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"There's No Place Like Home" - Part 5

"What do you mean?" Caitlin said into the phone. "I most certainly am coming home."

"No Caitlin. I want you to stay there in England."

"Like Hell."

"Watch it. I'm still your father." The President said angrily. The First Lady, Leo and Josh looked at the President not understanding his sudden anger at Caitlin. And why didn't he want her to come home.

"Yes you are and someone shot at you and my sister and my...friends." Caitlin said her voice breaking. "I need to be with my family right now."

"I don't want you here Caitlin. That's final." The President said. "Here's your mother." He handed the phone to Abbie and walked to his desk.

Abbie watched her husband confused then spoke into the phone. "Caitlin..."

"Mom, what is going on? Are you sure he's not hurt? Why is he being like this?"

Abbie walked away from the group to have a little privacy. "I don't know honey, it's just the emotions of this night. I promise you they are fine. Give it a few days for everything to settle down and then we'll talk about you coming home."

"Mom..." Caitlin began to argue but realized she wasn't going to get anywhere. "Ok" she said quietly.

"As soon as we know anything we will call you. I love you honey."

"I love you too Mom. Tell...tell Dad and Zoey that I love them too."

"I will. Bye."

Abbie hung up the phone and turned to The President. "Jed?" she questioned.

"Not now Abigail, I don't want to talk about it."

"Mr. President, I don't understand..." Josh began.

"Tell me Josh," the President interrupted. "Where was Caitlin during the campaign?"

"Sir?" Josh questioned.

"Leo," the President said turning to him. "when I wanted to find her what was the first thing I asked."

"Where are Josh and Sam" Leo said quietly.

"Yes. She was always with one or the both of you." The President said. "If she had been home, tonight wouldn't have been any different. I had to drag Zoey tonight, because I wanted her there, and I will regret that for the rest of my life." The President said, his voice breaking, betraying his emotions. The First Lady put her hands on his arm. "And I thank God that Zoey is alright, but what if Caitlin had been there. If she was with you, then she probably would've been fine. But what if she was with Sam? My daughter could be lying in that hospital right now." The President paused and took a deep breath. "She's safe in England. As long as there are people shooting at me here, I want my daughters as far away as possible. For Caitlin that means England."

"Yes sir." Josh said softly, thankful that Caitlin hadn't been home because he knew the President was right.

"C'mon Josh." Leo said quietly. "Mr. President, Abbie." He finished then he and Josh left.

The President watched them leave then sank into his chair. He felt his pent up tears begin to flow from his eyes. "She's safe there." He whispered. Abbie wrapped her arms around Jed and held him as he released all of his emotions.

"I know sweetheart. It's going to be ok, all of our girls are safe, everything is going to be ok." Abbie said softly.


Caitlin stared at the phone a few minutes after she hung up with her mother. "I'm sorry Mom." She said as she began packing a suitcase.

Five minutes later she walked out into her living room, bag in hand.

"Caitlin..." Biggs began.

"I'm going home," she cut him off. "And you have two choices. You can either come with me or you can hog tie me to the bed, but that is the only way you are going to stop me." And with that Caitlin threw open her door and walked outside.

Biggs looked towards Reynolds and nodded, then he followed Caitlin out. Reynolds quickly picked up the phone and dialed the number to the Service. "Alert the White House." She said, "Britain is on her way home."



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