Chapter 13: A Christmas to Remember (Part 3)
A/N: I never really expected this story to end up being so long, or actually turning out to be pretty good! I also want to thank you all for the reviews again! There fantastic and I enjoy reading your input.
Rating: I've changed it to M until I decide to change it back.
Disclaimer: I wished on a star that I could own Gilmore Girls, turns out the wishing thing…it doesn't work
A/N2: also, so that this chapter makes since…. This chapter starts on the same night as Rorys little surprise, just later on in the evening and then it will most likely go into the next day.
Rory splayed her fingers across his chest and smiled when his hold around her tightened. "I'm hungry." She stated.
He opened his eyes and looked down at her. "Where do you want to go?"
"To the kitchen. Mom said Sookie made us something for if we got hungry." She glanced at the clock. "Its midnight, so all the other guests are asleep, we can go down there in our pjs if we want." She stood up and grabbed Tristans shirt. "I'm borrowing this." His white shirt fell to just above her knees. She turned around in a circle looking for her robe. And when she found it she put it on and then slid her monkey slippers on. "Ready."
Tristan groaned and got out of the warm bed to put on some clothes himself. "Ready." He said and Rory led the way out of their room.
"Its really dark out here." she peered around the hallway. "You can't really see anything."
"Let your eyes adjust." He pointed out and snuck up behind her. "Boo!"
She screamed and turned around to look at him before clamping a hand over her mouth. "Thanks a lot Tristan, someone's going to wake up now."
"I doubt it." He whispered.
Rory turned her head as a doorknob started to rattle. "Run!" she giggled.
And they did. Tristan managed to trip as he went down the stairs because he was trying not to laugh too loud and wake the other guests, but he caught himself on the railing.
"Are you okay?" she had seen him trip.
"Yeah, fine. Keep going, I don't feel like having some guy yell at us." He chuckled
Rory nodded and turned around the corner.
When they reached the kitchen Rory turned on the lights and clutched her sides as she let the laughter out. "I can't believe you actually did that to me." She said breathlessly.
"I can't believe somebody actually woke up." He grinned sheepishly and pointed at the fridge.
Rory nodded and he opened it. "What did you think was going to happen? Its midnight and some lady had just screamed outside their door. I know I would have opened my door just to make sure the person was okay."
"She labeled about twenty different things in here for us to eat." He looked closer at a larger one. "Including dessert."
"Cool." She pulled a container out. "She even left directions on how best to heat it up." Rory giggled.
"So what do you want to eat?"
Rory sat down on an empty counter and shrugged. "Surprise me."
"Alright." He smiled. "You have to go back up to our room though, I'll meet you back up there."
"But its dark."
"Then go sit at one of the tables in the other room."
"Fine." She pushed herself off of the counter and as she walked past she ran a hand down his shoulder. "Hurry up though will you? This place creeps me out when its this quiet."
"Sure." He smiled and turned back to the fridge.
"That smells really good." She pointed out as he walked through the kitchen door. "What is it?"
"Rigatoni and some bread I found."
"I've never had it before."
"You'll like it, trust me. The sausage is the best part."
They ate in silence so that they wouldn't awake any light sleepers and have a run in. it was a comfortable silence that they had become accustomed to since the first time they had gone out to lunch.
"What's for dessert?" she broke the silence.
"Well, there's chocolate crème pie and there's also some Christmas cookies in there."
"A little of both sounds really good." Rory said and licked her lips.
"I'll go and get it."
"Thank you Tristan."
"Your welcome." He stood from his chair and took their dishes back into the kitchen.
Tristan and Rory had eventually gone back up to their room and had gone to bed around three in the morning so when Lorelai knocked on their door at nine Rory answered with an evil stare, "Who dares to wake us from sleep?"
"Your mother." She smiled. "Rumor has it that this place is haunted now. Several people told me this morning that they heard somebody say boo and then somebody else scream and then that there was a lot of thumping around in the hall last night."
Rory giggled. "We have an explanation. I was hungry so we went down stairs to get some food around midnight and on our way across the hall Tristan snuck up behind me and said boo, hence the screaming."
Lorelai smiled. "Good to know we don't have a ghost. I would have had to call some stupid exorcism dude just to get everybody off my back."
Rory giggled again. "Is there another reason for why you had to get me up this early?"
"Yes, actually there is." Lorelai frowned. "Can I come in?"
