Pairing: R/J, R/T, L/L
Rating: R
Content: some sexual stuff
Summary: A trip to the mall that changes everything.
Spoilers: season1 and 2 so far.
Disclaimer: It all belongs to the Wb and Amy Sherman-Palladino.
Note: I have made one small( ok big) change to Jess's Character. Were going
to say he's rich. Luke doesn't really know. You will find out why he is rich

Malls, Inns and Hotels

by Ashley Nicole

He awoke with a start. He figured that Lorelei's yelling woke him up. He
could here her and his uncle Luke arguing down in the diner. He was sure they
liked each other. They argued constantly, usually about Lorelei's coffee
addiction. Sometimes about Rory's coffee addiction. He heard his name and
started to pay attention. They were arguing about him...and Rory!

"Luke, they are not little kids anymore. We can not keep them away from each
other. They are just friends anyway. Rory has Dean. They LOVE each other."

"Bag Boy, not an improvement. I just don't want Rory to get hurt. Jess is
not stable. The kid stole a gnome! A gnome, Lorelei. What kind of kid steals
a gnome?"

"The kind who's hurting. I don't want him and Rory together either. I don't
want her to get hurt. But it looks as if they are going to be friends. We
cant stop them. If we try they are still going to be friends. Maybe Rory will
even be good influence on Jess. You know shape him up a bit."

He couldn't believe she was sticking up for him. He had been such a jackass
to her. Putting on his nice jeans, a wife-beater and a checked over-shirt he
made his way downstairs. Luke and Lorelei were now arguing about coffee.
Sneaking behind his uncle he filled a cup and handed to her.

"I love you. I now like you better then Luke." she rambled. Then looking at
Luke "I like him better, you have been replaced."

"Good, does this mean you wont come in here and bug me every morning?"

"Nope." Seeing Rory walk in "RORY RORY! Guess what!"


"Jess is my new best friend, he brought me coffee, when the mean man

"Mom, how many cups have you had today?"

"Only 1 or 2 or 10. That's ok right?"

"It's only noon."

"So? I had a bad day at the inn. Michel was being impossible! He yelled at a
Frenchmen. Only he didn't know he was french and the dude understood every
french swear word he said."


"It's a good word."

"Ok, what ever." Rory said. "Jess, coffee please?"

"Here you go. You both have a problem."

"We know." *He's cute. Why did I never see that before? That smile is
adorable. He's just a friend though. I have dean, I love dean. Don't I? I
like him. But do...*

"Rory? Are you ok?"

"What? Oh yeah I'm fine just thinking about things."

"I asked if you wanted to go to the mall with me today. This is the last of
the "nice" clothes I have. The one's that Luke thinks are nice anyway."

"Yeah I'll come. Only if you treat me to a Starbucks coffee though."

"It would be my pleasure."

"I don't work today, you wanna go now?"

"Sure." Looking at Lorelei who was talking to Luke about the inn that her and
Sookie were going to open. "Mom, Jess and I want to go to the mall. Can we
barrow the car?"

"Um..well." Looking at Luke who just shrugged. "Yeah ok. Here are the keys
and the cell phone call if you get into any trouble."




"Lets go Jess."


Luke looked up at jess. "Here's my credit card. Don't let Rory touch it. Last
time one of The Gilmore girls had that card she bought me a suit."

Lorelei looked up and said "oh, but it was 150% off. How could I not buy it?
Plus now you have something to wear to my mothers this Friday."

"Well, ok I do need some...wait a minute why am I going to your mothers?"

Rory and Jess Walked out just as Lorelei started to explain. "She wants to
meet you."

Rory started to laugh. "You know if she talks him into it you will have to go

"Hm, not really?"

"Yup really. You have to come and keep me company. I'll show you the house
and stuff. The pool, the balcony where a was conceived..."

"You were conceived on a balcony? wasn't that cold?"

"I don't know, I wasn't there."


"You want to go to the good mall or the ok mall?"

"How far is the good mall?"

"About three hours away."

"Ok, good mall it is."



When they got to the mall it was already 3:30, so they had about 4 hours left
before the mall closed. They walked Rory heading right to Abercrombie and
Fitch. Jess declared it all to preppie but ended up buying a few shirts and
some khakis. Rory almost swooned when she saw the bill.

"Jess, only rich people but that much stuff from her. You're supposed to buy
the one thing you've always wanted here. Luke is going to kill you."

"Don't worry, this is my credit card, not Luke's."

"Where did you get a credit card.?"

"My grandfather. He didn't like my dad, but set up a healthy trust fund for
me. when he died I got everything. I miss him a lot. Well, lets do some more
shopping. Shall we?"

"Sure, how about the Gap next?"

"Works for me."

They spent another two hours shopping for clothes. Rory bought a few things
with money she had. When she relized she need some pajamas, she decided to
make a quick stop at Victoria's Secret. She picked out some very modest
flannel PJ's. She was ready to go when Jess picked up a not so modest gown.
The gown was pretty, but was sheer in most places. It would cover her breasts
and from her hips down to her thighs and that was it.

"Jess, I don't think that's your size." she said as he walked up to the
counter holding the gown.

"It's for you, not me. it's not really my color."

"Jess I cannot wear that,"

"Yes you can."

"No, I cant. Not around anyone."

"Fine, wear it when your alone."

"Jess.." she started. But he interrupted her.

"Rory I'm buying it. If you wont wear it, fine. But I am buying it. For you."

"Ok, fine"

He paid for the nighty, and they left. They started back for Stars Hallow.
Rory was a little mad at Jess. She didn't like him buying that nightgown for
her. About 20 minutes into the ride the car stopped. It just stopped moving,
no warning or anything. Jess was baffled, but finally figured out that it had
something to do with the radiator. A tow truck came and got them and the
jeep. The tow truck guy dropped them off at a nice hotel and said that the
jeep wouldn't be ready until the morning.

