Shall Not Tear Asunder Chapter 6
Shall Not Tear Asunder Chapter 5
"I like our story."
Then why isn’t she with Eric Vaughn right now?
"Okay, push," Castle says, right into Kate’s ear and she groans, ‘pushing’ for ten seconds before relaxing.
"Very good!" the class instructor exclaims, clapping her hands. "Wonderful, moms, and very good support, partners!" She’s a little too chipper for Kate’s taste, but Castle thinks she’s hilarious. She talks like she’s addressing a kindergarten class. "Now," she continues, "it’s very important to even out your breathing in between your contractions. So I’m going to need the nice mommies and daddies and any non-binaries to coach your pregnant partners is their breathing. As so: ee, ee, hoo! Ee, Ee, hoo! Repeat after me, in a steady rhythm. Ee, ee, hoo! Ee, ee, hoo!"
At once, every single person iss making ridiculous monkey noises and Castle’s having trouble not bursting into a fit of giggles. And, honestly, so is Kate.
"If you do this while I’m giving birth," she murmurs under her breath after the ‘breathing’ stops, "I might just knock you out." He snickers.
"Meredith took a few swings at me, too," he says, "when she was in labor with Alexis."
"I thought she had a C-section," Kate replies.
"She did, but Alexis came about a week before her due date, so we had to wait about an hour before the doctor could get her in. She kept yelling at me and throwing punches until they wheeled her into surgery. Thankfully, she was too tired to hit me after the baby was born."
Kate laughs. “So you’ve never been through Lamaze, I’d imagine.”
"Oh, no," Castle replies, "we did all the classes, but they were just for show. This was back when cameras were following me everywhere and Meredith was just trying to seem like the perfect mother. It all went to hell three years later though, I’d say."
"Well she cheated on me, divorced me, and then didn’t see her daughter for nearly a year afterwards. Alexis barely knew who she was when she came back."
"Oh," Kate sighs, "poor Alexis." He shrugs.
"She turned out alright; I kind of shudder to think what Alexis might have turned out if Meredith were there to set the example for her. I think it’s better this way."
Kate nods, not knowing what to see. “I’ll never abandon him,” she finally gets out, placing her hand over her belly, where, beneath her hand, their son rests, kicking her spleen. “No matter how much he ruins my organs,” she adds, wryly.
Castle snorts and kisses her temple. “I know,” he says.
This scene is just all around fantastic.
Part of me is amused by this scene, but part of me wonders exactly how many times Kate might’ve had to deal with her father in a similar manner, and that makes me a little bit sad.
See now why’d ya have to go and do that? I’m just scrolling through my dash, mostly happy Castle feels and then bam! bunysliper comes in, with her harsh dose of reality. hashtag kidding hashtag notreally
I’m soooorrrrryyy. I am the reason we can’t have nice things.
(But, I totally gave myself a little ficlet idea I’ll have to write down before I forget it.)
Hmm…a ficlet would be a good start to soothing my aching feels ;)
In that case, I’ll see what I can do. ;)