Story summary: It is after the infamous kiss in the bedroom at Season One Finale. Joey and Dawson start their relationship with many obstacles to overcome. Some closer to home then you might expect.
OPENING SCENE: INT. OF DAWSON’S ROOM. JOEY AND DAWSON ARE KISSING BY THE BEDROOM WINDOW..
JOEY: (stops kissing) Dawson, I don’t know if …
DAWSON: (interrupting ) Ssh...Joey this is right..
JOEY: How can you be so sure Dawson?
DAWSON: Because Jo…it feels right to be here with you like this.
JOEY: It does?
DAWSON: (concerned tone) Isn’t this what you want?
JOEY: Yes, but is this really what you want…or are you just scared that if you don’t react you’ll lose me?
DAWSON: Jo…I want to be with you….granted yes I was scared… but that’s not why I kissed you.
JOEY: Then why?
DAWSON: Because I wanted to ….because everything that’s male about me wanted to.
JOEY: Your saying your physically attracted to me?
DAWSON: Yes Jo…but it’s so much more than that…..I know now that they’re the same feelings I’ve always had…It took the thought of you leaving for me to accept that what you and I have is the real thing.
JOEY: The real thing?
DAWSON: You’re going to make me say it aren’t you?
JOEY: I think I’ve waited long enough to hear it….don’t you?
DAWSON: Fair enough… I love you Jo…you know that…somehow you’ve always know that.
JOEY: I love you too Dawson…..but I’m scared.
DAWSON: Scared of what?
JOEY: I’m scared that what I wished for won’t live up to the dream…and I’ll lose my best friend.
DAWSON: That’s not going to happen Jo…We are always going to be friends….What’s happening here between us can only make us closer.
EXT. SHOT/JEN IS RINGING DAWSON’S DOORBELL. MRS. LEERY ANSWERS.
MRS. LEERY: Jennifer, what a nice surprise….How are you doing?….Jen have you been crying?
JEN: (sniffling) Hello Mrs. Leery. Is Dawson here? MRS. LEERY: Yes hon, he’s upstairs….would you like to come in?
JEN: (Walking inside) Yes please, I really need to talk to him.
MRS. LEERY: Go on up Jen….I think he’s still up.
JEN: Is Joey here too?
MRS. LEERY: I don’t believe so…I know he was looking for her earlier though.
JEN STARTS UP STAIRS. CUT TO INT. OF DAWSON’S ROOM.
DAWSON: Jo…what are you thinking?
JOEY: A great many things….I think maybe I just need some time to adjust to these new developments.
JOEY HUGS DAWSON AND STARTS TO HEAD OUT THE WINDOW.
DAWSON: (surprised) You’re leaving?
JOEY: For tonight…but I’ll see you tomorrow at school.
DAWSON: Jo…you can stay.
JOEY: I don’t think so…not tonight Dawson.
DAWSON: (hugs Joey) Jo…please don’t go.
JOEY: It’s okay Dawson…(kisses Dawson) I’ll see you tomorrow.
DAWSON: I can’t explain it Jo…but I feel like your leaving tonight is going to change things. Change what we started here tonight.
JOEY: Dawson It’s less than eight hours until we’ll see each other again…I think we’ll be fine.
DAWSON: Your right…goodnight Jo. (kisses Joey and watches her exit the window)
JEN ENTERS AS JOEY EXITS.
DAWSON: (Turns around) Jen…what are you doing here?
CUT TO EXT/JOEY IS ON TOP OF LADDER. DAWSON’S VOICE COMES THROUGH WINDOW. JOEY PAUSES THEN GOES BACK UP THE LADDER TO EAVESDROP. CUT TO INT. OF DAWSON ’S ROOM.
JEN: I’m sorry Dawson…I know it’s late. I didn’t know where else to go….I could really use a friend.
JEN WALKS OVER AND SITS ON BED. STARTS TO CRY. DAWSON WALKS OVER AND SITS BESIDE HER.
DAWSON: Jen?…What is it…What’s wrong?
JEN: (starts to really cry) My gramps died.
DAWSON PUTS AN ARM AROUND JEN. SHE RESTS HER HEAD ON HIS SHOULDER. JOEY LOOKS IN WINDOW AND SEES THIS.
JEN: (looks up) Dawson…thank you so much for being here for me.
JOEY STANDS AT WINDOW FEW MORE SECONDS THEN LEAVES. CUT TO INT. OF BEDROOM.
DAWSON: No problem Jen…I’m sorry this had to happen.
CAPESIDE HIGH: NEXT DAY. DAWSON WAITS AT JOEY’S LOCKER. PACEY WALKS UP.
PACEY: Hey man…how goes it?
DAWSON: (smiling) Great Pacey….really your never going to believe it great.
PACEY: (sarcastic) Do tell my friend…did you get the girl.
DAWSON: Last night…How did you know?
PACEY: Well either because I’m a clever guy…or because you haven’t removed that smile from your face since I got here….You choose.
