10 Months earlier
"Oh my God, I'm dying," Josh moaned as he laid his head down on the
"Go home!" CJ yelled from outside.
"No! When you work in the White House, you can't take... take..." CJ
CJ began to tell him how the President felt about spreading germs
"It's more like what he didn't do!" Donna shouted from her desk.
Josh growled, "I'm fine! I'm just going to die prematurely, that's
Sam and CJ looked at his younger assistant. "I refuse to enter your
"I'm fine," he argued then turned to Sam and CJ. "I have a lunch
"Cancel the lunch, Josh. You're in no condition to be here," CJ told
"Go away," he told her.
"I'm getting Leo."
"Claudia Jean Cregg! If you get Leo... I swear, when I'm better I'm
"You're going to what, Josh?" Leo appeared in the doorway.
Sam smiled and shook his head, walking out of the office. CJ pointed
"As your superior, I'm telling you to go home. Plus, you're pissing
"He's not listening to anyone, Leo," she explained. A loud thud came
"I started to stand up, got dizzy and missed the chair on my way back
"Go home germ boy," Leo said and left the infected office.
Josh's entire body ached, his throat was on fire and his nose hurt.
As she slowly helped him to his feet, Josh said, "You're going to catch
"Yes, that may be true, but my system is a lot stronger than yours,"
Josh gave her a weak nod as she slipped his scarf around his neck and
"Good, you've finally decided to go home. What's up, Donna?" she
"Could you cancel Josh's lunch meeting. The numbers are in his
"Sure thing, Donna. Hope you feel better soon, Josh. I'll be sure to
"Thank you, Margaret," Josh mumbled. "I'm sure the entire West Wing
Margaret thought about his comment. "You're probably right."
"OK Josh, time to go," Donna told him. She ushered his sick boss to
Josh curled up into the passenger seat as Donna pulled out into midday
"Try not to talk now. You can thank me all you want once your better."
"Mmmhmm," Josh told her. Through watery eyes, Josh watched her go in.
The car door suddenly opened. Donna slid in and handed Josh a paper
Soon, Donna was unlocking the door to Josh's home. She shrugged off
"OK, Mom," Josh said as he shuffled into his bedroom. He changed into
Donna softly knocked on the door, "Are you decent?"
"Yeah," came his reply. She entered to find Josh spread across the
As soon as she left he missed the cool feeling of her hand. Moving
"Where are you going?" He asked, reaching over to take his bowl of
"I have a country to run for you, Joshua," she said with a smile.
"I'm your boss... I could give you the afternoon off," he replied,
"If we both cut, what would Leo do with himself? You get some rest and
"Four hours," Josh finished. "Thank you, Donna. I'm sorry for being
"Don't worry about it. Just get better so you can get back to work.
Josh waited until he had finished his soup before reaching for the
"It's Josh, is he in?"
"Yeah, I'll put you through. How are you feeling?" Sam's assistant
"Donna says I'll live, but I want a second opinion," Josh teased.
"Well, we're all pulling for you. Take care," Cathy told him, and
Josh rested his head on the head board and waited for Sam. "I hate
"Gee, I really want to live now," Josh said dryly.
"You sound horrible... good! I hope you die... but not until after you
"Leo gave you resolution 863 didn't he?"
"You and Donna weren't even in the car when he dropped it on my desk.
"Sam, I infected the White House for four days before being forced to
"Sam!" Sam looked up to see Donna standing in the doorway to his
"Oh, hey," he said. "Someone just walked in," he informed Josh.
"Do not tell her it's me. She'll kill me," Josh warned.
"Um, Congressman Norman, I'm gonna put you on hold for a minute. Hang
"I don't know. Why don't you ask him yourself," she told him
Sam's mouth dropped open. "Honestly," Donna said, reaching over to hit
"Uh, hey Donna," Josh croaked.
"Go to bed!" She commaded and hung up on him.
Sam scooted back. "What can I do for you, Donna?"
"I just did it for you. Have a good afternoon," Donna said sweetly
Once gone, Sam leapt up and ran to the door. Seeing that Donna had
"Sam, we've really got to get a new code."
"I know. So, what did you call for?"
"To tell you that Donna has some stuff on 863 that you might want to
"Gee, thanks. Are you gonna die soon?"
"Sooner than you think. One more thing; could you do me a favor?"
"I'm really pissed off at you and you want a favor?!" Sam exclaimed.
