When Rory was just five years old Lorelai and her daughter had already made a pretty comfortable life in Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Lorelai was working her way up at the Independence Inn and she was finally making the life she always wanted for her and her daughter. Rory was a very smart five year old. She was reading books that you would never see a child her age ever read, but Lorelai encouraged it. She wanted her daughter to be who she wanted to be. Not like how her parents tried making her be like them. For being five years old Rory had become Lorelai's best friend. She understood everything her mom told her and she was there for her mom no matter what.

Of course, Rory had a relationship with her father. Not as close as Lorelai would want them to be, but close enough. One day Christopher came to visit the two in their little town and spend the day with Rory. But being Lorelai and Christopher it always ended up turning into something they didn't mean to happen. Once Rory fell asleep Chris and Lorelai were hanging out and things started to get heated up. Six weeks later Lorelai found out that she was pregnant and Rory would no longer be the only child. Lorelai hated herself for making this same mistake again, especially with Chris, but she loved her children, and that was also the day she decided Chris and her would no longer ever be alone ever again. She was twenty years-old and it was time to grow up.

In the Summer of July, Lauren Lorelai Gilmore was born. Of course she had to keep the name Lorelai going in the family. Lauren was a very healthy seven pound little baby and Lorelai fell deeply in love with her just as she did when she first seen Rory. Two girls Lorelai thought. It was going to be hard, but so much fun.

It was now the year 2001, and Lorelai and her girls were doing really well for themselves. Lorelai was moved up to Manager at the Independence Inn, and was now running everything. She was hoping to one day have her own Inn so that was a goal she was looking forward to. Rory is fifteen years old and is still as smart as she was when she was five years-old, well, she was smarter of course being though she grew up, but she was learning more and more everyday. She was still reading books and even the dictionary which actually kinda freaked Lorelai out, but none-the-less Rory was growing up just as Lorelai wanted her to. Lauren is eleven and looking more and more like her sister everyday, but she wasn't quite Rory, and Lorelai noticed that Lauren was growing up to be the complete opposite of her older daughter when Lauren was just two years-old. Her daughter was being like herself. Lauren was very outspoken unlike Rory and was very carefree. But both were very much like their mom in so many ways. Lorelai passed down her eating habits which made everyone wonder how in the world these three girls stayed so skinny. Rory and Lorelai both were addicted to coffee, and even though Lorelai tells Lauren that she is too young for coffee; she sneaks it in anyway. All three talked very very fast, they loved their tv and movies, and they all three couldn't get enough of eachother.

It was morning and as usual Lorelai walks into her favorite diner. Luke's Diner. When she finds a table she takes off her layers that she wearing and grabs a mug. She knew this was going to be hard, but she had to do it. Lorelai walks over to the counter where Luke was wiping down the back counter.

"Please, Luke, please!" Lorelai begins to beg.

Luke turns around with an unamused face. "How many cups have you had this morning?" He asks.

"None." Lorelai says, quickly.

"Plus?" Luke asks, knowing better.

"5. But yours is better."

Luke sighs. "You have a problem."

"Yes, I do." Lorelai says, handing over her mug.

"Junkie." Luke says, pouring her some coffee.

"Angel." Lorelai says, happily as she turns back and walks to her table.

Luke Danes. He has been living in Stars Hollow his entire life. The diner that they are in actually was owed by his dad and it was a hardware store. But when Luke's dad died he gave the store to Luke. Stars Hollow didn't have much to choose from when it came to food so Luke had decided to open up a diner instead of continuing on with the hardware store. It was a good decision because his diner was everyone's favorite place. Luke wasn't their favorite person, but his food was delicious. Luke was known as the unhappy grumpy guy, but in reality he was quite the opposite. Yes, of course he was grumpy, but he wasn't unhappy. He had just been through a lot in his time. He and Lorelai actually started a great relationship. He provided the coffee and she would drink it. Luke enjoyed his little back and forth snips with Lorelai everyday, and seeing her girls was a plus, too.

Lorelai finally sits down at her table and drinks a sip of her coffee. She closes her eyes and smiles. Luke's coffee really was the best. A guy from the counter actually turns around from hearing Lorelai's plea with Luke and decides to make himself known as he walks over to her table. "You make that look really good." He says.

Lorelai looks up in surprise. "Oh. It is really good. It's the best coffee in town." She says.

"Yeah? I'll have to get a cup." He says, continuing to flirt. By this time Lorelai started to play along.

"Good plan."

"Yeah. I've never been here before. Just passing on my way through to Hartford." He tells her.

"You're a regular Jack Kerouac." Lorelai jokes.

The guy looks at Lorelai with a weird look, but pretends to know what she is talking about. "Yeah. Hey, you mind if I sit down?"

"Oh. You know what? Actually, I'm meeting someone, so I..." The guy sits down anyway.

"I'm Joey."

Lorelai smiles. "Okay."

"What you don't have a name?" He asks.

Lorelai laughs. "No. I do have a name. I just am really meeting someone, so.."

"So, I guess I should get going." Joey says.

"So soon?" Lorelai asks.

"What?" Joey asks, confused.

"I'm just screwing with your mind, Joey. It's nice to meet you." She says, sincerely. "Enjoy Hartford."

"Enjoy your coffee, Mystery Woman." Joey says, finally standing up and walking away.

Lorelai turns her head forward and smiles. Nothing like your daily flirt. The bell above the door rings signaling someone came in.

