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Summary: CJ and Toby go away for the weekend, and have
some news when they get back.

The sun was shining through the blinds when Toby came
into CJ's office that afternoon. He sat on the couch
and waited for her to finish the briefing she was
giving. About ten minutes later, she came back.

"Yes?" CJ said sitting down next to him on the couch.

"Must I have a reason to talk to you?"

"When you talk to me at work, you typically have a

"So I do."

"What's the reason this time?"

"We have a three day weekend coming up."

"Yes, we do." CJ said.

"I was thinking we could go away for the weekend."

"Okay." CJ smiled. "That does sound nice."

"Yeah." Toby said taking her hand in his. He lifted
it and looked at the ring he had placed on her finger
months earlier.

"What are you thinking?"

"How many times have we postponed this due to a
crisis here?"

"Quite a few."

"I was thinking that we could get married this
weekend. Unless you want a big wedding of course."

"Somehow I have the feeling the only way we could
have a big wedding is to wait until after we are out
of office. I don't want to wait that long."

"Neither do I."

"Okay, then I guess we are getting married this

"I think so." Toby said. He leaned over and gently
kissed her.

"Toby, I didn't think we were going to do that at
work." CJ whispered.

"I just got you to agree to marry me this weekend,
and you think I'm not going to kiss you." Toby laughed
as he got up. "I'll see you later."


CJ stood looking at her reflection in the mirror. She
wasn't a vain woman, but it was natural to want to
look beautiful on her wedding day. Toby was waiting
downstairs for her. She still couldn't believe they
were doing this. Everytime, they had set a date,
something would happen and it would have to be pushed
back. She still didn't know if eloping was a wise
idea, it would have to be explained to the press. That
was an unpleasant thought, and she decided to push it
out of her mind until Tuesday. She didn't want to
think about work at all. After all it was her wedding
day, and soon it would be her honeymoon. She took one
last look in the mirror, and then went downstairs.

Toby was standing on the porch of the bed and
breakfast they were staying at. She stood in the
doorway watching him for a moment.

"Toby." She said softly.

He turned around and looked at her. "You look

She smiled. "Thank you."

"We should go." He reached for her hand.

"I still can't believe we are doing this."

"In an hour we will be married."

"I know." CJ smiled. "I dread trying to explain this

"Don't think about that."

"I'm trying not to."


Thirty minutes later, the justice of the peace
pronounced that they were married. Toby reached out
and gently touched her face, mouthing "We did it." She
shook her head as his arms encircled her. She closed
her eyes and waited for him to kiss her. A couple of
seconds later he gently kissed her. She put her arms
around him and held him close to her as they kissed.

"Toby." She whispered as they were walking out to the


"We're actually married."

"Yes, I know." Toby said, he stood against the car
and pulled her against him.

"I didn't think we would actually be able to do it."


"I thought something would happen to stop us.
Something would come up."

"It didn't."

"I know." CJ said. She leaned in and kissed him.

"Let's go back to the room." Toby whispered.

"You wouldn't be trying to get me into bed, would
you?" CJ teased.

Toby laughed and kissed her gently. "Let's go."


The rain was hitting the windshield of the car as
they were driving back. Lost in her thoughts, CJ
watched it as it fell. Occasionally, she would glance
over at Toby who was driving. They had barely spoken
since leaving the bed and breakfast an hour ago. It
was a companionable silence, not awkward at all. She
moved her hand, the ring of her finger catching her
eye as she did so. She couldn't help but stare at it
as the lightning flashed in the sky.

Toby glanced over at her as she looked at the ring.
"Do you think they'll notice?"

"I don't think they'll notice mine. Yours on the
other hand..."

"Wait a minute! Why would they notice mine and not

"Because your ring actually looks like a traditional
wedding ring. Mine does not." CJ said looking at the
diamond set he had slipped on her finger 48 hours

"You're wearing a ring though."

"They're used to the engagement ring. They're not
going to notice. They've grown used to you not wearing
a ring. If they notice one it will be yours."

"It's not like it matters, since we are going to tell
them anyway."

"I think it would be fun to see if they can figure it

"It's Josh and Sam. I don't think they will."

"That's true. There's also the matter of the press
finding out before we announce." CJ said.

"Which is the reason we are going to tell everyone in
the morning, and you are going to announce it at the

"Yeah, but I'd still like to have some fun with

"I know."


Once they were back in Washington, they went to CJ's
apartment. Toby helped her out of the car and they
went into the building. Once they reached the
elevator, Toby pulled her into his arms and kissed
her. It reached her floor and he kept his arm around
her as they walked to her apartment.

As she opened the door, Toby swept her up in his
arms. "What are you doing?" CJ asked.

"I believe it is traditional for the bride to be
carried over the threshold."


"What?" He said as he sat her down.

"You didn't have to do that."

"I know that."


"Have I told you I love you, Mrs. Ziegler." Toby
asked pulling her close to him.

She kissed him, then drew back. "Cregg-Ziegler." She
murmured against his lips.

"I can still call you Mrs. Ziegler?"

"When we are alone." CJ said and then kissed him.


Toby was a little disoriented for a moment when the
phone woke him up. He could feel CJ starting to stir.
"You answer it." She said sleepily.

"We're at your apartment."

"It's our apartment and you're closer to the phone."

He answered the phone. "Yeah?...Okay...Yeah we can be
there in an hour. Okay." He hung up the phone.

"What?" CJ said sleepily.

"We have to go to work."


"That was Leo, we have to go."


"He didn't say."

"I have to get up?"




An hour later, they walked into Leo's office. "Good
morning." Leo said. "Hope you had a nice weekend." He
handed them a newspaper. It was turned to the third
page, and the dominant story on that page was their
elopement. "I guess congratulations are in order." Leo
said before they had finished reading the article.

"Leo.." CJ said.

"Look you postponed it several times. I don't blame
you two for eloping. Just remind the press of that."

"And the engagement wasn't exactly a secret." CJ

"Exactly." Leo said.


"Are you pregnant?"


"The press will ask the question. There's speculation
to that effect in the article."

"No, I'm not pregnant."

"Okay." Leo said. "Toby?"


"You haven't said much."

"CJ's doing fine."

"Yeah, and we lectured you when we found out you and
CJ were dating."

"Yes, I remember, if I ever hurt her I answer to you,
Josh, Sam and the President."

"Goes doubly now."


"CJ, handle the press. You know what to do."


"Okay." Leo said in dismissal. "Oh, don't be
surprised if there's a small party for you in the near


"Were are you going?" Toby asked once they had left
Leo's office.

"It's four thirty. Wire reports don't come in until
seven. You know what that means?"


"I can sleep for two and a half hours."

"You're sleepy?" Toby said as they went into her

"Toby, I've only slept about two hours tonight."

"I wonder why?" Toby smirked.

"Because I have a very passionate new husband who
kept me up tonight making love to me." She whispered
in his ear.

"Oh yeah."

"So I would like to sleep now."

"Lay down."


"Don't worry I'm not going to stay."

"Okay." She laid down on the couch.

He took the throw and covered her with it. He bent
and gently kissed her forehead and then left.


A few hours later, CJ stood outside of the Press Room
getting ready to go in.

"Hey." Toby said as he walked past her.

"I'm thinking you should be going in here with me. Do
a joint statement." CJ said.

"Not a chance." He squeezed her hand for a moment.

"So you're going to leave me to walk into the lions'
den alone?" She laughed.

"Yeah." He said as he walked away.

She watched him go, shook her head and went into the
Press Room.

The end.



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