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A/N: Hey guys! So this is really it. The final chapter. It's a little trip through the next year, after Rory and Jess got together. It starts two months after Rory told Logan about her and Jess. Well, I hope you'll enjoy it. Let me know!
Continuation might be a little off here (compared to the show), but just work with me, please! ;)
Just a little trip through the following (almost) year
"Problem." Rory stated as she looked around the room.
"Already?" Jess asked.
"Yes. My books."
"…Are still in Stars Hollow..." Jess tried.
"No, they're in the back of my car."
"All of them?" He asked, frowning, well aware of what that would mean. A car filled from top to bottom with hundreds of books. That would be a problem.
"Half of them. Because of the two weeks Philly, two weeks Yale-thing. You know, 50/50, only fair." Rory simply explained.
"I still don't see the problem, other than that I'm slightly worried you didn't bring any clothes, because they didn't fit in the car anymore with all the books and you now have to walk around naked all the time... Wait, I still don't see the problem." He joked, smirking.
"I brought clothes." Rory assured him. "But the books are the problem. You have bookcases covering every inch of three of the four walls in the room, excluding the wall with the window, where your bed is and…they're all full! Where will I put my books?"
"You mean the books I probably own a copy of too?"
" Doesn't matter. They're your copies. I need my own to feel at home. Where will I put them?"
Jess looked around for a second.
"Easy. The bed moves to the middle of the room and I put up shelves around the window for your books." He offered, giving Rory a proud look.
"You'd do that for me?"
" Do you even know how to put up shelves?"
"I'm pretty sure it involves a drill. I'll figure it out." Jess nodded, causing Rory to smile as she walked up to him and wrapped her arms around his waist.
"It's a little scary though." She admitted.
"Well, waking up in the morning next to you, a ray of sunlight on our faces, literally surrounded by this many books…That's almost exactly how I pictured heaven."
" Missing only the endless supply of coffee?" Jess asked, smirking.
"You know me too well." Rory pouted. "It's no fun."
Jess chuckled. "So, when do you start at the paper?"
"Tomorrow, 9.30, office of Richard Poehler. He likes donuts and movies with Julia Roberts."
"You did your research."
"Of course I did. So I'm thinking about bringing in donuts tomorrow and posing as a regular Erin Brockovich to make a good first impression."
"Dress inappropriately, you mean? Yeah, I'm all for that."
"No!" Rory chuckled, playfully hitting him on the arm. "All determined and pitbull-esque. Like I won't give up until everything's out in the open…and maybe I'll throw in a little cleavage, just to get the full effect."
"Philadelphia Daily News, here she comes." Jess muttered. "Hold on to your hats!"
Rory smiled as she leaned against his chest. "I just hope they like me."
"What's not to like?"
"The word 'interning' has just left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth after the Mitchem Huntzberger-debacle."
"You're going to love it." Jess assured her. "And they're going to love you."
"I hope so." Rory sighed, looking up at him. "Isn't this nice?"
"Us being here together for two weeks in a row, instead of just a weekend here and there."
"But then we're going to be apart for two weeks when I'm back at school…"
"We'll have the weekends. And the summer is coming up."
"And then there's always a chance you'll get tired of me. I mean, a weekend is a weekend, but two weeks straight…"
"Not going to happen."
"How do you know? A small bedroom like this, a small bed…and you just know I'm going to be interfering with Truncheon, because that's just my Gilmore ways and you'll end up hating me for it…" Rory rambled.
"Not going to happen." Jess repeated, turning towards her and planting a firm kiss on her lips. "But we might have to upgrade to a bigger bed…" He murmured and kissed her again while slowly pushing her in the direction of said bed.
"A bigger bed is good." Rory said softly, now taking the initiative as she kissed him.
"And you're not going to be interfering with Truncheon." Jess added when she broke the kiss, before leaning in again.
"Maybe I can't help it."
"You won't have the time with the interning."
"But you just know I'll try." Rory objected as they now reached the bed.
