A Chance Meeting
It's been 18 months since Rory turned down Logan's proposal, she has been on the campaign trail the whole time and it is soon coming to an end.
I sit with my back facing the entrance to the business centre at some nice swanky hotel in downtown Seattle working on my current article for Hugo. As I'm reading through and proofing the article I hear a voice I know I would recognise in a heartbeat. I peak a look over my shoulder and there he is all suited up looking the essence of a successful business man conversing with his staff. I tune back around hoping he won't see me and I go back to my proofing.
20 minutes later I pack up my laptop and walk out towards the elevator bay to head back to my room. I press the call button and wait for the elevator hoping it will come before he sees me but as fate would have it no such luck.
"Reporter girl?" He says and I know I can't ignore him.
"Finn?" I say like I had no idea he was here.
"What are you doing here?" He asks me as he approaches me.
"Work, campaign trail" I say trying to seem casual as he envelopes me into his arms. I return the hug and take in his scent, god it's intoxicating I think.
"Oh that's right I heard you got a job travelling on that how's it going" he asks
"It's alright almost over thank god, I love the work just over living out of suitcases and not being able to enjoy some down time" I tell him.
"You staying here?" He asks
"Yeah have been for 2 days now" I reply
"How do I not know you are staying at one of the family hotels" he says and I forget that he was the heir to the Morgan family holdings which included hotels.
"I keep to myself and the bookings are made under Slate so nothing linking me to my location" I tell him.
"We have to catch up properly love, it's been too long. What are you doing tonight I want to take you to dinner" he tells me and I think about it. I haven't done anything fun or crazy in a while and we don't leave here for another 2 days.
"Why not, meet you in the bar at 7" I reply
"Done kitten, until then" he says and kisses me on the cheek and I feel a spark run through my skin. More intense then anything I felt with Logan and it confuses me.
I walk into a waiting elevator and up to my room I see I have 2 hours till I am to meet Finn so I decide to go through my suitcase and find the most appropriate outfit to wear.
I'm standing in the business centre talking with my staff seeing what's happening as I look around at all the campaign trail reporters and I wonder if she is there. I take another quick look and see someone with their back to me that could be her but I don't disturb just in case I am imagining it because I miss seeing her. It's been 18 months since she turned down my best mate and everyday since I last saw her I have been thinking about her she carved a place in my heart and she never even knew. Thinking I could check if she is staying here I make my way to the concierge.
"Afternoon Mr Morgan what can I help you with?" The concierge asks me
"Is there a Rory or Lorelai Gilmore staying here?" I ask her and she checks the database.
"No sir, no one by that name" she replies
"Thanks anyways" I say and turn around and there she is in all her glory. Rory Gilmore the most beautiful woman I have ever known, it was always hard for me in college because she was Logan's and a no go, but now she is free as a bird but it still feels taboo.
"Reporter girl?" I yell out as I take steps towards her.
"Finn?" She ask looking over at me
"What are you doing here?" I ask her acting like I don't know what she has been doing since she and Logan broke things off.
"Work, campaign trail" she replies as I engulf her in a hug taking in her scent, she is like Aphrodite I think to myself.
"Oh that's right I heard you got a job travelling on that how's it going" I reply
"It's alright almost over thank god, I love the work just over living out of suitcases and not being able to enjoy some down time" she tells me and I think back to all the fun times we had in college.
"You staying here?" I ask confused because she is not in the system.
"Yeah have been for 2 days" she tells me and I think how is that possible.
"I keep to myself and the bookings are made under Slate so nothing linking me to my location" she tells me and now I understand how she has slipped under my radar.
"We have to catch up properly love, it's been too long. What are you doing tonight I want to take you to dinner" I ask her hoping that she will say yes.
She takes her time thinking about it and then gives me her answer "Why not meet you in the bar at 7"
"Done kitten, until then" I purr back at her as I kiss her on the cheek. As I do I feel the electricity run through my lips as they make contact with her skin. It blows me away I have never know sparks like that not with anyone I have been with before that's for sure. I leave her to head to her room as I make my way to my office and make a phone call to the one person that can ease my mind about what I am doing.
"Finn what's up man I thought we were meeting up on Saturday in New York with Logan and Robert why you calling now?" he asks me
"Colin man I just ran into a blast from our Yale past and I need to talk about it" I tell him
"Blast from the past at Yale and you want to talk about it must only be one person or let me say one woman. She captured your heart and Logan's if I remember correctly" he says and I know now he is just fucking with me.
"Yeah reporter girl is here at the Seattle hotel and I just asked her out for dinner to catch up" I tell him
"What's wrong with that? Two old friends catching up after over 2 years of not seeing each other" he says trying to coax it out of me because he knows me so well that I tense up with any talk of feelings.
"It's not just that Col I still have those same feelings like back in college and when I kissed her on the cheek goodbye till later there was a major spark. I need to know if anything happens I won't be the worst mate in the world" I say finally letting it out and allowing it to sink in.
"I don't have a problem with it but you know who you need to speak to" he says and I understand exactly what he is saying.
"I have to call Logan don't I?" I say realising I have to speak to him and there is no way around it.
"Yeah that's what you gotta do. If you need call me afterwards" he says and hangs up.
I sit for a few minute and contemplate how I am going to broach this tough topic with one of my best mates. I then dial the number and hope his goes so much better than I think it will.
