This part of the story takes place 5 years after where Spies, Secrets, Lies and Consequences ended. A nice long chapter (my longest ever) to set the tone for the story. Enjoy!
Spies, Secrets, Lies and Vengeance.
Spies, Secrets, Lies and Vengeance.
The bright sunlight flowed fiercely though the bedroom window, illuminating the room and casting shadows on the wall. Chuck's eyes fluttered open. It took a moment for them to adjust to the lighting in the room. He released a yawn as he turned and reached out for her. He was disappointed to find her side of the bed cold and empty.
Chuck looked up at the clock on the nightstand. It was after nine, she had let him sleep in. He appreciated the gesture, but he missed starting his day with her and it was happening far too often lately. Of course, the long hours were expected given his occupation. It took a lot of time and energy to command your own special black opts team for the United States Government.
Given the success of the 2.0, Chuck had really become quite the spy. Chuck was promoted 2 years prior and given the clearance to head up his own Black Opts division with his right hand man John Casey. Of course Sarah was a part of the team too, but she was more of a home body these days. Since the birth of their daughter 4 and ½ years ago, she had new priorities. Believe it or not, she actually preferred the role of mother and wife over that of CIA agent and with Chuck's promotion, it allotted her the time she wanted to spend with their little girl and also the opportunity to work when she needed to release those pent up frustrations. It had been a pretty good arrangement for them, unfortunately, lately Chuck had been working incredibly long hours and not been spending much time at home or with his family and that irritated him. They were the most important thing to him and he hated missing out on spending time with them, especially his daughter, who in his mind was just growing up way too fast.
Chuck sat up, flung his legs over the edge of the bed and stretched his arms. Molly, their golden retriever was laying on the floor next to the bed.. She jumped up and came to him, demanding his attention. Chuck patted her on her head and rubbed her ears in acknowledgement and Molly licked his hand.
He stood up and made his way over to his dresser and pulled out a t-shirt from the top drawer. He threw it on over his head and pulled it down.
Chuck headed downstairs, Molly following closely behind. As he descended the stairs, Chuck came across Lilly in the living room, playing with her big dollhouse. She looked up when she heard him and a big smile spread across her face. She jumped up and ran to him.
He scooped her up and she wrapped her little arms as tight as she could around his neck.
"Hi doodlebug." he said wrapping his own arms around her and placing a kiss on her cheek. He held her close, buried his face in her hair and inhaled her scent. He had barely seen her this week. Working such late hours, all he got were glimpses of her as she slept soundly in her bed, so it felt really good to hold her in his arms this morning.
"Daddy, come play with me." she pleaded with him. One look into those big blue eyes and he was a goner. She was a tiny replica of her mother, long blonde hair, big blue eyes, you name it, and no matter what he did, there was no resisting her charms.
"Okay pumpkin, just let me talk to mommy first and I'll be right in." He set her back down on her feet.
"Okay daddy." Lilly ran back to the living room and picked up where she had left off with her dolls. Chuck smiled and watched her for a moment before he continued on his quest for his wife and maybe even a hot cup of coffee if he played his cards right.
Chuck headed for the kitchen where he finally found Sarah. She had her back to him as she stood at the sink finishing up the breakfast dishes. Chuck smiled. She was still in her pajamas. Her hair propped up in a hair tie on the top of her head. Chuck smiled and moved in towards her. He came up behind her and placed his hands on her waist. Sarah jumped and he laughed.
"You scared me." she said settling under his touch.
"I'm sorry." he said leaning down and placing a kiss on her neck. She leaned her back into his chest and enjoyed the sensation of his lips on her flesh.
"Mmmm…I've missed that…I've missed you." She said.
Chuck snaked his arms around her waist and caressed her very pregnant belly.
"I've missed you too. Happy Anniversary."
Sarah smiled. She turned in his arms and clasped her hands around his neck. "And here I thought you forgot."
"Are you kidding me? How could I ever forget our five year anniversary, or any of our anniversaries for that matter? "He asked. "Our wedding day was the first most important day of my life."
"The first?" She questioned.
"Marrying you was the first, Lilly's birth the second and this little guy's birth…" Chuck placed his hands on her protruding stomach. "will be the third. The three most important days of my life. All equally important."
Sarah smiled and leaned up to kiss him. "I love you and Happy Anniversary." She said.
"I want to take you out tonight."
