Abbey, having taken care of the business that took her away from the President, was now on her way to go grab Roni and take her back to the Residence. Little did she know that Roni wasn't with Toby any longer.

"Where is she?" Abbey entered the room frantically, not seeing Roni.

"Mrs. Bartlet, hello."

"Where is she Toby? You were supposed to keep her with you. What happened?" Abbey panicked.

"Brad came, ma'am. I couldn't work with the two of them in here, so I chased them away." Toby said as he prepared himself for the wrath that was known as the First Lady.

"What? How could you? Do you know where they went?" Abbey grew furious.

"Well, she was with Brad. So I didn't think you would...."

"Toby! How could you?"

"I'm sorry, ma'am. If there is anything I can do to make up for it..."

"What am I going to do? She's gonna show up late to her own party. Okay, breathe...Toby, did they say where they were going?"

"No, they did not. But if it is any consolation, to show you how sorry I am, I can try to track her down for you." Toby said as Roni and Brad had arrived in the doorway. Having heard some of the conversation, Roni tried to sneak away. "Ma'am, she's right there, behind you." Toby said counting his blessings. He knew with Roni back, there was no way he would get into more trouble. Well, he could hope.

Abbey turned around immediately, and saw no one. "Where?" She questioned as she looked out in the communications bullpen area. Spotting Roni and Brad retreating behind one of the doors, Abbey took off after them. Finally catching up with them, "Where have you been? Why did you leave?"

"I'm sorry ma'am. I shouldn't have taken her away. It's my fault." Brad decided to stick up for Roni.

"Don't lie Brad. I made him come with me. Like I told you earlier, I had some things to do. And I still have stuff to do."

"You aren't going anywhere young lady."

"Am I allowed to go to my room and look for something?"

"I have to escort you, cause frankly, I don't trust you right now." Abbey gave Roni an evil look.

"Gee, all this just to get me to some party that I have no clue who it's for. Why?"

Stumbling around for the words to say, and coming up empty, Abbey said, "What is it we are going to look for?"

"I don't know yet. When I figure it out, I'll let you know."

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After searching her room for a few minutes, she decided that Abbey wasn't about to leave her alone. And Brad wasn't going away either; they were both pretty curious as to what she was looking for. Once Roni did find what she had been looking for, she thought it best not to say anything. Instead, she came up with a plan to get the two nosy people out of her room.

"Hey, I've still got, what? An hour before I have to get ready for this party?"

"Yeah, that's about right." Abbey responded.

"Do you mind if I take a little nap? Cause I'm kinda tired."

"Sure, no problem. Brad and I will just go talk about you in the living room."

"We will, ma'am?" Brad asked as Abbey took him by the shoulder and began to walk him out the room.

"We will. It'll be fun, you'll see. Have a nice nap, kiddo."

"Just don't say anything bad about me. Either of you." Roni said as the two disappeared from her room. Roni immediately got up and closed the door, then she moved over to the closet, and took out an old shoebox. "Just what I was looking for. I hope." Roni brought the box over to her bed and opened it up, examining the contents. "Yep, this is it. Now where did I put that stuff I bought yesterday?" Roni asked herself as she looked about the room. Once spotting it in the corner, she went and grabbed it. "Perfect. This is going to be perfect." As she returned to her seat on her bed, something from the shoebox caught her eye. She stopped and moved the things from the way, so she could see exactly what it was.

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"Are we going down there with her?" Jed asked his wife, who was in the bathroom, finishing getting ready.

"Yeah. The four of us, well, five I guess."

"Five? Who's the fifth?" Jed asked again as he began to button his shirt up.

"Brad, who else?"

"You almost done in there?"

"I've been waiting for you to ask me that."

"Well, are you? I finished ten minutes ago." He said as he began to tie his tie.

"Liar! You aren't done yet. And yes, I am." Abbey walked out of the bathroom and stopped, seeing her husband fidget with his tie brought a smile to her face. "Here, let me do that."

"Yes, ma'am." He smiled as he dropped his tie and gladly let his wife step up to the task at hand.

"There, now get your coat on, and let's go."

"Yes, ma'am." He said as he did exactly what he was told to do.

As they walked down the hall, they unexpectantly ran into Sam. "What are you doing here Sam?" Abbey asked. "Aren't you supposed to be at the party already?"

"Yes, ma'am. I'm on my way now."

"What's that in your hands?" Jed pointed to a box in a bag.

"This? Oh, this is...it's the present I got for Roni." Sam hoped they would buy that.

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Surprises - 8

 

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