Title: Spoils of War
Author: Bramble
Rating: PG
Category: J/D
Summary: A fluffy post-ep for 2 Cathedrals includes
the answers to a couple of questions.
Spoilers: 2 Cathedrals and a small one for the
Leadership Breakfast.
Disclaimers: Aaron Sorkin still owns them all.

***

"But I like your place better."

"Josh..."

"Donna, your place is fluffier."

"Fluffier?" I ask. Damn, I knew I should have
monitored his alcohol intake at the bar more closely.

"Yes."

Josh starts to crave 'fluffy' things when he isn't
feeling overly optimistic about his disposition.

Uh-oh.

"Are you going to throw up?"

"No," he replies queasily.

"Are you lying?"

"Maybe."

I hear the cab driver make a disgruntled noise and I
think we're suddenly going a bit faster.

Josh is kind of swaying but he has a happy, oblivious
grin on his face. I'd almost call him content looking.

What the hell, he is pretty content looking right now.

Damn it -- I should have done that last shot with CJ,
at least then I'd be closer to the place he is right
now. I mean I'm so much better than I was earlier but
I'm not sure I'd call my mood content.

Cautiously pleased, perhaps.

The cab driver picks this exact moment to come to a
sudden stop outside of my apartment -- a stop which
makes Josh fall forward and almost end up on the
floor.

"Joshua, give me your wallet."

"Okay," he says as he throws it over at me.

Hmmmm... he is really drunk.

I pay the driver and proceed to lug my inebriated,
singing boss out of the cab.

Wait...singing?

I stop walking and listen to the sounds coming from
Josh.

"Through these fields of destruction,
Baptism of fire,
I've witnessed your suffering,
As the battles raged higher,
And though they did hurt me so bad,
In the fear and alarm,
You did not desert me,
My brothers in arms."

"Josh?"

"Huh?"

"Why are you singing?"

"I dunno...I think I'm drunk."

We climb up the steps while I let us in to the
security door. Okay, I was doing the climbing, he was
doing the not falling.

It's still storming hard and we both got soaked
getting from the cab to my building Thankfully Josh is
too drunk to care much and I'm not too far behind him.

I still wish I would've done that last shot though.

"What are you singing?"

"A Dire Straits song -- Brothers in Arms."

"Why?"

"It's been in my head since we went to the thing --
Toby was humming it."

"Okay."

"Then Sam started, I'm not sure Leo knows how the song
goes but he started humming along too. It was kind of
neat."

"So you all walked into the briefing humming Dire
Straits?"

"Yes. It was really very manly, it's a good thing you
and Margaret arrived separately and CJ too for that
matter. It was a guy thing."

"Okay," I say, unlocking my apartment door and pushing
him inside.

"Because the song is 'Brothers in Arms' not, you know,
'Brothers and Sisters in Arms' or 'Brothers and the
Girls They Know in Arms'..."

I give him a look before running to the bathroom for
some dry towels.

Josh keeps talking.

"I mean umm, 'Brothers and the Very Capable,
Beautiful, Smart, Important Women in Arms Equally'.
Anyway, that's not the title."

"Right, that'd be a weird song title," I say, throwing
a big red beach towel at his head. He misses it and
the towel hits him in the face, nearly knocking him
over.

Oops.

He scowls at me briefly before he starts drying off.

"Exactly my point, Donnatello."

"Donnatella," I correct.

"Right-o," he gives me a little finger point before
falling over into his friend, Mr. Wall as he tries to
take his shoes off.

"Josh, we need to get you to bed."

"Donna, I'm not sure, I mean, you should have told me
your intentions before I had that last beer
because..."

"Josh," I stop to glare at him.

"Yes?"

"Do you really think tonight is the time for this? I
mean, my god, we went to a funeral, there was the
press conference, a tropical storm..."

He interrupts me. "What would you have me do, Donna?
Cry? Have a freakish PTSD thing?"

"No, of course not, I..."

"Because I could probably do both of those things but
I'm choosing to just enjoy my shitfacedness."

"Shitfacedness?"

"Yeah," he states defiantly.

"Okay."

I pull him over to the couch and futilely lay our
towels on the cushions first, before I push him down
and then sit next to him.

"What time do we have to be in tomorrow?" I ask,
knowing what he's going to say.

"Early, there's so much to do." he starts happily.

He loves this. The battle, the strategizing. Even
drunk, I can see that the wheels are already turning.

"Yeah," I agree, suddenly finding myself overtaken
with a giddy optimism I wouldn't have thought possible
a mere five hours ago or even five minutes ago.

Maybe I just didn't give the alcohol enough time to
work through my system.

Or maybe, everything really will be okay.

"Donna?"

His tone is more serious than before and he turns his
head to look directly at me.

