Author’s Note: This story takes place eight years after the finale. Dawson’s little sister, Lily, who’s turning 17, stays with Joey in New York City while Dawson tends to some business there in town as well. Having heard some of their sordid history together, Lily decides to get Joey and Dawson back together once and for all now that nothing’s stopping them...except themselves.
Sisters Know Best
Lily Leery made a quick check in her bag before deciding she had everything she needed for her week and a half in New York City. A grin appeared on her face when she thought of how much fun she was going to have, away from Capeside, in a big city. But it wasn’t the city itself that got Lily excited; it was spending time with Joey that made her excited, and unable to wait to get there. After Lily’s thirteenth birthday, Joey had told her anytime she wanted to spend time with her, to just call her up and she’d be happy to have her. Since then, she’d been there only twice, but both times were fun and she couldn’t wait to do it again. Now that she was turning 17 in a few short weeks, she wanted to stay there longer, and with Joey having time off, their schedules fit perfectly.
“Lily, you ready?” a deep male voice called up from downstairs. She rolled her eyes at her brother’s impatience. Since his show wrapped up, he’d been sticking around that region of the U.S, saying he’d had enough of L.A for the time being. Dawson had offered to drive her there since he had something he needed to do in New York City anyway. Lily had doubted that motive, knowing her brother had a secret -or not so secret- ‘thing’ for Joey. Which didn’t surprise her, she had heard about some of the history between Joey and her brother; enough to know that they had dated on and off when they were fifteen or so. But why they had never gotten back together when clearly they both stilled liked one another was a mystery to her. She quickly patted the small compartment in her duffel bag, making sure she had her cell phone with her.
“Coming!” she announced, grabbing her bad that contained all she’d need for an entire week and a half away, and running out of her room and down the stairs. As expected, Dawson was waiting near the door, one hand on the doorknob as he played with his keys with his other hand, talking to their mother.
“Alright honey, you got everything?” Gale asked.
“Yup,” she said. “Toothbrush, toothpaste, cell phone, clothes; the basics.” Gale smiled.
“I guess that’s it then, have fun,” she said, hugging her.
“Bye, mom!” Lily hugged her mother quickly before running out the door to the car.
“Bye, mom,” Dawson laughed as he followed his sister out the door.
“Drive safely!” she called out after them.
“So..” Dawson began, his eyes on the road. They had been driving for ten minutes, and in those ten minutes, it had been silence in the car. “How’s school?” he asked. Lily looked at him oddly.
“Great, considering I’m on summer vacation,” she said.
“Right,” Dawson said, obviously forgetting. “Well, what about a summer job? I was working at Screenplay videos with Pacey when I was fifteen,” he reminded her.
“I dunno,” she said, shrugging. “I haven’t given it much thought. I mean, I had one last year.”
“So uh, you and Joey got anything planned this weekend?” he asked curiously. Lily rolled her eyes and smiled. He had it so bad for Joey, it was so obvious.
“Yup. Her and I are going to some bars in hopes to pick up guys then drop them off when were done with them,” she said.
Dawson smiled, knowing his sister was joking. “You know, you sound just like her sometimes, it’s kinda creepy,” he informed her. Lily smiled, going back to looking out the passenger’s side window at the scenery going past her.
“How’s Alex?” Dawson asked, knowing his sister and Joey’s nephew were still close, despite their three year age difference.
“He’s doing good. He says he likes his classes, and his roommate isn’t bad either,” she informed him.
“But I’m sure you miss him.”
“Yeah, I do,” she said honestly. “And it’s different now, he’s in college, and I’m still in High School.”
“Ah, before you know it, you’ll be in College,” he told her.
“Yeah, in two years,” she grumbled. “I just don’t get it. When we were younger, our age difference didn’t matter at all, now..” she trailed off.
“Well, when you’re younger, a lot of things don’t matter. Girls can play with the boys and vise versa and everything be fine. But once the teenage years hit...” he trailed off, thinking of he, Pacey and Joey as he spoke.
“Yeah,” his sister agreed.
“You got a boyfriend?” he asked after a few moments of silence, deciding to change the subject.
“Not anymore,” she said as she continued to look out the window.
“What happened?” he asked.
She shrugged. “He just wasn’t the one for me, I guess.” “Lily, I’m sorry. I know how hard it is at your age; but I promise you it does get easier,” he assured her. Lily nodded.
“What about you and that girl?” she asked.
“Who? Courtney?” he asked, looking over at her. She nodded. “Oh we broke up a while ago,” he told her.
“You know Dawson, Joey’s single, too,” Lily hinted.
“What’s that supposed to mean?” he asked, unsure of what his sister was up to.
“I just thought you’d want to know,” she said innocently, wearing a mischievous grin on her face.
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