I Love Loving You
By: Legacy at Heart
Disclaimer: I own only Kate.
Story Summary: What if Rory had a twin sister? What if that sister fell in love with Jess instead of the Dean/Rory/Jess triangle that drove most people, including myself, crazy? What would happen to them? Would Jess still leave? Or would he go to Yale with the girls? Would Lorelai like him? How long would they wait to be together? Starts at Season 2 when Jess comes in and jumps around a little after that. Cross Posted on
Chapter Summary: Teach Me Tonight: When Jess needs a tutor, Luke turns to Kate. A bad day gets better before it gets even worse and Jess finds a way to tell Kate something important through their lessons.
AN#1:Two for the price of one! I did this without watching the whole episode like I usually do, focusing on Kate and Jess and their time together, especially when they are in the diner and talking about Yale. There's lot of missing dialogue here because of the storyline change but I used enough that I think I captured the truth of the episode.
There are a lot of things I want to say and I'm going to say it here and not in the end because this meant a lot to me.
First: Your words have been so wonderful to hear. I love all my readers and even when you favorite or follow the story without a review makes me happy because people are interested. So thank you! And I was wondering if you guys would check out some of my other works on the site. They are all one shots, mostly reactions to their respective shows. there are all linked in my bio and I usually don't do this but I would love to see what you guys think. But in the meantime, please enjoy this story!
Second, the panic attack Jess had is something that I experience every so often so that came from a personal place. and even though I made Kate the driver, it hit him hard because he made her leave the safety of the diner.
Lastly: I didn't write Chris in because I didn't want to remember why he and Lorelai weren't talking at that point. Plus, there was no real reason for him to show up and play superman since Lorelai didn't want to kill Jess.
So here is Teach Me Tonight! Enjoy and review or favorite and follow!
Chapter 11: Potholes and Cones
Kate sighed as she ran her hand through her hair. She couldn't believe that she was here and that tonight happened. They were having a great time and they were laughing and talking and kissing two hours ago. They were only out about twenty minutes. And now she had an arm in a cast and she couldn't find Jess anywhere. He was here and then he left. And she was running on fumes, the last time she slept was last night. She didn't see who sat next to her but she sighed and leaned against them.
"How the hell did this all happen?"
Twelve Hours Earlier
"Kate, wait up," Luke called out to her as she left the diner after breakfast with Rory and Lorelai, complete with secret flirting with Jess.
"What's up, Luke," she smiled, leaning against her car.
"Could you tutor Jess," he asked.
Kate blinked. "Jess…Jess, your nephew Jess…Jess…my…you know," she asked, pointing to her boyfriend, who was so not looking outside.
Luke nodded. "Yeah, I know. He's not doing too well in school. The principal said he's not gonna let him move on unless something changes. I was wondering if you could help," he said.
Kate still couldn't process it. She looked torn between going back inside and beating Jess senseless or banging her head against the car so she could wake up.
"That doesn't make any sense; he's smart enough to pass any subject," she finally managed to say.
Luke raised his eyebrow. "I don't think it's his lack of smarts, more like his lack of proximity to the actual classes that's the problem," he replied.
It clicked for her. Yeah, she was going to kill Jess. "Ah," she nodded.
"Yeah," Luke nodded.
"Can I kill him," she asked.
Luke smirked. "I think that this is killing him enough," he pointed out.
"That's true. Okay, what subject does he need help in," Kate sighed.
"I think it's safe to say all of them," Luke replied. "I'd pay you," he added.
"Absolutely not," Kate replied. "Just leave a pot of coffee and a cherry pie out and I'll be fine." She gave him a look that clearly said "don't mess with me".
Luke smiled. "Look, I don't expect you to work miracles and it doesn't have to be a full time everyday thing. If you could just get him through a couple of his next tests, maybe make the school see that he can do it, that would probably help out a lot," he explained.
Kate smiled. "Anything," she replied. "I'll come by tonight," she added, going around to the driver's side. She shot Jess a look and smirked seeing him roll his eyes.
Luke smirked. "Going to make him pay," he asked.
Kate grinned. "My personal favorite pastime," she admitted. "And here I thought it would change once we got together. But now it's way more fun," she added, getting into her car. "See you tonight," she called as she pulled away.