DAWSON LAUGHS. JEN WALKS UP JOEY IS ABOUT TO COME AROUND THE CORNER. STOPS WHEN SHE HEARS PACEY TALKING TO DAWSON AND JEN.
PACEY: Well Jen…I hear congratulations are in order.
DAWSON: (embarrassed) Pacey….no.
JEN: (confused) Congratulations? What are you talking about Pacey?
PACEY: Don’t be sly with me…Dawson told me all about last night. You’ve made him a very happy man. Getting back with you has been his one goal in life.
JOEY HEARS THIS AND RUNS BACK DOWN THE HALL UPSET.
JEN: Dawson…what is Pacey talking about?
PACEY: Why the clueless look Jen…Dawson told me what happened?
DAWSON: Pacey…you’ve got it all wrong.
PACEY: Well then by all means enlighten me. (bell rings) What’s going on with the two of you?
DAWSON: Jen maybe you should get to class. Pacey and I need to talk.
JEN: I don’t understand Dawson. Why does Pacey think that….You and I…
DAWSON: It’s not important Jen…I’ll fill you in later.
JEN WALKS RELUCTANTLY AWAY.
PACEY: O.K. man colored me confused. You seem so happy. I assumed Jen would be too.
DAWSON: Pacey…I wasn’t talking about Jen.
PACEY: Then who? (understanding dawns) Joey?…You’ve got to be kidding…you got together with Joey?
DAWSON: Yeah…it was Joey.
PACEY: (half-hearted smile) What happened to the incest factor we discussed? You cut the family tie?
DAWSON: I’ve been thinking about Jo a lot recently….I realized I wasn’t being honest with myself about my feelings for her.
PACEY: Yeah….she’s pretty great. It’s a good thing you figured that out before someone else did…Not that anyone else would have stood a chance.
CUT TO JOEY AND JEN IN MRS. TRINGLE’S CLASS.
JEN: Hey Joey.(Joey acknowledges Jen with a nod) Is everything okay Joey?
JOEY: Sure fine no problem.
MRS. TRINGLE: Everybody pass your reports forward. Josephine if you could please pick them up.
JOEY GETS UP AND PICKS UP REPORTS. CUT TO DAWSON IN FILM CLASS.
CLIFF: Dawson any idea what’s up with Jen:
DAWSON: She’s going through a rough time. Maybe you should talk to her Cliff. She really needs a friend right now.
CLIFF: Yeah…I think I will. Thanks Dawson.
OFFICE MONITOR COMES INTO CLASS WITH A NOTE. HANDS IT TO MR. GOLD.
MR. GOLD: Attention class. This is from the Principal. There is going to be an assembly next class period, so immediately after the bell you are to find your way to the auditorium.
BELL RINGS. CLASS EXITS TOWARD AUDITORIUM.
PACEY: (walks over to Joey) Joey, Joey, Joey…you little devil.
JOEY: What are you talking about Pacey? Speak English.
PACEY: You …Dawson…last night. Am I ringing any bells?
JOEY: (surprised) He told you?
PACEY: Yes….why do you sound surprised?
JOEY: I guess I didn’t think he would think it was worth mentioning…what with all his other good news.
PACEY: O.K. how do I keep missing a page? What other good news Jo?
DAWSON WALKS INTO AUDITORIUM WITH JEN. JOEY SEES DAWSON AND STARTS TO WALK AWAY.
JOEY: I’ve gotta go Pacey. I’ll talk to you later.
DAWSON SEES JOEY AND HEADS TOWARD HER.
DAWSON: Jo, wait!
JOEY KEEPS WALKING. AS DAWSON WALKS PAST PACEY…PACEY GRABS HIS ARM.
DAWSON: Pacey dude, let go…I need to talk to Joey.
PACEY: What did you do to her Dawson?
DAWSON: Nothing…when she left last night…everything was fine. I’ve got to talk to her Pacey.
MR. GOLD WALKS BY.
MR. GOLD: Mr. Witter….Mr. Leery take a seat, the assembly is about to begin.
DAWSON SITS DOWN NEXT TO JEN AND PACEY. JOEY IS SEATED A FEW ROWS UP.
PRINCIPAL: (stepping up to podium) Everyone quiet down and we’ll get the assembly started…Everyone please take a seat. (auditorium starts to quiet down) Class last assembly we announced our scholarship recipient was Grace Elkins, unfortunately due to some personal issues Grace has declined the scholarship. So we have selected another worthy candidate. I am very pleased to announce that this morning our alternate candidate accepted the scholarship to Paris.
DAWSON: ( to Pacey) They didn’t waste anytime replacing Joey.
PACEY: Jo’s not going?
DAWSON: No of course not.
PACEY: Are you sure Dawson? Did she tell you that?
DAWSON: We’ll no, but after last night she couldn’t …not now.
PRINCIPAL: Class let’s all give a hand to this years scholarship recipient…Ms. Josephine Potter. Josephine please stand up.
JOEY STANDS UP AND STUDENTS APPLAUD.
DAWSON: (staring at Joey) Joey? (mouthing to Joey) Why?
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