TITLE: Deliveries, Arrivals and the State of the Union
CATEGORY: Jed/Abbey, Leo/Margaret, Sam/other, new character. We're pretty much AU at this point.
SUMMARY: "Well he'll go down in history as the first president to run out of the room during the State of the Union." Sequel to Thanksgiving in New Hampshire, it takes place four months later.
AUTHOR: Natalie Wilson
ARCHIVE: Sure, just let me know.
DISCLAIMERS: Standard disclaimers, West Wing characters are property of Aaron Sorkin, Warner Brothers, NBC, etc. No money is being made off this.
NOTE: I know that if you follow the timeline of the story my timing of the State of the Union is wrong, but I needed to use it at this point in my story.

Part 1

"We need to revise the education section." Toby stood in the doorway of Sam's office waving a manila folder.

"Cassie and Larry are on it." He replied, not looking up from his computer screen.

"Oh, good. We've got five days until the state of the union. No one sleeps until it's perfect."

"Got it." He waved Toby out of his office.

Toby made his way to Larry's desk where he, Ed and Cassie were gathered around the computer screen. Ed looked up when he saw him approaching. "Hey Toby."

Cassie jerked her head up. "What time is it?"

Toby glanced at his watch. "Two-thirty."

"Shit! I have to go."

"Why?" Ed gave her a strange look.

"Baby shower."


"Margaret and my mom. I'm finally letting my mother look at the nursery today."

"You're done painting?" Toby asked.

"Not quite, I still have a corner to finish, but I'm going to let her see it now." She grabbed two presents from under her desk. "I'll be back as soon as I can."


"Sorry I'm late." Cassie hurried into the Residence and took a seat next to Abbey on the couch. "What did I miss?"

"Nothing. We're going to eat as soon as you take us on a tour of the nursery."

"Ok. Let's go."

Cassie led them into the room. "Wow, this is really cool." Ginger looked around the room.

"Thank you. I still have to finish that corner, but that's about it."

"It looks beautiful." Abbey hugged her daughter tightly. "Thanks."

"You're welcome.... God, I can barely get my arms around you." She joked.

"Watch it."

"Cassie, this looks great. I think it's time for food now." Margaret said, rubbing her stomach.

"Sounds good, let's go." They headed back to the living room.


Twenty minutes later the room was scattered with wrapping paper and bows. Abbey started to laugh as she opened the box on her lap. "Thank you Cassie, I'm sure your father will love these."

"What is it?" Margaret asked. Abbey held up two small Notre Dame jackets with matching caps. "That is so cute."

"Take a look at yours." Cassie indicated the gift she had given to Margaret.
Margaret opened the package and held up two small Michigan jackets with matching caps. "Thank you, I know Leo will get a kick out of this."

"You're welcome. I figured that they'd work for boys, girls, or one of each."

"You still don't know what you're having?" Ginger asked.

"No, we're going to wait and be surprised."

"Any predictions?" Carol grinned at her.

"Leo keeps insisting that there's a boy and a girl, but I have no idea where he got that idea from."

"Speaking of Leo, when are we going to be throwing you a wedding shower?" Bonnie nudged Margaret.

"It's going to be a while. I have a feeling we're going to be pretty busy." She looked down to where her waist used to be.


"I'm back." Cassie hurried into Sam's office an hour later.

"How was the party?" He asked distractedly, not looking up from his computer.

"It was fun." She said with a hint of sadness in her voice. "What do you need me to do?"

"Go back to helping Larry with the education section, Toby still isn't happy with it."

"Sure." Cassie headed for the door.

"Cass, wait." Sam's voice stopped her in the doorway. "You ok?"

"Yes." She replied after a short hesitation.

He was unconvinced by her response. "Are you sure?"

"Yes, let's just focus on this speech right now, not on me." She walked out of his office and headed toward her desk.

Coming in part 2...

"Where's the President?"

Josh looked across the room at the first lady. "He just started the State of the Union." He said, indicating the TV screen.

"Well get him please, my water just broke."