"You're right." Jess started, a smirk decorating his face. "This relationship is doomed. It'll never work. We might as well break it off now."
"Might as well…" Rory nodded, smiling as Jess gently pushed her on the bed and leaned over to kiss her. She carefully pulled him on top of her while deepening the kiss. She felt his hands on her bare skin underneath her shirt and knew she was a goner. "Oh yeah, we're so doomed." She giggled softly, before reaching out again and kissing him. She heard Jess' soft chuckle. Soon after, pieces of clothing started to come off. This part had never been a problem…
Jess entered Truncheon and was immediately greeted by a pair of arms around his neck and familiar lips covering his.
"Hi." She told him, smiling as she broke the kiss.
"Hi." He smirked. "What's with the apron?"
Rory threw him a mysterious look as she took his hand and guided him towards the kitchen.
"I think I should be worried." Jess started when he saw where they were heading. "An apron, a Gilmore girl and a kitchen. That's never a good combination."
Rory didn't respond as she led him into the kitchen and pointed triumphantly in the direction of the stove.
"Look!" She announced proudly.
"It's a pan!" Jess said mockingly.
"Look!" She repeated as she once again took his hand and brought him closer. She showed him what was inside the pan.
"Look!" Rory urged him.
"Still soup." Jess told her, smirking. "Looks good though."
"It's not from a can." Rory explained patiently, turning to him.
"It's not?" He asked suspiciously and a little frightened.
"Nope. I made it from scratch."
Now he was worried.
"Have you tried it yet?" He asked, carefully.
"Yes. And it's great!"
"…Okay…" Jess said, still not entirely convinced.
"And there's more."
She took his hand and guided him to the refrigerator, which she then opened and revealed a chocolate cake.
"Not store bought." She assured him, before he could ask. "Again, I made it from scratch. Well, not scratch. There was powder involved from a little box, but I added butter and water and eggs and sugar. And then I put it in the oven and it didn't even burn! Well, maybe just a little, but I put frosting on it, so it's like it never happened."
"Impressive." Jess nodded. "It looks great."
"So there you have it. A home cooked meal!" Rory announced, obviously excited.
"Soup and cake?"
"Okay…so maybe not the perfect home cooked meal, but I get an A plus for effort and seriously, why don't more people eat soup and cake for dinner?"
"Yeah." Jess nodded, pulling her closer and softly kissing her. "Why don't more people eat soup and cake for dinner?"
Rory was just about to lean in for another kiss when Matthew entered the kitchen, oblivious to the fact he had just interrupted an intimate moment.
"What's for dinner?" He asked.
"Soup and cake." Jess told him, his arms still tightly wrapped around Rory.
"Ah, perfect." Matt nodded, completely serious. "My favorite."
He got a beer from the fridge and then left the kitchen. Rory chuckled as she turned back to Jess.
"At least someone's appreciative." She shrugged.
"You think Matt's appreciative?"
"You don't know appreciative." Jess said seductively as he leaned in and gently kissed Rory's neck. "Let me show you…"
"So, Jess…" Emily Gilmore started, taking a bite from her salad. "So nice you could join us for dinner tonight."
Lorelai and Rory exchanged a look. They both knew what was next.
"Thank you for the invitation, Mrs. Gilmore." Jess smiled politely, trying not to show he was little nervous.
"…And no black eye this time." Emily added.
Yep, Emily Gilmore was just getting started and everybody at the table knew it.
"Yeah, well…it healed just in time." He smirked, trying not to look at the oldest of the Gilmore Girls, fearing he'd turn to stone if he looked her in the eye.
"Very good." Richard spoke up right before his wife could say anything else. "So, Jess…what is it that you do? Rory mentioned a publishing house?"
Jess nodded. "Yes. Truncheon. We're located in Philadelphia. I run it with two friends."
"Business going well?"
"Not too bad. We're actually making money now."
"That's terrific." Richard nodded. "So you publish books?"
"Books." Jess nodded in return. "But we also display art and are now working with some bands, so…everything really."
