Picks up the morning after Raining Recipes on My Coat. My take on Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller.
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Hello, Dolly! Chapter 1
Rory smiled sleepily, and ran the back of her hand down Jess's cheek.
"The sun better be setting," Jess murmured.
She smiled. It was cute to hear him talk in his sleep.
"Not kidding, Rory," he grumbled, burrowing deeper under the covers. "I'm not waking up until the sun goes down."
She snickered. "You don't want breakfast?"
He gave her a grunt and turned over.
She smiled and kissed the back of his neck. "Jess..."
He gave another grunt.
"What time is it?"
"Nine," Rory replied.
He squinted at her. "You want me to get out of bed at nine."
"In the morning."
She gave another nod.
He shook his head and covered it with a pillow.
"Get up or I'm gonna start jumping on the bed."
He peaked at her with an eyebrow raised. "Really? Naked and everything?"
She blushed, took her pillow, and smacked him.
"Ow," he moaned loudly.
She shushed him with a giggle. "Keep it down. Taylor is probably awake by now."
Jess sat up with a smirk, and slammed his shoulder into the wall making the pictures that adorned it shake. He moaned even louder than before.
"Rory!" He threw himself at her, pinning her to the bed.
She laughed loudly and batted at him playfully.
"You and Luke?"
Lorelai sighed as she watched Sookie rush around the kitchen, preparing breakfast.
"You and Luke?!"
"Sookie!" Lorelai hissed.
"I'm sorry," Sookie replied excitedly. "It's just... so great! You and Luke. You and Luke! Did you guys..." she motioned from one side to the other in a suggestive way.
"No!" Lorelai cried. "We haven't even been on one date!"
"So?" Sookie asked. "It happens quick for some people!"
"Tell me about it," Lorelai muttered. "Rory can't keep her hands off of Jess."
Sookie's eyes widened. "That was them making all that noise? I thought it was Kirk and Lulu!"
"I wish," Lorelai replied. "No, that was Jess and Rory."
She rolled her eyes. "Taylor alert."
Sookie nodded at her as she walked out into the dining room.
"I demand a room change," he snapped.
Lorelai blinked. "Why?"
"Rory and Jess keep making a ton of racket!" Taylor complained. "I was assured a nice, relaxing, quiet weekend, and so far, you have not followed through on that!"
"Oh, Taylor, I'm so sorry," Lorelai replied sincerely. "I will have a talk with Rory and tell her to keep the noise down."
Taylor snorted rather loudly, and stormed off.
"Taylor giving you a hard time?"
She whirled around quickly, and smacked right banister.
Luke rushed over to steady her. "You okay?"
She nodded. "Yeah! Yeah, I'm fine. And yes, Taylor was giving me a hard time... but it's better than him beating down Rory and Jess's door, and Jess answering it in the buff."
Luke smirked. "That might actually be kinda funny."
Lorelai glared a little.
"...If this wasn't your trial weekend."
"Thank you," she nodded.
"So... you got up pretty early," Luke commented.
"Yeah, I had to get things moving for the morning," Lorelai smiled. "I... I have a business to run."
He nodded. "And a good one it is."
Her smiled widened. "What are you up to?"
"I've gotta head out," he told her. "I have my own business to run."
Lorelai nodded. "Right... right..."
They stood in silence.
"So..." Luke cleared his throat. "I will... see you later."
"You will," Lorelai nodded.
He leaned forward quickly, and placed a soft, fast kiss on her lips, which caught her off guard completely.
He smiled as he began to walk out. "Tell Jess that I want his ass home sooner rather than later."
She nodded, and watched him go. "Will-do..."
Patty watched all of this from the stairs with a huge grin on her face. "Good morning, Lorelai."
Lorelai whirled around, and smacked into the banister again. "Patty! Good morning! Did you sleep well?"
Patty nodded as she descended the stairs. "Like a baby... Luke had to go so soon?"
"Yeah," Lorelai nodded. "He had to get to work."
"Mm," Patty nodded. "Too bad... He looks like he's been working out." She grinned again, and made her way into the dining room for breakfast.
Lorelai shook her head. "The whole town is going to know in two seconds... tops."
Patty beamed at Rory as she walked into the dining room. "Rory, sweetie, come sit with us!"
Rory smiled and took a seat around the small table.
"Where's Jess?" Babbette asked.
"He's still sleeping," Rory replied, a blush creeping up on her.
Patty grinned. "You wore him out. Good girl."