"Well, I guess I'll go get us checked in."

"I'll call mom and Luke." she new that they were both ignoring the fact that
they has to spend the night together. They would be in separate rooms though.
She dialed Luke's figuering her mom would be there.

"Hi, who's this?"

"Hi it's Rory. Jess and I are stuck. The car broke down. We got it towed and
are gonna spend the night in a hotel. We just wanted to let you know were ok."

"Where are you? I'm coming to get you."

"No, mom's car will be ready tomarow. We'll come hme then."

"You're not gonna tell me where you are, are you?"


"Ok, then let me talk to Jess."

"Ok I'll get him."


"Keep your hands and your everything else away from Rory."

"Um, ok. I wasn't planning on touching her."

"Jess, you are my nephew, but I will still kill you if you hurt Rory."

"Ok, I gotta go." He didn't wait for a reply just hung up. "Those people
really love you. Luke is gonna kill you if I touch you. he said so."

"Well since were gonna be in separate rooms, we don't have to worry about

"Rory, they only have one room left."

"Well, it still has two beds. Right?"

"It's the honeymoon suite."

"You have got to be joking me. I am not staying in the honeymoon suite with

"Ok, you can sleep in the pool. Come on Rory, you can have the bed. I'll
sleep on the floor."

"Ok, fine."

"Great, here is the key, were on the 10th floor. I'm going to grab some
clothes. I'll get some of the stuff you bought also. They're sending up
toothbrushes, toothpaste, razores, shaving cream and all that."


Ten minutes later Jess was at their room.

"Jess, can you hand me some of my pajamas please?"

"Sure, here you go." he said holding up the black sheer nighty.



"You have got to be joking! I'm not wearing that."

"You have to, the guy with the tow truck already left. This is all I brought
for you."

"JESS! How could you do that?"

"It was easy, I grabbed a bag of your stuff and a bag of my stuff. I didn't
do it on purpose."

"Ok fine I guess it's better than nothing."

"Only in your opinion."

The only response was a scowl. As Rory went into the bathroom to change Jess
had only one though on his mind. *Rory* Her name kept running through his
mind. He couldn't stop thinking about her.

Rory on the other hand, was mad at Jess. Although she was becoming less and
less mad at him as she dressed in the skimpy nightgown he had bought for her.
By the time she saw him lying on the floor with a pillow and a blanket, she
was glad they were stuck in the hotel together. They could talk and get to
know each other a little better. She could tell he wasn't wearing a shirt.

He turned over to look when he sensed her staring at him. He was awed by the
site of her. He could see through most of the nightdress. She was still
wearing her bra and panties under it. He could still see the gentle rise of
her breasts, and it took his breath away. She was gorgeous.

She could now see his rock hard abs and chest. He had a magnificent body. She
could see his lean stomach and hip bones. He was hot. There was no denying
that. He laid there looking at her, his head leaning on his hand.

"Jess, do you want to sleep on the bed? The floor is hard and cold. There's
enough room for the
two of us."

"Are you sure?"

"Yeah the bed is plenty big. You can keep to your side and I can keep to
mine. No problem."

"Thanks, the floor is hard." He said as he climbed onto the right side of the

Rory mumbled "your welcome." and turned off the light.

"Good night Rory."

" G'night Jess."

When Rory woke in the morning she didn't know where she was at first. She did
however know that she was being tightly held to a well muscled chest. She
looked up to see that the chest was Jess's and the previous night instantly
flashed into her mind. With her head at the angle it was, she could feel
Jess's breath on her lips. She reached up with her free hand and brushed a
lock of hair out of his eyes. He woke up.

"Good morning Rory."

"Good morning." she said, her voice soundly less mad, a way more happy than
she had intended.

"Did you sleep good."


He very gently laid a kiss upon her lips. He couldn't resist. But instead of
pushing him away as he has suspected she would, she pulled him closer. She
rolled over a bit so that he was on top of her. His tongue licked her lips,
begging for entrance. She opened her mouth and let his tongue explore her
mouth while hers explored his mouth. She slid her hand down his shoulder to
his chest. He gently cupped her breast, his thumb rubbing across her nipple,
which gently peaked and became hard. He started laying gentle small kisses
all over her face and the down to her neck. Finally he started kissing her
breasts. Laying a kiss on a nipple. When she moaned he pulled the top of
nightdress down and reached behind her back to un-hook her bra. * god Jess,
you cant do this to her. She is way too innocent. She would never forgive
you.* he stopped and just looked at her for a minute. Deciding that this
wasn't the time. Rory should have candles and moonlight.

"Jess, what's a matter?"

"We cant do this."

"Why not?"

"Your not ready."

"How do you know, I suppose your some expert. Being the "bad boy" and all."

"I don't want to fight with you. we cant do this and you know it. Go get
dresses I'll call a cab to get us to the car garage. We can go home."

"Yeah ok. I'm sorry."

"Nothin to be sorry for."

Rory got up and just started to get dressed, he'd almost saw her in a lot
less, a bra and her panties covered more than a bathing suit would any way's.
He still turned his back. Putting on some khakis and a an Abercrombie
t-shirt. She watched him dress, and she wanted him. But he was right she
wasn't ready for that, for him yet.



"Jess, I really am sorry. I didn't mean the bad boy thing. If you haven't
noticed, I say things I don't mean."

"It's ok. No offence taken. And you were right, I'm not exactly Mr. Perfect.
I've done things that..."

