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Chapter 14

"Oh wow! Look at how many books there are!" Rory exclaimed as they walked round the rummage sale in the square. "Come on!" She grinned at Jess and rushed off.

"Wait up! Count me in!" Amy called following them.

"It's cool you got to stay for this." Olivia smiled at Ben as they walked around the different stalls.

"Yeah. Thanks for letting us stay over." He smiled.

"Oh you don't need to thank me. It was fun." She said.

"Yeah it was." Ben smiled.

"Hey Gilmore!" A voice called.

Olivia turned round and smiled. "Dugrey! What are you doing here?" She asked.

"You mentioned this the other day at school and I thought I'd come and support a good cause and check it out." Tristan said.

"And laugh at my crazy town again?" Olivia smirked.

"Maybe." He smirked.

"Oh, Tristan, this is Ben by the way. His dad is good friends with Luke." Olivia said. "Ben, this is Tristan. He's a friend from school."

"Nice to meet you." Ben said holding out his hand.

"You too." Tristan said shaking it.

"So you take the same classes?" Ben asked.

"Yep. Liv keeps me sane at school. Gets me through the lessons." Tristan said.

"That is if you actually turn up to the lessons." Olivia smirked.

"That's true." Tristan smirked.

"Cool." Ben said.

"Hey, guess what! Do you want some gossip?" Tristan asked Olivia.

"Of course!" She grinned.

"Paris asked me out." He said.

"What?" She said surprised.

"Yeah, we were messaging last night. And suddenly she just asked me out." Tristan said.

"Wow!" Olivia said. "So...what did you say?"

"Well...I said no." He said.

"What? Why?" She exclaimed.

"Uh..because she's not really my type..." Tristan said.

"Urgh...Paris is going to kill me!" Olivia groaned.

"What, why?" He said.

"Because I was the one who encouraged her to ask you out!"

"Why?" He asked.

"Because she's crazy about you, that's why! She has been for years apparently! And we were having a really nice chat and now she's going to hate me again because you screwed that up!" She exclaimed.

"Sorry..." Tristan said. "Would you rather I go out with her even though I don't feel that way about her? Because I think that's even more mean."

Olivia sighed. "No, it's not your fault. I just...Paris is going to go back to hating me now..."

"Nah she's not. After she asked me out, I rang her and we actually had a good chat. She admitted everything about how she felt and I apologised for not noticing and for acting like a jerk. But I really don't feel that way about her. I value my friendship with her and I told her that." He said.

"Wow...so you had a proper conversation..."

"Pretty much. It was nice." Tristan said. "She said it was ok and that she was happy to just be my friend."

"Wow...so she wasn't angry or upset?" Olivia asked.

"Maybe a bit disappointed but I think she understood. And she appreciated my honesty." He said.

"Well...that's good then." She smiled.

"I'm going to go check out some of these stalls. Check in with you later?" Tristan said.

"Sure!" Olivia said watching him walk off.

"Ok, who was that?" Amy said appearing at her side.

"Who was who?" Olivia said.

"That guy who were just talking to!" She said.

"Oh, you mean Tristan?" She said.

"If Tristan is the name of that cute guy you were talking to, then yeah!" Amy grinned.

"What?" Olivia laughed.

"Oh come on, you can't deny that he is hot!" She said.

Olivia smirked slightly. "Well, I guess..."

"What's his story?" Amy asked. "Is he single?"

"Uh...yeah." She said.

"Is he a friend? Could you set me up?" Amy said excitedly.

"Seriously? You want to go out with Tristan?" Olivia laughed.

"Well yeah! He's so cute! And he's your friend right? So he must be nice as well." She grinned. "Please Olivia! Hook a friend up!"

Olivia smirked. "Ok...well I'll see him later so I'm sure I could introduce you."

"I love you!" Amy grinned.

"You really want to go out with him? He doesn't seem like your type." Ben said.

"And how do you know what my type is?" Amy said.

"Well, not cocky rich boys for a start." Ben commented.

"Hey, Tristan's not like that!" Olivia frowned.

