"Rule the World"
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The West Wing
"Rule the World"
By Cindy Brewer

Notes: This was in response to a challenge posted to the WW fiction list 'explain how Sam fell off the boat'.:)
The lyrics used are from the song 'Everybody wants to rule the World' by Tears for Fears no infridgment is intended.


"Were we ever that young?"Presidental democratic nominee Jed Bartlet
asked his wife as they looked out the window of the boat cabin.

Abigail Bartlet grinned as she lightly punched her husband's upper arm.
"Speak for yourself, dear, I'm still that young."

Jed glared at his spouse slightly before turning his attention to the
party activity that had spilled out from the main cabin and onto the
front of the boat. The harbor cruise had been a combination reward to
his campaign staff for winning the nomination two days before and a
fundraiser. It was well past one in the morning and no one showed any
signs of going home.

"So what are you two wall flowers up to?"Leo McGarry asked with a smile
as he came up behind the couple.

Abby grinned at their old friend as she turned to face him. "Jed was
feeling old."

Bartlet's eyes narrowed in mock anger. "I was not!"

Abby's smile widened. "Then what was the 'were we ever that young'
line?"

"Speaking of the young...."Leo remarked as he gestured toward the
window. "What's Josh up to?"

Bartlet followed his old friend's gaze just in time to see the brown
haired man disappear around the corner."He hasn't had anything to drink
has he?"

"Jed, we've been on this boat since five the odds of Josh not having any
alcohol are....."Abby replied wit a smile.

Bartlet sighed tiredly. "I know the odds, Abby, I'm just remembering the
incident in Des Moines."

His wife laughed at the memory. "That wasn't that bad, Jed. They'd been
working for four days straight with three hours sleep between them."

*********

Josh Lyman finally spotted the person he was looking for leaning against
the wall of the main cabin.

"Come on, Sam."Lyman stated as he skidded to a stop almost toppling over
in the process. "I've got a great idea."

Sam Seaborn instantly shook his head and backed away from the wall.
"Forget it, Josh, you're drunk."

Lyman glared at his friend indignantly. "I am not drunk."

Sam grinned as he held up his right hand. "Okay, how many fingers am I
holding up?"

Josh ignored the question as he tugged at his friend's arm."You won't
believe what I found behind the bar."

"Hoffa?"Sam asked desperately trying to think of a way out of what was
sure to be a PR disaster.

Josh laughed as he slapped his friend on the shoulder ushering him
forward. "Funny, Sam. You know if this political thing doesn't work out
you could always take Leno's job."

Sam was about to reply when he realized that they were back inside the
cabin and approaching the bar. He looked around the nearly empty room
and spotted the Bartlet's and Leo talking by the window.
/At least Josh won't have a big audience to make a fool out of himself
in front of./Sam thought wryly as he watched his friend place the small
machine on the oak bar and turn it on.

Josh tossed Sam the song book as he plugged in the microphone. "Pick a
song...no wait! I've got the perfect one."

Sam sighed and downed the rest of his drink figuring he might as well be
drunk for this.

C.J. Cregg walked into the room and wasn't quick enough to avoid Sam's
grasp. She took one look at Josh and the Karoke machine and shook her
head.
"Not in a million years, Sam Seaborn."C.J. stated as she tried to break
his grasp.

Sam sent her a pleading look. "I'm not going down alone, C.J.."

"Sam...."C.J. began but her reply was cut off as Josh started the music.

"Josh, I can't sing."C.J. commented as Lyman joined them.

Josh grinned as he slung an arm around her shoulders. "That's the point
of Karoke, C.J. nobody can sing."He looked at Sam. "I don't think we
need the lyric book for this one, Sam."

Sam recognized the familiar music and shook his head slightly. "An 80's
song?"

Lyman tossed him the microphone. "Why not?"

**********

Leo glanced at the Bartlet's as they moved away from the window. "Is
there a video camera on board?"

Bartlet grinned. "Unfortunately no."

*************

'Welcome to your life
There's no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you acting on your best behavior
Turn your back on Mother Nature
Everybody wants to rule the world'

Sam took the first verse of the song wanting to get his part over as
quickly as possible. Halfway through the verse he glanced up and noticed
that the Bartlet's and Leo had moved front and center so they had the
best possible view.
Seaborn sighed inwardly. /We are never living this down./

'It's my own design
It's my own remorse
Help me to decide
Help me make the most of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

There's a room where the light won't find you
Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down
When they do, I'll be right behind you

So glad we've almost made it
So sad they had to fade it
Everybody wants to rule the world'

As C.J. launched into the second verse Josh dropped his arm from her
shoulders and began to dance. C.J. did her best to stay out of his way
but it was too late as he caught her arms and dragged her into a
strange combination of the tango and the jitterbug.

Still dancing Josh snatched the mic from C.J. and began the third verse
not seeming to have noticed their audience.

'I can't stand this indecision
Married with a lack of vision
Everybody wants to rule the ...

Say that you'll never, never, never, never need it
One headline, why believe it?
Everybody wants to rule the world

All for freedom and for pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world'

As Sam tried to avoid Josh's dancing frenzy the boat suddenly lurched
hard to the left as it hit a patch of rough water.
Sam quickly lost his balance and skidded backwards out the door. C.J.
saw his predicament and instantly reached forward to try to steady him.
Unfortunately she didn't quite reach and Sam slid backward hitting the
low railing and promptly tumbled overboard.

"Sam!"C.J. called anxiously as she reached the railing.

In the dark waters below Sam did his best to tread water and keep up
with the boat. "I'm okay!"

By this time everyone on board had heard what happened and were
surrounding C.J.. Under Bartlet's order the captain stopped the boat.

As the boat slowed Josh sheepishly tossed Sam a life preserver. "Sorry,
Sam."

Seaborn glared at his friend as he paddled toward the boat. "Oh you'll
be more than sorry, trust me."

Leo pulled the waterlogged younger man aboard as Abby quickly handed Sam
a towel. "You okay, Sam?"

Sam nodded. "Fine, just next time we have a fundraiser it better be on
dry land."


End