Disclaimer: I don't own Castle. I don't even own a castle.

A/N: So I've been sick this week and I apologize in advance for any mistake that would have escaped my sleepy eyes. I hope you all forgive me, and will enjoy it anyway.


"I have got to get to class," she said, stretching her supple body in his bed, as he watched.

"Do you really have to?"

"Yes, I've got finals coming up. Don't you have to get to work? And you know, fight crime?"

He shrugged. "Javier will cover for me. And if they really need me, they'll call. Come here," he said, dragging her back into bed with him.

"I really have to go," she said laughing.

"Okay," he said, giving up. "I'll drive you." He got up.

"Is it really a good idea?" Alexis said. "Should we be seen together like that?"

He sighed. "I hate that I put you in this position. Like your my mistress or something and I have to hide you. I know you deserve better, and I hope you realize that too."

She put her hand on his arms, comfortingly."Oh but I'm fully aware of it," she said. "But I thought we agreed that for now it would be better to keep this thing between, so we could figure out what it is exactly."

He hold her against his naked chest. "You're so wise," he said, kissing her lightly on the nose. "I'm so lucky to have you."

She giggled, and he could feel the echo of her laughing flesh spread through him. "Don't forget it," she said.

"I won't."

He kissed her again. "I'm lucky too," she said, breathless when they stopped. He liked the gleam in her eyes.

They took a shower together, and naturally they lost track of time. His hands were always running up and down her body, exploring, and she got lost in the feeling of his hands on her.

They had to get dress in a rush, she had no clothes except last night's costume so he had to find her something. Of course none of what had had fitted her petite figure and the too large clothes didn't make it easier to hurry, but he thought she looked adorable.

The ride to her University Campus was silent but it was comfortable, and full of promises. They were both tired from the night before, but after she kissed him goodbye, they made plans to try and see each other again tonight.

He watched her slip out of his sight, as she run across the green campus, to get inside the old brimstone building where her class had already started.

He missed her already. Maybe he would see her again tonight. Or was it too soon? He had never worried about this things before, and Alexis seemed to be the same. Dating etiquette be damned, he would do all he could to try and see her tonight.

As he walked into the police station a feeling of guilt overwhelmed him. This was the place where he worked side by side with her father, a man who had saved his life before, a man who trusted him. The images from last night were still playing too vividly in his mind for Ryan to be able to look him in the eye.

He took a big breath before walking to his desk and buried those feelings deep down. He had a job to do. Beckett, Castle and Javier were huddled together by the white board, talking in low voices. Castle seemed upset and Ryan's guilt was back in full effect. He almost made a dive for the break room to buy some time, but it wouldn't help anything. He had to face his colleagues.

Javier was the first to spot him. He gave him a knowing look and shook his head. The other too had yet to notice him. Could Javier just know? With only one look? He had felt like it was written all over his face, but he had hoped it wasn't true.

"Ryan's here, I'll bring him up to speed," Esposito announced before grabbing his partner's arm and dragging him out of the room without leaving him the time to say anything.

"What?" Ryan asked, once they were away from wandering ears.

"Dude, you're so screwed."

Ryan panicked. "Why? How?" He didn't dare ask more, afraid to revel himself.

"Alexis."

So it was written on his face. He didn't know what to say, but apparently the guilty look he gave his partner was enough.

"So it's true? Man, I don't even know what to say. Should I high-five you or punch you in the face?"

"Er—neither. Would you tell me what's going on?"

"Apparently Castle went over to Alexis' dorm this morning to try and make peace with her about something, and she wasn't there. Her roommate said she didn't come home last night, and he couldn't reach her cell."

"Oh."

"So he's on full Papa wolf Castle alert. He tried to use the GPS on her phone to localize her but she had left it in her room. I told him we saw her last night," Javier added after a beat.

"And?"

"And nothing. I didn't say anything else."

"Thanks."

"You're still screwed though, it's only a matter of time before he finds out."


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