This is it! Lots of Charah fluff, hopefully not too much. Enjoy and thanks for reading. I'm looking forward to your comments.
The sun streamed through the window casting shadows on the wall. He shifted his gaze to the clock on the nightstand. 7:15. He smiled. In a couple of hours it would be official. He would be home. Home with his family, his friends and most importantly, home with the woman he loves.
His eyes shifted to the warm body next to him. Her golden hair splayed out on the pillow, a few strands of yellow covered her face. He watched intently as her chest moved up and down in a rhythmic pattern. He smiled. Chuck turned on his side so he was facing her. Reaching out with one hand he brushed the hair from her face. He laid there watching her, completely mesmerized by her beauty for a good 10 minutes before she finally began to stir. Her eyes fluttered open and she was met with his smiling face.
"Chuck." she shifted her body and rubbed the sleep from her eyes.
He reached out and caressed her cheek. "Good morning."
Sarah smiled against his touch. "Were you watching me?" she asked.
"Mmhmm." he smiled at her.
Sarah blushed. "You were watching me sleep?"
"Mmhmm." he replied again, running his thumb over her bottom lip. He moved in closer to her.
"How long have you been watching me?" She asked, trying to hide her embarrassment.
"Not long, why?" His hand made it's way down her arm and came to rest on her hip.
"I don't know….it's just….it's embarrassing." Sarah turned to hide her face in her pillow.
"What?…Why is it embarrassing?" he moved in even closer, until her body was pressed up right against his. His hand left her hip and tried to brush the hair from her face, forcing her to look at him.
"Look, I'm not exactly the picture of beauty first thing in the morning." she finally turned to meet his eyes.
"Are you kidding me? Sarah you are the definition of beauty. You always take my breath away."
Sarah smiled. He always knew the right thing to say to pull at her heart strings. Sarah propped herself up on her elbow and brushed her lips softly against his. Pulling away she slid in next to him and he welcomed her into his arms. She nestled into him and rested her head on his chest. His lips grazed her forehead.
"What time is it?" She finally asked.
He turned his head to look at the clock again. "About 7:30." he replied.
"We should get packing you up soon."
"I can't believe you're finally coming home." She drew circles on his bare chest with her finger.
Chuck smiled. "It's been too long. I can't wait to get home." His lips met the top of her head once again.
She looked up at him. Her chin rested comfortably on his chest as her eyes met his. Leaning up she kissed him on the lips. He ran his hands up and down her back, caressing he silky, smooth skin. He brought one hand up to brush back the blonde tendrils that fell in her face once again.
Just when they found themselves getting carried away with one another, the incessant ringing from the alarm clock on the night stand broke their connection. Chuck
moved to shut it off.
Sarah sighed as his lips left hers.
"Perhaps we should pack it up here. We can always continue this at home." he gave her a wink.
"Hmm, I do like the idea of continuing this at home."
"Well what do you say Agent Walker. We do have a bit of drive ahead of us and a conference with Beckman to get to."
"Yeah." Sarah sat up. "I'm going to take a quick shower."
"I'll pack up my things, maybe fix us something to eat."
"That sounds good." She leaned in and kissed him softly on the lips. "I'll be quick." she said hopping up from the bed. She headed off towards the bathroom.
Colonel John Casey fiddled with the key in the lock. Giving it a little jiggle, it gave and he was able to open the door. He entered his apartment and was immediately greeted with the aroma of Omelets and Bacon cooking on the stove. He looked around and saw his father slaving away over the hot stove.
"John, are you just getting in?" Dan greeted him.
"Huh…oh…yeah. Lots of paperwork to finish last night with everything that went down."
"Well, come help yourself. I've cooked up quite a feast over here. Hope you don't mind."
"Uh, no…no it's fine." Casey grabbed two plates from the cupboard. He handed one to Dan and the other he started piling up with food. Once he took what he wanted he took a seat on one of the stools at the counter. Dan filled a mug with coffee and handed it to him.
"Thanks." Casey said looking up at him. He took a swig of the hot black liquid and then proceeded to stuff his face with the contents of his plate. Dan filled up his own plate and took a seat on a stool across from Casey.
"So are you ready for your conference with Beckman?" Dan asked as he tried to make small talk.
"Of course." Casey replied. before shoving another forkful of omelet into his mouth.
McKinley took a swig of coffee from his own mug.
"God, I forgot how good of a cook you were. Your breakfasts were always the best." Casey grumbled between bites.
"I remember, I always had breakfast detail when I was home. Your mother was always the baker in the family.
