NOTICE: THIS STORY IS PRESENTLY UNDERGOING A REMASTERING PHASE. I HAVE REMASTERED THE FIRST SEVEN CHAPTERS SO FAR. I HAVE CHANGED EVERYTHING FROM PAST TENSE TO PRESENT. I HAVE ALSO ADDED IN SOME NEW DIALOGUE AND SCENES WITH MUCH BETTER WRITING ABILITY THAN WHEN I FIRST BEGUN THIS PROJECT.
Welcome to my alternate universe story that explores the route of Sarah and Chuck meeting each other as the CIA's best agents. Expect lots of things different to canon in regards to Chuck and Sarah's relationship in this story as they have the freedom to do absolutely anything they want to concerning their relationship without any consequences. Yes, Chuck is a fully trained spy in this story and everything that accompanies that. BUT, he is still the same Chuck from canon, as you will see if you give the story a chance and read just a few chapters :) Sarah also telling Chuck that he isn't the same guy she fell for (because he's a spy) does not apply here either. Because in this AU, this is the first time that she has met him (so she hasn't experienced the non spy Chuck), and he is still the EXACT same kind, loving, passionate and sweet guy from canon :) My pen-name is Charah! I'm not going to turn Chuck into some mindless government killer! Lol!
The first couple dozen chapters are effectively a prologue (it sounds silly now but it will make sense over time) and there's some main plot going on but it's mostly getting everybody introduced and setting the tempo. The actual fun to the story will begin around chapter forty.
Warning: This story will push a strong T at times. It will contain frequent sexual scenes and spy action stuff.
Disclaimer: I do not own Chuck which is probably the reason why the ending of the show is just absolutely awful ;)
Love at First Sight
Central Intelligence Agency Headquarters
Washington DC, USA
28 November 2005
As Agent Walker sits quietly on her seat inside Director Graham's office, she begins to drift off into a reverie about a lot of things that had taken place in the previous months but particularly her previous two missions. The previous two missions for Sarah have taken a huge toll out on her and all she wants to do right at this moment is to be sitting on a beach in St. Tropez alone but instead here she is in Washington, D.C. whilst waiting for her next assignment which happens to be with some CIA bad-ass called Carmichael.
Sarah had tried to talk the director out of working with a partner. She had tried her very level best to get her point across that all of her success had came from working alone and that she didn't go well with partners. She had used the fallout of the Clandestine Attack Team as the main part of her point but the director however was adamant that she will obey her orders.
Just great... This Carmichael is probably just another one of those arrogant CIA hotshots who love themselves and are more interested in the glitz and glam of the spy life rather than the mission in hand. Sarah chokes on the thought she had just had.
However, if the truth be told, Sarah is more hurt in particular because of the growing reputation of this Carmichael. She is receiving half of her normal mission workload from Graham and she does not like it. After taking her father away all she has left is the agency and she sure as hell is not going to let some CIA hotshot take that away from her.
No, she will have to show Graham on this assignment that the word 'partner' is not one that she has in her vocabulary.
So due to her negative opinion that Sarah has already placed on this mystery agent, she isn't at all surprised when she checks her watch to find that Agent Carmichael is running fifteen minutes late. She doesn't know what the director sees in Carmichael, because even after this blatant act of unprofessionalism of being late the director is still all smiles and he even gives her a funny looking grin. The director may be a lot of things, ruthless and cunning to name but a few but he can read the mind of Sarah Walker to perfection as she is after all his recruit.
So Sarah sits back uncomfortably once more as she zones out drifting into thoughts about getting this mission out of the way and taking a week of leave to visit St. Tropez. It really is beautiful at this time of year...
When Agent Carmichael first received a call from the director about his upcoming assignment, he did not want this assignment. Don't freak out he had said to himself at the time. Director Graham wants him to work together with one of the best agents not only in the CIA but in the world. The great Agent Sarah Walker. Recruited into the CIA in 1998. Ex member of CAT. Ex Secret Service detail protecting the President. Chuck was pretty sure that if needed she could quell a revolution with a fork.
Chuck often wondered to himself why he was receiving many of the difficult missions when they were far more suited to Sarah Walker. These missions were her style: seduction. Back at the farm legend had it Miss Walker would only have to look at you with her eyes or flick her hair and you would be on your knees spilling all she needed to know.
Don't freak out, Chuck. Don't freak out...
