A/N: I am honestly amazed by the amount of good feedback I got on this story, I wasn't really sure going into this one if people would like it after all the conflict towards the original April storyline. I've been having a lot of fun working on this story because I'm getting to put characters that weren't well liked in the show into a whole different light, without changing them too much from what you could already tell about them. So thank you to everyone who reviewed and everyone who is ready to follow along with this story as I go, I hope it remains something you can enjoy. Let me know what you think of the second chapter!
Lorelai couldn't believe what she had gotten herself into, a few hours ago her good friend of five years told her he had a kid. Luke had a daughter, a phase she never thought would be a reality. Sure he was great with Rory and she had no doubt that he would be capable of taking care of a child but something about him didn't really scream dad. Maybe it was because of his rants about disliking kids or the fact that the only serious relationship she had even seen him in was between his and his baseball cap. But as soon as he told her about April she could tell how badly he wanted to be involved, to be apart of this young girl's life. Because of that she was going to do everything she could to help him, even if it meant lying to the town and pretending the two of them were in a committed relationship. She didn't know how they would make it work, she wondered if they could really pull off playing a pretend engaged couple. The two of them were friends and that was all they were ever going to be, at least that's what she told everyone else and herself anytime the idea of them being something more came up. They had had moments in the past where she thought there could have been something between them but she would push the feelings aside, she knew there was no way Luke felt that way towards her no matter how many times people had told her so. But why did he say her name to Anna? Was it really like he had said, that he thought back to their conversion together and that her having Rory would benefit his story. Or could have it been that he really did think of her as more than a friend? She was pulled out of her thought by the front door flinging open.
"Your favorite daughter has returned home." Rory yelled from the foyer.
"Trisha, I thought I told you not to yell that stuff when Rory could be home." Lorelai answered from the couch.
"And to think I brought you home a cupcake from Westens." Rory said as she kicked off her shoes and walked to the living room, brown bag in hand.
"Oh, bring it here sweet child of mine."
"You think you can win me back over with Guns N' Roses lyrics?"
"It's happened before." Lorelai said then Rory walked over and handed her the bag, she opened it looking inside at the cupcake. "Oh, you got extra frosting!"
"Only the best from my mama, you better tell Trisha to step up her game."
"Well she usually gives me foot massages while I eat." Lorelai said, wiggling her toes on the table.
"It sounds like she deserves the favorite daughter title more than I do because that's not happening." Rory said pushing her feet off the coffee table. "I'm gonna go get some reading done before dinner."
"Hey wait, sit down a minute." Lorelai said, patting on the couch cushion beside her.
"Okay." She took a seat and looked over at Lorelai who wasn't saying anything yet, but she could tell by her expression that she had something to tell her. "Mom, is something wrong?"
"Rory." She paused and took a breath. "Luke and I are engaged."
"What?!" Rory's eyes widened. "When did this happen? How did this happen?"
Lorelai laughed. "Okay, I'm just kidding."
"Seriously mom, you almost gave me a heart attack!" Rory said, clutching her chest.
"I'm sorry, but there is something I have to talk to you about."
"What? Are you pregnant with Taylor's baby?"
Lorelai winced. "Oh, mental image be gone!"
"Really mom, what is it?"
"You know how I told you about Luke running into his ex girlfriend yesterday?"
Rory nodded. "Yeah, I remember."
"Well he didn't tell me everything about their encounter, he said she had her seven year old daughter with her."
"And what does that have to do with anything?"
"Luke was with her eight years ago."
"No.. Luke has a daughter?" Rory asked in a shocked tone.
"He told me her name is April."
"Woah, Luke is a daddy?"
"I was just as surprised as you are."
"How is he taking it? I mean he must be freaking out, he probably put his baseball cap on backwards."
"He's freaking out, but not for the reasons you would think." She paused. "He wants to get to know his daughter but I guess his ex Anna doesn't think he would be a fit father."
"That's crazy, who is this chick?" Rory said, hopping up from the couch. "I'll talk to her!"
"Calm down there sparky, we already figured out a way to convince her otherwise."
"What is it?" She asked as she sat back down.
"Luke got a little flustered when Anna kept saying he hadn't changed at all over the years so he said he was engaged." She paused. "To me."
