Javier sat down in a hard, orange chair inside the waiting room at the hospital, waiting fearfully and impatiently for the doctors to come out from the emergency with any news. As he did so, painful flashes of the incident kept forcing their way into his mind like a movie that wouldn't shut off. What happened only hours ago, never should have happened and it wouldn't have if he hadn't have been too bullheaded to see that he had been wrong all along. Guilt plagued him and it was no less than what he deserved.
Twenty-four hours ago…
Richard Castle woke up early to find Beckett still asleep within his arms, just as she had been every morning over the last week, since they had first gotten together after the lead detective had almost died. Kate had explained to Castle that within her last few moments before she thought she was going to die, all of her thoughts were of him. This admittance lead to them finally getting together after all the time the two lovers kept denying their feelings for one another.
"Good morning, sleepyhead," Richard spoke softly as he gently ran his fingers through her deep red hair in order to wake her. "It's just after six o'clock. It's time to wake up."
"Is it really morning already?" she asked groggily as she stretched out underneath the sheets covering his bed. "Where do the nights go?"
Castle slowly rose, as did Beckett, then he answered, "If you want, I can roll down the shades so we can pretend that it's still night and not go into work today."
Kate responded, "As wonderful as that sounds, I'm afraid I can't do that. I'm on thin ice still. Espo and I were lucky that the chief let us come back so soon. You can stay home though, if you want."
"And possibly miss another wild and crazy case?" he asked humorously. "I don't think so. Besides, working with you and the boys beats a boring day here at home any day."
"With the way things are between Javi and Kevin right now, I'm not so sure," Beckett replied.
Richard finally got off the bed and began to dress as he said, "Those two are like brothers. They'll work through their pride soon enough, you'll see."
She nodded and then spoke again saying, "If it wasn't for Ryan making the decision to tell the chief what we were up to, I would be dead right now. He made the right call and Esposito and I both deserved to get suspended."
"I agree," Castle answered as she started getting dressed as well. "I'll go make us something for breakfast. What are you in the mood for this morning? French toast? Pancakes? A blueberry muffin?"
"If we don't start moving any faster, then all we'll have time for is coffee," Kate responded quickly before disappearing into the bathroom, just as her phone began to ring."Can you answer that?"
Castle picked up the phone and was about to answer it until he suddenly stopped, then called out, "I can't answer your phone. How would I explain to the others and the chief why I had it at six-thirty in the morning? Our secret would be out in seconds."
Kate stuck her head out from the bathroom as she replied, "You're right. It's a good thing you remembered that before you answered. As soon as I'm done in here, I'll call them back. No doubt their call is to inform us of a case that's come up."
A little over an hour later, Beckett walked into the station and a few minutes later, Castle arrived separately so that their friends wouldn't suspect anything going on between them. Little did the couple realize that detectives Ryan and Esposito suspected the two have been together for some time.
"Espo, what have you got and why are we meeting here instead of at the crime scene?" Kate asked as she walked over to stand between the former soldier and his partner, who was barely making eye contact with anyone.
"It's because here is where our crime scene is," Esposito answered as he glared over at his partner, then turned back to face Beckett and Castle. "Tony in evidence was killed late last night and no one found him until this morning when one of us arrived and went down to log in evidence."
Ryan finally spoke up as he continued, "We went to look over the surveillance footage down there, but whoever did this was smart. They knew how to break in, get whatever they wanted, then get out while being completely invisible."
Castle smiled as he once again thought up a crazy theory and responded, "It looks like we're dealing with the invisible man, or possibly the invisible woman, who may have more than one of the powers given to the Fantastic Four."
"That's one of the most ridiculous theories you've come up with yet, bro," Esposito replied skeptically as the team headed down toward evidence to get a look at the crime scene. "And that's saying something because you've had some doozies."
"Javi's right, Castle," Kate agreed. "There's always a logical explanation as to how our victim's are killed."
When they arrived at the crime scene, they found Chief Gates already inside, then walked over to them as soon as they arrived as she said angrily, "This is outrageous. It is one thing for one of our own to become victims out there while on duty, but to have one of our own killed within our own home is unspeakable. I want this solved, yesterday. Do I make myself clear?"
Castle and the three detectives all nodded as Beckett answered, "We will, Sir."
With that said, the chief left the room, leaving the team to do their jobs. They looked over the crime scene thoroughly and though the autopsy had yet to be done, the coroner was able to tell for certain that their fellow detective had been killed by a bullet wound to the chest. Due to the size of the wound, the attack had been up close.
Beckett spoke up again saying, "I'm guessing our invisible man, wasn't so invisible after all. Tony must have seen him or her and perhaps was not even aware that he was in danger. Our killer may be one of us."