Luke smirked as he walked back into the diner. Jess glared at him. Luke grinned.
"I like this," he said as he got back to work.
"She's going to kill me," Jess muttered.
"Dug your own grave there," Luke pointed out.
Jess shook his head. Luke grinned as his nephew left.
Kate walked out of the dance studio where Chilton had dance team meetings every Friday after school. It was her gym class. She loved dancing, even more so after she and Jess did that little performance two weeks ago. She smiled thinking about that night. She was surprised no one found out that it was them since that was her car…but she didn't mind it. She loved the mystery and how she knew it drove Taylor crazy. And her mother knew it too since she pushed his buttons two nights ago, making him make her the chooser of the movie night movie on Sunday.
She walked into the showers and cleaned herself up a little. She normally would go home and do this but she was going to make Jess pay tonight. She had it all planed out. She was going to wear a great dress that showed off her dancer's body and wear the perfume he loved so much and her hair the way he liked it. And she was going to tease him and he couldn't touch her because she was going to make them sit in the diner, in front of people and make him work. She giggled as she took out her contacts and put them in their container.
She hummed under her breath as she washed up. She threw her hair up in a ponytail to let it dry and got dressed. She went to take her contacts out but without a mirror she couldn't see, so when she reached for her mirror, the contact case fell and the contents spilled out.
"No, no, no," she exclaimed as she tried to find her contacts.
She got up and then slipped, banging her elbow hard onto the floor. "Holy fuck," she cursed, holding her elbow, seeing stars. She whimpered when she couldn't and pulled out her glasses. She put them on and then sighed.
"Great," she muttered, packing up.
She slowly got up and walked out of the room and got into her car. She drove here because she had an early class and the dance class ran late usually. And with her grandparents away for the week, she didn't have to rush home to get ready for dinner and she could tutor Jess. She rested her elbow on a towel on top of her console as she drove.
"Whoa," she exclaimed, seeing the massive pothole. She swerved to avoid it and took a deep breath after stopping.
"Anything else," she muttered driving off.
Jess was waiting for Kate in the diner, with a fresh pot of coffee on the hot plate and a cherry pie on the counter. He also made them burgers and fries with milkshakes, strawberry for her and vanilla for him. He spotted her walking into the diner in a grey sweatshirt and black sweatpants. She pulled her hair back and cleaned her face—she must have had dance today—and her contacts were out, allowing her to have her glasses on. He gawked at her, knowing she rarely wore her glasses in public unless she was going to run or dance and her contacts burned.
"Kate," Luke did a double take.
"I lost one of my contacts and couldn't find the replacements. So not another word," she replied, sitting down.
Jess held up his hands and Kate poured herself a cup of coffee. She tried not to wince as she reached for her bag. Her elbow still hurt like a bitch.
"You okay," Jess asked, seeing her wince in pain.
Kate nodded. "Over did it in dance today," she replied.
"You sure you want to do this," he asked.
"Yeah, I'm fine," Kate answered, smiling. "Besides, I have a ton of questions for you," she added.
Jess groaned and Kate smirked. Then she realized she didn't see any books.
"Where are your books," she asked.
"Huh, I don't know," he replied.
Kate groaned. "Jess," she muttered. "How are we gonna study without your books?" she asked.
"I guess we're not. Movie," he asked.
"Jess, I had the afternoon from hell. On top of overdoing it in dance and losing my contacts, I almost drove into a pothole that could very well lead to China with how big it is. My father is avoiding my mother and Dean and Rory are fighting over something I can care less about. But I do care about you and want you to succeed. Hence why I am here," Kate hissed. "So get your books or I'm going home," she added glaring at him.
"And that's my cue to leave," Luke said, as Jess winced at the glare. "Good luck," he muttered to his nephew.
Jess nodded. Luke left and Kate raised her eyebrow at her boyfriend. He nodded again, taking out a handkerchief.
"Wait there," he said, doing a magic trick, making an apple appear.
Kate smiled a little as he went upstairs. She winced as she pulled up her sleeve and saw the bruise on her arm. She hissed and pulled it back down as Jess came back into view. She nodded.
"Let's get started," she said.