Rory walks over to her. "Hey. It's freezing." She says, putting her stuff down and sitting on the other side of the table facing her mom.

"Aw, what do you need? Hot tea, coffee?" Lorelai asks.

"Lip gloss."

"Uh, huh!" Lorelai bends down to grab her bag. "I have vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and toasted marshmallow." She says, lifting the bag.

"Anything in there not resembling a breakfast cereal?" Rory asks.

Lorelai looks down. "Yes. It has no smell." She says, lifting it up. "But it changed color with your mood."

"God. Rupaul doesn't need this much lip gloss."

"You're crabby."

Rory begins to open the lip gloss. "I'm sorry. I lost my Macy Gray cd and I need caffeine."

Lorelai digs in her bag once more and grabs the cd. "I have your cd."

"Thief. I thought Lauren took it." Lorelai hands Rory the cd.

"Sorry. Oh, and I stole it from Lauren. I'll get your some coffee." Lorelai says, quickly, standing up and walking to the counter. Luke looks at Lorelai like she is absolutely insane. "What? It's not for me. It's for Rory, I swear."

"You're shameless."

"Look, Officer Krupke, she's right at that table. Right over there." Lorelai says, turning around and is surprised to see the same guy standing at her table flirting with her fifteen year-old. "Huh. He's got quite a pair this guy." Lorelai grabs Rory's coffee from Luke and heads back to her table.

"Yeah, I've never been through here before.." Joey says just as Lorelai approaches.

"Aw, you have to." She says, scaring him.

"Oh, hi!"

"Oh, hi!" She mocks. "You really like my table, don't you?"

"I was just, uh,.."

"Getting to know my daughter." Lorelai interrupts as she goes to stand behind Rory.

Joey looks surprised that she is a mom. "Your.."

"Are you my new daddy?" Rory asks, jokingly.

"Wow. You do not look old enough to have a daughter." Joey tells her.


"No. I mean it." He says. "And you do not look like a daughter." He tells Rory.

"That's possibly very sweet of you. Thanks." Lorelai says.

"So, daughter..." Lorelai shakes her head. "You know, I am travelling with a friend."

"She's 15." Lorelai tells him.

"Bye." He says, walking out quickly.

"Drive safe." Lorelai turns to Rory and they both start laughing at what just happened.

Over at the Inn; Lorelai walks in quickly and goes behind the front desk.

"Independence Inn. Michel speaking." Michel works the front desk and is actually the Assistant Manager. He's French and hard to understand and gets really flustered when the girls make fun of him, but they couldn't see an Inn without Michel. "No, I'm sorry. We are completely booked. We have a wedding party here." He says, to other person on the phone. "No, there is nothing I can do. Yes, I'm sure. Positive. No, ma'm I don't have to look. Of course I'll look." Michel puts the phone down and continues to go through the mail before picking up the phone again. "No, I'm sorry. We're completely booked."

Lorelai continues to look through their books when Rory and Lauren walk up to them. "Hey, kiss." Rory reaches over and kisses her mom on the cheek as Lauren lifts herself up, unable to just bend over the counter, and kisses her mom on the other cheek. Rory walks behind the counter and begins rummaging through the desk.

"What is your offspring doing?" Michel asks.

"I need stamps." Rory pulls out a page full. "Can I have these?"

"No." Michel tells her.

"Take them." Lorelai says. She looks her daughter up and down. Rory is wearing a big oversize sweater. "What is with the muumuu?"


"No. I'm just saying you couldn't find one made of metal?" Lorelai asks. "Incase anyone has x-ray eyes."

"I told her not to wear it." Lauren tells her mom.

"And now we say good-bye." Rory tells her.

"Hey, have Michel look at your French paper." Lorelai says, looking at Michel.

"That'd be great." Rory says, pulling her paper out.


"Come on, Michel. I'll tell all the ladies what a stud you are." Rory bribes.

"Hm. I believe that memo has already been sent." Michel tells her.

"Oh, please, Michel. Please." Lorelai saying in her best french accent. "Pretty please or I will not stop talking like this."

"Alright. Fine." Michel says, giving up.

Rory hands him her paper. "It's due tomorrow. And pay special attention to the grammar." Rory says, before grabbing her sister's hand and walking away.

Lorelai just smiles with satisfaction at Michel. "I dispise you." He says as Lorelai laughs and walks away.

On their way to school Lauren and Rory are walking towards Lane Kim's house, Rory's best friend, to pick her up.

"Question." Lauren says.


"Why are you still walking me to school? I'm eleven. I think I'm fully capable of walking on my own." Lauren tells her big sister.

"And do we remember last time mom let you walk to school by yourself? You ended up in the music store for two hours." Rory reminds her.

Lauren shrugs. "So, I get distracted. Plus that was two years ago."

"Look, my school is on the way so why not just walk together. You act like I'm so bad to walk with."

"No. I'm just saying. I remember mom letting you walk to school by yourself, and there's not like anyone would kidnap me. Have you met everyone that lives here?" Lauren asks.

Rory laughs. "Okay. I'll ask Mom. But don't make me regret it."

"I won't. Thanks." Lauren says, happily.

They stop at Lane's house just as she is walking out the door. "Hey, Lane."

"Hey. Hey, Lauren."

"Hey." Lane looks back to make sure they are far away from her house. "What are you doing?" Lauren asks.

