Disclaimer: I do not own Dawson's Creek. I do not make any money from the writing of this fan fiction. The story is from my imagination, I just borrowed the character. This is just for fun.

The Start of Something Magical

Chapter 1

Joey was wading through the water wondering to herself how on earth she could've ended up working on a science project with her worst enemy on the planet, Pacey Witter. Pacey hadn't tied up the boat and now they were having to wade back through what seemed like miles of water to get to the truck. Joey groaned.

"Look, Jo, it's no big deal. The boat will wash ashore eventually."

"You know, believe it or not, the boat isn't my first concern. I should have known after what you did with our snails, that I wouldn't be far behind. I'm freezing."

"Listen, it's just a little cold water, alright? You're going to survive."

They reach the shore near the truck. Pacey climbs out of the water first, then extends his hand to Joey. She looks at him, confused.

"What's that for?"

"What do you think, Potter? I'm trying to help you out of the water, but if you want to stay in and freeze be my guest."

She takes his hand and climbs out. "Pacey Witter being a gentleman, What has come over you?"

He rolls his eyes. "You know, Potter, contrary to what you might think, I'm not a complete jerk, all the time."

Joey laughs, "I know, Pace, but I'm still freezing."

Pacey pulls two blankets from the back of the truck.

"We'll get some dry clothes when we drive over to your house. But for right now, just change into this." He hands a blanket to Joey.

"A blanket? You want me to change into a blanket?"

"Yeah. Take off your wet clothes and wrap this around you like I'm going to do. "

"Wait a second. You want me to get naked?"

"Please! This is not for my enjoyment. It's so you don't get sick. But if you got your heart set on pneumonia, then feel free."

Joey groans, "Fine."

They each go to opposite sides of the truck.

"No peeking, Potter!"

"Oh yeah, seeing you in your birthday suit is really my idea of a thrill."

"You know, a lot of people would consider you a very lucky woman."

"And many people would consider you a very delusional man." She smiles to herself.

"Okay. All set over here. How are you doing?"

He starts walking towards Joey.

"You take one more step in this direction and I can almost guarantee you a permanent disability."

Pacey stops in his tracks and throws his hands up. "Tell you what? Why don't I just start the car?"

"Good idea." She rolls her eyes.

Pacey gets in the driver's side of the car and gets comfortable. He glances in the passenger side mirror to catch a sight of Joey undressing. He smiles to himself. He never noticed until this moment just how beautiful Joey had become. He'd always just thought of her as this little tomboy that had tagged along with him and Dawson for as long as he could remember. She was always just his semi-friend, his sparring partner, but suddenly he was seeing her in a new light. Pacey jumps and smiles again as Joey gets into the truck. She looks at Pacey who is staring at her.

"What?" she asks, adjusting her blanket.

"Nothing." he shakes his head and shifts the truck into drive.

"What? What's that smile of yours? Is it because I look ridiculous?"

"No."

"Or is it my misfortune that amuses you? Maybe it's simply you enjoy putting me in the most awkward situations and just watching me squirm, Pacey?"

Pacey chuckles, "No, it's none of that. I was just. I was just thinking to myself that when you loosen up, you're not half bad to be around. Bordering on funny, even."

"Really?" she asks, smiling.

"Yeah, just don't mention I said this."

She laughs again. She thinks to herself, wow Pacey is actually kinda cute when he smiles like that. Wait, whoa, what's wrong with me? This is Pacey we're talking about, Pacey and cute don't go together, he does have a sweet smile though, I just never noticed. Hmmm...weird. She glances back at Pacey and smiles to herself.