Title: A Matter Of Trust
Author: Willow
Summary:
Mallory's boyfriend goes looking for her, but instead he find Josh and Sam.
Spoilers: Set in an a/u between seasons 2 & 3
Characters: Josh, Sam, Toby & Leo (mainly)
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: They all belong to Aaron Sorkin, NBC, John Wells and many others who aren't me.


Part II

"Do you have any beer?" Toby asked as they walked to Josh's apartment.

"Of course I have beer."

"Josh?"

"We may need to get some more," Josh grinned. "Amy's been talking to Donna and now she rations it."

"I'm going to store, you two go and order pizza - no anchovies," Toby told them and walked across the street.

"You think he's still upset about Peterson?" Sam asked.

"Yeah, I'd think so," Josh replied as they walked up the steps in front of his building.

When Sam opened the main door someone hit him and he fell back down. Before Josh had chance to react he was pulled into the lobby and pushed up against the wall.

"Where is she?"

"What?" Josh asked. "Who?"

The assailant held Josh's head against the wall. "Mallory. I know she came here. Where is she?"

Josh now recognized Adam Mason. He knew he'd got out on bail, but he hadn't been expecting this. "I've no idea."

Mason knocked Josh to the floor. Josh curled into a ball as Mason started kicking him. "Tell me where she is!" A door opened and someone was pulling Mason away. Josh looked up in time to see his attacker escaping his super's grasp.

"Mr Lyman, are you okay?" Carl asked.

"Yeah." Josh flinched as he stood up. "Where's Sam?"

They both hurred outside and down the stoop to where Sam was lying unconscious. "I'll call 911," Carl said, running back inside.

Sam moaned a little and opened his eyes. "What..... ahh....."

"Just lie still, Sam," Josh instructed.

The ambulance soon arrived and Josh was standing holding his side and watching the medics tend Sam, when Toby rushed over, "What the hell happened?"

"Mallory's ex came for a visit," Josh replied. Toby looked down at Sam, who was bleeding from a head wound and obviously in some pain. "He pushed Sam down the stoop."

"What about you? Did he hurt you?"

"I'm fine."

"Why don't I believe you?" Toby asked.

"Let's go," Josh said and he and Toby climb in behind Sam.

By the time the ambulance arrived at GW, Sam was awake and complaining that his shoulder hurt. Toby and Josh followed him inside. "You're getting checked out too," Toby told Josh.

"I told you I'm fine," Josh replied.

"You where kicked in the chest, the doctor's going to look at you." Toby called a nurse over, gave her Josh's details and then went to phone Leo, while Josh reluctantly went to see the doctor.

The phone was answered on the third ring. "McGarry."

"Leo, it's Toby. Where are you?"

"I'm at The Residence, why what's happened?"

"Nothing, I just wanted...."

"Toby!"

Toby scrubbed his hand over his face. "Adam Mason turned up at Josh's apartment looking for Mallory. I just wanted to make sure that you weren't on your own."

"Is Josh alright?"

"He says he's fine," Toby replied. "Sam was pushed down the stoop. He's hurt his shoulder and cut his head. They're both with the doctors now."

"I'm coming down. Which hospital?" Leo asked.

"Leo, Mason's still out there, you should stay at The Residence. I'll ring you when I know how they are."

"Toby, where are you? GW?"

Toby sighed, "Yeah."


"Why's Toby at GW?" Jed asked when Leo put his phone away.

"He's with Sam and Josh, I'm going down there."

"What the hell's happened?"

"Mallory's ex went to Josh's looking for her. Toby says they're both okay, but I'm still going down there."

"Has he been arrested?"

"No."

"Take protection."

"Mr President, I really don't think...."

"Leo, he's just put Sam and Josh in the hospital. You're not going there alone."

"Okay." Leo knew he would never get out of the building if he didn't agree.

Jed followed Leo out of the room. "If they discharge them tonight, bring them back here."

"Yes, Sir," Leo replied. 'They'll love that idea,' he thought.


The doctor said Josh could go home, provided he rests. He has two broken and several cracked and bruised ribs, but his chest x-ray was clear. Sam had a bad concussion, dislocated shoulder, broken ribs and cuts and bruises, he was being kept in overnight for observation. After visiting Sam in his room, Leo, Josh and Toby were being driven back to the White House by two Secret Service agents.

"This isn't the way to my apartment," Josh commented.

"We're staying at The Residence," Leo informed him.

