... CONTINUED FROM PART 4
Rachel tried not to look awestruck as Josh ushered her through security and
"This is really just a formality," Josh was saying. "I want you to talk
"I don't know what to say, Josh. I'm overwhelmed. You don't know what this
Josh smiled. "You're doing us the favor. We're in over our heads on this
They arrived in front of Josh's office and he motioned towards Donna. "This
Donna rolled her eyes. "Don't believe a word he says about me. It's nice to
Josh turned to Rachel. "Well, let's head over to the Communications Bullpen
"Whatever you say, boss," Rachel said as she followed Josh down the hall.
"So, uh, have you talked to Toby about this?" he asked.
"I called him after I talked to you, but I couldn't really get him to say
"You could say that. But Leo made sure it was ultimately Toby's call, so if
"Yeah, right. I'm sure he'll get over it."
They reached the Office of Communications and found Sam and Toby in the
Sam, always the charmer, beamed a 200-watt smile at Rachel as he reached
"Back off, Sam," Toby growled. "If you go anywhere near her I'll make you
"I'm hurt, Toby. For your information, I am currently involved in a
Rachel smiled. "Thank you, Sam. I'm flattered. I'm really looking forward
"I've been better," he said.
Just then Charlie walked up. "Josh, the President's ready for you now," he
"Thanks, Charlie," Josh said. "Have you met Rachel yet?"
"I don't believe I've had the honor," Charlie answered.
"Rachel, may I present Charlie Young, personal aide to the President and
"Keep your voice down, Josh," Charlie hissed. "The President hears you
"Well, Rachel," Josh said, "let's go introduce you to the President. I have
Friday, Dec. 1
"Come on, Josh," Rachel snapped. "If you'd just let go of your ego long
"My ego?" Josh shot back. "I'm not the one who refuses to listen-"
"That's because I'm right. Why did you hire me?"
"To make Toby squirm."
"Ha. Ha. You hired me because I've got a talent for negotiating compromises
"I don't think that statement is entirely accurate or called for-"
"You're gonna have to trust me. Get the hell out of my way and let me do my
Josh sighed in resignation. "What happened to 'Whatever you say, boss'?"
Rachel shot him a mischievous grin. "That was the interview me. This is the
"I think I liked the other one better," Josh muttered as he stalked off.
Toby didn't need to be told which "she" Josh was referring to. He tried to
"You know what the most annoying thing is?"
"That you're still here bothering me?" Toby countered.
"She's always right."
Toby laughed out loud despite himself.
"What's so funny?" Josh demanded.
"I just like watching you get what you deserve."