Title: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Author: Cindy Brewer
email: cindyryan7@yahoo.com
Disclaimer: don't own them
Notes: Sequel to Pandora's Box

Leo sighed as he rubbed a weary hand over his face. "Josh, if I've told you two once I've told you a thousand times. I can fight my own battles."

Josh ducked his head slightly. "I'm sorry, Leo, I just thought with everything that you had on your plate you didn't need this added to it."

"Either way," Bartlet interjected. "You should've come to me with this."

Sam glanced at Josh then back at the President. "We thought we could squash it before it gained any power."

"Well that didn't happen did it?" Bartlet replied a little more sharply than he intended to. "I want to send Lillienfield a message that he can't do this again to any member of my staff."

Leo stood. "I'll brief CJ in case Lillienfield tries to use the Press again."

Bartlet nodded. "Thanks, Leo."He turned back to Sam and Josh. "Sam, meet with Toby and Leo and figure out a strategy."

Sam nodded as he stood. "Yes, Sir."He replied as he followed the Chief of Staff out of the Oval Office.

"What do you need me to do, Sir?" Josh asked quietly as he looked down at his folded hands.

"Find Donna and bring her home," Jed replied as he stood and placed a reassuring hand on the younger man's shoulder. "Lillienfield's probably filled her head with God knows what. Reassure her that she has a place here no matter what."

"Thank you, Mr. President," Lyman replied softly as he stood and quickly left the office.

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Josh returned to his office pausing for a moment to look across the busy communications bullpen. He should've handled the resignation thing better but it had come completely out of nowhere. The Deputy Chief of Staff jumped slightly when his cellular phone rang. Josh had completely forgotten he had it on him.

Josh pulled the phone out of the inside pocket of his suit coat. "Lyman?"

"Josh? It's me," Donna replied quietly.

Lyman quickly stepped into his office so he could hear better. "Donna? Where are you? I'm sorry about earlier...."

"So am I Josh, about everything," Moss replied wearily. "Can you meet me?"

"Just tell me where and when," Josh stated as he reached for a small pad of paper and a pen.

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