Title: Being a Good Man
Being a Good Man
"I can't believe that we're going to do this." Josh hopped beside an
"Hold this." Sam handed Josh the box of personal items before fishing for
"We are the men, Sam, is what I'm saying cause well... "
"We're the men." Sam finished calmly
"Yes. Exactly. We are the men!" Josh bounced, clattering the stuff in the
Sam finally got the door opened and took the box from Josh motioning for him
Josh turned to find Lisa covered by a couch pillow and nothing else. A man
The man pulled his pants up and grabbed his shirt, tie and jacket before
Josh listened in amazement as Sam replied politely to the man. "Arthur."
Josh stood there stunned at the calm way Sam responded to Lisa's fuck-fest.
"I'm sorry, Sammie. I just was looking for a little."
"I think you should get dressed, Lisa."
"Why, its not like Josh hasn't already seen me."
"I could throw you out naked if you like, but I thought I'd give you a
"Sammie. Please. It was just a harmless flirtation."
"You were fucking my next door neighbor on MY couch." Sam turned toward the
"Sure thing, Sam." Josh moved to empty the box. In the bedroom he could
"Sam. I love you, baby. Please."
"I told you last time. One more shot."
Josh's eyebrows rose. Sam knew that Lisa slept around?
"I love you, Lisa. I want to spend the rest of my life with you, but only
"Well if you were better in bed, then I wouldn't have to sleep around, would
"If you loved me, it wouldn't matter."
"It would still matter that you were a lousy lay."
Josh could hear the ugly words as he walked into entrance hall to the West
"Josh!" Donna's voice rung out clearly and Josh saw Lisa's face turn to see
"Josh, how nice to see you again." She called loudly.
Josh turned away from Lisa and concentrated on Donna's approach. She pulled
"What can I do for you, Lisa?" Josh watched her wide green eyes and saw the
"It's nice to see you again too, Josh." She waited patiently again. She
"Do you think I'm this complete idiot?" Josh asked when she was through.
"Lisa? What are you doing here?" Sam asked from behind Josh. A quick look
"As I was trying to tell Josh here, I was hoping we could get together for
"I don't think so, Lisa." Sam started towards his office only to be stopped
"Baby, please. Can we talk?"
Josh crossed his fingers. Beside him Donna was whispering softly to
"If you want to talk to me, you'll have to make an appointment like everyone
"Does the Hooker make an appointment too, Sam?" Lisa shouted out. Josh
"Do you not-" Josh stopped when he felt Sam's hand on his shoulder.
"Just keep walking, Josh." Sam said quietly.
Donna grabbed Josh's arm and pulled him out of the public area, but Josh
Sam sighed and kept moving. Let security deal with her. Kathy came by and
"She has a lot of intelligence, just not a lot of impulse control." Sam
"So when she tries to make an appointment?"
"I'm not available."
"I'm pretty sure that you can come up with a reason." Sam walked into his
"No, I mean why aren't you available for her. She looked like a hottie."
"She is, and all of New York knows it."
"Sam, cut to the chase."
"That was Lisa, my ex."
"FiancÚ, and could you get me Senator Billings?" Kathy looked at him
Kathy nodded her head dumbly. She stood for a minute more looking for
"Yeah." Kathy walked out and closed the door behind her, leaving Sam to
Why did she always come back to him? He had long ago realized that she didn
She could obviously smell his fear of the future. She could smell the
"Senator Billings, Line 1."
She nodded and ducked out of the office as he picked up the phone.
Carol looked up as Kathy came into her office area with a folder in her
"Hey, Kathy. Are those the stats on health care?"
"Yeah." Kathy handed them to Carol and waited patiently as Carol took them
"So, what's up?" Carol asked making sure that there were no reporters
"That woman, Lisa is still in the Lobby." Kathy told her.
"I heard about the scene. I think Sam has more patience than I do. I
"Sam's not like that." Kathy crossed her arms over her chest. "She keeps
"I'm not comfortable with this." Kathy leaned closer to Carol. "I mean
"Tell him that. He'll deal with her." Carol suggested.
"Deal with who?" Josh asked as he snuck up on the two assistants.
"Nothing, nobody." Kathy said getting up.
"That woman in the Lobby keeps calling." Carol told him; ignoring the glare
"Lisa?" Josh asked. Kathy looked at the ground but nodded. "She's still
"She's calling on her cell phone." Kathy sighed and looked down the hall.
"Kathy, send all her calls to my office, okay?"
"Yeah." Kathy nodded in relief. She walked down the corridor towards her
"Joshua Lyman's office." Donna picked up the phone efficiently, typing a
"Fine." The voice snapped. "I'd like to talk to Josh."
"May I ask whose calling?" Donna smiled to herself.
