Bring on the Banter

Chapter V
The West Wing

Donna closed her eyes briefly, trying to get her frustration under control. This was NOT what she needed right now.

She had come into the diner to distance herself from the campaign and its pressures, but most of all to escape the wrath of her boss. So far she had failed miserably. Josh was sitting just two seats down from her, and she had already let it slip to the diner owner that she knew him and now Sam was here as well.

Great. Just, great.

“We were getting kind of worried you know,” Sam continued, oblivious to the tension in the room. He took a seat at the counter in between Josh and Donna.

“We couldn’t find either of you anywhere. We thought Donna may have killed you and dumped your body in the lake.”

“I was considering it.” Donna muttered glowering at Sam, her lips barely moving.

“What was that, Donnatella?” Josh asked, having heard her comment.

Donna stood and dropped some money on the counter.

“Thank you very much for the coffee. You were right, it was delicious.”

With that she turned and quickly exited the diner.

Josh’s shoulders slumped forward, and he let his head fall to the counter, coming into contact with it with a thud. Sam smiled sadly at his friend and gave him a comforting pat on the back.

“Don’t worry. She’ll be back.”

Josh looked up pitifully. “I don’t know. I messed up pretty bad this time. Anyway, all we seem to do is fight these days about nothing!”

“Josh, you screwed up pretty bad this morning. It is going to take a pretty big gesture on your part if you ever want her to forgive you. Even then, expect to be reminded of what you did, every single day for the rest of your life.”

Josh sighed, Sam’s words running through his head, over and over. “For the rest of your life…”

“I just want to know how to fix it!”


Josh looked at Sam questioningly. “What?”

“I’m sorry,” Luke responded and gestured to Lorelai. “She has this habit of listening to people’s conversations and then sharing her opinions with them. It won’t happen again.” He told them, beginning to drag her up the stairs away from the two men.

“All I said was coffee!” Lorelai said glaring at Luke and shrugging his hand off her arm. She turned to Josh and smiled. “It seemed to be a ‘thing’ with you two. And I know that coffee has always been the answer to all of my problems.”

Josh looked at her in amazement. “You know. I think that you may just have given me the best advice ever.” He turned to Luke. “One cup to go, please.”

“Sam, I’ve got to go fix this.”

Sam smiled cheerfully at his friend. “Don’t worry, take your time. The Governor has decided that he wants to attend the fete they are having in town tomorrow. So we’re staying the night. Just go make things right with Donna.”

Josh hopped off his seat. “I will.”


Chapter VI

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