They were at it for half an hour and in that time Jess found a deck of cards. He was playing with them and trying to make her smile.
"Okay, tell me the political ramifications of the Marshall Plan," she said, not looking up.
Jess smirked as he held up the deck. "Pick a card," he said. Kate eyed him then the deck and threw it on the floor. Jess whistled. "Huh, well, that just made the trick a little bit harder," he said.
"Jess, focus," Kate told him.
"Did I do something? Because if I did, I'm sorry," he told her.
"You didn't do anything. I told you, I had a bad day," she replied.
"And I told you we didn't have to do this. We could have been watching a movie and I could have wowed you with my book smarts upstairs. You're obliviously in pain or did you think I don't see you wince every time you move your arm," he went on.
"If we didn't do this now, we wouldn't ever do this. And I want to see you do something with your brain over than spar with me," Kate snapped.
"What do you expect is going to happen with me," Jess asked.
"I don't know. Maybe we could go to Yale together," Kate exclaimed.
"Oh yeah, me at Yale with a bunch of trust funded, legacy idiots," Jess scoffed.
"With me, debating over more than which Clash song is the greatest and Hemmingway over Rand," Kate went on. "And we could find an off campus apartment and live together, taking all our English classes together, work on the paper together. You could be the editor of the Daily News. And we could make fun of those trust funded, legacy idiots," she rambled.
Jess smiled at her. It did sound good. Especially the living together part; waking up with Kate every day, coming home to her every night…he could see it. She could major in performance studies and he could major in English and they could be together.
"Is that why you did this," he asked.
Kate nodded. "Jess, I know how smart you are. Luke, my Mom, Rory…we all know you can do it," she said.
"Oh, here come the pompoms," Jess muttered.
"No, no pompoms, just me saying you could do more," Kate told him. She reached over to caress his face. "I know you can do more," she whispered.
Jess smiled and took her hand. Kate smiled and leaned in, then pulled back remembering where they were.
"I wish I could kiss you right now," she whispered.
"I know. Me too," Jess nodded. Then he caressed her hand. "This is me pulled you in for a long slow kiss," he said.
Kate smiled. She rubbed the back of his hand. "And this is me, kissing you back, running my hands through your hair," she replied.
Jess smiled and then closed the book in front of him. "The Marshall Plan was aimed at helping rebuild Europe's economies after World War II. It was a four year long plan that began in 1948 and it was made to rebuild devastated parts of Europe and to prevent the spread of communism. It was divided among the states that were participating in the program on a per capita, drawing criticism as those who allied with the Allied forces received more help and those who were either neutral or with the Axis forces got less," he explained.
Kate's mouth dropped open. "How…what…okay," she managed.
Jess smirked. "Okay, yeah, there's an upside to this if you get to be quiet," he quipped.
Kate mocked at him as she swatted him with her good arm. Jess smiled and they got back to studying.
"Have you ever read "Please Kill Me"?" he asked getting up and brining their plates to the kitchen.
"No, I haven't," Kate replied, getting up and stretching. She winced as she moved her arm but ignored it.
"Oral history of the punk movement; you'd like it – you can borrow it if you want," Jess went on.
Kate smiled. "I would like to borrow it," she replied.
Jess smiled as he sat back down. Kate did the same and handed him a notepad. "One of Shakespeare's sonnets," she said.
Jess raised his eyebrow as he wrote on the pad. Kate flipped through her songbook and made a list of songs she didn't sing yet while he did that. She looked up as he handed her back the note pad. She looked at it then she looked at him.
"This is a Clash song," she said.
Jess smirked. "Which one," he asked.
Kate smirked back. "Guns of Brixton," she replied.
"And the lady gets a prize," Jess cheered, smirking at her, handing her coffee.
Kate smiled and took the coffee. She couldn't really feel it in her right arm but she wasn't going to say anything.
"Why don't we get out of here," he asked.
Kate raised her eyebrow. "Where do you want to go," she asked.
"Let's get ice cream," Jess suggested.
"This is a diner, you have ice cream here," she pointed out, but she got up regardless.
"Yes but my Uncle does not have cones," Jess replied.
Kate laughed. "That is the only way to eat ice cream without eating straight from the carton," she agreed.
