Two weeks had passed since Dawson had arrived in New York. Dawson had begun to notice that Joey seemed to be glowing now at 14 weeks. He still couldn’t believe that in six months they were going to have a baby together. Now all they had to do was tell his family, which they had planned on doing that weekend.
“Hey Jo?” Dawson called from the bedroom. Joey was in the small bathroom that was in the bedroom.
“Yeah?” Dawson looked down at her suitcase which was lying open beside his on the bed.
“Do you really need this much clothes? Were only staying for the weekend,” he reminded her. Joey laughed as she came out of the bathroom.
“So I like to make sure I have the proper clothes for the proper occasions. Besides,” Joey began. “It’s not like I’m skinny little Joey Potter anymore.” Dawson smiled. He loved the way she was beginning to show. In another month; two tops, she’d really be showing.
“Speaking of which, you got that doctors appointment next week, don’t forget.” Joey rolled her eyes.
“Dawson, you’ve got “Doctor’s Appointment’ written in big red letters on the calendar. I don’t think I’m going to forget.” The two smiled.
“Well, I’m all ready to go; how bout you?” Dawson asked.
“Yup, just let me go pee before we go,” she said before heading back into the bathroom.
“Didn’t you just go?” he asked.
“I was brushing my hair!” she explained from the bathroom. A few seconds later, Joey came back out from the bathroom.
“Alright, all ready,” she said as she grabbed her suitcase, Dawson grabbing his own as the two walked out of the bedroom.
“Oh, Dawson? Did you grab the junk food?” she asked worriedly. Dawson rolled his eyes as he grabbed the junk food on the counter on his way out the door.
“Yes I did,” he assured her as he shut the door behind them. It was going to be a looong ride.
“Doesn’t seem much different, does it?” Joey asked. Looking out the window. They had finally arrived in Capeside.
Dawson looked over at her. “Sure it does.”
Joey raised a brow. “How so?”
“Well, they never used to have a McDonalds on Hudson. Now they do,” he said as he motioned to the now empty bag. All that was left of their lunch were the drinks. “Lucky for us,” he added.
“Mmm,” she agreed as she took a sip of her drink. “Uh Dawson?”
“I’ve really gotta go pee,” she said.
“You just went when we stop at McDonalds!” he said.
“Excuse me, but have you forgotten that I’m pregnant? Pregnant women do have to pee frequently,” she reminded him.
Dawson smiled. “Why is that anyways?” he asked. “I’ve always wondered why expectant women are always gong to the bathroom.”
“Because the baby’s growing and pushing on our bladders,” she explained. Dawson smiled as he reached out to the side of him to hold her hand.
“Well, we’re almost there,” he assured her.
“Dawson, are we going to the B & B first or to your house?” she asked, just realizing she didn’t know.
“Well, I just figured we’d stop at my house. Ya know, tell my mom about the baby, and visit for a while before settling in at the B & B,” he explained. “Why did you wanna go there first, 'cause we can-”
“No, it’s okay. I was just curious,” she explained. She listened to the music playing low on the radio. Dawson had turned it on for background noise. They had talked the whole ride up.
“Oh mi gosh!” she said as she leaned forward and turned the volume up more.
“What?” he asked.
“Remember this song?” she asked. Dawson listened to the song for a second before remembering.
“Wasn’t that the song that was playing in that jukebox that night back in college?” he asked.
Joey grinned. “And you asked to dance with me.”
They both smiled as they silently remembered that night.
“Dawson, I’m nervous,” Joey said, slightly out of the blue.
“Nervous about what? Jo?”
“Telling your mom and John.”
“Joey, you know there’s nothing to be worried about. They’re going to be so excited,” he assured her.
“I know, it’s just… telling them; now almost everyone knows.” She paused. “I guess it just makes it more real is all.”
“Your not having second thoughts about us, are you?” he asked.
“No. God no. I guess this whole ‘baby’ thing hasn’t quite sunk in, ya know? I mean, I know I’m pregnant; that there’s a baby growing inside of me,” she explained.
“I’m glad you’re nervous about this too,” he said. Joey looked over at him and smiled knowing everything would be alright.