He quickly hurries into the CIA headquarters and then continues along the corridors until landing inside of the director's office still in deep thoughts as his mind continues to mull over on why he had received so many of these types of missions that he had been given when there were so many other agents out there better looking and more charming than him. But who is he to disobey his orders? He had been teamed with beautiful agents from the CIA, MI6, and a recent DEA agent in the Afghan region but there was no beauty on this earth that could be compared to this woman sitting with the director. He had read her file, her mission reports, he admires her work immensely but he could never believe there was a woman as beautiful as this. Hell he still didn't believe it and he thought he was dreaming that was until the director cleared his throat to announce his presence.
Chuck immediately turns crimson red on the director announcing his presence to him. How could he have been so stupid? Did his first meeting with Agent Walker really consist of him being late and then consist of him being so frozen in time that he could not pry his eyes away from her. He was so lost in her beautiful sapphire eyes and her long blonde hair...
Finally, Carmichael had arrived. Sarah had noticed this because the director had glanced down the hallway of the facility. Sarah was disinterested at first, waiting for the inevitable bad attitude to originate from him. She did not however prepare herself for when her eyes come into contact with a tall, broad shouldered, well built, brown haired, brown eyed agent with a clear shyness attached to his persona that is enough to unsettle anybody.
Is this mystery agent the Prince Charming that her mother had told her stories of when she was young? And when their eyes meet with each other she drifts off into a universe that can only be described as heaven. When the director had then made himself aware she snapped back and for a moment she had lost control of herself. The handsome agent then moves to take a seat a few feet away from her. Sarah suddenly feels an unfamiliar sensation inside her stomach at the mere sight of him. Chuck quickly took his seat and he trips over his words because of his encounter just seconds ago with the beautiful woman just a few feet away, "I- I'm so sorry Director. I have zero excuse for being late," he says deeply apologetically with a nervous glance and smile.
Director Graham glances at both of his agents obviously aware of what had just occurred between his two best agents and he smirks. "Please, Agent Carmichael, no apologizes are necessary. I completely understand and I am sorry to have called you in. I know I promised you a vacation to spend time with your family who you have not had the chance to see in a while but duty calls," Graham pauses ever so briefly to rotate his glance between Chuck and Sarah and then he continues once more, "Agent Carmichael, please allow me to introduce you to Agent Walker."
Chuck shyly nods his head and he then greets Agent Walker, "Agent Walker I- I am so honored to be given a chance to work with you," Chuck says as he trips over his words again.
Sarah blushes on hearing his words. This man is incredibly cute. She has never encountered an agent who has a clear nervousness about him before. "Please, call me Sarah. It's a pleasure to meet you Agent Carmichael."
Chuck quickly interrupts, "Please, call me Chuck, and the pleasure is all mine," he says with a great sense of pride and honour felt towards her.
Director Graham then resumes on with the briefing, "Now, Agents. I have studied your missions for several months now. You both fight very similar and you are both comfortable thinking very quickly on your feet. I believe you to be perfectly compatible as partners so this will be your first mission together. If results are good then you will become permanent partners," the director pauses momentarily who is still full of grins on the inside on noticing his two best agents acting like love struck puppies too shy to look at one another again.
"You will attend a formal party inside the French Consulate here in D.C tomorrow. You will go in under the cover of being a married United States couple with a fine interest in politics. Your assignment is to grab a French citizen and to retrieve a micro intelligence chip from him. All I can tell you about what's on the chip is that it is game changing intelligence. Accommodation has already been arranged and you will find a small armoury available to you inside suitcases at the hotel. Questions?" Director Graham asks.
Chuck speaks first, "Director, who is this French Citizen? "
"Pierre Salvatore, he is directly connected to the organization that bombed the Las Vegas hotel last month. We lost seven agents in that explosion and we believe that he plans to use the information on the chip to plot a next attack against the U.S."
Sarah and Chuck both listened intently to the briefing. Sarah is impressed at how much Chuck pays attention to detail. He takes a pride in his work and wants no stone left upturned in this briefing. It took a lot to impress her, but she is impressed.
"Director, will the target have backup?" Sarah asks.
"That is unknown, Agent Walker. It is possible he may have up to four armed muscle around him which should not be a problem for either of you with your expertise. You will grab Pierre using whatever means you deem necessary. Alive or dead, the importance is primarily the intel. I would also suggest you spend the next day getting to know each other, dismissed."
Chuck and Sarah then awkwardly nod their heads at the director and they then leave the office as they begin to head to find a taxi to take them to their accommodation.
Sarah begins to wonder what the hell had just happened. Fifteen minutes ago she hated the prospect of meeting another of those arrogant agents but it went completely the opposite. It would have been so much easier if he was an ass. But he is handsome, smart and very, very shy and she quite simply has no idea how to handle this. You are not taught how to handle a situation like this back at the farm. To make matters worse, once they had left and headed for a taxi, he emits one of the cutest smiles to her that she has ever seen. Cancel that, it was the cutest smile that she had ever seen, it made her knees come close to buckling...
