Fajitas and Margaritas
Note: This is the seventh in the series including A Bagel and a Beginning, Chili with a side of 'The Jackal', Dinner and Dancing, Darts and Dresses, Josh and Donna's Weekend Getaway, and Would you hold me? (All of these can be found on our web page Http://www.phantomroses.com/SarahRabb)
Remember our stories are about the personal lives of these people. So if you're looking for political intrigue, or don't want to know what they're doing when they're NOT in the big white building, bail now!!
From Part 7--
"Believe it," CJ returned, "and if you don't it's on tape." She smiled affectionately at Toby. The priest began the ceremony and the youngsters chose to speak the traditional vows. The rings were exchanged afterwards and then finally the priest announced, "You may now kiss the bride. I am pleased to present Mr. and Mrs. Tucker Seaborn." Chloe smiled at Tucker her eyes glistening with promise.
"Not bad, not bad at all," the Caroline of the present murmured softly and then she came back into the present. "Those two are going to get married in two years," she told Leo matter-of-factly.
"Fajitas & Margaritas" part 8-- "You've been watching that Psychic Friends Network ad too much" Leo shook his head, "but to see them married when Chloe is eighteen would be bearable I think."
Tucker led Chloe to one of the benches and sat her down, urging her to curl against him. "We're going to be OK you and me" he said softly. "I love you and you love me and after that anything can be dealt with."
Chloe smiled, "Thank-you Tucker. I love you so very much. This is the real thing and it's going to last us and we're going to be very, very happy. I just know it." She leaned in and kissed him.
"I think if she marries Tucker in two years it will be a very good thing," Caroline replied, "a good and beautiful thing indeed."
"It's so nice to think we can just lounge around here tomorrow morning and we don't have to go to bed early because we don't have to be up at the crack of dawn," Donna smiled pleasantly.
"Amen to that" Josh sighed, letting her get more settled against him and then popping another bite of cake into her mouth, using his finger.
Donna laughed lightly, "I can still feed myself you know Lyman" "So what's on everyone's agenda for the weekend?" Jed asked curious. "Toby thinks we should go nursery room shopping," CJ replied. "Oh that sounds like so much fun," Donna smiled, "I'm not even sure where Josh and I are going to put a nursery!"
Josh looked up blankly. "Well a one bedroom apartment doesn't lend itself well to a separate nursery" he sighed. "Maybe we should go house-hunting."
Donna smiled, "Oh Josh what a wonderful idea! You know what would be really great would be if we could all get houses in kind of the same area." "Toby and I have been looking over this way as well," CJ spoke up.
"There's a duplex for sale about two streets over" Leo said thoughtfully and Josh looked blank again. "You know, two separate houses attached. There's a small front yard and a big back yard with a pool meant to be shared, and the sign says each one is three bedrooms. You four should walk over and look at it in the morning. The owner is living there right now trying to unload it....I mean sell it." Leo stopped and laughed. "I'm guessing they need a little work."
"See sometimes we do draw good duty" Lucas grinned, looking down to where Gina was leaning her back against his. "I wanted to thank you again for the zoo the other day. That was the most fun I've had in a long time, which tells you the story of my social life. The next time we're off in an evening I'd like to take you to dinner. Maybe down on the Eastern Shore for seafood."
Gina smiled, "that sounds wonderful. Besides, your social life isn't any worse than mine. However, as long as we're working together I think we've drawn a pretty good deal. Not to mention watching Zoey and Charlie is easy." Gina leaned in spontaneously then and kissed him passionately.
"You're awfully good at that" Lucas sighed, returning her kiss measure for measure. "I could get awfully used to receiving those daily. So when are we going to pull off this dinner date?"
"Mmm..." Gina gave the prospect serious thought, "I know we don't have a free time next week, not in the evening anyhow. I think it might be after the Lyman wedding before we actually have some time off, what with Zoey on bed rest and all..."
"Well just remember we're going to do that" Lucas said firmly.
