Seth sat with Emily on her couch as they received news that Aaron was going to be making an address soon. Her leg was shaking nervously switching glances from the TV to her three year old daughter playing with her toys in the corner of the room.
Seth took Emily's hand, "Everything is going to be alright, no matter what happens."
Emily sighed defeatedly, "No it won't..."
Emily's phone then rang, startling her as she jumped off her seat. She picked up the phone, "Hello?"
She could hear the somber tone in his voice. "Aren't you supposed to be getting ready?"
"I know but I just wanted to hear your voice before...you know..."
There was a silence between them. "We miss you."
"I know. I miss you guys too." After a pause again, Aaron apologized. "I'm sorry about this, Em."
"For what? I told you this was the right thing to do. I can take care of myself."
"Are you mad?"
"Aaron, I'm fine. But do you want me to be mad? Would that help?" she questioned. She didn't want him to feel guilty when he could do so much more to change the world.
"No. I just don't want us to..."
She immediately read his mind, "We won't."
Aaron only had a few minutes left, "I gotta go. I love you both. I'll see you after this."
"We love you too. Good luck," she said before hanging up.
Aaron then appeared onscreen, his eyes staring blankly at the camera. Emily could feel his eyes were directed towards her. From the heavy bags underneath his eyes to the light stubble visible to the naked eye, she saw how tired he really was. The past few days have been more than disastrous affecting both of them in ways unimaginable. But now it seemed like things might now end as Aaron took hold of the podium.
Emily turned up the volume of the TV.
"Good evening, everyone," Aaron greeted. "I stand here before you all tonight to address the recent rumors regarding my alleged affair with the former Chief of Staff Emily Rhodes." What Emily couldn't see beyond Aaron's presence onscreen was that Mars Harper had just walked in the press room, which Aaron immediately clocked. He looked down at the speech in his hands, mentally slapping himself. How could he do this? He just couldn't. The entire press room was watching him with their glaring eyes and beads of sweat began to appear on his forehead. He looked to face the journalists and flashed them with a grin. "The truth is that I'm up here to ruin someone's reputation. But I'm not going to do that. I'll ruin mines instead." He paused, "The rumors regarding my affair are true." He heard the immediate gasps and pens scribbling along the notepads. "I take full responsibility as I was not the greatest fiancé that Isabelle deserved. But that does not mean that Emily or my daughter isn't my life. This was my fault and not anyone else's. That being said, effectively immediately I will be tendering my resignation as Vice President of the United States. It has been an honor to serve the American people. Thank you and God bless these United States of America." Aaron walked off on stage, ignoring the hundreds of questions being shouted at to him.
Emily stared at the screen, mouth opened and eyes widened. Did he really just admit to the entire world that he had an affair with her. A fury of rage and sadness wrapped around her. He sacrificed everything around her. She got up from the couch and grabbed her keys.
"Hey can you watch Alex for me?" she asked Seth.
"Ummm... are you okay?" he asked out of concern at her sudden request.
"Yeah, I'm fine. Can you watch her? I'll be back in an hour."
"But where are you going?"
"Don't worry about it..." She grabbed a jacket and a cap before walking out the door.
The reporters sitting outside saw her and immediately ran to go shove their microphones in her face. She pushed them out of her way, heading for her car. She drove off to the White House, barely being able to pass security with all the commotion outside. She went through the back door of the West Wing and raced to find Aaron. He still had to be somewhere in the West Wing. Eventually she found him, outside about to step inside his car. She called out his name and he turned around. She ran to him, unaware of the reporters standing ten feet away from them.
"Emily? What are you doing here?" Aaron asked in confusion.
"I, ummm... Why did you do that?" she said trying to catch her breath.
"Because. I just couldn't do that to you."
"What about you? What are you going to do now?"
"Well I just turned in my resignation so now I can do whatever I want. Including this," He leaned in and passionately kissed her, not caring about who was looking. She was surprised at first but gave in to the kiss, returning the same amount of passion he was giving her.
"Aaron..." she said after she broke off the kiss.
He held his hand, "Come on. Let's go see our daughter."
She smiled taking his hand and headed home. Maybe this was a good thing...
SIX MONTHS LATER...
Aaron was now (more or less) a stay-at-home dad. He was still active in politics, attending and giving speeches all around the world. After the news cycle about them died, they were finally able to walk outside their home without facing any journalist. Emily had kept her job as special advisor to the President, who was glad that she had not quit on him. Once a month, Emily, Aaron, Alex, Seth, and Kirkman would meet up for a dinner at the Residence. They would catch up about current situations and each other's personal lives. It was rocky between Aaron and Kirkman in the beginning, as Aaron wasn't sure on how to act around him anymore. But after reassurances from both Emily and the President, he managed to put his guard down and reminisce about the old times like everyone else. Kirkman especially loved seeing Alex, seeing her grow up to be exactly Emily.
"So how is the stay-at-home dad life?" Seth asked during their dinner.
"Nothing beats it," Aaron answered.
"Do you miss it? The thrill of the game?"
"Sometimes. But once you've been Vice President, nothing can beat that."
"Except being President," Kirkman chimed in.
Aaron nodded, "Except that. But I get to spend time with my daughter."
"That's all any father can ask for," Kirkman said. "It would be nice if Alex had a younger sibling as well. Someone to play with."
Aaron and Emily exchanged glances, "Well..."
"You're kidding, right?" Seth said in disbelief.
Emily turned to Kirkman and Seth, "Are you both ready to be uncles again?"
Kirkman got up from his seat to give both Emily and Aaron a hug, "Congratulations you too!"
Emily took Aaron's hand in hers, glad that her life turned out this way. Through everything, not once did she think her life would ever end up like this. She was grateful to have a loving and supportive husband, an amazing daughter who she was able to come every day to, a best friend who had always been here for, and father figure who walked her down the aisle when her crap father didn't. And now that she was pregnant, she couldn't be more thankful for her family.
A/N: Thank you everyone for reading this! I am so sorry for the late post. I've decided to end this story because I wasn't sure where I was heading with this. I might do another Emron fanfic, but tbd. Please review and PM me if you've got any ideas! Again, thank you for reading and the reviews!