Author: Steph (ILUVNYYANK@a...)
Pairings: Josh/Donna, Sam/Josh friendship.
Archive: Sure, just let me know where.
Summary: Donna has a date with a movie star and Josh is determined to
Disclaimer: The West Wing and its characters do not belong to me. They
Note #1: There is a part of this story that was inspired by the new movie,
* * * Mission:Sabotage 1/2* * *
"Donna!" Josh yelled from the doorway of his office, causing his
He approached her, noticing that she was wearing her coat. "What are
"I'm preparing to leave."
"You're leaving early?"
"It's 9:00, Josh. Normal people were set free four hours ago."
"You ceased being normal the moment you walked into the White House,
Donna rolled her eyes at him, "Why you can't you just let me leave
"Were you planning on telling me you were leaving or was I supposed to
"I was going to tell you once I was ready and had my coat on, so you
Josh smiled, "And how exactly does wearing that coat make you think I
"Josh," Donna said in annoyance.
"Is it a magic coat?"
He ran a hand through his hair, "What's the hurry anyway?"
"Is it so impossible to believe that I might actually want a social
"You have me."
"A social life outside the White House."
"Because I might actually want children before I dry up!" Donna said a
Josh looked around uncomfortably, before leaning forward and
Donna groaned, "I'm leaving."
"You can't leave."
"I've finished all my work."
"Wait, I have something," Josh said, before dashing into his office
He handed her two pieces of paper with words scrawled across them.
"I need you to type it for me."
"What is it?"
"My top 100 all-time favorite movies."
Donna's eyes widened. "I'm not typing this."
"You have to. It's a matter of national importance."
"The fact that 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' is your fourth favorite movie
"I think the people have a right to know."
"When did you even have time to write this?"
"Oh, I finished my work a half an hour ago. I've been doing this ever
Donna's eyes narrowed at him, "You mean you have nothing more to do
He shrugged, "I don't feel like going home yet."
"You are a selfish, selfish man, Joshua Lyman."
"That's selfish twice."
"Glad you noticed."
"So, what do you have planned?"
"I don't think that's any of your business."
"Ah, another night of eating ice cream and watching Lifetime movies.
"For your information, I have actual plans."
"A date?" he asked, his brow raising.
"A late date, yes."
Donna scoffed at that, "I am not telling you anything about him."
"Because you have ridiculed every man I have ever dated, Josh."
"I have not."
"You ridicule their names, their professions."
"It's hard to resist ridiculing a man with the name Roy Rogers who
"That was only one instance."
"I promise I'll be good. I won't say one bad word."
Donna thought for a moment before saying with a grin, "George Clooney."
"What about him?"
"That's who my date is...George Clooney."
Donna watched Josh's reaction closely. His eyes nearly fell out of
"Clooney? What the hell? No way. How did you meet him in D.C.?"
Donna smiled and her voice took on a dreamy quality, "He's here filming
Josh shook his head in disbelief. "You're going out with George
"Why do you say his name likes he's a mass murderer?"
"I just never liked the guy much. He's always seemed dishonest."
"How can you possibly tell that from seeing him in TV and movie roles
"I'm very perceptive."
"Historically, the name George has been associated with liars, Donna.
"Josh, our first president was named George and he was known for never
"Yeah, but that's just a legend."
"Name one George who has been considered a liar."
"Can I name Jorges?"
"Jorge's the Spanish equivalent of George, Donna."
"I'm leaving," she said with a sigh and turned on her heel.
"George Jefferson," he said, as he followed behind her.
"And the one thing they all have in common is they are liars!"
"Give it up, Josh!" Donna yelled over her shoulder and then
Josh groaned, as he leaned up against the wall.
* * * * *
A few moments later, Josh entered Sam's office. He plopped down in
"Donna's out on a date."
"Uh-huh," Sam said, paying him no attention.
"With George Clooney," Josh added.
That got Sam's attention. "The ER guy?"
'"Donna's going out with George Clooney? Why's he in D.C.?"
