#Look at her hand in first and then on second gif #this show will destroy me #and then her smile #nothing can replace that smile from cops and robbers #but then that second smile also could melt a block of ice #it’s perfect #she’s perfect
This is supposed to be posted on her bday, but i couldn’t finished it in time. haha o well. i think today timing is more fitting, anyway. :) Happy Belated Birthday, chezchuckles/Laura/writingwell! Thank you for all the stories you wrote (fic or no fic, everything <3)!
Let’s read, people! :D
Fences by Laura Bontrager
written by seilleanmor and chezchuckles
Flunitrazepam (“An argument between them causes Castle to give Beckett the silent treatment. References to Target/Hunt, Lives of Others, Squab, and Still. Watershed has not happened.”)
written by beautyofsorrow and chezchuckles
Hang Me Out To Dry (a post ep for 6x03- Need to Know. Warning: Some spoilers for the Frozen Heat and Deadly Heat books.)
written by by chezchuckles, FanficwriterGHC, International08, JeuxDeVagues,Sandiane Carter, and Topsy:
Mr Smith Goes to Washington (AU. “After Beckett is shot, Mr Smith enters the picture to ‘save the day.’ But who is Mr. Smith and what is he to Beckett and Castle?”)
written by Topsy & chezchuckles:
Acquainted With the Night (“While Beckett has been struggling with PTSD, with becoming more, Castle has been struggling as well.”)
written by Cora Clavia & Sandiane Carter & chezchuckles:
Bringing Sexy Back (Romance/Humor. “Fantasies become reality.”)
written by Kate Christie and chezchuckles
Zeroing In (5x10-Significant Others. “Beckett has dinner with Meredith.”)
written by Cartographical, chezchuckles, and muppet47:
So One Man (Angst/AU. Something of a post-ep for 5x13 Recoil. 'As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.’)
written by Sandiane Carter & chezchuckles:
Bucket List (Romance. Chapter 9b is Bucket List in Paris, posted separately, and to be read before Chapter 10. Bucket List in Paris by Cartographical, Sandiane Carter, and chezchuckles) —> Bucket List Xmas companion story from Castle Christmas Special Chap. 19 & 20
One Hundred Days of Summer (after 4x23. “How Kate Beckett and Rick Castle spend their summer”) —> One Hundred Days of Summer Xmas companion story from Castle Christmas Special chap. 11 & 12
John Doe (“The title says it all. Co-authored by Sandiane Carter and chezchuckles. Spoilers for season four, but as you will see, quite a lot of it is…missing.”) —> John Doe Xmas companion story from Castle Christmas Special chp. 4
Convection (Romance.“Heat Rises Spoilers! Kate reads Castle’s latest novel and has some questions for him. "Heat, like work, is energy in transit.”“) —> Convection Xmas companion story from Castle Christmas Special chp. 8 & 9
A Better Fate (and 2 chap M-rated interlude (after chapter10 and after chapter 13): A Better Fate: Interlude by Sandiane Carter”)
Love Boat (”Beckett and Castle are assigned to work a case undercover“)
Plus One (post-ep 4x11 "Till Death Do Us Part.”)
Lost in Translation (Romance. “Sometimes the words just get in the way.”)
The Siege (Romance/angst/romance. s4premiere. “Castle has a plan to take down that wall. After three days, love will rise again.