"He said that?" Rory asked surprised.
"He thought I would be a good choice because I had you and that would show that he liked kids."
"And Anna believed him?"
"It sounds like it, she even said they would talk about him seeing April."
Rory smiled. "That's great."
"This is the complicated part though, she lived in Stars Hollow so she has friends here. Friends that would know if me and Luke were really together and then tell her, so Luke told her we have been keeping it a secret till things got serious, but now we are engaged we are getting ready to tell everyone."
"Wow, Luke is really good at making stories up. You should get some tips from him to use at Friday night dinners."
"I said the same thing to him!" Lorelai said excitedly.
"So, you two are going to tell everyone to lie so that Anna thinks you are engaged? Isn't that going to be really difficult?"
"You see that would be very difficult, so we decided we are going to tell everyone we are actually engaged."
"You aren't going to tell them that you aren't really together?"
"No, we need this to work so we can't have any mistakes. If Anna somehow found out he lied then I'm sure she would never let him around April."
"I get it, it could be the only way Luke can see his daughter."
"This isn't going to be too weird for you, is it?"
"It's really weird since we have to lie to everyone, but it's for Luke, so I'll do it."
"Thank you, I know Luke is gonna be really happy you are on board with this."
"Of course, after everything he has done for us we owe it to him." Rory said, Lorelai gave her an appreciative smile. "Now what are we getting for dinner? I am starving."
"Well I heard a rumor that fake, soon to be family members eat for free at Luke's."
"Really? Rory asked with a smirk. "Why are we still sitting here then?
They both stood up and made their way to the diner, when they got inside they looked around and found an empty table before taking a seat at it.
"Where is Luke at?" Rory asked, peering around the diner.
"I don't know, but I need some coffee." Lorelai said, standing up.
"Where are you going?"
"I'm going to make us a couple cups of coffee." She said, pointing to the coffee machines.
"You can't do that, Luke will get mad."
"Hey, fiance's are allowed behind the counter." Lorelai said as she walked away, she got behind the counter then grabbed two cups and began to fill them.
"Hey!" Luke hollered, walking out from the staircase. "What are you doing back here?"
"Making coffee." Lorelai answered with a smile.
"You aren't supposed to be back here."
Lorelai put the two full cups on the counter and stepped towards him. "You look very handsome today." She said lowering her voice.
"You aren't going to charm me into letting you behind my counter." He said, not phased by how close she was standing.
"Look, I'm already done." She pointed at the coffee filled cups.
"Take your coffee's and get back to your table."
"Okay, but you better get us some cheeseburgers soon or I'm gonna head back to the kitchen and start making those too."
"Get." He said, shooing her away.
Lorelai laid one hand on his chest. "Such a sweet talker." She said before grabbing their coffee's and walking back to the table, she took a seat and slid Rory's cup over to her and took a sip of her own.
"What was that?" Rory asked.
"What was what?"
"Were you just flirting with Luke?"
Lorelai's smile widened. "Yes." She answered proudly.
"Bravo." Rory said, giving her a silent round of applause.
"So you thought it was believable?"
"It will be the lead story in the Gazette tomorrow, hell they might even send out a night edition to get the news out sooner."
"Good, I'm trying to get people suspicions up before we tell them the big news." Lorelai said, putting air quotes around 'big news'.
"How far are you guys going to take this?"
"Till about five seconds before the 'I do's'."
"No, we are going to pretend to break up once Anna fully accepts Luke as April's father."
Rory glanced towards the door at the two women coming inside. "Miss Patty and Babette alert, coming in the diner."
"Okay, no more talking about it here or this will never work." Lorelai turned to the both of them. "Hey ladies." They all exchanged pleasantries before they took a seat at the table next to them, Lorelai noticed Luke walking out of the kitchen with their plates then leaned in towards Rory. "Show time."
Lorelai leaned back as Luke set their plates in front of them, she set a hand on Luke's arm keeping him at the table. "Hey Luke, I should get that book from you before I forget." She said loud enough for them to hear.
Luke squinted in confusion. "What, what book?"
"The book that we were talking about, you know the one that is up in your apartment." Lorelai said gesturing towards the stairs case, Luke glanced over at the women at the other table who were staring at them.
