See part 1 for disclaimers

CJ was gathering her things to go home when Toby walked into her office. She looked up. "Yes?"

"We should go to dinner."

"I'm going home."

"We're dating."

"Pretending to date." She corrected.

"Yes, and we should go to dinner."

She turned around until she was facing him, hands on her hips, she asked. "Why?"

"Because we don't want Sam and Josh to know that we are just pretending."

"Good reason."

"I thought so."

"So where are we going?"

"It's up to you." Toby said as they were walking out. He knew that Sam and Josh had told everyone that he and CJ were dating, so he slipped an arm around her waist.

She looked down at where his arm was and then looked back up at him.

Toby leaned closer to her and whispered. "Everyone knows, just play along."


As soon as they were in the parking garage and no one was around, she moved Toby's arm away from her waist. "I think we need to set some rules."


"We only act affectionate when others are around."

"I never thought otherwise." He shrugged.

"Okay, how far does this affection go?"

"As far as we deem necessary."

"And that would be?"

"Oh, come on CJ! We aren't going to have sex in front of them."


"Nothing more than what just happened."

"Our arms around each other? Hand holding?"




After they had been together for nearly a week, the President decided to have a small party for them. Everyone was in the Residence waiting, or rather dreading, for the President's special chili to be served.

"You guys really are happy?" Josh said to CJ.

"Yes." She smiled sweetly.

"I'm glad, but you know it was fairly obvious that the two you had a thing for each other."

CJ almost choked on her drink. "It was?"

"You okay?"

"Yeah, I just didn't think..."

"That anyone had noticed?"


"It's been obvious for ages."


"Yeah." He smiled. "Glad it finally happened." He walked away.


Toby came up to her a little while later. "I was thinking that since this thing is in honor of us, we should spend some time together." He whispered.

"Good idea."

"What were you and Josh talking about?"

"He thinks it's been apparent for ages that you and I have a thing for each other."

"He does?"

"Yes, of course this is also the same man who can't admit he has a thing for Donna."


"So he is certainly wrong about us."

"Of course." Toby agreed.


Later that evening, after the chili had been eaten, the President decided to put some music on so the guests of honor could dance together.

"They're all watching us." Toby whispered.

"They are?"

"Yes, with what I would describe as smug, self-satisfied looks, especially Josh and Sam."

She laughed. "What do you think they want?"

"We said we would do whatever the moment called for?"

"You also said we weren't having sex in front of them." She laughed.

"I'm thinking we should kiss."

"Are you asking my permission to kiss me?"


"Well, since it you put it that way, you may." She smiled.

He gently kissed her lips. As he pulled away, each of the them moved towards the other and they kissed again, a deeper kiss this time.

Chapter 4



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