"I Feel Lucky" 

Tara Patterson

Disclaimers: See Part 1


Chapter 8

"So, Toby, will I be making an announcement at the morning briefing?" C.J. asked as they walked towards the bullpen.

"Not likely," he replied.

"You didn't ask her?"

"When we were out on the terrace, Josh interrupted us. I was hoping to get a quiet moment with Kelsey during dinner, but I got called away on a phone call. Then I was going to ask her while we were dancing and Leo cut in. Besides, I'm not certain that tonight is the best idea."

"Toby, you've been rehearsing your speech with me for the past week. If you don't do it tonight, then I'll ask Kelsey myself."

"You wouldn't?"

"Do you want to take that chance?" inquired C.J.

Toby stood looking at her, knowing full well that C.J. would do it. He started to say something and then thought better of it.

"C.J., Mrs. Bartlet is looking for you," Carol said as she approached her boss.

"Thanks, Carol. Think about what I said, Toby."

He mumbled something as C.J. walked away. As he headed towards his office, he heard the sound of laughter. Looking into the bullpen, he was surprised to see Kelsey talking with Bonnie and Ginger.

"Are we paying the support staff to sit around and gossip?"

"Sorry, Toby. We were just getting Kelsey caught up on everything she's missed around here," Ginger explained.

"Don't be mad at them, I practically had to force them to take a few minutes out of their schedules to talk to me," joked Kelsey.

Toby shook his head. "Well, if you're done distracting my assistants, perhaps we can go over a few things in my office."

Kelsey excused herself and followed Toby into his office. He shut the door and put his arms around her.

"What did you want to go over with me, Mr. Ziegler?"

"Your neck, your shoulders, your…" he paused as he kissed her neck and shoulders.

"You know if you're not careful, someone is going to walk in on us."

"Don't worry about that. I locked the door."

"Good thinking," she replied as their lips met in passionate kiss.

"Kelsey, there is something I wanted to talk to you about," he said as they pulled apart, breathless.

"You mean the same thing you've been trying to talk to me about all night?"

"Yes. Maybe you should sit down."


Kelsey sat down on the sofa and looked up at Toby, who began to pace the floor.

"Kelsey, you know that I love you."

"I love you too."

"Good, because what I have to say has to do with that."

"All right."

"Kelsey, I've been doing a lot of thinking lately and I know what my life was like…"

Toby's speech was interrupted by a knock on the door.

"Go away!" they both shouted.

"Toby, the President wants to see both you and Kelsey in the Oval Office," Sam's voice invaded the office.

"We'll be right there," Toby replied. "I guess this will just have to wait."

Kelsey smiled up at him as he helped her up from the sofa.

"Don't worry, we can always talk at home."

"With the way my luck's been tonight, a meteor would probably strike," he commented as they walked out the door.


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