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“Oh, Bunny, I’m going to miss you so much!” Audrey said as she hugged Joey for the millionth time that day- and it was only eight in the morning. Dawson had offered to drive Joey to the airport, and Audrey as well to see Joey off.
“I’m going to miss you too!” Joey said. The two girls broke their hug. Dawson smiled. He and Joey would say their goodbyes after Joey said goodbye to Audrey.
“Alright, it’s time to give you my present,” Audrey said as she dug into her bag.
“Audrey, you didn’t have to get me anything!” Joey said, surprised and touched that her friend got her something.
“Are you kidding me? Of coarse I did!” she said. “It’s not much, but I figured it may interest you,” she explained as she handed Joey the book.
“’What to Expect When Your Expecting,’” Joey said, reading the title of the book. “Aww! Thank you so much!” Joey said as she hugged Audrey again.
“Although now that I think of it, I should have bought both of you the same book,” she said as she looked at Dawson, who laughed.
“Thank you, now I have something to read on the flight home,” Joey said. Audrey smiled.
“Alright, now that I’ve said my goodbyes, I think it's someone else’s turn,” Audrey said. “Bye bye little baby!” she cooed, quickly rubbing Joey’s still flat stomach before giving Dawson and Joey a little privacy.
“So..” Joey began. “I guess this is it.”
“For now,” he agreed. “But I’ll see you in three weeks,” he reminded her.
Joey smiled. “Yeah.” They stood in silence; both having so much to say to one another, but not sure how to say it.
“This is so hard,” Joey admitted. Dawson forced a smile and pulled her into his arms.
“What is it with us and airports?” Dawson asked trying to lighten the mood. Joey laughed as she pulled away and looked up at him.
“Dawson, are you sure were making the right choices here?” Joey asked. Her whole life, everything good that happened, bad things followed; she just couldn’t shake that from her head.
Dawson smiled, knowing she was still worried and taken back by everything. “I’m one hundred percent sure were doing the right thing,” he told her. As if on cue, the voice overhead announced Joey’s flight.
“I have to go,” she said trying to hold down her emotions, but her voice betraying her.
“I know,” Dawson said, not wanting to let her go.
“I’ll see you soon,” Joey whispered as she grabbed her bag.
“Yeah,” Dawson said, watching Joey walk away. Wait, what am I doing? he asked himself quickly.
“Joey!” he exclaimed as he ran over to her. She turned around just as he grabbed her and kissed her. Audrey stood there and grinned as she watched the two of them kiss. A few seconds later, the two separated and went their separate ways.
Two weeks had already gone by since she had gotten back from L.A and she missed Dawson terribly. The first day back I missed him, Joey said to herself. The two had called back and fourth since then, but it didn’t seem like enough.
Just then, she heard a knock on her office door.
“It’s open,” she said happily. It had been pretty slow in the office. Most of the rush had been while she was gone; by the time she got back, things had gone back to normal speed.
“Hey Joey,” Elise said, smiling.
“Oh, I got the three you gave me the other day to edit,” she said as she reached over to grab the small stack.
“That’s great!” Elise said. “But that’s not why I’m here. Were ordering lunch and with you eating for two now…” she trailed off with a smile on her face.
Joey’s smile matched her boss’s. “Yeah, I am getting a little hungry,” she admitted.
“You want what you had yesterday?” Elise asked.
“Just don’t forget the cookie-dough ice cream,” Joey smiled. “I’ve been starting to crave that.”
“I know. You’ve had that all week,” Elise said, closing the door. “Oh, I almost forgot!” she said, taking a step back into the office. “Don’t forget about the office party coming up.”
Joey’s eyes almost bulged out of her sockets. “Oh crap, when is that again?” she asked.
“Next Thursday, on the tenth” Elise said as Joey flipped through her planner. “You are going to be able to make it, right?” she asked.
Joey looked up and smiled. “Of course. And by then, Dawson should be here so you guys will all be able to meet him,” she said happily.
