Second Thoughts, Chapter Eleven by: Ashley

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The flight to L.A was long as Joey expected. She had gotten sick twice. Afterwards, she had fallen asleep. After all, she had eight hours to wait. The plane had finally landed in L.A around eleven PM. She picked up her bags, and hailed a taxi.

A half hour or so, the taxi pulled up to a very nice, very expensive looking apartment. Joey smiled, Yep, this has gotta be Audrey’s place. Joey paid the cab driver and walked up to the front door; all the lights on the house on. She took a deep breath before raising her hand to knock. Before her hand could reach the door, the door opened.

“Oh my god! Joey!” the tall, excited blond said as she grabbed Joey into a hug.

“Audrey, hey!” she said. Audrey pulled her away and looked at her.

“Oh my gosh, Bunny! I can’t believe you here!” she said excitedly. Joey smiled. “Are you alright; are you ok?” she asked quickly.

“Thank you Audrey, I’d love to come in from the outside,” Joey said sarcastically.

“Oh gosh, I’m sorry Bunny, get in here,” she said as she pulled her inside. Joey laughed.

Audrey smiled and pulled her into another hug; obviously shocked to see Joey there. “And yes, I’m fine.”

“Where are you staying? You need a place to crash?” she asked quickly.

“Well now that you mention it; you mind if I crash here a few days?” she asked. Audrey grinned.

“Of coarse not! You know I love you Bunny!” she said. “Come on, let’s get you settled in,” she said as she grabbed Joey’s bag and headed towards the other room.

“So… how’ve you been? Last time I heard, you were living in New York with Pacey,” Audrey said. It was now quarter to one; the girls were now catching up as the early morning hours crept up on them.

Joey’s smile fell at the mention of Pacey’s name. “Oh! Did I say something wrong?!” Audrey asked quickly, noticing

“No, no, it’s just that…Pacey and I aren’t together anymore is, is all,” Joey explained.

“Aww! What happened? I thought he was ‘The One’.”

“I thought he was,” she said honestly. “But then I went to L.A, and saw Dawson…” she trailed off.

“Uh oh,” Audrey said.

“Oh you don’t know the half of it. Dawson and I sorta…” she trailed off again. Audrey quickly caught on.

“Oh My God! You had sex with him!” she exclaimed. “You had sex with Dawson, didn’t you?!” she asked.

“Yes. It just kinda…happened,” she explained.

“Nope,” Audrey said.

“What?” she asked.

“Not buying it. Joey, this is you and Dawson were talking about; nothing just ‘happens’ between the two of you. Your guys are soul mates,” she explained. Joey paused.

“Audrey, I’m pregnant.” Audrey’s jaw dropped.

“You’re what?“ Audrey croaked out.

“Yup. That’s why Pacey and I broke up; it’s Dawson’s.” Audrey’s face went from shock to total excitement.

“Oh Bunny! Your gonna have a baby!” she exclaimed as she leaned over and hugged her. Joey began to laugh, relieved Audrey was excited.

“I know. Believe me I know,” she said, humor in her voice. Audrey reached over and began to rub Joey’s stomach.

“Hello in there! It’s your auntie Audrey!” she said. Joey tried to hold back from laughing, but failed.

“Audrey, what are you doing?” she asked.

“Saying hi to the baby. I want him or her to get used to my voice so they’ll know who I am when you finally have it,” she explained. Joey rolled her eyes,

“How far along are you anyhow?” she asked.

“Um…about ten weeks or so.”

“Does Dawson know?” Audrey asked.

“What is with all the questions?” Joey asked.

“I’m sorry, but this is HUGE! You’re having a baby!” she explained. Joey smiled. She was really happy about the baby.

“Wait, have you told Dawson yet?” she asked. Joey shook her head.

“That’s why you’re here! See, I knew there was a reason!” Audrey exclaimed. Joey grinned.

“Yeah, you caught me,” she said. “But it is good to see you again,” she admitted.

“Awww, you too!” Audrey smiled. Joey suddenly yawned. She then looked down at her watch.

“Wow! It’s one thirty in the morning!” Joey said.

“Oh my gosh, I didn’t realize it was that late!” Audrey said, surprised.

“I should probably get to bed,” Joey said.