"And all that without even a High School diploma!" Emily stated. It could have been a compliment, but everyone recognized Emily Gilmore's disapproving tone. "Am I right, Jess? You never graduated, did you?"
"No, ma'am." He said, sighing.
"And you now have a girlfriend who attends Yale…" She continued.
"Grandma…" Rory interrupted, already knowing where this was going.
"It's okay." Jess said.
"No, it's not." Rory spoke up. "Jess is smart, grandma. Smarter than anyone I know. Maybe even smarter than me. And just because he had a few bad breaks in the past and made some bad choices, doesn't mean that what he's accomplished doesn't mean anything! He's written a book! He owns a business!"
"Rory…" Jess started. "It's fine."
Rory settled back into her seat, slightly embarrassed because of her sudden outburst as Emily Gilmore was completely quiet for once. They ate in silence for several minutes before Emily decided to give it another shot.
"So, have you been in any car accidents lately, Jess?"
"…mom!" Lorelai spoke up as both Jess and Rory dropped their forks out of surprise. "Cut it out. Give him a chance! If I did it, then you can do it too."
An awkward silence fell at the table as they returned to eating.
"…So…you wrote a book, Jess?" Richard asked after a long silence.
"Yes. A short novel. Nothing special."
"Don't be so modest!" Rory spoke up. "It's brilliant."
"I'd love to read it some time."
"I'll send you a copy tomorrow, grandpa."
"I suppose that means you enjoy reading books too?" Richard asked the younger man.
Jess nodded. "Very much."
"You wouldn't believe how many books he owns, grandpa." Rory added. "I'm jealous."
"In that case, Jess…after dinner I'm showing you my very own little library in my study." Richard decided. "It's nothing special, but I do have some interesting first editions that you might enjoy."
"I'd like that."
Rory and Jess exchanged a quick smile. Rory knew this was a good sign. Her grandfather didn't show that to just anyone. And for Emily Gilmore…she was just Emily Gilmore. Rory never expected miracles there.
" Rory? How's Yale?" Emily broke the silence at the table. "I'm sure they don't approve of that internship all the way in Philadelphia…"
Rory sat down on top of Jess' desk and handed him the papers.
"Here you go. One interview with Melinda Brown. Typed up, edited and everything. Ready for printing."
" You work too hard." Jess told her as he took the papers from her and gladly accepted the kiss she offered.
"Labor of love." She assured him. "And it's another article to show them at the paper. Earn some brownie points."
"Ah, so you're actually using Truncheon for your own benefits?"
"With this article, yes, but there's more. I talked to the owner of that bar we talked about and he'll let the band play there for a ridiculously small fee which ticket sales should make up for before we know it…"
"You slept with him, didn't you?" Jess smirked.
"Shut up. I was just very convincing. And Chris and Matt have been handing out and putting up flyers all morning to promote Hep Alien and the tickets went on sale an hour ago and we already sold thirty! Thirty! One hour! Lane is going to freak out when she hears it."
"I repeat: you work too hard."
"But it's so much fun. And Truncheon is doing so well."
"That's true." Jess agreed, smirking. "We now have money in the bank, which means we can now actually pay the rent and don't have to avoid the landlady at all costs."
"And I like being a part of it for two weeks out of the month."
"I like that you're a part of it for two weeks out of the month too."
"Jess!" Chris and Matt said in unison as they entered Truncheon and walked straight to Jess' desk, obviously something big on their minds.
"Rory is interfering with Truncheon!" Chris told him.
"A lot!" Matt added as they stood next to each other in front of Jess' desk, arms crossed.
Jess sighed as he turned to his two buddies and business partners.
"I know." He told them. "And I'm sorry…"
"Sorry!?" Matt spoke up.
" Don't be sorry! It's awesome!" Chris said.
"Yes. She is awesome! The other day at the bar she simply batted an eyelash at the owner and he let her rent the place for a night for just a few bucks. An eyelash, Jess!"
"A great eyelash." Chris sighed.
"A perfect eyelash." Matt agreed, nodding.
"So you guys don't mind that she's interfering with our business?"
