So this is a story idea that's been running around in my head for awhile. I decided to write the first chapter and see what the reaction to it was like. And go from there. Still developing in my head. I have bits and pieces already set up in my mind. But more to come. Let me know what you think and I'll keep going!


SOOKIE: Hey.

LORELAI: Hey!

SOOKIE: It's beautiful, isn't it?

LORELAI: It's so beautiful. I can't believe you pulled it off.

SOOKIE: No, I just did all the baking. This was all Luke.

LORELAI: What?

SOOKIE: He made me promise not to tell you, but I don't care. This is all Luke. He did all of it. He's the one that came to me and said, "let's do the party," and then he planned the secret town meeting, everything.

LORELAI: Really?

SOOKIE: Yeah. I mean last night when we thought it was gonna rain and we'd have to cancel the party, he went around and collected everybody's tarps and tents and raincoats. I don't know how he did it. He must have stayed up all night doing this. Can you believe that?

LORELAI: Yeah… I'll be back.

SOOKIE: Okay.

LORELAI: Hey, Kirk.

KIRK: [Yelling] I can't hear you! My eardrum popped!

TAYLOR: Lorelai, if you see Luke, tell him that he and he alone is responsible for all party cleanup.

LORELAI: Okay.

BABETTE: Lorelai, you want to make a Morey sandwich?

LORELAI: Maybe later, Babette.

[Music, Jackson 5 "Let me show you what it's all about reading and writing, arithmetic". Luke exits the diner, Lorelai walks up to him. The Mighty Lemon Drops' "Inside Out" plays]

LORELAI: Hey.

LUKE: Hey.

[Both sigh]

LORELAI: Thank you.

LUKE: Oh, it's...no big deal.

LORELAI: Luke.

LUKE: I just... like to see you happy.

Lorelai sighed, "It really is the perfect way to send her off."

Luke frowned, "How you holding up?"

She smiled and shrugged, "Oh I'm fine." He gave her a look and she laughed, "Okay no I'm not. But what can I do? She's ready...it's time."

Luke nodded, "Doesn't make it any easier."

She shrugged again, "No. Not really. But it is what it is. She's all grown up."

"And she's a hell of a young woman all thanks to you." He said in a hoarse voice.

She felt her lower lip trembling, "Luke…"

"Look…" He said with a little soft sigh, "I know things are weird. But they don't have to be if we don't want them to be."

She laughed and wiped at a single tear coming from the corner of her eye, "I think it's going to be weird for a long time Luke."

He frowned, "We were friends for a long time before we…" He saw her cringe slightly, "We could be friends again."

She took a deep breath, "Is that what you want?"

He wondered if she wanted him to say he wanted to be more than friends. Of course he did. But...he didn't know if they were ready for that. Or if it made sense. Sure he missed the hell out of her, but could he survive getting back together with her and what would happen if it didn't work again. He shook his head, feeling a slight ache he assumed was due to sleep.

"Yeah. I'd like that." He said in a soft, unsteady voice.

She swallowed hard, wondering when it would stop hurting so damn bad when she looked at him. "Okay."

He nodded slowly, "Okay. Good. That's good." He paused and looked down, "What time do you have to take Rory to the airport tomorrow?"

She sighed, "Early. Really freaking early. Too early."

He smirked, "I assume you'll need coffee?"

Her cheeks burned, "It is the elixer of my life."

Luke nodded, "Then bring Rory by. I'll open early and send her off on a full stomach."

She bit her lip, "You don't have to do that Luke. You've already done so much…"

He smiled, "I don't mind. I'll be able to say goodbye properly."

She took a deep breath and walked over to him, she lifted up on her toes and wrapped her arms around his neck, "Thank you Luke."

He swallowed the lump in his throat and wrapped his arms around her, "For what?"

She sniffled and pulled away, feeling almost embarrassed. She immediately felt the loss of physical contact and shuddered, "Just...for being so good to me even after…"

He reached for her hand, "We both made mistakes Lorelai. It wasn't just you."

She caught his eye for a moment then looked away, "Yeah…"

Fidgeting slightly he asked, "So...you'll come by in the morning?"

