See warnings and disclaimer in part 1.

"You know, my office has a door that closes and doesn't have windows to the outer office like yours does." Josh commented quietly. He was less shocked than amused at the scene, although he'd seen pornographic movies with less passion than Toby and Andrea in that lip lock. Sam, bless his innocent little soul, was blushing.

"Toby, making out with a woman in the middle of the hallway is a uh... um..." Sam said, stammering a little.

"Inappropriate?" Toby filled in harshly. "Yes, I know."

**

"Toby, what was that little scene all about?" Leo asked somewhere between angry than puzzled.

"I have no idea."

"You were about five minutes away from giving the White House hallway an X rating and you don't know why? Josh looked like he needed a cold shower."

"Andi asked me to kiss her." Toby frowned.

"And you have to act out something from a bad romance novel?"

"Leo, if Jenny came up to you this afternoon and asked you to kiss her, what would you do?"

Leo paused for a moment and his expression softened.

"I'd show her a certain vacant office on the sub-basement level. There's a couch in there..." Leo half smiled. "You and Andrea aren't getting back together, are you?"

"Until about ten minutes ago, I would have said no." Toby sighed. "I don't know what that was all about, Leo. She said she'd explain later."

"Just make sure the explanation takes place somewhere a little more private than the main hallway."

**

"Toby?" Andrea sounded almost timid as she hovered by Toby's office door. Toby rose, dragged her into the office, shut the door and closed the blinds.

"What was that all about, Andi?" He demanded, much more harshly than he had intended. It had taken nearly three hours to concentrate enough to get any real work done.

"Steve Fairbairn keeps asking me out." She said slowly.

"Couldn't you just have said no?"

"I did. He doesn't listen." Andi replied. "So I told him I was seeing someone and he still didn't stop. So I thought that if he saw me with that other guy, he'd back off."

"You couldn't just had made some reference to seeing me later or something? I would have backed you up. You didn't have to search for my tonsils."

"You don't have tonsils anymore." Andi responded, then sighed. "I didn't expect it to go that far. All I wanted to do is give Steve proof that I really was seeing someone and not just trying to put him off."

"Let me get this straight." Toby said slowly, leaning against his desk. "Steve Fairbairn has been asking you out."

"Yes."

"And he won't take no for an answer."

"Yes"

"That's called sexual harassment."

"I wouldn't say that..."

"But that's what it is, isn't it?"

"Yeah." Andi nodded.

"Why don't you just report him?"

"You know why. He's the Democratic Party's fair haired boy right now."

"Why didn't you threaten him with it? It's not like you can't stand up for yourself."

"It's not that simple." Andi said, looking away.

"Why not?"

"It's just not." Andi sat down, her shoulders slumping.

Toby watched her for a moment, then sighed. He went out to the outer office and got two mugs of tea.

"Ginger? Could you clear my schedule for about an hour?"

"You have a meeting with Leo in ten minutes."

"Cancel and I'll explain it to Leo as soon as I can."

**

Toby found Andi still sitting there, looking at her hands. He sat down on the couch and handed her a cup. She took it and wrapped her hands around the mug as if it gave her strength.

"Okay, Andi, what's the whole story?"

"About a month ago, Steve was looking for people for the full house Medicare committee. I wanted to be on that committee." Andi began. "I knew he was going to be a high profile Senator and that being on the committee would raise my profile, too."

"Not to mention that Medicare reform is one of your pet projects." Toby inserted.

"Exactly. With Steve at the head, there's some chance of getting something done. I know that a comprehensive package of basic universal health care is not going to happen, but we could do more than we're doing now."

"Agreed. So what happened?"

"I set up a meeting and he was very nice about it. He complimented me on my interest and we talked about the issue."

"And?"

"And he asked me out for a drink."

"And you turned him down."

"I accepted." Andi looked at her ex-husband defiantly. "I went for a few drinks and we ended up at his place."

"You slept with him."

"Yeah."

**

"Where's Toby?" Josh stopped CJ in the hall.

"In his office." CJ said automatically. "I think he's in a meeting. He's got the door closed and the blinds drawn."

"He's supposed to be in a meeting with me and Leo. Who's he with?"

"Andrea." CJ replied. She had seen Andi arrive. "If he's supposed to be with you guys, just go in and remind him."

"Not in this lifetime." Josh shook his head.

"Why not? You like interrupting Toby. It bothers him and that's what you live for."

"Yeah, and I'd like to continue living."

"What?"

"Did you happen to see what happened in the main hallway about four hours ago?"

"No. What happened in the main hallway?"

"You didn't hear?"

"Obviously not." CJ snapped. "Spill it, Joshua. What happened? Did Toby and Andi get into a fight or something?"

"Worse."

"Worse? What could possibly be worse than those two getting into one of their shouting matches?"

"They were as close to having sex as you can get without taking off your clothes."

"What?"

"I kid you not, CJ. Toby had her in a clinch so hot that I was surprised that the floor wasn't melting. And Andrea wasn't fighting him off. She was standing as close to him as possible without violating the laws of physics." Josh explained. "Ask Sam. It was so bad that Sam was blushing and he's the one who slept with a call girl."

"Toby and Andi. Kissing. In the main hallway." CJ blinked. "I wonder what the hell is going on with those two?"

"I don't know, but I am not going into Toby's office with Andrea in there."

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