Best Friends Again and Possible More Part Four by: Tiffany


Pacey swims over to the dock and lifts himself out of the water. Joey and Dawson are laughing uncontrollably.

Pacey walks over to the two and squeezes the water out of his shirt. "What the hell was that for?"

Joey smiles and dope slaps him. "For the sick and perverted mind in which you dwell."

"Spoken in the words of a prude." He replies.

Dawson takes up a small towel and hands it to Pacey. "Pace, what you said was completely disgusting and you deserved it."

"You're both prudes."

"Whatever," Joey says changing the subject. "Are we finished?"

Dawson takes the camera off its stand and places it in his bag. "Yeah, we're done. Pacey, your scenes are finished for the day. So, tomorrow we start again."

"Yes!! I have the rest of the day off. Come on, let's go back. I'm going out with Andie tonight." Pacey says grabbing a few things and heading for the truck.

"We are shooting more, aren't we?" Joey asks Dawson.

"Yeah, but only I'm in it, last scene. It's at night at the ruins." Dawson says.

Joey looks skeptical. "The ruins? Don't you want to shoot somewhere different? The ruins was in the last movie."

They put the other things in the truck. Dawson turns around to face her, and says softly. "The ruins is my favorite spot, Jo. It's a special place to me. A lot of wonderful things happened there."

Joey felt a blush creep over her cheeks and smiled. "Yeah, it's a nice place. I feel the same way about it too."

Pacey honked the horn and yelled out of his window. "Hellooooo, guys. Let's go!"

Joey and Dawson get in the truck, and they drive off.

(Andie and Jen at Dawson's House)

"What's taking so long?" Jen asks, her hands on her hips, looking out to the driveway.

Andie rolls her eyes and gets up from Dawson's front stairs. "It's only been a half hour. And from what Joey says, Dawson will stay with the scene until he feels it's perfect."

"Yeah, Dawson is a bit of a perfectionist." Jen says smiling.

"You guys used to date, didn't you?" Andie says.

Jen looks over at Andie. "Yeah for a little while. It was more of an on again off again relationship. Things happened that changed the way he felt about me."


Jen walks over to Andie. "So, how are things with you and Pacey?"

Andie grins shyly. "It's coming along, I think. We've achieved more than the assorted bickering that seems to be our method of communicating."

"Glad to hear it. Pacey deserves someone who can encourage and just like him for who he is. You're great for him." Jen says.


(Pacey's truck drives up in the driveway)

Pacey puts the car in park and gets out. Joey and Dawson follow.

Andie waves at them. "Hi, guys. How did the scene turn out?"

Dawson smiles. "Excellent. Truly a scene worthy of cinematic genius."

"And as you can see, Dawson is without praising himself." Joey jokes setting a few things down.

"So, what's next?" Jen asks.

Dawson looks over his script as concentrates for a moment.

"Jen, you're finished for the day too. I decided that one scene with Wade and Sammy was enough for now. I have a few things to sort out for the next one."

Pacey walks over to Andie and wraps his arms around her from behind. "So, McPhee, looks like we are spending some quality time together. Think you can handle it?" He gives her a kiss on the cheek.

Andie nods her head and turns around to face him and touches her lips with his. "Gee, I don't know Pacey. You might need a leash to restrain me."

He moves his face close to hers and says smiling. "I had no idea you were into that kinky stuff."

She slides away from Pacey and rolls her eyes. "You soo wish."

Pacey and Andie turns their faces and see Joey, Dawson, and Jen staring at him. Andie blushes. The two lovebirds pull away from each other.

"What?" Paceys says innocently.

Dawson shakes his head and hands Jen some papers. "Okay, here's your next set of lines, Jen. We'll start again tomorrow around 9am."

Jen takes the papers. "Alright, see you then. Bye, guys." She walks to her grandmother's house.

Pacey grabs his backpack heading for the truck. "Come on, Andie, we are outta here."

Andie puts on her jacket and walks over to Joey. "Well, see you later, Joey.

Remember what I said 'no worries'.

Joey smiles. "Thanks, Andie. See you tomorrow."

(a few hours later, around 5pm, Dawson's Room)

Joey sitting on Dawson's bed, as he continues to surf and play different songs from his CD collection to put in his movie.

Joey looks up after reading the lyrics as it plays on the CD player. "What about this one, 'Truly, Madly, Deeply?"

Dawson turns around and faces her. "That's an iffy, Jo. The lyrics clearly indicate longing, to want someone back. Wade and Sammy are very much together."