"Oh Chuck, I don't know."
"Come on Sarah. It's our anniversary…Honey I know you're tired, It doesn't have to be anything wild and crazy, just a nice romantic dinner and some much needed time together. We haven't spent any quality alone time together in…forever. Ellie and Devon will take Lilly overnight."
"Overnight? Chuck you know I hate leaving her that long."
"I know baby, I do too, but she'd just be 10 minutes away and she'd be with Ellie…Come on. Two more months and this little guy's going to be here and things are going to be even crazier and busier for us than they are now….Come on…you know you want to…let me spoil my wife tonight."
Sarah smiled. "Okay, but let's just keep it simple."
"You got it." he leaned in and captured her lips.
"Daddy!" Lilly yelled to him from the other room.
Chuck and Sarah parted lips. "I'm coming Lil." he called out to her as he released his hold on Sarah.
"You want me to make you some breakfast?" She asked as he headed towards the living room.
"No, I can just grab some cereal or something, why don't you just relax for a while."
She smiled. "Alright, well I think I'll go take a shower and get dressed. What time do you have to be to work?"
"I'm going to go in around 11:00 and probably will work up until our date tonight."
"Do you think you might have time for a short trip to the park with Lilly and I this morning? She's been asking when you were going to take her down the giant slide again."
Chuck smiled. "I'll make time."
"Daddy!" Lilly called out to him again.
"Alright, right now, I have another date with a little girl and a dollhouse." he leaned in and gave Sarah a peck on the lips.
Sarah smiled and gave him a swat with the dish towel. "You better get in there."
Chuck headed off in the direction of the living room and Sarah headed upstairs to take her shower.
Casey worked diligently at the computer. The case he and Chuck had been working on the past few weeks was winding down. Chuck had finished the majority of the report last night, staying at Castle into the wee hours of the morning.
Over the past two years Castle had been transformed into their own government run facility. Chuck and Casey had set up quite the operation there; working with and training several top operatives for their team. They were the best of the best.
Casey was looking forward to wrapping up this mission too. He had barely seen his wife in the past two weeks and they had much time to make up for.
He had only been married for about 6 months now. Casey had finally reconnected with the love of his life and mother of his child. The past five years had been difficult for him, first learning that he was a father and getting to know his daughter Alex. Then he watched as his partners and good friends married and started their life together, began a family together and he couldn't help but envy them. He wanted that too and he would have had it had he not been deprived of it years ago.
After a good long talk with Chuck, Casey realized it wasn't too late. He still loved Kathleen and she was more than willing to reconnect with him. He was the love of her life and she had never moved on after losing him all those years ago.
Casey found himself getting distracted as thoughts of her plagued his mind. The ringing of his cell phone shook him from those thoughts. He retrieved it from his pocket and smiled when he saw his daughter's name come up on his caller ID.
"Hi Alex….oh just finishing up some paperwork….absolutely, I wouldn't miss it for anything….no, Bartowski and I are winding things down, after today I should have a little more free time on my hands….you do….that's great….no I can't wait to see you tonight….alright….I love you too….bye."
Casey hung up his phone. A grin spread ear to ear across his face. He was looking forward to dinner with his family tonight. Alex had news for her parents and Casey was just looking forward to spending time with the ladies in his life.
Sarah emerged from the bathroom freshly showered and dressed for the day. She quickly made the bed and headed downstairs to join Chuck and Lilly and get ready for their trip to the park.
Sarah stopped midway on the stairs taking in the sight before her. Chuck and Lilly sat on the living room floor. The tea set sprawled out on the coffee table.
"Would you like some tea Miss Carmichael?" Lilly asked her father, teapot in hand ready to pour.
"Why yes, I most certainly would." He replied in the best British, woman's accent he could produce.
Sarah had to cover her mouth with her hand to stifle her laughter.
"And some tea for you Molly." Lilly poured her imaginary tea in the teacup that sat in front of the dog.
"Do you want some tea, Mr. Snuggles?" Lilly asked her stuffed bear who was propped up on a pillow so as if he were sitting at the table with them.
"I would love some tea." Chuck said in his best grizzly bear voice to speak for Mr. Snuggles.
Lilly turned and looked at her father. "No daddy, he doesn't sound like that. You made him sound mean. Mr. Snuggles is a nice bear."