Luke let his gaze go back to Lorelai. "Oh yeah, that book." He said, pointing a finger as if he remembered. "Let's head upstairs and grab it quick." She stood up and followed close behind him as he walked upstairs and into his apartment. "You are having too much fun with this already, aren't you?"
Lorelai flashed him a sly smile. "Yes, yes I am." She walked over to his fridge and opened it up looking at the contents inside. "Do you got any snacks up here?"
"You know you have a perfectly good cheeseburger downstairs, right?"
"Yes, but I'm hungry now." She said, closing the fridge door.
"Then go eat."
"Thirty seconds is not long enough for a steamy make out session."
"What?!" He staggered.
"Everyone in the diner right now is thinking we are up here feeling each other up and a decent tongue war lasts at least two minutes."
"Geez." Luke blushed.
"Hey, you want them to think we are together, right? This is how we'll do it, let them make up their own side of the story for a few days till we tell them about the engagement. They will be so hyped up from all the rumors that we could tell them that you are Rory's real father and they would believe it."
"This is a bizarre town we live in."
"Okay, I think that's good enough." Lorelai said then walked over in front of Luke. "Now we just need some finishing touches." She lifted her pointer finger to her lips, lightly dabbing her lipstick onto it before moving it towards Luke lips.
He pulled back quickly before she could touch him. "What are you doing?"
"If we kissed you would have lipstick on you, this will make all the difference." Lorelai said then grabbed a hold of his neck with one hand and dabbed on his lips with the colored finger, leaving a light tint behind. "Perfect, let's go. And try standing closer to me, we really gotta sell it."
They walked downstairs close enough that Lorelai could feel his breathe on her, as soon as they got in eye shot to the customers they made sure everyone saw the small distance between them before splitting apart quickly. Lorelai found her way back to her table and Luke grabbed his notepad and pen before heading over to Miss Patty and Babette's table. "What can I get you ladies?"
"Honey, you have something on your lips." Miss Patty said, staring at his face.
He reached up and wiped away the lipstick, he made sure to hold his hand in their view as he looked at the pinkish red smeared onto it. "I ah, had a popsicle." Luke said, Lorelai bite down on her lip trying not to laugh. Rory noticed Lorelai and smiled, shaking her head at her.
Luke took their ordered and walked back to the kitchen, both women turned towards Lorelai. "Lorelai, sugah. What book did you borrow from Luke?" Babette asked.
"He couldn't find it." Lorelai said quickly.
"Which one was it?" Miss Patty asked.
"Just this one, ah.. I'm blanking on the name." Lorelai looked to Rory. "Rory, what was that book I was going to borrow from Luke?"
"The one by Patricia Gaffney, 'Wild at Heart'."
"Yes, that's the one."
"I can't believe Luke owns that book." Miss Patty said.
"And he wanted you to read it?" Babette asked.
"Yeah, he said I would really like it."
Miss Patty and Babette shared glances as they turned back to their table, Lorelai and Rory went back to eating. Once the both of them were finished Lorelai walked over to the counter near Luke.
"You heading out?" Luke asked.
"Yeah, we're leaving."
"Okay. Have a good night, Lorelai."
"Night, Luke." She started to walk away to leave then she turned back. "Oh, I almost forgot." She said, walking back towards him. "Tomorrow could you come over and fix my sink? It's making that gurgling noise again."
"Did you drop another knife down the drain?"
"No." She defended. "I don't think."
"Would seven work? Right after Rory leaves for school."
"Yeah, I'll be there."
Lorelai smiled then leaned over to counter so she was near his ear. "Now watch me walk away." She whispered, he took the command seriously and watched her as she walked out of the diner following Rory outside.
"Was Luke just staring at your butt?" Rory asked.
"Why yes, he was." Lorelai said triumphantly.
"You two are going to be the first to cause a town wide heart attack."
"And we shall do it proudly." Lorelai said then looked over at Rory. "What was that book you told them about?"
"'Wild at Heart', it's about a woman who falls in love with a beautiful ruggage man who grew up in the woods without civilization."
Lorelai smiled. "You are too good."
"Well you and Luke can't have all the fun." Rory said then they walked a little further. "You two are really good at this."
