Title: In Transition
Author: Gotham's Princess
Rating: T (brief mentions of sex)
Summary: 50 sentences about Josh and Donna in Hawaii.
Disclaimer: I don't own West Wing, or any of the characters. If I did, would I be writing fanfic right now?
Author's Note: This is based on livejournal's one sentence prompt.
When Josh finally relents to Sam's pressuring for a vacation, there's no question in his mind that Donna would be going with him,
Their lips touch as the plane takes off, and gives both an unspoken reassurance that politics, like the runway, will be left behind.
"These sheets are amazing!" Donna marvels, and Josh wonders how she could focus of the feel of the sheets when all he could focus on was her.
Josh wonders if he will ever be able to tell Donna that he would rather relive the entire Rosslyn experience than watch her walk out of his life again.
Donna orders a side of mashed potatoes with her filet, but still liberates a few of Josh's fries anyway.
On their third day in Hawaii it rains; not like it matters, considering they were planning on spending the entire day in bed, anyway.
They have a picnic on the beach by moonlight, and when he kisses her, she tastes of wine and chocolate.
Happiness was waking up and having Donna in his arms.
Josh won't deny that it hurts a tiny bit when he sees Donna on the phone with CJ — did his leaving his Blackberry in Washington mean nothing?
Donna delights in finding out that Josh has a very sensitive spot behind his ears (so does he).
"Donna Lyman has a nice ring to it." "So does Donna Moss-Lyman."
Donna's eyes locked with Josh's as he trailed his fingers over her scar and she was knew he understood.
Josh guiltily wonders if it's fair to Leo's memory that he is this happy so shortly after his mentor's passing.
Okay, Donna will admit it, Josh is great in bed.
They aren't sure who grabs who when a car backfires on a nearby street bringing back far too many dark memories.
Donna allots Josh thirty minutes of CNN a day to keep him from going too crazy.
She cries when Josh first tells her he loves her, surprising him — didn't she know that already?
Donna learns quickly how fast Josh can stop whatever he is doing when the promise of sex is involved.
The wind blows off his favorite Mets hat, and they spend the next five minutes chasing it down the beach.
Josh doesn't think he will ever grow tired of holding Donna's hand in public.
Their scars remind them of how close they were to losing what they what they had, and how lucky they were to have it.
"Well, it looks like you won't have to sabotage any more of my dates."
Josh thinks his grandmother's ring would look wonderful on her finger, and for once he isn't scared.
They get every flavor at the family-run ice cream shoppe just because they can.
He's not sure when, but somewhere between arriving in Hawaii and the middle of their vacation, Josh realizes he would walk away from the White House if Donna asked him to.
There's no formal proposal, but they both know they will be married someday.
Donna thinks Josh is going to kill someone back in Washington when she sees his reaction to Vinick being named Santos's selection as Secretary of State.
Josh realizes why he never joined Sam on his sailboat after he spends his and Donna's boat ride paying homage to the god of seasickness.
Donna delays her joint shower with Josh just so she could hear him sing "Yellow Submarine" as he washes his hair.
They lay on the beach counting the stars and feeling like little kids again.
"What do you mean you don't want to have sex right now?"
Josh worries that one day he will wake up, and this will all be a dream.
It's comforting to know that their banter hasn't stopped, even with their new relationship.
He wonders if it is too soon to propose.
On their second-to-last day in Hawaii, they go shopping for souvenirs because they know their friends would kill them if they didn't bring anything back.
Donna sends long emails to her mother, Josh's mother, CJ, Helen, and Sam detailing their trip, but never brings up politics.
"So….Christmas is in a few weeks. What are you getting me?"
Donna's smile brightens his world more than sun.
And to think Ainsley was called the sex kitten, Josh muses.
Donna marvels at how perfectly their hands and bodies fit together, as if they were cut from the same mold.
Josh is the only person who could see 'democrat donkeys' and 'republican elephants' in the clouds.
Donna was too busy watching the sunset — the beautiful swirl of purples, reds, and oranges reflecting against the Hawaiian waters — to notice that Josh was only watching her.
Heaven was finally being able to kiss in public without fear of controversy and scandal.
Josh dreams of Rosslyn, only instead of him getting shot, it's Donna, and he's never been more terrified in his life.
The last night they make love until the sun rises; they will have plenty of time to sleep on the plane.
"The way you look tonight…" Josh croons as he and Donna sway back and forth on the balcony.
Surprisingly, they never made love in the ocean.
While on the plane, Donna wonders aloud if she should cut her hair; Josh yelps out in protest so loud that it causes the rest of the passengers to turn and look at them in surprise and confusion.
Josh sends a prayer of thanks to whoever would listen, thanking them for bringing Donna into his life.