Lorelai had almost taken the day of April 19th off. Well, actually, she had taken it off, because it was her due date. But when she was taking her maternity leave out of the books for the Dragonfly, she almost left April 19th. As a personal day, of course, because it would no longer be maternity leave. It would be a hard day, and it would probably be easier to just sit in bed and will it away by not acknowledging its existence.
Acknowledged or not, April 19th was happening. It was happening all around her as she stirred awake that morning, surprised to find Luke still lying next to her. Knowing without a doubt that he'd be awake by now, she murmured.
"Diner," a one-word question.
"I'm going in late this morning. Didn't want you to wake up alone today."
"Didn't have to do that," she said quietly, still waking up. "I'm going into work."
"I'll go in when you go in." He told her quietly, trying to appease her but not willing to sacrifice her comfort.
"Thank you," She whispered, trying to appreciate the gesture without making a big deal of it.
"Come on downstairs. I'll make breakfast. The coffee's already on." He told her, gently pulling her with him out of bed.
"Mmm, how is a girl supposed to say no to that?" Lorelai smiled, rolling out of bed with him and letting him place his hand on the small of her back as they walked down the stairs.
Lorelai sat at the kitchen table while Luke made their breakfast, the calm silence broken by the first piece of bacon sizzling in the pan. After eating and taking care of the dishes, Lorelai leaned over to plant a quick kiss on Luke's cheek.
"I'm going to jump in the shower and head to work. Thank you for breakfast. I'll see you tonight?" She asked.
"I should be home after the dinner rush."
"Okay babe, have a good day," Lorelai called, about to head up the stairs when she heard a knock at the door. A bit puzzled, she turned around and walked over to the front door to answer it, swinging it open to reveal Rory and April, with Jess coming up the porch stairs not far behind.
"What are you guys doing here?" Lorelai asked, surprised.
From the other room, Luke heard Lorelai's voice, and headed towards the foyer, wondering what the fuss was about.
"We're all playing hooky." April explained, shooting her almost-stepmother an apologetic smile.
"April," Luke said, surprised to see her in the doorway. "Does your mother know you're here?"
"Yes, Dad." April groaned playfully. "I'm not on the lamb this time."
"Well then it's not really hooky for you, is it?" Lorelai teased.
"It's not really hooky for you two, either." Rory began to explain. "Considering we called both of your places of work and told Sookie and Caesar not to expect you."
"You sneaky kids!" Lorelai exclaimed, but her bright smile made it clear that she couldn't be further from angry.
"We're pretty conniving when we've got to be," Jess concurred.
"Well get in here." Luke interrupted, stepping aside to let them in. "You must have been up at the crack of dawn." Luke said, stepping out of the way so the younger generation could enter.
"Not only were we up before the sun, but Jess wouldn't even let us stop for coffee!" Rory exclaimed, looking at her mother, who she knew would understand the gravity of the situation.
"You were the one who wanted to make it here before 9:30," Jess reminded her, and Luke and Lorelai hung back as the good-spirited argument continued into the living room.
"You feel a little bit better about the day now?" Luke asked quietly.
"All our babies are here. It's a great day." Lorelai smiled at him.
A/N: As much as I don't want to admit it to myself, this is the end! Thank you to all of my consistent reviewers. I think I will leave this story open and occasionally drop in with a quick one-shot covering other events in the nine years this universe covers. I hope you enjoyed!