Margaery Tyrell

The Road to Sacramento - Part X

Characters: Kitty and Robert.
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Robert and Kitty McCallister take on their next challenge after Robert fails to win the Republican nomination for president.
Disclaimer: I don't own any of these characters. Please, no lawsuits.
A/N: I was going to say I really enjoyed writing this chapter but who am I kidding, I enjoy writing them all! I'm so thankful for all the people out there who are reading this fanfic and enjoying it too. I can't believe I'm at Part X already! There's a character who makes a surprise appearance in this one, but in the interests of keeping it a surprise I'm not saying who! :P Hope you like it and, as always, comments are very much appreciated.

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Part X

Despite having quite a vast and beloved shoe collection, Kitty Walker-McCallister had always found that for some reason she had never cared much for slippers. Thankfully, it was a relatively warm evening and so it didn’t really matter that she was barefoot as she made her way down the stairs, dressed in a lilac silk nightdress that stopped just above her knees and was covered by a matching dressing gown.  It was already starting to get late and so she was slightly surprised to enter the living room and find her husband exactly how she had left him – sitting on the couch with his laptop open and still working. She made her way over to Robert and stood behind the couch, leaning forwards to rest her arms gently on his shoulders.

“Well, that was disappointing,” she remarked playfully, “I was hoping you’d make another surprise appearance in my shower.”

“I’m sorry. I should’ve,” Robert replied with a smile, turning his head to look at Kitty, “It would’ve been a lot better than sitting here and staring at this thing.”

“There does come a point where you’re not really working anymore and you’re just staring,” Kitty remarked, gently kissing Robert on the cheek before she started to make her way around the couch, “Is something on your mind?”

“A few things. I'm just a little frustrated. I feel like I’ve been saying to everybody that we need to be focusing on California now and yet I don’t feel focused myself. And then there’s...” Robert paused for a moment as Kitty came into his line of sight, “Hey, you look nice. Is that new?”

“Oh, thank you. Yeah, it is, actually,” Kitty replied with a smile as she sat down next to him, “So what were you saying, honey?”

“Oh, I don’t know know. I think I just need to get used to life as a non-presidential candidate,” Robert admitted, slipping his arm around his wife, “Going back to Washington was kind of a wake-up call.”

“It is a big change,” Kitty pointed out. She had settled in comfortably next to Robert and reached forward to run her fingers gently through his hair as she spoke to him.
“I’ve felt it too,” she added, “Campaigning takes up so much of your life and then all of a sudden it stops and you’re not completely sure what you’re meant to be doing.”

“Exactly,” Robert replied, “I want to move forwards and focus on the next thing, but I can’t stop thinking about the campaign. I keep picturing all these different scenarios and wondering if maybe I’d done something or I hadn’t done something else then things would be different.” 

Kitty bit down on her lower lip slightly and fell silent for a moment as she carried on stroking Robert’s hair.
“You weren’t campaigning on your own, Robert,” she reassured him, “And I don’t think people lose campaigns on moments, anyway. It’s impossible to pinpoint the moment where we lost the campaign because it doesn’t exist. You know as well as I do that it’s always complicated and there are always a number of reasons, some of which are completely independent of us and the campaign itself.”

“Yeah, I know you’re right,” Robert said, “But I’ll tell you one thing, I don’t think I realised before now just how much being a presidential candidate affected me as a senator. I mean, for a while I was the frontrunner. I was in the spotlight and I...I should have used it better. People were really listening to me on Capitol Hill. Now it’s like I’ve gone from being...starting quarterback to second string.”

“Then you need to yell louder,” Kitty told Robert as she held his gaze for a moment, “If nobody’s listening anymore, you need to yell louder. Your actions will speak for themselves, Robert. You and I and the rest of the staff need to start being more aggressive about fighting for the bills we believe in and people will start paying attention again. And then you’ll have one hell of a track record when you run for Governor or even for President again. We can make it happen and we will.”

Robert smiled at his wife and pulled her a little closer on the couch, letting her drape her legs over his so that she was almost sitting on his lap. He then didn’t have to lean very far forwards to kiss her slowly on the lips.
“I’m very lucky that I have you as my Communications Director,” he said softly.