"What do you mean?"
"The pretending to be together thing, it seems so natural."
"We must be good actors then."
"No, I've seen you trying to act before and it isn't pretty."
"What are you getting at?" Lorelai asked defensively.
"It's just-" She paused. "Have you ever thought about Luke in that way, like as more than a friend?"
"Rory, Luke and I are friends."
"I know that, but have you ever thought about the possibility of more? I know you asked me once if I thought Luke was cute and I told you that you couldn't date him, but you know if you wanted to you could, it wouldn't bother me."
"I've never really thought about it."
"You haven't?" Rory asked, not fully believing her.
"Well, I try not to think about it."
"I don't think about it because if there is a possibility of more I don't want to know about it, I don't want to mess things up. Luke means so much to me and so much to you, I couldn't be the reason we lose him."
"What makes you think we would lose him?"
"Hello, have you meet me?"
"Anna spent all these years keeping her daughter away from Luke because she was worried something bad would happen, and look at everything he missed because of it. There are so many memories this girl could have had with her dad, but she didn't even get the chance because of the fear that things might not work out."
"But this isn't the same situation, and even it was now is not the time to figure it out. Luke is going through so much right now, our goal is to get his kid in his life and that's it."
"Okay." Rory said with a nod. "What do you think his daugher is like?"
"I don't know, hopefully we will find out soon." Lorelai said, linking arms with Rory as they walked home.
The next morning Luke left the diner in time to make it to Lorelai's house at their planned time, several towns people were at the diner when he left and asked him if he was going to Lorelai's house which he confirmed for them. He took the steps up her porch and the front door opened before he had even had a chance to knock, Rory stepped out with her backpack in hand.
"Morning, Luke." She said, slinging her bag onto her shoulders.
"Morning." He said, she looked down and noticed a paper bag in his hand.
"I hope you brought some homemade pop tarts, we didn't notice we were out and now mom is cranky."
"There aren't pop tarts." He said and opened up the bag, letting her peek inside.
"Danishes!" She said in an excited tone. "It isn't danish day."
"It's part of my thank you to you both for doing this. Grab a few, you can eat them on the bus."
Rory reached in the bag grabbing one with each hand. "Thank you, Luke. I gotta get to school but you can walk right in, moms in the kitchen."
"Okay, see you later." He walked past her and closed the front door behind him, he walked straight to the kitchen where Lorelai was sitting drinking coffee. "Hey, Rory told me to walk right in. I hope that's okay."
"Of course." Lorelai said then glanced at the bag in his hand. "You come bearing gifts?"
"Yeah, I brought you some danishes." He said handing her the bag. "I already gave Rory a couple so you can go crazy with the rest."
"And it's not even danish day, thank you." She said, taking a danish out of the bag and setting it on a napkin in front of her.
"I'll start fixing the sink, is my toolbox still upstairs?"
"The sink isn't broken."
"What? Why'd you tell me it was broken then?"
"Not only will you coming over when Rory isn't here add to everyone's suspicions, but I also figured it would be a good time for us to talk and figure out some details."
"Details?" Luke asked as he took a seat next to her at the kitchen table.
"We need our stories to match if we don't want to raise any red flags. How we started dating, how'd we get engaged, what are our plans to tell the town and are they going to know about April?"
"I think we can leave April out of it at first till we know more about what Anna is doing."
"That's a good start."
"How'd we start dating?" Luke asked, wanting her to get the story going.
"I was thinking we drank a little too much moonshine and woke up in bed together the next morning."
"Lorelai." He warned.
"Okay." She paused to think a moment. "You said two months ago so that would have been right after Max dumped me, maybe we could work that in. Like I was really upset so you came by the house after you noticed I'd been acting down, and you comforted me."
"And I told you how this guy must have been a complete idiot to lose a women like you and that someday you would find a guy who is there for you, and cares about you, and couldn't imagine his life if you weren't in it everyday.. Then I took your hand." Luke said and reached over taking her hand into his, she glanced at their hands then looked back at him. "If he couldn't see your smile, or hear your laugh, if he didn't get to be repulsed by your eating habits." Lorelai smiled. "The right guy will know he is the luckiest man in the world to wake up every morning next to you, and he will never let you go." Luke stared at her and she could literally feel her heart racing through her chest. "What do you think of that?"
