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Summary: Episode 6.09 going differently. Everything up to episode 6.09 has happened. What if Rory told Lorelai who helped her realize that she was making a mistake dropping out of Yale. Lit. Kind of cheesy, but oh well. Read and Review!
Outside Gilmore House
Rory and Lorelai held onto each other as if the other was what was keeping them standing.
"I love you mom." Rory said through a tear-streaked face as a fresh batch of tears threatened to fall.
"I love you too kid, I love you too." Lorelai said while clinging to her only offspring.
After what seemed an eternity, Rory and Lorelai slowly let go of each other and started walking into the house; arms around each other's waist.
When Rory walked in, she paused. She hadn't been here since she said she was dropping out of Yale, and so much had happened. The house had been remodeled and painted and everything looked fresh and new, and she couldn't help but wonder if Lorelai would have a place for her in her new world.
"Wow. The place looks so different." Rory said as she walked in from the foyer into the living room and then the kitchen.
As she reentered the foyer she saw Paul Anka getting off the couch and running to Lorelai's feet.
"Oh my God. I can't believe that he's still alive." She said genuinely surprised at the gray and white dog wagging his tail. She got closer to pet him, when Lorelai spoke suddenly.
"Oh. Wait. I wouldn't do that if I were you." She said warningly.
Rory dropped her hand and looked questioningly at her mom. "Why?"
"Paul Anka is a little picky about meeting people." When Rory's look of confusion didn't change, Lorelai continued. "You have to put sugar on your toes and let him lick them for him to warm up to you."
Rory looked at Lorelai disbelievingly. "I swear, it's what he does. He doesn't warm up to you unless if you have sugar on your toes for him to lick."
"This is ridiculous." Rory stated as she made her way into the kitchen to put some sugar on her feet for Paul Anka to lick. "I just have to say," Rory said as she made her way back into the living room, "this dog was made for you. You two belong together." Rory said with a smirk as Paul Anka licked her feet.
Lorelai gave Rory a flattering look then continued. "Okay, I am going to go head over to Luke's and get some food, then when I get back we need to catch up on a lot of stuff missy." She said smiling as she got her coat and left.
Rory grabbed her stuff from her car and moved everything back into her room, deciding to unpack tomorrow. She opened one of her bags, and found Jess' book staring back at her. She decided to start reading it until Lorelai got back with the food.
Rory grabbed the book, and moved back into the living room and made herself comfortable on the couch, and opened the novel to the first page. She turned to the dedication page and tears began to form in her eyes, and threatened to fall.
The dedication read: "For the one person who understood me, who ever gave me a chance and believed in me, and without whom I would still be lost. Rory Gilmore."
Tears were now flowing freely from her eyes by the time she finished reading the dedication. She couldn't hold in what she was feeling any more. She felt guilt and was reminded of their last meeting, when he poured out his heart to her, and she had hurt him so badly. She didn't even say "no." for the right reason. She just said no to hurt him the way he had hurt her when he left. She regretted it so much and always thought what would have happened if she had gone with him.
Rory was still lost in thought as Lorelai came in through the door. " I come bearing food and Luke says welcome home."
"Woah." Lorelai saw Rory crying on the couch. "Honey, what's wrong?" she asked as she put the food down on the table and moved to sit next to Rory on the couch.
"He…he…wrote a book……and…and……he was…….right…….about……all…all…of it." She said in between sobs.
"Okay honey. I need complete sentences if you want me to understand what you're saying." Lorelai said sympathetically.
Rory handed Lorelai the book that had been long forgotten. Lorelai began to read the dedication as realization came upon her.
"Wow. So, Jess wrote a book?" she asked utterly confused.
Rory just nodded and stared off into space as she thought back to the night a two years ago when she hurt probably the only person who didn't treat her like the princess this whole town believed she was, but actually treated her like everyone else.
"How do you know this is THE Jess Mariano? There are a lot of people with that name. It's not such an uncommon name you know." Lorelai rambled.
"It's him mom." Rory said cutting Lorelai off. "He came to see me last week. And he brought me his book and told me he couldn't have done it without me." She said frankly.
"He came to see you?" Lorelai asked surprised.
"Yea," Rory said turning to look at Lorelai. "He came, and he told me I was being stupid for dropping out of Yale, and I was making a huge mistake. He made me realize what a mistake I have been making by staying with Grandma and Grandpa and not talking to you. He just made me realize a whole bunch of things." She said as her eyes started to water again.
"Wow. I guess we had more to talk about than I thought." Lorelai stated as she wrapped her arms around Rory.
"You have no idea how horrible I was to him. He said all these sweet things to me, and I just broke his heart. You should have seen his face. Oh God mom. I was so horrible." Rory sobbed.
"Hun. What are you talking about? I really want to help you. But you're not making a lot of sense right now." Lorelai asked desperate to help her daughter in need.
"Two years ago." Rory said with much difficulty.
"What two years ago?" Rory, hun, I'm going to need more than that." Lorelai said confused.
Rory had stopped sobbing and took a moment before she spoke again. "Two years ago, Jess came to my dorm, and Dean was there, but I told Dean to go home, and Jess told me that we belonged together and he knew it from the beginning and he wanted me to go with him and we would live together and be happy." Rory said all in one breath.
"Wow. How come you didn't tell me this before?" Lorelai asked trying to digest all the new information.
