"I came to Los Angeles in the summer, after I finished at the academy. My parents gave me some money and their blessing, and I drove for four days to Los Angeles. I thought I had a firm agreement with the agency, but when I arrived, I found that wasn’t the case. I came to Hollywood, but I’m not doing this for fame, but for the art. Anyways, I came here without an agent, acquaintances, and with very little money. I knew that if I wanted to stay, I’d have to do everything on my own. […] The first few months really weren’t easy. I slept in hostels, sometimes in the car, just to save money. After a while, I got a job - I sold furniture in a department store in Los Angeles - which made it a little easier because I was able to rent an apartment. Shortly after that, I met my manager, with whom I still work with today, and started to make my way into film and television.
Heat envisioned a map of the park, and one word popped into her mind: Castle.
Heat Rises by Richard Castle, Chapter 7
(pausethetragicending requested this from the scene when Nikki is being chased through Central Park and she is trying to think of a place to hide, and suddenly her mind just goes “Castle.” It’s a sort-of reference to his non-fictional self: someone she reaches out to when she needs help, or to feel safe and reassured.)
This was one of my favourite meta references in the books, and I love how Castle noted it early enough to put it in that book.
it’s like she has to pause remind herself this isn’t a dream brought on by too much coffee and not enough sleep because she spent her only day off standing in front of her shutters with only tiny rays of summer sunshine peeking through the newspaper articles and index cards of possible leads he’s here really here his knee pressed into the mattress between her legs and his hands cradling her body she isn’t going to wake up from this with just the weight of the comforter on her and an empty spot to her left they found each other again and it’s difficult (but when has anything been easy for them?) but they’re together and he’s looking at her like she’s still extraordinary and maybe it won’t ever be the same but it will be okay