A/N- And here's the sequel to The Ripple Effect
Disclaimer- I do not own Gilmore Girls it belongs to ASP and the CW
Jess' point of view
"What!" I yell annoyed into my phone as I answer it.
"Jess?" Rory asks cautiously.
"Yeah," I answer my voice softening. "Sorry about that Jimmy's got me flipping… well rolling hotdogs, something about needing to go surfing, I don't know."
"So, you're in the hot box?" Rory asks me apologetically. "Is Jenny or Mike there?"
"They were," I reply bitterly. "But I may have scared them away."
Rory lets out a laugh but stops suddenly.
"Is there a reason you called me?" I ask suddenly concerned. "How are Lorelai and the baby?"
"They're fine," Rory reassures me. "She's yelling at Luke for not using protection, but she's happy."
"How far along is she now?" I ask Rory.
"Five months," Rory answers.
"Jeez," I reply scolding myself. "I've been away too long."
"Don't worry we were in Europe for the last two months," Rory says trying to make me feel better.
"I still can't believe Luke went with you," I say in disbelief. "Europe doesn't scream Luke."
"Yeah, well he wouldn't let his pregnant wife go alone," Rory explains. "He didn't even want her to go in the first place."
"And how'd it go with Luke there?" I ask intrigued.
"We snuck out whenever Luke left the room," Rory explains giggling. "And he got so mad."
"I miss mad Luke," I reply sadly. "I should come home."
"Oh yeah," Rory says suddenly remembering. "You need to come home immediately."
"What? Why?" I ask confused and concerned. "What's wrong?"
"Nothing's wrong," Rory reassures me. "It's just that I kind of wrote the date down wrong for the start of Yale…"
"What?" I ask her confused.
"Well, it started two days ago," Rory says quickly.
"Why didn't you tell me?" I ask her frantically. "I was supposed to be there."
"Relax Jess," Rory says trying to calm me down. "I was busy, we got back from Europe and I thought I had a week, but I didn't. Everything has just been so hectic, I forgot to call you."
"Better late than never," I reply bitterly. "I guess."
"So, are you heading back today?" Rory asks me hopefully.
"No," I reply. "Probably tomorrow, I've gotta say goodbye to Jimmy, Sasha and Lily."
"Sure," Rory replies. "Come back soon."
"As soon as my car lets me," I reply. "It's going to take a couple of days."
"Can't you take a plane?" Rory asks hopefully.
"And leave my beautiful car here?" I ask Rory shocked. "How could you say that about Leigh?"
"Leigh?" Rory questions confused. "You gave your car a name."
"No," I correct her. "I named my car after you. Leigh was there for me when you weren't," I say dramatically.
"It's a car," Rory says in disbelief. "A car cannot be a substitute for me."
"We'll of course not," I reply sarcastically. "When I hug Leigh she doesn't hug me back."
"Jess," Rory scolds. "So, I'll see you in a couple of days?"
"Sure," I reply. "I'll be there."
"Okay," Rory says. "I'll talk to you later."
"Yeah," I respond. "Bye."
"Jess," Jimmy says coming into the hot box. "How's it going?"
"Fine," I reply.
"Were you talking to Rory again?" Jimmy asks as he takes over cooking the hotdogs.
"Yeah," I reply. "It turns out Yale started two days ago."
"I thought you still had a week," Jimmy says to me.
"So did I," I reply sadly.
"So, are you going back today?" Jimmy asks nervously.
"Tomorrow," I answer. "Get a fresh start early in the morning."
"So, you up for a family dinner tonight then?" Jimmy asks nervous again.
"Sure," I reply. "That would be nice."
"Okay," Jimmy replies. "You can stop working now. Go and tell Sasha and Lily the news, I'll be around in an hour or so for dinner."
"Yes, boss," I reply smartly as I leave the hotdog smell behind me.
I walked towards Jimmy's house, taking my time.
I had spent the whole summer with Jimmy. After he showed up at the diner, I felt as though I needed to get to know him, so I came to California in my 67' Chevy Impala. It made it all the way across the country perfectly, nothing went wrong, made good time too. I hadn't told Jimmy I was coming, I probably should have though.
I got here and found the house after a while. And apart from being mauled by seven or more dogs and getting scared shitless by a young girl in a cupboard, it wasn't so bad. Sasha got used to the idea after a bit and so did Jimmy. Jimmy got to know me and I got to know him. After week or so Jimmy sent me to work in his hotdog shack Dante's Inferno. I didn't mind though, he was letting me stay for free and I was earning extra money.
