"Hey mom. I was told you were looking for me?" Roni said as she entered her mother's office and sat down on one of the chairs in front of the desk.

"Yeah, your dress for the party tonight came this afternoon." Abbey said as she tried to hide some papers.

"Why do I have to wear a dress? I hate them. I've never been comfortable wearing a dress. Why do you think I'm always in jeans, or shorts?"

"It's only one night, Roni. I'm sure it won't kill you."

"Actually, it might do just that." Roni said as she got one of those looks from her mother. "Hey listen. About that party tonight..."

"What about it?"

"I may not be able to stay for very long. I have to..."

Abbey cut her off, as panic overtook her. "What? You have to come, and you have to stay the entire time."

"Why? Like I know the assistant whoever, that this party is for. Like they are going to miss me."

"Roni, you have to come." Abbey stressed the have to part.

"Yeah, I know. But what I'm saying is that I may only stay for a few minutes. And I may be a few hours late too."

"What?! Why?! What's going on?"

"Well, I was planning on meeting with my roommate, before school starts up."

"And you have to do that tonight?"

"Well, Faith is leaving town for a week. She won't be back until classes begin, so..."

"Why don't you invite her to the party. I'm sure she'd love to come." Abbey suggested, becoming desperate.

"Well, I also have to do a few things tonight too." Roni said, trying to hide any signs of a smile.

"What? What things?"

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"JED!" Abbey screamed as she broke into the Oval Office.

"See what I mean, Leo?" Jed turned to his best friend with a chuckle at Abbey's entrance.

"Yeah. Well, if that's it Mr. President..."

"Yeah, go on, get out of here." Jed responded giving the answer before the question was finished, like he does so very often.

"Jed, Roni...the party..."

"Abbey, what did I say before?"

"I can't relax. Roni just came in and said she will be coming to the party a few hours late, and she can only stay a few minutes." Her husband easily heard the panic in her voice. "What are you going to do?"

"Me? Why do I have to do something?"

"Cause you want me to relax, but if I have to figure out how to deal with this, there is no way I will be able to relax."

Taking her arms, Jed looked into her eyes. All he saw was panic. "Fine. What if I put someone in charge of making sure she comes. They can follow her around, and when it comes time for her to start to get ready, they can tell her."

"That could work, but who are you going to get?" Abbey asked as she began to calm down. Just then, someone began to knock on the door, and a head peered in the room.

"What about him?" Jed asked his wife.

"Him? That could be interesting." Abbey responded as she took note of the person that was walking their way.

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