"Why?" Toby asked.

"Because the President's bored and would like some company. Why do you think, Toby!"

"But Mason's not looking for me," Toby reminded him, "and someone should tell CJ."

"It's 2am," Leo pointed out.

"Drop me at CJ's," Toby demanded.

"Yeah, okay."

"Why can't I stay at CJ's?" Josh asked.

"'Cos I'm your boss and if I'm staying at The Residence, so are you."

"Fine, but I need to go to my apartment and get my backpack, my super's got it."

"Josh!" Leo sighed, "you can get it tomorrow."

"It's got my medication in it."

"Oh."

"Yes."

"We'll call there as well then."

They dropped Toby at CJ's, making sure she let him in before they left, and then went to Josh's apartment. When they pulled up outside he opened the door. "Stay there, Mr Lyman, I'll go," an agent told him.

"You're kidding me," Josh said and climbed out anyway. The passenger followed him. "Okay, you're not kidding." He opened the main door and knocked on Carl's door. "Hi, Carl, sorry about this, I just need my backpack. Has there been anymore trouble?"

"No, I don't think he'll be back. Are you and Mr Seaborn okay?" Carl asked.

"Yeah, thanks to you," Josh told him. "I'm staying at, a friend's tonight. If anything happens here will you call my cell and let me know? If I hear anything I'll call you."

"We should go, My Lyman," his shadow told him.

"Got to go. Take care, Carl, and thanks again for what you did."

They left Georgetown and headed to the White House. "You did tell the doctor everything didn't you, Josh?" Leo asked.

"Everything?"

"You know what I mean."

Josh was now tired, sore and more than a little grumpy. "They're professionals,Leo, trained to spot the slightest ailment. So I think the six inch scar down my chest was a bit of a give away for them," he snapped.

"Yeah. I was worried, I'm sorry."

Josh immediately regretted snapping at Leo. "No, I'm sorry. I'm tired and sore and you're dragging me to quiz night," he gave a weak smile.


"Abbey, the lad's just gone to bed, leave him alone," Jed told his wife.

"If he's asleep, I won't wake him," Abbey replied and went to the guest room Josh was staying in. She knocked softly on the door.

"Come in."

"Josh, I just wanted to see you were okay."

"Mrs Bartlet. I'm fine" Josh said, starting to sit up. Abbey waved him back down.

"Josh, I'm a doctor and a mother, I know you're not fine," she scolded. "Leo says you've got some bruising and that's all."

"Yeah."

"Jed said you seemed to be in pain. I don't remember you having a low pain threshold, so?"

"It maybe more than bruising," Josh admitted.

"How much more?"

"Two broken ribs, some cracked and bruised."

"Did you get checked out properly?" Abbey asked with concern. While there shouldn't be any problems with Josh's lung or pulmonary artery, it was better to be safe.

"Yeah," Josh replied. "They did x-rays and a chest screen and whatever, I'm fine."

"Why'd you lie to Leo then?" Abbey was still concerned.

"He feels bad enough about Sam, this isn't his fault, I don't want him beating himself up about it."

"Okay, I won't tell him," Abbey smiled. "Get some sleep."

"Night."


"Hey, dad," Mallory answered her cell phone. "It's nearly 3 in the morning, what's wrong."

"Adam's looking for you," Leo replied.

"He has no idea where I am, I'll be fine," Mallory reassured him.

"I know. Where are you now?"

"At the shelter," she replied.

"Good a place as any I guess," Leo smiled. "Is Clara there?"

"Yeah, she's in the office. Why?" She waited for her father to answer. When he didn't she asked, "Dad, what's happened?"

"He went to Josh's apartment looking for you."

"Oh Christ, is he....?"

"Mal, he's fine. Though we've both been forced to stay at The Residence."

"Good," she said with relief. "Why'd you want Clara then?"

"'Cos it might make the news and I didn't want her hearing about it that way" Leo answered.

Mal nodded. "Was Amy there?"

"No," Leo hesitated, "but Sam was. He's in GW with a concussion and cuts and bruises."

"What? He attacked them?"

"Yeah."

"You just said Josh was fine?"

"He has some bruising. His superintendent chased Mason off."

"Where is Josh?"

"In bed, it is nearly 3 in the morning," Leo reminded her with a smile.

"Tell him I'm sorry."

"It's not your fault."

"Still," she replied. "I'll tell Clara."

"Okay. I've notified the police down there to keep a look out."