Joey stands up and walks over to Dawson as she's listening. "It is a beautiful song."

I'll be your dream
I'll be your wish
I'll be your fantasy

I'll be your hope
I'll be your love
Be everything you need

I'll love you more
With every breathB Truly, Madly Deeply, do

I will be strong,
I will be faithful
Cause I'm counting on a new beginning
A reason for living

"I agree. It's one of my favorites, but it doesn't apply to this scene… The song needs to have people feeling what the characters are feeling. The wonder and happiness that comes with being in love." Dawson says in a low voice looking at Joey.

Joey and Dawson stare at one another. Dawson makes a laugh, trying to play off the feelings he couldn't help. "It's apart of the happy ending, you know?"

Dawson put in another CD, and hits play.

REO Speedwagon, "Can't fight this feeling anymore."

I can't fight this feeling longer
And yet I'm still afraid to let it show
What started out as friendship
Has grown stronger
I only wish I had the strength to let it flow

Joey smiles as she hears the song and how much it applied to her five months ago, when they were both confused about where their friendship was headed and what was going to change. Then she remembered while Dawson was going out with Jen and how much it hurt her.

I tell myself that I can't hold out forever
I say there is no reason for my fear
Cause I feel so secure when we're together
You give my life direction
You make everything so clear

Dawson listens as well, and it brings him back to when he went with Joey on the bus ride to visit her father in prison. They had arrived late for visiting hours, so they stayed in the hotel. Dawson makes a small smile, remembering how different it was trying to sleep in the same bed with her.

How much he wanted to hold her. He also remembered trying to explain his conflicting feelings, to verbalize it to make sense…but nothing. She had asked what he was so scared of… and he didn't know.

And even as I wander
I'll keep you in sight
You're a candle in the window
On a cold, dark, winter's night
And I'm getting closer than I ever thought I might

And I can't fight this feeling anymore
I've forgotten what I started fighting for
It's time to bring this ship into the shore
And throw away the oars, forever
Cause I can't fight this feeling anymore

This part, Dawson felt was significant also. He went back to the day when Joey caught him and Jen sleeping on his bed. Joey had gotten the wrong idea. And finally, after searching all over Capeside, he found her in his closet… Those lines hit so close to home to what he was going through. He was in such conflict as to how to deal with these new feelings for her.

One part of him was fighting to keep their relationship the same, best friends. And the other part of him wanted with wonder to know what being a couple could add to their already amazing friendship. And finally, he let his heart do the talking instead of his overactive, over analytical at times brain, and just turned her around and kissed her. It was the smartest decision I'd ever made, Dawson thought.

I've forgotten what I started fighting for
And if I have to crawl upon the floor
Come crushing through your door
Baby, I can't fight this feeling anymore

My life has been such a whirlwind since I saw you
I've been running round in circles in my mind
And it always seems that I'm following you, girl
Cause you take me to the places that alone I'd never find
And even as I wander I'm keeping you in sight
You're a candle in the window on a cold, dark winter's night
And I'm getting closer than I ever thought I might

And I can't fight this feeling anymore
I've forgotten what I started fighting for
It's time to bring this ship into the shore
And throw away the oars, forever

Cause I can't fight this feeling anymore
I've forgotten what I started fighting for
And if I have to crawl upon the floor
Come crushing through your door
Baby, I can't fight this feeling anymore.

Joey looks over at Dawson as the song ends, his eyes are cast downward at the CD player, and she smiles. Over the past week, she'd been content to stay friends with him even though she loved him, but it was so hard to be so near him now. Her art talent had taken a back seat this week because she was working on his movie. It didn't bother her as much as she'd thought. She was soon realizing that art couldn't make her as happy as Dawson could.

All she wanted to do was wrap her arms around him and kiss him. There was nothing like kissing Dawson. It was as if time just stopped, and everything was calm and safe and wonderful. She blushed, realizing where her thoughts were going and remembered what she was going to say.

"This song is better, Dawson. I think you should use it in the movie. The scene where Sammy and Wade are outside in the moonlight looking at the stars is perfect for it."

Dawson turns his body around and his foot hits his video camera. Suddenly he remembers something. His eyes widen.

"Oh, god, Joey. We have to be at the ruins for that scene. I almost forgot."

They grab his equipment, and Dawson takes along his CD player and some random CDs that they hadn't listened to yet. There was a harvest moon, lighting up the sky. The stars twinkled. Joey and Dawson walked in comfortable silence to the ruins.

