A/N: Okay, this is my first fan fiction and I don't know if I will continue with this story after the first chapter. If I continue it will most likely depend on the feedback I get, it may also depend on my workload, with school starting in a few days, but here goes anyways.
Summary: Okay, so this is a Rory and Jess fan fiction, it takes place in the middle of the fourth season, right after episode 13, "Nag Hammadi Is Where They Found the Gnostic Gospels". What if Jess didn't leave after telling Rory that he loved her, what if he waited for her response, and what if she responded with "I love you, too?"
Disclaimer: I do not own Gilmore Girls or any of its characters, unfortunately.
All in italics are directly from the episode, but I promise that it will not continue on like this.
Jess and Rory stare at each other for a few seconds, and then Rory says, "I get to leave first!"
Rory starts running away, and Jess yells after her, "Rory, wait! Stop!" as he runs after her.
As they continue running, they continue to converse.
"No, you don't get to walk away!" Rory yells as she runs away from Jess.
"Hold on!" Jess yells after her.
"My town! I leave!" Rory continues as she recalls the previous events.
"I just wanna--where are you going?" Jess continues.
"None of your business!"
"We look like idiots." Jess says as he notices all the townsfolk staring.
"I don't care!"
"Stop following!" Rory cries in a desperate attempt to be left alone.
"Oh, come on!"
"Go away, I'm leaving!"
"Rory, stop!" Jess tries again.
"Why?" Rory counters as she slows down.
"Because I wanna talk to you." Jess states as he tries to catch his breath.
"About what? What do you want to talk to me about?" Rory asks, getting more upset by the minute.
"When did you learn to run like that?" Jess asks as his breathing returns to normal.
"You know, I have actually thought about this moment, a lot. What would Jess say to me I ever saw him again? I mean, he just took off, no note, no call, nothing, how could he explain that? And then a year goes by. No word, nothing, so he couldn't possibly have a good excuse for that, right? I have imagined hundreds of different scenarios with a hundred different great last parting lines, and I have to tell you that I am actually very curious to see which way this is going to go." Rory says fighting to hold back her hurt and anger.
"Could we sit down?" Jess asks in an attempt to get Rory to calm down.
"No. You wanted to talk, so talk. What do you have to say to me?" Rory demands battling with her inner emotions as she determines whether or not she wants to even know.
Jess pauses a second.
"I love you." Jess simply states.
Jess stares at Rory as he waits for an answer.
After a LONG pause Rory finally says, "I love you, too."
But quickly follows her response with, "At least I did thought I did until you left."
"Well, Rory do you still feel that way?" Jess asks hoping that she does.
"I...I don't know." Rory stammers.
"But I'm willing to find out." Rory states and before Jess can respond to her statement Rory walks away, deciding to let Jess take the reins from there.
Jess, not willing to let her get away so quickly, runs after her, and this time Rory does not run away.
Jess gently turns Rory around and embraces her. They stood there protected in each others arms, just savoring the moment for a few seconds.
As Jess lifts Rory's chin up to give her a kiss (the kiss he has been longing to give her since he left town) she abruptly pulled away.
"Not yet" she said
Further explaining her action she says, "Jess, you left me and before we go any farther, you need to win back my trust."
Understanding her action, but not liking it, Jess asks, "Okay, how would I go about doing that?"
"Well, to begin with we could sit down, and you could explain to me why you left, and what you have been doing for the past 9 months."
Jess agreed and He and Rory decided to go for coffee, but they drove separately to a little café in Woodbridge, because they didn't want anyone to see them, and get the wrong idea.
When they arrived at the little café called "The Mud House", Rory and Jess got a small table in the corner and ordered coffee.
"So," they both said in unison, trying to end the awkward moment.
As the coffee arrived Rory said, "Okay, you start."
"Alright", Jess said as he started to explain. "Well, when I went to buy prom tickets the principal called me into his office and told me that I wasn't going to graduate, that I missed too much. That was before that party, we went to and I was upset about that, so I went up to the bedroom to get away from everyone, because I was embarrassed and didn't want to be around everyone. Then you came up, and I was so embarrassed that you were so smart and I wasn't even graduating high school. I am so sorry that I got you upset", Jess continued.
