A/N: My very first fanfic. Thanks to atcDave for the proof reading! I don't own Chuck, The Reason, or Hoobastank.

Synopsis: Beginning of Chuck vs. The Goodbye. The scene right after Sarah jumps out of the plane after unsuccessfully dispatching Quinn.


Bzzt bzzt! After yet another sleepless night, Chuck Bartowski's alarm clock goes off at 9 AM, but just like the days before, he's in no mood to actually get out of bed, so he swats at the snooze button without even looking. Today, as fate would have it, he hits the radio button by mistake. A song was just starting to play. Just when Chuck is about to turn it off and continue in his wallowing, he recognizes the melancholy yet catchy tune:

I'm not a perfect person,

There's many things I wish I didn't do,

But I continue learning,

I never meant to do those things to you

And so I have to say before I go

That I just want you to know

How appropriate the lyrics of this song seem to be for him in his current state. The song is a bit of an oldie, he recalls. What was the name of it again?

I've a found a reason for me

To change who I used to be

A reason to start over new

And the reason is you

Ah, yes, The Reason! As he listens to the lyrics, the words have an effect on him, as they only help to remind him of the reason for his near catatonic state. The love of his life doesn't remember him, has left him all alone, and he has no idea where she could be. She's probably half-way around the world for all he knows. For Sarah, quelling a revolution in Paraguay with a fork, or knife fighting with some evil doer in Jakarta, is not out her realm of possibility.

I'm sorry that I hurt you

It's something I must live with every day

And all the pain I put you through

I wish that I could take it all away

And be the one who catches all your tears

That's why I need you to hear

Wow, I know exactly how the poor sap that this dude is singing to, he thinks to himself. It's as if those words could be coming right out of his beloved wife. Chuck opines "Is Sarah still my wife?" Technically, she still is, according to the marriage papers. Well at least there's still that fact to cling onto. That thought seems to pick up his spirits for a second or two.

I've a found a reason for me

To change who I used to be

A reason to start over new

And the reason is you

Then as Chuck realizes the meaning of the song, his sour mood returns. This sounds like a song you would sing to someone as you are about to leave them for good. And he doesn't need any more reason to be reminded about that. Chuck shuts his eyes, buries into his pillow a little deeper, and pulls the covers over his head to sleep away his sorrows today, and perhaps for the rest of his days.

As he's reaching over to shut off his clock radio, the song ends, and the deejays announces, "Once again, that tune was a special request for one Charles Carmichael."

At the mention of his former codename, Chuck's eyes pop wide open. What does this mean? Could it be a have been a message from Sarah? But if it was, does that mean she planned on leaving forever? Was this her way of saying a final goodbye to him? The mere thought of that situation brings tears to Chuck's eyes once again. He just can't catch a break, even when he chose to isolate himself in his bed, Sarah manages to make him cry.

The deejay finishes off with, "We've just heard "The Reason" by HoobaStank, a local band which originated right here in sunny California."

As Chuck is about to impale his clock radio with the plastic spork hidden underneath his pillow (a quirk he picked up from his dear wife, except that he replaced her knives with the safer eating utensil variety after almost losing a few fingers accidently brushing up against her knives during a particularly passionate moment in the past), when an epiphany comes to him. The radio station is local! And if Sarah dedicated this song to him this morning, that means she's not in Paraguay, Jakarta or even Timbuktu. She's still right here in Burbank! Suddenly things aren't looking as hopeless he initially thought. Perhaps he will get out of bed today after all, but not after a quick nap. He can finally get some much needed sleep.


A/N: And that's it for now! Let me know what you liked, didn't like, etc.