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02 November 2008 @ 11:09 am
Chuck Slash Fiction: "Always The Bartender, Never The Bride" (Chuck/Casey, PG-13)  
Title: Always The Bartender, Never The Bride
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Chuck/Casey (Slash)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Early S1, is Casey jealous of Chuck or is it something more?
Author's Notes: My first story in this fandom (love the show AND this pairing). Written for tentinyfandoms, this is "Luck."

~007~007~007~

Casey clenches his jaw as General Beckman says the words, but he's already resigned himself to the situation. Chuck will be wearing the tuxedo as Charles Carmichael, and he'll be mixing the drinks. At least he'll get tips—the waiter/chauffeur/bodyguard gigs rarely come through.

It's not that Chuck looks bad in a tux. He's actually kind of handsome, when he settles down for a couple of seconds, which isn't often unless he's tired. Casey likes Chuck better when he's tired, or with a gag in his mouth, which amounts to pretty much the same thing.

Say what you will about plants—they'll never talk you to death. Talk should be minimal and right to the point, one of so many reasons Casey likes the military mindset. It's too bad the rest of the world is so damn chatterbox-loud and random. The Buy More is like a microcosm of everything that's wrong with society, and at the end of the day Casey really looks forward to locking himself in his apartment and cleaning his guns.

Tonight will not be one of those nights. Tonight will be a gun-down-the-pants, backup-gun-under-the-counter, smiling-at-customers-until-his-face-hurts-while-surreptitiously-watching-Chuck kind of evening, and those go on pretty much forever (or until someone gets sent to the hospital, which is just another definition of forever).

Chuck and Sarah leave to go home and change their clothes, and Casey locks the door behind them. He eyes his bonsai trees wistfully, but resolutely. Tonight, it is simply not meant to be.

He makes a turkey sandwich and eats it sitting at the counter, all the while wondering whether he should log onto bargods.com and see if there are any new mixed drinks listed there. The thought of spending the next several hours with a cocktail shaker and a wet bar cloth in his hands is so depressing that he breaks into a pint of Ben And Jerry's and is halfway through it before he stops, spoon in hand, and realizes what he's doing. Bad enough that he bought hippie ice cream again (he's sworn off it many times before with little success—if only the flavors weren't so good), but the loss of self-control is a return to his childhood and the binge-eating little fat kid he refuses to ever be again. With a growl, he slams the top onto the container and shoves it back into the freezer.

He brushes his teeth and starts getting dressed. First the extra weapons holsters around the ankles, then the black dress socks and crisp-ironed pants. Next, he puts on the white shirt and the red uniform vest, and takes the black bowtie off the tie rack and drapes and loops and pulls until it's in place. He looks good, for a bartender—professional. John Casey is nothing if not professional.

The doorbell rings, and he goes downstairs to answer it. It's Chuck, of course, already stuttering through the small talk as he steps over the threshold. Casey closes the door behind him, and takes in Chuck's appearance. Not bad, except for—

"What the hell is that on your neck?" he asks.

"What, this? My tie?"

"It's a cover-compromising piece of clip-on crap. Where's the real tie?"

"Oh." Chuck shifts under Casey's scrutiny, his eyes dropping as he looks over toward the safety of the living room. "It's in my apartment. I still don't know how to tie it, and I have this clip-on from back in high-school." Chuck's gaze wanders back to him. "You're growling."

So he is. He stops. "Go get it."

Funny thing is, Chuck rarely moves that fast.

It seems like only seconds before Chuck comes back, panting slightly as he holds out the wilted tie like a peace offering. "So now what?"

"Come over to the mirror."

Casey follows Chuck to the fireplace mantel and positions himself behind him, plucking off the offending pseudo-tie and threading the real one under Chuck's collar. He drops the left over the right, loops over, folds one side and then other, then brings it through behind. "Like this, and you pull it in nice and even." He leans around Chuck's shoulder to check the tightness against the collar, and suddenly notices an unusual sensation.

Chuck is trembling. Right up against him.

Casey darts a glance at the mirror, at the sight of Chuck's face turned slightly toward his own, eyes closed and lips parted. It's too much—Casey slides one hand down around Chuck's waist, and the other cradles the side of Chuck's face as Casey nuzzles, licks, kisses Chuck's neck and feels a moan fluttering up through the skin under his lips.

