JED Seriously, why didn't you tell me. I thought Abbey and I made it very clear that you could come to us with anything. This is a very close family you've walked into, we talk about everything. I would do anything for my family, and yes, that includes you.

RONI I'm sorry. You've gotta understand that I didn't not tell you cause I don't trust you. This is all still very new to me. Living in the White House, being one of the First Daughters, having a loving family that would walk through fire for each other, instead of setting each other on fire.

JED Okay, apology accepted, just don't let it happen again.

RONI I'll try, but I never make any promises.

JED So I hear you broke two of his ribs, and his left wrist.

RONI Really! Cool, serves the bastard right.

JED Where did you learn to fight like that?

RONI Oh, I've been in Tae Kwon Doe since I was like five. I'm a black belt now, in fact, I'm a second-degree black belt. And as such, I should have demonstrated better restraint, but that damn *sshole had it coming.

JED I agree, I only wish you would have told me, and let me shoot him, Leo says I'm allowed to do stuff like that.

RONI So now that you know the truth, what do we do now? Do you still want me to go in front of the press and apologize to the President and all that stuff, cause I will, if that's what you want.

JED Well, all this stuff is in the report that Bobbie had to fill out, so with your permission, which by the way we actually have to have before we can do this, I was going to have CJ release that as the official White House's response to these preposterous claims. And if you want, you can speak with the press, but it's not necessary. And considering that Phillipe is the one that messed up, I suspect that you will be getting an apology from him, not the other way around.

RONI Okay. Wait, what's exactly in this report?

JED Just that it looked like he was trying to rape you, you sent the secret service away. Then he grabbed at you and you defended yourself, which is when they stepped in.

RONI Yep, that's just about it. I guess I have no problems with that getting out, my only concern earlier was how to tell you about it. That's why I was so reluctant to tell you anything. I really apologize Jed, it won't happen again. In the future you will be the first person I come to when something happens, good or bad.

JED That's good to hear. And don't worry too much about keeping this from me at first. I understand, cause I know I would have had a totally different response if you had told me. I probably would have flipped out ten times worse then what I did. Now come here and give me a hug, would ya?

RONI Yeah sure thing, Dad.

JED Did you just call me....

RONI Yeah.

[Jed is completely caught off-guard by Roni calling him dad, but a good off-guard. The two hug for a good bit of time as Roni whispers to Jed.]

RONI You're not gonna let this go to your head, are you, Dad?

JED What? I didn't hear you, you're gonna have to speak up.

RONI I said, you're not gonna let this go to your head, are you Dad?

JED I actually heard you the first time, I just wanted to hear you call me dad again.

[Roni glances at Jed, then starts to laugh.]

RONI Well, you best start getting used to it, cause I think I'm finally ready to call you dad, and Abbey, mom.

JED She's gonna be ecstatic.

RONI Yeah.

JED Okay, well I really hate to do this, but I have to get back to work now, you caused a lot of commotion in my staff, and I have to go untangle it once again.

RONI Want me to come with?

JED If you want, I don't mind, but I'm not gonna make you.

[Jed and Roni walk out of Roni's room, Jed's arm around Roni, ushering her towards his office.]

RONI So I hear that you wanted to apologize to me too.

JED Abbey's got a big mouth.

RONI So you gonna do it?

JED I'm really sorry Roni, I shouldn't have yelled. I shouldn't have tried to make you do stuff you don't want to do. I can't promise it won't happen again, but I can promise that I will try my hardest not to let it happen again. So do you forgive me.

RONI Yeah, I guess. Mom's gonna be upset.

JED Why, cause she wanted to be here? Don't worry about it, she'll get over it.

[CJ is in Toby's office, the two engrossed in a deep, somewhat heated, conversation, as Ginger knocks on the door.]

TOBY Not now, Ginger.

[Ginger opens the door extremely cautiously, and pokes her head in.]

GINGER I'm really sorry to interrupt, Toby, but the President has just called for a staff meeting. It starts in five minutes.

TOBY Okay, thank you Ginger. You may go now.

[Ginger leaves and shuts the door behind her.]

CJ You should really be nicer to her, she is a terrific person. God only knows how she has been able to work for you the past two years.

TOBY I'm nice.

CJ No, Toby, you're not.

TOBY Well, she hasn't complained yet.

CJ And if she did, what would you do?

TOBY We have a staff meeting to go to.

CJ You can't change the subject that easy, I will bring this up again.

[Toby and CJ walk out in to the communications bullpen, where Toby walks up to Ginger's desk.]

TOBY Ginger, CJ was just expressing some concern that I am not nice to you. Is this true? And does it bother you?

GINGER No, sir. I've learned to live with it, in fact, I don't think I would be able to handle you, if you were to be nice more often. Your day of jubilee was scary enough.

TOBY Thank you for clearing that up for CJ. CJ, lets go. Sam! Meeting!

[Sam pops his head out of his office.]

SAM What? Toby, did you call me?

TOBY Yeah, we have a staff meeting now, so come one.

SAM Staff? Now? Cathy, you didn't tell me about a staff meeting.

[Cathy hangs up the telephone.]

CATHY That's cause I just got finished rearranging your schedule to fit this meeting in, I was about to come tell you now.

SAM Okay.

TOBY Let's go!

 

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