Trials and Tribulations
Romance/Drama, Sam and Donna
Donna's parents show up with Dr. Freeride and screw with her life, SUICIDE
Heidi and Lisa
Trials and Tribulations
By Heidi H. and Lisa
Disclaimers-These are not my characters and I am making no money off of them.
Ratings-6th in the School Ties Series, Sam/Donna, Donna"s parents show up and
Spoilers- In The Shadow of 2 Gunmen, 17 People, Noel, Pilot, 5 Votes Down,
Special Thanks-Lisa, my co-author, who gave me lots of help and good advice on
Special Note-I know nothing of court proceedings when it comes to Power Of
Note- School Ties Series
Sam stood behind Donna as she let her parents into the apartment.
"Sam, this is Karen and David Moss, my parents. Mom, Dad, this is Sam
"Nice to meet you. Donna has told me so much about you." Sam said in the
"Has she? Well let me just say this, Donnatella, you have acted very
"How could you Donna? You know better. You know that Jacob is the perfect
Donna just stood there in disbelief. Was she really hearing her parents demean
"Mom, dad, please. I'm not irresponsible. I know exactly what I am doing.
"So, nothing! You had a bright future with Jacob and threw it all away, just
Sam just stood back and watched as her mother ripped her to shreds until he
"Excuse me, Mrs. Moss. Donna has been very responsible. She is a kind,
Donna was looking at Sam not sure how to react. There were a few tears in her
"I'm a spokesman. It's in my blood." Sam said getting a smile and
Donna took a deep breath and faced her parents.
"He's right. You don't have the right to tell me how to run my life. I
Sam handed her some kleenex, so she could dry her tears. He wanted to help and
Donna's parents stood there in disbelief. Was this really Donna talking this
"We will be staying at the Hilton." and with that the Moss' walked out
Donna sat down on the couch and started crying again. Sam sat down next to her,
Sam maneuvered Donna into her room for bed. She was still shaky from her crying
"Thank you for what you said. You are a great friend. We need to talk about
"We can talk about it tomorrow. You need to rest." Sam said, getting off the
"Thanks." Donna said.
"You're welcome. See ya in the morning." Sam said and closed the bedroom
Donna slipped into the Harvard tee-shirt from Josh and was asleep before her
Sam did the same thing. He hadn't fought with her parents, but was just dead
At 4 a.m., phones rang, beepers beeped, and forced two people who needed their
Sam and Donna stumbled into the White House to help deal with the crisis. Sam
Donna was so busy running to other offices for Josh that she missed her mother's
"Hello?" Karen Moss answered the ringing phone.
"Mother, it's Donna. I just got your message. What did you need?" Donna
"We wanted to take you out for dinner. Well, last night, we were a bit harsh
"What time?" Donna asked.
"Oh, let's say at about 7 p.m." Karen said.
"That's fine for me. I really hate what we do to each other." Donna
"I know darling, but we will talk more at dinner. Your father is dragging me
"See you at dinner then. Bye." Donna said.
Donna was glad that her parents had made the first move. They treated her like
Karen and David Moss smiled conspiratorially. Their daughter wouldn't know what
Sam wanted to see Donna and make sure that she was okay. He shared the news
Sam headed for Donna's desk, surprised to see a smile on her face.
"What are you so happy about?" Sam asked.
"I just got done talking to my mother. They want to meet me for dinner at
"I hope that dinner goes well for you. Lasalles is a nice place." Sam said
"I'll see you later at home. I gotta go run these files back to the right
Sam didn't feel right. He certainly didn't trust the Moss' after the
Sam went to round up the gang and related to them what Donna had said. Josh was
Donna walked into the restaurant and did a double take. She thought that she
Karen and David Moss saw their daughter walk into the restaurant and smiled at
Jacob Weston smiled when he saw his former girlfriend come in the door. He had
Donna slowly walked over to the table where her parents were sitting.
"Mom, dad. Sorry I was late. Josh needed me to find a file before I left."
"Well, that boss of yours shouldn't work you so hard. If you had stayed in
"David, let's not do this. I want a peaceful dinner with my daughter"
"Of course. Let's order." David said as he picked up the menu.
The waitress took their orders and left them at the table.
"Donna, we really think that you need to come home with us. Go back to school
"I am going to school right now at Georgetown and I don't want a
"Will you at least agree to talk to a psychologist?" Karen gently asked.
"Why would I need to see a psychologist?" Donna asked, confused as to where
"You have been acting out since you came to Washington. Not returning calls,
"And I suppose you have one picked out for me?" Donna sarcastically commented
"It just so happens that I do." David Moss announced and made the motioning
Jacob walked to the Moss' table and addressed his former girlfriend.
"Hello Donna." Jacob pronounced to a very shocked Donna.
