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Classification: d/j romance
Decisions Part 3
OPENING SCENE: CAPESIDE HIGH. DAWSON WALKS UP TO PACEY AT HIS LOCKER.
DAWSON: Pacey, I thought you were going to call me last night.
PACEY: (startled) Dawson...Yeah I was, but I was real tired.
DAWSON: Come on man the suspense is killing me. Do you know what's bothering Jo or not?
JOEY WALKS UP TO DAWSON AND PACEY.
JOEY: (smiles at Pacey) Hello.
DAWSON: What's going on?
JOEY: What do you mean?
DAWSON: You smiled at Pacey.
JOEY: Your delusional Dawson. I gotta go.
JOEY SMILES AT PACEY AGAIN. THEN WALKS AWAY.
DAWSON: There is was again....What's going on Pacey?
PACEY SHRUGS. DAWSON GOES AFTER JOEY.
DAWSON: Joey, wait!
JOEY: (stops) What is it Dawson?
DAWSON: Can we please talk?
JOEY: Sure. What's on your mind?
DAWSON: I mean in private, like after school. Will you come by the house?
JOEY: All right Dawson....I suppose we do have some things we need to talk about....I'll see you after school.
DAWSON WALKS BACK TO PACEY.
DAWSON: What did she say last night Pacey? Is she still going to Paris?
PACEY: Well, that would be the good news. She has definitely found some reasons to stay in Capeside.
DAWSON: Really? That's the best news I've had in a few days. I owe you man. Thanks.
PACEY: (uncomfortable) Really, you don't need to thank me man. It's so....not necessary.
CUT TO JEN AND JOEY IN CLASS.
JEN: So I guess Dawson wasn't all you hoped he would be.
JOEY: What are you talking about?
JEN: He told me about what happened with the two of you.
JOEY: Really? Well I imagine that must have pissed you off.
JEN: You don't deserve him Joey.
JOEY: Excuse me? I don't deserve him? That's classic coming from the New York bimbo, who couldn't wait to dump him when Billy boy strolled into town.
JEN: That's not fair...I was confused.
JOEY: Yeah, well life's not fair....You know Jen, gloating is an unattractive character trait.
JEN: Gloating?...Who's gloating?
JOEY: Spare me Jen...I know that you and Dawson are back together. I'm fine with it.
JEN: What are you talking about?...Dawson and I aren't back together....He told me that you and he and started something.
JOEY: (confused) But the other night when you came over to his house....and I heard Pacey congratulating you in the hallway.
JEN: You were eavesdropping?
JOEY: Yes...but....Oh my god. What have I done?
CUT TO PACEY IN CAFETERIA. JOEY WALKS OVER TO HIM.
JOEY: Pacey...we need to talk.
PACEY: OK, just let me finish me lunch.
JOEY: (grabs Pacey by the arm) Now Pacey....outside!
PACEY: Being kinda pushy...aren't we?
CUT TO OUTSIDE. JOEY AND PACEY ARE STANDING BY A LARGE TREE.
PACEY: What's up Jo?...What's so important that I couldn't finish my lunch?
JOEY: Pacey we've made a terrible mistake....Well I have anyway.
PACEY: Are you referring to last night?
JOEY: Yes...Pacey, last night should have never happened.
PACEY: If you remember...I tried to tell you that last night....Why are we re-hashing this Jo?
JOEY: I feel guilty. If Dawson finds out it will definitely be over between us.
PACEY: Over between who?...You and Dawson, or you and me?
JOEY: Stop it Pacey...There is no you and me.
PACEY: Oh I get it...Dawson's back in the picture now. So I guess it's bye-bye Pacey.
JOEY: Pacey...I'm sorry.
PACEY: (upset) Sorry for what Jo? Sorry for using me...sorry about the rather large make-out session we had on the beach...all of the above...come on Jo...which is it?
JOEY: Please Pacey, don't make this any harder than it already is. Dawson is your friend too.
PACEY: Funny....you seem to be able to forget that little bit of info last night.
JOEY: Pacey...you and I both know that you don't really want to be with me.
PACEY: We do?...Don't be so sure that were both convinced of that Jo.
JOEY: Pacey, you need to swear to me that you won't tell Dawson.
PACEY: My lips have been pretty effectively sealed...if you know what I mean.
JOEY: Very amusing Pacey...Don't quit you day job.
CUT TO OTHER SIDE OF TREE WHERE JEN HAS OVERHEAD THE ENTIRE CONVERSATION.
NEXT SCENE: INT. OF DAWSON'S ROOM. JEN KNOCKS ON BEDROOM DOOR.
JEN: Can I come in Dawson?
DAWSON: (looks toward window) Um, sure okay.
JEN: Don't worry I'll make it quick. I know your probably expecting Joey.
DAWSON: I'm sorry Jen about everything.
JEN: Apology accepted...but that's not why I'm here Dawson.
DAWSON: It's not?...Then what's up?
JEN: It's about Joey, or more specifically Joey and Pacey.
DAWSON: Joey and Pacey?...What about them?
JEN: Dawson, there's no easy way to say this...so here goes....
DAWSON: (interrupting) Say what Jen?
JEN: Last night when you sent Pacey to talk to Joey....They ended up kissing on the beach.
DAWSON: What?....Pacey and Joey?....Jen that's not even slightly conceivable.
