A/N: If you are looking for fluff, leave now. This, I'm not kidding, came to me in a dream. It is insane. I'm not sure anyone is going to like it, but I can't get it out of my head, so I'm writing it, and if you don't like it, you're not hurting my feelings. It's a mashup of so many things, but the easiest one to describe is Chuck in the Terminator Universe, but that's not even right. Let's just start there, and see how this goes. Let me know if you hate it, I have no idea how I even feel about it. You're still here? Okay, here goes nothing. Ch 1, Friends and Enemies.
A/N 2: Steampunk .Chuckster is the BEST! She helped me figure out a few things the dream didn't provide, and adjust some that didn't work. I don't know what I'd do without her!
Disclaimer: I don't own Chuck, Terminator, Norse Mythology, or anything else that pops up in this story. Also I might have eaten a fragment of underdone potato…
"Bartowski? Are you sure about this?" Casey grumbled.
"No, I've not been sure about anything in a few years," Chuck replied. Casey grunted. "You promise you'll give Doc Awesome the medical supplies he needs?"
"Bartowski, we pull this off, we'll have enough supplies for three years and the ability to start producing our own," Casey replied. "I made a promise, Doc will get the supplies." Chuck looked at Casey, and truly believed if Casey promised you something he would always follow through.
"Do you two want to hug?" their blonde partner asked.
"I'm always open to hugs," Chuck said grinning. The blonde rolled her eyes.
"I should have known," she mumbled, and headed off, her destination in mind. Chuck silently berated himself, and thought back to a simpler time.
"Are you sure, Dad?" the little boy asked.
"Of course I'm sure," his father answered. "Machines will make things so much easier."
"Didn't you watch that movie? The ones where the machines took over the world?" the little boy asked, worried.
"Charles, it's science fiction, emphasis on fiction," his father replied.
"But, Dad, some of the work you do is pretty out there," the son rebutted.
"Charles, you can't be scared of technology."
Chuck sighed, and looked at the blonde agent in front of him, and knew what he had to do. He slowly made his way towards her. He didn't want to spook her, she was the Valkyrie. It was more than a callsign, she was a warrior, and she was beautiful. In this world, women normally had one use, procreation. After the rise of the machines, and the depopulation of humans, love was no longer a factor. There were three reasons for intercourse; procreation, lust, and release. The fact Valkyrie was currently in the field spoke to her abilities.
"I apologize," Chuck said softly behind the blonde. He could see her stiffen. "I sometimes forget where we are and how things are said to you." She turned to tell him that was the stupidest/craziest thing she had ever heard. She looked into his eyes. It took all her training, but she didn't gasp. There was truth there, and he looked ashamed. "It won't happen again." She was shook, and she did the only thing she knew to do in these situations, she fought back with what she had. This man…boy in front of her, had probably never seen anyone like her, and he surely had never been with anyone like her.
"Think I'm not good enough for you?" she asked with a challenge in her voice. Instead of fleeing in terror, or completely losing his composure, he did the one thing she never thought he'd do. He gave her a soft smile. For a second she got lost in those brown eyes.
"I don't think there's anyone out there that is good enough for you," he said gently. She felt herself swallow. She had been propositioned by many men, men much more attractive than this boy…man in front of her. She had been promised untold riches to sire children, and never once did she feel one iota of attraction to any of them. And then, here, in the middle of a mission, in the heart of enemy territory, this man, does nothing more than apologize and she feels something. Something she hadn't known was in her since this hellscape existed. "The entrance is over there," he said softly, nodding to her destination. She returned his nod, and turned, silently cursing herself for losing control on the battlefield.
"I'm going with him, Hogun," she said to Casey. "He needs protection, and you are more likely to get spotted than I am."
"Hogun, really?" Chuck asked grinning. "Can I be Fandral?"
"I was thinking more ergi," Casey said, grinning. Valkyrie grinned at the exchange, and wondered if the wonder boy…man…ugh, he was bothering her, had any idea.
"Ergi?" Chuck asked. "I'm unmanly? It's true I do have some girlish screams."
"Quit insulting girls," Valkyrie said before she could catch herself. Chuck grinned at her.
"And here I thought you didn't have a sense of humor," Chuck said to her softly.
"Maybe if you say something funny, I'd laugh," she said, as she silently took off to her destination.
