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30 June 2011 @ 10:10 am
Chuck Slash Fiction: "Digital Manipulation" (Chuck/Casey, PG-13)  
Title: Digital Manipulation
Fandom: Chuck
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Casey/Chuck (one-sided Slash)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Nothing escapes Casey's notice...
Author's Notes: For my final tentinyfandoms prompt ("Hands").
Also for writers_choice ("Fantasy").


It was John Casey's business to know things—facts, nuance, skills—even when those pieces of information had no category or purpose.

For instance, Chuck Bartowski had nice hands, so of course, Casey noticed them. He just didn't know what he was supposed to do about it afterwards.

Generally speaking, men's hands were of no interest to Casey, unless they were holding a weapon or on the verge of doing something that might have important consequences. Aside from a few minor disasters involving incredibly poor choices, neither of those usually applied to Bartowski. When they did, Casey was always too caught up in saving everyone's asses to pay much attention to anything else.

All of that changed on an ordinary morning at the Buy More, three weeks into Casey's assignment to protect the Asset.

Things were busy that morning. Casey had already sold a fifty-two inch plasma TV, a washer-dryer set, and three dishwashers before ten o'clock. Feels like a Beastmaster kind of day, he thought. I'll bet I can close a deal on one before five o'clock. I'm on a roll.

He'd just walked into the break room when he heard a noise from around the corner. It could have been perfectly legit, but there was no harm in making sure. Casey walked quietly toward the origin of the sound, half expecting to find Patel or his clown-haired cohort back there stealing company supplies.

The room was empty, except for the Cage, and that held only Chuck and various pieces of broken electronic equipment. Chuck was sitting on the floor, working on someone's computer. Casey moved closer to get a better look.

Chuck was cranking a screwdriver around and around as he removed the computer's outside case. His movements were fast and confident, something that Casey could definitely appreciate.

Chuck kept working, tinkering with the insides of the computer and then removing and resocketing I/O cards and expansion RAMs with cool, practiced speed. Chuck's fingers were long and lean, and his touch was sure and strong. Casey was mesmerized by it all, unable to look away. Chuck had the hands of an artist, hands that could as easily sculpt miniature horticulture as strip a gun or defuse a bomb.

Hands that Casey suddenly envisioned caressing his chest and stomach and undoing his pants, slipping inside to tease and pull him into hardness with smooth, perfect strokes.

"Hey, Casey," Chuck said suddenly, his voice as open and innocent as ever.

Casey (who'd once killed five KGB agents before breakfast and hadn't flinched in a decade) found himself blushing with the implications of his all-too-pornographic thoughts.

"Bartowski," he grunted, thinking even his voice might give something away. He took no changes, choosing instead to turn and head back down the hallway, toward the safety of a bathroom stall.

"Did you want something?" Chuck's voice floated after him.

Did he?

Casey's mind filled with images of the two of them again, naked and sweaty on some unknown motel bed. He hadn't even known he wanted that until a few minutes ago, but he was absolutely clear about the fact that he couldn't have it.

He breathed out a short huff of frustration, for all the times his body managed to trap him somewhere he didn't want to be.

"No," he said loudly, as much to himself as to Chuck. The end of his shift was suddenly uncomfortably far away.

Casey walked faster then, trying to turn his thoughts to famous military battles and the engine specs for a Shenyang J-15.

He knew now that Chuck Bartowski's hands could star in their own X-rated movie, but there was nothing he could do about it.

Bartowski was the Asset, and he was Casey's assignment. That meant he was strictly off-limits.

Sometimes, being the good soldier was an absolute, unmitigated bitch.

-------- fin --------

nrrrdy_grrrl on June 30th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
Oh my!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on June 30th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)

I finally finished a challenge! *dances around the office... in my head*

I thought I was going to trade the "Hands" prompt for one of the substitute prompts, but somewhere in the lsat 3-4 weeks I realized that Chuck (being a tall, lean guy) has exactly the kind of hands that usually set people off (including me).

