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"The House Warming- Part 3"
Synopsis: A continuation of the "Hanging By A Thread" stories. Sam gets in trouble and has to deal with a dose of reality, the President gets up from his chair too fast and gets light headed or is it an 'episode', Donna and Josh go for dinner at Sam and Melody's place
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Notes: Thanks to Dani for her help with the time-line of recovery for Sam's injuries! There is a song in this story that is mentioned a few times, and will be mentioned in other installments. There is a link to the lyrics in the first part of this story. The lyrics of this song really add to the drama in this story, and add to its effectiveness. Enjoy.
Rating: PG to PG 13 (probably) there are some innuendoes, but nothing rude.
7:46 a.m. Wednesday Morning
There are a lot of things happening in this part, so please bear with me as I try and describe them for you. The song "Love Rescue Me" by U2 begins playing before anything is seen. The music stays at the same level through this whole 'scene' as there is no dialogue, just action. The lyrics that are heard are written in bold type and italics with the actions we see below them.
Love rescue me, Come forth and speak to me. Raise me up and don't let me fall
No man is my enemy, My own hands imprison me, Love rescue me.
We see nothing for the first 10 seconds or so of music, as the 'screen' is black, and all we hear is music. We gradually begin to see what is happening. While there is still the introduction music in the song we see Sam and Melody, walking down the hallway of their home, they are just getting up. Sam wants to walk faster, and we can see the impatient look on his face. He is dressed for work, and Melody is holding on to him for support as they slowly walk down the hall. They talk to each other, but we can't hear the words they are saying to each other. They reach the stairs, and Sam winces as he takes the first step, then they continue down the stairs as the scenes merge.
Many strangers have I met, On the road to my regret. Many lost who seek to find themselves in me.
They ask me to reveal, The very thoughts they would conceal, Love rescue me.
The previous scene has been blended into this one to reveal Toby, who is sitting at his desk, typing at his computer. He looks into space for a second or two with his eyes shut, collecting his thoughts, then he returns to his computer and continues typing.
And the sun in the sky makes a shadow of you and I, Stretching out as the sun sinks in the sea.
I'm here without a name in the palace of my shame, Love rescue me.
The previous scene has been blended into this one. We see Leo standing at his desk with file folders stacked 20 deep on the top. We can tell he's frustrated. He picks up one, looks at it, then puts it down in another spot. He repeats this process a few times, then he yells for Margaret but we can only see his lips moving as he yells her name. She comes in. He is asking her for a particular file. She walks to the filing cabinet, pulls it out and hands it to him. He sheepishly mouths "Thank you." He sits back down in his chair, and we can't see him any more he is behind the piles of folders.
In the cold mirror of a glass, I see my
reflection pass, I see the dark shades of what I used to be.
The previous scene blends into this one, where we see the reporters in the Press Room. Danny is talking on the phone. He turns his head and sees C.J. waiting for him to get off the phone. He motions for her to wait one second, then he gets off the phone and walks with C.J.
And the sun and the sky makes a shadow of you and I, Stretching out as the sun sinks in the sea.
I'm hanging by my thumbs, I'm ready for whatever comes, Love rescue me.
C.J. and Danny are seen walking past Josh's bullpen, to C.J.'s office, and we can tell they are talking on the way.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow, Yet I will fear no evil.
I have cursed thy rod and staff, They no longer comfort me, Love rescue me.
The scenes blend together, and see POTUS and Charlie at Mrs. Landingham's desk. They are looking over the President's schedule for the day. POTUS and Charlie walk back into the Oval Office. Charlie closes the door.
Sha la la, sha la la, Sha la la, sha la la
During the musical part in the middle of the song, we are taken from the door of the Oval Office, through the Yellow Hall, through the Roosevelt Room, past the Communications Bullpen going towards Josh's office. This whole time, we see people walking back and forth, saying hi to each other. People getting coffee, talking to each other, general things that would go on in an office. We get to Josh's office.
I've conquered my past, The future is here at last, I stand at the entrance, To a new world I can see
The ruins to the right of me, Will soon have lost sight of me, Love rescue me.
