Burn for You

Part 3

Disclaimers: See part 1.

Later that day Margaret, Donna, and Josh were in Leo's office attempting to determine if there was anything that couldn't wait for his return.

Margaret picked up a file and handed it to Josh. "What about..." She stopped mid sentence and ran out of the room, almost knocking over Cassie who had just appeared in the doorway.

"What the hell?" Josh asked, confused.

"I'll go check on her." Cassie said, and headed down the hall and into the bathroom just in time to see Margaret emerge from one of the stalls and splash water on her pale face.

"You okay?"

"No. I don't feel to great, nothing seems to be staying down, I think I have the flu." Margaret said.

"You need to see a doctor."

"I made an appointment for tomorrow morning." Just then Abbey entered the room.

"Josh called me and said he thought Margaret was sick." She turned to Margaret. "Are you alright?"

"I just have the flu, I'm going to the doctor tomorrow."

Just then Cassie asked, "How long have you been feeling this way?"

"About a week, but usually it goes away by the afternoon.... why?"

Cassie and Abbey exchanged knowing glances, the exchange was not lost on Margaret, who asked, "What do you both know that I don't?"

"Have you missed anything in the last month or so?" Abbey asked hesitantly.

"Yes, but I've been under a lot of stress, I thought it was just...oh God, you think I'm pregnant?"

"I think it's something you should get checked when you go to the doctor." Abbey said.

"Okay. I will. I'm going back to work now. Thank you both." Then Margaret hurried out of the bathroom.

Cassie turned to Abbey, "You don't look too great either, are you feeling okay?"

"Bit of advice, never eat anything your father cooks. I'll be fine."

"Okay, I'm going back to work, I'll see you later." They both left the room.


Margaret spent the rest of the day thinking over what Abbey had said. She decided that she couldn't wait until the next day to find out, so on her way home from work she stopped at a drug store and bought a home test. Twenty minutes later she was nervously pacing around her bathroom waiting for the timer to ring, indicating that the test was done. After what seemed like an eternity, the timer buzzed and she picked up the test and pulled it open. It was blue...she was pregnant.

An overwhelming sense of dread came over her. She felt extremely conflicted, she had always wanted children, but she and Leo had only been together for a short time. Leo already had a grown daughter; she couldn't help wondering if he really wanted any more children.

Margaret took a deep breath and sat down on the bathroom floor and after a few minutes she began to feel calmer. Exhausted, she got up and went to bed. She would deal with everything in the morning, for now she just needed to sleep. Leo would be home in a few days and everything would be fine.



Back at the White House Sam and Cassie were lying in her bed.

"Do you think there'll ever be a time when we can go out in public together? I want us to go out to dinner, and to movies, or just walk arm in arm through the city, like normal couples do." He asked.

"Since I'm not married anymore, it all comes down to when we're ready to tell my parents about us. As soon as we do that, we can go out in public and do all that stuff."

"Damn, you're right. I'm not quite ready for that yet."

"Neither am I. So let's just go on like this for a little while longer."

"Okay. I better go. I love you and I'll see you tomorrow." Sam said, as he kissed her goodbye.

"I love you too. Bye." Sam hurriedly left the Residence, fearful that the President or the first lady would see him.

The next morning Margaret's doctor confirmed that she was in fact almost four weeks pregnant. She left the doctor's office and headed to work, determined to have a normal day.

But, everything can change in a day.


End part 3

To be continued...



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