Closing The Distance
Sam/Donna, Romance, Drama, Angst, Sequel to Working Relationships
Friendship turns into something more after a horrible experience
Closing The Distance
Disclaimers-These are not my characters and I am making no money off of them.
Ratings Info-Sequel to Working Relationships, Sam/Donna, Mandy is back, strong
Spoilers-Any episode with Mandy, 20 Hours in LA, The Portland Trip,
Special Thanks to Norma for helping me at every turn with this story.
Josh watched Sam and Donna come back from lunch. He had no idea what to say and
"I think Josh knows something." Donna said, causing Sam to spit out the wine
"What?" Sam asked.
"Yeah, he was off today and had a hard time looking me in the face and some
"What is in your desk that would cause him to think something is going on?"
"The card from my flowers." Donna said and let the reality sink in.
"We really need to tell him the truth." Sam said.
"Yeah and we need to tell him now. I just wonder how he's going to take
"It's just like you to worry about everyone else." Sam said, hugging her
"I have to work with him on a daily basis." Donna said with a smile.
"Then we tell him tomorrow morning after staff." Sam said.
"Agreed." Donna said .
"Josh, Sam and I need to talk to you now." Donna said.
"Okay, come on in." Josh said and watched the two come into his office.
Sam shut the door and sat in one of the office chairs.
"What did you guys need to talk to me about?" Josh asked, already thinking
"We wanted to tell you before you heard it from someone else. Sam and I are
"You are telling me that you've been seeing each other for a few months
"You are the only person that we've told so far." Sam said, getting into
"What did you expect me to do?" Josh asked.
"I thought you'd be upset or angry that we didn't tell you right
"Oh yeah, I'm pretty pissed that you were sneaking around. Do you realize
"Wait a damn minute. This isn't gonna be a scandal. We work in two different
"Wanna bet? The Deputy Director of Communications and the Deputy Chief of
"It isn't gonna be on any magazine cover. We've been together for awhile
"And what do you have to say for yourself, Miss Moss?" Josh asked his
"What's with the Miss Moss bit. You've always called me Donna."
"Well, it's not appropriate for me to call you by your first name. Starting
"I can't believe you're being such a jerk because I'm dating your
"I'm not being a jerk. Things have changed and we have to change with them.
"What 'people' are you referring to?" Donna asked.
"Assistants, secretaries, those sort of people." Josh shot back at her.
"Oh grow up. You're mad at me because I didn't know how to tell you that
Donna was stunned. She couldn't believe how spiteful Josh was being. She
"No, I'm just making sure that people around here know their place."
"That's crap and you know it." Sam yelled.
"You did this to yourself. You've insulted my self worth, interest in
Josh stopped and listened to what she was saying. He had done all of those
"Donna, you can always come to me about anything. I never wanted to make you
"So, are you okay with us dating?" Sam asked.
"As long as it doesn't interfere with your work, but then again I don't
Josh watched the two leave his office. The truth was that he wasn't okay with
"That went better than I expected." Donna said.
"Yeah. I think that Josh sees that you are happy and he won't do anything to
"Oh my god." Donna whispered.
"If you don't want me to beat him up, I won't. It's not that big a
"No, it's not that. Josh and Mandy just walked in." Donna whispered again.
"Yeah and they just saw us, so be nice when they get to the table." Sam said,
"I won't start anything, but if she insults me, all bets are off." Donna
"Hey guys. I didn't know that you were eating here. We could've double
"Oh, I don't think so. We just came as friends. Sam and I wanted a nice and
"Somehow, I don't doubt that the lunch was quiet." Mandy said with a
"Ladies, let's get back to our lunches." Sam said.
"Sam, I didn't know you and Donna were a thing." Mandy said, trying to
"They are just having lunch, Mandy. I don't think that Sam and Donna are a
"Well, I guess you're right. Sam wouldn't look twice at someone as
"What the hell did you just say?" Donna asked, ready to shove Mandy through
"Donna." Sam said, as a warning.
