Title: Between Friends 

Author: Cindy Brewer 

email: cindyryan7@yahoo.com 

Disclaimer: I don't own them 

Summary: Josh starts to feel jealous when Donna begins spending her free time with Sam. However things aren't what they appear to be.

With the normal hectic schedule of the White House Josh didn't have a chance to talk with Donna until Wednesday morning. He had overhead Bonnie and Cathy talking about the lunch and dinner that Sam took with Donna on Tuesday. Even though he was late for a staff meeting Josh grabbed Donna gently by the left elbow and pulled her into his office shutting the door.

"Josh, the staff meeting started five minutes ago."Donna pointed out as she gently broke free of his grasp.

Lyman shook his head as he leaned against the front of his desk. "They can deal without me for five minutes. Donna, we need to talk."

"About what?"Moss asked quietly as she leaned back against the file cabinet.

"Are you fielding job offers?"Josh asked more sharply than he intended to.

Donna's head snapped up in surprise. "What gave you that idea?"

"I know you've been spending a lot of time with Sam."Josh countered as he stepped forward. "Him giving you advice on job hunting was the only reason I could come up with."

Donna bristled as she moved toward the door. "So you think that the only reason a man like Sam Seaborn would spend time with me is work related?!"

Josh winced and reached toward her but she opened the door and backed into the hallway."Donna...that's not what I meant...."

Donna knew she shouldn't let it bother her what Josh thought. But he was her boss and she thought he was her friend. "Maybe I should look for another job."She replied quietly before turning on her heel and stalking toward her desk.

Josh mentally kicked himself. He had no right to ask her about her personal life....even if it now included Sam. He watched her for a long moment before closing his office door and heading for the staff meeting. He'd mend things with Donna as soon as the meeting was over.

end of part 2 TBC

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