I love parallels! XD
P.S. Not my gifs
I love parallels! XD
P.S. Not my gifs
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"You have no idea how much I missed this." Castle 7x03
shut the front door!
The ultimate Caskett kissing post
Kate calling Castle ‘babe’ is seriously the best surprise I never expected
Beckett: Why don’t we just take a minute and write down the names of all the people that absolutely, positively have to be there - no matter what - to make us happy.
Notes: It’s not Sin City, but it’s close.
Takes place during 4x08. Totally AU
The sunlight is her first clue that something is amiss. Her room is never this bright. Not since she installed the new blinds and decided to add light-blocking curtains as an extra measure of privacy.
Why is her room so bright? Did she forget to close everything up tightly last night? The last time she had, the nightmares came. She’s pretty sure she didn’t have nightmares last night. No, she actually slept well last night.
Her feet slide under the sheets experimentally, seeking out the weight of the blanket she keeps at the end of the bed. Had she kicked it off in the middle of the night? She wouldn’t mind it now. It’s a little chilly in here.
She doesn’t find the blanket. The foot she encounters instead is a surprise.
The fact that it’s connected to a soft, warm leg is less of a shock, since it’d be a lot weirder to have just a foot in her bed. (Well not her bed, this isn’t her bed, she just knows it, but she isn’t brave enough yet to look around and see whose bed it could be.) But it doesn’t make her feel any better.
She’s in bed with someone.
No. No, no. She hasn’t had a one night stand in years. Kate Beckett does not do one night stands anymore. Not since the worst of the months after her mother’s death, when her entire damn life was turned around and upside down. Kate Beckett is … shit, she’s trying to get herself together in hopes that maybe they can be something once the dust settles with her.
It takes monumental effort, but she tells herself to breathe. Just breathe. Maybe it’s not… what it seems.
Experimentally, her foot move higher, leg contorting just a little with the effort, only to stop when it encounters worn cotton instead of warm skin and the gentle dusting of hair. Boxers. He’s… okay good, that’s promising. She peeks an eye open to survey her own clothing situation, releasing a shaky breath when she sees that she, too, is clothed. Mostly. She’s in her camisole and panties, but… it’s something.
There’s an arm around her waist, a large one. Tanned against the white of the sheets. Hotel sheets?
Atlantic City. She’s in Atlantic City. She drove down to help the boys, and when she arrived, they were wearing those ridiculous Elvis costumes. Castle’s idea.
Oh she knows this arm. She knows this thumb. Those fingers brush against hers every day when he offers her coffee like a kiss.
Okay, what the hell?
Her hand scrapes over her face. She’s in Atlantic City, in bed with Castle and he’s wearing a ring. On his left hand. On his ring finger.
And if the cold against her nose is to be believed, so is she.
They weren’t drunk, she knows that. She doesn’t feel hungover at all, for one. She remembers the four of them sharing a single pitcher of beer while they discussed their next move in the case. She’d been about to make herself scarce so the three of them could continue their IBPWOC – try saying that ten times fast – when Castle sent the boys ahead, staying with her instead.
They’d talked, she remembers, seriously talked. She’s not even sure what prompted it, the first moment of sharing, but he’d scooted closer in the cushy booth, resting his chin on his hand and keeping his eyes on her. It’s possible he never took his eyes off her.
And then somewhere along the way she’d asked about his marriages, about the feeling of impending doom she’d heard him talk about the other day. By then their fingers were brushing against each other, doing a painfully shy dance of hopefulness and longing.
Her hand drops from her face, landing against his with a quiet slap. His thumb twitches under her hand, coming up to curl around hers and draw it closer. The rest of their fingers slot together, rings clinking softly. It’s… surprisingly not as terrifying as she’d expected it to be.
Finally feeling daring, she looks around with a practiced eye. This is his room, she’s sure. Not as large or luxurious as she would’ve expected, but even Richard Castle can’t get everything on short notice. His bag’s on the luggage stand in the corner, and tucked neatly beside it is the overnight bag she keeps in her trunk for emergencies.
