Slices of Life
Summary: A collection of ficlets, based off prompts received at my Tumblr.
Disclaimer: I don't own Chuck. No copyright infringement is intended.
Set mid-season 1
Written for alicehermione.
"Chuck finds out that Sarah didn't watch Disney movies as a kid."
It all started when Chuck was trying to convince Sarah to join him at Disneyland for a day.
"I grew up going there and I think you'd like California Adventure, and, and! They're ending the Main Street Electrical Parade next April and sending it to Florida, and who knows when it could come back?"
He was coming close to begging her. And it wasn't very dignified, he knew. But Ellie was listening and after all, their cover was as boyfriend and girlfriend, and this was the kind of thing he'd done with girlfriends before. Well, girlfriend. Well, girl he dated. Megan Mahoney, his prom date, had gone with him to Disneyland and had then proceeded to dump him two days later. Jill preferred Knott's Berry Farm, so they had always gone there.
Sarah was opening her mouth to refuse—he could just tell—until he cut his eyes over to Ellie and then back to Sarah. His CIA handler and fake girlfriend got the message.
"I've never gone to Disneyland … it sounds like fun," she said, her voice a little forced. "With … with Bugs Bunny and all that."
Chuck gaped at her. "Bugs Bunny? No, no, we're going to Disneyland."
"Bugs Bunny isn't at Disneyland?" Sarah asked.
"Um, no." He rubbed a hand through his hair. "Disneyland, you know. With Mickey Mouse and the Disney Princesses and all that."
"Oh," she said.
"Chuck, ease up on Sarah," Ellie interjected. "Not everyone is a Disney nerd like you are."
"I'm not a Disney nerd," he protested. "I just like the movies. And the park."
"Uh-huh," Ellie said with a grin.
Chuck rolled his eyes at her and turned back to Sarah. "Didn't you grow up wanting to go to Disneyland? Imagine yourself in one of the movies? I always wanted to be in Aladdin with the Genie and the flying carpet."
Sarah nibbled on her lower lip. He might not know much about Sarah Walker, but he did know that when she did that, she was nervous about something. When she spoke, her voice was hesitant. "Actually … I never saw Aladdin. Or—or any of the Disney cartoons."
It was all he could do not to let his mouth fall open. "What?! How could you have never seen a Disney movie?" As soon as the words were out of his mouth, he realized that a, he was being really pushy and b, she'd probably clam up tighter than a guard at Fort Knox.
"Lots of people don't let their kids see the movies, Chuck," Ellie pointed out. "The other day I had a patient, this cute little six-year-old, whose parents didn't want her to get brainwashed by the whole Disney Princesses thing."
"That was how my parents felt," Sarah said quickly. "They didn't want to bring up a princess."
Chuck eyed Sarah as she fell into conversation with Ellie. He didn't really think that was the case, but what could he do? It wasn't like he could force her to tell him. Trying to make Sarah Walker talk when she didn't want to was a process that was bound to end badly for him.
Ellie looked down at her watch and sighed. "As fun as this has been, I have to get to the hospital." She quickly hugged Sarah and kissed Chuck on the cheek before gathering her things and walking out of the apartment, leaving the two of them alone.
Once Ellie was gone, Sarah drew back from Chuck. "We should probably go over that intel, see if you flash on anything."
Chuck sighed and rubbed his temples. He'd already done some flashing earlier and he wasn't looking forward to the headache that was already developing. Sarah must have seen him wincing, because she paused and put down the file folders she had pulled out of her bag. "It can wait."
"Are you sure?" he asked her.
Sarah nodded and smiled at him a little. "We can do something else until you're ready."
He smiled back, his mind immediately presenting an option to him. Well, two options, but he doubted he could ever convince Sarah to kiss him for real. "Maybe … maybe we could watch a movie?"
Sarah's eyebrow quirked. "A movie."
Chuck nodded. "Yeah. Expose you to a whole new world." He couldn't help grinning at his choice of words, even though Sarah wouldn't catch the reference.
"Let me guess: a Disney movie?"
"And people think I'm the genius," he said, playfully nudging her.
To his relief, Sarah laughed as she shook her head. "Okay, okay. We can watch one of these movies, if only so I can see what the big deal is."
Chuck smiled widely. "You won't be disappointed. Take a seat while I pick out the best movie to introduce you to the Disney experience."
With a small smile, Sarah nodded and sat down while Chuck looked through his collection. This was harder than he thought and he spent a good two minutes debating different options. Then, as he sensed Sarah getting antsy, he decided to go with his instincts and picked Aladdin. Popping it into the DVD player, he sat down next to her and smiled. "I hope you like this one."
Sarah gazed at him for a moment, then smiled back. "I hope I do, too."
As nice as it would be to hold her hand or drape his arm around her shoulders, there was no need for it since they were alone. But Chuck noticed that as the movie progressed, Sarah definitely relaxed enough to let her side touch his. And that made him very grateful that he had memorized Aladdin so he didn't really have to watch it. Because all his brainpower was going into memorizing the feel of Sarah Walker's side pressing lightly against his.