... CONTINUED FROM PART 1
"Sorry, am I interrupting?" Josh asked quickly.
"Not especially," Toby said. "What do you need?"
"Leo wants us to come to the meeting on the Hill tomorrow with Carnahan and
"Fine," Toby said. He noticed Josh glance over towards Rachel
Josh walked over to shake Rachel's hand as she stood. "Hi. We've met,
"Of course. It's good to see you again," Rachel said warmly.
"Are you in town long?" Josh asked.
"Actually I've moved here. I'm working for Senator Cumberland."
"Rachel is the best negotiator I've ever seen," Toby said. "She can coerce
"Really? That's great," Josh said. "Cumberland's gonna need all the help he
"I'm not so sure of that," Rachel responded. "Right now I'm trying to force
"Toby? But he's so warm and fuzzy I always thought he was the poster-child
"Will you people stop talking about me like I'm not here?" Toby grumbled.
"He's trying to convince me that White House staffers aren't allowed to
"Well, he's got a point, there," Josh admitted. "Even when we're allowed to
"That's pathetic. So does that mean you don't have any plans for the
"Oh no, I've got a Hungry-Man, a six-pack, and 450 pages of briefs with my
"Well that settles it, then. You're spending Thanksgiving with us."
"No!" Toby protested.
"That's okay, really," Josh said. "I don't believe in celebrating
"Nice try," Rachel said. "But you're both coming. And Toby, every time you
"You're just doing this to torture me," Toby complained.
"No, that's just an added bonus," Rachel retorted.
"Fine," Toby groaned. "But I won't like it."
"Whatever," Rachel said.
"But I still get to hear about Toby and the margarita machine, right?" Josh
"Get out!" Toby barked.
"I'll call you with details, Josh," Rachel said as Josh backed out of
Tuesday, Nov. 21
C.J. wandered over to Donna's desk. "Hey, Donna. How's it going?" she asked.
"Josh has me pulling everything we've got on HMOs in preparation for the
"Uh huh. So whatcha doin' for Thanksgiving?" C.J. asked.
"Well, if I get all this stuff together in time, Josh promised me the whole
"I don't know. I was thinking of having some people over if I can find
Donna gave C.J. sympathetic look. Donna had spent her share of holidays
"Carol's going to see her brother and Susan's spending it with her
Suddenly Josh appeared at Donna's desk, ignoring C.J. "Where are those
Donna looked over at him disdainfully. "Under your right hand."
Josh looked down at the file on Donna's desk that he'd been leaning on.
"Josh," C.J. called, as she followed him. "What're you doing for Thanksgiving?"
Josh looked up from his desk. "I'm spending it with Toby."
"Toby?" C.J. said incredulously.
"Well, him and his sister-in-law."
"Why?" Josh asked.
"No reason." C.J. turned to leave, but Josh called her back.
"Why don't you join us?"
"No," C.J. said. "I wouldn't want to intrude. Besides, I'm volunteering at
"Come on, it's me and Toby," Josh said. "You wouldn't be intruding. I'm
"I don't know."
"Sure you do. I'll ask her to make sure it's okay."
"Shouldn't you ask Toby?"
"No way," Josh said. "He doesn't even wanna go, much less have to bring me
"So Toby won't want me there, but you're gonna bring me anyway?" C.J. asked.
"Sure, okay." C.J. shrugged, and went back to her office.