Title: A Beer And A Stoop
Author: Willow
CJ checks on Josh following the evening's events.
Episode: Post season 4, Evidence Of Things Not Seen.
Characters: Josh and CJ
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: They all belong to Aaron Sorkin, NBC, John Wells and many others who aren't me.

CJ walked through the West Wing, still unable to believe the egg thing worked and no one was there to see it. As she reached her office, she noticed a light on down the corridor, so she turned and walked through Josh's bullpen, knocking softly on his door.

"Hey," she said.

Josh turned away from the window. "Hey. You okay?" he asked, his voice full of concern.

"Yeah I'm fine, it missed me by a mile," she lied. The bullet had after all been about an inch away from her head. "You?"

"I was interviewing a Republican in the Roosevelt Room," Josh pointed out. "It doesn't even have any windows."

CJ knew Josh well enough to recognize misdirection when she saw it. "So you're okay?"


"Then why are you still here?"

"I dunno really," Josh replied, with a slight smile.

"Come on, I know where we can go," CJ said. She walked into the room at the side of Josh's office and took two beers out of the fridge.

"Where we going?" Josh asked.

"You'll see," CJ told him.

"Akay," Josh smiled, picking up his coat and backpack and following CJ out of the building.

"CJ, this is my apartment?"

"Well spotted," CJ smiled. "But we're not going in."

"We're not?"


"Where are we going?"

"Here." CJ sat on the stoop and handed Josh a beer. "We haven't done this in too long."

Josh grinned, took the beer off her and opened it on the step.

"I don't know how you do that," CJ commented.

"Yeah," Josh smiled. "It was luck. Nine times out of ten the bottle breaks."

CJ smiled and took a bottle opener out of her bag. "What?" she asked, "I like to be prepared."

"Like a Girl Scout?" Josh laughed.

They sat quietly for a few minutes until CJ asked, "A Republican?"

"Sorry?" Josh replied.

"You said you were interviewing a Republican," she repeated quietly, remembering that it was well past midnight.

"Yeah. He's here for Ainsley's job."

"Well that seems appropriate," CJ smiled. "He gonna get it?"

"I'm gonna recommend him."

They lapsed back into a companionable silence, but CJ had to ask, "Josh?"


"Don't get mad."

"I'm fine." Josh insisted.

"Did you hear the shots?"

"No." Josh saw CJ's concerned look. "I heard something, it may have been music," he confided.

"I thought you said you were okay?"

"I am," Josh said. "Donna made me talk to Stanley."

"How was that?"

"Fine," he replied noncommittally. He really did feel fine, but he was scared that soon he wouldn't, that he'd have an episode. Donna had known that, which was why she'd called Stanley.

CJ studied Josh for a moment, "okay," she said.

After about ten minutes they finished their beers. "We should do this more often you know." CJ commented.

"We should," Josh agreed.