Author's Note:

Season Seven, Episode 18 - Requiem
Donna Moss | Josh Lyman

"You should come over later."

"I can't."

"I thought the twitchy chick from Treasury was in your place."

"She is, so I asked CJ if I could stay with her."

"So un-ask her."

"I can't."

"Why not?"

"She'll ask why."

"So lie."

"She's my friend."

I love the word 'twitchy' here - and CJ, Danny, and Josh feel totally twitchy to me, too. Just a different kind of twitchy. In my head this is a CJ|Danny story, BUT Donna and Josh really wanted to come to the party so there's almost more of them in here than the other two. I've never written them before, so whether or not I have their voices right remains to be seen, I guess.


The White House Residence
Washington, DC
Friday, November 10th 2006

Josh squeezed Donna's fingers discreetly.

"Last chance .." he whispered.

"I'm not un-asking .." she hissed between her teeth.

"So call me after she goes to sleep."

"I am not having phone sex in CJ's apartment!"

"But it's okay to have phone sex when you're in the bath in the hotel ensuite and I'm in the bed?"

"That's different."

"How's that different?"

"That's .. hot."

"And having phone sex in CJ's apartment is not?"

"I'm not into that kind of danger."

"What danger?"

"What if she hears us?"

"Use a pillow to muffle."

"I'm serious .."

Josh glanced over at CJ saying her goodbyes.

"Maybe it would be a good thing if she hears us."

"What do you mean?"

"Then Danny will get some. He was kinda .. twitchy."

"Twitchy? Is that a code word?"

"Do you know why CJ kissed Danny the first time?"

"Because she saw Mallory kissing Sam and thought she could get past it if she kissed him on the mouth .."

"How do you know? You weren't there .."

"Carol told Ginger, who told Margaret who .. uh .. told everyone."

"Right."

"Are they really a thing?" Donna lowered her voice even further.

"Yes," Josh looked around and then leaned in closer. "CJ's your friend, right?"

Donna looked at him through querying eyes.

"She's twitchy too. She just .. hides it better."

"She does look a little tense."

"Look .. Danny's been good to us. He's the one who figured out you weren't the leak the night of the inauguration ball. And he came with me to the apartment."

"So did Toby and Charlie and Will."

"Yeah, but Danny came along for moral support when he didn't have to. We go back a long time. You know, if it weren't for me they wouldn't even be together."

"What?"

"I'm the one who told him that CJ likes goldfish."

"You didn't exactly level with him .."

"Yeah, maybe. But it all worked out in the end."

"They were arguing, Josh. It looked pretty intense. And it was awkward when I walked up."

"You're making my point for me."

"I am?"

"Yeah. We shouldn't get on the wrong side of the press."

"I think I see where you're going with this."

"Good."

Josh was clearing his throat uncomfortably when a slap to his forearm made him jerk his head up.

"Hi .." he said as CJ joined them.

"Hi. Ready to go?"

"We need to take one for the team," Josh whispered urgently to Donna - and waggled a 'call me' sign as she threw one last look at him over her shoulder.

She had almost reached the door when she turned round and came back.

"Are you twitchy?" she asked.

"Yes," Josh mumbled as he ran a hand over his face.

Donna smiled.

"Call me in an hour."