"He's filming some movie. That's how they met actually. Donna walked
"That's romantic. Sounds like fate."
Josh narrowed his eyes at him, "Did I ask you?"
"I thought I'd give some commentary on the subject."
"How can she be out on a date with a movie star?"
"What do you care? You guys are just friends and colleagues, right?"
"I'm simply looking out for a friend. Clooney seems dishonest."
"I always thought he seemed like a fine fellow."
"You're a bad judge of character, Sam."
"I am not."
"Two words: Call girl."
"That doesn't count," he paused and then added childishly, "Well, you
"True." Josh stopped and then asked absentmindedly, "What's Clooney
"Great hair, dreamy eyes, a killer smile, nice physique, fame,
"Geez, Sam, why don't you just marry the guy."
"Such a mature response. What are you, twelve?"
"You sound like the women of 'The View.'"
"There's nothing wrong with acknowledging the attributes of a fellow
"Just quit it, will ya."
"I think he's a really good actor."
"Stop talking," Josh grumbled.
"I really enjoyed 'Three Kings' and 'The Perfect Storm'."
"What about that Batman movie? Did you happen to catch that one?"
"We all make mistakes."
"And mine was coming in here to talk to you," Josh mumbled, as he got
* * * *
Three hours later, Sam was awakened by the phone ringing.
"Hello?" he said groggily.
"It's me," Josh replied.
"It's me, Josh."
"I'm not Josh, I'm Sam."
"Yes, that's right."
"Sam," Josh said as patiently as he could manage, "I need you to wake
Sam sat up in bed, tiredly rubbing at his eyes. "What do you want,
"Donna's not home yet."
"And how do you know that?"
"I called her place."
"You called her at 12:30 at night? Why?"
"To see if she was home."
"Well, she's not. Mission accomplished. Good-..."
"She still out with Clooney, Sam. It's 12:30 pm and she's still out
Sam groaned, "Maybe she is home. Maybe she put the machine on and
"Sam!" Josh said, as his face twisted in disgust.
"What do you want from me, Josh? I'll say just about anything to end
"We have to go over there."
"We have to go over there and see if she really is home."
"No, we really don't."
"He could have done something to her, Sam. Maybe that's why she's not
Sam groaned and shook his head, "You're not going to let me rest in
"Fine. I'll be at your place in ten minutes," Sam said in defeat.
Ten minutes later, Josh heard a thud at his door. He walked over to
Josh sighed and gently nudged Sam's body with his foot. "Come on, Sam.
"Five more minutes, Mom."
Josh rolled his eyes and bent down. He turned Sam over and then
Josh groaned, as he stood up. Without Josh to support him, Sam's body
Josh walked into the kitchen and returned a few minutes later with a
Sam's head immediately jerked upward when the water hit his face. He
"What the hell did you do that for?"
"You were asleep."
"And you figured that was as good a time as any to drown me?!"
"We have a mission, Sam."
"No, you have a mission. I have to go to sleep."
Josh eyed him then, noticing his attire. He was wearing black
Josh grinned, "Why are you dressed like that?"
"I wasn't sure what insane thing you might have us doing tonight, so I
"Prepared for what? A mugging?"
Sam shrugged in annoyance, "I don't know, Josh. I've heard this is
"Oh, well, in that case," Josh replied with a chuckle.
Sam reached into his pockets then and pulled out two toy walkie
"Why the hell do you have walkie talkies?"
"I have nephews who play with them when they visit," Sam said
"What are we supposed to do with them?"
"We can use them to communicate if we get separated."
"Separated? We're not escaping from prison, Sam."
"Use them, don't use them, I don't care, Josh. Let's just get this
Josh grabbed his coat and then gestured to Sam to follow him, "Okay,
Sam moaned tiredly, as he followed after Josh. "I'm coming, but I want
"If you're good," Josh replied with a laugh.
* * * *
Sam and Josh arrived outside Donna's apartment building ten minutes
"The light's on, she must be home."
"Okay, let's go home then."
"We need to see if she's all right."
