Bonds of the Heart - part 4
(Hoynes left and Jed went back to the bedroom)
Millie: How are you holding up Sir?
Jed: Millie, how long have we known each other?
Millie: About thirty years Mr.President.
Jed: Millie, you are Abbey's best friend and Ellie's godmother. We're not in
the Oval Office. Call me Jed.
Millie: Okay Sir (pauses)Jed.
Jed: How's Abbey?
Millie: We need to get some fluids in her before she starts getting
dehydrated. If we can't get her to drink something I'm going to have to give
her an IV.
Jed: Abbey hates needles.
Millie: I know.
Jed: She may snap out of it just to keep you from giving her one.
Millie: Why don't we get her cleaned up a bit and into some fresh clothes.
(Jed and Millie changed Abbey's clothes and washed her up. Jed saw the
bruises on her chest and back and got angrier. Leo returned a few minutes
Leo: Guess what. Erlich's been released. Some fancy DC lawyer got him out.
He's holding a televised press conference.
Jed: Turn it on.
(Leo turned on the TV.)
Jed: I'd like to wipe that smirk off his face.
Millie:Jed, look at Abbey.
(Tears were streaming down Abbey's cheeks and she was shaking almost
violently.Jed held her tightly)
Jed: It's okay Baby. He can't hurt you anymore.
(Jed played with her hair as he soothed her)
Ron (from TV): Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, thank you for coming. The
first thing I want to say is that I categorically deny all charges brought
against me. The President called on all his political spin doctors to
fabricate this story once he discovered that his wife and I are romantically
Jed:(angrily)I'm gonna kill him. Don't try to stop me Leo. That lousy cold
hearted bastard deserves to die. I hope you know a good defense attorney.
Ron:(from TV) The Bartlet administration doesn't want you to know the truth.
They have been keeping secrets for years. President Bartlet himself has
multiple sclerosis. Do you want a man with a deteriorating brain to lead
Jed: I've heard enough! Turn it off. Excuse me I have to go kill him.
(Jed got up and started to walk out, but a voice behind him stopped him)
(Jed walked back to the bed and Abbey collapsed in his arms sobbing. Leo and
Millie silently left the room.)
Jed just sat there holding Abbey as she sobbed. After a while she lifted her
head from his chest and looked at him. He gently brushed the tears away with
Abbey (tearfully): I'm sorry.
Jed: You have nothing to be sorry about.
Abbey: I should have told you about the notes.
Jed: It's okay. Ron Erlich will regret the day he decided to mess with me
and my family.
Abbey: Don't go see him Jed. Please. That what he wants. He's been fired.
He has nothing to lose. You do.
Jed: I can't let him get away with what he did to you.
Abbey: He won't. He's not the the only one who can have a press conference.
You and I can address the nation.
Jed: That's a good idea. But I can do it myself. It's not necessary for you
to be there.
Abbey: I think it's important for the country to see us together.
Jed: Are you sure you're up to it?
Abbey: I'm fine.Set it up.
Jed: You need to eat something first.
Abbey: I must look a mess.
Jed: You look beautiful.
Abbey: Sure I do.
Jed: Would you excuse me for a few minutes? I need to go talk to the staff
about the address.
Abbey: Tell the staff to come here.
(Leo came back in the bedroom)
Leo: Yes Sir?
Jed: Tell the staff I need to see them here in the residence now.
Leo: Right away Mr. President.
(Leo called the staff.Ten minutes later they were all gathered in the living
room. Mrs. Laningham was there too.)
Sam: Mr. President, Ainsley is checking to see how Ron Erlich got released.
Jed: Thank you Sam. Now I think it's time we talked. I know you were all
shocked by Erlich's announcemnt. It's true. I do have multiple sclerosis.
The kind of MS I have is called relapsing remitting. I have not had an
episode since before last year's State of the Union.
Josh: Why didn't you tell us Sir?
Jed: It is my disease.I didn't want it to affect anyone's opinion of me.
Toby: We had a right to know Sir.
Josh: How did Erlich find out?
(Sam's cell phone rang)
Sam: Hello, Ainsley, what did you find out? What! You're kidding! Thank you.
(Sam hung up)
Sam: You're not going to believe this. Guess who hired a lawyer to get
Erlich out of jail?
Sam:Vice President Hoynes.
(Everyone is stunned)