I decided that I would try my hand at a comical, fun story instead of dark and full of angst. Chuck and Sarah aren't an actual couple and this is totally AU. Chuck is the leader of his own team that works exclusively with Beckman. Chuck has Intersect 2.0. If there is any confusion, just let me know and I'll clear it up next chapter.
I do not own Chuck.
Chuck, wearing a black tuxedo with a rose in his chest pocket, walks into the ballroom with Sarah and Carina under his arms. Sarah is wearing a dashing blue cocktail dress and her hair beautifully resting on her shoulders; and Carina is wearing a vibrant red, skimpy dress that reveals a great length of her long legs. The smile on Chuck's face is impossible to overlook as almost all eyes of the guests of the room are judging him with jealousy and envy. Chuck turns to his right and gives Sarah a soft kiss on the cheek and then the same to Carina, who is under his left arm. They both smile happily at him as they continue on to the bar. They find three adjacent seats and sit down at the bar.
"What would you girls like?" He asks them in a sincere manner. They both giggle slightly at his friendliness.
"I'll have a martini," Sarah joyously answers.
"Oh, and me a Cosmo!" Carina hollers happily. Chuck grins and pulls out a fifty dollar bill.
"Barkeep!" He hollers while leaning forward, flashing his money. The tall, burly man walks up to him. "A martini for the beautiful blonde," Sarah beams a smile gratefully, "a Cosmo for the fiery redhead," Carina grins seductively, "and a Johnnie Walker Black Label for me." The bartender replies with an annoyed, sarcastic grunt. Chuck smiles at Casey, the bartender, as he rolls his eyes and starts making the drinks.
Chuck and the two girls turn around and survey the ballroom. "So, what do we got?" He asks softly.
"Three guards by the door, one by the bathroom, and two making rounds on the floor," Sarah explains inconspicuously pointing out where the guards are.
"The mark is at that booth," Carina points with a giggle, eliciting her happiness.
"Your drinks, sir," Casey growls quietly as Chuck hands him the fifty.
"Keep the change," he pats Casey on the chest and hands the girls their drinks as they look back at the room. "How should we approach this?"
"Well, we need to get his wallet that has the data in it," Sarah explains, "I can swipe it from him if you just cause a slight distraction."
"Like spilling my drink on his table?" Chuck confidently asks.
"Sounds good," Sarah says as they both nod and head over to the mark's table. Sarah and Carina are both wrapped around each arm as he gets to the table.
"Mr. Harden," Chuck happily introduces himself to the host of the party. "I am Charles Carmichael," he shakes his hand.
"You can call me Rick," he replies in a friendly manner. "Who may your beautiful companions be?" He quickly eyes both of them and his eyes stay on Carina a little longer than normal.
"Ah, yes. This stunning blonde is Sarah." She chuckles as she throws out her hand to shake. Rick stands up and hugs Sarah. She was surprised as she felt his arms around her back.
"It's a pleasure," he happily informs.
"And this leggy goddess is Carina," Chuck displays Carina as she smiles seductively.
"I can see," Rick mumbles slyly as he hugs Carina tightly. He holds onto her for an uncomfortably long length so Carina takes advantage and quickly snatches his wallet inconspicuously. "It's a real pleasure," he seductively says as he kisses her hand. Carina forces a grateful smile on her face.
"This is magnificent," Chuck informs Rick sincerely, "just wanted to thank you for the lovely party tonight."
"Oh, no, it's my pleasure," Rick waives off Chuck's gratitude nonchalantly. Chuck, Sarah, and Carina walk away, back over to the bar.
"You got it, right?" Chuck asks Carina.
"Piece of cake," she confidently says as she hands him the wallet. Chuck starts going through the wallet, looking for the data chip.
"At least I didn't have to spill my drink, right?" He jokes happily. Sarah smiles as she holds onto his arm tightly.
"That would've been one hell of a waste of some good alcohol," Casey comments as he pretends like he is working while watching Chuck closely. After a brief minute of Chuck shuffling through all the cards and such, he finds the chip. "Bingo," he says as he hands it to Casey.
"Thank you," Casey swipes the chip and slides it into his pocket and leaves.
"We need to give him his wallet back," Chuck states, looking at both Sarah and Carina.
"I think it would be easiest if Carina gives it back," Sarah suggests. Carina shoots a confused angry glance.
"Why me?" she asks, not wanting to do give it back.
"He obviously took a liking to you," Sarah explains matter-of-factly.
"He did seem very hands-on with you," Chuck backs Sarah up.
"Dammit!" Carina sighs, knowing she cannot get out of this. Carina angrily swipes the wallet from Chuck's hand and sexually brushes by his upper thigh. Chuck shivers slightly as Carina walks over to Rick.
"Why does he think she is prettier than me?" Sarah asks, a little jealous. She is fiddling with the plastic sword in her martini, with her head down in depression. Chuck looks at her.