Sam sighed, "What the hell are you doing, Josh? Of course she's fine.
"I'm simply playing the part of the concerned friend. Her light is
"The only thing amiss is your sanity." Sam exhaled and then asked,
Josh turned to Sam and gave him a look like he had two heads. "Of
"You've done it before."
"I was drunk then."
Sam rubbed at the back of his neck, "What are we going to do then?"
"Climb up her fire escape and look inside her window."
"Come on, Sam. You came dressed like a cat burglar, you had to expect
Sam shook his head and grumbled, "You owe me big for this one. I'm
"You got it," Josh said with a satisfied smile.
"Okay, let's go."
Josh and Sam walked over to the fire escape and looked up at the
Josh turned to Sam, "Give me a boost."
"You give me a boost."
"Who's in charge of this operation?"
"A lunatic. Next question."
"Just give me a damn boost!"
Sam mumbled some expletives under his breath, as he bent his knees and
Sam gave Josh an upward thrust, causing him to lose his balance and
Sam laughed and Josh scowled at him.
Sam shook his head, "I think we better keep our day jobs."
Josh stood up, brushing at his clothes. "I can't say I'm surprised.
"A mission with a brainy, handsome leader and his bumbling, inept
"I'm not your sidekick."
"Bumbling and inept didn't bother you?"
"I'm not your bumbling, inept sidekick," Sam corrected.
"Let's try again," Josh said changing the subject.
But Sam shook his head, his jaw tightening and his arms folding across
"I'm not doing anything until I get an apology."
Josh ran a hand through his hair and said a begrudging, "I'm sorry."
Sam nodded, "Thank you."
He then got back into position and Josh placed his foot in Sam's hands.
Sam gave him another upward thrust, but this time Josh grabbed onto the
They both smiled and slapped hands.
"Who da men?" Sam said excitedly.
Josh wrinkled his nose and shook his head, "I don't think it's a 'who
Sam nodded, his smile fading in disappointment.
Josh stepped onto the ladder and began climbing it, Sam following
Josh and Sam crouched down and peered into the window. Their view was
Josh turned to Sam, "Donna doesn't have shoes like that, does she?"
Sam rolled his eyes, "Not unless she's been hiding something from us
Josh sighed, "Clooney's here."
"Those are nice shoes. I wonder where he got them," Sam commented.
"Sam!" Josh chided him.
"Well, they are."
"SHH!" Josh said, as he brought his ear to the gap between the window
"Oh, George!" Donna said with a laugh.
"Oh, George," Josh mimicked in a whiny voice.
"She seems fine, Josh. I think we can go now."
Sam shook his head and they continued to listen.
"There was this one time on ER when I was supposed to jump on this
Donna burst out laughing and Josh shook his head in disgust.
"I fall down all the time and she mocks me. I don't get that flirty
"I'm sorry, that must be very painful for you," Sam said, feigning
"Shh," Josh said. "I don't hear anything."
"Maybe they're playing a quiet game of Scrabble."
"Yeah, right," Josh said in an 'I wish' tone.
"Oh, George," Donna said again, but this time it was in a breathy
Josh's eyes widened and he said, "I'm going in."
"What?! You can't go in!"
"She's having trouble breathing. Didn't you hear that?"
"Yes, I did. But I don't think she's in need of any medical
Of course, Josh knew that and that was exactly why he wanted to go in.
"I'm going in," Josh said again. Before Sam could say another word,
Sam shook his head and talked to himself quietly, "Okay, I'm dressed
* * * *
Josh knocked on Donna's door a few minutes later. She answered it on
"Josh, what are you doing here?"
"Donnatella, my bella," Josh said in a slurred voice.
Donna's eyes widened at him, "You're drunk."
"No, no," he said as he waved a wobbly finger at her, "I only had one
Josh had to be sure to keep his mouth far away from Donna's...One
Donna sighed, "Josh, a Long Island Iced Tea is an alcoholic beverage."
"It's tea...With ice," Josh tried to take a step forward at that point,
"This isn't a good time."