- Ghost on the Canvas (AU.SPOILERS for Boom! from Season Two. Beckett has a sister) - Stop Haunting Me (Sequel to Ghost on the Canvas) - Heartlines (Sequel to Stop Haunting Me) - Winter Is Coming (A Beth Companion)
Little Lion Man (”A babyfic for Mother’s Day. The way Kate Beckett and Rick Castle have been tamed.“) —> Little Lion Man Xmas companion story from Castle Christmas Special chap. 13 & 14
This Is the Dreamworld (AU. 6x02 - dreamworld. Content Warning for Corgis) —> This is the Dreamworld Xmas companion story from Castle Christmas Special chap. 10
Mad World (around s4. "The dreams in which I’m dying…”)
Vice (“Beckett is a uniform on the Vice squad at the 12th. It’s five years before the season one meeting”) —> Vice Xmas companion story from Castle Christmas Special chp. 1-3
Ultimatum (From the video by yamakiluv. “Castle is given an ultimatum: the file for Beckett’s life. AU Future.”) -> the elephant pic
The Double Edged Sword (drama/hurt/comfort/friendship/romance/idk haha. After s3 finale. “Recovery Kate! discovers some interesting scenes on Castle’s laptop as she’s holed up in his guest room”)
Skip the Charades (Romance/Drama. Mid-season 4. “Kate has recovered, but Castle has not. Alexis plans for Stanford while Castle and Beckett still work on her mother’s case”)
EPISODE BASED/EPS-SPEC/POST EPS :
Take Up Your Cross (6x09 - Disciple)
Stand Guard (6x07 - Like Father, Like Daughter)
The UnNatural Order (6x06 - Get a Clue)
Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (6x05 - Time Will Tell)
First Day Jitters (6x04 - Number One Fan)
Parallel Play (6x01/6x02 - Valkyrie/Dreamworld)
What’s In a Name? (6x01/6x02 - Valkyrie/Dreamworld)
Stubborn and Stupid (5x24 - Watershed)
An Answer (5x24 - Watershed)
All This Aggravation (5x24 - Watershed)
A Proposal (5x24 - Watershed)
When You Assume (Eps. 5x22 - Still)
Fixing It In Post (5x21 - The Squab and the Quail)
Ape and Essence (5x20 - The Fast and the Furriest)
When A Plan Comes Together (5x19 - The Lives of Others)
Lean Wide Out the Window (pre- 5x19 - The Lives of Others)
Will The Real Richard Castle Please Stand Up? (5x18 - The Wild Rover)
Compartmentalization Doesn’t Work (5x15/5x16 - Target/Hunt)
From Beginning to End (5x15/5x16 - Target/Hunt)
Loose Change (5x15/5x16 - Target/Hunt)
Valentine’s Day Re-Do (5x14 - Reality Star Struck)
Beyond the Storm (episode speculation. 5x13 - Recoil)
No Secrets (5x10 - Significant Others)
Piece Together (5x09 - Secret Santa)
Back For More (5x08 - After Hours)
Ewoks, Creavers, and Muppets, Oh My (5x06 - The Final Frontier)
Time Served (5x05 - Probable Cause)
What We Learned This Weekend (5x04 - Murder, He Wrote)
You Owe Me (5x03 - Secret’s Safe with Me)
Care Package (5x03 - Secret’s Safe with Me)
No Other Choice (5x02 - Cloudy with a Chance of Murder)
Another Round (5x01 - After The Storm)
Leaves of Night (4x23 - Always)
You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead (4x21 - Headhunter)
Protest (4x19 - 47seconds)
You’re Not Going to Like This (4x19 - 47seconds)
Uncomplicated (4x19/4x20 - 47seconds/The Limey)
Knock Me Down (4x19/4x20 - 47seconds/The Limey)
Happily Ever After (4x17 - Once Upon a Crime)
Separation of Church and State (4x15 - Pandora)
This Evil Can Be Undone (4x15/4x16 - Pandora/Linchpin)
Swimming (4x15/4x16 - Pandora/Linchpin)
Plus One (4x11 - Till Death Do Us Part. written by Sandiane Carter & chezchuckles)
Cuffed (4x10 - cuffed. ep-speculation)
Dare to Seize the Fire (4x10 - cuffed)
It’s A Start (4x09 - Kill Shot)
Stolen (4x07 - Cops&Robbers)
The Good Kind (4x06 - Demons)
Speak the Unspeakable (4x01/4x03 - Rise/Head Case. “Kate Beckett is confronted by Alexis about rejection”)
No Victory (3x24 - Knockout. Continuation of the scene in Knockout after Beckett runs back to the hangar)
Able to Stand (3x24 - Knockout.Eps insert. Some of the scenes they didn’t show us. Kate’s POV.)
The Next Moment (3x24 - Knockout. The moment after the fade to black on Knockout. Oneshot. Very short)
Terrible Love (3x24 - Knockout. In between scenes, before and after the hangar. ONESHOT)
Don’t Hold Back (3x22 - To Love and Die in L.A. based on sneak peek)
Catalyst (3x13 - Knockdown)
Cold Comfort (3x16/3x17 - Setup/Countdown. Rick Castle can’t get warm without a little help.)
It Doesn’t Make Sense (2x06 - Vampire Weekend)
The Spleen Is a Non-Vital Organ (romance/humor. “Kate gets sick.”)
A Significant Lime (one shot. “a cat, woolly socks, and a significant lime. for international08”)
Real Live Haunted House (“A Halloween fic entry in which Castle drags Beckett to a real, live haunted house”)
Things To Do In a Boring Meeting
ROMANCE (Castle/Beckett) :
Scratch and Claw (Romance/Angst. Bridge fic between seasons 5 and 6. “It’s who you are. You don’t let people in. I’ve had to scratch and claw for every inch.”)