Josh had been keeping an eye on the Moss' table and almost jumped out of his
"Who is that guy?" Sam asked.
"That would be Dr. Freeride." Josh snapped.
"What the hell are her parents doing?" CJ asked to no one in particular.
"They are playing with fire and I don't like the feeling that I am getting
"What feeling are you talking about?" Toby asked.
"Ever since her parents showed up, I have had this nagging feeling like they
"Let's just watch and see what happens. We'll know if Donna needs us to
The senior staff watched the Moss table carefully. They were already in
Donna couldn't believe that Jacob was standing right here in front of her. She
"Hello Jacob." Donna said coldly.
"Your parents were right. You don't look so good." Jacob said with a smile.
"How did you know what my parents.......You set me up. I should have known
"Your parents came to me and told me what was going on with you. They came to
"My mental health is just fine." Donna stated without emotion, still reeling
"No, it most certainly is not. You are living with a man without the benefit
"Well, I am going home now where I am surrounded by people who love and care
"You aren't ever going back to that apartment. You are going to George
"I am so done with you." Donna said to both her parents and Jacob.
"You'd better read these papers first. They give your parents Power Of
"What are their wishes?" Donna asked coldly.
"We want you to get better and the only way for you to do that is to be
"There is no way that any of that is going to happen. I am going home. Good
"You are going to the hospital right now. It is best that you not try to
"There is no way in hell that I am going to let you or my parents make any
"The POA form takes care of all that. Come along dear." Jacob said and
The senior staff couldn't believe what they had heard or what they were
"What the hell are you doing?" Sam shouted at the men.
"Not that it is any of your business Mr. Seaborn, but we are taking my
"Well, Donna doesn't look sick to me." Sam said back.
"She is sick in the head and needs some immediate help." Karen gently
"Donna is perfectly healthy. I would know if she is sick." Josh said,
"Well, I'm her immediate doctor in this matter and I am making the decisions
"Toby, isn't it medically unethical for a spurned lover to treat his former
"I believe that is true, but you would have to ask a real doctor." Toby said
Donna looked at her friends and glad they were here. She was tremendously
"I am a real doctor and have made a conscious decision that this woman needs
"She isn't going anywhere unless she says so." CJ added speaking for the
"Donna, where do you want to go?" Toby asked.
"I just want to go home." Donna said in a small voice.
"You have your answer. I am taking her home." Sam said.
"Well, it isn't that easy because I have this signed piece of paper from a
Sam and Toby quickly read through the papers and found several problems that
"I can call up a judge and get an injunction right now." Sam said.
"Go right ahead. We will win in the end." David Moss shouted back.
"Toby, call Judge Smith and tell him what we need." Sam said.
Toby whipped out his cell phone and phoned the judge. After explaining the
The Moss' and Jacob were angry when they left the restaurant. Donna watched
"Donna, honey, what do you need?" CJ asked the trembling woman who was being
"I just want to go somewhere where they can't find me. They know where I
"You can crash at my place. Your parents don't know where that is." Toby
"I don't want to be alone." Donna said.
"We will stay over at Toby's and keep you company." Josh and Sam said.
The guys helped to get Donna into a car and over to Toby's. Sam swung by the
By the time everyone made it to Toby's place, Donna was exhausted and could
"Sam, will you stay with me until I fall asleep? I really don't want to be
Sam couldn't bear to see the hurt in those blue eyes and climbed onto the bed
"Is she asleep?" CJ asked, the worry on her face evident.
"Yeah, but she was pretty restless. I can almost guarantee she'll have some
"We need to discuss what we're going to do." Josh said.
"Yeah, so what are we going to do?" CJ asked.
"The first thing is to look at this POA form." Toby said, pulling out the
"What is wrong with the form?" CJ asked, being the only non lawyer in the
"We found several inaccuracies in it when we saw it earlier. We didn't want
"What inaccuracies?" Josh asked.
"Donna wasn't in court when the judge made the initial ruling. She
"Is that enough?" CJ asked.
"Probably, but we have another piece of ammunition." Toby explained.
"Tell." CJ commanded.
"Well, Dr. Freeride was the psychologist that the Moss' brought to court to
"Does that bring up some ethical issues because he is her ex boyfriend?" CJ
"It's an ethically gray area, but he could be out for revenge because she
"I would say that it's a pretty good idea that he's out for
"So what do we do now?" CJ asked.
"We go into court and present this evidence to a judge and let Donna speak for
"So, it's hurry up and wait." CJ stated.
"Yeah and we make sure to take care of Donna." Josh added.