Lorelai cleared her throat. "That is definitely better than the moonshine story."
"Well, we could use that one for the engagement story." He said, finally letting go of her hand.
"You aren't getting off that easy mister, you made up the perfect get together story and now I want to hear how you proposed."
"Coffee beans." Luke said simply.
"Saturday morning, I wrote out 'will you marry me?' in coffee beans."
"Oh romantic, and it definitely screams Lorelai." She said, impressed by his idea. "So, why did you decide to propose?"
"Because I wanted to marry you."
"Seems like a good enough reason."
"I thought so." He said with a shrug.
"Now telling the town.."
"Did you tell Sookie yet about what we are doing?"
"I'm gonna tell her at work today, are you going to tell anyone?"
"No, the four of us are good enough."
"We could tell everyone tomorrow, maybe give them some more hints today."
"Okay, are you really sure you want to do this? Because you could still back out."
"I'm not backing out, I want to do this for you."
"How do we tell them?"
"I haven't figured that out yet, you have any ideas?"
"I have a ring."
Lorelai raised her eyebrows. "You got me a ring?"
"It was my mother's engagement ring, it's in my safe at home."
"You think it will fit me?"
Luke reached over and grabbed her left hand, running his fingers over her ring finger. "I'm sure it will." He said before letting her hand go. "I should let you go, you probably have to get to the inn."
"Yeah, Michel gets crabby if I'm late."
"I'll see you later, Lorelai." Luke stood up from his chair and walked out of the kitchen.
"Bye." Lorelai said, she looked down at her hand and ran her fingers over it the same way Luke had just done it. She exhaled deeply then stood up grabbing her danish and carrying it with her upstairs, after she finished getting ready she was on her way to the inn.
"Lorelai!" Sookie squealed as soon as she noticed Lorelai walk into the kitchen, she pulled her into a tight hug.
"Did you take an extra dose of your medication again?" Lorelai asked then Sookie pulled back, leaving both her hands on Lorelai's arms.
"Is it true?" She asked eagerly.
"Is what true?"
"You know." She switched her voice to a whisper. "You and Luke."
Lorelai smiled, proud of how quickly they managed to already convince the town there were together. "Are you busy right now? We could go talk in the office."
"Manny, I'm taking my break. Don't let my hash browns burn, I don't want to come back to hash blacks. You understand?" Sookie said and he nodded. "Let's go." She said practically shoving Lorelai towards her office, once they got inside she shut the door and looked at Lorelai with a huge grin plastered on her face.
"Sookie, stop it with that smirk. It's not what you think." Lorelai told her and they sat down, she went over everything that happened the last couple days and told her what Luke and her planned to do.
"Wow, that's-" Sookie stopped, not being able to form a word.
"Crazy?" Lorelai asked.
"Yeah, crazy." Sookie sat quietly a moment then looked over at Lorelai. "So you and Luke aren't together?"
"Are you sure?" She asked hopefully.
"How could I not be sure of that?" Lorelai said then Sookie sighed. "Are you really that disappointed that we aren't actually together?"
"I thought the rumors were true and you two finally opened your eyes, you would be so good for each other."
"Sookie, Luke and I are just friends."
"This is an awful big favor for a friend."
"I owe him, he has does everything for me and then some."
"It is going to be interesting to see the two of you pull this off, the whole town has probably already started cleaning up the square from your wedding ceremony."
"They don't know about the fake engagement yet."
Sookie smirked. "I didn't say they did."
"I really hope we don't screw this up, I don't want the town to know that we lied to them and I really don't want Anna to know."
"They won't find out, you two are doing great." Sookie said, putting a reassuring hand on her arm. "And it sounds like Anna probably loved Luke at some point so once she is seeing him around again she might soften up a bit, maybe after you dump him they could really connect again."
"I hadn't thought about that, Luke didn't seem like he was that into her though."
"But you know what happens when you have a kid together, you always have that connection."
"Yeah." Lorelai said then she shifted in her seat. "I should ah, get to work. I'm sure Manny has done something for you to yell at him about by now."
"I have no doubt about that." Sookie said standing up. "I'll see you later, missus Danes."
