Title: Between a Rock and a Hard Place Author: Cindy Brewer email: firstname.lastname@example.org Notes: This is a sequel to Pandora's Box
After a few moments Danny found Donna sitting in the back row of the deserted press room. The red haired reporter quietly sat down next to her and handed her his handkerchief. "Thank you," Donna whispered between sniffles.
"Anytime," Concanon replied as he turned to face her.
"Sorry about running you over earlier," Donna stated softly as she wiped away a few stray tears.
Danny smiled as he touched her shoulder. "Don't worry about it. After covering the White House for all these years I know how to move quickly. So what did Lyman do?"
Donna shook her head, the mention of Josh's name nearly bringing on a fresh wave of tears. How had everything changed so fast? "No, Josh is wonderful."
"Then this is about the article?" Concanon prompted quietly.
Moss nodded weakly. "I just lost my job."
Danny blinked in surprise as he started to stand. "Lyman fired you?!"
Donna placed a hand on his arm as she shook her head. "No, Josh didn't fire me, I quit."
"What do you mean she quit?" Sam asked incredulously as he watched Josh pace his office.
Lyman glared at the younger man as he threw up his hands. "Just what I said, Sam! She handed me her resignation and ran out of my office."
Sam raised an eyebrow."Why now?"
Josh shook his head as he leaned against the closed door."It's obvious that Lillienfield got to her."
Sam stood and walked around his desk. "What more could he possibly hold over her, Josh? He already played his trump card with the Post article."
"The only thing I can think of is that he threatened me some how. Convinced her that quitting would be the only way to protect me," Josh replied wearily.
Sam sat on the corner of his desk. "We've got to take this to the President."
Lyman shook his head. "I don't want Leo finding out about this."
"He's going to find out sometime, Josh. Wouldn't you rather he had all the information instead of Lillienfield blindsiding him? Lillienfield's playing mind games with us, Josh, they need to know."
"Okay," Josh agreed reluctantly as he pushed himself away from the door. "But no matter what, I'm going to be the one to take Lillienfield down."
end of part 8 TBC