Jess laughed and led her out of the diner. Kate gave him the keys to her car.
"Could you drive," she asked.
Jess nodded and watched as Kate got into the car, wincing as she moved her arm. He shook his head and got into the car. After they drove to the ice cream shop and got their cones, they talked a lot more than they had all night.
"So where did you get in your head that you weren't going anywhere," Kate asked as she drove her car.
"What," he asked.
"You know you're smarter than most everybody at your school. It takes you like five minutes to finish a book. You read everything, you remember everything; you could ace those classes easily. Why don't you? You don't need a tutor. It's crazy that they're talking about leaving you back," Kate went on.
"Pretty sure that you asked something different there, babe," he told her.
"Where did you get the idea you weren't going to college," she asked.
"Ask my mother, she could give you a couple reasons. Oh, and I'm sure Principal Mertin can chime in with a few good ones," Jess replied.
"Well they don't know you like I know you," Kate pointed out.
Jess opened his mouth to reply when Kate screeched, seeing a raccoon in the middle of the road. She swerved to avoid it but hit the pothole and the car went into a bench. Kate screamed in pain as her right arm collided with the dashboard. Jess turned and then got out of the car.
"Kate," he asked, opening her door and getting her out of the car.
"It hurts," she whimpered.
"It's okay, sweetheart. You're going to be okay," he whispered, as he found her phone and called 911.
Everything was a blur after that. The paramedics came and took both of them to the hospital and Jess called a tow truck. Kate took the phone and called her mother and Rory and Jess called Luke. As the doctors treated Kate, he slipped out of the hospital, waiting for Luke to come.
The world was spinning. He couldn't catch his breath. All he heard was Kate's scream and all he could see was her in pain. Sure he wasn't driving but he let her drive. Hell, he suggested they go out in the first place. And now…he was going to have to leave. Everyone would want him out…Luke, Lorelai, Rory, Dean, and Taylor…Kate…they would never have Yale together. They would never live together or run the paper together. He was going to have to leave the first place that actually felt like home in the longest time
He felt sick. He ran to the bushes and lost all the contents of his stomach. He coughed and felt Luke's hand on his back. He heard Lorelai's voice and Rory's gasp as he took a breath. He felt himself being pulled over to the curb and sat down.
"Jess, honey, you're having a panic attack, come on, sit down," Lorelai said.
"Kate," he managed.
"She's fine. You're the one who's worrying us," Lorelai hushed.
Jess sighed and calmed down. Luke sat next to him and Lorelai went inside with Rory.
"She's okay," he asked, looking at his uncle.
"She's okay," Luke nodded, handing him a bottle of water.
Jess sighed in relief taking a large swing of water.
When Kate came down from the pain and the high of the pain medications, she realized that she was alone. Jess wasn't outside or in the room next to her. She sighed as she ran her hand through her hair. She couldn't believe that she was here and that tonight happened. They were having a great time and they were laughing and talking and kissing two hours ago. They were only out about twenty minutes. And now she had an arm in a cast and she couldn't find Jess anywhere. He was here and then he left. And she was running on fumes, the last time she slept was last night. She didn't see who sat next to her but she sighed and leaned against them.
"How the hell did this all happen?"
"That was my question," Lorelai said.
Kate looked up and saw Lorelai near tears. "Hi Mom," she whispered.
Lorelai sighed and hugged her. Kate winced as she couldn't really move her arm. She saw Luke standing with Jess and Rory. Kate let go of her mother and hugged Jess tightly.
"I was worried about you," she whispered.
"Sorry," Jess muttered, kissing her neck.
"I'm killing Taylor," Luke muttered.
"Why," Kate asked.
"He knew about that pothole," Rory pointed out.
"And we wanted lights there for years," Lorelai added.
"So it wasn't my horrible driving," Kate asked.
"No, you were driving with a broken arm already," Jess pointed out.
"My arm was not broken already," Kate told him.
"Actually, Ms. Gilmore, he's right. You fractured your elbow and when you hit the dashboard, you fractured your forearm," the doctor said coming in and showing Kate the x-rays.
Kate looked at them and cringed. "Well…that's fun," she muttered.