Just My Imagination
Not All the Songs (4x23 post Always timeline. “All the songs that don’t make sense. A series of stand-alone one-shots with a common theme - the lyrics to catchy if inane chart-topping songs. AKA - Castle figures out that romancing a woman with Usher is not the way to go”)
She’s Everything (4x21 - Headhunters. “She’s a little girl, she’s a tigress, and she’s a warrior. She’s insecure and she’s indomitable. She’s everything.” -Stana Katic on Kate Beckett, Parade Magazine March 16, 2012)
HimitsuBako (set after 4x21 - Headhunters. so goood)
Doomsday (“It’s the end of the world as we know it”) —> Doomsday Xmas companion story from Castle Christmas Special Chap. 21 & 22
So Little Time
You’re Mine (LOOOOOVE THIS. “A Valentine’s Day fic.”)
Plan B (“Since being his usual charming self isn’t working, Castle tries to come up with a Plan B. SPOILERS for the book, Heat Rises”)
Someday (“Someday in the future, this is what will happen between them”)
When Words Escape (“All the ways Beckett could say 'I love you too’ without saying a word”)
Step Out Into the Light (angst/romance. “Kate runs away from Castle, but she can’t run for long.” around 3x24/4x01)
Momentary Troubles (Set in winter of season four. Spoilers for Rise. “All it takes is time, and patience. The wall inside won’t be there forever.”)
Written on the Skin (s3 finale/early s4. “It’s just a scar. It doesn’t mean anything”)
Used to Be (3x24 insert. friendship/romance.“Taking up in the middle of Knockout, Castle tries to find a way around Kate’s demand that they are over. Some backstory on Lanie and Kate”)
The Sweet Taste (A year after S3 Finale, “Kate Beckett and Richard Castle finally host the Johanna Beckett Memorial Fund”)
The Frog at the Bottom of the Well (a lil bit of angst a lil bit of drama) —> The Frog Xmas companion story from Castle Christmas Special Chap. 5&6
ONE SHOT :
Banni (Romance. “Castle’s surprise for their honeymoon.” Roughly season 7 timeline)
Reaching Forever (Romance. “A summer night. "I am wide open, reaching forever. I fly into the blue.” Assume spoilers for season 5.“)
He Touches Things (”Castle’s observation of Beckett, and hers of him" oblique reference to 5x10 Significant Others)
We Could Always Just Cuddle (romance. “The night life at Kate Beckett’s apartment”)
Writer Man Discovers His Super Powers (romance/humor. Castle is writing and forgets to call Beckett. (Spoilers through 5x10 Significant Others, spoilers for Frozen Heat))
Can’t Sleep Together (4x09 “Set a month or so after Kill Shot”)
Glorious (romance. “Easter fic”)
Just a Feeling That I Had (friendship/romance)
My Mind Holds the Key (Romance. “'My body is a cage that keeps me from dancing with the one I love, but my mind holds the key.’ -Arcade Fire”)
Now in These (Romance. “For Julie, who needs Castle and Beckett to not miss their moment”)
Standing in Front of You (romance. “Kate finally sees what’s been standing in front of her this whole time”)
Happy Birthday, Kate (Romance/friendship. “November 17th is Kate Beckett’s birthday”)
Good Morning (Romance.“Taking liberties with the Nathan Fillion quote: "It’s like our morning kiss. One way to say, without actually saying it, 'Good morning, my heart, how are you doing’”“)
Bullets in Her Teeth (Hurt/Comfort/Friendship/romance/idk. s4. "What Castle can do for her when she lets him. Also known as, Second Unofficial Date to Remy’s.”)