We see Josh, working at his desk, then he looks up at the doorway. Donna is standing in the doorway to his office, tapping her watch. She gets his shirt that "all the girls think he looks hot in" and hands it to him. She holds up her hand to indicate the amount of time left to get ready. We can see her mouth "Let's go. 5 minutes." The music fades out.
1:43 p.m. The White House, Josh's Office
Toby, Sam and Josh are standing in his office, discussing his recent meeting with the Gun Control Lobbyists. They are talking about Josh's responses to their questions.
Josh "I'm telling you, that's what I said to them."
Sam "I can not fathom that you would make that sort of a response Joshua. You don't talk like that."
Toby "That's the kind of response that I would expect from someone like C.J., not from you."
Josh "Hey now. Don't compare me to her. I am nothing like C.J."
Sam "Well duh. All I can say is that I'm very shocked."
Josh "What, you didn't think I had it in me?" They shake their heads. "You didn't think I could be
nice to a bunch of gun control freaks?" They shake their heads. Josh fakes outrage, with a smile
"That hurts me right here." He pats his hand on his chest.
Sam giving Josh a swat on the arm "Smart ass. I think that's great though. They were receptive to the
Toby "All of them?"
Josh "Well, they weren't to pleased when I told them that the President had other more pressing issues
on the plate right now, and that he would get to this issue when he could. That sparked a little
fury, but suave, debonair Joshua Lyman that we all know and love, was able to calm the stormy
Sam to Toby "I think I'm gonna be sick."
Toby "You're not the only one."
Melody is seen walking down the hall with a folder in her hand. She knocks on Sam's office door, no answer. She walks in,
there is no one there. She walks to Cathy's desk.
Melody "Hi Cathy. Have you seen Sam lately?"
Cathy "Hey there. I think he and Toby are in Josh's office, but I'm not too sure. I can call there if you
Melody "It's ok. I have to head there myself anyway. Thanks."
Cathy "No problem."
Melody walks towards Josh's office. She approaches Donna's desk to say hi, but she is not there. She glances at the
glass that separates her office from Josh's. She sees Toby and Josh standing in the middle of the office and Sam,
standing there with them, without his cane. She decides to stand outside the closed office door and listen to what's
going on. She hears the following...
Josh "I know that Toby, but the proposition was not going to go through anyway. It's not like I was
telling them a lie or anything."
Toby "But you should have handled that differently Josh, you know better."
Sam "Toby, this is Josh we're talking about."
Toby "True. Josh, I talked with the President about this on Saturday, and he told me that the reason why
he wanted you to do this was so that you would learn to listen to people before you went shooting
your mouth off at them. Don't you think that this is going to get to Press, then you'll have C.J.
after you, not to mention all the people on Capitol Beat breathing down your neck? When are you
going to learn?"
Josh sheepishly he says "I thought I did good."
Sam "As far as Josh Lyman goes, you did. But for the President, I don't think so. He's going to want
to talk to you about this one Josh."
Josh wining "But Sam..."
Toby "But nothing. You did most of what you were requested to, and then you screwed up at the end.
Josh, when will you ever learn?"
Josh "I told you Toby, that proposal was ludicrous and there was no way that what they wanted would
ever pass first reading anyway."
Toby "You should have said something different Josh. Anyway, I have to see Leo. I have to go." Melody hears
Toby approaching the door, and she stands in the doorway to make sure that she is seen as the door opens. Toby
opens the door. "Good Lord. You scared the hell out of me."
Melody who is very angry at this point, and has raised her voice enough so that many people have
gathered to hear this speech. "Good. I'm glad. I can't believe you three. I don't care who either
of you are two are, or what your positions in this country's administration are either. You profess
to be Sam's friends. Friends care about other friends. And I know for a fact, Joshua Lyman, that
you have been teasing Sam about using his cane. Well that is going to stop, right now."
Sam looking apologetic "Look Mel, I..."
Melody holding her hand up to him "Save it. I've had it with this crap you try and dish out. If you want
to jeopardize your recovery, by specifically doing what the Doctor told you not to, then that's
your own fault. Not mine. I guess that my help isn't needed here any more, so I'm getting out of
here to cool off, because I fear that I may say something to either or you three that I will regret in
the future. You can get home by yourself. I'm leaving." As she leaves the doorway, she turns to
look at Josh and Toby.
