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The week flew by fast, and before she knew it, Lily would be going home in another three days. She and Joey had spent the week hanging out at home as well as going out and catching a movie or two, or shopping, or whatever else popped into their minds. But the one thing that frustrated her was that she had been trying for an entire week to get Joey and her brother back together, and it seemed as if she was making little progress at best.
“What does it take to get two people together who obviously still like each other!” she muttered to herself, frustrated at herself, at her brother, at Joey. Her subtle little attempts were getting her no where. She had to think of something else to do to get the two to admit their feelings to one another. As if on cue, she heard the front door close. Joey had had to run to her office to pick something up at five, but promised it wouldn’t take very long.
“Hey kiddo,” Joey said, walking into the living room.
“Hey, how goes the office?” she asked.
Joey sighed, plopping down on the couch beside Lily, putting her feet up on the coffee table in front of it. “I’m just glad I’m not there,” she said.
“In a word; yes.” The two laughed.
“So I was thinking, maybe a movie tonight?” Joey suggested a few minutes later, looking over at Lily.
“Out to the movies or movies here?” Lily asked.
“Either or.” Lily thought about it for a second and shrugged.
“Actually, and I hope you don’t mind,” she began, turning towards Joey.
“I was kinda hoping you’d be cool with letting me stay the night at a friend’s house; a friend who lives here.” Joey thought about it for a second. She hadn’t been aware Lily had friends in the city. Also she had spend the entire week with her and she was leaving in a few days, so she probably did want to hang out with girls her age.
“I suppose,” Joey said, a smile on her face. Lily grinned and leaned over to hug her.
“But!” Joey said, causing Lily to pull away.
“You want info first,” she guessed. Joey nodded. “Alright, my friends name is Allison and she doesn’t live far from here actually,” she said. “You can talk to her mother if you want,” she said, motioning to the phone.
“No it’s fine. I trust you,” Joey said. “But if I find you you and this friend are really out cruising the streets...”
“I’m dead. I know. Besides...” Lily said. “Why would I risk it when not only I’d have you to deal with but Dawson as well.”
Joey grinned. “Exactly.” The two sat there for a few seconds, resting on the couch, which was quite comfortable. Joey would fall asleep on it sometimes.
“Wow, I get the place to myself tonight,” Joey said. “Maybe I’ll go to bed early, catch up on some sleep.”
“You know, you could always call up Dawson and do something with him tonight,” Lily suggested.
“Ohhhh no,” Joey said, getting up from the couch and walking into the kitchen knowing that was coming. Lily smiled, following her into the kitchen.
“Why not?” she asked, her hands on her hips.
“Because... because...” Joey felt as if she was at a loss of words. “He’s probably busy with his movie,” Joey said at last.
“Nope. I just talked to him about an hour ago; he said he doesn’t have a single plan tonight. Says he’ll probably just sit in his hotel room and watch a movie or something,” she explained.
“Well see, there ya go. He’s got plans,” Joey said. Lily stood there and gave her a look.
“C’mon Joey, after I leave you probably wont see him for a while, and it’s not like you don’t want to see him,’ she pointed out. “Seems to me it’s quite the opposite.”
Joey sighed. “Okay, okay, you win. I'll call him and see if he wants to do something tonight.”
“Yay!” Lily said, glad she had talked Joey into it. Not that there was much convincing involved to get her to say yes. “Well, I gotta get a few things together..” she said before practically skipping off to the guest room.
“What have I done?” Joey asked herself as she leaned up against the kitchen counter. She knew what Lily was trying to do, bless her heart, but Joey knew there was never going to be anything between her and Dawson except the friendship that had now. She had messed up her chance of ever being with him choosing Pacey eight years ago. Now she’d have to deal with the consequences.
A few minutes later, Lily came out of the guest room with a small bag, presumably with stuff she’d need for her night away from the apartment. Joey was sitting at the small kitchen table with Lily came out.
“Hey do you need a ride over?” Joey asked as Lily walked into the kitchen, carrying the small bag.
She smiled shyly. “Yes.”
Joey smiled. Lily was growing up so fast; she was turning seventeen in a few weeks which didn’t seem possible. She looked at the young woman in front of her and was proud of her. She and Lily were always close, they acted almost like sisters.
“Let’s get you to your friends house,” Joey said, standing up. She grabbed her keys, which were hanging on the small hook by the door as they headed out.
Joey sighed, eyeing her cell phone as she drove home after dropping Lily off at her friends house. She was right, her friend didn’t live far away from her own apartment. The only problem now was that she was having a hard time making herself pick up the phone and calling Dawson. She didn’t wanna come out and be like, ‘I’m free tonight, let’s have fun.’-Even though she wouldn’t be terribly disappointed if that happened...
“I gotta stop thinking like that,” Joey said to herself as she continued to drive. “Just pick up the phone and call him. I’m sure he’s found something to do by now,” she told herself, reaching down for her cell phone, quickly dialing the number of the hotel and asking to patch her through to his room number. She listened as the phone rang once...twice... she was about to hang up, when he picked up.
“Hey there,” Joey said, after a few seconds of trying to find her voice. She silently scolded herself for acting like a teenager. Maybe Lily was starting to rub off on her, she thought to herself.
“Uh, I was just wondering, if you didn’t have plans later, maybe we could do something,” she asked. “Like dinner or something.”
“Me, you and Lily?” he asked.
“No, actually Lily’s staying the night at a friend’s house,” she explained. “I already checked it out. Actually I’m just heading home from dropping her off at the girls house,” she said quickly.
“So it’d just be me and you?” he asked, grinning on the other end.
“Yeah,” Joey said. “I-I mean, if you have other plans-” she began.
“I’d love to go to dinner with you,” he cut in, picking up on her nervousness. Joey smiled.
“Okay,” she said.
“Tell you what, how about we meet at Atlas?” he suggested, having heard good things about that particular place. “That’s on 40 Central Park, right?” Dawson asked, double checking.
“Uh... yeah,” Joey said, remembering where it was. She had gone there only a few times since her eleven years living in New York.
“Okay, it’s settled. What time you wanna meet there?” he asked. “I mean, I can always pick you up,” he suggested.
“No, no, it’s fine; I can drive there. Uh.. How about eight-thirty?” she suggested, looking at the digital clock in her car. It read 6:15, meaning she had a little over two hours to get ready.
“Perfect. I’ll see you then,” he said.
“Bye,” Joey said softly, before clicking her phone off. Joey looked at the clock again, knowing it’d take her all time she had left to get ready.
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