"Mandy." Josh warned his companion.
"No, she just insulted me and I'm not going to let her get away with
"Then don't. Let me handle this. Okay?" Sam said.
"Go right ahead." Donna said.
"Mandy, what is your problem? Donna's not dating your precious Josh, so why
"What's that supposed to mean?" Josh questioned defensively. Sam shot
"Do you really want to know what my problem is? Fine, I'm gonna explain it to
Thankfully, the waitress set the check down on the table. Sam looked at it and
"It looks like our table is ready." Josh said, trying to steer Mandy away
"And we're getting ready to go." Sam said quickly as he grabbed the
After Sam and Donna leave........................................
"You didn't have to be so hateful to them." Josh said.
"Josh, you know how I feel about her. I am not going to apologize for my
"Let's not fight." Josh said.
"Fine. Is the White House looking for a new director to run the Media
"Why do you ask?" Josh asked, not wanting to really have this conversation.
"I heard that CJ has been calling around and talking to people and I also know
"You most certainly do have some good contacts because we haven't announced
"I would be more than willing to help out." Mandy said.
"I don't know. CJ and Toby might have a problem with that considering the way
"CJ and Toby need to grow up. I left and went back to Lennox Chase because
"What is your problem with Donna? Do you still think that she has a crush on
"Donna has been in love with you from day one. Nothing is going to change the
"I doubt that, but why don't we table this discussion for now and just eat
Josh knew that no one would want Mandy back in the White House working because
"I can't believe that little bitch." Donna said.
"Could we please not talk about Mandy tonight." Sam said.
"She insulted me right there in front of you and you didn't say a damn word
"I'm sorry that she insulted you, but I couldn't say anything without
"I can't take this. You can't even defend me in public for fear of being
"I want to be able to scream that I love you and that we are together from the
"You said that you love me." Donna's voice softened.
"Well, yeah. I've loved you from the day that we met. You are the most kind,
"Yes, I love you. You have been there through everything that has happened
"Wow. We are saying the 'L' word." Sam mused.
"You make it sound like a dirty word when you say it like that." Donna
"No, it's just a little..................scary." Sam said, pulling Donna
"It's not so scary, especially when saying it to you. Now, Mandy being back
"Donna." Sam just sighed.
"She just makes me so mad. She knows exactly what sensitive buttons to push
"She's just angry that we showed her the door." Sam said.
"I'd like to show her something else." Donna said, getting snarky.
"Is Josh making you come with us to Utah?" Sam asked, changing the subject
"Yeah, I don't know why he needs me. There is the speech thing and then two
"Well, I think the hotel has a pool, so you can get some tanning time in."
"Plus, I might be spending those nights with my boyfriend in a hotel room, if
"With an offer like that, you can bet that all his work will be done." Sam
"Then it might be worth it to go on the trip." Donna said.
"It will definitely be worth it." Sam said back to her.
"I want to tell you all something before you hear it from someone else." Sam
"What is it?" Toby asked in a tired voice.
"Donna and I are dating and have been for some time." Sam stated.
"You didn't just say that you are dating Donna did you?" CJ asked.
"That's exactly what I said." Sam said.
"Well who else knows?" CJ asked wanting to know all of the facts in case she
"Just Josh and now you guys. We want to keep this quiet." Sam said.
"How long?" Toby asked.
"It's been about six months." Sam said.
"Why wasn't I your first phone call?" CJ demanded.
"Donna and I weren't sure where this thing was going and we didn't want
"Don't look at me. I only found out a few days ago. And for the record, I
"Wrong. This isn't anybody's business except for me and Donna. These are
"Sam, I agree with Josh. This is a bad idea and we don't need to be cleaning
"I'm not going to stop seeing her. This isn't about politics and I
"You might not care how it's gonna look, but I have to answer questions if it
"Sam, you have to break it off with her. It's for the best." Toby
"Is my job in jeopardy if I refuse?" Sam asked with deadly calm.