"I'm sorry honey, let me try again." Chuck cleared his throat before slipping back into character. "I would love some tea Miss Lilly." his voice was softer and more high pitched like a cartoon character.
Lilly smiled at her father and turned to pour some imaginary tea into Mr. Snuggle's cup.
Chuck picked up his tiny little teacup and brought it to his lips pretending to drink.
"Miss Lilly this tea is simply divine." Chuck spoke again in his British woman's accent.
Lilly laughed. "Daddy, you're so funny." She hopped up from the floor and jumped into his lap. She wrapped her arms around his neck and hugged him. "I love you daddy."
Chuck smiled. "I love you doodlebug." he replied cradling her in his arms.
"Daddy, do you have to go to work today?" Lilly asked looking up at him with those big blue eyes again.
Damn those eyes Chuck thought. "Yeah sweetie I do." he replied.
"No daddy. I want you to stay home with me and mommy." she pleaded.
"I know Lil, I want to stay home with you and mommy too, but I can't."
Lilly looked up at him with sadness in her eyes and it broke his heart.
Sarah continued down the stairs and joined Chuck and Lilly in the living room.
"But guess what?" Chuck continued, taking notice of Sarah's entrance. "Now that mommy is all showered and dressed. I can go jump in the shower and get dressed and then you, mommy, Molly and I can go to the park for a little while."
Lilly's face lit up and she sat upright in her father's lap. "Can we go on the giant slide daddy?" She asked with excitement.
Lilly hugged her father again and jumped to her feet. She grabbed her father's hand and gave it a tug trying to pull him to his feet. "Go get ready daddy, go!"
Chuck laughed. "Okay okay I'm going."
"Come on Lilly, lets get our toys picked up so when daddy gets done with his shower we are ready to go." Sarah instructed.
Lilly and Sarah started picking up the tea set while Chuck made his way upstairs. Once the toys were all picked up Sarah headed to the kitchen to fix a fresh pot of coffee for Chuck and quickly fixed him a bagel, knowing that he still hadn't taken time to grab any breakfast and if she knew him, he most likely wouldn't take time for lunch today once he got working.
Sarah sat on the park bench, Molly laying on the grass next to her, watching Chuck and Lilly come flying down the slide for the 8th time. Her daughter's laughter resonated in the air. There wasn't a sound she could imagine any sweeter than that of her baby girl's laughter. She smiled.
Sarah's hand fell to her stomach and she rubbed it instinctively. As if on cue, the baby chose that exact moment to kick almost as if he were acknowledging his mother's touch. Moments later, Sarah was joined by Chuck on the bench. Lilly was occupied with a couple of her park friends in the sandbox a few feet away.
Sarah smiled at him and handed him his coffee, that she had put in a travel mug for him.
"Thanks." he said settling in next to her. He noticed her hand caressing her belly. "How is our little guy doing today?"
"He's kicking up a storm." Sarah took hold of Chuck's hand and placed it on her stomach. Again as if on cue, the baby kicked back.
Chuck smiled. "I don't think I'll ever get tired of that."
Sarah smirked. "That's because it's not you he's kicking."
"True. I can't wait to meet him though. These next two months are going to fly by."
"Maybe for you."
"Oh come on. The years have been flying by. I mean can you believe we've been married for five years? Look at Lilly, It seems like it was only yesterday that we were rocking her in our arms, changing diapers, 3 am feedings. She's growing up so fast. I feel like I'm missing everything."
"Chuck." she reached for his hand. "Things will be settling down soon. I know the past few months, especially the last few weeks have been rough for us as far as your schedule goes, but we'll get through this. We always do." She tried to reassure him.
"I know, I just hate it. You know spending the morning with you two has been great, but in a little while I have to head off to work and break that little girl's heart again. It kills me leaving her like that."
"I know Chuck, I know."
Later that night….
"Sarah you look incredible in that dress." Ellie said greeting her sister in-law with a hug.
"Oh stop it. I'm seven months pregnant, I'm just lucky I can even get into a dress at this point."
"Well you look great, Chuck is going to love it. Happy Anniversary by the way."
Sarah smiled. "Thanks."
Ellie turned her attention to her niece who stood at Sarah's side. She pulled the young girl in for a hug. "Hey Lilly are you ready to have some fun tonight?"
"I want to go with mommy and daddy."
"Sweetie, I told you, next time you will go, tonight is just mommy and daddy time." Sarah replied.
