Shall We Dance by: Courtney

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Part Four in the Series

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Special thanks to Matahari! Without you I wouldn't have had the idea for this story!

Shall We Dance

When all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life
And sooner or later it's over
I iust don't want to miss you tonight
-Goo Goo Dolls "Iris"

Pacey sprinted to the editing room and opened the door. He spotted a balding man sitting at a large desk with numerous buttons and screens. He walked over to him and said in a very official voice "Excuse me sir, I am Dawson Leery's personal assistant and he sent me to get 2 copies of the scene you just shot."

The man turned in his chair and said "Mr. Leery's assistant huh? Well, I guess it wouldn't hurt to give you a copy." He turned back to the panel and pushed a series of buttons and then picked up two videotapes labled "Scene 5". He handed them to Pacey and commented "Remind Mr. Leery not to show those to anyone. They are still private."

Pacey smiled as he took the tapes and said "Thank you very much. I'll tell Mr. Leery of vour kindness." Pacey turned and walked out the door muttering "Genius, pure genius."


1 Week After Shooting Wrapped Up

Joey walked down her driveway to the mailbox. She looked inside and saw a package marked "URGENT". She carried it, and the rest of her mail inside and sat on the couch. She ripped into the package, noticing it's lack of return address. She curiously looked at the video in her hand and stood up to pop it in her VCR. The scene that came on was of her. She watched as the TV before her revealed her entire past.

It began with her and Dawson, about 2 years old. Her mother and Mrs. Leery were at the park with little Joey and little Dawson. They were cooing over Dawson and Joey when Dawson toddled over and kissed Joey on the cheek.

Mrs. Potter and Mrs. Leery burst out laughing. That scene ended. The next was of Joey's 5th birthday and then her 10th birthday. Then after that there were clips of the movie Dawson had shot over the summer of 1997 when they were both 15. Then a shot of Dawson and Joey kissing goodbye at the airport and Joey held up a ticket to Boston for the camera.

"Off to college!" on-screen Joey said.

Then there was the scene that they shot for the movie Dawson had just completed. The kiss. Their kiss. After the scene was done, the screen went blank. Joey wiped a tear from her cheek. She sniffied and reached for a kleenex.

Then she grabbed the box the video had come in and found a note:

Dear Joey,

Hope you enjoy this. Bessie and Mrs. Leery helped me put it together. We've seen something there all along.

The Third Muskteer,


Dawson had recieved the same package. He finished the letter and sighed. It all seemed so long ago. He was older now. They all were. But could something be rekindled? He brushed the thought aside..... and life went on.

But not like before.


Months Later

Dawson was awoken at about 8:00 AM by the doorbell. He walked to answer the door and he opened it to reveal a man dressed in a suit and wearing dark glasses. He handed Dawson a large envolope and said "Congratulations Mr. Leery." Then he turned and left. Dawson shut the door and looked curiously at the package. He opened it and read the form letter:

Mr. Leery,

Congratulations from the Academy Awards! You have been nominated for the following:
Best Supporting Actor-Dawson Leery
Best Supporting Actress-Josephine Potter
Best Director-Dawson Leery
Best Picture-Dawson Leery's "It's Only Love"
and our new award.-
Best Up and Coming Star-Pacey Witter

The awards will be held next Friday at 7:00 PM in Hollywood, California.

Your complimentary plane ticket is enclosed and reservations have been made for you, Miss Potter and Mr. Witter at a nearby hotel.

Thank you very much,
The Academy Awards

Dawson let out a scream. This was his first time he had ever been nominated!


He thought instantly, "Joey! I've gotta go tell Joey!"

He hopped in the shower and huriedly got dressed and grabbed his keys. He rushed out the door grabbing the letter and package. He drove to Joey's and saw she wasn't home. He saw the package at her front door and he walked and picked it up. He drove to Boston University and rushed to her room.


"Okay, Todd, once again explain to me what happened to your homework? It's gets more incredible each time." Joey smiled.

