Title: Would you Hold me?
This is the sixth in the series: A Bagel and a Beginning, Chili with a side of 'The Jackal', Dinner and Dancing, Darts and Dresses, and Josh and Donna's Getaway Weekend. All of these stories can be found on our webpage: Http://www.phantomroses.com/SarahRabb/
These stories are mostly about the personal lives of the characters. If this doesn't interest you I suggest chunking this one now.
"Would You Hold Me?" Pt 1/?
"Donna, Josh, welcome back!" Sam greeted them Monday morning. "Oh my goodness what happened?!" He exclaimed suddenly upset for his friends. CJ appeared then and her face clouded up as well. "What's all the frowning for? After all they just came back from a- what the hell happened?" Leo was cut short when he joined the group examining Donna's forearm.
"Bad storm" Josh explained. "Our room lost a window and I nearly lost a fiancée. Otherwise we had a wonderful time." "Pretty bracelet" CJ observed at once, touching the bangle. "Don't you people have something..." Leo began and then realized they were surrounding Josh and Donna. "Welcome home you two" he grinned. "We have another homecoming today too--Charlie is personally escorting Zoey home and they're moving in upstairs."
Donna smiled, "and just in time for CJ to finally make the announcement right?" CJ sighed, "Yes I intend on announcing the pregnancies today. Now if you'll excuse me." she headed off in search of Carol to get some copies of reports made. "Josh, hate to end the little homecoming celebration but I could use your help with the state of the Union," Sam said. "Leo, Caroline just called and left a message to let you know that she had made it home okay from Vermont," his secretary called. "Last of her moving hmm?" Donna inquired gently finding they had been left alone.
"Yeah I finally convinced her to come and be with me" Leo sighed. "Well we're still debating whether she's getting her own place, which I consider to be a total waste of money. I want her with me. That's not such an unreasonable desire is it?"
Donna shrugged, "I don't know. Last time I talked with her she seemed so secretive about why she wanted her own place. She said she wanted to be with you but there were a couple of small hold-ups. I told her you two could solving anything like that and she just changed the subject. I finally offered the advice that she should give you a chance and then if it didn't work out she could always get her own place then." Donna looked to Leo a minute, "well good luck anyhow."
"Thanks" Leo sighed, and then growled, "even if you weren't much help. I love her, she loves me--at least I think she does." He lowered his voice and looked to Donna, "she does doesn't she Donna? I mean that's not in question is it?"
Donna shook her head emphatically, "No way. She definitely loves you, in fact she loves you so much I think she's afraid that whatever this is, these hold-ups are that they'll tear you two apart. She's there now though and I think that's a step in the right direction. Just try to be understanding and let me know if I can help."
Meanwhile Zoey crossed yesterday's date off on her calendar. "Two months one week." she commented from the bed she'd been confined to for a week now and was scheduled to spend another three weeks in. "Did you get it all taken care of?" she asked Gina when she entered.
"Good morning to you too" Gina teased. "Just to be sure we're on the same sheet, what 'all' did you have in mind? Your transportation back to the White House is done and your husband is on his way here. What else can I do for you?"
"Thanks I will" Leo nodded. "I love her, and it's been her reticence that's held me back. I've been afraid of scaring her by pushing too hard. She doesn't say much about her past, but I suspect she's been hurt before somewhere along the line. Did she say if she was meeting me for lunch or what?"
Zoey smiled softly, "Nothing I guess. You can't get me out of here so I guess I'm as happy as I can get. Although I am hungry but you're not my maid..."
His secretary jumped in then, "she said she'd be home when you got there sir."
"OK thanks" Leo sighed, "see if you can clear my schedule so I can get two hours at lunch will you?"
"Breakfast trays are on the floor" Gina assured her. "You'll be out of here soon enough, home where you belong." There was a light rap at the half open door. "Gina it's Lucas" his slightly southern accent announced, "can you spare a minute?" Gina blushed, not unnoticed by Zoey who giggled.
"Not a problem," his secretary answered with a smile, "you already have the space. Eleven to one. Is that okay sir?"
Gina looked around as was her duty and then stepped into the hall. "Morning Lucas."
Leo sighed with relief. "Thanks, that works good. Try to keep me running on time will you Anne. This is pretty important."
"Good morning" Lucas greeted her. "All's ready for taking our young charge home. I'm guessing she's more than ready, just waiting for the doctor? And by the way you've changed your hair a little and I like it." He reached out and brushed the bottom of the new style with his knuckle.
Anne smiled and nodded will do sir. "You've a meeting with Senators McGarry and Leeveson and then a meeting with the President about the gun bill. Then your lunch break sir."
"Well being in the limelight of DC I decided a new look would do me good. I had a day at the spa coming and I had a little makeover," Gina replied with a bright smile and the hint of a flush. "Just waiting on the doctor," she finally replied with a nod.