Sarah hated seeing the look of disappointment on Lilly's face. She bent down to her daughter's level. "But guess what? Tomorrow we get to go pick up the rest of your Halloween costume and then you get to go with me to my doctor's appointment to see your brother on the TV screen."
Lilly's face lit up at the mention of this.
"Lilly your cousins have been so excited about you coming over. Your Uncle Devon, Steven and Dylan have been in the living room working all day on building the biggest fort I have ever seen."
Steven and Dylan were both younger than Lilly. Steven, although he had just turned four a couple weeks ago, towered over Lily, and Dylan, who was almost three was very close in size to his older cousin. Both of the boys were completely infatuated with Lilly.
Without another word Lilly dropped her overnight bag and darted for the other room.
Sarah struggled to stand to an upright position, Ellie reached for her arm to steady her.
"Thanks." she said.
"No problem, I remember all too well what it's like being this far along. Come in and get off those feet for a while."
Sarah took a seat at the kitchen table.
"Can I get you a drink or something?" Ellie asked.
"Oh, no thanks, Chuck should be here soon."
"Where is he taking you tonight?" Ellie asked.
"That is a good question, he wouldn't tell me."
Ellie laughed, "That sounds like Chuck alright."
"Ellie thanks for taking Lilly tonight, we really appreciate it."
"Oh don't worry about it. We love having her. Especially me, you have no idea what it's like to be outnumbered by all these boys. It's like testosterone overkill. Having her here helps even the playing field a little bit."
Sarah smiled. "Well don't let her fool you, she loves coming here and she loves all of you, it's just been hard for her lately. Chuck's been working crazy hours and she hasn't seen him much. She misses him."
"I know. You miss him too."
"I do. As tired as I've been and as much as I hate leaving Lilly overnight, I really am looking forward to spending some time alone with him tonight. It's been so long."
"Well I know Chuck was really excited about having this time with you too, so I hope you guys make the most of it."
As if on cue, Chuck made his way through the front door. "Hello?' he called out.
"In the kitchen Chuck." Ellie called out to him.
Sarah stood up from her chair just as Chuck entered the kitchen. "Hey sis." Chuck turned his attention to his wife. "Hey sweetie." he leaned in and kissed her on the lips. Pulling away he took a step back to look at her. She was dressed in a conservative, yet sexy little light blue dress that came to rest just above her knees. "You look incredible."
"So do you. Where did you change?" she asked taking in Chuck's formal wear.
"I stopped by the house real quick. I meant to bring my clothes with me this morning but I was in such a rush that I forgot them."
Sarah toyed with his collar and straightened his tie. "You look really nice…Mmm and you smell good too."
"You like that?"
"Mmmhmm. What is it?'
"Oh just a little something new I'm trying out." He flashed her a grin.
"Daddy!' Lilly came running into the kitchen. She flung her arms around her father's legs.
"Doodlebug!' He picked her up and she wrapped her arms around him.
"Daddy, Stevie and I are making a fort, but Dilly keeps knocking it down ."
"Oh honey I'm sure he isn't doing it on purpose, he's just a baby."
"I not baby." Dylan said running into the kitchen followed closely by Steven and Devon trailing behind.
"Hey it's the awesome brothers" Chuck held his hand out and they both slapped him a high five.
Dylan made his way over to Sarah and reached up to her with his hands for her to pick him up.
"No buddy. Aunt Sarah can't pick you up with the baby in her belly." Devon informed his youngest son.
Dylan threw down his arms in frustration and looked up at his father with a pout on his face.
"Aww." Sarah sat back down in the kitchen chair. "It's okay Dylan, come here." She extended her arms to him. Dylan reached up for her and she pulled him up into her lap. He wrapped his arms around her and gave her a hug. Sarah ran her hand up and down his back in a soothing motion.
"Daddy can I go with you and mommy?" Lilly asked her father with her best puppy dog face and Chuck could feel his defenses crumbling.
'Oh God, be strong...be strong. ' he repeated the words over and over in his head like a mantra.
The whole room looked to Chuck waiting for his reaction. Everyone knew he was putty in her hands and wanted to see if he would be able to resist her charms.
"Sorry Lilly, not tonight. You're going to have a lot of fun here with your aunt and uncle and your cousins. I bet Aunt Ellie and Uncle Devon will even let you stay up past your bedtime."
