Chapter 14: A Christmas to Remember (Part 4)A/N: hello peoples! What do you all think is going to happen? You don't know? I guess your going to have to read on then aren't you? Lol.
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
Tristan watched as Rory turned away from the man that was holding her arm and standing too close for comfort, and peered up at him. "Tristan, this is Jess." She looked back at Jess "Jess, this is my boyfriend Tristan."
Tristan looked at her for a moment before the name actually came back to him from one of their first conversations. "This is the guy that left you?" he gripped the banister so hard that his knuckles turned white. "This is the guy that didn't believe you when you told him you loved him? What is he doing here Rory? And why didn't you tell me about this? Did you not just promise me that you would tell me if anything was going on?" he ran a hand through his hair and then wrapped it around the banister again.
"Tristan, I can explain." She looked up at him worriedly. "I didn't know what to say to you in our room when you asked me if anything was wrong so I didn't say anything."
"You couldn't say anything about this asshole being here?"
Jess let go of Rorys arm and swung around to glare up at him. "Rory hasn't done anything wrong. This is all my doing." He curled his hands up into fists and when he spoke again it was through clenched jaws. "You have no right to be calling me an asshole."
"What are you doing here Jess? Are you here to see if she will come back to you?" he looked at Rory with pure hurt.
Jess only shook his head and backed away from Rory.
"Tristan!" Rory pleaded. "Please let me explain. This isn't what it looks like, I was about to tell him that we were together when you came out here."
"And when were you going to tell me that this even happened?" he asked.
"As soon as I got the chance, which would have been right after I had finished my conversation with Jess."
"Is he why your mom needed to speak with you?"
"Rory, why would you lie to me?"
Jess watched the both of them as voices began to rise and knew that he had made a mistake.
"I didn't lie." There were tears in her eyes now.
"Yes you did." He turned to Jess. "You can have her." He stormed back down the hallway and slammed the door to their room.
Rory moved around Jess and ran back up the stairs after him. "This is all your fault Jess!" She shouted before quickly entering the suite.
"Rory, I'm in no mood for this."
"Your acting way out of control. This is the first time I've ever held anything from you and your already backing out of this relationship? What are you afraid of Tristan? That I'll cheat on you? That I'll leave you for him? Because I wouldn't do that to you, and I definitely wouldn't leave you for him Tristan."
He turned towards her and she shrank back at the cold look in his eyes. "Then why were you letting him stand so close to you?"
"I had no control over his actions Tristan. Is that your only excuse?"
"Why would you lie to me about something so small?"
"Because you would have taken it way to seriously, just as you are now. And you would have gone over to his room and beaten the crap out of him just for being alive and hurting me."
"Because I love you Rory! That is why I would do those things to him." He watched as a tear rolled down her cheek and felt his own eyes start to burn. "I wouldn't leave you for New York, I wouldn't give you up if it meant my life. And I definitely wouldn't say you were lying about loving me."
"Then why are you giving me up now?" she choked out. "Why are we fighting then?"
He shook his head and turned away from her. "Because when I saw you standing there with him like that I thought that you were going to go back to him. And I wouldn't have been able to handle that Rory, because I would rather die than have our relationship end like that. We've come to far, I let you in, and I didn't want you to be the one to cut the strings."
"Then why are you ending it? I was trying to explain that he was asking me to come back to him but I declined. I love you more than I ever thought possible Tristan."
He turned back around and looked at her tear-streaked face. "Why were we fighting then?"
"Because you have a very short temper." She tried to smile but it failed her and instead she buried her face in his chest and began to shake. "As soon as you said that he could have me I couldn't breath Tristan. The only thing I could think about was to try and make you see what was really going on."
He wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her closer. "I couldn't breath either." He rasped out. "This better not happen again Rory, I'd end up having a heart attack or something."
"I'm sorry this even happened in the first place. I should have told you that he was in town."
"Yes you should have. But people make mistakes." He moved her face out from his chest and made her look at him. "Just don't let it happen again."
She smiled as he wiped the tears from her cheeks and then gave her a long, tender kiss, a kiss that warmed her whole body and set her heart on fire. When he pulled away she looked into his eyes and whispered, "I don't want to fight anymore, about anything. "
"Agreed." He replied and brought her in for a second kiss but was cut short by a knock on the door.
"Rory! Are you alright?" Lorelai's voice came through the door.
Rory opened it to find her mother breathless. "Yeah."
"Where is that boy? I'm going to beat the crap out of him. Are you sure your okay? You look like you've been crying."
"Mom, it's okay, we've made up."
