Strength to Carry On by AJ

Notes: Sequel time. This is the sequel to Under the Weather. I keep getting threatened, so I figured I'd post it, since I have the first part and all. It begins where Under the Weather ends. Disclaimer: A girl can dream....can't she?

Spoilers: Abbey found out she has cancer.

Abbey dropped the phone as those words replayed through her head. As they were bound to be replayed through her head for days, weeks, possibly years to come. You have cancer.

Abbey had been looking at Jed for support when the phone call came through, but now ... She couldn't dare look at him. Those words still replaying through her head, her knees got week, and gave though as she crashed down on the bed. As her head hit the pillow, she began to cry. Then she pulled another pillow over the top of her head, to shut her out from the world, just as she felt she already was.

Jed watched his wife drop the phone. He watched her crash down on the bed. He watched her throw a pillow over her as she cried her eyes out. As he watched all of this, his heart broke into a million pieces. He walked over and picked the phone up to his ear.

"Doctor are you still there?"

"Mr. President, yes, I am still here."

"Is there anything else?" Jed asked as he looked at the weeping form of his wife.

"I would still like for Mrs. Bartlet to come in. We need to talk about possible treatments."

"Okay, I'll have someone setup an appointment. Thank you doctor." Jed hung the phone up. As he stood there, he felt so helpless. He looked over at his wife, and then climbed into the bed with her. He removed the pillow covering her face, and gathered her body up into his.

She continued to weep into his arms, as he began to cry into hers, himself. "It's gonna be just fine. It has to be."

"How the hell is it supposed to be fine? I have cancer. CANCER! I'm not gonna be just fine." Abbey snapped back at her husband.

"It's going to be fine, because I love you, and I can't loose you. You're gonna come through this with flying colors. I can't loose you."

"I don't think I can do it, Jed."

"Do what?"

"Find the strength to carry on."

"That's where I come in." Jed said as he reached for the remote control for the stereo. He had already placed one of Abbey's CD's in it, and had it all ready, just in case. When he pressed play, the song I'll be, by Reba McEntire began to play.

When darkness falls upon your heart and soul I'll be the light that shines for you When you forget how beautiful you are I'll be there to remind you

Jed reached his hand up and began to wipe her tears away. He then moved on to caress her cheeks.

When you can't find your way I'll find my way to you When troubles come around I will come to you

Seeing a piece of hair fall out of place, Jed moved his hand from her cheek, and brushed the loose strand behind her ear.

I'll be your shoulder When you need someone to lean on Be your shelter When you need someone to see you through I'll be there to carry you I'll be there I'll be the rock that you be strong for you The one that will hold on to you When you feel that rain falling down When there's nobody else around I'll be

Moving along, Jed began to trace Abbey's face. His hand came to rest on her lips, as she kissed it ever so slightly.

And when you're there with no one there to hold I'll be the arms that reach for you And when you feel your faith is running low I'll be there to believe in you When all you find are lies I'll be the truth you need When you need someone to run to You can run to me

As they looked deep into each other's eyes, into their souls, Jed moved his hand away from her lips, as he moved his lips in.

I'll be your shoulder When you need someone to lean on Be your shelter When you need someone to see you through I'll be there to carry you I'll be there I'll be the rock that you be strong for you The one that will hold on to you When you feel that rain falling down When there's nobody else around I'll be

I'll be the sun When your heart's filled with rain I'll be the one To chase the rain away

When the kiss broke, Jed brushed his fingers through her hair with one hand, as the other wiped the tears away that had begun to fall from her cheeks again.

I'll be your shoulder When you need someone to lean on Be your shelter When you need someone to see you through I'll be there to carry you I'll be there I'll be the rock that you be strong for you The one that will hold on to you When you feel that rain falling down When there's nobody else around I'll be I'll be

At the end of the song, the two joined in a very strong embrace that lasted for hours.

TBC

 

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