A/N: I DO NOT OWN ANY OF THESE SONGS I just love them ha!
If you fall asleep down by the water,
Baby I'll carry you all the way home
It'd had been 5 months since everything had happened on the UES
'So here is mine. I love you, Dan Humphrey. Always have, always will.'
'No, you don't have to respond right now. I have some... maid-of-honour things to do before Blair and Louis leave, but I really hope we can talk later.'
Serena still seen that as the starting point to were everything just started going wrong for her. Dan was gone, for good she thought but could not dwell on the thought of them being over forever as it made her insides churn and lead her to tears, 'No.' She thought, 'I'm not going to put myself through this all over again, I'm with Jesse now and he loves me, and I... I love him.' She thought again rather hesitantly as she began to pack all of her clothes away into her many suitcases. She met Jesse over the summer in the Hamptons, he was smart, handsome, secure all the things that Serena knew she needed at this time in her life, a steady relationship, not one which consisted of constant break up's and make ups, nor one that was basically physical and lacked any sort of emotional attachment. She felt safe with Jesse.
Arriving back at the UES after so long seemed quite daunting for Serena, but this time at least she could turn up at Lily's with Jesse in tow just in case Dan and Blair happened to be their together and constantly giving her that pitiful look they give her and not being able to talk when they are around her. Thankfully when Serena arrived at her mother's it just seemed to be herself and Rufus.
"Serena darling we've missed you so much!" Lily said whilst embracing her daughter tightly. Serena noticed Rufus standing closely behind Lily looking towards Jesse as though he was sizing him up.
"Hey mom!" Serena said whilst being trapped within her mother's embrace "I'm so glad to see you" she said being released from her mother's grip, she looked at Rufus who had a gentle smile on his face aiming at Serena "It's nice to see you to Rufus" She said laughing whilst giving him a quick hug
"Well come in! Sit down! I'll get Vanja to take both your luggage's into your room for the time being whilst you tell Rufus and I all about your trip to the Hamptons and about how you and Jesse here met" Lily said gesturing to both Serena and Jesse to sit down
"Oh you'll love the story Mrs Van Der Woodsen! Wont she babe?" Jesse replied eagerly as he took Serena's hand into his own and sat her down next to him. She hated when he called her babe. Serena looked down at both of their hands which were currently entwined with one another, she suddenly felt a surge of guilt as she took a hard gulp and looked back up to her mother and Rufus, smiling
'Yeah... it's a great story.'