by: Rhiannon & AJ
At the sound of her name, Abbey froze in place. She tried to turn around and face him, but she couldn't find the strength to do so. It took all of her strength to confront him. And even more to turn, and walk away... or try to...
"Abbey..." Jed repeated.
"Look at me when I speak to you, damnit." Jed demanded, and Abbey slowly turned herself. "Why did you take it off?"
"Because... because I was afraid."
"That's just it Jed, I don't know. I don't know what I'm afraid of, and that scares me even more." Abbey paused. "I love you more then life itself, Jed. And my kids do too. Butů I don't know... I'm afraid of loosing myself... my identity to being the President's wife. I'm afraid of the dangers presented to my children when they become your stepchildren. I'm afraid of... lots of things."
"Abbey..." Jed rose from his desk and took her in his arms. "I'd never let you loose your identity. That's what I love most about you. And as far as the trio of terror... I plan on taking good care of them. You don't have to worry about them."
"I never not worry about them."
"I know you don't. But I'm saying you don't have to worry any more than usual. Cause I fully intend on providing for you everything you could ever possibly want or need. Including a safe haven. And anyone who even thinks about messing with that haven is going to have to deal with the 82nd airborne and one pissed off President."
Abbey rested her head on his chest, "I love you."
"Then put this back on." Jed pulled the engagement ring out of his pocket. "And never take it off again."
"No." She replied.
"No." Abbey picked her head off of his chest. "You put it back on me."
Pulling his body away from hers, Jed grinned as he picked her hand up and slid the ring back on. "Nice fit." She gleamed.