He didn't want to look up at Rory yet, so he couldn't see the sad and sorry puppy dog eyes she was giving him. It seemed as though her eyes conveyed every feeling that she had, feelings of sadness, compassion, apology, and love.
Jess, then went on with his explanation after taking a few sips of coffee. "When I went after you to tell you that you did nothing wrong, you were talking to Dean, and I decided to be mature, and let it go until he came after me, and then I just let him have it, as he did to me. After the party I just didn't want to deal with anyone, and I worked later at the diner, one night a man came in, and he turned out to be my father, we listened to a song in a long awkward silence, and then he left. He went back to California."
Jess paused a second to sip his coffee and then continued, "When I told Luke about my not graduating high school, he kicked me out, because we had a deal, a deal that I broke, by not graduating. So, anyway I went to California to see my dad, and that is where I was when I kept calling you and hanging up, I just didn't know how to explain or what to say. Things didn't really work out with my dad, so I moved back to New York, got my GED, and that is where I have been for the past six months."
Finally, Jess looked up and into Rory's eyes, and when he saw those eyes filled with all those feelings she had, he knew that she still cared about him the way he still cared about her. He just knew that no matter how hard it was Jess just had to win Rory back.
As Rory looked into Jess' eyes she saw that he had just bared his heart to her, and saw the same apologizing and loving look that she had given him.
Jess reached across the table and took hold of Rory's hand, and even though her head told her to pull away, that this guy had broken her heart before, her heart told her to relax and let him in. So Rory didn't pull away and didn't listen to her head as she knew she should, but instead decided to let her heart take control.
Rory didn't really know how to respond to all that Jess had just said. She wasn't sure if he even wanted a response, so she just simply stated, "I don't know what to say."
Jess then told her that it was okay, she didn't have to say anything in response to what he had just said, but he wanted to know what was going on in her life.
Rory told Jess, "After you left I was really upset, but I graduated as valedictorian, my mom and I went to Europe and I started Yale. Yale has been good Paris and I live together, in a dorm along with two other girls, Janet and Tawna. I'm on the paper at Yale, and my mom and Sookie started work on the inn. Also, Sookie had a baby boy named Davey."
Jess listened intently, wanting to know every detail of every moment of her life that he had missed. Finally he asked the question that he had been dying to ask about her life that she had failed to mention. "Have you been dating anyone?"
Rory quietly answered, "No, I haven't been ready. There was this one guy that I went on one date with but we didn't hit it off, and to tell you the truth I'm glad we didn't."
Jess breathed a sigh of relief and said, "Yea, I haven't dated anyone either."
Since it was getting late, and both Rory and Jess had finished their coffee they decided to leave. As they left "The Mud House", holding hands, Rory asked, "So, what do you plan to do now?"
"Well my lease is up on my apartment, and I am kind of between jobs right now so I was thinking that I would move somewhere close." Jess responded.
"What do you think?" He asked Rory.
She liked that idea, but was nervous about what would happen.
Jess then asked her, "Rory the town never liked me and I am kind of nervous to go back there, so do you think that we could keep this just between us? I mean you can tell your mom and I will tell Luke, but do you think that could be it for now?"
Rory was still nervous herself, and didn't mind that idea at all.
"That would be perfectly fine", Rory responded. "But with one exception, could I tell Lane too?"
Jess didn't mind that and he and Rory decided that he would go back to New York, pack his things and then come back and rent an apartment in a town, halfway between Stars Hollow and Yale, so he could see Rory.
A/N: So there it was I hope you liked it, and I want to thank you for reading this I decided to go on because I really like this story. Please Review! Oh and the café is from when Lorelai dated that guy Alex, he wanted to name his coffee shop "The Mud House". So if you have any ideas please tell me! And PLEASE, PLEASE REVIEW!