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Joined 01-30-19, id: 11961602, Profile Updated: 04-04-21
Author has written 5 stories for Chuck.

Middle aged, (happily) married, father to three (wonderful) kids. In over thirty years of adulthood I don't think I've ever been a true "fanboy" of any fiction. I've enjoyed much fiction, some immensely, but only while in the moment of watching/reading/listening. None of it "stuck" with me. Then I watched the show "Chuck" mid-2018 and it seems to have rewired a small corner of my brain. A little thing can get me thinking about the show. I care about Chuck and Sarah in a way I never have as an adult for other fictional characters. I guess some bit of magic that is one part the writing of those characters' development and relationship over the course of the series and two parts the amazing work done by Zach Levi and Yvonne Strahovski to breathe life into the characters is responsible. Frankly, when I step back, it's all very strange to me.

By chance I stumbled on a blog post by atcDave (a member here) about "Chuck" fan fiction. Other than knowing what the term "fan fiction" meant, it was a foreign concept to me as I'd never read any or thought to seek any out. But his description of some of the "Chuck" stories intrigued me and I found myself at the FanFiction site. I've been truly impressed with the writing found here by people who seem to very much care about "Chuck," Chuck and Sarah. And I was inspired to dip my toe in and write a couple short stories of my own.

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR MORE "CHUCK" GOODNESS:

As I've discovered, there is plenty of it here in the form of fan fiction (but you knew that already). Zettel, who has authored some of that, has also posted several very interesting essays about the show on his blog and has e-published a *free* book about "Chuck." Go to his FanFiction bio for details.

When "Chuck" aired, there was a podcast "Chuck vs. the Podcast" that covered it starting recording around the end of season one and ran until just after the series finale. 106(!) podcast episodes in all. You can find it at or by searching for it via Apple's Podcast app or on Youtube. 106 episodes is a lot of content, there may be more total minutes of the podcast than of the show. If you want to be selective, I recommend the episodes that have non-cast interviews. The interviews with the cast are generally fine, but not that illuminating. Do however listen to the interview with Bonita Friedericy, she's a delight. Tim Jones, who scored the show, is interviewed a couple times (in a very early episode and then in one of the last) and there is an interview early with director Norman Buckley and late with Robert Duncan McNeill, those are excellent interviews as a recall, as well as many of the interviews with writers and producers. Also the podcasts during the period when the effort was being made to get the show renewed for a season 3 are a fun glimpse at that time for the show.

There is another podcast "The Chuck Series Companion Podcast," which first began recording in 2015, plus related blog dedicated to the show. Can be found at as well as via Apple's Podcast app. The host is a huge "Chuck" fan and each podcast is part recap with a ton of audio clips, part liner notes (gives background, pointing out references made to other shows/movies, naming the songs used, added content in the form of interviews and promos that aired at the time of the episodes, etc), and part his fun reactions to the show. The podcast is very polished and a great way to relive the show in audio form because of the extent show audio. The blog is also worthwhile and includes links to old tv critic episode reviews and other material which are fun to read. (If you listen/read and enjoy, please drop the host and email to let him know, and please tell him that LetsGoRed sent you.) He has done podcasts for the first two seasons plus the beginning of season three.

