The West Wing Guide: C.J. & Danny
Melissa Fitzgerald as Carol, Timothy Busfield as Danny Concannon, Allison Janney as When Danny suggests they have a "relationship," C.J. makes a list of. The Press Secretary C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney). Contrary to Has an ethically dubious will-they, won't-they? relationship with reporter Danny Concannon. The Deputy We hope to pass our goal by early January CJ is not better than Jaylen. Danny would not trade Jaylen straight up for him. He only plays one end of the court. You can't be truly “better” if.
She knelt behind the tub and massaged his shoulders then began to wash his hair. Make that anywhere near me at all. She took a deep breath trying to gain her composure, forcing herself not to think about Danny being wet and naked in front of her.
She put some liquid soap on her puff and began to wash him, shoulders, back, arms, legs… It only took about a minute for Danny to last the torturous movements of her hands over his body before he pulled CJ into the water with him. Straddling him on top, they made love slowly. Even after months together, Danny couldn't quite believe they were together like this, and that his touch could make her shiver with desire.
CJ was still surprised each time at how natural and beautiful it felt to be with him.
After, she cuddled on his chest with his arms and legs wrapped around her. Eventually, the water grew cold and they moved into the bedroom. Danny insisted that Elizabeth Dole called Bob Dole 'fishboy' so much that it eventually led to his current problem. She laughed, "Not true.
Then in a softer voice added, "Thank you for tonight. You've got this seduction thing down. The next morning being Sunday, they usually got to sleep and get into work a few hours later than the rest of the week.
In separate cars of course. But today, CJ's sister was arriving at the airport and therefore, CJ was up early making coffee and tidying the apartment.
C. J. Cregg
Sarah Cregg Parker planned be in town for two weeks to attend a medical conference and would be staying with CJ. She was CJ's younger sister by three years and the golden child of the Cregg family. Their older sister, Megan lived in San Francisco and ranked a close second in their parent's eyes. Middle CJ was always the 'Problem. CJ went to Berkley instead of the "only University the Cregg's should attend" according to their father, Stanford.
And of course, CJ wasn't married. Sarah was shorter than her older sisters at 5'7" and was the only blonde in the family. Instead of a punk stage, she was a varsity tennis player in high school and won the State Championship her senior year. Instead of rebelling and going to Berkeley, she did as expected and got straight A's at Stanford.
Sarah became a successful Oncologist, married her college sweetheart, Chad Parker and they lived in a house in Malibu. But it was hard for CJ to hate her little sister. She had the Cregg family infectious laugh, loved to shop, eat chocolate, and watch football. Sarah was the only one in the family who never judged CJ. Instead she encouraged CJ to follow her heart.
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CJ was the one person who knew Sarah wasn't perfect, knew her secrets and flaws, and loved her just the same. CJ was, however, a little concerned because Sarah had been insistent about visiting. So much so, that it made alarm bells go off in CJ's brain, like there might be something wrong. It was while lost in these thoughts that CJ was wiping down the kitchen counters. Therefore, she didn't hear Danny wake up until he yelled from the bedroom. CJ entered the room and watched Danny prop himself up on one elbow.
You're stuck with me. Com're then," Danny patted the bed.
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My sister's flight comes in at 9 and I have to pick her up," CJ explained. He opened the fridge and took out eggs and bacon then found a pan. CJ was in the living room dusting and using a roll-thing to pick up Cleo's cat hair off the couch and chairs. He smiled at her neurotic behavior. Plus she's your sister, I doubt she's gonna care. I want it to be nice for Sarah because she won't care. CJ changed the subject. You spend time with your sister when she's here, don't worry about me I'll find something to keep me busy for two weeks.
You could talk to Sam about finding you that 'something'. You don't have a lot of free time; while she's here you should spend it with her. I'll still be here when your sister goes home.
CJ entered the kitchen, put her hands on his cheeks and gave him a deep, tongue-filled kiss. When he could breathe again, he asked, "What was that for? I still want you to come out with us Friday. I want you two to get to know each other. They ate breakfast and after Danny went into work, CJ showered, changed and left for the airport.
She stood at the gate watching people stream out of the tunnel from the plane. Sarah appeared wearing a linen pants suit and carrying a bag. Her long hair was pulled back and her gray eyes searched the waiting crowd for CJ. I know you've got to check-in today at the conference, but you'll have some time tomorrow to see my office, right?
CJ said, "I'll pick you up at 8 tonight, right here. They went through security and got a visitors pass. It was early and only about half the staff had arrived, but the West Wing was already loud and busy. CJ showed her the bullpen, the Roosevelt room, her own office, and the pressroom. Come on, I want you to met Leo and Toby. They returned to CJ's office to find Josh and Sam waiting.
CJ nodded at each in turn, "Josh and Sam. He said, "I can come back. While looking Danny over carefully, Sarah said, "It is very nice to meet you indeed. Danny was thrown by everything. I'll catch up with you later, CJ," he said before making a fast exit.
Josh and Sam lost the battle, and began laughing. It could cause problems for both of us. They nibbled on appetizers and Sarah had a beer, chatting about home, while waiting for Danny to join them once his column was written.