"I'll give you some money and call you a cab. You can't come in."
Donna left the doorway, only partially closing the door. Josh could
She came back to the door and Josh took a few stumbling steps towards
"I like peanut butter."
Donna again placed her hand on Josh's chest and pushed him backwards
Josh took the money from her, examining it as if he'd never laid eyes
Donna tried to block his path, but for a fake drunk man he was
He maneuvered past her and went inside. Josh's eyes narrowed when he
Josh walked over to the couch and plopped down next to George. Donna
Josh waved a hand in front of George and then poked him in the chest.
George smiled politely, "Oh yeah? And who would that be?"
"Marlon Brando...That's who you are...You look f...fatter in real
Donna brought a hand up to her face and sighed.
George laughed politely, "You're a little confused, pal. I'm George
"Never heard of him," Josh said.
George was about to respond, when Donna rushed to Josh's side and
Josh held his ground, as he pointed at George, "I'm talking to my new
Donna managed to push him all the way to the bathroom, despite his
"I like camels."
Donna groaned and gripped the sides of the counter. She spoke through
With that, Donna left the bathroom, slamming the door shut behind her.
Josh was still sitting on the toilet seat, planning his next move,
He listened as Sam spoke. "Robin, this is Batman. Come in, Robin."
Josh raised his eyebrows and then pressed the button to speak, "What
"I was communicating with you."
"What's with the names?"
"I think it's cool."
"I think it's stupid."
"And this entire episode hasn't been?"
"Why the hell do you get to be Batman and I have to be Robin?"
"Because I chose the names and I am here against my will."
"I'd make a better Batman. Robin's a wuss."
"Nah, George Clooney made a good Batman. I don't see you being able
"I can't pull it off and you can?"
"I have the jaw and, I don't mind admitting, look good in a pair of
"Robin wears tights."
"Yeah, but Robin was rumored to be gay. Women don't care what he
Josh walked over to the door and put his ear up against it. He could
"What's going on?" Sam asked.
"Goldilocks is pissed and the Big Bad Wolf is an ass."
"Who are they?"
"Donna and Clooney, Sam! Keep up! You came up with the damn name
"Don't do the name thing if you don't know how to do it right." Sam
"Well, excuse me. I'll be sure to sign up for your codename workshop
"Over and out," Josh said, tired of his conversation with Sam. Plus,
Josh opened the door and stumbled out of the bathroom. Donna's face
Josh walked over to the couch where they sat and then pointed at a
He smiled and said, "Kool Aid!"
He reached for the glass and grasped it, before Donna had a chance to
Josh shook his head and then moved his arm from Donna's reach, as she
Donna's mouth initially hung open in horror, but her expression
She hurried over to George, "I am so sorry. Here, give me your shirt
Josh watched as George stripped down to his bare chest. He noticed
Donna pointed to George's pants, "Oh, you got a little on your pants,
George followed Donna and they disappeared down the hall. Josh
He was on the tenth stupid, when he heard the whirring from his jacket
"Boo Boo, this is Yogi. Come in, Boo Boo," Sam said.
Josh rolled his eyes, "What the hell did you change the names for?"
"I got bored out here. It was either that or learn how to scale the
"Why do I have to be Boo Boo?"
"We took a vote out here and you lost."
"Well, at least it was decided in a Democratic fashion," Josh said
"So what's happening in there?" Sam asked. "I can't make out a thing."
"I just spilled red wine all over Mr. Movie Star."
"Thank you. Unfortunately, it backfired because now he is shirtless
"Hey, Josh, don't you think it's time to admit that this is all
Josh's brow creased, "I am not going to admit that, Sam, because it's
"Most concerned friends would simply voice their concerns, not spy on
"So, I'm a bit unconventional."
At that point, Josh heard the sound of voices getting closer, so he
Donna and Clooney moved back to the couch and began to talk quietly.
He walked around a bit, his mind racing to find his next diversion.
