Author's Note: Sorry I haven't updated in a while, I've been busy with school. Unfortunately, this isn't the graduation chapter, it's a short filler chapter, because I'm still working on the graduation chapter, I know that's the one everyone is waiting for so I want to make it good.


"Hello?" Rory answered the phone.

"Hey" Jess responded on the other end. He was getting ready to leave California, but Rory didn't know when he was leaving or how he was getting back to Star Hollow.

"Guess what?" Rory responded with excitement.

"What?" Jess responded calmly, he knew Rory got excited over many things.

"My mom…"

"Nothing good can come from that." Jess cut her off before she could finish what she was saying; he knew that he wasn't Lorelai's favorite person.

"Would you just shut up and let me finish?" Rory asked with annoyance.

"Fine, what happened with your mom?"

"She told me the other night that she realized she has feelings for Luke."

"Does he know?"

"Nope, she hasn't told him yet, she's worried about Nicole."

"Believe me she has nothing to worry about, it is so obvious he has feelings for her, he was practically falling all over her the first time I met her."

"Well, you made a bad impression; maybe if you spoke to her she would like you better now." Rory said, testing Jess.

"Plus, I can see it, in the tone of voice he uses every time he talks about her." He didn't bite.

"Yeah, well I think she just needs some time to realize this. So are you going to tell me when you are coming back?"

"What do you think?"

"I think you are being impossible, and I don't see why you won't just tell me" She whined.

"So, are you done with your finals yet?"

"Yeah, I took my last one yesterday. We finished the paper, too. I have to go back tomorrow morning for rehearsal."

"Rehearsal? You need to rehearse how to stand in a line?"

"Apparently so" Rory said, they also had to practice speeches, and Rory hadn't told anyone that she made Valedictorian.

"Is Paris the Valedictorian?" Jess asked, knowing that she probably was.

"No she isn't"

"Really did she flip?"

"Pretty much" Rory said being very vague. She wasn't really sure why she didn't want to tell anyone, all she knew is she didn't want it to be a big deal.

"So who is the Valedictorian?" Jess asked, wondering why she didn't tell him, Rory usually spit everything to tell of a story out in one breath.

"Uh, I am." Rory said barely above a whisper.

"You are?"

"Yeah, and I don't want to be. Paris should have gotten the privilege. It's just one more stupid speech I have to write, and deal with." Rory ranted.

"Rory, no, you deserve it. All that time you spent studying."

"Whatever, I don't want to talk about it."

Jess looked at the time; he had to get to the airport soon. He had wanted to take a bus, but Jimmy insisted him flying home. Jess supposed it was a way to make up for missing his life. But Jess wouldn't have wanted him there; if he had been there it would have been worse than living with his mom. At least Jess somewhat got along with Liz, but he didn't get along with Jimmy at all.

"I have to go." Jess said.

"Alright" Rory said, she had to go and meet Lorelai at Luke's anyway.

"Bye" Jess said as he hung up the phone. He then grabbed her duffel bag, and made his way towards the door. Jimmy had gone to work so Sash and Lily were driving him to the airport.

"You ready?" Sasha asked.


"Okay, lets go" she said, grabbing her keys. "Lil, you coming?" she called.

Lily appeared out of nowhere, a book in hand and walked out the door, never taking her eyes off the page she was reading. Jess followed her and made his way through the dogs, they all knew to avoid him, and moved out of his way.


PLEASE READ: Thank you all for answering the questions at the end of last chapter, I have decide what I want to do. But, I don't want Jess to go back to working at Wal-Mart, and at this point a publishing company wouldn't work either. I'm going to have him work at Luke's still but, that can't be his real job, so what do you think he should do? Please help me on this. As always reviews are appreciated.