The Orange Soda Will Get You Every Time: Chapter 11

"And she said she could make the yellow light... and, and... then this car came out of nowhere! And it slammed into the... the tail of the car and we went spinning! And Ms. Kathy was screaming, but I don't know why because it was SO COOL!"

Rory pushed a little hair out of Dan's face. "It's not cool, Dan. You broke your leg."

"I know! But now... Now I get to use crutches, and people can sign my cast! They said I can have a blue one! Where's Dad? I want him to sign it first."

Rory sighed. "He's talking to the doctor."

"Oh," Dan replied. "Did you guys make a baby?"

Rory's eyes widened. "What?!"

"Ms. Patty said that S-E-X happens on the third date, and Uncle Luke says that S-E-X is when the stork brings a baby."

Rory stared in shock. "Uhm..."

"Was it a boy or a girl?" Dan asked.

"I... I have to go find your dad," Rory stammered. She got up and rushed out of the hospital room where she was met by Luke and Lorelai.

"Jess called," said Lorelai worriedly. "We got here as soon as we could."

"Is Dan okay?" Luke asked.

"He's fine," Rory snapped. "What have you been telling him about sex?"

Luke winced a little. "Well..."

"He asked me if Jess and I had a baby."

Lorelai snickered. "I'm gonna go check on him."


Jess sighed. "Antibiotics, crutches and cast."

"He may need some physical therapy when it comes time to take the cast off," the doctor added.

Jess nodded. "Do you know where the woman who brought him in is?"

"No, I can't say I do," the doctor replied. "She decided not to stay. The last I saw, she was signing herself out."

"Thanks," Jess muttered. He turned to find Rory behind him.

"Dan's fine," she told him. "He was asking about you."

He nodded and kissed her softly. "I'll be there soon. I have to take care of something first."

Rory nodded and watched him walk off.


"Where are you headed?"

Kathy stopped and sighed, turning her heel on the paved sidewalk below her. "I hear Chicago is nice this time of year."

Jess nodded.

She smiled sadly. "You were right... About us... about my not deserving Dan... he doesn't even like me."

"He doesn't know you," Jess pointed out.

"Even if he did, he wouldn't like me," Kath laughed out bitterly. "You don't."

"Used to," he said quietly. "I used to love you."

She nodded. "I'll always love you."

He didn't reply.

Kathy sighed and gave another nod. "Goodbye, Jess Mariano."

He watched her turn away, and then began to walk back to the hospital without a word.

He'd never been one for goodbyes.


Rory walked outside, hugging her coat tightly against herself. She found Jess leaning against a wall, smoking a cigarette. "I thought you quit."

"I did," Jess replied without looking. "And I'll do it again tomorrow."

"One wonders what kind of a bad influence you set for Dan on a normal basis," Rory snickered.

He took another drag. "Same kind I have on everyone I meet."

She nodded, and they stood in silence.

"So," Rory said softly. "Did you catch up with Kathy?"

"Yeah," Jess replied. "Yeah... she's uhm... she's on her way out of town."

"Oh...well... That's..."

"Smile," Jess smirked. "You know you want to."

Rory laughed a little. "I shouldn't. I really shouldn't."

Jess's smirk widened and he stubbed out his cigarette out. "Go ahead."

"Stop."

He chuckled and pulled her to him to kiss her on the forehead.


"Be careful!"

"I can do it," Dan insisted as he took wobbly strides forward on his crutches. He tried to break away from Luke's arms. "I can, really."

Luke sighed and let him go slowly. "Just... watch out, okay?"

Dan nodded and took a couple of more strides, reaching the end of the large, all-purpose recovery room. He almost rammed into Lorelai.

"Oh!" she smiled, taking a sip of coffee. "Now cough really, really over-dramatically and say 'God bless us, everyone!'"

Jess rolled his eyes as he walked in behind Lorelai. "Stop it. Christmas isn't for another four weeks, and he won't need the crutches by then."

"Too bad," Lorelai pouted.