"Jess." she interrupted. "I really don't need to know this. Your sexual
escapades are none of my business."

"Yeah you do and yes they are. If were gone do this, we need to do it right.
No secrets. No lies. I'm not a virgin, Rory. That's a fact. You want
another fact? I like you, a lot. I don't want to hurt you. I don't want to do
something you are not ready for."

"Wow, lots to digest. Jess, I like you too. Your right no secrets. No lies."


"So what?"

"Are you?"

"Am I what? A virgin? I've kissed 2 guys, excluding you. and your's was most
definitely the best."

"Two? I know of one." he said as they got into the cab.

"Dean and Tristan."

"Oh. Rory"

"Did you love Tristan?"

"What? Um no of course not. Why would you ask that?"

‘The way you said his name. You have serious history with him."

"Yes, I do but not good history. Long story. One I don't feel like sharing
right now."


They spent the rest of the ride to the garage in silence. Rory pulled a book
out of her purse. Jess watched her intently. *Tristan, hmm, I wonder what
went on with her and him. She never answered my question. Maybe she's not a
virgin. I've never met the guy and I hate him already. He hurt her. Or maybe
she hurt him.*

"Jess? Were here."

"Yeah I know."

"Oh, sorry."

"Didn't mean to snap at you."

The got out of the cab, Jess handing the guy two twenty's, telling the driver
to keep the change.

"Jess that ride probably cost, 5 dollars."


"So, you gave him a$35 tip?"


"I just thought you might have handed him that on accident."

"Nothing I do is on accident Rory. Nothing."


The mechanic came up to them.

"100 dollars for parts, $200 for labor."

"Ok." Jess said pulling out his wallet.

"Jess, I'll pay you back later."

"No need."


"God Rory. Im doing you a favor do you have to argue about everything?"

"No. I just, I just."


"Never mind."

"You wanna go home.?"

"Luke's I need Coffee, badly."


When they got too Luke's they were most surprised to find it locked up tight.
There was a note on the door from Luke and Lorelei.

    Since you two seem to be able to make it on your own, we decide you can
live together for awhile. Jess your stuff is at Rory's house. Lorelei and I
are out. See you soon. Bye.
                            Love always, Luke and Lorelei.

P.s- leave the jeep here!"

"Wow, they must really be mad." jess said, stating the obvious.

"We have to live together?"

"I guess so."

"Ok then lets go home."

"Ok snookems."

"Don't push it."


They got to Rory's house. Rory walked straight to her room to put her stuff
down. None of her stuff was there. There was a note the bed.

    You guys get the master bed room."

"Jess! You have to help me move my stuff. They want us to room together."

"So? Wait, your mom still has a key right?"


"Lets give her a taste of her own medicine, shall we?"

"What do you mean?"

"Lets sleep together. They are bound to peak. They expect you to move back.
Don't. They will be scared senseless that their little Rory is sleeping with
the big bad boy. They'll stop this charade in a minute."

"You think?"


"Ok, lets go to bed."

"Rory, it's like 8pm."

"Never said we were gonna sleep." she called down. She was already half way
up the stairs."

"Wow. Your joking right?" he hollered on his way up


By the time he found the room Rory was getting dressed in some nightclothes.

"Oh, I'm sorry."

"Don't worry about it. You coming to bed?" she inquired as she climbed in.

"To sleep yes."

"Ok. Whatever. Goodnight."

"Goodnight Rory."

Jess watered what the hell was going on in her head. *Did she really want to
sleep with him? Why was she doing this? She hadn't put up any fight when he
had suggested that they sleep in the same room to freak Lorelei and Luke out.
Maybe she does like me? Rory is quite the paradox.*

Rory was silently wondering what the hell she was doing also. *was she really
trying to seduce Jess? She wondered why he didn't want her. He made her
tingle. Like no one else did. Dean never made her tingle. Maybe he's right
I'm not ready quite yet, but why would he care? Does he care? Or is it just
that he doesn't want me? What's wrong with me?*

They both decided to stop thinking about the other and go to sleep, but by
the the they were both asleep it was well after midnight. Luke and Lorelei
were just getting back to there "place" as they had started to call it. They
were both giggling. An observer would think them drunk. And they were just in
a different way. They had finally figured out that they were madly in love
with each other. They loved each other a lot. They had decide to sleep in the
same bed and let what ever happens happen. They had also decided to go spy on
Rory and Jess. They both expected Rory to be in his bed and Jess to be on the
couch or in Lorelei's bed. They were wrong. When they got their they looked
in Rory's bedroom window. She was not there. They both stopped laughing.

"Do you think they really slept together?"

"Maybe in the same bed...but Rory wouldn't and Jess wouldn't...would he? Oh
my god my little girls all grown up. she gonna end up like me. Lorelei started
to cry softly.

"If she ended up exactly like you she would be the luckiest person in the

"Thank you for saying that."

"I speak only the truth."

"Not uh you say coffee is bad. You lie."

"Sweet heart you can have all the coffee you want."


They decide to go home without checking on Rory and Jess. They were old
enough to make their own decisions. They were smart. When they got back to
Luke's apartment they fell into bed and well lest just say they didn't sleep
all night long.

Rory and Jess's:

Jess woke up with a barley clad Rory in his arms. She must have shed some of
her clothes in the middle of the night. He had to admit it was hot. Or maybe
that was the heat of her soft uncovered body next to his. He sat and stared
at her body covered only by a pair of boxer shorts that must be to sleep in.
She moaned and snuggled closer to him, pressing her uncovered breasts into
his chest. God he wanted her. He kissed her gently on the mouth. She woke up
slowly. Responding to his kiss with enthusiasm


He finally got a hold of his senses and stopped kissing her. She was
vulnerable. She wasn't ready. Maybe he wasn't either. Sure he'd had sex
before. But never with anyone special. And Rory was special. Very special. He
just laid over her. Looking down into her eyes.

