This has been stuck in my head for two weeks so I thought I should write it down.
A little background before we get on with story.
Instead of kicking Jess out at the end of Last Week Fights, This Week Tights, Rory and Jess slept together, after which Rory told Jess she couldn't go away with him. Sleeping with Dean at the inn test run didn't happen. Loreali and Luke did get together. Three months down the line Rory went to see Jess in New York, but after someone telling him Rory was there she waiting fifteen minutes and Jess not coming to talk to her she left him a note and went back and caught a bus to Stars Hollow. Our story begins a few days later.
Luke looked up when heard the door open and was startled to Jess standing in the door.
"Hey Uncle Luke."
"Jess. What brings you back to Stars Hollow?"
"Nice to see you too."
"Sorry." Luke apologised. "It's good to see you. Why are you here?"
"Rory came to New York. I was stuck in the middle of something when I got the message she was there, by the time I could get out of it she was gone. She left this cryptic note." Jess pulled it of his pocket and handed it to Luke.
The stick turned blue,
I thought you should know.
Luke already knew what the note meant.
"You have any idea what she's talking about?"
"You should talk to her. She's probably at home. Lorelai is coming by here when she done at the inn. So you've got about an hour maybe more before she gets home." Luke suggested.
"Do you mind if I stay here a couple days?" Jess asked.
"Put your stuff upstairs." Luke replied.
"Just don't upset her okay?"
"I won't." Jess stuffed his hands in his pocket and headed upstairs to dump his bag.
Rory woke up from the nap she was taking on the couch when the doorbell rang. She glanced at her watch and decided that it wasn't her Mom having locked herself out as it was too early and Loreali had told her that she was going to see Luke after work.
Rory yawned as she padded her way to the door in her socks having kicked her shoes off when she got home.
"Jess!" She was stunned to find him on her doorstep.
"Hey Rory. Mind if I come in before the Stars Hollow rumour mill goes into overdrive?"
"Uh sure." Rory stepped back to let him. "What are you doing here?"
"You came to New York. I'm just returning the visit." He shrugged.
"Okay." Rory was a little unsure what to say. She'd had a speech prepared when she had gone to New York, but that had completely vanished from her head. "Do you want to sit down?"
"Can I get you something to drink?" Rory offered a little unsettled that Jess was in her living room.
"I'm fine. Rory why don't you sit down and tell me why you came to New York."
"You don't want to tell me what you've been reading lately?"
"I gave Fountainhead another shot, she's still a crazy woman and I have no idea what she's talking about."
"At least you tried." Rory said optimistically. "I've been reading Jostein Garrder. Sophie's World."
"Isn't that that book about philosophy?"
"Yes. It was like my Intro to Philosophy class in a book. But I like it." Rory shrugged.
"Have we done enough with the pleasantries? Are you going to tell me why you came to New York? And why you left before we had a chance to talk and what the hell this not means?" He pulled it out of his pocket and thrust it at her.
"I guess." She paused. "I came to New York because I needed to tell you something. It took me most of the day to work up the courage to come and talk to you, then after fifteen minutes and you hadn't come out I lost my nerve, so I left."
"And the note?"
"It's pretty self explanatory." Rory said.
"What stick turned blue and why should I need to know about it?"
Rory took a breath.
"Pregnant." Jess spluttered.
"About three months."
"It's yours." Rory confirmed.
"Are you sure?"
"Yes." She paused. "Are you okay?"
"How long have you known?"
"About six weeks."
"Why didn't you tell me before?" Jess started pacing.
"It wasn't something I planned, you were there it just happened. It took me a while to get used to the idea myself. I went to the bus stop every morning for two weeks to come to New York to tell you, I finally got up the courage and got on the bus, halfway there I change my mind. But I'd already bought the ticket which is why I turned up that day and it's the reason I walked away without talking to you."
"Jeez Rory." He sat down on the coffee table. "Does your Mom know?"
"She knows. She figured it out before I did."
"And she didn't want to come to New York to kill me?"
"I talked her out of it. This happened because I wanted it as much as you did. That's not to say you're her favourite person but she'll let you live."
"That's good I suppose." He rubbed his eyes.
"You don't look so good. Are you sure you're okay?"
"It's okay take you're time. I'll get you a glass of water."
"Hey Rory." He grabbed her wrist lightly. "Are you okay?"
"You mean other than nauseous most of the time, tired, gained a couple pounds. I'm fine. Let me get you that water."
TBC if you want to read more.