Story Title: Learning As You Go

Chapter Title: Entering The Gates Of Hell

Summary: Joey wasn't looking for a knight in shining armor. But she found one in the least likely of places. This takes place during their junior year. This is how I would have liked to see it happen. I'm not using direct quotes from the show, but I will be using some of the content from the season. And Henry, AJ, and Eve will be in this.

Pairing: Pacey/Joey

Disclaimer: I don't own anything. But Kevin Williamson is a genius.

AN: I wanted to make another story about my favorite couple. I just can't get enough of them. I hope you guys like it.

If she didn't hurry she was going to be late for school. She could hear Bessie yelling at her to hurry up from the kitchen.

"Jo, hurry up! Pacey's pulling up." Bessie said from outside Joey's bedroom.

"Tell him to give me five minutes." Joey said through the door.

She could hear Bessie mumbling as she walked back down the hall. Joey was pulling on her pants when she heard Pacey talking to her sister. She could hear someone in the hall then they knocked on her door.

"Hey Jo, you decent?" Pacey asked from the other side.

"You'd love to walk in on me wouldn't you Witter?" She said opening the door.

"No, I have a girlfriend. Thank you very much." He said flicking her ear.

She smacked him as they walked out the door. The ride to school was filled with silence except the sounds of Credence Clearwater Revival coming through the speakers. Joey would never understand how Pacey could listen to it. She shook her head seeing him tap the wheel to the music. She watched the scenery pass by thinking about her best friend. He had left her two months before and she had nothing better to do than hang out with Pacey. Her other friends had felt the need to distance themselves over the summer.

They pulled up at school seeing Jen walking with Jack. Jen had once been the other woman in Dawson's fantasies. Joey had since come to see the blonde as a good friend. And it didn't matter that Jack hadn't told her that he was gay when they dated. Joey still saw him as the klutz that worked at the Icehouse with her. That was before it was burned to the ground because of her father. Joey was dreading seeing Dawson. She hadn't talked to him once the entire summer.

"Welcome back to hell." Jack said draping an arm over Joey's shoulders.

"Hey Jackie Boy." Joey said wrapping an arm around his waist.

"I really should have hung out with you more this summer." He said messing up her hair.

"You would have saved me from hanging with Pacey." She said fixing her hair.

"Can it Potter. I kept you from watching the screaming meanie all summer."

They parted ways a few minutes later. Joey was at her locker when she heard a familiar voice call her name. She smiled when she saw him. His hair was shorter than the last time she saw him. But the rest of him hadn't changed. He smiled at her in recognition.

Nothing else was said. They parted ways each going in the opposite direction.

She didn't see him again until lunch. She was sitting with Jack and Jen when she saw him walk in. He sat with Pacey and she wished she could hear their conversation. Jen saw her staring at him and with a worried look on her face. She nudged Jack and he followed Joey's gaze. He rolled his eyes before leaving the table. Jen put a hand on Joey's arm making her look at her.

"Have you talked to him?"

"I said hi to him. Does that count?"

"No. You need to tell him how you feel. If you wait too long you might miss your chance."

"You're not thinking of going after him again are you Lindley?"

"No. I've learned that you are the only girl he has eyes for." Jen said before getting up from the table. "Let me know how it goes." She said before walking away.

Joey went back to watching Dawson and noticed that he was looking at her. He quickly looked away when he noticed that she was looking at him. She sighed before getting up to throw away her lunch. This was going to be a long day.


He didn't know how he had let Pacey talk him into throwing a party but he had. He felt like he didn't have any other choice. He needed money to fix his dad's boat. He knew he shouldn't have taken it out, but Pacey's voice was ringing in his ears telling him to act like a teenager for a change. And he was; he was pulling a page out of Tom Cruise's book. Strippers dancing on the table and all.

Pacey was walking towards him calling his name over the noise.

"You're not having any fun." Pacey said giving him a playful shove.

"I'm having fun on the inside." Dawson said forcing a smile.

"I can have a certain blonde give you a lap dance. Would that make you feel better?" He asked quirking an eyebrow.

"No. I'm gonna go upstairs." Dawson said making his way through the crowd.

As Dawson closed his door he heard something in the closet. He opened the door to find Joey crouching in the corner.

"What are you doing in here?"

"I didn't want to be downstairs."

"No, why are you in my house?"

"I'm not allowed to be here?" Joey asked giving him a worried look.

"I made it clear that I wanted space the last time you were here."

"You're lying." She said walking towards him.

"Jo, leave." He said not looking at her.

"Fine." She said grabbing her shoes and going through the window.


Joey walked through her front door looking defeated. Bessie looked up from the show she was watching with a worried look on her face. She knew where Joey had gone, but she didn't expect her home so soon. Or that she would be upset when she came back.

She made her way to Joey's room and leaned against the frame.

"You wanna talk about it?" She asked not wanting to come into the room until Joey said she could.
"You really want to know what's wrong?" Joey asked lifting her head from her pillow.

"I really do." Bessie said taking a step into the room.

"He told me to leave. He wouldn't even hear me out."

"Oh Jo, I'm sorry." Bessie said sitting next to her.

Joey put her head in Bessie's lap letting the tears flow. She had never cried over a guy before, so Bessie knew this was serious. Bessie ran her hands threw Joey's hair letting her cry. They heard the phone ring but they ignored it. The machine would get it. Joey cried even harder when she heard Pacey's voice saying that he had heard what had happened. And that he wanted to check on her. Bessie was glad Joey had a friend like Pacey. Even if Joey wouldn't admit it, he played a major part in Joey's life.

"What do you think I should do?" Joey asked wrapping her arms around Bessie's waist.

"I think you should give him some space. He wouldn't have asked for it if he didn't want it."

"There's a new girl in his life."

"Are you serious? Already?"

"He met her on the bus ride home. That's what Pacey told me."

"What a jerk." Bessie said under her breath. She had to be there for her kid sister.

Joey laughed knowing Bessie didn't really mean it. She knew Bessie thought Dawson roped the moon, just like Joey did. She sighed before pulling away. Bessie looked down at her giving her a questioning look.

"I'm gonna go to bed."

"We'll talk about this in the morning."

Joey nodded knowing Bessie meant what she said. It wasn't a conversation Joey was looking forward to. She lay awake for hours thinking about all the things that had led up to this. Dawson's lying to her about her dad. Her messing with his emotions ever since Jen had come into the picture. Joey wasn't looking forward to tomorrow at all.