Title: Leaving Normal

Author: Amira

Disclaimer: Not mine.

Rating: T

Summary: A moment happens and before you know it your life is changed forever. You're changed. The infamous kiss shared between Rory and Tristan stirs up something more than they both could have possibly imagined. Trory.

Author's Note: Sorry for the delay!Thank you all for the reviews and for sticking with this story! Writing this chapter made me wonder what ever happened to Mr. Kim? He was talked about it but never seen and then it became like Mrs. Kim was a single parent. I dunno, it was just a thought.

Leaving Normal

Chapter 6: Stop Thinking

Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be overcome.

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Rory and Tristan silently stood in front of each other on the porch of the Crapshack enveloped in a sea of yellow daises. The ride down again had been a silent yet comfortable one, both unsure how to express their feelings. Tristan had helped her move her school things into the foyer of her home, choosing not to comment on the ridiculous amount of daisies that decorated the place, too preoccupied on what things meant for him and Rory now.

Finally Rory spoke, shattering the silence, "So, um thanks for the ride."

Tristan started slightly, her voice jolting him from his thoughts. "Oh, it was no problem."

"So …" Rory's voice trailed off as she failed to think of a way to continue the conversation.

"So …" Tristan repeated her rhetoric, seemingly equally confused. What was he doing? This was it. This was his chance to make his feelings clear and he was squandering it on so's and silences? He shook himself slightly and before speaking clearly. "I'd like to see you this summer. Take you out. "

His kept his face from falling as he watched her reaction display across her face, settling on a small frown. "I don't … I don't think that would be such a good idea."

Tristan dug his hands into his blazer pockets in an effort to keep the frustration from leaking out. "Why not?"

Rory struggled to find the words to explain. "It's just everything … We're so different Tristan. I mean we barely know each other and what? All of a sudden we're dating? It's scary for me, okay? And I can't even begin to imagine my mom's reaction, Dean's reaction, Paris' reaction. No one would understand."

Unable to contain the frustration any longer, Tristan burst out heatedly. "God, just when I think things might be progressing, it's like we take two fucking steps back!"

Rory instantly flinched at his words as Tristan clenched his fists desperately trying to reel in his emotions and not shake her in annoyance. He took a deep breath and managed to calm down slightly. "Get to know me Rory. Because you're right. We are different. We come from different worlds. But do you think for a second that any of that really matters?"

Tristan ran a hand through his blonde locks as his blue eyes locked on hers imploringly and Rory could feel her breath leave her. "The things you make me feel. I can't stop thinking about them. I can't stop thinking about you. This past month has been hell on me, because all I've wanted to do is wrap you in my arms and just be with you. But you weren't ready. I get it. And I'm scared too but I'm willing to take that risk. Just stop thinking. Stop thinking about what other people will think? What do you want, Rory? What do you want?"

Rory struggled to find her way out of all the emotions swirling through her. "I don't … I don't know."

Tristan smiled bitterly down at her, before taking her lips in a searing kiss, plunging his tongue into her sweet mouth and pulling her flush against his hard body, causing her to moan desperately as they lost themselves in the passionate embrace. He pulled away slightly so his lips still brushed against hers, his hot breath tickling her face as she panted breathlessly, her heart beating rapidly, "Let me know, when you do."

He pulled away fully, before striding to the driver's side of his convertible. Rory watched him finding herself immobile as he opened the driver's door before pausing to look at her. "I won't wait forever."

And with that Tristan slid into his sleek black convertible, gunning the engine before taking off down the streets of Stars Hallow, leaving Rory standing on her porch, torn, confused and desperate for more.

Rory walked slowly towards Kim's Antiques her mind churning a mile a minute with the events that had occurred over the last few hours. It was too much and she felt she was going to self combust if she didn't tell somebody else soon. But as soon as she hit the path leading up to Lane's house, Lane herself came barreling out the door, rushing up to Rory before tugging on Rory's arm silently, pulling her until they had dashed their way to the gazebo in the middle of the town square. They both collapsed onto the steps, trying to get their breaths back.

"Okay, what was that?" Rory questioned slightly out of breath.

"Sorry. I really needed to get away. My mom has gone crazy."