Todd flushed and said "Well, see I was in my car on the way to school and all of the sudden this REALLY big, uh, elephant! Yeah, elephant came out of nowhere.......

Joey interrupted him and said "You know, all these elephants are really a problem. Now you know the drill Todd. 500 word report and homework. Okay?"

Todd hunched down and said "Yes, Professor Potter."

Joey grinned and said "And watch your back. If there are elephants, you better watch out for hippos!"

She was interuppted by a knock at the door. She opened it and saw Dawson. He rushed in and lifted her up in a giant hug.

He had a huge grin on his face and he said "We made it, Jo! We did it!!!!!"

Joey laughed and said "You can put me down Dawson. Did what?"

Dawson handed her the envolope addressed to her and said "Read this."

She looked curiously at him and said to the class "Hold on class." She opened the envolope and read the letter and screamed. She grabbed Dawson in another hug and said "OH MY GOSH DAWSON! Does this say what I think it says?????"

Dawson grinned and said "YUP! Ready for Hollywood?"

One of the students stood up and said "Uh, excuse me but what's the matter?"

Joey turned to the class and said "Dawson's movie has been nominated for 5 Academy Awards! And I was nominated for Best Supporting actress!"

The class stood up and applauded. Shouts of "Whoo hoo!" and "Way to go" were heard.

Then Todd started chanting "Kiss her. Kiss her. Kiss her. Kiss her. Kiss her." the rest of the class joined in and Dawson and Joey blushed.

Dawson looked at Joey, and as much as he wanted to kiss her, he didn't know how she would react. He said to Joey "I better be going. See you next Friday on the plane!" He walked back into the hallway. The class said in unison "Awwwwww."

Joey turned to them and said "Ha Ha. Besides, we don't date anymore." Todd commented "Sure. How much longer are you going to say that?" Sue nodded and said "Yeah. What have you go to lose?"

Joey grinned and said "Now where were we? Oh yes, the subject of hippos."

She was saved by the bell as it rang loudly.

"Class is over. Go home, have fun! It's the weekend!" Joey said. The class gathered their books and walked out. Todd stopped at her desk and said "You know, Professor Potter. That guy really likes you. You can tell by looking at him. But hey, if you ever need a date, you have my number!" He finished grinning.

Joey grinned back "Get out of here Pacey Junior before I call the principal."

Todd looked confused as he walked out the door "Who's Pacey?" "Someone you would get along very well with! " Joey replied shutting the door behind him.


The Friday of The Academy Awards

Joey looked anxious as she paced back and forth in her hotel room. If you could call it that. It was more like a mansion crammed into one room.

She looked gorgeous. She was wearing a long silk light blue dress with cross straps in the back. It had a plunging V neck and a slit to mid thigh. The had on matching silk heels and had her hair in a french twist with curls cascading from it. He makeup was tasteful and refined. She heard a knock at the door and opened it to find who she had been expecting.

Dawson stood there looking more than a little nervous. He looked handsome in a tux. His mouth dropped when he saw Joey. He stammered, "You look great Joey! Are you ready?"

Joey smiled at him and said "You look great, too. I'm ready, lets go!"

She joined Dawson in the hallway and they walked to another door. "I have to get Pacey." Dawson explained.

He knocked and Pacey answered and said "Ready! Please please, I have enough autographs for everyone!"

He spotted Joey and his eyes widened "Well, well, my mouth drops. Dawson, where is Joey? What'd you do with her? Although I guess we could keep this Joey."

Joey said, "Pacey, aren't you even a LITTLE nervous?"

Pacey walked down the hall with them and replied "Well sure, but I don't get all jumpy like our friend Dawson here."

Dawson replied, "I'm not nervous."

Joey giggled, "Sure you're not Dawson."

Dawson shot back, "I'm not!"

Joey smiled and said, "I believe you!"

"Well, maybe a little nervous." Dawson confessed.