She nodded slowly, "Yeah. We'll be there. I'm sure Rory will really appreciate it."

"Great." He said with a nod, "I uh...need to get back to the Grill."

"Right." She said clearing her throat, "I'll get back to the party...check on Rory."

He nodded, "Great."

"So…" She pointed towards the crowd, "I suppose we can just walk back together?"

Luke chuckled, "Uh yeah. We're going in the same direction…makes sense."

She smiled, "Right. Right. So...let's go."

They turned and started to make their way back to the center of town where their friends were. They smiled softly at each other as they parted from each other, Luke made his way towards the grill. Lorelai spotted Rory and settled in beside her, Rory nudged her, "What happened there?"

"Oh nothing." Lorelai said shaking her head, "We were just talking. I was thanking him for his help with the party. Apparently he stayed up all night putting together this tent."

Rory smiled towards Luke, watching him roll his eyes at something Taylor was doing, "Sounds like a Luke thing to do. At least the old Luke…"

Lorelai nodded slowly, "Hm…"

Rory glanced over at her Mom, "Is something going on that I should know about?"

Lorelai sighed and shook her head, "Oh no hon. No. That ship has sailed. Nothing happening there."

Rory frowned, "Are you sure? I mean I think that if-"

"Hon…" She said reaching for her daughter's arm, "We've talked about this. I'd love to say it could all work out but I'm not sure we could get past all the hurt there. I'm okay. He's okay. He wants to be friends."

"Oh." Rory said with a little frown, "Friends. Well...that's good. You were always good friends."

Lorelai nodded, "Sometimes I think we were better friends than we were a couple."

Rory looked at her Mom, "Mom I think that-"

"Rory please." She whispered softly, "I just...I need you to let it go."

Rory sighed and looked back at her friends, "Okay."

Lorelai sighed and turned back to her daughter, "I'm sorry. That was harsh...I just-" She sighed again, "It's so damn complicated. And after this last year...I just need a little bit of time where life isn't so complicated. Okay?"

Rory looked at her Mom, "I just want you to be happy."

Lorelai felt a shiver run up her spine as she thought of what Luke had said to her, "I am hon. I'm good. Really. I promise."

Rory gave her a look, "Are you sure?"

Lorelai smiled and leaned her forehead against her daughters, "I promise hon. Everything is fine. Now go enjoy the party." She looked around, "Luke said he will open the Diner early for us in the morning."

Rory smiled, "That's good."

"Yes. It is." She smiled giving her arm a squeeze, "Go mingle. I'll be here."

Rory smiled, gave her Mom a kiss on the cheek and walked away to go talk to some of her other friends. Lorelai stood in her spot, she looked up and caught Luke's eye for a moment. He blushed softly, gave her a wave and then went back to work. She sighed, wondering what this new found friendship was going to mean…

Meanwhile, Luke was flipping burgers on the grill when a sharp pain hit between his eyes. He sighed and put the spatula down, he rubbed the spot trying to make it go away.

"You okay boss?" Caesar asked softly, "Headache?"

Luke grimaced, "Probably just from staying up all night."

Caesar shrugged, "You want to head back home and go to sleep? I can handle it."

Luke shook his head, "Nah I'm good. Taylor made me promise that if I set this all up I'd clean it all up too. I'll be fine."

"Okay. But if you change your mind, let me know. I know today isn't easy for you." He said softly, "You know considering…"

"I'm good Caesar. Really. I'm good." He smiled and picked up the spatula again, "You wanna run back and get more ketchup? I forgot it."

Caesar nodded, "Sure. I'm on it."

Luke smiled, watched him go and then put the spatula down again. He rubbed the spot between his eyes again and grimaced. It had been happening a lot lately. He wasn't one to get sick. He wasn't one to get headaches. But lately...they had been creeping up on him. He sighed and chalked it up to the stress of the last year. But it was getting worse…

With a sigh he realized that he might finally have to make a call to the Doctor despite how much he hated them.


