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.

Josh stopped at his office to grab his backpack and cell phone. He'd told Sarah when they'd left to call him the instant she heard anything. Josh had just picked the backpack off the chair when a flash of blonde hair made him freeze.

Josh looked again to make sure he wasn't seeing things.

Donna was perched on the arm of his chair staring out the window just like she always did waiting for him to return.

Without a word Josh dropped the backpack and kicked the door closed. Donna turned to face him and Josh saw the tears in her eyes.

Josh rounded the desk and pulled her into a tight embrace. Part of him wanted to shake her for the anxiety he'd been through. But right now Josh was just very grateful that Donna was alive and unhurt. Even if she was still mad at him.

After several minutes Josh pulled back so he could see her face.

"Do you have any idea what I went through last night?"Josh asked in a choked whisper."I had no idea where you were or if you were hurt..."

Donna touched his right shoulder. "I know....I'm sorry....that's why I'm here. Sarah said you stayed the night."

"Where were you?"Josh asked his voice gaining a little strength. He hoped against hope that Sam had been wrong. That she wasn't at Marbury's.

Donna stepped back and returned her gaze to the window. "I didn't feel like going home. I called my friend Rebecca who works at the State department. We went to a club and I crashed on her sofa."

They were both silent for a moment before Donna turned to face Josh. "Why did you come by my apartment?"

Josh reached out and caressed her cheek lightly. "I couldn't leave things the way they were. I shouldn't have blown up at you at breakfast."

Donna sat down on the edge of the desk. "I'm so sorry I lied to you, Joshua. I never intended for it to go this far."

Josh stood in front of her and cupped her chin in his hands forcing her to meet his gaze."And I'm sorry that you felt you had to go to these lengths. Don't you know by now how I feel about you, Donnatella?"

Donna caught his right hand in hers. "Sometimes I think I do but other times you do something..."

Josh smiled as he tenderly tucked a stray blonde hair behind her left ear with his free hand.

"Then lets settle this once and for all." Josh replied gently. "If nothing else this mess showed me what my life professionally and personally would be like without you. It would be cold and empty."

Donna felt the tears start again but she didn't care. She couldn't believe that after everything her plan actually worked. She was in Josh's arms.

"I love you, Donnatella Moss."Josh continued huskily. "Even with your trivia tagents and hair brained schemes. Can you forgive me for being an idoit?"

Donna smiled and nodded as she stood and wrapped her arms around his neck. "Yes Joshua, I forgive you and I love you."

Josh's heart melted at her words and he pulled Donna closer. "Promise me one thing."


"That you'll never leave me again."

Donna leaned forward to kiss him. "I promise."
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Chapter 26



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