This is a spinoff from The New Gilmore. It would be good if you read that first, but if you don't want to, here's the cliff notes version. Jess just told Rory that he still has feelings for her, and she turned him down, saying that she loves Logan. Lorelai thought that Luke cheated on her, so she slept with Christopher. In The New Gilmore, Luke and Jess go on a camping trip, but since it's Daisy's POV, you never hear about it, you just see them again a few chapters later. Daisy is a girl that Lorelai adopted. This takes place somewhere in between "Fiasco" and "Diner Dialogue", chapters 10-16 of The New Gilmore. Here's your chance to know what was said on that camping trip.
I threw my luggage into the trunk, and sullenly hopped in. After what had happened yesterday, the last thing that I wanted to do was have some quality time with my Uncle Luke. I was grateful for the chance to get out of Stars Hollow, but I would rather be on a plane back to Pomona, where I went to college. I looked over at Luke. He looked terrible. I mean, I wasn't feeling too happy about what I did, but he looked like he was feeling way worse than I was. How could I have let my guard down like that again? I pushed my thoughts away from Rory, and tried to concentrate on Luke, but I couldn't get the image of Rory out of my head. Those few words that had literally stabbed a dagger through my heart.
Well, maybe I don't want you. Maybe all I want is to be Lorelai Leigh Huntzberger.
Why can't she stay out of my head? I said to Luke, "So, you want to tell me what really happened yesterday?"
He replied, "Jess, do you mind if we just not talk about any of this right now?"
Fine by me, I just wanted to hear about his problems to get Rory out of my head. I said, sarcastically, "So, Uncle Luke, how is your life as a diner boy? Is flipping burgers really your life ambition? That's what I want to do when I grow up! Can you teach me how to be grumpy, and wear a baseball cap backwards? And could you show me where the best flannel store is?"
The whole time that I had been talking, he was gripping the steering wheel so hard that his knuckles were past white, "Jess, I realize that neither of us is in the best moods right now, but could you cut down on the sarcasm? We're here to go camping, that doesn't include talking."
I replied, "Oh, really? That's odd, because I thought that I was in a particularly chipper mood this morning. So, what do campers do? Do we sit there and do manly-man stuff?"
He rolled his eyes, "Okay, now you sound just like….just like your mother."
Like my mother? Sure. I knew that I had sounded just like Lorelai, but I wasn't going to push that today. So I decided to do something fun. I announced, "Luke, I know who my next girlfriend's going to be."
He snorted, "Oh, really? Who's that?"
I replied, "Well, the girls seem to love me at Pomona. Supposedly, I'm the dark, mysterious guy. So, technically, it could be anyone. But I've decided to choose Hallie. She's a real math wiz."
"A math wiz, huh? What does that have to do with anything?"
Maybe the fact that I wouldn't have to discuss Hemingway with them? I'd never discussed math with Rory before, so this would keep my mind off of her, "Just watch and learn, Lukey."
"Don't call me that!'
"You get mad at the simplest things, Lukey." It was so much fun getting a rise out of him.
I dialed Hallie. What did I have to lose? I got her voicemail, "Hey, Hallie, it's Jess. I'm all the way on the East Coast. Yes, I know, east coast? It's nothing compared to where you are. Listen, Hal, can we hang out sometime soon? I'll talk to you later."
I hung up, and Luke burst out laughing.
He said, "That was the fakest thing I've ever heard come out of your mouth."
I acted like I had no idea what he was talking about, "What do you mean?"
"Okay, number 1…you said 6 whole sentences. With Rory, the only word in your vocabulary was hi. Number 2…your voice was flat and boring and had no hint of sarcasm in it. Number 3…you love the east coast, maybe not Stars
Hollow, but you still love the east coast."
I replied, "So? I've changed."
He nodded, "Maybe, but not that much. Jess, why did you even call her? Did you think that talking to a machine would help you get over Rory?"
I shrugged, "No, but I'm also not going to sit around and do nothing for the rest of my life. I've got to move on, and at least have someone there who really cares about me."
He agreed, "Yeah, I guess you're kind of right. Maybe we should just cut the Gilmores out of our lives completely."
We sat in silence for a minute, each contemplating what that would do to us. I shook my head, "Normally, I'd be all for it. I don't want to hear about Rory anymore, and I don't care what Lorelai does. But I can't leave Daisy all alone. The look in her eyes when I left today was awful."
He nodded, "I can't leave Daisy either, I'm basically her father. And she's so vulnerable. I can tell that it hurt her when Lorelai and I didn't work out."
"Please. Didn't work out? You guys always find your way right back to each other."
He looked really uncomfortable. Finally, he said, "Listen, Jess, do you want me drilling you on Rory right now?"
Hell, no. He continued, "See? So we agreed to change the subject, so let's talk about you and school."
"What about school? In case you didn't know, it's where you read books and learn things."
He replied, "Really? Because when you lived with me you thought that it was something for skipping."
I laughed, "Stars Hollow High was something for skipping. And stealing baseballs from."
He lashed back, "I still can't believe that you did that."
"It wasn't a big deal." I looked up, and saw lots and lots of trees. Great. I was on my way for 2 days of living in the wilderness with Luke, of all people. I took another look at him, though, and realized that he really shouldn't be alone.
Please review and let me know if I'm doing okay!! Next chapter will be Luke's POV.