Sisters Know Best, Chapter Three by: Ashley

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As soon as the two girls hopped into Joey’s car the next day after a few hours spent at the mall, Lily began to paw through the bag of stuff she had just bought. She had brought money with her, knowing she and Joey would be going out into the city, probably shopping.

“Well now that we’ve gotten shopping out of our systems, what do you say we grab a bite to eat before we head back home?” Joey suggested.

“Sounds good to me,” Lily said as she reached over and put her seatbelt on. Just as Joey was pulling out of the parking lot, her cell phone rang.

“Hello?” she answered, as she continued to try and exit the store’s parking lot.

“Hey, gorgeous,” Dawson said, smiling on the other end.

“Hey, you,” she said, trying to keep the redness down. She didn’t know why his voice or even the thought of him affected her that way. “How’s your day been?” she asked.

Lily watched from the passenger’s side, noticing the grin on Joey’s face and the way she became more alive. She rolled her eyes. “That must be my brother,” she said. Joey looked over and smiled at her.

“Yes, that was your sister,” she told Dawson.

“You guys just hanging out at home or?” he asked

“Actually we just got back from shopping,” she explained. “We’re on our way to get something for lunch.” She paused. “Would you like to join us?”

“I would be honored,” he said.

Joey smiled. “Good.” She looked over at Lily. “I mean, were not even sure where were going to go. I was thinking of a little place about a block from my place,” she said.

“That’s fine,” he assured her. “I’m not that far from there.”

“You know where I’m talking about?” she asked.


“Okay, well, why don’t we meet you there?” she suggested, looking over at Lily for approval.

“Okay, see you soon,” he said before hanging up. Joey sighed, putting her phone back. She looked over at Lily as they headed to where they were going to meet Dawson for lunch.

“What?” Joey asked as Lily looked at her.

“You so like him,” she said, causing Joey to blush.

“Yeah, yeah, whatever,” Joey said, brushing off the comment as she pulled her sunglasses over her eyes. If Lily could read Joey’s eyes like Dawson could, she was in trouble.


Joey and Lily arrived at the Cafe before Dawson. Joey decided to pick a table and wait for him to arrive, talking to Lily as they waited. Five minutes or so later, Joey looked up at the door just as Dawson walked in. She smiled as he looked around and spotted the two girls, Dawson and Joey’s eyes locking as he walked over to them. Joey couldn’t help but notice how amazing Dawson looked in only a pair of faded jeans and a dark gray t-shirt.

“Ladies,” Dawson said as he reached the two. Lily was sitting on one side while Joey sat on the other.

“Hey, Dawson,” Lily said. “Sit over there, next to Joey,” she suggested, as if he needed a little push.

“Do you mind?” Dawson asked.

“No, not at all,” Joey said as she scooted over. Dawson grinned as he scooted in next to her. The seat was built for two, but it was still small. Joey could feel Dawson’s right up against hers; a feeling that sent chills down her spine. Lily just sat on the other side, grinning behind her menu.

“So have you guys, uh, been waiting here long?” he asked, feeling the heat between he and Joey just as much as she could. The feel of her long leg beside his made his mind wander to places it shouldn’t. Joey had picked Pacey a long time ago, and even if they were no longer together, she made it clear that he wasn’t her choice.

“Actually, we just got here,” she assured him, smiling.

“Okay, good. I didn’t want to keep either of you waiting,” he said. Joey and Dawson smiled, looking at one another with their menu’s in their hands. Lily just shook her head, sitting on the other side.

“Can I take your orders?” the waitress asked, approaching the table, pulling Joey and Dawson out of their own little world. It took all the power Lily had from laughing out loud. Dawson and Joey looked at each other for a second.

“I think they need a second,” she said finally, speaking up for them. The waitress nodded before walking off.

Dawson cleared his throat and thanked his sister quickly before attempting to busy himself with looking at the menu, Joey doing the same.

A little over an hour later, the three had finished their lunches, and sat there, talking in the cafe catching up and joking around. Lily sat back and watched them through some of it; the way Dawson would put his hand on Joey’s or the way she’d look at him and tuck her hair behind her ear. She sat there and wondered what had gone so horribly wrong all those years ago to prevent two people who obviously still loved each other, to be unable to get back together. As she sat there and watched them converse, she made a vow to change that. She could tell a difference in her brother whenever he was around Joey; a good difference. The same went for Joey.

Finally Dawson looked down at his watch and realized it was going on after two in the afternoon. “Yikes, I should probably get back,” he said, pulling out his wallet.

“No, Dawson really, I can pay,” Joey insisted.

“I got it Jo,” he assured her, pulling money out from his wallet and placing it on the table.

Joey smiled. “Let me at least walk you out to your car.” He grinned as he stood up, Lily and Joey doing the same.

“Sure.” “Well, I guess...I’ll see you later,” Joey said, jingling her keys with her left hand. Lily had already gotten into Joey’s car, giving Joey and Dawson some ‘alone’ time.

“Yeah,” he said, looking over at Lily, who was looking through her bag of stuff. “Count on it,” he added with a grin on his face. Joey smiled and the two said goodbye; leaving separately from the café.

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