RATING: PG-13, strong language (not *that* strong) ARCHIVE: Ja, sure. Go Ahead. Let me know where. SPOILER: KD is released from the hospital and allowed to come back to work but ends up taking a trip of her own, leaving the west wing in anguish. DISCLAIMER: I don't own the West Wing characters, I don't own the show. I'm only borrowing them. Thank you Aaron Sorkin for inventing them and for letting us use them. Fan Fiction writers like myself love you for it, and fans like myself just love you anyway.
"Did I guess right, George?" Josh probed. Rueben didn't answer. His
lawyer groaned. Josh was getting sick of the groaning thing. All it seemed
Rueben's lawyer could do was groan. He groaned about everything. Josh wasn't
even sure why he'd asked for the lawyer to come, but then he remembered that
what he had to say to Rueben should be said in the presence of a lawyer. A
lawyer other than him, a lawyer who had Rueben's interests at heart, and at
checkbook. To be honest, by this time, Josh wanted to sock both these guys,
but it was hardly worth the legal hassle.
"Whatever I say, I'm going to prison for years." Rueben murmured. Josh
"You should have thought of that before you pulled the trigger." He
"Josh." A soft voice exclaimed. All eyes turned and rest on Leo McGarry
as he stepped into the room. Rueben gulped. "Don't worry, I'm not here with a
vengeance. Though I should be." Leo added as he moved further into the room
and stood next to Josh who had stood up.
"Mr. McGarry, I sincerely think-" The lawyer started.
"Shut up." Leo interrupted and looked the prisoner in the eye. "Listen to
me, Hallowell. You're going to prison. You're going to prison for a very long
time. I'm not going to pretend I'm not pissed as hell at you. I am angry, but
not because you tried to kill me. Not because you took money for trying to
kill me. But because you shot a young woman who is about as close to me as my
own daughter. I could kill you right now with my bare hands, but I'm not
going to even try. So you listen to me, and you listen well.
"Tell us the truth. Tell us who put you up to this. Tell us and then go
serve your sentence. You've already been to court, you've already gotten your
twenty years. But for some reason, you've begged to be brought to the White
House to talk to me about the true circumstances surrounding your actions.
For nearly three days you've been annoying the hell out of my deputy chief of
staff, so now I'm stepping in. Tell us the truth, once and for all, or get to
the prison cell where you belong and let us go back to the jobs that we're
paid for. You can live with your knowledge for the rest of your life, the
next twenty years out of your prime, knowing that the person who let you rot
there is never going to suffer for his crimes. That's your choice. Decide
now." Leo finished fiercely. Rueben stared at the table for another fifteen
seconds and then lifted his eyes to meet the steel gaze of an angry white
house chief of staff.
"Mr. Lyman did guess correctly. Mr. Lillienfield's personal aide
contacted me a week before the EPA ceremony. I talked to the senator the day
following the call, we met, he offered me five hundred thousand dollars and a
car that I could get away in. Two hundred up front to the account I told Mr.
Lyman about and then three hundred after. I haven't heard from anyone since."
Rueben exclaimed slowly. Josh smiled weakly and moved to fish out a piece of
paper. "You've got your information. What happens to me now?" Rueben asked.
The lawyer at his side waited expectantly for an answer.
"Sign this." Josh exclaimed as he slapped the paper down in front of him.
"What is it?" Rueben asked as his lawyer took the paper and perused it
carefully. Leo glanced at Josh.
"It's basically a kind of confession. It's a statement saying that Peter
Lillienfield hired you and that you took money from him." Josh replied.
"What does this mean for me?" Rueben asked warily.
"It means that you'll be eligible for parole a little sooner, but it
doesn't get you into any more trouble. You'll never be able to purchase a gun
again, but that was already determined anyway." Josh replied. Rueben looked
at his lawyer who nodded and handed over the paper and a pen. Rueben signed
it and handed it back to Josh.
"Thank you for your help, Mr. Hallowell." Leo said softly.
"I'm sorry, Mr. McGarry. I truly am." Rueben exclaimed.
"Good-bye, Mr. Hallowell." Leo replied before nodding to the guard. The
guard took a hold of Rueben's shoulder and escorted him out of the room. The
lawyer smiled and walked out after his client.
"Leo, do you know what this means?" Josh asked as he looked at the signed
"It means that this whole thing has become a giant shitstorm." Leo
replied as he walked out the door he came in. Josh nodded and followed his
boss, silently agreeing.
