Pride and Joy- Part 1

Rating: Teen

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January 1, 2000, CJ Cregg woke up in the arms of her fiancé. Not her boyfriend, but her fiancé. Leo's proposal the night before was perfect, everything she dreamed of and hoped for. She couldn't help but smile at the handsome man beside her and the diamond on her finger. She put her head on his chest and smiled.

"Morning, future wife," Leo said in a scratchy voice.

"Good morning future husband; are you sure the girls are ok with this?" she questioned as she snuggled into his shoulder.

"This necklace," he said as he fingered the pendant around, "is a Mother's Pendant," he explained. "The girls gave me permission to get this for you. It's each of their birthstones. The three of them told me that they would be proud to call you their Mom."

"Even Mal?"

"Well," Leo smiled, "you're only 6 years older than her so she won't call you Mom, but she's happy you're going to be her step-mom."

"I'm happy they're going to be my girls," CJ said as she leaned into kiss him.

"So, you've had six whole hours to think about it; when and where do you want to get married?"

"Spring wedding?"

"Sure. Church or civil?" he asked.

"Can we have a church wedding?"

"Jenny and I had a civil wedding. She was pregnant and I was shipping out so we went to the courthouse," he explained.

"If we can have a church wedding, I would like that over a civil wedding," she confessed.

"Well, we're both catholic so as long as the priest doesn't mind about Boo, I'm ok with that."

"Boo; that's cute, in case I didn't say it before," she laughed.

"What can I say; my kids make me mushy," he grinned.

"Where do you want the reception?" CJ continued, changing the subject back to the matter at hand.

"That we will have to run by the Secret Service; the President and Abbey will be there of course, so whatever they insist on will be what we'll need to do. How big of a wedding do you want?"

"I'd like to have Abbey, Donna, Mallory, Mary and Molly as a flower girl. Can you find four guys?"

"Jed, Pete, Josh and Sam; that was easy," he nodded. "I want to say this now and please keep it in mind; I've been married before so whatever you want, you can have. If I say to you get what you want, it's not because I don't care. Get what makes you happy."

"My family is going to want to meet you."

"Bring it on. I can handle it."

"I'll remind you of that later."

The pair continued to snuggle in bed for a few more hours and were finally awoken by a gentle knocking on the door.

"Come in!" Leo called.

"Good, you're up. It's time to start planning. CJ, meet us downstairs and we can start looking at bridal magazines!" Abbey exclaimed from the door.

"You knew about this before he asked?" CJ questioned, looking between Leo and Abbey.

"Please, he made the mistake of telling Jed. He may be great with military secrets but the man gossips like an 80 year old woman when it comes to his friends and family."

CJ was shanghaied by Abbey and the rest of the female population the minute she arrived in the kitchen.

"You need the platinum now or later?" he called as she was led out of the room.

"Later; nothing's open today," Abbey reasoned.

"Is there anything I can do?" he asked. He wanted to attempt to be helpful at least.

"Draft the press statement with Sam and Toby," CJ instructed.

"Come on, this'll be great!" Sam exclaimed for the hall.


An hour later, there was still no sign of the women and Leo was starting to get frustrated with Sam and Toby.

"Why do we even need a statement?" Leo wined.

"Because, this is a big deal; you're the chief of staff and she's the press secretary. You'll be under the microscope by everyone," Sam explained. "Oh shit..."

"Sam!" Leo scolded.

"What about Jenny?" Sam questioned

"What do you mean, what about Jenny?" Jed asked looking between the two men.

"Oh shit," Leo said as he rubbed his head. "Jenny; I forgot about that whole situation."

"What's up with Jenny?" Jed questioned. "She left you and you've been divorced for over a year."

"Jenny's a bit pissed at me right now," Leo explained.

"Jenny's a lot pissed at him right now," Sam added.

"What are you talking about?" Leo questioned. "What aren't you telling me?"

"Christmas Eve, Mallory wasn't 100% honest with you," Sam confessed.

"What do you mean Samuel?" Leo demanded.

"She didn't start off with Mallory and the baby; she started off with you and the girls. She made a comment about Mallory spending time with your bastard daughters before she started in with the rest of it."

"She said what?" he asked icily.

"She said that she didn't understand why Mallory was so attached to your bastard daughters and that it was your horrible example that got Mallory in her 'predicament'," he said gesturing with air quotes.

Leo rubbed his face. "Could anyone with any good ideas please share them?"

In the end, the men thought it would be a good idea to put off making a statement until Leo could talk to Jenny. Now, Leo had to convince CJ that this was a good idea.