Something caught Josh's eye as he was perusing Donna's endtables. It
He started making gagging motions and brought his hands up to his
At that, George jumped up and hurried to Josh's side.
It was at this point that Josh decided to fall to the floor as an
Donna was practically jumping up and down. "I think he stopped
George held a hand up to Donna and said in an authoritative voice,
The first thing that went through Josh's mind at that statement was:
The second thing was: That man's not getting anywhere near my mouth!
Josh's eyes flew open and he saw George's descending mouth. His hand
Then he sat up, coughed a bit for effect and said in his now typical
He then stood up and turned to Donna, whose face was clearly showing
"You saved his life! Thank you!"
Josh groaned softly and muttered, "He didn't do a damn thing."
Josh shook his head, kicking himself that his plan had backfired
Donna linked her arm in George's and they walked to the couch. Donna
Josh had begun to pout. He was running out of ideas. This man would
In a last ditch effort, Josh walked over to couch, picked up the
He settled in comfortably next to them, as he tried to ignore the
Donna groaned and tried to grab the remote from him. "We are not
Josh ignored her and proceeded to incorrectly sing the theme song in a
Josh smiled at Donna as he finished and then pointed at the
Donna scoffed at that, "You can't even take care of yourself, Josh,
"I want a dinosaur!" Josh yelled.
At that, Donna shook her head sharply. She stood up and then grabbed
She pulled on his arm with so much strength that Josh was actually
He fought her all the way to the door, but Donna's anger must have
She finally got him to the door, pulled it open and with a hard shove
* * *
He muttered angrily all the way to the fire escape, where he found Sam
Josh stood quietly behind him, listening to Sam's deep, forlorn voice,
Apparently, Sam didn't know the rest of the words because he began to
Josh cleared his throat, causing Sam to jump up. He brought a hand to
"So, you finally outstayed your welcome, I see."
Josh shrugged, "Apparently, Donna doesn't enjoy The Flintstones."
"I love the Flintstones. That Fred's such a cutup," Sam replied.
"I know, who doesn't love The Flintstones? They're a piece of
"So that's why you got thrown out?"
Josh nodded, "What else could it have been?"
"What happened after our last conversation?"
"I pretended to choke and Clooney tried to save me. I recovered before
"That part I heard." Sam paused and then asked, "You pretended to
Josh grinned, "I'm not one to brag, but I do think it was my best
"Are these insane antics what you meant by doing 'everything within my
"Well, I'd say these 'insane antics', as you term them, are a bit
Sam nodded in understanding, "I see." He stopped and then said
"Quirky? Did you just call me quirky?" Josh asked, his forehead
"Yes, but I think you missed the point. I'm-..."
"I'm not quirky...Never call me quirky."
"If anyone's quirky, it's you...Maybe Donna...But I am not, nor have I
"Will you get over the word already! I'm trying to say that you've
"You have romantic feelings for Donna, Josh! And you're jealous of
"I don't understand."
Sam sighed and began to speak slowly. He pointed a finger at Josh,
Josh seemed to ponder this for a moment, but then shook his head.
Sam threw his hands up in the air in defeat, "Fine! I give up! Stay
Josh was about to respond, when he was interrupted by a gruff, "Hold
Sam and Josh slowly turned around and their eyes widened as they came
"What are you two doing up here at this time of night?" the officer
Josh smiled weakly and then peered at his nametag, "Um, Officer Tyler,
"Are you standing on a fire escape at 2:30 am?"
"Well, yes, but-..." Josh tried to reply.
"And is one of you dressed all in black?"
"A monochromatic look is not a crime the last time I checked," Sam said
The officer ignored his response and continued, "And is it true that
"Yes, that's true, but-..." Josh replied, but was once again
"And did I or did I not just hear one of you mention committing arson?"
Sam and Josh's eyes nearly fell out of their sockets at that one.
Sam began to ramble, his voice shaking, "No, sir, Officer, sir, I was
Josh patted Sam's arm and said soothingly, "Sam, you ceased being
The police officer smiled and said, "So, it was all done in the name
Sam's face lit up and he nodded, "Yes, sir, that's right. You know
"Love can make you do crazy things."