Castle Christmas Special (A chapter by chapter look at the Christmas holidays of the various AUs. A post every day of December in which we dip into the universe of Castle and Beckett from my previous stories. Begins with Vice.) -> playlist songs here
Advent (“Castle tries to convince Beckett of the magic of the season. A chapter posted every day.”) -> all the songs can be found here: Castle’s Xmas Playlist /cover art
Advent Again (“A chapter a day. A holiday fic. Assume Season 5 spoilers.”) -> all the songs can be found here : playlist –> and the puzzle pics and and gifts, check this tag and scrollll and next/before page and scrollll and le repeat~
—> Advent/Advent Again Xmas companion story fromCastle Christmas Special Chap. 26
THAT FAMILIAR FEELING
That Familiar Feeling (AU.“What if Kate’s mother was never murdered but her father was instead? This Kate Beckett never went to the police academy, grew up under the shadow of her mother’s ambition, and has her own wall to deal with”)
That Familiar Feeling: Old Fashioned (Sequel to That Familiar Feeling)
—> That Familiar Feeling Xmas companion story from Castle Christmas Special Chap. 16 - 18
Inherited Traits (AU)
Inherited Traits II (Sequel to Inherited Traits)
—> Inherited Traits Xmas story from Castle Christmas Special Chap. 15
WORST OF TIMES
Worst of Times (Angst/mystery/romance- Finale didn’t happen. Castle gets the nerve to ask Beckett on a first date, but bodies have a way of showing up at the worst of times)
Age of Wisdom (A companion to Worst of Times which takes place immediately after Worst of Times(WoT) but before Best of Times)
Best of Times (Worst of Times companion. Epilogue of sorts.)
Age of Foolishness (set after Age of Wisdom and Best of Times)
GO OUT FIGHTING
Go Out Fighting (post ep. 3x24 Knockout. Post-episode series. What happens after Beckett gets shot?)
Go Out Fighting 2: Serendipity (Sequel for Go Out Fighting)
Go Out Fighting 3: Never (After Go Out Fighting 2: Serendipity)
Go Out Fighting 4: We Don’t End
ONE AND DONE
One and Done?
If At First (Set in the One and Done? universe. Post 3x19. romance/angst)
Try Again (After the events of One and Done?and If At First. drama/romance)
Federal Heat (A continuation of the If At First, Try Again universe. “Beckett takes Jordan Shaw’s offer”)
Unvanquished (Angst/AU. “What happens to Kate Beckett when the Dragon is slain - and she’s charged with his murder?”)
—> Unvanquished christmas story from Castle Christmas Special Chap. 7
Unvanquished: Redux (An epilogue to the epilogue found in Unvanquished. “One year later”)
Unvanquished: Return (Third in the Unvanquished series)
Reverie (post 3x24. Castle waits for Kate to wake up and imagines all the things he wants to say)
Reverie 2 (Sequel to Reverie. “Kate wakes and reads his story”)
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS/ SPY CASTLE
Close Encounters 1 (AU. “What if Richard Castle was a spy?”)
Close Encounters 2
Close Encounters 3
Close Encounters 3:5
Close Encounters 4
Close Encounters 5
Close Encounters 0 (BEFORE Close Encounters 1)
Close Encounters 6
Close Encounters 7
Close Encounters 8
Close Encounters 9
Close Encounters 10
Close Encounters 11
Close Encounters 12
—> Future Close Encounters Xmas story from Castle Christmas Special Chap. 24 & 25
** Extra M scenes
No Light, No Light (A Dash Away Prequel. Chapters 95-99 should catch you up)
The Only Light(No Light, No Light continuation. A Dash Away prequel.)
Half Light (A Dash Companion. 4th in the Light series. to be read concurrently withDash It All, somewhere around chap 50/60)
Dash It All
Proof of Life (concurrently, somewhere around chap 50 of Dash It All)
Wonderful Life (concurrently, somewhere around chap 50 of Dash It All)
Life in Technicolor
In My Life
Sleep, Little Pigeon, Sleep Alone, No Sleep Tonight. You Can Sleep Now
Home, Sweet, Home
Take Me Home
You Can Always Go Home
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Everything That Glitters ('Future/Adult Ellery’)
Everything That Glitters Part 2 (Sequel to Everything That Glitters)
Dash of Summer (“Set four/five months after the events of Mad Dash.”)
—> Dash (&Ellery) Xmas story from Castle Christmas Special Chap. 23
———————————————————- Q&A (that i know so far/that i found :p)
Article about Laura Bontrager by saybooks (direct link)
chezchuckles’ name q1, q2, q3
'I believe. Help my unbelief.’ meaning (in chez ff. net and twitter profile description)
The process of writing “Fences” (the novel ebook)
self-publishing vs traditional publishing houses
Was it hard to get an agent?
“In the floor” vs “on the floor”
castle’s and beckett’s insecurities
How long to write a chapter
revising and editing fic & novel
How do you collaborate on fics?
Where and how did you met Julie?
1) June,2013- How many chapters do you write ahead before you post?, 2) May, 2013 - How far do you write ahead?
February 5, 2012 - What is your favourite story that you have written?
favorite kid fic that you’ve read from others?
favorite romance novels
Book by a British author rec
How long have you been writing
Have you always been a writer, like since you were a kid
What do you think your writing flaws are? What do you think you need to improve upon?