Chuck and Sarah have now arrived at the hotel that had already been arranged for them. Both Chuck and Sarah had thought that the agency would have had them booked into just the one bedroom, their cover after all was that they are married. They have a habit of making you feel uncomfortable in the agency. But to both of the agents relief, it is a two bed suite booking. Chuck politely makes his excuses to her and they agree to meet again in one hour for lunch.
As soon as they had separated Chuck lets out a huge sigh. Chuck has to impress Sarah Walker. He has to show her that he can be a good partner. He already knew from reports that she prefers to work alone so this is his one chance to prove his worth to the agency.
Chuck needs to shower. He needs to have a clear mind and he can't stop thinking about how beautiful his new partner is.
Grow up, Chuck. This isn't middle school. You're both elite spies you need to remain professional and focus on this mission.
Putting aside his inner thoughts, he heads to shower...
Sarah needs to have a cold shower and fast. Had that man just swept her of her feet without barely saying anything? Sarah runs into the bathroom and she jumps into the shower before she allows her mind to drift even more over this agent whom she had never met prior to today...
Once Chuck had finished freshening himself up he changes into a casual shirt and jeans and he adjusts his long hair and he then begins to head down to meet Sarah for lunch.
As Chuck arrives Sarah is already there waiting for him. He wonders how long he has kept her waiting once more. He is quite angry with himself right now. He angrily tells himself that if he keeps making a woman this beautiful wait around she will be long gone from his life before he has the chance to say hi-yo... Chuck suddenly stops bashing himself mid sentence gasping at the incredible beauty before him. She is casually dressed but she looks absolutely amazing. Chuck does not know how she can make a simple tank top and jeans look so beautiful but she does and with ease.
Sarah watches him with a slightly amused look as she begins to wave her hand in front of his eyes. "Chuck?" she calls.
"Huh..." he recovers, now feeling totally embarrassed with himself. "I'm so, so sorry, Sarah it's just..." He pauses again, unable to stop his glancing toward Sarah. "You look really beautiful," he tells her as sincere as he can possibly be.
Sarah immediately blushes on hearing his declaration. Which is quite unusual for her as she was used to compliments from agents, marks and onlookers but still, she blushed immensely. Chuck's compliment had been so sincere and genuine without any interior motive. "Thank you, Chuck," she says as she smiles graciously at him.
They then begin to order lunch and they become focused on learning as much as they can about each other. Well, not until they glance at each other intently several more times.
"So, Chuck... What's a handsome guy like you doing working as a Clandestine Operative?" Sarah asks him warmly.
Chuck blushes upon receiving a compliment from Sarah.
"I was recruited out of Stanford in 2002, as an analyst at first.. But the agency told me I had so much more potential than that and spent a number of weeks convincing me to undergo the training..."
Chuck seems uncomfortable talking about himself and Sarah would even go as far to say that he seems to not rate himself as highly as Director Graham did. So much for the arrogant guy who loves himself huh, Walker?
Chuck then pauses for a moment of consideration as he thinks back to what his mentor Roan Montgomery had told him. Even though Chuck's combat effectiveness is second to none, Chuck's greatest strength is his emotions. Not many agents can show it, but Chuck is always kind, honest, maintains his integrity, in tricky situations he tries to play the negotiator and he will NEVER leave anybody behind. He has a personal responsibility that if he messes up something, then he himself will fix it or he will go down trying.
"And what about you, Sarah? Why is the most beautiful woman on the planet working as a CIA Clandestine Operative? I mean you're one of the best spies in the world, I've read and admired all of your reports. But you would more than comfortably fit in anywhere in Hollywood earning twenty million a year," Chuck jokes with a wide grin.
Sarah blushes immensely again. Why is everything that this man says so perfect!
Sarah not knowing what to say after being dumbfounded by Chuck says all she can think of. "You're so sweet. I like you, Chuck," she says as she gives him an adoring smile. It had been a long time since she had last smiled at anybody like that.
Sarah and Chuck then continue their lunch for the new few minutes.
"By the way, I wish I earned twenty million a year," she says humorously to him causing him to chuckle.
"Sarah, me too. I don't know about you, but I pick up peanuts in comparison to that,"
"Me too," she quickly interrupts.
The two agents then complete their lunch and introductory and it is now time for the two spies to sort out their formal attire for tomorrow's consulate party.
"You should probably find a Tux, Chuck," she states and he nods his head. "I'll need an evening dress."
