Title: The Way We Were
Summary: The Logans give separate, contrasting interviews before the presidential election and their answers provide insight into their complex marriage. When reading, remember that each new paragraph is the other speaking.
Disclaimer: 24 nor these characters are mine. I'm just having fun with them at the moment.
So you want me to tell you about Martha? Usually they ask about my campaign goals or my political agenda. But you want the real story. Ok, let me tell you about the woman who changed everything. The woman I’ve been married to for close to 20 years.
Charles? You want to know what I love about the man? I thought I would be talking about his ideas for a new tax cut. Oh, I see…trying to put a personal touch on an otherwise dry political piece. Just joking! Let me tell you the real story about us.
They say there is one person for everyone and I firmly believe this. The first day I met Martha I knew she would be my wife. It didn’t matter that she was dating the current governor of California. I knew we were meant to be together.
Was Charles the first person I seriously considered settling down with? To tell you the truth, no he wasn’t. I was dating Governor Kirkpatrick at the time and it was starting to get pretty serious. Until Walt Cummings decided to introduce me to his friend.
The first thing I noticed about Martha was her warm smile. It just lit up the whole place as she circulated around the room with her date for the evening. I couldn’t take my eyes off her. She was captivating. And then Walt brought her over to meet me.
What I first noticed about Charles was the fact that I could see over his head. I mean I’m 5 foot 10...he’s 5 foot 9...and of course this gap becomes more noticeable when I wear high heels…which I of course I had on that night. But somehow I forgot all about that the moment he took my hand.
For one of the few times in my life, I was at a loss for words. Here was this beautiful, stunning woman before me and I could not think of a thing to say. Fortunately Walt knows me well and started the conversation, giving me time to work my way in.
I could remember that conversation as if it were yesterday. He asked me about my work at the Art Museum, my favorite restaurants, and even my view on politics. I felt like I was the only woman in the room as he gave me his complete, undivided attention.
Have you ever come across someone who just understands you after just meeting them for the first time? Suddenly you know exactly what they are thinking and feeling. And you find yourself falling into a comfortable rhythm that usually only comes from many years of knowing one another but in this case was just minutes.
I can’t explain it but there was this…connection with Charles. It was like we were two sides of the same coin. He would pick up where I left off and his strengths made up for my weaknesses and vice versa. I had never met someone like that. Someone who suddenly understood me and was right there to catch me if I should fall.
I know I said this before but it’s true…Martha is an amazing woman. She has this innate ability to make you a better person just be being in her presence. Suddenly you’re stronger, more secure, more confidant than you ever thought possible. You feel like you could conquer the world.
Our courtship was not very long. Charles was a very determined man! And I didn’t put up much of a fight. The wedding was so beautiful. In the church where my parents were married with thousands of white lilies and burning candles. Simply heaven.
You want to know about the honeymoon? Now don’t you think you’re getting a little TOO personal with these questions? I mean there must be some rules concerning the sanctity of marriage and all that. If there isn‘t, I’m going to look into it right after this interview! But in all seriousness, it was the best time of my life.
And the honeymoon! It’s not in good taste to go into the details but let me just say one thing…they can say whatever they like about Charles in the press. They can say he’s a cold fish, an awkward speaker, an indecisive politician BUT if they had seen the honeymoon…I think they would change their minds pretty quickly.
And now…I couldn’t be happier. We’re making a run for the White House with John Keeler. Most people have wondered how I could be so content with the position of vice president when it tends to be seen as weak and inconsequential. I just love telling them that history shows one out of every four vice presidents go on to become president in their own right. And I have to say I‘ll take those odds any day!
How do I feel about my husband running for the White House? I’m thrilled for him. I love how his eyes light up when he’s on the campaign trail. This is what he lives for and I just want to be there to support him every step of the way.
Has the campaign been tough on our marriage? Of course it has but I have the most wonderful wife in the world. Just when I think I should pull out and retreat to safe haven, she tells me that everything’s fine and let’s just go out there and win this election. Her faith and support never cease to amaze me.
Like any couple, we’ve had our disagreements and there have been times that we’ve questioned why we’re still together. But then we realize that giving up is the easy way out. Anyone can leave a relationship but it takes a person of great character to stay and tell you, “I don’t know how it came to this but I love you and I won’t leave until we can work it out.” There is no special formula for a successful marriage. You just need to be honest with one another no matter what happens. The truth is what matters most.
So you save the most difficult question for last…what would I do if Martha ever left me. In all honesty, I don’t know. The question is so out of the realm of possibility at this point that I seriously cannot think of an answer. I just know that I would want her to be happy and, if leaving me would bring her that peace of mind, then I would not stand in the way. Her well being is what matters most to me. If I ever put anything above that…if I ever put ANYTHING above her, then I don’t deserve to be her husband.