"I....." rory started out, not quite ready to tell him she loved him yet. She
thought he loved her too. He laid over her, his chest barley touching hers.
His cheeks were flushed. His breathing heavy.


"I...Um....lets go get coffee?"

"Yeah sure. You think Mr. & Mrs. Danes will let us in?"

"My mother would never deprive me of coffee."

"Oh ok."

They got up and got dressed. Rory dress a little more daring than normal. She
saw her Chilton uniform.


"Yeah what day is it?"

"It must be Monday. Oh my god your late for school."

"So are you!"

"Did you have anything important today?"

"Oh god I have a huge test in world history!"

"What time do you have that class?"

"It's my last class, why?"

"I'll drive you."

"You don't have a car."

"Oh right. Do you have anyone from Chilton who could come pick you up? It's
almost lunch time."

"I'll call."

Rory called 5 different people. None of them could pick her up. Finally she
called her last option. Tristan. He would be in geometry right now. She
didn't know if he'd answer his phone.


She heard a Teacher in the background "I hope that's an important call Mr.

"All my calls are important." getting back to Rory.... "Who is this?"

"It Rory."

"Oh. What do you want?"

Do you think you could come pick me up. I over slept and nobody could give me
a ride. And we have that big test today. I know it's a lot to ask." she could
here shuffling.

"Mr. DuGray, what are you doing?"



"Got better places to be."

She could here a door open and shut. " Tristan, I didn't mean for you to
leave in the middle of class. Your going to get in trouble."

At the name Tristan Jess's ear perked up and he started to listen. He could
even here Tristan's end of the conversation.

"It's ok Rory. Not like I haven't been in trouble before. Now give me your

She gave him direction's to Luke's telling him that that's were she'd be.

"K, be there in 20 minutes."

"Tristan, It takes 40 minutes if you break every law known to man."

"I'll brake them all and then some."

"Thank you."

"Rory I would do anything for you." he hung up not giving her time to

"He's just a friend?" Jess asked. Fearing the answer.

"He's not even a friend. Lets go, I need coffee." she mumbled as she took off
the skirt she was wearing and started to put on her Chilton uniform. Jess
thought she looked gorgeous. She grabbed her bag, looking at him and headed
down the stairs and out the door. He dressed in a hurry and ran to catch up
with her. She had tears in her eyes.

"Rory why are you crying?"

"I'm not."

"Fine. Whatever." he was mad. Why couldn't she just open up to him? She liked
Tristan. A lot.

Maybe more than she liked him. Maybe she even loved him. He wondered what
he'd done to lose her friendship, or whatever they'd had. They arrived at
Luke's. When they walked in they found Ms. Patty yelling at Luke and Lorelei.

"You two should be ashamed of yourselves. Letting Rory and that little
hoodlum spend the night together. Alone!"

Rory was getting madder and madder as Ms. Patty started to say more bad
things about Jess. She grabbed Jess's hand and pulled him outside. She
started to her house puling jess behind her. He was hurt. She could tell. She
wanted to make him better.

"You have school. That guy will be here to pick you up in a minute." he spit
out. Hurt and disgusted.

She pulled him to her and started to kiss him with all the hurt and
frustration that filled. All the hurt from the past years as well as all the
frustration. She thought of all the things that made her mad. And all the
things that hurt her. And all the things she loved. She could think of only
one that was all three. And as the picture of Tristan flashed in her head,
she started to have doubts about Jess. Nothing big, maybe not even doubts.
Wonderment that Tristan still made her heart flutter. She stopped kissing him
as Tristan pulled up in his silver corvette convertible. He stepped out of
the car and her heart flutter. She'd missed him. She didn't talk to him at
school. She barley saw him.

"Hi Mary. What's up?"

"Tristan my name is Rory."

"Oh well ok, Rory."

"Bye babe." jess said as he walked up and gave her another kiss, his tongue
slightly sliding into her mouth.

She walked over to the car ware Tristan was waiting with the door open. She
got in. When the radio came on she heard a *song* that she liked come on.
Tristan started to sing the song softly when it came on.

(Let me be your hero)
Would you dance if asked you to
Would you run and never look
Would you cry if you saw me
crying would you save my soul
Would you tremble if I touched
your lips
Would you laugh oh please tell me
Now would you die for the one you
Hold me in your arms tonight

He turned and she could tell he was singing the song to her. She didn't want
him too.

I can be your hero baby
I can kiss away the pain
I will stand by you forever
You can take my breath away
Would you swear that you'll
always be mine
Would you lie would you
My angel be have I lost my mind
I don't care you're here tonight
I can be your hero baby
I can kiss away the pain
I will stand by you forever
You can take my breath away
Ohhh I just wanna hold you, I just
wanna hold you, oh yeah
My angel be have I lost my mind
I don't care you're here tonight

She didn't want him to love her. She was still with dean, sort of. She loved
Jess. She wanted Tristan. Maybe she loved him too.

I can be your hero baby
I can kiss away the pain
(Oh yeah)
I will stand by you forever
You can take my breath away
I can be your hero
I can kiss away the pain
And I will stand by you forever
You can take my breath away
You can take my breath away
I can be your hero

She didn't Know why she was having these feelings now. She had enough

*What is she thinking about. He wondered* Her lips would curl into a smile.
Then she would frown. He was singing the song to her. He knew it. She knew
it. Neither knew how to deal with it.

***song: Hero By Enrique



"You know Mary, If you don't go to school, you can make up the test. And all
your other work. If your just late you cant. Un-less you have a good excuse.
And I doubt you have a good excuse."

