Okay, I finished it. Disclaimers and all are in previous parts. Woohoo. Bye.

Did You Know? (3/3)

by SarahK

Part 3

"Um, Josh, where are we going?" asked Donna. They were sitting in Josh's car, as he had offered to drive her home. But they weren't headed in the direction of Donna's apartment.

"I figured we could grab dinner, or something," Josh replied, pulling into the parking lot of the bar where the White House staffers went often to unwind.

"Here, Josh?"

"Why not?" Josh parked the car, got out and went around to Donna's side to open her door.

"Okay, now you're just scaring me, Josh. When did you turn into a gentleman?"

Josh just smiled, as he led her inside. They entered the bar, and Donna gasped in surprise. All of her friends and colleagues from the White House were there, and over the doorway a banner was draped that read: Happy Birthday Donna! A chorus of "Surprise" came from the occupants of the bar.

Donna turned to Josh, eyes glistening with tears. "You organized this?"

"Yeah, kind of," replied Josh, blushing slightly.

"Josh, I.Thank you."

"Hey, let's get this party started!" called Margaret, and music began to play. Donna stood looking at Josh for a moment longer, until he ushered her into the bar to join the celebration.


Several hours later, the party was in full swing. People were dancing, talking, and having a good time. Donna was in the middle of a conversation with Cathy and Ginger on the statistics on ulnar deviation, when Josh interrupted them.

"Dance with me, birthday girl?" he asked, holding out a hand to Donna. She took his hand and he led her out onto the dance floor, oblivious to the knowing looks Cathy and Ginger threw in her direction. A slow song had just begun, and Josh pulled Donna into his arms.

"Josh, this is incredible," said Donna softly. "Thank you so much."

"Well, you know, I'm not the only one here. Remember that when you start thinking you have no value to the White House. All these people care about you."

"You might even say I'm the Deputy Deputy Chief of Staff," replied Donna, chuckling slightly.

"Donna, it wasn't funny the first time, and it still isn't," replied Josh with a smile. He paused for a second. "It's true though. I don't tell you often enough how valuable you are, especially to me. I don't know what I'd do without you, Donnatella."

Donna looked into his eyes, and saw something there that she hadn't been expecting. It was more than just caring. She could swear Josh was looking at her like.Her thoughts were interrupted by the soft brush of his lips on her own. She closed her eyes as the kiss deepened, reveling in the sensation it created. She had wanted Josh to kiss her for so long.

They parted, after a moment, and Donna rested her head on Josh's shoulder. "Happy Birthday, Donnatella," Josh whispered into her ear.


The End




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