Scandal AU: Mellie and Harrison are having an affair.
He didn’t really mean for it to become anything. Liv was in trouble, and if anyone could help, it would be the president. He just didn’t exactly intend on how hard it would be to get through all of the rings that led to the oval. Honestly, if it wasn’t for Mellie showing up, Harrison probably would’ve spent the rest of that day trying to get his message through. Olivia might’ve died.
He mentioned that once, weeks after the crisis died down but the need to see Mellie didn’t. He said, “You hate Olivia, so why help me help her? You could’ve gotten rid of her, easy. All you had to do was look the other way.”
He felt more than heard Mellie’s sigh. It slid from his ear down his spine before twisting at that part of his stomach that seemed to come alive whenever Mellie seemed distressed.
The way she explained was that “I have a hard time looking the other way. I did so when my husband first….” She cleared her throat. “I can’t look the other way anymore. I have to fight, or I’ll lose everything. I’ll lose my platform, my home, my kids.”
“I don’t think you’ll lose the kids. Who’d deny the former first lady the right to see her children?”
Mellie scoffed. “Anyone who’s heard Fitz’s side of the story. I’m not exactly Mother of the Year.”
“Neither are most women.” He sat up a little straighter as he went on. “The modern mom doesn’t wait on her children. She doesn’t give in to their every whim, or soothe every scrape on the knee. She has her own life. She is not just a mother. Anyone can tell that you love your kids, whether or not you spend a lot of time with them. Anyone can also tell that you have ambition, this drive that will take you right out of that cozy study you’ve set up for yourself and into a much better office. You don’t back down. You fight, and you win. Every time.”
“Not every time….”
“The times that count then.”
Mellie kind of chuckled at that. Her breath got a little louder, like she pushed the phone directly against her cheek while she weighed her thoughts. Her voice came out like a whisper. “Olivia’s lucky to have you in her corner.”
His lips pulled up. “Hey, you have me too. Whenever you want me.”