Did You Ever Love Somebody?

It was a warm fall day and Joey Potter was studying, as usual, under the large shady oak tree. All of a sudden, she heard footsteps coming in her direction; she looked up only to see her friend, Andie McPhee, standing over her.

"Hi, Andie. Are you okay? You look a little pale."

"Joey, can we talk for a minute? I need some advice." Andie started.

"Sure. You know you can come to me if you need a shoulder to lean on." Joey said reassuring her worried friend.

"It's about Pacey. You came with him to pick me up in Providence. Do you remember that guy Mark at the hospital?" Joey's nod told her to continue. "Well, I made this huge mistake with him, and I told Pacey about it. He said he couldn't forgive me. What should I do?" By now, Andie's eyes were full of tears.

Without hesitation, Joey dropped the French book that was sitting in her lap and put both arms around Andie, enveloping her in a warm hug.

"It's okay, Andie. I already know all about it. What I don't know is what you should do about Pacey." And with that, Andie cried more and more in Joey's arms.

Hours later, Pacey was walking into the Icehouse where his cousin Caroline worked for the Potter family. Today was supposed to be her day off, but she was taking care of Alex, Joey's nephew. Pacey and her could get him to stop crying. This was one of those days the Icehouse was really packed making her work double-duty for more than an hour.

"Hey Caroline. How's it going?" he asked with this funny look on his face. "You need me to take him for ya?"

"PLEASE!" Caroline responded handing him the baby. "You're his most favorite person anyway. Thanks cous."

"Anytime. Where's Bess and Jo?"

"Let's see. Bessie's out back in the kitchen helping her dad with the cooking. Joey hasn't come in yet. Said she was helping a friend with something, didn't say much about it. She'll be here in about twenty, thirty minutes."

Did you ever love somebody

So much that the earth moved?

Did you ever love somebody

Even though it hurt to?

Did you ever love somebody

Nothing else a heart could do?

Did you ever love somebody

Who never knew?

"Hey Caroline."

"Yeah?"

"When you get a chance, I need to talk to you."

"Okay, I'll meet you outside in half an hour."

"Thanks."

Did you put your head down

On the shoulder of a good friend,

And then have to look away somehow?

Have to hide the way you felt for them?

Have you ever prayed the day would come

You'd hear them say they feel it too?

Did you ever love somebody

Who never knew?

Within twenty minutes, things started slowing down. Joey finally showed up just as Caroline was about to collapse from exhaustion.

"Okay Caroline, I'm here to rescue ya from the clutches of the evil cash register."

"Huh? Oh, hi Jo, didn't see ya there." She was obviously in Lala Land when Joey snapped her back to reality. "I'm awful glad you're here. Take over for me while I take my break."

"Sure, that's what I'm here for."

"Thanks."

Without another word, she jumped off her stool and left to see her cousin. Before she could find Pacey, she bumped into a figure that made her almost fall backwards.

"Oh, Dawson. Sorry about that. I didn't see you."

"That's okay Caroline, it was my fault."

Caroline thought to herself: He's so gorgeous. Why does he have to be Pacey's best friend? If only he wasn't hung up over Jen Lindley or Joey, then maybe, just maybe I might have a shot at him. "It's okay. I wasn't paying attention either." And he has the most beautiful eyes. Those eyes would be the death of me.

And if you did,

Well you know I'd understand.

I could, I would,

More than anybody can.

"What? Do I have something on my face or something?"

"No, I was just thinking that you're the only guy I know besides Pacey that has light-colored eyes. That's all."

Both blushing, Dawson spoke to break whatever little tension there was to make the awkward moment easy on both of them.

"Thanks for the complement. You know, no one else has ever said that to me before. That was sweet of you."

"Don't mention it. Well, I gotta find Pacey before my break is over."

"I know how it is. I actually needed to find Joey or Jen about something, so I guess I'll see you later."

"Yeah, see ya later."

Exchanging smiles, they both went their separate ways.

"Pacey, there you are. Listen, before you ask me whatever you want or need to ask, give me a good solid whack on the back of the head."

"Why?"

"Because I'm the biggest idiot in the world."

"You ran into Dawson, didn't you?" he asked laughing. "What happened?"

"Shut up! Just for that," she started, "I'm not telling you. You always laugh at me when it comes to him. Why do you do that Pacey? Can't you see what an insensitive jerk you're being towards my feelings? How would you like it if I made fun of you all the time for liking a certain person of the female persuasion?"

Getting on his knees, Pacey knew he had some amends to make with his cousin. "I'm sorry, Caroline. Now, will you tell me what happened?"

"I accept your apology, but I'm still not telling you. What did you wanna talk to me about?"

"Look Caroline, just talk to him. How bad can it be?"

"And totally embarrass myself? I don't think so. Are you gonna tell me or not what you were gonna ask?"

"Well, I sorta need some help in the relationship department." he started. "I was dating this incredible girl that made me feel good about myself. She went away for the summer, and she sort of meet somebody else. I ended it between us. It's not that I couldn't forgive her, I just can't forget what she did."

"Did you tell her that?"

"Yeah. I even told her that I couldn't love her the same way as before, but that's not the whole problem. I've had these feelings for another girl since before Andie ever walked into my life."

"So, why didn't you get together with her before you met Andie?"

"Because there was someone else."

"Pacey, you're my cousin. You're practically my brother. Don't use my excuses or make my mistakes."

"What's that supposed to mean? Don't answer that before answering another question."

"Okay, shoot."

"If Dawson was available, physically and emotionally, would you go for it?"

