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.

"This better be Defcon 3."Sam muttered sleepily as he answered the phone. He had no idea what time it was. But his gut was telling him that it was nowhere near the normal time to get up.

"Defcon 3?"Josh replied grinning despite the very grim situation. "No more spy movies for you my friend."

Sam sat up in bed and glanced wearily at the clock. "Josh, it's 3:35."

"I know."Josh replied as he looked out the window of Donna's apartment. "I was hoping Donna was there."

"She's not, Josh."Sam replied as he leaned back against the pillow not bothering to turn the light on.

"Are you sure?"Josh asked even though he knew she wasn't there. But at this point he was grasping at straws.

"Yes Josh I'm sure."Sam replied. "You haven't been able to find her?"

Josh shook his head. "No. I've been at Donna's all night and she never came home. Her suitcase and clothes are still here so she hasn't left town. I tried all the hospitals and they have no Jane Does listed that fit Donna's description."

"She'll turn up, Josh."Sam assured him. "She has a good head on her shoulders."

Josh glanced back at Sarah curled up asleep on the sofa. "How was she the last time you talked to her?"

"She was sad, mad at you but fine otherwise."Sam replied."Have you tried calling the other assistants?"

Josh nodded as he sat down. "Yeah, those were some of my first calls. If she was there they weren't saying."

"There's one other place you could try."Sam suggested.

"Where?"Josh asked then he realized where Sam was going with it. "No, Sam. I'm not calling him."

"It's worth a try."

Josh stood. "Sam, I'm not waking the British Ambassador at 3 a.m. to find out if my assistant's there."

"You woke the Deputy Communications Director at 3 a.m."Sam retorted.

"She wouldn't go to him, Sam."Josh insisted ignoring Sam's comment. "Not with everything out in the open."

"Everything's not out in the open."Sam replied stifling a yawn. "You two didn't talk at breakfast, remember?"

"Yeah."Josh said quietly. "Go back to sleep, Sam."

Sam shook his head as he tossed the covers off. "No point now. I might as well come over."

"I'm fine, Sam. Go back to sleep."

"I'm not bailing you out of jail again."Sam replied as he got out of bed and reached for a clean shirt.

"Suit yourself."Josh said sharply as he ended the conversation.


"What happened to you two?" CJ asked with concern as Josh and Sam stumbled into Leo's office for the seven o'clock staff meeting. "You look like something the cat dragged in."

"I hate that metaphor."Sam mumbled as he sat down on the sofa.

CJ turned to face Josh who looked like he was wearing the same suit he had on the day before. "Joshua?"

Josh scanned the room grateful that Toby and Leo weren't there yet. "I spent the night at Donna's apartment....she didn't come home."

"She's missing?"CJ replied worriedly.

Sam shook his head. "We're not sure...."

"Sam." Josh interrupted but Sam waved him silent.

"We're not sure, Josh."Sam repeated grimly. "All we know is that none of the assistants have heard from her."

"Or her roommate."Josh countered as he sat down in one of the chairs.

"That's not like Donna."CJ acknowledged as she sat down in the chair next to Josh.

"No it's not."Sam agreed. "But her clothes and suitcase were still in her closet so she hasn't left town."

"Who hasn't left town?"Toby inquired as he entered the room coffee and bagel in hand.

"Donna."CJ supplied knowing that the communications director hadn't heard the full story yet of Donna's resgination.

"What'd you do now, Josh?"Toby asked as he sat down next to Sam.

"Its a long story."Sam replied wishing he had stopped somewhere for coffee. He was so tired he could barely keep his eyes open.

"It's complicated."CJ interjected before Josh could stuff his foot into his mouth.

Toby raised an eyebrow. "When isn't it complicated. So somebody spill....what happened to cause Donna to quit?"

"Her engagement to Marbury." Sam replied his mind too tired to remember that Donna's engagement had been a fake.

Toby nearly dumped his coffee on the floor as he cast an incredulous look at Josh. "She's engaged to Marbury?"

"She was."Josh replied as he ran a weary hand over his face.

"When did all this happen?"Toby inquired looking back at CJ.

CJ couldn't help but grin. "Toby you really do lock yourself in your office don't you? This has been in the grapevine and in Cahill's column."

Toby glared at her slightly. "Karen Cahill isn't at the top of my reading list."

"The point is that none of this is true and Donna didn't come home last night."Josh stated angrily frustrated that he had allowed the situation to get to this point.

Toby looked from Josh to CJ and to Sam and back again. "So there's no engagement?"

CJ shook her head. "No Donna made it up."

Toby blinked. "And she talked Marbury into going along with it?"

CJ nodded. "Yes he may have done it to get back at Josh and Leo."

At that point Leo entered the room and sat down behind his desk. "Who did what to get back at Josh and I?"

Josh leapt to his feet and walked toward the door. "I'm sorry Leo I can't stay for the meeting. Sam will fill you in as to why."

Before Leo could reply Josh left the room.

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Chapter 25



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