Second Thoughts, Chapter Seven by: Ashley

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Joey decided the next day that she wasn’t going to sit alone in her apartment and drive herself crazy with everything that was happening. Without hesitation, Joey packed up her stuff and was in the car , heading to Capeside. She smiled as she thought back; she had spent her whole life trying to escape the small town, yet as soon as she couldn’t handle things, she was heading straight to the town she had tried so hard to get out of. She reached over to the passengers side and grabbed a handful of pretzels. She had been getting a craving for them. Humming along with the radio, Joey put her hand on her stomach. In a few more months, it would no longer be a secret that she was pregnant, which was another reason why she was going back to Capeside; to tell her sister. It wasn’t exactly the kind of news you broke to your sister over the phone.

A few hours later, Joey arrived in good ol’ Capeside. By now, she really had to go pee. She had been holding it for a few minutes now, waiting till she arrived at the B & B. Joey took a deep breath before opening the door and walking in with her bags. Bessie was on her way to answer the door when she realized who had walked through it.

“Joey?!” Bessie said happily as she ran over to her sister and pulled her into a hug. Joey set her bags down as she hugged her sister back. She wished she was able to see her sister more then she did. Their hug ended and Bessie stood in front of her, smiling.

“Hey, what brings you here?” Bessie asked. Joey then remembered the urge to use the bathroom.

“Well, the bathroom for one,” she said as she headed towards the bathroom.

“The bathroom?” Bessie repeated confused as she remained there. Joey walked back into the living room a few minutes later feeling relieved. She had been having to go pee more frequently lately. Joey found Bessie in the kitchen, finishing up the little bit of cleaning she had left.

“So…Why are you here and not in New York?” Bessie asked curiously.

“Can’t I come by and visit my sister and nephew?” Joey asked, playing with her sister.

“Normally, yes, but I have a feeling there’s a reason you dropped by unexpectedly,” her sister said. Joey’s expression turned serious.

“Joey? Is everything ok?” Bessie asked.

“I’m pregnant.”

If Bessie were to have been holding something, she would have dropped it.

“ Joey?” Bessie asked in a questioning voice as she walked over to her little sister. She knew that Joey was too busy right now in her life to have a baby; with her job that she loved.

“I wanted to tell you sooner, but what with everything’s that’s been going on..” she trailed off.

“How’d Pacey react?” Bessie asked.

“Um, well, he didn’t take it so good. Actually he moved out yesterday; I’m not exactly sure where he’s staying, but…” she trailed off once more. Bessie wore a shocked expression on her face. “The baby’s Dawson’s.”

“Oh, Joey,” Bessie said as she stepped forward and pulled her sister into a hug. Joey held back the tears threatening to escape. Her life had always been complicated, but never this much.

“Yeah, everything’s kind of messed up right now, and with Pacey gone; I didn’t want to be in the apartment alone,” Joey explained.

“Joey, you’re welcome here anytime; you know that,” Bessie said.

“I just needed to get out of New York for a while, ya know? Take a break from it all.”

“I know I should probably wait to ask you this, but-” Bessie began.

“If it’s ‘Are you keeping the baby?’ then the answer is yes. I am keeping it,” Joey answered right off. Bessie smiled.

“Congratulations Joey!!” Bessie said finally, now that most of the drama was out of the way, and pulled Joey in for another hug. “I’m going to be an aunt!!” she said excitedly.

“Yeah, and I’m going to be a mother,” Joey said, the idea still not seeming real to her. And Dawson’s going to be a father…

“Bess?” Joey called out from her room. Bessie hadn’t touched her room, even after Joey had moved out. Even when she was in college, she always had her room in the B & B that had been made just for her.

“Where’s Alexander?” Joey asked as Bessie walked into the bedroom with an extra blanket in her hands.

“He’s staying at Gale’s for the night,” she explained. Joey’s mind wandered to memories of when she would stay nights at Dawson’s house back when they were kids.

“Joey? Are you listening?” Bessie’s voice brought her back from memories past. She shook the thoughts away and turned her attention back to Bessie.

“Yeah, I’m listening,” Joey said quickly. Bessie crossed her arms across her chest.

“Yeah; right,” she said, un-convinced. Joey smiled, knowing she was caught. Bessie smiled back and sat down beside Joey on the bed.

“So…. What were you thinking about? “ Bessie asked curiously.

“I was thinking about how Dawson and I used to be,” Joey told Bessie honestly. Bessie felt bad knowing Joey was going through a tough time.



“Have you actually told Dawson that your having his baby?” Bessie asked. Joey half smiled and shook her head.

“I just found out the day before yesterday,” Joey explained. “And I just can’t call him up and tell him.”

“Right, no I agree. You should definitely tell him in person,” Bessie said. Joey sighed as she began to play with the end of her pillow.

“Alright kiddo; I gotta get to bed. You should too,” Bessie said. She leaned over and hugged Joey.

“I love you, Joey,” Bessie said as she stood in the doorway.

“I love you, too, Bess.”

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