Leo chose that moment to step in and prevent the conversation from getting too
"Well, we'll table this for now. So far it hasn't been a problem and we
"It isn't going to be a problem. Thanks Leo." Sam said.
"It's bad politics. This won't play well in the public." CJ added
"The speech went really well." Sam said to Donna as they were walking to the
"Everyone seemed to enjoy it from where I was sitting." Donna said.
"I'm sorry that you couldn't sit with us, but Leo thinks it's a
good idea that
"I totally understand where Leo is coming from." Donna said.
"What are you doing tomorrow?" Sam asked.
"I am gonna go explore one of the local parks, since my boyfriend, who was
"The meeting's only supposed to last until two, so we can lay out by the pool
"Then I will see you at 3ish by the pool. Don't be late, I bought a new
Donna easily found a local park where she had some privacy and solitude. The
"Who are you and what are you doing out here?" Ranger Griffin asked.
"My name is Donna Moss and I'm just exploring." Donna pushed the rising
"You are in a restricted area. Didn't you see all the signs posted along
"My name is Donna Moss and I just came out here to explore. I must've missed
"Let me see some ID." Ranger Griffin demanded.
Donna thumbed through her backpack, only to remember that her driver's license
"Rangers, I've left my ID in my hotel room." Donna said.
"Then we have no choice, but to take you into custody and hold you until we
"I told you who I am." Donna went into full panic mode when she saw the
"Yes, we know what you told us, but you could be lying. For all we know, you
Donna was oblivious to the ride back to the Ranger Station. She couldn't
The Ranger Station was located at the front of the park. Donna was placed in a
"Here is a phone. You may make one phone call." Ranger Morgan said as he
Donna had to dial the phone twice because her hands were shaking so badly.
"Freeport Hotel and Convention Center." the desk clerk answered.
"Yes, please connect me to the Hilton Room." Donna replied.
"I'm sorry that room isn't accepting any phone calls. May I take a
"This is an emergency. I am Donna Moss, assistant to the White House Deputy
"Yes, Miss Moss. Please hold while I connect you." the clerk said.
Ginger was monitoring the phones for the room and was shocked when the desk
"Donna, what is it?" Sam asked, concerned.
"Sam, I need you." Donna shakily said from the other end of the phone.
"What happened?" Sam asked.
"I went to the park and got off the path. These park rangers asked for my ID
Sam heard the unspoken fear in her voice. He knew that she was terrified after
"Donna, I will be there in fifteen minutes." Sam said.
"Please hurry." Donna said.
Sam went back into the meeting and informed Leo, Josh, Toby, and the President
"Sam, wait up. I'm going with you." Josh sprinted across the hotel.
"No, you're not. Donna doesn't need to see you freaking out over
"She is my assistant and my friend. I want to be there for her." Josh said.
"Your friend? What happened to inappropriate behavior with your staff?" Sam
"Come on, Sam. I can't stop being her friend and caring about what happens to
"Fine, you can go, but let me do the talking." Sam said.
"Okay. By the way, I grabbed Donna's ID's from her room." Josh said.
"That will help us when we get there. Thanks." Sam said.
It took Sam and Josh about ten minutes to get to the Ranger Station. They
"Can I help you?" Ranger Morgan asked from his desk.
"Yes, we are here for Donna Moss." Sam said.
"We don't have a Donna Moss in custody boys." Ranger Morgan said.
"Then we are here for the woman you have in that cell." Sam pointed out.
"Oh her. That's Jane Doe." Ranger Griffin shouted.
"Her name is Donna Moss and here are two separate ID's that confirm it."
"These could be faked. I guess we'll have to run a fingerprint check and make
"Is that the only way that you'll confirm it?" Josh asked.
"Yep." Ranger Morgan replied.
"Okay then. I would like to be present when you do it because as her
"An attorney, huh. Well we might take your word for it." Ranger Griffin
"Listen to me very carefully. We work for the President of the United States
The rangers went out of the room to talk. When they came back, Ranger Morgan
"We looked at the IDs and confirmed that the woman in question is her. She
Donna lunged at Sam and he caught her in a big hug. He could feel her shaking.