"He'd have no reason to come here."

"Better to be safe."

"I suppose."

"Night, Mal. I'll speak to you later."

"Night, dad."


Donna poured herself a coffee and walked into the lounge. She sat down and turned the TV on, automatically tuning to CNN. She kept the volume turned down, it was only 6.30 and she didn't want to wake her parents yet. She was just about to go and make some breakfast, when a picture of Sam flashed on the screen. She grabbed the remote and turned the volume up.

"....will probably be discharged today. Police refuse say whether they know the identity of the attacker or whether anyone has been arrested. In other news, a train carrying...."

Donna picked up the phone and dialed Josh's apartment, but the answer phone picked up. She tried his cell phone but it went to voicemail. She called CJ, just as she thought there was no one there either, CJ answered. "Hello?"

"CJ, it's Donna. I've just seen something on the news about Sam being attacked. Is he alright, what happened?

"It was on the news? When?"

"Just now on CNN. CJ, is he alright?"

"Sorry. Yeah, he's got a concussion, cuts and bruises. He's fine. They kept him in hospital overnight just as a precaution."

"Thank God for that. What happened? I tried to call Josh, but there's no answer. Was he with Sam?"

"Josh is fine, he stayed at the Residence." CJ briefly told Donna what had happened.

"But they're both okay?"

"Yeah, Toby was there as well, he came round here after they left the hospital."

"Is he alright?"

"He's fine."

"Good." Donna gave a sigh of relief. "I'll see you this evening when I get back."

Donna hung up and then dialed Josh's cell phone again. This time it rings..... and rings and...... voicemail. She tried again and eventually a sleepy voice answered.

"Yeah?"

"Morning, Joshua," Donna smiled.

"Donnatella," she could hear the smile in his voice.

"Are you okay? I saw about Sam on the TV and called CJ."

"I'm fine." he sat up and flinched a little, "well a bit stiff."

"Why are you stiff? What's wrong?"

"Just some bruising." He couldn't lie to Donna though, not even over the phone. "Couple of broken ribs."

"Why didn't you call me?" she asked quietly.

"It was almost 3 when we got back to The Residence. I was going to call this morning. There was nothing you could have done last night, except worry."

Donna smiled slightly, "You are okay?"

"Do you want to speak to Abbey?" he smiled.

"Yes," she laughed back. "How long are you staying there?"

"Apparently until Mason's been caught. Or until I can sneak away."

"Don't you dare."

"I don't think they'll let me," he sighed. "How are your family?"

"They're all fine. Stay at the Residence. I see you this evening."


Sam glared at Josh, "Will you stop fussing.

"Just getting my own back," Josh grinned.

"I've got a few broken ribs and a sore head and shoulder. It's hardly the same," Sam pointed out.

"Wait 'til Abbey and the president get back from church, then you'll know what fussing is," Josh laughed.

"How are you anyway? Leo said you just had some bruising, but Toby seemed a little concerned last night."

"You know Toby."

"Yes I do. He's not one for fussing. In fact I wish he was here now," Sam moaned as Josh handed him a drink. Josh just smiled and sat down to watch TV. "Well?" Sam looked at Josh. "How are you?"

"I'm fine. I'm not the one who spent the night in hospital."

"Yeah well, GW have had dealings with your insurance company before," Sam laughed. "Come on, Josh, be honest with me. I know it's more than bruising."

"How?"

"Because I know you. You hate admitting that there's anything wrong with you. You always have."

"True. So what makes you think....."

"Josh!"

"Okay. Couple of broken ribs, some cracked and bruised."

"That's almost as bad as me and you're fussing over...."

"Told you, I wanted to get my own back," Josh smiled. He saw the concern on Sam's face and said seriously. "The hospital checked me out, I'm fine," quietly adding, "I don't want Leo to know."

"Yeah, okay," Sam agreed watching Josh closely.

Leo joined them in the sitting room. "The police have just rung. They picked Mason up trying to board a plane at Dulles."

"Good," Josh said. "Can I go home now?"

"Don't you want to know where he was heading?" Leo asked.

"Will I care?"

"Very much, I'd think."

Josh looked up at him, "You're kidding me?"

"No."

Sam watched them, "Where was he going?"

"Florida." Josh sounded a little stunned.

"What's in Florida ?" Sam asked.

"Mal," Josh replied. He turned back to Leo, "How'd he know that?"

"He had her address book, but I don't know how he knew she was there."

