Title: Everything's Made to Be Broken
Rating: PG (mild language)
Author's Notes: This is the first fanfic I have
written. It is my version of what happens after the
season finale. I'm planning to focus more the the
emotional and mental impact of the shooting. 
Disclaimer: The West Wing and its characters are not
my property. They are the property of Aaron Sorkin,
Warner Brothers Television, and NBC. No copyright
infrigement is intended.

All feedback, negative or positive is welcome.

Everything's Made to Be Broken Part 1/?

It seemed to Deputy Chief of Staff, Joshua Lyman,
that it took forever for the shooting to end. In
reality, the shooting lasted less than two minutes. 
When the secret service shouted all clear, Josh looked
up and saw one of the presidential limousines 
speeding away from the scene.

"Mr Lyman, are you injured?" he heard a Secret
Service Agent say.

"No, Jeffrey, I'm fine. " Josh replied. " At least I
think I am. What about the others?"

"The President, Zoey, and Charlie have been taken
back to the White House." Jeff told him.

Josh then looked around the scene, and saw
Communications Director Toby Ziegler walking slowly
towards him.

"Josh, are you okay?"

"Yeah, what about you?"

"My ankle hurts like hell. I think it is sprained or

"Mr. Ziegler, you need to go to the hospital." one
of the Secret Service agents said.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah. Why don't you see if there is
ANYONE more CRITICALLY injured first. Then we will
talk about taking me to the hospital."

Josh and Toby saw Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, Deputy
Communications Director Sam Seaborn, and Press
Secretary C.J. Cregg walking towards them. Leo and
Sam appeared to be unhurt. C.J. was holding her
right wrist with her left hand.

"Toby, Josh, you guys okay?" Leo asked.

"I'm fine, and Toby thinks he has a sprained ankle." 
Josh replied.


"Yes, Mr. McGarry"

"See that Toby and C.J. are taken to the hospital
when the next round of ambulances arrives. Josh, Sam
you are coming back to the White House with me."


"Yeah Toby."

"C.J. and I will return to the White House once we
leave the hospital." 


"Leo" C.J. interrupted, "Toby is right. You will
need the entire senior staff tonight. Besides someone
will have to brief the press."

"Josh can do it." Leo said with a small smile.

"Yeah, I can brief the press C.J. Just think of what
a success my last briefing was." Josh said.

"Not in this lifetime, Joshua. I still get questions
about the President's secret plan to fight inflation. 
Leo, Toby and I WILL return directly to the White
House. Just don't let Josh ANYWHERE near MY





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