Spoilers: References to "Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers"
Summary: Takes place after "Star-Crossed Lovers and Other Strangers". Dean and Rory are still apart but can they stay that way after their first encounter after their breakup?
Rating: G
Content: Nothing that could offend. I wrote this after I had just gotten over some major writer's block and it's definitely sweet and sappy.
Pairing: Dean/Rory
Disclaimer: Unfortunately, I do not own any of the characters, locations or the show in general that is mentioned. I'm very disappointed in this fact but life goes on after Gilmore Girls…I think lol.

Ice Cream

by Lauren

"Okay, well um, Rory honey, he's not in there, he probably isn't working today and I'm hungry!" Lorelai said taking a step onto the street towards the market.

"He could be in the back though. Small town you know. And he always works on Saturdays at this time, " Rory tried to point out to Lorelai.

"Come on!" Lorelai groaned grabbing Rory's hand and pulling Rory after her.

"See? He's not anywhere around here," Lorelai said stepping inside with Rory still behind her.

Rory poked her head out from behind Lorelai and scoped out the market. "I suppose," she said.

"Great, now let's go get that ice cream. I've been living way too long with out any. I'm beginning to go through withdrawal, complete with the sweating symptoms."

Lorelai and Rory walked back to the freezers where they tried to decide on which flavor to buy. Suddenly, coming from behind them was Dean carrying a pile of goods to be put into the freezer.

"Mom, here's one we've never tried!" Rory shouted to Lorelai who was down on the
other end of the freezer aisle. Then she turned around quickly and ran into Dean who dropped everything on the floor.

"Oh no, I'm sorry, so sorry," Rory babbled as she bent down next to Dean to help him pick up everything that had dropped to the floor when they had collided.

"It's okay," Dean said as he continued to gather everything off the floor. As they both gathered their pile in their arms and stood up, they bumped heads and ended up on the floor next to each other again.

"I think I should probably just go," Rory said looking at the floor rather than at Dean. "After all, I've got my ice cream." Rory held up the container as she got to her feet.

"New flavor?" Dean asked as he began to gather the items once again into his arms and stood up also.

"Yeah," Rory responded.

"Well aren't you skeptical? I mean you haven't tried it before, you probably won't feel the same about it as you did about your original flavor. And even if you do you wouldn't admit it."

"Well I am skeptical. I might feel the same about it and of course I'd want to admit it. But I could just get scared and sometimes when you get scared you need a little time to process," Rory said as she glanced up at Dean.

"Well I think you shouldn't be afraid of your feelings," Dean said. Then he turned around and began walking down the aisle away from Rory.

"I'm sorry," Rory called after him. He stopped but didn't turn to face her.

"It's okay, I've got them now," Dean replied trying to steady everything in his arms.

"No, I didn't mean about that. I'm sorry about that too of course, but I meant about the other night," Rory said looking down to study the tile floor once again.

Dean just shrugged and responded, "It isn't something you should be sorry about.
Not the way you're sorry. You either feel it or you don't. Just forget about it."

Rory bit her lip. "I can't forget it Dean…"

Dean just took one more step forward and said, "See ya Rory."

"Dean! But I do feel that way, I do! I love you," Rory blurted out.

Dean stopped and turned around slowly, "You what?"

"I love you," Rory said again.

They looked at each other for a second before Dean took a step or two towards Rory.

"I was just scared to say it before I guess, even if you did, but I do, I know I do," Rory rambled.

"I love you too," Dean said as he leaned over and kissed her. Rory kissed back and then slowly pulled away. She smiled up at him.

"Thank you," she said still smiling.