So, last chapter! I knew I said that there was going to be an epilogue, but I changed my mind. Something that I do a lot. Sorry that I keep changing what I'm going to do, but I really love how I ended this chapter, so I decided to end the entire story here.
I hope you like it and I really hope that you enjoyed this story.
Disclaimer: I do not own Gilmore Girls or anything affiliated with the show. No, duh.
Danielle was on her way up to Jess's hotel room. She had apologized to Sam profusely, but explained that this dinner was a bad idea in the first place. Surprisingly, he understood and told her that if she ever needed someone to talk to that she should call him.
She didn't think that would go over too well with Jess, but she took his number anyway, just in case. Danielle didn't know why she had decided to just forgive Jess, it could possibly be a bad idea and he could just end up hurting her all over again in the end. But she did. She followed her heart and she actually felt good about her decision.
When she finally reached his door, she hesitated. Was she absolutely positive that she wanted to do this?
No she wasn't completely sure about it, but she raised her hand to knock on the door anyway.
It took a minute for him to finally open it, but when he did it brought an involuntary smile to her face.
"Dani?" he said, obviously surprised to see her.
"Hey…can we talk?"
"Oh, um…sure," he opened the door a little wider to let her in, "Make yourself comfortable."
She walked in slowly and awkwardly sat down on the couch. She fiddled around with her hands until she realized that Jess was waiting for her to start talking, "Oh…right. Well, um…I've done a lot of thinking over the past couple of days. A lot of thinking. Painstakingly, slow thinking that made my head hurt countless times."
She laughed softly, as Jess chuckled, "And what did you come to conclude?"
"I'm going to go back to Los Angeles for a little while."
The smile on Jess's face was replaced instantly with a frown. Obviously he wasn't expecting this news when she walked into his hotel room. In fact, he was hoping that the fact that she had even showed up to talk to him gave their relationship hope.
"It's not like that!" she said quickly after realizing that she had given him the wrong impression, "It's just that I think we should give each other a little bit of space. At least for a little while."
"So…we're taking a break?" he asked, trying to comprehend what his girlfriend (was that what she was?) was telling him.
Danielle sighed, "No. Not a break…just space from each other. I'll go back to Los Angeles and work, and then I'll meet up with you on the road in different cities. I'm just doing this so I don't follow you around the entire book tour."
"What about Stars Hollow? We had plans to go there. Luke is expecting to meet you and everything."
"I'll still go to Stars Hollow! I want to go, it's just I can't spend the entire book tour with you, Jess. I really need to clear my head. This is not a break up; it's not even a break from each other. It's just us getting space from each other."
"I've become so attached to you, it's insane. I don't like the feeling, so I need to find the me that is independent. The old me. And unfortunately, I can't do that if I'm around you 24/7. Just please, tell me that you'll go along with this. I need you to."
Jess looked her over. He took in her pleading expression, the tears that were threatening to come out, and the way that she held herself in his presence. He had no choice but to go along with it. He couldn't hurt her anymore than he already had.
"Okay. We'll take some space."
"Thank you, Jess. Seriously…thank you." She stood up and hesitantly wrapped her arms around his body. He was surprised at first; he hadn't expected her to be so open with him so soon. But he cautiously returned her embrace. When she didn't pull away, in fact she nuzzled closer into him, he gripped her harder, never wanting to let go.
"Jess?" she mumbled into his shoulder.
"I think I'm going to stay here tonight. My room doesn't have a very good view."
Jess knew that was code for, 'I miss you,' but he didn't want to scare her off so he just answered with a simple, "Well thankfully my room has a pretty fantastic view."
"I would have to go get my stuff."
"I can come with you. It would be a nice walk."
She looked up into his eyes and smiled slightly, "Do you think we can order in some room service? I never got the chance to eat dinner."
"Anything for you."
"I don't want to go," Stephanie pouted.
"Come on Steph, we'll be back eventually," Rory said soothingly.
They were standing in the middle of the lobby, waiting for the boys to officially check them out of the hotel. The lobby was strangely not busy, so they were able to take the time to look around and to take in the sights of it for the last time that trip.
"Couldn't we just bring Vegas home with us? I could build a bigger backyard to put it in."
"No Stephanie," the brunette laughed, "we cannot bring Las Vegas home with us. That's why it's called a vacation spot. We come here for vacation."
The blond turned to Shannon, "You would do it with me, right? You would help me bring Las Vegas home."
"Um…" she grinned, "sure I would help you. Just tell me who I need to call."
She was about to respond when Colin wrapped his arms around her from the back, "Ready to go babe?"
Logan chuckled, "It looks like someone doesn't want to leave…"
"Shut up, Logan, you know that you want to stay too."
He just shook his head, not in the mood to be at the receiving end of her sadness about leaving.
"Hey guys!" The group turned and looked in the direction from which the voice emanated. They saw Jess and Danielle coming towards them, holding hands.
"I see you two worked things out," Rory said thoughtfully.
Danielle smiled, "For the most part, yes we did."
"Where are you guys heading now?"
"Well I'm going back to Los Angeles and Jess is heading towards Arizona for the next leg of his book tour."
Stephanie piped in, "I hope that you guys at least had a semi-good time. It is Vegas after all."
The couple looked from the group to themselves, then back to the group. "Las Vegas is definitely an…interesting city; one that probably won't be forgotten for a long time."
"You've got that right," his girlfriend said, trying her best not to think of the things that did go on during this vacation. It was easier to learn to get past it, than it was to dwell on it. Things happened that she didn't like, but did that mean that she should just stop living? No. It was a lesson, it was an obstacle that they were able to get past.