“I’m looking forward to meeting him. I mean, I’ve seen him in a few magazines here and there; never seen him in person.” Joey smiled. The thought of Dawson being famous and in a magazine was still something she was getting used to. She just knew him as the boy down the creek. Her best friend, soul-mate, lover and now the father of her baby.
“Yeah, he may be moving here to New York actually; to escape the publicity,” she explained.
Elise nodded. “Well, the faster I leave the faster everyone gets to eat, so..”
“I’ll see you later,” Joey said laughing. Her stomach then began to growl. She put her hand on her stomach, which was just starting to grow, and rubbed it.
“I know, I know. It’s coming,” she said. As soon as she finished saying that, her phone rang.
“Hey you. And how is my little niece or nephew today?” Bessie asked. Joey rolled her eyes.
“Hey Bess, yeah I’m doing great, thanks for asking,” Joey said sarcastically, causing Bessie to laugh on the other end.
“Do you know how long I’ve waited to get a niece or nephew?” she asked.
“Well, If I would have known that, I would have went out and gotten pregnant a long time before this,” she joked as she played with something on her desk.
“So not funny,” Bessie said. Joey laughed.
“Were doing fine. In fact, I hardly have morning sickness now,” she said happily.
“That’s great to hear Jo,” Bessie said happily. “And how’s Dawson?”
“He’s doing well. Actually, he should be here by next week,” Joey said happily. She could hardly wait.
“I’m glad to hear you two are doing so well,” Bessie said.
“So how’s life back in Capeside?” Joey asked as she leaned back in her chair, listening to her sister and catching up.
Joey sighed as she walked through her apartment door at five o’clock that night. Her feet were killing her and she was getting hungry.
“Hmm, what to eat,” she said to herself as she stood with the fridge door opened. After a few moments of trying to decide on what to make for dinner, Joey settled on a grilled cheese sandwich. She hummed as she buttered the pieces of bread and put it all together in the pan. Feeling as if her jeans were skin tight, she walked into her bedroom and changed into a pair of sweatpants.
“So much better,” she said as she began out of her room. She stopped at the large mirror she had near her dresser and began studying her reflection. She smiled as she put her hand over her stomach, fascinated by the idea that a tiny life was growing inside there. A life she and Dawson had created. As she walked down the small hallway, she realized there wasn’t much room for the baby. If they decided to stay there, it’d be really cramped. She then smelt something burning.
“Crap,” she said as she quickly headed towards the small kitchen, and turned the stove off. “So much for that,” she said, throwing the burnt sandwich into the garbage. She was about to go sit down in the living room when she heard a knock on the door.
“Of coarse,” she muttered as she walked back towards the door. She didn’t expect to see the person on the other side.
“Dawson!” she exclaimed as she practically jumped into his arms.
“Hey Jo,” he said warmly as he hugged her. Joey quickly pulled away as she stepped further into the apartment so that he could get in.
“What are you doing here? I thought you weren’t coming ’till next week,” Joey said as she shut the door behind them.
“I couldn’t wait that long to see you,” he explained as he set one of the many bags he was carrying, down.
“Here, we can put these in the bedroom,” she said as she grabbed one and led him to the bedroom.
“Wow, I gotta say; this is a nice place,” Dawson observed a few minutes later as he stood in the living room, looking around the apartment.
“And you had no trouble finding it?” Joey asked as she joined him in the living room.
“No trouble at all.”
Joey smiled. “I’m glad.”
“Do I smell something burning?” Dawson asked finally noticing the smell.
Joey laughed. “What you smell would be my burnt sandwich.” Dawson looked at her worriedly.
“That’s all you were going to eat for dinner?”
“What’s wrong with a grilled cheese sandwich?” Joey asked.
“Nothing at all,” he said. “How does take out sound? We’ll go get Chinese or something.”
Joey crinkled her nose.
“Ok, no on the Chinese,” Dawson said. “How ‘bout we go for some pizza?” he suggested.
“Mmm, I like that idea. You win,” she said. “I’ll just go get my purse.” The two then headed out hand in hand.
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