Sam "But what about my physio tonight? How am I gonna get there?"
Melody with utter frustration in her eyes and her voice she looks at him and says "Public Transit is a
wonderful thing Samuel. You have proven that you have sufficiently recovered, so you can
bloody well get there on your own." She looks at Josh and Toby with a very disappointed look.
"You two can rest assured that you'll have to deal with me later..." pointing to Sam "...I have to
figure out how to deal with this one first." Those who have gathered to hear this applaud her as
she walks very quickly towards Sam's office. Sam, Toby and Josh watch her walk past Josh's
office. The only word spoken is from Sam.
8:43 p.m. Sam and Melody's house. Melody puts the key in the front door and we see her enter, alone. She sets her
briefcase down, and switches the lights on. She hangs up her coat in the closet, then heads into the living room. She
pours herself a drink from the bar, then picks up her briefcase, turns off the lights and heads upstairs.
9:23 p.m. Melody is sitting in bed, P.J.'s on, with official White House folders strewn over the comforter. The radio
is on, and we hear the D.J. talking. Throughout the speech, Melody is propped up on pillows, reading from one of
the folders. We see some of the pieces of paper that are on the bed, have graphs, charts, and statistics on them.
We can gather that these sheets are the results from the health issues poll that they were conducting for the President.
D.J. "It's almost 9:30 in the Nation's Capitol. Continuing with the softer music for the evening, we
have a special song up. This one is by one of the beauties of Country Music, Faith Hill. Enjoy it
We hear the song "When You Cry" by Faith Hill playing on the radio. We hear, from the main floor of the house,
the sound of keys in the door. Melody drops her file folder in her lap, then looks towards the door of the bedroom.
The front door opens. "Mel? Are you home?"
Melody relieved, but barely above a whisper "Good. He's home."
Sam his voice is heard from downstairs. "Mel? Where are you?" She doesn't respond. "All these
bloody lights are off and I can't see anything." Something crashes downstairs, and Melody's body
gets tense. She sits upright in bed with a look of panic on her face, but resists the urge to run
down the stairs and help him. He is frustrated. "Good lord Melody, I know you're home. I can
see the bedroom light on and I can hear the radio. Are you going to come and help me up these
godforsaken stairs?" She doesn't respond. She starts to get teary as she knows the pain he is in
going up and down stairs, but she wants him to do this himself. "If I fall down and break the other
hip it's on your conscience." She drops her head down into her hands, runs her hands over her
face. We can see the stress that is in her face she listens to him stumble up the stairs. Every step
up that he takes is accompanied by a "Damn it" or a "God that hurts." She decides to lean her
head back against the headboard, and close her eyes, so Sam thinks she is asleep. She hears him
reach the top of the stairs. He breathes a sigh of relief then says out loud so she can hear "I made
it up, just in case you were wondering." She smiles. She hears his limp coming down the hall.
The music is still playing in the background, and Sam reaches the bedroom door. While he looks
at the floor, he leans on the bedroom door frame. "Ok. You've made your point. I know I can't
do this on my own." Melody doesn't move. "Are you listening? I'm saying I admit defeat, you
are the victor." She still doesn't move. Quietly, he says to him self "Maybe she is asleep. It
sure looks like she is." He hobbles over to the bed, and Melody can hear there is a third bump
hitting the floor.
Melody thinking "He is using it. Yes!"
Sam who has now reached the bed, sits down very slowly, and leans against his arm for support. He
starts to clear away the papers and files from the bed as he speaks. He speaks quietly "Mel, I
know that you will probably be able to hear me in some form, even though you're asleep. You
always have that ability to know what I'm thinking and how I feel. Well, this time I'm just gonna
tell you. You're right. I'm wrong. It's the lawyer in me that makes me not want to admit defeat,
but I have to this time. I can't get through this without you. Hell, just getting up those bloody
stairs was challenge enough. God, I can't even get into the tub without help." Melody has to
work hard to hold back her tears at this point. She knows this is difficult for him to do. "I am
indebted to you, really I am. You take care of me, when I know that no one else would. You put
up with my crappy and defiant attitudes, and I don't know why. I know that you have my best
interests at heart, and I love you for that." He has finished gathering the file folders that he can
reach from his sitting place, and is now sitting on the side of the bed, looking at the floor. Melody
looks at him from the corner of her eye. Then she shuts it again quickly. "I don't know where my
pain meds were today, but I really needed them. Maybe Josh took them on me as a prank, but I
could hardly function it was so bad. Then there was physio, which almost killed me. Getting out
of a cab was hard enough, even using this stupid wussy cane. If you can ever forgive me for being
such a colossal pain in the ass, I promise to use this stupid thing..."