"How do we take care of Donna because I think tonight's little scene almost
"We can keep her busy with work. I know that I can do that." Josh said with
"I can take her to lunch and spend some quality time with her or if I can't,
Toby wondered if he was the only one who picked up on the "quality time"
"We also monitor the phones. If the Moss' have family members call for Donna,
After they had mapped out their strategy, Josh took CJ home. Toby found Sam
"Sam, if you love her, tell her. She needs to know." Toby said.
"I kissed her and we were just about to talk when her parents showed up." Sam
"Talk to her. I am pretty sure she feels the same about you." Toby said.
"How can you tell?" Sam asked.
"You both have got it bad for each other. It's in the way you look at each
"Thank you." Sam said.
Toby headed for bed and Sam got comfortable on the couch. He thought about what
Donna awoke from another nightmare. This was the worst one. She was so close
Donna only got a few more hours of sleep. She rushed through a shower and
"I'm fine. I just need some coffee." Donna said to reassure them.
"I'm gonna grab a shower." Sam said and left the kitchen.
"Donna, come sit down. I need to talk to you." Toby said.
"What is wrong? Is it the thing from last night?" Donna asked, a stricken
"No, this is personal. I think that you need to talk to someone about what
"I am perfectly fine. I don't need to see anyone." Donna said.
"Ok, then. I know what's going on with you and Sam." Toby said.
"There is nothing going on with me and Sam." Donna said.
"Yes, there is. I'm going to give you the same advice I gave him. Tell him
"Thank you for being such a good friend." Donna said.
"You don't have to thank me." Toby said.
The three of them rode to work together. Donna's car was back at the apartment
Donna was escorted to her desk by Sam. He wanted to make sure that there were
Donna couldn't believe the pile of stuff on her desk that Josh wanted her to get
Josh was sitting in his office when Donna came back into the bullpen. He looked
"I'm trying to get all this work done as fast as I can." Donna said as a
"I wasn't sure you'd want these, but your various family members have
Donna quickly thumbed through the stack and promptly dumped them into the
"I don't want to talk to these people. They are just my mother's mouth
"Okay, get back to work." Josh tossed at her as he retreated back to his
"I'm leaving at 5 o'clock." Donna yelled at him.
"Whatever." Josh tossed to her.
When Josh sat down, he watched Donna. She had snapped that sentence out with a
"Leo, do you have a few minutes? I really need to talk to you." Josh said.
"Yeah, come on in. What do you need to talk about?" Leo asked.
"Donna." Josh said.
"What's wrong with Donna?" Leo asked.
"I think the stress is getting to her. She snapped at me earlier." Josh
"Donna has always been snappy with you. That's why we love her and keep her
"This was more than that. The way her eyes looked when she said it scared
"Do you want me to make some discrete inquiries into counselors?" Leo asked.
"Yeah, but she isn't gonna go unless ordered." Josh said.
"Just watch her and let me know if it gets worse." Leo said.
"Okay, thanks." Josh said.
Leo sat back and thought about what Josh had said. The stress of Donna's
Josh hoped he was doing the right thing by telling Leo. He cared about Donna
At the same time Josh was talking to Leo, Donna was making her way to Sam's
"Hey." Sam said.
"Hey yourself." Donna said.
"What did you need?" Sam asked.
"I am going home now to the apartment. I need to be in my own environment."
"Really? Leaving at five o'clock on a weekday. What does Josh think about
"I really don't care what Josh thinks right now." Donna snapped at him.
Sam was shocked to hear Donna say that she didn't care what Josh thought about
"Well, in that case, what are you making for dinner?" Sam asked.
"I am just going to make a casserole or something." Donna flippantly replied.
"I'll see you at home then." Sam said.
"Bye." Donna said and walked out of the office.
"What smells?" Sam asked.
"It's 5 Spice Casserole." Donna said.
"It certainly has a smell." Sam said.
"If you don't want to eat it, you don't have to." Donna yelled at
him as she
Sam looked at Donna and couldn't believe how she looked. Her blond hair was
"We need to talk about court tomorrow." Sam said wanting desperately to get
"I'm just a little nervous." Donna admitted.
"You don't have to be nervous. Just tell the judge the truth. There is no
Donna and Sam sat down to eat. Sam noticed that she kept pushing the food
"We need to talk. Toby pointed something out to me last night." Sam said.
"Well, Toby pointed something out to me this morning too." Donna said.
"I have a feeling that he said the same thing to both of us." Sam offered up.
"We do need to talk about what happened before my parents showed up." Donna
"Yes, we do, but this isn't the right time. You need to get ready for court.
"Thanks for understanding right now. I want to talk about it, but things are
"Good. I'm gonna go to bed. It's late and I need to sleep and so do
"Yeah, good night then." Donna said as she walked into her bedroom.
Washington D.C. Courthouse, Room 4.............................................
