RATING: PG-13, strong language (not *that* strong)
ARCHIVE: Ja, sure. Go Ahead. Let me know where.
SPOILER: KD is released from the hospital and allowed to come back to work
but ends up taking a trip of her own, leaving the west wing in anguish.
DISCLAIMER: I don't own the West Wing characters, I don't own the show. I'm
only borrowing them. Thank you Aaron Sorkin for inventing them and for
letting us use them. Fan Fiction writers like myself love you for it, and
fans like myself just love you anyway.
NOTES: Thanks to Dallas who has been my beta of sorts and who's shown lots of
enthusiasm for the KD Universe. Now would you please untie from the chair? I
do need to eat now.
"Are you sure you're okay?" Toby asked apprehensively. KD smiled and
nodded, moving with his lead towards the car. He kept one hand around her
waist and the other held on to her arm.
"I'm okay. Especially since you're here." She replied weakly. He smiled
and kissed her cheek before helping her into the passenger seat of his 1993
Dodge Dart. KD smiled at his tenderness. A little over two weeks ago, she'd
been shot, and now she was finally going home. Toby was about as worried as a
dozen mother hens rolled into one. He made sure she was comfortable and then
hurried to the driver's side and climbed in. KD watched him with a gentle
smile as he started the engine and drove for home. She wasn't as tired and
weak as he seemed to think she was, but it was so sweet to see Toby so caring
and gentle. He was normally so gruff and serious, making it hard to know how
he truly felt from time to time.
They soon arrived at her apartment on K street. KD moved to get out on
her own but Toby insisted she remain still so that he could pamper her. She
smiled again as he slowly opened her door and took her gently into his arms.
After he closed the door, she stopped him a moment and hugged him tightly. He
hugged her back, thankful he was still able to do so. She leaned back and
kissed him gently.
"I'm okay, Toby." She murmured as she leaned her forehead against his. He
nodded and kissed her again.
"I know. I'm just... I've never really dealt with this kind of thing
before." He replied. She chuckled.
"Believe it or not, neither have I." She assured him. Toby grinned
sheepishly and nodded, still pressing his forehead against hers.
"Will you let me take you inside now so I can tend to your every need?"
He whispered. She smiled.
"Well, I thought I could go rollerblading in the park for an hour or so,
but when you put it like that .. ." She mused. Toby laughed and swept her off
of her feet. She giggled as he carried her up the stairs and into the
"David, what are you doing?" KD called. David got up from his desk and
leaned in through the door to KD's office.
"I was formulating." He replied.
"You were daydreaming." KD translated.
"You got it. What do you need?" David asked in a guiltless and playful
tone. KD smiled and shook her head.
"Where's my update on the nuclear testing? I've been gone for weeks. I
need to know where we stand." She exclaimed as she ran her hands over the
papers on her desk. David nodded.
"You want the vote markup?" He affirmed. KD nodded.
"Smart boy." She retorted. He moved to get the requested file and saw the
approach of Joshua Lyman.
"She busy?" Josh asked. David shook his head and handed the paperwork to
his boss's best friend.
"Not really. Take that in to her, will ya?" The young assistant asked.
Josh took the file, nodded and then moved into the office.
"Hey, Kody." Josh exclaimed as he moved into the room and handed her the
"Hey Jolly. How's it going?" KD asked as she took the file and filpped it
open. Josh closed the door behind him and sat down on her blue couch.
"It's all right. How ya feeling?" He asked.
"Sick of being asked how I'm feeling." She retorted with a grin. "I've
been back for nearly three hours and fourteen, now fifteen, people have
dropped by to ask me how I feel or if I'm doing all right. My, it's
repetitive. You'd think no one around here had ever been shot before." She
added, still smiling. Josh grinned and shrugged.
"No one really has. We've been shot at, but we've never felt the power of
a bullet ripping thr-" He started.
"Don't remind me, thank you." KD interrupted. "Was there something you
needed?" She asked.
"Did you see the vote markup for nuke banning?" Josh inquired, turning
"You just handed it to me." She answered, holding up the file.
"We can't win this, you know?" Josh remarked. KD sighed.
"So I've been told, but I've never been one to believe anything I hear."
She replied with a smirk.
"You mean 'everything' you hear, right?" Josh asked with a weak grin.
"Same difference." She retorted playfully as she studied the vote markup.
It didn't look good. It didn't feel good. Her eyes scanned the numerous nay
votes. "Jones of Massachusetts? That's got to be a mistake." She proclaimed
suddenly. Josh shook his head.
"Jones is a big defense guy. I'm not surprised." He retorted.
"Damn bastard." She murmured.
"He's not the only one. Kilborn, Davis, Stackhouse, Sugarbaker, Mathis,
Lillienfield. The vote is against us, Kody. 57 to 43." Josh exclaimed.
"There's still time, Jolly. 8 votes is gonna be a cinch." KD assured him.
"Besides, I got Mathis in the palm of my hand. I'm probably the only
person who ever has or ever will." Josh grinned and stood up.
