Author: Paula /

Synopsys: After admit he has feelings for Donna, Josh decides it's time to do something about it

Disclaimer, notes and thanks: see part 1

Lyrics from the song 'Feels like Home', written by Randy Newman



"You've already won me over in spite of me

Don't be alarmed if I fall head over feet

Don't be surprised if I love you for all tha you are

I couldn't help it

It's all your falt."


part 4.

Sunday morning, 11:40a.m.

In front of Donna's place


Josh was standing in front of the Donna's building waiting for her. One of her neighbors said she might have gone to the grocery store.

He looked pretty handsome. Black pants, white shirt, and sunglasses. The memories of the previous night were floating around his mind. He was smiling just remembering the great moments they spent together. Suddenly he sees her coming down the street with three full bags in her hands. He runs to help her. Just then, he notices how beautiful she looked that morning, with her ponytail falling down her left shoulder, a long flowered summer dress, she looked very feminine.

He grins:

- Hey, let me take some of those. (He takes two bags from her hands)

- Hi. What are you doing here?

- I was driving around your neighborhood and I decided to stop and say hi to you.

Donna smiles at him.

- It's nice to see you.

She opens the front door of the building and they walk to the elevator.

- And I also came to invite you to have lunch with me. I opened the refrigerator this morning and there was no food at all.

- But I wrote your shopping list last Thursday. Why didn't your maid buy food?

- She didn't come to work on Friday. I think her son was sick.

Donna opens her apartment door's .He walks after her.

- Put the bags in the kitchen. So, if your maid or I don't buy your food, you won't do it by yourself. Would it kill you go to a market or a grocery store and buy some stuff?

- No. I might have done it a couple of times, but it's more comfortable to go to a restaurant or call and order some Chinese.

- Men!

- You didn't answer my question. Would you like to go out to lunch?

- Thanks for inviting me, Josh, but I'm making a lasagna and it's almost ready. Why don't you stay and join me?

- You're cooking? I don't know if it's safe, but I'd love to take a risk.

- I have to put it in the oven for 30 minutes. Would you like a glass of wine while we wait?

- Sure. Where did you learn to cook Italian food?

- My grandma was Italian. She taught my mom, who taught me.

- You never told me your grandma was Italian.

- Yes, from Sicily. Her name was Donnatella LoBianco. I was named Donnatella because of her.

- I didn't know that. It's a beautiful name. Why don't you like it?

- I like my name.

- So, why do you always complain when I call you Donnatella?

- I don't complain because you call me Donnatella. I complain because you call me that to irritate me.

- Ah, let me see if I get it. You don't complain because I call you Donnatella. You complain of the fact that I try to irritate you. So, I irritate you trying to irritating you.

- Yes.

- So, I get what I want?

- Yes. And that irritates me too.

- Anyway, you don't look like an Italian.

- I look more like my dad. His family is from Norway.

- Cool. And you're the result of this mixing.

- C'mon. Help me set the table.

- I don't know how to do that.

- Just bring the plates.

- Do you know how to eat?

- Yes, but only because it's the easiest step of the cooking process.

- Let's eat.


- It tastes good. I like it. I could ask you to do this every week. Enough of toasted hamburgers. You will make me Italian food from now on.

- Hey, don't you think I already do too many things at that office?

- Okay. I'll fire you from the assistant function. You'll be my personal chef.

She laughs.

- I think it's the first time that you've praised something I've done.

- That's not true. That's not true at all. I'm always glad with your work. I just don't say it everyday.

She smiles.

- Thanks.

- Can I have more of this?

- Sure.

(She serves him.)


Josh: - So, What do you want to do now?

Donna: - I usually spend my Sunday afternoons lying on the couch and watching a couple of old movies on TV.

- Is that fun?

- It's relaxing. After a hard week in the work, laying on the couch and watching TV sounds like the best thing to do.

- Okay. Let's do it. What movies do we have today?

- Hum, let me check TV Guide. At two, we have "The Way We Were" and "Goodfellas"...

- "Goodfellas"!

- No. I want to see "The Way We Were".

- Oh, please. You don't want me to sleep in your couch, do you?

- Have you ever seen this movie?

- Of course not. It's a chick flick.

- You should watch it. It's a great film and the song is beautiful.

- Oh, no. Barbara Streisand was the last thing I had planned for this Sunday afternoon.

- Watch the movie and leave your macho commentaries for after the movie.

- But if I fall asleep in your couch, it's your fault.


Two hours later, when the movie was over, he looked at her and saw she had fallen asleep in the other corner of the couch. He just watches her sleep quietly, with a sweet smile on her lips. He wonders what she is dreaming about. He pushes away a piece of hair that has fallen across her face, and he caresses her soft and warm skin, carefully to not wake her. He backs into his corner of the couch and changes the TV channel. He starts to watch another movie, but he can barely look at TV screen. He prefers to watch her - sleeping as an angel.

An hour and a half later, she wakes up. At first, she gets scared for falling asleep. Then, she looks at Josh, who is smiling and watching her stretch.