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Chuck vs A New Day by WillieGarvin reviews
A/U story. What if Chuck and Sarah were a couple from the very beginning? How would that change the evolution of the stories? Here's my take on answering those questions. This story is, internally, broken up into arcs which (sort of, mostly) conform to episodes of the show. There's a rough table of contents on my profile page. Reading them in order is suggested.
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 182 - Words: 682,019 - Reviews: 5161 - Favs: 526 - Follows: 585 - Updated: 5/21 - Published: 9/28/2018 - Chuck B., Casey/Alex C., Sarah W.
The Talk by David Carner reviews
Two and a half years with little to few important discussions. It starts on a train going across the European countryside, Chuck and Sarah talk about the experience and pain. Canon
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 4 - Words: 5,412 - Reviews: 46 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 7/24/2020 - Published: 3/27/2019 - Complete
Nothing Like A Train by Zettel reviews
Prague (S3). Chuck intends to continue his training instead of running with Sarah. But things take an unexpected turn on the platform. The story begins in canon and then switches tracks.
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 27 - Words: 81,831 - Reviews: 598 - Favs: 90 - Follows: 82 - Updated: 7/9/2020 - Published: 4/10/2020 - Complete
Chuck vs The Woman Who Came In from the Cold by Grayroc reviews
The CIA approaches Chuck to work with them while he's at Stanford. He spurns their offer and his life changes.
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 13 - Words: 63,789 - Reviews: 303 - Favs: 138 - Follows: 133 - Updated: 5/5/2020 - Published: 1/5/2020 - Complete
Burying Dirt by Zettel reviews
An assassin is tasked to terminate a hacker. Will the assassin's record remain perfect?
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Drama - Chapters: 30 - Words: 51,012 - Reviews: 636 - Favs: 76 - Follows: 64 - Updated: 1/30/2020 - Published: 12/22/2019 - Complete
A Year Without Christmas? by Zettel reviews
Short Story. S3-ish. Casey's pissed about Team Bartowski and the emotional stalemate between Chuck and Sarah. He decides to do some Christmas match-making, Casey-style. But to do it, he needs to get Shaw out of the way, and Chuck and Sarah together. Can he pull it all off in a day?
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 5 - Words: 20,845 - Reviews: 139 - Favs: 46 - Follows: 34 - Updated: 12/9/2019 - Published: 11/23/2019 - Complete
A Normal Madness? by Zettel reviews
AU Novella. Post-Budapest, Sarah Walker quits the CIA. She moves to LA to start again. A chance encounter leads to her becoming Chuck Bartowski's dating coach. Will she allow herself to fall for the man she is coaching to win another woman?
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 15 - Words: 68,504 - Reviews: 378 - Favs: 91 - Follows: 80 - Updated: 11/21/2019 - Published: 10/24/2019 - Complete
Heaven and Hell by Zettel reviews
1885. Charles Irving Bartowski heads West on a mission - Boston to Idaho Falls. He is traveling with a purpose, with a gun and a book. A Western.
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 32 - Words: 143,237 - Reviews: 731 - Favs: 50 - Follows: 48 - Updated: 9/20/2019 - Published: 8/2/2019 - Complete
Past Tales and a Staycation by Zettel reviews
On her 15th anniversary as an agent, Sarah finds herself in a B&B with a scar on her cheek and time on her hands. A one-shot.
Chuck - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,963 - Reviews: 59 - Favs: 46 - Follows: 30 - Published: 8/1/2019 - Complete
Chuck Amuck by Zettel reviews
What if the Intersect had been...different? What if its negative effects had been much more immediate, plaguing Chuck from the get-go? A reconception of the show.
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 42 - Words: 187,300 - Reviews: 976 - Favs: 110 - Follows: 101 - Updated: 7/26/2019 - Published: 4/30/2019 - Complete
Vigil by Zettel reviews
One shot. S2, slightly askew, slightly non-canon. Chuck finds a new nocturnal occupation.
Chuck - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,444 - Reviews: 34 - Favs: 32 - Follows: 15 - Published: 4/28/2019 - Complete
The Red Door and the White Picket Fence by David Carner reviews
Today is seven years since Chuck left the airwaves. A little post finale fluff to make you smile.
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,298 - Reviews: 26 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 7 - Published: 1/27/2019 - Complete
Sarah vs Omaha by Zettel reviews
Bryce 'invites' Sarah to 'Omaha'. Panicked by her kiss with Chuck, Sarah goes, leaving Chuck and Casey behind in Burbank. While Sarah labors with remorse, Chuck faces the rigors of a new handler, Casey guards Chuck's ladyfeelings, Graham and Beckman war to control the Intersect, and Fulcrum gains ground. Everything's in disarray. What happens next?
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 24 - Words: 95,700 - Reviews: 637 - Favs: 115 - Follows: 79 - Updated: 10/7/2018 - Published: 9/14/2018 - Complete
Sarah vs the Kiss by WillieGarvin reviews
