What began as a one-shot and then metamorphosed into a multi-chapter story has, for now, drawn to a close. First and foremost, I'd like to sincerely thank all of you for taking the time to read, comment, favorite and follow. Your support means more than I can say and I truly, truly appreciate it.
Writing stories was never something I'd intended; I'm more of a reader. That being said, I've loved writing this story and I hope you've enjoyed the journey Rory, Jess, Zooey and everyone else have taken. Perhaps the story will continue someday, but for the time being, the status is being set to "complete."
Once again, thank you so, so very much for reading and supporting "Worth It All."
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Worth It All
Epilogue: It Still Is
Thirty years later
Most recently, Luke's Diner has become another, smaller branch of Truncheon Books. Much to the confusion of any visitors to Stars Hollow, the store bears three signs on the outside of the building; one for William's Hardware Store, another for Luke's and a third for the book store, now the only one in town after Andrew's retirement. Anyone venturing inside is struck by the eclectic selection of books and the coffee corner, serving a Lorelai-approved strong brew. Lorelai and Luke, meanwhile, are comfortably retired and still living in Stars Hollow. Zooey, by now a grown woman herself, successfully graduated from Princeton and has recently started a new job in New York City.
"I can't believe we're still having these Hemingway and Rand debates." Rory grins at Jess as they settle down in the living room on a unseasonably warm spring evening.
"You're the one with the ongoing, nonsensical fondness for that political nut," Jess counters.
"The same could be said about you and the ever-painful Ernest Hemingway."
"We're going to keep disagreeing until the end of time."
"As long as we spend that existence together, that's not going to be a problem," Rory offers with a smile.
"Well, we've known each other for a few decades now, so I'd say the odds are in our favor."
"I'm glad we ended up here," Rory muses. "Not just here in Stars Hollow, although that's obviously wonderful because it's home. I mean, that we ended up here, like this, with the best kid imaginable, with such a great family, and went through everything we did, together. I wouldn't want to imagine it any other way."
"I'm glad too," he acknowledges, pulling her close. "I love you."
"A ridiculous amount, even after all this time?" Rory teases.
"Consistently," Jess confirms.
"I love you a ridiculous amount all the time, too."
"Glad we're on the same page." He brushes a soft kiss to her lips.
"It was worth it all, wasn't it?" Rory smiles.
"It still is," Jess determines, leaning in to kiss her again.