|Once in a Lifetime
Author: CFCfan1 PM
Once in a lifetime means there is not second chance... Olitz post 2x08 with a few changes to what happened in the episode. Tell me what you think! Also this is my 100th story! YAY!Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance - Fitzgerald G./Fitz & Olivia P. - Chapters: 3 - Words: 5,788 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 12-12-12 - Published: 12-07-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8773076
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So here is the next chapter! I hope you guys like it. I won't deal with Huck being the shooter for a while if ever in this story…just to let you know.
The second she heard the beeps informing them that he was breathing again she took a breath. She wiped away the tears as best as possible and turned to Cyrus and they embraced each other. Mellie was already back by his side, and Olivia knew she needed a minute. So Cyrus stayed in the room as she left. The tears were still falling as she hurried out of the room, and Cyrus motioned to Tom to keep and eye on her. Tom stepped out into the hallway and followed Olivia to a practically deserted part of the hospital. She stopped and leaned against the wall and bent over putting her hands on her knees and tried to stop the tears from falling. Tom stood their silently giving her all the time she needed. When she stood up he wanted to make sure she was ok though.
"Ms. Pope?" He asked quickly and she looked up not realizing that he had been there.
"I'm fine Tom…thank you," She said through the still falling tears. She tried to take a few steps, but finally the stress caught up with her and her knees buckled and she started to fall but Tom caught her quickly. She clung to him in that moment. He just held her as she cried. When the tears finally stopped she stood on her own.
"Thank you," She whispered.
"Of course ma'am," He said with a nod.
"Not just for this though…" She said looking at him. He gave her a questioning look.
"You knew about me and the President, practically since day one. He told me you are the one that found and deleted the video from the night of the inaugural balls. You helped keep our secret…thank you," She said seriously.
"Just doing my job ma'am, whatever is needed to protect the President," He said giving her a small smile. She nodded realizing he would say much more. They made their way back to Fitz's room just as the next shift of agents were arriving.
"Have a good night Tom," She said as she noticed all of them changing places.
"I'm not leaving ma'am," He said quickly. She looked at him quizzically.
"I volunteered not to leave the building ma'am. I will occasionally take an hour break, but other than that I'm with the President the entire time," He said and gave her a quick look. She smiled at him and nodded before heading back into the room.
She had quickly grown to respect Tom from the moment Fitz told her about the cameras in the Oval. In that moment she knew that Tom could be trusted and that he would do whatever it took to protect the President, even if that meant keeping one of the biggest secrets there was.
When Olivia walked back into the room she heard Cyrus and Mellie talking quietly. They both looked up when she walked in and Cyrus stood immediately. Mellie was holding something in her hand and the look a pure hatred that had been on her face when she first arrived and then had disappeared when Olivia told her that they both needed to be there, was back. Cyrus walked over to her and pulled her to a corner.
"Is everything ok?" Olivia asked nervous.
"We need to talk. All three of us, but I need you to promise to stay cool. I know you always do, but what we are about to talk about is going to catch you by surprise, and Mellie is still fuming, just don't freak out too much ok?" He asked giving her a look. She was even more confused now than ever, but nodded in agreement.
"Mellie," Cyrus said turning to her and taking the few steps needed to get where she was sitting. She held out the piece of paper and Olivia could tell she was trying not to yell. "We got a copy of his living Will," Cyrus said shortly and the tears came back to Olivia right away. "Don't worry, we just needed to look it over to see what his wishes were, we aren't even close to making a decision about anything," He said seeing the worry on her face.
"Then why…?" She didn't know what else to say.
"You are his power of attorney," Cyrus said and her eyes widened quickly and she looked straight at Mellie. That is why she had looked so pissed. Her eyes shot back to Cyrus and the confusion was back. "Apparently about a year ago, right after he won the election, he made changes to it without anyone knowing. My guess is that he did that on purpose. He didn't tell us because…well we both know why," He said referring to himself and Mellie. "He probably didn't tell you because he knew you would object. That doesn't matter now though. In the Will it says he doesn't want to be on machines for more than 30 days. When…if it gets to that point he wants to be taken off because of the lack of life. You are the one to make that call though," Cyrus said and the tears finally fell.
She didn't know what to say. She never would have thought that he would do this, especially with something of this importance. She wiped away the tears and looked to Mellie who was still pissed as anything.
"Mellie…" Olivia tried, but was stopped.
"No, we do not talk about this. We are not friends, you stole my husband from me, we do not talk about this," She said standing up and leaving the room. Olivia deflated a little and turned to Cyrus.
"I really had no idea…why would he do this?" She asked even though she knew the answer.
"He loves you," Cyrus said plainly. They both became silent and made their way over to stand on opposite sides of Fitz's bed. Olivia grabbed his hand and silently questioned why he never told her, even after it had been done and she couldn't stop him. A knock on the door had them both turning to look. Tom stepped in quickly.
"Ms. Pope…Senator Davis is here," Tom said simply. He looked to Olivia for what to do about it.
"I'll be right there," She said and Tom nodded before leaving the room. "I need to go handle him," She said looking at Cyrus.
"I'll be here when you get back," He said with a nod. She smiled slightly and left the room to go find a way to get Edison to stay out of this.
"Liv!" He said walking up to her quickly when she got to the main waiting room where he had been stopped by Secret Service. Tom was following behind her and stopped a few feet back to give them some space.
"Edison…you shouldn't be here," She said accepting the hug he offered.
"I needed to make sure that you were ok. You look exhausted Liv…you should go home and get some rest," He said seriously.
"I'm not leaving Edison. The only time I leave this building is to go do a briefing, then I am right back here," She said sternly.
