Bring on the Banter

Chapter Two
The West Wing

CJ tried to guess what Leo was thinking, but could interpret nothing from the blank look on his on his face. Feeling nervous suddenly, CJ wondered whether coming to the White House Chief of Staff had been the best idea.

Finally Leo, deciding he had let CJ worry for long enough, let a smile spread across his face. Walking to the door which connected to the oval office he spoke to the two women in the room.

“Ill just go and inform the President that while he is trying to make the world a better place, his staff are playing matchmaker”

After hearing Leo voice his approval of the scheme, CJ turned to his assistant.

“I’m going to need your help.”

Leo shook his head ruefully at the two women who were chatting animatedly their heads close together as they conspired, before he entered the Oval office to brief the President of the White House’s latest plan of action.


With a bounce in her step, CJ walked towards Josh’s office with a purpose. She beamed at Donna as she passed her desk, but didn’t stop for a chat. Entering his office, she walked to his desk, at which he sat, hunched over a report, and dropped an open newspaper on top of it.


Josh looked up at her confused. “Huh?”

“Take a look.” CJ suggested, biting her lip to stop the grin which threatened to emerge.

Josh glanced down at the paper “What? It’s a picture of me and Donna dancing last night…look CJ, it’s just a dance between two friends! Are you telling me that we can’t dance together because Donna also happens to be my assistant?” Josh stood angrily, his chair scraping against the floor.

“What? No!” CJ replied in shock. Of all the replies she had expected from Josh, none of them had been anger. “I just came in to say congratulations.” She smiled at him gently.



Before Josh could reply a loud squeal came from the bullpen. The two made it to the door just in time to see Margaret launch herself at Donna to hug her enthusiastically. “I can’t believe it finally happened!” she was saying before she squealed again and started jumping up and down.

Donna had meanwhile been staring at her in confusion, not understanding for her hugs and cries of excitement. “Margaret, what are you talking about?”

“Donna, it’s okay. We all know. We have for a long time. But now with the photo…” Hearing Margaret say photo, Josh turned to CJ also confused. “It’s proof enough. You don’t have to pretend anymore. No more hiding from this day forth!”

At that moment Sam entered the hall. Noticing Josh, a huge smile spread across his face.

“Buddy!” Knocking CJ aside in his excitement he gave Josh a large hug, thumping him on the back, and knocking the wind out of him. Turning around, he then approached Donna with equal enthusiasm.

“And Donna!” Sam swept her into a hug, at the same time telling her. “I’m so happy for you guys!”

“What the hell is going on in here?” Leo’s voice came booming through the room. “I can’t get in contact with my senior staff because...” Leo looked at Sam hugging Donna. “because apparently Donna, is keeping their attention.”

“Oh. I see” Leo nodded at them. “Josh. Donna” HE said looking at each in turn smiling. He approached the still stunned Donna and gave her a quick hug. “Goodluck with him” he muttered to her.

“Josh, I think of you as my son,” Leo began talking to the younger man. “but you do ANYTHING to hurt or upset her, and I will be the first in a very long line of people to…”

“Hunt you down and kick your ass” Sam interrupted, finishing his sentence.

“Yes, well that to.” Leo smiled wryly at them. “Okay, enough celebration. Back to work people. The White House doesn’t stop working for love. Congratulations again you two. Now don’t let this affect your work – I know you haven’t let it yet, but I’m just saying.”

Everybody exited the room in their different directions, leaving a stunned Josh and Donna in their wake.

Finally Josh recovered enough to speak.

“What the hell was that!” He exclaimed. “Has everybody lost their minds!”

He stared at Donna for a second. “Toby!”

“No, I’m Donna.” Was her shaky reply.

Josh grabbed her hand and began to pull her towards the communications bullpen while informing her of his plan. “No. Toby wasn’t a part of all this madness. We’ll go and ask him what’s going on with everybody.”

Chapter Three

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