- Good Morning. I was wondering if you would wake up today, or if you would sleep until tomorrow.

She smiles and says very sweetly:

- What time is it?

- 5:30p.m. I won't mock you because you slept during the movie. It's not as bad as I thought. But that song is terrible. Completely out-of-fashion. Now I'm watching a western that is very good. But I think the movie is about over because everyone died, except the cowboy and the Indian leader.

He smiles and sees that Donna is not totally awake yet.

- Are you hungry? What do you have in the refrigerator?

- There is orange juice, a piece of pie and chocolate cookies.

- Okay. Wake up. Let's eat. I'll make me some coffee. Would you prefer my special super hot cappuccino or your orange juice?

- Juice. The last time, your special super hot cappuccino burned my tongue.

- Okay. Apple pie?

- Pineapple pie. Do you like?

- I've never eaten pineapple pie. It must be good.

- It is. I made it by myself.

- Where did you find pineapples in DC?

- In the supermarket. If you go there, you will see it.


Josh: - Today, we ate, we watched movies-well, you slept-and then we ate again. What we going to do next?

Donna: - We could go for a walk.

- Where?

- I don't know...Lincoln Park?

- Okay.


Sunday Evening, 6:54p.m.

Lincoln park

Donna: - Every Sunday was the same thing. We used to go to the church in the morning. In the evenings, we used to go for a walk in the neighborhood. Me, my mother, my father and Samantha. Sometimes, I'd go back home on the holidays; we still go for a walk. But I miss the old time. It was like a family reunion, we used to talk about what happened during the week and our plans to the next one. It was great.

Josh: - Once you told me you used to sing in your church's choir.

- Yeah. I loved it. My sister, Samantha, she never liked it. But it was really cool. Did you have a Bar Mitzvah?

- Of course I did. I was forced too.

- I always wanted to go to a Bar Mitzvah.

- It's dull. Very, very boring. The only good thing about it was the food. There was a lot of food. In every Jewish celebration there is a lot of food.

They walk in silence for a while.

-Donna, I need to tell you something. I can keep it quiet anymore. I feel like I'm lying to you. I don't know how you will react to this and that's what is frightening me the most.I just want to assure you that nothing needs to change between us and I really don't mean to scare you. I don't want to lose what we have now, you're my best friend and I don't want to screw that up. But I have to take the risk because I can't hide it from you anymore.

-Josh, you're already scaring me.Please, tell me what it is. Are you firing me?

-No.Of course not.It's just that I...I think that I like you more than I used to. Well, it's expected because I know you more and what I'm trying to say is that I like you more than I should...I mean, as a boss or a friend. That's understandable because you're a great person and you are an important part of my life. Let me try it again, I have a sort of feeling for you that I never had before.Those feelings have been growing inside me during these past few years and they are pretty strong at this moment and...

-Josh, can you be a bit more eloquent?

He swallows hard and then looks into her eyes.

-Donna, I'm in love with you.

She is speechless for a few moments. She can't discern what is going through her head at this very moment. She tries to think of something to say, but all that comes out of her mouth is,

-Oh, God...

Josh gets even more nervous by her reaction. He starts to wonder if it was the right moment or if he should have waited longer. He tries to apologize.

-I...I don't want to scare you.

-I'm not scared...just surprised. I didn't expect that.

-Please, just don't hate me for what I said.It was something that was out of my control.

-I won't, Josh. Actually, I need to tell you something... Remember when I told you I would never go out with Rick again?


She smiles timidly

-You never asked why.

-Well, why you don't have plans to see him again?

-That Friday, we went out to dinner and we had a great time...

Josh interrupts her

-Oh, God. Are you still dating him?

-No. Please let me finish.( She gestures nervously while talking) When he took me home, he tried to kiss me and I turned my face. He said he liked me a lot and asked when we could see each other again. I said it would be better if we didn't go out on a date again and we stayed friends, because I was in love with another guy.

Josh freezes.

-Oh, boy, there's another guy...

-Let me finish before you say something, okay? Anyway, Rick called me last Saturday... yesterday...and asked if we could go out to dinner or something.( She talks very slowly ) I told him I couldn't because I've already had plans for that night. He asked if I was going out with the guy I was in love with and I told him...yes.

-But last night you went out with...Oh, are you trying to tell me that you...

-Yeah, Josh....I have feelings for you too.

Josh smiles. They just stare into each other's eyes. Donna feels Josh getting closer and she closes her eyes, just enjoying the feeling of his lips touching hers.The kiss starts soft and tender, but then it turns to a passionate kiss that lasts for a few minutes. After the kiss, they open their eyes and their gazes meet. She smiles at him.

-Josh, I believe this will change everything.

-Me too. But this idea doesn't scare me anymore. Things will be so much better from now on.

He smiles and embraces her. She puts her head on his chest. He buries his face in her hair and kisses her forehead. He whispers in her ear,

- You're the best thing that 's ever happened to me. And I love you for that.

- I love you too, Josh.


~*~*~*~*~*~*The End *~*~*~*~*~*~




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