"I first came to Chicago on the trail of documentation referencing letters that Wyndham Lewis wrote, and for reasons that, well, don't bear exploring at this juncture, I was persuaded to apply for a position."
Of course, the joy of a well-done AU is reserved for people who know the show.
In other news, boggle along with me, I somehow dreamed this morning of a crossover between West Wing and The Sentinel. Jim and Blair were in the military together--and lovers, though that wasn't relevant--and had done something heroic, like saving the life of someone important. Meanwhile, there was some congressional voting hot-button issue that had everyone in a dither. Some pinhead newbie at the White House mishandled it and Sam resigned in protest, along with someone else I can't recall. The President and Vice President were both women, but when a meeting was called about the problem, Bartlett was POTUS again. Everyone was very nervous about having to tell him that Sam had resigned, but in the furor Jed cut through the bullshit and said that they should go right to the eyewitness source, so they called Jim and Blair to the White House to meet with everyone. At first they came in full-dress uniform, but Jed sent them away to change into casual clothes.
And then I woke up and had to come to work, which was probably for the best.