Author: PiscesChikk PM
Takes place during Season One. This story covers Fitz and Liv's relationship while she was working at the White House, what caused her to leave and a possible encounter with Amanda Tanner. Creative Licence will definitely be taken, story will differ a bit from what happened in Season One. Hope you enjoy!Rated: Fiction M - English - Romance/Angst - Fitzgerald G./Fitz & Olivia P. - Chapters: 32 - Words: 77,355 - Reviews: 362 - Favs: 74 - Follows: 70 - Updated: 10-30-12 - Published: 08-14-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8430202
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A/N Thanks for the reviews of the last chapter. Hope you guys enjoy this one.
Fitz looked at his daughter seeing the determined look on her face. He could see that she wouldn't be deterred from saying what she came to say. He walked towards her, put an arm around her shoulder and guided her to a chair opposite him and Liv.
"Okay honey. Go ahead."
"The other day right before I came to see you, I was walking through the hallway and I overheard a conversation." She paused as Liv smiled, no doubt remembering when Karen had told her about another conversation she had eavesdropped on. "It was Billy….."
"Billy Chambers?" Asked Fitz.
"Yes. And I don't know who he was talking to but they were arguing about the fact that she was not going along with their plan to set you up, dad."
Both Olivia and Fitz sat forward and Karen smiled, glad that she finally had their full attention.
"Apparently the girl was having second thoughts, but he said the plan was for her to seduce you and there was some tape or recording of you and this girl having sex that they were planning to use."
Liv stood to her feet. "Karen are you sure that's what you heard? That Fi…the President was being set up? "
"I'm positive. He said that it would end your career as president dad."
"Did he mention where this tape was?" Asked Liv.
"No he didn't say anything, I'm sorry."
Fitz looked at Liv. "Billy Chambers. I can't believe it."
"I'm telling you the truth dad."
"No don't misunderstand me sweetie, I believe you. I know you wouldn't lie about something like this. I'm just sorry I didn't make time to talk to you sooner. "Fitz pulled her into his arms, hugging her tight. "I love you sweetie. Thank you."
Karen looked up at him wondering how he was going to deal with it. "So what are you and Liv going to do about this?" She said looking at the both of them.
"Well we'll figure it out honey. But I need you to do something else for me. I need you to promise not to tell anyone else about this, you understand me? And I hate to ask you this but I have to. Please do not share this with your mother." The last thing he wanted to deal with was another colossal meltdown of Mellie's. Lately she seemed to be going off the deep end.
"I won't dad." She nodded her head while Olivia watched the exchange between the two, smiling.
Liv crossed her arms in front of her after Karen left and stared at Fitz, the realization of two facts suddenly hitting home. One, Billy Chambers had been secretly waiting for an opportunity to destroy Fitz's Presidency and Two; he hadn't actually sought out someone else to replace her after she left. She felt a little better knowing the latter piece of information.
She watched as Fitz walked towards his desk and pulled out a CD.
"I wasn't going to tell you about this until I came up with a solution on how to handle it. Karen's revelation is somewhat of a game changer now. You have to hear this." He said handing her a headset.
"What is it?" She asked, confused.
"Someone sent this to Cyrus the same day Karen overheard Billy in his office. It's a tape of me…..with..."
"No! Fitz, I really don't want to hear you having sex with someone else….." She protested and went to give the headset back to him.
"Olivia, you need to hear it." He started the audio and watched as Liv's facial expression went from apprehension, to shock and recognition as she realized that it was her and Fitz on the tape.
"Oh God, Fitz….that's us. And Cyrus had this? Does he know who it is?"
"No I didn't tell him. I didn't want him privy to our…."
She nodded her head and sat back down.
"Well we're gonna fix it. The first thing we have to do is find out where that tape is, are there any more copies and has he sent them out to anyone else."
"Do you think Sally's in on this?" He asked her.
"Honestly? No. Billy was a bulldog during the election. He fought hard to get Sally the nomination. It killed him that she had to accept your offer to be VP. He's looking at this as a way to redeem himself. If he had this two years ago, he's just been biding his time. I just wonder why he didn't use it until now."