More than a drabble and less than a ficlet. I wrote this as therapy after watching the beach scene in the last episode. CHARAH. Lots of CHARAH. Happy to say that this story has been continued by my friend LetsGoRed in his submission Chuck and Sarah vs. the Hello. If you like this one (or even if you didn't) head over and read that one.
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 981 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 12 - Published: 9/19/2018 - Complete
Chuck vs La Belle Dame sans Merci by Grayroc reviews
What if Chuck had met Sarah in more unpleasant circumstances? We meet Chuck in 2004, life hasn't got any better for him since he got expelled from Stanford. He got caught hacking and was coerced into working for the NSA as an analyst.
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 20 - Words: 108,962 - Reviews: 604 - Favs: 405 - Follows: 308 - Updated: 8/21/2018 - Published: 1/9/2018 - Chuck B., Sarah W., Carina - Complete
Chuck Versus The Man Who Never Was-The Third Arc by WvonB reviews
What would have happened if things had gone a different way? The way a certain General had planned?
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 11 - Words: 75,521 - Reviews: 222 - Favs: 81 - Follows: 52 - Updated: 7/21/2018 - Published: 1/11/2018 - Complete
Chuck Versus The Man Who Never Was by WvonB reviews
Unexpected paths suddenly open up. What will they find at the end of them?
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 14 - Words: 100,856 - Reviews: 202 - Favs: 70 - Follows: 63 - Updated: 11/22/2017 - Published: 4/27/2017 - Complete
Sarah vs The Caveat Emptor by Rachel Smith Cobleigh reviews
* Former CIA agent Sarah Walker has been cut adrift. Her memory of the previous five years was erased, and then she was sent to kill a man whom she discovered was her husband. This is the story of the day he tried to win her back. [Canon-compliant follow-up to the series finale] [M for sexual content, discussions of faith, and references to prior violence]
Chuck - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 6 - Words: 60,709 - Reviews: 115 - Favs: 138 - Follows: 87 - Updated: 5/22/2017 - Published: 4/17/2017 - [Chuck B., Sarah W.] [Devon W./Capt. Awesome, Ellie B.] - Complete
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Chuck and Sarah vs the Hello 2-Point-0 reviews
NEW EXPANDED VERSION: A few hours ago on the beach Sarah was asking Chuck to kiss her. He did and she felt everything ...and remembered nothing. With Sarah's emotions returned but not her memories, what's next for the two as they try to overcome what Quinn did to her? This story follows after the events of WillieGarvin's one-shot "Sarah vs The Kiss." (Canon faithful; High Charah)
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 6 - Words: 15,836 - Reviews: 77 - Favs: 32 - Follows: 36 - Updated: 4/20/2021 - Published: 3/31/2021 - Chuck B., Sarah W. - Complete
Chuck vs the Exit Strategy reviews
Colt captured and the Cipher reclaimed! Chuck's life is about to return to normal… or, as Sarah fears, be cut short, by Casey no less. Can she protect Chuck and make sense of her feelings for him? Will Casey carry out his "exit strategy" termination orders? Canon until near the end of S2:E1 "Chuck vs the First Date," where this story starts. (Drama; Humor; Charah)
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 6 - Words: 23,510 - Reviews: 169 - Favs: 60 - Follows: 62 - Updated: 5/15/2020 - Published: 4/13/2020 - Chuck B., Casey/Alex C., Sarah W. - Complete
Chuck and Sarah vs the Hello reviews
NEW VERSION AVAILABLE Only a few hours ago on the beach Sarah was asking Chuck to kiss her. He did and she felt everything ...and remembered nothing. With Sarah's emotions returned but not her memories, what's next for Chuck and Sarah as they try to overcome what Quinn did to her? This story follows after the events of WillieGarvin's short story "Sarah vs The Kiss."
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 4 - Words: 13,564 - Reviews: 59 - Favs: 39 - Follows: 36 - Updated: 6/1/2019 - Published: 4/13/2019 - Chuck B., Sarah W. - Complete
Chuck vs the Final Threat reviews
Many fans of "Chuck" dream of a movie someday. Instead, what if the studio gave the fans a short webisode, and that standalone webisode was popular enough that the studio decided to air additional short webisodes? This story imagines that follow-up short webisode series. (The standalone webisode can be found in my story "Chuck vs the Beach.")
Chuck - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 3 - Words: 9,158 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 3/31/2019 - Published: 3/2/2019 - Chuck B., Sarah W. - Complete
Chuck vs the Beach reviews
Many fans of "Chuck" dream of a movie someday to pick up the questions left by the series finale. What if the studio finally heard the fans but gave them something more modest in scope? This short story packs in (or tries to) a fair amount of Chuck and Sarah (Charah) goodies in a compact story set sometime after the series finale.
Chuck - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,848 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 10 - Published: 2/18/2019 - Chuck B., Sarah W. - Complete