"Donna's gonna work her ass off then come over here and take care of
"Yeah, I understand. I'll kick her out around 5:30, that OK?" Sam
"Thanks Sam. She works so hard. I know she's gonna get this thing I
"OK, buddy, go sleep. She's coming this way. Get better fast," Sam
"He's not going to get better if you don't let him rest, Sam,"
"I have no idea what you're talking..."
"Save it, Sam," Donna called, heading for Margaret's desk.
Sam went back into his office to work on this new research. Sometime
CJ walked in with a clearly unhappy Toby. "What is it, Sam?" She
"I need help," Sam told her. Sam spread his arms over his desk. It
"What is all this?" Toby inquired. "I know I didn't give it to you."
"No, Leo did. It's Josh's bill, he left it here. I'm gonna kill
"Sam?" Donna knocked on the doorframe.
"Yeah," he mumbled.
"Josh wanted you to have these. It's just some research."
"Thanks," he picked up his head, reading his watch through blurry eyes.
"Excuse me?" Donna said as she was leaving the room. CJ and Toby also
"You've been working hard all day. Josh isn't here, and I've got
"Um," Donna turned to CJ who shrugged. Toby frowned. "All right,
After Donna left Toby turned to Sam. "Since when did you start giving
"Since Josh asked me to," Sam stated as he began to straighten up his
"OK, well we have to go salvage the press briefing," Toby said, leading
"Toby! I didn't say anything wrong..." they continued to argue down
Donna tossed two goldfish into the growing pile. "Call," she
Josh sniffled and ran a hand through his curly hair. He stared at
"Queen high flush," she gloated.
Groaning, Josh threw down his pair of aces. "Six in a row? Donna how
She smiled and went into his kitchen to silence his tea kettle. Josh
"Yeah, yeah. You wait till I'm off this medication and I'll show you
Donna looked at the clock. "It's almost midnight, Josh. Don't you
Josh stopped dealing and sighed. "Donna..." he whined with a pout.
"No, you're not! You still have a low fever and you're all
Josh slumped onto the couch while Donna cleaned up. "Leave it!"
"No, you don't need to be worrying about..."
"Leave it, come sit," he insisted. Donna quickly stashed the poker
She opened her sleepy eyes. "What do you want?"
"Your feet," he reached over and pulled her feet into his lap. "The
"Joshua!" She tried to kick him, but he held tight. Donna relaxed and
"What are you sorry for?" Donna asked, looking up at him from her
"You've taken such good care of me these last few days. All you're
"Josh, I'm gonna be OK. I'm just glad that you're feeling so much
"Sam told me about all the hard work you've been doing these past few
"You're welcome, Joshua," Donna sighed and looked at her watch. "I
Josh released her feet, and Donna slid her shoes back on. He walked to
"OK," she whispered as he helped her slide into the jacket. She turned
"Thanks," Josh mumbled and opened his front door for her.
"Josh..." she started.
"Donna..." he said at the same time. They both smiled. "Go ahead,"
"I'll call you tomorrow, OK?" She said.
"Tomorrow's Friday... wanna come over again tomorrow night? We can
"OK. Good night, Josh."
"Good night, Donna," Josh stood at the door until he saw Donna drive
Josh stared at the ceiling with his fingers laced behind his head;
Washington Memorial Hospital
"Did you get raspberry jelly?"
"How about boston cream?"
"I got everything you children asked for."
Josh could hear the familar voices, but couldn't bring himself to open
There was a shuffle of feet then an exicted cry, "Ooooh, there it is!"
"Is there one with sprinkles?" Josh asked groggily without opening his
"Well, well, well... someone's decided to join us, finally," CJ said as
"I'm serious," Josh said, "I'm starving," he opened his
eyes fully and
"Easy man," Sam said with a mouthful of a jelly doughnut.
Josh turned to CJ who was happily eating. "How's Donna?"
"She's stable, and quickly making her way out of the woods. You slept
"What happened?" Josh asked, his face paling.
"I had gone to see her," Sam said, "and her blood pressure kept
"The President and First Lady are sitting with her now," Leo told him.
Josh nodded and ran a shaky hand through his hair. "When can I see
"Dr. Truitt wants to check you over, then you can go up," CJ told him
"Good morning, everyone," Truitt said with a smile. "You're looking
"Pretty good. My head's not throbbingand the room stopped spinning."
"That's always good news," Truitt said, checking Josh's vitals.
"She has to be tough to work for Josh," Toby said and everyone laughed.
"I'm sure," Truitt finshed making notes. "Josh, you're going
"Can I go see Donna?"