Lorelai shook her head at her, Sookie walked out of the office leaving her to work. Lorelai spent her work day thinking about what Sookie had said, once she was out of the picture what would that mean for Luke and Anna? She knew better than anyone what kind of connection you could have with the person you created a life with, even if you weren't right for each other you felt as though you had to at least try. What if he and Anna connected again as soon and they started hanging around each other and it turned out he didn't even need her for his plan, then he would go off with his new family and not give her a second thought. This was crazy, why did she even care? It's not like they are really engaged, if he wants to be with her then that is his choice. She tapped her pen on her desk as she watched the clock tick to five o'clock, she hopped up grabbing her purse and headed out of the inn and into her jeep. She drove to the one place she knew she could find him, the diner. She got out of her car and rushed inside going straight over to Luke and grabbing onto his shirt, pulling him towards the stairs.
"Lorelai, what are you doing?" He asked, she didn't say a word but continued to drag him till they got inside his apartment. "Geez, what is up with you?"
"I think we should do it now."
"What?" He asked unsurely.
"The ring, we should let them find out now."
"I thought we were going to wait till tomorrow?"
"I think they are ready, and I think we should have it announced before you talk to Anna tomorrow."
"Alright, if you are ready then let's do this."
"I am ready." She answered. He walked over to his safe, spun the code into it making it open then he grabbed out a small velvet box. She smiled as he walked back towards her. "Are you going to get down on one knee?"
"No." He said then opened the box and grabbed the ring out leaving it between his two fingers. "Lorelai Gilmore, will you fake marry me?"
She laughed. "Yes, I fake will." She said then he lifted her hand and slid it onto her finger, she gazed down at it with a smile. "It fits."
"I told you it would."
"It's beautiful." Lorelai said, running her thumb over it.
"My mom always told me my dad had great taste in jewelry."
"Are you sure you're okay with me wearing your mom's ring?"
"Yeah, I planned on using it someday anyways so it's not like it was going to stay in my safe forever."
"Really? I didn't think you were a ring wearing kind of guy."
"Not for me, to give to someone."
"Do you know of any other reason to give someone an engagement ring?"
Lorelai gestured to their situation. "I can think of one."
"Other than this way I mean."
"I guess not." Lorelai said and they stood they quietly a few seconds.
"So, should we go downstairs and wait to see how long it takes them to notice?"
"Kirk's sitting at the counter, if I sit down near him the whole town will know in fifthteen minutes tops."
"Lead the way." Luke said opening his door, the two walked downstairs into the diner and Lorelai took a seat at the stool next to Kirk and Luke went behind the counter.
"Hey, hun. Can I get some coffee?" Lorelai asked Luke, pointing towards the coffee pots with her left hand. She watched in the corner of her eye at Kirk's reaction when he noticed the ring upon her finger.
"Sure." Luke said, filling up a cup and sliding it over to her.
When he started pulling his hand away Lorelai grabbed it to hold. "And can you make me a huge cheeseburger? I am starving."
He leaned on the counter towards her while keeping his hand intertwined with her's. "Let me put lettuce on it and you've got a deal."
"One leaf, that's it."
"Coming right up." He lifted her hand and kissed it gently before he released it, not only shocking everyone in the diner but Lorelai too.
Kirk stood up from his stool and left the diner, Lorelai turned and they both watched as he ran up to everyone he saw explaining what he had saw. Lorelai smiled widely turning back towards Luke. "Told you that would work."
"Oh, I never doubted you." He said with a smile. "Any regards yet?"
She shook her head. "Not yet."
"Even after I tell you Miss Patty and Babette are heading towards the diner?" Luke asked, she turned around and saw the two women shoving their way into the diner and hurried over to Lorelai.
"Let me see the hand!" Babette yelled, Lorelai held out her left hand showing off the ring.
Miss Patty grabbed her hand turning it to get a good view of the ring. "Oh my god, it's beautiful."
"You two are engaged?" Babette asked, looking back and forth between Luke and Lorelai.
"As of Saturday morning." Lorelai said.
"How did this happen?" Patty asked. "I didn't even know you two were together."
"We've been dating for two months but we wanted to wait till things were serious before we started telling people."