Melody "I took them."
Sam looking up at her "Huh?"
Melody opening her eyes to look at him "I took your pain meds."
Sam almost getting pissed off at her "Why would you do that? You know I need to take them every 8
Melody "You also needed to be using your cane, and you weren't, so I took it upon myself to see that you
had nothing. It's called tough love dear."
Sam "Why didn't you come and help me with the stairs?"
Melody "Again, it's tough love. You need to see for yourself that you are not superhuman lawyer-man,
that you have weaknesses just like the rest of us mortals." She sits up to look at him face to face.
She raises her hand to his face, and gently runs her finger along his jaw line. "Samuel, I don't
want you to think for a moment that I didn't want to jump out of this bed and run down there and
carry you up those 'godforsaken' stairs if I could. You needed to realize that you need to do what
you're told to by your doctor. I am only being the enforcer, and if your friends think that makes
me a bitch, then so be it. I'm not about to jeopardize the health of the man I love for the approval
of his friends."
Sam realizing she's right "I know. I do appreciate everything you do for me, and I know it's only
because you care."
Melody "Sam, if I didn't, I wouldn't wake up at 4:00 in the morning to run a bath for you. I wouldn't...
Sam "You get up at 4 in the morning to run a bath for me? Why?"
Melody "For a couple of reasons. Firstly, I know that you like to try to get to work early. You wake up
at about 4:30, and I run boiling hot water in the tub at 4. The water is perfect temperature for you
by the time you wake up and we get you in the tub. Secondly, I know it will take you a while to
get to where you need to go, so I do things 30 minutes to an hour ahead of time."
Sam "You don't need to do all that for me, you know."
Melody "I know I don't need to. But I do these things because I do care. If I didn't care, I wouldn't go
all over town driving you here and there to all your appointments, and I sure as hell wouldn't put
up with Joshua Lyman."
Sam with a big smile. "Ya, he is an idiot, isn't he?"
Melody "Yes, and I'll have you know that this afternoon, while you were thinking that I was deserting
you and that I left you to wallow in your own self-induced misery, I talked to C.J., Donna, Cathy,
Leo, the President and Mrs. Bartlet, all at different times. I told them that if there was ever an
instance that they saw you walking without your cane, that they should swat you upside the head,
and remind you that you are human, and that at this particular moment in time you have physical
limits and frailties. Mrs. Bartlet said that she would pop down periodically to check on you, as a
physician not as the First Lady. That put me at ease right there. C.J. also told me that she
looked forward to the opportunity to swat you with my full permission, as did Donna and Cathy."
Sam with a gentle smile "I can't believe you did that for me."
Melody "I also had a little meeting with our friend Joshua, where I must say, the prosecuting attorney in
me shone like the North Star. I grilled him like a BBQ does a porterhouse." Sam laughs. "All he
could do was sit there and take it. It was wonderful."
Sam "He has been careful around me this afternoon. He always made sure I had my cane with me."
Melody "Good. I'm glad it worked. It's about time someone knocked some sense into that stubborn
Sam looking at her, and speaking directly "I'm sorry."
Melody "So am I." She gives him a kiss on the forehead. "Let's get you in the tub and get you ready for
Sam with a smile "Ok."
Melody as she takes his arm to help him up from the bed "Did you have anything to eat yet?"
Sam wincing as he stands up "I had some soup at about 5, other than that, no, it's hurt too today for me
to eat much of anything."
Melody they slowly walk towards the bathroom "Sweetie, I'll get you something while you're in the tub,
then after your bath you'll have some tea and one of your pills. This is the one instance when you
can eat your dinner in bed, ok?"
Sam with a smile "Yes Ma'am."
10:43 a.m. The White House. Josh's Office.
Josh is sitting at his desk, and Donna knocks at the door.
Donna entering the office "This package just arrived for you Josh."
