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.

President Jed Bartlet stood behind his desk in the Oval Office. It was time to call it a day. It'd been a long week.

"What's next, Mrs. Landingham?"Jed asked hoping against hope for a negative answer.

"There's the..."

Bartlet smiled. "Let me rephrase that, is there anything Earth shattering?"

His long time secretary met his gaze. "By your.."

"Mr. President."Leo greeted interrupting Mrs. Landingham as he stepped into the room.

Jed waved a hand. "Whatever it is, Leo, forget it. I'm heading up to have dinner with my family. Which as you know lately has been a rare occurrence."

"You might want to hear this first. It'll make good dinner conversation."

Jed frowned. "What?"

"Marbury's engaged."

"That's wonderful."

Leo shook his head."No its not. He's engaged to Donna."

Bartlet blinked in surprise. "Our Donna?"

Leo nodded as he sank into a chair.

"Does Josh know?"Jed asked sadly.

"CJ broke it to him today."

Jed sat down with a shake of his head."I always thought..."

"So did everyone else." Leo replied wondering where Josh was and how he was handling this.


It was a quarter after eight by the time Josh pushed his way through the crowd to the bar at Galileo's Italian restaurant. The restaurant was one of the best in D.C. Where most of the upper crust could be found on any given night. Not Josh's usual haunt but it would do. It had liquor and that's all Josh cared about at the moment.

After the bartender placed his drink in front of him Josh picked up the glass and stared at it.

Was this how his life was going to end up? Survive a gunshot wound only to grow old alone? To be a work aholic who drank himself to death?

With a sigh Josh downed half the scotch in one gulp. Why couldn't he keep a romantic relationship going? The longest had been Mandy. Joey had possibilities but it had been bi-coastal and then Rosslyn had interrupted everything.

Josh finished the drink to block out the sound of gunshots that his memory threatened to recall. Donna had pieced him back together after the shooting just as much as the doctors had.

Now in less than a week he had ruined that relationship as well. That's a record, Josh thought bleakly.

Josh swallowed hard and signaled the bartender for a refill. He wondered if Donna would end up living in some townhouse in London. Splitting her time between society parties and charity functions.

Josh shook his head miserably, that wasn't Donna's life. She liked simple things. A house with a picket fence, 2.3 kids and a dog.

As Josh nursed his second drink he heard a familiar voice coming from the next room.


Josh thunked down his glass and tossed a few bills on the bar.

Josh rounded the corner and stepped into the main dining area. Marbury was seated at a small table near the left wall. It was clear that he was having an intimate romantic dinner. However Marbury's dinner companion wasn't his fiancé.

Josh felt his hands ball into fists as he watched the red haired woman laugh at something Marbury said. How could Marbury do this to Donna? Donna was everything a man could want. Donna had given the good Ambassador her heart and Marbury had squashed it tonight without a second thought.

Josh knew CJ would kill him for what he was about to do but it'd be worth it. He hadn't been there to protect Donna from Dr. Free Ride. But he was here now and Josh was determined that Donna wouldn't be hurt like that again.

Chapter 10



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