When you’re writing a story, do you start from the beginning and write straight to the end, in order?
Do you specifically choose what tense you’re going to write in, as a writing mechanism?
when you’re stuck on a story, like absolutely stuck, but on a schedule, what do you do?
How do you inspire yourself to write as much as you do on a daily basis?
We all have different process of writing methods that work for us
How do you handle criticism of your writing?
Writing essay tips 1, cont2
Did you completely and totally loath writing essays and long formal reports in school?
Tips on describing things/people in your writing?
How on earth do you find the time to write so prolifically?
Do you do most/all of your writing through your laptop?
Day job a1, a2
Are you a morning person?
Are you a SanFrancisco native?
How did you become a Giants fan? Are you from San Francisco?
What do you do when you have a (emotional) problem? What is your coping mechanism?
xfiles 1, answer2, answer3
December 2011 - 10 random things
Everyone has six name meme (adding this because no. 4 selfcomment made me laugh. and i was in need of that laugh.x))
Has anyone given you weird nicknames?
Dash made out of pure imagination, or ?
Have you personally read all of the books in chap 72/73 Dash Away?
Ella and Kate
kid dash pic 1, pic2, pic3, pic4
kid ellery pic1, pic2, pic3
kid dash and ellery pic1, pic2
pronunciation of the names
where in the series timeline does the first dash epic take place?
condo in “dash It All”
tiny reference to Notting Hill in “Dash It All” (Dash It All chap 95)
dash left handed or right handed
the issue between Kate and Martha in the Dash series (at Christmas?)
music for Dash
alexis wedding dress
alexis’ girls, cont. (lol)
Kate’s playlist for Rick (Dash universe)
Kate’s wedding ring in Mad Dash1, pic2
head canon: Dash wedding
Future dash & Future Ellery
Future dash & shannon
How old is everyone in EverythingThatGlitters2?
SPY CASTLE/CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
SpyCastle website/blog: iheartspycastle.tumblr.com (managed by Jocelyn aka jyleafer15 in partnership with cartographical)
SpyCastle (CE1-CE7) timeline
SpyCastle Timeline (ALL)
CE12 spoiler: Sasha likes playing in the woods(vid)
Chapter 3 of Close Encounters 5
wolf dog and blue garnet ring (CE4)
[Castle] Close Encounters Opening Title Sequence (vid) by jyleafer15 (YouTube Link)
[Castle] Close Encounters: Gun Barrel Sequence (vid) by jyleafer15 (YouTube Link)
where exactly is Castle and Beckett’s home located in Spy Castle?
Question: Kate’s dress in Spy Castle and her necklace?
Answer: Spy Castle: Kate’s Reception Outfit (CE7 chap 9)
The writing process of “Mr Smith Goes to Washington”
“Flunitrazepam” title mean (crazy BRILLIANT fic)
chapter 5 of Love Boat
Where I can buy the swimsuit in the picture for “Love Boat”?
Advent Again- Will Advent 2 be a continuation of the first?
Banni, Elephant safari park and lodge
Bucket List incomplete status
Vice -Beckett’s list of books for Alexis in Vice
December 2013 - possibility for another Beth Universe?
'The Frog at the Bottom of the Well’ story, is the consignment shop called 'Out of Time’ an existing place in real life?
All in all, I think Cops & Robbers is really one of my favourite Castle episodes (but who’s isn’t, right..?). We have action, sweet Caskett moments, Castle being great in the middle of a catastrophic event, Tiger-Beckett in action, Ryan and Esposito activating themselves in order to save Castle, Alexis drama, Martha in the center of the happenings (which is very rare) and a nice family moment at the end which includes Kate.
But one of my very favourite things about it is again a small thing: the way it all starts, the fact that he’s bored, so he calls Beckett. He does it so naturally, you know it must not be the first time, they just never show it to us because, well, the series is about their murder cases after all. But it’s so nice to see that their relationship is beyond that, even before they get together, and it’s really not only an attraction while they’re on the field, not even an obsession that follows them home - it’s real, and far not only about the things we see in the episodes, they connect in an everyday level as well. We kind of know that, but it’s great we got to see it this time!
Prompt from CastleFanficPrompts: Cops and Robbers but caskett is already a couple
When she hears and feels that bomb go off, all she can think about is the future they won’t get to have. The kids they won’t get to raise together. The heartbreak she will have to face along with Alexis.