When they arrive, he put down his camera and begins setting up. Joey wandered out to look over the creek. The view was spectacular. The moonlight glistened on the water. She breathed in, and looked out. It was just the perfect setting, Joey thought, perfect and romantic. She was so lost in thought, she didn't even hear Dawson come up behind her.

"Jo?" Dawson says touching her shoulder.

She gasps and turns around. "God, you scared me!"

"Sorry, couldn't help it." He makes a low laugh and looks out. "Beautiful, isn't it?"

"Very. I can't get enough of looking at it." Joey smiles, then turns around.

"Are we all set?"

"Yep, everything is set. The scene doesn't have any dialogue. It's me, pondering my new love. What do you think, too cheesy?"

She rolls her eyes at him and jokes. "It wouldn't be a Dawson Leery film without the cheesy stuff. It's your signature trademark."

"I want to play a song in the background, romantic soft, that kind of thing.

We didn't pick one for this scene yet. But, I brought some of my CDs. So, take a sec, and pick one. I trust your judgment." He says walking over to the bench.

Joey goes over to the camera. She kneels down to look at the CDs. Let's see, she says flipping through them. Edwin McCain, 'I'll Be', REO Speedwagon, 'Keep on Lovin You'. She turns over and reads the lyrics to a few songs.

Nothing she thought seemed to apply to the scene.

"Dawson, I don't know what I'm looking for. What's the moment supposed to be?" Joey asks.

Dawson turns around. "Wade is in his own world, daydreaming. He's content and confused about this new relationship with his best friend."

Joey smiles and as his eyes lock with hers, she could feel her cheeks turning pink and quickly looks down. She finally comes across one song. As Joey reads the lyrics, she begins to picture in it the scene. She stands up.

"Got one, Dawson. Get in your spot." Dawson goes over to the bench and sits.

Joey puts the CD in the player and sets up the camera to focus on Dawson from a side view. She hits 'play' on the CD player. She then angles the camera to focus on him.

"Action." She says.

The Scene: Dawson is sitting on the bench, with his head in his hands. His eyes wander over the creek. The song begins to play in the background. He recognizes it immediately as Mariah Carey's "Whenever You Call."

Love wandered inside
Stronger than you
Stronger than I
And now that it has begun
We cannot turn back
We can only turn into one

Dawson kept his mind on one thing throughout the scene, Joey. He replayed their first date through his mind and smiled. He remembered fussing with his clothes. He wanted to look nice for her, but still just Dawson. He sighed remembering how beautiful she looked when he picked her up, how his heart would jump. He remembered how nervous he was. A date with his best friend, how should I act? Do the same rules apply? She was nervous too. But once they got in the boat, things got smoother.

I won't ever be too far away to feel you
And I won't hesitate at all
Whenever you call
And I'll always remember
The part of you so tender
I'll be the one to catch your fall
Whenever you call

And I'm truly inspired
Finding my soul
There in your eyes
And you
Have opened my heart
And lifted me inside
By showing me yourself

Joey watches through the camera as Dawson acts out. His eyes say so much, all it takes is a look, she thought. She focuses the lens for a close-up. Dawson stands up and goes over to the edge of the creek. Joey moves the camera to follow. He puts his hands in his pockets and looks up to the moon.

Dawson then lets his mind drift. He covers all parts of their relationship from when they were seven, to just now. The now, Dawson thinks to himself, where are we now and what are we now? He closes his eyes and listens more closely to the music. Joey did pick a good song. 'And you have opened my heart', is so true. Joey had opened his heart, to love.

And I won't ever be too far away to feel you
And I won't hesitate at all
Whenever you call
And I'll always remember
That part of you so tender
I'll be the one to catch your fall
Whenever you call

And I will breathe for you each day
Comfort you through all the pain
Gently kiss your fears away
You can turn to me and cry
Always understand that I
Give you all I am inside

And I won't ever be too far away to feel you
And I won't hesitate at all
Whenever you call

Finally, the song comes to an end. But, Dawson is still standing there, watching smiling. I should tell Dawson 'cut', she thinks. She decides instead to surprise him. Making small steps, she slowly walks over to stand behind him. She waits and then whispers in his ear.


Dawson turns quickly in surprise, facing her and smiles. "Never ever do that to an actor. It upsets the mood."

Joey shakes her head and says sarcastically. "Oh, I'm so sorry, Dawson. You heard the song end, didn't you?"

"No, my mind was elsewhere." He looks at her then out to the creek. "What can I say? I get into my scenes pretty well."