"No." Matt assured Jess. "We love it. We think you should either marry her or get her knocked up…"
"Or both." Chris added helpfully.
"…because you can't ever let her leave, Jess. We're making money now!"
"I quit drinking." Chris added. "…well, cut back a lot anyway. I get things done now!"
"And did I mention the money?" Matt asked.
A short silence fell as the two friends considered if there was anything else they forgot to add. They shared a quick glance.
"So that's what we wanted to tell you." One of the two eventually concluded.
"That I have to knock up my girlfriend?" Jess asked, frowning, but also very amused at the situation.
"Or marry her." Matt offered.
"I won't let her leave." Jess assured the two. "But I might find another way than marry her or get her pregnant."
The two boys were quiet for just a second.
"There's another way?" Matt asked softly.
Jess was nervous when he carefully knocked on the door of Rory's dorm room. He knew how the Gilmores felt about surprises. They loved them, but it would always take a while before they realized it. In a matter of seconds the girl he loved appeared in the doorway. An instant smile appeared on her face as she saw him, but her eyes showed confusion.
"Jess!" She called out. "What are you doing here?"
"Surprise…" He tried, not sounding too enthusiastic.
"I know I probably should've called first, but I do have a surprise. Two actually. I know you'll love the first one, but the second one could potentially be really stupid and make you hate me, so…yeah."
"Do you have time now?"
"I guess." Rory nodded, now more confused than ever.
"It'll take a while. But I promise there's food involved at some point. Unless you start hating me before that."
"I could never hate you." She assured him, smiling.
"You don't know what I've done yet." Jess countered.
"You did something?" Rory frowned. "Something bad?"
"Did you cheat on me?"
Jess sighed, shaking his head.
"Yes." He started sarcastically. "I cheated on you and now I show up on your doorstep unexpectedly to throw you off and disguise my cheating by calling it a surprise so that I can then Jedi mind trick you into forgiving me."
"…That's a very elaborate plan…" Rory decided, smiling.
"Just get your coat."
Not much later Jess' car pulled up in front of an empty building. Jess turned to Rory as he turned off the engine.
"Surprise…" He tried again. "…don't be scared, this is the good one."
"No doubt." Rory nodded. "But I don't get it."
"I'll explain, but we have to get out of the car first."
Rory did as she was told and she and Jess walked up to the charming little building, located in the center of New Haven.
"So, what do you think?"
" It's pretty." Rory nodded.
" It's mine." Jess immediately added. "Well, ours. Matt and Chris' too."
Rory turned to him in surprise and frowned. "It's yours?"
"It's Truncheons." He clarified. "Business has been going so well and I know it's soon and could totally backfire, but I really believe that Truncheon is ready for the next step, which would be opening a second publishing house."
" Jess…" She started, incredibly surprised and not even sure what the next words out of her mouth were going to be. "This is…"
"Crazy, I know. But it also makes sense. And you're graduating soon and I know you don't want to live in Philadelphia for the rest of your life and we'd been thinking about a second publishing house for a while now and this just seemed perfect. Matt and Chris will run Truncheon in Philly and of course I'll have to supervise that, but they can do that and I'll be running this Truncheon, building it up from scratch…"
"We will." She corrected him, a wide smile appearing on her face.
"We will be running Truncheon here." She explained as she walked up to him and wrapped her arms around him. "You and me."
"Okay." Jess nodded, smirking. "We will be running Truncheon here. Until you land your dream job at the Washington Post or the New York Times and you'll disappear…"
"By that time you guys are just going to have to open another Truncheon in Washington or New York." Rory solved the problem, smiling up at Jess.
Jess just nodded. "Yeah, I guess we're going to have to."
"This is a good surprise."
"Yeah, I thought so too."
"Can we go inside?"
"Yeah. Let's do it."
Rory leaned in and kissed him softly.
"I get to choose where my desk is going to be." She announced when she broke the kiss.
" I wouldn't expect otherwise…"
An hour and a half later:
Jess unexpectedly stopped the car at the side of the road and turned to Rory.
