by: Rhiannon & AJ
"Mr. President, you can't get out of this. I know you are still mourning for the lose of your late wife, Mackenzie, but you cannot cancel this thing." Leo reasoned with his best friend.
"But, I'm never any good at these damn events without her, Leo." Jed's face grew dim, as he spoke of Mackenzie. The woman he had lost, only three short months ago, in an airplane crash.
"If you want, I can have Elizabeth go with you. She's in town."
"No, don't bother your sister. I'll go. I won't like it, but I'll go."
"Okay, Mr. President." Leo quietly exited the office.
Once Leo was gone, Jed sat back in his chair and let his mind wander back to his wife.
Mackenzie Ann Bartlet. Tall, slender woman. Dark hair, blue eyes. Wonderful personality. A charity worker. She loved doing things for charity. She loved to help people. That's the kind of person she was. Always willing to lend a loving hand. Always there for you when you need her.
She had always wanted children, but for some reason, her and Jed's busy lives didn't allow them time to have any children... well, to raise any. Jed was so in to his politics, and Mackenzie was always involved in her charity programs. Oh how Jed wished that were different now... if they only would have decided on having kids... then he'd have a part of her alive, still.
"Excuse me, sir," Mrs. Landingham entered the Oval Office.
"Yeah?" Jed responded, looking up at the elderly secretary.
"Sir, it's time for you to get ready for the award ceremony."
"Get ready? I can't wear this?" Jed looked down at his business suit.
"No sir, it's a black tie event." Her voice came over so gentle.
"Okay," Jed rose to his feet.
"And you have to be back here in twenty minutes to meet with the late Mr. Erlich's wife and children... A Mrs. Abigail Erlich."
"That name sounds familiar. Why does that name sound familiar?" Jed asked, as he journeyed deep into thought.
"Maybe because she has been married to your Fed chair for the past 28 years. Now get going, because I refuse to cover for you one more time if you are late, Mr. President." She warned him.
"Yes Ma'am." Jed retorted, as he moved out of his office.