Disclaimers- see part 1

If You Go I Go- Part 5

Jed looked up from where he sat in the surgical waiting room as Leo rushed in looking haggard.

"Leo" he said softly as he and Abbey stood.

"Anything?" Leo asked.

Abbey shook her head. "No, they're both still in surgery." She said, her voice tired.

Leo walked over and wrapped both Jed and Abbey in a tight embrace. "She'll be ok. She's a fighter, just like her parents."

At that moment Josh and Donna burst into the waiting room, followed closely by Zoey and Charlie. Zoey ran right into her mother's open arms. "Is she..." Zoey began, tears streaming down her face.

Abbey held her close, as Jed stroked her hair. "She's still in surgery we don't know anything yet." Abbey answered in a soothing voice.

Donna sank down into a nearby chair, unable to comprehend what was happening. She was suddenly overwhelmed with memories of the shooting and waiting for Josh to come out of surgery. Fresh tears came to her eyes as she buried her face in her hands. Josh placed a comforting hand on her shoulder, a tear escaping from his own eye. His two best friends were fighting for their lives...

"How did this happen?" Josh asked.

"The Service is still investigating." Leo answered quietly "There is no indication that the other driver was drunk, their best guess at this time is that he fell asleep at the wheel and lost control of the car."

Leo turned as the door opened and CJ followed by Toby walked in.

"Any news?" CJ asked.

"No. Dammit what the hell is taking so long? Do they not realize who I am?" The President shouted.

"Jed..." Abbey began but stopped as the door opened.

"Mr. President," the woman who entered said. "I'm Dr. Newmann. I was in the ER when Mr. Seaborn and your daughter were brought in. I am here to give you an update on their condition."

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Sam lay holding Caitlin in his arms, feeling content and sated. Caitlin sighed and snuggled in closer to Sam He wrapped his arms tighter around her and kissed the top of his head.

Caitlin sat up on her elbow and watched him, a soft smile on her face. She reached over and brushed his hair off his forehead, trailing her fingers gently down his cheek. Sam watched as a breeze lifted her hair from her shoulder.

Suddenly Caitlin shivered, as the breeze became colder. Sam sat up pulling Caitlin with him, noticing that the sky was getting darker as gray clouds rolled in. The breeze became stronger, and the sound of the brook changed from bubbling to almost raging.

"What's happening?" Caitlin asked looking at Sam.

He looked around quickly. "I don't know." He answered quietly. Then he looked down at Caitlin and suddenly, he did know. He placed his hands on the side of her face and forced her to look at him. "I love you Caitlin" he said emotionally. "And I always will."

Caitlin looked at him, shocked by the emotion behind his words. Then a sense of foreboding overcame her and she threw her arms around him, holding him to her tight, as if she would never let go.

"Always" he repeated in a desperate whisper.

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"How are we doing?" Perkins asked.

"I am almost done closing. Then we just wait and see" Wade answered. "I wonder how Bartlet is doing."

"I don't know, but I was in the ER when she was brought in and...it didn't look good." Sawyer replied grimly. "Her injuries were extensive. I'd say her chances are pretty slim."

"Damn" Wade muttered. "She's so young. I remember last month she was on Larry King Live, talking about her father's administration and just politics in general. She was so full of life and had a real passion for things. It's a tragedy to see someone like that cut down so soon..."

"What the hell!" Perkins exclaimed interrupting Wade.

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"There are too many instruments in here. Get some of them out of my way so I can find the bleed." Cameron instructed harshly.

"Be careful not to remove the clamps off the other trouble spots. We need to make sure not to cause another hemorrhage." Sawyer added.

"It won't matter if I can't stop this one. She's bleeding out." Cameron replied.

"Her pressure is still dropping" the anesthesiologist cut in.

"Dammit! We are losing her." Cameron shouted.

If You Go I Go - 6

 

 

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