Title: Between Friends
Author: Cindy Brewer
Disclaimer: I don't own them Summary: Josh can't help but notice when Sam and Donna start spending a lot of time together. But things aren't what they appear to be.:) Notes: Many thanks to Vicki for betaing.
Donna knocked on Sam's office door a few minutes later clearly aware of the attention she was drawing from the staff in the bullpen.
"Come," Seaborn called. He stood when Donna stepped quickly into the office closing the door behind her.
"Donna," Sam greeted with a smile as he walked around his desk. His smile instantly disappeared when he saw the expression on Moss's face. "What's wrong?"
"I just heard," Donna replied quietly as she closed the space between them.
Seaborn frowned, wondering if Josh had been hurt somehow. "About what?"
Donna glared at him slightly. "About your altercation with Josh earlier."
"Oh," Sam replied as he sat down on the corner of his desk. "Well I wouldn't exactly call it an altercation."
"Kathy said you nearly came to blows," Donna replied as she folded her arms across her chest.
Sam sighed as he rubbed a hand along the back of his neck. "Kathy talks too much. Donna, it wasn't as bad as it sounds. Josh is very protective with people he cares about. And he obviously cares about you a great deal."
Donna flopped down into one of the chairs in front of Seaborn's desk."This whole thing has gotten way out of hand, Sam. I'm sorry you got caught in it."
Sam smiled as he reached over and took her hand in his. "Hey, I volunteered, remember? Have you seen Josh since you came back?"
Donna shook her head. "No. He accused me earlier of fielding job offers so I can only imagine what he's thinking now."
Sam blinked. "He thinks you're looking for other jobs?"
Donna nodded. "He pulled me into his office before the staff meeting and jumped to the conclusion that the only reason you and I were meeting was that you were offering me job advice."
Seaborn shook his head in amazement. "Well I can assure you that he now does not think I'm offering you job advice."
"I know," Donna replied quietly as she stood. "I should just tell him everything."
Sam stood and placed a comforting hand on her right shoulder. "You've continued with it this far, Donna, finish it. I promised you I wouldn't say anything to anybody and intend to keep that promise."
Donna smiled as she met his gaze. "Mallory's very lucky to have you."
Josh had just left Leo's office after receiving a severe dressing down for the yelling match with Sam earlier. His next stop was Sam's office to apologize. And it wasn't just because Leo had yelled at him....Josh had felt bad about the altercation every since it happened. Sam and Donna were two of his closest friends....if they had found happiness with each other....then he was happy for them.
Lyman raised his hand to knock on Sam's closed office door when he spied a familiar flash of blonde hair through the window. Josh lowered his hand and took a better look into the office. Sam was standing just in front of his desk with Donna standing a few feet away. She was gazing at him as Sam placed a hand on her shoulder. Josh swallowed hard and looked away from the clearly intimate moment. Not wanting to interrupt Josh turned and walked quickly back to his own office. He'd apologize later....to both of them.
end of part 5 TBC