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Kate let's her head fall against the door. What is he doing here? The ex-detective takes a deep breath and puts her hand on the doorknob; when the door swings open she can't help but sigh. He is standing at the other side of the door. For real; this time it isn't one of her many dreams. No. He, her boyfriend - or what she hopes he still is - is standing barely two meters away from her dressed in green jeans, a white button-down and hair dangling over his face. Looking good.
"Castle..." Kate breathes out as the corners of her mouth twitch up. She is sure he can hear her heart throb inside her chest but wow she doesn't care anymore.
"Hey there stranger," he jokes, awkwardly standing in front of her. Kate steps aside and lets him inside. He takes a look around before turning to Kate again. "Nice place." He says.
Kate presses her lips together and hums in response. "I see you still have boxes to unpack."
"Yeah. Month trial, remember?" Castle nods and lets his bags on the floor, next to the living room table.
"What are yo-?"
They say at the same time. They both let out a nervous laugh, "Ladies first," Castle says.
"What are you doing here? And how did you find me?"
"I-, we need to talk, and your father texted me your address."
Kate walks to the couch and Castle follows her. They sit not too close but not too far either. Kate tugs her left leg under her and leans back on the couch.
"How's work?" He begins with an easy question.
"It's better now. At the beginning everyone was so quiet and distance but we are starting to get to know each other."
"I'm glad," Rick says avoiding Kate's eyes, "There's something I need to tell you. Let me talk okay? Don't cut me off." Kate nods and Castle begins his story. "I had lunch with Gina the other day after the book signing at Barnes and Noble. She told me a British editorial was interested in me writing a new saga about James Bond." Castle stops for a moment and looks up to Kate. She looks confused.
"What about Nikki Heat?" She asks.
"I have finished the fifth book and I am more than happy with the ending. I don't want to continue if I don't know how to, and this new offer...God, Kate getting to write James Bond has been my dream since I was a kid."
"I know that. But why suddenly stop writing Nikki Heat?"
"I'm okay with the ending, that's all." Rick says avoiding Kate's eyes, because she knows that's not the main reason. Instead of him looking up to her, Kate, slightly lowers her head to meet Rick's blue eyes.
"Castle?" She challenges him.
"It's not about the books, Kate; you know that. I have followed you around for five years now, and yes, the books where my first priority at the beginning but then I got to know you and since then you always came first." Castle sighs.
"I, uh- don't know what to say."
"Kate, Nikki Heat has been my – our – character for a few years. First I fantasized about me and you and I tried to write the future I wanted for us, but now that I have you I don't need more fiction, because the real Nikki Heat is so much better." Castle explains, taking her hand in between his, "What I'm trying to say is that I want to leave the fiction behind and live the real story. You and me not Nikki and Rook, I don't want them to be happy if we aren't."
Kate is speechless; she breathes in and squeezes his hand, "Cas-," Nope, words don't come out, but tears do.
She doesn't deserve him. This man and his way with words get her weak at the knees and she thanks whoever is up there, that she isn't standing because she sure would be on the floor by now.
"I want real too." She finally manages to let out, "You don't know how badly I want us to work out." Kate says feeling Castle's hand on her cheek. She leans into his touch and lets him wipe off the tears running down her cheeks.
"I flew to London two days ago." He admits looking straight to Kate's eyes. She opens her mouth to speak but can't find the words, again, "I should have told you, I know but, I was so excited that I jumped in the earliest plane and 24 hours later I was in a big office, in central London signing a four book deal."
"I know I should have told you, I'm sorry."
"No, Castle you shouldn't be the one apologizing. I should." Kate starts. She is ready to say it all out loud; he needs to know. "I respect your decision to stop writing Nikki Heat because you can't follow me around anymore and I'm not a NYPD detective either; I also know that sagas shouldn't last long, because people end up tired, so what a better way to start than with James Bond?" Kate smiles up to him and Castle relaxes, letting his left side lean on the couch.
"So, you're not mad?" Castle asks and Kate shakes her head, the smile still on her lips, "Good." The writer says putting a strand of her brown straight hair behind her ear, "I like your hair straight. I like it all ways, but you know… this is different, and it's shorter." The writer says letting his fingers travel down Kate's neck.
"Thanks Castle," Kate says holding his gaze, "You look good as well."
"We make a pretty charming couple, don't we?" Rick decides to get down to the real deal, to what they really need to talk about. Kate freezes, of course they're still a couple but they have stuff to talk about.
"I think we do, yeah." Kate simply responds.
"Kate?" Castle begins. He places his thumb under her chin to lift her head up to look at him. He needs to see her eyes and face expression, "You're month trial ends next week. What are you going to do?"
"I, uh- we need to talk about this Castle. I want to come to a decision with you. As you said we are a couple, we are in this together."
"You like the job don't you?"
"I do, but at the same time I miss being in charge and getting to joke around while working. I miss you, you're crazy but usually helpful theories or just your smile telling me 'you've got this Kate,'" the brunette explains as Castle completely listens to her, because she's opening up to him, and he knows this is important to her.
"I miss your coffee and the 'Good Morning detective', the little things that are maybe too girly, but that actually mean so much to me."
"No Kate, not too girly." Castle shakes his head as he takes Kate's hand again, "I miss following you around as well. The other day I entered a coffee shop and I had to correct myself and ask for just one coffee." Kate lets out a little laugh and intertwines her fingers with his. "What I'm trying to say is, that if you chose going back to New York I'll be more than happy about it. But, if you choose DC I'm going to be here with you. I don't want you to give up on an amazing opportunity for me, Kate. You deserve this job more than anyone, and I'm sure you're going to go far as the years pass by."
Kate stares at him trying to hold back the tears. She truly doesn't deserve him. After all the lies and mistakes he is still here telling her how good she is and how she deserves the best.
"Exactly Castle, the years pass by. I'm not getting any younger and what if I want a family, what if I want to become a mom? Remember Jordan Shaw? I don't want to become a workaholic and have to talk through phone on Christmas day because I'm off the country saving the world."
Castle is wordless by now. Has she just told him she wants kids?
"I- uh, you want to be a mom?" Castle needs to make sure he has heard correct.
"Well yeah, not now but I'd like to."
"You're going to be an amazing mom Kate."
"My mom always said I was good with kids," Kate pauses for a second and continues, "I want this job Castle, but I also want us to work. You said you didn't want to leave NYC just three weeks ago…"
"There's no reason to stay in New York when the woman I love isn't there with me." Castle states leaning closer to Kate, he doesn't want to scare her away so he waits for her to pull away; just she doesn't.
The writer closes the distance and delicately places his lips to Kate, in a simple but yet so meaningful kiss. He feels Kate smile against his lips and takes the moment to pull slightly away, "I will follow you anywhere." He closes the distance again leaving sweet pecks on Kate's lips.
I'm gonna go hide now. Lol
What will Kate do? Tan tan tan! Surprise!
One important thing, this story is supposed to reach 50k words, so things are going to take time. Just saying this cos the angst isn't over, sure we're gonna dive into some cuteness in the next few chapters but this is Caskett we are talking about; and what is a love story without problems?
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