Josh with a look of panic "Is this, like, an anniversary or something I missed?"
Donna "Not that I know of I didn't send this." She hands Josh a package that has a couple of holes in
Josh "Huh? No one else gives me stuff."
Donna "Well, open it then."
Josh "Why are there holes in it?"
Donna teasing him "Maybe it's from someone that hates you and they sent you a Kimodo Dragon to eat
your fingers one by one, then eat your toes, then eat your..."
Josh - 'That's quite enough, thanks." He unwraps the package with caution, especially after the vivid
mental picture he has in his head of a dragon eating his appendages. He opens the box and a
teddy bear is revealed, who is carrying a tiny American flag, a white flag and a purple tulip. He
holds it up for Donna to see.
Donna "Aww. That's so cute. Is there a card?"
Josh looking for one "I can't see one. Do you?"
Donna pointing to the bottom of the box "Um, right there."
Josh opening the envelope, he reads out loud. "Dear Joshua." He looks up at Donna "I know you sent
this, no one else but my mother calls me Joshua."
Donna "I swear to you, it isn't from me."
Josh "Dear Joshua. I know that you will be reading this in front of Donna, so I will try to be brief." He
looks up at her. "It really isn't from you." He looks back to the card. "I wanted to apologize for
yesterday. I was upset with the situation with Sam, and I took out my frustration on you a little
more, hell, a lot more than I should have. I can't believe this, but I actually told Sam that I grilled
you like a porterhouse." Donna and Josh laugh. "Anyway, I hope that you can take what I said
with a grain of salt, and know that I appreciate all the things that you do for us. You really are a
good friend, not only to Sam, but to me as well. Like I told you before, I worry way too much
about him, and I just need to know that he's ok when I'm not there with him. Have a great day
you two. Melody"
Donna "Aww. That is so sweet. She's great."
Josh "Here Donna, you can keep the Teddy Bear on your desk."
Donna "Are you sure?"
Josh "Ya. I'll keep the card in mine. You were mentioned in this letter too, you know."
Donna "I think you should keep this. It might come in handy some day." Donna hands him the white
Josh looking up at her with a smile "Smart ass. Don't you have some work to do or something?"
Toby is sitting in his chair at his desk, and is relaxing as he is reading from a sheet of obviously professional stationary.
Toby (internally) "Dear Toby. I know that you are not one for anything mushy, so I will get right to the
point. I overstepped my bounds yesterday afternoon. I am not one of those who can not admit
when they are wrong, or that they have wronged someone else. I know that you care for Sam, as
do I, and that you had nothing to do with the fact that he was standing in Josh's office not using
his cane. I do appreciate the friendship that you two have, although I know you will never
publicly admit it, and I appreciate the fact that we have become friends over these past few
months. I respect and admire you, not only as a colleague, but as a friend, and hope that you can
accept my apology for my hideous outburst of anger yesterday. Again Toby, I ask for your
forgiveness as I sincerely apologize. Melody." Josh appears at Toby's door. He knocks, and
Toby looks up. "Ya."
Josh "You got a minute?"
Toby "Barely. What's up?"
Josh "I'm just letting you know that I re-scheduled a meeting with the members of that Gun Control
Lobby, and I plan on apologizing to them for my outburst. It wasn't all that professional."
Toby "That's a good idea."
Josh "Ok." Josh turns to walk back to his
Josh returning to the office "Ya."
Toby "You did good."
Josh "Thanks Toby." He gives Toby a smile, and Toby returns it. They understand that it was Toby's
way of apologizing. Toby returns to typing at his laptop, and Josh walks back to his office.
Sam is on the phone, and is talking with Mrs. Landingham, about scheduling a meeting with the President about the results of the polls.
Sam "Any time would really be good." (pause) "She would, yes." (pause) "I can call her about that
right now and let you know in a few minutes." (pause) "I'll call you right back. Talk to you
soon." He depresses the thing in the phone to end the call. He presses the line, dials 9, then calls
Melody only heard on the phone "Hey there."
Sam "Hey babe. Can you come in for about 12:30 today?"
Melody "Sure, what's up?"
Sam "The President would like to meet with us about those results."
Melody "I'll be on my way in a bit, I'll meet you in your office, ok?"
