Title: How Living In Stars Hollow Affected My Life
Fandom: Gilmore Girls
Disclaimer: I wish, put it that way.
Summary: I changed the actual plotline of the story a little. In the episode towards the end of season 2, Luke sends Jess back to New York. He comes back in season 3 and all is well. I'm going to change that. He didn't go back, live happily with his mommy for a few weeks, and decide to pop back into Stars Hollow. Instead he had a terrible time including getting hurt, and homeless, and wrote a mandatory essay about what has affected his life most. This somehow, I'm not telling how, brings him and Luke, Lorelai, and Rory back together.
A/N: I hate OCs with flaming passion, and I put in 3. You're welcome.
A/N 2: I love reviews!
"I told you, he's off somewhere in town." She really wanted to get out of there. "And I should probably go find him. So if you'll just give that back, I'll be on my way." She held out her hand, but he didn't hand it over. "Is something wrong?" She already knew the answer.
"Why didn't you tell me?" Luke was confused and stressed, trying to take in what he had just read. "Why didn't he tell me?"
"You read extremely quickly," Kimberly noted.
"What's going on? Lorelai asked.
"He read past where I told him to," Kimberly told her. "As in the part Jess explicitly told me to keep him from reading." She frowned. "He's never going to forgive me."
"Explain," Luke demanded. "Now."
Kimberly sat down. If Jess and everyone else were already going to hate her, she had better get them food like she promised. "If I tell you, can we have half off four burgers? I'm supposed to get dinner."
"You can have them for free." Luke told Ceaser to start cooking, and then came around the counter and sat next to her. "Talk."
She struggled to think of where to start. "You sent him back to New York after breaking that girl's arm. Rory, right?" He nodded, and she continued. "So he had to go stay with his mom. His friends were all happy to see him, we missed him, but his mom's new husband? Not so much. He pretty much said it all, I don't really know how to explain it more."
"Fine. So Chet, that's Liz's new husband. She's-"
"My sister," Luke supplied. "We've met."
"Right. So Chet's a pretty big guy. Significantly bigger than Jess anyway. So he'd push him around a little, punch him a few times, no big deal."
"No big deal?" Luke repeated. Lorelai just sat there in stunned silence.
"In the scheme of things. So Jess just puts up with it, because Liz loves this guy and if he gets kicked out of there, he'll have nowhere to go."
"But doesn't he-"
"I'm getting there," Kimberly interjected. "So one day Chet comes home completely plastered and starts beating on him. Only this time, it's not so much a few punches as a fight for your life kind of thing. So obviously Jess fights back. Lays one punch on him. That's when Liz comes in, sees him hit her husband, and demands he leave." She thought for a minute. "Demands he leave again, I guess. Only this time instead of sending him to his uncle," she gestured at Luke, "she just sends him away."
Ceaser put a styrofoam container on the counter, with four burgers and some frys.
"He went to Austin's house, that's the guy you talked to earlier, and Austin took one look at him and immediately took him to the ER." SHe paused to collect her thoughts. "He's my best friend, but your nephew's an idiot. Three broken ribs, a broken arm, and a concussion, and he still won't accept any help. Well, he ate dinner at my house, but that was it. I offered him my couch, Austin offered him his couch, everyone else did too and he cose to sleep on a bench outside, because he didn't want to need anyone. About two weeks later, he wrote that essay. Then a week after that, here we are."
"And he's been fine since then, right?"
Kimberly smiled somberly. "He's been just dandy. His cast is on for another month at least. He's lost a ton of weight from living on the streets with no food for almost a month. Oh, and he went home to get some stuff. You know, a blanket, clothes...Yeah, bad idea."
Luke cringed. "I want to see him."
Luke looked annoyed. "What do you mean 'so'"?
"I mean who cares if you want to see him? He doesn't want to see you. Plus, you're not supposed to know any of that." She felt bad. Yeah, Jess wanted nothing to do with this situation, this town, or any of it's citizens, but Luke looked so sad. She sighed. "I'll see what I can do."
Glad for a chance to finally leave, Kimberly grabbed their dinner and fled. She walked the couple blocks to the park where their van was parked. Austin and his girlfriend Megan were sitting on a bench talking. Jess was streched out accross another. She forced herself to smile. :Dinner's here."
Austin looked up quickly. "Great, I'm starved. Hand it over."
She handed him the container and went to joing Jess. "Up and at 'um," she joked.
He bit back a groan and forced himself into a sitting position. "Hey Kimmy," he said in a hoarse voice. "What's the damage?"
How did he know? "What do you mean?" she asked in a squeaky voice.
"Money. How much did dinner set us back?"
"Oh," She giggled nervously. "Nothing. He gave it to us for free."
Austin walked the now half empty box over to them, as he and Megan had already grabbed their burgers. Jess grabbed one as the box went by him, and stared at Kimberly suspiciously. "What did you do?"
"Nothing," she lied. "What makes you think that?"
He rolled his eyes. "The fact that I've met you?"
She sighed again, realizing that it wasn't a good sign that she had sighed so many times in one day. "You called the cell phone." It was pretty much referred to as the cell phone, even though it was actually Austin's. They only had one among the four of them and shared it.
"Yes I did," he agreed.
"Luke has a rule against cell phones in the diner."
"Yes he does." Jess didn't like where this was headed.
"I'm so sorry Jess! I was only out for a few minutes, I don't know how he could have read it so fast."
"The entire thing?" Megan, evesdropping, exclaimed.
"The entire thing." Kimberly looked down at the ground, before slowly raising her gaze to meet Jess'. He didn't look mad. Stressed and upset, sure, but not mad.
"I told you it was a bad idea to come," he complained. "I told you to leave it alone, leave him out of this. But did any of you listen? No!"
"Calm down," Austin ordered, his gray eyes flashing.
Jess took a deep calming breath. "It's not your fault," he said slowly. "I shouldn't have called while you were there."
Kimberly was quiet for a minute. "He wants to see you," she said.
"Jess," Megan tried. "Maybe you should give-"
He stood up to go for a walk, grunting in pain as his once again sore ribs, thanks to running into Chet before they had fully healed, expressed their displeasure at moving. He walked stiffly to the other side of the park and sat down with his back against a tree.
His friends gave him a few minutes, then grew impatiant. Jess could hear footsteps, but didn't bother to look up.
"You have to go talk to him," Austin said.
Now Jess did look up, noting that the sun glinting of Austin's light brown hair looked like his mom's.
"I know." He ignored the hand his friend extended to help him and stood up shakily on his own. "Let's go."