The alarm clock starts to scream, Jed is the first awake, "6:00 a.m." He shuts the thing off, then turns over to face Abbey. Pulling her into his arms, he kisses her on the neck, "It's time to wake up." He whispers.

Abbey woke up right away, "I don't want to. I'm just gonna stay here in bed, and never get up."

"We can't run from this, Abbey. We have to face it... It's gonna be fine. You'll see. The results are going to come back negative."

"And what if they don't? What then?"

"That's not going to happen. See, I have this all planned out."


"The rest of our lives. You are going to be just fine, and we are going to live to be 120 years old, at least. And we are going to be happy. Nothing bad will ever happen to us."

"But what if it does?" Abbey asked as she took off for the bathroom yet again.


The ride to the hospital was very quiet. Both Jed and Abbey were consumed by their thoughts to say much of anything. And when they did speak, it was just mumblings.

When they did arrive, Jed helped his wife out of the limo. He then put his arm around her waist, and they walked into the hospital. They still didn't do much speaking, there was just way too much on their minds. Besides, what else was left to say?

They approached the doctor that had examined Abbey the day before, and they murmured hellos. Then Abbey was taken into a room, where she was to change into a hospital gown. The next step was for the doctor to explain the procedures for the day. First they were to do an ultrasound, more specifically, a TVU. Then, if something was noticed in that, they would turn around and do a biopsy.

"Mrs. Bartlet, do you see this on the screen, right here?" The doctor pointed to some blob on the computer screen.

"Yeah." Abbey managed to choke out amidst all of her fears.

"I don't like the looks of this. I am definitely going to want to do a biopsy. Do you have any questions, or concerns? Anything at all?"

"No." Abbey quietly said as she reached out for her husband's hand and gripped it tightly.

"Okay then. I'm gonna go get all of the equipment ready for the biopsy. The two of you can just stay in here, I'll come get you when we are ready." The doctor disappeared from the room.

Once the doctor left the room, Jed climbed up on the examining bed with his wife and held her sobbing body in his arms. "I'm scared too. But it's all going to work out for the best, Abigail Bartlet. You just wait and see. I won't let anything happen to you." He gently kissed her on the back of the head. "I'm here for you."


A few minutes later, Jed heard the doctor speaking with a nurse just outside, so he climbed off the bed, but he didn't let go of his wife. Just as he swore to himself he never would.

"Excuse me, but we are ready for you. If you will just follow me." The doctor said as he extended his arm, pointing out the open door.

Abbey managed to get off the examining bed, with Jed's help, and they walked arm in arm down the hallway. "If you'll just climb up on there, and lay flat on your back, we can begin."

Abbey did as she was told, as Jed sat in a chair against the wall. When it was all over, the doctor told them that the soonest the results would be in would be two days, forty-eight hours. He promised that that was the absolute soonest. If they didn't take that time, then the results would not be accurate and they'd have to go through it all over again. With that news, Abbey got out of the hospital gown, and back into her clothes, and they went back to the White House.



Under The Weather - 5


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