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05 January 2008 @ 06:23 pm
when I am in the dumps I turn to words  
I got a challenge from Monica for Toby/Ellie, and dammit, I took it.  Again this was written kinda on the fly, which is fun when you're writing ficlets.  Some couplings are just easier than others.  temptthewrath, I promise as soon as I swallow my prude-ometer I am going to give you a very sexy Donna/Cliff story.  Keep a look out.

Title: …And The Wonders You Can Do
Author: Montiese
Category: Humor/Romance
Characters: Toby, Ellie, Andi, Huck, Molly, Ellie
Pairing: Toby/Ellie
Rating: TEEN
Summary: “Did you find the red bustier and gold belt?”
Author’s Note: This is #9 in the Splendor series. Done for Monica’s ficlet challenge
                          to use the words silk and leather and the color bright flaming red.

“I made a strange little discovery the other night.”
“Were you sleeping?” Toby asked.
“Just now, no.  I just didn’t hear what you said.”
They were driving slowly along I-95, heading from the suburbs of Baltimore back home to Brooklyn. Toby rented a car so he could take the two Ellies to his twins’ birthday party. The day was cloudy and they set off early for the three and a half hour trip. Both Huck and Molly were happy to see their father. They worried that rain would ruin their outside party but their father assured them it would hold off. He was mostly right. 
Tweens covered the lawn. Toby had just learned the word and what it meant. It meant loud, sometimes obnoxious, and a language he did not completely understand. Most of the friends were Molly’s. Huck had five boys show up and a girl he introduced to his father as Shelley. She was a sweet-faced girl with a head full of crazy curls. She and Huck seemed tight and he later told his father that he thought she might be his soul mate.
Ellie managed to hold her own under the scrutiny of Andrea and Kaye Wyatt. She chatted amiably with other parents, introducing herself as Toby Ziegler’s fiancée. Little Ellie ran free and got some of Huck’s attention, which was good for her. Shelley thought she was adorable, which Toby thought was good for Shelley. The three of them, Huck, Shelley and Ellie were thick as thieves all day long.
Toby avoided his ex-wife for most of the day except for obligatory parent moments. She insisted Roger be in their family pictures that day so Toby asked Ellie to do the same. The doctor declined and he tried not to let that bother him. He knew she was doing it for all the right reasons. It was a decent afternoon but soon the rain came, and everyone rushed into the Wyatt’s sprawling suburban home for more games, food and good times. It was after six then, so Toby thought it might be a good time to go.
He scooped his son and daughter up in his arms, giving them more birthday kisses and hugs.
“I love you Huck. Love you Molly.”
“You too daddy.”
“I'm so glad you came.” Huck said.
“I would not have missed this for anything in the world. I had a wonderful time.”
They hugged and kissed the two Ellies and Andi walked them to the door.
“Congratulations on your engagement.” She said.
“You too.” Ellie said, sliding her hand in Toby’s. “Goodbye.”
“Toby, we should talk about the kids’ summer plans soon.”
“I’ll call you sometime next week. Goodbye Andi.”
“Drive safely.”
“Bye!” little Ellie waved happily as her mother picked her up and hustled her to the car in the rain.
“I was unpacking your bag last night.” Toby said.
“Were you?”
“Yes. I wasn’t sure how you would feel about it but then I started to think about how I felt tripping over it on 25 separate occasions.”
Ellie laughed. She checked on her daughter through the rearview mirror; she’d fell asleep almost immediately. That surprised Ellie since she feasted on cake and ice cream but she also ran around tiring herself out.
“What did you find?” Ellie asked.
“Something strange but not unlikable.”
“C'mon Toby, is this a riddle?”
Ellie took a large suitcase to Toby’s house last weekend. She was starting to move her things in preparation for them living together. They settled on a July 14th wedding, very low key; were looking forward to being husband and wife.
“So I was pulling out tee shirts, shorts, sweats, panties; the usual. Then all of a sudden, I reach in and out pops bright flaming red leather hot pants.”
“What?” Ellie laughed.