"Watch it, Bartowski," Casey said to him softly. "You aren't in her league."
"That is something I'm well aware of, Hogun," Chuck said, grinning. Casey grunted as Chuck followed behind Valkyrie. They made their way to the entrance.
"Think you can get in, Ergi?" she asked, grinning. Chuck returned her grin.
"I don't know much in life, but I do know computers and code, I'll get us in," he replied.
"But can you do it without the machines knowing we're here?" she asked. Chuck shrugged, and Valkyrie's eyes widened.
"Well, that answers that question," Chuck said, working.
"What's that?" she asked, with venom in her voice. Chuck turned to her and grinned.
"Does the Valkyrie frighten?" Chuck replied. An irritated look crossed her face. Chuck punched a button and the door opened with no alarms.
"Of course I frighten, you idiot!" she snapped. "This whole world should frighten anyone."
"Then that means you're human, just like the rest of us, and not part robot," Chuck responded. She stared at him. "In case you're wondering, that's a good thing," he said as he slipped inside. She stared after him. Casey caught up to them.
"What's bugging you?" he asked.
"He might be insane," she said, gaining control. Casey gave her a look.
"He's survived this long, I'd say he has to be insane," as he slipped inside as well. Valkyrie shook her head and followed the two. It was slow going, avoiding patrols of the bipedal machines, but they managed to not be spotted as they slowly advanced through the base.
"The EMP will take them out?" she asked. Chuck nodded.
"We just need to be inside to take over the system once the computers reboot. At that point, we'll take control and the governor will control the entire sector," Chuck responded.
"That's hard to imagine," Casey said. Chuck shrugged.
"It's been Heaven's gameplan for years," he replied. "They control three sectors, the governor will control one, that leaves six on the continent. In ten years we've taken back nearly 40% of the US, Canada, and Mexico. We can win this war."
"Patrol," Casey said. "I'll go up and scout, you two stay here." Chuck and Valkyrie sat in silence.
"Why is his name Awesome?" Valkyrie found herself asking. She wanted to berate herself. She found herself talking on this mission more than ever. She knew why. She didn't like it either, but she wanted him to trust her. She needed him to trust her. She looked over at Chuck and he was grinning.
"He was Ellie's boyfriend, my sister," he began. "Everything he's ever done is Awesome, even flossing." Valkyrie grinned.
"You said was, they broke up?" Chuck shook his head.
"They took her," he said softly. "The machines took her, I can only assume she's dead." He was quiet for a second. "Most probably think she deserves it, same as me," he said so quiet that if Valkyrie hadn't been listening intently she never would have caught it.
"Bartowski," Casey hissed. He looked up and saw Casey waving him over. He snuck over and made his way into the control room, Valkyrie right behind him. "Guard him Valkyrie, he's our only shot." Chuck looked over at Casey.
"Casey, promise me, Doc gets what he needs," Chuck pleaded, one last time. Casey looked him in the eyes.
"God, country, family, Bartowski, I keep my word," Casey said. Chuck nodded. Valkyrie scoffed.
"God…have you seen this hellhole?" she spat. Chuck looked up.
"I've seen an angel," he replied simply. He turned to go back to work. She grabbed his arm and spun him toward her.
"Why?" she asked. "Why are you being nice to me? There is no love here. It's dead. There is no courtship, no dating, no love at all. It's about surviving and procreating, and that's all there is."
"If we don't have love, why are we even fighting?" Chuck asked. She was stunned. "If we don't have someone to live for, to love, are we any better than the cold emotionless machines we're fighting? No one deserves to be treated like an incubator or something to rut with. We are human beings, and we all have feelings, some of us just hide them better than others. That includes you, Valkyrie." He turned and went back to work.
"Sarah," she whispered after a moment. Chuck turned to her, confused. "Sarah…my name is Sarah." Chuck held his hand out. She eyed it, and then shook it.
"It's my pleasure to meet you, Sarah," Chuck said grinning. "Now, I have to get back to work before cold, emotionless machines kill us."
"What are you doing, Bartowski?" Casey asked. "Just set off the EMP!"
"Well, if I turn off some of the sentries and those robots without AI, it might mean we only have to fight off half of the machines here instead of all of them," he said, furiously typing. Casey nodded, his bottom lip out.
"Not bad," he admitted. Chuck hit a button, and an alarm went off.