Lane begins to take off her sweater which revealed another shirt representing a band. "When are you going to let your parents know that you listen to evil rock music?" Rory asks. "You're an american teenager for God's sake."

"Rory, if my parents still get upset over the obscene portion size of american food, I seriously doubt I'm going to make any inroads with Eminem." Lane explains to her friend.

"Alright, Lauren, here you are." Rory says as they reach Lauren's school.

"Oh. I would have never known. Welcome to Hell." Lauren says dramatically as she walks towards her school.

As Rory and Lane approach their school there's a sign they walk by about a hay ride. "I have to go to that." Lane tells her.


"My parents set me up with the son of a business associate. He's going to be a doctor."

"You're kidding." Rory laughs. "How old is he?"


"So, he's going to be a doctor in 100 years?" Rory asks.

"Uh, my parents like to plan ahead. So, I'm guessing you're not going?" Lane asks, already knowing the answer.

Rory smiles. "Uh, no. I'm still fuzzy on what's fun about sitting in the cold for two hours with sticks up your butt." She says as they walk passed some kids and into their school building.

Over at Lauren's school; she is sitting in class painting her fingernails and reading a book at the same time. She was quite the multitasker. All her classmates behind her were looking at her and talking. Lauren knew they were talking about her. It was an everyday thing. They'd tease her behind her back because they knew if they'd come up to her she would have no problem breaking their nose. Yes, Lorelai raised a fighter. She, herself, was a lot like Lauren in school. She was different and her girls were different but she liked it that way.

"She's looking at you." Hannah, Lauren's best friend, tells her just before the teacher makes her way to Lauren.

"Lauren Gilmore. Is that fingernail polish I am smelling?" Her teacher asks her.

Lauren looks up at her and smiles. "It's scented." She says, showing her teacher he nails. "Wanna smell?" All the kids start laughing.

"You are definitely not like your sister. Go to the Principal's office. Now."

Lauren rolls her eyes and gathers her stuff. Before she walks out, Lauren turns back around and looks at her teacher. "I'm not Rory. My name is Lauren Gilmore. I'm not my sister." She says, walking away.

Out of school; Rory, Lane, and Lauren are walking home. Lane and Rory are laughing.

"Was it a good color at least?" Lane asks Lauren.

"It had sparkles in it. I can't believe they made me take it off." Lauren says, still aggravated about what happened.


"And it smelled like bubble gum." Lauren added. "Do you think they called Mom?"

Rory puts her arm around her sister. "Without a doubt."

Lauren huffs as they continue to walk.

In the kitchen at the Inn; Sookie, Lorelai's best friend, is chopping up vegetables. She's going so fast she's not paying attention to what she is doing. The helpers around her are moving stuff out of her way and take knives from her after she finishes.

"Careful!" One of them yells.

"I'm okay."

"Sookie!" Lorelai jumps in causing Sookie to hit one of the helpers with a pan. "Oh." She says, watching the man go down. "It's here. It happened. She did it!" She says, excitingly.

Sookie smiles trying to copy the same excitment but she was confused. "Okay. I'm going to need a little bit longer sentence." She tells Lorelai.

"The Chilton school. Rory got in!"

"Oh, my gosh! Oh, my gosh!" Sookie says, jumping up and clapping.

"I know! Look!" Lorelai says, lifting a piece of paper. "Dear, Ms. Gilmore, we are happy to inform you that we have a vacancy at Chilton Preparatory starting immediately. Due to your daughter's excellent credentials and your enthusiastic pursuit of her enrollment... I offered to do the principal to get her in." She jokes. "..we'd be happy to accept her as soon as the first semester's tuition has been received."

"This is very exciting." Sookie says, hugging Lorelai.

"This is it. She can finally got to Harvard like she's always wanted, and get the education that I never got, and get to do all the things that I never got to do! And then I can finally resent her for it and we can finally have a normal mother-daughter relationship." She says, making them both laugh.

"Mom!" They hear Rory yell from outside the kitchen. They both try to hold their excitement as they look at the door.

Rory and Lauren walk in and are immediately freaked out at their mother's behavior. "You're happy." Rory says.

"Yeah." Lorelai says, smiling.

"Did you do something slutty?" Rory asks.

"I'm not that happy." She says as she and Sookie bust out in giggles. "Here." Lorelai says, handing Rory a bag.

Rory looks at her mom. "What's going on?" She asks, curiously.

"Open it."

Rory opens the bag and takes out a plaided skirt. "She's going to be in a Britney Spears video?" Lauren asks.

"You're going to Chilton!" Sookie blurts out. Lorelai smacks her arm. "Oh, sorry."

"Mom?" Rory questions.

"Mom?" Lauren repeats.

Lorelai is all smiles as she nods her head. "You did it, babe. You got in!" She says, holding up the acceptance letter. "You're gonna start on Monday!"



"Oh, my gosh. I can't believe this. I'm going to Chilton! Sookie, I'm going to Chilton!" Rory yells in excitement as she hugs her mom and then Sookie. "I have to call Lane." Rory walks out of the kitchen.

Lorelai turns back to her other daughter. "Lauren, Rory's going to Chilton. Aren't you excited for her!" She asks.

"Whoopi." Lauren says, with no excitement whats so ever.

"Alright, ma'm. Come on. We need to have a little talk." Lorelai says, putting her arm around Lauren and ushering her out the kitchen.

"Aw, man."

