Hey! So I am so so so so so unbelievably sorry for the months of waiting not that I am positive anyone would be waiting anyway. I could go into detail of why the wait but its not worth reading, lets just say life hasn't been great, for months I can barely find the need or want to get out of bed, or even live... let alone try and write this thing... because depression is a bitch. (Oh also I spent sometime selling, packing and moving house)
But nevertheless here is chapter 31, I have no idea if its to my usual standard, I just thought I really needed to sort my shit out and post something.
(occurring around episode 2x16 "There's a rub" Lorelai just came back form her spa weekend with Emily.)
"I missed you too, by the way." Lorelai said softly.
Luke smiled and kissed her again. "You hungry?"
"You really have to ask that?" Lorelai asked.
"My mistake." Luke said. "Take a seat and I'll plate this up, oh and Tristan made the coffee, just thought I'd let you know if you started to think I was losing my touch."
"Heaven help us the day that happens."
"So you really had a nice time then?" Luke asked as he was plating up the pancakes.
"Yeah, I really did." Lorelai smiled. "We had a nice talk, and we even talked a bit about wedding ideas."
"Really?" Luke asked surprised.
"Really!" Lorelai exclaimed. "I know it's hard to believe, but it was good, I mean no decisions were made definite. I wanted to talk to you first but mom was interested so I let her know some of my ideas, and knowing her she probably wouldn't have stopped hinting at things so I just went with it, I know you want to be included so I made sure she was to restrain herself from making her calls." Lorelai informed.
"No, it's fine. I'm glad you two got along." Luke smiled. "So you have ideas already?"
Lorelai smirked. "Yeah of course I'm a female, wedding ideas are implanted into our brains while we're still in the womb." She stated whilst taking her seat at the table.
"Well do share."
"Uh… well, first, I'd like to have it at the inn, I think. It means a lot to me and Rory, and it means Sookie can cater as well which is a bonus."
Luke nodded. "Sounds like a plan. It's nice there."
"Really?" Lorelai grinned.
"As you said, it means a lot to you. It's the ideal place, I mean I've spent my fair share of time there since I was kid, and not that Sookie catering isn't a bonus but I think the real bonus is that you could probably swing some perks with that good looking manager they have over there" Luke smirked.
Lorelai gasped with this sudden realization. "Hey, that is true! I bet she could get us the honeymoon suite for a good deal, I think I'll just flutter the eyelashes and wear a low cut top because I hear she's easy like that… I mean that's what the rumours are anyway."
"Lorelai…" Luke warned.
"What!? I'm pretty sure I've heard people say that in the past."
"Doesn't mean it's true" he sympathized and gave her a kiss on her head. Knowing some remarks Lorelai had received over the years for having a daughter so young. Luke knew those people sometimes got to Lorelai even if she did play it off with her humour and infectious attitude for life.
"Food's ready!" He called through to the living room as he placed the plate of pancakes on the kitchen table.
The four teenagers came through and Rory hugged Lorelai. "Hey mom! How was it?"
"It was suprisingly good. Your Grandma and I stole our bathrobes!" Lorelai grinned
"You're kidding? Grandma stole a bathrobe?" Rory laughed.
"Yep, it was a bonding activity."
Rory laughed. "Well you do have a unique relationship but wow, I never thought Grandma would voluntarily steal anything."
"Anyway, enough about me, did you guys have a nice night? I hear you had a slumber party." Lorelai said.
"Yeah it was fun. We watched Casablanca." Rory stated.
"You watched Casablanca without me?" Lorelai said in mock horror.
Rory rolled her eyes. "Sorry. Tristan had never seen it."
"I'm sorry, what? You're going out with someone who had never seen Casablanca since yesterday?" Lorelai joked.
"Yeah I know. I did consider breaking up with him but then I thought it would be easier to just watch it with him." Rory said, playing along.
"Uh I am here, you know." Tristan said.
Rory grinned at him. "You know I love you really."
"It sure feels like it." He joked.
Rory turned to her mom. "Besides, Luke had never seen it until you showed it to him."
