Well, here is the final instalment of this story. I hope you have enjoyed you again to all reviewers, favouriters and followers. Hopefully I'll be back soon with another story... started it yesterday and I'm quite excited to see how it goes.
Disclaimer: I don't own any of the recognizable characters.
Kate rested her head on Rick's chest back in the safety of his arms as they sat resting against the headboard of his bed. They had triple checked every room to ensure they were alone and had given a picture of the kidnapper to the door person to ensure she would not come in un noticed. Ryan and Esposito had arranged for a detail to be watching the building also just to give them some extra protection until the woman was found.
One of Rick's arms were around Kate's shoulders and he was running his fingers up and down her arm.
Kate could sense that there was something wrong. He was silent and his mind seemed to have wandered somewhere else.
"Rick…? Is everything okay? Come on, time to sleep," she said softly.
"I can't go to sleep right now," he responded. "There's a crazy lady out there who wants to kidnap you."
Kate looked up at him and as he felt her moved he lowered his eyes to look back at her.
"I don't know. I don't think she's going to try it again. The NYPD have her face, and her fingerprints. Not only that, you said that you have seen her yourself, and she's going to know that you are looking for her now. I can't see her following you around again. As soon as we find her, she'll be locked up. Tomorrow we are going to go over everything from today and I'm positive she will have messed up somewhere. Maybe the first lot of dinner she bought was paid with her credit card, until you had to knock it out of her hands and replace it. We'll get her name and then there'll be no way to escape us."
"Hmmm…." He leaned down to kiss her temple. "But I'm still allowed to worry about you."
"Yes, you are still allowed to worry about me," Kate responded rolling her eyes. There was a moment of silence before she started speaking again. "You know, I worry about you too. When I was cuffed today and didn't think I could get away, I wasn't worried for myself, I was worried for you. I was worried you were going to do something stupid and follow a lead unprepared and get yourself hurt."
Castle started to open his mouth, but Kate lifted her hands and held it closed.
"No Castle, don't try and deny it. I know you, and I know it wouldn't matter what anyone said. No one would have been able to stop you from making silly choices if it got you one step closer to having me back."
She let go of his lips allowing him to speak again.
"If you think about it, it's some of those silly choices that have kept you safe on occasion," Rick said smiling.
"Well then, I should thank you for making some of those silly choices, but I still worry. I may not show it, but every second we're out making arrests or going to pick up subjects, I worry about you getting hurt."
"Kate, you don't need to worry about me, I've got you…" Rick lifted his free hand and lightly pressed her nose, as people often do to children, "to protect me."
"Well that's lucky for you then," she said smiling and then her face got serious again. "It's just… I seem… I guess…" She knew what she wanted to say, but she had no idea how to say it. There was no way of putting what she was feeling into words. She looked down briefly and felt a tear run down her cheek.
Noticing the tear Rick wrapped his arm tighter around Kate and pulled her closer to his chest, bringing his other arm up over her also, helping her feel safe. They stayed there silent for a few moments.
"Kate," Rick whispered, lifting her head up to look up at him again. He smiled down at her and kissed her softly. Wiping away the tears that had made their way down her cheeks, he kept talking softly, "You were really worried about me today? When you should have been just thinking about yourself?"
"I love you Rick. And when you love someone…" she looked down again.
"You can not help but worry about them." Rick finished for her.
"Exactly," she looked up again, knowing that Rick completely understood her.
Rick lifted his arm again, and tucked Kate's hair behind her ear. "I know exactly what you mean. I worry about you all the time as well."
"Gosh, what a pair we are!" Kate said giggling, rested her head back on Castle's chest, and lightly placing her hand on his chest.
Again, the lay there silently for a minute or two.
Castle just sat there listing to Kate's breathing. "So… you love me huh?" he said slightly squeezing her.
"Yeah, I guess I do," she said wrapping her arms more tightly across his chest.
"Awesome!" Castle replied, knowing it was going to result in one of Kate's glares. And it did.
He smiled sweetly at her, "I love you too Kate," he said as he slowly lowered himself down further into the bed so that he was laying on his back with Kate wrapped against him. Just before he was completely lying down he rolled Kate onto her back and rolled towards her. He let his legs tangle with hers and lifted himself over her resting his weight on his arms. He was so close, but not quite close enough for their lips to be touching. He whispered on her lips, "say it again, Kate."
"I love you," she said and he lowered his lips to meet hers kissing her passionately.
Right then, Kate knew that there was definitely nothing that was going to keep her from being with Castle. She had never felt more in love that she did at that moment.
After a moment, Castle pulled away. Kate still had her eyes closed as he said "By the way… Captain Gates knows!"
Kate's eyes opened wide but before she could say another word, Castle lips were on hers again.
And that's it. I hope you enjoyed it.
No, we never really did know who the woman was... maybe we'll find out another time.