an au in which donna is a spy
After the Speaker of the House dies suspiciously following a series of high level leaks and rumours of a rigged election, Donna goes undercover as the assistant to White House chief of staff, Josh Lyman. The well documented antagonism between Lyman and Haffley makes Josh the focus of the undercover operation and she uses their increasing closeness to acquire information. Despite even Santos’ suspicions, Donna quickly realizes Josh’s innocence and just as she does, also realizes that she is falling for him. After Josh makes it clear that he feels the same way over drinks at the Hawk and Dove, Donna ends up spending the night with him. When she realizes what happened, she knows that she’s compromised herself. But before she gets a chance to hand in her notice, she gets a lead in the investigation… As the truth of Josh’s innocence becomes public, so too does Donna’s cover - leaving Josh distraught by her betrayal. They part, and Donna is reassigned to an overseas assignment as Josh is left to his heartbreak back in DC. A few months later, Donna’s new assignment nearly kills her as the car she’s travelling in is bombed. While recovering in hospital, she is forced to dwell on her heartbreak and reaches out to a forgiving, concerned Josh. When she returns to DC, he is waiting with open arms.
Donna helps a reluctant Josh make new year’s resolutions.
‘How about I resolve to keep the government running smoothly?’
Someone anonymously prompted me to write about what Josh got Donna in Abu El Banat, and I wracked my brains and couldn’t come up with anything that measured up to everything I want that gift to have been. So I hope it’s okay that instead, I wrote about the search for it.
He’s drawing a blank on the kind of earrings she wears.
"How long have you been my assistant?"
"About a year and a half."
"And when was the last time you brought me a cup of coffee?"
"It was never. You’ve never brought me a cup of coffee."
"Well if you’re going to make a big deal out of it…"
Josh doesn’t adequately appreciate Christmas movies.
‘Josh,’ Donna says through gritted teeth, ‘you can’t just pause the movie every time you don’t understand something.’
Josh, Donna, the National Christmas Tree lighting, for anonymous. Rated G.
He scowls. ‘I feel the cold more than most people.’
I will get all of these done before next advent, I swear! Josh is a little nervous at just how well his mom gets along with his in-laws, for leftyleo. Rated G.
He waves a hand toward his mother and Donna’s parents, who are sitting together at the dining table. ‘What do you think they’re talking about?’