Title: The Backpack (working title) Author: mavjade Fandom: The West Wing Timeline: Various but mostly within The West Wing canon (I think!) Genre: Crack…? Yeah. Totally crack. It's pretty preposterous all around. Just go with it. Characters: OC (technically), Josh Lyman, Donna Moss, other TWW characters will probably make an appearance. Notes: This is for the 2018 Dear Diary Challenge. It will certainly be the half marathon, not the full thing. I don’t know that you’d have to watch The West Wing to understand this story, though it probably just add a bit of dimension. There’s a joke within The West Wing fandom that the best love story that was never told was that of Josh and his backpack. Even at one of the highest positions in American government, Josh always carried his backpack instead of a more 'professional' briefcase. This is the story of that backpack. Someone even made a video about this love, and it doesn't nearly tell the whole tale. For those who may not know The West Wing: The West Wing takes place in the executive branch of the US government from 1999-2006, though much of what happens in the real world doesn't happen in TWW. Dramatis Personae Josh Lyman - Deputy Chief of Staff for President Josiah Bartlet Donna Moss- Senior Assistant to Josh Lyman (Deputy, Deputy Chief of Staff) Sam Seaborn - Deputy Communications Director for President Josiah Bartlet - - - And I'm going to @Briannakin since she told me to always let her know when I post something from TWW. If anyone else would like to be notified when I update, let me know. - - - - Entry 1 - I have no idea how this happened. One minute I was hanging with all my friends just minding our own business when this guy picks me up. He gives me a long look, turns me around and then takes me with him. I was a bit scared. I’d heard stories about other backpacks going with kids and getting destroyed within a few weeks. Thankfully I’m not a bright color or have a fun character on me like some of my friends. Those guys would sometimes say I was boring, but I think being boring will work out better for me in the end. So this guy takes me home with him and starts stuffing me with papers and folders, a few pens, and a candy bar. I really hope that he doesn’t leave that with me for a long period of time. I think it has chocolate in it and when that melts… yuck. It gets pretty gross. I overhear a conversation my guy has (and yes, I’m calling him my guy because I guess he’s mine now) with someone who doesn’t seem very happy with me… “I don’t think anyone is going to care if the new grad who is working for the junior Senator from Connecticut is carrying a backpack or a briefcase, dad.” There were a few moments, and then my guy started talking again, “But I can’t carry as much in a briefcase. Thank you for getting it for me, and I’ll probably use it later on but…” “Yes, dad, I’ll give it a shot,” He said after a few more moments. He picked me up and then put me back down. I don’t think he was telling the truth since all the things he’d added to me stayed right where I was keeping them safe. “Love you, too. Tell mom I love her.” He stopped for a moment and smiled, “Yeah, thank you.” Tomorrow is my first day on the job, and I think it might be his too. That’s great! We’ll get to go on an adventure together! He seems a little nervous. One minute he’s pacing around talking to himself, the next he’s reading a big binder and trying to memorize the whole thing. I don’t know if I’m going to hold that binder too, but if so, it’s no wonder he didn’t want a briefcase. I knew a few back in my previous home, and they didn’t hold things like that very well. They were great for keeping some documents really safe and not bend them, something I do on occasion — by accident! I swear! But binders aren’t their thing. I think my guy was right; he needs me. I hope I can live up to what he needs. I can’t wait to see where we’ll go together.