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A Brother's Secret - basched
A Brother's Secret

Title: A Brother's Secret  
Pairing/Characters: Ryan, Esposito
Genre: Humour, friendship, romance
Rating: It's fine, nothing bad really.
Summary:  Detective Kevin Ryan discovers that his partner has a new woman in his life.
Author's Note: First ever Castle fic, centred on my two favourite characters and on my favourite couple. This is set during the Season 3 episode "Poof! You're Dead!"  Ryan and Esposito have a brilliant partnership, like brothers and I adore their scenes on the show. What I really adored was the scene of Esposito and Lanie waking up together! I love this couple and hope that it doesn't get messed up. Anyways here it is, please do enjoy. 

Beta'd by  [info]bigbadjayne

Mistakes are mine, not his.


The battery died. Detective Ryan cursed at the rubbish piece of technology which had failed him and then cursed himself for forgetting to charge the thing—which was something he very rarely did. Stuffing his cell back into the pocket of his jacket, he then nudged his partner who was walking beside him.

"What's up bro?"

"Can you lend me your cell?"

"What's wrong with yours?"

"Dead battery. I…I forgot to charge it."

Esposito uttered something under his breath in Spanish and whacked his cell into Ryan's palm before slapping a friendly hand on his back. He did it a little too hard, but Ryan wasn't going to complain. His partner was in too much of a good mood recently and this morning…it had increased ten-fold. It was a mystery as to exactly why, yet Ryan knew it had to be woman related.

"Just don't make any long distance calls." Esposito grinned and allowed the black folder under his arm slip into his hand. Javier walked on ahead, browsing through the initial reports, his swagger a lot more swaggery than usual.

"Tell me you don't have those 976 numbers on your speed dial do you?" Ryan yelled, teasing his partner and getting curious looks from the uniformed police. Esposito just smirked.

"Nah! I took them off a while ago, besides don't you know them off by heart?"

Ryan grinned as his partner spotted Castle up ahead and casually walked off. Ryan flipped open the phone and was surprised to find that Javier had left his picture files open. Instead of the usual main menu, there was a photo filling the screen.

It wasn't a complete one but there was plenty for Ryan to make out the naked woman. The picture showed a beautiful bare and smooth back, light mocha skin beaded with sweat and just a slight view of a round shapely bottom. There was no face-the head had been chopped off by Javier's shaky camera skills.

Ryan's eyes widened in surprise and the corner of his mouth curled up in a fiendish smirk, which immediately dropped to a pout. His partner had a new woman in his life and he didn't tell him? He hoped it was the nice woman they'd bumped into at the coffee shop a few weeks ago, the one who his partner had swooned over with the smittened grin plastered on his face. But Ryan was wrong.

He didn't mean to, it was purely accidental that his finger stroked across the touch screen pad and brought up the next picture. Kevin's mouth dropped open.

The very flattering view of Lanie Parish in a low cut slinky red dress was shocking, and confusing. Why would Javier have Lanie's picture on his phone? Again-his curiosity piqued-Ryan stroked the screen to shuffle to the next photo. The couple he saw were fine, Lanie looked absolutely stunning and these had obviously been taken on a date, as the fuzzy but recognizable background showed she was in a fancy restaurant. Judging by the expression on Lanie's face, the date was going well.

Caught up in the surprise of two of his friends going on a date together, his finger swiped the cell again. The following photo had captured Lanie pointing a steak knife at Esposito, she appeared to be threatening him (probably in an attempt to get him to put the phone down) but there was something in her eye which belied that anger.

She was teasing and now that he thought about it, the two of them did that often, more than several times a day. Ryan's mind was in a complete whirl at this secret he'd discovered; he was astounded, pleased but also confused. Why had Esposito kept this a secret from him? Perhaps he wanted Kevin to find out about their new relationship—if it was that—and that was why he left his picture files open. The happiness for his partner began to swell up inside him, for it was about time Esposito found a woman he could have more than just a couple of dates or flings with. If there was anyone that could help him commit to a loving relationship and prevent him from screwing it up at the same time, it would be Lanie Parish.

Ryan was more than pleased. He was looking forward to discussing it with his partner, albeit without the details-Lanie would probably kill them both if they did-but it was at last a new beginning for his single friend.

Unfortunately again for Kevin Ryan the "details" he didn't want to know about, revealed themselves. The shock felt like he had been punched in the stomach and slapped round the face several times, when the stupid phone thought it had been commanded to show the rest of the snapshots. They skimmed across the screen, one after the other but the "after date" pictures were very evident and not how Ryan had ever expected to see the Medical Examiner. His eyes couldn't help but look at the photo the phone stopped at and when he did…his hand refused to close the phone like his brain told him to.

