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True Love {Pacey/Joey}#479: They have Survived Shipping Wars for 15+ years

W e l c o m e t o t h e
Pacey Witter & Joey Potter
A p p r e c i a t i o n T h r e a d

Their Story

Since a very young age, Dawson, Joey and Pacey had been very close friends. Dawson and Joey were perhaps especially close, and as they got older, this close friendship began to develop into a romantic involvement. Meanwhile, Pacey and Joey's relationship became one characterized by playful banter and merciless teasing. Despite these hostile appearances, however, Pacey and Joey often seemed more alike than they thought themselves to be. With Joey firmly established as Dawson's soulmate, and Pacey firmly placed by Dawson's side as his underdog-ish sidekick, a romantic relationship was out of the picture (or at most, acknowledged only as a catalyst for the ballad of Dawson and Joey.

In their junior year of high school, the dynamics of this delicate triangle shifted. After Dawson and Joey's relationship came to an end, Dawson became interested in pursuing other objects of affection, leaving Joey heartbroken. Pacey, sent on behalf of Dawson, offers what he can to comfort her. When Pacey is also left heartbroken by his own first love, the two begin to develop a sincere friendship, beyond just bantering, and beyond just a mutual attachment to Dawson. At the same time, Pacey begins to work on fixing up a boat, which he decides to name "True Love." After his first heartbreak, Pacey decides that the idea of True Love is unattainable, and so names his boat after it.

As the two of them start spending more time together, Pacey makes the painful discovery that he has fallen for, as he puts it, the worst person he could possibly ever fall for. Rather than make any huge declarations, Pacey stands quietly by, defending her honour when her mural is defaced, and buying her a wall to challenge her to meet her potential. When Joey gets her heart broken again by an older college boy, she calls on Pacey to help her and bring her home. She tells Pacey that he and Dawson are the only two people who really know her. At this point, Pacey decides he can't stand quietly by any more, and demands that Joey confront her feelings by kissing her. After several outbursts and conflicts about consequences, as well as hopeless denials, Joey finally acknowledges her more than platonic feelings for Pacey. The real challenge, though, is how the two of them are going to break the news to their good friend Dawson, who has finally decided he's ready to have Joey become a special part of his life again. When he finds out, the friendship the three of them had is torn apart. Pacey and Joey attempt to reject their feelings for each other, but it proves exceedingly difficult, and when Dawson recognizes this, he sends Joey to explore her feelings for Pacey. Joey catches Pacey just as he is about to sail the True Love out for the summer. She joins him and the two sail off into the sunset.

Over their senior year, Pacey and Joey go through the ups and downs of their relationship. It is always evident that they both care very deeply about each other, but things like their insecurities and future goals begin to cause problems. Despite these problems, the two become very close, and what was thought by some to be a simple, passing interest gradually becomes one of the most significant (if not the most significant) relationship in both of their lives. Joey, who had always thought her first time would be with her best friend Dawson, takes that step with Pacey. Eventually, Pacey's insecurities about Dawson and especially himself become too much, and he explodes at Joey during their senior prom. After some cooling off and a great deal of regret over what was said, they both realize that what is left of their relationship cannot be maintained through their quickly diverging paths, and that what is best for both of them is some time apart, even though they both still love and miss each other.

Over the next year, the two are slowly able to rebuild their friendship. They both explore other relationships. Joey with her professor, Eddie, and Pacey with Joey's roommate, Audrey. When Joey learns about Pacey and her roommate, she finds herself in a similar situation that the one she and Pacey put Dawson in year ago. Rather than oppose the pairing, however, she takes the higher road and gives them their blessing. It soon becomes clear, even to Audrey, and Pacey and Joey are not over each other.

As more time goes by, Pacey begins to admit to himself (and at one point, to an intoxicated Joey) that he never did get over her. Despite their diverging paths, they still managed to stay directed towards each other. After spending a night alone, locked in a K-mart, Pacey gives Joey a sincere professing of his feelings; that he has always loved her, but rather than force her to make any difficult decisions, he has just accepted his feelings as a fact of life. Joey asks for some time to think about what to do next, to which Pacey obliges. Soon after, the two begin enjoying each other's company at dinner, and situations of a date-like quality. Pacey even hires Joey as a temporary assistant for him, which turns out to be disastrous when the pent up sexual tension between them manifests itself in embarrassing grope-fests in his office. Pacey tells her that he needs to fire her, for his concentration's sake, but the two agree to spend more time together outside work. They then face another obstacle: the return of Eddie. While Pacey is certain about wanting to reunite with Joey, Joey is less sure. When she tells him about Eddie, he is heartbroken, and the two part ways once again.

Five years later, after the two have settled into their separate paths, Joey returns to Capeside to visit her old friends. She has left her relationships with Dawson and Pacey both unsettled and decides that she will make her decision once and for all. But more than that, she has always known who she has wanted to be with, but instead of being brave enough to make that decision, she has always fled. Pacey tells Joey that he understands if her decision doesn't include himself, because the simple act of being in love with her is enough for him. But Joey does not want to run from her choice any longer. She chooses Pacey, and the two watch the televised incarnations of their little trio together, in the final scene of the series.

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379. AllTooWell
380.These Broken Stars
381. Lauren James
382. Swift2Potter

Pacey: I think the world may just surprise you yet.

