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18 May 2009 @ 11:18 am
One For the Road  
Title: One For the Road
Pairings: Castle/Beckett
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Angst!Fest
Spoiler alert: A Death in the Family and general season 1
Summary: "Castle, if you touch my mom's case, then you and I are done. Do you understand?" This story starts where A Death in the Family ends.
Author's Notes: So... while we're waiting for season 2 to begin... I bring you this.

Thanks to rhyolight04 for the beta read!




"You couldn't do it, could you?"


"Don't get out of the car. Don't ask too many questions before we have a chance to verify the information. Don't call in favors to get prints moved up. Don't take crime scene photos home. Don't look into my mother's case!"

Beckett didn't care that she was screaming, or that she could feel the tears gathering in her eyes. Richard Castle didn't fear anything, but she'd wipe the confident look off his face.

"But you never listen, do you? It's all about what would make a better story. Tell me, Rick, was a more solid backstory for Nikki Heat really worth it?"

"That's not why-"

"I want you gone. You can find another source of inspiration. I'm done."

She was going to lose it, and at that moment she didn't want to give Castle the satisfaction of crying in front of him. Walking as quickly as she could without breaking into a run, Kate went down the hall of the hospital, barely able to navigate around the nurses and orderlies going about their jobs. She slammed open the door of the women's restroom and almost didn't wait for the door to close before letting out a scream.

Her legs felt weak, causing her to slide down to the floor, as if all of her energy had gone into vocalizing her rage. Not really wanting to think about the fact that the floor of a public bathroom was the last place you want to take a moment, Beckett drew her knees to her chest and finally let the tears fall.

"That son of a bitch," she whispered to the deserted room.

She didn't know how long she sat there. She heard the ticking of her dad's watch from where it rested next to her ear, but her mind couldn't translate that into actual time.

The door opened and a haggard-looking woman walked in.

"I'm sorry," the woman said, gesturing towards tear-tracks that left Kate wondering if she had similar marks on her face. "I just wanted to freshen up."

She walked over to the sink and splashed some water on her face, while Kate forced her knees to unlock and let her stand up. "Bad day?" the woman asked, patting her face dry.

"I won't be sorry when it's over."

The other woman smiled as reassuringly as she could from under whatever burden she herself was feeling. "I keep telling myself that there's only 24-hours in a day that can be fucked up, but some just seem to keep going."

Taking a deep breath, Beckett straightened her clothes and opened the door to walk out of the protection of the ladies' room. "I'll get out of your way."

She hadn't made it two steps into the corridor before he spoke.

"You don't ever have to see me again after this. I'll go back to my own little world, without so much as a peep. But you have to look at this information. Because in a couple of months you're going to wish you had, only you won't say anything because you'll have already banished me to whatever corner of your life that your past isn't supposed to crawl out of."

She didn't say anything, but her eyes slipped shut, trying to protect herself from his words.

"Come with me to talk to Dr. Murray. Let him tell you exactly what he found, and you can decide from there what you want to do. You're never going to get any peace if you don't."

Beckett turned and looked into Castle's eyes. She wished he didn't look so sincere, that he didn't seem genuinely worried about her.

So she did the only thing she could.

"I'm driving."

Next: Chapter 1
Meredith: Rick and Kate - apples!apples!xfirefly9x on May 18th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Nice, angsty.. Would love to read more.
Devin: Castle/Beckett Nose Pinchhazel_eyes_86 on May 22nd, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll hopefully have more up soon :)
emerald_soleil: time lordemerald_soleil on May 18th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Very nice.
Devin: Castle/Becketthazel_eyes_86 on May 22nd, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
darkdreams1222dreamsofspike on May 18th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
perfectly in character... touching and a little funny and absolutely right for the show... loved it :)
Devin: Castle/Beckett Interrogationhazel_eyes_86 on May 22nd, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! :)
Miss. Bad Ass: Castle: Beckettkrissie678 on May 18th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Great. Keep going. :)
Devin: Castleshazel_eyes_86 on May 22nd, 2009 06:32 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll hopefully have more up soon :)
Mad: dollhousethemadlurker on May 18th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
Bring on the angst! This is great so far - I hope there's more to come?
Devin: Alexishazel_eyes_86 on May 22nd, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll hopefully have more up soon :)
T: love_besos on May 18th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous. I'm such a sucker for some good angst. Please continue!
Devin: Castle/Beckett Interrogationhazel_eyes_86 on May 22nd, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
Well there will definitely be more angst in this so that's good lol

Toraeg06 on May 19th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
Dude. This. Is. AWESOME. A great continuation of where that last episode ended.
Devin: Castle/Becketthazel_eyes_86 on May 22nd, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
justascrewup2: Castle/Beckett - Castle Reprimandedjustascrewup2 on May 19th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
I can so see this happening. You totally need to write more. It's a long summer and we need to get our Castle/Beckett fix :)
Devin: Castle/Beckett Nose Pinchhazel_eyes_86 on May 22nd, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
Summer hiatuses are killer, thanks for enjoying my coping mechanism there should be more soon lol
Wanna look sane? Surround yourself with LOONSich_faultier on May 19th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
We needs moar!

I am so glad you are tackling the giant loose thread left by the season finale (yay for more in the fall) as I for one will be glued to my screen and eagerly awaiting the next installment.

Yay for fic and you creative types.
Devin: Castleshazel_eyes_86 on May 22nd, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
Thanks! There is definitely more coming :)
moonbebe: Castle - Applesmoonbebe on May 20th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
You write the best Castle/Beckett fic! I really enjoyed the angst - and I'm don't! LOL I'm glad that he was waiting for her when she came out of the ladies. This is a very plausible scenario for how that end scene could play out.

Please tell me that this isn't the only chapter! I really want to see where you take this. :D
Devin: Castle/Becketthazel_eyes_86 on May 22nd, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
*blushes* Thanks! Hopefully I'll have more up soon :)
Rhapsody in Purplefialka on June 6th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Oh deah gott. Don't leave us there!

(But really, I've read all you have here now and it's all wonderful. Thank you -- it's going to be a loooooong summer and every bit that actually feels like *them* helps :)
Devin: Castle/Beckett Interrogationhazel_eyes_86 on June 7th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
Thanks! I promise that's not it; there will definitely be more to this story :)