"Why? What's wrong? Did she find your CD burner?"

"No." Lane's voice got slightly hysterical. "My mother is sending me to Korea for the summer to visit my cousins."

Rory looked slightly confused at Lane. "So?"

"So, she's sending me to Korea and she won't tell me when I'm coming back!" Lane exclaimed, earnestly to Rory.

The crinkle in Rory's forehead grew deeper. "What do you mean she won't tell you when you're coming back?"

"I mean, she bought me a one way ticket! The plane goes there and stops!"

"Okay, don't you think you're freaking out prematurely?" Rory sought to calm her down. "Let's think about this. Call the airline. It's probably a mix-up or something."

Lane opened her mouth to continue her tirade but the logic behind Rory's reasoning settled her down. "You're right. Okay. Call the airline. I'll do that. I'll call the airline."

"Good." Rory settled back leaning against the stairs as she surveyed the happenings of the town, giggling slightly as she noted Taylor was chasing Kirk for some odd reason.

Now that Lane had calmed down considerably she took a good look at Rory and knew instantly something was up. She was quiet. Too quiet. Rory usually was babbling about something or other like her mother at a mile a minute. "So what's up?"

Rory turned to face Lane. "Huh? What do you mean?"

Lane crossed her arms and gave Rory a long look. "Rory…"

Rory bit back the smile wanting to come out. Sometimes it was nice having a person know you so well. She sat up and looked at Lane sincerely. "Okay, what I'm about to tell you may come as a slight bit of a shock but you have to know that I didn't know what to do and everything has been just happening so fast and it's so confusing and I just … I just need talk to someone about it, okay?"

Lane nodded slowly in confusion. "Okay."

And with that Rory plunged into her tale of the goings on of her life for the past five weeks.

Lane's mouth hung open in shock as Rory finally finished off her tirade over everything that occurred. Rory felt a massive weight lift off her chest as she let everything out into the open. She watched a Lane a little hesitantly as her mouth open and closed silently like a goldfish. "Uh … Lane? This is the part where you talk."

Lane just continued to stare at her wide eyed before finally shaking herself out of her stupor. "Let me get this straight … in this past month, you've kissed … well made out with Tristan more than once, you skipped school, went back to his place but decided to just be friends and then lied to Lorelai about it. Dean came to Chilton today and attempted to win you back but you turned him down because you realized you don't love him and to top it all off Tristan declared he wanted a relationship with you but you told him you weren't sure."

Rory nodded slowly at her. "Uh yeah that about covers it."

"Okay, who are you and what have you done with my best friend Rory Gilmore?"

"Lane-"Rory protested.

"Come on, Rory." Lane interrupted, smiling widely as she raised her eyebrows. "Skipping school? Lying to Lorelai? Kissing Tristan? The guy who has made your life hell since your first day at Chilton?" Lane shook her head at Rory still in disbelief. "What are you doing?"

Rory stared at Lane sadly. "I don't know. I don't know what I'm doing anymore. I can't even begin to explain it … You're right. This isn't me. But the things he makes me feel … I've never felt anything like it before. And we're so different … but I can't help but want it more. And that scares me so much Lane. So much. And I just don't know what to do."

Lane looked at her best-friend that was looking so forlorn and her heart went out to her. "Hey, it's okay. I just can't believe you managed to hold this all in from me for so long. You know how I live vicariously through you." She paused thoughtfully as Rory gave her a half-hearted smile, letting a soft silence cover them as they surveyed the ongoings of the town from their perch on the gazebo steps.

"Okay, you ready? Best friend advice is ready to be dispensed." Rory smiled and nodded gratefully at Lane, willing to having any input in the situation she found herself caught up in. "This thing you have with Tristan, whatever it is … it sounds intense. And it's causing you to do stuff that you normally wouldn't do. And naturally you're going to freak out about it. I mean I would freak out if it were happening to me."

Rory nodded, thankful that Lane understood her inner turmoil.

"But you know what? People change. They do different things that they wouldn't normally do. So what if it's this guy, Tristan, that's helping you do that? All it really comes down, is what you want Rory? What do you feel? Does it feel right? Because it sounds like to me you already know what you want for you to already go through this. Don't complicate it further by analyzing every single detail because it's already complicated as it is. Tristan is right. It's just one question. Do you want to be with him?"

