"Mommy what are you doing?" 6 year old Katie asked as she climbed into the chair next to her mom.
She huffed and rolled her eyes, “I know that.”
"What did I tell you about rolling your eyes?" Johanna scorned.
They were attempting to break her eye rolling habit but it seemed it was going to be a lot harder than they originally thought.
She looked down and frowned. “Sorry.”
Johanna kissed the top of her daughters head. “I’m going over some papers for trial tomorrow”
"Can I help?"
Johanna rifled through the papers scattered across the table. “Here every time you see this number I want you to highlight it.”
"This number?" Kate asked, pointing to the paper.
"Yes, you think you can do that?"
She stopped herself from rolling her eyes and nodded.
They hummed their own tune as they worked.
"What’s going on here?" Jim asked.
Katie looked up with a big smile across her face. “Daddy look I’m helping!”
"I see that. How come you never help me?"
"Your work is boring." She stated as if it was the most obvious answer.
"I do the same thing as your mom does!"
Katie shrugged, “Hers is just more fun.”
Johanna gave him an apologetic smile and shrugged then they both went back to work humming their tune.
"Hello two of my favorite girls." Castle greeted as he walked in.
Kate met him with a smile while their daughter met him with her own skeptical look.
"Who’s your other favorites?"
"Grams and Alexis of course."
She looked at him for a minute before nodding in acceptance of his answer.
"What are you doing?" He asked peering down at the papers on the table.
"I’m helping mom with her case!"
His eyes lit up “Oooh a new case? Need an extra brain?”
"No." Audrey stated without looking up.
He gaped at her, “Why not?”
"I’m mommy’s helper not you."
He looked to Beckett for help but all she gave him was an apologetic smile and a shrug.
He walked away defeated. Kate’s pretty sure she heard him muttering something about being replaced and how he used to be mommy’s helper.