"You look real good" Lucas smiled. "And I come bearing good news. Once Zoey is settled in the White House by noon today and since she's not leaving, our supervisor says we have the afternoon off. Could I interest you in some lunch and a walk around the zoo maybe? Beautiful day out there."
"Donna what the hell are you doing?" Josh exploded, seeing her carrying a load of files and reference books. "Are you asking to go back to the hospital with that arm?"
"That sounds wonderful," Gina smiled, "I'd love to."
"Hey someone's got to get some work done around here and CJ needed something and she's not supposed to be lifting these heavy books and--yes sir," Donna handed the books over meekly.
"Good" Lucas grinned. "You know I'm supposed to be able to take a bullet for someone I'm protecting but that seems simple compared to asking you out just now. Thank you."
"Thank you" Josh sighed. "And you still have one arm--you just aren't supposed to be putting any strain on this one."
"Y-You're welcome," Gina replied flushing. Just then the doctor appeared to get Zoey transported home where she would remain the next three weeks in bed. Lucas and Gina carefully helped secure the area and keep an eye on her.
Donna nodded taking up a file folder in the other hand from a stack she had been carrying on top of the books. "Well let's see... here's the PBS results for Toby, information on the senators from Texas, North Carolina and New York's positions on the gun control bill for Sam. Also here's that file you wanted. Anything else?" Donna asked, as usual eager to help.
"Yes you, slowing down and making plans for lunch" Josh told her firmly. "We don't have to get it done all in one day you know." He stopped and looked over the information she handed him. "But this is great and I do appreciate it." With no one around he dared give her a quick kiss. "I love you and I don't know what I'd do without you, either personally or professionally. "Why don't you take some time this afternoon and start thinking about wedding plans. Is CJ going to help you?"
"Easy with her, careful--don't drop her" Charlie fretted as Lucas and Gina helped him to assist Zoey to the bed she and he would now share. "Charlie relax man" Lucas grinned, having come to very much like this young man. Zoey was quickly settled and her arms went around Charlie at once. "You guys need anything?" Lucas questioned. Charlie merely waved his hand at them, lost in a kiss.
Gina shrugged and shaking her head with a smile she left the room. "Okay I suppose we're relieved now," Gina turned to Lucas.
"Yes I'm definitely going to seek out CJ's help," Donna answered and then once she had reminded Josh of his appointment before lunch she went to seek out CJ. She found her in her office busily clicking her mouse and staring at her screen. Donna laughed when she discovered CJ was really playing 'paperboy'. "Ahem," CJ looked to Donna mock seriously, "I'm a very busy woman. What can I do for you?"
"Lunch, and a walk along Connecticut Avenue to look in the bridal boutiques" Donna informed her. "Josh and I want to get married as soon as possible so if I can get my dress picked out, and you fitted in your matron of honor dress that much will be done at least." Her gaze dropped to CJ's belly and she struggled to keep any tone of envy from her voice as she asked, "and have you been feeling ok?"
Lucas grinned and put a light hand on Gina's back as he led her out the back to where he had parked. "I'm glad we're doing this" he said softly, "I don't get much chance for a social life."
"Nothing to complain about except maybe the extra four pounds I've gained but you won't see anything there for a while," CJ finished with a soft smile as she followed Donna's gaze to her stomach. "I'm sure you'll be sympathizing with me soon enough. After all I don't want to have to be all pregnant walking around her looking at tiny little you every day!" CJ laughed lightly and gathered her purse and pager. "Toby I'm going for lunch and bridal shopping with Donna," she said when they stepped into his office.
"My social life is Zoey's social life," Gina answered as she slipped into his black convertible. "I'm glad we're going to be working together now," she reiterated.
"Alone in this city?" Toby leaped to his feet, only halfway kidding. "OK but you be careful. Then you're coming back to brief the press about the babies--yours and Zoey's." "Well it's sure not mine" Donna sighed, and then was immediately contrite. "Sorry guys. I'm not good with waiting."
"I am very glad" Lucas assured her. "I requested the detail in fact. I uh....I wanted the chance to work with you. So kill me."
Finally Leo was free and a short time later was opening the door to his Georgetown home. "Caroline you here. It's Leo" he called softly.
Gina smiled, "It's okay. It will be nice to have the company and coverage I can count on. Just don't think you're going to get too many afternoons off like this."
"I'm sure you won't have to wait long," CJ tried to calm Donna. "We'll be on Carolina," she told Toby, "and I'll have my pager in case you need me."
Suddenly Leo found himself being gazed at by two pairs of eyes. Two small children who couldn't be more than two and a half were looking at him with their mothers dark eyes and dark hair. They were quickly joined by a breath-taking blonde who was around fourteen perhaps. She gasped softly and froze when she saw him. "Mother," she called with her pleasantly soft voice. A moment later Caroline appeared, immaculate as usual. "Leo...I didn't think you'd be here until dinner," She managed to get out. She looked at him nervously, her mouth half-open but no words could she pry forth.
To Be Continued