An Affair Of State?

by: Susan Osborne

Disclaimer: I don't own them, never will. Aaron Sorkin and Co does.

Category: Romance, Leo/Margaret

Rating: PG-13

"So you're sure no one knows what we're doing?" the President says.

"Yes, sir." Margaret responds.

The two of them are alone in the Oval Office, sitting close to each other on the couch. Their heads are nearly touching and the President has his arm around her back. If anyone came in it would look very bad. Which of course means, someone came in.

"Mr. President, I need you to..." Leo says, coming in from his office. "Margaret, what are you doing here?"

"Nothing." Margaret says, jumping to her feet.

"Margaret was just...uh...helping me with a thing." the President says, also rising.

"What thing?" Leo asks, his eyes narrowing.

"You know, the thing." the President responds, waving a hand in dismissal. "Did you need something?"

"Yeah, I need you to consider signing an endorsement letter for David Carlson, who's running for Congress next year." Leo says, watching Margaret, who is just standing there with her deer in the headlights look.

"And do I like this Carlson fella?"

"Yes, sir. He helped us out in the election."

"I take it you checked him out, made sure we wouldn't be embarrassed supporting him." the President says, noticing that Leo's eyes haven't yet left Margaret.

"Uh, yes sir, he's a good guy. He supports our position on most issues and the others are trivial."

"Good. I'll sign the endorsement then."

"Thank you, Mr. President." Leo says. He starts to walk for his office, then turns around. "Uh, Margaret, are you coming?"

"Are we done, sir?" Margaret asks the President who nods. "Thank you, sir."

Leo opens the door and lets Margaret through first before following her.

"What's going on?" Leo asks as soon as he shuts the door.

"What...uh...what do you mean?" Margaret stammers out.

"What are you helping the President with?"

"Uh, just the...the thing." Margaret says, studying the carpet.

"What thing?" Leo says, stepping close to her for the kill.

"Uh..." Margaret says before the phone rescues her. She moves over gratefully to answer it.

"Leo, you have staff in five." she says, getting off the phone.

"I'll go to staff when you tell me what's going on between you and the President." Leo says, blocking her path out of the office.

"What do you mean between the President and me?" Margaret says, panic filling her eyes.

"Margaret, you know you can't keep a secret from me." Leo says, again advancing toward her.

"Leo, I am helping the President with a thing." Margaret says, straightening up.

"Margaret, did he offer you a job?"

"A job?" Margaret asks.

"Did he ask you to be his secretary?" Leo demands. "Is he trying to steal you away from me?"

"No." Margaret says, relieved.

"Are you sure?" Leo says. "I know I'm not the best boss, Margaret. I yell too much and I make fun of your little theories. I would understand if you wanted to transfer to his office. It's a much better job with better pay."

"Leo, I like working for you. I'm not transferring. He didn't even ask me."

"Ok." Leo says, letting the matter drop for now.

"You have staff." Margaret says, heading out the door.

"Thanks." Leo says, following her to her office and walking out the outer door.

Margaret watches him go before sighing in relief. 'That was close. She and the President will have to be more careful from now on.' she thinks.

The Next Day.

"Margaret!" Leo bellows. "Margaret!"

There is no answer from the other side of the door.

"Margaret!" Leo roars, walking to the door and yanking it open.

He looks at Margaret's empty desk and growls. He walks to the outer door and walks through it, glancing around the hallway. No Margaret. He walks around the hallways, pausing to look inside open doors. He finally makes it to Josh's office and walks up to Donna's desk.

"Donna, do you know where Margaret is?" Leo says.

"No." Donna says. "She cancelled on our lunch today and I haven't seen her since this morning.

"Thanks." Leo mumbles and starts to head back for his office.

He sits down at his desk and grabs a folder to start looking over. His eyes stray to the door connecting his office with the Oval Office. 'Oh, what the hell.' he thinks, getting up and opening the door. The Oval Office is empty. Leo starts to close the door when he hears the door on the other side open up. Leo looks through the almost closed door to see the President and Margaret walk in.

"Thank you, Margaret." the President says after he and Margaret walks in.

"My pleasure, sir." Margaret says.

"You were very good." the President says.

"Thank you, sir, I try my best." Margaret says, blushing.

"I can't believe the different positions you thought of. You are very creative."

"It's nothing, really." Margaret says, turning a brighter red.

"What are you going to tell Leo?" the President says.

"He probably didn't even notice I was gone. If he did, I'll tell him I was stuck in traffic getting back from lunch." Margaret says.

"Good. We can't let anybody find out about this yet." the President says.

"Yes, sir." Margaret says. "I'd better get back to work. Thank you again for lunch."

"It's the least I could do for what you did for me." the President says and Margaret nods at him.

"Thanks you, Mr. President." Margaret says before heading out the door Leo isn't at.

Leo closes the door softly and leans against. 'Its just not possible.' he thinks. 'Not Jed, not Margaret. Neither of them would do something like this. They both are just too ethical. Jed loves Abbey. He would never jeopardize that.'

Leo stares through the still open door between his office and Margaret's, to see Margaret sit down at her desk and turn on her computer. He takes a deep breath and curses under his breath. 'Damn it.' he thinks. 'I heard it myself. Jed and Margaret are having an affair.'

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