I forgot in the last part to think AJ for reading this and for some of the ideas in this story.
"Okay if there's nothing else you can go." Leo said, as he was ending the morning staff meeting the next morning.
"Leo, if you don't care, CJ and I have something to say. It's of a more personal nature, so we decided to wait until the end of the meeting."
"Josh, first of all you were right, Toby and I are engaged." CJ said.
"I knew that from the ring CJ. It's nice to know I was right." Josh said "Congratulations to both of you.
"Hold on. Toby I asked you yesterday if you had any good news to share and you said no." Sam said.
"No, I asked you why you thought I had good news to share. And to be splitting hairs, it's not good news, but great news." Toby replied.
"Okay." Sam said.
"CJ, Toby I just want to say that I'm happy for both of you. I hope that you will be very happy." Leo said.
"Thanks." CJ replied.
It had been nearly a week since CJ and Toby had announced their engagement. The President had requested that everyone stay late that night for a staff party.
"How long do you think this thing will last?" Toby asked.
"Oh, I don't know. Hopefully not that long." CJ replied.
"Looks, like everyone else is gone. Which means we are late. He's never going to let us hear the end of this!" Toby said as they noticed that both Josh and Sam were not in their offices.
"Great," CJ said, "he'll probably make us stay later now."
When they went into the Mural Room, they found everyone else already there.
"Glad you two could finally make it." Jed told them. "Of course, since no one told you this was an engagement party for you, I'll excuse you for being late. No one told you, right?"
"No, sir we didn't know." Toby said.
"Thank you everyone." CJ said.
"I'm glad we were actually able to pull this off. I thought Josh or Sam would tell you." Abbey said.
"Hey, what would make you think I would talk?!" Josh said.
"Maybe because you can't keep a secret, Josh." CJ told him.
"I guess I have the same reputation." Sam said.
"Yes you do Princeton." Toby told him.
"Okay, strangely enough Josh and Sam are not the reason we are here tonight. So why don't we focus our attention back to CJ and Toby." Abbey said.
"I would like to propose a toast." Jed said. "CJ, Toby everyone in this room is very happy for both of you. We all know what you went through to be together. And I think I speak for all of us, when I say, that I hope you have a long, happy, and successful marriage. I have one question, when is the wedding?"
"Well, we thought about the Friday before Labor Day." CJ answered.
"That would mean you would be back in time to work on the fall campaign." Jed said.
"Yes, sir it would. We decided that would be the last opportunity to get married until after the inauguration. We didn't want to wait that long." Toby said.
"You don't have very long to plan it, CJ." Abbey said.
"I've already started."
"Where are you getting married?" Abbey asked.
"My parents own a vineyard in California. We're going to be married there. Outdoors, if the weather holds out."
"Hold on, you actually got Toby to agree to an outdoor wedding?!" Sam exclaimed.
"Sam..." Toby said
"I'm just saying that your hatred of anything outdoors is legendary." Sam said.
"If you must know we compromised. CJ wanted an outdoor wedding, so the reception is indoors."
"I can't wait to see this." Sam said.
CJ was sitting on the couch looking at magazine, and talking on the phone when Toby got back from temple.
"What are you looking at?" Toby asked her.
"Nothing that you can see right now. I'm on hold."
"My wedding dress."
"I see. And I can't see it right?"
"Not until I'm walking down the aisle."
"Yes," CJ said, as she was speaking to Toby, the person on the other end of the phone came back. "I'm still here. You do have it. Okay, I'll be by to look at it in about an hour. Yes, thank you very much. Goodbye."
"You were talking with some dress shop about the dress you saw in the magazine. You know I could drive you to the shop."
"Nice try, but I don't think so." CJ picked up her car keys and walked to where Toby was sitting. She leaned down and kissed him. "Love you."
"Love you too. You're certain you don't need me to drive?"
"Yes, I'm certain. I'll see you later."
"Okay. Aren't you going to take this with you?" Toby was holding the magazine she had been locking at.
"That might be a good idea." CJ said reaching for it.
Toby held the magazine out of her reach. "I don't know if I should give this to you. I could look through it. Betcha I could figure out which dress you chose."
"Give me the magazine."
"Toby..." CJ said while trying to reach behind him where he put the magazine. "Give me the magazine."
Toby was holding the magazine in one hand, so he used his free hand to pull her into his lap. "So, you want this magazine back." He dropped the magazine into the floor behind the chair. "No you're not getting up yet."
"Because I said so."
"That's not a good reason."
"Yes, it is." Toby said and then kissed her.
"I said I would be there in an hour." CJ said between kisses.
"You're trying to say that I should let you go."
"I'm afraid so."
"Okay." Toby said moving his arms so CJ could get up.
CJ walked behind the chair and picked up the magazine.
to be continued...