Reviews for Everything's Not Lost
alix33 chapter 22 . 9/8/2009
"I'm... reassessing my priorities," he said thoughtfully. "Didn't know you had any." "Neither did I. I'm just full of surprises." "You really are," she said sincerely." - Cute Josh/Donna interaction there.

Oh, I'm so sorry for the president about his MS progressing.
alix33 chapter 18 . 9/8/2009
"Relax, Charlie, I'm not gonna bite your head off," she promised. "And why would you need to, when you've got the president to do that?" he observed dryly." - LOL

WAY TO GO, Charlie! And the rest of the chapter (after he yelled at president Bartlet) was just SO sweet.
alix33 chapter 17 . 9/8/2009
"The new you needs his head examined." "So did the old me." "Well, at least you're consistent." - LOL

"As always, it was Mama Moss who had to get in the last word. "Are you sure that nice Sam Seaborn isn't available?" Donna just laughed, and waved her family off. Finally, they were out of sight. Thank God. Josh turned to look at her with a frown. "Sam's not single? When did he get... un-single?" Oh, boy. How was she supposed to answer that one?" - Oh, boy, indeed (in more than just the one sense of the word)!
alix33 chapter 14 . 9/8/2009
"She turned back to her open-mouthed mother, and gave her a slight smile. "I'm sorry, mom, what were you saying-?" Her mother worked her jaw silently for a moment, and then finally gathered enough momentum to speak." - WAY TO GO, president Bartlet!

"And Cal Robinson wants to talk to you." He looked at her. "Can you take that?" Normally she'd argue about getting dumped in at the deep end, but with her family looking on? Hell no. "Sure." "If he starts blowing steam, threaten to choke off his funding." "I'm on it." "Great." Josh headed towards his office, nodding at her mother in passing. "Oh, hi, Mrs. Moss. You'll have to excuse me. Matters of national importance." Professional cool still fixed in place, Donna rotated on her heels to face her family. "Okay, mom? I'm sorry, but I'm gonna have to show you guys out. I have to take a meeting." Her mother's gape, Mike's bulging eyes, and Joletta's look of delighted wonder made this whole morning seem more than worth it." - And WAY TO GO, Josh!

"Well, aren't you a charming young man?" she observed. "Are you single?" she asked sharply. "Mom!" Donna went bright red with embarrassment, but Sam just laughed. "Sadly, no," he admitted with a grin. "Hmm, pity," tutted her mother. She looked at Donna. "You could do worse." "Okay, mom, I'm really gonna have to leave you here now," she laughed. She breathed a heavy sigh of relief after her family were finally out of earshot. Disaster averted. Donna turned back to Sam as they walked, and fixed him with a determined look. "Okay, Samuel 'I'm Not Single', spill your guts," she commanded. Sam smiled slightly, and ran a hand through his hair. "You know, I seem to have been having this conversation a lot, lately..." - LOL
alix33 chapter 13 . 9/8/2009
"Oh, and it's Donna's birthday," he added. The president tilted his head. "Our Donna?" "Yeah." He nodded slowly. "Okay, I'm gonna go-" "Embarrass her hugely in front of her friends and family?" he guessed. "Her family are here? Bonus!" said the president cheerfully. Leo watched him go, shaking his head." - Take THAT, miserable Mother Moss AND Mike!
alix33 chapter 12 . 9/8/2009
"It's Donna's birthday," Josh informed the room. "And I should warn you, her Republican family are gonna be invading the White House." Leo raised an eyebrow. "How many of them are there?" "Three." "We can take 'em," he said dryly. "Oh, you say that now. Wait 'til you meet Donna's mother," Josh said. "Idiot boy." CJ whapped him lightly about the head. He blinked at her. "Okay, but I expect you to retract that after you've met her." - LOL, which I'm sure CJ will wind up doing.
alix33 chapter 11 . 9/8/2009
"So... you take after your dad?" Donna started to giggled uncontrollably, and then leaned her head against his shoulder as they drove. And suddenly it didn't seem like such a hellish evening after all." - That, I am convinced, is in Donna's opinion the nicest thing anyone has ever said to her.
alix33 chapter 10 . 9/8/2009
Is it OK with you if I LOATHE Melissa Berrington with every fibre of my being?

"And she had Republican hair. That was one of Josh's observations, the kind that she slapped him round the head for but secretly filed away to giggle over when he was out of earshot. Republican hair, he had explained, was a very specific type of hair, worn by a very specific type of woman. It was hairsprayed within an inch of its life, and then twisted around itself into a style Princess Leia would have rejected as too unnatural-looking. And it never moved, not one strand of it, not even in a gale-force wind. Josh's pet theory was that these women pulled their hairstyles together so tightly it squeezed their brains, thus explaining why they didn't have room for anything but the most narrow-minded worldview. Her sister Alexia had hair like that." - LOL

YOU GO, Josh!
alix33 chapter 8 . 9/8/2009
"Donna." Josh sauntered back into the bullpen, grinning brightly. "I'm gonna be on Capitol Beat tonight." "Oh God." She thumped her head against the desk in despair. "Who against?" "Melissa Berrington." "I repeat; oh God. In fact, oh celestial pantheon." - LOL. "Celestial pantheon": that is REALLY good! Would you and Donna mind if I borrowed it in future, for a myriad of situations where "Oh God" seems insufficient?