"Finn what can I do for you man?" Logan says
"Hey Logan I have a situation I need to talk to you about but I hope you won't get angry or be hurt about it" I say
"Why will I get angry or hurt what's going on?" He ask and I hear the confusion in his voice.
"I ran into Rory today at the Seattle hotel I'm working in and we have decided to catch up. I hope you don't mind" I say hoping he takes it alright.
"What Ace is there? Why would I have a problem with it?" He asks
"Well because back in college when you two were together, I never told you but I had/have a major thing for her. The redheads were always just a cover to hid my true feelings." I say and wait for him to digest this new information.
"You have liked Rory for more then 3 years and never told me?" He says questioning me.
"Yes I have and now that you are no longer together do you mind if I well for want of a better phrase 'have a crack' excuse how crass that sounds" I say to him hoping he won't want to kill me.
"She is a free woman so if she is available why not. I can't say I'm totally thrilled about it but I appreciate you asking. You know how hard it was for me to get over her but I'm in a good place now and I hope she is too. Have fun and see where it takes you. Only thing Finn don't hurt her you know the boys will kill you if you hurt her.I will see you Saturday" he says and we hang up.
I sit there and think about what he just said and I realised that he has in some ways given me his blessing which has me shocked but happy. I have to call Colin and tell him what just happened.
"Did he want to skin you alive or gave you the chance?" He asks as soon as he picks it up.
"Gave me a chance but at the same time warn me not to hurt her" I reply
"Yeah well I agree with everything he said if you hurt her you will deal with us you know we love her like a sister" he says and we finish up our call. I look at the time and see I need to head upstairs to my suite to shower and be ready in time to meet her in the bar at 7. I also need to make a reservation for dinner as I walk past the concierge and ask her to book a table for 2 at Canlis for 8 and have my car ready and waiting for me at 730. I get to my room shower and pick out a blue suit and grey dress shirt I forgo a tie and take a quick look in the mirror and see I look good. I look back at my watch and see it's 645 so I head down to the bar and grab a drink to settle my nerves. At exactly 7 she walks in and I lose my breath she looks stunning in a powder blue cocktail dress that molds to the curves of her body. Her hair is in its tender curls and her makeup is perfect. I walk over to her and kiss her on the cheek again and feel the same spark.
"How about a pre dinner drink kitten?" I ask her.
"I wouldn't say no to a vodka martini straight up please" she says as she follows me to the bar.
"Thomas, another scotch for me please and a grey goose martini straight up for the stunning lady" I say and I turn back to her.
"You sure scrub up well there love" I say taking all of her in and I cannot for the life of me know why Logan gave her the ultimatum.
"So do you" she says with a smirk as she is handed her martini and takes a sip.
"Well made Thomas" she says and he blushes.
"So what has been happening in the life of the only Rory Gilmore" I ask as I take a drink of my scotch and watch her enjoy her martini.
"Not much really just travelling on the trail and writing been home for holidays but other then that nothing" she tells me
"So no new men?" I ask with a wink and she sputters with her martini.
"No, there has been no time" she says and I can tell she feels awkward so I change the subject.
"Well my life has been a boring charade of business life and then partying with the boys when we can all make time together" I say and I see a look in her eyes and I wonder but no time for that now we finish our drinks.
"Ready to go kitten, we have reservations for 8 my car is waiting outside for us" I say and she stands up and I lead her towards the exit with my hand on the small of her back and I think of how natural this feels.
I finally decide on my powder blue cocktail dress that accentuates my curves, my hair is done in soft curls and as alway minimal makeup. I grab my purse and look at the time and see I have 5 minutes to get down to the bar. I grab me key and head out of the room and down the elevator and walk straight into bar right on 7. I see him sitting by the bar and I give him a once over and damn he looks good in his suit he turns towards me and walks over and kisses me on the cheek. Sparks again and it stuns me I never thought of Finn that way before but thinking about it I may not be so stupid. But I'm getting ahead of myself we are just catching up as friends.
"How about a pre dinner drink kitten?" He asks and I follow him towards the bar.
"I wouldn't say no to a vodka martini" I say as I taking a seat next to him.
"Thomas, another scotch for me please and a grey goose martini straight up for the stunning lady" he says and turns back to me.
"You sure scrub up well there love" he says to me. I turn to find my martini waiting for me.
"So do you" I say and smirk while I take a sip of the martini. It's one of the best I have ever had.
"Well made Thomas" I tell him and see him blush.
"So what has been happening in the life of the only Rory Gilmore" Finn asks me as I enjoy more of my fabulous martini.
"Not much really just travelling on the trail and writing been home for holidays but other then that nothing" I tell him as I go to take another drink he says "So no new men?" And winks at me. I sputter into my drink. Is he asking if I have dated since Logan? Why? So he can tell him or is it for himself?
"No, there has been no time" I say and turn back to my drink.
"Well my life has been a boring charade of business life and then partying with the boys when we can all make time together"he tells me and it gets me thinking of the guys. I wonder how they all are but then stop because it will only lead to Logan and I finally got over it thanks to a good wallow session with mommy Christmas of the first year of the tour. I finish my drink and turn to look at Finn and take him in.
"Ready to go kitten, we have reservations for 8 my car is waiting outside for us" he says and I get up from my seat and Finn leads me out to the car with his hand on my back and it felt good it felt right but how could it he is best friends with Logan I think as we get to the car.
First chapter up hope you are enjoying it. All feedback is welcome.