The following morning, Rory and Lorelai finished up their meals at their favorite table in the Diner. Lorelai got up, gave Rory's hand a squeeze and told her she'd meet her out by the Jeep. She waved to Luke, thanked him and left to give them some space. Luke stopped wiping down the table and looked up at the young woman before him, amazed by how grown up she was.

"Thanks for this Luke…" She whispered softly, "It meant a lot to me."

Luke smiled, "Good. I'm glad. Don't go finding a better Diner during your world travels, okay? You'll hurt my feelings."

She smiled softly at him, "I wouldn't worry about that. Nothing will ever be as good as Luke's."

He blushed, "You're gonna love it kid."

She frowned, "I'm nervous. Really nervous. I feel like I've lived in this little bubble and it just popped and now I'm diving head first into the deep end."

Luke smiled at her, "I guess in a way that's all true. But I have no doubt that you are going to do great things Rory. I've always known you were destined for more than this town."

She stared at him for a moment, "I'm going to miss you, you know."

Luke stood up a little straighter, "Well I'll miss you too Rory. But I'll be right here whenever you feel like coming to visit. We all will be."

She swallowed the lump in her throat and looked down at the counter, "I've missed you for awhile now if I'm being honest. Things haven't been the same since…"

Luke sighed and reached across the counter for her hand, "I'm sorry Rory. Your Mom and I didn't think about how this would impact you too."

She bit her lip gently, "I really thought you two would figure it out...she says you've decided to be just friends though."

He looked away from her, "It's probably for the best."

Rory sighed and pulled her hand back, "I should probably get going. Don't want to miss my flight."

Luke stared at her for a moment, "Rory…" She glanced back up at him, "Just because your Mom and I aren't." He cringed, "I'm still here if you need me. And I'll keep an eye on her too."

She nodded once, "I'm counting on it."

He took a deep breath and quickly rounded the counter, without hesitating he pulled her into his arms, "I love you kid."

She closed her eyes, feeling them burn with unshed tears, "I love you too Luke."

She pulled back and gave him a little wave before grabbing her bag and turning to leave the Diner. He sighed as he watched her go, and he glanced at Lorelai as she stood waiting by the Jeep. She smiled and waved at him again, he waved awkwardly and watched as they pulled out of their parking spot and out into the world.

As he watched them go, another sharp pain ignited between his eyes and he cringed. He growled and rubbed the spot, glancing at the clock he wondered if now was too early to call and make an appointment…


Seven hours later, Luke sat in his truck staring out into the distance. He felt numb. He felt worse than numb if that was even possible. The last few hours he had been poked and prodded at. X-rayed and blood had been drawn. MRI's...the whole nine yards.

Sure the Doctor said it was inconclusive...that it could be benign but they'd need to run more test. Possible surgery. But it was still there. A tumor. A brain tumor to be exact. Hence the recurring headaches over the last few months.

He laughed bitterly to himself. How long had he calculated everything he ate? Made sure to have regular sleep patterns. Got constant exercise. Stayed away from drugs and for the most part alcohol. He had taken those stupid precautions and yet now here he was. Yet someone like Lorelai could eat all the red meat the world had to offer and drink coffee by the gallons and she was fine.

He was angry for a minute. How was that fair?

And then he cringed. Was he wishing that she was the one with the possible illness? God this thing must have really been messing with his brain. Hell maybe it had been developing over the last two years making him act as stupid as he had by breaking her heart. Pushing her into Christopher's arms.

He groaned and rubbed the spot between his eyes again.

Lorelai.

Lorelai.

Lorelai.

That was all he could think of now. Despite what he had told her last night...he didn't want to just be friends. He wanted to fix it all. He just didn't know if they could. And now...now it seemed impossible. Would he want to do this to her? Could he drag her only to possibly leave her forever...cause her this immense amount of pain?

He sighed and realized so much was out of his hands at the moment.

Putting the car in drive...he went back home.

Home to his lonely old apartment that had begun to feel so much smaller once Lorelai left his wlife. He locked the door behind him and collapsed on the recliner feeling more tired than he could remember feeling. He was fidgety and restless. Nervous and scared to death.

