Yesterday, I stayed home and had a nice relaxing day. The day ended with me on the couch binge-watching five episodes of Castle on DVD. (If you’re wondering why I’m still binge-watching on DVD rather than using Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime, I only have to pay for DVDs once, and I don’t have to worry about the network being down or my show getting pulled from my service provider. But that’s another topic for another time.)
Castle is a crime drama set in New York City, about novelist Richard Castle and homicide detective Kate Beckett. Castle consults with Beckett and her precinct, an arrangement that began when a serial killer was copying murders that happened in Castle’s novels. Castle uses Beckett as the inspiration for the main character of his new series of novels. At first, Castle and Beckett have these awkward do-they-have-feelings-for-each-other-or-not overtones, and their relationship gets explored later in the series. The show recently concluded its run of eight seasons.
I have currently been watching season 4, which aired in 2011-12; this was the first season that I actually watched when it was on TV. Season 4 is the creepiest to me… but not because of any of the murders depicted on the show. No, season 4 is creepy because of how it predicted my life.
A side plot running through the first half of season 4 involved Castle’s red-haired daughter, Alexis, and her long distance boyfriend. Alexis was in her final year of high school, and her boyfriend had just graduated and moved three thousand miles away to California, to attend that snooty university that I don’t name in this blog. Alexis was rearranging her life around their long distance relationship, making plans herself to move to California and attend school with her boyfriend. In the meantime, the guy was blowing off their Skype dates, taking his sweet time in calling and texting her back, and just generally not making her a priority. Eventually, Alexis gets tired of being treated like that, and they break up.
I first started watching Castle in the fall of 2011 on the recommendation of my red-haired girlfriend at the time, the one I call Acrux. She had just moved five hundred miles away to the other end of California. I was rearranging my life around this long-distance relationship, assuming that once the school year was over, I would move to Acrux’s part of California. In the meantime, Acrux was blowing off our Skype dates, taking her sweet time in calling and texting me back, and just generally not making me a priority. Eventually, I got tired of being treated like that, and we broke up, about a month after the episode with Alexis’ breakup aired.
(There was another episode at the end of season 4 that also predicted something big that happened to me a couple weeks later, but that is also another story for another time.)
Alexis’ breakup happened over the phone, and Castle walked in on the last part of the conversation. He asked her if she was okay, and she replied, “No. But ask me again tomorrow.” I wasn’t okay when Acrux and I broke up. And it takes me a while to feel okay, mostly because I’m not in high school, I’m pretty picky, and opportunities to meet significant others are few and far between in my life. But, almost five years later, I am okay with this breakup. Acrux wasn’t right for me, I’m better off without her, and I’m okay with that. It took some time to get to that point, and there are other things and people I haven’t completely dealt with right now. But ask me again tomorrow. Ask me again in a week, in a month, in a year, and I’ll be ok.
Everything will be ok.