Alexis' new apartment. He signed the lease so he had to fix it.

Just as she was about to fall into her sleep, his phone rang.

Castle jostled awake, shaking the bed, and hit his phone until the alarm turned off. He sat up, rubbed his eyes and muttered something that sounded like a protest.

Kate turned over, lying on her back.

"Good morning."

"Did you just get in?"


"So, it's good night for you."

"Where are you going?"

"I have to go finalize the book deal."

"Which one?"

"The one where I write the last Heat Novel."

"Oh, yeah. That one."

"That one."

"Are you sure you want to do that?"

"Kate, I told you. I don't know where else to take her."


Castle bent over, kissed her lightly, and got up. Started his day as she ended hers.

"When will you be home?"

"Around dinnertime. When will you be up?"

"When you come back."

"Okay, I'll see you then."

Thoughts? I know some have been waiting for this and now that the semester is finally almost over, I can start it! Thank you for all of your support. This is my favorite story to write, so get ready!

- Meg