Title: A Brief Madness, Ch. 4
WC: ~3500, this chapter; ~12,000 total so far
Summary: "It's like that now. Every time her phone rings and it's him, it's like he's throwing the door of her life wide and striding right in. It's exactly like that when he calls that morning, and she can barely even push a hint of feigned annoyance past the wide smile."
A/N: Inching forward again, this is set during Cops & Robbers (4 x 07) and Heartbreak Hotel (4 x 08)
- Tags:author: pollylynn, chapter fic, character: kate beckett, character: other, character: rick castle, genre: angst, genre: friendship/family, genre: introspection, genre: romance, pairing: castle/beckett, rating: pg-13
Title: I Take My Chances
Summary: "Caution doesn't have a prayer in that moment. There's only hope, and it's native to him anyway. Faith and optimism when it comes to the few in his life he holds dear. And he does . . . she is . . ."
A/N: This begins during The Double Down (2 x 02) and skims over parts of seasons 2–6, then picks up again just after Montreal (7 x 02). If you're not familiar with this series, I began it a couple of years ago on the heels of a story I wrote just after Secret Santa aired. The conceit is that Castle has accumulated gifts he never gave to Beckett over the years. Technically, this is the 18th chapter of a single story, but in reality the chapters can be read as independent stories, and I've posted them as such on LJ.
- Tags:author: pollylynn, chapter fic, character: kate beckett, character: rick castle, genre: angst, genre: friendship/family, genre: humor, genre: introspection, genre: romance, pairing: castle/beckett, rating: pg-13, series
This was written for the current round of A Ficathon Goes Into A Bar
, with bonus podfic courtesy of the gracious and velvet-toned malnpudl.Title: Chance MeetingsWriter (fic): graycardinal
• AO3 Reader (podfic): malnpudl
Alexis Castle, Pepper Potts, JARVISWord count:
G • genSpoilers?Castle
: Discusses plot points for "Target" & "Hunt" (S5) and "Deep Cover" (S6)MCU
: Mention of plot points from Iron Man 3
and Captain America: The Winter SoldierSummary:
One of the five men in Manhattan most likely to be working for HYDRA has just left a brewpub in Morningside Heights. Now that he's gone, it's time for the story to start....The story on AO3The podfic on AO3
Title: Where Do I Begin?
Summary: "Kate Beckett has made an honest man of him. She's made him a liar."
A/N: If you're not familiar with this series, I began it a cuople of years ago on the heels of a story I wrote just after Secret Santa aired. The conceit is that Castle has accumulated gifts he never gave to Beckett over the years. Technically, this is the 17th chapter of a single story, but in reality the chapters can be read as independent stories. I thought until recently I was completely done, but this is another unexpected chapter, and it's on the long side. It's set from Den of Thieves (2 x 21) up through A Deadly Game (2 x 24) and then after For Better or Worse (6 x 24).
Title: A Brief Madness, Ch. 3
WC: ~3700, this chapter; ~8500 so far
Summary: " Things fall into place between them. He's amped up by the possibility of ghosts. Tugged by the current of story stretching back and back. Twenty years. A hundred. She teases him, a little rough. He pushes back, bolder with her than he's been. He lets his mind wander and his mouth run like he hasn't in months, and it's like this tight, tentative way they've been with each other is breaking down." Set during and after Demons (4 x 06)
A/N: Again, sorry that these come slowly and unexpectedly. Once again, I had the beginning and the rest came only recently.
Title: AbbraccioWC: ~1200Rating: K+Summary: “ She tries to let it be enough, but these have been long, awful weeks and it does no good to deny that it's hard to watch him walk away, both of them with open wounds.” One-shot tag for Undead Again (4 x 22)
Title: In the Event of, Ch. 3
WC: ~1800 this chapter, ~ 8200 so far
Summary: "His mouth twitches into a brief frown. They're working on this. Getting past this new habit of reassurance—I know. Of course. I know. Getting past the sour note that sounds every time either of them voices something that's gone powerfully unsaid almost as long they've known one another—I know you. I trust you. Always."
A/N: I guess this is four chapters with a kind of ending after all. This—or the next chapter, anyway—is the end point I had in mind when I started this back after Montreal aired, but I didn’t quite envision this path to it. As with the other pieces, it’s set after Montreal (7 x 02), but it’s spoiler free other than that and after that, not really engaging with what we’ve seen on canvas since then.
Title: In The Event Of, ch. 4
WC: ~3000 this chapter; ~11,200 total
Summary: “It’s a kind of McGuffin. A dramatic reveal with unmistakable weight, but it’s not the center of the thing. With his heart pounding under her cheek and the two of them shivering with something that’s not quite unpleasant, she still knows that. She still believes. If it could tell them what happened—if it could tell them how—he would have said, long before now. She knows he would have.”
A/N: So this is it. No kind of resolution for what actually happened in those two months, but this is what my Brain wanted to tell about. As with the other pieces, it’s set after Montreal (7 x 02), but it’s spoiler free other than that and after that, not really engaging with what we’ve seen on canvas since then.
Own Your Own Crazy
PG-13 for a little bad language (c'mon, cops have pottymouths)
Beckett could see the hope in Castle's eyes. Hope that he hadn't completely ruined the trust they'd all built by withholding such an important detail about himself. Esposito and Ryan looked at each other; Espo shrugged, then looked back at Castle.
"It's all good, bro," he said, slapping Castle on the arm. "Just don't go keeping any more secrets from us. One big one a lifetime is about my limit."
Done for a square on my Trope Bingo card, but it was fun to do just the same. Having Castle be something other than what he appears to be was a challenging exercise. It says on the tags that this is a Dresden Files AU, but think of it as a magical AU that has some similarities to the Dresden Files and you'll be okay, because honestly, it's been ages since I've read a book or watched the show. This takes place in some nebulous time pre-relationship for Beckett and Castle, so maybe Season 3-ish? /shrugs/ Imagine whatever works for you. The title comes from the Kacey Musgraves song "Biscuit".
For the AU: Magic square on my Trope Bingo card
Own Your Own Crazy
On Archive of Our Own:
Own Your Own Crazy
- Tags:author: dizzydrea, character: javier esposito, character: kate beckett, character: kevin ryan, character: lanie parish, character: rick castle, crossover, genre: general, genre: humor, one-shot, outside challenge, pairing: castle/beckett, rating: pg