Spoiler: Abbey gets sick
Notes: Thanks to Dallas, Chelle, and especially Rhiannon for help with this. Currently this is a work in progress, but that won't last for long. Anyway, this being posted to celebrate the new Jed Abbey egroups list. hehe.
Disclaimers: A girl can dream......can't she?
"It's time to wake up." Jed gently shook his sleeping wife. "Come on, up!"
"What time is it?" Abbey mumbled still have asleep.
"6:30 a.m. Wake up. You said you wanted to be up at this time."
"Just ten more minutes." Abbey pleaded as she turned around to her right side and tried to go back asleep.
Jed moved around to her right side and sat down on the bed. He carefully pushed her over on her back and gave her a kiss. "Up!"
"All right, I'll get up." Abbey did as she said, but as she climbed out of the bed, she stumbled, right into Jed's arms.
"Whoa, you alright?"
"I am now." Abbey said as Jed moved in to kiss her.
"UH OH!" Abbey screamed as she ran to the bathroom and threw up.
"Gee. I love you too, Abbey." Jed made his way to the bathroom door, where Abbey had yet to get up off the ground. "You gonna be alright?"
"Yeah, go on. You'll be late for work." Abbey threw up again.
"Are you sure? I could go in late, or not at all."
"Go. I'll be fine." She said as she threw up again.
"Mrs. Landingham, what's my schedule like for the rest of the day?" Jed asked as he entered his office.
"Here's a copy, sir." She followed closely on his heels and handed a piece of paper to him.
After glancing at it for a minute, "Can you see about canceling as many things as possible? Especially my lunch meeting?"
"Now, Mr. President, what have I told you about canceling things at the last minute?"
"The first thing doesn't start for another fifteen minutes, so it's really not last minute. Anyway, my wife is sick and I'd like to, you know, doctor her."
"I'm sorry to hear the First Lady is feeling ill. I'll see what I can do to your schedule."
"That's all I ask, Mrs. Landingham." Jed said as his secretary left his office.
Having a few minutes before his staff meeting started, he decided to call Abbey. "How you feeling?"
"Not very good. I'm really tired, and my back hurts."
"You don't sound very good. Listen, I'm gonna try to get off work early, so I can take care of you."
"No, don't. I'll be fine. Don't fuss over me. I love yo…" Abbey quickly hung the phone up and took off for the bathroom yet again.
Hearing the dial tone Jed hung the phone up as well, which ended up being perfect timing, cause the first of his senior staff started to file into his office for the morning meeting.
Mrs. Landingham did the best she could to reschedule the President's schedule for the day, but didn't have that much success. She did manage to cancel his lunch meeting, and was able to end his day at 3:30 p.m. But that wasn't good enough for him. He appreciated what she was able to do, but he really wanted the day off. He knew if it were him that was sick, she would have her entire day canceled, no matter what. And she would spend the entire day with him, taking his temperature, among other things. He wanted to do the same, but being President is a lot different than being the First Lady. Something Abbey didn't understand while being sick.
Abbey laid in her bed as she had her many visitors fussing over her. First it was Zoey, who ditched her class to check on her mother. Then it was Lilli Mays, who wanted to look in on her boss, just to see if there was anything she could do. The third visitor was Charlie. Charlie had been sent by the President to check up on her. He was trapped in another meeting and wasn't able to get out of it. Just before he had left for the meeting, he had talked with Abbey. She didn't sound too good on the phone, which is why he sent Charlie.
Charlie reported back to the President as ordered and generally tried to keep the news as positive as he could. He knew he shouldn't tell his boss about what they talked about. If he did, it'd just upset him. The First Lady complained about how everyone had been to visit her, except him. She thought he knew that when she waved him off in the morning that she wasn't really serious. She wanted her husband with him, taking care of her. That's what she would do if it were him that was sick.
Jed knew that Charlie was holding something back from him. And he knew it wasn't good news. The only problem was getting it out of him. After a few minutes of grilling him, Jed just gave up. He figured that in a little less than an hour, he'd be up in the residence on his lunch break, and he can find out first hand what Abbey is up to. And that was going to have to be good enough for him. Just one more meeting to get through, and he'd be up there with her.
The hour came and went, and Jed was on his way to the residence. Entering his bedroom, he stopped at the doorway. "She's sleeping!" Jed quietly proclaimed. "Oh well, it's probably for the best. She needs her rest." He slowly moved towards the bed, sure to not wake her up. He then climbed into bed with her and wrapped his arms around her. Kissing the back of her head, he rested his own head on the very end of her pillow, and closed his eyes.
A little less than an hour later, Jed awoke at the sound of the telephone. "Yeah, what is it?"
"It's Charlie, sir. You told me to call five minutes before you need to be back here."
"Okay, thanks Charlie." Jed hung the phone up and then moved back into his previous position, holding his wife.
Abbey had begun to stir when the phone rang, and when Jed put his arms back around her, she woke up. "Hey, what are you doing here?"
"I canceled my lunch meeting. I had the feeling there was something you wanted to talk about. But I have to go back to work now."
"Oh!" Abbey said as she moved out of her husband's arms and laid flat on her back.
"After all these years, you should know that when I say one thing, I mean another."
"You're talking about this morning, when you told me to go to work?"
"Yeah…and you listened."
"I'm sorry. I tried to cancel my workday, but Mrs. Landingham said there was actually important stuff today. I have been here for an hour now, though. And I'll be back early."
"How early?" Abbey asked as she once again took off for the bathroom.
Jed stayed back this time, and just waited until she emerged from the bathroom. "Here, lay down." Jed got up and walked his wife back to the bed. "Maybe I should call Mrs. Landingham and tell her…"
"No, you said this stuff was important."
"Are you doing that thing again? Where you say one thing, and you want another?"
Looking at the clock, Jed kissed his wife on the forehead, "Dang, you're burning up. Maybe I should take your temperature?"
"Go!" Abbey attempted to smile.