“Alright, we’re here. You ready?” he asked as they got out of the car. Dawson walked to the other side of the car, joining Joey as the two walked up to the house hand in hand. Joey nodded her head in response. Dawson squeezed her hand gently before opening the door.
Before Dawson could announce their arrival, Gale came running from the other room towards them.
“Dawson! Joey!” she exclaimed as she ran towards the two; hugging Dawson first then Joey.
“I was so excited when Dawson called me a few weeks ago and told me the news!” she said happily. Joey quickly looked over at Dawson who looked confused.
“The news?” she repeated.
Gale looked back and forth between the two. “Yeah. That you two are back together,” she explained.
“Oh!” Joey said quickly. “That.” Gale continued to look back and fourth between the two of them with a confused expression.
“Alright then. Let’s get inside, huh?” Dawson suggested quickly before the conversation went on any further. He didn’t think it was the best time just to announce the news about the baby right there in the doorway.
“So how do the two of you see each other when you’re on two separate sides of the coasts?” Gale asked a few hours later.
“Well actually,” Dawson began. “I’m kinda…living with Joey in New York right now,” he explained. Gale looked at him surprised.
“Not that I’m not happy to see the two of you back together after all these years, but Dawson; what’s going to happen with your show?” she asked.
“That I’m not sure about yet. For right now I’ve got Todd running it,” he explained.
“Oh boy. You sure that’s such a good idea?” Gale asked remembering Todd. Dawson smiled.
Joey suddenly put a hand up to her forehead. Dawson looked at her worriedly.
“Are you ok?” he asked.
Joey nodded. “I just need a drink of water.”
Gale stood up. “I’ll go get you a cup.” She then disappeared out of the room. Dawson then turned all his attention to her.
“Hey, are you alright?” he asked as he put his arm around her. “Is it the baby?”
Joey shook her head. “I’m sure it’s just the ride up here.”
“Are you sure you’re alright, cause we can-” he began. As if on cue, Gale walked back into the room with a glass of water.
“Here ya go honey. Are you sure you’re alright?” she asked. Joey nodded before taking a sip of water. Gale watched as Dawson practically hovered over her so protectively…
“Is there…something going on that I don’t know about?” she asked. She could sense something was different; she just couldn’t put a finger on it.
Dawson and Joey exchanged looks. She nodded in a silent agreement.
“Actually, yeah. I think now’s a good time to tell you,” Joey said.
“Tell me what?” Gale asked.
“Mom, uh…Joey’s pregnant. We’re having a baby,” he said. Gale instantly broke into a smile.
“Oh my gosh!” she said as she got up and sat beside the both of them on the couch. “You’re pregnant?” she repeated.
“Fourteen weeks,” she confirmed shyly. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to count back and realize she was with Pacey then. But apparently Gale didn’t care; she was more interested in the idea of a baby.
“Wow, my little boys’ going to be a father!” she said.
“Mom,” Dawson said. If it weren’t for knowing Joey for so long, he’d be embarrassed.
“So uh, you guys staying at the B & B tonight?” she asked.
“Yeah. Bessie’s already got a room ready,” Joey explained. Gale nodded. “But we’re here in town for the weekend.” Gale nodded.
A Few hours later…
“I remember being in labor with Dawson,” Gail began. “fifteen hours it took before he decided to come out.”
“Wow,” Joey said as she reached for Dawson’s hand and looked at him.
“You may be in labor less time, you never know,” Gail said.
“Boy I hope so; seeing Bessie have Alexander…” she trailed off. Dawson looked up at the clock on the wall.
“Oh wow, we’ve been here all day,” Dawson said in disbelief as he realized the time.
“Wow, the day flew by so fast,” Joey said.
“You ok? You look like your getting kinda tired,” he noticed.
Joey nodded. “Yeah, a little.”
“Let’s get you home then?” he said as he got up. Joey smiled as he extended his hand to help her up.
“It was great seeing you again,” Joey said.
“It was great seeing you too, honey,” Gale said. “I can’t believe I’m going to be a Grama!” she said in disbelief once more as she hugged Joey, who smiled.
“Dawson," Gale said as she hugged him. “Take good care of her, I mean it,” she warned.
Dawson look over at Joey and smiled. “I will. I promise.”
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