Sam "You got it." He depresses the hang up button on the phone, then dials Mrs. Landingham. He sees Donna
at his door and waves her into the office. "Hi Mrs. Landingham. 12:30 is good." (pause) "Ok,
we'll see him then. Bye." To Donna "What's up?"
Donna "Josh and I wondered if you would like to come out with us for lunch today."
Sam "As much as I would love to, I just made a meeting with Melody and the President for 12:30. I
wish I had known."
Donna "Oh she's welcome to come too. We're not doing anything special, we're just going to sit outside
and have our lunch there. Between you and me, I don't think there's going to be too many nice
days like this left, and I want to enjoy them while they're here."
Sam "Well, I promise you I will tell her about it. What time are you guys heading out?"
Josh "Hey Sam."
Sam "Hey buddy."
Donna "Well, if you and Melody are for it, we can go when your meeting is over, right?"
Josh "Ya-bsolutely. What did I just agree to?"
Donna "Waiting for their meeting with the President to be over so we can all have lunch."
Josh "Sure, sounds good. Hey Sam, do you have a minute?"
Josh "Ya, I'm afraid so. Sorry Donna."
Donna as she walks back to her office "I never get to hear any good stuff."
Sam "Come on in, have a seat just close the door for me, would ya?" Josh closes the door, then pulls
a chair up near Sam's desk.
Josh "I need a favor. A big one."
Sam looking at Josh like this is the most secret plan they have ever concocted "What?"
Josh "I need help planning something."
Sam with a grin "Oh. I see. For you know who."
Josh "Exactly. Can you help?"
Josh "Well, not for right now, but for Friday or Saturday."
Sam "Barring any Emergencies of State, right?"
Josh "Of course."
Sam "Let me sleep on it. How much?"
Sam "Are we being cheap on this thing or are we going all out?"
Josh "All out, dazzling, wow kinda thing."
Sam "Let me sleep on it. We'll meet up tomorrow and discuss this in greater detail, ok?"
Josh giving him a slap on the shoulder "You're the best." He gets up from the chair. "See ya."
Sam smiles at him, shakes his head, then goes back to typing on his computer.
12:57 p.m. The White House, Oval Office
POTUS, Leo, Sam and Melody are sitting on the couches in the middle of the Oval Office, and are discussing
the results of the polling that took place over the past 5 days.
Melody "Sir, as I mentioned, Sam and I decided between ourselves, that in order to get the most accurate
results with this poll, that instead of going through the regular channels, that we would call during
different hours. We thought that his would result in a more detailed and accurate response to the
questions asked on the Public's behalf."
POTUS "And did that prove to be the case?"
Sam "Well, Sir, if you would look at the chart that is on page 3 of the folder, you will notice that the
general results of the poll were in the positive with 87.9% of the population believing that your
health is your business, no matter what. On the same note, there was only a 4.6% decline in those
numbers when the individuals were asked about your health declining. Meaning that 83.3% of
those polled believe that it is really none of their business what the state of your health is. I think
that no matter what issues may arise in the future Sir, that the general population of the American
people will be behind you."
POTUS "Well, that is absolutely wonderful news." POTUS goes to stand up, and they all follow suit,
and Melody helps Sam stand by holding his arm to support him. POTUS stands in the middle of
the room for a moment, while the others wait for him to speak or move. He has a blank stare on
Leo approaching his friend "Sir. Are you ok?"
POTUS - Aside to Leo "I need to see Abbey."
Leo "Sit down Mr. President, please." Leo looks at Melody, then motions for her to call the residence
from the President's phone. She does. "You should sit down Sam, this may be a while."
Sam with concern, as he carefully sits down "Are you alright Mr. President?"
POTUS who is a little out of breath, but otherwise ok "Ya Sam. I think I just got up too fast."
Melody returning to them with a glass of water with some ice for the President "Mr. President, the First
Lady is on her way down to see you Sir. She told me that you should have a glass of cold water,
she said that it's good if you get up too fast to drink something."
POTUS accepting the glass from her "Thank you." He takes a sip and sees their worried looks. "I'm ok
guys, relax. I just got up a little too fast, that's all." To Melody "Could you two see to it that
those figures get distributed to the appropriate people?"
