Disclaimer: I don't really know.
Author's Note: This is the sequel to Just Roommates. Umm, everything on
the show has happened, however, Rory eventually got over Jess but it's kind
of a tricky topic. Anyways, please read on.
"Ahh, Stars Hollow." Kristina Murray sighed as she and Rory pulled into
the town. "I wonder what I can do to make Taylor flip a lid this trip."
She tried to cackle, but failed.
Rory rolled her eyes at her best friend. "I don't think you'll have much
time to play jokes on Taylor." She looked at the woman next to her. "I
think you and Jake will be too busy trying to 'woo' each other. And
besides, you've got to help me with this ridiculous shower my grandma is
"I bet you can't wait to see Tristan."
A grin appeared on Rory's face that was so big it could have split her
face. "It's been forever!" She exclaimed.
"It's been two weeks."
Kristina pulled her car to a stop in the Gilmore's driveway. "Fine fine,
forever. I wonder where they are."
The 'they' Kristina referred to was Tristan and Jake. It was mid July, and
the four were meeting in Stars Hollow for a engagement party Emily Gilmore
decided to throw for Rory. She had decided to wait until all four people
had graduated from Yale and had a nice little summer vacation. Tristan had
to be there, of course, because he was one half of the happy couple after
all. Kristina and Jake were there because they were the bridesmaid, and
best man respectively.
Lorelai Gilmore ran out of her house like a ghost was chasing her to greet
her daughter. However, she stopped short just before reaching Rory due to
being short of breath. "So, you just got your yearly exercise, huh?" Rory
"I'm going to forget that comment and tell you to give me a hug."
"Your wish is my command." Rory happily hugged her mother, whom she hadn't
seen in nearly a month.
"So, does this mean if I ask for a Ferrari, you'll buy me one?" She felt
Rory shake her head. "What about coffee?"
Lorelai smiled as if she had a secret when she stepped away from the
younger Gilmore. Before she said anything, she gave the obligatory hug to
Kristina. She never did stay at home, or at her own college. It was
surprising she had even settled on a major before she graduated.
"Mo-om, you've got a secret. Now spill."
"Okay, so, I was at the Inn the other day when Luke called." Lorelai
started spilling as the group headed to the house to sit down and drink
some coffee, what else would they do? "Anyways, he was in the diner,
whispering while we were talking. I didn't get every word, maybe every
other one because Kirk was complaining about never getting any service
around the place when I heard-."
"What did you hear?" The two recent graduates encouraged.
"Well, before I was rudely interrupted," Lorelai grinned, "I was going to
say when I heard an all too familiar voice shut him up. Now, this voice
comes with a face. But, I'm not sure if you want to remember it."
Rory was getting what her mom was hinting at very cryptically. She knew he
was back in town, somehow would end up back in her life. She couldn't
avoid him, even though he did break her heart. She couldn't not go into
Luke's every morning and beg for coffee with her mom. She had to face the
facts. "Jess is back, isn't he?"
Lorelai looked sadly at her daughter. "I'm afraid he is, hon." She paused.
"Luke told me that he was here for an interview at the Hartford Post.
Apparently he worked his way through college and cleaned his act up."
Kristina wasn't really catching on. "Jess? The guy I'm supposedly related
to?" Rory smiled and nodded. "Suh-weet, where is he?"
"The diner." A deeper voice said from the doorway of the living room.
Rory knew that voice anywhere. She turned around to see Tristan standing
there, with Jake off to his side.
"Tris!" She jumped up and down before greeting him.
"Ror!" He mimicked her, before getting a slap on the back of the head.
However, he was grinning a megawatt smile.
When they broke the hug and kissed, they found Jake and Kristina doing the
same thing. The other roommates had been dating for about nine or ten
months, and had become very close. No, they hadn't been 'just roommates'
like Tristan and Rory had been in the beginning. Of course, they had
Tristan, Rory and Lorelai playing matchmaker to speed up the process a bit.
Tristan saw his fiancées eyes clouded with worry. "Hey, it'll be alright."
He whispered in her ear and pulled her close. "If you need closure, now
is the time to get it." Rory and Tristan had spent some time talking about
their pasts after the engagement. Eventually Jess wound up as a main
topic, and Rory had confessed that she might have loved him. She didn't
anymore, but she needed to know for a fact that he was okay.
"Are you sure? What if--."
"There are a lot of 'what if's,' Ror. The question is, do I love you
strong enough to let you go if you change your mind."
Rory pulled back suddenly. She was shaking her head violently. "No, I
"Ror, just listen. The answer is, yes. I do."
Yet another voice piped up. "I do? Practicing the vows already?" Lane
Kim asked from the doorway as well.
Tristan and Rory looked at each other. One had worry in their eyes, and
the other had a look fear. Two pairs of blue blue eyes staring at each
other, trying to push out all of the worries in their heads. "Look, just
go and get your closure." Tristan smiled slightly. "I've got some talking
to do with your mom on our escape plans for the party."
Ten minutes later everyone was out of the house except for Tristan and
Lorelai. Jake and Kristina had gone to the Inn to settle into their rooms
and unpack. Rory and Lane had walked to Kim's Antiques so they could catch
up and then Rory was headed for the diner.
"So, what was that tension I felt?" Lorelai asked her future son in law.
She was sitting across from him on the couch with a cup of coffee in her
hand. She saw he had a slightly pained look on his face. "Come on, you
can tell me."
"Okay, we had talked about Jess, and we came to an understanding of Jess.
Rory needed closure." He paused for a moment. "But I never thought in my
wildest dreams that he would show up here."
"Neither did I. Neither did Luke, apparently." Lorelai laughed to
herself. "Listen kid, Rory loves you. Nothing will ever change that, not
her love of coffee, and not even Jess. She just needs to know he's okay,
alive and kicking."
Tristan sighed. "Yeah, I know."
The house had become deafeningly silent for a minute. Which was a rarity
with a Gilmore in the place. It hadn't changed when Rory went to college.
Her room was the same, as was Lorelai's. In fact, there were some clothes
still on the bed, collecting dust. The kitchen still had an oven that was
never used, and the refrigerator was stocked up with food with past due
Lorelai was worrying about Rory like Tristan was. She was worrying about
something different, though. She was worrying as to what this visit would
do to the relationships Rory had with different people, because they had
changed after Jess left Stars Hollow and her life. She was also worrying
after Luke. He had shut Jess out the moment he left for California. Jess
hadn't kept his promise, so he was no longer Luke's responsibility. Luke
had everything going for him right now. His diner was doing great, Taylor
was being human, and Luke was leading a happy life.
"So, we need to start making plans about our escape from the party next
Friday." It was Thursday, so they had a week to make the plans. Lorelai
continued. "Alright, I say one of you fakes sick, and we all go in my car
so I have to be the one that takes you home."
Tristan disagreed. "No no, that will never work, Emily will see right
through that one. How about if. . ." Tristan's voice faded as they became
more wrapped up in the plans for the escape.