Casey's own eyes drift shut as he kisses up along Chuck's jaw. There's a slight reshuffling inside his arms, and then suddenly Chuck's mouth is squarely on his.

Ambushed, engaged, and conquered in a matter of seconds. Just how a civilian like Chuck Bartowski so easily defeated the NSA's finest is a question Casey isn't prepared to solve just yet.

Chuck kisses like he wants to lose himself in Casey, and god—it's been so long since Casey's done this just because he wants to. He'd forgotten how different the whole thing feels when it's real and mutual, when the person likes you for who you are (or in spite of it) instead of whatever cover you're running for the occasion.

Casey licks Chuck's upper lip teasingly with the tip of his tongue, then jolts up against him as Chuck sucks his tongue inside his mouth and twists and sweeps across it in unhurried exploration.

As a kid, Casey was never the lucky type, not with family or friends or anything else. The lure of the military was half blowing things up and half having well-defined rules for making decisions. Over time, Casey found that luck wasn't nearly as effective as being capable enough to handle almost anything.

Chuck's hands are stroking his face, and he kisses Casey with a combination of passion, sweetness and sincerity that is everything like Chuck himself. Casey wants this suddenly, and he doesn't know why—it's like the appeal of chasing innocence, and that's everything Casey is not.

The doorbell rings—has to be Sarah—and Chuck pulls back, looking startled. Casey just smiles at him, straightening the bowtie and smoothing the lines of Chuck's jacket.

Chuck smiles back, embarrassed but still interested.

Casey thinks his luck might finally be changing for the better.



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moonsong42 on November 2nd, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I love it! I'm also a sucker for the positioning here, so you seem to have included a few of my own personal kinks in your work. Great job! =)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it-- it's always a challenge trying out a new fandom, but I really like this one. I watched all of Season 1 in about 3 weeks via Torrent downloads, and just fell in love with Chuck himself and the show in general. And Casey just cracks me up-- so military AND so ill-behaved, depending on the circumstances.

Funny, I started this story before I found the Chuck icon I'm using, but the icon kind of alludes to some of the action.
eviinsanemonkey on November 2nd, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
The pace of this, though quick, works very nicely. It's a very nice piece, and I love the way you get into Casey's head, particularly this bit: Tonight will be a gun-down-the-pants, backup-gun-under-the-counter, smiling-at-customers-until-his-face-hurts-while-surreptitiously-watching-Chuck kind of evening

Nice work!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
It is fast-paced, isn't it? That's what came out for this first one, which was fueled by Casey's irritation in the opening and kind of went from there. I expect each of the stories will have a slightly different flavor (there should be a minimum of 5 for the challenge I'm working on), so I'm interested to see what else comes out.

I'm glad you noticed that particular line of Casey's thinking, because in a way it's the entire summary of something Casey has been through all too often with various other agents, and he's already tired of it. And god, how the smiling and playing nice while undercover must kill him. Even at the Buy More, he doesn't bother to go THAT far under cover. :D
It's like a religion: chuck/casey maddoggoddessdster on November 2nd, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Very nicely done! I love the peek inside Casey's mind, how methodical he is, but yet still human enough to indulge in a bit of "hippy ice cream."

I hope you keep writing in this fandom.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on November 2nd, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
but yet still human enough to indulge in a bit of "hippy ice cream."
And what a love-hate relationship it is, which I somehow think covers a LOT of different aspects of Casey's life. :)

I'm glad you liked the story, and thanks for commenting! It's always nice to get encouragement, especially in new territory. And I have a target of 5-stories for the challenge I joined, so at a minimum there should be four more stories over time. :)
all apologies need a guitar solo: [chuck & casey] together they fight crimshallowesque on November 2nd, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
I really liked this! Mm, ties. I like the way you write Casey. And I look forward to more!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on November 3rd, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
Mm, ties.
It seemed like the perfect opportunity, something Chuck would know nothing about and Casey would of course know down to the detail. And what a great close-quarters position that puts them both in. ;)

So glad you liked it, and thank you for commenting!
DrunkRedneckgeekKnitter: casey and chuck guh 7899821 by turtle_gocourtberger on November 2nd, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
This is excellent! I hope you write more Chuck and Casey because you write them so well!

It was in character for both of them, it was sexy as hell, and just perfect!

You rock!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on November 3rd, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
It was in character for both of them, it was sexy as hell, and just perfect!
I tell you, I'd have been happy with any of these as feedback, but all three of them together? *is in heaven*

Thank you so much!
xenaclone: Weinerlicious girlxenaclone on November 2nd, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Excellent!