"Why are we stopping?" She asked, confused. "Right before driving into Stars Hollow. Are we going to Stars Hollow?"
Jess just nodded, a nervous and pained expression on his face.
"The surprise is in Stars Hollow?"
He nodded again.
"What is it?"
"I can't tell you yet. I'll show you though."
"Jess? What's going on. I've never seen you like this."
"Well, I've never felt like this either. I did something very impulsive and spontaneous today and I think it might be really stupid."
"What did you do?"
"It was really impulsive." He just added. "And it is a surprise, but I think there's a way out if you want it. And if you do, there'll be no hard feelings."
"Jess, we can't be having this conversation when I don't know what it is that you did. How do I know if I want a way out if I don't know what's going on?"
"I can't say I'm not worried now though."
"Sorry. It's just…I'll show you."
Jess got the car back on the road and a few seconds later they passed the 'Welcome to Stars Hollow' sign that she'd passed many times before. Rarely with this many butterflies in her stomach though. And not even the good kind. They sat in silence as they drove through the familiar town. Every now and then Jess would make a few turns and with every turn Rory got more curious and frankly, more worried. She looked at Jess from the corner of her eye and saw that he was genuinely tense and nervous. It didn't make her feel any better. Suddenly the car stopped in one of the back streets of Stars Hollow. It still belonged to the town, but it only had a few houses and was away from most of the Stars Hollow madness. Jess turned off the engine and got out of the car. Rory decided to follow his example and slowly stepped out of the car as Jess impatiently waited for her to catch up. She walked with him to the last house in the quiet street and it was then that she was starting to get an idea about what was going on. Her suspicions were confirmed when she saw the sign in the yard.
"You bought us a house." She stated softly as she stopped walking.
Jess stopped too as he turned to her.
"I was going to surprise you today to show you the new Truncheon, but I was early and I knew you had classes, so I went to see Luke, but he annoyed the hell out of me as usual and your mom showed up, so I left, but I was still way too early. So I drove around town for a while and saw this place and…I don't know what happened. Next thing I knew I had signed papers and they gave me a key…"
"You bought us a house."
"Yes. Stupid, I know."
Rory looked up at the beautiful house. She knew it used to belong to an elderly couple who had moved into a home a little while ago. She'd always loved the house. It had a porch that went all around the house, so you had sunlight all day long and a huge yard and even a white picket fence. There were long windows and a big, impressive door and…
"It needs fixing." She told Jess.
"I know. Lots of it. It's a hell hole and it'll take months before…'
"It's beautiful." She interrupted him.
"…Beautiful enough that you'd like to take a look inside? Or do you just want to dump me first?" Jess asked, carefully.
Rory thought about it for a second.
"I want to go inside." She decided, still thrown off and not sure what to think of all this.
Jess seemed pleasantly surprised by this fact. As if he had genuinely expected Rory to end things right here and hate him forever. He then turned around and opened the fence that would lead them into the yard. Rory followed him, still mesmerized by the beautiful, little house. While Jess immediately walked the yard to the front door, Rory took her time. She looked around the huge yard with the apple trees and tried to picture herself sitting on the porch drinking sweet tea. She never even drank sweet tea, but it seemed to fit the house. Jess waited for her on the porch as he had already opened the front door.
"You coming?" He asked, his voice still full of uncertainty.
Rory nodded as she eventually walked up to the porch and followed Jess into the house. He had already entered the living room, but Rory wanted to take in the hallway first. It was big and old and the walls desperately needed a fresh layer of paint, but she immediately recognized the beauty of it. She saw the large, white staircase that could fall apart at any second, but in her head she pictured what it could become and it made her smile. She eventually entered the living room where Jess turned to her to investigate the expression on her face. She dodged his questioning glance and just walked around the room. There was a fireplace and she already knew where she could put the couch and the TV and even more importantly, where the bookcases could be. All of them. They'd fit perfectly in the classic room.
"Rory, I know…" Jess started, ready to make an apology for the most impulsive decision of his life.