"Ain't that the truth," Sam said with a laugh.
"Like stalking and conspiracy to commit arson?" the officer said with a
Initially, Sam kept laughing and said, "Yeah." But once what the
The officer simply shook his head and said in an authoritative tone,
He continued on, but Sam and Josh were too shocked to hear him.
Josh glared at Sam. "Good job, Sam, you talked us right into stalking
Sam threw him an equally icy glare, "Don't even try to blame this on
With that, their handcuffs clicked into place and they were lead away.
* * * *
"CAN I PLEASE HAVE MY ONE PHONE CALL?!" Josh yelled, as he stuck his
Sam was sitting on the cot behind him, his head in his hands. On the
Sam sighed and looked over at Josh, "I really don't think yelling is
Josh spun around and glared at him. "What would you have me do, Sam?
Sam groaned and shook his head.
A moment later, a guard walked in and stood in front of Josh.
"You rang," he said dryly.
Josh chuckled, "That's cute, that's really cute...GIVE ME MY PHONE
"I don't take orders from criminals."
"I am not a criminal! Do you have any idea who you are speaking to?
The guard smiled, "So you all work for the President."
"That's right," Josh said boastfully.
The guard started to laugh, "You two buffoons work for the President of
Josh's eyes widened, "Wait just a minute. We happen-..."
His words were cut off by the guard turning on his heel and leaving.
Josh turned to Sam, "Can you believe that guy? Who does he think he's
Sam began quietly, "Uh, Josh, do you really think it's a good idea to
Josh shrugged, "I really don't think we have anything to worry about."
Sam was about to reply when the guard returned with another man
"Hey, I brought you a visitor." The officer smiled and then added,
Josh and Sam's mouths hung open, as Kyle said, "Say cheese," and then
After the shock had worn off, Josh sprang up from his seat and raced
Trent just smiled, offered him a wave and then exited.
Josh sighed loudly, as he sank down next to Sam.
"Nice going," Sam said softly.
"Don't start with me."
"No, I mean it's great how you're so adept at making a bad situation
"I mean it, Sam, don't start."
"And the way you handle the media is just brilliant. First the secret
Josh couldn't take it anymore. He jumped up and ran to the bars. "GET
A moment later, the guard once again strolled in. He unlocked the
"Josh? What are you calling for? It's 4 am."
"Why? Did I interrupt you and Mr. Big Shot?"
"Nevermind. Listen, I..."
"Why don't you sound drunk anymore?"
Josh's brow wrinkled, "Um, I sobered up really quickly."
"You never sober up quickly. Generally, you're still passing out in
"Things change, people change." Josh said quickly. "Just listen to me.
"You're in jail?"
"I believe I just said that."
"Jail, as in behind bars."
"No, Donna, actually we were playing Monopoly, I got the 'Go to jail'
"I don't think that tone was necessary."
Josh sighed and ran his hand through his hair. "I'm sorry. It's just
"Why did you get arrested?"
"Um, we jaywalked. I guess the police are really cracking down."
"It's a long story, Donna. I'll tell you when you get here."
"Okay, I'll be right there."
With that, Donna hung up. Josh placed the phone down and was then
He paused as he entered, listening to Sam and Pierre's conversation.
"No, you have to allow the cream puffs to completely cool before
Sam nodded, "And any filling is acceptable?"
"Well, Martha always uses French Vanilla, but it's really a judgment
Sam smiled, "Okay, thanks. And don't forget to get that tooth checked
Pierre smiled, revealing a gold tooth, "Thanks, Sam. I'll be sure to
Josh shook his head, as he sat down next to Sam. "I see you're playing
"Yes, Pierre and I were having a very pleasant conversation."
"What does he do for a living?"
"He works on Martha Stewart's show as a consultant."
"I'm thinking they must have to special order his blue oxford shirts
Sam shook his head in a disapproving manner. "Is everything a joke
"Pretty much. I don't laugh at funerals though."