"True." Lorelai nodded. "But Luke was different. He'd literally not seen any movies at all, he was practically a hermit."
Luke rolled his eyes and turned to Tristan. "I feel your pain." He said.
Rory and Lorelai laughed and they all tucked into their food.
After they'd all had finished breakfast, Lorelai stood up. "I need to get to the inn. I have something to tell Sookie." She smiled, looking down at her ring lovingly.
Luke smiled, knowing what she meant. "Sure. Tell her to tell Jackson. That way, it will be around town by the afternoon." He smirked.
"How romantic!" Lorelai said. "You really want to announce our engagement to the town through Jackson?" She raised her eyebrows.
"Uh oh…" Jess smirked. "Someone's in trouble."
"You, can shut up." Luke said giving his nephew a pointed stare. He turned to Lorelai. "How would you like to announce it then? And please don't say at a town meeting!" He said.
Lorelai had to smirk at that, imagining Luke's horror at being the centre of attention at a town meeting. "Nah I was thinking maybe I could flash the ring around a bit at the diner." She said. "Babette or Patty are sure to spot it, I mean the light bouncing off this baby should get their attention and you better prepare yourself mister."
"Fine." Luke said. "See you at the diner after you finish at the inn?" He asked.
"I'll be there." Lorelai smiled. She gave him a kiss. "See you later, hon."
"See you later." Luke smiled and watched her leave. He then turned to Jess. "Come on you, we should get to the diner."
Jess groaned. "Don't I get a day off ever? This must be against child labour rules. I'm at school all week and then have to work at the diner in the weekend."
"Quit complaining. How else are you going to earn money? ...Actually don't answer that." Luke said.
Jess smirked, the boy was from New York, he knew some things, and his uncle also knew he knew somethings.
"Come on, we're late already." He said.
"Alright, alright, I'm coming!" Jess exclaimed getting up. He turned to Paris. "It was nice to meet you. I guess I'll see you around." He said.
"Yeah you too." Paris said.
Jess and Luke then left for the diner.
"And then there were three." Tristan said.
"Actually, I should probably get going." Paris announced. "I should get back home. I've got some more studying to do."
"You can study here if you like?" Rory offered.
"No it's ok. Thanks though. And thanks for last night. It was fun." Paris smiled.
"Sure. See you at school then."
"Yeah bye." Paris said before leaving.
"And then there were two. You're not leaving as well are you?" Rory joked.
"Nope. Got nothing to do today so I guess I can stay for a bit." He smirked.
"Wow, now I feel special." Rory said sarcastically.
Tristan laughed and leaned in to kiss her. "You know there's nowhere else I'd rather be." He said sincerely.
Rory smiled. "Good. Or else I'd have to get Luke to kill you." She joked.
Tristan chuckled. "I had a talk with Luke this morning." He admitted.
"You did?" Rory asked surprised. "When?"
"When you were still sleeping. Just before your mom got back." He said.
"And?" Rory asked hesitantly.
"I think we're good. I told him I respect him and that I wasn't going to hurt you." Tristan said.
"He told me he thought I was a pretty decent guy." Tristan smiled.
"High praise indeed." Rory smiled.
"Yeah but then he did tell me he'd have to kill me if I hurt you." He smirked.
"That sounds like Luke." Rory grinned leaning in to give him another kiss. She then gave him a genuine smile. "I'm glad you're getting on though. It means a lot to me."
Tristan nodded. "Luke's a good guy. I want his approval."
Rory smiled. "So what do you fancy doing today? We could go for a walk or just have a relaxing day in."
"Walk sounds good." Tristan said.
"Cool, let's go." Rory said.
Lorelai walked into the diner after her shift at the inn to find herself surrounded by all the townspeople. Even though she went against Luke's plan to tell Jackson and let it spread quickly, it happened naturally anyway, especially when she showed the ring to Sookie. She received an ear piercing squeal followed by a huge bear hug from her best friend, thankfully Lorelai did manage to coax the knife out of her hand before she told Sookie, knowing any disaster could have happened with such a weapon.