"Come on Lilly, say goodbye to mommy and daddy and we'll go pick out a movie to watch. Our pizza will be here soon." Devon reached his hands out to her and as much as she didn't want to, she gave her father a kiss. "Bye daddy."
Devon stopped by Sarah and allowed Lilly to lean down and kiss her. "Bye mommy."
"Bye sweetheart. I love you." Sarah said kissing her daughter goodbye. She watched as Devon and Lilly disappeared into the other room. Steven following closely behind.
"Well Dilly, I need to steal your aunt Sarah away, can you say goodbye to her now?" Chuck leaned down to speak to his youngest nephew.
Dylan gave his favorite Aunt a hug and kiss before jumping off her lap and running into the living room to join his father, Lilly and his brother.
"Well Mrs. Bartowski, shall we?" Chuck extended his hand to Sarah.
She reached out and took hold of it and he pulled her to her feet.
Chuck turned his attention to Ellie. "El thanks for taking her tonight, if there's anything at all you can reach us on our cells."
"Everything will be fine. Stop worrying and you're welcome."
"Ellie, I'll pick her up tomorrow around 9:00." Sarah chimed in.
"Sounds good. You two have a great night." Ellie said ushering them out the door."
"We will." Chuck said as the door closed behind them.
His attention turned to Sarah. He smiled and reached down for her hand "Alone at last Mrs. Bartowski." he said to her.
Sarah smiled. "Alone at last Mr. Bartowski." He leaned in and kissed her tenderly on the lips.
Chuck took Sarah to a quaint, intimate little restaurant just outside of the city. They enjoyed good food, conversation and just being in one another's presence.
Chuck leaned in towards her across the table and took her hands into his. "You really do look incredible tonight Sarah. You're so beautiful."
"I'm glad we did this tonight. "I've really missed this." She replied.
Chuck leaned across the table and grazed his lips against hers.
"Mmm, How about we get some desert to go. There's someplace else I'd like to take you tonight."
"Okay." She replied with a smile.
Half an hour later Chuck and Sarah found themselves pulling up to Clear View Point. It was where Chuck had taken her the night he proposed to her. Chuck put the car in park, Sarah sat with her head resting against the back of the seat, her eyes closed as she remembered it like it was yesterday.
"Come on, it's almost time." Chuck said as he grabbed a blanket from the back seat. He closed the car door and led Sarah to the small clearing in the distance. "Almost time for what?" Sarah asked. "There's going to be a meteor shower." "A meteor shower?" She asked as they came to a halt. Chuck smiled as he went to work laying out the blanket for them. Once it was situated he sat down and reached out to her. Sarah accepted his hand and came to sit next to him. "A meteor shower is when several meteors enter the Earth's atmosphere at extremely high speeds. Basically it looks a bunch of shooting stars in the sky." "Chuck I know what a meteor shower is, I just didn't realize there was going to be one tonight." "Sorry, that was my inner nerd coming out there." "Fortunately for you, I love your inner nerd." "Oh yeah?" "Mmhmm." Chuck laid down on his side, propping himself up on his one elbow. "Come here." Sarah laid down next to him. "Are you comfortable enough?" he asked as he looked down upon her. He brushed a few strands of hair away from her eyes, which sparkled in the moonlight. "Mmhmm." She replied. Chuck's gaze fell to her lips. She looked up at him anticipating the kiss. He leaned in slowly and pressed his lips against hers. His hand resting gently on her chin, guiding her lips to his. Their lips meshed together like they were meant to be one. They moved in sync with one another slowly. The intensity of the kiss increasing with each passing second. When their lips parted, Chuck ran his finger alongside her cheek as she played with the curls just above his ears. "Oh!….Wow!" Sarah exclaimed as her eyes looked past Chuck. She shot upright to a sitting position as her attention shifted to the night sky. She stared, amazed by the sight before her. "It's a sight to behold." He said sitting up behind her. "I've never seen anything like it before." She stood up and took a few steps forward. She stood with her back to him mesmerized by the sight before her. "Sarah, I've been meaning to ask you something for some time now. I don't want you to think it has anything to do with the baby because it doesn't, and no matter what you say….well I don't want it to change things between us, you know the way things are now." Sarah turned to face him, expecting to see him standing behind her, except that wasn't the case. She shifted her gaze to see him kneeling before her on one knee. "Sarah, don't freak out." Sarah's jaw dropped, she stood speechless at the sight of Chuck kneeling before her on one knee with a ring in hand. "Sarah, I love you…nothing will ever change that...It couldn't…My love for you is unconditional. It's never ending… because…it just… it just is…I want to spend the rest of my life with you…loving you…making you happy…Sarah, I want to grow old with you." Sarah felt a lump in her throat and at that moment she found it very hard to breathe. "Sarah, would you do me the incredibly huge honor of being my wife?…Marry me?"