Danny entered the pub, and took a minute to study them from a distance. No doubt Sarah was beautiful in the traditional sense, blond hair and all. But there was something about the taller, older sister that gave her an edge, in Danny's opinion. CJ had some mystery and rare grace about her beauty. Just seeing her across a room made Danny smile, made his heartbeat faster, and his whole body feel alive. He wasn't sure what he'd done to deserve it, but somehow CJ had become his life.
Sarah told him, "We'll talk later," and winked. They placed a dinner order and their conversation drifted from Sarah's medical practice, to stories from their childhood. Sarah excused herself from the table when she spotted some colleagues from the conference sitting at the bar. Caper since I got here, excuse me a minute," She explained. Don't get any ideas. Once in a while her doubts still came out.
He leaned into her, "My heart is already taken and I think it's permanent. You took a while on it. It actually wasn't the column that kept me. My mom called to tell me she's having some tests done but wouldn't say what… you know what, never mind, I don't want to talk about this now.
She rolled her eyes at him. Sarah chatted with her colleagues but mostly kept her eyes on CJ and Danny. This was just an excuse to observe them anyway. Sarah watched Danny lean into CJ and speak softly. Her sister came alive and glowed with joy and love. Here they were in a bar, with a few dozen rich doctors and CJ only had eyes for one man. Sarah observed Danny obviously trying to get CJ to smile.
When she did, Danny looked like a man who had just discovered a lake in the middle of a desert where he had been roaming and lost for weeks. His joy came from making her happy and she doesn't even notice anyone else is in the room, Sarah concluded. Not for the first time in her life, Sarah felt jealous of her sister.
CJ wasn't handed things in life, she worked hard to achieve them. It seemed, once again, another one of life's goals could be crossed off CJ's list. Sarah wondered if CJ even realized how rare and special a love like this was to find…and more importantly keep. Sarah considered telling CJ the whole twisted tale, just to make a point.
But she dismissed it while making her way back to their table. It wasn't time for sadness, it was time to enjoy. The next day, CJ took the afternoon off so she and Sarah could go shopping together. After 3 hours they'd made it through 4 stores. They sat at one of the tables sipping coffee and reviewing their purchases so far. Plus, I know Danny will appreciate it. Red is your color. CJ lowered her voice, "Who cares what color it is?
Besides, I already tried the sexy lingerie thing with him. You've always told me to wait until it was right, until I'd met the man I was supposed to be with. They sat drinking their coffee and watching shoppers go by, without saying a word for several minutes.
Finally CJ spoke, "We've never talked about it. We're together and happy and we don't have to deal with everyone knowing about us. What if I tell him and he doesn't want to get married? What if he doesn't want a wife and kids and that whole normal domestic scene? Lots of people don't. Plus, imagine what the President would say if I walked into the Oval Office and announced I was marrying a reporter.
I don't want you to pass it up like I did. When I found out I was pregnant I had a choice to make. I could do what you would've had the courage to do, not care what people said or thought, and marry the man you loved. I broke up with the man I loved without ever telling him I was pregnant.
You drove me to the clinic and took care of me afterwards. And I never told anyone, including Chad. When he returned from his semester abroad we were married like both our parents wanted. I wish I had even a little bit of that courage. Maybe things wouldn't have ended up this way. When she spoke again her voice was on the edge of breaking. We've drifted apart over the years but now he's found someone else. It was easy to do when the problems were only as big as Sarah falling off her bike or fighting with neighborhood kids.
But her little sister wasn't 6 years old anymore. Please, let's talk about something else. How about shoe shopping next? Danny and CJ headed back through the airport to the car. But I missed seeing you these last two weeks.
She was having a bad day. Members of the press were pushing for details on a secret military operation underway near the coast of Cuba. Leo was pissed at her for missing the meeting with cheese producers or some stupid Wisconsin lobby group. And then there was the other predicament.
The little problem she noticed a few days ago and as the days were passing she realized was becoming more like a gigantic problem. CJ was nearly two weeks late now and she'd never been more than a day late since she was about 16 or For the present time, she was pushing the idea to the back of her brain and trying not to process it.
That would mean having to face a million questions and worries she wasn't ready for. CJ picked up the phone and yanked the number of her doctor from the Rolodex. After making an appointment for tomorrow she put her head on her desk and tried to think about Navy planes and Wisconsin cheese. Danny sat at his workstation in the press corps area of the West Wing punching keys on his laptop.
It was a random Thursday morning like any other. CJ had finished the 9 AM briefing and he probably wouldn't see her privately all day due to the military story in the works.
He hated days like this when their contact was off limits, he much preferred to surprise her in her office with a silly conversation at least once a day. They had a date tomorrow night, so he would have to pass the time looking forward to it.
The phone next to him rang and it forced Danny to stop his daydreams and answer it. Then he hung up slowly, shut off his computer, took his coat and left the White House. A half-hour later, Carol knocked at CJ's door. Carol approached and shook her shoulder, "CJ. Well, second to dating a member of the press, she was on a roll. Carol was still looking at her like a Grandmother ready to feed her chicken soup. I'll make sure to have her look in my ears and down my throat and give me a lollipop if I behave.
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