"This is Lisa Carter."
"Please hold." Donna got up from her desk and walked to Josh's office.
"She finally wants to talk to you."
Donna moved to leave. "Josh?"
"You aren't going to let her near Sam, right? Cause I remember what he was
"I know. Trust me I know. I watch him and her for years, since law school.
Josh sighed and picked up the phone. "No way in hell are you seeing Sam."
"Well thank you for starting out the conversation with profanity, Joshua."
"What do you want?"
"You can't have him. You fucked up one too many times." Josh laughed
"Does he know you fucked me on one of your visits, Joshua?"
"Yes, and I gotta tell you, you were lousy in bed."
"If he can forgive you, then he can forgive me. So let me talk to him."
"No. He forgave you a lot of times and this time, I'm not going to let him
"Josh." Lisa's voice dropped to a soft tone. "I love him, I messed up.
"Good bye, Lisa." Josh moved to hang up.
"Josh." The tone of the voice made him put the phone to his ear.
"If you don't let me talk to Sam, I'll go to the papers."
"With what? I slept my way away from the White House?"
"I was dumped cruelly by Sam when his homosexual lover, Josh Lyman, came to
Josh laughed loudly. "Oh that's hilarious. Bye Lisa."
"An Hour, Josh." Lisa disconnected the call.
Josh stood up and stretched and moved to the door connecting his and CJ's
"Want a good laugh?" Josh asked, a twinkle in his eyes.
"Lisa, Sam's ex, called and told me that if I don't let her speak to Sam in
CJ's eyebrows rose. "Are you kidding me?"
"No." Josh smiled wider.
"It isn't the actual reason-" CJ asked hesitantly as she put down the
"What the hell? No." Josh's face dropped the smile, as he looked at CJ
"I'm just saying, Josh. There was a lot of speculation as to why Sam joined
"Sam was protecting oil companies from litigation. He was helping them
"As it sounded?" There was a pause from both people.
"When he quit his job, we went back to his place and we found her-" Josh
"Doing the deed?"
"With his neighbor, and it wasn't the first time."
"She tears him up inside, CJ. She tells him she loves him, and then she
"I don't want her anywhere near him."
CJ stared at Josh with an enigmatic smile.
"What?" Josh sat slumped in the chair before CJ's desk.
"You're a good friend, Joshua."
"Making amends, Claudia Jean. I was one of the many other men."
"Does Sam know?" CJ asked a few minutes.
"Yeah, said he kinda knew."
"Okay, get out of here. I have a briefing to work on." CJ and Josh looked
CJ looked at the clock, sighing. "Thanks Carol." She stood up and gathered
"Is that everything?" Leo asked the people circled up in the Oval Office.
"Yeah." Toby looked at his notes and tried to avoid Sam's tired and drawn
"No." CJ looked at President. "Mr. President, there is a woman who has
Sam's eyes widened. "Who?"
"Is this the young lady who has decided to camp out in the Lobby?" The
"Yes, sir." CJ said, looking away from Sam's stare.
"I'll take care of it, Mr. President." Sam said.
"No. I've got it." Josh called out suddenly.
"Shut up, Josh. You'll only make it worse." Sam sighed quietly.
"Just deal with it please." The President put his glasses on his nose and
"Get out of here." The president began to read whatever was in front of
"Thank you, Mr. President." They all called as they left the room. Josh
"Will you, go like make sure she doesn't have time to do damage?"
"Yeah." CJ started walking after Sam, she stopped just inside the hallway,
"She sucks." Kathy stated soberly.
"Yes, she does." CJ agreed.
"I'm quitting if he marries her." Kathy crossed her arms, glaring at the
"So don't let her marry him." CJ looked at Kathy. "Sam listens to you."
"Sam listens to me about his appointments, not about his love life." Kathy
"So shanghai him, like Carol does."
"Maybe." Was the non-committal response.
In the Lobby, Sam walked away from Lisa, and headed in the duo's direction.
"So how did it go?" CJ asked.
Sam ignored her looking at Kathy. "Could you get me reservations at... I
"Yeah. What time?"
"Eight-thirty." Kathy walked away leaving Sam and CJ standing there, in a
"So?" CJ asked.
"Leave it alone, CJ."
"She threatened this administration, Sam."
"No, she threatened Josh which is something entirely different."
"We're having dinner. We're going to talk, that's all. I can take care of
"Keep Josh away today, okay?" Sam asked her softly.
Sam walked into Lisa's hotel with trepidation. She was waiting for him in
Sam turned on his heel and started to walk out of the hotel. Lisa
Sam continued walking, his heart torn apart. He was a fool to expect
"I said you don't walk out on me, baby." Lisa growled.