So, weeks went by and I got to know Lily fairly well. She loved to read, more than me actually and that kind of freaked me out. But what freaked my out more was her unusual reading spots. We grew fairly close over the summer and usually spent the days reading together or discussing different books. She was a good friend, I told her all about my life in Stars Hollow and all about Rory. Now she wants to come and visit sometime.
Then there was Sasha. Once she got over the fact that she felt I was invading her home and she got over that Jimmy had lied to her about everything, she was good company. She was a little strange, but that was good as it reminded me of some of the townies from Stars Hollow. She got a couple more dogs much to all of our disappointment, but I grew to like them. They reminded me of Milo back home and I wished I had brought him with me, I'm pretty sure Sasha wouldn't have mind. I'd bring him next time, but then again the chances of Sasha letting me leave with him would be fairly slim.
My father Jimmy, I always referred to him as Jimmy. I got over the fact that he abandoned me and everything, but I'd never be able to call him dad or anyone dad for that matter. I came to quickly like Jimmy because he was a lot like me. We liked the same kind of music and he spoke his mind, just like me. He also had a bit of a temper and got set off easily, father like son. It was good getting to know Jimmy it was like I never really knew half of me, but as we talked more things just started falling into place. I suddenly realized how many personal traits I actually got from my once dead beat father.
Even though I'm still a little angry that he ran off, I knew he had to. He explained it to me, he was afraid that I'd end up just like him, worthless. So, he moved away to do something in his life that I would be proud of. It took longer than he had expected, but when he thought he was ready to let me into his life he came down to Stars Hollow. Of course he chickened out, but I ended up following him anyway and I'm glad I did.
And now I have to leave, go back to the real world. I liked living in Venice beach; everything was great, well except the weather. I like living with Jimmy, Sasha and Lily, but I also liked living in Start Hollow with Luke, Lorelai and Rory. I had to leave though, Yale had already started and I'd be late enough as it is. So I had to say goodbye tonight and I knew that it would be hard, but I couldn't wait to see Luke, pregnant Lorelai and of course Rory.
"Jess, use a knife and fork," Jimmy hisses at me.
"We're eating pizza," I retort from across the table in disbelief.
"Just do it please Jess," Jimmy pleads. "This is pizza from that fancy Italian place."
"Fine," I give in, I knew it was a losing battle.
"So, Jess do you really have to go?" Lily asks me.
"Yeah," I reply. "I've already missed the start of Yale and it's going to take a few days to get back, but I'm hoping they'll still let me in."
"I don't want you to go," Lily pleads. "You're my only friend."
"You'll make friends," I promise her. "School starts soon and I'm sure you'll be able to find a friend. The key is to be approachable and not have your face in a book all the time."
"But…" Lily protests.
"No, buts," I reply defiantly. "Wouldn't you rather a real friend instead of Huck Finn all the time."
"But I like Huckleberry," Lily replies.
"What?" I say in disbelief. "Aren't you allowed to call him Huck?"
"He prefers Huckleberry," Lily defends.
"Just try it for me," I plead with her. "I'll make you a deal. You find a reputable friend and I'll come down and meet them. But if I come all the way down here for some loser, then I'm taking good old Finn and all his friends with me."
"Okay," Lily replies excitedly. "So, as soon as I find a friend you'll come back?"
"To visit," I clarify.
"Will you bring Rory?" Jimmy asks.
"Yeah, bring Rory with you," Sasha agrees excitedly. "You told us so much about her. We all want to meet her."
"I'll ask her," I reply. "But you need to find a friend first," I say to Lily.
"I will," Lily says excitedly.
I loved interacting with Lily, it was like the little sister I never had. I was always trying to protect her from things she didn't even need protecting from.
"So, Yale Jess," Sasha says. "Pretty expensive school."
"Yeah," I reply. "Luke's paying for it. He set up a college fund when I was younger."
"And a pretty smart school," Sasha adds.
"Are you smart enough for Yale, Jess?" Jimmy asks me unsure. "You don't seem academically smart."
"He is," Lily quickly answers for me. "He's the smartest person I know."
"Smarter than you?" Jimmy asks Lily trying to get her to say no. Lily was super smart for her age, child genius or something; she had already skipped a grade or two.
"Of course," Lily says truthfully. "He got into Yale, Harvard, Stanford, University of Texas- well everywhere he applied he got in. Even Princeton let him in and he told them that they sucked as a school in comparison to other schools like Yale, Harvard and even the University of Texas."
"Really?" Jimmy asks confused. "Why'd you piss Princeton off?"
"I was fighting with Rory at the time," I admit to them. "So, I gave Princeton a piece of my mind."
