See part 1 for disclaimers.

The weeks went by and Isaac became sicker. He had now gotten to the point that he was so weak that he could not go outside without assistance. David had helped him to go outside that morning and now he was sitting watching Toby who was on the phone in the kitchen.

"Happy Anniversary." Toby said to CJ.

"I was wondering, when you didnít say anything yesterday, if you had forgotten." She laughed.

"I couldnít forget our anniversary, and I wanted to wait until the day was almost over with for you to say anything."

"You did?"

"Yeah, if you remember I told you that if I wasnít back in DC by today that I would tell you where your gift was."

"Yes, I do. So, whereís my gift Toby?"

"Youíre impatient." Toby said.

"Yes, I am. Where is it?"

"The night stand on my side of the bed."

"Okay, in the bottom drawer?"

"Youíve already looked!"

"No, I just know you well. That seemed to me to be the place you would put it."

"Okay, have you opened the drawer?"

"Yeah."

"You see the package with the green wrapping paper?"

"Yes, that wouldnít be it, would it?"

"Yes, it would. You can get it out and open it."

"I can?"

"Yes."

"Okay." CJ took the package from the drawer and opened it. She found a jewelry box inside the package. "I see you bought me more jewelry." She laughed.

"Yes." Toby said.

"You know youíre never going to be able to top the necklace you gave me on our first anniversary."

"Really?"

"Yeah, of course it was what you said when you put it on me that got me." CJ said, fingering the necklace which was around her neck.

"Have you opened it yet?"

"No."

"Open it please."

CJ opened the box, and found a diamond tennis bracelet. "I love it." She said. "Thank you."

"Youíre welcome. Now what did you get me?"

"Iíll tell you when you get back." CJ replied.

"Thatís not fair."

"Yes, it is you canít see it until you get home anyway." CJ said.

"I guess you have a point there."

"I do." CJ laughed laying her hand against her stomach.

"Youíre up to something, I hear it in your voice."

"I assure you that Iím not up to anything." CJ said.

"Okay. I should go and let you get some sleep." Toby said.

"Yeah, you probably should. Happy Anniversary. I love you." CJ said.

"Love you too. Bye." Toby said.

"Bye."

After hanging up the phone, CJ went to check on Meghan, who was sleeping peacefully. She then walked back to the bedroom and laid down. She lay awake for awhile, thinking of what she had learned in Dr. Santosís office that day. She hoped Toby would be just as happy as she was about the pregnancy. She knew he would be worried about her health, but she hoped in the end he would accept what had happened.

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"CJ." Carol knocked on her open door two weeks later.

"Yeah." CJ answered.

"Tobyís on line two."

"Okay." CJ hesitated a moment before picking up the phone. She knew it could not be good news. "Hello." She said when she picked up the phone.

"God, itís good to hear your voice." Toby said.

"Whatís happened?" CJ asked.

"Heís gone."

"When?"

"About six hours ago. Iím sorry that I didnít call you sooner, but I needed time to deal with it."

"Thatís okay, donít worry about that. Is there anything I can do?"

"Just be there when I get back to DC."

"You know I will be. Iíll tell Leo Iím going to take a few days off." CJ said.

"Okay. The burial is tomorrow, so Iíll probably fly home day after tomorrow."

"All right. Iíll pick you up at the airport."

"CJ, are you okay?"

"Why do you ask that?"

"Because you havenít sounded well the last few times we have spoken."

"Yeah, Iím fine."

"Really?" Toby said.

"Yes, really."

"Okay, Iíll call you later tonight."

"Okay, love you."

"Love you too. Bye."

"Bye."

CJ hung up the phone and turned her chair until she was looking out the window. She was still looking out the window when Josh came into her office ten minutes later.

"Hey, you want to go grab a late lunch with Sam and I?"

"What." CJ said turning the chair around quickly and becoming dizzy as she did so.

"Whoa, you okay?" Josh asked.

"Yeah, I guess I moved too fast. I just got off the phone with Toby, his dad died a few hours ago."

"Iím sorry. The funeral is tomorrow?" Josh said.

"Yeah, heís flying back to DC in a couple of days."

"I guess youíre not going to the funeral?"

"Josh, thereís no way I could get there on time."

"I came in here to ask if you wanted to go to lunch with Sam and I?"

"Yeah."

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"Youíre staying here for a few days?" Toby asked David.

"Yeah, I think Iíll finish taking care of things here. So I take it you are anxious to get back home to CJ and Meghan?"

"Yeah, I am. Youíre certain that you donít mind settling things here?"

"No, I donít mind Toby. Go find the earliest flight out of here."

"Okay."

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Toby hurried through the crowded corridors of Ben-Gurion Airport, he had just enough time to quickly call CJ before his flight left. Since he had no time to waste, he decided to just leave a message on the answering machine at the apartment.

"CJ, itís me. Iím getting ready to leave Jerusalem. The flight is El-Al 9454, it should land at Dulles around nine-thirty tonight. Iíll see you then. Give Meghan a kiss from me, and tell her Iíll be home soon. Bye. Oh, I love you, Claudia Jean."

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"Do I have any messages?" CJ asked Carol after giving the morning briefing.

"Yeah, here they are." Carol said handing CJ the messages.

"Thanks." CJ said and went into her office and shut the door.

She looked through the messages, but did not find the one she was really looking for. She wondered if, perhaps, Toby had left a message on the machine at home. She picked up the phone to check , and was relieved when she heard the message. She wrote down the flight number and left for lunch.

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Toby was looking out the window on the plane when he heard the elderly woman beside him say, "What on earth?"

"What?" Toby asked.

"Theyíve closed the doors between us and the rest of the plane." The lady said.

"Whatís going on?" Toby wondered out loud.

As Toby spoke, he saw a man walk towards the cockpit of the airplane. The man was wearing a ski mask and carrying an AK-47. "Oh, hell." Toby thought.

to be continued...

 

I Know Why The River Runs - 4

 

 

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