This story is a Tristan/Rory because I needed a little change from my Rory/Logan stories.

Background information: Rory did steal the Yacht and did get charged with community service hours. However, she did break up with Logan. Rory never moved in with Richard and Emily but she did drop out of Yale.

Thank you so much to my Beta Lourenda!

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Rory stole a yacht; she had taken something that did not belong to her. If you wanted to get technical about it she was guilty of criminal mischief in the third degree.

Mitchum Huntzberger had caused her to commit a felony by crushing her dreams into a million tiny pieces. Rory had decided if Mitchum could crush her dreams, then his son would soon crush her heart. She didn't know if she could take that much.

She had had enough heartache in her life and Logan was a ticking time bomb. So before he could do something that would inevitably break her heart, she decided it was better if they went their separate ways. Rory broke up with him.

Not only was Rory Gilmore a felon but she was no longer a student of the prominent Yale University. Apparently, she didn't have what it takes to be a journalist. So, she figured taking a little time off to figure out what she was good at wouldn't hurt.

Needless to say her mother had not been happy. No, not happy was an understatement, she was livid beyond belief. Even though Lorelai was not ecstatic about her daughter's choice to take time off of school, she supported it as much as she could.

Emily and Richard had wanted to help Rory find a community service work program so that she could complete her hours in a timely fashion.

But instead Rory just took the packet and went back to Stars Hollow to go through it with her mom. She knew she couldn't mock things with her grandparents.

It was already the middle of June and Rory was looking through different things that were available for her to earn service hours. She was hoping she could knock her 300 total hours down to at least 150 by September.

Rory was sitting at Luke's with her mother as they looked through a packet of jobs and their descriptions.

"What do you think about working as a candy striper? I mean if the kids on Saved by the Bell could do it, you can." Lorelai suggested.

"I don't think so." Rory shook her head "Blood makes me squeamish, and I could end up having a panic attack."

"You could work in the maternity ward."

"I had to keep my eyes closed for about 10 minutes after Sookie went into labor with Martha, I don't think babies are the best choice for me either."

"Ok, so the hospital obviously isn't your thing." Lorelai said flipping the page in the packet.

"How about a soup kitchen?" "

The women at the agency told me they don't usually recommend that job for young women such as myself." Rory said taking a sip of her coffee.


"Because apparently all of the soup kitchens in the area are very heavily populated by…sexually frustrated middle aged men who tend to get a little too touchy-feely."

"Ok, no soup kitchens for you." Lorelai said flipping the page again.

"Humane Society?"

"Gilmore's don't do pets, Mom. Not to mention I couldn't be around all those homeless animals all day."

"You're awfully picky for a girl who is legally obligated to do community service." Lorelai teased.

"I am not!" Rory whined.

Lorelai looked through the rest of the packet and came to one of the last pages. "Hey, how about a summer camp counselor?"

"Summer camp?" Rory asked skeptically.

"Yeah, it's a day camp, seven hours a day 8 am to 3pm, five days a week. That makes 35 hours a week."

"Little kids?" Rory asked hesitantly.

"Yes, ages five to twelve." Lorelai smiled at her daughter. "You're great with little kids; I've seen you with Gigi and Davey."

"I must admit little kids are a lot better than horny middle-aged men and sick people."

"WE HAVE A WINNER!" Lorelai exclaimed brightly. "Lukey, more coffee!"

"Lore, I've told you a hundred times not to call me Lukey." He complained.

"No, you've told me a lot more than a hundred times, I just don't listen. But that's why you love me, that and my pretty pretty face."

Luke just rolled his eyes and refilled their coffee cups then walked away to help another customer.

"I'll be right back. I've got to go call and see if this place has an opening." Rory told her mother and walked out of the diner.

Tristan had been working at the camp as a counselor since the summer going into senior year of high school. He had come home for the summer from military school and his mother decided to keep him out of trouble for the few months he was home. So she decided that he'd be volunteering at the Willow Mill Park.

They were having trouble getting counselors for the program this year. They needed one more female counselor before they were allowed to begin registration for the camp.

It was hot and Tristan was bored sitting in the camp office playing solitaire on the computer. He was about to place the ace of diamonds on the appropriate spot so he'd win his game but the phone rang.

"Willow Mill Park Camp office, how may I help you?" He answered.

"Hello, my name is Rory Gilmore. I know it's pretty late in the game, but I was wondering if you still need counselors?"