"You do have standards."
Josh lay back on the cot and turned his head towards the wall. There
"Your phone number's on here."
"What?" Sam asked and whipped his head in Josh's direction.
"Right here. It says: For a good time call Deputy Sam. 555-6753."
Sam blushed, "Well, I have no idea who could have put that there. I
"Relax, Sam, I'm kidding. Although it would go a long way to explain
"I don't-..." Sam stopped, noticing Josh's smile.
"See, Sam, that's what we call a joke. They are commonly told in
Sam smiled at him and was about to speak, when the door swung open and
Josh immediately jumped up and practically skipped over to the bars.
"Thank God you're here! Did you already pay the bail? What am I
Josh pulled on the bars impatiently, but stopped when he saw the look
"You've been charged with stalking and conspiracy to commit arson,
Josh laughed weakly, "This is what I am talking about with the justice
"Joshua, the officer at the desk said that you two were lurking on the
"Okay, number one, I take issue with the use of the word 'lurking'.
Donna's eyes widened, clearly taken aback by what she'd just been told.
"I have a husband-to-be?"
"No. But we're assuming you will someday."
"And when I do you will set him on fire."
"No, no, of course not. See, Sam, for a speech writer, doesn't
Sam glared at Josh from behind and then went back to pouting.
"What were you doing on my fire escape?"
"I took a wrong turn on my way to the cab?"
"Just bail us out and I'll tell you everything you want to know."
"You're not taking one step outside this cell until I find out what's
Josh sighed, running a hand through his hair. He took a deep breath
Donna's eyes grew wide with shock. All she could manage was a weak,
"Don't make me repeat it."
Donna shook her head, as if trying to clear her mind. A few moments
"I was concerned. Clooney seemed very wrong for you."
"You were concerned! You were concerned! You had no right, Josh. I
Josh's brow furrowed, "I'm sensing that you're angry."
"Angry? Oh no, I'm not angry. I'm beyond angry. I'm furious!"
"Okay, kind of means the same thing, but that's all right."
"Don't correct my word usage right now, Josh! You will be very sorry
"Oh no, I would never think of doing that. You know what? Why don't
"You're right," Donna said with a smile.
"I'm glad you feel that way."
"Come on, Sam, I'll take you home," Donna said.
Josh's mouth hung open, as Sam quickly stood up and walked to the cell
Josh struggled for his words, "But you can't...I can't...I don't
"I can and I am."
Donna gestured to the guard to open the door to allow Sam to exit.
Sam turned around and smiled at him, "I'll tell Bubba and Tino where
Josh's reply was a scorching glare that Sam did not see, because he
Josh plopped himself down on the cot, as he heard the door slam shut.
"You know," Pierre said, gesturing to a stain on Josh's tie, "A little
Josh glanced up at Pierre and regarded him with thinly veiled
* * * *
"Wake up, sleeping beauty," a gruff voice said dryly.
Josh opened up one eye and then rubbed at them both. He turned his
"Are you here to bail me out?"
"No, I just thought I'd come for a little visit. Of course, I'm here
"Why did you come?"
"I drew the shortest straw."
"It's that bad over there?"
"Well, you're almost unanimously disliked at the moment. Sam hates
"What did I do to CJ?"
"Does the D.C. Daily Enquirer ring a bell? You and your sidekick are
"They are totally bogus, Toby."
"I should hope so."
"It was all a misunderstanding."
"What the hell were you thinking, Josh? Or, better yet, were you even
"It seemed like I was at the time."
"Come on, get your coat and let's get out of here."
Josh gathered his things and the guard opened the door.
"What about the charges?"
"We're sending Ainsley down here later. She'll talk so much they'll
Josh smiled, "I hope so."
An hour later, Josh arrived at work freshly watered and in a clean suit.
"So, about last night."
"You have Senior Staff in five minutes," she informed him coldly.
"Donna, give me a chance to explain."
"You're going to be late."
"Can I speak with you in my office, please?"
