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Rating: PG

Summary: CJ and Toby get more than they bargained for when they decide to get even with Sam and Josh.

Best Laid Plans

Sometimes it can be apparent that two people belong together. Occasionally the two people know it immediately. But more often than not, they need a little help coming to the appropriate conclusion.

The bar wasn't all that crowded that night. Sam and Josh were at a pool table playing pool, while CJ and Toby were back at the table talking.

"They look happy." Sam remarked.

"What are you talking about?"

"CJ and Toby."

"What about them?" Josh asked.

"They look good together. Almost as if they belong together."

"CJ and Toby, together...as in *together*?"

"Yeah, it really isn't such a bad idea." Sam said.

"Why not?"

"Well look at them. They've known each other for years. They're good friends. They say that friends make the best lovers."

"If we are wrong, they'll kill us." Josh said.

"Are you saying I'm right?"

"I'm saying they would be good together."

"So you'll help me get them together."


"Well they're not going to do it themselves. They need a little help."

"So we're going to help them?"

"Sure." Sam said. "I'll talk to Toby. You talk to CJ."

"What are we going to do when they kill us?"

"They won't kill us. They'll be grateful to us."


CJ turned around in her chair, watching them. "What do you think they are up to?"

"I have no idea."

"They look like they are up to something."

"They do?"

"Yes, look at them."

Toby glanced over at Sam and Josh. "They don't look like they are up to anything."

"Yeah, well when we find out what they are up to, and it's on the front page of every paper." She laughed.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah. They aren't up to anything, and even if they are it won't be that bad."


The next day, Sam walked into Toby's office, ducking to miss the ball that was flying around the room.

"Hey Toby."

"What do you need?"

"I wanted to talk to you about something."


"You like CJ, right?"

"What are you talking about?"

"You like her."

"Much more than I do you, right now. Why?"

"I was just wondering."


"Did you ever think that maybe you should ask her out?"



"It would be detrimental to your health to not leave right now."

"I'm going."


Josh was standing in CJ's office when she came back from doing a briefing. "What do you need?" She asked as she walked in.

"I wanted to talk to you."

"What about?"

"I was watching you and Toby last night."

"What about Toby and I?"

"Well you guys are cute together."

"Toby and I are cute together?" She was trying not to laugh.


"What is your point?"

"I just think you would make a nice couple."

"A nice couple?"


"A couple of what?" She laughed, although she knew exactly what he was implying.

"A couple, CJ."

"I understand that."

"You should be together." He finally said.

"Josh, Toby and I have known each other for years."

"Yes, I know that."

"Don't you think he and I would know if..."

Josh shrugged and left.


CJ was leaving when Toby called her to his office. She stood in the doorway. "Yeah?"

"Did you have a visit from Josh today?"

She sat down on the couch. "Yeah, how did you know?"

"I had a visit from Sam."

"Did Sam suggest you and I should be a couple?" She asked.

"No, he said I like you and I should ask you out."

"Josh said we were cute together." She laughed.

Toby made a face. "Cute?"

"Well the cuteness would be coming from me." She smiled.

Toby just shook his head and they were silent for a moment.

"So I guess we know what they were up to last night." CJ said.

"Yes we do. I'm thinking they should be taught a lesson."

"Oh?" She noticed a glint in his eyes.


Chapter 2



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