As Jess and Nick stood there FINALLY watching their two best friends get married to each other all they could do was smile, sweetly at one another, Jess knowing deep down that really it should be them up there. Not that she disliked the union commencing in front of them, she loved that Cece and Schmidt finally doing this, it just saddened her that they got their happy ending and she was still there, pining over her ex who has moved on...

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"I now pronounce you husband and... Oh, wait! We need a glass." As Schmidt turned around Nick handed him the "Douchbag jar" with a knowing smirk, Schmidt crushed it as a sign of their marriage and leaving his old "douchy" ways behind, everyone around him, his mums, friends, Cece's mum all cheered. All Jess could do at this moment was relish in it, seeing her best friend in the entire world in her moment of bliss. ... When the ceremony had ended Jess sat on the sofa with Coach and May, discussing how beautiful the ceremony was, mandatory wedding talk she thought but why not. She saw Cece sneak up to her, knowing that this sneaking will follow with a favour to ask, which of course Jess would do as Maid of Honour. Cece came over in a squeal. "Congratulations! How does it feel to finally be a Schmidt!" Jess asked enthusiastically. "Parekh-Schmidt! But pretty amazing actually, I'm just happy he made it to the wedding, to be honest." Cece proclaimed with a giggle. "Hey, babe." "Yes, babe" Here comes that favour Jess thought to herself. "Is there any chance you can grab me some leggings from your room? Schmidt wants to do the Hora, and I don't want to completely mortify my guests, ya know" " Oh yeah! Of course, you're still the Bride, you still have your Bride card! I'll go get them"

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As Jess pondered back to her room Nick followed, seeing it as an opportunity to thank her for talking to Reagan for him, even if he didn't necessarily want her to at first. When he came in he saw her traipsing through her wardrobe, her hair was pulled back messily, yet still perfect with a few simple orange flowers keeping it back, how on earth do a few flowers keep all her hair perfect he thought to himself, he never really understood "girl things" but before he began to question the power of a few flowers he began to think about Jess herself god did she look stunning, in the flowy orange dress that perfectly bought out the blueness of her eyes, wait why am I even thinking that, I have Reagan, thanks to Jess.. And with that having remembered what he actually came in here for she turned around to face him. "Hey, I'm just getting Cece some leggings for the hora, can't have everyone seeing the "bridal bouquet," she said using quotation marks. Nick scratched his head thoughtfully completely ignoring what Jess had just said, "I don't know what you said to Reagan but I wanna say thank you.." Jess now engaged and a little disappointed that that was the reason that he came into her room, began to listen attentively. "because she wants to go for it with me, she wants to do this!" he said with a cute little happy laugh at the end, that given different circumstances Jess would've swooned at. "Well, that's awesome congratulations.." She said not even trying to hide the fact that this affected her. "Yeah! I'm freaking out, I can't believe it! I mean why would she want to be with me it doesn't make any sense" he claimed still laughing at the situation. "You of all people know that I'm the weird detour ya take before you find the guy you wanna be with." Jess' annoyance with Nicks insecurity rising tenfold at this point, despite the fact that her face wasn't actually showing it. "I basically just help women realise that they can do a lot better than.." Jess grabbed Nick by his blazer shaking him, attempting to literally shake some sense into him, "Stop it, Nick!" Nick looked at her dumbfounded by the sudden act of violence coming from the tiny person standing in front of him, granted it wasn't a lot of violence but from Jess it was unexpected. "I'm tired of you being the only person who doesn't see how incredible you are.." As Nick stood there taking in the words she just said he felt butterflies begin to form in his stomach making him uneasy, he hadn't felt that way in a while, not even with Reagan or any other girl he's dated since he broke up with Jess, the feeling felt almost new. He just looked into her eyes, scared of what he was feeling, knowing that she wouldn't feel it back he just ignored it and went on with the conversation "Okay..I'm a..I'm incredible.." "Yes! Your incredible" she stated with purpose. "Alright thanks.." he said awkwardly, beginning to feel the butterfly's again he blurted out "Alright I'm booking a ticket!" Confused as hell Jess asked what he meant by a ticket, where to, and why. "Yeah Reagan is going to New Orleans for work, for three months and she asked me to come with her and.. I'm gonna do it!" Jess' face instantly dropped, knowing that not only had she just lost the man she loves to a gorgeous smart woman, but shes lost her best friend in the entire world (other than Cece obviously) to New Orleans for three whole months, that's 3 years in Golden Retriever time. Suddenly Jess' thoughts were interrupted when her bedroom door flew open, reviling the wedding party doing the Hora coming into her room, shocked she was brought back into reality by Schmidt's mum telling them both to not make everything about them and hora. Nick linked his hand with Reagan's, who was at the end of the chain, leaving out a hand for Jess, she took it reluctantly, still hurt by the notion of losing Nick.