Sam "You've got it Sir."
POTUS "Thanks. I think that's it then." Melody gives Sam her arm to hold on to as he gets up from the
Sam and Melody "Thank you Mr. President, Sir." As they leave the office, Melody looks at Leo and
mouths the words "Is he going to be ok?" Leo nods his head and mouths "Yes." Melody nods in
recognition, then holds the door open for Sam.
1:27 p.m. The White House, North Lawn
Donna, Josh, Sam and Melody are sitting on one of the benches that are situated on the North Lawn. They are
eating their lunch, which Josh ordered for them while they were in their meeting with the President. They are
seated, L R: Sam, Josh, Melody, Donna
Melody "You know Donna, I don't think there are going to be too many more beautiful days like this, do
Donna "I was just saying that to Sam this morning when I told him about lunch today. I love this time of
year everything is so colorful."
Melody "So do I. Guys, I have an idea. Would you both like to come over for dinner tonight?"
Melody "Well, I wouldn't have asked if I didn't mean it Donna."
Josh "No more Chef Boyardee! Woo Hoo!"
Sam "What do we have to make anything with?"
Melody "Well, there would be a catch."
Josh fearing the worst "What would that be, exactly?"
Melody motioning to Sam "You'd have to bring him with you."
Josh "I think I can do that."
Melody "And you have to eat your vegetables."
Josh "This is an outrage! I have to eat fungus and green stuff? That's nasty."
Donna leaning over and swatting him on the arm "Don't be such a baby. I think it would be lovely. Is
there anything we can bring for you?"
Melody "Nope. I have to go out this afternoon and get some things anyway, so I'll pop by the market and
get the stuff I need."
Sam "Do you have time to cook anything? I mean won't it take hours?"
Melody "Sam, it only takes about 1 hour to cook the" making quotation marks in the air " 'thing with the
things on the thing.' I'll have plenty of time." Sam laughs, he remembers not remembering the
name for the dish. "Shoot. I can't use wine to marinade the meat."
Melody "Sam's meds. I guess I can just use a white grape juice. I hope you like sparkling grape juice
you two. That should be ok, don't you think?"
Sam leaning to her and giving her a kiss on the cheek "Anything you make will be delicious, I am sure
Melody "Well, on that note of praise folks, I'll be off. Josh, thanks again for the invite to lunch this
was really a nice idea." She stands up from the bench, and Josh stands, being polite.
Josh "Just make sure that there's no porterhouse steaks on the menu for dinner tonight, ok?"
Melody with a smile "Definitely. Donna, keep an eye on these two for me, ok? I don't trust them
Donna "Sure thing. Neither do I."
Donna "Is for horses." Melody walks towards Sam and sits on down on the bench beside him. "Josh,
let's give these two a minute, ok?"
Melody "It's ok guys, I won't get all mushy." To Sam "I want you to be careful this afternoon, ok?"
Sam "I will."
Melody "Promise me, ok?"
Sam "I promise."
Donna raising her hand "WITNESS!" Everyone laughs.
Melody giving him a kiss on the forehead. "Ok. Gotta go. I'll see you tonight, ok?"
Sam "See ya babe."
Melody "Bye guys."
Josh and Donna "See ya."
Melody waves at them then walks towards the North Parking Lot. Donna, Josh and Sam finish eating their lunch,
enjoying the crisp autumn day.
7:36 p.m. Sam and Melody's house. The Dining Room.
Melody, as we see, as been very busy. She has set the table beautifully with pieces of china that were her mothers
and her grandmothers. Crystal glasses are at each place, with napkins impeccably folded. There are silver utensils
at each setting as well, with a vase of flowers on the small side table. There is a stand with a wine-chilling canister,
where we see a bottle of sparkling white grape juice chilling just for Sam. There are candles lit in the sconces that
hang on the walls, and the room is filled with a very lovely and quiet ambience, one that is reflective of a hard day at
work, and the need to relax with good friends. Josh and Donna enter the front door first to open it for Sam, and they
are stunned by what they see in the Dining Room. Josh's jaw drops.
Sam to Josh "It's like you've never had someone get a room nice for ya before."
Donna "Melody, it looks beautiful in here. You went to a lot of trouble just for us."