"Shh, you're safe now. I've got you and no one's going to hurt you.
Josh watched the couple walk to the car. Donna was holding onto him for dear
Once they were in the car, Sam got into the driver's seat and got onto the road.
After Donna was settled in her room, Sam and Josh stood in the hall talking.
"She needs to talk to someone. Donna has never shied away from touching."
"She's gonna explode if she doesn't get this out of her system." Sam said.
"Donna's comfortable with you. Make her talk. Do whatever it takes."
Sam lightly knocked on her door and let himself into the room. He had a feeling
Donna walked out of the bathroom and into her room where Sam was standing. She
"What are you doing in here?" Donna asked, pulling the robe tighter around
"I knocked on the door and you didn't answer, so I let myself in." Sam
"Don't do that again." Donna said.
"Okay. I won't." Sam said.
"What did you want?" Donna asked.
"I came in because we need to talk about what happened in DC." Sam said.
"I'm fine. We don't need to talk about it." Donna said.
"You're wrong. We do need to talk about it. You need to get it out." Sam
"And how do you know what I need?" Donna shouted.
"Because I love you and I know that you're hurting. Ever since you were
"Do you really want to know what happened?" Donna said.
"Yes, I do. I want to help you get over it." Sam said.
"Don't you get it? I am never going to be able to get over it. It is a part
"Talk to me." Sam begged her again.
"I was arrested in front of people whose respect I had finally earned. These
Sam sat there and waited for her to speak again. He knew that she needed to get
"I'm angry at myself for letting this happen. I should've never let that
Sam went and sat on the bed next to her. He put his arm around her shoulders
"I was humiliated that day when the police handcuffed me and led me through
"Donna, it's okay. None of those people think any less of you." Sam
"Yes, they do. No one brings up topics like the police or human rights
"Everyone is just trying to be sensitive to your feelings." Sam said.
"I don't need people to be sensitive. I need people to treat me the way they
Sam watched Donna get up and pace around the room. He saw that her gaze rested
"Do you know what it was like when they took me to be booked?" Donna asked.
"I have a general idea of what you went through." Sam carefully said.
"You have no idea of what I went through. It was humiliating and degrading.
"No, I don't." Sam said.
"Do you know what that strip search was like? It was the most horrible event
Sam was quiet as he sat on the bed and pondered what his girlfriend had gone
"They made me take off all of my clothes in this little room. I was in there
Donna once again had to stop speaking because the sobs were racking her body.
"Don't touch me." Donna shouted and looked at him like a rapist.
"Donna, it's me. It's Sam. I'm not gonna hurt you." Sam said
and came a
"No!" Donna shouted.
"Stop right now. I love you and I'm not going to hurt you. You need to relax
"The worst part of the whole thing is that everyone knew what was happening.
"No, I didn't know that." Sam said.
"They knew what had happened to me. My friends and co-workers knew. You
"I don't think less of you because you went through that horrific
"Then why haven't you tried to sleep with me?" Donna asked, completely
"I didn't think that we were ready to take that step." Sam softly said.
"I don't know if I'll ever be ready for someone to see me naked
"This relationship isn't about sex, it's about love. I would never try
"Do you know how badly I wanted you or Josh to stop the search?" Donna asked
"No, but I can guess how badly you wanted us to." Sam said.
Donna was shaking again and contemplating her next move. She was so angry and
"Let me go." Donna shouted and struggled against Sam.
"I'm not gonna let you go. You are not going to hurt yourself or destroy
"Don't do this." Donna warned.
"I am going to do this. You need to calm down and relax. You're getting so
"Leave me alone and get out of my room." Donna lashed out.
The words hurt, but Sam knew that she had to lash out at something or someone.
Donna broke out in a fresh round of tears as she lay across the bed. Sam went
"It is two in the morning. What do you want?" a half awake Josh asked.
