This is a fic of Donna’s diary entry from the day she joined the Bartlet For America campaign.
Josh was smiling to himself as he woke up, realizing what kind of day it was. The feeling he had in his gut was reminiscent of inauguration morning. It was all the sweeter in the knowledge of the surprise that he had prepared for his bride. It was predictable and cheesy, but no less special for that.
He had asked the President - that is, President Bartlet - to walk Donna down the aisle. He knew that it was upsetting her that she would be going it alone, in the wake of her father’s death. There were only three men fit for the occasion, two of which were unavailable for the gig. To walk down the aisle with a President though, would be something Donna would never let herself forget. He could picture her eyes filling up the moment that Jed offered. Josh was feeling contented already. Nervous, nevertheless, but he was so immeasurably happy.
His sleepy reflection was interruption by the observation of a handwritten envelope that sat on the nightstand. He knew Donna’s handwriting as well as his own, and identified the curl of the ‘J’ that began his name.
“For my soulmate, on our wedding day. I love you. I’ve loved you so long. As a special indulgence to show my gratitude for all that you’ve given me, I give you one page. You’ll never be reading another, so enjoy it. It’s an excerpt from my diary of 1998. What feels like now, the first day of my life…”
Today was a good, GOOD day. Donnatella Moss is now a fully-fledged member of the Bartlet For America campaign. Should not talk about self in third person. Just v. excited.
Assistant to Joshua Lyman. Won the employment lottery, think. He’s cute, v. cute. Dimples. Those dimples. Am sure vapid crush will subside when get to know him. Usually how it works. Was unsure of him at first but have feeling that everything is going to work out. Largely thanks to him. Really needed this. Needed to get away from everything in Wisconsin, find myself. Found self to be sassier than previously realized.
Can’t believe he gave me the job. When he gave me that pass it was the biggest high of my life. Like it was a diamond necklace, honestly. If he hadn’t walked out of the room, would have been hard to resist wrapping arms around him. Did I mention cute? Seriously. And gave me employment. Hardly qualified for position, but something about today makes me feel like I could really be good at this.
Need to focus less on cute Josh and his cute dimples. Really like him though. Like all of them. Felt trusted within the team straight away. Special place to work. Special people. Sam Seaborn was sweet too. Already apologizing for Josh - can’t remember why. Maybe am too distracted by dimples to pay proper attention. Must try harder. But, he really took a chance on me. I have something to prove. I know I owe him my loyalty, and that he shall have.
Feel like today was one of the most significant of my like. Optimist? Hmm. I just want this moment, these things I’m writing down to be as important in a year’s time as they are now. Want to make sure I go from valuable to invaluable on this campaign. And you know what? I really think we’re going to win. Josh believes it so I believe it. It’s infectious. With this team, easy. You’ve got to see Toby and CJ and Sam at work, and Leo leading them. You’ve got to see the way the Governor speaks. But Josh, he’s going to win. And I’m going to be there.
Sidenote: BARTLET FOR AMERICA!!!