"She makes the best brownies and lets not forget that apple pie." Casey replied a huge smile adorned his face as he thought about the tasty treats his mother used to whip up for them.
Dan smiled at the memories. "Yeah, it was pretty great."
Casey set his fork down on his plate and took another swig of his coffee.
"So I have a question for you." Casey announced, jolting Dan from the memories that were playing out in his head.
"Now that I know the truth….You know, that you're alive and all….Do you have any plans of filling your wife in on that little detail?"
Dan's eyes met Casey's. "Believe me John, it's not like I haven't given that a lot of thought over the years. I just…I don't know if I can face her….I don't want to hurt her again…She's moved on with her life."
"You don't want to hurt her? It's a little too late for that don't ya think?"
"I know…I just….She's moved on. It's been 20 years John."
"She hasn't moved on Dan. She could never bring herself to move on. She's not like me. She hasn't let you go."
"But you have?"
Casey looked down at his plate. "I did what I had to do to get by." he finally said. "She lives her life for a ghost. "You owe her the truth."
Dan nodded as he took in this new information. It broke his heart that she was unable to move on, That she couldn't get past his death.
"Yeah." Dan replied as he brought the mug up to his lips and indulged in a big sip of coffee.
"Ah, home sweet home." Chuck said as he and Sarah made their way down the steps to castle.
"Yeah right." Sarah replied giving him a smirk.
"How much longer before the briefing with Beckman?"
Sarah glanced at her watch. "About half an hour."
"So it doesn't look like Casey's here yet."
Sarah looked around the room. "Nope." she replied.
Chuck moved in to approach her. "So, we're all alone."
Sarah swallowed hard. "Yup."
Chuck moved in closer and closed the distance between them as he wrapped his arms around her waist, pulling her body into him.
"So it looks like we may have a little time to kill while we wait. Any ideas on how we might do that?"
Sarah wrapped her arms around his neck. "I might…have…a few." She replied as she trailed kisses down his neck. His hands moved sensually up and down her back. His one hand moved down her spine and over her bottom where it came to rest. Sarah's lips left his neck only to capture his lips instead. The kiss was one full of passion, desire and want. Their lips only parted when their need for air finally became too much.
"God I want you so bad." his hands came up and cupped her face on both sides as they stared intently into one another's eyes.
"I know, it's like….I just…can't get enough of you. I just want to be with you all the time." she replied.
He leaned in and rested his forehead against hers.
"Sarah, I've never felt so strongly about anyone before. It's so…intense."
"Now that we're together….I mean really together…I just…I can't imagine even a day without you. I love you so much."
"I love you Chuck."
He leaned down and captured her lips with his and kissed her fervently, leaving her completely breathless. She rested her head on his shoulder and he wrapped his arms around her waist. His lips grazed her forehead and she tightened her grip on him.
"Geesh, get a room Bartowski." Casey said as he made his way through the doorway. Dan followed closely behind.
Chuck and Sarah pulled away from each other and turned their attention to the two men entering the room.
"Glad to see some things never change." Chuck replied. "Still as pleasant as always aren't we Casey?"
"Just telling it like it is Bartowski. Keep it in your pants."
"You're one to talk to Casey."
"What's that supposed to mean?" Casey asked setting the file he was holding in his hand, down on the table.
"I heard about you and your new agent friend. Maybe the four of us can double date sometime?"
Casey grunted. "Don't count on it Bartowski."
"Dan I brought your things back from the cabin. Here's your bag." Chuck handed him the duffel bag that was resting in the corner of the room.
"Thanks Chuck. Actually think most of this stuff belongs to John."
Casey turned his attention to his father. "Keep it." he said.
"You sure John?" Dan asked.
"It's nothing I need." he replied.
"Alright, if you say so."
Sarah looked at her watch. "Beckman's going to be calling in soon. Chuck, maybe you and Dan should head in the back until we're ready for you guys. You can listen in on the monitor back there"
"Alright, just let us know when you need us."
He gave her a peck on the cheek as he walked past her. Dan followed him into the back barracks and Casey rolled his eyes.
A few minutes after the men departed, the monitor came alive and Sarah and Casey were greeted with Beckman's face on the oversized monitor.
"Colonel Casey, Lieutenant Walker." She greeted them. "Walker, I'm glad to see you up and about after last night's events."
Sarah rubbed at the goose egg on her forehead as she re-lived last night's events in her mind.
"Thank you General. It wasn't nearly as bad as everyone seems to make it out to be. I'm fine."
