Lost in a Heartbeat
West Wing Fan Fiction
By Caroline Walsh
All Standard disclaimers apply. West Wing is the property of Aaron Sorkin and
John Wells, along with NBC. Please don't sue me.
Authors notes: This is what I think may happen after "What Kind of Day Has It
Been" This is my first attempt at West Wing Fiction. All reviews are very
Outside the Newseum, Arlington VA: After the Town Hall Meeting
Josh tried to move from his spot behind the fence. He had to help his
friends. A Secret Service agent held him back. "Mr. Lyman, I can't let you go
anywhere sir. The scene isn't secure." Just as he finished the sentence,
another shot rang out. A stray piece of concrete hit Josh on the cheek. The
agent pulled him down and covered him. It seemed like an eternity before the
agent got up. "All clear." He said simply and ran off. Josh was able to get
into a sitting position. He quickly he checked all his parts, confirming that
he hadn't been shot. The blood that he saw was coming from his cheek.
Josh tried to get to his feet, but fell quickly. He grabbed his left
wrist. "Damn" he said under his breath. Using his right hand, Josh stood up
and surveyed the scene before him. He felt his heart skip a beat. The
President's limo was gone as was the one that Zoey and Charlie had come in.
The police and Secret Service were moving from spot to spot-checking on the
injured members of the crowd and White House Staff.
Josh quickly spotted Toby sitting near a fence. He ran toward his friend.
"Toby, how are you? Are you hurt?" Toby shook his head. "I'm fine Josh. Just
a few bumps and scrapes." Josh breathed easy. "Have you seen anyone else?"
Toby shook his head again. The paramedics rush to Toby and began checking him
out. Josh stood and quickly spotted Mike, head of Secret Service. Mike was
speaking into a radio. "I don't care what the captain wants, this is a
Federal matter. I make the call." Josh walked to him. "What do we know?" Josh
asked with a mixture of concern and fear.
He looked at Josh. "Mr. Lyman, we've got ten people injured. The
President and Zoey aren't hurt and are headed back to the house." Josh
breathed a slight sigh of relief. "What about everyone else?" Mike
continued, "Mr. Seaborn and Ms.Cregg are fine. We're sending them back to the
house. Mr. Ziegler is being transported to George Washington Hospital to be
check over." Josh sensed that he was holding something back. "What about Leo
and Charlie?" He shook his head. "They were both hit. Mr. McGarry was shot in
the leg and Charlie was hit in the back. They've been taken to GW also.
That's all I can't tell you."
Josh nodded. "I've got to check on them." Mike looked at Josh holding his
arm. "I'll get someone to take you, it looks like you could do with some
medical attention also." He motioned for an agent. He told him to take Josh
to the hospital. The agent put an arm on Josh's back and directed him toward
a car. Josh stopped and looked at the scene behind him. He almost lost it all
in a heartbeat.