"Is it true sugah?" Babette asked.
"Yeah is it finally happening?" Patty asked.
Lorelai looked up at Luke in surprise. "How? Jackson doesn't do deliveries today so…" She asked confused.
"Long story." Luke sighed. "I didn't tell them."
"Apparently Kirk caught sight of the ring while he was at the inn this morning and then he told Andrew, who told Gypsy, who told Patty, who told Babette, who then rushed in here to confirm it before East side Tilly got the scoop. I've been trying to ward off questions all afternoon." Luke said.
"So… Are ya' finally gettin' hitched?" Babette asked again.
Lorelai looked round at all the excited faces and had to smile. "Yeah it's true. Luke proposed during the week and I said yes. We're getting married." She said glancing at Luke who smiled at her.
"Oh my god, this is so exciting! You two so deserve this! This wedding is going to be the talk of the town!" Babette exclaimed.
"Congratulations!" Patty bellowed. "You finally found the balls to do then eh Luke?" Patty joked.
Luke rolled his eyes. "Yeah Patty, that's exactly what I did."
Lorelai smirked. "Oh yeah, and then he shared them with me afterwards." She told them which caused an outburst of cackles.
"Ah geez Lorelai!" Luke exclaimed. "Right I'm going to make you some food. Tell me when you've stopped telling them personal details about our relationship."
"Wait!" Lorelai said rushing towards him.
"What?" He asked turning round.
Lorelai then gave him a tender kiss. "I love you." She smiled.
Luke softened at that. "I love you too." He then headed to the kitchen, turning back before he went in to find Lorelai surrounded by the townspeople again. He couldn't help but smile when he heard Lorelai happily start to tell them how he proposed with a beaming smile on her face.
The week went relatively quickly. Lorelai and Luke found themselves busy at the inn and the diner and less time letting in the fact they were engaged sink in completely.
Soon it was Friday and they were on their way to the Gilmores for their weekly dinner. Jess had made a compelling excuse and stayed home as he had been dragged into helping in the plans for a surprise engagement party the town were holding for Luke and Lorelai. He made the excuse that he had to study added to the fact that Emily and Richard hadn't actually invited him. Luke had given him a hard time but luckily Lorelai was on his side saying that he can meet them another time. Jess knew he would meet them at the engagement party anyway because he knew Sookie had invited them.
The maid greeted the trio and let Luke, Lorelai and Rory in and they went through to the living room where they were greeted by Emily and Richard.
"Hi mom, dad!" Lorelai smiled.
"Hello Lorelai." Emily smiled. "Someone's in a good mood."
Lorelai shrugged. "Why wouldn't I be?" She said giving Luke a grin.
"Grandma does have a point, you are particularly happy today, mom." Rory agreed.
"Well life's pretty great at the moment." Lorelai said.
Rory smiled, glad to see her mom so happy especially after the eventful year they had experienced.
"So tell me about your wedding plans. Have you made any decisions yet?" Emily asked eagerly.
"Emily…" Richard warned.
"A few." Lorelai said. "We've decided to definitely do it at the inn. I've asked Sookie about catering as well and she said yes."
"Like she would say no!" Rory laughed. "You're going to have a hard time keeping her out of the kitchen on the actual day!"
"Nah I told her that she could be the caterer on condition that she does not set foot in that kitchen on the day. I specifically told her I needed my bridesmaid by my side." Lorelai grinned.
"Very harsh." Luke smirked.
"Sookie's your bridesmaid?" Emily asked. "I would have assumed she would be your maid of honour."
"No that's Rory." Lorelai said smiling across at her daughter.
"Of course." Emily said softly, kicking herself for not even thinking about that.
"Have you decided on your best man, Luke?" Richard asked.
"Yeah. I haven't asked him yet but I think I'm going to ask Jess." Luke said.
"Aw hon, he'll be honoured." Lorelai smiled.
"You think he'll say yes?" Luke asked.