Sookie smiles and starts dancing around. "Rory's going to Chilton! Rory's going to Chilton!" She chants as she throws her towel in the air and walks away. It lands right one the stove causing a fire.

The next day at the Inn, Michel is at the front desk writing down some stuff when the phone starts ringing. He is clearly ignoring it when Lorelai passes by.

"Michel, the phone." Lorelai tells him as she walks by.

"Mm-hm. It rings."

"Can you answer it?" She asks walking by again.

"Nope." Michel answers still writing. "People are particularly stupid today. I can't talk to any more of them."

"You know who's really nice to talk to?" Lorelai asks, stopping at the desk. "The people at the unemployment agency."

Michel rolls his eyes before answering the phone finally. "Independence Inn. Michel speaking. No, I'm sorry we're completely booked." Michel says, walking away.

Lorelai begins opening the mail and sees one from Rory's school. She opens it immediately and is stunned by what she reads.

At the house, Lorelai is on the phone pacing back and forth.

"I am holding for Mrs. Bell." She tells someone on the other side. "I've been trying to get a hold of her all day. Lorelai Gilmore. Oh, Hi! Yeah, my daughter, Rory has just been accepted. Yay." She laughs. "Thank you. And I got the invoice for your enrollment fee. Wow. That is a lot of zeroes behind that 5. Uh-huh..okay, well, I guess I'm just wondering is if you couldn't take say, part of it now, just to get her going?" Lorelai asks, hopefully. "But she's suppose to start Monday. It just doesn't give me a lot of time to pull a bank job. Well, nevermind I was just kidding. Oh, no, I don't want you to give her space up. I'll just, I'll have to figure it out. Oh, no, thank you. Its been a real treat talking to you. Yeah, bye." Lorelai hangs up the phone and tosses it on the couch in frustration. She wasn't sure how she was going to fix this.

That night, Lorelai and Sookie are outside on the porch drinking wine.

"What do I do? What do I do?" Lorelai repeats over and over again.

"You can have anything that I own. My car! Sell my car!" Sookie offers.

"Oh, sweetie, no one wants your car." Lorelai tells her. "There's something I haven't thought of. I know there is. There's something out there staring me right in the face. I just, I haven't seen it."

Sookie stands up and walks over to the side of Lorelai. "You know, you might consider calling..."

"No." Lorelai interrupts.

"But I don't think you..."


"You can at least go to.."


"Okay, can I say one more thing?" Sookie asks. "I think it's your only option."

"Sookie, there are several chapters from a Stephen King novel I'd reenact before I'd resort to that option."

"Okay, dropped." Sookie gives up.

"Thank you."

"Mom!" Rory calls out as she runs out on the porch wearing the Chilton skirt. "So, what do you think?"

"Wow. It makes you look smart!" Sookie tells her.

"Okay, no more wine for you. Mom?" Rory asks, happily.

"You look like you were swallowed by a kilt." Lorelai says, honestly.

"Fine. You can hem it. A little. Only a little."

Lorelai claps in excitement as she walks Rory back into the house. "Or I can hem it a lot."

"No, I don't want it to be too short!" She says, walking back in. "I can't believe tomorrow is my last day at Stars Hollow."

"I know!"

"Today I was so excited I dressed for gym." Rory admits.

Lorelai gasp. "You're kidding!"

"And I played volleyball."

"With other people?" Lorelai asks, shocked.

"And I learned that all this time I was avoiding group sports was very smart because I suck at them."

"Yeah, well, you got that from me."

"Okay, I'm going to the store because you have nothing. You like duck?" Sookie asks.

"Oh, if it's made out of chicken. Absolutely." Lorelai tells her.

"I'll be back!" Sookie yells, walking out the door.

Lauren comes downstairs and her eyes immediately focus on what Rory is wearing. "Whoa. What ate Rory?" She asks.

"Very funny." Rory says, sarcastically.

Lorelai finishes up pinning the skirt and stands up. "Alright, this should give you an idea of what it will look like. Go see how you like it."

Rory smiles. "Okay. I love being a private school girl." She says, skipping to her room.

Lorelai smiles at her daughter trying to hide the fact that she was still confused on how to pay for this private school. Lauren drapes by getting Lorelai's attention. She grabs her daughter's hand and spins her around until she is facing her. "Hey, how you feeling about Rory going to a private school?"

Lauren shrugs. "Well, she can't walk me to school anymore."

"Yeah, about that. Since your sister is going to another school and I have to be at work sometimes really early in the morning I am trusting you to get yourself to school on time."

"I can do it."

"No visiting the bookstore, or the music store, or even the market which I'm still confused about."

Lauren rolls her eyes playfully at her mom and smiles. "Can't you just trust me like you trust Rory?"

"Hey, I do trust you." Lorelai says in a serious tone as she stares at her youngest daughter.

"Yeah, yeah." Lauren says, turning away and going into the kitchen.

Lorelai watches Lauren walk away. She never wanted Lauren to feel like Rory was the favorite and she didn't want Rory to think that she was a screw up. Right now Lorelai felt like a failure to her girls. As she turns away towards the fireplace, Lorelai looks up at the mantel where pictures of her girls and her when they were little to now were placed. She looked at them and felt happy to give her children the life that she always wanted and not be stuck to one thing in one place and have to worry about what people think like she had to do when she was their age. But as she continued to look at her pictures she stopped at one from when she was real little. A picture of her standing in front of her parent's house in Hartford. There was only one thing she could do now.

