Disclaimer: I own nothing besides an unyielding love for Milo Ventimiglia and all of the seasons on DVD.
When the ceremony ended, Rory rushed quickly to the back where the other students were meeting up with their families. She started to pick up the pace when Paris stepped into her path.
"Hey Paris." Rory said glancing over her shoulder.
"I thought I would try to find you to wish you luck." This caught Rory's attention and she looked Paris in the eye.
"Thank you," Rory said sincerely.
"Yeah well I figured I owed you something seeing how many times I crushed you since you came here."
"Oh thank you." Rory said sarcastically with a smile.
"Yeah well good luck."
Rory gave her a hug and Paris responded awkwardly by patting her on the back. They pulled away and Paris started talking,
"I really hated you when you first came here."
"I really hated you too. I guess we're even." Rory said. She then gave her another hug, and smiled before walking away. She spotted Lorelai talking to Luke over by the gate and started to walk faster. "Mom!" Rory yelled when she was a couple feet away.
Lorelai walked over to her and hugged her. "You did great kid." She said with a smile. Luke walked up and patted Rory on the shoulder.
"Nice job on your speech." He said.
"Thanks Luke. I'm glad you came." Rory gave him a slight hug, and then turned to her mother. "My gift?" Rory asked softly.
Lorelai nodded to the school and Rory followed her gaze to the side of the building where Jess was standing looking at her. At first she started walking slowly trying to think of something to say, something to do. When she thought of it she picked up her pace.
When he saw her starting to walk faster he took a couple of steps forward. Soon she broke out into a very ungraceful run. She dropped her hat, and ran as fast as she could. When she got there she hugged him so tight, tearing up a little. Then she let go and slapped him on the back of the head.
"Ow!" Jess said, "What the hell was that for?"
She smiled, "For being an idiot." The she gave him another hug.
Luke went home during the reunion of Rory and Jess. Lorelai took everyone back to her house where there was a little party. Sookie made some cookies and pies and Jackson brought some of his vegetables he cut up. Miss Patty got her a cake from Weston's, and Babbette brought the ice cream. After Rory had mingled with mostly everyone, she walked outside onto the porch where Jess was sitting on the steps.
"Hey." She said sitting down next to him.
"Hey." He replied back, not looking at her.
"Whats up?" she asked, not sure of what to say.
"Nothing. What's up with you?"
"Well I needed to get out of the house after Kirk said he knows a stripper act her could use to liven up the party."
Jess smirked and looked over at her. He looked down onto the step and started talking,
"Rory, I know that your mad about me leaving, but I didn't know what else to do…sorry."
Rory looked over at him, "S'okay. I'm glad you came back."
"Don't thank me for that one, thank your mother."
"Yeah, I never would've thought that Lorelai would travel to New York to knock some sense into my thick head."
"Mom came to New York?"
"You didn't know?"
"No, I mean I know that you were my present, but I would have never thought that she…I mean that's like….weird."
"I thought the same thing."
Lorelai and Rory were almost finished cleaning up from their little party when they both flopped onto the couch. Lorelai sat up and grabbed the bag of twizzlers on the table and sat them in beside herself.
"So, what's up with you and diner boy?" Lorelai asked lazily before taking a bite of her twizzler.
Rory looked over at her mother and grabbed a twizzler before answering, "I'm not sure. I mean I am pretty sure we both want to work stuff out but I am going to Europe. Then I get back and there is one week before I am off to school. What if he doesn't want to work it out because its not worth it if I wont be here?"
"Honestly? I don't think it will be that bad. I think that you might have to have one, maybe two long talks with each other, and then work hard to get what you want. Other than that I think it will be easy because I know that you both love each other as much as it pains me to admit." Lorelai said scrunching her nose at her last comment.
"You're welcome, beautiful."
"So…how was New York?"
Lorelai looked over at her in shock.
"Morning Luke," Rory said as she entered the diner the next morning.
"Well actually I was wondering if I could go upstairs?"
"Sure, he's still sleeping though, tell him to get his lazy ass out of bed."
"Okey dokey." She said smiling and went behind the curtain.
When she got to the door, she opened it and went over to Jess's side of the room where he was laying tangled in his blankets. She smiled and went over to his bed. She sat down by his legs and watched him sleep, contemplating ways to get him up.
"Quit staring at me." Jess said with his eyes still closed.
"I'm not staring at you."
"Yes you are, you are sitting on my bed staring at me."
"Its not my fault."
"Oh and how is that?"
"I don't know, but it sounded good at the time," she said smiling. Jess reached out his arm and circled it around her waist pulling her close to him. She laid down so she was looking at him.
He opened one eye and smirked. "Now I have proof that you were staring at me. I saw it with my own two eyes."
"Correction, you only saw it with one eye therefore you cannot plead your case without sounding insane." She leaned in and pecked him on the lips. He opened his eyes and pecked her back. "Luke said to get your butt out of bed." Jess kissed her. "It looked like he might need some help downstairs." He made his way to her neck. "Jess, I think that you should…" He scraped his teeth on her ear. She pulled his face back to hers and kissed him.
Jess put her back fully onto the bed and hovered over her. Rory ran her hands up his arms to his face. She leaned forward and kissed him. He leaned down so she could rest her head back on his pillow. Jess laid down next to her and broke the kiss. Rory kept her eyes closed and he put his hands on the edge of her shirt. He slowly pushed the fabric up a little and kissed her stomach at the edge of her jeans. She reached down and ran her hand down the side of his face. He slid her shirt up above her belly button and kissed her stomach again.
Rory whispered, "Jess, we should st…"
"Oh my god!" They both looked towards the door where the voice came from.
Apologies for the incredibly cheesy cliffhanger.
Until next chapter,