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A Different Kind Of Family ~ 10

A few hours later, Derek finally woke up and saw Toby and CJ. They had fallen asleep, hand in hand. He smiled to himself. These were the people he wanted to be with. If he couldn't be with his real parents, he wanted to be with CJ and Toby.

CJ then woke up, "Hey kiddo," she said when she saw that Derek was awake.

"Hi, CJ. When did you get here," he said quietly, so not to wake Toby.

"About three hours ago. How are you feeling?"

He shrugged, "Better, I guess."

"What's wrong?"

"Well, it's just that...I don't want to leave you two," he said, gesturing to her and Toby. "I like being with Toby. He's nice and fun to be around, and you're really nice too," he said shyly.

She smiled, "Well, we'll do whatever we can to--"

"Excuse me, Mrs. Ziegler?" A nurse said. "You have a phone call."

"How did anyone know I was here," CJ said quietly to herself. "I'll be right back, Derek." CJ got up and walked to the desk and picked up the phone. "Hello?"

"Why are you at the hospital," Leo said on the other end, rather loudly.

"I'm here for Toby and for Derek," CJ said, trying to keep her composure. "Why are you calling here?"

"I need you here...Now. Something's come up, and you're needed at the White House," Leo said, a quiet, worrisome tone to his voice.

"Leo, is everything all right?"

"Just get here now, please," he said.

"Okay, I'm on my way." She hung up and went back into Derek's room. "Hey, I have to leave for a little while. I'll be back soon, okay?"

Derek nodded, "Okay. Should I tell Toby that?"

"Yes, thank you." She kissed him on the head and walked out of the room.

Right after CJ left, Derek layed there looking at Toby. He smiled and reached over and grabbed his glass that was empty. He smiled again and threw it at Toby. Toby jumped up and out of the chair when it hit him.

"What's wrong?" Toby looked around, noticing that everything was still blurred.

"Nothing, I just want to see how high you could jump." Derek found it hard not to laugh.

"Very funny." Toby smiled a little. "Where's CJ?"

"She got a call and then had to go back to work. She'll be back later."

"Ok." Toby said concerned. "How are you? You look better." Toby sat down and smiled at Derek.

"I'm ok, just thinking."

"Thinking about what?"

"About you. And CJ."

"What about us?"

"I know it could never happen, but I wish I could stay with you two. I like it here."

"Yeah, I wish you could stay here too."

"But I can't." Derek looked down.

"Let me see what I can do." Toby smiled.

Meanwhile, CJ was waiting outside Leo's office, waiting for him to call her in.

Leo finally emerged from his office. "In. Now."

CJ dutifully walked into the Chief of Staff's office. "What happened?

"This." He showed her a copy of the Washington Post. The title of the front page read: "Press Secretary Slaps Very Important Reporter."

CJ's jaw dropped. "That little son of a--"

"Yeah, that's what I said," Leo said, monotone. He looked up at her,

"So, what do you suggest we do now? Or should I ask, what the hell made him write this article, CJ?"

She took a deep breath, "He's been blackmailing me," she said rather quietly. She looked at Leo, waiting for his reaction.

"You're serious? You mean to tell me that he is blackmailing you? For what?"

"Well, for the legal document. He's the one who got it then leaked it to the press. Now he is saying that he doesn't want me seeing Toby at all, and if I don't do something now, he's going to keep raising the stakes."

"You won't have to work alone." He looked at her.

"I'm going to have Sam and Josh help you, along with the President, if necessary."

She nodded, "Thank you, Leo. And...I'm sorry about before..."

He waved it off. "Don't worry about it. You were upset. I don't blame you." He smiled a little at her. "Shouldn't you be at the hospital with Toby and the kid?"

"Derek. His name is Derek. And Toby and I don't know how long he's going to be with us. I mean, he is going to be in the custody of the police soon, then go to DCFS." She sighed. "I'll go to the hospital now." She left the room, leaving Leo to think about what the next move would be.

Leo could see in CJ's eyes that she was hurting because of this. He wanted to find Danny and tear his heart out for doing that.

"Margaret!" Leo yelled.

"Yeah." Margaret rushed in the office.

"I want you to find me Danny and get him in my office, I also want you to get the DCFS on the phone for me. Ask for Frank Barns, he's a friend of mine."

"Yeah." Margaret said before walking out. Leo sat back done in his chair. He knew what he had to do.

CJ walked back to her office to grab a few more things before going back to the hospital. She got everything she needed and went to open the door, and when she did, Danny was standing right out side.

"You better not be here to see me fishboy." CJ growled.

"I asked you to do me a simple favor, why do you have to see Toby."

"He's the Communications Director stupid, I work with him. How am I not supposed to see him."

"I mean romantically." Danny snapped.

"I'm not, we're just friends..."

"Playing mom and dad to a street punk."

"Danny! Oh, you're getting on my very last nerve. Get out!"

"No."

"Fine, I'll go."

"No you won't." Danny got in CJ's way.

"Yes she will!" Toby screamed for the door way.

"Get out of my way, Toby," Danny said.

"Over my dead body." Toby looked at Danny and then at a very frightened CJ. "You leave her alone you scum bag," Toby yelled. "And Derek is *not* a street punk!" Toby held out his fist to hit Danny, but someone's hand stopped him.

"Let it go, Toby," Sam said. "He's not worth it. Besides, the police are already on their way here." Sam said, glaring at Toby. Sam motioned for CJ to step out of her office.

"And what cause would the police have to arrest me," Danny said snidely.

"You broke a very important law," Josh said as he walked down the hall to where Toby, Sam, CJ, and Danny were. "You have been banned from the White House, remember?"

Just as Josh said that, the police came in and arrested Danny. "I'm not finished with you, CJ!" Danny yelled as the police took him away.

"Shut up, Fishboy," she said as Toby walked over to her and pulled her into a hug. "I'm so glad you came," she said, now crying.

"It's going to be all right, don't worry." He said as he continued to hold her.

"But what about Derek? DCFS...They're going to take him away..."

"No they're not," Leo said.

"What do you mean," CJ and Toby said at the same time, both looking very confused.

TBC...

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