"All guys who go to posh schools like Tristan are like that." Ben said.

"That's a bit of a stereotype. So are Rory and I cocky rich girls?" She said.

"No! Obviously not! You come from a different background that all those other kids." Ben said.

"Right..." Olivia said.

"Uh...I'm going to go get us some food." He said suddenly awkwardly before rushing off.

"What was that about?" Olivia asked Amy.

"Search me." Amy shrugged.

"Look, Tristan really isn't like what Ben described. Trust me. He's cool." Olivia said.

"I know. If you're friends with him, he must be nice." Amy smiled. "And I'll be forever grateful to you."

"Hey, look, here he is now!" Olivia said. "That wasn't long." She grinned at Tristan.

"It's not as fun looking around by myself." Tristan grinned.

"Poor you." She teased. She glanced at Amy. "Well maybe you don't have to do it alone. Tristan, this is Amy. She's Ben's sister." She smiled.

"Nice to meet you." Tristan smiled at her.

"Yeah...you too." Amy said nervously.

"Amy was looking for someone to go round the stalls with while I go grab some food. Want to keep her company in the meantime?" Olivia said.

Tristan smirked and glanced at Amy. "That ok with you?" He asked.

"Uh..yeah...if you want." Amy smiled.

"After you." He smiled.

"Ok..." Amy said, smiling excitedly at Olivia before walking off with him.

"I see that you are moving him on quickly then..." A voice said behind her.

"Paris!" Olivia said surprised. "What are you doing here?"

"I thought I'd offer my support for this rummage sale and also tell you that Tristan turned me down but you obviously already know that seeing as you're setting him up with someone else already." She commented.

Olivia sighed. "Tristan said you had a nice chat. I'm really sorry it didn't end up how you wanted. But Tristan said you were good." She said.

"We did." Paris said crossing her arms against her chest.

Olivia sighed. "Look, if you don't want me to do this, I'll try and put Amy off. If it's too soon for you..."

"Seriously?" Paris said surprised. "You'd do that for me?"

"If it's what you want. Paris, you're my friend as well. Well, I think you are. If this makes you upset, I'll fix it." Olivia said.

Paris sighed. "No, it's fine." She said. "I just...I guess I'm still a bit disappointed. I sort of had my hopes up and well...you know."

"I'm sorry." She said. "I sort of feel responsible. I encouraged you to ask me out."

"No, it's ok. I'm glad I did. Otherwise I would be living the rest of my life wondering what if." Paris said. "Anyway, Tristan deserves happiness and if your friend can give him that, who am I to stand in their way right?"

"That's very noble of you." Olivia smiled.

"Well...I learnt it off a friend." Paris shrugged before giving her a small smile.

Olivia smiled. "So what are you doing here? This doesn't really seem like something you'd go to..."

"Well, I sort of wanted to see you. Well, both you and Rory actually." She admitted. "I was going to ask if you both wanted to split the debate time with me."

"Really?" She said surprised.

"Yeah. You two are just as good as me. It's only fair." She said.

"Well, thanks! I'm sure Rory will be excited as well." Olivia said.

"She is! Hey Paris!" Rory smiled walking up to them with Jess.

"Hi." Paris smiled.

"So we're splitting the debate time?" Rory asked.

"If you want to?" Paris said.

"Yeah of course! Thanks Paris!" Rory smiled.

"Well, I'll leave you to it. See you at school."

"Bye Paris." Olivia smiled.


"Hey, we should all do something when mom goes out on her date with Luke!" Rory said.

"We should probably get home..." Ben said.

Olivia glanced at him and frowned. He'd been quiet and a bit moody ever since meeting Tristan and she didn't know why.

"Oh nonsense! Dad won't mind if we're a bit later." Amy said. "What do you have in mind?"

"We could triple date." Jess suggested.

"What?" Rory laughed.

"Well...I was sort of hoping to use this time to take you out on our first date as well." Jess said, ducking his head slightly.

"Aw that's sweet!" Rory smiled.

"But we could all go out maybe." Jess said. "We could invite Tristan." He told Amy.