“Right, you’ve got an important day tomorrow,” Audrey reminded her. Yeah, like she could forget.

“Yeah. Goodnight Audrey,” Joey said as she got settled into Audrey’s guest bed.

“Night Bunny.”

The next morning, Audrey listened to Joey getting sick for a good part of the morning before forcing herself to get out of bed.

A half hour or so later, Joey dragged herself into the living room where Audrey was sitting, flipping through the channels.

“God, from what I was hearing, I was afraid I was going to have to call an ambulance to retrieve your dead body from my bathroom,” Audrey joked as Joey plopped down on the couch beside her and leaned her head back.

“Some mornings I feel that way,” she admitted.

“Jeez, I hope I never get knocked up,” Audrey said.

“Audrey!” Joey said.

“What, it’s true!” she said quickly. “Speaking of, aren’t you going to see Dawson today?” she asked.

“Yeah, I was thinking of going to see him later on today,” she explained. Audrey nodded.

“Good luck there,” she said.

“Thanks for the vote of confidence,” Joey said sarcastically.

“Anytime,” she said back, joking. The two girls fell silent as Joey thought seriously for a second.

“You ok?” Audrey asked after a few minutes of noticing Joey’s serious expression. Joey looked at her and forced a smile.

“Just a little nervous is all,” she admitted.

“Everything will turn out ok. I mean, you and Dawson are going to get back together-”

“Well I don’t know about that,” Joey interjected.

“You too are having a baby,” Audrey continued despite Joey’s comment. “And he loves you Joey. And you love him.” she paused. “I’ve never seen two people more perfect for one another than the two of you.” Joey smiled.

“Plus…he’s hot! If you don’t snag him soon, he’ll be tied down with some air-headed actress,” Audrey said, breaking the tension.

Joey laughed. “He is kinda hot, isn’t he?”

“Yes!” The two laughed about it while flipping through the channels. At least laughing with Audrey would take her mind off of Dawson. For a little while at least.

Dawson sat in his office, trying to concentrate at the computer screen in front of him. He looked at his desk, which was cluttered with papers. It felt like he hadn’t been himself the past two months. Since Joey, he thought. He wished he could have talked to her that morning. Just then, his secretary buzzed from her desk outside the office.

“Dawson, there’s a young women out here that would like to talk to you,” she informed him.

Dawson sighed. “I’m kinda busy right now.” Really, he just wasn’t up for talking with who he assumed was probably a fan. Although normally he was more sociable, but lately… Dawson shook off the thoughts as he tried to focus his attention back to his laptop; trying to add to the script he was currently writing. Just then, his office door opened.

“Dawson, I’m sorry, but she insisted,” his secretary insisted as the other woman walked in. He could have sworn he felt his heart stop.

Dawson sat there speechless as Joey walked into his office.

“I’m sorry to barge in here like this Dawson, but this is really important,” Joey explained. Dawson slowly stood up. His secretary looked at him, her expression asking what she should do.

“It’s alright Debbie, I got it,” he assured her.

“Alright.” Joey looked at Dawson’s secretary and gave a small apologetic smile. Joey watched as Dawson’s secretary closed the door behind her.

“So.. How you been?” Joey asked casually. The tension in the room could be cut with a knife.

“Honestly? I’ve been better,” he told her.

“Dawson, I can explain-” Joey began. She knew he was hurt and confused about her leaving early the next morning with no phone call or anything, then avoiding him for two months or so.

“Jo, I know the timing wasn’t the best between us, but I’m not going to let you get away this time. I don’t know what’s going on between us, but I know I’m not letting you slip out of my life that easy. You mean too damn much to me for that to happen again.”

“Dawson-” Joey tried again. She was at the brink of tears.

“I’m not finished yet,” he said. “I know it’s confusing, and it like I said, wasn’t the best timing, but Joey, I honestly don’t regret a second of being with you that night. I’ve learned from loosing Jen that I’ve gotta hold on to the people that I love. I know you’re with Pacey now, but-”

“I’m not with him anymore,” Joey said softly. Dawson was about to continue, but stopped as he heard what she said.

“You’re not?” he asked. Joey shook her head. Joey took a deep breath for what she was about to say.

“Dawson, I’m pregnant.”

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