Donna took a deep breath and walked into the courtroom. Her parents and Jacob
"Miss Moss?" the man asked.
"Yes, can I help you?" Donna asked.
"I'm James Campbell, your attorney." James explained to the confused woman.
"No, my attorneys are Toby Ziegler and Sam Seaborn." Donna said.
"They gave you legal advice, but can't represent you out of a conflict of
"No, they didn't." Donna said, feeling hostile at her friends.
"Mr. Ziegler and Mr. Seaborn gave me everything. I am going to take care of
"Fine, thank you." Donna said.
Donna couldn't believe it. Sam and Toby had deserted her at the time when she
Her case was called before lunch. James escorted his client to their table and
"I have reviewed the previous case file and the motions. Before I make my
Donna stood up, took a deep breath, and addressed the court.
"Your honor, my parents and ex boyfriend are doing this because I grew up and
"Thank you Miss Moss. I am now ready to rule on this case. After reviewing
"What did I tell you? No problem." James said.
"Thank you." Donna said.
After saying goodbye to James, Donna was walking to the doors when her parents
"Donna, please consider getting some help. You do need it." Karen Moss
"You know what I need? I need a supportive family. You certainly don't live
Sam and Josh weren't expecting to see Donna blow up like that. After her little
Donna rushed into the bullpen and found both Sam and Toby working on a speech.
Leo called everyone into his office after hearing about Donna's outburst. He
"This is definitely affecting her work. What are we going to do?" CJ asked.
"I'll speak to Donna and I am going to order her to see someone or be put on
"Why put her on leave if she sees someone?" Toby asked.
"She can't have another little scene like the one in your office today ever.
"You can't fire Donna." Josh said.
"I am not going to fire her, but I am going to make it clear, if she does this
Sam and Donna's............................................................
Sam walked into the darkened apartment. He fumbled into the kitchen and was
What Sam didn't know was that Donna was wide awake and looking at a pill bottle.
Leo hoped that Donna would realize that she needed to talk to someone about what
Donna arrived at work and headed for her desk where a message from Leo was
"Hi Margaret. Leo wanted to see me?" Donna asked.
"Yeah, go ahead and go in." Margaret said.
"Leo, you wanted to see me." Donna asked from the doorway.
"Yes, come in and shut the door." Leo said.
Donna did as she was told and sat down stiffly in a chair.
"What happened yesterday?" Leo calmly asked.
"I got mad and yelled at my so called friends." Donna angrily said.
"Excuse me?" Leo said.
"You heard me and if you didn't, you should get a hearing aid." Donna said.
"Donna, what is going on? You don't act this way or say these kinds of
"Well, take a look cause this is the new Donna. Take it or leave it." Donna
"We are going to loose this new Donna. You can't yell at your superiors,
"Are you firing me?" Donna asked.
"Of course not, but you are going to see a counselor or somebody like that."
"No, I am not." Donna firmly stated.
"You are going to do it because I want a doctor to clear you to come back to
"When is this leave effective?" Donna asked.
"Tomorrow morning." Leo explained to her.
"Fine, then. I will get Josh's schedule for the next few days ready and then
Leo watched her walk out of the office. He was shocked by what he saw. This
Donna couldn't believe what Leo said. She knew that she didn't have a
Leo told the senior staffers about his meeting with Donna. He suggested that
Sam found Donna in the mess and filled her in on most of the details. She
"We're here. Let the party begin." Sam said as he drug Donna through the
"Good. The food was starting to get cold." CJ called from the kitchen.
While everyone else dug into the food, Donna pushed the food on her plate
"Donna, when is your counseling session?" Josh asked.
"Why do you want to know and how do you know about that?" Donna asked,
"Leo told me and I wanted to know when my dependable Donna would be back."
"How dare that SOB tell you that he ordered me to get some help. I can't wait
The staff was in shock over Donna's reaction to Josh's explanation. They had
"Donna, I think that Leo was right to do what he did. After seeing your
"This from the people who call themselves my friends. You are all far from
The staff had some still very fresh memories of a December and couldn't speak.
"Donna." Josh gently approached her and put his hand on her shoulder.
"Don't. Just stop it and leave me alone. I want to forget that I ever knew
"Sam, make sure that she's all right and doesn't try to hurt
Sam knew that Donna headed home. He planned to force her to talk because her
"Donna, please. I know you're in there. Please come out and talk to me."
After a few minutes, all the sound from the bathroom and movement stopped and it
Sam was still banging on the door and pleading with Donna when Josh, Toby, and
"Break down the damn door." CJ said without any hesitation.
Josh, Sam, and Toby gave it their all and rushed the door. The door finally
CJ grabbed the phone to dial 911. Toby grabbed the pill bottle to help CJ with
The EMT's came through the door and took over. Within two minutes, Donna was