Now it was time to move on with their lives.
"When does your flight leave?" Dani asked the group.
"In about four hours. We were going to head to lunch beforehand; plane food is only good if it is peanuts. Oh, and I guess the pretzels are pretty good too," Rory replied, "Do you guys want to join us?"
The other girl gave her a soft smile, "We would love to, but my flight is in an hour and a half and Jess's is in an hour. We'd miss our flight."
"Thanks for inviting us though," Jess said, attempting to sound grateful for the invite. It wasn't that his thank you wasn't sincere; he just knew that it would be extremely awkward. He couldn't help but be thankful that his flight was in an hour.
"Sure," Rory smiled, "So, we'll see you guys around?"
"Of course. I'm meeting Jess in Stars Hollow, so maybe you can show me around the town. Something tells me that my boyfriend isn't very familiar with the town. He says that it isn't his favorite place on Earth."
The brunette giggled, "I'll definitely show you around. I'll take you to all the local hotspots. Stars Hollow can get pretty crazy."
"I bet," she glanced at her watch and then turned to Jess, "Hun we have to go if you're going to make your flight."
"Oh okay." He reached down to pick up their bags, "I'll leave you guys to say goodbye. Dani, I'll meet you by the taxi."
"Okay babe, I'll be out in just a minute."
As Jess walked away, Rory looked thoughtfully after him before deciding that he deserved a goodbye. "I'll be right back," she said, "Danielle, don't go anywhere until I say goodbye."
She jogged to catch up with her ex-boyfriend, "Did you really think that you were going to leave without saying goodbye?"
He glanced at her, "I didn't want to intrude. I don't think a lot of you guys like me."
"They don't love you, but is that really a surprise?"
"I guess not…"
"Come here." Rory wrapped him in a quick hug, and then she whispered, "You and Dani are going to turn out okay. I can feel it."
He smiled while he was holding her, "Thanks Ms. Gilmore."
"Hey," she laughed pulling away, "It's Mrs. Gilmore-Huntzberger now."
"Oh of course, how could I forget?" He looked outside, "I have to go get a taxi, and I swear I'm going to be so late for my flight."
"Okay, I'll let you go. Stay out of trouble," she winked.
"Back at you."
He began to walk away, but he was stopped for the last time by the brunette's voice, "Hey Jess?"
"Your book was amazing," she smiled.
He sighed. He didn't think that she would ever realize exactly how much that meant to him, "Thanks Rory."
She was grinning as she walked back to where everyone was standing. Danielle had already said her goodbyes to everyone and now she was just waiting for Rory.
"Danielle," Rory said, opening her arms up to her.
She obliged to the friendly hug, "It was wonderful meeting you Rory."
"You too. Call me anytime you are back on the east coast, we could go get lunch or something."
"Same with you. Anytime you find yourself on the great west coast, let me know."
"I definitely will," she pulled away, "You better get going, Jess is getting anxious."
She laughed, "I probably should. Goodbye everyone! Thank you for letting me tag along with you guys this week. You saved me from boredom."
"You're welcome," the entire group said, just not exactly in sync.
"Bye!" Danielle said one last time before heading out of the lobby and into the outside beyond the hotel.
"This is it guys," Stephanie said, "As soon as we walk out of those doors we're no longer on vacation."
"We've still got to eat lunch," Logan responded, "That still counts as vacation."
"Does it?" Finn asked.
"Of course it does! Logan is right; we've still got time to be on vacation. Plus, just because we're going home today doesn't mean that this is the end of an adventure. Every single day is an adventure," Rory said enthusiastically.
"Exactly," Shannon agreed with a smile.
"Stephanie, love, what do you say to all of this?" Finn wondered.
She paused before responding, "I say that they're right. Who knows what home is going to bring."
"That's the spirit!" Rory smiled, "When we walk out of those lobby doors there are going to be no frowns, no pouting, we're going to stay happy. Agreed?"
"Agreed," everyone said with a smile on their faces.
"Okay then, let's go best friends."
Rory grabbed Logan's hand, who linked arms with Stephanie, who was already holding on to Colin, who joined hands with Shannon and then she intertwined her hands with Finn's. And together, as one big group, they strode to the edge of the lobby. They all paused, for only a second, contemplating the fact that they were leaving to go back to real life, but then they kept walking, out into the world beyond the walls of the hotel in Las Vegas.
They were headed towards their next adventure; one that they were sure was going to come sooner or later.
And they finally realized, once they stepped out onto the sidewalk that this entire time they had all just been following fate.
Soooo…what did you guys think about the ending? Cheesy, wasn't it? Yeah, I know, but I still loved the ending. I'm getting a little sentimental because this story was like my baby, and now I finally finished it. I want to say thank you to every single person who either read or reviewed or did both. It seriously means so much to me. More than you will ever know.
I'm sorry that my updates were sporadic and that I definitely focused a lot of my attention on Jess's character (what can I say? he is actually a very easy character to write), but I hope that you did like the few Rory/Logan moments I threw in there.
Anyway, thank you all again so much. Do you think that you could drop me a review? I'm very close to one hundred and I'd love to make it to that point. I'll even give you a cookie. :)
So, I guess for the last time (or for the last time unless I decide to write another Gilmore Girls story), I really hope that you enjoyed this story. I had a lot of fun writing it and I'm going to miss it a lot. Thanks for reading fellow Gilmore Girlians...(my new official term for people as obsessed with Gilmore Girls as me :)).