"And how would you know what my excuse is?"

"Oh come on. You and that ‘guy' you were with obviously had some fun Last
night, and you woke up late."

"It's amazing, truly amazing how you can go from singing a sappy love song to
being such an ass!"

"Oooh, sorry Mary didn't mean to talk about your sex life. A touchy subject I

"You know what, Im going to pretend the last five minutes never happened. And
I am only doing this cause Harvard does not except murders!"

"What about sex addicts....." he looked at her and It seemed she was about to
cry. "Rory, Im sorry. I didn't mean that. And its none of my business if you
and that kid are um, having a um, ‘relationship'.

"Your right it's not. And we, um aren't. You know having a ‘relationship'
yet. We are however together."

"Oh, ok. Hey do you still want to go to school?"

"I've never missed school, i was late once when a deer hit me..."

"Wait you hit a deer?"

"No, It hit me."

"A deer hit you?" He sounded very skeptical.


"Um, ok, so school or no school?"

She thought about it, she wanted to get away from her problems. Away from
everything. Except maybe Jess. He seamed so right to her. He was the one
thing in her brain that seemed straight. She decided she needed a break. A
short break from everyone. She could think about this whole living with Jess
thing. How long would her mother keep this thing up?

"Tris? Lets go."


"Doesn't matter."

He turned and looked at her. She was serious. She was running from something.
Something that might not be bad. She looked happy as if she'd just won the
gold medal. *OK, if she wants a vacation, she's got one.

"Your wish is my command. You gonna tell anyone? Phones right there if you

*I should probably call mom and Luke. And jess.* She decided to call her mom
and Luke first.

"Coffee shack, this is me, who are you?" Her mom answered Luke's phone.
Before she could respond she heard Luke yelling in the background
"God dammit Taylor I said No!!! What part do you not understand?"


"Hi Rory!"

"Yeah mom, I'm going on a trip."

"What? To where? With who? When? How long will you be gone? Can i talk to
jess please?

"A trip. to somewhere, with Tristan. Now, I don't know and He's not here. You
want talk to Tris?

"Oh wow, LUUUUUKKKKKEEEE!!!!!!!!! she's crazy talk to her please!"

"Ok, who is this?"


"Oh ok, hi, why aren't you in school? Did Jess do something? Im gonna kill

"No, don't. He's fine."

"Oh, why is your mom going crazy then?"

"Oh, that's easy. ImgoingonatripwithTristan."


"Im going on a trip with Tristan. See you later, love you both bye."

She hung up breathing hard and a little nervous. "I still gotta call Jess."

"Kay" Jess, stupid name if you ask me."

Rory dialed her house, hopeing Jess had gone back there.
"The Gilmore Girlz house, Neither The extremely hot rory, or her mom are here


"Oops, hi Rory, whats up?"

"Im leaving for a bit. See you soon. Love you bye." *oh my god did I just say
I love you to him?*

*Oh my god did she just say I love you to me?*

*Did she just say i love you to that creep?* "Rory?"


"Do you?"


"Love him?"

"I, um, well, I"



"I um don't really know."




"I'm sorry"

"‘bout what?"

"Not knowing."

"So where do you wanna go?"

"Your changing the subject."

"Am not. So? Where to?"



"He headed toward the airport. Maybe she'd like to see France. Spain?
England? They drove in silence. He turned on the radio.

I'm so scared that the way that I feel,
Is written all over my face,
When you walk into the room I wanna find a hiding place,
We used to laugh, we used to hug,
The way that old friends do,
But now a smile and a touch of your hand,
Just make me come unglued,
It's such a contradiction, do I lie or tell the truth,
Is it fact or fiction the way I feel for you.

*wow, that could be me and Tris.*

It's so complicated, I'm so frustrated,
I wanna hold you close, I wanna push you away,
I wanna make you go, I wanna make you stay,
Should I say it, should I tell you how I feel,
Oh, I want you to know,
But then again I don't,
It's so complicated.

*God, what Am i supposed to do? Do I love him? Do I love Jess? I think I love
them both?*

It's so complicated, I'm so frustrated,
I wanna hold you close, I wanna push you away,
I wanna make you go, I wanna make you stay,Should I say it, should I tell you
how I feel,
Oh, I want you to know,
But then again I don't,
It's so complicated.

I hate it 'cause I've waited so long for someone like you,
Should I say it,
Should I tell you how I feel,
Oh I want you to know,
But then again I don't,
It's so complicated.

"Were here"

"This is the mall."


"Why the mall?"

"Cas it's next to the airport, and we need stuff."

"Why the airport?"

"Cause you cant drive to Spain?"

"Oh, were going to Spain?"

"After buying some essential items, yes.

"Ok, wait. I don't have any money."

"I do."

"You cant pay for me to go to Spain."

"Hmmm, well you could always pay me back." he wiggled his eyebrows.

"Well, um how bout, I don't call you Triscuit ever again."

"You never call me Triscuit.'

"I could start."

"Ok, works for me."

"So what are the essentials we must have?'

"Some clothes, sun glasses, something to keep us busy on the plane."

"Ok. So um, we bring CD's and laptops?'

"Yup, dump everything else out."


They sorted threw their backpacks, Rory leaving 1 book, her CD player and
CD's. Tristan leaving his CD's, a car magazine, CD player, and Game Boy
advance. They walked to Abercrobie and Fitch. He walked into the mens
department, handing Rory a credit card.

"Buy anything you want. Make sure it all fits in your back pack though."

"I love a challenge."