"Sure. Then you're free to go," Truitt told and turned to leave.
Leo stopped him in the hallway and shook the doctor's hand. "Thank
"I don't know the relationship between Donna and Josh, but I think
Leo nodded for him to continue.
"Donna's blood pressure first spiked when Mr. Seaborn was with her. He
Leo walked back into the room with a knowing smile on his face.
"Yeah, everything's fine. Come on, Josh," Leo said.
CJ, Sam, and Toby stayed behind to clean up, while Josh and Leo headed
"She shouldn't have been there at all," Josh explained.
"This isn't you fault. If anything, you saved her life, Joshua.
Josh nodded and stepped off the opening elevator. There were men
"Good to see you moving around, Mr. Lyman," an agent said, opening the
"Thanks," Josh said. He entered the room to find the President
"Yeah, much better than the last time we saw you," Jed Bartlet
"How is she?" Josh croaked out. Donna looked pale and small in the
"Much better," Abbey assured him. She stood and walked over to Josh,
"She's a tough one," Jed said as he approached Josh, "but I think
Still standing a few feet from the bed, Josh listened to the steady
Long moments had passed when a nurse entered. "Hello, Mr. Lyman.
Josh slowly moved next to Donna's bed and slid into the chair. He
"I caused a lot of trouble downstairs," he informed her. "They had to
He stroked her hair as silent tears fell down his cheeks. "I was a
Josh sat silently by the window, watching the stars appear. He was
She turned to see Josh sitting on a window sill. The discomfort in her
Josh jumped and turned to her. He smiled and walked over to the bed,
"Hi," she whispered, "where are we?"
He sat on the edge of the bed, still holding her hand. "We're at
"You have 'a bump on the head,' as Sam put it," Josh looked
"I had been downstairs, doped up on morphine. I came here as soon as
They sat in a comfortable silence for a short while. "The doctor
"Donna, I'm so glad you're OK," Abbey said as Truitt looked her over.
"Thank you, Mrs. Bartlet," Donna turned to Truitt. "Doctor, Josh said
"Oh, goodness no. That bullet went out of the way to avoid your uterus
"But her boss will give her more than that," Leo said.
"Of course," Josh said quietly.
"You're going to be just fine, Donna. You were very lucky. Good night
"Donna, you look great," CJ said, placing the flowers by the bed.
Donna smiled. "She's right, you look good," Sam said. He looked
"You're right Sam," the President said, holding his wife's hand.
"How was the briefing?" Josh asked.
"The nation sends their best wishes," CJ said with a smile.
"We should let Donna rest," Toby said.
"Yes, come people," Jed ushed the group out the door. "Have I ever
Everyone groaned in response. Josh stayed behind with Donna. "You
"Yeah, are you?" She asked. Josh answered with a small yawn and a
"When you fall asleep I'll go, OK?" They sat in silence. "Come stay
"No, now wait. I have a ton of vacation and sick days saved up. Let
Donna sighed, "I don't want to be an inconvience to you."
"It would be nothing but a joy to have you stay with me."
"Well, when you put it that way..." she smiled and nodded.
"Good, because you owe me about 2300 goldfish," Josh teased.
"You're on," Donna said as she closed her eyes and drifted off into a
Josh turned out the lights and sat in the chair. He took her hand and
Eight weeks later
"I win! Again!" Donna said cheerfully.
"OK, it's official: I suck at poker," Josh pouted.
"No, I'm just really good. Can we move this into the living room?"
"Sure," Josh grabbed their beers and popcorn and moved to the couch.
"What am I going to do without you, Joshua Lyman?" Donna asked.
"Who says you have to be without me?" Josh rubber her feet as she
Donna was startled. "Josh... why..."
He gently stroked her cheek, "Donna, I've been crazy about you since
"Hey! I fixed that office!" Donna protested.
"You fixed my life that day, and over the years, I've fallen in love
Donna put her fingers to his mouth to silence him, "I didn't think I
He smiled and rubbed her cheek. "Come on, Donna. Why do you think I
She batted his hand away, "Joshua!"
"Donna... say yes. Say you'll stay," he prompted. Josh leaned in and
"Yes.... yes!" He hugged him and laughed. "Yes, Josh, I'll
"So," he said when they finally broke apart, "does this mean you'll
"No, but we can have coffee together every morning."
"I like the sound of that," he admitted. She laid her head on his
He could the radio that was still playing in his kitchen. She still
"How true," he whispered and softly kissed Donna's head, "how very
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