This one is from a prompt for baby names discussion.

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Picking Names

Rick loved lazy Saturdays with Kate, especially in the Hamptons. He loved how she ran her fingers through his hair softly, almost putting him to sleep as he lay with his head in her lap. He tilted his head nuzzling against her small bump that was beginning to form. She smiled, thinking how lucky she was while she continued gently massaging his scalp.

He jumped up suddenly and looked at her excitedly, "how about Brittney?"

She looked at him confused, "What?"

"Baby names! For our first, how do you like Brittney?"

"No, Rick," she tried to sound annoyed but couldn't hide her smile.


"No. Rick we don't even know if we're having a boy or a girl yet."

He brought his hand to his chin as if in deep thought, "you have a good point. We should probably talk about boy names too!"

"We have 7 months to decide on names," she laughed, "can we please just talk about it later?"

He gave her his best pouting face, "I'm excited though, Kate. Can you please just play along for once?"

"Fine," she stuck her tongue out, "I'll play. How about Mickey for a boy?"

He grimaced at the thought, "Mickey? As in Mickey Mouse?"

"No," she laughed again scooting closer to him, "as in Mickey Mantle, the baseball player."

He smiled, "I think more people would think of the mouse first. How about…"

"I swear I'll smack you if you say Nathan or Malcolm. Just because you liked a show doesn't mean you can name our children after the cast and characters."

"That was a great show! It was unjustly cancelled just like that Nebula 9 show you love so much. Besides what's wrong with Nathan? It's a good, strong name." She couldn't help but laugh at his defensiveness. "I wasn't going to say that anyway," he continued, "I was going to suggest Macallan."

"Macallen? Rick, seriously? You are not naming our son after a brand of scotch."

"A very expensive brand of scotch," he defended.

She gave him her best glare, trying to hide her smile, "You don't want our son named after a baseball player but naming him after a brand of scotch is okay?"

He laughed pulling her in for a kiss, "I love you. I'm just teasing anyway. I always pictured us having a girl so I haven't thought about boy names."

She blushed, looking down at her hands on his chest, "I always pictured us with a boy."

He tilted her chin so she was looking at him, "in all seriousness though Kate, there's only one name I ever dreamed of calling our little girl."

She stared at him slightly worried, "what's that?"

He leaned in lightly brushing his lips across hers. When he pulled back he looked into her brown eyes, all signs of teasing gone and said, "Johanna."

Her breath caught in her chest and tears quickly filled her eyes, "Rick…we don't have to."

"I want to," he interrupted her, "well as long as you're okay with it."

She leaned in for a long deep kiss, only pulling away when it became necessary to breathe. "I love it and I love you," she mumbled against his lips.

He smiled as he pulled her into his lap, "I love you too."

She started to lean in to kiss him again but stopped short making him groan in frustration, "what about Alexander?"

He smiled up at her, "Alexander?" He looked up at the ceiling pretending to be in deep thought before looking back at her, "I love it."

She smiled and kissed him deeply again.

He pulled away, flashing her that famous Richard Castle smile, "Now we just have to think of middle names."

She moaned against him, running her fingers through his hair, "not tonight. We've talked enough tonight."

He chuckled, "I love pregnancy hormones."

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