Chance Bowen was born Michael Cates to two loving parents. Who truly did care deeply for him and he for then. Chance as Michael had an alright life and was a pretty good student in school. After he graduated High School he enrolled to the army where he became an army ranger and learned the basic of a medic without actually becoming an army medic at all. Michael was born and raised in San Fransisco. After he was released from the army he enrolled into the police academy to become a cop. By then Michael moved back to San Fransisco. Where he lived for quite a while. Where his friends and some family lived at.
Michael always wanted to be a cop and that was a good opportunity for him to do just that. One day he met and fall in love with a woman named Maryann. Who was beautiful, tough, sweet and loving or so he thought, which attracted Michael's attention. She was his first ever real love. Michael Cates never believed that he would ever find love until they met. They got together rather fast, even if she initiated their relationship. They were happy together to the most part. Except the trouble was that Michael was too obsessed with his job to even notice her at times, not all the time as they did spend time together but not as much as they wanted to. Which was pretty much what brought problems to them. More so after they got married. Maryann managed to get a vacation with him except the guy kept his gun with him. Despite Maryann asking him to leave his work home. One time during their vacation, as she painted she got startled by him shooting a target, his target was rocks.
Maryann was angry at Michael for it and told him flatout that him shooting rocks scared her and that he should have left the gun back home despite him telling her that he was used having a gun with himself and all. Michael apologized to her. As the rest of the vacation they only focused on each other. Michael was skeltical about most if not all of her beliefs but not about his feelings for her. He asked plenty of questions about her belief but not about their feelings for each other. Michael proved that he loved her. Was in love with her more than anything in the world. Which temporarily made her feel better about their relationship. Until the guy started to focus on his job more than her again which frustrated her to no end. One day Michael came home from work excited just as she was excited too.
Maryann let Michael speak first. Only to get annoyed by his response that it was work related. By then as much as she was proud of him and glad that he loved his job. Maryann wished that he could be excited about other things as he was excited about job. She listened to Michael anyway. As he told her that he was promoted and showed her what he got. Michael could work anywhere he wanted and his promotion could work, and she guessed it was Special crimes unit, which was exactly it. When it was Maryann's turn to speak she told him that she was pregnant. Which shocked and surprised Michael but when she thought that he hated the news he surprised her by telling her it was really good news as they kissed and hugged after that. They were beyond happy about being parents. Even if they were also terrified about it too.
Michael promised to go to every class there was, to show support but due to his job, he ended up missing those by accident, not meaning to. Maryann forgave him at first but after the last time she almost divorced him. Which Michael felt terrible about. He truly did. As she found him on the couch and yellef at him. Michael promised it won't happen again which she told him that she knew as it was the last class. Maryann thought that she was alone, and that she was going to be the only one taking care of their baby, which was the main reason she was angry at him. So angry that Michael was barely allowed back home. When he did he slept either in the guest room or on the couch in the living room but not in their bedroom. As Michael's boss and friend came to visit Michael was locked outside. As they talked and his boss gave him an advice, which Michael ended up using. Which helped as it got him and Maryann closer together once more. As he was there with his wife and the one who was there to help his wife to deliver their child at home. As they didn't want that to be in the hospital, or to be exact it was Maryann's decision and he accepted it. They felt like it would be more special at home. Even if Michael was terrified by that. It was one of the times Michael showed his wife that he loved her and was truly with her. He also showed her that she was his queen.
Michael was proud for the afford he made as was his wife. That was one of the best days of their lives. Other than the day they met, began to date and the day they got married. As that was the day their daughter Stacey was born. A child conceived by their love. It was super special day as it should be. Both Michael and his wife, Maryann spoiled the little girl since she was born. They even did their best to spend a lot of time with her. Two years after their daughter was born Michael got promoted again to the justice department as their agent. Given that he was good with uncover job and what not. Michael agreed to go undercover in one of the worst crime families and operations in the world. Despite how dangerous it was to stop the worst mafia boss and criminal in the world. A big fish that plenty law enforcement people tried to catch but with no luck. Named Jacob Calder.