"Perhaps you should consider a career in front of the camera." Joey says.

Dawson makes a laugh. "I think not, Jo. I'm a director by nature." He turns to the equipment, not quite ready to leave but knew they should. "Well, that's it I guess. The scene is finished. We should get back."

Joey walks over to the bench and sits down. "Can we stay here for a little bit, Dawson? I like it here at night."

Dawson walks over. He pauses in front of the bench for a moment, then sits down. "Sure."

A comfortable silence begins. Dawson smiles and thinks to himself. After everything that he and Joey had been through, after all the arguing and misunderstandings that happened during that past 3 weeks since they had broken up, they could still sit together, completely contented. Now we're back to being best friends again, Dawson concludes. He looks over at Joey and sighs.

Her long brown hair blowing softly in the wind. He couldn't help but just stare at her, to watch her every expression, every movement, every gaze. She was breathtaking to him, HIS Joey. No, Dawson thinks again catching himself, no longer his Joey.

Joey glances over at Dawson and sees him staring at her. Her eyes cast down almost immediately. "What?" She asks.

Dawson stands up with his hands in his pockets, and looks out. "Nothing…"

Joey shakes her head, not buying it for a second. "Seriously, Dawson. What's on your mind?"

He might as well be honest. "Us."

She wasn't prepared for that, and stares at her hands. "Did you draw any conclusions?"

Dawson moves back to stand in front of her. "That we're getting along better than we have in a long time. And I'm very happy that we are friends again."

Joey smiles. "Me too."

"And you might not want to hear this right now. But I want to be honest with you, okay?"

"Alright then, be honest with me." She answers, raising her eyes to his… He had this very sad puppy dog, like you lost your best friend look on his face, and she wanted to take it away. She hated to see Dawson like this.

He runs his fingers through his hair. "Before we started working together, I was completely miserable, Jo. I want to apologize for treating you the way I did, ignoring you and shutting you out. My world was in a crash and burn state, and I couldn't get it together. We were arguing, and in some cases, not talking at all, which was worse." He paused and made a small smile. "And to save you from another long and tortured speech from yours truly, what I'm trying to say is 'I'm sorry'."

Joey stood up and without thinking and put her hands on his shoulders. She wanted to tell him something she'd been holding back for a while. "Dawson, you really don't need to explain this to me. It's my fault, not yours. I'm the one who drove you away. I thought art was something I couldn't share with you, I thought it was something you couldn't understand."

Dawson slid away from her. He didn't want to them to drag this out again into another argument. "Jo, I don't want to argue again."

She stopped him with her hand. "I don't want to either." Joey took one of his hands in hers, surprising him. "I realized that my passion for art is much like your passion for filmmaking. We both have this desire to create something original, untouched. We use our imaginations to take what we see and make it our own. For you it's bringing to life on camera, what you feel, that's in your soul. For me, it's capturing what I see through drawing and making it my own."

Dawson steps closer, their bodies almost touching, he is too happy beyond any words. "Jo, what are you trying to say?"

Joey looks downward. "And I now know that something like this shouldn't tear us apart, it should bring us closer together."

She waits for some answer from Dawson, anything. He just stands there with a blank face. Tears brim in her eyes. "I guess that's not what you want." Joey breaks away, tears sliding down her cheeks and on to her shirt. She moves quickly away from him, wanting to cry alone.

Dawson watches her, and yells. "JOEY, WAIT PLEASE." She doesn't stop, and he breaks into a run. It didn't take long for him to catch up. His hands reach out and stop her.

"Dawson, I can't stay here, please let me go." She begs softly. His breathing heavy, he turns her around. Tears stain her face, her eyes swollen but she was the most beautiful thing in the world to him. His hands reach up to cup her face and bends down to kiss her softly. It lasts only a few moments, and he breaks away a bit.

"Oh, Jo, how can you say that I don't want this? I love you so much." He holds her tightly with one hand and stroking the sides of her face with the other. His eyes wander over her face.

Joey draws in a breath. "I love you too, Dawson."

Dawson pulls her gently into another kiss. This one is deeper, their lips dancing together, savoring each other, and making up for all the time that was lost.

As the scene fades out, we see through the lenses of Dawson's video camera, showing the happy pair.

That's the end of Best Friends Again…And Possibly More. What did you think? Now be honest with me. I thought exploring the possibility of being best friends again, and then reclaiming what they had as boyfriend/girlfriend would be different and interesting. Please e-mail all comments and/or complaints to Tiffany.


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