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28 February 2012 @ 10:51 pm
fic: happy endings [ 1/1 ]  
Title: Happy Endings
Fandom: Castle
Pairing: Castle/Beckett
Spoilers: Once Upon A Crime
Words: 1163


Summary: "He hadn’t seen her like this before. Happy. Enjoying herself. And holding his hand."







Castle glanced at her as she took his hand and he met his eye for a moment, before turning her attention back to Martha.

He hadn’t seen her like this before.

Happy.

Enjoying herself.

And holding his hand.

Suddenly he wasn’t hearing a word his mother was saying and his entire focus was on their hands. He had no idea what this meant, and he hoped that it was all her, that his mother had nothing to do with this.

A part of him was curious if this was an invitation for him to make a move, to say something.

Secrets are like time bombs…

She had been quick to change that topic; maybe he wasn’t the only one with a secret…

No.

She would’ve said something, right? In all that time.

It was then that he caught Alexis’ glance; the slight smile, the sparkle in her eyes. He narrowed his eyes at her and she quickly looked away, although the smile remained on her face.

Martha’s play finished and he felt Beckett pulling her hand from his to clap. He squeezed it for a moment before letting go and she glanced at him, a look of longing in her eyes that he hadn’t seen there in a long time.

Then her attention was back on Martha.

‘Martha, that was wonderful, thank you for the encore show,’ Beckett laughed.

Castle put his arm around the back of the couch, he wasn’t touching her in any way, but he hoped the moment she noticed it she would lean back and when his family inevitably left them alone he could drop his arm down around her shoulder.

‘Thank you my dear,’ Martha bowed. ‘Richard, dear, don’t I deserve a round of applause?’

‘That depends, are you planning to change the part about me being a terrible son?’

‘Well it’s not dramatic that way,’ Martha took a seat next to Alexis.

As though she had read his mind, Beckett leaned back into the couch, her head resting against his arm. She didn’t look at him, but she dropped her hand between them, lightly touching the side of his leg.

‘Remember mother, I don’t charge you rent,’ he smiled.

Martha made some sort of unrecognisable noise then turned to Alexis and Marcus.

‘You two can help me clean up the dishes,’ she stated.


Alexis opened her mouth like she was about to complain, Castle assumed it was because it was his turn to do the dishes, but at that moment he was sure everyone in the room knew that there was no way he was getting off the couch.

‘Sure,’ she smiled and stood up. ‘Although I think it’s hardly fair to make Marcus do the dishes, since he’s a guest and all.’

‘It’s not a problem,’ Marcus stood up. ‘It would be an honour.’

The three of them headed towards the kitchen area, the two women unsubtly getting closer together and whispering.

‘Subtle,’ Beckett commented.

‘Subtle doesn’t run in the family,’ Castle replied, turning towards her and smiling. ‘Thanks.’

‘For what?’

That was a good question. For letting him stalk her? For coming over that night? For holding his hand and letting him know she cared?

There were a lot of things he wanted to thank her for.

‘Everything,’ seemed to be the simple answer.

A part of him toyed with the idea of telling her right then and there about the fact that he was looking into her mother’s case, trying to find her killer. The better part of his mind told him doing that would ruin everything, that she would stand up and walk out of there, and possibly not talk to him for a very long time.

‘In that case, you’re welcome,’ she said, twisting on the couch to face him.

‘Can I ask you something?’ he asked.

She paused, just for a moment, but to him it felt as though she was afraid of what he could ask her.

‘Asking permission? Must be serious,’ she joked, taking another sip of her champagne.

‘Do you really believe in happy endings?’

He needed to know; it had just been a comment pertaining to their case, but for some reason, combined with the fact that she had been the one to take his hand, it seemed to him like it had been more of a hopeful comment on her part, than an observation about the case.

‘I have to, Castle,’ she looked down at her hand on the couch between them. ‘Otherwise where’s the hope?’

