RATING: PG-15 (to tell you why would spoil the story, *strong* themes)
DISCLAIMER: See Part 1
NOTES: See part 1, Thanks so much to AJ for giving me some direction on this,
I know where I'm going now!!!!!!!
Leo leaned back in his chair and ran his fingers through his hair. He
looked around his office and tried to breathe. An hour and a half until the
President's address. He had to find some way to kill time until then. The
phone rang, saving him from having to think of something.
"Leo McGarry." He exclaimed.
"Leo?" A weak, raspy voice came through the line.
"Liz?" Leo asked in concern. "Liz, are you okay? Where are
"I'm in a hotel on seventeenth. Leo, I had to get out of there. I'm so
sorry, Leo. Tell me what to do." Liz said softly. Leo looked around the
office and got to his feet.
"Listen, what hotel are you at? I'm gonna come get you, okay? You can
stay here." He assured her.
"No, Leo, they don't want me there." She said softly.
"If you say to them what you're saying to me, I promise you, everything
will be okay." Leo replied. "Okay? what's the address?"
"If you ask me, people don't spend enough time in parks." Rade said
softly as she walked along the sidewalk with Toby closeby.
"If you start quizzing me on National parks, I'm going to run away
screaming." He exclaimed playfully. Rade laughed.
"No, I specialize in even less useful trivia than my granddad." She
replied. Another silent paused filled the air between them. "No one knows,
right? You got me signed out, no problem?" She asked for about the tenth
"No one knows you've left the hospital except the hospital, me and the
secret service, although I don't know why you wanted it that way." Toby
replied honestly. He could see the White house in the distance and he knew
that Rade wanted them to end up there eventually.
"Because the question on everyone's mind is no longer 'why did she do
it?' Now it's 'what do we do next?' Everyone keeps asking me 'why, Rade, why'
and the only thing that comes to my mind is to say 'ours is not the reason
why...' and trail off." She said with a grin. He laughed and nodded.
"That's a good answer, but is it the right one?" He asked.
"I've made a lot of mistakes lately. I don't think getting a wrong answer
is on the list of my worries." She replied playfully. He nodded and walked
with her. "Thanks for doing this, Toby. I know you have work to do, and I
know that you hate the outdoors and all." She added.
"Well, someone has to keep an eye on you." He replied softly before
realizing all the things that the statement could have meant.
"Yeah, I know." She replied, surprising him.
"What do you mean she checked out? Where'd she go?" Jed exclaimed into
the phone. "Fine, thank you." He added before hanging up. He had an
go before his statement and his wife had just walked into to tell him that
their granddaughter had disappeared out of the hospital under the care of one
Toby Ziegler and a secret service agent named Ellis Jackson.
"What'd they say?" Abbey asked as she rubbed Zoey's back.
"She's with Toby and her agent." He replied. Abbey nodded and then
at the door as Leo walked in with Liz behind him.
"Hey, Leo. Liz." Jed exclaimed softly. Liz nodded, and he could see
tearstains on her cheeks. Zoey watched her sister almost angrily, but her
temper had cooled off since before and she was interested to know why Leo had
been so willing to bring Liz back.
"Guys." Liz started, trying not to cry. "I'm so sorry. I should
have lied to you and I never should have all this go this far. I seriously
regret all of this from the start and I just wanted to let you know that . .
. I'm leaving Eric. He tried to get me to stay, but I couldn't look at him
anymore. I'm sorry for..." Liz just trailed off and bit her lip. Zoey
slowly got to her feet and walked to her sister. Liz watched her younger
sister carefully and then started to cry as the younger girl took her into a
tight hug. Abbey got up and walked to her husband as Zoey and Liz hugged
tightly. Jed looked his wife in the eye and then nodded. Things were coming
back together. Could it be that things were working out? Just then the door
opened and Rade walked in with Toby at her side. She stopped and looked at
her mother in tears and then at her grandparents.
"What's going on?" She asked shakily.
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