Hey readers! This is my first Gilmore Girls story, so bear with me! Please leave reviews…even if they are harsh; it will help me become a better writer.

There are some things that you need to know about my story: First, after saying "I love you" to Rory, Jess never came back. So, there was no fight between Rory and Logan about that. Obviously, couples do fight, so you can make them up in your imagination. Second, the ending to the series was completely different. I didn't like the way the series ended, so here is the way I would have liked it to end!

By the way, this is a Rogan. It will always be a Rogan and that will never change.

Disclaimer: I do not own Gilmore Girls or any of the characters in it. I also do not own the New York Times. Sad isn't it? However, I do own my characters, so I guess that is the silver lining.


He was going back, back to Stars Hollow. It was the only place that he could ever really call home. True, he had only lived there for a period of about two years, but it was the place where he first realized that he could actually make something of himself. He had not been back since he told her that he loved her. That was almost nine years ago. If someone asked why he was going back, his answer would be that he wanted to find himself again. Anybody that knew him, even just a little bit, would know that he was going back for her. A part of him knew that there was no way she was still waiting for him, still loving him, but an even larger part just had to believe that she was. Just for his own sanity. That is how he came to be here. With two bags filled with everything he owned slung over his shoulder, he stood in front of his uncle's diner; hearing the whispers all around him, "Jess is back."


It was a normal after-lunch lull in the diner. The same customers had come and gone. There was Kirk, who threatened to open his own diner when Luke refused to serve him a no-cheese grilled cheese. Taylor got thrown out for suggesting that Luke put up a few streamers for the 4th of July. Finally, Lorelai, who had resorted to singing the oompa-loompa song to get a fifth cup of coffee.

After all the craziness, Luke was content with just wiping down the counter. He heard the bell over the door jingle, signaling that there was a customer.

Luke was surprised, considering most of the town had just left and he was not expecting another customer for at least another hour. He was doubly surprised when he found himself looking at his nephew, Jess Mariano.

He still looked the same though, maybe a little older and his hair was a little shorter, but he still had that ridiculous leather jacket.

After a couple of seconds of stunned silence, Jess attempted to break the ice, "Am I really that unrecognizable?"

It worked.

Luke walked out from behind the counter and engulfed him in a giant hug.

"It's been a long time Jess. How have you been?" asked Luke.

Jess replied with an air of indifference, "You know, been all over the country and yet, somehow, I ended up back here."

"Are you here to stay?"

"Maybe. It depends on whether or not I have a place to live."

Luke was happy to see his nephew. It had been quite a number of years since he last saw him. Besides the occasional phone call from whatever city that had been graced by his presence, they had virtually no contact. Although, despite his happiness, Luke was weary of Jess's intentions.

There were only two reasons why Jess would come back to the Hollow. Reason one was that his mother made him. He highly doubted that was it. Reason two was because of Rory. That seemed way more likely. He just didn't want to see Jess messing anything up.

"Why are you back Jess?" sighed Luke.

"I don't know. I guess I just need to find myself again. Here seemed like a good place to start."

Luke could sense some truth behind his nephew's words. Although, that didn't stop him from knowing exactly what he was going to ask next.

"So, does Rory live around here?" asked Jess. You could see the glimmer of hope in his eyes.

"No, she doesn't. Rory actually lives in New York now. She is a writer for the New York Times."

"Huh. Wow. I always knew she would make it to the top."

Jess was impressed. There was no doubt about that. She had achieved her dream, just like she always said she would.

"So, should we bring your stuff up to the room? Lorelai and I are married now, so you have the entire apartment to yourself."

Jess murmered a quiet, "Sure," before grabbing his stuff and walking upstairs. He was too preoccupied with his own thoughts to notice that Luke was having a raging battle inside of his own mind.


Please review! Feedback is the best way for me to be a better writer. This entire story is done, but I don't want to post it all at once. How about this? I get 2 reviews and I'll update. That sounds reasonable right?