Title: Between Friends 

Author: Cindy Brewer 

email: cindyryan7@yahoo.com

Disclaimer: I don't own them 

Notes: Many thanks to Vicki for betaing

"Toby,Sam," Leo stated as he wrapped up the staff meeting. "Make sure that the President and I get a final look at the speech. I don't want any more 'as I look out over this magnificent vista' incidents."

Sam sighed inwardly; he was never going to live that one down. "Okay."

"That's all for now," Leo replied as he stood and handed a few papers to Margaret.

Seaborn caught Josh in the hallway just outside the communications bullpen. Sam had noticed during the meeting that Josh had said barely two words to him or anyone else for that matter.

"Josh, everything okay?" Sam asked with concern as the two stood near the wall.

"Yeah, why?" Lyman replied. He had realized during the meeting that one of the things that had bothered him most about the Donna/Sam discovery was that Sam hadn't told him about it. Josh thought they were friends, some might even say best friends.

Sam leaned against the wall. "You seemed distant during the meeting."

Josh shrugged, "You know me,Sam, not enough hours in the day to include both work and sleep."

Sam nodded and moved away from the wall. "Okay, if you're sure."

"Yeah," Josh replied quietly as Sam turned and began to head back toward his office.

"See you at the meeting with Toby," Sam called over his shoulder.

"What are your intentions toward Donna?" Josh demanded his question halting Sam in the doorway of his office and bringing activity in the bullpen to a dead halt.

Sam was more than aware of the sudden quiet as he turned to face Josh,"What are you talking about?"

Josh closed the space between them but didn't lower his voice. He hadn't meant to confront Sam about this, but now that it was out in the open he wanted to know."I know you two have gone out several times this week and that's fine. You're both consenting adults, what you do outside of this office is none of my business. I love you like a brother, Sam, but I know your track record with women. If you hurt her you'll have me to answer to."

For once Sam was at a loss for words. If Josh only knew how far off the mark he was about this. But he'd made a promise to Donna that he wouldn't say anything. So for now Josh would have to be left in the dark.

"You're right, Josh, it is none of your business," Sam replied tersly before turning on his heel and storming back into his office slamming the door behind him.

end of part 3 TBC

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