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"CJ." President Bartlet knocked on her open office door.

"Yes, sir. Come in." CJ said standing up.

"Sit back down, CJ." Jed said and sat down on the couch.

"Iím sorry about yesterday sir." CJ said.

"Yeah, I heard about it. I think that you did the only thing you could do."

"I shouldnít have let her get to me."

"I can see why you did. Donít worry about it CJ. I donít have a problem with it."

"Thank you sir."

"Now, may I give you some free advice?"

"Yes, sir." CJ said.

"I understand you and Toby are fighting over this situation."

"Yes sir."

"You both are so stubborn that it may take awhile to get over this. But try to get over it as soon as possible."

"I tried sir."

"And?"

"Letís just say Toby said something last night that made me very angry and hurt me a lot. Then he tried to reach out to me later last night. I couldnít accept it, I was too hurt."

"And now?"

"I donít know, Mr. President, I donít know."

"CJ if there is anything Abbey or I can do to help, please let us know."

"I will sir."

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A week after CJ had spoken to the President, CJ and Toby were still not speaking very much. They did talk a little around Meghan, but most of the conversations were about Meghan. Finally, CJ had all she could take. She was trying to find a way to reach out to Toby. Then she remembered something the President had told her. CJ picked up the phone and dialed the First Lady.

"Good morning, Mrs. Bartlet. How are you?" CJ asked.

"Iím fine CJ. And you?"

"Iíve been better, maíam."

"Are you and Toby still fighting?" Abbey asked sympathetically.

"Yeah we are."

"Itís been over a week."

"Yeah I know. Mrs. Bartlet, I was wondering if I can ask you a huge favor?"

"What?" Abbey laughed.

"You wouldnít care to watch Meghan for me tomorrow night?"

"What are you planning CJ?" Abbey asked.

"Letís just say Iím sick of fighting. Iím going to find out a way to reach out to my husband, and Iím going to end this."

"Good for you." Abbey said.

"Toby already tried once, but I was too angry and hurt to accept the overture. I know he wonít try again so I guess itís my turn."

"What are you going to do?"

"I donít know yet."

"Donít worry about Meghan, weíll watch her as long as you need us to. Oh, are you going to tell Toby?"

"Not until he gets home tomorrow."

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CJ caught up with Ginger later that day in the hallway.

"Ginger." CJ said.

"Yeah, CJ?"

"Toby is working on the speech for the Denver trip, right?"

"Yeah, why?"

"Heíll probably work late tomorrow night?" CJ asked.

"Yeah and tonight probably too."

"Okay, can you do a favor for me?"

"Yeah, what?" Ginger asked.

"When Toby walks out of his office tomorrow night. When he takes a break from writing, can you put a note from me on his desk?"

"Yeah, I can do that."

"Thank you so much. Can you put it were it will be the first thing he sees when he goes back into the office?"

"Yeah, thatís no problem CJ. May I ask you a question?"

"Yeah Ginger."

"Are you trying to end the fight?"

"Yeah." CJ said softly.

"Thank you, thank you so much. Heís a lot easier to work for when you guys are happy."

"Heís a lot easier to live with too." CJ laughed.

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CJ was sitting in the rocking chair in Meghanís nursery rocking her to sleep. "Iím sorry for the way things have been between your daddy and I for the last week. But Iím going to fix everything tomorrow. You enjoy your visit with Uncle Jed and Aunt Abbey, and when Daddy and I come to get you everything will be normal again. Daddy and I love you sweetie." CJ said as she laid Meghan in her crib.

CJ was sitting on the couch reading memos, an hour later when Toby came home. She watched him as he took his coat off and sat down his briefcase.

"Is Meghan asleep?" He asked.

"Yeah, I put her to bed about an hour ago."

"Iím going to go look in on her."

"Okay." CJ said leaning her head against the back of the couch as he went by.

As he walked by, Toby could not help but do what he usually did when she did that. He bent and gently kissed CJ, and was greatly surprised when she kissed him back.

"Iím sorry, CJ. I shouldnít have done that. Thereís still too much between us." Toby said gently stroking her hair.

"Donít worry about it." CJ said softly. She watched Toby walk to Meghanís room. "There wonít be too much between us tomorrow. If I have my way, thereíll be nothing at all between us tomorrow. Nothing at all."

to be continued...

 

 

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