"Hope you're ready," he said. Both nodded, and he hit the EMP. Everything went dark.
"How long?" Sarah asked.
"Two minutes," Chuck replied.
"As soon as that computer comes up, do your thing," Casey said. "I don't want to be here holding my jock when those machines come to find us."
"Neither do I," Sarah and Chuck said together. They both looked at each other and smiled.
"You can do this," Sarah said softly to Chuck. Casey watched them. In the past three years, he had never seen this side of Sarah. He shook his head, he knew if they got through the next ten minutes their lives would never be the same again. The lights slowly began to come on.
"Do your thing, Bartowski," Casey growled.
"Come on, come on," Chuck said, encouraging the computer to boot up. The computer came up, but they heard the steps coming their way. "I need two minutes."
"I can only promise you thirty seconds," Casey replied, opening fire.
"Really?" Chuck asked. "You couldn't meet me halfway?"
"I'll get you two," Sarah said opening fire as well.
"I like the way you negotiate," Chuck said, his fingers flying. Sarah glanced back when she heard his fingers stop.
"Is everything okay?" she asked.
"Promise me about Doc," he said.
"Chuck, I promise," she replied. Chuck nodded, typed a little, hit the enter button, and the machines stopped moving. "You did it!" she yelled, standing. She was sure this was suicide mission. "They won't come back on?" she asked, turning to him.
"Nope," he said. "They're off." She nodded with a sad smile, and pulled a gun on Chuck.
"I'm really sorry, Chuck," she said. "I like you," and then she fired. Chuck looked down at the dart, not really surprised.
"Greater good?" he asked as he began to fall. She nodded and watched him collapse.
"Greater good," she replied. She turned to Casey. "You never repeat my name."
"All I know you by is Valkyrie," he answered. He looked down at Chuck. "Shame about the kid. He had something." Sarah nodded.
"Yeah, he has our freedom, the entire district is saved," she replied.
"Then why do I feel like a traitor?" Casey asked. Sarah looked at him, a storm brewing in her eyes.
"Having lady feelings?" she asked.
"Not as many as you did," he answered. She scowled at him, as Casey reached down to pick him up and they returned to their base.
The taste came to his mouth first. It was like cotton had taken away all of the moisture in his mouth. He opened his eyes and saw things that were blurry. There was a specific blurry thing he saw sitting outside of his cell. A blonde halo seemed to surround her.
"Told you, you were an angel," he said.
"Don't," she said. "I have my orders."
"I know," he said. "You're the perfect soldier, and you do what you're told."
"Why did you volunteer?" she asked.
"Same as you, greater good," he replied.
"But the people you're trying to save are dying," she replied.
"But now with the medicine Doc can save them," he countered. "You are keeping your promise, right?" She nodded.
"He's got the medicine," she said solemnly.
"Tell me you told him I died during the mission," he said. She nodded. Chuck sighed a sigh of relief. If Doc thought he was alive, he'd do something stupid.
"You knew," she said softly. "You knew what would happen and you did it anyway." He shrugged.
"I didn't know," he said, trying to grin, but realizing all of his muscles weren't working right. "I suspected."
"You're an idiot," she said, standing up. Why was she so mad at him right now?
"Yeah, but I saved some people," he replied. "At least my family did something right in the end," he said softly. She heard him, and that was the second time he made mention of his family and their shortcomings.
"Valkyrie," Casey said, coming in. "The governor wants to see us." He started to leave.
"Thank you," Chuck said. "Both of you. You kept your word. That's something rare these days." Casey turned to look at him, and gave a nod of respect. The two headed off to see the governor.
"It's not right," Sarah said. What was she doing? Why was she pleading the case of this commoner? He was no agent, or warrior.
"I made a deal with Frigga," the governor responded. "I don't like it any more than you do. Why didn't he include his protection as part of the deal?" She slammed her hand on the desk. She was a short woman, but she seemed to tower over the two tall agents in front of her. "If he had only asked, I could have protected him."
"Frigga is going to give him to the machines," Casey replied. "You're signing his death sentence."
"We don't know that," the governor replied, but the look on her face said she suspected as much.
"When's the pickup?" Sarah asked. The governor looked uncomfortable. Sarah rolled her eyes. "No," she said simply. The governor looked down. "You want us, to take him cross county, through machine controlled sectors to Heaven?" The governor nodded. "Governor, I'm a fighter, but this, this is madness. Do you know how many men we'd have to fight off? Not to mention any machines we will encounter along the way."
