.. CONTINUED FROM PART 3
Rachel walked past them into the dining room and smiled as she heard Toby
She glanced out into the courtyard and saw Josh sitting alone, staring into
Josh looked up at her and smiled. "Course not," he said, scooting over to
"Yeah. It's the main reason I chose this place," Rachel agreed.
"Are Toby and C.J. still talking about Marvin Gaye?"
Rachel shook her head. "I think they've moved on to Stevie Wonder."
"I guess Toby's enjoying himself after all."
"I guess so." Rachel agreed. "I hope you are too."
"I am. Thanks for including me."
"Can I ask you something, Josh?"
"How's Toby doing?"
Josh looked over at Rachel, considering her question. Finally he said,
"Does he have any friends? Does he let anyone get close to him?"
"You know Toby. He tries to push people away, but he's got more friends
Rachel looked relieved. "I'm glad. I've been worried about him since Ruthie
Josh could sense her concern, and knew it wasn't totally unfounded. He took
Rachel smiled. "I hope so."
"You guys seem pretty close," Josh added.
"We were. We haven't talked much since Ruthie died, but I've known him
"You don't have any other brothers or sisters?" Josh asked.
Rachel shook her head.
"So Toby's your only family."
"Yeah, you could say that."
"And you're his," Josh said.
"He's got a brother down in Houston. But I don't think they're very close."
"It must have been pretty hard on you to lose your sister like that."
"It was, but I've always been resilient."
Josh studied Rachel for a moment. It was obvious she was glossing over her
"I was hot from the kitchen. I'm fine," Rachel protested.
"Your teeth are chattering. Here, take mine," Josh said.
"No, then you'll be cold."
"Don't be stubborn," he said, draping the coat around her shoulders. "You
Rachel smiled. "Thanks," she said, looking over at Josh gratefully.
Josh sat back down and put his arm around Rachel to try and warm her up.
Rachel snorted in derision. "Oh, just great," she said sarcastically.
"You don't like it?"
"Senator Cumberland is a horse's ass, as you know full well, Mr. Lyman."
"Well, yeah, but I thought maybe you hadn't figured that out yet."
"Gimme a little credit. I knew he was an idiot before I ever took the job,"
"Then why are you workin' for the guy?" Josh asked incredulously.
"Because I wanted to move up to the national level. I'm hoping if I suffer
"I don't know. Working for a politician I respect. Someone who's actually
"A few," Josh admitted. "You know what? You were right. I am cold."
"Wanna go back inside?"
Rachel stood up and offered Josh her hand. "Well then, let's go."
Monday, Nov. 27
Leo was not in a good mood this morning. Being forced to spend his
"Tell me you've got something more than that, Josh," Leo said with a sigh.
"We don't need something more," Josh insisted, unconsciously running his
"Josh these are not politicians crawling for presidential favors," Leo
"I think it's safe to say that sweet talk isn't exactly one of Josh's
Leo just glared at Sam. But the kid was right. This was turning out to be
"Leo!" Josh protested. "I can handle this."
"Face it Josh, we need help on this one and we can't afford to screw it up.
"Leo's right," Toby admitted. "We should bring someone in. We've barely
"Fine," Josh said. "But I get to decide who."
"That depends on who you want," Leo said. "Did you have someone in mind?"
"Rachel Fischer," Josh said, looking straight at Toby.
"No way." Toby said, shooting Josh an evil glare.
"NO. WAY. Absolutely not."
"Will someone please explain who the hell Rachel Fischer is?" Leo asked
"Rachel is a personal acquaintance of mine," Toby began, "and I do not want-"
"You said yourself she was the best negotiator you've ever seen," Josh cut in.
"-I do not want her in this office. It is out of the question."
"What do you mean, personal acquaintance?" Leo asked. "What's the big deal?"
"She is my late wife's sister and it would be completely inappropriate for
"Come on, Toby," Josh pleaded. "She's smart as hell, she's completely
"I can't believe you're even proposing this, Josh."
"You badgered me into hiring Mandy."
"That was completely different-"
"Yeah, at least you and Rachel get along. I'm not suggesting we hire
Everyone filed out, grateful to be making his or her escape. Josh looked
After they were gone, Leo fixed Toby with a pointed stare.
"What?" Toby finally said.
"It's your call, Toby. I won't force you into this, but under the
"Damnit, Leo, don't do this to me."
"I'm not doing anything. It's completely up to you."
Toby sighed, knowing he wasn't going to win this one. "Fine. But she works
"Whatever you say."
"I mean it Leo. I don't like the idea of working with a family member. I
"Sure," Leo agreed. "You wanna tell Josh or should I?"
"I'll tell him. That way he can gloat to my face," Toby grumbled.