"What?"

"You can cry if you want," he pats my hand in what I'm
sure he thinks is a reassuring manner.

"I don't want to cry anymore, Josh."

"Okay, I'm just saying that I wouldn't mind if you
did."

"Do you want me to cry?"

"Not if you don't want or have to, I'm just saying
that..."

"You wouldn't mind."

"Yeah," he agrees.

"Okay."

"Heyyyy," he looks around the apartment. "Where are
the evil ones?"

"They're with my roommate at a retreat in Wyoming."

"Do I want you to explain this to me?" He asks,
settling back against me so that his head is on my
shoulder.

"Probably not, but I feel that you would be strangely
disappointed if I didn't," I say with a smile.
"There's a 'My Cats and Me' retreat that she heard
about in her yoga class -- it's in Cheyenne. You sit
around and bond with your cats..."

"Okay," he stops me. "I really don't need anymore info
on your roommate's feline fruitcake retreat."

"You sure?"

He nods against me in response.

"You know, you can cry if you want to, Josh."

"I don't want to anymore either," he says quietly.

"Yeah," I respond as he reaches for my hand and gives
me a small squeeze.

We sit there for a few minutes listening to the cars
and the rain outside on the street. I'm always
surprised at the number of people out driving around
late at night. You'd think people would be asleep.
Then again, I'm awake listening to them so what do I
know.

"Donna?"

"Yeah?"

"Wanna watch TV?"

I grab the remote and click it on.

"Want to see if they're rerunning the press
conference?"

"Yeah," I can hear the smile in his voice even if I
can't see it.

President Bartlet's face greets us on CNN.

"Turn it up, I like this part," Josh says, trying to
grab the remote from my hands.

"Okay, okay, I've got it," I push his hands away
playfully as I hit the volume.

"Sandy," the President calls from behind the podium.

"Mr. President, can you tell us right now if you'll be
seeking a second term?"

There's a huge flash of lightening followed by a roar
of thunder. I swear my windows rattle from the noise.
I instinctively snuggle a bit closer to Josh and wrap
my arm around him.

"I'm sorry, Sandy, there was a bit of noise there,
could you repeat the question?"

Josh lifts his head up. "He did that on purpose to
freak us out."

I chuckle beside him as I turn the volume up even
louder.

"...tell us right now if you'll be seeking a second
term?"

Before we can hear those amazing words again, we're
sitting in complete darkness and President Bartlet is
no longer on the television in front of us.

It's not like I can even see the television in front
of us.

"Oh, that's funny," Josh mutters beside me.

"I'd be really upset if I didn't already know what he
said."

Josh laughs, as I get up and stumble around to open
the drapes and let a little light in.

"Should I even bother with candles?"

"Donna, I told you, I'm not sure I can..."

"Josh."

"No, it's late," he stops talking to pat the couch
next to him. "C'mere..."

"But I thought you couldn't..."

"Donna!"

I smile as I saunter back over and plop down beside
him. This time he maneuvers me so that my head is on
his shoulder.

"Do the Flashdance thing I like."

"Joshua," I pause to sigh. "I am so sorry I did that
before."

"Yeah, but you did and now you know how much I like
it. Please?"

"Josh, you don't think this is a little
inappropriate?"

"Donna, I'm at your place, we've been drinking, and
you keep alternating between trying to get me to cry
and trying to get me to do you..."

"Josh! I can assure you that the second part is just a
figment of your shitfacedness," I giggle.

"Is it?" He asks softly, as he suddenly seems very
serious and focused. I lift my head to look at him
questioningly.

I decide now isn't the best time to answer that
question.

At least not in the traditional sense.

I reach down and untuck my shirt so I can get my hands
up under my shirt and unhook my bra. I slip it off one
shoulder and then pull the whole thing out through the
other arm hole.

I look at his awed expression and hand the black lace
undergarment to him like a prize.

At least he doesn't clap this time.

"Ahhh, the spoils of war are mine," he replies with a
grin.

"Please tell me you don't want bagels now."

He smiles as he fondles my underwear in a familiar
way.

"So, is this your answer?" He smirks.

"I'm sorry Josh, there was a bit of noise there, could
you repeat the question."

He grunts happily as he brings my bra up to his nose
and sniffs it. "I will but not right now."

"Okay."

I get up to gather some blankets for him.

When I get back he's in his boxers and dress shirt,
lying stretched out on the couch, with my black lace,
Victoria's Secret item still in his hands.

The big lug is even snoring.

I almost grab it from him but decide not to, just
covering him up with some blankets and lifting his
head gently to sneak a pillow underneath.

I'll just let him wake up tomorrow still holding on to
my bra -- you know, just to freak him out.

That is, unless he actually remembers the question.

***

The End.

 

 

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