Burn for You
Part 9
Disclaimers: See part 1.

The next afternoon everyone was gathered in the Oval Office waiting for the President to make his big announcement. Cassie was sitting on the couch talking to Margaret and Sam when Josh and Leo approached them.

"Come on Cass, I bet you know what's going on. Tell us, please." Josh said in a pleading voice.

"Oh, for God's sake. You can wait ten minutes, stop whining."

"So you do know." Leo sat down next to Margaret.

"Maybe, maybe not, but you can all wait a few minutes." She smirked at them.

"Fine, come on Sam let's go get a drink." Sam and Josh walked away from the group.

"Your father sure knows how to peak everyone's curiosity." Leo remarked.

"Yes, he's quite good at that."

A few minutes later Jed approached the front on the room. "Can I have everyone's attention please?" Abbey stood next to him and he wrapped his arm around her. After the room was silent he spoke again. "The reason that I wanted you all here today is because yesterday Abbey gave me some very surprising news and now that the shock has worn off I'd like to share it with you." He smiled at his wife. "Okay, now time for the big news.... but first, does anyone know the capital of..."

Abbey cut him off. "Jed just tell them already."

"But Abbey..."

"Jed."

"Abbey's pregnant." He finally blurted out.

Everyone in the room, except Cassie, Charlie and Zoey, looked stunned. For a long moment no one said anything, until finally Leo found his voice. "Congratulations, both of you." Soon everyone else followed Leo's example.

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Later, after the festivities had died down somewhat Charlie took Zoey's hand and led her outside. "Sit down." He pointed to a nearby chair. "I got you something." He knelt down in front of her. "I know we already talked about this, but I wanted to make it official." Charlie reached into his pocket a pulled out an engagement ring. "Zoey, will you marry me?"

She blinked back tears, "Yes." Zoey stood up and pulled Charlie to his feet so she could kiss him.

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Meanwhile, back in the Oval Office Leo stood against the wall watching Margaret talking with Donna and Cassie. He couldn't help smiling to himself, which Jed took as an invitation to pester him.

"Hey." Jed leaned against the wall next to Leo.

"Hello sir."

"This is the happiest you've looked in a long time."

"This is the happiest I've been in a long time."

"Well, I think we can all see the reason for that." Jed motioned toward Margaret.

"You're very perceptive, sir." Leo said, with a touch of sarcasm.

"I wish. When Abbey first told me she was pregnant I thought she was joking. Needless to say, she was not amused when I started laughing."

"Now that the shock has worn off, how are you feeling about this?"

"Excited, nervous."

"You've raised three great kids, why are you nervous?"

"I'm fifty-four years old, I'm not twenty any more."

"I know how old you are, we're the same age. You've got to be happy about this, one last chance to get a son."

Jed smiled to himself. "I am happy, I can't wait to be a dad again."

"Good. I know you'll be great at it once again."

Jed thought of Zoey and let out a deep sigh as he rubbed his eyes.
"What is it?" Leo looked curiously at Jed.

The president glanced around to make sure there was no one near them. "Zoey's pregnant."

"Oh God. What are she and Charlie going to do?" Leo offered the President a sympathetic look.

"They say that they want to get married and have this baby." Jed continued to rub his eyes.

"What did you say to that?"

"I said if that was really what they wanted then they had my blessing."

"I'm impressed, you handled that very well."

"I didn't really have a choice, Cassie and Abbey were both glaring at me. I couldn't blow up and start yelling. God knows, the last thing I want is a repeat of what happened with Cassie."

"When are they getting married?"

"I don't think they've finalized any plans yet, but I think in about a month, maybe a little more. They want to do it before Thanksgiving."

"Are you going to be okay with this?" Leo gave him a concerned look.

"I don't really have a choice.... I'll be fine."

"Good." Leo patted his arm and looked across the room where Cassie was wrapped in Sam's arms. "Is there something going on with Cassie and Sam?" He asked hesitantly.

"Yes. Don't even get me started on that, Abbey made me promise to control myself and that's just what I'm going to do."

"I think everything's going to be fine."

"You're probably right."

They simply smiled at each other, content for the time being with life as it was.

The End...

 

 

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