... CONTINUED FROM PART 2
Donna stopped in front of the door to Josh's apartment and knocked. She
"Josh," she called out. "It's me. Open the door. Josh?"
Several long seconds later the door opened to reveal Josh, wearing torn
"You haven't been to work in two days," Donna said.
Josh just stared at her, without saying a word.
"I tried calling you, but you didn't pick up," Donna continued. "I've been
Still, Josh said nothing.
"Can I come in?"
Wordlessly, Josh swung the door open wide to admit Donna then turned and
"You look awful," Donna said, closing the apartment door. "God, Josh.
"You haven't asked me a question that required a response yet," Josh said.
"Finally! For a minute there I thought you'd lost the ability to speak."
"Oh, and thanks for the awful thing. I feel better already."
"Have you slept?"
"Have you eaten?"
"I didn't think so. I brought you some sandwiches," Donna said setting the
"Thanks, but I'm not hungry."
"You need to eat, Josh."
"I'm just worried about you, you know."
"Is there anything I can do?"
"Everyone else is worried about you, too. Leo wasn't even mad that you
"I thought I'd come by tomorrow morning and pick you up. That way I can
"You don't have to do that," Josh said.
"I know," Donna replied softly.
Josh flashed her a grateful smile. "Thank you,"
"C.J.'s having a private get-together at her place after the service. Just
"I don't know, Donna," Josh said uncertainly.
"I think you should go. It'll help to be with your friends."
"I'll think about it."
"Okay. Toby wrote a really beautiful obituary for Mandy," Donna said and
Josh nodded and held out his hand. Donna reached into her purse and pulled
Josh held the piece of paper carefully, as if it might crumble in his
Gently, Donna reached over and took the obituary from Josh. She put her
Politicians, dignitaries, lobbyists, and political staffers of all stripes
Secret Service agents were scattered throughout the building in preparation
"Has anyone seen Josh?" Toby asked.
C.J. and Sam shook their heads sadly.
"He is coming, isn't he?" C.J. asked. "You don't think he'd..."
"Donna's bringing him," Sam said.
An usher guided a couple down the aisle, the woman weeping and leaning on
C.J. leaned over to Sam and whispered, "Are they..."
"Mandy's parents," Sam said with a nod.
"It's strange that after all the time we worked together, I still barely
"She had an older sister in Pittsburgh and a younger brother who's a lawyer
Sam and C.J. turned to give Toby a questioning look.
"She mentioned them a couple of times. Showed me pictures of her nieces,"
C.J. and Sam turned to look as Josh and Donna entered the church and began
"Hi, Josh, how are you doing?" C.J. asked.
Josh smiled weakly and Sam squeezed his arm.
Toby leaned over and extended his hand to Josh. The two men locked eyes for
A hush fell over the church as President Bartlet and Leo entered, followed
As the last organ notes echoed throughout the church, the minister stepped
"Did you write Mandy's eulogy for the President, Toby?" Donna was asking as
"No, the President wrote it himself," Toby answered. "He thought it was
"It was so moving," Margaret said, sniffling. "Just thinking about it makes
"Where's Josh?" Leo asked. "Didn't he come with you, Donna?"
"Yeah, but he said he wanted to be alone for a while and disappeared as
"He's in the bedroom," C.J. said. "I told him he could hide out in there
"The poor man," Margaret said sadly. "It must be so hard on him. I know he
"Excuse me," Toby said, putting down his drink and heading towards the back
He paused outside C.J.'s bedroom door and knocked softly. "Josh?" he said,
"Hey, Toby. Come on in," Josh answered.
Toby shut the door behind him and took a seat on the bed next to Josh.
"I'm not exactly in the mood for a party," Josh responded.
"I think the point is to be around other people who can share your grief,
"I don't really think I want to share my grief with a roomful of people."
"Yeah, me neither," Toby agreed. "So, how're you holding up?"
"Honestly? Not so great."
"Did you and Mandy leave things badly?"
"The last thing she told me was what a bastard I was," Josh said
"Mandy was a fighter," Toby said. "She wasn't happy unless she was
"Did she? I don't even know how I felt."
"No matter what happened between you two, it was always obvious to everyone
"I just wish I'd told her."
"Nah, she just would have figured you were up to something."
"That's true," Josh said with a smile.
"I'll bet Mandy's up there right now looking down with this big
"Yeah. Thanks, Toby."
"So you wanna come out and join the party?"
"Hey, check out C.J.'s closet," Josh said as they walked towards the door.
"We were just talking about the time Mandy dumped that bucket of ice water
"I can assure you I did nothing to deserve that," Josh said with a smile.
"I remember what he did," Donna said as she walked up and stood next to
"Oh that," Josh grinned, slipping his arm around his assistant. "I hardly
C.J. smiled as the group continued reminiscing about the pranks Josh and