Title: The Gift
Author: Bronwyn Morris (email@example.com)
Authors Notes: This is my first attempt at fanfiction for The West Wing.
Disclaimer: All the characters belong to Aaron Sorkin and NBC, I'm just
Josh smiled to himself, satisfied that he'd found the perfect gift. Now if
"Mandy" surprised, he lowered the book to his side, trying to get it out of
She reached down and plucked the book out of his hand, reading the title out
"No" Josh shoved his now empty hands into his pockets "I know how to ski
She nodded "I thought so, so why all the interest in this book?"
He shrugged "I was just looking at it"
"For anyone in particular?"
He feigned innocence "What do you mean?"
She smiled at him but it wasn't a particularly pleasant smile "Well
He lifted a hand to the back of his neck, rubbing at the knot of tension
"Who's the book for, Josh?"
He sighed, deciding he may as well tell her, because knowing Mandy she'd
Her eyebrows rose again "Donna?" Josh nodded. "Donna, your
She reached out and hit him with the book she held. "Ow, hey what was that
"You'll buy your assistant a Christmas present, but not your girlfriend?"
He was rubbing the sore spot on his arm "You're not my girlfriend anymore"
"No but I was, and you didn't buy me anything then"
"Mandy I brought you heaps of things when we were going out"
"Not for Christmas"
"I was Jewish!"
"You're still Jewish Josh, that's the point"
He sighed in frustration "You know I don't think you have a point, and
Mandy ignored his outstretched hand "So why this book?"
The question threw him off guard "I beg your pardon?"
"Josh, The Art and Artistry of Alpine Skiing?"
He shrugged self consciously "She wants to learn how to ski"
"So she asked you to get her a book on the subject?"
"Actually she asked me to get her ski's, the book was my idea" Josh held
She ignored it once more, instead opening the book and flipping through it
His hand dropped to his side "Ok, what's that mean?"
Now she was all innocence "Nothing, just that it's a very thoughtful gift"
He sighed "Mandy it's a book, lets not make too big a deal out of it, ok?"
"Well Josh, it's not just any book, its rare and expensive, it even has a
His jaw dropped a little "How do you know all that?"
Her tone was dry as she replied "It says so, right inside the cover"
He reached over and snatched it out of her hands "Well as much as I'm
"Josh" the President said happily "You're buying something,
Josh sighed "No Sir... It's umm"
"A Christmas present" Mandy supplied helpfully.
"Really" Leo looked at Josh, with surprise "I thought you didn't
"I don't.... That is" Josh was again interrupted by Mandy
"It's for Donna"
He turned and frowned at her "Thank you Mandy, isn't there someone else you
She was unperturbed "No"
"Well I think it's a wonderful gift Josh, I'm sure Donna will appreciate
"The what" Josh asked surprised.
"Inscription, Josh" Mandy said jumping in again "You know the message at
"Yes I know what an inscription is Mandy" he interrupted shooting an angry
"Well I never give a book as a gift without a little note in the front"
"Definitely" Leo agreed, enjoying Josh's obvious discomfort.
The President patted Josh on the shoulder "I'm sure you'll come up with
Josh sighed and headed towards the counter to pay for his purchase.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Mandy stopped and watched as Josh handed Donna the wrapped present, at the
"Toby.... You scared me"
"Mandy" he nodded a little in acknowledgement of that fact, and took note of
She glanced uneasily in Josh's direction, before she could stop herself
Toby followed her line of vision, watching as Donna read the message in the
"Wait.... You know about that?"
"Know what? That Josh brought Donna a book? Sure, it wasn't any big secret"
"And it doesn't bother you?"
"No, why would I care?"
"Well you shouldn't, I mean.... I don't either"
"Uh-huh" Toby looked unconvinced.
"Hey, what's happening?" Sam asked as he walked up to them.
"We're discussing Josh and Donna" Toby replied, indicating the couple
"What about them?" Sam asked.
"I honestly don't know" Toby replied.
"Well, I guess she liked the book"
Mandy had been focusing on Josh and Donna but now she turned her attention
Sam looked confused, he glanced at Toby, who shrugged, before responding
"What note?" Toby asked.
"Josh wanted some help with what to write in the front"
"And he came to you?"
