"I Feel Lucky"
Disclaimers: See Part 1
"Boy, for someone who was in a car accident and had surgery, you look remarkably well," C.J. commented a few days later as she walked into Kelsey's hospital room.
"Apparently I look better than I feel," Kelsey replied.
"Well, this should help make recuperating a bit easier."
C.J. handed her a brightly wrapped package.
"What is it?"
"Open it and find out."
Kelsey tore the paper off the box eagerly. Inside was a beautiful pair of deep purple satin pajamas with a robe to match.
"It's beautiful, C.J."
"Well, I thought you could give Toby a thrill," C.J. teased.
Kelsey laughed softly and then moaned.
"Please don't make me laugh. It still hurts."
"Don't be. So, is the White House still standing?"
"Yeah. Leo is using Toby's bad mood to our advantage."
"I don't envy the people in his path."
"Neither do I. Although I did hear that one freshmen congressman ran screaming out of his office after Toby talked with him."
Kelsey groaned and smiled.
"Have you two talked yet?" inquired C.J.
"Not really. He usually comes by just after I take my evening pain pill. So we dance around the issues and then I fall asleep. When I wake up, he's gone. I don't know what to do, C.J."
"Give Toby time. He'll talk about it when he's ready," she advised.
"I hope you're right."
That evening, Toby came by as he had every day since Kelsey had been admitted. He had stopped at a florist on the way to the hospital and picked up a bouquet of pink roses. He was determined to talk with Kelsey tonight. As he walked down the corridor, he mentally rehearsed what he was going to say. He was momentarily distracted when he heard laughter coming from her room.
"Is this a private party or can anyone join?" Toby asked as he walked in and joined Sam, Josh, and Donna in the room.
"Anyone can join as long as they come bearing gifts," teased Sam when he noticed the roses Toby was carrying.
"You know that Kelsey needs her rest."
"We were just on our way out," Donna assured him.
The group said its good-byes and left quickly, knowing from the look on Toby's face that something was up.
"Nice flowers," Kelsey remarked.
"Happy Valentine's Day!" replied Toby. He handed her the flowers and kissed her softly on her lips.
"I'd completely forgotten. I'm afraid I don't have anything for you."
"You being alive and back in my life is enough for me."
"Thank you for the roses. They're beautiful!"
Toby sat down in the chair next to the bed and held Kelsey's hand in his own. They fell into a silence that was almost deafening. Finally, neither of them could stand it any longer.
"Kelsey, we needů"
"Toby, we needů"
They both laughed.
"Ladies first," Toby acknowledged.
"No, please you go first."
Toby took a deep breath and let it out slowly before beginning.
"I'm sorry that we fought."
"But I'm not sorry I talked with Leo," he added.
Looking up into her eyes, he say them start to cloud over with anger and fear
Your feedback is very much appreciated!