Title: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Author: Cindy Brewer
Disclaimer: I don't own them
Notes: This is a sequl to Pandora's Box. Many thanks to Vicki for betaing.:)
"Lillienfield?" Josh repeated as he stood. The pieces were starting to fall into place.
Donna reached up and caught his elbow before Josh could walk away. She stood fighting back tears. "I know I should've asked, Josh," Donna began quietly. "But at the time I really didn't care. It'd been a stressful couple of weeks.....he told me he worked on the Hill and that was all I needed or wanted to know. "
Realizing that she thought that he was angry, Josh quickly pulled her into an embrace. "Sssssh.....I'm not mad, Donnatella," he stated softly as he pulled back enough so he could see her tear streaked face. "If Halloway didn't know who you were that day in January it's more than likely that he figured it out shortly after and used it to his advantage with Lillienfield."
Donna rested a hand lightly on his chest as she met his gaze. "I'm so sorry, Josh. This whole mess with Lillienfield and Leo is my....."
Josh gently placed a finger on her lips interrupting her. "Don't you dare say that this is your fault. You went on a date with a guy who turned out to be the lowest form of scum. He's the one at fault here, not you, and we will deal with him."
Despite the situation Donna laughed at the mental image. "Are you and Sam going to run Nick out of town literally?"
Josh relaxed slightly happy to see her smiling again. "Hey, who says I need Sam's help? I just need my white hat and trusty horse."
Donna rested her head on his chest as Lyman pulled her close. "Joshua, you've never even been on a horse."
"We'll take care of this, Donna," Josh said quietly as he rested his head on the top of hers. "I promise you that. Nobody's going to hurt you again."
After a few moments Josh stepped back from her slightly. "Ready to go home?"
Donna nodded but then had an idea. "Josh, the room's paid for. Why don't we just stay here for the night?"
Lyman smiled as he leaned forward and kissed her tenderly. "That's the best idea I've heard all week. What do you want from room service?"
"You're not worried about this, Sir?" Nick Halloway asked as he leaned against the corner of Lillenfield's desk as the Congressman hung up the phone.
Lillienfield returned his attention to the pile of paperwork. "Why should I be? Members of the House are invited to the West Wing all the time for meetings."
Nick stood and placed his hands on the front of the desk as he leaned forward. "With all due respect, Sir, you have to admit the timing of this meeting is a bit suspicious."
"Of course it is," Peter replied curtly. His aide now had his full attention. "Your blackmail scheme with Moss has obviously failed and she went straight to Lyman and told him everything. Who in turn told McGarry and Bartlet."
"What do you think they'll do tomorrow, Sir?" Halloway asked quietly his anger toward Moss growing. Stupid bitch was about to ruin his career.....
Lillienfield smiled. "Oh they'll try the usual.... blackmail, threats. But it won't be that easy to get rid of me. I still have two more years left in my term and I expect to complete them."