See part 1 for disclaimer
"I was surprised when the request for your credentials came."
"My editor decided I was worth more as a White House correspondent. It was either come back or lose my job. Since I like the job, I decided to take my chances with coming back. Hey, what happened to Gail?"
"I took Gail to my apartment shortly after you left. She's still there. I'll tell her you're back."
"Maybe I'll stop by sometime to see my fish."
"Okay, I guess that wasn't the best idea I've ever had, was it?"
"No." C.J said with a slight smile.
"I guess that I'll go now. I thought it would be better if I came to see you before the briefing. It was nice seeing you again."
****************One and a half years earlier*************
Christmas was turning out much better than she had expected it to, C.J thought as she surveyed the scene in her apartment. It was Christmas Eve, and she had invited a few friends over for a dinner party. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, including the hostess.
"Need any help with the food, Claudia Jean." Josh asked as her walked into her kitchen.
"No I think I have it under control. Well I guess that you could take the salad out. There's different types of salad dressing in the refrigerator. You can take those out too."
Josh took the salad out, and came back into the kitchen.
"I haven't really had much of a chance to talk to you lately. How are you doing?"
"Some days are easier than others. But I guess I'm okay."
"Yeah, I guess."
"Okay, what do you mean by 'I guess'?"
"Josh, I gave up someone who made me happy. Why, to keep my job. I sometimes wonder if I did the right thing."
"What have you decided."
"I love my job. So I guess I did the right thing. That doesn't help me when I wake up in the middle of the night. Or when I hear a sad song on the radio and cry. I'm doing better than I was. Of course it helps that the tabloids have finally decided to leave me alone. I guess they have decided I didn't create enough of a scandal."
"Have you talked to Danny."
"I don't know where he went to. Even if I did, I don't think that he would talk to me. He was so angry at me when he left. He said that he would never return to the White House as long as I was Press Secretary. So, I guess he never wants to see me again. And I really don't blame him. I could have fought, but I didn't."
"Hold on, you couldn't have fought Leo. He thought it was a conflict of interest."
"I know he was worried I was feeding stories to Danny. But I wasn't. He wouldn't have taken a lead from me. Josh, it is over now, and I HAVE to put it behind me."
"You could always make that your New Year's resolution."
"Yeah, I could."
Danny walked into the office area outside of the pressroom, after speaking with C.J. He sat down at the cubicle where he had placed his laptop. Seeing C.J., again had not been as awkward as he had thought it would be. In the two years he had been away, much of his anger at her had faded. He wondered if there was anything there to salvage. Or, if she would even want to try again.
"Hey, stranger, it's been a long time." He heard someone say. He looked up, and saw it was Katie.
"Yeah, Katie I guess it has been. How are you?"
"You know, I never thought I'd see you her again."
"Neither did I. I had no choice. It was come back or lose the job."
"So, have you talked to her, yet?"
"If you don't mind me asking, how did it go?"
"Not as bad as I expected. That's all I really want to say.
C.J went back to her office after the briefing. The day had not been as bad as she had expected it to be. When she went in Josh was waiting for her.
"You're the second person to be waiting for me today."
"Really, so who was the first?"
"Who do you think?"
"How did it go?" Josh asked as C.J sat down on the couch beside him.
"Well, we didn't get into a shouting match. It wasn't as bad as I expected it to be."
"That's good. I'll talk to you later."