Lanie's dress had gone, replaced with a thin sheet draping over only the intimate parts of her body. There was a whole lot of flesh there and Ryan knew instantly that he was a dead man for seeing this. The ME was sprawled on the floor gazing up with lust in her eyes, clearly out of breath and looking extremely satisfied and pleasured. In the past neither of the detectives had qualms in discussing the ladies they saw and were intimate with, but now…Ryan hadn't a clue how he was going to handle this.

His luck got worse. Kevin had intended to press on the "back" section of the screen, to come out of the picture files, but the stupid touch screen technology scrolled him onto another picture. This time it was far too much. Ryan choked as he caught a glimpse of leg, butt, thigh and flesh that didn't belong to Lanie. At last his hand did what he wanted and the phone snapped shut.

"I did not need to see that."

The case they had been called to, at Drake's Magic shop, was difficult to focus on, because Ryan couldn't stop noticing the way Lanie and Esposito were blatantly trying to ignore each other. He also had to try his damned hardest not to think on either of them naked which wasn't easy (or in Javier's case, pleasant). Ryan attempted to place his thoughts and effort into helping with the case, but Esposito's bizarre behaviour was distracting.

"Can we talk for a sec?" Ryan asked as they headed out of the shop to their assigned tasks.

"What about?" The rapid change from cool calm to paranoia on Javier's face worried Ryan. Surely his partner knew that he had seen the pictures on his phone? Then Ryan's mind began to churn, what if Esposito hadn't intended for him to see the pictures and it had been a way more embarrassing accident for both of them? He swallowed hard. He had to go about this the right way and that meant giving his friend the chance to tell his secret.

"You had a good night last night, buddy?" Ryan smiled and wiggled his eyebrows. "You're in a sickeningly good mood today."

"Huh?" Esposito came to halt on the sidewalk. "What…what d'you mean?"

"You are incredibly pleased with yourself, you're swaggering more, you've got this "I'm so damned cool" vibe going about you. More so than usual, which means…you got some action last night, didn't you?"

"What? Nope! Not me!" Esposito tensed and tried to act macho, but he failed miserably. "I just woke up in a good mood…that's all."

"You can tell me if you did. What are partners for?"

"Believe me, bro. Nothing happened last night…I stayed in, watched a bit of TV and drank some beer."

"Oh really? So…you didn't have a date last night and you didn't have sex?"

"Dude…no! Can't a guy just wake up and be in a good mood?"

"Sure. He can be in a good mood…if he had sex the night before."

"Well, you're way off track. Hope that ain't gonna be the way with the case, dude," Esposito rapidly changed the subject and looked away from Ryan, opting to stare at the long list of people they had to go and talk to. "Man…we got a lot to get through."

So this was how he was going to handle it was it? Ryan followed Esposito away from the crime scene and towards their respective cars. It would be simple enough to own up to his mistake and say he saw the pictures, get it all out into the open, but the very child—Castle—like behaviour Esposito had adopted was making him think. The opportunity to tease his partner was too good to miss. Besides, Esposito had done this enough times to him in the past. This was going to be payback for all the "honeymilk." teasing.


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goddessofbirth From: goddessofbirth Date: April 18th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love it! Way cute - what a funny way for Ryan to have found out about Lanie and Esposito! I loved his horror at accidentally hitting the 'wrong' pictures and his efforts not to think about Esposito naked! Fine work, my friend, and apologies that I didn't get this beta'd fast enough for you.
basched From: basched Date: April 18th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lass, I'm pleased you liked it! Thanks!

And don't worry about the beta...you had other things to (((G)))))

Hope you enjoy the rest of the story though! XD

an_ardent_rain From: an_ardent_rain Date: April 18th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really liked this! :D Lanie and Esposito is so much love! I was tickled when this episode came on. XD
basched From: basched Date: April 18th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

I know! I saw the episode and I went into full on fangirl squee mode! I had hoped those two would get together and at last fandom world has granted my wish!

Now if they could make it last!

Pleased you liked the story!
From: cedelede Date: April 18th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for buddy fic! I love the teasing about the phone numbers in the beginning. I can so see them doing that. And then Ryan's horror and confusion at first discovery of the pictures.
basched From: basched Date: April 18th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

This is gonna be a buddy fic for sure!! XD Epic ryan and Esposito! Hee!

Glad you liked and...your icon is just fantastic! XD
ludzu_alus From: ludzu_alus Date: April 19th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved the whole cell phone thing. The 'accidental' looking through of the pics - hahahahahaa. Serves him right, seeing that last one of Esposito! :)

I'm glad Ryan gets the chance to tease him unmercifully.

And I hope that Lanie and Esposito get to have a good relationship.
basched From: basched Date: April 19th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks very much! :) Pleased you liked and that it made you laugh. I'm hoping to get the next chapter up pretty soon.

And I do too. I hope that their relationship will last. Like any, they may still have some problems but I just would like a pairing that I follow to have a good happy normal life. Y'know?

Cheers again! Much appreciated!
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