Tristan's jaw dropped and his mind went blank. Rory Gilmore, his Mary was on the phone asking if they needed counselors. He was wondering if that meant there was a chance she wanted to fill the position and subsequently spend the entire summer with him.

"Um, are you still there?" Rory said pulling him out of his thoughts.

"Oh, I'm sorry. Yes, we are definitely looking for more counselors." Tristan told her trying to remain calm and not blow his shot.

He knew that if Rory was aware he worked at the camp she might not take the job. Not only did he not want the camp to suffer because of the lack of counselors, but he really wanted a shot to work with Rory.

"Great! What can I do to sign up?"

"Do you have e-mail?" Tristan asked.


"Just give me that address and I will send you the application. Then you'll be set."

"Great!" Rory said brightly

"Some things to know, the pay isn't very high but it's worth it. The kids are absolutely amazing, most of them-" Tristan began but Rory got cut off.

"Oh, uh, I'm not getting paid. I need the hours for community service." Rory explained.

"The only time we offer community service hours instead of pay is if you have a minor legal offence."

"I'm aware of that. I was charged with criminal mischief earlier this month. Is that a problem? I mean, the packet they gave me said I was eligible for this position." Rory said quickly.

Had it been anyone else on the phone Tristan was positive they wouldn't have understood her, but he was still able to decipher her quick run-on sentences.

He was a little shocked to hear his Mary had been charged with criminal mischief. He now knew that there was truth to the words 'people change.'

"No, Miss Gilmore. If they said you were eligible then you are. Now, if you can give me your e-mail I will send you the form ASAP."

"Ok good, because this seems like a good opportunity." Rory told him letting out a sigh of relief. "My e-mail is LLG3 at Rory informed the man on the phone.

"We start in about a week, but all the information you need will be sent to your e-mail."

"Alright, thank you so much. Are you a counselor as well?" She asked her curiosity obviously getting the best of her.

"Yes, I have been for about three years now."

"That's good that there will be someone with experience there, I'm certainly going to need your help." Rory told him.

Tristan could tell she was smiling by her light hearted tone. "Well, I will be glad to help you, but even though most of the kids are pretty soft spoken they'll tell you what they want." Tristan said with a chuckle.

"Good to know. I should be going, thank you so much for all of your help."

"No problem, see you next week." Tristan told her.

"You too." Rory hung up her cell phone and walked back into the diner confused. The voice on the other end of the phone had sounded oddly familiar but she couldn't place it.

"So, are you all set?" Lorelai asked.

"Yeah, they are going to e-mail me an application and some information I'll need." Rory explained still somewhat distracted by the voice on the phone.

"What's wrong?"

"The guy I spoke with sounded familiar, but I'm probably just imagining things." Rory shrugged.

"Yeah. Most guys sound alike on the phone. I once got Luke and Darren, my hot biker boy toy mixed up. Needless to say Darren was not happy." Lorelai said as she leaned over and pinched Luke's butt.

Luke's face was red with either embarrassment or anger, Lorelai couldn't tell. "That's it! Lorelai, You've gotta go!"

Lorelai smirked triumphantly but got up and left the diner with Rory trailing behind her.

They began to walk down the street towards the house when Lorelai broke the silence "You're going to be in charge of kids?"

"That does come in the job description of being a camp counselor." Rory rolled her eyes.

"I didn't send you to camp for a reason." Lorelai told her daughter.


"Yes. I didn't want you to come back with tons of those pointless arts and craft crap projects or those annoying songs that you would have insisted on singing over and over again. Not to mention they would have made you play…" Lorelai paused dramatically "Sports!"

"Here I was for all these years assuming I couldn't go to camp because we couldn't afford it."

"Some years we could, some years we couldn't, but it didn't matter because I refused to fill my house with tons of pointless crap."

"Says the women with nine broken furry barn yard animal alarm clocks."

"Hush you!" Lorelai reprimanded childishly but then changed her tone "So, do you think there will be any hot guy counselors?"

Rory shrugged "Maybe. I don't know. It doesn't really matter. Even if I find a guy that I like there I just broke up with Logan, it's a little soon."

"Sooner than the whole Dean and Jess thing?"

"I learned my lesson with moving on so quickly." Rory defended.

"Regardless, take consolation in the fact that any guy working at this summer camp is not from society."

"True." Rory mumbled.

However, Rory wasn't completely sure if society boys were any different from boys that live average lives. Either way they can still break your heart.

Let me know what you all think of it. I also would like to know what you guys would think about bring Alyse as Tristan's mother into this story. I know a lot of you liked her in 'Every Little Girls Dream.'

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