Lorelai is standing against her car drinking coffee as she stares at her childhood house where her parents still stayed. The house was huge. A masion. You'd probably get lost in there if you didn't know exactly where to go. Lorelai did however find many hiding spots and escape routes when she was very young. Right now she was trying to get up the courage to walk to the door and when she finally did Emily Gilmore opens the door.

"Hi, Mom." Lorelai smiles.

Emily looks at her daughter surprised to see her there. "Lorelai! My goodness. This is a surprise. Is it Easter already?"

Lorelai laughs awkwardly. "No, I just finished up my business class and I thought I'd stop by."

"To see me?"


"Well, isn't that nice." She says, still holding the door open. "Come in."

"Thanks." Lorelai says, stepping into the house. Lorelai and Emily walk through the foyer. "The place looks great."

"It hasn't changed." Emily says, looking around her own house a little.

"How are, um, the girls at the bridge club?" Lorelai asks, trying to make up any kind of conversation she could.


"Well, good." They both sit on both the couches in the living room area and stare at eachother awkwardly.

"You said you were taking a business class?" Emily asks, breaking the silence.

"Umm, yeah. I-I'm taking a business class at the college twice a week. I'm sure I told you." Lorelai tells her.

Emily shrugs. "Well, if you are sure then you must have. Would you like some tea?"

"I would love some coffee."

Suddenly, the front door opens. "Emily, I'm home!" Lorelai's father, Richard calls out.

"We're in here." Emily answers.

Richard walks in reading the newspaper. "Hi, Dad." Lorelai says.

Richard looks up quickly and is surprised to see Lorelai sitting there. "What is it? Christmas already?"

"Lorelai was taking a business class at the college today, and decided to drop in a see us." Emily explains.

"What business class?"

"Well, she told us about it, dear, remember?"


"Well, actually, I came here for a reason." Lorelai tells him. Richard walks over and starts making himself a drink. "Dad, would you mind sitting down for a minute?"

"You need money." He says, simply.

"I have a situation." Lorelai says.

"You need money."

"Dad, will you just please let me get this out. Okay?" Lorelai says, frustrated. "Rory has been accepted to Chilton."

Emily smiles the first geniune smile Lorelai had seen since she got there. "Chilton? Well, that's a wonderfull school! It's only five minutes from here."

"That's right. It is. She can start as early as Monday." Lorelai explains. "Um, but the problem is that they want me to put down an enrollment fee plus the first semester's tuition. And I have to do that immediately or she loses her spot."

Richard grins. "So, you need money."

"Yeah." Lorelai says, giving up. "But, it's not for me. It's for Rory. I fully intend on paying you back every cent. I don't ask for favors. You know that."

Emily rolls her eyes. "Oh, yes, we know."

"I'll get the checkbook." Richard tells her.

"Thank you." Lorelai says, letting out a breath she didn't realize she was holding in. "You have no idea. Thank you."

"On one condition." Emily blurts out.

Lorelai sighs. "So close."

"Since we are now financially involved in your life, I want to be actively involved in your life."

"What does that mean, Mother?"

"I want a weekly dinner."

"What?" Lorelai says, a little surprised.

"Friday nights. You, Rory, and Lauren will have dinner here." Emily explains.


"And you have to call us once a week to give us an update on Rory and Lauren's schooling life and your life." She throws in. "That's it. That's the condition. If you agree, you'll come to dinner tomorrow night, and leave here with a check. Otherwise, I'm sorry, we can't help you."

"I don't want her to know that I borrowed money from you. I don't want Lauren to know either. Can that just be between us?" Lorelai asks.

"Does 7:00 work for you?" Emily asks.

Lorelai smiles. "Perfect."

Emily looks over at Richard and they both smile at eachother while Lorelai puts an unamused look on her face as she looks up at a picture of her and her parents up on the wall. She was back.

At Stars Hollow High, Rory is cleaning out her locker while she talks to Lane.

"And we get to wear uniforms. No more having people check you out to see what jeans you're wearing because everyone's dressed alike in boring clothes and are just there to learn." Rory explains to her best friend.

"Okay, there's academic mind and then there's amish." Lane says. "So, I told my mom you were changing schools."

"Was she thrilled?" Rory asks.

"The party's on Friday." Lane laughs. "I got to go."

"Bye." Rory laughs. Lane walks away when Rory drops some books on the floor. When she bends down the pick them up she is suddenly hit with feet at her face. "God! You're like Ruth Gordon just standing there with a tannis root. Make a noise."

"Rosemary's baby." The voice answers.

Rory is shocked that someone actually knew what she was talking about. When she stands up she is hit with a pretty face. "Yeah."

"That's a great movie. You got good taste. Are you moving?" He asks looking at the box in Rory's hand.

"No. Just my books are." She tells him.

"My family just moved here from Chicago." He explains.

"Chicago. Windy. Oprah." Rory starts naming.

"Yeah. Yeah, that's the place." He says. "I'm Dean."

Rory smiles. "Hi." Dean waits for Rory to introduce herself. "Oh. Rory. Me. That's me."

Dean smiles at her. "Rory." He repeats.

"Well, Lorelai, technically."

"Lorelai, I like that."

"It's my mother's name, too, and my sister's middle name. She named us after herself. She was lying in the hospital thinking about how men name boys after themselves all the time, so why couldn't women? She says that feminism just kinda took over. But personally I think a lot of demerol also went into that decision. I never talk this much." She says, noticing she just rambled all about her birth.