"Hey, David. How ya feeling?" Ginger asked as she walked over to David's
desk with a packet of papers in hand. She frowned as she saw the vacant
expression on his face. "David, look at me." She insisted as she traced a
finger alone his jawline and brought his gaze up to focus on her.
"He wants me to sway a vote. That's all he wanted." David said softly.
"He thinks that all I'm good for now is making sure the politics work his
way." He added. Ginger sighed.
"He's an asshole, David. Maybe things would just be better if you cut him
out of your life." She whispered.
"He's my father. I can't do that." David insisted. "I know he loves me. I
just, I just have to find away to make him realize it."
"You can't force him to love you. He does love you, but in a way that is
not going to do you any good. You've gone four years without talking to him,
David. You can go a lifetime by showing him the mistake he's making by
pushing you away." Ginger retorted. David shook his head and sighed, reaching
forward to grab his agenda.
"What did you come over for, Ginger?" He asked softly.
"Toby found KD. He's on his way over to see her. So far, she's okay. I
just thought you'd want to know." She replied softly before placing a memo on
his desk and walking away.
Jones stared out the window as the moon rose a little further into the
sky. He knew that he'd promised to go home and see his family, but something
held him back and he stayed in the hospital room in case KD woke up. He
didn't want her to be alone when she did. There was a soft click behind him,
causing Jones to spin around and see a middle-aged man lean in the door with
a worried look on his face.
"Who are you?" Jones asked harshly.
"Senator Jones, I'm Toby Ziegler. We talked on the phone." Toby replied
softly before glancing at KD's sleeping form. Jones could see the strong face
of the new visitor weaken a little.
"I remember." Jones murmured. "Come on in. I don't bite." He said with a
chuckle. Toby smiled and moved into the room. "Doctor says she's gonna be
fine. I didn't want to leave her alone though. Now that you're here, I'm
going to go home." Jones exclaimed. Toby nodded again. "Well. Then... I'll
leave you two alone." He added before walking out and going home. Toby
watched the aged senator leave and then looked at KD again. He moved over to
a chair and dragged it over to her bedside where he sat down and took her
hand in his.
"So why'd you do this to me, Katy?" He whispered as he gazed at her
closed eyes. "This is far too familiar for my tastes. Why'd you have to just
up and leave like that? You had everybody worried." He murmured as he stroked
her cheek gently with his free hand. "I don't know whether to be extremely
angry at you for leaving or elated that you're all right." He added. He
glanced down at the hand he held in his own and didn't notice as KD opened
her eyes a little and glanced at him.
"I'm just so mixed up here. You know, I'm going to take you home, and
then I'm going to chain you to the... I dunno, something." He exclaimed.
"You almost said 'bed' you sly dog." KD murmured playfully. Toby looked
at her abruptly and then sighed.
"I should have known you were listening." He proclaimed sharply. Then his
features softened and he leaned forward until he was about an inch away from
her face. "I'm having déjà vu and I don't like it." He murmured. KD smiled
and moved her head forward to nudge his nose before leaning back.
"Sorry. There was just something I had to do." She replied softly. Toby
sighed and kissed her forehead.
"Next time, answer the damn phone, will ya?" He teased. She grinned.
"I'm too stubborn to do that." She replied before reaching forward and
pulling him into a tender kiss.
"I know. It stinks." He agreed before kissing her again.
"Nah, it's why you love me. Admit it." She retorted.
"Next time could you let me know? I like seeing you in the hospital just
about as much as you like being in the hospital, which we both know is not at
all." He pointed out.
"You've made your point. But where would the fun be in letting you know?"
She retorted with a playful grin. He groaned and kissed her again. When they
parted, he rested his forehead against hers.
"I'm never letting you go again." He whispered.
"That's good to hear." She replied.
"Come on in." Jed called as he glanced through the papers that described
what his day was going to be like tomorrow. Leo and CJ walked in and closed
the door behind him. "Great. Where's everyone else?" He muttered. As soon as
the words escaped his lips, Josh and Sam moved in another door. "Where's
Toby?" Jed asked.
"Uh, Cambridge." Josh replied.
"Cambridge? Why?" Leo asked.
"He's visiting KD in the hospital." Josh replied. Everyone stifled groans
and found seats. "She's okay. They're releasing her tomorrow morning and
they'll both be back in their offices... If we don't murder her first, of
course." Josh added with a grin.
