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.

After leaving CJ's office Josh got into his car and just drove. His first instinct had been to go over to Donna's apartment and demand an explanation but he knew he had to calm down first.

And with all the mixed up emotions he was feeling right now, calming down wasn't going to happen any time soon.

The one thought that kept bothering Josh the most was the fact that he had been losing Donna for over two months and he never realized it.


"Where's Josh?"Leo asked as he walked through Sam's open office door.

Sam shrugged. "I haven't seen him since lunch, why?"

Leo leaned his shoulder against the doorframe. "Secret Service said he left the building. And Donna's gone too.....are they together?"

Sam bit back a laugh. "I can pretty much guarantee that they're not."

Leo raised an eyebrow. "Sam, what's going on?"

"Leo, there you are."

McGarry jumped slightly and whirled around. "Damn it, CJ. I am going to get that bell and put it around your neck."

CJ looked past Leo to Sam's concerned face. "What's going on?"

"Josh isn't here."Sam supplied quietly wondering if he could somehow escape his office before Leo exploded over the Marbury incident.

CJ groaned. "Sam please tell me that he didn't do something stupid."

"I didn't even know he left."Sam countered as he tossed his legal pad down on the desk. He obviously wasn't going to get any more work done.

Leo looked from one to the other and back again. "Will you two quit talking in code and tell me what's going on."

"You're not going to like it."Sam muttered as he met CJ's gaze.

CJ steeled herself as she turned to face Leo. "I take it you haven't read Karen Cahill's column?"

"What's she done now?"Leo asked feeling a migraine start to form.

"Nothing directly."CJ replied trying to find the right words but deciding in the end the blunt truth was the best way. "She broke a story about Donna and Ambassador Marbury's engagement."

Leo swore he had heard wrong. "Donna as in Donna Moss?"

CJ nodded. "Yes."

"Donnatella Moss? Blonde? Been glued to Josh's side for the last three years?"


"How in God's name did this happen?"Leo exclaimed as he looked from CJ to Sam and back again. "I expect Josh to be clueless about Donna but you two were here every day and you didn't notice anything?"

"Marbury never came by."Sam replied defensively.

"I never saw him in the bullpen."CJ added as she took a step back.

Leo folded his arms across his chest. "What? You people don't talk to each other? She never mentioned a steady boyfriend? You didn't see a ring?"

CJ and Sam both shook their heads negatively.

Leo sighed. "I assume Josh didn't know about this until Cahill's column?"

Sam nodded. "Pretty much. Margaret told me they were dating and I told Josh. CJ told him today about Donna's engagement."

"I can imagine how that went over."Leo stated sadly he jerked his head back toward Sam. "Margaret knew about this?"

Sam nodded. "She was worried about Donna getting hurt so she talked to me."

"If Josh isn't heard from by seven track him down."Leo ordered as he left the office.

"That could've been worse."CJ commented quietly as soon as Leo was out of earshot.

Sam glanced at her as she sat down on the corner of his desk. "How badly did Josh take it?"

"Let's just say that Gail was almost looking for a new home."

Sam raised an eyebrow. "He threw the fishbowl?"

"Threw the paper at the window nearly taking everything off my desk in the process."CJ replied with a shake of her head. "I'm worried about him, Sam."

"So am I."

"You don't think he'd go after Marbury do you?"CJ asked worriedly.

Sam rubbed a hand over his face. "I don't know, CJ. He's still in denial over his feelings for Donna. If he thought she was in trouble....."

CJ stood. "If you hear from him before I do...."

Sam nodded. "I'll call."

Part 8


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