Title: Conscious Realizing
Notes: I was bored one afternoon and decided to answer three
Disclaimer: These characters and the "secret room" in the basement are
Donna Moss strode into the White House early Monday morning. She knew
"I'm just working on some papers before senior staff this morning," he
"I'm doing my job, Joshua," she told him, picking up his feet that were
"Ow! Donna, what are you doing?"
"Don't you ever wonder how your office gets so neat from the time you
Josh sat and thought about it. "You do it?" He asked, smiling.
"Yes, I come in every morning and clean up your messes."
Josh stood and stretched. "I'm going to go see if Sam is awake. I
"I'll be here," she said.
"Actually, can you run this down to Ainsley? I saw her come in and I
"Sure," Donna said, taking the file.
Josh held onto the file and smiled at Donna. He then shocked her by
"You're welcome," she whispered. She reached up and touched her cheek
Josh walked by Toby's office, then turned back and knocked on his open
"Why are you here?" Toby mumbled, pulling out a highlighter.
"Just came in early to catch up on some work. Why do you need a
"Yes, but..." Toby highlighted a column in yellow to distinguish his from
"I see. Is Sam in there?"
"Yes, go wake him," Toby said.
"OK," Josh stood and walked next door. He kicked Sam's legs and sat
"I'm up! I'm up!" Sam bolted into a sitting position, rubbing his
"Gee, thanks," Josh mumbled. "Don't you have a bed at home?"
"Yes, but I worked late, and didn't see the need to go home," Sam
"I had work to do... is that so hard to imagine?"
"Well... that's why Donna comes in so early," Sam stood and crossed
"Does she come in every morning this early?"
"Yeah, sometimes earlier," Sam said behind the door of his closet. He
"I just thought she was here before me. I don't appreciate her enough,
Sam shook his head as he worked on his tie. "She works her ass off for
"I know," Josh whispered. Sam sat down and the two men sat in silence.
"You got something on your..."
"I kissed her..." they both spoke at the same time.
"Whoa... back it up. You kissed Donna?" Sam sat forward in his chair.
"I was handing her a file, I thanked her for taking care of me, then I
Sam stared at him then broke into a laugh. "It's about time my
"I didn't do anything Sam..."
"Yeah you did. You kissed her," Sam said.
"What am I going to do? She's my assistant... but..."
"You love her?" Sam asked.
"Yeah, I think I do," Josh whispered. "CJ will kill me."
Sam leaned forward. "News flash Josh: I'm pretty sure CJ has been
"Huh? Why would you say that?"
"After you were shot, Donna sat in the waiting room for over twenty
"So... what do I do?" Josh asked.
"Do you think she feels the same way?"
"I don't know. I mean, I guess she cares, or else she would have left
"Whatever you decided to do," Sam said, "be careful. Don't hurt her
Josh nodded. "I'm going back to work." He got up and went back to his
"See you later," Sam called as he wandered into Toby's office. He was
"What's he going to do?" Toby mumbled.
"He'll tell her... hey wait!" Sam exclaimed.
"What, you think that glass is sound proof?" Toby asked.
"No, but..." Sam stood and walked back into his office in stunned
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Donna strode down the hall in the basement of the White House. She
"Hey, Ainsley," Donna said, as she entered the office. "Josh needs you
"Sure. Did he say when he needed them by?"
"No, but I know that he needs them by Wednesday morning."
"You take better care of him then he does of himself," Ainsley laughed.
"Nothing," Donna lied. She sighed and sank into a chair. Donna looked
Ainsley stared at her wide-eyed, and then she smiled. "Well, you have
"Well, good, because I thought I was going to have a lot more than
"You either acknowledge it or you don't," Ainsley explained, simply.
"Yes, that's it."
"That sounds too easy," Donna stated.
"Well, it's the best I could come up with on such short notice," both
"I have to go back to work. Josh is going to come look for me," she
Donna walked back upstairs and to her desk. She had been working for a
Shaking her head, Donna went to see Sam. She knocked on his door.
"Sam, is Josh OK?"
"What do you mean?" He choked out.
"I know nothing!" Sam slid past her, with his hands in the air, and
"Please tell me why you have entered my office," Toby demanded.
"I got lost," Sam lied.
"Go back to work." Sam nodded at Toby and left. "Strange people I
Donna saw Josh leave his office, look her way then go to CJ's office.
Josh took a deep breath and grabbed her hand, dragging her down the
They wound their way though the halls of the White House and into the
Donna walked down the stairs into the dark room. "Unless it's McGarry
Donna was leaning on the table that was in the center of the room when
Josh rounded the table and stood in front of her, holding Donna's
"What's wrong? Are you sick? You've been acting strangely all day,"
"I'm not sick. Well, I'm heartsick," Josh whispered. He looked into
"In your office, you mean?" She asked.
Josh nodded. "This morning, I consciously realized something that I've
"Josh..." Donna lowered her head.
"Look at me," he lifted Donna's chin. "All these years, you've
"Yes, Josh," she whispered. Josh stood and enveloped her in his arms.
He stepped back and smiled. "I love you, too," Josh leaned down and
"We have an audience," she whispered. Josh turned around to see the
"Josh, you should have known that you can't do anything in private in
"Sorry, Sir, it won't happen again."
"I hope you won't have to propose to her again," Leo said.
"He won't," Donna said, taking Josh's hand in hers.
"Come, people," Bartlet ordered.
"Yeah, you two hurry up," CJ yelled down, "I have a press conference
Josh turned back to Donna and smiled. "Can't even lose them down
"No, we can't," she whispered.
"Well, I don't have a ring for you..."
"Joshua... I expected more from you," Donna exasperated.
"I wasn't expecting to be proposing to you today!"
"You should be more prepared for these kinds of things," Donna laced
"You will get your ring, Ms. Moss. I promise, you will get it."
"Maybe you could take me out on a date, first, Joshua," Donna
Josh pursed his lips in thought. "Well..." Donna swatted his arm.
"Yes... can we go to Hawaii for our honeymoon?"
"I am still your boss, who says that I will give you the time off?"
"If you don't give me the time off..." Donna whispered in his ear.
Josh paused and looked at her, "Well, when you put it that way!"
Donna smiled and took his hand. "Come on, we have work to do."
"Yeah... you want to go out tonight?"
"I don't know," Donna said, walking up the stairs. "I'll have
"No more gomers!"
"I know... I've already found my 'ultimate gomer!'"
"I don't know if I like that," Josh confessed.
"Too bad," Donna told him. They walked hand in hand into CJ's