Jackson blinked, as he bounced Davie over his shoulder. "Wore him out from what?"
Babbette and Patty stared at him and his eyes widened.
"Oh!" He turned to Rory. "You and Jess?!"
Rory stared down at her lap. "I was hoping to avoid bringing it up."
Babbette gave her a sympathetic look. "That bad, huh?"
"No!" Rory yelped, looking up at them. "No, it's just... private..."
"Honey, this is Stars Hollow," Patty chuckled. "Nothing is ever private."
Rory sighed. With Lorelai busy making sure things ran smoothly and Jess still in bed, she found herself without backup.
Patty smiled. "So, are you and Jess back together, or was this a one night stand?"
Rory blushed again. Might as well tell them. "He's moving back... at least for the summer."
Babbette sighed heavily. "I'm gonna have to put the gnomes away again."
"He doesn't do that anymore," Rory defended.
"Do what anymore?" a scratchy voice asked from behind the table.
Patty smiled as Jess walked over.
Rory frowned as he got closer. "You're bruised up. I didn't notice when I woke up..."
"The quiet ones are always the violent ones in the sack," Jackson muttered to the two other women.
Jess rolled his eyes. "It's from getting slugged in the face last night," he muttered.
"Sit, Jess," Patty invited. "You must be starving."
"Actually, I was gonna go help Luke..."
Rory gave him a helpless look.
He sighed and pulled up a chair next to her. "If Luke call my phone to yell at me..."
"I take total responsibility," Rory nodded.
Patty grinned at them. "I forgot how cute the two of you could be."
Rory smirked and wrapped an arm around Jess. "When he's not being grouchy."
Jess sighed, as Sookie rushed out and set two plates down in front of them. "Morning, Jess. Hey, Popcorn!"
Rory smiled. "Hey, Sookie."
Jess muttered a "thank you" and dug into his plate of food.
Babbette watched with wide eyes. "So Jess, Doll... we hear you're moving back..."
Jess nodded and swallowed a mouthful of eggs. "I am."
Patty smiled. "That must be very exciting. We hear your apartment in New York isn't the best place in the world."
He shrugged, not meeting any of their eyes. "It's fine."
Rory bit her lip and then took a bite of her food, her eyes never leaving Jess. He looked about ready to run. "Jess wants to go back to school."
"Oh, Jess, honey, that's wonderful," Babbette said sincerely.
"It is," Patty agreed. "You're such a smart boy. It's so good that you're getting back on your feet. It must have been awful last year when your father just showed up like that."
Rory blinked at Patty and then looked to Jess, a little annoyed. "Yeah. That must have been really weird, Jess."
Jess glanced at her and cleared his throat. "I need the bathroom." With that, he got up and walked out as fast as he could without looking like he was running.
"Yeah," Rory said. "Me, too." She got up and went after him.
Patty blinked. "Was it something I said?"
Lorelai looked up from the desk to see Jess walk into the lobby, Rory hot on his heels.
"You should have told me."
Rory threw up her hands. "Why didn't you tell me?"
"I don't know," Jess replied.
"Why did they know and I didn't?!" Rory yelled.
"I don't know that, either!" Jess cried. He sighed. "You know now."
"No thanks to you," Rory snapped. "When... when was he here? When did you see him?"
"He showed up a couple of days after Kyle's party."
Rory nodded slowly.
Lorelai blinked at them. She had no idea what in hell they were talking about.
Jess sighed again and squeezed his eyes shut. "I'd flunked out of high school... Luke was kicking me out... you and I were... I don't know... I didn't think I had anywhere else to go."
Rory stared at him. "You followed him."
She shifted uncomfortably. "Was he nice? Did...did you guys get along?"
Jess shrugged. "Sometimes... it was hard."
Rory nodded. "You should have told me."
"We were barely speaking."
"You could have just blurted it out," Rory snapped. "I was right there, on the bus with you. We sat next to each other. You couldn't just say 'hey, y'know my dad who I've never met? Well, I met him!'?"
"I can't do that, Rory," Jess spat out angrily. "I don't know how to do that!"
They stood in silence for a moment, before Jess shook his head.
"I'm sorry," he muttered. "I gotta get going before Luke hunts me down and shoots me." With that, he turned and left the inn.
Rory watched him.
Lorelai sighed and walked out from behind the desk and over to her daughter. "What was that all about?"
Rory sighed. "His dad."
Lorelai blinked, obviously confused again. "His dad?"
Rory nodded, keeping her eyes on the door.