"Congrats Sugah, we all knew this would happen someday." Babette said jabbing at Lorelai's arm, Lorelai glanced over at Luke as they both turned a light shade of red.
"We need all the details!" Patty said, pulling Lorelai over to a table with them.
"I'm gonna go get started on your burger. Luke said while she got dragged off.
She went over all the details they had come up with about how they got together and how Luke proposed, the ladies listened in awe the whole time.
"That is so sweet." Patty said as Luke walked up to their table with Lorelai's food, she looked up at Luke and placed her hand on his arm. "You are a very good man, Luke Danes." Lorelai smiled at him and gave him a thumbs up, he set her plate in front of her and before he could break away Babette spoke up.
"Are you two going to buy a house together?"
Lorelai looked over at Luke, she remembered he had brought up to Anna that he was going to move in with her once everyone knew. "Actually, Luke's gonna move in with Rory and I."
"We're going to be neighbors?" Babette asked Luke excitedly.
"Ah, yeah we are." Luke said.
"When?" Patty asked.
"This weekend." Lorelai said unsurely, Luke looked over at her surprised.
"I'm so happy for the both of you."
"We'll leave you eat, we got lots to do tonight after the big news." Patty said then they said their goodbyes before they left, Luke looked around at the now empty diner then pulled out a chair at her table at sat down.
"This weekend?" He asked.
"I didn't know what to say, I knew you brought up the moving in thing to Anna so I just went with that."
"I guess we should figure out how to make it look like I live there. I was thinking I could bring some things over to leave lying around and I could have my truck parked outside at night, I'll just sneak home by foot once Babette is asleep then back to your house before she wakes up."
"That sounds like a lot of work, you are going to be exhausted."
"It won't be for that long, I can handle it."
"We have a perfectly good couch in the living room you can sleep on." She paused. "Actually that is an overstatement, it's lumpy and smells like popcorn. But it would be much easier than running back and forth everyday."
"So basically I would be moving in with you?"
"Think of it more as a long term slumber party."
"Won't that be weird? And how would Rory feel about that?"
"Rory won't mind, she's very comfortable around you. And I don't think it's any weirder than everything that's going on already."
"I'm moving in?"
"Just think of all the movie nights we can have."
"I'd rather not."
"We will have to figure out a few living arrangements first so we don't freak out Rory."
"Okay, how so?"
"Well if you sleep in the buff that could be a problem."
Luke rolled his eyes. "I do not sleep naked."
"So those boxers with the funny designs?"
"I sleep fully clothed."
"You actually sleep in your flannel and jeans, why does this not surprise me?" She teased.
"I sleep in sweatpants and a tee shirt."
"Good, good. And the bathroom situation, Rory uses the one downstairs and she gets weird if guys use it because she's got all her girly stuff in there."
"I can go in your bushes outside, it will probably be the first time since you lived there that they get watered."
"Haha funny guy, you can use my bathroom upstairs unless you want to give Babette a nice picture for her christmas cards. What time do you shower at? Because I have to use it at seven."
"I shower at four-thirty, but I can just come back to my apartment to do that."
"I'm not even awake then and I can sleep through anything so the shower won't bother me, it would be a lot easier than you running back here early to get ready."
"Alright, but you don't play any stupid pranks like switching out shampoo for glue or anything like that, do you?"
"I didn't plan on it, but you are giving me some great ideas here."
"Put my toilet seat down when you are done and that should be it."
"I shared a bathroom with Liz for years so I know the drill."
"Anything you are wondering?"
"What should I pack? Is there even room for any of my stuff there?"
"I'll have Rory help me clean out the downstairs closet for you to use and you can keep your clothes and stuff in there."
"Sounds good, just one more question."
"Do you sleep in the buff?" He asked with a smirk.
Lorelai smiled, shaking her head at him. "Goodbye, Luke." She said as she stood up to leave.
"That's a yes, isn't it?"
"I guess you will have to find out this weekend." She said with a wink, she walked out of the diner and got into her car to go home. She was surprised how well their plan had worked out already, the whole town would know within the hour and tomorrow Anna would hear the news that Luke was engaged to her from her friends. She had a feeling this was gonna work, she knew it was going to be one crazy ride but after today she was actually kind of excited for it.