"Charlie as much as I'm enjoying this I need to go up to bed" Zoey murmured. "You can stay here if you want. I just want to go lay down for a while and watch TV if that's OK. I think the swimming took a lot out of me and I didn't even move that much. I hope when I start doing some of that therapy I get my strength back."
Charlie smiled and hugged her, "You will. In the meantime we're going to say goodnight everyone." He scooped Zoey up effortlessly into his arms and carried her carefully up the stairs and to their room.
"They're such a charming couple of newlyweds," CJ spoke up, "So what do you think Donna? We could handle sharing the same backyard hmm?" "Yeah that sounds like a good idea actually," Donna replied and they looked to the men in their lives.
"We could share the work" Toby spoke up. "I'm assuming by work we're only talking about painting and that sort of thing, not major remodeling or plumbing." "I think it could work real well" Josh agreed.
Lucas watched Charlie and Zoey leave and then pulled Gina to her feet. "I guess we're moving ourselves up too."
"Oh yes," Gina replied with a smile and they headed up to a suite next to Charlie and Zoey.
Gina slipped into the bathroom and a few moments later returned in a brilliant emerald green satin gown with no back all the way down to her waist and only a pair of spaghetti straps on her shoulders. It had a bell skirt with a bit of a flare at the bottom and looked absolutely dreamy on her.
Lucas collapsed to the floor in a mock teasing faint. "I don't think you have your weapon on you" he whispered, "and I wish for my camera. Gina you are a beautiful woman."
"No I don't...have it on me," Gina replied standing before him gracefully. "Thank-you, for saying that." She stood there looking at him, wondering if something was going to happen."
Lucas propped the pillows up against the head board and then stripped to his boxers, careful to note that their two weapons were in reach on the nightstand. "I think we're ready to be on guard here" he grinned, holding his arms to her to join him.
Gina walked gracefully into his arms and then she kissed him as she moved them in a sway and then suddenly they were dancing without music.
"Remember I told you nothing has to happen" Lucas said softly, stroking her hair as they moved to their own rhythm. "Just to hold you and do this...." he kissed her fully and lovingly, "is plenty if that's as far as we want to go tonight.
Gina continued to dance softly with Lucas, "Thank-you Lucas. You're a pretty easy guy to love."
"Only because the woman I'm falling in love with is you" Lucas returned. "You're my one in five billion on this planet." They danced and he rubbed her back in slow circles. "Don't forget we're going to take that trip as soon as we get a few days off together too."
"How could I forget? You've promised to take me to Atlantic city and treat me like a lady." Gina said smiling. She continued to dance in his arms. "This is heaven," she whispered happily after a while.
"I did make that promise" Lucas acknowledged, "and I intend to keep it. A gentlemen and his lady, eating fine food, seeing some shows and walking along the beach at midnight in the moonlight. We haven't left yet?"
Gina sighed, "No and I don't know when we're going to get away either, not this next week for sure and the week after that...well maybe we'll have some time then. I'm pretty happy where I am right now..." she leaned up and kissed him passionately.
"I pretty much like you right there" Lucas nodded his agreement, sinking his hands into her hair and returning her kiss. "We have all the time in the world to see what it is we've started here. I did mean what I said before though Ms. Toscano. I am falling in love with you and you should know that."
"I think that's what the butterflies in my stomach are telling me," Gina teased lightly with a smile.
"This tummy?" Lucas smiled and leaned down to press a kiss on her belly button area through the soft garment.
Gina closed her eyes and moaned softly, "Oh Lucas," she ran her hands through his hair and then pulled him back up to his feet and kissed him lovingly. "I don't know what it is but something about you drives me crazy."
"I could say the same" Lucas replied, wrapping his arms even tighter around her, crushing her to him. "Part of me wants to take you right here and now, right on this bed and the rest of me says we should wait, wait until our special weekend and make that a part of it. I just know my feelings for you are growing by the minute and I'm not ever just going to think of you as my partner again."
"No, now is the time for sleeping. We'll save that for our special weekend," Gina agreed and they curled into bed.
