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 and Josh sat at a small restaurant a few blocks from the White House. Sam waited for the waitress to take their orders before he launched the Donna discussion. Sam glanced down at the utensils maybe he should move the knifes.

"Josh have you noticed anything odd about Donna recently?"Sam asked cautiously as he took a sip of soda.

Josh raised an eyebrow. "You mean more than usual?"


Josh shook his head. "No, why, did she talk to you about something?"

"No, Margaret did."

Josh frowned. "Margaret came to you about Donna? Is she okay?"

Sam leaned forward. "She's fine....Margaret's just concerned about Donna's current boyfriend."

Josh shook his head sadly. "Another gomer? Can't be any worse than Todd the insurance lobbyist."

"She actually dated an insurance lobbyist?"Sam asked in surprise.

"Yeah."Josh shifted uncomfortably remembering the hurt look in Donna's eyes as he told her she had no taste in men. "I said some stupid things and she was mad at me for a week. So who's the new gomer?"

Sam suddenly became interested in the pattern of the tablecloth. "You're not going to like it."

Josh frowned. "Samuel....."

"Marbury."Sam replied quickly risking a glance at his friend.

"What?"Josh asked not quite sure he had heard right."You can't possibly mean..."

Sam nodded. "One and the same."

"You heard wrong, Sam. There's no way my Donnatella would date that insane Brit."

"She is and has been for almost two months."Sam replied pushing away from the table slightly waiting for the coming explosion.

"There's no way...."

"Margaret told me herself plus she double-checked with Cathy and Carol."Sam confirmed.

Josh ran a weary hand over his face his mind still not quite grasping the new info. "If she was serious about him she would've told me."

"Maybe they wanted to keep a low profile."Sam suggested as the waitress arrived with their food.

Josh snorted. "Marbury keep a low profile?"

Sam chuckled. "I promised Margaret we'd talk to Donna."

"Damn straight we'll talk to Donna."Josh replied as he half-heartedly picked up his hamburger suddenly not as hungry as he was.


There was no time to talk to Donna when Sam and Josh returned to the West Wing. Josh and Donna finally left for home after midnight. As they walked out of the building Josh considered broaching the Marbury subject but in the end he decided against it. They were both too tired to deal with it.

"Call me when you get in?"Josh asked as they got to her car falling into their ritual when they worked late.

Donna rolled her eyes as she opened the driver's door. "Josh, my neighborhood's not as bad as you think."

"Just humor me."'

"Always."Donna replied with a grin. "Night, Joshua."

"Good night, Donnatella."Josh said as he backed up from the car allowing her to close the door.

Josh watched Donna drive off before turning and heading toward his own car. Tomorrow was Saturday normally a light day at the White House. Hopefully he and Sam could talk to Donna then.


Initiative - 4



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