"Dad!" Dan cried. "Dad!" He got too excited in his stride forward and nearly fell over.

Jess was able to lunge forward and steady him. "Calm."

"Dad, you have to sign my cast!"

"Okay," Jess nodded. "I will. I'll go borrow a pen and I'll sign it, but you have to promise not to get overzealous with the crutches."

"Overzealous?"

"Too excited," Jess explained. "We'll look it up when we get home."

"Okay," Dan nodded. "Dad, is Ms. Kathy gone?"

Jess nodded a little. "Yeah, Dan. She had to go."

"Oh... will I ever see her again?"

"Maybe," Jess shrugged. "You never know."

Dan nodded and almost fell over again, but Jess held him steady.


"Are you sure you guys won't stay the night?" Lorelai asked worriedly. "It's late."

They'd driven back to Stars Hollow when Dan had been released by the doctors. The five-year-old was presently sleeping in his father's arms, his bulky cast sticking out.

Jess shook his head as he loaded their things into the car. "I have work in the morning, and believe me; I can't wait to sleep in my own room."

Luke nodded. "Have a safe drive, okay?"

Jess nodded back. "Thanks." He blinked and looked around. "Where's Rory?"

The younger Gilmore stuck her head out of the passenger's side window of Jess's car. "All set to go."

Jess smirked at her. "You want me to drop you off at your place?"

"Actually..." Rory said blushing. "Would it be okay if I just... crashed at your place tonight? Y'know... Dan shouldn't be out any later than he has to."

Jess nodded awkwardly. "Right...right. Okay."

Luke smacked Jess upside the head lightly. "Go home."

Jess gave half a glare to his uncle before situating Dan in the back seat, getting in and driving off.


"When are we going back to Stars Hollow?"

Jess sighed as he tucked Dan into his bed in their apartment. "Not for a long time. I think I've had just about all I can stand of that town for a while."

"Then... then when am I gonna see Lorelai and Uncle Luke and Lindsay and Dean and-"

"Hey, hey," Jess interrupted. "We'll go back in a few weeks, okay?"

Dan nodded. "Okay. Is Rory gonna sleep in your room with you?"

Jess paled a little. "I don't know yet..."

"Cause then I could wake you both up in the morning!" Dan exclaimed.

"No way," Jess told him. "Your leg is busted. You're not waking anybody up tomorrow."

Dan pouted a little. "Aw, man..."

Jess smirked. "Get some sleep. I'll wake you up."

Dan nodded. "What if my leg starts hurting again?"

"Yell, and I'll get you some painkillers," Jess replied. "G'night."

"Night, Dad." Dan craned his neck to see out into the living room. "NIGHT, RORY!"

Rory snickered and poked her head into the room. "G'night."

Jess pulled the covers over Dan and turned out the light. He walked out and closed the door after him.

Rory watched him with a smile. "All tucked in?"

Jess nodded. "He should be out soon. He's usually a pretty heavy sleeper."

Rory nodded back, and they stood in the silence of the dimly lit living room.

"So, uh..." Jess said in an almost nervous tone. "We could do this a number of ways."

"Okay."

"I could sleep on the couch, and you could take my room," Jess said. "You could sleep on the couch, and I could sleep in my room...or... we could sleep together in my room and have really good sex."

Rory laughed a little blushed. "I've got another option."

He raised a good-natured eyebrow. "Sex on the couch?"

She snickered and walked forward to wrap her arms around him. "We could just sleep."

He nodded and kissed her lightly. "We could do that."

They stood in the quiet for a moment, before meeting each other half-way for a heated kiss. Jess pulled her closer and Rory began to back him into his bedroom.

She closed the door behind her and laughed softly against his lips.

He grinned and kissed her again. "Make up your mind, Ms. Gilmore, you're confusing my hormones."

Rory started inching them toward the bed again.

"DAAAAAAAAAD!"

Jess groaned.

END

Yup. That's all for this one folks. Stick a fork in it. It's done.

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