"Leo," Abby said slowly "I have to tell you something, you did here the whole story in there. I really don't want him to do this thing this afternoon." As Abbey told Leo about the dream his expression changed from happiness to concern. When she finished there was a knock on the door. Leo was sitting next to her and holding onto her to offer support, he yelled toward the door, "Come on in."

Josh came through the door "Oh, I'm sorry to interrupt, hello Mrs. Bartlet.

"Hello Josh"

"Leo we're ready across the hall."

"Okay, I'll be there in a minute, please excuse us. Don't under any circumstances tell anyone in that room that I'm in a meeting with Mrs., Bartlet, understood?" Leo said in his fatherly tone.

"Yes" Josh replied. He took a step back and closed the door.

Leo turned his attention back to Abby. "We should tell Butterfield," Leo stated.

"They'll think that I crazy because I want to cancel a bill signing, just because of a dream," Abbey replied fighting back tears.

"Not Cancel Abby, just add more security. Leo said trying to reassure the First Lady but she still looked shaken by the whole thing. He didn't want to prolong the bill signing and he knew the President didn't either. It had taken six months to get the bill through the House and the Senate. He knew the President wanted to get it done but Leo didn't want his best friend to pay for the bill by endangering his life. Leo's attention now turned back to Abbey.

"Leo" Abbey said her voice giving away her panic. "I love him more than anyone I ever new. I don't know what I would do if I lost him.

"Abbey, Leo said reassuringly "You are not going to loose him. I'm gonna call Butterfield and have him add some more security. We'll have him sign the bill as planned and then get him the hell out of there. You won't loose him, I promise." Leo said. Leo helped her up.

She gathered herself together. "She knew that Leo wouldn't let anything happen to the love of her life." When she left Leo picked up the phone.

"Ron, this is Leo McGarry." "What can I do for you Mr. McGarry.

"I need a favor, no questions asked.

"I'll do my best sir." "I need you to add a few Agent this afternoon. Can you do that?"

"Sure." Leo could tell that Ron was uncertain with the request.

"Ron, the First Lady had a dream. In the dream the President gets shot at the bill signing. She and I have tried to talk him out of it but he is not hearing us if you know what I mean." Leo explained Leo continued. If I can't talk him out of it and the First Lady can't talk him out of it, then to my knowledge we do this thing and just watch are backs and his too. Am I correct Ron?" "Yes, Sir that sounds about right." Ron voice came confidently over the telephone. Ron knew that Leo was right nobody could talk the President out of this. The only thing left for him to do was to see that Mrs. Bartlet's dream didn't come true.



Shadows Of Doubt - 5



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