Title: Initiative
Author: Cindy Brewer
email: cindybre74@a...
Disclaimer: I don't own them so please don't sue :)
Archive: Sure just let me know where so I can visit
Couple: J/D
Summary: Donna comes up with a plan to make Josh see the light :)
Spoilers: General second season
Notes: This is set between "The Drop In" and "Bartlet's 3rd State of the Union". I can't remember what month 'The Drop in' is set during but if it conflicts with the show's timeline just consider it a plot device.:) Many thanks to Amanda for betaing.

Sam knocked on CJ's open office door. "Still here?"

CJ nodded as she gestured for him to come in. "Thought I'd stay and catch up on paperwork."

"You're waiting by the phone too, huh?" Sam replied as he sat down.

CJ tossed down her pen and leaned back in her chair. "I figured if Josh does what we think he's going to do it'd be easier to be here than at home."

Sam shook his head sadly. "I just wish I could track him down."

"Did you try?"

"I tried everywhere I could think of, CJ."Sam replied in frustration."I even called Mandy."

CJ blinked in surprise. "You called Mandy?"

"She wasn't home so I left a message."

"Do you really think he'll go after Marbury?" CJ asked quietly even though she already knew the answer.

Sam nodded wondering if he should have done a bar by bar search instead of a phone one. "You know him as well as I do, CJ. Josh is in protective friend mode."

"Have you eaten yet?" CJ asked as she stood. She needed to be doing something. And without knowing where Josh was she couldn't protect him from himself.

Sam shook his head. "Not unless you count the doughnut I snagged away from Ainsley this morning."

CJ grinned at the mental image. "Come on let's grab something from the Mess and head back here."


Taking a few breaths to calm himself Josh made his way toward Marbury's table. Marbury hadn't noticed him yet so Josh pulled a chair over so it was next to the woman.

"Excuse me."Josh stated instantly gaining their attention. He turned to the red haired woman. "Do you know he's engaged?"

The woman stared at Josh as if he had suddenly grown three heads and was spouting fire. She recovered quickly though. Josh had to give her credit for that.

The woman stood and picked up her glass of red wine. "You're engaged?!"

Marbury glared at Josh briefly before starting to stand. "Melissa, this isn't..."

"Bastard!" Melissa swore as she threw the full glass of red wine at Marbury. It hit him smack in his chest sending rivelts of red wine cascading down an expensive black suit.

"Melissa!" Marbury called again but the woman had already turned on her heel and left the room.

Josh leaned back in his chair a smile on his face. "Gee, that's too bad. That wine's gonna stain."

Remembering his promise to Donna, Marbury stifled a sigh before he turned to face Josh. What Donna saw in him, John would never know. "Josh."

Josh stood his eyes narrowing. "First, don't call me Josh that's reserved for friends and you were never one. Second, how the hell could you toss a woman like Donna away without a second thought?"

Marbury squared his shoulders as he met Josh's gaze. "My relationship with Donna is none of your business."

Josh rounded the table and came to stand so that he was nose to nose with the Ambassador. "None of my business? I'm her boss."

"Yes, and that's all you are."Marbury countered. He was starting to enjoy this confrontation. The evening might not be a total loss after all.

Josh raised an eyebrow. "Really? Did Donna neglect to tell you that we're also friends? Good friends."

By now the dining room had gone silent. Everyone was enjoying the dinner theater that was playing out in front of them.

"If you're really her friend you'll respect her wishes and leave our relationship alone." Marbury stated with a smile.

"You won't have a relationship when I tell her what I saw here tonight." Josh replied his right hand forming into a fist. What did Donna see in Marbury?

Marbury folded his arms across his chest. "You would really hurt her?"

A waiter stepped discretely up to the pair. "Gentlemen, could we please take this outside? You're disturbing the other guests."

Josh ignored him. "You're the one hurting her, not me."

Marbury shrugged. "Donna's a grown woman, Josh. She has a life outside of your office. Are you upset that she's engaged or are you upset that she finally gave up on you?"


Josh's right fist swung up and caught Marbury square in the chin sending the Ambassador sprawling into the waiter.

Marbury recovered his balance and pushed himself away from the waiter in time to duck Josh's next punch. In turn Marbury threw a punch that connected with Josh's left cheek sending him sprawling into a crowded table.

Part 11



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