"Well you can't tell from the tape who the woman was, all he had was voices. They needed a woman to be the voice."
"And that's where Amanda Tanner comes in."
Fitz reached out and held her hand. "Liv if the tape comes out…."
"It won't, Fitz. We won't let it. And If I know Billy, he's not going to have it too far away. It's either going to be in his office here or at home. I'm going to have someone check it out. You need to talk to Cyrus, tell him everything Karen heard. Act like business as usual, nothing's out of the ordinary. We don't want him to know that we're onto him."
Liv looked down at Fitz's hand on top of hers and sighed. Navigating this whole thing was going to be tricky. Suddenly she remembered Amanda's visit to her office.
"Amanda…Fitz she asked to see you."
"Right before I was admitted to the hospital. She came to my office asking me to arrange a meeting with the two of you. She was adamant about it."
"She told me that things were about to get worse for you. She just went on and on about having to tell you what was going on, but I was still so upset about …you being with her that I…I think she wanted to come clean. Remember Karen said the girl was having second thoughts…we need to find Amanda."
She got up from the couch and started for the door, but Fitz grabbed her arm.
"Liv wait…. "
"If I hadn't come to your room that night….we wouldn't be in this mess…." She said quietly.
"No." He said shaking his head and cupping her face in his hands. "I wouldn't ever take that night back, not even to win a thousand presidencies. I would do it all over again if I could, Liv." He bent his head and kissed her pulling her closer against him. "I'm going to make this up to you, I promise." He kissed her on the forehead and she left.
"…..right after we deal with Billy."
It was almost 7pm by the time Olivia got to her office. Abby and Harrison were gone for the day, but Huck was expecting her. She'd called him on her way over. She walked into his office and sat down in a chair next to him.
"Aren't you supposed to be on vacation?" He asked sarcastically.
"I am, but I missed you so much I had to come and see you."
He smiled in a way that said that he knew better. "What do you need?"
"Amanda Tanner, she used to work for the White House. I need you to find out where she's staying, I need to talk to her."
"Alright. Give me a few minutes."
"Thanks, I'll be in my office."
"Liv, what are you doing here?" She swung round at the sound of Stephen's voice behind her.
They walked together to her office.
"I needed Huck to take care of something for me."
"A case? I know it's not a case since you're supposed to be on bed rest for another three weeks. Which leads me to my next question. When are you going to tell the others that you're pregnant?"
"Probably when I come back, but this is very important and I have to take care of it."
"Liv…the night you were in hospital…." They hadn't had a chance to talk about Fitz coming to see her since she'd been released to go home but she knew he probably guessed already that she was carrying his child. "The situation is beyond complicated. It's literally impossible."
"Its gotten way more complicated." She said and as they sat down on her couch, she shared the details of Amanda Tanner and the sex tape, leaving out that it was her and Fitz that had actually been on it.
"Liv you can't do this. You're too closely involved and on top of that you're pregnant. May I remind you the last time you saw this girl you almost miscarried. You can't risk something like that happening again."
"As soon as Huck tells me where she is, I'm going to see her."
Stephen shook his head at her stubbornness.
"Well you're not going alone."
Liv's cell phone rang as she and Stephen walked into Amanda's apartment building. It was Laurie.
"Where are you? Are you okay?"
"Yes, I'm fine." She said smiling into the phone.
"Are you sure?"
"Yes I am, I'm with Stephen."
"How…? Never mind we'll talk when you get home."
"You sure you want to do this?" Stephen asked as she hung up.
"Yes, I'm sure."
"Okay. Let's do it."
Fitz had been in his private office for the past hour mentally going over the events of the day. Hindsight was truly 20/20. From day one Fitz had noticed that there was something off about Amanda. Her coy smiles, flirtatious looks, he'd chalked it up to a harmless crush at first. He thought nothing of it. Little did he know she was watching him and looking for the right opportunity to move in. The night she came into his office she said she had been noticing how sad he looked, and he was so stupid, so caught up in feeling sorry for himself he did the unthinkable.