"Donna finally got this thing out of her system, but I'm concerned about
"That's your judgment call since I wasn't in there. Tell me how bad it
"It was worse than any of us could've imagined and I don't think that
Both men were very quiet on the ends of their phones. This thing had affected
"I'd better get back to her and see how she's doing." Sam said.
"Yeah, take care of her. She going to need somebody to do that for her right
Sam let himself into the room again and watched Donna sleep. She was tossing
Sam watched the sun come up in the sky and wondered what the day would bring.
Donna felt the strong arms around her and the sun on her face. She opened her
"Good morning sunshine." Sam said with an easy smile.
"Morning to you too." Donna said.
"Donna, about last night...." Sam started.
"I really don't want to talk about it right now." Donna cut in.
"But we will talk about it." Sam promised her.
"Yeah, but I'm gonna take a shower and get ready for breakfast." Donna
Sam met Donna at her hotel door and rode down in the elevator to breakfast.
"Good morning Donna and Sam." President Bartlet greeted the two.
"Good morning to you to sir." Sam said.
Donna was waved over to where the other assistants were eating and Sam went to
Donna was quiet through breakfast and didn't speak unless she was spoken to.
"What do you guys have planned for today?" Josh asked Sam.
"We were planning on a picnic, but Donna isn't in any mood to be around other
"What about taking her on a tour of the town?" Josh asked.
"I think she just wants to be alone." Sam said.
"The last thing she needs is to be alone by herself right now. Donna needs to
"What do you suggest?" Sam asked.
"Maybe we could work in the room." Josh suggested.
"Let's go get her." Sam said.
Donna was drinking her orange juice at the table by herself. She really didn't
"Donna?" Abbey Bartlet asked.
"Yes ma'am." Donna politely replied.
"I heard what happened at the park yesterday. The President and I want you to
"Thank you for the support ma'am." Donna said.
"Donna, are you having problems sleeping? Do you need a prescription to help
"Thank you for the offer, but I have something over the counter in my room,
"Donna, my door is always open if you want to talk." Abbey said.
"Thank you for the offer ma'am." Donna said.
Sam and Josh waited until the First Lady was done speaking with Donna to walk
"Hey. We are gonna go back to Josh's room and get some work done." Sam said.
"Fine, what do you need me to do?" Donna asked. ready to throw herself into
Sam, Josh, and Donna all rode up in the same elevator. Donna was busy thinking
"We did good today." Josh said looking at the pile of papers that they had
"Yeah, we did." Sam said.
"I hate to leave you guys on your own this afternoon, but I have a meeting
"We haven't had lunch yet, so why don't you change into your suit and we
"Okay, I'll see you down there." Donna said and headed for her own room.
After a sandwich, they headed to the pool where they were the only ones laying
Sam decided to talk to Donna about the night before.
"Hey. How are you doing after last night?" Sam asked.
"I'm fine and I am really sorry about it." Donna said.
Sam started to say something, but Donna cut him off at the pass.
"Why is this in your teeth? It is my problem." Donna asked him.
"It's my problem because it happened to my girlfriend and I want to know what
"Sam, it isn't something that I want to get into in a public place."
"Then we'll talk about it after dinner and we will talk because this
"After dinner then." Donna said.
For the first time, Sam looked over at Donna and what she was wearing. The one
"That suit really looks nice on you." Sam said.
"Thanks. You know that I picked this one out for you." Donna said, relaxing.
"It works for you." Sam said.
"I brought some other stuff that I wanted to wear just for you." Donna said.
"Donna, I don't want you to feel like you have to wear those things now. I am
"Thanks for understanding." Donna said and rolled over to get some sun on her
The rest of the afternoon was spent in quiet because neither of them wanted to
After a quick dinner in the hotel restaurant and they were both back in Donna's
Donna was pacing because she knew that Sam was going to start asking questions
"Donna, what really happened when you were strip searched?" Sam broached the
"I was led into a small room and told to take off my clothes." Donna relayed
"What happened next?" Sam asked, trying to keep all emotion out of his voice.