"If you insist. It's your time that's being wasted. I'll see ya at the
staff meeting?" He asked as he moved to the door. KD glanced at him.
"Yeah, sure." She replied softly. Josh raised an eyebrow and left the
room. KD sighed and glanced at the list again. Suddenly she leaned forward,
grabbed te phone handle and began to dial.
"Hey guys." Sam exclaimed as he entered the Oval office. The staff
members who were currently in the room glanced at him, murmured some odd
greeting and then returned to what they were doing. "Nice to see you too."
The young man added before moving to sit down on one of the two couches,
landing next to Toby.
"Okay, let's get together here." Leo called, pulling the meeting to
order. Leo glanced around and frowned. "Where's Katy?" He asked. Everyone
glanced around and then shrugged urgently, already worried.
"Toby, you know where KD is?" Jed asked.
"No, I know she's here today though." Toby replied rising to his feet
with a worried expression on his face.
"You came in together?" Leo asked. Toby paused. He preferred that things
between he and KD were kept relatively private, but right now he was worried
so he didn't care. He nodded slightly.
"Does anyone know where KD is?" CJ asked as she walked into the Oval
office. Everyone glanced at her.
"We were just wondering the same thing ourselves." Sam echoed as Josh
stepped into the room.
"What's going on?" He asked.
"She disappeared again?" CJ asked.
"Who?" Josh asked.
"Apparently." Sam exclaimed.
"What's going on?" Josh asked again.
"She wouldn't do that. Not now." Toby insisted.
"KD's missing, Josh." CJ answered finally.
"I just talked to her, like, forty minutes ago. We were talking about the
vote markup for nuke banning." Josh exclaimed.
"I had a meeting with her twenty minutes ago but she didn't show up." CJ
added. Toby shook his head.
"She called me not too long ago. She sounded happy, upbeat." He
exclaimed. Leo glanced at Jed.
"Charlie, get in here!" The president called. Charlie leaned in the door.
"Yes, sir?" He asked.
"Get a hold of Gary and Matt. Tell them Troublemaker is missing and we
need to find her." Jed ordered. Charlie frowned, paused and then nodded
"Yes sir." He replied softly and ducked out of the room.
"Don't worry, Toby. We'll find her." Sam assured him.
"Who's worried?" Toby retorted in an eerily calm voice.
"Goddamn it, the girl gets released from the hospital three days ago and
now she's missing. She begged us to let her come back to work and now look. I
should have her radio-tagged. You say you were talking to her about nukes,
Josh?" Jed asked suddenly.
"Yeah, she's anti-testing, but you guys knew that." Josh affirmed.
"Yeah. What'd you talk about?" Jed inquired.
"The vote markup." Josh replied.
"Work with that. Find her." Leo exclaimed.
"What? How?" Josh retorted.
"Just do it. CJ, check around. Maybe Danny or someone knows where he
went. Someone call David in here." Leo called.
"I'd bet Danny does know." CJ murmured as she watched Toby fall back into
"Now, now. Don't be jealous, sis." Josh teased.
"Get a life." CJ retorted. Josh shrugged.
"There would be no point to that, now would there?" He exclaimed. CJ
playfully slapped on the shoulder. David leaned in the door.
"You called me, sir?" He asked nervously. The Oval office always meant
business to him. No matter how many times he was called there, he was always
apprehensive about coming in.
"Where's your boss?" Jed asked.
"What do you mean?" David returned.
"Where's KD?" CJ clarified.
"She's not here?" David asked with a frown.
"Do you see her in here?" Toby snapped. David winced and shook his head.
"Take it easy, Toby. We'll find her." Leo interrupted.
"She left her office about ten minutes after she was done talking to Mr.
Lyman. She said she had something important to take care of. I reminded her
about this meeting and she said she'd remember." David explained slowly.
Everyone nodded as they listened, not sure what the whole thing meant. They
looked up as Charlie leaned into the room.
"What is it, Charlie?" Jed asked.
"Gary says that KD's jeep is gone." Charlie announced. Everyone glanced
at each other.
"Thank you Charlie." Jed exclaimed. Charlie nodded but didn't leave. "Who
knows her cell phone number?" The President asked as he walked to the phone
that was on his desk.
"555-4713." Toby called. Jed nodded and dialed.
"KD Brody." Her voice came through on the other line.
"Damn it, kid, where are you??" Jed shouted into the phone.
"295 east." She replied coolly before hanging up and tossing the phone on
to the passenger seat. Jed growled and slammed down the phone.
"She's on the 295 east. Where could she be going?" Jed snapped as he
managed to catch himself from kicking the two hundred year old desk. Everyone
glanced at each other.
"Does this mean the meeting is canceled?" Sam asked.
"No, we've got to get this done." Leo admitted. "The search is on
though." He added. Toby nodded, trying to figure everything out, and then
everyone else nodded too. David eased himself out the door and ran back to
his desk to dial KD's cell, but she didn't pick up. He cursed and slammed the
phone back down into the cradle.
To Be Continued... .