Sam couldn't help feeling a little defensive "Well, I am a speechwriter,
"Me too, he didn't ask me for help...." Toby grumbled.
Sensing trouble, Sam tried to change the subject, turning to Mandy he said
"....I mean I'm only the Director of Communications for the White
Unfortunately for Sam, Mandy wasn't willing to be sidetracked either "So,
"Yeah Princeton, what'd you come up with?" Toby added.
Standing there with both of them watching him, Sam started to feel a little
* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Josh stood off to the side and surveyed the room. Everyone was mingling and
"Hmm, looks like trouble" Sam said as he approached.
Josh smiled at him "Hey"
He motioned across the room "Trouble, why?"
Sam followed his gaze "Cause I was talking to Mandy earlier, and she seemed
"Uh-huh" Sam took a swallow of his drink "She was watching you before
"Really?" Josh asked, surprised "Well, that's kind of creepy"
Sam shrugged "She wanted to know what you wrote in the note..... What did you
Josh looked uncomfortable "You know, I'd rather not say"
Sam smiled "Well, I'd bet my last dollar that Mandy's over there trying
"Uh-huh and how do I do that without appearing obvious?" He looked hopefully
Sam was already shaking his head "Don't even think about it, not even for
"To what?" C.J. asked interrupting.
"Hey, C.J. can you do me a favour?" Josh asked, smiling at her.
She eyed him suspiciously "What kind of favour?"
He pointed her in the direction of Mandy and Donna "Could you go over there
"Cause they're talking about him" Sam supplied, helpfully.
Josh glared at him. "So what?" C.J. asked confused.
"So, he gave Donna a present and Mandy's upset about it" Sam continued.
"Oh, the book" C.J. replied understanding dawning.
"Please" Josh said, coming close to begging. "You know I'd be the
"Uh-huh, and this is evidenced by the goldfish that's now sitting on my
Josh had the grace to blush, as Sam tried to hide his smile "Hey, it wasn't
"What plans?" Sam asked, intrigued by C.J's sudden blush.
"None, no plans" she replied quickly, and shot a warning look in Josh's
Josh nodded. "Thanks C.J." she took a step away "Hey Claudia Jean?"
She smiled "I will thanks" and with that she walked over towards the other
"What plans?" Sam asked again.
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Mandy had Donna trapped in the corner, asking question after question, Donna
"Hey guys" C.J. greeted.
Mandy looked a little annoyed by the interruption, but Donna cheerfully
C.J. smiled at her in understanding before turning to Mandy "Mandy, Leo was
"Really?" Mandy's ears perked up and she took a step back, "I
should go and
"Sure" C.J. replied, she turned towards Donna as soon as Mandy was out of
"Let me guess, he doesn't want to talk about popularity polls?" Donna
C.J. shrugged "How would I know, it sounds like something Leo would talk
"But he didn't send you over here?"
"No, Josh did, he said he thought you looked like you needed rescuing?"
"Really?" Donna's smile bloomed as she scanned the room for Josh, she
C.J. had been indulging in her own smile, not expecting Donna to look back
Donna gaped at her "You know about that too?"
This time C.J. did smile "This is the White House Donna, there are no
Donna smiled "Yeah, I guess you're right"
"So did you tell her what he wrote?"
"No" Donna shook her head "But I'm glad you arrived when you did, I
"Yeah, Mandy can be a bit forceful at times"
Donna's expression conveyed that she thought Mandy could be a lot more than
Donna digested that information, with a bit of uncertainty, but she nodded
"But you're not going to tell me what it said?"
Donna shook her head "No"
"Ok, ok, I can respect privacy, I'm not a nosy person" When Donna smiled
Donna's smile grew wider "Have fun tonight"
C.J.'s mouth dropped open "How did you know?...." she trailed off as
Donna nodded solemnly "Of course"
C.J.'s eyes narrowed "There's absolutely nothing going on"
Donna cleared her throat "I never thought otherwise" then not being able to
C.J. stepped closer and lowered her voice "It's a conflict of interest"
"No" Donna shook her head "It's Christmas, you should be happy"
C.J. smiled at her "Thanks Donna" she took a step away and then turned back.
Donna smiled to herself as she watched C.J. wave to a few people on her way
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