Disclaimers: They're not mine. Sometimes I ask them out to play, but they go home with Mr. Sorkin, et. al.
Spoilers: Not really
Archive: Sure, let me know where and keep my name attached.
Note: This is my first story. Thanks to Stacy for reading and encouragement.

Summary: CJ takes a fall and Toby gets roped in to picking up the pieces

Flamingo Falling (Part 13/?)

"Mother," CJ whispered so quietly Toby barely heard.

"Damn," Toby muttered. He stood up and held his hand out to CJ's mother. "Mrs. Cregg. Toby Ziegler. I must apologize to you. I had intended to get your flight information and meet you at the airport."

"You're Jewish."

"Yes, Ma'am." Toby dropped his unshaken hand.

"Hmmm. Jewish men make good husbands." Toby glanced at CJ, widening his eyes momentarily.

"I'm fine, Mother," CJ said. "Thanks for asking."

"Oh, of course you are, Darling." She descended upon CJ with air kisses for both cheeks. "I took a cab right from the airport to be here. I would have been here earlier if anyone had bothered to call me." She looked from CJ to Toby.

"Don't look at me," Toby told her.

"I didn't want to worry you, Mother. Everything was under control," CJ explained.

"Obviously it wasn't. You look so pale."

"She's been through a lot, Mrs. Cregg," Toby said. "She needs her rest."

"You need a good foundation and some blush. And you never wear your lipstick dark enough."

"I don't have any makeup on," CJ told her.

"See what I mean."

"I'm in the hospital, Mother." She looked to Toby. "Please?"

"Mrs. Cregg, why don't I take you back to the apartment and you can settle in. I'll come back after work and we'll bring something in for a nice dinner here. You can visit with CJ more this evening."

"It was a long flight from California. And now that I've seen that you're alright..." She leaned over for more air kisses.

"Thank you, Toby," CJ said quietly.

Toby looked at Mrs. Cregg. It took everything he had not to shake his head. Instead, he hesitated a moment and then leaned over and kissed CJ lightly on the lips. It surprised him that he felt it to his fingertips. It surprised him more that CJ had a firm grasp on his necktie and didn't seem to be letting go.

"Gotta' let go or we can't leave," Toby whispered. She immediately relinquished her hold and blushed.

"Mother, could you give us a minute?" After she'd gone, CJ turned back to Toby. "Toby, I..."

He waved his hand. "CJ, let's not do this right now."

"Okay. But I should warn you: If you're going to leave her alone in the apartment, she's going to snoop."

He shrugged. "Let her. Gotta' run. We'll be back later."

Toby let Mrs. Cregg in to the apartment. "You're sure you don't mind being here alone?"

"Not at all. I'll unpack and take a nap."

Toby showed her to the guestroom. I'm going to go to the office for a while. I've left my number by the phone if you need to reach me."

"Now, just where is it that you work, Toby?"

Flamingo Falling - 14




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