Rory stared at Lane as she pondered the question deep inside her and she realized she already knew the answer. "Yeah …" a small smile began to form on her face. "I do."

"Well, then you know what to do."

Rory wrapped her arm across Lane's shoulders before resting her head against her right shoulder, sighing quietly as Lane returned the shoulder hug. "So Korea, wow … I'm really going to miss you."

Rory tore frantically through the mess of the magazines and clothes on the couch, searching for the ever elusive cordless telephone as it continued to ring shrilly. "Come on, come on …" she muttered as her search proved to be fruitless. She had come home after her talk with Lane to find the phone ringing off the hook but as she rushed to the handset, dodging the many yellow daisies, the actual phone was not in place as per usual.

Pressing herself to the floor she managed to stretch her arm out under the couch and let out a small yelp of victory before grasping the shrilling item. She rolled onto her back, pushing the talk button before answering breathlessly, "Hello?"

"Hi, Rory!" an enthusiastic voice boomed over the line.

Rory's forehead crinkled in confusion as she sought to calm down her rapid breathing from her searching. "Louise? Um Hi …" Louise had never called her before. "Uh how are you?"

Louise's enthusiasm continued, oblivious to the apparent awkwardness Rory was demonstrating over the phone. "Fabulous! Especially now that summer is here. Yourself?"

"Um I'm alright." Rory righted herself up and sat against the edge of the couch. "Last day of school. It's a nice feeling."

"Which is exactly why I'm calling.

Rory had a feeling she wasn't going to like where this was going. "Oh?"

"Mmm hmm!" Louise giggled over the phone as she sought to explain. "There's a big blow out – an end of school year bash for all Chilton students – sophomore and above. It's going to be held in one of those empty warehouses in Hartford this Saturday night. You simply must attend."

Rory sat back, sinking into the cushions and sighed. "Oh Louise, I don't know if that's really my thing …"

"What? You came to Madeline's party? Why not this?" But before Rory could even begin to explain, Louise ploughed on. "You said it yourself, last day of school after your first year at Chilton. What better way to celebrate?"

Rory found herself at a loss to argue with that reasoning and sighed again ruefully. "I guess when you put it that way …"

Louise gave a little squeal of excitement, causing Rory cringe at the sheer volume of Louise's voice and pulled the handset slightly away from her ear.

"Great. It's going to be at 321 Fitzroy Street, Hartford. 8pm onwards. Bring your school ID for entry. See you there!"

Before Rory could say anything else, Louise hung up the phone on her, leaving her with the dull drone of the dial tone. She pushed the talk button to hang up the phone and stared into the sea of yellow daisies.

This was probably the last thing she needed, after everything that had happened this past month and especially given the events that had happened at the last Chilton shindig she attended … very bad idea. But her talk with Lane had made her realize something … she was changing and Tristan … he was apart of that. Something that terrified her, but altogether thrilled her at the same time, all in all something that she definitely wanted.

Given what Louise had said on the phone, it sounded like a party Tristan definitely would attend, and this was just the opportunity she needed to show Tristan that despite all her fears she wanted to take that leap.

And she wanted to take it with him.

Louise gleefully hung up the phone while Madeline looked on a little dubiously as they sat in Louise's bedroom, sprawled out on her bed. "Okay, so you got Rory to attend the end of school year Chilton bash. So what?"

Louise shook her head at Madeline as she picked up the phone again, punching in the digits of another phone number. "Madeline. You have so much to learn. Tristan is definitely going to be there. And now Rory is going to be there. And if what we witnessed this afternoon was any indication … well sparks will fly."

She paused as the ringing on the other line was interrupted by a harsh voice, "What?"

"Paris? It's Louise." She grinned devilishly at Madeline, whose mouth was had dropped open slightly in shock and amazement. "What are you doing this Saturday night?"

End Author's Note: Another chapter & only more drama to the mix. But one major positive, Lane showed Rory the light … yay! So then what's gonna happen at the big bash? Don't forget to review, it's just as nice as a naked Tristan DuGray … --Amira