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A few days after the wedding, while Schmidt and Cece were enjoying their honeymoon in Barbados and Winston joined them for "one of his greatest pranks yet", and Reagan setting things up in New Orleans Jess and Nick had the Loft to themselves before he left on Sunday morning. Jess spent the few days they had left together spending as much time as she could with him, even if it was just sitting there drinking pink wine at the bar. When Sunday eventually came she woke up on the sofa, Nicks arm lightly draped around her, the previous night beginning to come back to her, them drinking all of the wine, and Schmidt's melon ball liqueur that he stole from the bar, and watching Dirty Dancing 3 times before falling asleep at 4 A.M. "Shit! Nick, it's 11 o'clock, you'll miss your flight!" waking up suddenly pushing both of them to the floor, with Jess landing right on top of him, almost straddling him, Nick laughed to himself "Well good morning to you too Jessica" gaining a smile from Jess and a slight blush. "Seriously Nick you'll miss your flight if we don't get up now! It's in two hours!" " It's fine Jess ill make it, I just wanted to spend as much time with you as I possibly could before I leave" he stated far too seriously as he tucked a stray piece of hair behind her ear as if it was the most natural thing to do. They got lost in the moment, looking into each other's eyes, both feeling the desire to kiss the other, not realising it was a thought shared by both of them. Then as if it were perfect timing Jess' phone alarm went off, snapping them back to the world where Nick had a girlfriend waiting for him. "Agh, that's the alarm I set meaning that we should've left.." Nick looked up at the women in front of him and processed what she had just said, "Hang on, did you set an alarm for my flight?" All she did was a laugh and run over to her bedroom yelling "Get dressed, Miller!" "Okay Sargent Day"

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Nick and Jess rode to LAX pretty much in silence, with the odd "So you excited?" remark from Jess normally being returned by a "More nervous actually" from Nick. As they pulled up to the airport both of them got out of the car, grabbing Nicks bags from the trunk. "I'll see you up okay.." said Jess sheepishly as they walked towards to escalators on the way to the terminal. As they reached the entrance point Jess wrapped Nick in the tightest hug known to man, one they hadn't shared since they broke up 2 years ago. "Hey, Jess... I don't have to go ya know, I can stay here." "What! No, go be with the woman you love okay, don't worry about me." As much as she sounded sincere Nick knew that it was all a show and that inside she was just as sad as he was, even if she didn't return his feelings. "Well I don't know if I love her but certainly strong like.." Nick said with an awkward giggle and the infamous handguns. Love is reserved for another person..you... He thought to himself, but couldn't bring himself to say aloud. "Ew Nick handguns, seriously" "oh sorry, I forgot I'm not Jessica Day being told someone loves me." Jess lightly punches him arm playfully "Low blow Miller" They both dissolve into a fit of laughter until "All those boarding flights DL 1577 to New Orleans please board now" Nick signed heavily while Jess closed her eyes, wishing to savour the moment. " I guess that's me then... G'bye Day" "Bye Miller..." As Nick walked towards the plane he instantly felt the need to hug her one last time, he ran back and pulled Jess towards him, kissing her gently on the cheek when pulling away. "I love ya Jessica, and thank ya" "Thank you?" she looked puzzled "for helping me with Reagan, this wouldn't be happening if it wasn't for you..." Great... so my own heartbreak is my fault then she thought. "Your very welcome Nicholas." She watched as Nick walked away, ready to start his new life with his amazing girlfriend, in an amazing city. "Hey, Nick!" She shouted at him. " I love you too okay... Call me when you land." "Will do Jessica" and that was it, he left, left her, and his old life behind.

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