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Falling from the Sky (4/4)
"Ladies and gentlemen. Please prepare for landing by returning your
"You okay?" CJ asked. Toby was looking paler than he had the past
He rolled his head around, trying to loosen his neck muscles. "Well,
CJ patted his arm. "Not too much longer."
The tires squealed as the plane landed. CJ and Toby were the first
"No, this is it," CJ said. "Do you have any information for us?"
He took both bags. "The limo's this way." He turned his back on
"This can't be good," Toby said.
CJ put her hand through his arm. "Come on. Let's go." She had to
"I haven't felt this way since Josh was in surgery," Toby said.
"Where are we going?" he asked.
"Coop's going to take us wherever we're supposed to be."
"I want to go to the crash site."
"And if that's where we're supposed to be that's where we'll go." He
"Back to the House, Ma'am."
"I want to go to the crash site," Toby said.
"I have directions from the President to return you to the House."
"Thank you, Coop," CJ said.
They pulled up to the West Wing entrance. The aide opened the door
"Toby?" CJ asked.
"You'll need to get out of the car."
She pushed him towards the door. "Now."
He shook his head. "Right." He climbed out of the limo and held out
"Thank you," she said. "Ready?"
"Not by a long shot. CJ, I know I made you uncomfortable on the
"I just want to thank you."
"You're welcome. Let's go."
Another aide met them at the door. "You need to go to the Mural
"Okay, Toby." CJ brushed imaginary lint from his lapel and
He cleared his throat and took her hand. "Come with me?"
"I've come this far."
They walked in silence. It was obvious to both of them that people
"Ready?" CJ asked.
"Stop asking me that."
"Now there's the grumpy Toby we all know and love. Watch it, you
"Okay, misplaced levity is how I deal with stress. This should not
"Now I'm ready to go in just so you'll stop babbling."
"Then my job here is done."
"Not quite," Toby said quietly, pushing the door open. He took a
The man stood and faced them. He had a brace on one leg and his
"You look good," Toby said.
"Considering my plane just fell from the sky."
"Of course," Toby agreed.
CJ looked from one to the other. "Can I please have a little more
Toby enveloped David in a huge bear hug. "I was so scared."
"You think you were scared," David said with a laugh. "My God it's
"Excuse me, Ms. Cregg," the aide interrupted. "The President is on
"Good evening, Mr. President," she said.
"I hear we're in the midst of an emotional celebration."
"Yes, Sir." She smiled at the two brothers.
"Good. I'm sorry we didn't get the information to you and Toby
"You wanted drama and are upset that you weren't here to see the
"That I am."
"It's not all good news, though, is it?"
"No it's not, CJ. There were 147 people on the plane. Only 32
"I won't," she assured him.
"David's family is on the way. I'm having them picked up at the
"Thank you, Sir."
"CJ, thank you for going with him. I hope he wasn't too much for you
"Everything's fine, Sir."
"Great. Now I would like to speak to David Ziegler."
"Yes, Sir. Thank you, Mr. President." She turned back to the
David looked at Toby, horrified. "Take the phone, David," Toby said.
CJ went to Toby and hugged him. Surprisingly, he hugged her right
"Well, you've finally found time for that meeting with your brother.
"Thank you, Mr. President," David said and hung up, turning to
"And you would be CJ Cregg." David held out his hand and CJ shook it.
"I'm sorry I didn't introduced myself, David," she said. "You were a
He smiled. "I've heard all about you," he said. "Toby's emails are
CJ looked at Toby, who had taken a sudden interest in his
"Oh, you're a keeper," David laughed.
There was another knock on the door. It opened to reveal a
"Rebecca!" David limped toward his wife and children. She covered
The children wandered over to CJ and Toby, the little girl's hand
Toby looked down at him. "That's because I'm his brother. I haven't
The boy looked to CJ. "Are you my aunt?"