"I did as they said. I took off all of my clothes and stood there in front of
"What did they do to you?" Sam asked, not really wanting to hear it, but
"They performed a body cavity search to make sure that I wasn't carrying any
Sam walked over and sat down next to her on the bed. He put his arm around her
"Then they handed me that orange prison jumpsuit and told me to put it on."
"I'm so sorry that we couldn't prevent it from happening." Sam
"I know that you would've done anything to stop it if you could. I don't
"I wish we could've prevented it." Sam said.
"I know that you do and I have never blamed you for it. I am so lucky to have
"I love you and I will always drop anything for you when you need me. You are
"Thanks for being there for me. I love you." Donna said.
"I love you too." Sam said.
"Will you stay with me tonight? I don't want to be alone right now."
Sam and Donna laid down on the bed and he held her until she fell asleep. He
The next day.....................................
The next morning found the staff in last minute meetings and the assistants
Air Force One.....................................................
The flight back to Washington was nice. Everyone was able to dress in casual
Donna kept glancing at the conference room door and back to her watch. She
Sam looked at his watch for the hundredth time in the last hour. The meeting
Finally the meeting ended and Donna saw everyone but Sam come out of the room.
Sam heard the door open and was surprised to see Donna and even more surprised
"Donna, what are you doing?" Sam asked, walking over to where she was
"What does it look like? I'm trying to join the Mile High Club." Donna
Sam reached a hand out and covered hers. He held tight, preventing her from
"Donna, you don't have to do this." Sam finally said.
"I know, but I want to do this." Donna replied, leaning up to kiss him.
"Now?" Sam pulled back, in shock.
"Well, yeah. Hence the Mile High Club, silly." Donna playfully swatted his
"I can't believe I'm saying this, but, I'm not sure that this is
such a good
"Makes it more exciting that way." Donna said, as she slid her hands up his
"Donna, there could be some very serious ramifications if we get caught." Sam
"I know, but we won't get caught. The door is locked and we can be
"Come on, Donna. Don't you want to do this at home where it can be done
"We can do it properly right here." Donna said, running her hands over the
"We really shouldn't be doing this." Sam said.
"Uh huh." Donna said as she went to work.
She unzipped and shoved his jeans down past his knees, along with his boxers.
"I still don't........." Sam groaned and dug his fingers into her hair
"Hush, we need to be quiet." Donna said right before she used her tongue to
"I...can...do...that" Sam grunted and then let Donna do her work without any
After a few minutes, Sam knew that she needed to stop or they'd have a lot of
"Donna, we need to stop." Sam said.
"We already went through this." Donna breathed onto his now wet cock.
"No, that's not what I meant. It's just that...." Sam trailed off,
"Oh. Oh yeah." Donna said, realizing what he meant.
She snaked back up his body and kissed his mouth hard. She pulled back and
"Uh, Donna. I don't have...." Sam sputtered as she watched her take her
"That's ok." Donna pushed him back against the table and held his cock
"You are so incredibly sexy. Do you know what you do to me?" Sam asked as he
"No." Donna said quietly as her alabaster skin turned a bright shade of pink.
"Well, you do all these wonderful things to me, including convincing me that
"Sam, just let go." Donna said breathlessly, but with an urgency in her
Sam looked at the woman before him. He leaned forward and kissed her again
"Are you sure?" Sam asked once more, wanting to be sure that this was what
"Sam..." Donna breathed and guided him to her.
"I'll take that as a yes." Sam said and settled his hands on her hips
They found a rhythm quickly and silently thrust their hips to each other. When
Sam disposed of the condom in the trash can in the corner of the room. He
"You are an amazing woman." Sam whispered into her ear.
"You're not so bad yourself Mr. Seaborn, but we'd better get out of here
She waited for Sam to put his sweater back on before opening the door. She took
The cabin steward was doing his job and emptying the trash cans on Air Force