Donna smiled as she arrived at her desk the next morning. She glanced at the calendar as she sat down. Just over a week till Valentine's day. Her plan seemed to be working. Josh had been a little more attentive to her last night. Which Donna guessed meant that he had heard the rumor of her dating Marbury.
Donna looked over at Josh's dark office. There was a senior staff meeting at nine so she knew Josh wouldn't arrive until then. Which gave her a few minutes to put the next phase of her plan into motion. As she picked up the phone Donna was grateful that the Ambassador was being such a good sport about her plan. As he had told her at lunch yesterday 'Us hopeless romantics have to stick together.'
Donna's call connected and as a voice answered. "New York Times how may I direct your call?"
"Karen Cahill please."
"Ms. Cahill this is Donna Moss, Josh Lyman's assistant."
"Yes, Donna. What can I do for you?"
"I need a big favor."Donna replied as she lowered her voice and filled the newspaper reporter in on her plan.
Karen chuckled. "You'll really send that boy for a loop."
Donna's eyes widened. "You know about Josh's dislike for Ambassador Marbury?"
"Honey, there isn't a thing in the Bartlet administration that I don't know about. What you want printed is no problem. It'll be posted on the web version in an hour or so. And I'm pretty sure I can squeeze it into the afternoon print version."
"Thanks Ms. Cahill."Donna replied with a grin. "I owe you."
"No you don't. This will make us even for the underwear incident."
Saturday was busier than Josh had anticipated. They were prepping the President for his upcoming trip to Japan and there was another school shooting late Friday afternoon. By one thirty though Sam came to Josh's open office door and told him they were ordering in.
Josh nodded as he replied. "Order my usual. We'll talk to Donna then."
Sam blinked. "We?"
Josh raised an eyebrow. "I thought you promised Margaret that you'd talk to her."
Sam leaned against the doorframe after he scanned the bullpen behind him for any sign of Donna. "I told you about it. I think that covers my end."
"Won't it seem weird to her if I was there?"Sam countered even though he knew this argument was a losing battle.
Josh shook his head. "No and besides you'll keep me from saying anything stupid."
"I don't think that's possible."Sam replied with a grin ducking out the door just in time to miss a legal pad that had suddenly gone airborn.
"I'll let you know when the food gets here."Sam shouted back as he made his way toward his office.