"Come on, it's almost time." Chuck said as he grabbed a blanket from the back seat. He closed the car door and led Sarah to the small clearing in the distance.
"Almost time for what?" Sarah asked.
"There's going to be a meteor shower."
"A meteor shower?" She asked as they came to a halt.
Chuck smiled as he went to work laying out the blanket for them. Once it was situated he sat down and reached out to her. Sarah accepted his hand and came to sit next to him.
"A meteor shower is when several meteors enter the Earth's atmosphere at extremely high speeds. Basically it looks a bunch of shooting stars in the sky."
"Chuck I know what a meteor shower is, I just didn't realize there was going to be one tonight."
"Sorry, that was my inner nerd coming out there."
"Fortunately for you, I love your inner nerd."
Chuck laid down on his side, propping himself up on his one elbow. "Come here."
Sarah laid down next to him.
"Are you comfortable enough?" he asked as he looked down upon her. He brushed a few strands of hair away from her eyes, which sparkled in the moonlight.
"Mmhmm." She replied.
Chuck's gaze fell to her lips. She looked up at him anticipating the kiss. He leaned in slowly and pressed his lips against hers. His hand resting gently on her chin, guiding her lips to his. Their lips meshed together like they were meant to be one. They moved in sync with one another slowly. The intensity of the kiss increasing with each passing second.
When their lips parted, Chuck ran his finger alongside her cheek as she played with the curls just above his ears.
"Oh!….Wow!" Sarah exclaimed as her eyes looked past Chuck. She shot upright to a sitting position as her attention shifted to the night sky. She stared, amazed by the sight before her.
"It's a sight to behold." He said sitting up behind her.
"I've never seen anything like it before." She stood up and took a few steps forward. She stood with her back to him mesmerized by the sight before her.
"Sarah, I've been meaning to ask you something for some time now. I don't want you to think it has anything to do with the baby because it doesn't, and no matter what you say….well I don't want it to change things between us, you know the way things are now."
Sarah turned to face him, expecting to see him standing behind her, except that wasn't the case. She shifted her gaze to see him kneeling before her on one knee.
"Sarah, don't freak out."
Sarah's jaw dropped, she stood speechless at the sight of Chuck kneeling before her on one knee with a ring in hand.
"Sarah, I love you…nothing will ever change that...It couldn't…My love for you is unconditional. It's never ending… because…it just… it just is…I want to spend the rest of my life with you…loving you…making you happy…Sarah, I want to grow old with you."
Sarah felt a lump in her throat and at that moment she found it very hard to breathe.
"Sarah, would you do me the incredibly huge honor of being my wife?…Marry me?"
A smile spread across her face, recalling the happy memory. Chuck reached out for her hand and her eyes opened when she felt him touch her.
"What are you thinking about?" he asked.
"You…Us….The last time we were here."
Chuck brought her hand to his lips and kissed it. "Come on." He said opening his door. Chuck grabbed a blanket from the back seat and their take out containers of desert. He made his way around to her door and opened it for her. Sarah stepped out and laced her fingers with his. They walked to their little clearing and Chuck laid out the blanket for them.
Sarah turned. She stood with her back to him as she gazed up at the sky. The cool air sent chills down her spine. She wrapped her arms around herself in an attempt to warm up.
"Are you cold?" Chuck asked taking note and moving in closer to her.
"A little." she replied.
Chuck quickly shed himself of his jacket and came up behind her and wrapped her up in it.
Chuck took her hand in his and led her over to the blanket. "We don't have to stay long, I just thought it might be a nice place to eat our desert."
"It is and we can stay as long as you want. I love it here."
Sarah and Chuck sat down on the blanket and Chuck proceeded to pull out their desert.
"The stars are really bright tonight." She commented, gazing up at the night sky.
"They're always bright up here, but you're right, they seem brighter tonight. I think they're shining just for you."