"We have been seeing each other for weeks, and don't forget how well I know you. I have never seen you not sleep as much as you do now, I bet you would be more of a help if you were well rested," He said sincerely.
"I haven't slept in two years Edison…nothing new. Now please leave and let me do what I need to here," She said getting annoyed quickly.
"Liv, I want to stay and make sure you are ok, that's what boyfriends do," he said trying to calm her down.
"Fine, then you're not my boyfriend! Goodbye Edison," She said and shot a look to Tom who nodded and when Edison moved towards Olivia with a pained look on his face Tom stopped him.
"Sir, I am going to have to ask you to leave immediately. Your detail is waiting outside," Tom said with his hand up as he stood in between Edison and Olivia.
"Liv!" Edison said begging.
"Sir," Tom said more forcefully. Edison deflated and turned and walked out of the building. As Olivia made her way back upstairs to Fitz's room she heard Tom catch up to her, but he remained silent.
"Thank you," She said without even turning around.
"Ma'am," He said and she knew he would never admit that he was doing something other than his job. They got back to Fitz's room and she noticed Mellie's detail was gone. She walked back into the room and Cyrus looked up at her from his seat next to the bed. She sat across from him on the other side and grabbed Fitz's hand. She put her head next to his arm on the bed, and closed her eyes to try and get some rest.
She woke with a start when she heard running outside the door. She looked up and saw Cyrus on his phone with his eyes wide, before he hung up.
"What's going on?" She asked quickly. She looked down at Fitz and felt a little better that he didn't look worse than when she had closed her eyes.
"Mellie's gone into labor," He said and Olivia stood quickly.
"The kids?" She asked knowing that it had been hard for them to stay at boarding school, instead of seeing their father.
"On their way. Marine One picked them up twenty minutes ago, they should be here within the hour," He said and they both rushed out into the hallway. Tom and Hal were waiting for them and rushed them to where Mellie had been sent. When they got to the waiting room nurses were waiting for them.
"Mr. Beene, Ms. Pope, they just took the First Lady back, her vitals were good, and they are expecting it to go well. The doctor will come talk to you as soon as they are done," She said and they both nodded before sitting down. This is not what they were expecting, but it didn't really surprise them because of the pressure and anxiety Mellie was feeling.
Twenty minutes later two agents burst through the door followed by two very stressed looking children. Cyrus and Olivia stood up immediately.
"Karen, Gerry," Liv said looking at them. She could tell they were both excited about a new sibling, and scared because of their dad.
"Liv!" Karen said first rushing to her and giving her a hug. Next came Gerry who also hugged her and the three of them stood there for a second.
"Your mom is gonna be fine guys. As soon as your brother is born, the doctor is gonna come out and talk to us," Cyrus said as sweetly as possible. He had never been good with children, but Karen and Gerry had gotten used to it during the campaign.
"How's dad?" Karen asked looking up at Olivia.
"He is being taken care of by the best doctors in the country," Olivia said trying to get them to stay calm.
"Can we go see him?" Gerry asked and it sounded like a plea.
Olivia looked to Cyrus who nodded. "How about we go now, and Cyrus will get us when the doctor is back about your mom and brother," Olivia said seriously.
"Yea," They both said quietly. Olivia nodded and led them to the room she knew all to well. Tom followed behind them along with their own detail. When they got to the door Olivia stopped them.
"You need to understand something guys. Your dad…he has been unconscious for a week now, he has a lot of wires and machines hooked up to him. You have to be really careful and it might be hard to see," She said and they nodded wordlessly. She assumed they had prepared themselves for this.
One of the agents posted at the door opened it and Karen walked in first followed by Gerry, then Olivia. Karen started crying right away and Gerry did his best not to. They stood next to his bed on either side and grabbed his hands. For ten minutes Olivia stood watching his kids beg him to wake up. They begged him to be ok, and it broke her heart even more seeing him surround by the two people he loved most in the world. When Tom knocked she jumped slightly and looked over as he walked in. He gave her a look and she nodded.
"Guys, the doctor is back about your mom and brother," She said and they took a second to say goodbye before they followed her back to the waiting room where Cyrus was. When they got there, the doctor was leaving.
"Hey guys," Cyrus said with a slight smile. "Your mom and brother are ok. They are taking your mom to a room, but you can go see your brother if you want," He said knowing this would lift their spirits. They smiled the best they could and followed Cyrus to where the newest member of the Grant family was waiting. They walked into the room and walked right up to his little crib.
"He is adorable," Karen said touching one of his tiny hands. Gerry just smiled at him. He had always wanted a little brother, and now he was looking at him. Olivia stood back and Tom stood near her as they watched as the kids did the one thing that could keep their minds off their dad.
Olivia heard someone say something to Tom through the earpiece but she couldn't understand what they were saying. His head snapped towards her and she got scared. He leaned over and whispered something in her ear.
"Hey guys, stay here with your brother. Your agents are going to be right outside the door if you need anything, I have to go do something ok?" Olivia said quickly and they just nodded since they were so focused on the tiny baby in front of them. She and Tom walked out as to not bring attention to them, but the second the door was closed they started running.
"When?" She asked as they rushed to their destination.
"Just a few seconds ago," Tom said quickly. They skidded to a halt when they got to the door. Cyrus was outside pacing back and forth. When he saw and heard them he looked up and nodded quickly before opening the door. They walked into the room and Olivia wanted to cry. The second she stepped through the doors, she was met with two eyes she thought she might lose. Fitz was awake.
Ok so there is that chapter. I know there are requests for me to update other stories, and I will eventually, but I have lots of ideas for this story so I am going to focus on those right now! Please review!