Michael never thought that thonhd would go too far as they ended up going a while later. Jacob Calder believed his undercover story and let him in. Things seemed to go as planned for a while. Michael thought that after he was done he would be able to spend more time with his family before going back to work. Michael didn't know that things would only go worse from there. He witnessed Jacob Calder kill his wife, as he tried to help her before when Jacob hurt her but this time he was held back by one of Jacob Calder's goons as Jacob Calder himself murdered her in a cold blood. Michael got the guy arrested and that way he revealed that he was undercover. The guy threatened him and his family, as any criminal does, or at least as far as it seemed to Michael he did. Before the trial Michael planned to go home to see his family, as they planned to pick him up from court, where the trial was. His daughter Stacey was 5 at the time, and his wife 27.
Michael testified on trial against Jacob Calder. Yet, during the break he convinced the lawyer, attorney against Jacob Calder, to let him go. Even if it took a while and his boss gave him a ride home. As he protected him from reporters and such. While Michael's wife and daughter were getting ready to leave to meet him, unknown to him. If only that was that simple, him getting home and meeting up with them and leaving but no. Unfortunately, it wasn't that simple. A while before Michael and his boss arrived the place blew up, by one of Jacob Calder's men, or supposedly it was by one of them, as Maryann and Stacey were inside, or at least Stacey was due to getting back to get a toy she loved and couldn't sleep without. The two never made it alive, or Stacey didn't. There was only one body found of his daughter but hard to find the body of his wife, assumingly because she was burned to ash. When Michael arrived he found a mess and a picture of the three of them together and a doll of his daughter's. That day his life went down hill. Michael felt like everything was over for him. He didn't care if he lived or died. Like most people felt in cases like that, who loved their family and were good people but lost their family.
Michael berried his daughter and then went to an area by the ocean to mourn when his boss approached him with an offer. To go in a witness protection program but not the usual kind. At first Michael refused as he thought it was the usual kind and he didn't like that at all. Even if his boss told him it was a different kind, he still refused. When asked what he planned to do he said that he planned to get even. To get his revenge. When his boss Burton told him that he would get killed he told him that he didn't care. If he died then so be it. Michael went to a bar area or something like that owned by Jacob Calder and got in a trap as expected. Chance escaped as he was being chased and saved by his boss. Eventually Michael accepted his Boss's offer until he saw that he would end up having to drive an 18 wheeler truck. As he almost left until he met Agent Celia 'Cie' Bexter who introduced herself and got him to change his mind.
Except Michael changed his mind again as he tried to get revenge but the two came there to stop him. Even if the boss spoke first. After that, Michael Cates was officially in, from that moment things changed as he got a new identity Chance Bowman. At first as he parked after leaving the secret base and read about the new him he disapproved of it but he grew to love it. On his travels, instead of stopping for a bit to rest and all, then move on, he ended up staying too long to help people in need. Which was noble but rackless as it almost got him killed but he didn't care as others were more important as far as he was concerned. Eventually Michael Cates accepted his new persona Chance Bowman and the background that came with. Yet, he kept helping people when needed and then leaving before he got killed. A few times if not more he almost got killed but luckily survived. Chance and Cie at times worked together to stop those after him, even if with no much luck. Over time when needed he was sent undercover. The locations and people he went undercover to stop were working under the guy that wanted to kill him, Jacob Calder. Yet, he stopped them, even if Jacob Calder was released as his men blackmailed the judge.
Chance refused to give up until justice was served. Which included for his wife and daughter whom he never forgot and thought about a lot. Chance without planning fell in love with Celia 'Cie' Bexter as she with him but still worked well together. They worked together nome stop even if at times he tended to annoy her. Cie, him and the Boss are part of the justice department. As they do all they can to get justice and to stop Jacob Calder once and for all. No matter how long it took. They try to be patient no matter what.