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A/N: First try at fanfic, please read and review:)

His touch was soft, lightly caressing the small of her back. She smiled at him and set the book she was reading down on the coffee table in front of her. Leaning back into him, she asked in a whisper, "Jess, why didn't you tell me your father was here?"

Jess sighed. "Rory, don't."

"Why not? All you had to was say, 'Rory, my father came to visit me.'"

He looked away, he couldn't meet her eyes. She pulled away from him but he wrapped his arms around her and pulled her back. He pinned her to him and buried his face into her hair.

"Why?" she asked in a small, innocent voice she knew was hard for him to resist.

"Because I am confused!" he burst out. He stood up and walked across her living room, leaving her on the couch. "I don't know what to feel! He just showed up out of nowhere and didn't tell me much."

She swallowed. He had never told her that much about him before. He always kept to himself and his face carefully hid his expressions. Not knowing what to say, she stared up at him with a blank face and waited for him to continue.

"I want to ask him so many questions," he said after a while. "I want answers to why he left me with that horrible mother and why he came back here to Stars Hollow and didn't even really talk to me."

"Then talk to him," she said timidly.

"Well, Rory," he rolled his eyes. "I don't have his number."

"Then go find him and talk to him," she matter-a-factly.

"To California?" he asked, stunned but seriously thinking about it.

"Yes," she said and stood up.

"I don't know," he shook his head.

"Why not? You already skip school to work and it wouldn't be hard to disappear for a while," she reasoned. "Maybe you should just think about it."

"Okay," he agreed.

Jess sat on his small bed in the apartment above Luke's diner. He had just had a big fight with Luke over him not going to school. Luke had given him a chance; either go back to school and stay there or leave. He rested the back of his head on the wall and knew what he had to do.

Going down into the diner for privacy, seeing how it was past eleven p.m., he picked up the phone. Dialing a familiar number, he listened to four long rings before a voice asked, "Hello?"

"Hi, can I talk to Rory?" he asked, hopeful and nervous but it didn't show in his voice.

"Jess!" Lorelai groaned. "Do you realize it is 11:38 on a Thursday! Rory has school tomorrow and I am sure she is already passed out in bed with a book over her face."

"I know, I'm sorry. But can I please talk to her?"

Lorelai was speechless; she had never heard Jess be this kind and caring before. It was disturbing and she was sure something was wrong. "Umm," she hesitated. "Okay."

Jess watched out the diner's windows, waiting for Rory to come on. It took her awhile and he was sure Lorelai had woken her up. "Jess?" came the dazed hello.

"Rory, I think I want to go," he said, picturing her sleepy face.

"Okay," she said, more awake now. She had obviously understood that he wanted to go see his father. "When?"


He heard her take a deep breath. "Okay," she agreed slowly. "You will keep in touch, right? I want to know how everything goes and all that, please."

"I want you to go with me, Rory."


"I want you to go with me to see my father," he explained, though he was sure she understood. "Please, I can't do this without you."

Rory bit her lower lip. It was not like her to do something spontaneous like that. She was well planned and couldn't miss school; she had just been announced valedictorian. Though something in her she could not identify forced the words out of her mouth, "Sure, I'll be at Luke's around 12:30. We can catch an early bus from there."