"Carina is just his type," Chuck smirks, eliciting a smile from Sarah. He wraps his arm around her, holding her tightly to him. "I still love you just as much," he gives her a little peck on her cheek. This lightens Sarah's mood greatly as she grins.
"Can we get out of here before he tries to touch me again?" Carina asks irritated.
"Where did he touch you?" Chuck asks, sounding protective and ticked off.
"It's no problem," Carina diffuses Chuck's defensiveness quickly. "Lets just get out of here already."
"Alright," he reluctantly responds. He hates when people disrespect others, let alone women that he cares about. Chuck walks out with a girl glued to each arm.
They get back to their base, beneath Chuck's childhood house. Casey is waiting for them, after uploading all the data from the chip they acquired earlier.
"What do we have here?" Chuck asks Casey.
"Looks like everything is here; good job," Casey grunts as he shows Chuck the data. Chuck looks over it for a few minutes and is satisfied so he calls up the general.
"General?" He asks, as the screen in front of him shows a petite redhead in her early fifty's staring intently at the team.
"What did you acquire?" She asks.
"We got the data," he replies while typing on the keyboard in front of him. "I'm sending you it now."
"Great job team," she replies as everyone smiles. She doesn't condone the unprofessional way Chuck runs his team, but overlooks it for his successfulness.
"The mission went quite well. We were in and out without a problem," Chuck explains.
"That's what I expect from my best team," she replies with no happiness present, but no sadness either. She ends the feed and Chuck looks back at his team with a furrowed brow.
"Does she just hate saying goodbye or is she just not good at it?" He jokingly asks.
"Why not ask her?" Carina asks matter-of-factly.
"She gives me the willies," he answers with a shiver that makes them all laugh.
"Well, I'm getting out of here," Casey looks at the other members and silently tells them goodbye and leaves.
"That sounds good," Carina replies minutes later as she heads out. "I'll see you later, Chucky," she says seductively while placing her hand on Chuck's chest intimately. Sarah narrows her eyes in anger and jealousy. Chuck awkwardly stands there. After she releases him, which felt like minutes to both Chuck and Sarah, she walks out.
"Goodbye Carina," he sheepishly says as she walks out of the base. "Well, I guess it's just you and me," he grins and shrugs his shoulders at Sarah. She smiles back.
"I'm sorry for how Carina acts," she sheepishly replies.
"It's no problem. I've gotten used to it."
"I thought it was sweet how you wanted to protect her earlier." She asks him as they head upstairs to his actual house.
"I hate when people disrespect women. It is just despicable. Especially when it is someone I care about."
"You care about her?" Sarah asks sounding almost disappointed.
"Obviously I care about her. I care about you and Casey just as much. You are all part of this team," he explains seriously.
"You care about me?"
"Sarah," he softly says her name as he holds her cheek up gently so she can look into his eyes. "You are an integral part of this team and one of my best friends."
"Are you sure you don't want to be more than friends?" She asks seductively.
"Sarah…" He exhales in almost a warning tone that is still playful.
"What? I was just asking," she innocently pouts. Chuck sits down on the couch, looking exhausted while laughing. "Can I sleep here tonight?"
"You've been sleeping here a lot lately. Is everything alright?" He asks with a worried tone.
"I just like to be as close to you as possible," she joyfully states as she lies on the couch with her head on his lap. He smirks as he plays with her hair.
"Is that the real reason?"
"Yep," she smiles up at him.
"Well, I better make the guest bed for you," he gets up, which grants him a depressed pout from Sarah. She wanted to sit like that for longer.
"I can always sleep with you," she innocently suggests.
"I don't think that will go well with the rest of the team."
"I don't think Casey would mind," she jokes.
"What about Carina?"
"You like her more than me, huh?" She asks depressed. "Why does everyone think she is more attractive? I'm sorry if I don't like to whore myself out like that!"
"No I don't," he whispers into her ear. "You know how much I love you." Her eyes immediately shoot up to his. "I love all of you guys." The butterflies in Sarah's stomach dissipate instantly. "I think you are the most beautiful woman in the world," he admits as he gives her a peck on the cheek and starts making the bed for her. Sarah smiles like a teenage girl talking with her crush. Sarah goes to the bathroom as he finishes making the bed. He goes back into the other room to watch TV on the couch. Sarah walks out a couple minutes later.
She walks over to Chuck and his jaw slightly drops and his eyes widen as he sees her in one of his old shirts and some simple cotton panties. "I hope you don't mind that I borrowed one of your shirts," she smiles at him.
"Uh, yea, no problem," he stutters, trying to regain his composure. She sits next to him and lays her head on his shoulder.
"Not really," he says with a dissatisfied tone. She slides her head down onto his lap. He instinctively starts playing with her hair again. She silently purrs at the gentle touch of his fingers sliding down her head.
The next morning, Sarah steps out of bed feeling refreshed. She always gets a better sleep in Chuck's house than her hotel. She walks out of the room to see Chuck standing there with his back turned to her. He is only wearing sweatpants and she watches him devilishly as he stretches, showing off his toned back muscles.
