See part 1 for disclaimer. The song "It's Your Love" is the property of Tim McGraw and his record label. No copyright infringement is intended.
"Good morning, CJ" Jed Bartlet said as he walked into his Press Secretaryís office.
"Good morning, sir." CJ said as she stood up.
"No keep your seat. Listen Iíve got something to tell you." Barlet walked to the side of her desk, and sat down on the desk.
"Okay, itís not good is it."
"No, Toby was in a car accident this morning. I donít know how serious it is yet."
"I donít know. Listen I know what Leo did. I donít approve of it and Leo knows that now. Why donít you go to the hospital. Josh will drive you, okay."
"CJ, look for what itís worth, I think that itís great the two of you were able to find each other. And Iím rooting for you."
"Thank you sir."
"CJ" Leo said sticking his head into her office. "I donít want to see you here again today is that understood?"
"Yeah" She said surprised at Leoís turnaround.
"Good. And Iím sorry, I shouldnít have forced you and Toby apart. I was wrong. Whatever happens, happens and weíll deal with it okay."
It almost took an act of Congress for CJ to be able to get in and see Toby. Finally, Josh was able to talk the nurses into letting CJ in, something she would be eternally grateful for. She walked quietly into the emergency room cubicle to really talk to Toby for the first time in weeks.
"Hey." She said softly.
"How did you get in here." Toby was in disbelief that she was really there.
"Josh talked the nurses into letting me in." She said as she sat down on the stool and moved it closer to him.
"That wasnít what I meant."
"Oh, well from the little bit I understood the President has talked Leo down. Leo is fine with us seeing each other, I think."
"I have to be hallucinating this. Thatís what it is the painkillers they put me on a while ago are causing this."
"Then Iím having the same hallucination."
"Okay, then maybe itís real."
"Yeah. There are some things I need to say to you. The last six weeks have felt like the longest of my life. I didnít really know why they did but they did. But I admitted to myself why on the way over here. I love you. I have for months, but I was afraid to admit it. It took almost losing you permanently for me to admit to it."
"I know itís been the same for me."
CJ reached and took one of his hands and hers. "What happened this morning?"
"The other car came through the intersection from out of nowhere. It hit on the passengerís side."
"How are you?"
"They donít think there are any internal injuries. But they are keeping me overnight for observation. The turn signal broke off with the impact and broke my wrist. Theyíre planning to set it tonight. I guess you have to be getting back to work."
"No, Leo said he didnít want to see me for the rest of the day."
"Josh" CJ said as she stepped back into the waiting room.
"Hey, how is he?"
"Well, it doesnít seem to be serious. But they are probably going to keep him overnight for observation. Right now the only thing theyíve found is a broken wrist."
"Iíll phone the President and tell him. How are you?"
"I donít know." She sighed before continuing. "I have never been as scared as I was on the ride over here. Josh, if the worst had happened I donít know what I would have done."
"I know. Leo backed down, didnít he?"
"I think so. You know I really donít remember much of the conversation after the President told me about the accident. I think Leo admitted he was wrong. I hope he did. I told Toby that Leo had." She said with a shaky laugh.
"Listen, Iím going back to work. Youíre staying here, right?"
"You going to be okay?"
"I think so."
"Hey." CJ called softly as she walked into Tobyís hospital room two hours later. "I went and got the stuff you asked me too, Iím going to leave it in here, okay."
"Okay, come here." Toby said holding his hand out to her. "I talked to Leo, he is on his way here to talk to us. I think we need to talk about this before he gets here."
"Okay, I cannot take this any longer. Iím thinking that we should tell him that we do not give a damn about his ultimatum. We are two adults and we should be able to make our own choices about our lives."
"I agree. Itís our lives no one elseís. What has happened today has made me realize how much I love you." CJ moved to sit beside Toby on the bed. "Thatís all I care about."
"Iíve never found it easy to admit my feelings. You know that. But what Iím trying to say is I love you."
There was a knock on the door and Leo came into the room. CJ started to get up from the bed.
"No, CJ, stay where you are. I wonít be here that long." Leo said.
"Listen I owe both of you an apology. I shouldnít have meddled in your lives. Itís none of my business. But I guess since I allowed myself to ruin my own marriage, Iíve started to think that this job can destroy any relationship. I didnít want to deal with the consequences of your relationship ending. I knew it would probably tear the staff about. I didnít want to ruin any working relationships. So instead I ruined a personal one. If being together is what makes both of you happy, then do it. Iím sorry for standing in your way. Thatís all I came to say so Iíll leave you two alone. Toby, I'm glad that youíre okay, you scared all of us today." Leo walked out the door.
"Well, what do you think?" Toby asked CJ after Leo left.
"That we should start over."
"Okay." Toby said as he touched her face. He then brought her closer to him and kissed her.
CJ sat in a chair staring out the window. She glanced over at Toby every few minutes to see if he was still asleep. She couldnít believe everything that had happened that day. She pulled her feet up into the chair, and rested her head on her knees as she cried. She looked up when she heard Toby softly call her name.
"Come over here." Toby replied, moving over to give her room to sit on the bed.
