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 had barely stepped into his office after returning from the Hill when Josh appeared in his doorway.

"Hey."Sam greeted tiredly as he tossed his coat on a chair and headed toward his desk.

"Hey."Josh replied as he leaned against the door frame.

"On your way out?"Sam asked a little envious. With the corrections and revisions Toby had made on the speech he'd be here for several more hours.

Josh nodded as he stepped into the room. "Yeah. Since things didn't go so well this morning I thought I'd grab Donna and we'd go out to dinner."

"Good luck."Sam replied as he sat down behind his desk.

"So where'd you send her?"Josh asked with a tired smile as he sat down in one of the chairs setting his backpack on the floor next to him.

Sam shook his head. "I didn't. I just got back from the Hill."he replied noticing for the first time the piece of paper sitting on his laptop." Hang on this note might tell us."

Josh leaned forward as Sam unfolded the note and began to read. He frowned as Sam's expression changed to sadness.

"What?" Josh prompted anxiously.

Sam silently handed Josh the note and leaned back in his chair.

"I'm sorry Josh."Sam stated softly after his friend had finished reading. "I thought I had convinced her to stay. At least for a little while."

Josh stood and placed the paper on Sam's desk as he picked up his back pack. "You tried, Sam."

"What are you going to do?"Sam asked with concern not wanting to have to bail Josh out of jail again.

Josh moved toward the doorway. "Find her and beg her to stay."

Sam watched his friend leave hoping that some happiness would come out of this mess.


At two a.m. Josh returned to his apartment struggling to keep his fear under control. After leaving the White House Josh had went to Sam's apartment. Donna hadn't been there so he had went to her apartment. There he had stayed for four hours until Donna's roommate finally took pity on him and let him into the apartment.

Donna's suitcase and clothes were still in her closet so that was a good sign that she hadn't left town.

"You can stay on the couch if you want."Sarah, Donna's roommate said as she stifled a yawn.

Josh glanced at the brown haired woman. "Thanks."

Sarah smiled briefly. "Donna would have my head if I let you leave this late."

"She didn't tell you anything..."

"Josh I told you I haven't really talked to her since she went to stay at Sam's."

"No messages for her on the machine?"

Sarah sat down in a chair next to the sofa. "Josh, we've been through this."

Josh's head dropped. "I'm sorry....things have been strained between us....I just want to make sure she's safe."

Sarah stood and placed a gentle supportive hand on Josh's right shoulder. "I'm sure she's fine, Josh. Did you call her friends?"

Josh shook his head. "I don't know any of the last names."

Sarah walked over to the kitchen and plucked the phone book and Donna's address book from the cabinet by the phone. She walked back into the living room and handed the phone book to Josh.

"I'll use my cell and try her friends."Sarah offered as she sat down next to him.

"I'll try the hospitals again."Josh stated solemnly as he opened the phone book praying that Sarah was the one to find Donna and not him.

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Chapter 24



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