"Um…hold on a second." Rory left her mother to stand at the door and went back over to the bed. Tristan was still sound asleep and the blankets were resting softly on his hips. She smiled at this and shook him awake. "Hey, my mom needs to come in here to tell me something. You mind getting in the shower or something?"
Tristan sat up in the bed and looked towards the door with half opened eyes. "Sure." He rubbed his eyes and grabbed some fresh clothes before heading into the bathroom.
Rory walked back over to the door.
"Is it safe now?"
"Yes mom, its safe." She opened the door wider and let her mother in. "What is it that you had to tell me?"
"Well, you should probably sit down or something before I tell you."
"Is it bad?"
"It could be."
Rory took a seat on the bed and looked at her mom confusedly. "So?"
"Well, Jess checked into the inn yesterday, he's one of the people who woke up last night when you screamed. He opened his door and nobody was there."
Rory choked. "Jess?"
"Yes. He came back to see his uncle and to um…make amends with you."
"Does he know about Tristan?"
"I don't think so, that is unless he heard about him from somebody in town, but nobody really has gotten to meet Tristan yet so I don't really know."
"Mom…" Rory took a deep breath. "What am I supposed to do?"
"I don't know hun, but the first step is to tell Tristan."
"What room is Jess in?"
"Two down from you."
"Is he in there right now?"
"How should I know?"
"I don't want to talk to him mom. I don't want to even see him again. What he did to me isn't fixable. And if I told Tristan about Jess being just a few doors down from us he would be over there in two seconds to beat the crap out of him and you know it."
"But it would be better if you told him so that if you do run into Jess today or later on he knows what's going on and doesn't take it all the wrong way. I don't really need you guys getting into a fight, for the inns sake, and yours. I don't want to see you get hurt again Rory, so be careful alright?"
"Alright." She nodded. "Thanks for letting me know about this mom."
"No problem kid." She looked at her watch and frowned. "I gotta go and talk to Michel. Call me if you need anything?"
"Sure." Rory watched wearily as Her mom left. That had not been good news. How could she manage to keep from running into Jess for three more days in a town as small as Stars Hollow? She sighed and looked around the room.
"What was that all about Rory?" Tristan came back into the room wearing fresh clothes and drying his hair.
"Nothing you need to worry about."
"Are you sure? Because you look really pale. "
"Don't worry about it."
"Alright." He frowned. "Just promise me that if anything ever comes up you'll let me know what's going on, you won't keep anything from me."
Rory nodded. "Sure." She stood up and kissed him lightly on the lips. "I'll run down stairs and grab us some breakfast. You stay here, I'll be right back."
She crept passed the door she thought, from her mothers information, was Jess's room. And was halfway down the stairs when somebody called her name. She slowly turned around and had to hold on to the railing to keep from falling. "Jess." She whispered.
"Hi." He walked down the stairs towards her. And as he did he studied they way she looked. She was more stunning than ever and she still took his breath away like she always had. He had always regretted moving away from her and not believing her when she had said that she had loved him, but he had a chance to fix that now, and he was going to take that chance. "I need to talk to you."
"My mom told me as much." She crossed her arms over her chest and gave him a cross look. "And I really don't want to talk to you either." She turned around and moved another two steps down before Jess could get a hold of her arm.
"Just listen to me for a second."
"Why should I? You didn't listen to me four years ago; you didn't believe a word I had said! And then you left me for New York without even saying goodbye! Why should I listen to you Jess?" her voice cracked on his name.
"Because I love you." He took a step closer and pushed a strand of hair back behind her ear.
"It's a little late for that now isn't it?" she pushed him away.
"What do you mean it's to late?" he came closer despite her move to keep him away.
"Jess, it's been four very long years."
"That shouldn't matter. If you loved me then you can love me now."
"No, Jess, I have a-"
"Rory?" Tristan stood at the top of the stairs. "Who's this?"
To Be Continued….
A/N: I am so sorry that this is a short chapter but I promise you that the next one will be longer.
I love leaving you all at a cliffhanger, it just feels really refreshing. Lol. (Please don't kill me.) Don't worry, I will have the next chapter up soon enough and you'll find out what this whole thing leads up to.
I know Rory was stupid when she didn't tell Tristan about Jess being back in town, but if you remember clearly, this is what Rory does. She won't tell people things they need to know, therefore causing more trouble than she really intended.
Anywho, please review! Love you all bunches!
-Over and out-