"Well, I better go." Dean tells her. "I have to go look for a job."

"Okay, good." Dean laughs before walking away. "You should check with Miss. Patty." Rory tells him.

Dean turns around. "What?"

"About the job. You should check with Miss. Patty. She teaches dance. She was actually on broadway once."

"I don't really dance much." Dean says, confused.

"No. No. She just kinda knows everything that goes on in this town. She'll know if someone is looking." Rory explains.

"Oh. Great. Thanks!" Dean walks back up to Rory. "Hey, what are you doing right now?"

"Nothing much." Rory says, nervously. She looks down at the trash down in her hands. "I should throw this away at some point."

"Well, maybe you could show me where this Miss. Patty's place is."

Rory starts smiling. "Yeah, I guess so. I really don't have anything important to do. Let's go." She says. Dean grabs the rest of Rory's books off the floor and they begin to walk out of school.

As they are walking down the street Dean is trying to come up with conversations to make with Rory.

"So, have you lived here all your life?" He asks.

"Yes. Well, pretty much. I was actually born in Hartford."

"That's not far."

"Thirty minutes with no traffic." Rory tells him.


"I timed it."

"Okay then." Dean laughs.

Lauren walks out of her school to find Rory walking with Dean down the sidewalk. She was about to call her name when she decided to just follow them instead.

"So, do you like cake?" Rory asks.

"What?" Dean asks a little taken back by the question.

"They make really good cakes here." She says, as they pass the bakery. "They're very round."

"Okay." He chuckles. "I'll remember that."

"Good. Make a note."

"So, how you liking Moby Dick?"

"Oh, it's really good."


"Yeah. It's my first Melville."


"Hey, how did you know I was reading Moby Dick?" Rory asks, confused.

"Uh, well, I've been watching you." Dean says, nervously.

"Watching me?"

"I mean, not in a creepy I just..I've noticed you."

"Me?" Rory asks, a little shocked.



Dean hesitates before he answers. "Everyday." He says, shyly. Rory wasn't sure what to say to that so she just looks at him. "After school, you come out and you sit under that tree and read. Last week it was Madame Bovary. This week it's Moby Dick."

"But why would you..."

"Because you're really nice to look at and because you've got unbelievable concentration."

"What?" Rory laughs.

"Last Friday, these two guys were tossing around the football and one guy nailed the other guy right in the face. I mean, it was a mess. Blood everywhere. The nurse came out, the place was a chaos, his girlfriend was all freaking out, and you just sat there and read. I mean you never even looked up. I thought 'I've never seen anyone read that intensely before in my entire life. I have to meet that girl.'" Dean explains.

"Maybe I just didn't look up because I've unbelievably self-centered."

"Maybe. But I doubt it."

Rory smiles nervously as they continue to walk towards Miss. Patty's.

At the house, Rory is in her room doing her homework when Lauren slowly walks into the room.

"What do you want?" Rory asks not looking up.

Lauren starts laughing. "I thought you had unbelievable concentration?"

Rory looks up quickly at her sister who was smirking mischievously. "What did you say?"

"What's your favorite kind of cake? I was thinking about asking Mom to pick some up." Lauren laughs.

Rory stands up which makes Lauren run out of the room yelling. "Lauren!" Rory yells. She catches her in the living room and throws her down on the couch and gets on top of her so that she can't move. "Where did you hear that from?"

"Oh. I don't know. Around."

"Lauren!" Rory yells again.

"Fine. I was coming out of school expecting to see my sister since, ya know, she is going to another school on Monday and we were suppose to walk home together, but I see her walking with a boy instead. Who is he?" Lauren asks.

"He just moved here. I was just showing him to Miss. Patty's." Rory explains.

"He's a dancer?" Lauren asks, confused.

Rory rolls her eyes and gets up from couch. "No! He was going talk to her about a job."

"Oh. So, do you like him?" Lauren asks, smiling.

"I just met him."

"So? I mean he's been watching you for awhile now. I think he likes you."

Rory crosses her arms and glares at her little sister. "How much did you hear?"

"Almost everything. Are you going to tell Mom?" Lauren asks.

Rory really hadn't thought about that until now. "No, and neither are you."

"Rory, how are you expecting to hide that you like someone from Mom? She knows everything. She find out everything."

"No. She knows everything that you do." Rory says.

"Whatever. Fine. I won't say anything, but you and I both know she will find out." Lauren tells her as she begins to walk upstairs.

"Hey, Lauren." Lauren stops halfway up and turns back to her big sister. "I'm sorry I forgot to meet you." Rory says, sincerely.

"Yeah, yeah. It's okay, private school girl." Lauren says, continuing up to her room.

Rory watches her sister until she hears her door close then she collapse on the couch. Lauren was right, it was definitely going to be hard to keep this from her mom. Lorelai did find out everything and Rory was a bad liar.

At Luke's Diner that night, Lorelai, Rory, and Lauren were all picking at their food. They all had something they were hiding and afraid to say. Loreali looks at her girls and finally decides she had to say something before the night was over.

"I forgot to tell you both that we are having dinner tomorrow night at your grandparent's house."

Lauren and Rory both look up at their mom confused. They never went there unless it was a holiday. "We are?" Rory asks.


"But it's September." Lauren reminds her.


