A/N1: This is the last and final chapter in this story. Hope you all enjoyed it.

A/N2: After reading through the transcript for the series finale for Castle on dustjackets, I have changed Jake and Reece's age from age 2 which I thought it was to age 4 which is what the transcript says and I've made correction to previous chapter to reflect the change so everything makes sense in the story.

Enjoy this final chapter.


Always

A few short hours after they had fallen asleep, Rick and Kate were wide awake. They had quickly changed into pajamas when they heard the sound of their daughter and sons coming down the stairs from their own bedrooms. When Lily and the boys came barreling into their parents' bedroom, Rick and Kate were sitting up in bed waiting for them.

"Good Morning, Mommy and Daddy." Lily said.

"Good Morning, Lil." Rick said.

"Morning, Lily Bug." Kate said as she hugged her daughter.

After that, the boys each said good morning to their parents before their parents asked the three of them if they were ready for breakfast. The kids said that were as they all slid off of their parents' bed. Rick and Kate got out of bed while the kids waited a few steps away from the bedroom door.

Just as they had every morning, the kids ran out of their parents' bedroom to the dining room table for breakfast with their parents chasing after them. Kate scooped Reece up when he stumbled on his way to the dining room table. Once the kids were settle at the table, breakfast was served just as Rick and Kate joined their kids.

While the kids ate their breakfast and drank their orange juice, Rick and Kate shared a moment over their own breakfast which included coffee.

"Well, I guess this is it."

"Well, it doesn't have to be. We could, uh, go to dinner, debrief each other."

"Why, Castle? So I can be another one of your conquests?"

"Or I could be one of yours."

"It's nice to meet you, Castle."

"It's too bad. It would have been great."

"You have no idea."

After they had both finished recalling the fond memories of their first case together, Rick and Kate shared a look. They had been holding each other's hands under the table for some time now.

"Every writer needs a muse, and I found mine." Rick said loud enough for only for him and Kate to hear.

"Always." Kate said.

Rick smiled that charming smile he had in his arsenal.

"Always."

It was as Rick and Kate said "I love you" to each other in their own special way that the kids looked up. The front door opened up to show, Alexis coming into the loft to join her family for breakfast that morning.