"Can we go upstairs?" She interrupted him, not ready for that conversation just yet.
She followed him back into the hallway and up the creaking stairs. She wanted to ask him about safety, but didn't. Of course it was safe, otherwise Jess would never let her go up the stairs.
After walking through and investigating the three bedrooms and the bathroom in complete silence, Rory headed downstairs again, on a quest to find the kitchen. This time it was Jess who followed her. The moment they walked into the kitchen Jess started the apology he had already begun earlier.
"I never should've done this without even talking to you, but…"
She didn't even hear him as she saw the pan on the stove and the chocolate cake on the counter. He'd made them soup and cake. She turned around to face him and interrupted his apology by kissing him abruptly. It was a short kiss, but it did the trick. It caught him off guard and when she broke it he was speechless.
"You're right." Rory said. "You should've talked to me and you can't just buy a house for us. And I mean, it is a hell hole and it really needs fixing and it will cost a lot of money which we don't have, but…You bought us a house! In Stars Hollow! With a porch and apple trees and a fireplace! It fits our bookcases and…there's cake and soup…"
"…soup from a can and store bought cake…" Jess added.
"It doesn't matter. You're right. It's absolutely crazy and I should be mad and maybe I am, but…you bought us a house in Stars Hollow! You hate Stars Hollow!"
"I don't." He assured her. "Not really. Not always. And Luke's here. And you love it here. And Truncheon's here now."
Rory nodded slowly as if he she needed another minute to take it all in.
"Yeah…" She then said. "You bought us a house, Jess."
"It's…sweet, I guess."
"Yeah. And are you sure? I mean, this means we're going to be living here…together, all the time. Not just two weeks out of the month or a weekend."
"Don't ask me if I'm sure." Jess ordered her as he carefully pulled her closer. "I bought us a house. Of course I want this."
He leaned in and kissed Rory.
"I love you." Rory whispered as she broke the kiss. "Even though you bought us a house without even talking to me about it."
"I love you." Jess smirked.
"Can we have soup and cake now?" She smiled as she softly stroke his cheek. "You crazy man."
Jess chuckled. " Absolutely."
He walked up to the cupboards and Rory was surprised when he took out two plates. He'd planned this well. Suddenly something occurred to her.
"Hey Jess…" She started.
He turned around.
"If you ever want to get married…you better just ask me, okay? No showing up on my doorstep claiming to have a surprise which is me ending up in a church full of people on my surprise wedding day."
He smirked. "Got it…no wedding day surprises."
"Not that I want us to get married, because we're way too young, but…I mean, I do want to get married at some point, but I don't want you to think…" She suddenly rambled as she realized what she had just said.
Jess smiled patiently and calm. "…Just get your butt over here. There's cake."
Rory smiled, feeling relieved. She stepped towards the counter and Jess handed her a plate of cake that she gladly accepted. They started to eat in silence in the kitchen of their new house. Their house. Just them.
"I can't believe you bought us a house…" Rory murmured in between bites.
"I can't believe you're letting me get away with it." Jess countered.
Rory chuckled as she looked around the kitchen once more. Their kitchen. She couldn't believe how much things had changed over the past year. And all for the better. So, could it be? Could it be that she was totally and completely happy for once? That she had everything she ever wanted?
"Yeah?" He looked up from his cake.
"Thank you for not letting go of me." She said, serious as ever.
Jess looked at her for a few seconds, before smirking. "You're welcome."
A/N: Okay, so this is really it! How very Jim Halpert-esque of Jess, huh? Or Luke Danes-esque of course. He takes after his uncle. I don't know, I just needed this kind of closure for them. To show that they have a future together. And I added the random scenes just for fun. They're not great, I know. So, yeah. Hope you liked it. I'd love to hear your opinion one last time! And I can't believe I finished this story! I usually just start, not knowing where it'll take me, but it's done! I'm sure I'll be back eventually with a new story. Hope to hear from all of you again when I do! And thanks again! All the reviews and opinions meant the world to me!