So, I'm adding my thoughts to the frenzy that I know has ensued since the end of tonight's episode. I'll finish this up after next week's episode. When you're through, please leave your thoughts. They're much appreciated. Here we go!

"I want someone where I can be there for him, and he can be there for me…."

He had been thinking about that since the moment she said it. And he planned to address that, before they were told that they were free to go. And now, here they were, for the second time in two days, trapped together. Except this time, it was worse. This time, they were locked in. No one knew they were there. And they were almost definitely going to die there. Kate's revelation was all Rick Castle needed to hear. In fact, he didn't hear anything else after that. He wanted to be that person. He always had. And, if he and Kate weren't going to make it out of this alive, it was time she knew.


"Yea, Castle?"

"I can be there for you."

"What? I…"

"Kate, please let me finish." Her silent nod told him that she would do just that. "I…" He sighed. "Think about it. I have always been there for you. I always will be. I intend to always be there, whether you want me there or not. And, well, if we aren't going to make it out of this, I want you to know…" He closed his eyes for a moment and took a deep breath. "I love you."

Those were the three simple words she knew had changed her life forever. Or, for that matter, what was left of it. Oh G-d, she prayed, please let us get out of this alive. I don't want to lose him now. Please, not now. Her mind was racing at a mile a minute, trying to force herself to find words to answer him with. How she wanted to tell him she loved him, too. But since she thought she was going to die, her brain decided coherent thought was too difficult and thus settled for the only thing that was repeating in her head.

"I love you, too."

Did she just say that? Surely she didn't just say that. Oh, but the look on his face said that she had. "So," she said softly. What else was there to say?

He came over and wrapped his arms around her, burying his head in her hair. He wanted to remember this moment forever, even if forever became an eternity in heaven. She knew, and that was good enough for him. Better yet, she felt the same way. So at least they could spend their final hours knowing how they truly felt.

He pulled back and searched her eyes, finding nothing but utter defeat. They couldn't save themselves, they couldn't save their friends and families, and they certainly couldn't save anyone else in the city. "Hey," he whispered softly. "Let's not give up hope just yet. They'll find us."

"How do you know?" She asked miserably, leaning against his chest for comfort (and warmth). What was there to lose now?

"Because your people are the best. Our people are the best."

"That doesn't mean-"

"Let's just be hopeful alright? There's nothing else to do. Let's…. Hope for the future. For our future. Together."

"Castle…" And, giving up all of her inhibitions, she closed the gap between them and kissed him.

All thoughts left his mind except the feeling of her lips on his. If this was heaven, it was pretty good. If I'm was going to die, this is the best way to go, he thought. She slowly broke apart from him, and looked him in the eye. "I love you." Hearing herself say it with such conviction made it all the more true.

"I love you too, Kate." Hearing him say that brought a smile to her face. He was glad he would at least get to make her smile before they froze to death. He wiped away a small tear that was threatening to escape from her eye. Tangling one hand in her long, wavy, hair, he leaned back in to kiss her once again.

So? Love it? Hate it? Let me know! Hope this satisfied your Castle sweet-tooth for the night. At least to tie you over till next week :)