Characters: Josh Lyman, Sam Seaborn, Donna Moss and CJ Cregg
Category(s): Romance and Song Fic
Summary: Donna can't find Josh. She
frets. Fortunately CJ has the answer: a blindfold and a little music. Enjoy!
Josh?" Donna tried to keep her voice from rising as the panic which had been clawing away at her for the last hour, threatened
to overwhelm her.
CJ's shoulders barely shrugged as she glanced up at the worried assistant who was hovering in her
"Sorry Donna, I really don't know." Noticing the panic in the younger woman's voice, she motioned for her
to sit in the seat in front of her.
Perched at the edge of the seat, nervously wringing her hands in worry, Donna
tried to run through all the possible locations Josh could be. Never before had she not known where Josh was. She was his
assistant for goodness sake; it was her JOB to know!
"Don't worry about it Donna. I'm sure Josh is fine. But if I
see him, I'll send him to you straight away. Why don't you go to back to your desk and wait for him" CJ instructed her kindly.
Josh's usually comfortable
chair, did nothing to help with Donna's nerves and she sat staring out the window, hoping for a glimpse of something, anything
which would lead her to Josh's whereabouts.
At slight knock at the door, broke her concentration causing her to turn
sharply towards the noise. Donna slumped slightly noticing that it was just CJ.
Entering the office CJ smiled slightly
at the concerned woman in front of her. Instead of speaking she instead offered her the dark handkerchief which Donna hadn't
noticed in her hands.
Accepting it, Donna opened her mouth to enquire about the unexplained object, but CJ interrupted
before the words were able to leave her lips.
"It's a present. From Josh." CJ announced smiling.
furrowed as she looked at the soft fabric in her hands. "A present? But what...? suddenly remembering CJ's words she looked
"From Josh? You know where he is? Is he okay? Why's he giving me a handkerchief? He's had another episode hasn't
he? I told him that he should be seeing Stanley more often" the words tumbled from her mouth, getting louder and louder the
more she spoke.
The situation suddenly crashing down around her, Donna bit her lip before asking quietly "CJ? What's
A flash of guilt crossed CJ's face before replying "Oh sorry Donna. No! Nothing's wrong. I thought your
worrying was kind of cute, so I decided to let you ramble on a bit." Donna breathed a sigh of relief.
CJ said reaching out her hand for the handkerchief. Opening it and folding it repeatedly she muttered "This had better be
clean, Lyman." Looking back at Donna she requested her to "Turn around"
Hesitantly Donna turned around. CJ reached
over her head, covering her eyes with the handkerchief and securing it at the back with a knot.
"CJ? What are you
doing?" Donna's voice sounded uncertain.
"I"m just following the instructions your idiot boss gave me. And no I can't
tell you what's happening. All I can say is that you have to keep the handkerchief over your eyes. Oh and as a clue? This
is somewhat of a game of hide and seek. And don't worry. I've warned the others and you're not going to be getting into any
trouble over this, in fact people will try to help you. Goodluck"
With that CJ turned and left the room. Donna's head
was spinning, reaching to move the cover from her eyes, she stopped hearing the "Tut tut" from the doorway.
Is that you?" Donna asked a note of uncertainty in her voice.
"Yep, Donna. The handkerchief really improves your hearing,
doesn't it? I had a go earlier. I was Josh's test subject."
"Sam, tell me. What am I supposed to be doing?" by this
time Donna had reached the doorway of Josh's office, after working her way around the walls of the room.
I'm not supposed
to tell you anything, but...?" Sam grabbed Donna's hands and led her to into the bullpen. Everything was quiet and Donna knew
that everyone was staring at her, but at that moment she didn't care.
Sam!" Donna was beginning to get angry. She
had spent the morning worrying about Josh's safety and now for some unknown reason she was about to be led around the West
Wing blindfolded. "Where are you?" her words faulted as a voice suddenly rang clear straight into the room.
know I stand in line,
Until you think you have the time
To spend an evening with me"
Donna could hear Josh's voice singing, she didn't know where it was coming from but as Sam pushed her gently in the direction
it was coming from she guessed that she was supposed to follow it.
"And if we go someplace to dance
that there's a chance
You won't be leaving with me"
The halls of the West Wing were silent bar a few whispers.
Donna knew that everybody was watching her as she walked. After walking the halls everyday for so long Donna knew where things
were so as not to walk into them but still kept her hands in front of her to stop her from crashing into an unsuspecting person.
As Donna walked she began to stop worrying about what was going on and instead decided to listen to Joshs voice and
the words he was singing.
"Then afterwards we drop into a quiet little place
And have a drink or two
then I go and spoil it all
By saying something stupid
Like I love you"
The music had been getting louder
and Donna knew that she was fast approaching her goal. Whatever that may be.
"I can see it in your eyes
you despise the same old lines
You heard the night before
And though it's just a line to you
For me it's true
And never seemed so right before"
Donna knew that if she turned left she would be in the same room as Josh.
She had no idea where he had gotten the equipment so that he could suddenly sing out his feelings in front of all the employees
in the White House, but she supposed it didn't really matter. All that mattered was what she should do next.
a deep breath Donna turned the corner entering the room. Noticing Josh's singing had stopped, Donna opened her mouth and began
"I practice every day to find some clever
lines to say
To make the meaning come true
then I think I'll wait until the evening gets late
And I'm alone with you"
Donna was shaking. She had just
walked into a room blindfolded and begun to sing. Now she could feel the breathe of the man she had been singing to tickle
against her skin and his hands reached behind her head to untie her handkerchief.
Blue eyes met brown and Josh smiled
at her. "You found me." he whispered, before taking her into his arms. Donna sighed resting her head on his shoulder and mouthed
the words as Josh finished off his song.
"The time is right
Your perfume fills my head
The stars get red
And oh the night's so blue
And then I go and spoil it all
By saying something stupid
Like I love you
- - "Something Stupid" - Frank and Nancy Sinatra [redone by Robbie
Williams and Nicole Kidman]
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