"Alright. In that case, I have to tell you something. Jess bolted and nobody knows where he went and I think just about everybody in the inn heard you guys fighting, so it's going to be around the town within ten minutes."
"I know where to find him so don't let Luke worry about it." She rubbed her eyes with shaky hands and looked at her mother. "I almost lost him mom." She whispered. "I don't know what I would have done if he had really left me." Her voice cracked.
"Everybody at the inn heard that much." She pulled Rory into her arms and held her as more tears leaked from her daughters' eyes. "But everything is okay now right?"
Rory pulled away. "Yeah, I think so." She looked into the suite and turned back around. "I should go find Jess. And I have to see if Tristan will come with me. He needs to sort some things out with him as well."
"Alright. Make sure you call me when you get back if I'm not here."
Rory nodded and quickly went back into her room.
"Are you sure he's out here?" Tristan asked as they turned on to a small path.
"Yeah." And sure enough, there he was on that bridge, cigarette in hand. "Jess…" she sat down next to him and looked at Tristan until he sat down beside her.
"What do you want from me Rory?"
"To say thank you for actually coming back to Stars Hollow to apologize for ditching me." She looked out at the little pond and smiled. This was where Jess had received a black eye from that swan. "Do you remember that swan?"
He smirked. "Yeah."
"Jess, what we had back then was great, but now we both probably have different needs, and different lives. If I hadn't been dating Tristan what would we do when you went back to New York?"
He shrugged and threw his cigarette in the water. "We could have done the long distance thing."
Rory looked at Tristan and took his hand before looking back over to Jess. "Tristan and I tried that about four months after you left me. Our letters got lost in the mail and we both ended up miserable." Tristan squeezed her hand. "It wouldn't have worked."
"You guys are okay now right? Because I had no intention of splitting you up with someone if you happened to not be single."
"We're good now."
"Good." He looked over at Tristan. "I'm sorry about earlier man."
"Don't worry about it. I was a little pissed off too." Tristan said.
Jess looked at them both, "We can at least stay in touch with each other right?"
"Yeah, sure." Rory smiled. "And just to let you know, Luke and my mom were worried about you last time I heard."
"I'm going to stick around here for a while longer. You guys can go if you want."
"We have to go get ready for the party at my parents place anyway." Tristan pointed out.
Rory nodded. "I totally forgot about that." She looked at her watch. "And we have to be there at five. That gives me a little more than an hour to get ready." She pointed out and stood up, "we need to get back to the inn right now."
"What should I wear Tris?" She held up a red and then a black cocktail dress and waved them both in his face.
"Rory, it honestly doesn't matter." He smiled at her, she was in that blue robe again and she had her hair up in a towel. She was cute no matter what state she was in.
She glared at him. "I don't know which one to wear and I want you to pick for me."
"Fine." He pointed to the black one. "That's the one."
She smiled and put the red one back into her bag before turning around. "Thanks." She kissed him on the cheek and headed back into the bathroom.
"You have exactly 20 minutes before I pull you out of there and shove you in the car." He shouted through the door.
"I'll be ready."
He opened his mouth to say something else through the door but the blow dryer was switched on so he went for his own bag to get ready for said party.
The house Tristan pulled up in front of was huge. The rusty red bricks that made up the house seemed to go on forever. There were vines clinging to the black trellises that leaned against the far ends of the house and Rose bushes greeted her with their sweet smell as Tristan opened her door.
"Tris, this place is huge."
"Yeah, imagine living here by yourself most of the time." He reminded her.
"I wouldn't be able to do it." She took his hand "Should we go in there?"
"I don't think we have a choice." He opened the front door and the sounds of voices and clinking glasses greeted them.
"How many people are here?" she took off her coat and handed it over to the maid.
"About a hundred or so." He smiled as she looked around the gigantic foyer.
"How many floors are in this place?"
"Two, but the whole thing is over nine-hundred square feet." He shrugged. "You should see it when it's empty."
"I don't really want to."
"Tristan, how nice of you to show up." The man looked at his watch. "And on time too."
"It's good to see you too father." Tristan said and his grip around Rory's waist tightened. "I'd like you to meet my girlfriend Rory Gilmore."
"As in Richard and Emily's granddaughter?"
"So your the child Lorelai had when she was a teenager." He straitened his jacket and turned back to his son. "At least she isn't a bimbo you picked up at school."
Tristans jaw ticked and he looked around the room for his mother. He smiled as he spotted her. "We're going to go see mom." And without another word he led Rory over to were his mother stood talking to a bunch of her friends. "Mom, how are you?"