Even Casey is not immune to that whole porny idea. Whoo!
Ale: Casey at Chuckale_rambles on July 2nd, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
Very nice! I really liked this! <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on July 3rd, 2011 05:59 am (UTC)
Thank you! I miss the early seasons of the show, when I could fantasize about this possibility much more easily. :)
trovia: Casey loves guns.trovia on July 2nd, 2011 11:10 am (UTC)
Hee! That was very amusing. The last line made me giggle (and pity Casey).

Casey (who'd once killed five KGB agents before breakfast and hadn't flinched in a decade) found himself blushing with the implications of his all-too-pornographic thoughts.

Heh. Really like the parenthesis here.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on July 3rd, 2011 06:00 am (UTC)
Sometimes Casey is so competent, he hardly seems human. And those few moments when he does, boy those must hit him awfully hard!
SamuelJames: Chuck-AwesomeCaseyChuckEllieMorganSarahsamueljames on July 2nd, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
Poor Casey and his devotion to duty. I loved his observations about Chuck's competence though.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on July 3rd, 2011 06:02 am (UTC)
I can so easily see competence as being something that turns Casey on-- partly because he's so scornful of those who fall short.

And just because Chuck didn't hatch out of an egg as a full-fledge spy doesn't mean he lacks other talents. Whoo!
amberlynn1991amberlynn1991 on July 2nd, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oh!!! I loved this :) I just adore the beauty of a man's hands so bravo!! Poor Casey :( Thanks so much for this :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on July 3rd, 2011 06:04 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm all about men's hands sometimes, especially long, lean fingers. I think Casey has overlooked some of Chuck's finer attributes.

Military competence isn't the be-all/end-all of the world, after all!
amberlynn1991amberlynn1991 on July 3rd, 2011 06:43 am (UTC)
LoL Me too!!!! I don't know what it is about hands that I enjoy so much. Long, lean fingers are always a +. I enjoy the rugged, rough, and strong hands myself. ;) I assume Casey's are like that. *Sigh* :) Thanks again for this lovely story.
Nev: chuck: chuck/casey: come herenevcolleil on July 5th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
This is somehow very cute and very hot at the same tme :) The Casey-voice is awesome and I love it when he acknowledges Chuck's capabilities as he does in this. Very nice work :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean slashhalfshellvenus on July 6th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
Thank you! I really enjoy writing Casey POV for some reason, and he tends to be so cut-and-dried about people that it's fun to force him to reconsider his first impressions.

That icon is mesmerizing! And you know what? I'm still using the one here from one of our other mutual fandoms that you made me all those years ago. :)
Nev: chuck: chuck/bryce: been so longnevcolleil on July 7th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
Aw :D That's nice :) I love making manips (though I don't always do a great job of it. I'm glad you like my Chuck/Casey one :) I'm trying out a new version of photoshop now so I hope to make some more soon.
Silver M: pinkpillsmaldeluxx on July 6th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
*purrs* Perfect bedtime reading *LOL* ::)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on July 7th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
Hee! Thank you!

Chuck/Casey always makes a very nice mental picture for me. Wish that onscreen kiss a few seasons back had been a little less goofy on Casey's part!

Edited at 2011-07-07 01:05 am (UTC)
sogno_disperatosogno_disperato on July 11th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
wow, HOTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on July 12th, 2011 06:02 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad someone came away from the story with that reaction. That was a lot of sensory potential to hit Casey, and even harder to have to let it go. :)
raptor_nurse on September 21st, 2011 09:17 am (UTC)
It's a very nice short story, but it gave me a feeling of... 'defeat' that left me kind of sad, realizing Casey will never be able to, let's say, set his desires in motion due to his mission and job D:
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on September 27th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. They don't all have happy endings, and the prompt led this one someplace else.

But if you click the "chuck" tag, you'll find some Chuck/Casey slash stories where things work out just fine between them. :D