RATING: PG
DISCLAIMER: See Part 1
NOTES: See Part 1
SUMMARY: KD and Toby deal with possibilities, Leo finds that he has to start
taking steps to stay happy and keep the women he loves happy at the same time.

"Leo?"
"What, Sam?" Leo asked gruffly.
"We need to talk. You got a minute?" Sam asked as he stepped into his
boss's office.
"No." Leo replied.
"Funny cause Margaret says you do."
"Damn it. Come on in." Leo muttered. Sam smiled and came in all the way.
"What do you need, Sam?"
"I need to talk to you about Mallory." Sam started slowly.
"What about her? Is she okay?" Leo asked in concern.
"I'm not sure, actually. I've been talking to her and the thing is that I
think she's having a harder time than she's letting on." Sam admitted. "She
told me a lot of things, Leo, and I think that you really need to talk to
her."
"What did she say, Sam?" Leo asked softly.
"I don't know if it's my place to tell you, Leo. She tells me these
things and she might not want me running to you. Of course, it's because I
care-" Sam started to ramble.
"Sam, are you going to tell me what she said or not? Cause if you're not,
you can leave now." Leo interrupted. Sam paused.
"She said that she feels caught up in what's happening between you and
Jenny and then what's going on with you and that... um, what's her name?"
Sam drew a blank.
"Jeri?" Leo asked, slightly confused. He'd never stopped to talk to
Mallory about the whole situation, but she was a grown adult. She understood
that things got complicated. Hell, she counseled him all the time on what he
should do with his life. She's the one who once told him to get over her
mother and realize that things couldn't go back.
"Yeah, Jeri. She said stuff about wondering if you loved KD more than
her, if you didn't love her anymore because she reminded you of her mother,
stuff like that. Leo, all I'm saying is that your life is changing for the
better, but you can't leave Mal behind." Sam said softly. Leo nodded.
"You're right. I've been stupid. I'll talk to her." Leo said softly.
"Okay, good. And, um, I'm meeting with the EPA today. You want to tell me
what reason I'm giving them this time that we're saying no to their wildlife
protection stuff?"
"It's too costly." Leo murmured. "Get out of my office." Sam smiled and
nodded, moving out into the hallway and walking for the communications
bullpen. He stopped by Josh's office.
"Hey, I'm meeting with the EPA today." He said.
"Did you talk to Leo?" Josh asked.
"Too costly." Sam exclaimed.
"No, Leo doesn't charge." Josh teased.
"I mean he said-" Sam started.
"Sam, get the joke and laugh." Josh pleaded. Sam grinned.
"But of course." The younger man said. "Tomorrow, you wanna join in on
Don't Ask Don't Tell? I'm telling them that the President's taking it to the
mattresses." Sam said with a grin.
"Uh, I don't know if I'll make it. I got the language people. Man, I got
to talk to Joey about that." He muttered.
"Have fun." Sam teased and disappeared down the hallway. Josh sneered and
then moved towards Joey's office. As he stepped in, he found Joey signing
madly with another woman who was about fifteen years older. He knew he'd seen
the woman before but he wasn't sure when. She had brown hair like Joey, but
hers was much shorter with streaks of gray that were almost elegant. She was
signing back to Joey rather quickly and then she started laughing. Joey
grinned and then looked at Josh before her grin grew even bigger.
"Oh, God. She's laughing at me, isn't she?" Josh whined. Joey nodded
happily and looked back at the woman who had looked on Josh.
"Hey, Josh. Good to see you again." She said.
"Yeah, it's great... to see you too." He said with a sheepish grin.
"Jeri Logan." She reminded him. He nodded and snapped.
"Leo's date." He remembered. Joey signed to Jeri. "What'd she say? Kenny,
help me out here."
"You've met him?" Kenny translated. Jeri signed back.
"Yes, at the wedding a couple of weeks ago. Ten days, I think." Kenny
translated again.
"Wait. How do you two know each other?" Josh asked. Kenny signed. Joey
grinned and signed. Kenny snickered and then got a dark but pleading look
from Josh.
"Should we tell him or not?" Came the translation. Jeri chuckled and
looked at Josh.
"Maybe we should let him guess." She said while signing.
"Okay, tell me you're not related." Josh pleaded. Jeri laughed.
"No can do, Josh." She replied. "Now what's this I hear about you yelling
at my little sister?" She asked in a mock stern voice. Josh groaned and
thudded his head against the doorframe. Jeri, Joey and Kenny laughed and
signed to each other. Josh shook his head.
"I'm gonna kill Leo."
"Oh, he doesn't know. A woman has to keep an element of mystery these
days. I'll tell him later." She added.
"Tell him now because then he'll understand my suicide note after I hang
myself." Josh muttered.
"Oh, don't be so drastic. Here, I'll let you get back to work and be on
my way. Joey, don't let him kill himself. He's too entertaining for that."
Jeri said while she signed. Joey nodded and looked at Josh with a smirk. Jeri
patted him on the back as she left the room and headed down the hallway for
Leo's office. Josh looked at Joey.
"You have a sister?" He exclaimed. She signed something.
"Good, Josh." Kenny translated. Josh rolled his eyes and moved into the
room so that they could get to work.

TBC...

 

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