They entered the elevator and went to the first floor. They stepped into a waiting limo and Dawson began talking.

"Okay, guys, I know some people that are gonna be here. I know them. That dosen't mean I like them. But if I introduce you to someone say something like 'Dawson speaks well of you all the time' or something cheesy like that."

Joey nodded and said, "Okay, no problem."

Pacey smirked and said "What if I say 'Oh YOU'RE the jerk Dawson says he hates!'?"

Dawson groaned "Don't even THINK about it Pacey!"

They pulled up at the curb and they all looked at each other nervously.

"Well, here we go!" Dawson commented.

They all emerged and walked inside. The fans and photographers were hawking around.

A newsman stopped Joey and said "Miss Potter, are the allegations about you and Mr. Leery true?"

Joey replied "No they're not. Thank you for asking." She smiled. Dawson had seen the little scene and was impressed at the way Joey handled it. Very professional.

Pacey, on the other hand was having a blast. When a newsman asked him if he was excited about the academy awards, he knelt down and said "I'm going into excited overload! Call an ambulance! He couldn't just answer a question, he ANSWERED a question. They found their seats inside and sat down. Dawson felt a hand entwine his.

It was Joey.

She looked at him and said "This is the Academy Awards Dawson! Can you believe it? Would you have pictured us here 10 years ago?"

Dawson squeezed her hand "Nope, but I wouldn't want to be here with anyone else."

She released his hand as Pacey walked back to his seat. He was flushed with excitement.

He said "Guys there are FAMOUS people here! I mean FAMOUS!"

Dawson and Joey both laughed.

The lights dimmed and the awards began. The Best Up and Coming star was first in what Dawson's movie was nominated for.

The announcer said "And the nominees are: Scarlett Johanssan from "The Horse Whisperer", Pacey Witter from "It's Only Love" and Emma Bunton from "Spice World". And the winner is......... Pacey started gasping for air.

Dawson patted him on the back.

The announcer continued "Pacey Witter from "It's Only Love"! Come on up Pacey!"

Pacey stood up and yelled "YES!" He ran up to the stage and stood at the podium. He began speaking.

"Wow, I never expected this! I'd like to thank everyone in my life, especially my best friends Dawson and Joey. You guys rock! Love you all people! Thank you again!" He walked back down the stairs and to his seat.

He sat down and Joey and Dawson both hugged him.

"Way to go!" Dawson said

Pacey sat still. "Uh, what just happened?"

Dawson and Joey both laughed.

The best supporting male actor was next, and Dawson lost to Ben Affleck for "Good Will Hunting".

The announced said "And now for best supporting female! The nominees are: Kate Winslet for "Titanic", Meg Ryan for "City Of Angels" and Josephine Potter for "It's Only Love"! And the winner is...... Josephine Potter for "It's Only Love"! Come on up!"

Joey stood and gracefully waved to the stage, as she began her speech she said, "Well. How did I get here?" Laughter rippled through the auditorium. Joey continued, "I would like to thank Pacey Witter for his constant insults, which without them I wouldn't be the person I am today. And I would like to thank my mom and sister for being the two strongest women I know. But for this award, thank you Dawson for always being there and being my best friend and beyond. This is for you!" She smiled and walked off the stage and back to her seat.

Dawson greeted her with a hug and whispered "You're welcome."

She smiled at him and sat back down. She was about to say something when Pacey interrupted "You're welcome, Joey. You know I still have a few spare insults up my sleeve. Want me to give you one?"

She slapped him on the arm and said, "Why oh why did I say that? Now look what I've done. Pacey's head is swelling again."

Dawson smiled and the evening went on.

Dawson lost Best Director to James Cameron for "Titanic".

The evening was almost over and the announcer announced the last award.

He said "It is now time for the moment vou've all been waiting for! Best Picture. And the nominees are.: "Titanic", "Good Will Hunting". "Saving Private Ryan" and "It's Only Love!"

