Disclaimer: The title and song are by PJ Harvey.

Authors note: Dean never showed up in the season finale.

Rory was exasperated and quite frankly tired of fighting with Tristan. "You know what Tristan? Just keep my books." She said as she walked off towards the bus stop.

Tristan just stood there stunned. He was so sure the tickets would work. He really thought she would cave. Why did he always do everything wrong when it came to


When Rory got off the bus she ran all the way to Lane's. She did not even notice Dean watching her from the window of Dosey's Market. She burst through the front door of the antiques shop also known as Lanes house.

"LANE! LANE!" she yelled.

"Rory?" Lane asked.

"Where are you?" Rory replied.

"In my room." Lane answered.

Rory bounded up the stairs and came to a screeching halt in Lane's bedroom.

"Jesus Rory! What's gotten in to you?" Lane asked.

"He bought me tickets and I turned him down." Was all Rory could manage to get out.

"He who? Tickets for what?"

"Tristan. PJ Harvey."

"Do you need your head examined? You turned down PJ Harvey tickets."

"TRISTAN." Rory said as a way to remind Lane who got the tickets.

"I don't care if Charles Manson offered to take you! We're talking PJ Harvey."

"I know Lane. I know. But we are also talking Tristan. Ugh! He's so infuriating. Oh god Lane I let him keep my books which I'm going to have to get back from him."

"What are you talking about?"

"Well when I turned him down the first time he offered the tickets he took my books and told me he would not give them back until I agreed to go to the concert with him. I was so angry that I just told him to keep the books and left. I'm gonna need those books back before Summer's over so I can study for next semester."

"Then it looks like you will be seeing Tristan again soon." Rory sighed, " I could really go for some of Luke's coffee right now. You wanna come with?"

"Nah, Lane replied, besides I don't think my mom will let me. Henry is coming over for dinner. And well you know how my mother is."

"Nuff said," Rory replied. "Raincheck?"

"But of course." Lane answered as Rory headed out the door.

When Rory got to Luke's she sat at her usual table. Luke came up to her.

"What can I get ya?" Luke asked.

"A pot of coffee." Rory answered.

"Bad day?" Luke asked.

"You have no idea." Rory replied.

"Well this is the best I could do." Luke said coming back with an extra large cup of coffee.


Lorelai walks in. "Luke never gives me coffee that big, she looks at Luke, You never give me coffee that big. Why is she so special?"

"I had a bad day." Rory stated.

"She had a bad day." Luke replied.

"I have bad days." Lorelai whined.

Luke came up to the table with a matching extra large cup of coffee for Lorelai. She looked up at him in shock.

"It's for the kids sake. She's had a bad day and she shouldn't have to hear you complain."

Lorelai turned her attention to Rory. "What was so bad about the last day of school?"


"Oooh 'Evil Boy' what'd he do this time?"

"He bought me PJ Harvey tickets."

"Evil PJ Harvey tickets? What's so bad about PJ Harvey tickets?"

"Mom you are as bad as Lane. TRISTAN bough them."


"Tristan is EVIL."

"He can't be that bad if he bought you PJ Harvey tickets. So you going?" Rory just glared at her.

"What?, Lorelai shrugged, I think you should go."

"What time is it?" Rory asked.


"The concert starts at 8:30 and Tristan lives in Hartford and I live here and the concert is in Manchester(A.N. I don't even know if Manchester has a place to have concerts.) By the time he gets out here to get me and we get on the road it will probably be 7:30 and we would just wind up being late. Besides he probably already asked some one else to go. Or he could have taken my books with him."


"It's just that when I turned him down he took my books in order to persuade me to go and I told him to keep them and left."

"Um Rory, would those happen to be the books that would cost like oh I don't know

$1,000 to replace."

"Don't worry mom I'll get them back." They sat and drank their coffee for a little while longer.

They walked back home pretty much in silence. When they got there Babette stopped them to say a strange boy had been on there porch for a while. Rory ran to the front porch and her books were sitting there. On top was an envelop with her name on it. Inside were the tickets and a note.


