I’ve had this in my head since a couple of days after the finale, and I’m happy that I was able to get it out in time for CastleFanficMonday.
moment his phone vibrates in his pocket, breaking the pre-meeting silence, he
knows something is wrong. He isn’t one to get many calls when he’s overseas,
and the fact that it’s barely eight thirty in New York only cements the dread
building in his belly.
polite, official, and his heart jumps into his throat, strangling his response.
Beckett, this is Dr. Bird from New York Presbyterian Hospital. You’re listed as
an emergency contact for Katherine Beckett?”
yes, I am. But her husband -”
unavailable. Which is why we’re calling you. Now, I know this will be tough to
hear, but -”
is a blur; he makes every attempt to listen, to understand what this doctor is
telling him about his daughter, but the words ‘shot’ and 'emergency surgery’
are enough to drown out everything else. Consent to do whatever they need to do
falls out of his mouth without hesitation and the call disconnects long before
he registers that the doctor is gone.
tremble as he smooths his palms over his slacks, looking around the empty
conference room. This client meeting is important for the firm, but he can’t
stay any longer. Not with his daughter fighting for her life back in New York
and Rick - his son-in-law - unavailable.
a lawyer long enough to be able to read between the lines. If Rick isn’t there
to make medical decisions for Katie, then he’s in trouble too. There is no way
he would be anywhere other than his wife’s side if it were possible. Not after
everything they had been through in the last few months.
What is it?”
his throat, he lifts his head to find his associate in the doorway to the empty
I’m sorry, Dan. I need to go. My daughter - the hospital - I need to get back
to New York.”
stepping forward to help him out of the chair he doesn’t even remember
collapsing into. “Of course. I’ll handle things here and let Stephen know.
Take a cab, call the airline, put it on the company card if it gets you the
I’ll reimburse everything if it comes to that.”
won’t. Go back to the hotel and get what you need, then get out of here.”
until he’s in the cab, fidgeting and fighting the urge to ask the driver if
it’s possible to go faster, that it occurs to him to call Rick’s mother.
Surely Martha knows something. Surely Martha is able to be there while
he spends the next nine hours in an airport and crammed onto a plane.
finger hovers over her contact information, the woman’s photo pops up and the
handset buzzes against his palm.
doesn’t waste time on pleasantries. Rude as it may be, he’s sure Martha will
forgive his lack of manners.
what the hell is happening? How the hell was my daughter shot? And where is
were both shot, Jim. Kevin and Javier found them at home and they had been -
the doctors won’t tell me anything about Katherine, but Richard - it may have hit
his lung. They’re both in surgery, that’s all I know.” Even the best
acting training can’t keep the tremor from Martha’s voice.