"Good to hear. I want to commend you both for your outstanding service. Albeit unorthodox and completely off the books, you managed to bring down the ring with your creative and skillful planning. Since last night, I have had 5 additional double agents removed from my private sector here at the facility. Congratulations."
"Thank you general." Casey replied.
"I only wish that we were able to discover these agents sooner. Had we done so, perhaps Agent Carmichael would still be with us along with one of the CIA's top operatives."
"General, credit must be given to Lieutenant Walker. It was her plan that inevitably led to the Ring's demise."
"Yes Lieutenant, I am quite pleased with your work, I understand how difficult it must have been for you given the circumstances."
"Yes General, it was extremely difficult, but without my incredible team, none of this would have happened. It was definitely a team effort."
"I see." the General replied.
"In fact General, there were a couple key members of our team that you were not aware of." Sarah turned her attention to Casey and motioned for him to go retrieve Chuck and Dan from the back room. She watched as he left to go get them.
"I don't understand. Walker who are you referring to?"
Casey reentered the room, followed by Chuck and Dan.
"General, I'm referring to Agent Dan McKinley and Agent Charles Carmichael."
Beckman's mouth dropped as she saw the two men appear.
"What?..How can this be?…They were both killed in the plane crash."
"Correction General, we were presumed dead in the plane crash." Chuck chimed in.
The team explained to Beckman exactly what happened on the plane and how the two agents struggled to make their way back to Burbank despite Chuck's injuries. They went on to tell her how they were placed in a safe house as they attempted to lure the ring out of hiding and how Chuck played a key role in the capture of Lazlo the night before.
Beckman was impressed to say the least.
"Agent McKinley, you will be compensated for your assistance with this mission, I assume you are ready to return to D.C?"
"That won't be necessary General, My role was minimal. As far as my return to D.C. I would like to postpone it a bit. I have some unfinished personal business that I need to take on first. A few weeks off would be appreciated."
"Very well Agent McKinley. As far as the rest of you go, the ring is no longer a threat. Colonel Casey, you are free to join your old team in Waziristan, you can leave first thing in the morning. Lieutenant Walker, now that Agent Carmichael's training with the 2.0 is complete, there is no longer any reason to continue with the intersect project. He appears to have it under control, We can reconvene in the morning and I will have your new assignment for you, you can take the night to pack."
"I'm sorry? Is there a problem Lieutenant?"
"General, I don't want a new assignment…I don't…want to leave…I can't leave." She turned to look at Chuck. "I won't."
"Hmm, I see."
"General, about Waziristan and joining my old team. I think I could be of more use right here. It seems to me that, we have a good team right here…the best as far as I'm concerned….It would be a shame to break it up."
The General contemplated what Casey was saying, everyone stood in silence waiting for her response. Finally she spoke.
"Very well Colonel. I can see your point. I'm willing to keep this team operating a bit longer, under one condition….make me look good."
Sarah, Casey and Chuck all smiled.
"Will do General." Casey replied.
"Thank you General." Sarah chimed in.
"Don't make me regret this." Beckman said before signing off.
Sarah smiled and turned to Chuck, who returned the smile.
"What was that Casey? I thought you couldn't wait to get back to your old team?" Chuck asked.
"I'm good here Bartowski."
"I said I'm good Chuck!" Casey grunted before walking off. He headed up the stairs towards the Orange Orange.
Sarah and Chuck looked at each other once again and laughed.
"Looks like everything is working out for everyone." Dan chimed in.
"What about you Dan? What's on the agenda for you?" Chuck asked.
"Well like I said, I have some loose ends to tie up here with John, and then I'm off to reunite with my wife."
"Are you serious? That's great Dan!" Chuck beamed. "She'll be thrilled to see you."
"Well I don't know about that."
"Of course she will." Sarah said joining the conversation. "She must really miss you Dan."
"Well, I guess I'll find out won't I."
Sarah stood outside Ellie and Devon's apartment. She knocked lightly on the door and waited patiently. Seconds later the door flung open and she found herself in an instant embrace with Ellie.
"Sarah! I'm so glad you're here. Come in."
Ellie backed off and Sarah slowly stepped inside the doorway.
"We have a special guest tonight Sarah."
Before she could get the words out, Devon entered from the kitchen with one Morgan Grimes following.
"Morgan!" Sarah Exclaimed.
"Hi Sarah." he replied.
"Yeah. I actually finished up my training and headed home. Ready to start my new career back here in L.A."
"That's great Morgan."
"Morgan is putting his new skills to work tonight Sarah, he is preparing to cook up a storm for us."
"Well come on in Sarah, no sense standing in the doorway." Devon motioned for her to enter.