"And it sounds like they liked it," Sasha says happily.
"They offered me a full scholarship," Jess admits. "I would've taken it too. Anything so that Luke didn't have to pay, but I couldn't stay away from Rory for that long, so I followed her."
"You let her make the decision?" Sasha asks skeptically.
"Yeah," I reply. "I knew she'd write a whole lot of pro/con lists to figure out which one was the best school. I never had to doubt that she wouldn't have chosen the best school in the country. I didn't want to be the one to drag her with me down to Texas."
"What's up with you and the University of Texas?" Jimmy asks confused. "It's like you're obsessed with it."
"It's my backup plan," I admit. "If something happens between Rory and me that we can't fix, then I'm going to go to the University of Texas. Let her live her dream life without her having to worry about me."
"So, you applied because of that?" Sasha asks confused.
"Yeah," I reply truthfully. "I didn't think we'd make it this far. So, I always thought that I'd be attending University of Texas this year and not Yale. But we're together and I'm going to stay at Yale as long as we're together. Texas will be waiting for me though. If I screw up which I'm bound to do some time."
"You won't screw this up, Jess," Lily says reassuringly.
"Yeah," Sasha agrees. "You love her too much. I know you'll fight for her."
"Plus I don't think you'd like Texas," Jimmy adds. "It's worse than California."
"California's actually starting to rub off on me," I admit. "But it's going to be good to get away, it's just too damn hot here."
"Yeah," Jimmy agrees. "Jess and the sun don't really mix."
"You we're here for three months and you didn't even get a tan," Sasha says. "Now that's wrong."
"That's because he was always wearing that leather jacket of his," Lily agrees.
"Well, I was planning on bringing my hoodie," I say to them. "To blend in, but Rory stole it off me before I left and wouldn't let me have it back."
"Girl's already stealing your clothes," Jimmy says in disbelief. "You'll be hitched in no time."
"Jimmy," Sasha warns, probably trying not to scare me off.
"It's fine," I say to her. "Rory and I have discussed marriage and she wants to wait until after college."
"And you're willing to wait for her and to marry her when she wants?" Sasha asks excitedly.
"Sure," I reply. "I know that she is the love of my life and if I have to wait for her to get to the same stage of love as I am, then I'm going to wait."
"You hang onto her Jess," Jimmy says.
"And never let her go," Sasha adds.
"I will," I promise them.
"Do you really have to go?" Lily pleads again.
"Yes," I reply. "And nothing you say will stop me."
"Okay," Lily says in defeat. "I'll stop trying."
"Thank you," I reply earnestly.
It was four in the morning and I was getting an early start. I packed all my things in my car quietly as to not disturb Jimmy, Sasha and Lily. Once I was all packed up, I turned to the house once more, trying to etch it into my brain, so I wouldn't forget. But as I turned around I saw the three of them in the doorway.
"You weren't going to go without saying goodbye were you?" Sasha asks sadly.
"I didn't want to wake you," I defend. "But seeing as you're all up I guess we can have a proper goodbye."
I walk back over to them.
"Lily," I say as I pull her into a hug first. "I'm going to miss you most. Keep reading, stay in school… Umm, get some friends."
"Sure," Lily replies as she pulls out of the hug. "I'll miss you too."
"Sasha," I say as I awkwardly hug. "Thanks for letting me stay here I really appreciate it."
"That's okay," Sasha replies and I pull out of the hug. "I'm sorry for being a pain when you first came."
"That's fine," I reply. "Jimmy…" I say nervously.
"Jess," Jimmy says equally as nervous. "Come here," He says as he pulls me into a hug. "I'm glad you came."
"Me too," I reply truthfully. "It was good."
I pull out of the hug and take a step back.
"Keep in touch," Sasha says sadly.
"Yeah," Jimmy agrees. "Try and phone at least once a week."
"Sure," I reply. "I can do that."
"No, more than once a week," Lily says on the verge of tears as she hugs me again. "I don't want you to go."
"I have to," I say as I pull out of the hug still holding onto her shoulders. "You'll be fine and I'll try and call two times a week, but no promises."
"Okay," Lily replies. "You better go before I latch onto your leg and never let go."
"I'll consider myself warned," I say as I let go of her. "I see you guys later," I say and then walk towards the car and get in.
"Don't forget to call," Lily says sadly.
"And you can visit anytime you want," Sasha says.
"Yeah," Jimmy agrees. "You're welcome here anytime."
"Okay, thanks," I say as I look at them one last time. "I'll call you when I get there, see you."
"Bye," They all respond as I pull out onto the street and start the long journey to Yale, New Haven.