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A/N: And like a month later you get chapter eight. Sorry this has taken so long. I have it all written, it's just finding time to post it…and remembering to post it…that seems to be the problem! I hope you enjoy!
Rory sighed sitting on her bed in her room…well, it was her mom's room when they lived in the Crap Shack but now it was hers, and Jess'. "Well, I guess I'll see you tomorrow."
Jess was standing in front of her and at her statement he smiled. "You will if you know what's good for you."
Rory couldn't help but chuckle. "I will see you tomorrow."
Jess took her hands and pulled her up from the bed to stand in front of him. He placed his forehead against hers. "I love you."
Rory smiled. "I love you, too."
Jess gave her a quick kiss but couldn't help himself and had to initiate a second one, deepen it and tangle his tongue with hers. When they had to break apart for air, Rory put her hands on his chest and pushed him back playfully. "Get out of here."
He tried to bring his mouth back to hers. "What if I don't want to?"
"Too bad," Rory told him. "I would like to get married tomorrow, which means you need to leave. We don't need any bad luck!"
"I've never known you to be superstitious," Jess teased.
"I'm not being superstitious. I'm being careful," Rory argued. "Goodbye."
Jess laughed and kissed her one last time. "Goodbye."
Rory heard the door shut downstairs and heard the decisive click of the lock. She knew Jess had locked it with his own key. He was the exact replica of Luke in that area. He always insisted that she lock the door, even though this was Stars Hollow and she didn't think anything would ever happen.
Rory flopped down on her bed. It was only 6:00, but she didn't know how to occupy herself now that Jess was gone. Stop it, Rory! She scolded herself. Jess usually wasn't even home at this time; he was usually in school until at least seven or eight. Since he worked in Andrew's bookstore during the daytime he went to school at night. She knew Jess not being here tonight shouldn't bother her, but she couldn't help but know it was going to.
When someone tried the door downstairs and then rang the bell, Rory jumped. She knew it was just her mom and sister. They were coming over tonight to spend the night and then get ready together the next morning. Lorelai complained that it wasn't fair for the guys to get ready at the Twickham House when the girls were getting ready at the Crap Shack. Lorelai reminded her daughter of the statement she made when Lorelai was going to get married, when she said the bride and groom should get ready in the same place. Rory didn't care. She said that was different. Because Rory was getting married in a church, they would naturally be in the same place in a set time and they had to get pictures taken in the church as well. They could put the finishing touches on there. Rory also pointed out that her mom got married in the town square and she would have been seen by Luke for sure. Rory then said there was so much uncertainty in her mom's wedding anyway…and Lorelai then stopped Rory and huffed a disgruntled, "Fine!"
When the doorbell rang again with her mom's voice attached, Rory smiled, stopped her thinking and got up off the bed and ran downstairs to answer the door. "Hey, Mom; hello, Emma."
"Gram will be here in the morning," Emma announced skipping into the house, carrying her dress importantly. "Where should I put this?"
"Put it in my old room," Rory instructed her. "First come here and get Mom's dress though and take that with you."
After Emma had made her way to Rory's room, she squealed. There was a new book on Rory's bed from Jess and when Emma poked her head into the living room (where Rory and Lorelai now were), Rory told her the book was for her. Emma, of course, promptly ran back into Rory's bedroom and Rory knew she was now sitting on the bed already enthralled in the book.
Sitting on the couch with the TV on, Lorelai couldn't help but study her daughter. Rory was pretending to watch TV, but Lorelai could tell she was far away. "What's wrong?" she finally had to ask.
"What?" Rory asked her mom, pretending to have not heard the question because she was so interested in the television program.
"What's wrong?" Lorelai repeated. She knew Rory had heard her, but she was just going to humor her for the time being.
Rory shrugged. "Nothing."
Lorelai shook her head. "You're lying. Tell me what's going on."
"It's pathetic," Rory insisted. "I mean, Jess has been gone for at least an hour. He's been gone for longer than this before, he's even been gone overnight…but I miss him."
Lorelai couldn't help it. She had to smile. She had experienced the same thing before she got married to Luke. She hadn't even been able to sleep that night because she wasn't used to sleeping without Luke. Lorelai knew this experience, while it might seem pathetic, was not at all unusual. Lorelai loved how much her daughter was like her.
"Why are you smiling?" Rory asked. "Go ahead, can you please mock me and get it over with?"
"Don't you remember the morning before I got married?" Lorelai asked her. "You didn't mock me for missing Luke."
Rory tilted her head. "You did miss Luke."
"See," Lorelai said. "It is pathetic…"
"But normal?" Rory asked.
Lorelai laughed. "I suppose."
Rory smiled at her mother. She had missed nights with just her and her mother. She wasn't discounting Emma, but she knew Emma wouldn't be seen for at least a couple of hours, she would be engrossed in the book. After that, it would be so late, that she would be unable to stay awake for much longer. Yes, she was a Gilmore, but she was still a young one. Rory's smile got a little wider. Maybe this night wouldn't be so bad after all.
Jess was sitting on the couch flipping through the channels. There was never anything interesting on at this time of day anyway. He wasn't really sure why he was searching, but there was nothing better to do.
Jess shook his head. This was pathetic. It really was. He never figured he would be the type of guy who couldn't stand to be away from his fiancé for more than one day. He shouldn't be this type of guy. After all, he was supposed to be a tough guy. He remembered him at sixteen and then grimaced. He couldn't even stand to be away from Rory then. Of course, at that point he had forced himself to be away from her and hurt both of them. He knew that wasn't the same as this but—
"Jess!" Luke shouted.
Jess jumped and looked at Luke. "Jeez! Do you have to shout?"
Luke pressed his lips together and tried to keep his grumpy look. This was funny though. He had never seen his nephew quite like this before. "I do have to shout. Especially when you don't answer me the first couple of times."
Jess rolled his eyes. "Was there something you wanted?"
Luke rolled his eyes as well. This was the Jess Mariano he was used to. "I was just wondering if you wanted some dinner. Excuse me for trying to nourish you."
Jess sighed. "Luke, I'm sorry. I'll eat. What do you have?"
"Aaron wanted chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and fruit," Luke told him. He smiled at the menu. At least Aaron wasn't like the female members of his family. He wouldn't be able to handle it if Aaron wanted a burger, chili fries and all the other unhealthy things that the Gilmore girls loved. He was still unsure as to why his diner served these things, but if he didn't, he never would have met those girls. He would forever be thankful that he turned his dad's old hardware store into a diner, because he knew Lorelai and her daughter would have never walked into a hardware store.
Jess nodded. "That's fine. I'll be in there in a few minutes."
Luke studied Jess for a few more minutes and couldn't help but let a small smile grace his lips. "You miss Rory."
"Excuse me?" Jess asked. He couldn't believe Luke would say that. Of course he missed her, but he wasn't about to tell Luke that. He would be mocked for years to come, by Luke and by the girls.
"You miss Rory," Luke repeated, trying very hard not to laugh.
"I do not!" Jess insisted. "That would be pathetic!"
Luke nodded. "Well, at least you recognize it."
Jess narrowed his eyes at him. "Go away, Uncle Luke."
Luke, as per usual, had no comment for that and turned around to walk into the kitchen. "I told you not to call me that! If you decide you want some food come into the kitchen."
Jess watched Luke walk into the kitchen, shook his head, but had to smile a little. Maybe this night wouldn't be so bad after all.
Let me know what you thought of this chapter! The next one should contain getting ready for the wedding. And possibly the wedding itself? If you read, please review!