December 25 ~ 10:30 pm
The party was winding down, and it was
time for the First Family and the
Senior Staff to leave for a separate, private party in the
residence. As they sat around on the couches the President stood up,
"What is..." A loud groan was heard for the group of people around the
C.J. spoke up first, "Sir, itís
Christmas, take a break."
"What is..." Another groan.
Josh was next, "Sir, donít you ever
get tired of useless inane trivia?"
"The correct answer to that, Josh, is
no. What is the last proper noun in the dictionary?"
"Zodiac," Sam said.
"Sam, not only is that not a proper
noun, it is very incorrect."
"I donít know why you bother,"
Abbey said, "We stopped listening to his questions years ago," she said
smiling at her husband.
"Ziegfeld," C.J. said.
"Rather creative, C.J., but no."
"I donít know which is worse, the
fact that the President knows the last proper noun in the dictionary or that
weíre sitting here trying to figure out what the last proper noun in the
dictionary is," Josh said nonchalantly
"Itís Zwolle," Brooke said walking
up to the group from the stairs.
"Itís a city in the central Netherlands."
The mouths of the senior staff fell open
as they looked at Brooke.
"OK, now I donít know which scares
me more, the fact that the President knows, that weíre guessing, or that a 17
year old girl knows," Josh said.
"Josh I really hope the emphasis of
that wasnít on the fact that Iím a girl. And my dad has used that one
before. I was unfortunately there at the time," Brooke replied with a
Abbey smiled at her daughter.
"Would you like to introduce us to your friend?" she asked looking at
the boy who was holding Brookeís hand.
"Oh yeah, everybody, this is Andrew.
His dad is a Senator."
Jed looked up at Brooke and Andrew.
Before Jed could open his mouth
Abbey had spoken up, "So, Andrew, who is your father?"
"Nathan Crossfield, Maíam."
Toby nearly choked on the drink he was
drinking. Zoey had a questioned look on her face. She leaned in to
Sam who was sitting next to her, "Why does everyone have those looks on their
"Well, I canít be sure, but Iím
pretty sure that itís because Nathan Crossfield is a Republican." Zoey
sat back up and started to laugh. Pretty soon everyone was laughing and
joking around again.
Jed leaned back and took a sip of the
drink he was holding. "Four daughters. A granddaughter, a wife,
one son-in-law, and three boyfriends of daughters, and one is a Republicanís
son. Oh boy," he said.