She grabbed a pair of shorts, a pair of jeans, a long sleeved shirt, a tube
top, a cute blue bikini and some underwear. She payed for the items and went
to meet Tristan. He had bought pretty much the same stuff. Cargo shorts and
khaki pants. 2 white wife beaters and 2 over shirts and a pair of swim
trunks. And some boxers. He had payed for his stuff and was ready to go.

"Lets go to a store that sells accessories. You know hats and makeup, uh the
make would be for you, not that you need it."

She ignored his babbling. "Ok lets go."

When they got to the store Rory and Tristan both got sun glasses, hats and
sandals. Rory got some lotion, lip gloss and some face powder. She also
grabbed some hand sanitizer. Tristan had diapered. He was gone for like half
an hour. He got back and said sorry, he had to make a call. With one last odd
glance from Rory they paid and headed to the airport.

"Tristan, I don't have a passport."

"That's what you think."

He handed her a passport. It had her picture, her height weight, everything."

"Where did you get that?"

"A friend. Made them up. Oh and heres a licence."

"I've got one."

"This one matches the passport. Says your 18, which is the legal drinking age
in Spain."

"Your good."




Tristan drove them into the airport parking garage where he had to pay an
outrageous sum of money to leave the car sense they didn't know when they'd
be back. They were both quite. Thinking of the adventure they had ahead of
them. They didn't know when the next flight left, they didn't care. They
would all night if they had to. After all, all night was only about 16 more
hours, it was almost 4pm. As they walked into the airport Rory put her hand
in Tristan's. A small gesture which meant the world to both of them.

*Wow, she took my hand. That's gotta be a good sign. Or maybe she just didn't
want to get separated. Either way she's holding my hand. Just holding my
hand. What's so monumental about that?* He asked himself * It's Rory*.

*He's really taking me to Spain. I've never been outside Connecticut. We are
going to be in so much trouble. What's Jess gonna think? His hand is so soft.
Not at all what I expected. Wonder what's gonna happen in Spain? Maybe we'll
share a room. *RORY* you don't want to share a room with him. Do you? *Oh my
god. Im talking to mysef, in my head. Im as crazy as my mother.*

Luckily, they were both pulled out of their thought when they got to the
ticket counter.

"Two first class tickets for Spain on the next flight out. Concord please. I
also need to make arrangements for a hotel when we get their. You do do that

"Yes Sir of course. The next flight leaves in 2 hours. That doesnt give you
much time. Is that all right?"


"Ok the tickets will be $1500 each. We take cash and credit."

He looked over at Rory as he handed over his visa. Her mouth was gaping. She
look as though she was going to protest. He waved his hand and her mouth

"Ok sir. Am I correcy in saying you will want to stay in Madrid?"


"Ok. What kind of hotel are you looking for?"

"The best."

"Sir, the best costs close to $3000 a night for 1 room."

"Yeah, and will take two."

"Um Tristan?"

"Yeah Rory?"

"We can get one room if you want." she couldn't believe she said it. She
hadnt wanted to share a room with Jess. She wanted to with Tristan.

"Um ok." He looked at the lady, who asked. "One room?"

"Yeah. Looks that way."

"How old are you two?"

"Both 18."

"Ok. I need to see your passports and licences.'

They got everything taken care of. By the time all the arrangements were
taken care of, including a limo to pick them at the airport in Madrid, they
had only 45 minutes until their plane left. By the time they got threw
security, first class was boarding. The got to their seat on the plush plane.
The stewardess came and asked if they wanted anything. Rory of course ordered
coffee. While Tristan ordered a rum and coke. The stewardess didn't ask to
see ID. She complied with their wishes, bringing Tris his drink and Rory

"You think you should drink that?"

"Rory, It's like 99% coke and 1% rum. No biggie."

"Oh, ok.'

"You want anything stronger?"

"Ooh, how about a margarita. I've never had a real one before."

"Okay. Miss?"

"Yes sir?"

"Can my girl have a lime margarita please?"

"Sure coming right up. Anything else?"

"No that should do it for now, thank you."


"Here you are miss." a new flight attendant came up this on named Leah.

"Thank you Leah."

"Your most welcome."

Rory took a liking to the drink right away. Half way threw the drink she
stopped and looked at Tristan who was smiling at her. His might have hardly
any alcohol, but hers had quite a bit.

"Rory. Stop drinking that. It's not a slurpy."

"It's good."

"As much as I would love to see you drunk, an airplane is not the place to do


He drifted off to sleep as he watched her read the book she had brought
along. He woke up when he heard a shatter. The first thing he saw was a
frightened Rory and 3 margarita glasses. Empty margarita glasses.

"Oh my god. Rory!"

"Hiya. How are you?"

Her words were slightly slurred. She looked very happy. And drunk.

"Ror, did you drink 3 of those?" He was worried about her.

"Nope. I also drank the one whose glass I just dropped. Oops. Poor glass. We
should give it a nice funeral. It didn't deserve to die."

She looked so serious. He couldn't help but laugh.

"Rory. Go too sleep." she did. He motioned for the flight attendent.

"Sir is he all right. She was tipsy after the first., I made sure the rest
didnt have any alcohol in them."

He laughed again. He could do 10 shots of tequila and feel fine. She was
barley coherent after one.

"Thank you."

"No problem. I over heard you tell her not to drink the rest of the first one

"Well thanks."

They both slept until about two hours before the plane was scheduled to land
in Madrid.

"Tristan? My head hurts."

"Huh?" he woke up completely. He was worried. She didn't handle alcohol all
that well.

"My head hurts."

"No wonder. You drank too much. "

"Ugh. Do you have any asprin?"

"Yeah, here you go. Take these."



By the time they had an hour until plane landed, the pills had done their
magic and Rory was back to normal. Almost. She still had an over whelming
urge to kiss Tristan right there. He saw her eying him.

