"I Feel Lucky" 

Tara Patterson

Disclaimers: See Part 1

 

Chapter 6

The next afternoon, Toby picked Kelsey up from the hospital and drove her home. He eased the car into the driveway and turned off the engine. Walking over to the passenger's side, he opened the door and picked Kelsey up in his arms.

"I can walk by myself," she protested.

"Would you just be quiet and enjoy the attention?" Toby replied and carried her up the stairs and into the house.

Once inside, he placed her gently on the sofa and then sat next to her

"Did you do all this yourself?" Kelsey asked looking around.

The entire house had been cleaned, at least the parts that she could see from her vantage point. There were white roses and pink tulips arranged in a vase on the mantle. There was also the distinct smell of chocolate chip cookies.

"I'd like to take the credit, but I did hire someone to come in and clean up for you. The tulips are from the Senior Staff and the roses are from the Bartlets."

"And the cookies?"

"Mrs. Landingham, of course."

"Of course. Thank you, it looks wonderful."

"Well, I wanted everything to be perfect. Now, I think I'm going to get you a cup of tea and then you're going to rest," he insisted.

"But, Toby…"

"No, buts. I promised Mrs. Bartlet you'd rest when you got home. You wouldn't want me to get in trouble with the First Doctor, now would you?"

"I guess not."

"Good."

Once she finished her tea, Toby guided Kelsey into the first floor bedroom and settled her in the bed.

"I think you should get some rest now. You're still healing from your surgery."

He kissed her and after tucking her in, left the room to prepare his other surprise of the night.

By the time she woke up, night had settled onto Washington. She found a note on the night stand.

"Kelsey, come into the living room when you wake up…and wear your new pajamas."

It took sometime for her to get dressed, working with only one hand. As she stepped out into the living room, she smiled at the sight that awaited her.

Toby had started a fire in the fireplace, its warm glow lighting up the living room. He also had lit a group of candles on the coffee table. A red and white-checkered tablecloth was placed on the carpet in front of the fireplace. Two china plates, silverware and two crystal goblets were set on the cloth. He entered the room carrying a covered dish which he placed in the center of the tablecloth.

"Wow!" he declared looking up at Kelsey, "you look incredible!"

"Thank you. What is all of this?"

"Your welcome home dinner. It's also my way of apologizing for our argument"

She put a finger up to his lips, "no more regrets. We're together now and that's all that matters."

They sat down on the floor and enjoyed their dinner. Toby had cooked lasagna, garlic bread and for dessert, strawberry shortcake. Once they finished their meal, he cleared away the dishes and then came back to sit beside Kelsey in front of the fire.

"That was a delicious dinner. Why didn't you tell me you could cook?"

"Just one of my many hidden talents," he replied.

"This is the way it should be," she said as he put his arms around her.

"I couldn't agree more. Although there is just one thing that would make this night perfect," he hinted.

"Which is?"

"Well, you know that I'm probably going to be spending a lot of time making up the work I'm missing today."

"Okay…"

"And since your place is closer to the White House than my apartment. I was thinking that if you didn't object I might bring a few things over here…just in case."

"Are you saying that you want to move in with me?"

"Not exactly move in, but…"

She pressed her finger against his lips.

"Toby, I can think of no one else I would rather share my bathroom with."

"I don't know about sharing bathroom space," he teased.

Kelsey leaned over and kissed him gently.

"I love you, Toby."

"I love you too."

 

 

I Feel Lucky - 7

 

 

 

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