‘There’s always hope,’ he replied without thinking.

‘Always,’ she echoed.

His eyes locked on hers. He hadn’t even realised he’d said it, but her echo made it hit home. That word meant to her what it meant to him, and somehow that made him feel better.

The moment was cut short by a loud laugh from the kitchen and he glanced in that direction for a moment.

‘You don’t believe in happy endings?’ she cottoned on to the thing he was hoping she wouldn’t.

‘Well you read what I did to Derek Storm,’ he deflected.

‘In your life, Rick.’

Rick.

She wanted to know if he thought they would have a happy ending.

He wanted to say yes, wanted to tell her that for the first time he believed that he could spend the rest of his life with someone, but he wasn’t sure that she believed the same thing. At that moment he couldn’t believe in their happy ending because she hadn’t given him any real evidence that it would happen. He knew she wanted it, this, but each day their relationship stayed stationary and he found it harder and harder to believe that it would work out.

Although her being there at that moment was a positive sign.

‘I haven’t had much luck with happily ever after,’ he replied.

‘Maybe you just married the wrong woman,’ she said instantly.

‘Women,’ he corrected.

She laughed, looking down at her champagne.

‘Next time I’m going to marry the right one,’ he whispered.

Her eyes shot up to look at him. For a few moments she sat there in silence, just looking at him.

‘I hope so.’

It was like a string had pulled on his stomach and unleashed a thousand butterflies and he suddenly felt like a teenager on his first date. This was the closest they had come to talking about anything significant since they had sat on the swings that day after she stalked him at his book signing.

Of course Alexis chose that moment to enter, holding a tray of ice creams.

‘Dessert?’

‘Yes please,’ Beckett sat forward.

He was slightly disappointed at the broken contact, but didn’t miss the smile his daughter gave him as the other two re-entered the room.

It was enough for now and it was a whole lot more than he’d had an hour earlier.
At least he had the hope that he wasn’t the only one looking for a happy ending.
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Rosierosie_not_rose on February 28th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)
Lovely. ♥
Fimuldy on February 28th, 2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
Mack the Spoon: lightsabermack_the_spoon on February 28th, 2012 12:05 pm (UTC)
Aww, very sweet and nicely in-character.
Fi: castlebecketttablesittingmuldy on February 28th, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you think so!
Namarie: Malnamarie24 on February 28th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
Very nice. *mentally adds these scenes to canon*
Fi: castleryanespisitomuldy on February 28th, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
Haha that's exactly what I did the second the episode finished!
Vicky: [Castle] Katevickysg1 on February 28th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
That was a perfect post-ep for 'Once upon a time'. I love how they talked about them, without really talking about them. This is exactly what they would do in the show.

I ♥ this fic.
Fi: castlebeckettambulance2muldy on February 28th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I try to make them talk like that, since they're so good at it haha.

Also I just wanted to share my amusement that after all these years we end up in the same fandom again, because I remember you from the good ol' SG1 days and we have a *lot* of mutual friends (most of whom are really good friends of mine in real life).
Vicky: [Atlantis] Sparky - Flirtvickysg1 on February 28th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
What can I say? Great minds think alike, right? I guess we have the same tastes both in shows and friends! ;) And good tastes at that, too! Want to friend?
Fimuldy on February 29th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
I think it's about time, yes!
mollywheezy: Castle Alwaysmollywheezy on February 28th, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
Beautiful and so much fun! I love their flirtatious banter. :D
Fi: castlebeckettambulancemuldy on February 28th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.
PS. I love your icon!
Emily: beckettgreyslostwho on February 28th, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
Oh this is beautiful :) One of the best post-eps I've read in a long time, I think... adorable, and so in character and close enough to them to be put into canon in my head :) Well done!
Fi: castlebeckettambulance2muldy on February 28th, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
Why thank you, I take that as a huge compliment!
Lauralauratnz on February 28th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
THanks for this!
Fi: castlebeckettwindowmuldy on February 29th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading!
jenniferwatching_ghosts on February 28th, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
Aw, so cute!
Fimuldy on February 29th, 2012 12:05 am (UTC)
Thank you :-)
elinox: Once Upon A Timeelinox on February 28th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
Very cute filler story, thanks for sharing it!
Fi: castlebeckettambulancemuldy on February 29th, 2012 12:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading it!
frogster_15frogster_15 on February 28th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
Aww, that was cute! And great job at keeping them in character! I think I'm going to have a hard time remembering that this isn't strictly "canon." But it's so close, almost like a DVD extra! lol Anyway, I really enjoyed this. :)
Fimuldy on February 29th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Thanks, I try hard to keep in character so I take that as a huge compliment!