"The more I hear it the more I like it," Donna smiled brightly. "Yes, here's hoping it works out," CJ added, "I think I'm ready to turn in now though myself." Donna added a large yawn to that thought.
"Let's do it" Josh stood and all but lifted her to her feet. "Well in eight months I may not be able to do that without a hernia so I wanted to now" he grinned. "Twins remember."
"Not definitely" CJ pointed out, at the same time signaling for Toby to pull her up as well, ''now we're going to do this house thing aren't we, check it out I mean?"
"Yeah let's do it about eleven" Leo spoke up, "I'll walk over with you guys and introduce you to Mr. Trevino. If you make him any kind of offer you can probably have it on the spot. People now adays don't want to have to work at anything."
"Yes, tomorrow morning at eleven," CJ replied and Donna nodded. The women walked upstairs with their significant others and disappeared into their rooms.
"You're okay with this now?" CJ asked Toby now that they were alone, "the house I mean."
"I think it's a great idea" Toby said firmly. "That means there's somebody right close by to look out after you most of the time, not to mention Leo and Caroline just a few blocks away just in case. It's not like we're sharing a bedroom, just a pool and a back yard."
CJ smiled, "Okay. I just wanted to make sure. I know you." She melted against him and kissed him lovingly as her arms wound round his neck. She played with the back of his neck and then kissed along his jaw and down his neck before capturing his lips again.
A slow smile came across Toby's lips and he rubbed his soft beard gently against her cheek. "I will never get tired of this" he declared before he responded to her kiss in kind, pushing her down so that his upper body was half covering hers.
Meanwhile Donna wrapped her arms around Josh and kissed him gleefully, "Joshua Lyman I love you SO much and we're going to have a baby, maybe twins!"
"I love you Donnatella Jolie" Josh returned, clamping his mouth to hers and then lifting her from the floor, swinging her carefully in a circle. "Twins I hope so" he enthused.
"Oh woah, Josh, too much movement," Donna said, suddenly looking very out of it and grabbing to him wildly as she became disoriented.
"Oh god Donna I'm sorry" Josh gasped and quickly set her on her feet, supporting her weight and then taking her to the bed, setting her down and holding her, pushing her head into his chest. "I'm so sorry" he repeated, "close your eyes until the room stops spinning and then you can kick my butt for doing that to you."
Meanwhile Donna curled against Josh, "just for that I'm not making love with you tonight. I was too tired to enjoy it anyhow..." she smirked teasingly at him.
Josh quickly smiled. "Thank you for not being angry. And I'm quite content to just hold you for now and let us both sleep. It wouldn't be the first time we've postponed it until the middle of the night." A slow smile came over him, "but since we've started, we've hardly missed a night have we? I guess I can't get enough of you."
"Apparently not," Donna answered before bursting into giggles. She pulled him down onto the bed with her and kissed him before laying her head on his chest. "I thought I was destined to spend forever bumbling in front of you like some idiot and trying to hide my feelings while I got hopelessly swept away every time I saw you."
"And what did you think I was doing?" Josh demanded. "Do you realize how many times you leaned over me at my desk and say something about a file in that soft voice of yours. I would be biting my tongue. Not to mention the number of times I wanted to say "Donna I need the Benson research and by the way I'm in love with you."
"Even the time I sent your chair off and you fell on that very fine toush of yours twice?" Donna asked with a raised brow.
"Only because I was too busy staring at you to watch where I was going" Josh sighed. "My eyes were on you not where I was aiming my tush."
Donna laughed, "I still found it a little too humorous. Did you ever think we'd get here Josh?"
"I honestly don't know" Josh sighed contentedly. "I almost told you a thousand times and backed off every time. Then when your apartment burned and you were staying with me I knew I couldn't bear to have you out of my life, or my arms again."
"Thank goodness you didn't let me go. I didn't want to leave but I wasn't going to outstay my welcome." Donna replied yawning again.
"I couldn't have stood it for you to leave" Josh shook his head and pulled the cover over her against the chill of the air conditioner. "Sleep now, knowing how much you are loved.
TO BE CONTINUED