"At least that's taken care of. What's next?" Jed asked.
"Sir, we have a press conference in twenty minutes, and we'll be making
an announcement endorsed by White House counsel. Sir, Senator Lillienfield
has been arrested." CJ exclaimed.
"Arrested? What for? What's going on?" Jed exclaimed.
"Sir, we have a signed confession from George Hallowell that Lillienfield
hired him to assassinate Leo." Josh chimed in. Jed stared at him
incredulously. Leo stepped forward.
"It's been confirmed, sir. Lillienfield had two hundred thousand dollars
transferred to Hallowell's account. The evidence is becoming insurmountable.
We've even got one of his aides stepping forward to admit his part in the
whole thing." Leo said solemnly.
"Are you telling me that Senator Lillienfield tried to have you killed,
Leo?" Jed asked softly.
"It seems that way, sir." Josh replied.
"See that he gets the electric chair, will someone?" Jed snapped.
"Sir-" Leo started.
"I know. I know. I was just .. . Goddamn. What does he say?" The
President asked. Sam stepped forward.
"So far, all we've gotten is that he won't say anything. It seems he's
meeting with his lawyers right now in the lockup." He answered.
"Okay. To the Press, we'll simply say that he's been arrested. Answer the
questions. Don't state opinions. We can't come off as too personal." Jed
exclaimed. CJ nodded and glanced at Leo. He gave a curt nod and she left the
room. Josh and Sam settled a few more things and then left the two gentlemen
"He wanted you dead, Leo. Why? What does this guy have against you?" Jed
murmured angrily. Leo shrugged as he watched his friend lean against the
presidential desk. Then the weary chief of staff sighed and leaned against
the wooden furniture, taking his place by his friend's side. The two just
stood there together in silence.
"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. We're going to keep this short tonight, so listen up." CJ exclaimed as she took her standard position by the
podium in the press room. "First off, one week from this Friday, the President will be holding a press conference on bill 174, the Nuclear testing ban legislature. The White House has been informed that Senator Jones of Massachusetts has altered his vote to an aye vote, an event that will more than likely swing the majority vote in a different direction." CJ finished exclaiming when voices cried out her name. "Jack?"
"What changed the Senator's mind?" He called.
"Apparently he was persuaded by Dr. KD Brody who went to Cambridge yesterday to discuss the issue with him. Katie?" CJ called.
"What does the White House have to say about the arrest of Senator Peter Lillienfield?" A female reporter called.
"The White House is saddened by the information uncovered implicating that the senator had hand in some wrongdoing regarding the attempted
assassination of Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, but an insurmountable amount of evidence was uncovered as well as several confessions by a member of the senator's staff and the would-be assassin himself. Danny?"
"Is it true that KD Brody is currently in the hospital?" Danny asked. CJ took a deep breath, not surprised that the question came from him.
"Yes, it is true. In going to Cambridge, Dr. Brody endangered her health. After fainting in Senator Jones's office, she was taken to the Harvard
medical center where she was put under close watch. Her symptoms were a high fever, shortness of breath, low blood cell count and moderate dehydration. She's currently in stable condition and will be returning to Washington DC tomorrow." She replied. The reporters moved quickly to scramble her every word down on their miniscule pads of paper.
Josh watched the press conference in his office, as he often did. A soft
knock came at the door. He looked up and saw David leaning in. He waved the
young man in and shut off the television.
"Hey, buddy. Come on in. How'd it go?" Josh asked happily. David didn't
reply but rather shut the door and sat down in a chair, a look of confusion
contorting his face. Josh sighed and sat down opposite the younger man,
waiting for him to take his time.
"He asked me to convince KD to persuade the President to veto the Medical
research bill because if it passes, his business could go sour." David said
in a soft passive tone. Josh closed his eyes, processing the pain that he
knew David must be going through. "That's all he cares about, Josh. His
business. As soon as he heard I'm working in politics, he started formulating
how he was going to use it to his advantage."
"He's an asshole, David." Josh murmured.
"I know that in my head, Josh. But I can't accept it in my heart." David
replied softly. "I don't know what to do."
"You're a part of this family now, David. The West Wing is a family, and
you're the newest addition. Don't let him make you feel like you deserve
anything less than respect." Josh assured him, looking the young man straight
into his sharp blue eyes. He couldn't help but notice that the younger man
seemed like he was about to cry.
"Tell me I can live without him." David whispered shakily. "Tell me
someone can live without a father."
