Pairing: Kate Beckett/Rick Castle UST
Fic Title: The Thing About Mornings
Why This Must Be Read: It's hard to come by good Castle/Beckett fic, mainly because the show is still so new. The characterization is usually so over the top in the show, I often hesitate to read fic because I'm afraid what the average fanfiction writer will do with that. But this fic? Right here? Is pretty darn good, because it captures Castle's personality well, especially the writer in him that's always narrating. This isn't a comedic fic, instead it's sorta of a drama fic where Kate gets shot and Castle has to deal with that. Lovely read.
'She jumped in front of me.' Castle hasn't meant to say this, but there are things reorganising themselves inside his head and this is one of them: that she told him once he was putting her men in danger by not staying outside, but she never said a word about herself. Maybe if she had, maybe if she'd said it just like that, you're going to be the one who gets me killed, maybe then he would have listened. Maybe he'd have stayed outside the goddamn warehouse, instead of stumbling around trying to follow her, and running into a biker with a .45 instead.
'We were following that dealer guy, Delgado. She told me to stay in the car and wait for backup, but I didn't listen. I never listen.' He has their attention now, like he always does when he tells them stories. Nikki Heat stories, harmless fantasies of Beckett in a leather miniskirt, gun stored god knows where, breaking her lovers with her mighty thighs. She would kill him if she knew, kill them all, but hey, they're guys and that's what guys do, and a fine-looking woman made a little finer by imagination is just homage to a part of Beckett they all know they'll never have.
There's no imagination here, now, in the story he tells. Just homage to the Beckett they do know, the one Ryan and Esposito follow without question, and if Castle did too, maybe they wouldn't be here. Maybe this would be a story he'd tell about Nikki Heat, but never about the woman behind her, never, not ever.