"I hurt him so bad mom. He told me to only say no if I didn't want to be with him, and I had said no. but I know that I was lying through my teeth. And then the next day, I slept with Dean." Rory admitted.
"Again, wow. I don't know what to say. How come you didn't come and talk to me about this." Lorelai asked again.
"I didn't know how to. I was so embarrassed that I couldn't even get over Jess no matter how much he hurt me, and then we got into that whole fight because of me sleeping with Dean, and it just never came up again." Rory said.
"I wish there was something I could tell you to make you feel better." Lorelai admitted sadly.
"That's okay mom. Just telling someone all of it made me feel a whole lot better." Rory said with a small sad smile on her face.
"Just so you know," Lorelai stated, " I don't hate Jess. And from the things you've told me about him, I'd say he's sure grown up in the last two years." She finished with a smile.
"Yeah." Rory said with a smile as her eyes fell into a trance like as she reminisced about the two of them and when they were together.
"Ror." Lorelai said as she waved a hand in front of Rory's face.
"Huh? Sorry" Rory said embarrassed.
"That's okay. So, you ready to eat?" asked Lorelai.
"Actually, I've really been having a craving for Luke's coffee. Do you think we can go and get some?" Rory asked hopeful.
"Of course we can go." Lorelai said as she and Rory got up from the couch and made their way to the door.
"Hey Rory." Luke said thrilled as he saw Rory and Lorelai enter the diner.
"Hey Luke," Rory said happy as she gave Luke an awkward hug.
"What would you like to eat?" he asked with the notepad in his hand.
"Um. Actually right now I'd just like some coffee." Rory said truthfully.
"Coming right up." He turned to Lorelai "What do you want?"
"My usual with an extra large cup of coffee." She said smiling sweetly at her fiancé.
"Coming right up," Luke said as he went to the back and motioned for Lorelai to come with him.
Lorelai say him motioning for her to come, and she excused herself from Rory who also saw Luke's motioning.
"Did you want to do something dirty?" asked Lorelai with a mischievous smile when they were in the kitchen.
Luke gave her a look, and then opened his mouth. "Actually, no. I just wanted to let you know that Jess is in town. He came to visit me for a couple of days and he's family and I'm not going to turn my back on him. He's really changed Lorelai." He said all in one breath.
"Wow. Looks like our Gilmore ways are rubbing off on you Luke Danes." Lorelai said with a smile.
"Lorelai." Luke said sternly.
"Okay, okay. The whole Jess situation is still unknown to me. Last time I heard, we still hated him, but Rory told me that he came to see her, and he convinced her to go back to Yale." Lorelai told Luke.
"Really?" asked Luke somewhat proud.
"Yeah. So I guess everything's okay between the two of them." Lorelai said still a little bit unsure.
"Then I guess we have nothing to worry about." Luke said smiling.
"Well, since we seem to be done with this conversation, I do believe we have some time to be dirty." Lorelai said suggestively.
"I guess so." Luke said as Lorelai stood on her tiptoes to kiss him.
XXXXX Meanwhile XXXXXX
Rory had been sitting there for almost ten minutes, and still she hadn't gotten her coffee.
She stood up and walked behind the counter to get her own cup of coffee, when someone whispered in her ear. "You know, you aren't supposed to be back here."
She turned around surprised by the voice. "What are you doing here?" she asked the coffee completely forgotten.
"Well, my uncle does live here." Jess said stating the obvious.
"No, I mean, I knew that, but you hate Star's Hollow." Rory said a little flustered as she came from behind the counter and sat on the bar stool.
"Yea, well I haven't seen Luke in almost two years, and since I was already in Hartford seeing you, I thought I'd drop by for a couple of days." He explained as he stood on the other side of the counter.
"Well, I'm glad I ran into you." Rory said smiling.
"Really?" Jess asked surprised. "And why would that be?"
"I just wanted to thank you." She said shyly as she looked down at her unoccupied hands.
"For what?" Jess asked as he leaned in to hear her better.
"For making me realize what a huge mistake I've been making." She said as she looked up to see him really close.
"You're welcome. I was just returning the favor." He said with a smile.
Rory just looked at him and smiled.
That was how Luke and Lorelai found them, when they came out from the kitchen.
"Food's ready." Luke said breaking the silence.
"Thanks, but I only wanted coffee." Rory said.
"I'll get it." Jess said as he put a cup in front of Rory, who just kept staring at him, and poured her some coffee.
Lorelai went around the counter and sat next to Rory. "So Jess, Rory told me what you did, and I just want to thank you." Lorelai said as Rory and Luke stared at her shocked.
"Umm, no problem, really." Jess said taken aback. "I was just returning the favor anyways." Jess said looking at Rory who blushed then looked down at her hands.
Lorelai looked at the interaction between the two and inwardly smiled. 'This was definitely going to be an interesting visit, that was for sure.' She thought to herself as Rory and Jess talked amongst themselves.
"So Jess," Lorelai said interrupting their little interaction, "how about a celebration dinner tonight at my house for the return of mini-me?" she asked as she put an arm around Rory.
"Okay." Jess said as he nodded his head.
"Great. We'll see you at eight then." Lorelai addressed both Luke and Jess, then began to eat her now cold burger and fries. While Rory drank her coffee thinking and hoping that this time she would make things right between herself and Jess.
A/N: That's all for now. Tell me if I should continue. I have a somewhat idea of what I want to happen, but in order to do that, I need reviews, so pretty please don't forget to review!