> Ambushed, engaged, and conquered in a matter of seconds. Just how a civilian like Chuck Bartowski so easily defeated the NSA's finest is a question Casey isn't prepared to solve just yet.<

Yes. THIS. If TPTB at 'Chuck' decide to go down the whole Casey/Chuck thing on screen, it should be like this :-)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on November 3rd, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
I'm glad you noticed and liked that particular section-- Chuck's unique charm is its own secret weapon, and it's exactly the kind of thing that Casey would never understand... until it happened to him. :D
lea1-santomelea1santome on November 2nd, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
I like the way that Casey has to teach Chuck to tie the knot, and something else ....
If the fate of a Casey changed for the better

Me gusta la manera que tiene Casey de enseñar a Chuck hacer el nudo de la corbata, y de algo más....
Si, la suerte de Casey a cambiado a mejor.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on November 3rd, 2008 06:36 am (UTC)
My first bilingual review!

If the fate of a Casey changed for the better
The romantic in me likes to think that knowing Chuck will make Casey a better and happier person, over time. Perhaps not a better agent or a better soldier, but definitely a better person. :)
Fia "Non-Sequitur" Reynne: chuck/caseyfiareynne on November 2nd, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
That was beautiful. I loved it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on November 3rd, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
Thank you so much-- that's a high compliment coming from you! I love your stories for this pairing. :)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on November 3rd, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
Chuck's special and sincere brand of magic works on almost anyone, including Casey. Who can resist?

And the ice-cream scene... you just know that most of the time Casey has the upper hand with it, but every once in awhile he loses control and just beats himself up for it later.

Thanks for reading!
jagged12jagged12 on November 3rd, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
I loved Casey's realization that 'it is different when it is real, and the person likes you for who you are, or in spite of that.' Well done!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on November 3rd, 2008 06:48 am (UTC)
'it is different when it is real, and the person likes you for who you are, or in spite of that.'
His line of work doesn't really leave him much time or opportunity for anything that really is just about him and not who he's pretending to be. And given that he doesn't try all that hard to behave around Chuck, it's all the more striking that Chuck still likes him anyway. Not if you know Chuck, of course, but to view the world through Casey's eyes that must be very rare indeed. :)
that which cannot be seen: dear ljtresa_cho on November 3rd, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
Awww, lovely. Great job!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on November 3rd, 2008 06:48 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
adafrogadafrog on November 3rd, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Wonderful.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on November 3rd, 2008 06:50 am (UTC)
Thank you! I feel like I'm encroaching on your fringe fandoms one-by-one, which is not a bad thing at all! :)
(no subject) - adafrog on November 3rd, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
because we have your pantssara_wolf on November 3rd, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
This was very nice. I liked Casey tying Chuck's tie. Good job.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on November 3rd, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
I liked Casey tying Chuck's tie.
It's a surprisingly sexy setup, isn't it, especially because of the proximity and a situation where for once Casey is not rushing or being short-tempered with Chuck. How the mighty are fallen!
Amelia J. E. Greeneladyofpride on November 3rd, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Well, Chuck is a lucky guy---I think it's about time he started sharing his stars with a certain up-tight someone, yeah?

Excellent. I "heard" Casey, and the humor was fabulous. It flows so beautifully---and it "feels" real, not chalky or overcooked (if that makes any sense to you...).

Again, wonderful job. I look forward to seeing any future work from you on the site. Keep writing, my friend, keep writing...

;D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on November 3rd, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
I "heard" Casey, and the humor was fabulous.
Thank you so much! One of the things I like so much about Casey is that slightly-twisted and dry sense of humor, not to mention his (to us) skewed worldview where everything revolves around military thinking. He was surprisingly fun to write.

I'm glad you liked the flow of the story as well-- getting the slash to seem like it's happening naturally and still having it be sexy is always a challenge. :)

insaneboingo: Chuck - Chasey | so alike yet so...insaneboingo on November 3rd, 2008 07:59 am (UTC)
Love it! Well done, darling.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on November 3rd, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! And what a nice, suggestive icon you have there. Well-framed. :D

Edited at 2008-11-03 08:35 am (UTC)
(no subject) - insaneboingo on November 3rd, 2008 08:38 am (UTC) (Expand)