Okay this story came to me after watching the first season 4 promo and reading the description of season 4 from Itunes. It includes spoilers for both things, so if you don't want those, stay away from this. However the spoilers are not that big and has more to do with my dream of what they could lead to. Which is also why it is important that the prologue and chapter one was published before the premiere tomorrow.
And you are getting two chapters right away because the prologue might make you think the story is a fluffy one, but it is not.
I don't own anything related to the Good Wife even though I wish I did.
Part 1: Commitments
Chapter 1: The Politics of Marriage
Only two weeks ago before she had been sitting there in the open office space, on a black leather chair, trying to stay completely composed and collected, while, allowing the political journalist Peggy Byrne to interview her. Staying calm through, that had been hard. She didn't enjoy having to do the interview at all. However she needed to do it. Peter having made their separation public knowledge, had hit his campaign hard. Eli believed that if they both agreed to talk to Peggy instead of just letting her roam around on her own, digging dirt up on their marriage, it could perhaps work as damage control, and at least avoiding the risk of any further damage. And because Alicia had promised, him and Peter, she would help with the campaign there wasn't much of choice left with whatever or not to do this.
She had been the complete portrait of calmness; though her inside were almost screaming. She had tried to avoid any hand gesture or other tell, of how awkward she found this. She had even avoided picking of invisible hairs on her back skirt, though she was close a few times. It had been far harder than she had imagined: sitting there talking about how she had committed to something, her marriage, and how she didn't like to break her vows, which was the reason she was staying with Peter. All of that were true, she really didn't like breaking her promises and she never had. In addition to that, did she hate being asked the same question, by this stranger, everyone else had asked her over the years. However her answer, that was only part of the truth. A truth she had not even fully accepted herself.
Alicia had been incredible happy in that moment, that the office space for once was surprisingly quiet and not like it's usually busy self. She would have hated others having observed her giving the interview. Plus the tranquility kept her from being distracted by work, which could easily have happened otherwise. After all work was safe. It had been her hide-out for the last couple of years, and it would have been no exception at that point, if her surroundings had been like usual, with people running around like ants all the time. The journalist however had gone on further and asked her why that was the case, since Peter had broken his by cheating on her. Her answer to that had been a definitive one:"Yes, but I still won't break mine to him". Once more it was not the full answer, but it was the only one she could think of giving the probing journalist. And she did mean it, in the sense that she had no intention of a divorce right now. They might be separated, living their own individual lives, but she also knew she as a key factor in his gubernatorial campaign. And she did wish for him to win the race. So she had no divorce planned at the moment.
When the article had come out a week ago Eli had a hard time hiding his excitement. She noticed how he had been smiling like a crazy while he kept an eye on her all morning as she came into work. She hadn't read it in the paper before work, unlike everyone else seemed to have. As the day had gone on and she kept getting weird looks from everyone, she gave up and asked Eli what it was all about. He had been quick to pass her the paper with a smile, and he kept watching her closely- much to her annoyance, as she read. She had felt a weird clenching sensation in her stomach as she read the other part of the interview. The part done with Peter. He had spoken about how they had met and fallen in love, and been together for a year and half before he proposed. How they had gotten married right after she finished law school and moved to Chicago. He had even shared the memory of them in their apartment, over the Mexican restaurant, to illustrate how happy they once were, with not a care in the world, except each other. He also talked about how he had gotten too caught up in his job as the state's attorney and how that had lead him to forgetting and abandoning his family, including her, more and more. He had been incredible honest in the interview, to a degree that shocked and impressed her at the same time. He had said he took the responsibility for what had happened between them. Told how he fully admitted that he had been a fool, since he had been the one to take her for granted and never thinking about how something like this would affect them at one point. What really shocked her, had been how he in the interview voices how grateful he was that she hadn't divorced him right away, like most women would.
After she had finished reading it and looked up, she had seen how much Eli wanted a reaction from her side. She had however given him her perfected poker face, raised and eyebrow at him and handed him the paper back before leaving his office. He had asked her to stay, telling her they should talk about what would be needed in the upcoming weeks. She had told him she had work to do, and would get back to him. Something she had avoided ever since. Each time Eli tried to approach her with it, she had been busy. At least the financial troubles the firm was facing and the cut downs, had been good for one thing: she really was incredible busy. The struggle had given her a new unexpected position. People now really wanted her on their cases and to be a part of new incoming cases, because she was the Stat's Attorney's wife, maybe even the future governor's wife, and that seemed to give her more power. So she really could say she was too busy with work to sit down with Eli to talk about the campaign.
