Returning Home X: Along the Way

by: Willynilly

Character(s): Josh and Donna
Pairing(s): Josh/Donna
Category(s): Post Administration/Future Fic
Rating: ADULT
Disclaimer: They are not mine, but oh how I wish they were.
Spoiler: None
Written: 11/19/2002
Feedback: Makes the day a little brighter.
Author's Note: This is the next in the Returning Home Saga, it follows Baby Steps.

January 2009

"So do you want another girl or another boy?" Josh spoke softly against Donna's shoulder as they snuggled together in bed.

"I hadn't really thought about it, do you have a preference?" Donna smiled up at him, stealing a kiss.

"Not at all," Josh grinned as he deepened the kiss, tugging Donna further on to his chest.

"Again?" Donna giggled as she squirmed against him.

"Mmm hmm, just blame it on the hormones," Josh chuckled as he thrust his hips up against hers.

"I'm the one with the raging hormones," Donna ran her hands down his sides and over his hips.

"I think it's contagious, you are so hot right now," Josh answered sincerely as he caressed her back and shoulders.

"Am I glowing Josh? Tell me I'm glowing," she mocked.

"You glow normally Donna, right now you are radiating hot," Josh flipped her over and covered one of her breasts with his mouth until she arched her back with the pleasure.

"Now Josh," Donna reached for him and ran her hand the length of his erection.

"Enough foreplay?" he arched an eyebrow at her as he entered her.

"Oh yeah," Donna groaned.

She tilted her pelvis to take him deep inside her and held him there until his arms shook with exertion. She lowered her hips slowly and rotated them for effect until Josh rolled his eyes back in his head.

"Good?" Donna giggled at him as she traced the muscles on his arms.

"You trying to kill me slowly?" Josh groaned as Donna rotated her hips again.

"No, just making sure you enjoy round two," Donna tugged on his neck until he laid on top of her and kissed her, moving his hips slowly in and out of her.

They were engaged in a deep kiss when the silence was broken by the piercing sound of the fire alarm. Josh froze on top of her until the sound registered.

He leapt off her and threw on his bathrobe, Donna was still in a bit of a daze from the kiss.

"Donna get up!" Josh grabbed her bathrobe from the hook in the bathroom.

"Josh calm down, I don't smell smoke, I'm sure it's nothing," she regretted the words as soon as they came out of her mouth and the look of panic on Josh's face broke her heart.

"Go check on the kids Joshua, I'll check the smoke detector," Donna squeezed his arm reassuringly.

Josh just nodded and headed for the kids' rooms. Donna made her way to the hallway and turned off the smoke detector. After she turned it off the low battery light continued blinking. Donna cursed the manufacturer that thought this was the best way to remind the home owner they needed a battery.

Donna ran down stairs and grabbed a new battery and replaced the dead one. She then headed to Olivia's room. Josh had the kids both completely dressed in their winter finery.

"Josh, it's fine, the battery was dead, it sets off the alarm," Donna explained as she took the winter coat off a sleepy Olivia.

"Mommy, what's wrong? What was that noise?" she asked quietly.

"That was the smoke detector it is supposed to tell us if there is smoke in the house," Donna told her.

"If there is a fire?"

"Yes, honey, but there is no fire it just needed a new battery," Donna undressed the little girl and tucked her back into bed.

Donna turned to see Josh, hugging Noah to his shoulder. The little boy had fallen back to sleep, but Josh didn't look ready to put him down just yet. Donna was a little concerned with how pale Josh looked.

"You OK?" she asked softly, brushing his unruly hair from his forehead.

"Yeah, sorry," he shrugged jostling Noah so that he began to fuss.

Donna took the baby and brought him back to his room, Olivia having already fallen back to sleep.

Josh wandered downstairs and was sitting in the dark in the living room when Donna found him.

"I didn't mean to scare you," Josh said, his voice harsh in the quiet house.

"It's OK, you were scared, it's normal," Donna sat next to him and kissed his cheek, it was damp.

"It's not normal Donna, most people do not freak out when they hear the smoke detector," he scrubbed at the tears on his cheek.

"OK, but most people didn't lose their sister in a fire and most people are not still recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder they developed after being shot by white supremacists!" Donna was shouting at the end and holding Josh's face between her hands so he couldn't avert his eyes.

"Donna, please don't get worked up, you need to relax, your pregnant," he said soothingly.

"I am perfectly fine Joshua, I just hate when you beat yourself up for being human. We all have things that haunt us, but we get better and we have people who love us that help us get better. I love you, for better or for worse and I don't want you to bottle up the worse because you're worried about upsetting me," Donna kissed him softly.

"Most of the time I'm better, I think. I'm just trying to spare you some of my psychosis," Josh chuckled against her lips as he deepened the kiss.

"Where were we before we were so rudely interrupted?" Donna asked as she slid her hand up Josh's thigh.

"Round two I believe," Josh pushed her back against the cushions of the couch and finished what they had started earlier.


"Are you sure you want to go back to school?" Josh asked over dinner a few days later.

"Of course, I only have 3 courses left and I finally get my degree," Donna shrugged.

"You know you don't have to get that degree Donna, you know you are worth much more than a piece of paper from Georgetown," Josh reached for her hand and entwined his fingers with hers.

"I know that Josh, but I want to do this, I need to finish this, it's been bothering me for years. Not because I don't have a degree, but because I didn't finish something. I regret it and I can make it right now. I'll take it easy Josh, don't worry about the baby."

"I'm not, I know you know your body..."

"But you're thinking about Sam and Angela and you worry too much," she kissed the top of his hand.

"OK, but I want it on the record that you don't have to finish school to prove anything to anyone."

"Point taken counselor Lyman," Donna smiled at him.

"When are we going to tell people?"


"You already told Margaret huh?"

"No! CJ..."

"It's your body, I just like to visit it once and awhile," Josh smirked.

"That was the worst line ever, somewhat politically correct, but bad none the less," Donna snorted.

"You do know CJ cannot keep a secret?"

"I know, it slipped out, she was bullying me in to drinking with her and I couldn't come up with a good excuse not to."

"We should tell Sam soon, I don't want him to hear it through the rumor mill."

"Do you think he and Angela will be OK, I don't want to upset them?"

"I don't think they'll begrudge us our happiness Donna. Maybe this will encourage them to try again, or to finally get married," Josh shrugged.

"You are such a romantic," Donna leaned over and kissed him.

"Don't let that get around," he grinned.

"Too late. I think the cat is out of the bag," she chuckled.

"Why is Peanut in a bag?" Olivia asked as she stumbled in to the room.

Donna had fed the kids earlier, waiting for Josh to return from his visit to Leo's. Olivia was napping while Josh and Donna ate, but appeared to be awake now.

"Hi honey! Peanut isn't in a bag, that is just an expression," Donna hoisted the girl onto her lap.

"What's a `spression?"

"Expression. It is something we say that means something else," Donna fumbled for an explanation.

"Why not just say the real thing?" Olivia asked, her forehead crinkled in concentration.

"So much for a career in politics," Josh mumbled as he finished his dinner.

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