"Okay." CJ said to herself as she paced back and forth in her office. "I can do this. Iím not a really shy person. I can do this."
She sat down on the couch. "All I have to do is go to his office. Itís right down the hall. Itís not like itís in the Himalayas, and Iíve been in his office many times before. Once Iím in his office, all I have to do is ask. Itís just one simple sentence thatís all, one sentence. Would you like to go out on a date? Thatís all I have to do. Itís not that hard. Okay, why canít I motivate myself to get off this couch and go ask him?" CJ said to herself.
At the same time Toby was sitting in his office staring out the window. "It should be easy. This shouldnít be a hard thing to do. Iím a speech writer for crying out loud. How hard should it be for me to ask someone out on a date? All I have to do is ask her. She might even say yes." He thought.
"Okay, Iím going to his office and Iím going to ask him. If he says no then Iíll quickly come back here and try to pick up the remains of my dignity." CJ said getting up and leaving her office.
"Thereís only one way for me to find out." Toby thought as he left his office.
CJ was walking briskly through the deserted hallways of the West Wing to Tobyís office, not really looking where she was going, when she ran into someone.
"Oh, Iím sorry." She looked and saw who she had ran into. "Toby!"
"Donít worry about it. This is very coincidental." Toby said.
"Youíre telling me. I was just on my way to your office to talk to you."
"You were! I was just going to your office to talk to you."
"Since my office is closer we could go to it." CJ said.
"Yes, but Sam is gone and Josh isnít."
"Weíll go to your office."
They went into Tobyís office and sat down on the couch. "Since we came to my office," Toby said, "Iíll let you speak first."
"Okay," CJ said swallowing before going on, "I was wondering if...well if you...would like to go out with me?" She looked up and saw that Toby was smiling.
"I was coming to your office to ask you the same thing. And the answer to your question is yes." Toby said.
"Really? You were?" CJ asked happily
CJ sat and stared at Toby, waiting for him to ask her, for a minute before saying. "Well...Iím waiting!"
"What?!" Toby said confused.
"Ask!" CJ cried.
"CJ, would you like to go out with me?" Toby asked.
"Yes, I would Toby." CJ replied
"Okay,"Toby breathed a sigh of relief, "now that we have that settled. When? Where?"
"Friday would probably be good." CJ suggested.
"You can chose where we go, and surprise me."
"Surprise you?" Toby asked.
"Iím not very good at surprises." Toby said
"This one shouldnít be too hard. All you have to do is chose a restaurant and not tell me where it is until we get there. It wonít be hard, I promise." CJ laughed
"Are you getting ready to leave?"
"Yeah, I was going to leave as soon as I finished this."
"Why donít you go back to your office and get your things. Iíll walk you out."
Toby came to CJís office a few minutes later. They walked to their cars in silence.
"Iím looking forward to Friday." CJ said once they reached her car.
"So am I. Good night CJ."
Toby leaned towards her a little. Seeing what he was doing CJ moved her head slightly. Instead of kissing her cheek, as he had intended. Toby found himself kissing her softly on the lips.
"Iím sorry I hadnít intended that." Toby said.
"No, but I did." CJ said and then returned the kiss.
Toby and CJ had decided to go directly from work to the restaurant on Friday. Accordingly, CJ dressed for the date that morning before leaving for work. She had finally decided on a green sleeveless dress that had a matching long jacket.
"Are you ready to go?" Toby asked standing just inside CJís office.
"Yeah, Iím ready." CJ replied getting up from her desk and putting her jacket on.
"So where are we going?" CJ asked Toby as they were walking to his car.
"I believe that you stipulated this was to be a surprise. Youíll know when we get there." Toby laughed.
A few minutes later they pulled up to Tobyís apartment complex.
"Your apartment?" CJ said incredulously.
"Yes, do you remember making a remark about me watching cooking shows awhile back?" Toby said as he opened her car door.
"Yeah, I do. What does that have to do with this?" CJ asked as she got out of the car.
"It sounded as if you doubted I can cook."
"Yes, I do doubt that."
"Then you are getting ready to find out that I can." Toby said as he opened the door to his apartment.
"Okay, you better be able to cook well." CJ laughed.
"Have a seat." Toby told CJ as they came into his living room. "Your dinner will be ready in about half an hour."
CJ walked around the room as she waited. Tobyís apartment was not as cluttered as his office was. There was nothing out of place. A photo that was on the shelf caught her eye. She picked it up and looked at it. It was of her and Toby sitting at a table talking during the Inaugural Ball.
"I always liked that dress." Toby said as he came back into the room.
"Thank you. Itís funny most of that day is a blur for me."
"Yeah, I remember the cold, the parade a little bit, and the balls some. I do remember when we all went back to the West Wing and all of you decided I should do the Jackal. Is dinner ready?"
"Yes, it is." Toby said leaning over to kiss her.
"Youíre learning. " CJ said soflty
"What are you talking about?"
"I didnít have to move my head this time." CJ said and kissed him.
"I had a good time." CJ said as they were standing outside her car hours later. "I also stand corrected you can actually cook."
"So did I. We should do this again?"
"Yeah, but Iíll cook or weíll go to a restaurant."
"Yes, Iíll cook." CJ replied.
"I donít know if that is a good idea, I mean can you cook?" Toby asked.
"Wouldnít you like to know?" CJ teased.
"Yes, I would. Of course, that would mean I could spend more time with you."
"We could try Tuesday?"
"Tuesday it is. At your apartment?"
"Yes, at my apartment. Iím going to prove to you I can cook." CJ laughed
"Youíre going to try to prove to me you can cook." Toby said.
"Oh, Iíll prove it to you."
"You will?" Toby said as he put his arms around her.
"Yes, I will."
"Weíll see." Toby said.
"Good night, Toby." CJ said and kissed him.
"Good night CJ." He said as he kissed her back.