Now Karen knew about it. His sweet innocent young girl was now aware of one of the most scandalously embarrassing moments of his life. He wondered what she must think of him. He had always tried to be a good role model to both her and Gerry. He wondered if her knowledge of his infidelity knocked him down a few pegs in her eyes.
He got up and went up to the residence on the second floor intending to go to bed. He heard the TV on in Karen's' room and opened the door. She lay on her belly, eyes glued to the screen.
"What are you watching?"
"You still watching cartoons?"
"Dad I'm only 16. Of course I still watch 'em." She got up, turned the volume down on the TV and sat down. "What's up?"
He sat down on the bed beside her.
"Honey…how do you feel about all this? Finding out about….recent events…."
Karen looked at her dad sadly and bent her head. "Dad, I know….I've known for a while that things between you and mom are not….I know you two are not in love with each other. Gerry and I see things and we pick up on things, but we just don't discuss it with you guys. I know you love Olivia, but….."
"How did I end up in a compromising position with someone else?"
Fitz put an arm around her shoulder and pulled her close. "Honey, you're a bit too young to know it now, but when you get older you'll realize that the smartest man in the world can be capable of doing the stupidest things when he's unhappy. I have no excuse for my behavior, none. I acted foolishly instead of thinking. I did a really dumb thing. I brought this entire mess on myself. If it costs me my job then I only have myself to blame. But that doesn't matter to me. What matters is what you think of me right now. I'm sorry you had to find out the way that you did. Do you think less of your dad right now?"
"Dad, it won't stop me loving you, it won't. I was disappointed, I'll admit but….I forgive you."
"Thank you. That means a lot to me. You mean a lot to me."
"Dad what about Olivia? What's going on between the two of you?"
"Your mother and I got married, we said vows to each other and we were committed to making a life together. We had you and Gerry and we did our best to raise you two in the right way. No, Mellie and I don't have…no matter how I feel for Olivia…."
"It's okay dad. Don't say anymore, I think I understand. And it's obviously embarrassing enough for you to try to explain it to me." She laughed then. "Go on, lemme finish watching my cartoons."
"Actually it's late and you need to get to bed." He said walking towards the door.
"I will. The show will be over soon."
"Good night, honey."
Fitz walked into the master bedroom pleased that he was able to clear things up with Karen, but now he had a bigger problem to deal with; Mellie.
"Jeffrey told me that Olivia came by to see you today." She said in a biting tone, sitting up in bed.
"Yes she did. What the hell were you thinking Mel, by going over there? Have you lost your mind?!"
"I told you to deal with it or I would Fitz."
"Let me make this crystal clear to you Mel. If you ever threaten Liv or go near her again, you will regret it. If I find out you've endangered my child in any way, so help me…"
"Don't make idle threats Fitz…!"
"I am not making threats Mel. That is a promise, do you hear me?! You thought you were in control of this family and you thought you could control me, but you were sadly mistaken!" He shrugged out of his coat and shirt and paused while heading for the bathroom.
"I've cancelled your public appearances for the next month."
"You did what?!" She said hopping out of bed.
"If I can't trust you to respect me and respect my wishes, then I can't trust you to represent me in front of the American people, Mellie. You're going to Camp David for a short vacation. You can leave this weekend. Take the kids if you want. Midterm is coming up next week, I'm sure they'd love to get away for a bit."
"You can't make me this do this."
He turned around giving her a look that was lethal. "Do not try to cross me, Mellie. I'm warning you."
Fitz stood under the shower, letting the hot warm run over his tired muscles. He looked forward to a few days without Mel around. During the next few days he and Liv needed to work to find the tape that Billy Chambers had. And he needed time to repair the breech between him and Olivia. They needed to figure out how they were going to raise this child and he needed to figure out how to get her back in his life.
Their brief kiss today gave him a little hope that she was more open to forgiving him, but he knew he had his work cut out for him. He didn't mind though. If it took forever, he was willing to wait. Just for her.