"You wanna become part of the mile high club with the most hot guy on the

"Yeah sure. Where's he?"

"Ha ha ha. Very funny."

"I thought so."

after about 20 minutes the light came on telling them to buckle up. The plane
was landing. They were in SPAIN!!



They landed without a hitch. It took a while to get threw customs but there
fake IDs were very real, and passed inspection. They didnt have to go threw
baggage claim, as all they had were their backpacks. They went over to the
pick up area. They saw a man holding a sign, which said < MR. And Mrs. DuGrey>
. Tristan just laughed but Rory looked very surprised for a moment, and then
started to laugh also. Than man looked sternly at the two laughing teenagers.

"Im Mr. DuGrey. this is not my wife but my um..."

"his friend Rory Gilmore."

"Ah Well, Very good. If you both fallow me Well go to the limo now, if
there's nothing else you need." He said while eying their backpacks.

" this is all we have. We figured we'd shop while were here."

"Yes of course."

The limo was right outside the door in a high priority parking space. As they
were getting in the car Tristan's phone rang. He answered it. Even though he
thought it might be his parents.


"what the hell do you think you're doing? You cannot just take somebodies
daughter on a trip with you without telling her parents! You just don't!"

"Ms. Gilmore?"

Rory's ears perked up at the name and she started to listen.

"Yes! Of course its me and when I get my hands on you I'm going to wring you
little ne....Luke give me back the damn phone."

" this Tristan?"

"umm yes?"

"Is Rory ok?";

"Of course."

"In that case, what the hell do you think you were doing? Where are you? I'm
coming to pick her up right away."

"Were not exactly in the same country as you right now."

"I hope to god you said county and not country."

"I said country."

"You took her out of the country? How? She doesn't even have a passport!"

"Well I had someone make up some fake ones really quick."

"You what???"

"Tristan give me the phone."

"Ok, only cas they scare me though."


"Rory are you ok? Where are you? Are you in Mexico?"

"Yes, somewhere and no."

"Your mom wants to talk to you."

"Rorrrrrryyyy. Do you know how much trouble your in. going away and with the
evil one! Dean and Jess are worried sick about you. So are Luke and I."

"I'm sorry. I just needed to get away. Tristan has a big imagination. I say
away I meant the wall. He thought I meant Timbuktu."

"Your in Timbuktu?"

"No I'm not actually in Timbuktu." Tristan started to laugh uncontrolled at
this statement.

"Dean wants to talk to you."


"Hey Rory. What in gods name made you go off with that jackass?"

"I donno. Let me talk to Jess please." Tristan stopped laughing.

"Rory? Are you ok? Where are you?" He sounded generally concerned unlike dean
who sounded jealous.

"I'm fine. In a limo."

"Oh, ok. I didn't need details that specific about you location. Be less

"Not in Stars Hallow."

"ok fine, if you don't want me to know, That's ok. I thought we had something"

"We do. I just don't know what. Tell Dean its over. I gotta go. I‘ll call you
later. Bye."

‘I love you Rory."

"I know." She felt horrible not saying it back, because she did love him. She
just wasn't sure if it was boyfriend or a brotherly love she felt for him. He
was silent and she hung up."

"So, you just broke up with Dean threw Jess, who you love, while your on your
way to hotel with me?"


"Wow. OK. Look at that we're at the hotel."

"Oooh it's so big."

"I guess."

‘Lets go."

And they did.



The hotel was huge and elegant. The lobby had white and black leather
couches and chairs. Everything was glass, silver and leather. Designed to
look sleek and elegant at the same time. They walked up to the front desk.
The lay behind it was dressed in an elegant uniform.

"Si, Senoir?"

"We have reservations. DuGrey, penthouse." The receptionist eyed him

"Here you are. I'll need to see some identification."

Tristan gave her his fake licence.

"Ok, Sir. Here are your keys. The bell hop will help you with your things.
There will be a map of the hotel in your room. Do you have any questions?"

"Nope. I think that about covers it. Thanks." she seemed cringe at the words
‘nope' and ‘thanks'.

The bell hop came over taking Rory and Tristan's bags. "Do you have anymore

"No, that's all of it."

"You obviously don't plan on going out much."

"Not if I have anything to say about." Rory slapped his arm playfully, but

"I don't plan for us to come out at all." she laughed at the look of utter
shock on his face.

"We'll here we are, the pent house. Anything else?"

"No. Thank you very much." Tristan said as he handed him a 20 dollar bill.

"Thank you sir."

"No problem."

Rory walked in first. She sat down on the bed and cried out in shock as it

"It's a water bed Rory."

"I realize that."

"So what do you want to do?"

"I donno, It's pretty late. And It's rainng"

"Do you just want to order some room servise and go to sleep?"

"That would be great."

"What do you want?"

"Surprise me. Im going to go take a quick shower."

"Ok. How do you like your meat?"

"Well done."


"And Tristan."


"Coffee, please?"

"Sure thing."


She walked into the bathroom and gasped. It was huge there was a tub as big
as Rory's whole bathroom at home. She opted for the shower which was next to
the tub. She wanted to take a bath but decided against it. *Maybe Tris and I
can try it out later*. She thought. *Oh my god. Where did that come from? I
don't like him. Like that. She stepped into the shower. And an image of
Tristan all soapy came to her mind.

Meanwhile Tristan was ordering dinner.

"This is the pent house. I need to filet minion steaks one medium rare and
one well done. Two baked potatoes. With the works. And the best bottle of
wine you have. Yes thank you."

