Nobody wants to be lonely-1
I am a heavy Cj/Danny author, and a heavy Cj/Toby hater, and a Cj/Josh
Cj tapped her pen visciously against her desk as she listned to the three star
"Yes...no, sir, the President will not sign that...no!...no, he won't...i
Cj threw down the receiver as the general hung up on her.
"Bad day," Carol asked as she walked in with some files.
Cj put her glasses on as Carol grinned at her boss.
"It's gonna get better," she said suspisciously as she began to walk out.
"Have i been fired?"
"No," she laughed," Danny's here."
Cj sighed as Carol left, grinning from ear to ear.
"Hello," Cj said as she signed papers.
"Ok, i don't want to know who you were talking to, only what they said to make
"He/She said 'Go to hell,'" Cj replied, while briefing looking at the
"That was a good comeback."
"It would've been better if they wouldn't have hung-up."
"Oh," Danny said as he sat down on her couch.
"Which leads me to ask, Why are you here?"
"I wanted to ask if you would go to dinner with me."
"You can't, or you don't have time?"
"I can't," she said without looking up.
Danny nodded as he stood, quickly leaving the busy Press Secretary to her
"Danny, you forgot your-"
Cj picked up the small piece of paper he had left on her desk.
"Oh, i get it," she said, expecting another written question.
She unfolded it quickly, reading what it said.
" 'Today's the last day,' " she read aloud," '99 tries
Cj read the rest in her head, not wanting Carol to over hear her. She shook her
Cj shrugged and went back to work.
Danny was quickly putting the finishing touches on his last edition to his 3
"Hey," the startled reporter looked up to see a White House Aide.
"I have a really good tip, straight from a White House Aide."
"What do you want," Danny asked, expecting a trade-off.
"I heard you're real close with Cj Cregg."
"Rumors have it you two are-"
"Definitely not," Danny said, silently resenting saying that.
"Ok, i was wondering if you could set up a date with her,uh, for me."
Danny hid a grin as he thought of the 30 something aide out on a date with Cj.
"I can try, but i can give no guarantees."
"Hey, it's better you than me."
Danny nodded, while saving his article.
"Ok. Now, what's the tip?"
The Aide looked around, making sure there were no other reporters around.
"I heard, that the U.S. has been selling oil to Iraq, against U.N. sanctions."
"Where'd you get this from?"
"The meeting last week, with several Senior Staffers, Josh Lyman and Toby
"Remember the set-up," the aide said as he left.
"you bet," Danny chuckled.
Cj had long finished her briefing, and was still doing her usual paper work as
"Hey," Danny said, "I came on request of an Aide, who was hopelessly
"Korey Heder, a blond."
"He's like, 29?"
"What do you think i'm going to say?"
"Right on the money, but add a thanks for me."
Cj smiled back, "you left this here."
She handed him the note he had perviously left on her desk.
"Did you read it," he asked, recognizing his penmanship.
"Yeah," she frowned, "I didn't know you counted."
"You know i want to go, right?"
"Danny, i don't make the rules."
"There is no god damned rule, Cj! SO for all of your life, your never going to
Cj was rather surprised at his sudden out burst as she made her way to sit on
"No, i don't. I want to have someone to grow old with, to have a family, to have
It was now Danny's turn to be surprised as he stood closer to her.
"No, but we're not gettting anymore younger by standing here and yelling at each
Danny could feel her breathe as he pointed to his heart.
"I know, i know, Danny."
Cj held back those few tears that she always got after they fought.
"And there's nothing you're going to regret after i walk out this door, cause
Cj looked confused as Danny made his way to the door.
"I'm leaving. I have an offer for the New York Times, and i can't stay here,
"Wha- wait, hold up."
Danny slowly turned once more as Cj looked him in the eyes, hers filled with
"You, you're going, for good."
"Yes, so don't count on me asking again."
Cj looked away as she hurt after what he said.
"I'm sorry, that came out-"
"No,that's what i need to hear."
"Cj, you know i'm always there for you, but you're always so god damned good at
Danny was quite easily shocked at her choice of words.
"If you have nothing left to give, then i guess it's my turn to give."
"What are you saying, exactly?"
Danny moved closer to her.
"this is exactly what i'm saying."
Cj grabbed his tie and kissed him hard, holding his neck.
"Cj, I, "
Danny still looked somber.
"That's not it," he said as he grabbed his coat.
"What do you mean?"
"I mean, i will always love you, but it's too late, i've already made up my
"Oh," she said as he reached over to kiss her on the cheek.
"Yeah, good bye."
Cj leaned back on her desk as her last breath escaped her, watching him leave.
Cj Cregg and Josh Lyman were in their favorite little bar in D.C as he watched
"...so he left."
"That sucks, you know i was rooting for you."
"Josh Lyman, rooting for me to brake the rules. So typical, my friend."
"I know, but still, you should've done it."
"Should've, could've, would've."
Josh ordered another round for himself and Cj as she played with her glass.
"I cried, you know, I didn't think i would, but i did."
"When he left? I'm gonna have to kill him, now."
"He's in New York," she said sadly as their drinks came.
"I have some connections."
"I don't think i want to see him ever again. Ever, i mean not even a picture,
Josh nodded as Cj swallowed her shot.
"I had the same feeling in high school...."
"This is real, though, Josh. Not another of your fan clubs, it just hurts when
"You're in love."
"Was. Was in love, it's over," Cj added.
"How can something be over before it's begun?"
"I'm drunk, humor me."
Josh nodded again as he took Cj's hand in his.
"I love you, Cj, and i have no idea why the hell he would let go."
"How can he let go of something he never had?"
"Humor me, i'm drunk."
"I love it when you throw my words back at me," Cj laughed.
"Time is precious, Cj, and you just can't let it slip through the cracks."
"I know, but it's tooo late. I'm just going to have to exchange my pain for long
"I love you, Cj."
"I know, Josh, i love you too."
Cj softly kissed him on the lips.
Cj walked around a strange house in someone else's shirt.
"...my head," was the only response.
"Please not Danny, please not Danny, please not Danny," she said as she made
Cj poked around the room, and found the form of a body under some sheets.
"Good morning," she said as she lifted the covers.
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