Melody from the kitchen "It was no trouble remember I love to do this. I find it amusing actually.
Come on in and have a seat. Are you hungry now or do you want to wait a bit?"
Sam to Donna and Josh "Well now or in a bit?" Donna and Josh look at each other and shrug their
shoulders. Towards the kitchen "Is everything ready?"
Melody "Almost. By the time the 1st course is done, the main course should be ready to plate."
Josh taking Donna and Sam's coats and hanging them in the closet "First course?"
Sam with a smile "Ya. I hope you're hungry."
Donna "I'm famished."
Josh still in disbelief "A first course? This is like a State Dinner."
Sam "Not quite. Don't tell the President, and don't ever tell her, but I think she cooks better than the
White House Chefs."
Donna "You've got to be kidding." Sam shakes his head.
Melody from the kitchen. "Josh. Donna. There are some hors-d'ouvres on one of the side tables in the
dining room. If you would like to have some, go ahead. I'll be out in a minute, I just have to
shake this stupid dressing..."
Josh "Ok." He goes to the table.
Donna "Do you need any help?"
Josh "Who me?"
Donna "Not you dingus. Melody." Towards the kitchen "Do you need any help Melody?"
Melody appearing from the kitchen with four salad plates and a basket of rolls "Nope. Have a seat guys,
we can start to eat whenever you're ready. Sam, you'll have to sit on the end there, because of,
you know, the thing." Melody maneuvers around Sam and their guests as she puts the salad plates
at each setting. They continue to talk to each other.
Sam "I know." Donna holds the chair out for Sam as he sits down. "Thanks."
Donna "No problem. Do you need a cushion or anything?"
Sam "I'm ok, but thanks."
Donna "If you need anything, just ask." Josh holds Donna's chair for her. She smiles and says quietly
Josh He walks to his chair and sits. "Hey, it's my job." Melody has placed her salad plate at her
setting, then she places the rolls on the table. She sits down in her chair.
Melody "Well everyone, Bon Apetit."
Josh "This really does look delicious. And it shocks me to say that because it's salad."
Donna in disbelief "Joshua Lyman!"
Melody laughing "It's ok Donna. That's a compliment if ever I heard one!"
12:36 a.m. Sam and Melody's house, Their bedroom.
Sam and Melody are sitting in bed, propped up by pillows. Sam is reading papers from a file, and Melody doing the
same. Melody looks at the alarm clock.
Melody "Sam, do you have any idea what time it is?"
Sam shaken out of his thoughts "Huh?"
Melody "It's almost 1:00 in the morning. We should go to sleep."
Sam "Ya, just let me finish thi..." Melody snatches it out of his hand. "What was that for, now I'm
gonna lose my place."
Melody She puts the files on the night table "You need your sleep Sam. This can wait, the words will
still be on the pages tomorrow, ok?"
Sam yawning "Ok. Hey, I've already had my bath can you pass me one of my pills from the table
Melody "Here you go." She hands him the pill and a glass of water. He takes the pill and swallows it
down. "Good. Now you should be able to get some sleep."
Sam as he gets himself comfortable enough to sleep on his left side "You know, Josh really loves
Melody placing the pillows behind his back to support him she says sarcastically "I knew you were
brilliant for some reason or other."
Sam "Seriously. He really loves her."
Melody "And she really loves him. It's sweet."
Sam "It's almost disgusting."
Melody "How so?"
Sam He closes his eyes as he pulls the covers up to his chest. "Well, he wants to do something special
for her one day on the weekend, and he asked me for advice. He is a little bit of a dolt when it
comes to impressing women."
Melody sarcastically "Really, I never would have known."
Sam "I told him I would think of some things, and let him know tomorrow, but I'm drawing a complete
blank on this one."
Melody "It's the meds hun. Go to sleep. Maybe you'll dream something nice and wake up with a
brilliant revelation in the morning. By the way, I don't plan on letting you get up at 4:30 this
morning. You need your sleep Toby will understand." Sam doesn't respond. "Sam." She
looks at him. He has tumbled off into sleep at the speed of light. She turns out the light, and
cuddles beside him. He puts his arm around her waist pulling her close and gives her his evening
kiss on the back of the head. Then they both smile and close their eyes as they settle in for their
To Be Continued
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