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 shook his head. "This isn't your fault, Donna....Josh was..."

"This got way out of hand."Donna replied miserably as she sat down in a chair across from him.

Sam's blue eyes were full of concern. "Donna, what are you talking about?"

Slowly Donna raised her head to meet her friend's gaze. "John and I aren't engaged we never were."

Sam stared at Donna for a long moment trying to digest what she'd just told him. "What do you mean you're not engaged?"

Donna rotated her neck trying to relieve some of the stress."There's no engagement."

"Cahill's column?"

"She owed me a favor for the underwear thing."

Sam shook his head slightly trying to rationalize. Donna wasn't a mean devious person. She didn't have it in her. There had to be something else going on.

"Did you lie to hurt Josh?"Sam asked quietly not wanting to know but needing to know just the same.

Donna's eyes widened. "How could you even think..."

"Did you?"

"No, Sam."Donna replied her voice barely above a whisper. "It was a stupid plan that got out of control."

Pieces finally clicked."You used Marbury to make Josh jealous."

Donna nodded as she absently petted one of the cats that had jumped onto her lap a few minutes before. "Yes but not the way you think. It wasn't to be petty and cruel. It wasn't to pay Josh back for the 'no taste in men' remark.

John agreed to help because he's a hopeless romantic. Sam, I was just tired of dancing around this thing between us. I wanted to know one way or another if Josh wanted a future for us."


"Before you all ask let me get through this first."CJ began as she started to wrap up her seven o'clock press briefing."Around nine last night Deputy Chief of staff Josh Lyman was arrested at Galileo's. He was charged with disorderly conduct, public nuisance, assault and batter...."

The room erupted with shouts.


"Danny?"CJ answered steeling herself. If anybody had picked up on the Donna/Marbury engagement it'd be Danny Concannon.

"CJ is it true that Josh's arrest was due to a fist fight with Ambassador Marbury? And that the fight was over the Ambassador's engagement to Donna Moss?"

All eyes turned expectantly back to CJ.

"Yes it was a fist fight but that's all I can confirm at this time."CJ replied as she began to gather up the papers in front of her. "When I know something you guys will know. That's all I have right now."

Chapter 14



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