Dawson's Creek

"True Love"

EXT. LEERY DOCK - DAY

This time, it's Dawson by the water. And Joey approaches.

He looks up, wary where the next few moments will take him.

JOEY
Your speech was beautiful.

DAWSON
Thanks.

JOEY
What you said...did you mean it?

DAWSON
Every word. (then) Which is why you should turn around and go. To Pacey.

JOEY
What?

DAWSON
Listen. Last year. You had a chance to go to Paris. To study. And because of me, you didn't -

JOEY
-- Dawson, that wasn't your fault --

DAWSON
--Let me finish. It was my fault. Because I should have made you go. But I was selfish. I wanted you to stay here. With me. I refuse to make that mistake again. I can't keep you through some kind of emotional blackmail, Joey.

JOEY
What if I want to stay? What if it's my choice?

DAWSON
Joey, c'mon. Even I can see it. Pacey is this year's Paris. And you need to go this time. You need to see for yourself. I can sit here and tell you that it's a colossal mistake, that all roads lead back to me, but it doesn't matter.

Words, speeches..they sound great, but they don't add up to anything. All that matters right now is what you want.

JOEY
I don't even know what that is.

DAWSON
Sure you do. You want him. You want him like I want you. You love him like I love you. Only the difference is he loves you back the same way.

Joey starts to cry.

DAWSON
You deserve that, Joey. We all do. And I'm not gonna be the reason you don't have it. Don't you see? I could live with myself if you chose Pacey instead of me, I couldn't if you didn't choose Pacey because of me. So now, you're free. Do what you want.

JOEY
I want us to still be friends. I want to know that you don't hate me, that you understand how bad I feel about this.

DAWSON
Words, Jo. You gotta watch what people do, not what they say. Because when you're done dispensing your pleasantries here, you're still going to walk away from me, right?

JOEY
I have to. Otherwise, I'll never know if...

Dawson's reserve shatters. He can't hold it together anymore.

DAWSON
Just go, okay? Get the hell away -

JOEY
-- Dawson --

DAWSON
-- I'm serious. Go now. Before I take everything back. Go, Joey!