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Another Shot at Happiness

by: ahsatanllesob (Send Feedback)

Chapters: 010 Word Count: 8053
Rating: TEEN
Character(s): Abbey Bartlet, CJ Cregg
Category(ies): Post Administration
Pairing(s): CJ/Abbey
Crossover Shows: - No Show -
Summary: Could this really be happening? Could all of CJ's dreams be coming true?

Author Notes: This is my first CJ/Abbey pairing. I'm usually a Toby/CJ girl; thought I'd try something new. This is a Post-Administration story and starts two years after the end of the Bartlet Administration. I ignored all the CJ/Danny stuff, 'cause he doesn't deserve her. I hope you enjoy this! Feedback is much appreciated... Oh yeah, and I don't own the characters, and I'm broke, so please don't sue me.

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Always a Step Ahead

Part 1- Always a Step Ahead

CJ Cregg is sitting at her desk in the Hollis Tower, feet up, eyes closed, enjoying a break in her schedule. Saving the world is a busy job, so when Frank cancelled a meeting, CJ’s afternoon opened up and she still isn’t quite sure what to do with herself. She knows she should go home, but her empty apartment only brings back memories…and, apparently, so does thinking about her empty apartment.

She’s lost in thought about what happened while she was Jed Bartlet’s Chief of Staff, and what might have happened if Margaret hadn‘t been listening at the door. Her cell phone rings before she can get to the good part. Sighing, CJ reaches for the phone, keeping her eyes closed on the off-chance that this will be a quick phone call that will let her get back to her fantasy soon. “Yeah.”

The warm chuckle from the caller forces CJ’s eyes to snap open and her feet to come crashing down. “Claudia Jean, is that any way to answer your phone?” CJ blushes, thanking God that the woman on the other end of the line cannot read her thoughts and therefore does not know what CJ was thinking about her a moment ago. “I’m sorry, ma’am. I didn’t realize… what can I do for you, Mrs. Bartlet?”

“Call me Abbey, CJ.” CJ nods although the former first lady can’t see her. CJ’s shocked by the hurt she hears in the older woman’s voice. “Can’t I just call to say hello?” CJ turns to look out the window at Central Park, wishing Abbey would just get to the point. “Of course you can, Abbey. This is an unexpected surprise; we haven’t spoken since we left the White House.”

The line is silent for a moment, just long enough for CJ to wonder what Abbey is wearing, and then for her to scold herself for wondering what she’s wearing underneath it all. “I know, CJ. I was trying to figure things out. I was confused, not sure about what I wanted anymore and I couldn’t face you until I knew.”

CJ rubs her forehead, feeling a headache coming on and wishing she hadn’t sent her assistant home without getting some Tylenol from her first. “And now you know? Because, I swear to Go, Abbey, if you don’t I-” “I do. I know what I want, CJ. I want to see you…I’m in New York.”

Could this really be happening? Could all of CJ’s dreams be coming true? “Um…okay. I have to drop some papers off at the bank for Frank. Where should I meet you?” CJ can almost hear Abbey smile on the other end of the phone, and just the thought of seeing the beautiful Mrs. Bartlet one more time causes butterflies in CJ’s stomach. “Downstairs. I’m waiting in the lobby.”

CJ packs up her briefcase, making sure to grab the envelope Frank left her. She smile as she walks to the elevator, thinking about the woman waiting for her in the lobby. CJ should have known Abbey would wait until she was in the lobby before calling; Abigail Bartlet is always a step ahead of everyone else.

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