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.

"I'm just saying that you have to take into account the fact that
economic growth is unpredictable." KD exclaimed sharply. On the other end of
the phone line, Irwin Jacobs started to repeat everything he'd just said to
her, as if he couldn't comprehend the fact that she was denouncing his
information. She sighed and interrupted him again. "Irwin, go have a few
bottles of beer and go home to your wife. I don't care what time of day it
is, but if you're not going to listen to me, I'd rather you waste your time
doing something else. That's all you're doing, Irwin. Wasting time." She
finished before hanging up and glancing at her agenda. She sat down in the
chair and looked around. She was tired, she was bored and she was scared.
"Doc?" David said softly as he leaned in the door.
"Yeah, David?" She asked quietly.
"Are you okay?" He asked.
"I think so. I'm just tired of arguing with people who don't listen. What
do I have next? Tell me I have something to do that doesn't involve a phone?"
She pleaded. It was ten in the morning and she was already tired. She just
wanted to lie down. Two days had gone by since her fateful doctor's
appointment and she just wanted to go home and crawl into bed. She didn't
mind the thought of doing so and dragging Toby with her, but with the
pregnancy, there were a great deal of months ahead where she wouldn't be able
to work, and she had to get ahead while she still could. She hated the fact
that they were going into an election year and she wouldn't be able to do the
work she was supposed to do, but she knew that when it came down to it, she
would work at home and still pull at least some portion of her own weight.
"Uh, you have a meeting with Toby, Leo and a guy named Derek Salinger."
David announced. KD nodded and got to her feet.
"Yeah, the EPA guy. Nice that he gets such a big audience." She murmured
as she moved out of her office. David trailed her.
"After that, you've got a meeting with the Crows, lunch with Toby, a
meeting with the NSC, and then you get to go to the Prez's department head
meeting and finally there's a staff meeting at four thirty. That's it." He
exclaimed as they crossed the hallway.
"Great. My day looks to be ultra stressful." She muttered. "The only
things on that list I look forward to are lunch with Toby and the department
head meeting because those are at least interesting... usually."
"Hopefully it will be today and you can end the day with a flourish."
David said with a smirk.
"David, don't get cute. Go back to your desk and do the crossword for
me." She exclaimed. "Looks like I won't get to today." She added as she
turned into Leo's office. David chuckled and turned back. He turned down
another hall and moved for the communications bullpen.
"KD already there?" Toby asked as they passed each other.
"Yep." David called back and then moved up to Ginger's desk. "Hey,
beautiful." He said as he planted a kiss on her lips. She smiled and stood up
to hug him.
"Hi you. What are you doing over here in this neck of the woods?" She
asked softly.
"I'm visiting the woman I love." He whispered back.
"Ginger?" Sam's voice interrupted. She sighed and looked at him.
"Yeah?" She asked.
"Where's Toby?"
"At the EPA briefing."
"Okay. This is a workplace, not the backseat of a car." Sam added before
disappearing into his office and slamming the door. David frowned and looked
at Ginger who was glaring angrily at Sam's door.
"I can't believe he said that." She muttered.
"What's wrong with him?" David asked.
"I don't know. He's been bitter for the past few days. It's not like him
and I don't like it." Ginger replied softly.
"It's a little worrying." David admitted. She nodded. "But I should get
back to work. I'll see you after and we can grab some din?" He asked. She
smiled and nodded before accepting another kiss. He smiled a somewhat
dazzling smile and then moved off down the hallway. Ginger sighed and sat
back down at her desk to return to work. As David left, Mallory slowly moved
into the bullpen and knocked on Sam's door.
"What?" He called. She winced and moved inside. Sam looked at her and
couldn't gauge how to react. "Come on in. Close the door." He said softly.
She nodded as she did so and then found a seat on his couch.
"Sam, I want to apologize for what happened day before yesterday." She
said softly. He waited. "I've never gotten drunk before in my life and you
were right, there was no excuse."
"Took you two days." Sam pointed out. "Mal, look. I'm just confused. Why
did you do it? I mean, you and your dad talked. Didn't you sort things out?
What could have prompted you to do that?"
"Sam, I came here to apologize, not to explain to you the strange things
that are going on inside my twisted little mind." Mallory said softly. "I
just need to know that you're not still mad at me."
"I'm not." Sam said finally. "But I would like to help you."
"Sam, I appreciate it, but I really need to do this on my own, to figure
out what it is exactly that I need. I made a mistake two nights ago, and I
won't make it again." She assured him softly.
"Okay. Well, I'm there for you if you need anything." He said with a
smile. Mallory hesitated, causing the smile to dissipate.
"Sam, there's one more thing I need to talk to you about." She said

"Jeri, give me one more minute. I have to make a quick phone call." Leo
exclaimed as he grabbed the receiver. Jeri nodded and went back to scribbling
some notes in her journal. Leo dialed the number for Irwin Jacobs's office.
He got a busy signal and hung up, exasperated. "I hate politicians." He
muttered and moved to sit next to Jeri on the couch.
"Well, then you picked a bad profession to go into." She replied. He
smiled and peered over her shoulder. She grinned and hid the book away. "No
peeking. The professional stuff you can read, but not this." She added before
leaning into him and receiving a kiss from him.
"If you insist." Leo assured her as he held her close. He breathed in her
presence and sighed contentedly. His life had been so hectic, so frenzied,
ever since Jed Bartlet had agreed to run for President. He'd watched his
daughter grow up in just a few short years. He'd seen people he loved go
through such horrible stresses. Right now, he felt content, and it was the
first time in a long time. Jeri closed the book and tickled his chin.
"What are you thinking about?" She asked softly.
"How lucky I am." He admitted. "I've got a wonderful girlfriend, an
unbelievable job, a truly great best friend and beautiful daughters." He said
softly. "Isn't this what life is all about? How was it that I got to be so
lucky?" He asked quietly before kissing her neck.
"I don't know. I could tell you the truth but then I'd have to kill you."
She whispered. He grinned and kissed her gently. Suddenly the door opened and
Sam moved in. Leo got to his feet in shock as Jeri just stared at the
seemingly stressed young man.
"What are you doing, Sam?" Leo asked sharply.
"Tell me you talked to Mallory." Sam exclaimed.
"Yes, I did. She said everything was okay and then asked me to give her
some space to figure out what to do with her life." Leo explained. "What are
you doing, just barging in her like this?"
"That's all she said?" Sam asked, avoiding the question.
"Yeah. What's going on?" Leo snapped.
"Your daughter just broke up with me and informed me that she's moving to
New Hampshire." Sam retorted.

TBC... .


Blessed - 9



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