A/N: Thanks for all the great reviews and for reading this far, this is it. The end...
** Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters of Gilmore Girls. If I were that all powerful then Jess would be staying put! So, in summation... Please don't sue me!**
Dean pulled the car over outside the bus station, ignoring all the 'no parking' signs.
He and Rory got out of the car quickly and ran into the building.
"You can't park there!" Someone shouted.
"I'll be right back!" Dean called back at them.
Rory stood still looking around at all the people and buses lined up. She closed her eyes for a second, trying to stop everything spinning.
"Do you see him?" Dean asked breathlessly, stopping just behind her.
"No." She said, fresh tears coming to her eyes.
"Look…" Dean pointed to a board, which listed all the buses by number and destination.
They hurried over to it and looked for the number of the bus going to New York.
"There are 3 of them." Rory said anxiously, running her hand through her hair.
"I know…" Dean sighed.
"Number 201." She said.
"It's due to leave first." She said, as they started looking for the right bus.
"I don't see it." Dean said, peering past other people and trying to see the numbers in the buses display windows. "Do you think it left early?"
Rory bit her lip and kept looking.
"There are some more buses back there." She said, pointing behind the ticket booth.
"Ok… let's go." Dean nodded.
They found the bus, but Jess wasn't among the people queuing up to get on it.
"We can't have missed him..." She sighed, trying to convince herself.
"You're right." Dean said.
She frowned and looked to where he was pointing. Her heart jumped when she saw Jess sitting on a bench a little way away from them looking at his ticket, his bags on the floor next to him.
"Jess!" She shouted, pushing past people to get to him.
Dean didn't follow this time.
Jess glanced up at the sound of his name and saw her. He stood up.
"Rory… what are you doing here?" He asked sadly.
"You can't go." She said.
"I have to." He said, shaking his head. "I can't be with you, and there's not way I can stay in Stars Hollow and see you everyday…"
She kissed him, wrapping her arms around him. He closed his eyes and put his arms around her, pulling her closer against him.
They stopped kissing but still held each other. He rested his chin on her shoulder and closed his eyes tightly. After the previous night he wasn't feeling emotionally settled and had to fight hard not to cry at just having her in his arms.
He opened his eyes and frowned.
Dean stood watching them with his hands in his pockets. He looked away every now and then. The next time he looked back he met Jess's stare and they locked eyes.
Even from a distance he could see how Jess was feeling. It was plainly etched in his features. What had happened wasn't something he'd forget, but from the pain he could tell Jess was obviously in, they were even.
Dean let a very faint smile form on his lips and he nodded. Jess let out an unsteady sigh of relief at Dean's sign of acceptance.
He closed his eyes again and held Rory even closer.
They eventually let each other go. She picked up one of his bags and he picked up the other, and then they held each other's hands tightly and walked slowly over to Dean.
None of them spoke.
Sorry couldn't fix anything.
Thank you wasn't enough.
The three of them exchanged brief glances, turned and walked back towards the car.