Edited at 2012-02-29 12:06 am (UTC)
Andi Torak: glindatorak303 on February 28th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
YOU WROTE FIC!! My morning sucked, but then you wrote fic!! I love the subtly, that made me laugh. Awesome dude. Day made.
Fimuldy on February 29th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
YOU READ MY FIC!! Glad I could make my housemate's morning better by writing happy things. (also WHY AM I WRITING HAPPY THINGS?)
mystizan: Merlin smilemystizan on February 28th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Very...IC & believable & sweet...left me smiling. :) (&, apparently, my random icon picker also agrees).
Fi: castlelookingatbeckettmuldy on February 29th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! Haha yes yay for random icon picker!
mystizan: Burn Notice: Fi! :)mystizan on February 29th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
yw :) Yes! S'times I feel Random Icon Picker is secretly AI...

ETA: LOVE ur banner! r u a Chuck/Zac Levi fan?

Edited at 2012-02-29 01:48 am (UTC)
Fimuldy on February 29th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Huge Zac Levi fan, used to be a huge Chuck fan but got too busy to watch it, been catching up this week though!!
mystizan: Chuck: The Morganmystizan on March 1st, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
:D:D:D Oh u won't regret it! It's been one very fun ride.
Kirstenxfkirsten on February 29th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)
ASDFGHJKL ADORABLE! Once again, you nailed them perfectly, and I can totally see it playing out like that after the scene ended! :D
Fimuldy on February 29th, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Haha, thanks Kirsten!! Sorry it doesn't involve intersects or true loves kiss...next time ;-)
Kirstenxfkirsten on February 29th, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
*sigh* I suppose you're forgiven, because of adorable. XD
Fi: castleryanespisitomuldy on February 29th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
I do actually have an idea for the true love's kiss one haha, I might tackle that tomorrow if I don't get distracted by Chuck (which is highly likely!)
the falling apple: (castle) LA couch beckettthefallingapple on February 29th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
What a great way to follow up not only on the adorable hand-holding, but also on their conversation about happy endings. Very nice. Thank you for sharing it!
Fi: castlebeckettwindowmuldy on February 29th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I went straight from the end of the episode into writing this fic haha and continue to write it while my housemate watched the episode later, after she got home (best excuse for double Castle watching ever!)
mindymakrutumindymakrutu on March 1st, 2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
This was a lovely extension of the scene. What struck me most was Castle finding it harder to believe in thier happy ending, and I like that you gave him a little hope here. And them talking abut them without actually talking about them is very them. Nice job. :)
Fi: castleryanespisitomuldy on March 1st, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
And them talking abut them without actually talking about them is very them.

For some reason I love that sentence haha, because it is very them to talk about them without actually talking about them and I absolutely love that, because it means they understand each other on that whole other level that most people don't.

Thank you! :-) (I take that as a huge compliment because I love your fics)

Edited at 2012-03-01 02:54 pm (UTC)
mindymakrutu: dancemindymakrutu on March 5th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
Hey, you wrote it that way, I'm just sayin'...nice job. Very them ;)

And I take it as a huge compliment that you take it as a huge compliment, thanku :)