"To tell you the truth, I don't know." Caroline said looking at her watch. "My break's over. I'll see you later. Oh, Bessie said to make sure that Alex goes to bed by eight-thirty."

"Tell her I said he'll be asleep by eight o'clock. Later."

"Later Pace."

After being back inside for a while, the crowd finally started to die down making it easier for Caroline and Joey to wait on all the tables without any trouble. From the counter, Dawson kept noticing how tired Caroline was and asked her to sit down for a while.

"So Caroline, which is better: visiting Capeside or actually living here?"

"Living here in Capeside is definitely much better than just visiting. I get to see Joey, you, and all my other friends on a daily basis. I couldn't get that by just visiting. Don't get me wrong. I miss my folks, but I needed a change. Capeside just seemed like the right place to be."

Did you ever love somebody

So much that the earth moved?

Did you ever love somebody

Even though it hurt to?

Did you ever love somebody

Nothing else your heart could do?

Did you ever love somebody

Like I love you…

Like I love you?

Like I love you?

-Did You Ever Love Somebody?

Jessica Simpson

"Are they gonna move here later on?"

"They're thinking about it, but things aren't set in stone. For now, we're just going to take it one day at a time."

Just then, Joey reminded her that her orders were up.

"Hey Caroline, don't forget about those last couple of tables before you clock out." Joey said as she went to the kitchen.

"I won't. Thanks for reminding me."

Caroline finished her shift not long after her little chat with Dawson. She was almost out the door when he spoke up again.

"If you want, I'll walk you home." He was starting to turn a crimson red inside and out. "You really shouldn't be out by yourself at this hour."

"I'd appreciate that, but I'm not going to the house. I promised Pacey this morning that I'd stop by the video store on my way home. He wanted me to rent 'Dumbo' for him."

"His love for the movie 'Dumbo' is just like my love of Spielberg movies. Funny isn't it?"

"Yup, sure is. But then again, it's just like my love for literature, especially writing."

"I didn't know you were a writer. I could've used you on the crew of my last movie. Have you written anything lately?"

"Actually, yeah. Mostly poetry. I write something every now and then for school, too. You might've read some of my stuff in the school paper or magazine."

"Those are your articles? I thought the name C. E. Witter sounded a little familiar. I hope you don't think I'm just saying this, but you're really talented."

"Is this supposed to be your way of saying 'Thank You' for what I said about your eyes?"

"No, this is."

That was the last thing Caroline heard before realizing that Dawson Leery, her cousin's best friend and the object of her affection, was kissing her on the lips. It was the sweetest of all kisses imaginable. She didn't know what to do. Should she kiss him back? Should she pull away? She was frozen still.

You sit there in my shadow,

And you call it your relief.

Don't be the one with bad eyes for

The things that I could see.

(Don't give me that.)

When they finally broke apart, they were both in shock.

The darkness has no armor.

Needs protection from the air.

High hopes through time passing

When I see I want you there.

"I guess we both have something very important to tell each other." Dawson started before Caroline cut him off.

"Well, if you're gonna say what I think you're gonna say, let me say something first."

"Go ahead," he replied. "I wanna hear what you have to say."

I can't believe

You're the one for me.

If it was this easy to find you,

I should be ready for a fall.

I should be ready for a fall.

"Well, I was wondering what you'd say if I told you that I've loved you for as long as I can remember. And if I never told you it was because I was insecure about myself. I was also afraid of becoming vulnerable and getting hurt."

"I'd say you don't have to be scared of anything and that I wish you would've said something sooner because I love you too."

Now my wonders rally

Around the person I once was.

Like a bird that I've been helping,

Hope you're healed and strong.

You never know when you might have to fly.

At this point, Caroline couldn't hide it anymore. She gave Dawson the most passionate kiss she could, but she was crying at the same time.

Where will you go after me?

Where will you go after I set you free?

And I don't know you from a page in my book,

Though I should.

Though I should.

"Hey, what are those?" he asked when they broke the kiss again. "You shouldn't be crying. This is supposed to be one of the most happiest moments in your life!"

"It is, Dawson. That's why I'm crying. Because I'm so happy to be in your arms."

She gave him another soft kiss on the lips.

I can't believe

You're the one for me.

If it was this easy to find you,

I should be ready for a fall.

I should be ready for a fall.

I should be ready for a fall.

"Caroline, would you like to go a date with me tomorrow night?"

"I would love to go on a date with you, Dawson."

"All right, how about a double date? You and me, Pacey and Andie?"

"Dawson, they broke up," she said. "I don't know if I should even rent 'Dumbo' if it reminds him of her." Caroline added with a hint of concern. "I don't like seeing him hurt and suffering. And if that's gonna make him feel bad then I probably shouldn't rent it."

"What should we do?"

""I don't know. Maybe find a way to console him." she said thinking for a minute. "Well, he did mention liking some other girl before meeting Andie."

"Fantastic! Who is she?"

"I don't know. Pacey never told me her name or what she's like. I can ask him when you take me home."

"I love you. Have I already told you that?"

"Yes, you have. It does sound beautiful when you say it over and over again."

Where will you go after me?

Where will you go after I set you free?

And I don't know you from a page in my book,

Though I should.

"Then I guess I'll just have to keep repeating it til we get to your house." he said grabbing her hands and putting them to his lips.

"In the meantime, how about another kiss?"

"Your wish is my command."

With that, they gave each other one last kiss. When they let go, they locked their fingers together and walked down the streets of Capeside hand in hand.

Where will you go after me?

Where will you go after I set you free?

And I don't know you from a page in my book,

Though I should.

Though I should.

Though I should.

-Ready For A Fall

P.J. Olsson