"There's more," the governor said, taking a breath. "There's a child here that Frigga would like returned. The mother has passed, and the father is in Heaven."
"No," Casey said softly, realizing where this was going. Sarah looked at him and then back at the general. She shot out of her chair.
"NO!" she screamed. "I will not do it!"
"It's for the greater good, Valkyrie," the governor said.
"We can't take a child across the wastelands." She snarled.
"I could order you," the governor said softly. "Or I could just put the child in an orphanage." Sarah grabbed the table and flipped it. The governor moved out of the way in time. She stormed out of the office. "Well, that went better than I expected."
"I would be their bodyguard?" he asked. The governor nodded. "Let me talk to him."
"Do you think that would do any good?" she asked. "I mean he can say whatever he wants, but out there…he'd have to care for the child, while possibly going to his grave."
"He's different," Casey said. The governor just looked at him. "I trust him."
"It doesn't matter if you do or not," the governor replied. "Does she trust him?"
"I hate you!" she screamed at Chuck, who was cowering in his cage.
"I thought you liked me," he said, terrified. Sarah stopped screaming and looked at him.
"You heard that?" she asked. He nodded.
"Unless I shouldn't have, and then I didn't," he said, scared he was going to lose a limb. She sat down outside the cage and put her head in her hands.
"You have to go to Heaven, and we have to transport you," she said softly. She looked at him. "They want us to take a baby.
"Across the wastelands!" he yelled. "Do you know what would happen to that child? The odds of making it are…I don't know….but not good." She stared at him, incredulous.
"I captured you, put you in a cage, and you're worried about a child?" she asked. Chuck shrugged.
"There's worse things than being captured, and you're keeping me company," he added. She just shook her head and chuckled.
"I am supposed to go," she said softly. "I'm to be married…to you." Chuck's eyes widened.
"That's not right!" he yelled. "They can't do that to you, or the child! I will not stand for…well, I don't like it, there's not much I can do since I'm trapped in here. I know, let me out, and I'll go to Heaven by myself." She turned to look at him again. Again in shock.
"You're not kidding," she said softly looking into his eyes. "You're really not."
"No one should be forced to be with another person," Chuck said. "No one, gets to tell someone else when to…I'm not even going to finish that." Sarah stared at him.
"You know we wouldn't actually be married, right?" she asked. Chuck looked away.
"Oh…my bad," he said.
"You understand if we don't take the child home, they'll put the child in an orphanage." Chuck looked away.
"I'm going to assume like everything else in this world, orphanages have gone downhill since the uprising?" Sarah nodded. Chuck sighed. "So we have to do this for the kid or…." Sarah nodded.
"You understand why I can't trust you, right?" she said, not knowing why she would even care. She glanced over at Chuck, who smiled.
"You don't know me well enough," Chuck said. "Plus, I suspect the male species has not given you a whole lot of reasons to trust men in general." She smiled in spite of herself and shook her head.
"The governor said she could order me to go with you," Sarah admitted. Chuck's face fell.
"That's not right," he said. "It's not. Look, I know you have no reason to trust me, but if she ever forced that to happen to you, I would never forgive myself if something happened to you, because she ordered you to take me and the baby to Heaven." She looked at him, and nodded.
"I believe you believe that right now," she said. "But out there, it's kill or be killed…" she looked away.
"Sarah," he said softly. She looked back. "Never."
"And the marriage cover?" she asked.
"I would be completely respectful of you," he said.
"Well, you sure now how to make a girl feel good," she said with a twinkle in her eye.
"That's for scaring you, isn't it?" he asked, grinning. She nodded. "I had to make sure the EMP wouldn't hurt you."
"Uh-huh," she said.
"What are you going to do?" he asked.
"Don't have a lot of choice, do I?" she replied. She turned to him. "I'm going to make this real clear Bartowski, if you ever do anything to me that I don't want you to, and we make it to Heaven, I will make your life a living hell." With that, she got up and walked away.
"What exactly do you mean if you don't want me to?" he yelled. She ignored him and kept walking. "Maybe I don't want to, you ever thought of that!" She continued to ignore him and left the room. A few minutes later Casey opened the door and walked up to the cage. He stared at him.