"You are going to have the cast on for six weeks and then we are going to talk about physical therapy in case of any nerve damage," the doctor said.
Kate sighed. "Okay," she nodded, leaning against Jess.
"Thank you doctor," Lorelai said.
The doctor smiled and left them.
"Where'd you fall," Rory asked.
"The shower stalls after I lost my contacts," Kate replied.
Lorelai burst out laughing and Luke chuckled as Jess kissed her forehead. Rory giggled and hugged Kate's other side. Kate chuckled and hugged her sister.
"Can we get out here," she asked.
"Please," Jess nodded.
"Let's go," Lorelai said, leading everyone out. She turned to Kate and grinned. "Who's gonna call grandma?" she asked.
Kate froze, and then a smirk grew on her face. "Taylor," she replied.
"Please let me see that conversation," Jess begged.
Kate laughed and they left the hospital.
When Jess and Luke got back to the diner, Jess collapsed into a chair after packing an overnight bag. They were going to stay over at the Gilmore house for the night. Luke sat one table over and waited for his nephew to catch his breath.
"I made sure she was okay," he said.
"Then you went outside and had a panic attack," Luke nodded.
Jess nodded. "Think that they'll call for my lynching," he asked.
"Like we'll let it happen," Luke shot back.
Jess smirked and shook his head. "Thanks for not blowing up," he said.
Luke smirked and shook his head. "Anytime," he replied. "Come on, we should get over there," he said.
Jess nodded and got up, leaving the diner with his uncle.
When they got to the Gilmore house, Lorelai smiled at them. Jess went upstairs into Kate's room. She was sleeping in her bed, her arm on a pillow on her chest. He smiled, kissing her forehead, going over to the chair Lorelai set up for him. He put his bag down and took his sweats. He went into the bathroom and changed. When he came back, Kate was looking at him, smiling.
"Lie here with me," she whispered.
Jess smiled and got in the bed on her left side, careful of her arm. Kate smiled and closed her eyes.
"Goodnight, Dodger," she whispered.
"Goodnight, Gilmore," he replied, falling asleep.
The next day, the five of them were all in the diner when Taylor came into the diner.
"You, I want you done," he yelled pointing to Jess, who was serving someone.
"Sure, just tell me when you got the authority to tell me what to do," Jess shot back.
"Leave him alone, Taylor," Kate spoke up.
"He hurt you, Kate," Taylor said.
"One: I hurt myself by falling in the shower. Two: I was driving last night. And three: thanks to the public records that Kirk got me, you knew about the pothole on ten separate accounts and you never did anything about it. And because of that, I crashed my car and did more damage to my arm than I should have. So you can either apologize to Jess and leave, paying me for the damages to my car or this is going to get ugly," Kate spoke with a calm fury. It was deadly and yet captivating to watch.
Taylor sighed and left the diner. Kate smirked and Lorelai got up, going to the door. "My father will be in touch to make you pay the insurance on the car," she called out.
Kate laughed and Rory high fived her mother. Jess smirked and nodded to them, handing Kate a note. Then he walked out of the diner and Kate followed him after a few minutes. They met at the bridge and he smiled as she blinked at him.
""I owe you a poem"," she asked.
Jess smirked. "Let me not to the marriage of true minds; Admit impediments. Love is not love; Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O no; it is an ever-fixed mark, That looks on tempests, and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks; within his bending sickle's compass come; Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, but bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved," he recited from memory.
Kate laughed and kissed him, understanding the words perfectly. And she knew her response was the perfect one.
End of Chapter 11
AN#2: The sonnet Jess said at the end was Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare. This is what it means in modern English:
I would not admit that anything could interfere with the union of two people who love each other. Love that alters with changing circumstances is not love, nor if it bends from its firm state when someone tries to destroy it. Oh no, it's an eternally fixed point that watches storms but is never itself shaken by them. It is the star by which every lost ship can be guided: one can calculate it's distance but not gauge its quality. Love doesn't depend on Time, although the rosy lips and cheeks of youth eventually come within the compass of Time's sickle. Love doesn't alter as the days and weeks go by but endures until death. If I'm wrong about this then I've never written anything and no man has ever loved.
I think that sums up Kate and Jess don't you think?