“Don’t say that,” Kitty remarked, “The only thing I’ve done since I became your Communications Director was lose a campaign.”

“Well, I’m sure without you I would’ve lost really, really badly. I lost pretty respectfully,” Robert replied, causing Kitty to laugh slightly, “But in that case, I’m still very lucky that I have you as my wife.”

“You’re not the only lucky one. My husband cooked tonight,” Kitty informed Robert with a smile, adding, “Thanks for dinner.”
Still leaning in close to her husband, Kitty moved her head slightly and nuzzled into his neck before she began to plant gentle kisses there. She smiled again as she heard Robert make a small, contented sound in the back of his throat.

“You’re welcome,” Robert murmured, “Honey, that feels really good.”

Kitty’s lips continued to travel slowly down Robert’s neck as she shifted herself on the couch so that she was almost facing him. As she reached the dip where his neck finished, she began to unbutton the shirt he was still wearing and kiss her way down his chest as each button came undone.
“What about this?” she whispered to Robert as she noticed him close his eyes.

Robert was finding it hard to form words to answer, but before he even had a chance to say anything he was taken out of the moment quite suddenly by the sound of the doorbell ringing. His eyes opened involuntarily, but he forced himself to close them again.
“Don’t answer it,” he said to Kitty.

“Good idea,” Kitty agreed, but then a thought occurred to her as the doorbell went again and she paused, lifting her head so that she was at eye level with Robert, “Who’d be stopping by at this time?”  

Robert exchanged a look with Kitty for a moment and then nodded, realising that they couldn’t really just ignore the doorbell, which was still going. It was pretty late, and if someone was calling at this hour then it was probably important.
“Do you want me to get it?” he asked Kitty as he began to button his shirt back up again.

“No, it’s alright,” Kitty replied, “Leave it to me.”
She slowly stood up from the couch and adjusted her dressing gown slightly before making her way over to the door, quite curious about whoever it was who was ringing the doorbell so insistently. She couldn’t help but hope that it was nothing urgent and something that could be resolved easily so that she could get back to her evening. When she reached the door and pulled it open, Kitty realised that she should have known who was outside.
“Mom?” she said, frowning slightly at her, “What are you doing here?”

“Why did you have to go and offer him a job?” Nora Walker asked immediately, not bothering with any formalities as she stepped inside the house, “Oh, Kitty, you should have talked to me first.”

“What?” Kitty queried, “Who? What are you talking about?”

“Isaac!” Nora explained, “Who else would I be talking about?”

“Mom, I don’t understand,” Kitty said, trying her best to stay calm as she shut the door behind her mother, “What happened to Isaac?”

Nora looked at her daughter momentarily as if she really should be able to guess what had happened, but when Kitty’s look remained blank Nora merely sighed deeply as she heard Robert’s footsteps come up behind her.
“He’s gone,” she declared, “Isaac’s gone back to Washington.”
Good job! Kitty's family can have such bad timing! Don't forget those "endless Walker family dinners". Got to have one of those soon!
Thanks! Haha, the Walkers sure are great at interrupting each other at the worst times. And that's a good idea! I'll have to include one of those.
Well I finally finished the whole 10 chapters, I really like it becca, the voices are great It was a little fuzzy for me at first 'cos well i haven't watch the show ina while and few charcaters didn't have a face lol, but then it was like I was reading a book, and Kitty is lovely, and i like more this robert than the actual one... so you got yourself a new reader missy ;)

and btw ugh at norah leave them alone! lol
Hon, thanks so much for reading everything! I'm really glad you liked it. I hope it wasn't too hard to follow given that you haven't watched the show for a while. And haha, what do you mean you like this Robert more?! :P So glad to have you as a reader <3
because tbh i didn't like very much the robert in the actual series sometimes i loved him sometimes i didn't like him idkw but your robert is kinda cute :)
I don't really understand what they did to his character in some of the later seasons. Some things he did didn't make a whole lot of sense to me...I try to write him the way I always saw him, which is as an ambitious man but who also has a lighter/more playful side :)
I love Nora dearly but why Nora why now? JK :D I find amazing how you really get their voices accurate :)
Again, a very late reply, but thank you so much! With all my fanfiction I really do try to get the voices right so I'm glad you thought so :)