"David, my father died about two and a half years ago. We're both without
fathers, but for different reasons. So let us stand together as we are, and
you and I will be the family we haven't got." Josh exclaimed and held out a
hand. David bit his lip, fighting back tears, took the hand and shook it
firmly. Josh smiled, stood up and pulled David into a hug. "You can live
without him, David. You've got us to take care of you. Lord knows, you've got
enough people here who see you like a son, and it hurts us to see you hurt.
So," He paused, pushing back from the young man. "You have to promise us that
from now on, you're gonna come to us as your family, and not let the asshole
hurt you anymore."
"I don't know if it's that easy, Josh." David replied honestly.
"Then we'll be here for you anyway. Okay?" Josh retorted. David smiled
and nodded. "Good. Good." Josh repeated softly as he realized he had nothing
left to say. Then it struck him. "Hey, we got a poker game tonight but KD and
Toby checked out on us. You wanna sit in?" He asked. David laughed and looked
at his feet uncertainly.
"Will the others mind?" He asked timidly, looking back at Josh.
"Nah, are you kidding me?" Josh replied. "They'd love to have ya."
"Come on in." Leo called as he glanced at his schedule for after lunch.
He looked up as KD leaned into the room with a friendly smile on her face. He
immediately dropped the papers on to his desk, rose to his feet and met her
halfway to wrap his arms around her. She hugged him back with a chuckle.
"Hey, dad. Take it easy." She said softly. He stepped back from her and
stared her in the eye.
"Don't you ever do that again. I'm going to sic the secret service on
your tail for the rest of your goddamn life." He assured her gently. She
chuckled and nodded, pushing a strand of hair out of her eyes and behind her
ear. Leo reached up and stroked her head gently before pulling her into
another hug. "I'm glad you're okay. I was going crazy."
"You sound about as bad as Toby." She replied.
"Is that my kid I hear in there?" Jed exclaimed as he walked into the
room. Leo let go of KD long enough for Joss to pull her into his own arms and
nearly squeeze the breath out of her.
"Need... Air... Joss." KD murmured weakly. Leo chuckled as Jed
quickly let go of her and patted her on the back.
"Serves you right. You know, it's a violation of your contract for you to
go on vacation without telling us. I'm within my right mind to toss you into
the dungeon." Jed scolded.
"For the last time, you don't have a dungeon. Besides, it was for a good
cause and you survived pretty well without me." KD retorted.
"Hardly. Just promise us you won't do that again." Leo insisted.
"You guys know I never promise anything." She replied.
"Promise us this." Jed proclaimed.
"I promise I will never drive to Cambridge in order to talk to Senator
Matthew Allan Jones about nuclear weapons legislature bill 174 after having
been shot three weeks before... again." KD answered with her right hand
over her heart and her left hand in the air. Jed and Leo laughed, and Jed
pulled her into another hug.
"What are you doing now, smart ass?" Leo asked as KD broke away again.
"I'm working on nukes and medical research, like I'm supposed to. Then
I'm going home with Toby and we're gonna have a nice relaxed evening. Staff
meeting at three, right?" KD asked as she backed for the door.
"You're not out of the doghouse yet!" Jed insisted.
"See you at three, guys." KD exclaimed as she stepped out of the office
and closed the door behind her.
"I don't think she's ever going to grow up." Jed mused as he watched the
door close. Leo laughed.
"We hardly encourage it. At least she's still alive and with us." Leo
retorted as he moved to sit back down behind his desk.
"Meeting at three?" Jed asked as he walked back towards the Oval office.
"We're meeting with the Secretary of defense at two. I'll see you then."
Leo exclaimed as his boss and best friend disappeared.
"I go away for two days and you fall asleep on your desk?" KD teased as
she sprang up behind her assistant. David jumped and then sprang to his feet
to take his boss into a big hug. She laughed and patted him on the back. They
stepped back and she looked him over. "You look like hell! What happened to
you?" She asked seriously. David sighed.
"My dad came to town." He admitted. She sighed and hugged him again.
"Glad to see you're still alive. I can't stand to lose someone like you."
She exclaimed as she pushed him back again. She leaned over his drawer and
pulled out the gold stars. "Here, go fill em out. You made it, kid." She said
with a smile. David laughed and took the gold stars.
"Thanks boss." He said softly.
"You deserve it. Now get me back to work." She exclaimed and moved into
her office. David laughed again and moved in after her.