Title: A Sort of Pain (That Only She Could Feel)
Author: Michelle K. (CageyGrl@yahoo.com)
Site: http://glimmershine.tripod.com
Category: double drabble, Joey/Donna
Rating: PG
Summary: In-ep for 'The Benign Prerogative.'
Disclaimer: Not mine. Don't sue.

A Sort of Pain (That Only She Could Feel) by Michelle K.

Donna wished she could feel truly smug at Josh's comical overreaction to Joey's appearance. But she couldn't laugh, or smirk, or whisper, "So about that new year for you two..." She couldn't even feel a kinship with him at them both being crossed off Joey's list of possibilities. Not just because she and Joey were a reality -- even if that reality meant a few clandestine sexual encounters that Josh never knew about -- but because Josh, dropped jaw notwithstanding, didn't really feel upset. He didn't need Joey. Want Joey. Love Joey.

(Like Donna did.)

Josh didn't really know what it felt like to turn around and see an ex-lover obviously over you. He didn't know what it was like to have to smile politely, congratulate, be an automaton of graciousness. He didn't know about any of it.

(Donna wished she could forget.)

"Hi again, Donna," Joey said, smile broadening at Josh's surprise.

"Hi again, Joey," she replied, returning to the smile of tranquility that had become her forte. "How about you close your jaw and we can continue on with our day?" Donna said brightly to Josh, hoping to concentrate on anything but Joey.

"Um. Yeah," Josh said finally.

Donna touched his shoulder and turned from the three of them. She hoped Joey was watching her go, if only for a moment or two.

(Donna did not bet on it.)


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