She just nodded back to her stepmom and continued walking. Before she could get any further, there was Chuck in the doorway…with Blair.
"Jenny," Chuck said the second he saw her. "Are you okay?"
"Yeah," she tried to smile and be upbeat even though it was killing her, "I'm fine. We're leaving." Jenny tried to pull Serena along with her to leave sooner but Chuck stopped them. "What?"
"What the hell were you doing here?" Chuck fumed at her, "You run out and then come here? Of all places, you land in a bar?"
"Please, let me just go home," she pleaded. Chuck saw the pain in her eyes and just nodded. Jenny and Serena walked through as Blair and Chuck moved aside for them. Dan got right to their place.
"You and Jenny?," Dan asked him. His face showed he had no clue that was happening. "Why are you going after my sister?"
Chuck was furious now. "I'm not going after your sister. She came to me. Why is it so hard to believe someone cares about me?"
"Cares?," Dan screamed, "Jenny doesn't care. She feels bad because you got dumped. By the way, you're here with Blair? Seriously? You come looking for Jenny and you show up with your ex. That's a nice way to show her you care."
"You know nothing," Blair spoke up. "That's not what was going on."
"Blair," Chuck said, "You don't have to defend me. He's being a good brother." And those were the words Dan never thought he'd hear from Chuck. "You know what?" He turned to Blair. "Let's go."
"Okay," she whispered. They started to walk out the door and she turned back. "Hey, Dan? Chuck does care." Then they were gone.
Jenny just got out of the shower and was sitting on her bed. There was a knock on the door and it opened. Serena walked in. "Hey," she whispered. "You want to talk about what happened tonight?"
"No," Jenny shook her head. "I don't. But" she sighed "I guess I need to." She took a deep breath and began. "I was supposed to go out with Chuck tonight. But when I was out earlier, I saw Blair and she wanted him back. I knew it. So I told him I couldn't do this and I ran out. I got in a cab with no idea where to go and ended up at that bar.
There was a guy who kept looking at me. He bought me a drink and asked me to dance. At first, I said no but then all I wanted was a good time and I started drinking more. I wasn't drunk, believe me. But we were dancing and he was…groping. I passed it off to the drinks and he wanted to see me again. But then Lily came in. It was nothing."
"Nothing?" Serena questioned when she finished. "Jenny, you met a strange guy in a bar! Who knows what could have happened?"
"But how do you know that," she answered calmly. "If my mom hadn't come, something could have happened to you. At least if you're gonna be there, come with someone."
Jenny huffed. "You're one to talk about drinking, Serena." That was a low blow and she knew it.
"Okay, I deserve that," she said back, "But don't you think I might know if it's wrong then? He could have been anyone."
"I'm never gonna see him again, don't worry," was her reply.
There was a moment of silencelence between the two. Then Serena spoke up. "You did all this because of Chuck?" Jenny just nodded. "Take it from me, getting yourself drunk over a guy and then trying to hook up with another never ends well."
That gave her enough to think about.
It was 1 a.m. Jenny still couldn't sleep and her thoughts kept flashing between Chuck, the guy from the bar, and what Blair said that day. It was hard to think she was wrong to have left him in the hotel and it wasn't like something happened.
Her thoughts were interrupted by a cell phone buzzing. "Chuck" it said. She flipped open her phone and opened the text.
Are you okay?
She sighed. Why was he being sweet?
It vibrated a second later.
Nothing. I left you. Period.
Were you drunk?
Is that your business?
You are my business. We're friends still.
Nothing came back. Jenny was starting to think that response wasn't the best one. Then there was a light knock on the door. She got up from bed and out to the living room and answered it.
There stood Chuck.
"What are you doing here?" she asked him.
"This," he answered as he kissed her. It was one of those heart-stopping kisses that prove this is the person you're supposed to be with. Neither of them had time to catch their breath. Jenny instantly kissed him back, wrapping her arms around his neck and Chuck responded by placing his arms on her waist.
Both were panting and needing breath so she pulled away first and pushed him outside. "We can't do this, Chuck."
"Why," he asked her. "If this is about Blair, I told you -"
"No," she shook her head. "This isn't right. We're not right. There is too much baggage here for me and you to happen, okay?"
"No," he abruptly said, "That's not what this is about. I know how you feel and you know how I feel so what is the problem here? Are you letting everyone tell you how to feel?"
She couldn't believe what she was hearing. "No."
"Then what is this?"
"I told you," she said, "We aren't right for each other. Let's go back to whatever the hell we were, or if you don't want to, we'll be nothing to each other. But this can't work. Please, Chuck."
"I don't believe that," he said after a while. "You wanted this and now you're turning your back on it. Be honest. Is it Blair?"
"Yes and no," he excuses confused him once more. "You love Blair. I'm not going to step in and take something that's not even mine."
"Jenny, you're wrong," he whispered.
She huffed for the second time that night, "Really? Why is that?"
"Because I'm falling in love with you."