"Well I'm in then!" Amy grinned.

"Uh, can I just point out that that sort of leaves me and Ben as gooseberries...?" Olivia said.

"Yeah but you could still come together. It doesn't matter that you're not going out. It'll be fun." Jess said.

Rory glanced at Olivia. "Only if you want. We can always do something else."

Olivia glanced at Ben. "Well...I guess I don't mind if...Ben's ok with it?"

Ben glanced at her and sighed. "Sure, why not? It'll be fun to spend some more time with you all before we head back."

"Ok then." Olivia smiled slightly. "So should we say 7?"

"Sounds good." Jess nodded.

"It's a date!" Rory grinned.


Lorelai followed Luke into a restaurant. "Aren't we meant to wait to be seated?" She asked as Luke led her straight to a table.

"It's cool." Luke said.

"Is this like a mafia thing?" She joked.

"Definitely like a mafia thing." He smirked. "Here, sit." He said.

"Thanks." She grinned. "This is a nice place." She said.

"Yeah it is." Luke smiled. "Friends of my parents own it. I actually come here quite a bit. I try to anyway."

"Wow, Luke has a Luke's." She grinned.

Luke chuckled. "Something like that." He said. He glanced at her. "So I'm glad we got to do this."

"Me too." Lorelai smiled.

"It only took about 11 years." Luke smiled slightly.

Lorelai laughed. "We got here in the end though." She said.

"Yeah we did." Luke smiled.

"Hey, do you remember when we first met?" She asked.

"What?"

"I was thinking the other day about this. It must have been at Luke's right?" She said.

"It was at Luke's, it was at lunch, it was a very busy day, the place was packed and this person..." Luke said.

"Ooh, is it me? Is it me?" Lorelai gasped.

"This person comes tearing into the place in a caffeine frenzy." He smiled slightly.

"Ooh, it's me." Lorelai grinned.

"I was with a customer. She interrupts me, wild-eyed, begging for coffee so I tell her to wait her turn. Then she starts following me around, talking a mile a minute, saying god knows what. So finally I turn to her and I tell her she's being annoying. I tell her to sit down, shut up, I'll get to her when I get to her." He continued.

"You know, I bet she took that very well because she sounds just delightful." She smiled.

"She asked me what my birthday was. I wouldn't tell her. She wouldn't stop talking. I gave in. I told her my birthday. Then she opened up the newspaper to the horoscope page, wrote something down, tore it out, handed it to me." Luke said.

"I did?" She said.

"So I'm looking at this piece of paper in my hand, and under "Scorpio," she had written, 'You will meet an annoying woman today. Give her coffee and she'll go away." I gave her coffee." Luke smiled.

"But she didn't go away." Lorelai grinned.

"She told me to hold on to that horoscope, put it in my wallet, and carry it around with me." He said pulling out his wallet. "She told me one day it would bring me luck." He said. "And I guess it did." He smiled.

"Well, man, I will say anything for a cup of coffee." Lorelai said stunned. "I can't believe you kept this. You kept this in your wallet?"

"Eleven years." He nodded.

"Eleven years." She said softly.

Luke sighed and put it back in his wallet. "I guess that day...meeting you...I guess I realised I'd met a pretty amazing person." He said softly.

Lorelai smiled. "Well...the feeling was mutual. Why do you think I kept coming back to the diner?"

"I thought it was for the coffee."

"Well yeah, obviously!" She teased. "But there was another reason as well." She smiled softly. "Maybe I didn't realise it at the time but I knew I loved your company."

"Loved annoying me more like." He smirked.

"That as well!" She grinned.

Luke smiled at him. "Lorelai, this thing we're doing here...me, you...I just want you to know I'm in. I am all in." He said softly. "Is that..uh..is that ok with you?" He said carefully.

Lorelai smiled softly and took hold of his hand. "That is more than ok with me." She said.


"So Amy and Tristan seem to be hitting it off..." Ben said.

Olivia glanced at him and then over at Amy and Tristan who were sat together watching the movie at the movie theatre. "Yeah..." She said cautiously.