Rory laughed. "I know he acts all grumpy and monosyllabic like you, Luke, but he thinks a lot of you. He'll say yes." She said.
"I hope so." Luke said.
"And will you have a groomsman with you? To keep the alter balanced?" Emily asked
"Yeah I was thinking of asking Buddy, he's been like an uncle to me, known me all my life and helped me so much since my dad died, hopefully he will be ok with it."
"Oh hon having met Buddy, I think you won't have a choice, he'd be up there next to you even if you didn't ask" Lorelai stated
"Yeah I guess so, I was also thinking about asking Tristan to be an usher." He admitted.
"What, really?" Rory asked surprised.
"Yeah, well I've got Jackson and I really don't want to have to ask Kirk." He said.
"You know you will though." Lorelai grinned.
"And risk disaster, I don't think so."
"Maybe he can be Grans escort, I'm sure Lorelai the first will make him behave by keeping him on her short leash for the day"
Luke rolled his eyes. "From what you've told me about your grandmother the guy will be traumatised, he still lives with his mother and he's in his 30's for peats sake. Anyway, back to Tristan, I thought that might mean that Tristan could walk Rory down the aisle. I know traditionally the best man walks the maid of honour down the aisle but I'm sure Jess won't mind." He said.
Rory smiled, happy that Luke had thought about Tristan. "He'll be touched. Thanks Luke." She said.
Luke gave her a small smile and then felt a hand on his knee and he looked across to see Lorelai giving him a loving look.
They all then went through for their dinner and ended up having an enjoyable evening.
The following day, everyone in the town was secretly getting ready for the engagement party that evening. Rory and Jess had been told to distract both Luke and Lorelai so Rory was at the inn making sure Lorelai stayed there and Jess had managed to persuade Luke to stay at home and he would help him go through some paperwork with him. As they were doing that at the kitchen table, Luke looked up at his nephew and knew he had to ask him sometime. He had been putting it off because he was worried he'd say no. "Hey Jess?" He said.
"Yeah?" Jess said looking up.
"You know uh how we're planning the wedding at the moment…" He started.
"Uh yeah…" Jess smirked. "I was assuming since you're engaged that you'd be planning a wedding."
Luke took a breath. Why was this so hard? "Will you be my best man?" He blurted out.
The smirk vanished from Jess's face. "What?" He asked surprised.
"Will you be my best man?" Luke repeated, slowly this time. "I mean, normally grooms have a best man and you're family and you mean a lot to me." He said nervously. "I would really like it if you were standing up there with me."
Jess looked across at his uncle and saw that he was being genuine. He had to admit he was touched to be asked. He just assumed he'd ask Jackson. "Uh yeah ok..." He said.
"Yeah? Really?" Luke said relieved and happy. "Good. That's good. Thanks." He said.
Jess gave him a small smile. "Uh no problem, thanks for asking." He said.
That evening, Rory and Jess were walking with Luke and Lorelai towards the square.
"Why did we all need to come to pick a movie? Surely it only needs one of us, plus we already have lots at home." Luke said.
"Because we want one that everyone will like. You're very picky with movies." Rory said.
"I am not picky." Luke admonished.
"You are." Lorelai nodded, taking Rory's side.
"This is just a ruse to get me to buy you two all the junk food crap you normally eat." He said.
"Maybe." Rory grinned.
"Or maybe not." Jess smirked as they reached the square and they saw everyone by the gazebo.
"What the…" Lorelai said stunned. There was a buffet, music playing and two huge thrones surrounded with presents with a banner hanging from the gazebo saying 'Happy Engagement Luke and Lorelai'. She turned to Rory and Jess. "Did you two do this?"
"It was a town effort." Rory smiled. "Do you like it?"
"Like it? It's amazing." Lorelai said touched.
"You didn't need to do this." Luke said equally stunned.
"Well everyone wanted to celebrate the fact that you're getting married." Rory smiled.
Lorelai hugged her daughter. "Thank you. You're the best." She said sincerely as the four of them walked over to where the party was.
They spotted Emily and Richard standing at the side so went up to them first. "I can't believe you were in on this too." Lorelai exclaimed.
