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Heat Wave- Part 12

"I'm going to have your father fire him!" Abby said getting up off the couch in her office and walking to the phone.

"Mom, that's not the reason I came here. I could've asked Dad myself to fire him." Caitlin just needed her Mom right now. She could always make things better for Caitlin. Make the pain go away.

Abby walked back to the couch and sat next to her daughter. She put her arm around her and Caitlin laid her head on her Mom's shoulder. "My poor baby. You haven't had an easy six months have you?"

"Let's see. I was stalked and almost killed in England. I'm constantly followed by armed men who watch my every move and now Sam..." Caitlin sat up and looked at her mother. "How could he think I was easy? Worse yet he thinks that's the only reason a man would...would want me. Am I really that awful, Mom?"

"No you're not, and I don't want you to let Sam Seaborn make you feel less than the beautiful, intelligent, wonderful woman that you are."

"I don't feel so wonderful right now. I never would've expected those words to come from HIS mouth. He was always the one who supported me. Who made me feel special and...and alive." Caitlin stopped as she saw the way her mom was watching her. "What?"

"I didn't realize until right now just how much you care about him. Oh, honey..."

"No," Caitlin said getting up. "Don't Mom please. I can't...I already realize I'm an idiot for...feeling about him the way I do."

"You are never wrong to care about someone. To be honest Caitlin, this doesn't sound like Sam. There has to be something going on. I'm not defending him, I think he has a lot of groveling ahead of him, but your father and I watched the two of you during the campaign and for the past six months. Sam would do anything for you. He's been a good friend. I don't know what brought this on, but I don't believe for a second that he truly thinks so badly of you. If you ask me he sounds jealous."

"Jealous? No I don't think so. He has no reason to be jealous. And if he were jealous why put me down, why not put the Ambassador down? Besides he's dating Mallory."

"I can't explain it honey. For as much as men say we are the complicated ones, they are ten times worse."

"Don't I know it." Caitlin looked down at her watch. "I have to go, my lunch break is over."

"I think it'll be ok if you stayed. I have an in with your boss."

Caitlin smiled feeling better. "No, I said that I would not abuse the fact that I am the President's daughter. Besides, I'm not going to let Sam or anyone else think that what he said got to me."

"That's my girl." Abby said and hugged her daughter. "I love you."

"I love you too Mom. And thanks."

"That's what mother's are for."

Caitlin left her Mother's office and headed back to the West Wing, taking deep calming breaths all the way.




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