261. Because spending time with Pacey "sounds delectable."
Joey: We're creating our own history here.
Pacey: She's actually the kind of pretty that gives you butterflies.

Joey: You did it again, you grabbed my ass.
Pacey: Like you even have one.

Pacey: Joey, how many high school football games have you been to?
Joey: None.

Joey: Permission to come aboard?
Pacey: Permission granted.

Pacey: This is your life, and you should enjoy it.
Joey: How can I enjoy it without you?

Joey: You should try to come some time.
Pacey: I'll try and do that.

Joey: Is this some sort of recent new development in your life?
Pacey: Wanting to kiss you? No, it's sort of always there.

Top 10 Songs

One Sweet Love - Sara Bareilles
Sleepless nights you creep inside of me
Paint your shadows on the breath that we share
You take more than just my sanity
You take my reason not to care.
No ordinary wings I'll need
The sky itself will carry me back to you
This Years Love - David Gray
'Cause who's to worry
If our hearts get torn when that hurt gets thrown
Don't you know this life goes on
Won't you kiss me on that midnight street
Sweep me off my feet
Singing ain't this life so sweet
I Will Be - Leona Lewis
And without you I don't know what I'd do
I can never, ever live a day without you
Here with me, do you see,
You're all I need
I Will Love You - Fisher
'Til my body is dust
'Til my soul is no more
I will love you, love you
'Til the sun starts to cry
And the moon turns to rust
I will love you, love you
I Shall Believe - Sheryl Crow
Open the door
And show me your face tonight
I know it's true
No one heals me like you
And you hold the key
She - Elvis Costello
She may be the reason I survive,
The why and wherefore I'm alive,
The one I'll care for through the rough and ready years.
Me, I'll take her laughter and her tears
And make them all my souvenirs
For where she goes I've got to be.
The meaning of my life is she.
Stolen - Dashboard Confessional
I watch you spin around in your highest heels
You are the best one, of the best ones
We all look like we feel
You have stolen my
You have stolen my heart
Have A Little Faith in Me - John Hiatt
When the road gets dark
And you can no longer see
Just let my love throw a spark
And have a little faith in me
Wonderwall - Ryan Adams
I'm sure you've heard it all before
But you never really had a doubt
I don't believe that anybody feels
The way I do about you now
Because maybe
You're gonna be the one that saves me
And after all
You're my wonderwall
Head Over Feet - Alanis Morissette
You've already won me over in spite of me
And don't be alarmed if I fall head over feet
Don't be surprised if I love you for all that you are
I couldn't help it, it's all your fault

Top 5 Quotes

The Anti-Prom - 3x22
Where did you get those? They're not you.
Why, because I'm just a poor tom boy, or because Dawson gave them to me?
Neither. See this? This is you. It's not showy or gawdy. It's simple. Elegant. Beautiful.

... Must Come To An End - 6x24
... The simple act of being in love with you is enough for me. So you're off the hook.
You know what? For the record, I-- I don't want to be let off the hook.

A Winter's Tale - 4x14
You kissed me first, sweetheart.

True Love - 3x23
I want to stop standing still, I want to move forward, I want to come with you.
What about Bessie and the B&B? They need you.
Not as much as I need you, Pacey.

Coming Home - 4x01
Do you think we could do that thing that we do sometimes?
You wanna do that thing?
Pacey: And here we are. Home sweet home.

Joey: My future lies with you.
Top 5 Kisses

Stolen Kisses - 3x19
I love that Joey finally is able to share her true feelings for Pacey in this moment.
Pacey has shown how he feels about her, and Joey reciprocates the feelings by
kissing him for the first time, allowing them to open up to each other. - Jamie

All Good Things.. - 6x23
Both of them seemed so affected by it, and the kiss on the cheek
Pacey gives her afterwards is so full of hazy lust. - Claire

Cinderella Story/Neverland - 3x17/18
This was Pacey's final attempt to win Joey's heart, and this time he was
determined, so he went for it. And I love it because it was Joey's first
surrender. And we see it in her eyes…the beginning of true love. - Romina

A Winter's Tale - 4x14
This scene is so memorable. You know, after Joey finally being able to go
with Pacey on True Love for the summer, and them having such an amazing
relationship.. the word sex eventually started screaming their names. When it
finally happens you're almost in disbelief.. he's brushing her hair, and then all
of a sudden she's explaining why she's finally ready. Amazing moment. - Ally

Coming Home - 4x01
At the end of 'True Love', we got to see Pacey and Joey ride off into the sunset, happy
and together. That kiss we saw at the end of "Coming Home" was what we didn't get
to see while they were on the boat... happiness, togetherness, connecting with one
another, and a realization that they fit and were made to last... no matter what. - Ali

From the moment that they locked eyes on the dock, Joey with glowering animosity and the pain of rejection and Pacey with a sincere desire to help, the true and never-ending love between them was cast in stone.

There was an indescribable quality about them which made them special. Their love could be torrid but it was never indestructible; even when they were apart, their hearts always complimented one another and, as a fan, you knew that they could never be away from one another for long. They sacrificed and fought for one another but what would seem like struggles for any other couple were simply obstacles that Pacey and Joey could overcome, together, and only served to help them build a stronger bond.

Simply said, Pacey and Joey were, and remain to this day, the epitome of epic love. - Beth

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