...CONTINUED FROM PART 5


"Donna, wait!" Josh called, catching up to her in the lobby. "You were just
gonna leave?"

"Yeah, it's late and you're busy."

"I'm really sorry," Josh said, taking Donna's hand.

"It's okay, Josh. It's no big deal. I had a nice time."

"It's not okay," Josh said. "This isn't the way tonight was supposed to go.
It was supposed to be special."

"What was supposed to be special?" Donna asked.

Josh stepped towards Donna so that their faces were almost touching and
looked into her eyes. "This," he said softly as he caressed her cheek,
pulling her lips to his for a gentle, yet passionate kiss.

Donna leaned into Josh's embrace, slipping her arms around his waist. After
they finally parted, Donna smiled up at him. "Okay, now I'm having a nice
time," she said, gazing into his eyes.

"Come on," Josh said, suddenly grabbing Donna's hand and dragging her back
towards the ballroom.

"Josh? What are you doing?" Donna asked.

"We're going back inside," Josh answered, pulling her through the ballroom
doors.

"But why?" Donna said, pulling away from Josh and stopping just inside the
ballroom.

"Because we never got that dance I promised you," Josh said as the band
started playing a cover of the Dixie Chicks' "Cowboy Take Me Away."

"Oh," Donna said, smiling. "Well, I do love this song."

"Good, then come on," Josh said as he put his arm around her and led her
out to the almost-empty dance floor.

Josh slipped his arms around Donna's waist, enjoying the soft warmth of her
skin as he rested his cheek against hers. As they swayed to the music Josh
began kissing Donna lightly on the cheek, making his way along the curve of
her jaw until his lips were on her mouth.

"Josh!" Donna whispered. "Everyone will see."

"I don't care," he whispered. "Do you?"

Donna smiled. "No," she said, surrendering herself to the moment and
returning his kisses.

"Will you look at that?" C.J. said in wonderment, looking past Sam and Toby
to the dance floor.

They turned to follow her gaze. "Well it's about time," Sam said proudly.

"If that isn't enough to give you hope..." C.J. began dreamily.

"What's enough to give you hope?" President Bartlet asked as he walked up
to join them, followed by Leo and the first lady.

"Josh and Donna, sir," Toby said with a smile as he gestured towards the
couple on the dance floor.

"Well, what d'you know?" Leo said, smiling.

"Oh Jed, isn't that sweet?" the first lady said, putting her arm around the
president.

"Come on, Abbey, I suddenly feel the need to cut a rug," the president said
mischievously, leading his wife towards the dance floor.

"Jed," she said warningly.

"Don't worry, I'll be good," Bartlet said with twinkle in his eye.

The president and first lady fell into each other's arms with the comfort
of a couple who've shared thousands of dances together. Bartlet expertly
guided them around the floor until they were alongside Josh and Donna.

"How ya doin', kids?" the president asked the surprised couple.

"Just fine, Mr. President," Josh said as Donna blushed furiously.

"Good, good. I always like to see my staffers making the most of these
events," Bartlet said with a wink.

"Come on, Jed, let's leave them alone," Abbey said, beaming at Josh and
Donna as she led the president to the other side of the dance floor.


TO BE CONTINUED...

 

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