Monday ~ 9:30 am
This Monday at the White House started
out like every other. By 9:30 the
President had already finished his morning security
briefing and was talking with Leo before the Senior Staff arrived.
"Leo, why do you suppose Brooke really
"A boy," he answered, choking back a
"Now thatís not funny."
"I knew I should have built a dungeon
when Charlie told me Zoey asked him out."
"I donít believe you could do
"Iím the leader of the most powerful
nation in the world and I canít get a measly little dungeon built?"
"No, Sir, I donít think so."
"Damn. Now, thatís the problem
with this country today." Just then there was a knock at the door.
Without waiting for a reply Josh, Toby, Sam, C.J., and Mandy all walked into the
"Well, we finally have the entire
Senior Staff here at one time, on time.
Who would have
thought?" the President said as he took a seat on a chair near the
couches where they were all waiting.
A collective "Good morning Mr.
President" was heard from the group.
Leo spoke up, "You would think that
they would be more happy to come to work in the morning, wouldnít you, Mr.
"I would think so too, Leo. But
at least theyíre all here. Iíll take what I can get. And before
Mrs. Landingham walks in and tells me that I have to do something I donít want
to letís get started."
Monday ~ 10:17 am
After the Senior Staff meeting had
finished the group left the Oval Office with about the same energy that they had
when they walked in.
"You know, they shouldnít make us
come to work after a State Dinner,"
Josh said to Sam as they headed back to their offices.
"I totally agree. Although I
donít think the President would go for something like that."
"We can always hope," Josh added in
as they separated.
"Carol!" C.J. yelled from her
"Yeah, C.J.?" Carol asked as she
walked into C.J.ís office.
"Have you seen my papers about the
Presidentís trip to France?" she asked without looking up from a stack of
papers she was going through.
"Iíll get another copy."
"Thanks. Oh, and by the way, can
you ask Danny to come by here around 3 before the briefing?"
"Hi Mrs. Landingham," Abbey said as
she walked towards the secretary.
"Good morning Mrs. Bartlet. How
was your trip?" she asked, standing.
"Boring. Is he in there?"
"Yes, go ahead in."
"Thanks. Oh, may I have a
"Yes of course."
"Thanks, again," she said taking a
cookie from the jar that sat on the womanís desk. After getting her
cookie she headed over to the door of the
Oval Office. She knocked and with out waiting for an
answer headed in to talk with her husband.
"Hello, darling," Abbey said as she
closed the door behind her.
"Darling, well at least its better
than Gumdrop. Good morning." The President made no attempt to get
up from his desk. "Ahh, I see a cookie from
Mrs. Landingham. You know she always gets everyone
with them. Who can turn down a lady with cookies?"
"You know I could always go back to
Gumdrop, if you like."
"Please tell me that you didnít come
in here to talk to me about nicknames that you plan to use to embarrass me more
in front of my staff," he said looking up from his desk again.
"No, no. I came to warn you."
"Warn me? About what?"
"Itís actually a who. Our
daughter, who thoughtfully decided to come home for spring break has been trying
to get money out of me all morning."
"Thatís Ďcause youíre the
"Excuse me?" she said with a shocked
"Yep. Out of the two of us,
youíre the softy."
"Well then. Iíll just stay and
watch as you turn her down. I believe sheíll be on her way soon."
Right as Abbey finished speaking there was a knock at the door. In walked
Brooke, as if on cue.
"Morning Daddy." Soon after
saying that she noticed her mother sitting on the couches in the middle of the
office. "Oh. Iíll come back," she said while starting to back
"No. What did you want?"
"Well, looking from the smirk on her
face, Iím guessing she told you my motivations for coming here?"
"Maybe, maybe not. But you could
always try me."
Taking one big breath she gushed
everything out without stopping, "I wanted to borrow 20 bucks because Lauren
and I are going to the mall and I havenít been there in so long and I just
wanted to get a couple of things please please please."
"Ok, now breathe." Brooke took
a big breath. "Good. No."
"Final answer is no."
"You know, Mom, I blame you for
this." Brooke turned to face her Mom.
Abbey stood up and looked surprised.
"Me! What did I do?"
"You warned him I was coming."
After about five minutes of back and
forth between the two the President spoke up, "Do I really need to be here for
Abbey looked up at him.
"Well then, would you mind exiting.
See, contrary to the beliefs of you two, I actually do things around here."
The duo exited the office still arguing. "How I managed to stay sane
with four girls and wife is still beyond me. And Iím talking to myself
once again." He shook his head and looked back down at his papers.
Outside of the Oval Office the First
Lady and her daughter continued to argue. "You know, Iím done with you
now," the First Lady said as she walked away.
"Fine be that way," Brooke called as
she walked the other direction.
Brooke headed over to where she saw Sam
standing doing nothing. "Do this often?" she asked making him snap
back into reality.
"Huh? What? Oh sorry, do
what?" he asked regaining his composure.
"Zone out in the middle of the
"Oh, yeah. I guess I shouldnít
do that. What can I do for you?"
"Sam, you know, I think youíre my
favorite off all of my Dadís staff."
"Thanks, what do you want?"
"Can I borrow 20 bucks? I
promise Iíll pay you back next week."
"You know both of your parents are
home right now. Oh wait, let me guess. They both said no."
"Well, I wouldnít exactly put it
"Your Dad basically does pay my
salary, so Iím gonna have to go with him on this one," he said as he started
to walk back to his office.
"I donít think youíre my favorite
"Iím hurt, Brooke. Really hurt."
Brooke groaned and walked away.
Next stop was Josh.
ĎHeíll be easier,í she thought as
she headed towards his office.
When Broke got to Joshís office she
looked around for Donna who was absent from her desk. She moved over and
listened to the door. She didnít hear any noises and decided to go in.
She opened the door to see Josh and Donna kissing. Before they could even
look up Brooke quickly closed the door. She suppressed a laugh and quickly
walked away. ĎI give upí she thought and headed back to the residence.