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Cj had one of eeriest days by far on friday. Waking up in Josh's
"Carol," Cj chimed happily,"Are you sure there's nothing else for me to do?"
"Yeah, you've covered every briefing from now until next wednesday," Carol
"Next Wednesday? Ok, i'll go take a walk."
Cj finally left her office and walked cautiously, trying to wake her
"Leo," she said as she walked into her boss' office.
Leo stopped his signing of papers as Cj entered and sat.
"Do you have anything for me to do?"
"How bout your job."
"No, i mean i'm covered until next wednesday, unless a national disaster
"Go home, you look like hell."
"Are you sure? Cause i could sure finish one of Sam's speeches or yell at him."
"Yell at Josh."
Cj flinched at his idea.
"I'd rather not."
"Then go home," he sighed.
Cj moved in her chair as she thought out her options.
"Fine," she said as she knew that going home only meant facing her
"G'night, Leo," she said as she left.
"before i go, are you sure-"
"Yes, now go!"
"Fine, fine. Night."
"good night, Cj."
Cj took as much time as possible on her way home, she took the Interstate, then
"Lucy, I'm home," she said to herself as she tossed her briefcase and folder
"Let's see," she said as she pressed play on her answering machine, hoping
"you have 4 messages,"
"Aren't i popular," she said outloud.
"Message 1: Hey Cj, it's Josh. I know you probably dont want to talk
Cj laughed as she heard Leo sigh just as he said bye and knew he had fumbled
" Message 3: Cj Cregg? This is Tom Kipling, the Editor
Cj's face dropped as she heard the last message, 'Damn, she thought, she knew
What she needed was a night out, with someone...maybe Mallory...
"Cj Cregg," she quickly said.
"Cj, we need you back here," she heard Leo's voice, tense and nervous.\
"There was a plane crash, I'll explain later."
"But doesn't someone else take care of-"
"There were a few Representatives on board, I'll explain when
As Cj hung up, she ran into her study, grabbed her briefcase and her
"Cj, it's Mal, i was wondering if you wanted to go out
Cj was surprised that Leo knew about it, but then again it
"I was going to ask you that, but your dad called and i need
"Ok, bye, Cj," Mallory knew that Cj needed to get to the White House
Cj pressed the off button, threw the phone onto her sofa and
Cj Cregg was in the building in less than 15 minutes and was had found
Leo greeted his last staff member as she sat down to listen.
"Ok, as you probably all know by now, there has been a plane crash. This plane
Leo stopped and gazed over at Josh.
"How did this happen?"
"WE're not sure yet, they're thinking something with an engine since fire was
"What should i tell the press?"
"WE're doing our best with the information that we know, and
"ok, who are we going to be talking to?"
"The National Security advisor, several people who know about planes."
"People who know about planes," Josh teases.
"I forgot the department name."
"Now get out," leo said.
The senior staff went out rushing to their bullpens to try to get work done.
"Cj, do you know at all the number of victims?"
"Yes, because when i said i didn't know the number of victims
"Cj, do we have any reason to think of this as a terrorsit attack?"
"I really have no information on why or how this happened, yet. Katie."
"Did you know that Danny Concannon was onboard?"
"The Danny we know?"
Some of the press corps chuckled as Cj tried to brush away her shock.
"Yes, he recently left for an offer in New York."
"No, but i'm sure we all hope that he is un-injured. That's all
"Damn," Josh said as he turned off CNN to rush to the Press
"Cj," he as he paced repidly to get to her
"Hey, why didn't i know that-"
"I was going to tell you when you came back."
"You should've told me before," she said as she handed off a folder.
"I didn't think they knew-"
"Well, they did."
Cj made her way to her office as she sat down.
"I mean, it was a plane crash. 2. It's Danny, he's Irish, he'll be ok.
"Cj, i know, ok, i heard it."
"Yes, you and another 10 million people!"
"You should call him."
Cj gave Josh a look.
"I don't know his number, Joshua. And why would you think
"Cause he's a member of the press corps."
Josh tried to clean up his mess. Cj reclined back in the
"No, that's not what you meant."
"Cj, that's exactly what i meant!"
Josh looked at his feet as he knew he had taken it too far.
"Sorry," he said.
"Me too, i just need some air."
Cj left Josh alone in her office as she went to take a walk.
Cj was finally on her way back from her walk when she
Cj turned to see Ainsley Hayes behind her.
'just who i need to see,' she thought.
"I heard about Danny, i hope he's ok."
'Why would she think i care?'
"Me too, anyway i got to go," she said as Ainsley turned
Cj swiveled her heel and headed back to her office.