"I have work to do."
"Please," he said again softly.
Donna lifted her eyes to his and nodded. She then followed him into
"Have a seat."
"I prefer to stand."
"Okey dokey," he said under his breath.
"Look, I'm sorry about last night. I had no right to interfere in
"No, you didn't."
"And even though I had the best of intentions, I am still very sorry
"You should be."
Josh nodded and offered a small smile, "So, we good?"
"No, we are not."
"No, Josh, you can't just say you're sorry and expect all to be
"I told you. I was concerned."
"There's more to it and you know it."
Josh lowered his eyes before saying softly, "Okay, so I may have been
"Of what? George's fame, good looks, wealth?"
"No, of course not. That's nothing to be envious of," Josh replied
"You," Josh replied in a low voice. "He had you."
"Josh, it was our first date. We are anything but serious."
"He's a movie star, Donna, and he's got all of those things that other
"I don't understand."
"You wouldn't be able to resist him. You'd get married and move away
"So that's what this is about? You're afraid you'll have to find a
Josh laughed lightly, shaking his head. He then replied in a husky
"As your assistant."
He took a step closer to her, "I'm afraid I'll lose my chance of ever
Donna's eyes grew big at his admission. It seemed to surprise even
"Donna?" Josh asked, worried by the blank expression she now had.
"Water. I need water."
"Okay, okay." Josh paused and then asked, "Where do I find that?"
Donna pointed to a little refrigerator in the corner. "Fridge."
Josh looked at it with a puzzled expression, before bending down and
Josh removed the soggy card and offered it a sorrowful look, before
She uncapped it and then proceeded to down it contents in 60 seconds
"More," she said, as she chucked the bottle into the trash.
Josh looked at her with a strange combination of intrigue and fear,
Josh stared at her in disbelief, "What are you, a camel?"
Donna ignored him and said, "I have to go now." She then quickly
Josh touched her arm, halting her movement. "You're not going to say
"You didn't bare your soul."
"That's as close as I'm gonna get to baring my soul."
"What do you want me to say?"
"You could tell me how you feel."
"How I feel? Josh, I have spent the past three and a half years
"Well, I do."
"But it doesn't change anything."
"It changes everything."
"You're my boss."
"So I'll recommend you for transfer."
"I don't want to ruin what we already have."
Josh took a step towards her and brought his thumb up to caress her
Josh whispered the last part into her lips, as his met hers in a
He then took a step back and smiled at her. "From what I can tell so
Donna smiled, "It's always about being right with you, isn't it?"
"I'm still angry with you."
"It's been downgraded."
"Well, I'll take what I can get." He paused and then asked, "Would you
Donna's eyes lit up, "I thought you'd never ask."
They were just about engage in another kiss, when Sam walked in.
He eyed them suspiciously, "Were you two...Are you two-..."
Donna smiled brightly, "We're going to give it a try."
Sam grinned, "Well, great. At least some good came of last night."
Josh patted his arm, "Yeah, sorry about all the trouble I caused you.
Sam shook his head with a grin, "Trouble? What trouble? I mean, do
Josh smiled, "Nah, probably not."
Sam chuckled and then asked, "So what are you going to do about the
"I may recommend Donna for transfer."
Sam grinned, "If you do, can you recommend her for my assistant?
"She's a small woman, Sam. How can she terrify you?"
"I think she's involved in voodoo. I've had this pain in my neck for
"What me to find out what's going on?" Josh asked.
"NO!" Donna and Sam replied in unison.
Donna shook her head, "I think you've minded other people's business
Josh nodded, "You may have a point."
Sam excused himself at that point and Josh looked at Donna. "So what
"After you left, he went on and on about how you were a jerk and that
"You defended me, right?"
"No, based on your performance last night, he was right."
"I'm sensing a but."
"But he also said he had no idea what I see in you. I asked him to
Josh grinned cockily, "My good qualities? Care to expand on that?"
Donna laughed, as she shook her head.
"Shut up," she whispered, as she pulled him by the tie and their lips