"Sookie called us." Emily said.
"It's quite a party." Richard smiled. "We wouldn't miss it for anything."
"I'm glad you're here." Lorelai said softly. "Oh mom, dad, this is Jess. Luke's nephew. He's living with us."
"Nice to meet you." Richard said holding out his hand.
Jess shook it. "Uh yeah you too." He said.
"It's lovely to meet you." Emily nodded at him.
Jess just nodded. "You too."
Later that evening, after opening the presents which according to Luke had all been for Lorelai, the music came on and Eternal Flame started playing. Luke held out his hand to Lorelai. "Care to dance?" He asked.
Lorelai smiled and took hold of his hand. "Sure." She said as Luke led her to the dancefloor and they slowly started waltzing around.
Rory and Jess were sat at a table watching them. "They look happy." Rory smiled.
"Well I would hope they would be considering what it took to get them here." Jess joked.
Rory rolled her eyes. "You know what I mean. It's just…nice." She said. "Especially after the year they've had." She added quietly.
"Yeah." Jess said. "Sorry, Luke told me about everything. It must have been tough."
Rory nodded. "Yeah it was but they've come through it." She smiled.
"Hey Mary." Tristan said coming up to the table.
"Tristan, you made it!" Rory smiled getting up to give him a hug and a kiss.
"Of course I did. I couldn't miss this." Tristan said.
Tristan saw other couples join Luke and Lorelai dancing and held out his hand to Rory. "Want to dance?" He asked.
"Oh… uh…" She said looking at Jess, feeling bad about leaving him by himself.
"Go ahead, don't mind me." Jess said.
"You sure?" Rory asked.
"I'm sure. Go." Jess said, then subtly took out a book he had stuffed in his pocket.
Rory smiled and took hold of Tristan's hand. "Lead the way."
Meanwhile, Luke and Lorelai were in their own little world when Lorelai saw Rory and Tristan join the other couples on the dancefloor. "She looks happy, doesn't she?" Lorelai said.
Luke glanced around and saw who Lorelai was talking about. "Yeah she does."
Lorelai looked back at Luke. "Thank you." She said sincerely.
"For everything, For including Tristan in the wedding. It meant a lot to Rory." Lorelai smiled.
"Yeah well, he's a good guy. He makes Rory happy." Luke said.
"He is a good guy, isn't he?" Lorelai smiled looking over at the young couple as well.
"Yeah well a part of me thinks it is due to Rory, I think she's a good influence on him."
"You might be right about that babe, I'm glad Rory found someone like him. Someone who treats her right. Maybe one day they'll end up like us. Maybe this will be their engagement party someday in the future."
"Ok one step at the time. I've just started to accept Tristan. Can we not talk about Rory getting married yet please?" Luke said.
Lorelai grinned and kissed him. "Sorry I forget you still see her as the little girl who fell off her bike in front of the diner and scraped her knees." She said.
"Apology accepted, but yes she will always be that little girl." He smirked, kissing her back. They swayed to the music for a while just enjoying each other's embrace, until Lorelai spoke once again.
"How about June 3rd?" Lorelai said.
"June 3rd?" Luke asked.
"For our wedding." Lorelai said. "I've looked and the inn is free then."
"That's only two months away." Luke said.
"I know. I know it's soon but I don't want to wait. I want to marry you. I'd do it tomorrow if I could but I know that wouldn't be practical, nor would my mother approve. I just... I don't want to wait anymore. Life's too short. I think we both know that by now" She said quietly.
Luke knew she was thinking about the year they'd had. "June 3rd sounds good." He said softly.
"Really?" Lorelai said looking up at him.
"The sooner I'm married to you, the better." He smiled.
Lorelai smiled and leaned in to give him a tender kiss. "I love you so much."
"I love you too." Luke replied softly.
SO there you guys have it. Not that I deserve it... but please review.
Also if you do like reading my stuff, I co-wrote a story called Lost and Found (But not the sequels) that you can find on Eliza's page (Elang4)