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The ringing of the phone had awakened Toby shortly after midnight.
After speaking with Josh for a couple of minutes, he quickly left. It amazed
him that he had not been pulled for speeding as he drove to the hospital. As
he was talking to the nurse at the admission desk, Josh came out.

"Where is she?" Toby asked.

"They just took her upstairs. She thought she heard you so I told her I
would check and see."

"You didn't tell her you called me?"

"Not yet."

"What happened?"

"She started having contractions. They've given her some medicine to stop
them. Sorry I didn't catch the name of it. They've taken her upstairs."

"Is the medication working?"

"Yeah it's starting to. The doctor is saying if she makes it through the
next twenty four hours everything should be fine."

"What kind of chance are they giving of that happening?"

"They haven't said."

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Toby stood at the door for a moment before going in. He couldn't tell if
she was asleep or not. He walked over to the bed and sat down next to her.
He noticed that her left hand was resting lightly on her stomach. He reached
for her hand and took it in his.

"Josh called you didn't he?" CJ said without opening her eyes.

"How did you know it was me?"

"Did you really think I wouldn't recognize your touch?"

Toby could not think of a way to answer her, so he kissed her forehead.

"I would have recognized that too." CJ remarked.

"I should hope so. I'm not planning on going anywhere."

"I wasn't planning to ask you to go."

"We'll work this out once you are out of the hospital."

"If there is still something to work out."

"I don't want to hear you say things like that."

"Okay. Do you think there is anyway you could hold me?"

"I was beginning to think you were never going to ask."

"I didn't know if you would want to." CJ admitted as he sat down on the bed
beside her.

"You really don't know do you?"

"Know what?" CJ asked as she laid her head against his shoulder.

"How much you mean to me." Toby continued before she could speak. "You mean
everything to me."

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Toby was able to take CJ home late the next day. Her hospitalization had
forced them to tell Leo about the pregnancy. Leo had wished them well, and
hoped that CJ would be better soon.

Toby sat down next to CJ on the bed. She had quickly fallen asleep once
they had gotten back to her apartment. He felt that he could rest now. Her
doctor believed that everything would be fine now. He could only hope that
was correct. During the last few weeks he had been certain that he had lost
her. In that time, he had realized what his life would be like without her
in it. It was something he did not want to go through again. He knew that
there had to be someway they could compromise, and stay together. He laid
down beside her. As he slipped his arms around her, she snuggled against him
just as she always had. Maybe in some way it proved that on the most
fundamental way that their relationship had not changed. Toby could only
hope that was true.

It was hours later when CJ finally awakened. The first thing she noticed
when she woke up was that Toby was asleep beside her. It felt good to be in
his arms again. She could feel one of his hands resting on her stomach. He
had held her this way on the couple of nights they had spent together after
finding out about the pregnancy. She realized then how much she had missed
him. She closed her eyes and snuggled deeper into his arms. Deep down she
knew he loved her.

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The next time CJ woke up it was almost dark. She was alone, and she
wondered if she had imagined Toby's presence earlier. She turned and
immediately noticed the indentions on the other pillow. She knew then that
he had been there. She wondered where he was, so she got up to find him. She
walked into the kitchen and found him cooking.

"Whatever it is, it smells good." CJ said.

"I didn't know you were awake."

"I haven't been awake for a long time."

"Okay."

She stood there watching him for a moment. More than anything she wished he
would hold her. Maybe it had been easier to be close when they both had been
asleep. She was certain she should be the to make the first move. After all
she was the one who had put the distance between them. She slipped her arms
around his waist and laid her head against his back He reached and turned
the stove off, and then turned to face her.

"Why did you do that?" She asked.

"Because I'm a little distracted right now."

"Okay." CJ buried her head against Toby's shoulder. After a few minutes,
she whispered, "I'm sorry."

"For what?"

"Pushing you away."

Toby stroked her hair for a few moments before answering. "Would it help if
I withdrew the proposal?"

"Toby..."

"No, listen. I lost you for awhile, and I can't go through that again. Not
now or ever. I just want you to be happy, preferably with me."

"So we both can be happy?" She laughed.

"Yeah."

"I don't want to lose you again either."

"Then we'll keep the relationship as it was?"

"Yeah, I guess so."

"What do you mean?"

"Toby there are going to be a lot of questions."

"Why we aren't getting married?"

"Yeah."

"Tell them it's none of their business and leave it at that. Anyway the
White House does not answer questions about the personal lives of the
staff."

"Okay, I just hope it will work."

"It will. You need to lay back down now."

"Toby..."

"The doctor said you couldn't be up for long."

"I know."

"All right."

"I'm going." She stepped out of his embrace. She smiled as she heard him
turn the stove back on. "Are you planning to bring me dinner in bed?"

"Is that an invitation?"

"Yeah." She laughed.

"Okay."

to be continued...

 

A Long and Winding Road - 4