"God. Does she know?"

"No. You want to call her?"

"Yeah." Josh got up and went into the next room.

Sam suddenly realized what they were talking about. "She's staying with Josh's mom?" he asked and Leo nodded.

In the other room Josh called Mallory's cell phone, "Hey, Mal."

"Josh, are you okay?"

"I'm fine."

"And Sam?"

"He's okay too."

"My dad said you were both alright, but it's good to hear it from you."

"They've just arrested Mason."

"Good. Let's hope they throw away the key this time. I can't believe they let him out on bail. Where was the little shit hiding then?"

Josh was quiet for a second. Should he tell her? He knew he has to. "He was waiting to board a plane at Dulles."

"Where to?" Mal asked quietly.

"Palm Beach."

"Oh God," Mal sat down. "So not only have I got you and Sam beaten up. Now I've put your mom in danger. I'm so sorry."

"It's not your fault, Mal. Sam and I are fine and he's been arrested. It's over."

"Yeah," she said unconvincingly.

"Is my mom there?"

"She's gone to the store. I'll tell her what's happened and get her to call you."

"Okay. Take it easy. I'll speak to you later." Josh walked back to where Sam and Leo were sat.

"She okay?" Sam asked.

"Yeah, she's fine," Josh replied. "Can we go home now?" he asked Leo.

"You don't like my home?" Jed asked from behind Josh.

"Mr President," Josh smiled.

"You can both a least have something to eat before you leave," Jed told them. "Plus, Abbey wants to check you both over."


Josh glanced at Leo, "You think we should have left him alone?"

"He said he was fine," Leo replied.

"I know, but he's got a concussion and broken ribs. I just think he shouldn't be alone."

"You've got broken ribs too," Leo pointed out, as they pulled up outside Josh's building.

"Yeah, but that's me," Josh replied.

"What the hell is that suppose to mean?" Leo asked.

Josh shrugged. "I've had worse," he replied. "Hang on how'd you know.....?"

"You forgot to tell CJ not to tell me."

"Ah," Josh smiled.

"Anyway, Toby said he'll call in on Sam later. He'll be fine, don't worry. I've got to go to this thing, but I'll call round later and see how you are. You sure you'll be okay?"

"I'll be fine," Josh insisted.

"You can't stand people fussing can you?" Leo smiled.

"I'm just saying that Sam was more badly hurt than me and no one's fussing over him." Josh knew why Leo was concerned. "They really did check me out properly last night. I didn't lie."

"I'll see you later then," Leo said.

Josh walked into his apartment in time to answer the ringing phone. "Hello?"

"J, do you ever turn your cell phone on?"

"Hey, Amy," Josh said as he sat down on the couch.

"I've just spoken to Donna, are you okay?"

"You spoke to Donna?"

"Yes. I saw the news, you weren't answering your cell so I called hers. I forgot she was away. Are you okay?"

"I'm fine."

"Honestly?"

"Yeah. Just cuts and bruises".

"What about Sam?"

"They kept him in overnight 'cos he had a concussion, but he's home now."

"Why didn't you call me?"

"You're in New Mexico, what could you have done?"

"Worried," Josh could hear the smile in her voice.

"Exactly," he replied.

"I can come home today."

"There's no need, you're home tomorrow anyway."

"It'd only mean canceling one meeting. There's a flight gets into Dulles at 6."

"You can't go canceling meetings."

"Josh, I want to. Donna's flight lands at 5.50 so we can get a cab together."

"Does Donna know about your plan?"

"Yes. She's worried about you. We'll both see you this evening. I have to go to a meeting now. I'll call you later."

"Okay. Bye" Josh hung up the phone and sat looking at it for a moment. Donna and Amy were coming to his apartment from the airport together, that should be fun, he thought. When the door buzzer went he stiffly stood up, answered it and let CJ in..

"You like a little, I dunno, stunned. Are you okay?" CJ asked

"I've just had a surreal phone call," Josh replied. "Coffee?"

"Please. Go on then, don't keep me in suspense."

"Amy's coming back early. Her flight lands 10 minutes after Donna's, so they thought it'd be fun to come over together to make sure I'm okay."

CJ laughed. "Donna and Amy looking after you, together," she smiled. "Come on, Josh. Most men would be happy to have two women worrying about them."

"This isn't funny," Josh moaned.

"No," CJ agreed, trying her best not to laugh. "No, you're right it's not funny."

END