They’re alone in the room, so that’s good. Ryan and Esposito are nowhere to be found. In theory that means nobody’s playing a prank on her…
“Mmm, Kate, go back to sleep.”
Well at least he knows he’s with her. Or he’s with her in whatever his slumber is telling him is real.
“Would you ever get married again?”
Oh, that had been her question, hadn’t it? Posed between sips of water and nibbling from a basket of fries he’d ordered after finding out she hadn’t eaten since her early lunch. He’d flushed and demurred at first, tripping over his words to explain he wouldn’t mind, under the right circumstances, with the… right person.
He’d looked straight at her then. Still shy, but purposeful, and somehow she hadn’t frozen in fear. Hadn’t let terror take over her brain and send her running. She’d just smiled, sliding her hand under his.
It’d been her idea.
Shit, they’d gotten married. Because she’d suggested it. She’d proposed to him in the middle of an Atlantic City casino restaurant, completely sober, completely serious.
“Castle, Castle wake up.” Their joined hands wiggle against her belly in her efforts to rouse him. “Castle, we got married last night,” she hisses.
“Mhmm,” he mumbles, burying his nose deeper into her hair. “Paperwork’s being filed today. Too late las’ night.”
Right. The paperwork. The forms they’d signed and promised to file as soon as possible to make what was a surprisingly tasteful ceremony official. He’d sent it to his lawyer before escorting her back here. To their room.
Oh God, they’re married.
It’s on the tip of her tongue to ask if it’s too late to take it back, but his chest brushes her back when he inhales and her tension somehow eases. The solid wall of him behind her scatters the thousands of questions and objections she has. Instead of “I changed my mind,” out comes something else entirely,
“What are we going to tell people?”
Set late season two (specifically post 2x18, because I couldn’t help picturing this happening after he’s already seen a glimpse of her naked before)
"You said that last time."
"Well, I’m really not this time. My eyes are trained solely on my side of the shower tent thingy."
He’s actually lying, he’s not staring at the wall of the plastic tent; his eyes are squeezed shut, doing everything he can not to crack under the overwhelming presence of her in such a small space with him.
They both gasp when the water turns on, blasting them with lukewarm spray.
"We’re just going to let you guys soak for a while," a male voice on the other side of the tent relays to them and really?
The footsteps outside of the tent disappear and the door to the impromptu restroom housing their showering station slams shut.
"I’m sorry," Kate huffs and his brow automatically creases in confusion.
"Why are you sorry? It was a mutual decision to enter that building. There was no way to know it was a lab."
"I’m sorry we keep ending up in these ridiculous situations," she grumbles, kicking at the plastic covered flooring beneath their feet, splashing the pooling water against the tent wall.
"Keeps things exciting," he shrugs, practically feeling the eye roll he receives in response. "How long do you think they’ll make us stay in here?"
She sighs. “No idea.”
Castle scans his eyes along the tent wall, remembers the bottle of generic soap the staff man in the full body white suit had tossed inside after he had taken their clothes. Rick grabs the clear bottle from the corner of the tent and slathers some in his hands.
"Why do I smell vanilla?"
"Because it’s vanilla scented soap, want some?" he offers, holding a hand in front of his face as he twists to hold the bottle out to her.
Her dripping fingers brush his as she accepts the soap and his eyes flash open behind his hand, allowing him a glimpse of slick, bare legs that immediately turn away from him, but the definition of her calf muscles is entrancing and-
"Castle," she warns without even having to look and he grudgingly returns his eyes to his side of the tent and resumes his attempt at scrubbing the last of the chemical spray that had rained down on them in the lab, but he can’t reach the middle of his back.
Or maybe he’s looking for an excuse to test her, does it really matter?
3x13 / 7x01 Beckett + murder board at home. (Johanna Beckett & Richard Castle)