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Title: The Government We Deserve
Characters: Allison Taylor/Henry Taylor/Ethan Khan/Gedge/Vossler
Rating: PG for angst
Summary: Pre Day 7. The President and First Gentleman burry their son.
Disclaimer: 24 is the Property of the Fox Production Company.
A/N: Writing 24 funeral!fic is like shooting proverbial fish in a barrel, but I haven’t written one since
Loose Ends, so here goes. Thanks to my beta, cybertoothtiger.

“Help me give you the government we deserve”
~ President Allison Taylor, Redemption

The service had been kept as quiet as possible. Under the circumstances.

The Secret Service and the Press Secretary had done an admirable job of keeping the media at bay. At the small cemetery there wasn’t a bulky single lens reflex camera to be seen. There would be no photos of Brian Gedge and Edward Vossler, the White House’s must trusted agents, holding two umbrellas over the President and her husband in an attempt to shield them from the wet March snowfall.

There would be no stopping the tabloids and the internet.

Let them have their feeding frenzy, Allison concluded.

On the ride back to the White House Allison and Henry had sat silently in the back of the black limousine, holding hands and saying nothing. They would talk. Eventually.

The mood when Allison and Henry returned was respectfully silent. Her staff nodded and dipped their heads. Allison gave her black overcoat to an assistant and entered the anteroom to the Oval Office.

Back to work.

Not quite yet: Allison found Henry sitting on the edge of one of the ornate embroidered couches populating the anteroom. The wet wool overcoat he was still wearing seemed too big, making his tall, lean form look gaunt. Has he eaten anything in the past week? He stared straight ahead, almost not noticing his wife as she sat next to him.

“We’re going to have to deal with this, Henry. But I know it’s going to take time.”

Henry continued staring into empty space. “I can’t believe that Roger would do this. I won’t believe it.”

“We can’t try to make sense of it. Not Yet.”

“I should have noticed he was troubled.”

“He seemed happy. He had a good career. He had Samantha. Roger gave us no indication that anything was wrong.”

He finally looked at her. “Our son wouldn’t take his own life. He wouldn’t do that. Not our Roger.” His voice was strangely vacant.

“I know. This is impossible to accept. Even so, the Coroner…”

“I know what the Coroner said. I still can’t accept it. I want to get to the bottom of this, Allison. I want to know what really happened.”

“We know what happened…”

“Shouldn’t we investigate further? We owe our beautiful boy that much.”


Someone else was in the room.

Allison looked up to find her Chief of Staff had entered the anteroom and was now standing discreetly by the door.

“Madam President, I’m sorry to intrude, but there is an urgent matter that requires your immediate attention.”

“It’s alright, Ethan. Is it the situation in Sangala?

“Yes, ma’am.”

“I’ll be right there.”

“Go,” Henry said. “Go run the country. Give the people the government we deserve.”

From anyone else, that would have sounded resentful. Or sarcastic. But not from Henry.

The president gave her husband’s hand a quick squeeze. She stood up and moved towards the door.

“I can grieve for the both of us,” Henry whispered.




( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 14th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
That was so sad! But I love that you wrote for them. This whole situation intrigues me. :) Thanks for the post!
Feb. 14th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading. 24 has the best first couples.
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