As promised here is the second part!! Thanks for all the story alerts and I hope you all enjoy it!
What's Right in Front of You. Part Two
Casey watched as Chuck moved closer to the door, dejectedly. He didn't know what to do to make this situation make sense. He knew Chuck wanted him. Hell! Casey had felt just how much Chuck wanted him.
He's my asset. Nothing more and that's how it has to stay. For his safety as well as mine. Chuck can't mean more to me than an assignment.
Casey looked at Chuck. The younger man had paused at the front door with his hand on the knob. He looked like he wanted to say something but didn't know if he should. "Casey?" His voice was small and timid when he spoke.
"I... Never mind."
The sound of the door opening seemed to jar something in Casey and before he could rationalize it away, he was at the door and slamming it shut. Chuck stared dumbly at the now closed door in front of his face. He had almost been free from this embarrassing situation and now, he was trapped with Casey's chest pressing into his back.
The agent didn't reply. He just locked the front door. They stood in tense silence for a few minutes.
"Casey... Look, I'm sorry. I thought... I don't know..." Chuck looked down at the floor. "I'll leave and I promise that I'll never speak of it or do anything like this ever again."
Casey listened to Chuck's babbling apology. He felt frozen. He had slammed the door shut before even thinking about it and now what?
Chuck turned slightly to look at Casey over his shoulder and noticed that the agent was standing frozen behind him. "Casey?"
"Am I allowed to leave or not? I understand you're angry but I just...I thought..." Chuck trailed off.
"Thought what, Chuck?" Casey didn't know why he was asking but he hoped that whatever Chuck answered would help him figure out what he was going to do.
Chuck looked sheepishly at Casey through his lashes. "I thought you, well. That you liked me, you know, how I like you..."
Casey took in what Chuck said. Chuck liked him, which was obvious by the erection the younger man was sporting. Casey did feel something for Chuck – more than what a handler should feel for his asset.
"Chuck, listen to me. We shouldn't even be having this conversation. This could and more than likely will end badly."
"I know that but that doesn't change how I feel about you," Chuck spoke honestly. "I get that you don't feel the same. So, I'll just go and we'll never speak about this again. Okay?" Chuck turned back to face the door and disengaged the lock. He threw a small smile over his shoulder at Casey. "See you tomorrow." With that, Chuck was gone. The front door clicking shut behind him.
Casey stood there and stared at the closed door. Chuck liked him and knew the risks but was willing to try anyway. All he thought when he tried to being himself to just give in and be with Chuck was that it wouldn't – couldn't – work. Chuck wanted to try and he liked Casey. Why couldn't he just do the same?
God, I'm an idiot! This job has taken everything away from me! My family, Ilsa, and now it's taking Chuck away from me. Casey stared angrily at the closed door when he thought about it like that. There is no way I'm going to let this job take away my last chance.
Casey threw open his front door and raced into the courtyard after Chuck. The younger man hadn't gotten far and Casey grabbed his arms and spun him around to face him.
"Casey?! Wha – "
Casey cupped Chuck's face and kissed him. The kiss was filled with want and passion. Casey pulled Chuck as close to him as possible. He didn't want even an inch of space separating them, not anymore. When air became necessary, they broke apart and their chests heaved as they tried to get air back into their bodies. Casey rested his forehead against Chuck's and stared into his eyes and Chuck stared back,
The two of them stood there for what felt like hours and just stared in each other's eyes. Chuck broke the silence first. "Wow that was some kiss."
Casey smiled softly. "Yeah, it was."
"So, where does this leave us...?" Chuck said nervously.
"Right where we need to be."
Casey gave Chuck a quick peck on the lips before pulling away. The NSA agent turned and walked back towards his apartment. Once he reached the still open door, he turned to look back at Chuck.
Chuck followed Casey into the apartment and sat himself down on the couch next to Casey. They sat in silence for a moment before Casey started to talk. "Chuck," Casey said as he looked at Chuck. "I do like you the way you thought I did."
"Then... why did you say that we couldn't do this?" Chuck asked quietly.
Casey sighed and ran a hand over his face. "Because, Chuck... No matter how we feel about each other... I can't stop thinking that you are going to get hurt because of my feelings for you. I have a lot of enemies, Chuck..."
"And you don't want them to use me to get to you or vice versa," Chuck whispered. "So what do we do now? You said that we were right where we need to be. But what does that mean, Casey?"
Casey cupped the side of Chuck's face. "I'll keep you safe no matter what." He leaned in and gave Chuck a small kiss. "We can do this, Chuck. I want to do this."
Chuck smiled at Casey. He knew that he would do whatever it took to keep him safe. It thrilled yet terrified him at the same time. "Just take care of yourself as well," Chuck spoke softly.
The two men smiled at each other before simultaneously leaning in for a kiss. There was a good chance that his would be the death of them both but neither cared. As long as they were together now, it didn't matter.
The end! Thanks for reading!!