Title: Hide And Seek
Author:
Willow
Summary: A poker night, a date, a surprise and general light hearted staff banter.
Spoilers/Episode: Set in an a/u that leaves the show's timeline after season 5, Memorial Day. This chapter takes place a month after chapter 11.
Characters: Ensemble
Rating: PG
Author Note: If you've read this chapter before, you will notice that I've changed the ending. Sorry to anyone who liked the old ending, but on further consideration, it just didn't fit.


Part V

Saturday Morning, Georgetown

"So, now that Charlie and Zoey have come clean, you think we should?" Josh asked.

"Yes," Donna agreed.

"Really?"

"No not really, it's completely different."

"Then why did you get my hopes up and say yes?" Josh asked.

"Because I wanted to see the look of panic in your eyes at the thought of telling CJ," Donna smiled.

"I did not panic."

"Also, I liked what Zoey said about wanting to shout from the roof that she loved Charlie. I want to do that, not about Charlie though you understand."

"Then let's."

"You're not scared of Leo and CJ, not to mention Toby and the president?"

"Yes, but we aren't doing anything wrong. And it'd be a lot less painful if we told them rather than letting them find out from the internet."

"So we should tell them?"

"Yes."

"Okay, when?" Donna asked as Josh's cell phone rang. When he hung up she looked at him questioningly.

"I've got to go in. It's Monday's vote, we seem to have lost 2, you don't need to come," Josh told her as he stuffed some papers into his backpack. "I should only be a couple of hours."

"You sure?"

"I can cope without you. Anyway I can always call you," he smiled. "Go and meet Candi, I'll see you this evening."

"I can cancel," Donna offered. "She'll understand."

"Nah. I know who we've lost, it's easily sorted. I might stay the afternoon though and read some stuff."

"Okay, but please try and resist phoning me when you can't find a file unless you've actually looked for it first."

"I shall do my utmost," Josh promised as he left the apartment.

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Two hours later Leo found Josh in his office. "It's definitely sorted this time?" Leo asked.

"Yes, definitely."

"Because you said that on Monday," Leo added.

"I know. But on Monday I didn't know that Bassett had support from Pearson."

"You have to admire the irony of that," Leo commented.

"I don't...?"

"Pearson beats Carrick and ends up being almost a big a thorn in your side."

"Yes, but I can handle Pearson," Josh assured Leo, quickly adding, "in a far better manner than I handled Carrick."

"Good, I'll tell the president. You heading home?"

"Nah, gonna stay a while and finish some reports."

"Okay. I'll be in The Residence if you need me."

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By 4.30 Josh had finished what he was doing. He called Donna to make sure they were still on for dinner and then left the office. He had a file for Toby, when he entered the communications bullpen he was surprised to find Sam in his office. "I didn't think you were back until Monday?"

Sam looked up and smiled, "Couldn't keep away."

"Good trip?"

"Yeah. It made me realise that I really do hate east coast winters, do you know how nice the weather is in California at the moment?"

"This is actually spring," Josh pointed out.

"I know," Sam ruefully agreed. "So, I discovered what Becca wanted."

"This doesn't sound good."

"No," Sam sat down. "Well maybe yes, I don't know."

"You want to start at the beginning?"

"That would be about 30 years ago."

"Huh?"

"A guy turned up a Becca's house on Monday. It seems I have a brother."

"What?" Josh asked.

"He's 28 and he's called Henry."

"Okay, and you didn't know?"

"No. My father conveniently forgot to tell us about Henry when he told us about his other woman."

"Ahh. Wow, you okay with that?"

"I don't really have a choice do I? He's a firefighter, he's married with two kids. Becca and Julie like him."

"But you don't?"

"He seems alright."

"But?"

"It sounds churlish."

"Go on."

"I kind of liked being the only boy," Sam looked embarrassed by that admission.

"At least it takes the pressure off you to continue the Seaborn name," Josh offered.

"Nah, he has his mother's surname, Gillett. Chloe says it's not his fault, that I can be pissed at my father and at his mother, but not at him. She says I should think how hard this is for him, apparantly he only found out about us last year."

"How could... Henry not know who you were? You're on the TV every week."

"He doesn't do politics."

Josh smiled ruefully, "Along with 50 of the country."

"He wants to get to know us all."

"He is your brother."

"Don't start on the family thing, I know, you gave me that speach when I found out about the affair. What would you think if some guy suddenly turned up and claimed to be your long lost brother?

"That he was drunk?"

"I'm serious."

"I honestly don't know. I guess I'd feel betrayed."

"Yeah," Sam agreed. "Sorry, I didn't mean to have a go about, you know." Sam was very aware of Josh's views on family. "I know he's family."

"Actually, I don't know whether I'd be able to welcome him with open arms."

"Me either," Sam agreed. "Chloe wants to invite him to stay, but I don't know. So what did I miss?"

"Charlie and Zoey have been outed."

"Yeah, I saw. So," Sam grinned, "just one more secret romance to out then."

"Don't," Josh sighed. "Donna wants to go public."

"And you don't?"

"Yeah, but CJ, Toby and Leo are going to kill me."

"No they won't," Sam assured him. "Hurt you a little maybe. Come on, I'm done here."

END OF CHAPTER 12