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: You know Dawson, it might interest you to know that I did take one film class in college. Dawson
: Was it a monumental waste of time? Gretchen Witter
: No, it was great actually. But you know what my teacher said was the most bogus line in Hollywood cinema? Dawson
: What? Gretchen Witter
: "There's no place like home." Dawson
: Wizard of Oz. Gretchen Witter
: Exactly. It's what everybody remembers about the movie, but it doesn't resonate with the rest of the story. Think about it. You know home is this desolate, gray, dust bowl of a place where some nasty old lady is trying to kill your dog. And Oz is ... Dawson
: Technicolor. Gretchen Witter
: And sure it has it's problems. You know, poppy fields, flying monkeys, ... Dawson
: Talking trees. Gretchen Witter
: But along the way you make friends. Good friends. With people that you never even knew existed when you were growing up. Straw people, tin people, ... Dawson
: And lions. Gretchen Witter
] Exactly. And you help each other realize that all the things that you want to be, you already are.
[Dawson is silently reading Gretchen's "good-bye" letter
] Gretchen Witter
] Dear Dawson, I've been thinking about what to say to you since I left your house yesterday. I thought about waiting for you to come to my door, saying this face to face. But I knew it would be too hard. I realize that as much as I need to move on, you need to stay here. Your whole life is about to change in a way that will never be the same. You're opening a new chapter, and you have to give a proper goodbye to the old one. You don't want to miss these moments, even the sad ones, because you'll never get them back. So, enjoy this time. Let it wash over you so that your memories of it are strong. Besides, I don't need to spend a month in a car to fall in love with you. I already am in love with you, more than you know. So goodbye, Dawson Leery. Thank you for changing my life and opening my heart again. You'll never know how much it meant to me. Have a bitchin' summer. Love, Gretchen.
: Senior ski trip is a Capeside rite of passage, absolutely guaranteed to be chock-full of the cruel and unusual. Joey
: Well, knowing our class, I highly doubt it. Gretchen
: Well, let's just say when I went, somebody got pregnant, somebody got arrested, and this one girl's hair caught on fire. Pacey
: Joey'll probably keep me out of jail and Lamaze, and I guess I'll watch out for your hair.