"Agreed," he replies as they both depart the hotel to head out shopping together and then spend the next three hours looking for the right items...
It is now evening and both agents had bought their attire but they had both seemed reluctant to show each other what they had bought almost as if they had bought it to impress the other one. Sarah using her super spy skills however had managed to get a sneak peak of it and she liked what she saw. Like being an understatement.
With not much else to do other than choose their weapons they return to their hotel. The weapons cache is located in the hotel just like Graham had promised them. Under Chuck's bed are two suitcases full of weapons and ammunition. Both of the agents then proceed to open up the cases and they stand there drooling at the sight of them like they are two kids in a candy store once more.
Sarah opts for her preferred weapon of choice. The Smith & Wesson Model 5906 while Chuck opts for the SIG Sauer P229 each taking five clips of ammunition and a suppressor.
"Not bad," Chuck smiles at his new partner feeling very impressed with how she handles her weapon.
"Not too shabby yourself, Chuck," Sarah responds to him in kind.
On completing the arming of themselves, there is now just one more thing left to do. They need to plan out how to take out Pierre without alerting the entire consulate of their presence.
Chuck then begins to browse through the envelope that the CIA Director had provided them with. They spend the next twenty minutes talking back and forth over their plan before finishing and agreeing that they will infiltrate together as a married couple but they both agree that Sarah will attempt to lure Pierre into an on suite consulate room where they will tranquilize him, grab the intelligence and hopefully leave without any gunplay. And if all is to go wrong then they will make a hot exfiltration and regroup back at the hotel.
It is now time to switch off and Chuck and Sarah are preparing to say goodnight to each other.
"Well, goodnight Agent Walker. I hope that you sleep well," Chuck says softly as he sports her a warm smile.
"It's Sarah," Sarah replies to him with a bright smile.
"Right, right! Sorry, I just respect you as an agent so much, Sarah," he says sincerely to her.
"Thank you, Chuck," Sarah replies as she moves into Chuck's proximity and gives him a peck on his cheek.
Chuck immediately begins to blush and he starts to turn red like a beetroot on Sarah kissing his cheek.
Sarah begins to giggle on seeing him turn red and she smiles at him a final time, before then departing through the door that separated the two rooms...
As soon as Sarah closes the door after her, Chuck begins freaking out. I have just been kissed by the most beautiful woman I could ever imagine! If I am dreaming, then please do not wake me up!
Another cold shower is needed urgently and he quickly removes his shirt as he prepares to head to the shower but he stops dead in his tracks when he hears the door open behind him, Sarah is inside the room again!
As Sarah had left the room to settle down for the night, she must have left her phone on the bed when sorting out their weapons and she quickly returned into the room so that she wouldn't disturb Chuck later on.
Sarah instantly connects her eyes onto Chuck and she freezes in place at the sight of his bare chest, he is toned to perfection and she can not help but visibly gasp at the completely unexpected sight as she didn't expect him to be shirtless! Sarah has always been a sucker for abs and his abdominal muscle definition quite simply has taken her breath away. Sarah is already feeling immensely attracted to Chuck. He is funny, in a silly kind of way. He is very intelligent. His facial features are quite simply to die for. Just looking at Chuck's face alone is enough to take Sarah's breath away but this, this really is the icing on the cake. Sarah is now convinced that Chuck Bartowski is the complete package as she begins to stare wide eyed at her new partner's frame...
Chuck begins to panic when he sees Sarah staring right at him. He is a spy... Chuck had been taught to be able to read somebody to perfection and he can clearly tell that she loves what she can see. Chuck has to do something quickly and he dives onto the floor quickly shouting, "Got to do my press ups," he says as he works furiously on doing as many press ups as he could until Sarah leaves the room.
Sarah begins to laugh at how sweet and how funny Chuck is behaving. It just makes her feel normal and not a deadly trained spy when she has been around him today.
"I'm sorry for the intrusion," Sarah pauses with a wide smirk as she looks down and talks to Chuck on the floor. "I left my phone on your bed," she says with her continued wide smirk as she turns away from looking at him down on the floor to pick up her phone before looking back at him a final time as she winks seductively at him clearly telling him she loves everything she has just seen before departing his room once more.
Sarah returns straight into her room and she collapses onto her bed as she visually begins to recall that little show in Chuck's room before standing up and heading into the bathroom once more to take a cold shower. 'Damn it.' she thinks. 'All these cold showers will be the death of me.' she continues to think. 'Damn you Chuck for being so perfect' was her final thought...
Chuck also heads straight to shower and then he heads to bed not hiding his excitement that tomorrow, he will be undertaking a mission with the great Sarah Walker...