Dawson whispered, "Oh gosh, a Spielburg film!"

Joey grinned and said "This is it, Dawson!"

The announcer went on "And the. winner is ... .... ....Dawson Leery's "It's Only Love! Congratulations, Dawson!"

Dawson was jerked out of his chair by Joey. She wrapped him in a big hug Pacey hugged them both, When they let go, Joey pushed him into the isle saying "Go get your award movie boy, you deserve it!" Dawson grinned at them both and walked up to the podium.

He said "I am in shock. Good grief. Well, I'd like to thank my parents for bearing with me as a movie obsessed kid my best friend Pacey Witter and I'd also like to thank Steven Spielburg, for being my inspiration even when he didn't know it. But I would most of all like to thank Joey Potter. You will always be my best friend, and more than you'll ever know. I love you, Joey."

The crowd erupted in applause as confetti fell onto the crowd. Dawson stepped off the stage and was engulfed. He tried to see Joey over the crowd but couldn't, He knew he'd see her at the party soon. Reporters shoved microphones in his face and he started answering questions.


Joey sat still, Dawson's words echoing through her head. Could he really love her?

Pacey grabbed her arm and said triumphantly "See, I told you that you guys love each other!"

Joey tried to see Dawson as he stepped off the stage. But the awards had ended and there were people everywhere.

Pacey grinned at her "Cool it, Juliet. You'll see him at the party. Let's get back to the hotel. I'm gonna change. Are you?"

Joey finally realized Pacey was beside her, "Huh? Oh. Yeah Pacey, let's go."


One Hour Later/Party

Joey emerged from the limo in a short red dress that flared. It had a low neckline and she looked fabulous.

Pacev had changed his bowtie and cumberbund and the ones he had on now were wild floral patterned.

"Lovely tie." Joey commented.

"Yes, Yes, dahling, we must be suave new mustn't we?" Pacey replied with his nose in the air.

"Grow up, Pacey," Joey shot back grinning.

They had entered the party now and it was packed.

"Look, I'm going to find Dawson. Don't get drunk or do anything stupid Pacey." Joey said to him.

Pacey looked shocked, "Who, Moi?"

Joey rolled her eyes, "Whatever Pacey!"

She walked off and made her way to a corner as she scanned the room for Dawson. She felt a hand on her arm.

She jumped and spun around. She saw Dawson standing beside her. He smiled at her and said "Care to dance?"

She took his hand and smiled back, "Sure, Mr. Leery."

He led her to where couples were dancing and took her in his arms. The song "To Love You More" by Celine Dion was playing,

Take me, back in the arms I love
Need me, like you did before
Touch me once again
And remember when
There was no one that you wanted more
Don't go, you know you will break my heart
She won't, love you like I will
I'm the one who'll stay
When she walks away
And you know I'll be standing here still
I'll be waiting for you
Here inside my heart
I'm the one who wants to love you more
You will see I can give you
Everything you need
Let me be the one to love you more
See me, as if you never knew
Hold me, so you can't let go
Just believe in me
I will make you see
All the things that your heart needs to know
I'll be waiting for you
Here inside my heart
I'm the one who wants to love you more
Can't you see I can give you
Everything you need
Let me be the one to love you more
And some way, all the love that we had can be saved
Whatever it takes, we'll find a way
I'll be waiting for you
Here inside my heart
I'm the one who wants to love you more
Can't you see I can give you
Everything you need
Let me be the one to love you more.

Joey had rested her head on Dawson's shoulder and closed her eyes. She smiled. Dawson pressed his cheek against her hair. He inhaled the scent. Her scent, his Joey. He was falling in love more and more each day. He leaned back and looked into her now open eyes. Their eyes held a conversation of their own. They stared at each other, neither wanting to break the spell love had cast. Dawson leaned in towards Joey and she leaned up to him. Their lips met in a kiss.

To Be Continued
There will be more :o)

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