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A Wonderful Life ~ 8

"We wanted to surprise you." Josh smiled. "By the looks on your faces, it looks like we succeeded." He laughed.

"Very...funny." Toby mumbled with a small smile.

"It's good to have you back Toby." Josh went up and shook his hand. "You had me worried."

"God...can't handle....me...yet." Toby joked. Everyone could see he was having a hard time talking. He looked very pale.

"How are you feeling?" Andy walked up to him.

"Andy?" Toby looked up at her. "What..."

"Well, you scared me to death Toby. I needed to make sure you were ok." She kissed his cheek.

"I'm fine. I...just had a...little stroke." He smiled.

"Take care of him CJ." Andy looked at her.

"I will." CJ smiled and patted Toby on the back. "I promise."

"Thank you." Andy smiled and walked over to talk with some more people.

"So, I have to ask," CJ said, getting everyone's attention. "Who planned this whole thing?"

"You mean it wasn't you," Josh asked.

"No, why else would I look so surprised?"

"Well, it wasn't me," Josh said.

"Me neither," many other people mumbled.

CJ looked down at Toby. "Was it you?"

"Me? How...could I have...planned this?"

"True." She paused. "Aha! Sam's not here. He's picking Derek up from school. I bet it was him."

"Uh, actually, he was working on a speech and then went to pick him up."

"So, he could have called all of you, right?" CJ was a bit confused.

"Well if he did, I sure didn't get a phone call," Donna said.

"Yeah, neither did I," said Andy.

"Then who--"

"Hi mom, hi dad," Derek said as he walked into the house with Sam.

"Hi, how was school?"

"Good." He looked around the room. "Hey, it worked!"

CJ looked at him. "What worked?"

"Getting everyone together." Derek smiled.

"This was you?" CJ smiled.

"Never underestimate the power of a child." Derek smiled.

"What on Earth do you two teach this kid?" Sam asked.

"He watches the learning channel." CJ laughed.

"Hey dad!" Derek smiled and ran up to him. "What's wrong with your face?"

"It...numb." Toby mumbled.

"Are you ok?"

"Yeah." Toby smiled and patted him on the back.

"Allow me to make a toast." Josh held up his glass.

"To Toby Ziegler, the World biggest pain in the ass, but has the World's biggest heart." Josh smiled.

"Well...Thanks Josh." Toby smiled.

"I'm here for you man." Josh laughed. "Oh, and Derek beat the crap out of me for you. The kid really had a good arm. He should be a boxer."

"I already know what I'm going to be." Derek smiled.

"What?"

"I want to be a writer, like my dad."

"And your god-father." Sam smiled.

"Of course." Derek smiled.

Toby smiled. "You...want to be a...writer?"

"Yep. And I want to work for the President too."

Toby smiled and gave Derek a hug as best he could.

"Well, we'll let you three get your lives back together now, so I guess we'll see you later," Sam said as people started to leave.

"Thank you for everything, Sam. Really." CJ smiled.

"You're welcome." He hugged CJ, shook Toby's hand, and gave Derek a hug. He then left.

"Well, that was fun," CJ said. "Thank you Derek, for doing this."

"You're welcome, mom." He smiled and then headed upstairs to do his homework.

"That...is one...special kid we...have there." Toby said as he watched him go upstairs.

"Yes, he is." She smiled.

"I'm a little...hungry."

"Want me to make you your favorite?"

"You...can't cook."

"I can."

"You can't."

"I can."

"You can't."

"Okay then, what do you want?"

"Pizza." Toby smiled.

"Pizza? You hate pizza."

"It...sounds good." Toby smiled and tried to move a little.

"What are you doing?"

"I want...to move a little...bit." Toby said.

"The doctor said take it easy."

"I...know." Toby gave up and looked up at CJ. "I'm...going to...fight this...thing."

"I know honey, I know." CJ kissed him and then ordered the pizza. Toby tried to move his arms and legs so they wouldn't get stiff. CJ watched as Toby fought the pain he was feeling. She knew he was dedicated to getting better. For her, Derek, and the baby.

After she ordered the pizza she went and told Derek. She came back into the kitchen and saw Toby on the floor. "Toby?!"

"I'm okay," he said as he struggled to get up again.

CJ helped him up and into his wheelchair. "What the hell do you think you were doing?"

"I...wanted to surprise...you."

"Toby, you don't have to do that. You are already the greatest person alive. Other than Derek, of course, and the baby." She kissed him.

"You...mean it?" He asked when the kiss ended.

"Yes, I do. Now promise me something."

"What?"

"Never do that again. At least not until you're in physical therapy. Got it?"

"Yes, ma'am."

"Thank you." She smiled and kissed him again.

"Oh please, get a room," Derek said as he walked into the kitchen with the pizza. "You guys obviously didn't hear the doorbell ring, so I got it."

"Thank you so much honey." CJ kissed his head.

Derek wheeled Toby to the kitchen table and CJ got the plates and silverware. They then ate. CJ helped Toby a little when he needed it. Overall, it was a very nice dinner.

TBC...

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