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The Nexus has a lot of benefits, ranging from plush comfortable mattresses to long buffets filled with all kinds of food that Ainsley could normally only dream of, but what she finds is the very best door so far is the one she opens when she goes to find Sam and instead opens a door to a tropical beach paradise. The calming rush of ocean waves to the shore of a private beach and a cabana makes Ainsley all too aware that what she's missing is a beach vacation.

She props the door open with her shoe before heading off to find the appropriate clothes and the right partner for that kind of thing. Dressed in an oversized t-shirt that belongs to some guy she'd accidentally stolen it from, Ainsley hitches her well-stocked bag of preparations (and food) higher over her shoulder while she tries the door right next to the beach one, as if Sam might have moved without telling her.

"Sam?" she calls, knocking steadily. "I'm giving you another thirty seconds. Trust me, you'll like it," she promises sweetly, because she really can't imagine anyone who wouldn't like the hot sun and sand of a beautiful beach where no expectations or responsibilities lay on their heads.

Date: 2015-03-07 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Sam isn't exactly opposed to the beach. Actually, the prospect of laying on warm sand next to a scantily-clad Ainsley is an appealing one but his point in coming to the Nexus this time around had been to get some work done without constant interruption and this isn't helping him in that endeavor.

"I'm coming, I'm coming. I just need to finish up this one line here before I can shut everything down and get going. Promise. Just the finishing touch on this speech for the Joint Chiefs?"

Date: 2015-03-08 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Right. It's something he's never going to get used to but knowing now that he'll have infinite time to get this done after relaxing for a while is enough to get him to shut down and get going.

"You, as always, have the most brilliant ideas. Let's go have some vacation?"

Date: 2015-03-14 05:34 pm (UTC)
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Sam hadn't thought that far ahead but this is Ainsley, so maybe he should have. "I think I've got all that stuff around here," he says, throwing together a quick bag with a few essentials.

"But we can always come back through and get what we need, Ainsley. It's not life or death, it's just a trip to the beach."

Date: 2015-03-15 09:08 pm (UTC)
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"Then I will fight off all the pirates while singing a jaunty Gilbert and Sullivan number," Sam says, sliding an arm around her waist to lead her out of the room and to the door that will lead them to their vacation.

"It's going to be fine, Ainsley."

Date: 2015-03-20 01:55 am (UTC)
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"Well, I'm not inclined to say anything isn't real, considering the very existence of this place, but should Pirates of Penzance be real and we somehow stumble into our very own version of it, I think we know it well enough to make our way out. It's not something I'm going to worry about at the moment."

Sam grins at her. "Because at the moment, I have a date with a beautiful, brilliant blonde and there's a beach waiting for us."

Date: 2015-03-21 11:29 pm (UTC)
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"Well, she's a Republican from North Carolina, which isn't really my type, but I just can't help myself," Sam says, winking at her. "She's smarter than me in every way imaginable and all it does is makes me want her even more than I already do."

Date: 2015-03-23 12:35 am (UTC)
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"What can I say? I love a woman who can make me look like an ass," Sam says. It's true. He's never been satisfied with less than an intellectual equal and, in many ways, Ainsley surpasses him. It challenges him and makes him want to do better and that's something that keeps him interested.

It doesn't hurt that she's beautiful. Ainsley Hayes is quite possibly one of the most beautiful women he's ever seen in his life and she's the complete package. Any man would be so lucky. He's especially so.

Date: 2015-03-23 01:14 am (UTC)
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"Born ready." The beach is gorgeous - sparkling white sand and deep blue water. It reminds Sam of being back home in California in a lot of ways only he bets the water is a hell of a lot warmer than it is back home in Newport.

"But I'm a little more ready to see what you've got under that shirt of yours."

Date: 2015-03-28 07:17 pm (UTC)
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Sam has no issues with pulling off his shirt and he does. He had more of a tan in his California days; long hours indoors during the relatively-harsher DC winter has made what was once golden brown very, very pale. Still, he can work on his tan now and he plans to.

"I think I got the better end of this deal."

Date: 2015-03-29 11:50 pm (UTC)
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"Well, I don't see anyone else around," Sam says, laughing lightly. "Ainsley, you're gorgeous. You know that, right?"

It's also the least important part of their relationship, in Sam's mind. It's wonderful, to be sure, but it's her mind and her convictions and her tenacity that draw him to her more than her creamy skin and long blonde hair.

Date: 2015-04-04 12:27 am (UTC)
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"Thank God I have you. Otherwise, I'd just have to take my chances with ozone layer holding up," Sam says, tossing her the bottle of sunblock.

While there's a practical purpose in it, Sam can't deny a certain pleasure in having Ainsley's hands all over his skin.

Date: 2015-04-07 02:12 am (UTC)
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"Once upon a never," Sam admits. Ainsley's hands feel good against his back and Sam doesn't bother to suppress a sigh or the smile that comes along with it. It's been a long time since he's been able to share simple intimacy like this with anyone and it feels good. It feels like there's something more to his life than work and work and more work; while he loves his job and believes passionately in the Bartlet Administration and his part in it, part of him wants something for himself - his own personal legacy. Ainsley feels like she might be a part of that.

"I planned one, once, but then I had to cancel because of work. What about you? When was your last vacation?"

Date: 2015-04-10 09:57 pm (UTC)
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"That's something I would like to see," Sam says. "Seeing how government works in another country, especially one so similar to our own...I would probably go through a ream of paper taking notes and still wouldn't have enough. Luckily I have a very good memory. So, did you actually get to see them introduce any legislation?"

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