|Chuck vs the Seven Days
Author: Curly98 PM
AU STORY! Sarah visits her mother before going under deep cover again. She meets Chuck and they fall in love. Chuck has moved to Freeling after his sister went to UCLA and enjoys living there. He can do practically everything and the whole town knows and likes him. Sarah is enjoying her days with Chuck but the fact that she has to leave in seven days is hanging above their heads.Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Family - Chuck B. & Sarah W. - Chapters: 14 - Words: 24,995 - Reviews: 165 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 72 - Updated: 04-30-13 - Published: 09-10-12 - id: 8514346
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She laid out her outfit the day before but, thanks to the weather, she has to change her whole outfit again. Her mother had helped her pick out a beautiful summer dress. The blue with white accents really brought out the color of her eyes. Now it is raining cats and dogs so a summer dress might not be the best outfit for the day. She is standing in front of her closet once again after trying on 13 outfits already. She tried shirts, jeans, jackets, dresses, skirts and even an old jumpsuit. Being desperate, she even peeked in the box containing her old CAT squad clothes. She found all kinds of slutty outfits but nothing that would be good for her date with Chuck. He wouldn't complain if she showed up in a short leather skirt and a see through top she is sure of that, but it might be a little inappropriate.
Suddenly Molly bursts in her room. "I am so bored!" She jumps on the bed facing Sarah.
"What do you think I should wear today?"
"What are you doing today?"
"Having lunch with a friend."
"Okay." Molly literally dives into the pile of clothes on her bed. Sarah patiently waits for Molly to return. Turns out it is worth the wait. Molly hands her a navy blue knitted sweater and black skinny jeans.
"Try it on please!"
Molly was right, it looks fantastic but it is a little dark for Sarahs taste. "It is a little dark."
"You are right. Try this." Molly hands her a simple red long sleeved shirt.
Sarah looks at herself in the mirror. She looks really good. It's very simple but she looks amazing. Even if she says so herself. "Thank you, squirt. You are a really good sister."
"Thank you, Sarah." Molly storms off again. Probably to find something else to do.
The whole outfit crisis makes her hurry over to the place where they are having lunch. Thank the CIA for police style driving lessons.
Chuck is fiddling with his hands nervously waiting for Sarah to meet him. He wasn't nervous until Ellie put him to another interrogation this morning. He is so caught up in his thoughts he doesn't even notice Sarah coming into the restaurant.
"Hi, Chuck!" He jumps off his chair.
"Sarah! You look amazing!" She gives him a little smile before sitting down. "I am sorry about the weather."
"That's not your fault and a little rain won't stop me."
"I am glad you are here."
There is a little awkward pause.
"So, do you come here often?"
"I've been here a few times. Sometimes just for a coffee or something."
"What do you recommend?"
"You like fish?"
"We could order the sea food platter. It says it's for one person only but you can easily eat it with two. I have done three."
"Sea food platter it is."
Chuck waves at a waiter who comes over immediately. "Hello, Mister Bartowski. Nice to see you again."
"Please, just call me Chuck."
"You know I won't."
"Fine, but just so you know. You are the only person left on this planet who calls me Mister Bartowski."
"I can live with that. Now, what will it be?"
"The sea food platter and two iced teas please."
"Coming right up. Mist-"
The waiter laughs and walks towards the kitchen.
"I guess you really are a regular here."
"It's on my way from my house to the beach so I stop here a lot to grab a bite to eat or a coffee."
"It is a nice place. I understand why you would go here."
"So, Sarah… How come I haven't seen you before here in Freeling?"
"Well… I only just returned. I have been gone for a really long time."
"Emma never told me about you."
"I guess she didn't expect me to return ever again." Sarah has a hurt look on her face. He shouldn't have asked that question. "What happened to your curls?" He is glad she changed the subject.
"I was forced to get a haircut."
"My sister, Ellie, hates my long curls so she forced me to get a haircut."
"I liked them. They made funny animal shapes, it looked really good."
"You should tell that to my sister. Maybe she will stop chasing me around with a pair of scissors."
"Running with scissors. Sounds dangerous."
He laughs at her little joke. "She's a doctor. So is her fiancée, Captain Awesome, so they'll be okay."
"Well, that's his nickname. Everything he does is awesome, climbing mountains, jumping out of planes. Flossing."
"He sounds special."
"He sure is."
Their food and drinks are brought to the table. They start munching away on the food and he is happy to see her smile every time she takes a bite of the lobster. "Good isn't it?"
"It is amazing. I might stay here the rest of my life."
"How long were you planning on staying anyways?"
"I can only stay for seven days." He thought he spotted a glimmer of sadness in her eyes.
"That's not very long."
"I have to be back in DC on Sunday for my job."
"What do you do?"
"I am in the C-." She almost chokes on her shrimp.
He hands her the drink. "Are you alright?"
"I am fine. Just a bigger piece than I thought. I am an accountant."
"Okay. Seven days doesn't give me a lot of time." Oh crap, did he just say that out loud? He is coming on way to strong. How is he going to get out of this one?
"Time for what?"
"To… To… To show you around the area. I thought you would like a tour."
"I would like that." She perks up a little.
"Great!" She bought his story. Thank God.
"When were you planning on showing me around?"
"Got plans for today?"
"We could take a little tour after lunch."
"That would be great."
They talked about a lot of other things while finishing their huge seafood platter. How she does it he doesn't know, but around her he feels so good. It's like he is a totally different person. A confident person. Even if the people here in Freeling think he is superman, he is really insecure. Ellie knows this and pushes him to be the man he could be.
Until now he just didn't feel like moving forward with his life. He has been here since he got kicked out of Stanford and he loves to teach children to surf and plan outdoor activities for people, but he could have been so much more. Two credits short on graduating from Stanford. For all he knows he could have been working for companies like Apple and Microsoft maybe even for the government.
When he was just a kid he helped is dad hack into a database of the government. They could use better security and he could provide that but he needs those credits. Sarah might be able to help him with this. At this moment she is a big motivation for him. Just that one problem. Seven days. That means she will be leaving on Saturday.