Ron Butterfield was briefing the President when the staff walked into the Oval Office. "Sir that is the reason for the extra agents." Ron concluded as Charlie entered and handed a note to Leo.

"But do you really think, because we have an extra ten reporters that this is really necessary?" Bartlet asked.

Leo looked at Ron for a moment. He wasn't sure if this explanation would satisfy the President or not. Toby saved Leo from having to say anything when he broke the silence.

"Sir, it's just a precaution. You can never be too careful."

CJ followed Toby's lead and added, "Sir, let them do what they think is best. The Press Corp is quit a bit bigger than it usually is. Not to mention that Abbey and Annie are coming as well."

"You can never be too careful," Mr. President Sam added.

The President looked over to his Chief of Staff. "Leo, what do you think?"

"I think that they are all corrected Mr. President. Let' em do what they want."

"Okay." Bartlet responded as Abbey and Annie arrived and they all prepared to leave for the Rose Garden.

Annie went over and put an arm around her Grandfather. "You ready?" She asked.

"Yes, I think I am sweetie."

"Jed." Came Abbey's voice. "Are you sure you want to do this?"

"Yeah, I'm sure." He said as he came up to her with Annie behind him.

"Annie Would you please wait outside with everyone. I need to talk to your grandfather alone for a minute. Everyone started to exit. Leo lagged behind he had known Abbey for thirty-five years and he knew her well enough to know when she wanted to be alone.

"Annie come on honey, let your grandparents alone." Leo guided her out the door and they joined the rest of the staff, including Josh who had just arrived and waited for the President.

~*~*~*~

"Jed, I'm really not sure about this." Abbey said as she sat down with him on the couch.

"I know but you went to Leo…"

"How did you know I went to Leo?"

"Because you always go to Leo when you're worried about me. Listen to me for a second, I love you nothing will ever change that." Jed took Abbey's hand and pulled her closer, kissed her ever so lightly on the lips, and looked into her eyes. "You know I wouldn't be doing this if the service thought it was to dangerous."

"Yeah I know but, I still have a funny feeling about this, maybe the dream has just stuck with me. I don't know. They got up and kissed again before walking out of the Oval Office to meet Annie and the rest of the staff.

~*~*~*~

CJ approached the President and staff after making a last minute check to make sure everything was ready. "Sir." CJ said as she came up to the President. "The press is ready and the Senators are seated and waiting."

"Thank you CJ." The President said as the Secret Service surrounded The First Family and Senior Staff. CJ dropped back next to Leo. "Are you sure you have enough agents?" She asked looking around at the endless sea of black jackets that surrounded them.

As Hail to the Chief began to play Leo turned to CJ and said. "You can never have enough." She looked at him for a moment and then nodded in agreement.

Josh, Sam, Toby, and Leo took their seats. Abbey was seated between Leo and Jed. She leaned of and whispered into Leo's ear "Are you sure about this?"

"Abbey there are twenty-four well trained agents surrounding your husband and another twenty some odd agents in the crowd. It'll be fine." He answered as CJ approached the podium.

"Good Afternoon, before we begin the ceremony I would like to introduce our guests for this afternoon: Senators John Moore and Franklin Woods." The Senators stood and were acknowledged. CJ continued. "Also joining us this afternoon is Ms. Annie Mae Bartlet, the President and First Lady's granddaughter. Now, Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you The President of the United States, Josiah Bartlet."

As the President approached the podium, CJ backed away and stood next to Annie. Before the President began to speak a scream was heard from the crowd. Everyone looked into the crowd and saw a young woman come towards the President with a gun pointed right at him.

The President, his family and staff were in such shock none of them could move. The Secret Service approached the President but were not close enough to grab him before they heard first shots.

The President fell on the ground right next to Abbey. She knelt down to try and control the bleeding. "Jed!" She screamed. "Josiah!!" He didn't respond and there was too much blood. He was shot in the chest and it was too much for one person to handle.

Annie sat in shock looking down at her bleeding grandfather. CJ and Leo ran to help. CJ quickly took Annie in her arms and shielded her from the sight. "CJ!" Someone yelled. CJ held Annie tightly as she ran for the door. "CJ!" Danny yelled again as he came up behind her. "Danny, give me some help with her. She is in shock and I can't carrier her any further." Danny grabbed Annie out of CJ arms and they all ran for the door that Donna was holding open.

Donna yelled one question over the commotion when all three were safely inside "where the Hell is the Secret Service?"

"I don't know but Leo is still trying to get Mrs. Bartlet inside and the President is hurt really bad! CJ replied holding a crying Annie in her arms.

"Should I go call someone?" Donna asked.

"Yeah we'll probably need an ambulance."

"Okay.' Donna said as she ran down the hall.

~*~*~*~

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Shadows Of Doubt - 7

 

 

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