Unwelcomed Changes

By Mer

Part 26

Leo's Office

"Excuse me?" Donna asked quietly, praying that Leo hadn't just said what she thought he just said.

Leo took a long time before answering her. He tried to wipe away the tears, as to look like his normally gruff self. Donna however wasn't buying his act and he knew it. He took a couple of deep breaths before answering. But Donna deserved to know because she was closer to Josh than anyone else.

"He's gone, Donna." Leo replied softly.

It took a second for it to register in her brain. But once it did her face went pure white and her legs got all wobbly. She could feel the hot tears racing down her cheeks. Her legs began to give way and Leo opened his arms so that she fell into them instead of crumpling on to the floor. Donna couldn't believe that he was really dead.

"No, it can't be true." She sobbed.

"I'm so sorry Donna." Leo said as he tried his best to soothe her, all the while tears were falling from his own cheeks.

"Why now? Why after all of this? Why, damn it, why?" Donna asked through her tears.

"Donna, I don't know." Leo replied.

"Why not?" Donna sobbed harder.

"I'm not sure, Donna. I'm just not sure." Leo replied realizing that he wasn't doing a very good job of consoling her.

Leo hated the fact that he was going to probably have to repeat this process with C.J. He wasn't the type of person who dealt with grief very well, hence his becoming an alcoholic. But he realized that by not talking and just stroking Donna's hair, he seemed to be doing a lot more than his soothing words had. So he continued to stroke her hair, and pray that there was some way that he could end her pain.

Washington D.C.-Lincoln Memorial (10 minutes later)

"Well so did you get to Dr. Schwartz in time?" Senator Herman asked Mandy as soon as she approached.

"Don't worry there was no way that Josh could have survived the surgery, especially since his doctor was just a wee bit tipsy. He's been taken care of." Mandy smiled widely as she sat down on the steps.

"And you're okay with the fact that you just allowed your ex-boyfriend to die?" Senator Herman asked gauging her face for any kind of reaction.

"Oh I'm more than okay I've been waiting to get rid of Josh for a long time. He's been a thorn in my side for a few years now." Mandy replied with a reassuring grin.

"What exactly did the guy do to you?" Senator Herman asked with a smile.

"I could ask you the same question." Mandy countered.

"Good point." Senator Herman smiled and patted Mandy on the knee.

"Though, I will tell you that he was an arrogant bastard who only thought about himself. I think he was banging his assistant behind my back too. Josh, well, he is a major mistake from my past and now that he's dead, it's like a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders." Mandy replied.

"I see." Senator Herman nodded. "And your hatred of Sam comes from?"

"Well, let's just say that he is Josh's best friend. But he is also arrogant and Toby practically worships everything he writes compared to my writing. With the new trouble that Sam is in will ensure that I get to keep his job for the rest of the administrations tenure." Mandy laughed evilly.

"So you are cool with the murders?" Senator Herman asked again gauging her face for any sort of reaction.

"Not really with the doctor's, but I love the way that you framed Sam though. That was classic. The administration isn't going to be the same again. No Sam means that I can keep his job and continue to piss Toby off. I'm glad that you only wanted one of them killed, it's easier this way." Mandy replied.

"My point exactly and I decided that killing both of them was too easy and it wouldn't be a scandal. But framing Sam for murder now that is just what the revenge doctor ordered." Senator Herman replied.

"So is the divorce from your wife final?" Mandy asked with a mischievous smile.

"Oh yeah that bitch is history." Senator Herman replied with a huge laugh.

"Well in that case I think you deserve a reward." Mandy replied as she pulled him into a deep and very passionate kiss right there on the middle of the steps.

Washington D.C.-The Mall (three minutes earlier)

"I can't believe that my dad let me steal you away for lunch?" Zoey replied as they snuggled on a bench.

"I know, but it's not everyday that we get such a beautiful day in March." Charlie replied with a huge grin.

"That and my dad's a huge softie." Zoey smiled indicating with her hands that he was wrapped around her finger.

"Well there's that. Plus we haven't really seen that much of each other lately." Charlie added with a smile.

"C'mon Charlie lets go up and sit on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial." Zoey pleaded after they threw there hot dog wrappers away.

"I don't know I have to get back to work soon." Charlie hesitated.

"I promise that I will talk to him if you are late." Zoey begged in the voice that she knew Charlie couldn't say no too.

No sooner had they started up the steps that Charlie noticed Mandy kissing some guy about halfway up the steps. As if that fact itself didn't make him shudder enough, once she pulled back Charlie realized it was Senator Herman that she was kissing. The very same one that was responsible for hurting his friends.

"We have to go." Charlie said hurriedly as he turned Zoey around.

"Why what's wrong?" Zoey asked as her secret service protection wondered the same thing.

"Something wrong Charlie?" Gina came up and asked.

"Mandy was kissing Senator Herman, the senator that tried to kill Josh and Sam, the one that just broke out of jail." Charlie replied in a hurried whisper as he gestured with his head behind him.

"Okay, you too head back with Agent Mills while I call for some back up." Gina replied, realizing that if they made a scene Mandy and the Senator could see them.


Zoey and Charlie and the other agent headed back to the White House without drawing the attention of anyone else. Once they were safely out of eye sight, a group of FBI agents started down the path to the Memorial. Within seconds Mandy and the senator were surrounded.

"Michael Herman, you are under arrest for escaping jail." Gina said as handcuffs were placed around his hands.

"It was fun while it lasted, my love." Senator Herman replied.

"And you Madeline Hampton are under arrest for aiding and abetting a fugitive." Gina stated as Mandy was also placed in hand cuffs.

"I wasn't doing anything wrong." Mandy protested.

"Anything that either one of you say or do can be used against you in a court of law." Gina reminded them.

White House-Press Room

"The Administration was shocked to hear of Sam Seaborn's arrest for the murder of one of his doctors. We are monitoring the situation closely, but at this time we are waiting for more information before the Administration places judgment on Sam's guilt or innocence." C.J. began.

"So the Administration isn't going to stand behind Sam?" Danny asked.

"As of right now we are waiting to hear more facts before we form an opinion either way." C.J replied.

"Does Sam have a lawyer?" Steve asked.

"Yes Oliver Babish, the Chief White House Counsel, is his lawyer." C.J. replied.

"C.J. this White House seems to have a problem with authority, what are your comments on that?" Katie shouted.

"Excuse me?" C.J. asked.

"Can you tell us why Mandy was just arrested on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for aiding and abetting Senator Herman?" Katie asked.

"This is the first that I have heard of this; I swear that I don't have any information at this time." C.J. replied in a shocked voice.

"C.J. is the White House planning any special memorial service for today's other event?" Steve asked.

"I'm afraid you have lost me there too, Steve." C.J. replied.

"I'm sorry, let me clarify, is the White House planning any special sort of memorial service for Josh after his death due to complications from this surgery this morning?" Steve asked sincerely.

Toby's Office (2 minutes earlier)

"Mandy was arrested huh? It's about time." Toby muttered.

"C.J.'s is being creamed." Casey commented.

"Yeah well, she's a big girl." Toby replied snidely at him before returning his attention to the TV.

"I'm sorry, let me clarify, is the White House planning any special sort of memorial service for Josh after his death due to complications from this surgery this morning?" Steve asked sincerely.

"Oh my God." Casey and Toby both stated at the same time.

"C.J. is in no way prepared for this." Toby replied as he tried to cover up his own emotional state, and ran out of his office.