Sorry for the delay in updating - life's has been pretty messed up lately and I didn't really have any inspiration to sit down and write. But now, my inspiration seems to be back!
Rory took a deep breath as she stood outside the apartment Jess' co-worker had directed her to. This was it. She had decided to at least give it a try. She had to. She would regret it for the rest of her life if she didn't at least tell Jess how she felt.
She couldn't not tell him how she felt and then spend the rest of her life wondering what could have been only because she wanted to spare someone else's feelings. That made no sense.
Rory stirred as the door flung open before her and Jess stormed out, almost knocking her over. She quickly gathered herself. "Hi"
He looked up at her, his eyes were bloodshed and his hair was a mess. He shook his head as he took her appearance in. He opened his mouth as if to say something, but then seemed to change his mind as he closed it again with another shake of his head.
"I don't have time for this" He muttered and with that he hurried down the stairs.
Rory stood outside the open apartment door, perplexed. What was that all about?
She waited for several moments, but it didn't seem like he had any intention of coming back. With tentative steps she walked towards the open door.
"Hello?" She poked her head inside and waited for an answer. The apartment was quiet and she took another step and then another and suddenly she found herself standing in the hallway.
"Hello?" She asked again, but the apartment was quiet.
She looked around the place from where she was standing. So this was where Jess lived with his fiancé. It looked nice.
She glanced furtively out the door, it was still quiet and no sign of Jess, so she took another step inside the apartment.
A torn open envelope on a side-table with name Jess written on it caught her eye and after glancing around to make sure she was alone she picked it up.
She only wanted an explanation for his weird behavior, she told herself as she opened the envelope and pulled out a letter.
With shaking hands she unfolded the letter and started reading.
The moment I've feared for so long is here. Rory's back and she wants to be with you. This isn't one of my nightmares. This is for real. I've talked to her and she confirmed it: she loves you and she wants to be with you.
I won't make this hard on you, because I know you care about me and you don't want to hurt my feelings, so I'm taking myself out of the picture. I'm setting you free.
I wish from the bottom of my heart that she will make you as happy as you deserve to be and that she will love you as much as you deserve to be loved.
I wish I could end this by writing something sappy and romantic like 'you'll always have a special place in my heart' or 'I'll always cherish the time we spent together' but all those clichés sound wrong and worn-out, so I'm settling for simply telling you that I love you but I've always known I wasn't your number one. I don't blame you for anything.
"What are you doing?" A harsh voice ripped Rory away from her second re-reading of the letter and she looked up and met Jess' stern face looking at her from the doorway.
"I…I…" She stuttered as she raised her hand to wipe away the tears that she'd been completely unaware she'd been shedding while reading.
"Is it true?" He asked and nodded towards the letter.
Rory looked at the letter in her hands, unsure of how to respond. What did he want her to say? Did he want to be with her?
"Did you meet Molly?" He asked, still not moving from his place in the doorway.
"Yes" She nodded.
He let out a sigh. "Did you tell her you wanted me back? That you love me?"
Rory closed her eyes. "Yes" She whispered and nodded again.
Opening her eyes again, Rory saw Jess closing his and bending his head down. "Jess…" She started but was cut off as he opened his eyes and looked right at her.
"What gives you the right…" His voice was calm but at the same time angry. "…to come barging into my life and take away the one thing I can't stand to lose?"
"I'm sorry" She whispered and it cost her a great deal of effort to refrain herself from bursting into tears.
Jess shook his head again. "I don't have time for this" He went into the apartment and right passed her without giving her as much as a glance as he picked up the phone from the living room table and quickly dialed a number.
Not knowing whether she should stay or leave, Rory remained in the hallway, eavesdropping on Jess' conversation.
"Chris?" He paced the room as he spoke. "I need to borrow your car" He sighed and slumped down at the armrest of the couch. "When will he be back?" He ran his hand through his already messed up hair, looking more devastated than she'd ever seen him before. "Ok. Thanks anyway" With that he hung up and rested his face in his hands.
He sat like that for a long time, seemingly having forgotten about her presence. After hesitating for several moments, Rory cleared her throat and took a step towards the living room.
"You could borrow my car" She offered and held the keys out towards him.
He looked up, hesitated for about a second before he approached her and took the keys out of her hand. "Thank you"
I'm thinking about ending the story here... Jess has made his choice and Rory has accepted it, sort of, by giving him the keys to her car so he can go get Molly back.
Thank you to everyone that has read this story and a special thanks to all of you that reviewed and left your opinions about whether Jess should choose Rory or Molly, you all made great cases for your opinions and I literally think my opinion shifted with every review I read.
I don't know what the final count came to, but the votes were in Molly's favor when I started writing this chapter!