"Actually, before I do, I have a surprise for all of you."
"You do?" Ellie asked.
"Yeah. Actually, I hope you don't mind, but I kind of brought a guest to dinner." Before anyone had a chance to respond, Sarah stepped back into the doorway and extended her hand. She grabbed hold of her special guest and pulled him into the apartment.
Ellie squealed with excitement when she saw her brother enter the apartment. She rushed towards him. Chuck released Sarah's hand and dropped the duffel bag that had been slung over his shoulder, in order to make room to welcome her into his arms.
"Hey sis." he greeted her.
"You're home. I can't believe you're finally home."
"I know, I can hardly believe it either." Chuck shared a smile with Devon, who was one of the few who could understand the double meaning in Chuck's statement.
Ellie finally released Chuck and pulled him inside.
"Morgan!" Chuck pulled his friend into a hug. "Good to see you buddy."
"You too. It's been too long man. Way too long."
"I know buddy, I know."
Chuck moved into the apartment further and greeted Devon.
"Good to see ya man." Devon said. "You look good."
"Yeah Chuck, now that he's mentioned it…have you been working out?" Ellie chimed in as she grabbed hold of Chuck's arm and gave it a squeeze. "You seem…bigger."
Chuck laughed. "Yeah, I guess I've been spending a little time in the gym lately."
"Really? That's so unlike you Chuck."
He laughed again. "Yeah I know."
"Well you'll have to tell us all about that over dinner." Ellie turned her attention to Sarah. "Sarah, I'll grab the wine. Red or white?"
"Oh…uh either is fine."
Maybe you two should take it easy with the wine tonight. We don't need to relieve the last dinner party." Devon spoke up.
Sarah moaned. "Maybe he's right." She turned to Chuck. "Don't let me get out of control with the wine tonight."
"Well, while we're waiting on dinner, why don't you fill us all in Chuck on this excursion of yours and what you were so busy with that you couldn't find the time to call."
"Don't worry Ellie, I'll answer all your questions, but before I do that, if you guys don't mind, I'd like to just go unpack my things and get settled in." Chuck picked his duffel bag back up and threw the strap over his shoulder. He turned his attention to Sarah.
"Want to help me?"
Sarah shook her head yes and he extended his hand to her. The two walked the hallway back to his room. Once inside, he closed the door behind them. Chuck tossed his bag down on the floor. He plopped down on his bed and pulled Sarah down next to him. Chuck laid back on his bed. One hand rested behind head as he stared up at the ceiling, the other held Sarah close to him. She rested her head on his chest and draped her arm across his stomach.
"I thought you were going to unpack?" She asked.
"I will….eventually." he turned his head and placed a kiss on her forehead. "God I've missed my bed."
Sarah laughed. "It is pretty comfy."
"So dare I ask about the last dinner party and why Devon is telling you an Ellie to take it easy with the wine tonight."
"Uh, it's possible that we may have had a bit too much to drink. It's actually quite embarrassing."
"Well, lets just say I wasn't dealing well with you being gone for so long, I guess you could say I decided to drown my sorrows… I ended up having to crash here for the night. Spent most of the night in the bathroom throwing up with Devon taking care of me."
"Well there wont be any drowning any sorrows tonight. I have to admit though, I'm kind of glad to hear that I wasn't the only one missing someone."
She turned her head and rested her chin on his chest as she looked up at him. "Promise you won't leave me again. I can't bear it Chuck."
"Sarah. I'm not going anywhere." He stroked her cheek with his thumb. "I promise."
"Hey buddy." Morgan pounded on his door.
"Yeah?" Chuck called out.
"Dinner's ready in five." Morgan replied.
"Alright, we'll be out." Chuck replied.
"So much for getting settled in huh?"
"You prepared to take on Ellie and Morgan?" Sarah asked.
"Well, I survived the ring, I think I can survive my sister and my best friend."
Sarah sat up and pulled Chuck to a sitting position and he placed a soft kiss on her lips.
"You ready?" She asked him as she stood from the bed and extended her hands to him.
Chuck smiled as he took hold of her hands.
"Ready as I'll ever be." He said as he stood from the bed. They left the bedroom hand in hand and headed for the kitchen ready to take on their next mission.
Well there you have it. I can't believe it is finally done. This is the first Chuck fic started nearly a year ago. Thanks to everyone for sticking with it. I hope you all enjoyed it, I would love to hear all your comments, so please leave a review. Also, if you enjoyed this and you have not read it yet, perhaps you will also enjoy my other fanfic, which is completed called "Spies, Secrets and Lies."