These are the fics that I recommended in November 2005 for the LiveJournal Community Crack_Van. It is by no means a comprehensive list of my all my favorite or often re-read TWW J/D stories, just a jumping off place if you are looking for some good fic. Be sure to browse through the other stories on each author's site for the rest of their wonderful fics!
With or Without You by Christene, Yana, and Ballynihinch (Mature)
Author Website: Christine's West Wing Fanfiction, Yana's West Wing Fan Fiction, Ballynihinch's West Wing FanFic
Why this must be read: This story is probably my all-time favorite TWW story. It's written completely as emails, mainly between Josh and Donna, but some are from Sam and CJ. It's an AU set in between the fifth and sixth season and supposes that Donna went home to Wisconsin to recuperate after Gaza.
Josh gets a wake-up call and there is a happy ending, but before that, there's a healthy dose of angst. It's absolutely lovely and if you read only one story that I rec this month, read this one!
With or Without You on Christine's site
With or Without You on Yana's site
With or Without You on Ballynihinch's Site
Christine also wrote a great little sequel, When Love Comes to Town (Adult)
Trip by PrettyPretty (Adult)
Author Website: PrettyPretty's Fan Fiction
Why this must be read: Donna and Josh head to Wisconsin and Donna's family for Thanksgiving. Her parents are moving out of their condo and she needs to clean out all of her remaining stuff. Josh lends her his SUV and comes along for the ride. Little do they know what their families and Leo has in store for them.
This is a great story with some wonderful original characters, especially Donna's young niece, who is having trouble with a social studies paper, until she's able to site the White House Deputy Chief of Staff on her bibliography! A great read to wrap-up your Thanksgiving break!
Pilgrim's Progress by Just Me (Young Teen)
Author Website: Nnaylime's LiveJournal
Why this must be read: Josh's Judaism usually only ever comes up as a way to contrast him with Toby. Josh doesn't practice, and really, are we sure he even believes? Toby not only practices, he sometimes makes a point of throwing up the fact that he does and Josh doesn't in an attempt to "be the better Jew," if you will.
As Just Me writes in her author's notes, this story isn't "...so much a Josh finds religion story as a Josh finds himself story." Set between the fifth and sixth season, Josh heads to Isreal to seemingly make since of the events in Gaza, but finds more than he was looking for.
The Amazing by Macha (Adult)
Author Website: The Sticky Wicket: Fanfiction by Macha
Why this must be read: This is Josh and Donna smut the way it was meant to be done. It's full of appreciation for the wonder that is Bradley Whitford's (Josh) body and it has all the banter that makes this couple so attractive.
You should "feel the freedom" to enjoy the hell out of this wonderful story!
Lions and Tigers and Clowns, Oh My! by Bramble (Adult)
Author Website: josh and donna fan fiction by bramble
Why this must be read: No one does Josh/Donna smut like Bramble. She is so consistently good with bringing the hot between these two. In this story, Josh and Donna are stranded due to the rain and end up having to share a room, in an Adult-Themed Motel! Hilarity and all the sex and dirty banter ensues. Plus, there's clowns!
Lions and Tigers and Clowns, Oh My!
In a D.C. Hour by Bex (Young Teen)
Author Website: Josh & Donna by Bex
Why this must be read: This is one of those great stories where the drunk guy says all the things he really wants to say when he's sober. Josh does that a lot in fic, but this story is head and shoulder's above the rest. Donna's voice is spot on in her reactions to his foolishness and some of the dialogue is just hilarious.
This is one of those stories where you'll find yourself sighing and awful lot! Lovely!
In a D.C. Hour
And it's sequel, with a suprise twist: Morning Sickness (Adult)
Sticks and Stones by PrettyPretty (Adult)
Author Website: PrettyPretty's Fan Fiction
Why this must be read: Usually, Donna is the caretaker in the Josh/Donna dynamic. Not this time. Donna is very sick and calls Josh in the middle of the night to take her to the hospital. She makes it through a heck of an ordeal and Josh realizes that he wants to take care of Donna more than he thought.
A wonderful "comfort" fic, this is one of those stories that is great to curl up with in bed when you aren't feeling well yourself. It rates very high on my re-readibility scale!
Sticks and Stones
Bright Light City by Suzy (Adult)
Author Website: Suzy's All Things West Wing Page
Why this must be read: Suzy writes wonderful epic tales filled with angst and trajedy, but they always have a happy ending! This one is one of the lighter ones though.
I rec this for the smut folks. The depiction of the "slow" first time between the two is smoldering. And then, when they "visit the time for hard and fast..." well, just have a fire extinguisher handy!
Also, imagine this AU setting, Las Vegas, where Donna deals blackjack and poker and works as a cocktail waitress! Definitely worth the investment to read all 53 chapters!
Bright Light City
Also, go check out Suzy's video page, especially "Meditations in Pink" (feat. Aerosmith)! Josh has a fetish for Donna's pink sweaters!
Worth the Wait by Dianora (Adult)
Author Website: Fanfiction by Dianora
Why this must be read: This is one of the great stories that came out of the hiatus between the sixth and seventh seasons. It's a "what could happen" AU about Josh and Donna slowly finding their way back to one another along the campaign trail after Donna comes to work for the Santos campaign. And it culminates in a big way on election night!
The author questions whether her flashback "structure" works here. I would say absolutely! The flasbacks to the campaign interspersed with the happenings of election night really help to build the tension.
An excellent read, as are all of Dia's stories!
Worth the Wait
Incrocio by Mdrgrl1 (Teen)
Author Website: coffee, beer & red lights
Why this must be read: This is a story of Donna and her self-discovery. It takes her far away from Josh, all the way to Italy and the manor that belonged to the grandmother she hardly knew. She restores it and her faith and self-confidence all in the same journey. And she realizes that home and her heart really are wherever Josh is.
This is a very sweet AU and well worth the read, especially if you are looking for a Donna-centric story.
Popcorn by Bex (Adult!)
Author Website: Josh & Donna by Bex
Why this must be read: Oh my god! This has got to be the hottest smut fic out there! I would say it is my favorite straight ahead, balls to the wall, TWW smut fic. Bex can bring the sizzle, folks.
A newly coupled Josh and Donna go to the movies to see an old movie and sit in the back of the theater, where all the real action then takes place. This story's best part: one of my favorite fic kinks, Josh talks dirty during all the sex. HOTTTT!!!!
Sittin' In Committee by carleton79 (Adult)
Author's Website: reconciled among the stars
Why this must be read: Some of us were lucky enough to have grown up with Schoolhouse Rock. It's a shame if you weren't. This story has Josh singing one of the old Schoolhous Rock favorites and in front of a classroom full of kids, no less. And then to top it off, he has some pretty hot sex in a storage closet with Donna. What's not to love?
I originally found this gem at the now defunct State of the Union Site. The author has gracously allowed me to archive it on my site and to rec it here.
Sittin' In Committee
Sittin' In Committee at reconciled among the stars
Still looking for more? Try The National Library! It is the largest TWW fic archive on the web and caters to all characters and pairings!
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