She turned around and smiled. "Tristan, I'm glad you made it over here." she enveloped him in a hug and then turned to Rory. "You must be Rory Gilmore! It's a pleasure to meet you."
Rory smiled and shook the woman's hand. "It's nice to meet you too Mrs. DuGrey."
"I should go give the speech with your father. You guys have fun okay!"
They both nodded as she headed for the front of the ballroom.
"You need something to drink?" Tristan placed a hand on her back and steered her over to the bar. "We're both going to need something in our systems to make this party at least a little bit more interesting."
Rory nodded "I'll have whatever your having."
He smiled and asked the bartender for two scotches and as soon as he handed one to Rory he led her over to the stairs. "I want to show you something." He pulled her up the stairs and into a pitch-black room.
"I can't see anything."
"Hold on a sec, I haven't been in here in ages." She heard him running a hand across the wall and after a moment a chandelier came on above them. "Let there be light." He said with a chuckle before finishing his scotch and setting it on a table next to a lamp. "This is the library." He said, "A lot of this is my mothers but I have added a few here and there." He ran a hand across some leather bindings as he crossed the room and fell into a chair.
Rory stood in awe at the large amount of books Tristan had presented her with. There were floor to ceiling shelves that went around the entire room with the exception of part of one wall that boasted a large fireplace. All the leather chairs were organized around it. She looked at one of the tables and found a newspaper from the day before.
"Have a look around." He said and waved a hand to the shelves of books that surrounded them.
"Whose Melanie Rawn?" she asked.
He chuckled softly, "those have got to be my all time favorite books." He watched as she fingered the worn soft cover binding before pulling 'The Dragon Prince' off the shelf. "That series is probably the best science fiction I've ever read. It has a lot of action and political stuff in it."
She turned to him and smiled softly, the light casting shadows over her features. She was so beautiful; he would never get over her beautiful face, her soft skin over yielding curves, the way her eyes seemed to go on forever.
"I don't think I've ever seen you with a book before."
"I used to read a lot more than anyone thought I did. It was a way to get away from everything."
"Can I borrow these? She pointed to the other five books in the series.
He nodded. "Sure."
She pulled them all out and set them on the side table beside his glass before drinking the rest of her scotch and setting that down as well. When she turned around he had gotten more comfortable. he had rested his head back into the chair and crossed his arms over his chest. She let her eyes roam over the beautiful man in front of her. The way muscles seemed only to enhance his looks and easy air. She smiled to herself and sauntered over and sat on his lap, draping her legs over the side of the chair. His hand automatically moved for her hair, she had purposely left it down for him. "I'm glad that fight earlier today didn't end our relationship."
"Yeah, I don't think I can picture life without you in it." He sat up in the chair to look at her. "I wanted to ask you something tonight." He stopped playing with her hair and pulled out a small jewelry box. "Rory, will you marry me?" he opened the box and in it were two intricately woven silver bands. One crowned with a glittering diamond as big as her pinky nail with two smaller stones on either side. The rings were beautiful.
She looked up into his eyes as a tear rolled down her cheek. "Oh Tris…."
He frowned and all the sudden he couldn't breathe. 'What if she says no? Oh god, no. I cant let that happen.' "Rory, I know it's a little early in our relationship but I already feel like we've tied the knot, we're inseparable and I can't stand leaving you or hanging up the phone. I-I just thought you might feel the same way." He looked back to her face and saw a smile through the tears.
"What makes you think I would ever say no?"
He let out a breathless laugh in pure relief before taking her left hand and placing the ring on her finger. There was finality in that move and never in his life had he ever felt this complete, this whole. "Thank god." He pulled her closer to his chest and kissed her hard, letting all of his love seep through the action.
'To be continued….'
A/N: so! He said the magic words! OMG I was so excited, and I'm the one that wrote it! Lol. I'm such a dork! Anywho, I hope you like this chapter because a lot of emotion is in it and a lot happens. The next chapter is going to contain the unwrapping of gifts. And I do believe that it will most likely be the last chapter in this story, but there will be a part two! So don't panic! Also, I will be coming out with a few other Trory stories for you guys to enjoy as well so keep the reviews coming! I love your points of view and opinions! Love you all bunches!
Also, I have read the Melanie Rawn series and it is very good. It contains lots of warfare, gore, exquisite detail, political views, humor, action, and a dose of romance. It's most likely my all time favorite series with a few exceptions and if you have not read 'the Dragon prince' series and the second part of the series 'dragon star' I strongly advise that you do. It's a total of six books and if you haven't read them your missing out on a masterpiece!
-Over and out-