Before she knows it, she’s running into the building, not even waiting for Captain Peterson to give everyone the okay to go in. When she first enters the bank, she doesn’t see any body parts or people bleeding or yelling out for help, that has to be a good sign.
“Castle! Castle! Castle!” Then she hears it.
She follows his voice and there he is, there they all are. All without a scratch. She sees him wave at her and smile but it still doesn’t feel real. He’s alive. He’s okay. As soon as she processes it, she rushes in, puts the safety on her gun, and tosses it aside. She takes a moment to just look at him, match his smile with hers. The worst day of their lives is over. She cuts off his zip ties then smooths down his collar before pulling him toward her and pressing her lips to his in a deep, passionate kiss. Several seconds go by and they finally pull apart when they hear Martha’s voice.
“He’s not the only one here you know?”
And in that moment, she couldn’t be more grateful for being interrupted by her mother-in-law but Castle leans his head back against the wall, obviously embarrassed or annoyed. She smirks at him before turning to Martha. “I’m so sorry Martha.”
They walk hand in hand out of the building until they see Alexis. Castle picked up his pace as Alexis ran toward them. They enveloped each other in a hug and Martha wrapped an arm around Kate’s waist. “Thanks for getting us out kiddo.”
Kate wrapped an arm around Martha’s shoulder and put her other one on Castle’s, squeezing slightly. “It was all him.” She moved the hand she had on Castle’s shoulder to her 4 month, slightly swollen stomach. “And there was no way I would let Alexis or this baby be without their father or grandmother.
tiny li'l puppy sending out an prompt request: Beckett gets some good news, a promotion, closing of a tough case, or anything. when Castle finds out he kisses her and the boys start hooting. they straighten up, and do like an awkward handshake to compose themselves. but then Castle says ''screw it'' and kisses her again. pretty please? you are a goddess!
A/N: This is probably so not what you wanted, but it’s the first thing that came to mind and I couldn’t shake it so…
AU to Cops and Robbers, 4x07
They won’t let her in. The bank just exploded, smoke still clouds the air, burning her eyes, her lungs, reaching its way down her throat to curl around her heart, and they won’t let her in the damn building.
They won’t let her get to him.
“My partner is in there,” she hisses to the fellow cop continuing to block her path, poking him in the bullet proof vest, but he still refuses to budge. The guy has a death wish. “Do you hear me? I’m NYPD and my partner is in that bank, let me in there or so help me I’ll-“
His voice breaks through her growing rage and her eyes skid wildly towards the choked, coughing sound of him. Castle. Alive and waving at her with a shy smile from just a few feet away.
“Castle,” she breathes, sidestepping the cop and all but running towards the bottom step of the bank entrance he’s standing on, his daughter in his arms, his mother at his side.
Alexis relinquishes her hold on him when Beckett stops short, meeting Kate’s eyes for a split second, giving her the smallest hint of a smile before drifting off towards the nearest ambulance with Martha.
Kyra Blaine’s words flash through her mind.
He’s all yours.
And she doesn’t waste another second.
Neither does he.
He comes for her, striding forward, inadvertently reassuring her of his health, and then he’s right in front of her, hands cupping her face just before he seals his mouth to hers.
It’s not what they do, not what they’re supposed to be doing yet; she’s not ready, but she almost lost him. She was convinced he was dead mere seconds ago, that he was buried beneath the ash and rubble of that bank, and she surges into him at the thought, wrapping her arms around his neck and slicking her tongue along the seam of his mouth.
He tastes of destruction, of the devastation that lies only a few feet away, but kissing him amidst the sea of wreckage he just walked out of gives her more hope than she thought possible.
“Thank god you’re okay,” she manages around the reverent press of his lips. “I thought I lost you. I thought you were-”
“No, no, I’m here,” he promises, stroking her jaw with his thumb. “Right here.”
A loud whistle and a couple of catcalls have them jerking apart, heads turning in unison to find Ryan and Esposito watching them from the slew of ambulances with crossed arms and smug smirks.
She shoots the two of them a glare even as the blush claims her cheeks, but when she glances back to Castle, he’s still looking at her.
“Screw it,” he murmurs, capturing her lips once more, kissing her ever so softly, tentative and giving her the chance to pull away, but Kate cradles his face in her hands instead, focuses on making sure he can taste the relief on her lips, the love on her tongue.
He doesn’t know it yet, but she heard him profess his love to her on a warm day while she bled out on the grass and it’s anything but unrequited. At this rate, she may be letting him know sooner than she thought.