"I've not seen her this happy for a while." Ben said.

"Same with Rory." Olivia said smiling as she watched Jess and Rory snuggled together on the red couch. She glanced at him. "So you're not going to try and put Amy off him then? Seeing as he's so obviously a cocky rich boy?" She said.

Ben glanced at her and sighed. "That was a jerky thing to say. I'm sorry." He said. "He's your friend and I was rude earlier. He actually seems kind of cool."

"Yeah. He is." Olivia nodded.

"I guess I just felt a bit...I don't know...intimidated by him." Ben admitted.

"Intimidated? Why?" She said confused.

"Because I'm an idiot. And you two seem to get on really well. I guess I was sort of jealous." He said awkwardly.

"Jealous? Why would you be jealous?" Olivia said.

Ben hesitated for a moment. "I..uh..I thought maybe he liked you..." He admitted. "Like, like liked you."

"Oh." She said surprised.

"It was stupid." Ben said.

"But then you found out that Amy liked him so...?"

"Like I said, I'm an idiot. And I'm sorry if I was rude and if I offended you." Ben said sincerely.

"Ok..." Olivia said still a bit confused. "But I still don't get..."

"Ok fine, I like you ok?" Ben admitted. "I like you and I got all jealous because I thought Tristan liked you. I know you were trying to set him up with Amy but I felt intimidated by him and it was stupid. And now I feel embarrassed so I'm going to go." He said getting up and rushing out.

Olivia watched him leave, stunned. She waited a moment before getting up and rushing after him. "Ben, wait!" She called catching up to him.

"I'm sorry. I shouldn't have sprung it on you like that. And I know you have your own stuff to work through. I do know that." He said. "I just...I've never clicked with someone so much as I have with you from the first day. I feel like we just hit it off straight away and I don't know...that doesn't really happen to me."

"It doesn't really happen to me either." She admitted. She sighed. "I do like you, Ben. I love spending time with you. I just...I don't want to lead you on. I don't want to make the same mistake I made before. It wouldn't be fair on you." She said. She glanced at him. "I don't know what to say. I...It's complicated."

"I get that." Ben said. "And I don't want to pressure you at all. It's ok. I think I might just head home. Tell Amy I'll see her back there. Maybe we should just take some time and not talk all the time."

"What?" She said.

"I mean, I love our phone calls but maybe that's just putting more pressure on us." He said. "Maybe we should wait until we actually move here?"

"But that could take weeks yet." Olivia said quietly.

"Maybe." He nodded.

"I...I don't want that." She admitted.

"Well, I don't either. But I don't know what else to suggest." Ben said. He sighed. "I really like you. But as I said, I don't want you to feel pressured or awkward or anything. So maybe if the phone calls stopped, it would take that pressure and awkwardness away."

"You really want our phone calls to stop?" Olivia said quietly.

"No." He said honestly. "But I care more about you than myself. If this helps you, then I will do it."

"Really? You'd do that for me? You would make me feel comfortable even though it would make you miserable?" She said touched.

"Well...yeah..." Ben said.

"Well...it would make me miserable as well so I don't think we should." Olivia said hesitantly.

"What?"

"The fact that you would put your feelings aside for me. That's...so sweet." She said softly. "But I don't need you to. And...I don't want you to." She said nervously.

"What are you saying?" Ben said.

"I'm saying...well...I'm saying..." Olivia tried but hesitated. She took a deep breath. "I'm saying...maybe I'm ready to move on."

"Move on?" Ben questioned.

"Yeah.." She said, smiling nervously. "You were right. I've never clicked with someone so immediately like I have done with you. It's a...well, it's a nice feeling. Kind of...special...don't you think?"

Ben smiled softly. "Yeah it is." He said. "Are you sure about this?"

Olivia smiled softly and stepped forward. "Does this answer your question?" She said before kissing him.

"Only if this is a good enough reaction." He smirked slightly as he reciprocated her action.

So I hope you liked it! Please keep the reviews coming as I love reading what you all think! Thank you again for all your support! It really does mean so much to me. :)