To Tell a Tale

by AJ

Suddenly, Jed lost all interest in eating breakfast. He had actually wanted to come in and fix things with Abbey. He expected her to be angry, and he was going to play off of it and heal things between them. But, that didn't happen.

Instead, he feared he may have made it worse.

Getting up from the table, Jed hung his head down to the ground and walked towards his office. Only lifting it when Leo approached him, screaming his name.

"Leo, calm down. There's no fire."

"Oh, but there could be, sir."

"What?"

"Senator Russell put out a statement five minutes ago."

"What about?"

"Abbey."

"What's he saying?"

"He's bringing up the thing with her lying. Trying to apply it to everything she's said in the past. Also..." Leo trailed off as he looked his friend in the eye. He really didn't want to vocalize the last thing.

~~~

"Nice of you to finally grace us with your presence, Senator." Jed's voice was colder than ice.

"Mr. President," The senator acknowledged, moving into the Oval Office.

"Sit down, make yourself comfortable." Jed made no attempt to improve his tone.

"Why don't we just cut the pleasantries?"

"Fine, then. I'll get right to the point. Where the hell did you get your information that my wife almost killed me twenty years ago? And what gives you the right to spread it around?"

"As a citizen of this country, it is my obligation to inform the others-"

"Bullshit! Don't hand me that line, expecting me to buy it."

"Fine."

"Fine. Now, where the hell did you come across these outrageous claims?"

"You and I both know, Mr. President, that these claims are entirely accurate."

"I know nothing of the sort."

"It's good to see that the Mrs. isn't the only liar in the family." Senator Russell said smugly. "I have come across it from your own mouth, Mr. President."

"What?"

"God bless noisy secret service agents with an extremely loose tongue after work hours."

 

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