Hey everyone! I'm back from LA. I had so much fun! Anyways, here is the final chapter of this story...
Disclaimer: I do not own Gilmore Girls or anything affiliated with the show. If I did, the end of the series would be different.
Rory, Lorelai, Sookie, and Lane talked for a little while before the group had to split up.
Sookie had to get back to the inn, but not before promising Rory that she would be the one to make all the food for her baby shower. Lorelai was having "granddaughter withdrawals", so she was on her way to Luke's already.
Now, it was just her and Lane. Rory liked it that way and she missed it. Lane was just finishing catching Rory up on all the goings-on in Stars Hollow.
"So then, Kirk opened up his own post office because, apparently, he got a gold star in his mail-carrier training!"
"No way! Oh how I have missed this town," sighed Rory.
They let a short silence pass.
"So, movie night tonight?" asked Lane.
"Of course! Be prepared though, my mom's going all out."
"Okay," laughed Lane, "Bye Ror!"
"Bye!" she replied, "Oh wait, can you tell Miss Patty the news?"
"Sure," smiled Lane.
Rory smiled back and continued her walk to Luke's.
Imagine her surprise when a figure she had not seen in nine years stepped out in front of her.
"Jess!" exclaimed a shocked Rory.
"Hey Rory," smirked Jess.
"What are you doing here? Aren't you supposed to be in California or something?"
"I decided it was time to come home."
Rory narrowed her eyes at the word "home". She happened to know for a fact that Jess detested everything about this place, but she chose to remain civil.
"I wasn't aware that this was your home, Jess."
She could have sworn that she saw a flash of hurt go through his eyes, but he composed himself before she could be sure.
"Well, everyone's got to have someplace that they belong," he replied.
"Uh huh. Look, I got to go. I'm heading to Luke's for lunch," said Rory. She started inching away from him.
"How about I join you?"
"Um...I don't think so Jess. I think that it would be best if we just stayed away from each other."
"But-," Jess wasn't able to argue with her though, because Miss Patty had interrupted them.
"Rory, darling! I just heard the news! Congratulations!"
"Oh, thank you! We are really excited," answered Rory.
Jess was beyond confused. What in the world were they talking about?
"So, how far along are you?"
"About six weeks. I actually just found out last week."
"I can't wait until you find out the gender! This is so exciting! Another baby in the Hollow!" Miss Patty gushed.
While they were continuing their conversation, Jess was standing stock still. He couldn't believe what he had just heard.
Rory was pregnant? She wasn't, couldn't be married already. His eyes shot to her left, ring finger and there it was. The ring was stunningly beautiful. It had a simple diamond in the middle, with clusters of more diamonds surrounding it.
Jess was finally shaken from his own mind by Rory herself, "Uh, Jess? Are you okay?"
"You're married?" he asked, still shocked.
She looked down at her left hand and smiled.
"Yeah. It's been about four years."
"And you're pregnant?" he asked stupidly.
"Again, yes. I'm assuming you gathered that from our conversation?" she said, pointing in the direction the Miss Patty had gone.
"But, you can't-," again Jess was interrupted. Although, this time it was because of a little girl that had just hurdled into Rory.
"Mama! Come eat with me!" she exclaimed.
'And the punched just keep on coming,' thought Jess.
He watched as Rory picked the little girl up and then turned to face him again.
"Jess, this is my daughter, Ellie."
Ellie looked at Jess and then remembered what her Nana had asked her to do.
"Actually, my name is Lorelai Lane Gilmore-Huntzberger the Fourth," she said confidently.
"Yes it is sweets," she too looked Jess dead on, "I have to go. It was...nice seeing you again Jess."
Without even glancing back she continued her walk to the diner, but this time she had her daughter on her hip.
He watched as she sat down between the blond guy he had seen earlier and her mom.
'It's the perfect family,' he thought sullenly.
He had lost his chance with her and he was paying for it every time he looked at her.
She was happy now. She was married and she even had her own family.
With one last sigh, he took off in the direction of the bridge, hoping that the memories there could help heal his broken heart.
Meanwhile, inside the diner, Lorelai watched Jess go with deep satisfaction.
She turned to her granddaughter, "Thanks sweetie. You scared him off."
"You're welcome, Nana," she replied, happy and oblivious.
Lorelai just smiled and looked at her daughter and son-in-law. They were both laughing with contagious smiles on their faces.
They would always be the "Gilmore Girls" at heart. The two of them against the world, but now they had expanded their tight circle to include more family. They were now a giant family, even going so far as including Emily and Richard.
'This is how it was supposed to be,' thought Lorelai.
Jess took off the next morning and now few knew where he was. Luke had gone into the diner that morning, only to find a note on the counter from Jess.
It wasn't heartfelt or sentimental, it was just a note.
It said that he had gone back to California to help out his dad and Sasha and that he would keep in touch. He signed it with his name and nothing else.
They both knew that their contact with each other would be just the same as all the previous times he went away, possibly even worse.
Seven Months Later
Jess walked into his sparsely-furnished apartment, flipping through his mail. He was shocked to see a letter from his uncle. They rarely talked. Mainly because Jess was trying to forget about Stars Hollow and its inhabitants.
Keeping an eye on the envelope, he slowly ripped it open.
There were two pieces of paper inside.
He read the first one while holding his breath. In his uncle's handwriting, was a short note:
'I promise that she is happy.'
Jess gulped and unfolded the second piece of paper. It was the front page of the New York Times and it was a birth announcement:
"Times features writer, Rory Gilmore, and her husband, newspaper mogul, Logan Huntzberger, welcome a new addition to their family. Bradin Christopher Gilmore-Huntzberger was born at 5:31 am on February 6, 2012. He joins his sister, Lorelai Lane Gilmore-Huntzberger the Fourth..."
Jess didn't read the rest. Instead, he crumpled up the paper and threw it in the garbage.
He sighed, "I guess this how is was supposed to be."
With that, he grabbed his jacket and walked back out the door, drowning himself in the 'what-ifs'.
Sorry for the late update. Today has been crazy!
Okay, so this is unfortunately the end of my story. Sad right? I want to thank everyone who read the story and reviewed it. It really meant so much to me. I don't know if I am happy with the way I ended the story, but I would love to hear your opinions. Also, a lot of people have liked the idea of a sequel. So, I have decided that I will do one. I started it today on the plane, so I'll probably get the first chapter up in a couple weeks...
If there is anything that you would like to see in the sequel, please tell me and I'll take your suggestions into consideration. Thank you again to all the amzing people who reviewed. This story just started out as something I was writing during study hall and I let only one of my friends actually read it. Keep checking back for the sequel!