author's note: this is my first Chuck fic, so be nice. :)) i apologize for any spelling or grammatical errors. reviews would be much appreciated. (heck, i practically LIVE off of them. :D)

disclaimer: i do not own Chuck or anything related to it. (i want Captain Awesome though. LOL.)

if anyone could tell Chuck's mom's first name, please do. :)) i just made on up for the purposes of this story.


The One Time He Didn't

Peanuts

Elie rolled her eyes at her brother's antics as he demonstarated proudly where one could (theoretically) stick chopsticks in. That night, they were dining at their mom's favorite Chinese restaurant, Jade Garden. They had just finished givng the waiter their order and were waiting for their food to come. The restaurant was busy that night, the sounds of conversation and laughter in the air. After a while, the waiter came back with a small plate of peanuts for them to munch on while they waited.

Ten minutes later, Chuck had already decimated nearly half of the plate.

Elie laughed at him.

"Look Mom! Chuck's such a greedy little kid, not sharing any of his peanuts with us."

Chuck just stuck his tongue out in her direction and continued to reach for the peanuts with his chubby little fingers.

"Chuck darling, all those peanuts will ruin your appetite." Their mother warned hiim calmly, smiling gently at her baby boy.

Chuck just giggled at her attempts to stop him.

Unfortunately, as he did so, a peanut got stuck in his throat and he began to choke. His eyes widened and he frantically motioned to his throat.

"Cut it out Chuck. Seriously." His mom and Elie began to laugh.

Chuck shook his head wildly, his chocolate brown eyes filling with terror.

It suddenly dawned on them that this was no joke. Elie's eyes widened and she began to hyperventilate, drawing the attention of all the restaurant's patrons.

"My brother's choking! Please please, somone help him!"

Their mother wasted no time with hysteria and got out of her chair, knocking it to one side as though she suddenly possessed superhuman strength. She proceeded to perform the Heimlich maneuver on Chuck, attempting again and again to get the peanut out of his airway as the other customers looked on in worry.

The peanut flew out and landed in someone's steaming hot cup of tea.

Silence.

Then their impromptu audience began to applaud.

Their mother smiled shyly, surprised by their reaction. "It was nothing really, just something I learned in first aid class back in high school."

Elie ran over to her little brother and hugged him fiercely.

"Don't you ever do that again, you hear me? You silly little brat, only you can choke on a peanut of all things."

"Elie... can't... breathe."

She gasped and released her hold on him, kissing him on the forehead before returning to her seat.

Chuck turned to his mom, his eyes shining with adoration the way only an eight year old's could.

"Thanks Mom. I love you."

She smiled back at him and ruffled his curly hair.

"I love you too Chuck."

Dinner continued without incident, their entire meal paid for by the restaurant's owners. Their mother insisted that she pay, but the elderly Chinese couple would hear nothing of it.

"Absolutely not! You are not going to pay us one cent for this meal!"

"That's very kind of you but-"

"No buts! Now enjoy your Kung Pao Chicken."

She thanked them again and sat back down on her chair, defeated.

"Why don't you just let them treat us Mom? It is your birthday after all." Chuck said, wondering why his mother was refusing a free meal, of all things.

She laughed. "Someday, you'll understand."

Chuck shrugged. Part of him protested. Just because he was an eight year old didn't mean he was stupid. But then again he trusted her, and if she said he would understand someday, then he would trust her on that.

There was one thing he was sure of though.

"Hey Mom?"

"Yes dear?"

"Would it be okay with you if I never ate peanuts again?"

She chuckled. "Of course, but are you sure? It was just this one time after all."

Chuck nodded his head sagely. "I'm sure. I mean, what happens if I eat a peanut and you're not there to save me?"

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At the age of 13 he reluctantly tastes Elie's now infamous peanut butter jelly sandwiches and decides to give peanuts a second chance.

At the age of 14, Eileen Bartowski leaves them, and Chuck never touches peanuts ever again.


Four more chapters to come! :)

I don't really know much about Elie and Chuck's childhood but that was how I imagined it would be... No worries, other parts of Chuck's life will be much happier. It'll be Chuck/Sarah eventually. :) (and we know how awesome that will be...)

If you guys are wondering if a Heimlich can actually be done on a child, it can be. I CHECKED IT OUT. LOL. it's on if you're curious.

Thanks for reading! Reviews are again much appreciated. I'll update as soon as possible, I promise. :)

p.s. Jade Garden is an actual restaurant near my house. :))