"So, what holiday is in September?" Lauren asks.

"It's not a holiday thing it's just dinner, okay?" Lorelai says, annoyed.

"Fine." Lauren says, going back to picking at her food.

"So, I finished hemming your skirt today." Lorelai tells Rory. Rory just looks up at Lorelai with no hint of excitement at all on her face. "A grunt of acknowledgment would be nice."

"I don't understand why we are going to dinner tomorrow night?" Rory tells her. "I mean, what if I had plans? You didn't even ask me."

"If you had plans I would have known." Lorelai tells her making Lauren giggles a little.

Rory glares at Lauren and kicks her under the table. Lauren stops and goes back to picking at her food. "What's going on?" Lorelai asks.

"I'm just saying I don't tell you everything. I have my own things."

"Hey. I had dibs on being the bitch tonight." Lorelai jokes.

"Just tonight?" Rory asks, under her breath.

"What the hell is wrong with you?" Lorelai asks.

Rory hesitates before looking up at her mom. "I'm not sure I want to go to Chilton anymore."

Lorelai looks at her daughter surprised. "What?"

"The timing is just really bad."

"The timing is bad?" Lorelai asks.

"And the bus ride to and from Hartford, it's like thirty minutes each way."

"I can't believe what I'm hearing."

"Plus, I don't think we should be spending that kind of money right now. I mean what if Lauren wanted to do something. She wouldn't be able to because I took all the money. I mean I know Chilton's probably costing you a lot." Rory explains.

Lauren looks back and forth at her sister. Was Rory really putting her into this so that she doesn't go to Chilton? When had she ever thought about her? Oh, right, she's not thinking about her. She's thinking about a boy. "Don't bring me into this, Rory. You don't care either way!" Lauren yells.

Lorelai and Rory both look at Lauren. "Lauren." Lorelai says.

"I'm always being compared to you anyway by everyone. So, I want you to go. I want Mom to spend her money on you. Maybe people will stop calling me Rory if you are far far away!" Lauren yells as she gets up and storms out of the diner.

"Lauren!" Lorelai yells, but Lauren was not stopping.

"I didn't mean it that way. But if you didn't spend all the money on me you could finally get the Inn with Sookie that you've always wanted!"

"What about college! What about Harvard!" Lorelai asks.

"You don't know that I can't get into Harvard if I stay where I am."

"Okay. Enough crazy talk. I appreciate your concern for me and your sister, but I have this covered."

"I still don't want to go!"

"Why!" Lorelai was getting really frustrated with this whole thing. Lauren runs out the diner and Rory is arguing about Chilton when that's where she wanted to go since she was little. She was so confused.

"Because I don't!"

"I have to get out of here. I have to go find your sister." Lorelai says, finally having enough.

Rory gets up and follows her mom out of the diner.

While they are walking back home they pass Miss. Patty's dancing class.

"Oh, Lorelai, Lauren passed me right on by in tears. I tried stopping her, but she just kept on running. She's so fast." Patty tells them.

Lorelai smiles. "Thanks, Patty. I'm just giving her a little time by herself before I go and talk to her. You know, teenage hormones are kicking in." She jokes trying to cover up the real situation.

"Oh, and Rory, I think I found a job for your male friend."

Lorelai looks over at Rory. "What male friend?"

Rory turns away so she can't see her mom looking at her. "They need a stock boy at the market. I already talked to Taylor Doose about him. You just send him around tomorrow." Patty tells her.

"Okay, thanks." Rory says, wanting to get far far away from Patty now.

"What male friend?" Lorelai was still curious about this guy.

"Oh, he's very cute. You have good taste." Patty tells her.

Rory starts walking as fast as she can. "Oh, you're going to have to walk faster than that!" Lorelai tells her as she follows her. "You're gonna have to turn into fricken Flo Jo to get away from me."

At the house, Rory walks in and slams the door, but Lorelai follows her right on in.

"This is about a boy." She says. Lauren is upstairs when she hears her mom and sister walk in fighting. She starts smiling because she knew her mom found out. She gets off the bed and walks over to her door and sits down against the wall so that she can listen. "Of course. I can't believe I didn't see it. All this talk about money and bus rides. You've got a thing going with a guy, and you don't want to leave school." Rory starts packing up her school bag in the living room.

"I'm going to bed." Rory tells her, ignoring her mother's rant.

"God, I'm so dense. That should have been my first thought." Lorelai tells her. "After all, you're me."

"I'm not you." Rory says, turning around.

"Really?" Lorelai questions. "Someone willing to throw away important life experiences out the window to be with a guy? It sounds like me to me."

"Whatever." Rory walks passed Lorelai and goes to her room.

"So, who is he?" Lorelai asks, following Rory.

"There's no guy!"

"Dark hair? Romantic eyes? Looks a little dangerous?"

"Conversation's over."

"Tattoo's are good, too." Lorelai says, walking into Rory's room.

"I don't want to change schools because of all the reasons I've told you a thousand times. If you don't want to believe me. That's fine. Goodnight." Rory slams her door.