"What's for breakfast?" She asks sincerely as she walks towards him. He jumps at her voice and stands in a fighter pose holding a spatula as a weapon.
"Sorry, I forgot you were here," he calms down after the quick fright.
"A spatula, huh?" She smiles.
"Better than nothing, right? Well, anyways, what would you like for breakfast?"
"Are you on the menu?" She asks seductively as she presses against his chest intimately.
"Sorry, I don't really like the idea of being eaten by a beautiful girl," he slyly responds.
"You're no fun," she pouts as she steps back from him.
"Eggs are fine?" He states more than he asks as he laughs.
"Yea," she continues to mock depression.
"So what are you doing today?" He asks sincerely as they eat breakfast together.
"Nothing really. Just some shopping," she wiggles her shirt that is actually Chuck's.
"It's no problem, really. It looks better on you anyways," he beams at her. She smiles back. "Well, I'm going to check in with Ellie and see what she is up to."
"Can I come?" She bolts upright ecstatically. "I haven't seen Ellie in like forever. We could all go shopping together!" Chuck looks at her in disbelief. Every guy knows shopping with women is excruciatingly painful.
"Shopping, really?" he asks apathetically.
"I'll make it fun for you," she playfully hits him in the arm.
"Fine, but it better be fun," he hastily agrees.
Chuck and Sarah both arrive at Ellie's apartment. She opens the door to greet both of them.
"Sarah! It's so great to see you again!" Ellie exclaims happily. They hug quickly.
"It's great to see you again to!" Sarah exclaims. She really did miss seeing Ellie.
"Does this mean you guys are back together?" Ellie asks, misconstruing them both at her apartment.
"Sadly, no," Sarah answers, looking depressed. Ellie looks at Sarah's gloom and gives Chuck a death stare.
"You guys were so great together! You should be together. You love each other so much!" Ellie informs them with frustration. She hates seeing Sarah unhappy. She gets angry at Chuck because she knows how much they love each other.
"Sarah wanted to go shopping today. You up for it?" Chuck asks, changing the subject.
"Sure!" Ellie exclaims. "Let me get ready!"
Chuck and Sarah sit on the couch together while waiting for Ellie.
"Your sister is right," Sarah says. "We were great together. Why don't you want to be with me anymore?"
"It is just complicated, you know?" Chuck tries to avoid the question.
"No, I don't know," she answers seriously.
"You know how much I love you," he starts to explain.
"Then why can't we be together?"
"It's just not right anymore."
"You like Carina more than me, huh? You don't need to lie. She is a beautiful girl. I understand," she explains sadly. Chuck sees her looking so down. He needs to cheer her up somehow.
"Sarah," he says her name seriously while holding her head up so she can look into his eyes. "I love you more than anyone else. I just don't think it would be a good idea to date while working." He gives her a passionate kiss on her lips and hugs her tightly. Ellie walks in on them and stays quite as she watches the kiss with a smile on her face. After they finish, she speaks up.
"You guys ready?" Ellie asks, pretending like she didn't just see them kiss.
"Yea," Chuck answers as they both stand up and head for the door.
Sarah is in the dressing room trying on some new dresses. Chuck and Ellie are sitting there waiting.
"Why aren't you guys dating anymore?" Ellie asks with determination.
"It just complicates things in the spy life, you know?"
"No I don't know. She loves you more than anyone I have ever seen. I can tell you love her too. Stop hiding behind your job. She makes you happy and you make her happy."
"I know. I do love her a lot. I just don't know how to tell her," he confesses sadly.
"Just tell her. I like seeing you happy and I love Sarah like a sister. Stop being selfish and tell her," Ellie demands of Chuck. He nods as Sarah peeks her head out.
"Chuck? Can you come here for a second?" Sarah asks harmlessly. Chuck looks over at Ellie, saying sorry with his eyes. Ellie smiles and winks slightly at him as he walks over to Sarah.
"What do you need?" He asks Sarah as he steps into the booth. Sarah lets her arm down and shows Chuck the lingerie panties she is wearing without a top on. Chuck immediately goes into a daze as his eyes glaze over her perfect breasts. He shakes off the daze as he hears Sarah's laughing.
"I thought you needed to buy tops over bottoms," he explains sheepishly. She smiles at him as she rests her head against his chest. "Sarah, I would really like to have a relationship with you, but I don't know how it would work. If you just give me some time, I think I might find a way to make both of us happy because you make me happier than ever."
"I understand," she smiles up at him and gives him a peck on the lips. She secretly is uneasy that Chuck may be lying to her. This makes Sarah angry and sad, but she hides it behind her smile.
I felt I had to find somewhere to end the chapter, so here seems reasonable. I'm sorry for all the Chuck and Sarah. I guess a glass of wine makes me want to show them happy together. I think I will make the next chapter all about each character's background and how they got to here. I'll try to make it more fun and comical as this chapter had more angst then anything else in my opinion.
Please review because it makes me want to write more. I also don't know who to make the bad guys so all suggestions are welcome.