Title: Faithfully Yours

Author: MichelleBA

Summary: The lives of Tony Almeida and Michelle Dessler, together and apart, through the good and bad.

Disclaimer: I do not own Tony Almeida, Michelle Dessler or any of the other mentioned "24" characters. Song lyrics by Good Charlotte.

Hello! This is a story I will be writing for a very long time probably. This story will take us through Tony and Michelle's life from the beginning, (pre-season 1) through dating, engagement, marriage, divorce, and everything in between. I hope you all enjoy, if you have any comments, questions or suggestions please review! Reviewing is what makes it worth it so please take the time to! Thanks for reading, now here's what you came for….

This chapter begins in the pre-CTU time of Michelle's life, and the pre-Michelle period of Tony's life.

Chapter 1

Did things really need to be this hard? 'Why does he have to be so difficult' she thought as she passed through security on her way into Division, where she worked. She knew she should be patient with him. She knew he was just acting this way because he was in yet another fight with his wife, but screaming at her and blaming her won't make that better. 'All he's doing is making it worse' she thought to herself as she waved to Carrie across the hall. Carrie smiled and waved back. She logged onto her computer as she saw Carrie approach.

"Hey, how's it going?" she asked briskly.

"Ugh" Michelle complained.

"What is it Danny again?" she asked with a smile.

"Uh huh. He blames her for everything then comes to my house, sulks about it, says all these terrible things about her and then gets mad at me when I don't completely agree. I think he's just being immature." She said looking up "I'm trying so hard to be supportive, but this is getting old."

"Hang in there" She said encouragingly reaching out and giving her shoulder a squeeze.

(Meanwhile at CTU Los Angeles)

All right he was definitely having a bad day. 'Why does she have to be so difficult' He thought as he stalked away from her station after being snarled at by her. Maybe it was that time of month, but jeez could she be any nastier. He sat at his computer. It was a slow day. He was bored. He began to think about his future. Would he really end up marrying her? He didn't know, every time he brought up commitment she seemed to get really quiet and change the subject, anyone else would not realize it, but Tony could tell she didn't want to commit, which bothered him. He was not the type to be mushy at all, but he wanted someone he could rely on to always be there, and he was beginning to wonder if it was really her or not.

"Tony!" he heard his name called and came out of his thoughts as he walked over to Nina "Initialize these new protocols"

"I thought Jaime was gonna do that" he said humbly.

"Well now you are, I have her on something else, so quit questioning me and go." She said.

"You ok? You wanna go to dinner tonight, maybe it'll make you feel better" he tried lightly.

"I'm busy tonight. Get to work." She said uninterestedly. 'With what?' he thought 'Your always too busy.'

That hurt, his day just kept getting worse. It must have been written all over his face cause as George Mason passed him he muttered, "It only lasts a week, hang in there Almeida."

'Well looks like another boring night tonight, maybe I can watch a re-run of that Cub's game last week… an 8-0 win…so sweet' he thought with a smile.

(That night)

She stumbled in the door of her apartment and felt through the darkness for the light switch. Everything lit up. Her apartment was a disaster, beer cans everywhere things thrown everywhere and her favorite picture of her as a child on the floor the glass of the frame broken. She fell to her knees and picked it up, it had fallen from the wall. Then she heard footsteps. She looked up to see her brother in only sweat pants.

"What the hell!" she said, she had a bad day anyway and she couldn't take much more.

"Oh please don't even start." He said "I've heard it all before, all the lectures and-"

"Shut-up, just shut up. Your drunk and your saying things and right now I can't deal with this right now I'm tired and-"

"Oh sorry, you can't deal with me? Like I'm a chore or a problem. You know what I'll just get out of your way then." He said angrily

"Don't…look Danny just go to bed?" she said.

"Don't order me around, like your stupid boyfriend does to you" he said pointing his finger at her.

"Danny why do you have to-" she yelled pleadingly

"No, Michelle don't try to make this about me. Your just angry cause he orders you around, drinks, and che-"

"Out!" she yelled tears coming down her face. He stomped out and she threw him his shirt. He was wrong! So wrong! Jay was just going through a hard time. His parents died in a car crash, stupid drunk driver hit them and killed them both. He was having problems dealing with it, it was not Danny's place to comment. She put the picture down on the table and headed down the hallway to take a shower, but when she walked into her bedroom she saw Jay, her boyfriend, laying in her bed flicking through channels on the TV.

"What are you doing here?" she said trying not to sound harsh.

"Danny let me in. Didn't know I needed permission to set foot in you palace" he said sarcastically.

"Whatever, I'm going to take a shower," she said heading for the bathroom.

"What the hell's your problem?" he asked harshly.

"What?" she said tiredly, not wanting to have another fight.

"Well first you kick poor Danny out for no good reason, now you come in here and start with me, just wondering what's up your-" Michelle turned around toward the bathroom and shut the door behind her as he continued to yell at her… 'Keep it together, he's just venting, it's not his fault, just breathe, calm down… just breathe.' She told herself as she sat with her back to the door of the bathroom with tears silently streaming down her face.

'Why me?' she thought quietly. 'Come on Michelle pull it together you got this, just hold on, hang in there'

Hold on

If you feel like letting go

Hold on

It gets better then you know

Don't stop looking

your one step closer

Don't stop searching

It's not over

Hold on

Ok, I know this chapter was short and kind of sad but longer ones are to come.) Tony and Michelle should meet in the next chapter or two. Hope you enjoyed! Please review!

Since this is the first chapter I'll post two.