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Title: Already in Love
Character: Sam and Ainsley
Category: Romance, General
Summary: Sam and Ainsley are already in love. What’s next?
Author's Notes: Please read and review! Criticism is allowed. I wrote
this story because all the Sam and Ainsley stories I was reading were all about
them dating and then nothing. Here is what I think a Sam and Ainsley wedding
would be like. These characters and The West Wing belongs to Aaron Sorkin and
Warner Bros. I'm not gaining any profit from these stories.
Chapter 1: Getting Ready
was nervous. Not just butterflies in the stomach nervous, but giant
butterflies in the stomach nervous. Today would be the day he proposed to
Ainsley Hayes. And it wasn't just any day, but it was Ainsley's 30th
birthday and their 15-month anniversary. Lots of pressure was on Sam, and
he was feeling it. This would be the second time in his life he had ever proposed
to a girl and this time, he knew he would make it to the alter.
CJ was busy putting red
and white rose petals on the floor and roses in vases while Donna was arranging
candles over the Steam Pipe Trunk Distribution Venue. Toby and Josh, who declined the flower job
because it wasn't manly, were hanging white Christmas lights around Ainsley's
office. Sam kept running his proposal speech in his head while he just
stood in the corner. He was in such deep thought that he didn't hear Josh
yelling at him.
"Sam! You are in the
way!" Sam just stood in the corning mumbling to himself. Josh tried again.
came the only reply.
It was Toby's turn to get
into the conversation. "You’re in the way. Can you take a few steps to
your right?" Sam just heard, "few steps to right," and did
exactly what he was told to do.
replied Donna. "Anything else, Mr. Romantic?" said Donna in
"Can you ladies pick
up a cake for me at the grocery store and have it here by 8:00? And Mr. Romantic?
This isn’t that romantic, is it?”
"Only the real
romantic men put flowers, candles and Christmas lights up when they are going
to propose," said CJ with a smile. "And yes I can pick up the
"Why can't I pick up
the cake?" asked Josh who had just finished hanging lights.
Donna answered this
question for him. "You'll eat it."
"No I won't."
"Yes you will,"
said Toby matter-of-factly. "If there isn't anything else you need me to
do, I'm going back to my office."
"I think I'm done for
now. Does everyone know the schedule?" asked Sam.
"Yes," came the
reply from everyone in the room.
"I have a feeling I'm
going to be hearing it again though," said Toby to himself.
Sam did say the schedule
again to his co-workers that were lined up by the door ready to make an escape.
"Donna is going to meet Ainsley after her meeting at the Hill at 6:00 and
stall her while we have our meeting with the President. Sam looked at Donna and
said, "Remember to call me when she comes out of the meeting." Donna
shook her head 'yes' to show that she and Sam were right on track. Sam
continued to talk to the rest of the group. "At 7:30 Ainsley is going to
come through that door. I will get here a few minutes before to light the
candles and make sure everything is okay. From 7:30 to 7:45, I will be
proposing. At 8:00, CJ should have the cake by then and will bring it down here
with you guys and the rest of the food, which is behind Mrs. Landingham's desk.
We will sing 'Happy Birthday' and then eat."
question," said Josh. "What if the answer is 'no'?"
"I'm going to call
Donna's cell phone, let it ring once, and hang up, and then I’m going to go to
my office and never come out again. I think I'm done with you guys. It's 5:45
now so go back to upstairs and do what you need to do. Donna, you should
probably leave now. Thanks for all the help."
And with those words, everyone left
the steamy office except for Sam. He sat down in Ainsley's chair behind her
desk and took out the ring from his pocket. He opened it up and took a good
look at it. It was white gold and had a round shaped diamond in the
center. It was simple - not too fancy - but that was what he liked about it.
As he sat, he looked at
framed pictures scattered on the desktop. On the right corner there was a
picture of Ainsley and her Republican father, mother, older and younger
brothers from a recent trip to South Carolina. Ainsley’s sister and her
husband couldn’t make the trip, but Sam has heard many things about them.
During the trip Sam found to his surprise a loving a Republican family and even
wishing he could have the same kind of family with Ainsley whenever they got
married. To the left of the picture was Ainsley in this office with the rest of
the senior staff after her first day of working at the White House. In the left
corner was a picture of him and Ainsley at the Washington D.C. 4th of July
Festival. They were dressed down for the occasion. Both Sam and Ainsley wore
shorts with her in a tank top and him in a short sleeve shirt. That day also
happened to be the day Sam and Ainsley shared their first date and kiss.
Sam closed his eyes and
thought of that day. They spent the whole time at the festival talking and
after the fire works he offered to take her home. It was her idea to go out for
some coffee and doughnuts. He accepted and when he dropped her off at her door,
he told her he had a fun time and asked her out for dinner. She smiled and said
yes. Then they just stood at the door for what seemed like hours just looking
at each other. Then Sam went in for the kiss.
It wasn't until 10-months
later that he realized he loved her. It took him one more month to tell her.
The ring from Sam's cell
phone interrupted his thoughts. He looked at the called ID and knew that it was
Donna. It was 6:00 meaning Donna had some extra time to stall since he had
thought the meeting would go over. He figured that he would be back in the
Steam Pipe Trunk by 7:20 in case Donna brought Ainsley back too early.
Sam figured he should be
heading up stairs to get ready for his meeting with the President and the rest
of the staff. Before heading out the door, he stopped to take one last look
around the glowing office.
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