"Little bit of sinus trouble there, Donna?" "Yeah, my boss keeps getting right up my nose." - LOL

I'll give you a ride," he suggested airily. Donna blinked at him a few times. "Okay, pod person, step away from the desk and keep your mandibles where I can see them," she said sharply. "What are you, and what have you done with the real Josh Lyman?" "Hey, I can't do something nice for my assistant?" he said, pretending to be wounded. "In a word? No." He straightened up and headed towards his office. "Come with me, Donna, and I will prove to you that I can handle Melissa Berrington without going off the rails. And then I will drive you up to the airport, and ferry you and your Republican relatives to whatever destination you so desire. And you can have the rest of the evening off." The door closed behind him, and Donna stared at it for a while. "Wow. Weird." She made a mental note to phone Josh's mother and ask her if he'd picked up any kind of prescription medication while he was out there in Florida." - LOL
alix33 chapter 7 . 9/8/2009
"She also wants me to close the airports to keep her family out of town." Jed looked at him. "Yeah. Okay. I don't think we'll be doing that," he said dryly." - AW, they SO could have done that, just this once, to prove a point to that yucky Alexia-sister of Donna's AND Donna's super-vile mother.

Oh God... (at that Katie member of the White House press corps knowing about Sam and Steve).
alix33 chapter 5 . 9/8/2009
"Get it out there that Josh is back at work, he's here to stay, and all cylinders are firing." "As much as they usually do," Toby interjected, and they laughed." - LOL

"Okay," he nodded. "But if I hear we've got a secret plan to do anything-" "Hey!" "-I'm changing our story back to you're mentally unstable. Clear?" - LOL

What Kelly just did (telling that Melissa, whomever she may be, that Zoey is engaged)? It sucked!

"Jed looked up at his Chief of Staff. "Josh is going out there?" "Yeah." Leo's expression looked as if he wasn't quite sure whether to be going for fatherly pride or extreme terror. A sudden thought struck him. "Leo, he'd better not be going out there to deliver a public resignation," he said warningly." - That makes me want to laugh, except I'm now scared and too nervous to...
alix33 chapter 4 . 9/8/2009
"Leo won't take me back." "He will." "How can you be sure?" "Because I say so." "You're the boss of Leo now?" Donna smirked. "I have a direct line to Margaret. He'll do what I say, or his lunch will pay the consequences." "That's quite the little dictatorship you've got going over there," he observed. She grinned. "You didn't really think it was the president running the country, did you?" - LOL

"Donna glared at him. "Would you like to be shipped back to Florida zipped inside your own suitcase?" Actually, when contrasted with the thought of what might be awaiting him back in Washington, that really didn't sound like such a bad deal." - LOL

Sam and Steve sound totally cute together.
alix33 chapter 3 . 9/8/2009
"The president said I need a kick up the ass?"...There was a discreet throat-clearing, and Josh looked up to see his mother standing behind them. His immediate instinct was to blush. Damn, my mom just heard me say 'ass'." - If that is the worst Josh's mom ever heard him say then he's got nothing to blush over. Even MY mom has heard me say worse things.

"Even if I have to come up there and 'kick your ass' into shape myself." "Mom!" he yelped, scandalised. She laughed at him, and Donna appeared in the doorway, smiling tentatively at the sight of the two of them. "And if I can't," his mother added with a nod at her, "I'm sure Donna will be there to do it for me." "Hey, don't give her any ideas," Josh said mock-sternly, feeling his face split into a grin for the first time in forever. "I don't need any ideas, Joshua, I've got plenty," Donna informed him." - LOL

"Beside him, Donna squirmed around to fumble with her safety belt. "Hey, at least your mom isn't trying to marry you off to some Republican Wisconsin gomer," she observed. "That's only because she doesn't know any." - LOL
alix33 chapter 2 . 9/8/2009
Totally nice, IMO, for Donna that Josh's mom seems to like her more than what her own mom does right now.
justdreaming88 chapter 15 . 7/5/2008
I'm really loving this fic and I'm going to keep reading, I just popped in to mention a couple of things.

1) Doug Westin is Liz Westin (nee Bartlet)'s husband

2) If the reporter Katie is the Katie we usually see her surname is Witt not Jackson.

I'm off to keep reading!
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