Nuptials By Willow

Summary: Snapshots from Charlie and Zoey's wedding. Sort of follows on from Even Better.
Spoilers/Episode: Anything up to season 6 2162 Votes.
Characters: Ensemble
Rating: PG (slightest touch of angst, you know I can never resist)
A/N: For this fic I'm choosing to ignore the fact the leak is suspected to be a senior White House staffer because I wanted them all to be here, so instead I've made it Russell, who annoyed me in Babylon 5, Crusade and then annoyed me even more as Bingo Bob;-)

Part I - Arrivals

Friday Evening - National Airport

Josh looked at his watch and then scanned the crowd, Sam's flight had landed thirty minutes earlier, but there was still no sign of Sam. As he looked around, he tried to ignore the two rather conspicuous men wearing dark suits and earpieces. He wasn't sure why, but having a Secret Service presence freaked him out, made the threats more real.

Just as Josh was beginning to think that maybe he had the wrong flight, or even the wrong airport, he saw Sam walking towards him. The two friends hugged and Josh took one of Sam's bags from him.

"How was your flight?"

"It was good. Apart from me pouring coffee down my front," Sam grinned as he indicated the brown stain on his t-shirt.

"Then let's get out of here and get you some clean clothes."

As they walked through the terminal building, Sam had the distinct impression that they were being followed. He glanced over his shoulder and then looked at Josh. "Secret Service?" he asked.

"Yeah," Josh nodded. "There's been some threats, nothing major, just... you know the kind of thing."

"Against you?" Sam was alarmed.

"Not me specifically, the campaign in general. The congressman, Leo and yeah, me." Josh smiled in a failed attempt to lighten the atmosphere, "There is a plus side though," he told Sam as they walked outside.

"There is?" Sam asked doubtfully.

"Yeah, no need to hunt for a cab." Josh nodded to the SUV that had just pulled up in front of them.

"Cool," Sam gamely smiled. "Then let's get back to your place."

As they were driven towards Josh's Georgetown apartment, Sam gazed out of the window at the buildings rushing past. "Missing it?" Josh asked.

"You promised," Sam cautioned.

"I'm keeping my promise," Josh replied. "I just wondered if you were missing the city."

"Yes and no. It's a beautiful city, who wouldn't miss it. And I miss the people, but not the work, so don't even think about it."

Josh smiled. "I wouldn't dream of it. I know you don't want to come back and work here, you've told me often enough, and I will keep my promise not to try and persuade you to join the campaign."

"But you don't understand why, do you?"

"Yeah I do."

Sam shook his head and grinned. "No you don't. You don't get how anyone could not love all the intrigue, the plotting, the spin, not to mention the stress."

"The stress is what keeps me going," Josh told him.

"And one day it'll kill you," Sam added.

"Well you're a little ray of sunshine this evening."

"Sorry, it's this city, it does something to me."

"Me to," Josh smiled, "but I suspect it's the opposite of what it does to you."

"Yes," Sam agreed. "Speaking of plotting and intrigue, what's happening with Russell?"

"I don't know anymore than you do."

"What the hell was he trying to achieve?"

Josh shrugged, "Distance himself from the administration a little, maybe, though I'm not sure why."

"How did he not think he was going to get found out? I can't believe he'd be so stupid," Sam commented.

"I can't believe anyone thought it could have been CJ," Josh added.

"I've got to agree with that," Sam nodded. "So, we don't actually have a vice-president."

"I guess not, no."

"Well, shouldn't we choose one?"

"It's not really up to us at the moment, Sam."

"I know, but I mean if, God forbid, something should happen, Haffley would be president."

"Which I'm fairly sure is something CJ, Toby & Cliff are onto."

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