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14 June 2008 @ 05:22 pm
The West Wing - Same Ending  
Title: Same Ending
Author: clair_de_lune
Prompt by pamalax: Josh, Sam, It always ends the same.
Genre: Gen
Rating: G
Spoilers: 7.19 Transition
Words:~ 330
Notes: Thanks to slysionnachnano for the read-through. Any remaining mistakes are mine. It's a response to this meme.


It never starts quite the same.

In a dim office at city hall. There is a huge stack of plans and stats and graphs, and Josh speaks fast, with an enthusiasm that he doesn’t bother to hold in. “Collins wants to run for Congress. I think she can do it. I just need someone to help with the writing. Iron out her speeches a bit. You know what I mean? Whadda you think?” Sam thinks that he can help, he’s good at ironing out speeches a bit.

It can be interesting.

In the uptight offices of Gage, Whitney & Pace in New York, the rain pounding on the large windows. They don’t need to talk; they just exchange a look, and Sam gets up and leaves the meeting room without hesitation. He thinks... he’s sure that he can help. A lot. Even if the whole thing ends up in a terrible mess – is a total failure – it can’t be worse than protecting oil companies from litigation, can it? Anyway he just has to watch Josh’s face, his dumb, pleased smile, to know that it won’t end badly, that what Josh saw in Nashua was quite something.

It was the real thing.

Under the nicely warm Californian sun, at a sidewalk café. Josh is pale, exhausted and looks ten years older – well... maybe because both of them are almost ten years older, but Sam’s pretty sure that he doesn’t look like shit the way Josh does. “Deputy Chief of Staff. You’re me, to my Leo.” Josh’s glance means Whadda you think? Sam thinks that he can help – damn – because Josh will need someone to prevent him from being excessively Josh-esque.

And well, he doesn’t mean to be picky: the job isn’t bad.

It never starts quite the same. But it always ends the same, with Sam working his ass off for some incredible, wonderful, crazy cause because Josh asked, and enjoying every good and bad minute of it.

-END-

Comments are always welcome.
14 June 2008

End Notes: First English West Wing ficlet ever. It already scares me to write TWW stories in French so... *is terrified*
 
 
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PamalaX: JS excitedpamalax on June 14th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
YAY! Fabulous job!

Loved the history there bring us to that last moment.

I loved that Sam was there with Josh in the end. Josh couldn't have done what laid ahead at the end of the series without Sam by his side.

Very nice! Thanks so much for the wonderful gift.
Clair de Lune: twwclair_de_lune on June 14th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I'm not a big fan of the last third seasons of the West Wing and I don't know them that well. But Sam's return was definitely a nice touch. It would have been quite sad if Josh hadn't hired him for the job ^_^

I'm happy you enjoyed the ficlet! And thanks again for playing :)
Clair de Lune: tww - josh donnaclair_de_lune on July 2nd, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Sorry to bug you, but may I ask you a tiny grammar question?
There's a sentence Josh pronounces in an episode (and that I used in the fic) that I've never really understood. I do understand its meaning, I just don't get the construction: "You're me to my Leo." ?? o_O
Now if he really says that, isn't it a bit odd?
PamalaX: Alexthinkingpamalax on July 5th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
It is a strange sentence but the meaning Sam as Deputy Chief of staff to Josh's Chief of staff is pretty simple.

Sam was there by his side watching what being Josh working under Leo meant so saying that would make it all very clear to Sam.

And lets face it as strung out as Josh was at the end there there is no way he'd have been able to do the job without Sam and Donna by his side. :O)
Clair de Lune: twwclair_de_lune on July 6th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the explanation. The general meaning was indeed pretty clear. It was the 'to my Leo' that bothered me. But from your explanation, I guess it means for 'me being Leo' or 'me doing Leo's former job', something along the line.

there is no way he'd have been able to do the job without Sam and Donna by his side. :O)
Absolutely ^^
Jen: sam and joshjem80 on June 25th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Hey nice job! I liked the last bit: "It never starts quite the same. But it always ends the same, with Sam working his ass off for some incredible, wonderful, crazy cause because Josh asked, and enjoying every good and bad minute of it."
That's Sam to a tee. Great work!!!"
Clair de Lune: twwclair_de_lune on June 28th, 2008 08:48 am (UTC)
Hehe, he was happy to come back, wasn't he? :p
I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for commenting!
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Clair de Lune: twwclair_de_lune on June 28th, 2008 08:49 am (UTC)
Sadly I never realized how much I liked Sam until he was gone...

you captured the aura and mirrors of it just right
Now, he just couldn't pass up the last offer ^_^

Thanks a lot for the kind feedback :)
hydref: bartlet is the presidenthydref on October 4th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Really nice fic. I always liked Sam and Josh's relationship and was glad Josh went and got Sam again at the end of season 7.
Clair de Lune: twwclair_de_lune on October 6th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
Indeed! It was so nice to have Sam back at the end of the show.
Thanks a lot for your comment :-)