Sarah chuckled as she looked at her husband. "How long did it take you to come up with that one?" she asked.
He smiled back. "Not long at all, it just came to me. You know I'm a natural when it comes to cheesy pick up lines, It's a gift." He leaned in and kissed her softly on the lips.
The two partook in their desert. Chuck scooped up a forkful of the chocolate raspberry cheesecake and fed it to her.
"Mmm that's good." she replied.
"The best." he replied.
After desert Sarah found herself wrapped up in his arms as they gazed up at the stars. Chuck had propped up his Ipod and portable speakers so they could have some music to set the mood.
"This is really nice Chuck. It feels good to be in your arms."
"It feels good to have you in my arms."
"Chuck, I know we keep saying that things will get better with work and all…. Promise me it will… Promise me you're going to be around more often. That I'm not going to be putting two kids down for bed every night by myself, making excuses for why you're not there to kiss them goodnight and tuck them in…. Promise me that I'm not going to be going to bed alone every night and waking up to an empty bed in the morning."
"Hey." he leaned down and turned her in his arms so that she was looking at him. "I know it's been hard lately. It's been hard for me too. I promise you." He lifted her chin with his finger. "Sarah, I promise you, I'll be there. There's nothing I want more. You know how much family means to me. It's the most important thing. You and our children are the most important thing in the world to me."
He caressed her cheek with his hand. Slowly he leaned in and kissed her on the lips. She clasped her hand behind his neck, playing with the curls that hung down.
He rested his forehead against hers. "Nothing is more important Sarah, nothing."
"Tonight was great Chuck. I wish it didn't have to end." Sarah said as they walked up to their front door hand in hand.
"Well it's not over yet." Chuck said opening the front door to their house.
Sarah made her way past the entryway and into the house. She froze when she saw the living room illuminated with candle light. A fire glowing in the fireplace, rose petals strewn across the floor and an exceptionally large bouquet of Gardenias situated in the middle of the coffee table.
"You like it?" he asked.
"Chuck, how did you..?"
"Ellie helped me out. I thought it might be nice to hang out in front of the fireplace for a while. We haven't done that since we bought the house."
"That sounds wonderful." She pulled him in for a hug. "Mind if I go change first?"
"No go. Just hurry back." he moved in to kiss her.
"Mmmm. I'll be quick."
He smiled as he watched her walk away. While she was changing, Chuck took the opportunity to grab some pillows off the couch and set them up for them on the floor in front of the fireplace. He made his way out to the kitchen and grabbed two glasses, a bottle of sparkling cider, and a bowl of strawberries and whipped cream that he had placed in the fridge earlier that night when he stopped home to change.
Chuck made it back into the living room just in time to see Sarah making her way down the stairs.
She was wearing a white satin negligee with spaghetti straps. It was extremely low cut. Chuck's breath caught in his throat. "Sarah?"
She smiled as she sauntered towards him.
"You look…I mean…wow." he stumbled over his words and she laughed.
"I take it you like?" She asked.
Chuck nodded his head.
"Good. Because you have no idea how hard it is to distract a four year old while you shop for lingerie."
Chuck laughed. "Well baby you did good."
Sarah moved in to kiss him. The kiss was sweet and tender and full of promise.
"Come sit down." he took her hand and led her towards the fireplace where he had set up the pillows for then. He helped her down on the floor and then took a seat next to her.
Sarah admired the Gardenia's on the table in front of her. She took notice of the card attached with her name on it. She reached out to retrieve it. She opened the small envelope, removed the card and read aloud.
To my darling wife Sarah,
Five years down but
we're just beginning.
The best is yet to come.
All My Love,
"Chuck, that's beautiful. The flowers are beautiful. Thank you."
"You're beautiful." He replied as he poured them each a glass of the sparkling cider. He handed a glass to her and then picked up his own glass. "I want to make a toast Sarah." he held up his glass and she followed suit.
"To my beautiful wife. You gave me the five most incredible years of marriage I could ever imagine. The best years of my life have been because of you, and I know we'll have plenty more years to come. You are the love of my life, my soul mate, my reason for being. You are my life, my home, my everything. I love you Sarah Bartowski, forever and always. I love you."
The tears glistened in her eyes as she clinked glasses with him. "And I love you Chuck Bartowski…forever and always."