Zach and Grace, had looked just as curious as she came home the day of the article. However again all she gave was her perfect poker face. And they were smart enough not ask what she thought.
She had been more than a little grateful that she had been able to avoid Peter since that paper had come out. It was not as much what he alone had said in the interview, and her feelings related to those things. It was more the fact that: they had both said thing in it, and how much of those things that had been a set up for the press, in the name of helping him become governor and how much had been the actual truth about their relationship and feelings for each other. If it really was the truth it scared her far more than she would have liked. And she couldn't deal with that. So she avoided.
However all of that was in the past now. Here she was sitting at home, Saturday morning, with her coffee and yet another article about her marriage. All on page 3 of the morning paper though it looked far more like it belonged in the gossip section to Alicia. An article that showed a completely different side than what they had both individually portrayed in the original interview. The article was certainly a bad thing, that was easy to read just from the title alone:
"The Florrick's: Only a Political Marriage!"
The secret behind the Florrick's Marriage is that they have been having a modern so called: "open marriage"! Part 1 of 2. By Peggy Byrne
It was builtover an interview with a younger woman working at Peter's campaign. She explained how Peter and she had been dating and sleeping together for months now. It had explanations on how they were involved, even though they kept it a secret to the public.
The article also included interviews with three married couples living in open marriages and their view on the fact, that the famous Florrick couple seemed to have entered into such a marriage: One of the couples were advising other couples to try it, and thought it was good that even politicians were modern enough to understand that monogamy was not necessary a human nature, as we were animals, and were meant to spread our seed around. They actually hoped that the Florricks would come forward and tell others about this choice and how liberating it felt. Another explained how it could course some jealousy between them if they were not careful. They had not been as supportive as the first couple, on that "The Florricks" had entered into such an arrangement, as they thought in this case it more showed an ambivalence if they should stay together or not than a actually choice of a new lifestyle, plus they were separated so it wasn't really a open marriage. The last couple had said that they actually thought it was "the Florricks" own private matter what the rules for their marriage were. If they were in a open marriage and wanted it fine but it was their own private affairs and choices not others. It was what they told their friends that didn't understand their own arrangement.
There was also an interview with some kind of relationship expert talking about how you couldn't really call the Florrick marriage an open one since they were separated, on the other hand, since it seemed that they were both committed to stay in the marriage, proven by the latest interview with them, it would seem as it was more a political marriage now than one build on romantic love. One that was kept for furthering Peter's career.
In the end there were a couple of lines raising questions to the reader of the newspaper: About what they thought of this: If it was right for a politician to have such an arrangement, or if they were supposed to have a higher moral than others and therefor not be involved in such arrangements as an open marriage.
The last line of the article was about how this was only part one of two and how tomorrow's paper would feature the second part. This time it would focus on why a women might agree to such an arrangement as well's as the untold part of Mrs. Florrick's story.
Alicia felt her stomach clench again, just like with the first article, and wasn't completely sure how she was going to keep her breakfast down after what she had read. Once again her marriage was involved in a sex scandal and once again she could be sure to be the center of the media frenzy. But that wasn't what really made her stomach turn. She did feel sick over the fact that Peter had been with yet another women behind her back, but could she really judge she had been with Will. However what really frightened her was the fact that she was more than a little sure that tomorrow's paper would include the story of her own tête-à-tête with Will and that made her want to run and hide.
She carefully closed the paper, swallowed a few times, while realizing how relieved she was it was Saturday, and the kids were not with her. Also it meant that she wouldn't have to go into work, and meet the pity, or judgment in the eyes of her colleagues. However she still knew the day would be a hell, a lot like the day the real scandal had broken. She knew that for the upcoming weeks, months even, she would keep seeing this article all over the news and everyone would keep looking at her in their own weird way. She was once again the center of the local medias, with a big chance of it not even staying local, like it mostly had the last few years, except for during the original scandal and Peter being forced to step down. No, Peter was running for the position of governor of Illinois this time and was no longer just Cook County's stat's attorney. It really would be hell all over for her once more, that was something she knew for sure and she hated it already.