“That’s what I was going to ask you. They had a zipper…I was quite intrigued.”
“I guess I just threw them in there. They must have been in my top drawer.”
“Are they for business or pleasure?” he asked.
“They're from Halloween. About three years ago, Vic and I had a themed Halloween party. He loved superheroes so I picked Wonder Woman.”
“You dressed up like Wonder Woman?”
“Yeah. Actually, she typically wears blue hot pants with white stars but they were hard to find. Not hard to find, I just didn’t want to wear them because they made me look like a streetwalker. Did you find the red bustier and gold belt?”
“No, but I look forward to it.”
Ellie laughed. She reached across the console in their rented Buick and stroked his arm. Toby glanced at her, wearing a smile.
“When is the last time you dressed up for Halloween?” Ellie asked.
“I was probably a kid. I remember…Andi dressed Huck and Molly up like Baltimore Orioles that last year in the White House. She wouldn’t let me take them trick or treating because she was running for Congress again.”
“Did she dress the kids up like birds or baseball players?”
“Baseball players. She knows how much I love the Yankees. She said she wanted to show love to her constituency. She dressed up like the Wicked Witch of the West.”
“No comment.” Ellie replied. “Maybe you can dress us this year. We both can, take Huck and Ellie out for candy.”
“What could I possibly wear for Halloween?”
“Oh c'mon, it’s a great holiday Toby. You could go Saturday Night Fever.”
“Cheap polyester?”
“Sure, a cheap white suit with a silk shirt, half-buttoned.”
“No.” he laughed. “No way.”
“You're going to live a little.” Ellie said.
“Am I?”
“Yes Professor. And if you don’t, Wonder Woman is going to make you. She has this way of bending people to her will.”
“The outfit helps.” He said. “OK, I’ll dress up for Halloween, if you dress up very, very soon.”
“I will do my part for the betterment of mankind.”
“I was thinking about Toby-kind, but mankind is good too.”
She laughed and he did too.
“I'm glad you were with me today Eleanor. It made the situation that much easier to get through.”
“As your wife you're going to be stuck with me on a lot more occasions.” She replied.
“Every minute of it will be joyous. I'm sure of it. I love you.”
“I love you too Toby. Today was wonderful.”
There were many wonderful days to have as a married couple. He never thought he would be here again so he was doing his best to be optimistic. To be sure, he wanted to marry Ellie. He just didn’t want her ever to stop loving him. Since he had no way of knowing what made the others do that, Toby was at a bit of a loss. He just glanced at her as he drove, tired but staying awake with him. He loved her for that.
“You can drop, Dr. Bartlet. I have this under control.”
“I don’t want to leave you alone. I can stay awake.”
“If you want to, alright. But I've taken this drive a bunch of times.”
Ellie nodded, but she stayed awake. She kept Toby company with conversation, music, and laughter. They were so good together and she was hopeful that they always would be.
“What's on your mind?” she asked. “You’ve been quiet for a while.”
“The hot pants. What kind of man does that make me?”
“That thought makes you a regular man. It’s all the other things that make you amazing.” 
OK, so I'm not on my way out of the door.....called Zina and she was beat.  Been moving into her new place over two weeks and she is exhausted.  So I'm hanging at home tonight.  Bob Newhart, anyone?
I Feel....: weirdweird
I Hear....: Chaka Khan
.smomintots on January 6th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
You post about Bob Newhart quite often. I feel completely ignorant because I don't think I've ever heard of him before. . .
SSA McGeek: Thank God I'm a Country Girlmcgarrygirl78 on January 6th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
He's a comedian, has had several successful television shows over the course of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Has a nice film career as a character actor.....FUNNY AS HOLY HELL. Google him, or go to Wikipedia if you want to know more. I cant quite explain it cuz no one has ever told me they dont know him before. Oh, he was In and Out with Kevin Kline as the principal of the high school. My mother says he's an acquired taste but the hell with that, funny is funny. Though I can adnit dry humor always got me more than laugh out loud funny that the whole world gets. I call him geek conedy for sure.