CJ sat down on the bed facing him.
"Okay, why are you crying?" Toby asked as he wiped the tears from her eyes.
"I guess that I have held it in for so long. I finally had to let my emotions out."
"So you decided to do that will I was asleep?"
"Yeah, I didnít want to worry you."
"You held this in for how long?"
"I think that you know the answer to that question without me having to tell you." She sighed before continuing. "Iím so glad that this entire ordeal is over. I donít know if I could have taken much more."
"I couldnít have taken much more." Toby said quietly, still touching her face and searching her eyes.
She smiled before replying. "What do you mean by that?"
"I thought of resigning."
"Yeah, I thought of resigning. It was last night in fact. I even wrote a draft of a letter of resignation."
"Would you have gone through with it?" She asked softly.
"I donít know."
They sat in silence for a moment before either spoke.
"What are we doing to do now?" Toby asked.
"I donít know. What do you want to do?"
"Do you think it is possible that we could start over from where we left off?"
"Do you mean the way things were in Florida, or the way things were the night..."
"Which ever you would be the most comfortable with. Itís been six, very long, weeks since weíve been together."
"Yeah, it has. The longest, most painful six weeks of my life."
"Iím sorry, I know I caused some of the pain."
"What do you mean by that?" CJ asked.
"I hurt you by barely speaking to you. The few times we did speak, I could see the pain in your eyes. I thought it would be easier on you if we didnít speak."
"You were wrong." CJ said as tears began to form in her eyes.
"Youíre going to cry again, arenít you?" Toby said, as he wiped the tears from her eyes again.
"Probably." She laughed slightly.
Toby moved his injured arm away from him. He then put his other arm around CJís shoulderís, and pulled her against him. He rested his chin on the top of her head. "I love you, CJ Cregg. I know Iíve already told you that, but itís true. Iíve wanted to tell you that for so long, now I can."
"I donít think Iíll ever tire of hearing you say that." CJ whispered.
"Iím very glad of that, because youíre going to hear it a lot." Toby laughed.
"I love you." She whispered back.
"Love you. Close your eyes and get some sleep. This day has been almost as hard on you as it has been on me."
"I should move back to the chair then. The nurses wonít appreciate a visitor being in the same bed as patient."
"No, youíre not going anywhere."
"Sorry." CJ said as she got up. When she was standing beside the bed, she leaned over and kissed him. "Good night Toby."
"You could have stayed here." Toby pouted.
"Maybe tomorrow night."
"CJ, may I talk to you for a moment?" Leo asked the next day as he came into her office.
"Yeah, come in."
"Heís at his apartment now. He said he would probably come in here later today."
"He thinks that he is able to."
"Listen, I wanted to apologize to you again. This wasnít the first time I did this to you. And Iím really sorry for meddling in your life."
"You know if you hadnít meddled the first time, Toby and I wouldnít be together now. So, Iím willing to forgive you for that. Since, things have turned out fine in the end. Iím willing to forgive you, for this time also."
"I hope that you and Toby will be happy."
"Hey." Toby said as he walked into CJís office that evening.
"Hey, yourself. How are you?"
"How did you get here."
"I used the driving service. So, you wouldnít be ready to leave this place would you?"
"Why do you need a ride?"
"So why did you come in today?"
"To see what changes Ginger made in my schedule for the next few days, and to pick up some paper."
"What has Ginger done."
"Sheís threatening to schedule some rest time into my day."
"Wonder where she got that idea from?" CJ asked with a smile.
"You... Iíll get you back for this I promise."
"I have no doubt you will." CJ laughed. "Iím ready to go if you are."
"Okay, then letís go."
CJ took Toby back to his apartment. She then went back to her own apartment to feed her cat, and pick up a few things she would need. She changed into casual clothes. In less to an hour she was back at Tobyís apartment. When he opened the door, she noticed that most of the lights were out.
"What did you forget to pay your electric bill?" She joked.
"No." He laughed. "Why donít you follow me."
They walked from the living room into the dining room. In the dining room, CJ found a candlelit table for sat for two.
"So did you learn to do this by watching cooking shows?"
"Very funny, CJ."
"I thought it was." She said and then she kissed him. "Thank you."
"I thought this would be a nice second first date. Of course, since we arenít going out you probably wonít consider it a date. But I wanted to be alone with you tonight."
"That sounds like a good idea to me."
"You know I asked for one last dance to say goodbye. I think I would like a dance to say hello."
"Really, you think you can do it with your arm?"
"Iíll find a way."
Toby stood up and held his hand out to CJ. She placed her hand in his and stood up. He carefully put his arms around her and they began to dance.
Danciní in the dark
"I guess, I was wrong." CJ whispered. "You can managed to dance."
"Yes, it appears I can."
Itís your love
"I love you." Toby whispered to her as they were dancing.
"I love you too." CJ whispered back, then she kissed him.
"I havenít wanted to ask this, but are you staying tonight?"
"Yes." She replied.
Toby stopped dancing and looked CJ in the eyes for a long minute. He searched her eyes, and what he saw there told him she was certain of her decision. He smiled at her. She smiled back, and they began to kiss each other passionately.