By Emily Carol

Summary: AU - Richard and Emily forced Lorelai and Christopher to put Rory up for adoption after she was born. Now Rory's 16 and living in a family full of boys on the outskirts of New York City. A search for her actual mother on her 16th birthday throws her into a life she never expected. Can a tomboy like her stand it?

Disclaimer: I don't own Gilmore Girls (and I didn't last chapter either... life can be so unfair)

Author's note: Thanks to all reviewers!

This is the last chapter...::tear:: I'm sad to see it go. I loved writing this story.




A soft breeze ruffled Rory Gilmore's hair as she stood in the grass near her father's grave. A tear fell down her cheek, followed by more. She furiously wiped her face with the palm of her hand, but the tears wouldn't give in.

It had been a month since the death of James Carter, not her biological father, but a father in every other way.

Rory still hadn't left New York. She told Lorelai she needed time. So Lorelai came up on weekends to see her.

"Dad?" She asked into the wind. "Dad? What do I do now? They need me here but...but I need Stars Hollow. I'm not meant for the big city anymore Dad, I need quiet, and peace. And what about school? If I stay here I'll never get to college, but I can go anywhere from Chilton Dad. Anywhere, Ivy League college. My grandfather says I could make it into Harvard, Dad, Harvard. Just think of the possibillites.

"But Dad? I can't leave Elizabeth and the boys. Elizabeth's just getting back on her feet, Chris left. He just left, no note, nothing.

"Kinda like I left you, huh Dad? You know I didn't mean to, but I had to meet my real mother. Oh Dad, you would love Lorelai. She's exactly what you said everyone should be like, happy and full of life. She has everything she needs; love. She gives it and people give it to her.

"Sometimes she just blasts music all over our house and dances to it. She's constantly not acting her age, always younger. She's funny and kind and...just one of the greatest people I've ever met, she's right up there on the list by you Dad."

Rory stopped talking, the wind had grown stronger and she shivered as she turned to leave. Vowing to come back tomorrow.

"I heard you talking to him," Lorelai walked out from behind a tree on the edge of the cemetery. "I hope you don't mind."

Rory shook her head as she wrapped her arms around herself to keep warm.

"Did you mean it? Everything about me?" Lorelai's eyes seemed to threaten to spill over.

Rory wiped at more tears as she nodded her head, "I did."

Lorelai walked towards her and wrapped her arms around her in a tight hug.

"I'm ready to go home Mom," Rory said softly.

"Okay, I'm here until Sunday," Lorelai told her, not realizing what she meant.

"No Mom, I'm ready to go home, to Stars Hollow," Rory looked up at her mother. "With you."


Author's Note: Hope you really enjoyed it. This is beginning the ending of me posting my stories here, for the second time. If you want to read any thing (please do, I enjoy critisism and encouragement) remember, at my website which is in my profile!

Thank you to all my readers and reviewers: Callista NicTeryn, smile1, gemstar2, Spuffyluvr, camdengirl4ever, coffechick87, Mrs. Carly Corinthose, Kate, RoryJess4evea, Blaney, Sarah, QueenLorelaiCoffee, jalna, An Adopted Person (thank you for you flamer...), Robin2, StephieM, melissa, imonadiet, punkcatwitissues, not4me, SarkLover, and gilmorelvr. Plus anyone who I accidently missed or any of you who read but never reviewed.

Thank you all a lot, your reviews kept me going.

~Emily Carol