by Rhiannon and AJ
Abbey gazed at Leo through teary eyes, "He was going to leave me Leo... He told her he'd leave me for her..."
"What?" Leo breathed.
Without a word, Abbey handed him the stack of letters that were in her hands. She leaned against his shoulder as the tears continued to stream down her face.
Leo took the letters and read them... Letter after letter he read of his best friend's infidelity... His best friend... Leo choked back the anger that was building inside of him... President or no President... Leo wasn't sure if he could be in the same room with Jed Bartlet ever again without causing the other man extreme physical harm.
This affair had been going on for years... and Leo had never even noticed it... He had never even sensed that something was amiss. He had always looked to Jed and Abbey's marriage as the way a marriage should be... but now... it had been a sham... a painful sham...
'Damn you, Jed,' Leo thought to himself. He threw the letters to the side and made Abbey sit up. He forced her to look in his eyes, "It's going to be okay Abbey... Do you hear me?"
"How?" Abbey asked, with the innocence of a small child. "How's it going to be all right? How is anything going to be all right, now?"
"Because I'm here... okay?" Leo responded. "I'm here and I'm going to make sure that you won't be hurt by Jed anymore..."
"I loved him Leo... there wasn't anything I wouldn't do for him..." Abbey whispered, falling into him.
"I know Abbey, I know." Leo whispered as he picked her up and out of the chair. He carried her over to the bed and gently laid her down. He began to move away, but Abbey clung to him.
"Please, Leo," she begged. "Don't leave me..."
Leo's heart broke at the destruction he heard in her voice. He climbed onto the bed and pulled her into his arms, "I'm not going to leave you Abbey... I won't ever leave you."
Abbey tightened her grip on him, "Promise?"
"I promise," Leo whispered. Kissing the top of her head, he muttered, "Now, go to sleep. I'm here and everything's going to be all right... I won't let anything hurt you."
Abbey nodded as she drifted of to sleep feeling, for the first time in what seemed like forever, safe.