At four thirty a.m. Donna Moss stumbled into the kitchen of her apartment and opened the refrigerator. The young blonde woman scrounged through various containers hoping she still had a sleeve of bagels. Donna couldn't remember the last time she had bought groceries. Between Josh accompanying the President on a recent trip to England and Ireland and the long hours she had barely been home long enough to catch a few hours sleep let alone worry about what food she had in the apartment.
Donna heard the coffee maker click on just as she shut the refrigerator door bagels in hand. If she was lucky she had just enough time to grab breakfast before she had to leave for work. Josh had a five twenty senior staff meeting.
Donna tossed the bagel in the toaster and sleepily leaned back against the counter. Her gaze landed on a small calendar that was hanging by the telephone. February already? It seemed like yesterday had been Christmas. Donna smiled....February meant a lot of things...winter drawing to a close, ground hog's day, leap year, Valentine's Day....
Donna nearly jumped at the last thought. Another Valentine's Day and she hadn't even thought of who to ask on a date. Not that there was that many prospects with her schedule.
The toaster dinged and Donna stepped forward to grab a plate out of the cabinet trying to shake the gloomy thoughts that had descended. Valentine's Day was for couples and right now Donna was painfully aware she wasn't part of one. Nor had she been on New Year's Eve or Christmas or any day in between.
As Donna took a bite of bagel a plan started to form. One way or another she wasn't going to spend this Valentine's Day alone.
The day flew by for Donna and it was two o'clock before she had a chance to put phase one of her plan into motion. Donna caught up with Zoey Bartlet as the young brown haired girl walked toward the Oval Office.
"Hey Donna."Zoey greeted as she pulled off her purple mittens.
"Hi Zoey do you have a minute?"Donna asked as they rounded a corner.
Zoey stopped by Sam's office. "Sure, Charlie's probably not ready to leave for our skating date yet anyway. What's up?" Donna smiled as she placed a hand on Zoey's elbow and ushered her into Sam's empty office. "I need a favor. From Charlie as well."
"Anything else this afternoon, Margaret?"Chief of Staff Leo McGarry asked hoping that maybe just for once he could get out of here at a decent hour.
Margaret braced herself for the coming storm. "Ambassador...."
Leo cut her off. "Don't say it, Margaret."
"But he's in...."
"It's been a good day, Margaret don't ruin it."
"Ambassador Marbury is here for the 3 o'clock."Margaret said in a rush and instinctively took a step back.
Leo blinked. "Since when does he have a 3 o'clock?"
"Since he called at noon."
Leo rubbed his temples. "I agreed to this when?"
"The President wants his help on the thing with Libya."Margaret reminded gently.
"So why am I meeting with him?"Leo asked resignedly even though he already knew the answer.
Margaret hid a smile. "Because the President is...."
Leo stood. "Send him in."
Margaret stepped out of the office to find the British Ambassador talking animatedly with Donna. The red haired woman cleared her throat and Donna looked up sheepishly while Marbury flashed Margaret a charming smile.
"You can go in."Margaret informed Marbury as she looked at Donna curiously.
"Thank you, Margaret."Marbury replied as he stood and turned back to Donna.
"Are you free for lunch tomorrow?"
Donna smiled. "I'd like that."
Marbury touched her right shoulder. "Good. I'll come by and pick you up."