See part 1 for disclaimers.

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"Come on." Ahmed said stopping by the row of seats Toby was sitting in.

"What?" Toby asked.

"Time for you to make more phone calls my friend. And donít try anything this time like you did last time. You are to speak only to the Prime Minister and to your own President."

I speak only with the Prime Minister and the President." Toby repeated.

"Yes, you speak only with the President and PM. Do not try anything this time like you did the last time." Ahmed said.

"I didnít try anything." Toby said to himself.

"What did you say?" Ahmed said.

"I didnít try anything earlier." Toby said.

"Sounded to me as if you were trying to signal something to them."

Ahmed then handed the phone to Toby, who called the Israeli Prime Minister. Then he called President Bartlet.


Josh picked the phone up on the first ring. CJ had fallen asleep an hour earlier, and he really hoped she would not hear it ringing.

"Hello." Josh said.

"Josh," Jed said, "good idea not letting CJ answer the phone."

"Yeah, I thought it was sir. She fell asleep about an hour ago, so I really hope this didnít wake her up."

"Well, when she wakes up, tell her that Iíve spoken to Toby again. Theyíre giving the Israelis 48 hours to release the prisoners."

"Oh, hell. And if there not released?"

"They start executing passengers." Jed said.

"I donít think CJ needs to know that." Josh said.

"Itíll be in the papers. Thereís no way we can keep it from her. Not to mention she going to be pissed if we keep this from her." Jed said.

"Yeah she will be. You want me to tell her?"

"Iím afraid you are the one there with her."

"Yeah, I guess I should be the one to tell her then." Josh said. "Wait a minute! Did they say who they were going to execute first?"

"No. I think Toby would be one of the last. Of course that would be logical and terrorist are seldom logical."

"Thatís true, sir. I just hope she doesnít ask that question."


Toby sat back down and closed his eyes. He knew he should try and get some sleep, but it was hard to sleep when there were five terrorists armed with AK-47ís, who could possibly get trigger happy. The only thing that was getting him through this ordeal was thinking of CJ and Meghan. So, he immersed himself in his memories.


"Well?" He asked, getting up from the chair and walking towards her.

CJ walked closer to Toby before answering. "It was...Toby, weíre going to have a baby!" She said, her face lighting up with a smile as she spoke.

"We are?!" He said touching her face.


Toby put his arms around her, and brought her close to him. They stood there in each otherís arms for several minutes. Toby then drew away form her, and led her to the couch. He sat down on the couch, and pulled her onto his lap. After she was settled comfortably against him, he spoke again.

"I thought you needed to sit down. Youíre going to need a lot of rest in the next few months."

"Yeah, I probably will."

"I intend to see that you get it."

"Oh, you do?"

"Yes, youíre planning to make a doctorís appointment tomorrow?"


"Okay." He kissed her softly on the lips.

"Hey, you can do better than that." CJ whispered.

Toby traced her lips with his finger for a moment. "Yeah, I can do better." He said before kissing her again.


CJ woke up and sat up in bed. She looked at the clock and saw it was three. She got up and walked into the kitchen, as she stood at the counter drinking a glass of water she saw that Josh had fallen asleep on the couch.

"What time is it?" Josh asked sleepily.

"Itís three." CJ replied.

"Well, I survive well on one hour of sleep." Josh said.

"Okay, whatís happened?"

"President called about an hour ago."

"Why didnít you wake me?!"

"We decided to let you sleep. Heís spoken to Toby again. Tobyís still okay."

"Oh, thank God." CJ said and sat down on the couch beside Josh.

"Yeah, the terrorists have issued an ultimatum."

"What?" CJ asked fearfully.

"If the prisoners arenít released in forty-eight hours..."

"They start killing passengers?"


"I canít say I didnít see that coming. Okay whatís going to happen?"

"I donít know he didnít tell me."

"But you think he knows what is going to happen?"



Jed was on the phone with the Israeli PM. "Youíre certain this will work, Moshe?

"Yes, Iím certain." Moshe Ben-Amin, the Israeli Prime Minister said.

"Minimal causalities?" Jed asked.

"As few as possible."

"You know one of my staff is on that plane?" Jed said.

"Yes, I know."

"This better work. I donít want to have to break any bad news to his wife."

"I realize that."

"When is it going to happen?"

"Theyíll go in tonight. Which means in about nine hours."

"Okay, letís hope this works. Iím not going to tell my staff so, theyíll be no leaks."

"Not even..."

"No, definitely not CJ, not until itís over."

to be continued...


I Know Why The River Runs - 8



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