I'm sorry for taking your books. When it comes to you I do everything wrong. I get so stupid around you that I don't even recognize myself. I have to admit that I came here with the hopes of changing your mind. I came right after school and waited. Anyways I decided to just leave you the tickets. Maybe you could go with your mom, or your friend the one who danced with Henry. I really am sorry Rory. I hope that one day you can find it in your heart to forgive me.


"I see the book fairy brought your books." Lorelai said as she caught up with Rory.

She just shoved the note in her mom's face, picked up the books and ran into the house.

Lorelai ran into her daughter's room, "Let's go girl. PJ Harvey awaits. And I don't care if we're late."

"I don't want you to go." Rory stated.

"These are front row seats!"

"I DON'T WANT TO GO!!!" Rory yelled as she walked back into the kitchen to get a glass of water.

"Touchy." Her mom replied following her.

"Why don't you call Sookie and see if you guys could make it?" Rory suggested.

"What?" Lorelai asked.

"No sense in wasting perfectly good tickets. Someone should use them. They must have cost him a fortune. I don't understand why he would do this mom. He obviously does not listen to PJ Harvey. Until today he thought she was a guy. Why would he get tickets like this?"

"For you." Lorelai replied.

"But why?!?!" Rory asked.

"I don't know. Because he likes you." Lorelai answered.

"We kissed." Rory stated.

"What? How? Today?"

Rory shook her head. "At Madeline's party."

"That's the night you wallowed."

Rory nodded her head.

"That's cheating, Lorelai stated, you can't wallow for someone after making out with another guy."

"We did not make out. We talked. I was sad about Dean. He was sad because Summer broke up with him. He kissed me. I kissed him back then I started to cry and ran out to find Lane and came home and wallowed."

"Ok but you can't be sure that you wallowed because of Dean now."

"I think I know why I wallowed."

"Do you?" Lorelai asked.

Rory didn't answer she just went to her room and shut the door. She turned her radio and PJ Harvey's "We're Making War." Was on.

We're making war, lover

We are not getting on

I will not change to keep the peace

You won't admit you're wrong

I've got a bellyful of grudges

And I will not let them out

The wreckage of your previous life

You will not sort it out

The dirt we keep on raking

The giving up, the taking

And we keep on making war, darling

Sweetheart, destroying our best laid plans

I will not explain myself and you refuse to understand

Our friends all become traitors as we wave our piece of paper

The ammunitions loaded

And the troops are at the border

But I might be bluffing

And you might be faking

But we keep on making war

The D.J. came on, "This is Natedogg on KISS 95.7. I know this is a little out of the ordinary but that song was a dedication for Rory Gilmore of Stars Hallow from Tristan DuGrey. He came into the studio and was very adamant. I hope you are listening Rory. Now lets get on with the show." Rory turned the radio and her phone rang. Her mom answered.

"Rory, It's Lane!"

"Tell her I'll call her tomorrow.

Ten minutes later there was a knock on Rory's bedroom door.

"Come in."

Lorelai walked in and sat next to Rory on the bed. "Lane told me about the song."

"I figured that was why she called." Rory stated.

"She let me listen to it."

"And..." Rory shrugged.

"Rory, this boy has got it bad for you."

Rory sighed, "I know."

"So the question is how do you feel about him?"

"I, I, I, don't, I have, I don't know."

"Well you need to find out cuz word on the street is that Dean wants you back."

"Who's 'on the street'?"

"Miss Patty."

"Who told her?"

Lorelai shrugged, "I don't know. But you know she's usually right about these things."

"I know."

"Do you wanna get back with Dean hunny?"

"I don't know."

"Looks like you've got a lot of thinking ahead of ya. I'm gonna go to bed and let you get started." Lorelai got up and walked towards the door.

"Mom?" Rory asked.

Lorelai turned around, "Yeah?"

"What am I supposed to do?"

"Do what your heart tells you and that will be the right choice." Lorelai left.

Rory could not sleep. She thought about what her mom said Miss Patty said about Dean and she thought about Tristan. At 2:00 in the morning got her Discman and put in a C.D. In seconds she was listening to "We're Making War." She hit the repeat button and finally fell asleep thirty minutes later knowing what she had to do.