"Cj," she heard Leo say.
"I have some new information," he said as they continued to walk the
"Ok," she said walking faster to reach her office.
Leo breathed heavier as he tried to keep up with her.
"Slow down," he said," you have longer legs," he puffed.
"I'm sorry," she said, walking into her office.
"So, what do we have?"
"Ok, we know that there were no fatalities, and that only
"Should i get that out in the next briefing," she asked.
"Yeah, also let them know that the authorities are
"Uh-huh," she said as she scribbled notes.
"You know what time it is?"
"It's about 10 minutes till my next briefing i take it."
"Yeah. I want you to do this briefing and go home."
"Leo we need to-"
"Go home, please, we can't have you if you're
"Why wouldn't i be?"
"Danny left, and even though i know there was nothing-"
"Leo, i'm not having you guys feel pity for me. He left,
"Fine," he said comprimising," but you leave early."
"What time do you usually get home," he asked.
Cj thought as she sat down in her chair and watched Leo sit
"You're leaving at 10."
"Leo," she whined.
Leo shook his head as he played with her mints on the
"10 or go home now."
"Fine," she said sighing.
Leo nodded as he stood up to leave.
"Good. That's all."
"Ok," she said as she opened a file.
"Cj," Leo said as he wondered into her office.
"Yeah," she said under her desk.
"What are you doing?"
Leo bent over to se his press secretary on hands and
"I'm looking for- for my pen."
"Are you sure?"
"Yes, i'm sure."
Cj finally picked her pen up as she cracked her knuckles to
"Ow," she said hitting her head on the desk.
"I don't think that was made to crawl under."
"Neither do i," she said rubbing her head.
"Anyway, it's closing time."
"It's 10 already?"
"Yup," he said handing her her coat.
"Thank you," she said grabbing her briefcase to leave.
"I'll see you tomorrow."
"Unless a national emergency occurs or something."
They stood there for a moment, each wondering what the other was thinking.
"Leo nothing happened," she finally said.
"I know...i'm just not sure that's what i wanted to happen," he said softly.
"Yeah," she said buttoning her jacket.
"You too, Leo."
Cj walked out of the west wing still wondering about
When Cj arrived at her house around 11, she immediately turned to her
"You have 1 message. Message 1: Cj, it's Danny."
Cj stared at the phone as there was a pause.
"Uh, i just wanted to say that i'm ok, even though you probably don't
"I do," she whispered.
"Anyway, here's my number. 773, then 243 1643. Just call me
As soon as the message ended, cj reached for the phone.
Danny sat on his sofa, watching Cj on CSPAN.
"...and i have no other information for tonight. I'll
"that was press secretary Cj Cregg, re stating that therre have been
Danny turned off the tv as he headed to the bathroom.
Danny made a quick turn as he heded for the phone, hoping for Cj.
Danny heard a familiar voice.
"Hi Daniel. How are you?"
"I'm fine, nothing really happened, just some really
"Yeah. Did you see me-"
"Yeah, i could tell you didn't know when Katie told you."
"you probably beat Josh for not telling you."
"That i did," she mused.
"Yeah," he laughed.
then again there was one of those awkward pauses, each thinking
"I miss you-"
They both said together, and then they paused again.
"I miss you, Danny."
"I know that's hard for you to say."
"I, i miss you too."
"Then come back."
"Cj, the rules-"
"Forget about the rules. Leo said he wasn't sure it was what
"you're probably going to get left out of the loop," he argued.
"I've been left out of it several times."
"Cj, are you sure?"
Cj played with the phone cord as she thought.
"Yeah, I'm sure, are you?"
"I've been this sure for over 2 years."
"Yeah," she sighed.
"So what's next?"
"You tell me, you've wanted this all along."
Danny sat on his couch as it finally hit him.
"What about your and my job?"
"I'm not quittting, and i don't think Leo will make me."
"I mean, i live in New York."
Cj caught on immediately as she thought about her last long distatnce
"I don't want long distance," she said calmly.
"Me either," Danny exaled," So i'll take the editor job
"They still have that open?"
"Yeah, lucky us."
Cj stood for a moment as she walked to her kitchen to make a drink.
"And your apartment?"
"Not on rent yet."
"We are lucky," she said to him.
"So, what do we do?"
"Tomorrow's Saturday, so maybe i can swing by."
"Are you sure, that'll be too obvious."
"Nah, i think i can pull it off."
"I'd rather it be me stopping by for sunday and monday."
"You'd do that?"
"you bet," he said softly.
"What are you gonna tell the New York Times for a reason for