"Does he have a motorcycle? Because if you're going to throw your life away, he better have a motorcycle!" Lorelai yells. Lorelai walks into Rory's room. "Listen, can we just start all over? You tell me all about the guy, and I promise to not let me head explode, okay?" Rory sits on her bed and starts taking off her shoes, ignoring her mom. "Rory, please talk to me. Okay, fine. I'll talk." Lorelai sits on Rory's bed. "Okay. Don't get me wrong, guys are great. You don't get knocked up at sixteen then again at twenty-one being indifferent to guys." Rory tosses her shoes of the bed getting a little more annoyed with her mom. "Babe, guys are always going to be there. The school isn't. It's more important. It has to be more important." Lorelai stresses.

Rory opens a book and begins to read it. "I'm going to sleep." She tells her mom.

"Rory, you always been the sensible one in this house. I need you to remember that feeling now. You will kick your own butt later if you blow this." Lorelai explains.

"Well, it's my butt." Rory says, giving up on the book and turning off her light.

"Good comeback."

"Thank you."

"You're welcome. Rory, come on!"

"I don't want to talk about this. Can you please, please leave me alone." Rory asks.

Lorelai stands up. "Okay, fine. We always had a democracy in this house. We never did anything unless we all agreed. But now I guess I'm going to have to play the mom card. You are going to Chilton, whether you want to or not. Monday morning you will be there. End of story." She says, starting to walk away.

"We'll see!" Rory yells.

"Yeah, we will!" Lorelai yells back slamming Rory's door.

Upstairs, Lauren hears Rory's door slams and jumps. This was the first time she had actually ever seen her mom and sister fight, ever. It was very surprising. They rarely ever got mad at eachother. Instead, they would act like they were both her parents and get mad at her. Lauren quickly runs to her bed after she hears her mom's footsteps climbing the stairs and down the hall. She pretends to be reading when she picks up a random book that is set aside on her nightstand.

"Knock, knock." Lorelai says, peeking into Lauren's room. Lauren looks up and gives her mom and small smile. "I hope you didn't hear any of that."

"Just reading my book." Lauren lifts up to show Lorelai as she comes closer and sits on her daughter's bed.

She begins to laugh when she notices that Lauren's book is upside down. "Maybe I should put you in Chilton, too, since you read upside down. That's quite gifted." Lorelai jokes.

Lauren takes a closer look at her book and rolls her eyes, tossing it aside. "Okay, maybe I was eavesdropping." Lauren admits.

"Yeah, I figured." Lorelai says. Lauren didn't really want to look at her mom in her eyes. She was embarrassed for running out of the diner like that and yelling at Rory. She didn't mean to, but after everything that was happening all week, she finally just had enough. "Care to explain that incident in the diner?"

"Not really." Lauren says, truthfully.

Lorelai scoots closer to her daughter and takes her hand. "Hey, look at me." Lauren slowly looks up to meet her mom's blue eyes. That was one thing she never got. The famous blue eyes that everyone falls in love with. Rory got them, but Lauren was stuck with bright green eyes, which everyone loved until they see her sister's. She wasn't sure where she got the green eyes from since her dad's are brown. Her mom just always told her that she was unique and being different was a good thing. "Do I really make it seem that Rory is better than you?" Lorelai asks, in all serious.

Lauren shrugs. "Not really you. The town does, especially the teachers at my school. They are always saying that I'm nothing like Rory and they wish I would be. They ask me why I can't be quiet like my sister, why can't I just write notes down and just sit there. I don't know why they are complaining because I make straight A's! And, Mom, I really don't want to go to Grandma and Grandpa's because they don't even like me."

"Are you serious! Lauren Lorelai Gilmore, they love you! How can anyone not?" Lorelai asks. She was really surprised that Lauren was feeling this way. And she was pretty mad at herself for not seeing it. Yeah, she did pay a little more to Rory when it came to certain things, but Lauren is her baby, and always will be. As a Mom she felt like an even bigger failure for her youngest feeling the way she was right now. "Baby, I am so sorry for making you feel that way. I really am. And I promise things will change around here."

"So, are you really going to make Rory go to Chilton?" Lauren asks.

Lorelai nods. "Yeah, I think I am. It's a great opportunity that she shouldn't pass up."

"You asked the grandparents to help out, didn't you?" Lauren asks, smiling.

Lorelai gasp. "I did not!"

"Yes, you did. It's written all of your face." Lauren says, laughing.

Lorelai sighs. "I didn't know it was that obvious."

"Apparently, not that obvious because Rory didn't even catch it, but she has boy on the brain. I, on the other hand, have learned to read people, and growing up with you and Rory, I can read you guys." Lauren explains.

Lorelai shakes her head, laughing, as she goes to sit on the other side of Lauren. "You are way too smart for your own good. But this stays a secret. No telling Rory, okay?"

"Okay." Lauren agrees.

Lorelai puts her arm around her daughter and Lauren leans into her mom. "Oh, and that whole not being able to stay quiet in class and being very outspoken, you got that from me. So, be proud."

Lauren looks up at her mom and smiles. "I seen Rory's 'boyfriend.'

"What! Where? When?" Lorelai asks, surprised.

"Earlier today. Rory forgot to pick me up from school because she was walking him to Miss. Patty's. So, when I walked out of school, I seen them, and started following them. He's cute."

"Tall? Dark? Pretty?" Lorelai asks.

"Yeap." Lauren confirms.

"Great." Lorelai says, not too pleased. "You will never get a boyfriend. Ever. You hear me?"

"I think you have a long way to go." Lauren reminds her.

"Thank God." Lorelai says, pulling her daughter closer.

"I love you, Mom."

"I love you, too, kid." Lorelai says, kissing Lauren on the top of her head.