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.

"No."Donna replied with a shake of her head. "No...John went along with it as a favor to me."

Josh stared at Donna for a full minute his shocked mind refusing to grasp what she had just told him. Donna had lied to him....that in itself was mind boggling. But to have enlisted the help of one of the few people who drove him crazy...

Seeing Josh momentarily speechless scared Donna. She wasn't sure if he was shocked or angry or both.

"Josh, you have to know that I didn't do this on purpose."

Josh blinked and pulled back from her slightly feeling his anger start to surface."It sure as hell looks that way!"

Donna winced and stepped away. "It was a stupid idea that got out of hand....I never meant for..."

"Cahill's column?"Josh demanded interrupting her as he struggled to make sense of the situation.

Donna avoided his gaze. "She owed me a favor over the underwear incident."

"So you just called her up and asked her to print something false?"

"Yes."Donna whispered feeling the tears start again.

"Never mind that this is bad for the administration and that you could be sued."Josh stated fighting to keep his voice from rising."I still don't understand why you would fake an engagement?"

Donna turned away knowing how stupid her answers sounded. "It was the only way."

"The only way to do what?"Josh asked his voice starting to crack from emotion. He trusted Donna more than anyone else in his life outside of Sam. If she could lie about this...

"To see if we had a future."Donna replied sadly as she met his gaze knowing she had ruined their friendship as well as any hope of a romantic one."I'm sorry Joshua, I never intended for this to go as far as it did."

Josh's silence spoke volumes and Donna wiped away her tears as she started to walk away. "You'll have my resignation on your desk in the morning."

His voice failing him amid the whirl of emotions he was feeling Josh could only stare after her.

Chapter 18



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