"C.J.?" Toby asked. His tone was that of confusion. "Are you all right?" Opening her eyes abruptly, she blushed a deep red and nodded. "Yeah. Fine. I just had a 'Living Out Loud' experience there for a moment. Listen, I'm sorry for dragging you out here. I..." She stopped, looked at him once more and then ran.

~*~*

"Married? You two got married?" Jenny's asked. "Nora, tell me one thing, are you pregnant?"

Laughing, she shook her head. "No!"

"Yes! I was right!" Jain yelled as her other sisters laughed along with her.

Clearing her throat, Abbey said, "Are you two happy?"

"Very Mrs. Bartlet," Wilson spoke up.

"Well then, I guess we're having a double celebration!" The President called out. "Break out more bottles of the champagne and wine."

As he helped her down from the chair, Wilson felt Nora's lips brush against his forehead. "See, that wasn't too hard."

~*~*

The party was once in full swing. Couples were dancing, laughing, eating, drinking and being married. Spinning, Nora laughed and then stopped in her tracks, seeing that two people were not in the room. "Where's Toby and C.J.?"

"Couldn't tell ya," Wilson whispered.

"Shouldn't we go find them?"

"Find who?" Jain asked, dancing on by with her date.

"C.J. and Toby," Wilson told her.

Nodding, Jain pointed to the doors. "Saw C.J. go through there and Toby follow her. I'd leave 'em alone."

~*~*~

He knocked. Then waited. And then knocked again, only harder. "Claudia Jean, I know you're in there! Let me in."

"It's open." Her voice timid and he could hear that she had been crying.

Sighing, he opened the door and shut it behind him. "Why did you run from me?"

"I got scared."

"Of what?"

"Of what I was going to say," C.J. told him, spinning on her heel. "Of what I felt at that moment, okay? I have no idea what I'm feeling, except that I have feelings for you. Hear that Toby, I have feelings for you."

He sat heavily on the couch and looked up at her. "You do?"

"Yes."

"Why'd it take you so long to tell me?" Toby asked, smiling.

"Excuse me?" C.J. asked. "Can you repeat that?"

"Well, I'm not going going to say that you're transparent, cuz you're not. It's just, I could kinda tell." Toby stood and went over to her. As he played with a piece of her hair, he smiled and told her, "But I'm glad that you told me, since I would have never had the courage to tell you how I felt."

Swallowing hard, she asked, "And that would be?"

~*~*~

Abbey sat next to her daughters and smiled. "This has been one of the best nights that I have had in long time."

"Glad to hear that Mom," Elizabeth told her.

Jain tapped glasses with her mother. "I feel so left out. I'm the only single chick here."

"What about, what's his name again, Chris?" Zoe asked, pointing her sister's date.

"Oh god, don't get me started with him! I dunno, I'm not ready for the type of commitment that he's looking for, I guess."

"What's going on here?" The President asked.

"We're just getting drunk Dad, well, except Zoe of course. Ya know, the usual," Jain piped up.

Putting a hand to his chest, he asked, "With out me?"

~*~*

Laughing softly, Toby shook his head. "Let's just say that the feelings are mutual."

"Really?" C.J. asked incredulously.

"Really," he told her. Moving arms length way, he asked with a smile, "Would you like me to escort you back to the ballroom?"

"That would be lovely."

~*~*

"Look who's back," Mae told to Donna and Josh with a laugh. "Think they're okay now?"

"I'd say by the looks of things that they are," Donna said.

"Would you like to dance?" Josh asked her, extending his arm.

"Yes."

Mae stood there for a moment, looking a bit lost until she felt a tap on her shoulder. Spinning on her heel, she found herself face to face with a young man by the name of Quinn Rice. "I was just wonderin' if you'd like to, um, dance?"

"Yeah, let's go!"

"We should join them," Jed said, looking at the younger couples and nodding.

Sighing, Abbey got up and told him, "Come on then."

"You make it sound like it's a chore." He laughed. "You too Leo, Jenny."

~*~*~

Giggling softly, C.J. walked towards her car with Toby's arms around her. "Thank you, for a wonderful night."

"No, thank you. We should do this again."

"What, go to more parties?" she asked.

"Well, that too. Wanna go to the movies tomorrow night?" Toby asked.

Crestfallen, she sighed. "I can't."

"Why? Already have a date?" Toby asked with a grin.

"No, it's not that..." she laughed. "My brother's coming in and I'm showing him around town. How 'bout...Sunday?"

"Sunday sounds great."

"For what?" Donna asked, coming up from behind.

"A date."

"Oh, what are you guys going?" Josh asked.

"To a movie."

Whistling, he nodded. "Hey, that does sound good. We should do that too. Whatta ya think Donna?"

"I like movies."

Laughing at Toby's expression, C.J. said, "See you all later." Giving him a look, she asked Toby sweetly, "Do you need a ride?"

 

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