"I will kill you if you do anything to her," Casey said. Chuck nodded.
"What did she mean if she didn't want me to?" Chuck asked. Casey just stared at him. "You know what, never mind." Casey shook his head.
"This ain't right, kid, I'm sorry." Casey looked torn.
"Casey, things aren't always as they seem, and maybe I deserve this," Chuck replied.
"You having this kid and fake marriage with Valkyrie or you getting turned over to Frigga?" Casey asked. Chuck blanched.
"Casey, no one deserves to be put in orphanage or be fake married to Valkyrie," he replied. Casey grunted. "And Valkyrie doesn't deserve to have that happen to her."
"She's right," Casey said. "I think you are insane." With that he turned and left, leaving Chuck alone with his thoughts.
"Dad, is it alive?" the teen asked.
"It is, Charles, it is!" his father answered. "It's starting to move through the internet. It's thinking!"
"Dad, what's it accessing?" the teen asked. His father's face fell.
"No, it shouldn't do that. It shouldn't…Charles, get downstairs. Get your sister and get downstairs, NOW!"
"Maybe I deserve everything Frigga is going to do to me and more," Chuck said to the empty room.
"Mr. Bartowski, you understand what you'll be doing?" the governor asked.
"I'm going to take a child with my fake wife, make it to Heaven, and turn myself in to Frigga," he replied. The governor nodded. "By agreeing to this," he continued, catching the governor by surprise. "You are going to make sure Doc Awesome always has the medical supplies he needs, and protect him." The governor stared at Chuck for a moment and nodded. "In writing," he said. Casey chuckled. "One more thing, Governor." She raised an eyebrow. "The name of the child?"
"Molly," the governor answered. Chuck looked at Sarah, who looked at him and nodded. They both looked down at the ring in each of their hand. "Would you like me to say a few words?" she asked with a smile on her face.
"No," Chuck replied. "Valkyrie's luck you'd say something and make us legally married." Sarah snorted.
"You are legally married," the governor said. Both of them jerked their heads up. "All paperwork has been filed. When Valkyrie returns, the paperwork will disappear, but in case something happens along the way, we thought it would be best to have all bases covered." Sarah nodded. She felt Chuck's eyes on her. She turned and she could see the apology on his face. She shook her head. It wasn't his fault.
"Did I take her last name?" Chuck asked. Sarah grinned. For someone that thought he deserved a lot of bad things to happen to him, he sure did make a lot of jokes.
"No," the governor said, trying not to grin. "Her last name is now Bartowski. My apologies Valkyrie." She shrugged.
"At least it wasn't Johnson," she replied. Casey coughed to cover a laugh. "Ready?" she asked Chuck. They both slid their ring on their finger. Chuck looked at it.
"Don't feel any different," he said. He looked over at Sarah who was shaking her head and grinning.
"How do we feed the baby, Governor?" she asked. "It's not like there's a lot of places to get baby food." The governor handed over a map.
"This is the best map we have of towns and places you can find supplies," the governor said.
"Don't worry Valkyrie, I make sure Bartowski is a gentleman if you have to…you know," Casey said grinning. Sarah thought for a second and then she realized what he was trying to say.
"You do know that a woman doesn't produce milk just because a baby is around. The baby would have the same luck with you as I in that regard," Sarah said coolly.
"I don't know, I think the baby might find the experience less traumatic with you than Hogun over there," Chuck said, trying to keep a straight face. Sarah turned and looked at Chuck. She was quiet for a second, then a slow grin covered her face.
"Now that, that was funny," Sarah said, and left the room. Casey followed behind, while Chuck stood there a second.
"Mr. Bartowski, I am sorry," the governor said. Chuck shook his head.
"You have nothing to be sorry for. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one," he said. The governor grinned.
"I seem to remember that line gets changed around in the next movie," the governor said. She extended her hand, and Chuck shook it. "Thank you, Mr. Bartowski."
"My pleasure, Governor Beckman," he said, and he walked out of the room. Beckman watched him leave.
"I sure hope he makes it," she said to the empty room.
A/N: Okay, that's how it starts. That's probably 15 to 20% of the dream. No, I didn't dream all parts that I put on paper, or if I did I didn't remember them all. What I remember are huge sections but my brain has easily filled in the rest of the holes. I know, it's super-weird. Let me know what you think!