The Great Outdoors
by AJ

"Hello," CJ entered Toby's office to find him just sitting at his desk, staring at his computer screen.

"Hi," Toby said, not really paying much attention, as he was reading whatever
appeared on his screen.

"Toby?" CJ sat down on his couch.


"I just thought it'd be nice to inform you that you have plans this weekend."

This information drew Toby's attention away from the computer screen and onto CJ. "I do?"

"Yes," CJ nodded as she made herself more comfortable on his couch.

"And what are they?" Toby decided to muse himself by asking her.

"You are going camping-"

"No," Toby interrupted her.

"With Sam, Josh, Donna-"

"No." Toby said again, interrupting her a second time.

"Ainsley and myself," CJ finished as if she'd not been interrupted.

"No I'm not, CJ."

"Toby..." There was a slight hint of whining in her voice.

"I'm not going, CJ. I hate nature, you know that." He began to rub his left temple.

"Yes I do," CJ replied. "And I know why you hate nature. And I think it's absolutely ridiculous."

"No it's not."

"Yes it is," CJ responded. "Had that happened to me, you'd tell me to just get over it."

"But it happened to me," Toby pointed out. "And I don't want to get over it. I hate nature and I'm not going."

"Then I'll tell the President that you've got no plans," CJ smiled sweetly. "I'm sure he wouldn't mind explaining to you the evolutional history of the... I don't know. Let's say, bear."

"Not funny, CJ."

"Actually, it is," she grinned.

"Get out. I'm trying to work. We are still on the taxpayer's dollar, you know."

"Yes, I know. But we're not for the weekend. And the fact that it's going to be a long weekend means that you have the time to go camping with us. Put your boy scouting experience to good use."

"CJ, I swear if you mention that again..."

"Come camping with us, Toby."


"So I won't upset the balance," CJ explained.

"Two guys, three girls. If I go, it'd be three guys three girls," Toby sighed.

"Exactly. Now say you'll come camping with us."

"I don't have the equipment, or the right clothing for such a trip," he pointed out.

"I'll go shopping for you. I'll even pay for it myself, Toby. Come on."

"When are you guys going?"

"I do believe we're leaving tonight, around seven."


"Yeah. Apparently, since it's a long weekend and congress isn't in session and nothing big is going on except support for the one thing, Leo said we could all leave a little early if we wanted to."

"You're not going to leave me alone until I say yes, are you?"

"Don't you love that about me?" She smiled angelically.

"Fine, I'll go," Toby gave in, but choose not to answer her question.

"Yesss," CJ smirked.

"Now go away," Toby replied, as he turned his attention back to the computer screen and began to stare at it again.

The Great Outdoors - 5


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