JEN: Dawson, I'm sorry but it's true.
DAWSON: Then you must have heard wrong. Joey would never do that....ecspecially not with Pacey. Someone's been pulling your leg.
JEN: It's a pretty reliable source Dawson...but that's not important. I just want you to know if you need a friend I will be there for you.
JOEY COMES IN BEDROOM WINDOW.
JEN: I gotta go...I'll talk to you later Dawson.
DAWSON: (still stunned) OK, bye Jen.
JOEY: She didn't have to leave on my account.
DAWSON: (walks over and hugs Joey) Jo, I'm glad your here.
JOEY: You said we needed to talk...so here I am.
DAWSON: We definitely do...but first I need to make a quick call. I'll be right back.
JOEY WALKS AROUND ROOM. FEW MINUTES LATER DAWSON RE-ENTERS BEDROOM.
JOEY: So who did you call ?
DAWSON: It's not important...what is important is that we set things straight between us.
JOEY: I know Dawson....I owe you an apology for weirding out on you like that...I just received some mis-information and I over-reacted.
JOEY: It's stupid really. I thought that you and Jen had gotten back together.
DAWSON: Me and Jen? Why would you think that?
JOEY: Because I wasn't dealing with all the facts.
DAWSON: Yeah...it's definitely important to have all the facts, before you do anything rash.
DAWSON IS SITTING ON THE BED. JOEY IS STANDING IN FRONT OF HIM. THEY ARE HOLDING HANDS.
DAWSON: Jo, I really believe that we can make this work. If were honest with each other....we can get past anything.
JOEY: I want to be honest with you Dawson....I really do.
DAWSON: Do you?...because I have something to ask you Jo.
JOEY: (nervous) What is it Dawson?
DOORBELL RINGS DOWNSTAIRS.
DAWSON: I feel silly even asking you this....it's probably just a last ditch attempt of a desperate person to screw things up between us.
JOEY: Dawson....your starting to worry me.
PACEY WALKS INTO DAWSON'S ROOM. DAWSON LETS GO OF JOEY'S HANDS.
PACEY: Am I interrupting? Cause if not, I can come back later when I am.
JOEY: (surprised) What are you doing here Pacey?
DAWSON: I called him and asked him to come over.
JOEY: (looks at Dawson) Why?
DAWSON: What I heard involves the both of you. I want to make sure I'm not mis-informed...that I have all the facts.
PACEY: What's going on here Dawson?
DAWSON: It's about last night Pacey...Rumor has it that the night ended up less than platonic. I just need the both of you to tell me it's not true.
JOEY: (visibly upset) Dawson...I can explain.
DAWSON: (stunned) Explain what Joey? Are you telling me that it's true? (starting to get angry) Joey is it true?
JOEY: Dawson, I....
DAWSON: (angrily interrupting) Yes or no Jo...is it true?
JOEY: (looks directly at Dawson) Yes. It's true.
DAWSON: Why Joey?...I mean Pacey I can almost understand....he's just one big walking hormone....but you Jo...how could you do this to me?
PACEY: (insulted) Excuse me...did you forget I was in the room?
JOEY: Dawson I'm sorry. I was hurt. I made a mistake.
DAWSON: (turns on Pacey) And you Pacey...your suppose to be my friend. Why would you hit on her like that?
JOEY: Wait...It's not Pacey's fault.
DAWSON: (angry) Don't defend him Joey!
JOEY: I have to Dawson....you want the truth?...Well here it is, painful as it may be. I thought that you had chosen Jen over me. I was determined to move on. Pacey didn't hit on me....I hit on him.
DAWSON: What?...Pacey is that true?
PACEY: Well, yes...she may have started it...but I'm gonna have to take some of the blame. I didn't stop her.
DAWSON: Joey...what's happened to you?
JOEY: I was hurt Dawson.... I clearly wasn't thinking about consequences.
DAWSON: So....because you were upset you decided that what happened between us meant nothing?
JOEY: It meant everything to me Dawson...I just didn't think it meant anything to you.
DAWSON: Why did you shut me out Joey?....If you had just talked to me...I could have told you it wasn't true.
JOEY: I should have Dawson, I'm sorry.
DAWSON: I think you both need to go now.
JOEY: I can't leave Dawson, not until I know where we stand.
DAWSON: Where we stand?...You expect me to figure that out right now?
JOEY: Just tell me Dawson...can we get past this?
DAWSON: God....I have no idea Joey....frankly being around the both of you right now is making me ill....So if you don't take your boyfriend and leave then I'm going.
JOEY: (grabs Dawson's arm) Dawson, wait!
DAWSON: Let go Joey...before this conversation turns regrettable and I say things you may not like.
JOEY LETS GO AND DAWSON LEAVES. JOEY STARTS TO CRY.
PACEY: (puts arm around Joey) It's gonna be okay Jo. Dawson just needs to cool off.
JOEY: (looks at Pacey) God Pacey, you couldn't be more wrong...Don't you know where he's headed right now?
PACEY: No where? (realization) Jen's?...You think he's going to see Jen?
JOEY: Yes, I've lost him Pacey. Tonight he'll be back in Jen's arms and I'll be playing solitaire.
PACEY: Jo, you'll always have Dawson. He may get with Jen...but he'll always wish it was you.
JOEY: Not helping Pacey.
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