by Rhiannon and AJ
Abbey shrank back, instinctively looking for support. Leo placed a hidden hand on her back. It was a small contact, especially after the nights they had spent together, but it was enough to see her through what was sure to be a difficult meeting with Jed.
Jed stared at Abbey for a long moment, unsure of what to say. Finally he glanced back at his desk and the packet of papers, "I got the divorce papers."
Abbey nodded, "Yeah... I know."
"Okay." Abbey stared at him for a long moment and then shook her head as she turned away from the man she had spent thirty-two years old her life with. "Why Jed? Why?"
Jed closed his eyes, "She was there... She made me feel loved... She made me feel special..."
Abbey turned back to him, "And I don't? When we made love, I never made you feel special? I never made you feel loved? Is that it?"
"I adored you..." Abbey took a deep breath. "You were... without a question, the most important thing in my life..."
"You weren't here..."
"So you looked for a warm body?" Abbey demanded, her temper starting to flare. "You told her that you'd leave me for her if she asked... You were afraid of a scandal, but you'd face it for her... But what about me? Huh? Thirty-two years and three children don't mean a damn thing when you can get someone else in your bed?"
Jed reacted to her anger, "You were never here! You were always gone! What the hell was I supposed to do? Just wait around?"
Leo, finally having enough, thundered, "By God in Heaven Jed, YES! That's what you were supposed to do! It's called having a marriage!" Leo turned to Abbey, "It's called loving someone with all your heart and doing everything in your power to make them happy and to protect them from hurt and harm." Leo turned back to Jed, "Not hoping in bed with some woman for a cheap thrill."
Forgetting who he was, Jed threw himself on top of Leo and began to rain down blows. Leo immediately began to defend himself. Abbey hurried to the door. Throwing it open she called to the agents, "Get the President off Mr. McGarry."
The agents immediately reacted, racing into the room. They pulled the two men apart and Abbey went to stand by Leo's side. She wrapped her arms around him, reminding him that she was there. Leo relaxed into her embrace, letting down his defenses. He turned his face to hers and, briefly, made eye contact. He nodded as he conceded to calm down.
It was at that moment that Jed saw something he hadn't seen before... Leo and Abbey... Jed waved off the agents, but never took his eyes off the two people standing before him.
Leo and Abbey turned to face him. And they both knew that he knew... Abbey lowered her eyes for a moment and then looked back up at Jed, "I'm staying with Leo if I'm needed for anything concerning the Office of the First Lady... Other than that... you can go to hell."
Leo held her arm and followed her out of the Oval Office, leaving Jed staring after them.