He figured he had better call the maid and tell her here he was. He started
to get dressed. He was shirtless and trying to get his pants on and talk on
the phone when Rory opened the door. In only a towel. He fell off the edge of
the bed. Rory shrieked and went to help him up. Forgetting about the towel and
offering him her hands. The towel dropped, down to her hips.

"Oops." she said as she started to cove herself up. "I forgot my bag."


"Are you ok?"

"I think I hit my head."

"Why? Your not by anything to hit your head."

"Cas I'm hallucinating."

"Oh. Yeah sorry about the little show."

"Not much of a show, didnt eve get to stuff 20's in your G-string. Course you
probably aren't wearing one."

"Nope. Hey I need to call my mom. Can I use your phone.?"

"Yeah sure its on"


"Yes..the bed..."


She picked up the phone and called the inn.

"Hello?" Michelle answered.

"Hi. Can I talk to my mom?"


"Why not."

"She is not here."

"Can you tell her I'll try to reach her later?"

"Do I look like a messenger?"

"I don't know. Do you?"

"Ugh. Try Luke's, you insufferable little child."

"Thank you."

"Ugh. Good bye."

She hung up and dialed Luke's.


"Hi. Jess."

"Ror? Hi."



"Um can I talk to my mom?"

"Yeah sure. Call your house."

"Oh. She moved back?"

"They both did. Sense there are two of them they get the bigger house.'


"Um Rory, do know?"

"No idea what your talking about."

"Never mind. I gotta go."

"Kay. And Jess?" she looked to see if Tristan was listening. He had


"I don't know how I love you. but I do."

"Yeah ok."

Tristan walked out. Rory didnt see him.

"I do love you."

"I love you too Rory. And I'll take you love in anyway I can."



She looked over to see Tristan, tears in eyes, turn around and walk out the


"Why? You've made your choice. You want him. That's fine. Im leaving."

He threw down a credit card.

"Here. That should get you home." with that he walked out the door. She might
fallow but firs she had to get dressed.

She threw on the first thing she saw. His boxers and his shirt, and her
sandals. She flew out the door in time to see the elevator close. She ran
down the stairs as fast as she could. At first she thought she was to late.
She saw the limo driving away. She also saw a cab. She jumped in and said.
"Fallow him"

"Ok miss."

"Don't loose him."

"Who is he?"

"A friend." the driver was driving like a maniac. Weaving in and out of
traffic trying to keep up with the limo. It was headed to the airport.

"Only a friend?"

"Maybe more. If he ever talks to me again."

They stopped in front of airport. Tristan was already going inside. Rory
reached for the 20 she had in her pocket.

"Don't worry about it. Go get your man."

She started to Run. "Thanks" she shouted over the sound of rain. By the time
she got inside she was soaked. She saw him in the middle of terminal,
sitting, head in his hands, still crying.


He looked up. Surprised to see her there. Soaking wet, and in his underwear.

"Rory? What are you doing?

" I cant let you leave. we need to talk Please."

"Talk." I have nothing to say."

"Come back with me. Please?"

"Fine, we'll talk when we get to the hotel." the word s came out of his mouth
dry. She didnt love him. She just didnt want him to be stuck here without


They walked out to see the cab driver who had driven Rory.

"I suppose you want to go back to the hotel. Huh?"


"Ok." he turned the radio on. An old Madonna song made way to an O-town song.

I know when he's been on your mind
That distant look is in your eyes
I thought with time you'd realize
It's over, over
It's not the way I choose to live
And something somewhere's got to give
As sharing this relationship gets older, older
You know I'd fight for you
But how I can fight someone who isn't even there
I've had the rest of you now I want the best of you
I dont care if that's not fair

Cause I want it all
Or nothing at all
There's no where left to fall
When you reach the bottom it's now or never
Is it all
Or are we just friends
Is this how it ends
With a simple telephone call
You leave me here with nothing at all
There are times it seems to me
I'm sharing you with memories
I feel it in my heart
But I don't show it, show it
And then there's times you look at me
As though I'm all that you can see
Those times I don't believe it's right
I know it, know it
Don't make me promises
Baby you never did know how to keep them well
I've had the rest of you
Now I want the best of you
It's time for show and tell
Cause I want it all
Or nothing at all
There's no where left to fall
When you reach the bottom it's now or never
Is it all
Or are we just friends
Is this how it ends
With a simple telephone call
You leave me here with nothing at all
Cause you and I
Could lose it all if you've got no more room
No room inside for me in your life
Cause I want it all
Or nothing at all
There's no where left to fall
It's now or never
Cause I want it all
Or nothing at all
There's no where left to fall
When you reach the bottom it's now or never
Is it all
Or are we just friends
Is this how it ends
With a simple telephone call
You leave me here with nothing at all
Cause I want it all
Or nothing at all
There's no where left to fall
When you reach the bottom it's now or never
Is it all
Or are we just friends
Is this how it ends
With a simple telephone call
You leave me here with nothing at all.

Neither of them said anything until they got to the hotel room.

He started to talk as soon as they got into the room.

"Did you here that song Rory? That's how I feel about you. you're here but
your not really. You love Jess. I don't want to be friends with you. I want
to be more. I cant keep playing this game with you Rory. I want you. all of
you. I dot care if that's wrong. Maybe you can give me that. Maybe it is to
much to ask. But I don't Care. Im asking Rory. I have been. You don't answer.
You throw me threw more loops then a roller coaster. You say I love you to
Jess, and then chase me down. What do you want? To be friends? That's not
going to happen. I love you Rory."

"I love you too."


"Of course I do. I love Jess, as a brother. Maybe it took me a while to see
it. And im sorry. I love you Tristan. More than anything.

He kissed her. She let him. And he laid her down gently. He made love to her
all night long.