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Title: Tempting Fate
Author: Claire (justdreaming88)
Rating: G
Prompt: Sam goes to Oregon the day Will wins his seat in Congress.
Summary: Sam stands for a moment torn between shaking Will's hand or just reaching out and hugging him. Beta read by rightxhere



As he walks through the doors he feels a certain sense of trepidation but that's only to be expected. Today for the second time in nearly as many years he is unemployed again though last time it was very brief. This time it is to reduce or even prevent scandal, it's about being good and looking good. It's hard to do this, to put nearly all his faith in this one person but do it he must. He pulls open the door and walks through; the room in front is crowded with people and it takes several seconds of searching to find the familiar face he is looking for. Finally he finds Will, standing talking to a tall grey haired man with a military bearing, who Sam surmises to be Will's father Commander Tom Bailey.

Sam quickly threads his way through the crowd and pauses just at Will's side, waiting for a gap in the conversation to interrupt. Sam clears his throat and smiles as Will looks over at him, then grins as Will's surprised and shocked expression turns to one of happiness. Sam stands for a moment torn between shaking Will's hand or just reaching out and hugging him. How do you greet someone you've had several one-night stands with? In the end Will solves the problem before Sam has made a decision by giving him a half-hug then turning to his father.

"Dad, this is Sam Seaborn. President Santos' Deputy Chief of Staff." He pauses, his eyes going to Sam's. "Sam this my father, Commander Thomas Bailey."

The two men shake hands; Sam catches a half-curious and half-understanding expression crossing the Commander's face and wonders how much he knows.

"Former Deputy Chief of Staff actually," Sam explains. "Today was my last day."

"What happened?" Will asks curiously and Sam notices Commander Bailey slipping away.

"I'm about to do something that could reflect badly on the administration and be something of a sticky wicket."

Will raises his eyebrows curiously and gestures for Sam to continue.

"My personal life shouldn't affect administration policy and leave them vulnerable to attack. I resigned because I want to embark on a relationship with a member of Congress and it could be used to harm the President's legislative agenda."
Sam hesitates slightly before continuing, he smiles self-depricatingly for a moment, "If Toby were here I'd be sent outside to turn around three times and spit for tempting fate but is there any chance that you could let me love you and share my life with you?"

Will stares in shock at Sam for a moment, and he starts to wonder whether he shouldn't have come, whether he should have waited until January and Will's arrival in Washington to woo him. He mentally mocks himself for using the word "woo" especially in relation to Will.

"Yes," Will answers with a grin, "even though I feel like I'm at the end of a movie when the hero gets the girl."

Sam opens his mouth to reply but is cut off by someone yelling, "they're about to announce" and turning up the volume on the large TV screen.

"With 85% of precincts reporting we are calling the 4th District in Oregon for Democrat Will Bailey."

"Congratulations, Congressman," Sam grins as the assembled crowd erupt into cheers and corks pop.

He leans down and brushes a soft kiss against Will's lips. It's neither the first time they've kissed, nor one of the more passionate, however it is a kiss of promise. Part of Sam cannot believe that this moment is happening, that he is getting a third chance at sharing his life with someone, but possibly his first chance at real love.

Comments

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carcinya
Mar. 1st, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
justdreaming88
Mar. 1st, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you :D
pocky_slash
Mar. 1st, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
I haven't had a chance to read yet (still rushing to finish at least one of my own. Whoops?), but I forgot to post the posting guildlines yesterday like I intended. If you could edit for this header it would make my life 100 times easier :)

I'm excited to read this! It's like Christmas and my birthday wrapped into one!
justdreaming88
Mar. 1st, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
I've edited this and can't wait to read yours! It's a great day for shippers. I've got some icons to post too, but I want to try and make a few more first.
pocky_slash
Mar. 2nd, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
Oh, definitely post icons! There are not enough Sam/Will icons in the world! (Are you getting the idea that I don't think there's enough Sam/Will anything in the world? ;D Because if you're not, I'm clearly not trying hard enough!)

Anyway, I have just read this and I am EXHAUSTED from writing all day, so I will do a more in depth review later, but, oh, this made me happy! So happy! And random Tom Bailey! I LOVE Tom Bailey! :D
justdreaming88
Mar. 2nd, 2009 08:36 am (UTC)
I shall post them tomorrow.

It's because of your Tom Bailey that I included him in my fic. I really enjoyed yours.
neurotictealeaf
Mar. 2nd, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
I'm so glad none of my roommates were home to be frightened by the high-pitched noises of glee and other general flailery that happened whilst I read this. I have such love for nervous-and-overthinking!Sam, and look! There he is -- complete with wooing and use of the term "sticky wicket." (Also? Yay Tom Bailey cameo!!)
justdreaming88
Mar. 2nd, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
Yes you wouldn't want to scare them too much. Thank you :) I like the wooing. *grins*
inocciduous
Mar. 2nd, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Aww how adorable! :) And Sam says "sticky wicket!" I think that needs to happen more often *nods*
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