NOTES: See part 1
SUMMARY: KD and Toby deal with possibilities, Leo finds that he has to start
taking steps to stay happy and keep the women he loves happy at the same time.

Sam sat down at his desk and looked around. It looked like it was going
to be a long day and he did not know what to think about it. He could see
that he had a few meetings, a Don't Ask Don't Tell follow-up in which he and
KD were going to tell the military goons off, once and for all, before the
President came out with his gay rights agenda. He couldn't really think
It had been more than a week since he'd seen Mallory. More than a week
since he'd seen her face, and the eyes he remembered seeing that day were red
and she had been exhibiting the signs of someone with a hangover. KD had
mentioned the arrest to him, and he found that he didn't really care. Mallory
had hurt him so badly, that he'd turned himself off and he didn't want to
think anymore.
"Hey, brother." KD murmured as she moved into the room, reading a file as
she collapsed on to his couch. "You ready to face the firing squad? Those
goons are going to be pissed at..." She stopped talking and looked at him.
"Sam, are you okay?"
"Do you really want an answer to that question?" Sam retorted.
"Sam, I know it's hard, but I also know that things are going -" She
"They're not going to be okay, Katy." Sam interrupted. "Mal crossed the
line. I mean, it's bad enough that she broke up with me. I think that was
painful enough on its own, but it's not just about that. It's about the fact
that she was perfectly willing to ruin my life and Leo's, not to mention her
own. If she wants to believe that the f**king bottle is more important to her
than I am, then let her. She can go her own way and I'll sleep fine tonight."
He said in a soft, cold tone of voice. KD studied him for a moment.
"That's your choice, I guess." She said softly.
"Yes, it is." He replied. "Now, shall we go to our meeting?"
"It's not for another twenty minutes. I came by because I thought we
should review first." KD explained, her tone still soft. Sam opened his mouth
to respond when Kathy leaned in the door.
"What is it?" He asked sharply.
"This was just delivered for you, Sam." His assistant exclaimed as she
handed Sam an envelope. He opened it and read the card inside.
'Sam ~ Come to Michael's on 18th street and Connecticut tonight at seven.
Please. It's important.' The note read in elegant cursive. Sam looked at KD
was waiting patiently to hear what it said.
"It's just an invitation." He said softly.
"From whom?" KD asked.
"Mallory." He said without hesitation.

"I'm telling you, Graham, that it's not going to happen. We're taking
this fight to the mattresses, and we'd like your support. To be quite frank,
we're expecting it." Leo snapped into the phone. "Yes, I said we're expecting
it. No. Yes, I understand. Good. Thank you. Goodbye." Leo finished happily
and then slammed the phone down. He collapsed into his chair and sighed, his
eyes closed. When he opened them again, his office doors were closed and
Mallory was standing in front of his desk.
"Tell me I'm not dreaming. Mal?" He asked weakly.
"Dad, I'm so sorry." She whispered. "I came here today to tell you that
I'm not going to New Hampshire and that I'm so sorry." She murmured, tears in
her eyes. Leo practically leapt out of his seat as he moved to hug her
tightly in his arms. "It's going to be hard, but I'm going to try, Dad. I'm
so sorry."
"It's okay." He assured her quietly. "I love you so much, Mal. Thank God.
I'm going be here for you, okay? I'm going to be here for you through this
whole thing, where you need me. You just tell me what you need, and I'll be
there." He said softly, silently thanking the stars above.
"I need to hug you, dad. I need to know that all is not lost." Mallory
whispered. Leo hugged her tighter.
"Never. It's never lost." He whispered. She hugged him tighter and
nodded. "I'm so glad you're here."
"Well, I talked to someone who really helped me just let it all out and
she helped me see what I was doing not only to myself, but to everyone around
me. I'm so sorry, dad. I love you and I never should have done all the things
I've been doing recently." Mallory said as she gazed into her father's eyes.
He smiled and wiped away a tear that had fallen down her face.
"It's okay." He assured her. "I'm telling you, it's okay, because here
you are. You're back, and I can see in you the woman I used to know."
"I'm going to get help, dad. Just like you did." She assured him. "But I
need to know that you'll be there for me, just being patient while I try to
deal with this. I'm not going to try and do this alone, but I do need to have
some independence while I try and take this one step at a time."
"I know. I've been there, and you're right. You don't have to keep us at
arm's length, but wherever you need me, that's where I'll be." He replied
softly with a warm smile. She smiled back.
"Thank you." She whispered. "I love you so much."
"I love you too." He whispered back.

"David! What are you doing?" KD called.
"I'm sleeping!" David called back.
"That's what I thought." She muttered as she tried to rummage through the
jungle of papers on her desk. "Pay him to sleep." She added before a pile of
papers fell to the ground with a thud. "Pay him to sleep while a pregnant
woman works her ass off." She muttered as she knelt down to pick up the
papers. When she stood up, Mallory was standing in front of her desk. KD
paused quietly and then put the papers on her desk. "Hey."
"Hi." Mallory said softly.
"You need something?" KD asked as she stared down at her desk.
"A chance to apologize." Mallory admitted. "I've screwed things up, Katy,
but I'm trying desperately to put them back together. Please let me. I'm
getting help, like I need it, and I just needed to tell you that I'm sorry
and that you're the best big sister I've got." She said softly. KD looked at
her with a sad smile and a strange twinkle in her eye.
"Mal, I can't tell you that it's that easy." She said softly. "You hurt
me, and you hurt a lot of other people. It's going to take a while for those
wounds to heal, but I'll tell you what: in the time that it takes, I will be
there for you." She added with a wider smirk. She was still hurt, still
angry, but Mal was standing here, admitting to having a problem.
"Okay." Mal said softly with a weak smile. KD walked around the desk and
hugged her tightly.
"You're doing the right thing. " KD whispered as she squeezed her little
sister tighter. Mallory hugged back tightly and buried her face into KD's
shoulder. KD smiled and let out a sigh of relief. "Welcome back, Mal."
"Not yet, Katy."
"Close enough."
"Did I just hear you say you were pregnant?"
"Depends on how long you were standing there."

TBC... .


Blessed - 14



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