"My name is Sam, and I'm not going to play with you Lisa."
"I just wanted to show you how much I love you, baby. Please, come up with
"Shove it, Lisa." Sam felt an anger and bitterness he hadn't felt since
"Baby, please." She reached up and pulled Sam down to kiss her. Sam felt
"No, Lisa. I don't love you anymore. Go home to your dad."
Sam watched as her face crumbled before him, feeling the rips in his chest
"I love you, Sammie." She whispered softly, her tears streaking her
"I know, honey." Sam reached up and wiped away her tears and smiled at her
"You love me, Sammie." Lisa insisted stubbornly.
"I did, once. I... I don't anymore. I love some one else."
"Josh is like my older brother. I love... Not anyone that you know."
"Are you all right, man? I couldn't believe it when I saw that chick shove
Sam accepted the man's help up, cradling his throbbing wrist.
"Yeah, I'm all right. Thank you."
"Yeah thanks." Sam smiled at the man.
"Thanks for coming to get me." Sam said, relaxing in the interior of the
"What happened?" CJ asked.
"I tripped and fell. No big deal."
"You broke your wrist, Sam."
"My left wrist, I can still write."
"Did this have anything to do with-?"
"No, that was over before this."
"Sam. I need to know everything."
"Really it was no big deal." Sam yawned and closed his eyes. "She just
"Sam." CJ sighed.
"She doesn't realize that the things she does, that they have consequences."
"You shouldn't cover for her." CJ stared at her friend, his face wrinkled
"Have you ever been in love, CJ?" Sam looked at her tiredly.
"Wouldn't you do whatever you could even though he hurt you?"
CJ thought about that for a second. "I would do anything for him, I guess.
"I still love her, but I stopped being in love with her a long time ago."
"She was usually a bitch, don't get me wrong." Sam sighed. "Her senior
"I think so, she never really said." Sam used his right hand to rub at his
"When she said she wanted to go home to New York, I went with her. I mean,
"When did she sleep with Josh?" CJ asked quietly when they had reached a
Sam nodded. "I'm not sure. I just kind of knew. They were weird around
"Maybe you should ask."
"No. All of this is behind me. I'm not going to see Lisa again."
"Okay, Sam." They spent the rest of the drive in silence.
Sam was late getting to work in the morning, the sum of a cast, a shower and
Damn, he had forgotten her doughnut this morning. He watched as four pairs
"We need to talk, Sammie."
"No, Lisa. We aren't talking anymore." Sam said quietly trying to juggle
"I'm sorry about last night. But we really do need to talk; I don't care
"No, I don't. Please leave."
"STOP SAYING THAT!" She screamed her hand connecting solidly with Sam's
Kathy dropped Sam's briefcase and moved forward. "Don't you dare touch
"Ouch." Kathy and Sam said at the same time. Kathy began to shake her
"Leave." Sam told Lisa and then moved to get his briefcase and to usher his
"I could have done some damage." Kathy told him with a glare.
"I know. That was me you hit." Sam smiled at her and rubbed her back.
Kathy smiled. "Yeah."
"I'm sorry about making you take her calls."
"It's what I'm suppose to do."
"All the same, I'm sorry."
"Thanks, Sam." Kathy moved to her desk to call security and Sam moved to
"I have this call to make and then we can go over the phone messages and my
"Whatever." Kathy called after him as he closed the door to his office.
Sam looked at CJ and Josh. "I'm fine. Really. Go back to work."
"If you need anything." Josh waved his hand.
"I've got Kathy, Bonnie and Ginger. Now leave, I've got a call to make."
"Kay." Josh got up and left, CJ just stood in his doorway staring at Sam.
"You're a good man, Sam."
CJ closed the door as Sam picked up the phone and dialed an old familiar
"May I speak to Mr. Carter please? It's Sam Seaborn calling." Sam listened
"Sam." Was the friendly greeting on the other side of the phone line.
"Mr. Carter, hi." Sam couldn't keep the sadness out of his voice.
There was a silence on the other end. "She blew it."
"To be honest, sir. I-"
"She blew it years ago. She was so determined though. And you were so good
"I know. But I can't do this, not now."
"Do you know when she's coming home?"
"No. But I thought I should let you know that I had to have security escort
"I'll be down to get her."
"William?" Sam was hesitant to tell him.
"She tried to push me into traffic. I think it's time she started seeing
"I know." William Carter's voice was soft. "I was hoping."
"Yeah. I know." There was a soft knock on the door and Kathy peeked her
"Senior staff in five."
"Thank you, Kathy." Sam turned back to the conversation of the phone. "I
"Thank you for calling, Sam."
"I'm sorry. I hope she's happy someday."
"Thank you, Sam. I'll let you go." There was a click that left Sam