See part 1 for disclaimers.

"Your eyes are closed?" Toby asked as he guided CJ into his apartment.

"Yes." CJ replied.

"I can tell you are mentally rolling your eyes."

"Whatever would give you that idea?"

"I don't know."

"May I open my eyes now?" CJ asked since she could tell Toby was standing
in front of her now.

"Not yet." Toby said as he traced her lips with his finger.

"Maybe you should give me a reason to want to keep my eyes shut."

"I should?" Toby asked as he put his arms around her.

"Yes." CJ said just before he kissed her.

"Was that enough to make you want to keep your eyes shut?"

"Yeah."

"Good, you may open your eyes now."

"Okay." CJ said and opened her eyes. They were in the dining room and the
room was illuminated only with the candles on the table.

"Don't even say that I've never done anything romantic for you." Toby said
as he slipped his arms around her again.

"Have I ever said that?"

"No."

They sat down at the table. After CJ had taken a few bites of the food, she
picked up her glass of water. As she picked it up, she noticed something
inside the glass. She fished around the inside of the glass, and took a
diamond ring out of the glass. She looked up, and saw that Toby was watching
her.

"Is this what I think it is?" CJ questioned.

"Yeah." Toby said simply. "I had a flowery speech planned but it seems to
have escaped me. Will you marry me?"

"Toby..." CJ said she swallowed before continuing. "You're only asking
because of the baby, right?"

"CJ..."

"It's okay I know what you are doing. You're trying to do the right thing,
and I respect that. I just don't think it would be right for us to marry
because of the baby. We'll work something out." CJ said, she touched her
hand to his cheek. "I'm going to leave. I'll talk to you later."

"CJ, please..."

"No, Toby it's okay. Honestly I don't think I'm ready to get married right
now. I'll see you tomorrow."

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Josh looked into compartment on Air Force One that CJ had sequestered
herself in. She had only left it to brief the press. Josh couldn't help but
wonder what was going on with her.

"Hey Claudia Jean you can come out now, the President has promised to stop
asking insipid trivia."

"I'm fine right here."

"Okay." Josh said as he turned to leave. "It's just you don't seem so well
today. What's going on?"

"Nothing."

"So that's the reason you and Toby have not been on speaking terms for a
week?"

"We've been on speaking terms..."

"CJ!"

"I will admit they haven't been good terms, but we have been on speaking
terms."

"So that's the reason Sam's been a go between for you and Toby?"

"Yeah."

"If you are acting this way at work I'd hate to know how you are acting
away from work."

"We haven't talked away from work."

"So it's over?"

CJ leaned back against the couch she was sitting on. She laid her hand
against her stomach. "I don't think it will ever completely be over."

"What do you mean by that?"

CJ closed her eyes. "I'm pregnant." She whispered.

"What? Toby's not happy about it?"

"That's not the problem. In fact he's so happy that he wants to do the
right thing."

"He asked you to marry him?"

"Yeah." CJ admitted softly.

"And you said no?"

"Something like that."

"CJ you know how he feels about you."

"Most of the time I do."

"What do you mean by that?"

"He wouldn't have asked if I wasn't pregnant. No matter how much...I'm not
marrying him just because I'm pregnant."

"What about marrying him because you love him?"

"That's not the reason he asked me."

"Do you really think that?"

"Josh, I honestly don't know what I think."

"Okay you know if you need anything all you have to do is ask."

"I know."

"How are you really?"

"I would be much better if I could sleep for more than a couple of hours a
night. Of course if I can't have that I'd settle for no more nausea."

"You need to take care of yourself."

"I know that."

to be continued...

 

A Long and Winding Road - 3