He leaned in and she met him half way. He captured her lips with his and kissed her fervently, leaving her completely breathless. Sarah's hands moved up his torso and began working at the buttons on his shirt. It wasn't long before she shed him of the material sending it to the floor. Chuck's hand moved up her side, resting briefly against the side of her breast. He continued his upward journey with his hand until he came in contact with the strap on her shoulder. His mouth worked it's way from her lips to her neck, trailing succulent kisses in it's path. Chuck slipped his finger beneath the thin satin strap on her negligee and slid it off her shoulder leaving kisses in it's path.
"Mmmm. Chuck." She moaned with pleasure as he continued to touch her, to love her.
His mouth moved down her chest as he pushed away the satiny material in the process revealing her silky, smooth flesh.
"Sarah….are you sure you…want to…do this? Usually…you're too…tired." he stopped to look up at her.
Sarah smiled. "Chuck…I shaved my legs for you….Do you have any idea how hard it is to shave your legs when you're this pregnant? We're doing this."
Chuck laughed and moved back in to capture her lips. He was just getting back into it when Sarah quickly pulled away.
"Unless… YOU don't want to…I mean….I know how I look Chuck….I understand if you don't find me attractive."
"Sarah it's been 4 weeks, 6 days, 9 hours…" Chuck glanced down at his watch. "and 18 minutes since we were together last…We're doing this. Now shut up and kiss me."
Sarah smiled. She reached out and took hold of him and pulled him back in for a kiss. He ran his hands sensually up her back. His one hand came to rest behind the back of her head and he leaned in pushing her gently down onto the pillows. He hovered above her, careful not to press down on her stomach. Sarah ran her hands over his bare chest and he reveled in the sensation she invoked on him. Sitting up, Sarah rolled Chuck onto his back. She climbed on top of him straddling him. He ran his hands over her bare thighs and pushed the satin material up her body, until it was over her head and completely gone, leaving her in nothing but the matching panties that came with the outfit.
Chuck licked his lips, taking in the sight before him. She smiled as she leaned over him. Her lips sought out his once again. His hands slid up her bare back as her mouth worked it's way down his torso. She kissed her way down his abdomen stopping just below his belly button and above the waistline of his pants. She sat upright atop of him and worked at the button on his pants, followed by the zipper. Sarah tugged at the material that separated them. Chuck assisted her with the removal, desperate to shed himself of the clothing that confined him.
He closed his eyes and moaned with pleasure as she settled back down on top of his lap. In one swift motion Chuck slipped inside her, eliciting a blissful cry to escape her own lips.
Sitting upright, Chuck wrapped his arms around her, pulling her closer. His mouth sought out hers again as he continued to move inside her.
"Oh Chuck!" She cried out as he continued to work his magic on her.
He took her sensitive breast in his mouth and she cried out once again. His tongue lovingly massaged her soft flesh. Sarah ran her hands through his thick curls. He laid her down on her back and moved over her again. She locked her legs around his waist, pulling him deeper into her.
Chuck moaned with pleasure as she raked her fingernails down his back. He thrust deeper inside her and nearly lost it when he heard her cry out. She tightened up around him, her body writhing beneath him. His mouth retreated to her neck. He nipped at her ear and she giggled, a smile spread across his face and he took the opportunity to make eye contact with her. "I love you." he said as his mouth slowly met hers again. He kissed her softly savoring the moment. He traced her delicate features with his tongue as he slowed down his pace.
He moved his hands slowly over her body, touching upon every feature. It sent chills down her spine when he touched her like that, like he was memorizing her body with his hands. She missed him so and she needed him tonight, more than she knew. A single tear fell from her eye. Chuck looked up at her when he felt the wetness fall against his chest.
"Sarah? "What's wrong?…Did I…did I hurt you?…the baby?"
She shook her head no. It was too hard to speak. She clung on to him for dear life. He brushed the tear from her cheek and replaced it with a kiss.
"Tell me." he spoke softly as he caressed her cheek. Their eyes locked on one another.
"I love you." was all she could manage to get out, it was all she needed to tell him, because he felt too.
Okay, so now that you have a little back story to set the tone and let you know where our characters are at at this point in time, the real fun can start. So what did you all think? Satisfied with the opening chapter or not so much? Please leave a review and let me know. I look forward to your responses. Thanks for reading. The next chapter our adventure begins stay tuned.