Looking over at the safe, he stood up again and walked towards it. After putting in the code, he took out the jewelry box he had tossed in there so many months ago. Sookie had brought it by with some of his other things that Lorelai wanted him to have back. Boy had he been angry that night. As soon as he saw the ring he had drank at least a six pack on his own and trashed a few things in the apartment, including her shelf in the bathroom, a lamp she insisted on buying for him and even her coffee cup she kept stashed in his cabinet.

He sighed and threw the ring back in the safe, not sure why he had even gone to get it. But as he did it, a piece of paper fluttered out from the force of the wind from his throw. Curiously, he picked it up and realized it was a map. A very old map. A map he hadn't looked at in years.

Opening it carefully, he saw that it was all still there. The route that he and his father had planned to take. A road trip. Just the two of them. When William had found out he was sick, he confided in Luke that Kat had always wanted to take the kids cross country. But by the time they were old enough to plan the trip, she herself had gotten sick and died.

After William's diagnosis, Luke had mapped out a route for them to take. And on the day that they were to leave, William had collapsed. He never came home after that...the cancer was much further along than any of them had realized. So of course...the trip never happened.

After William had died, he stashed the map way not having the heart to throw it out. Now here it was...all the landmarks clearly marked on the fading map. A lump formed in his throat. How ironic was it that he would find this today? On the day when he too found out he potentially could have cancer like his old man…

He took a deep breath, folded up the map and stuffed it in his pocket. And suddenly her face flashed before his eyes again. He had told her about the trip that never was...the day after that first dark day when they were together. He remembered it like it was yesterday…


He had stayed away after he apologized for the way he had treated her. He knew she was trying to help. He also knew that she was right, he'd regret giving up the boat if he did. She was always right about those things. But she thought things through...he didn't. He didn't like to think about things that made him uncomfortable so he acted. He always acted...and sometimes it hurt him in the process.

Now he lay tangled up in her bed as the rain beat down on the window outside. His head was in her lap, she ran her hands through his fine hair, "What are you thinking about?" She asked.

He sighed and shifted slightly, "Hm?"

"You're very quiet." She whispered, "Even for your standards…" She teased, "You must be thinking pretty hard about something."

He paused for a moment, then turned to look up at her, "I was thinking about this trip...this trip my Dad wanted to take."

She stared down at him thoughtfully, "What kind of trip? I thought your Dad wasn't big on trips?"

Luke shrugged, "Well technically my Mom had wanted to do it first. But she got sick...she wanted to take the whole family cross country. But it never happened. And then when Dad got sick...he told me about it and we thought maybe we'd try it. But...the day we were going to leave he collapsed. When I brought him to the hospital, he never came home after that."

"Oh hon…" She whispered soothingly, "I'm so sorry."

He sighed and sat up, "I don't know why it popped into my head. I haven't thought about it in years."

She shrugged, "There doesn't always need to be a reason for these types of things."

He nodded, "Yeah maybe…"

She stared at him thoughtfully before whispering, "You should take the trip someday."

He paused and looked up at her, "What?"

She shrugged, "You should take the trip. I mean I know it won't be the same without your Dad. But you should still take it. I think maybe it would be good for you."

He let her words wash over him before he whispered, "I don't know. I don't think I'd like to do it alone."

She fidgeted slightly before reaching for his hand, "I could go with you if you wanted me too...not sure I'd be as good a companion as your Dad. But if you wanted me there I'd be there."

He stared at her in awe, "You'd do that?"

She smiled and scooted closer to her, "All in remember?"

He took a deep cleansing breath and leaned forward, cupping her face gently, "Lorelai I-"

"I know." She whispered nuzzling his cheek, "I know. I do too." She pressed a kiss to his lips, "But shh…" She whispered pulling him towards her, "We don't have to decide it all now. We have plenty of time. All the time in the world…"

He breathed her in and lay back on the bed, getting lost in her again. Really believing he did have all the time in the world. That they had all the time in the world. If only he knew then what he knew now…


Lorelai.

Lorelai.

Lorelai.

He didn't stop to think it through. He didn't bother trying to talk himself out of it. For a moment he was going to be selfish. He was going to do something drastic because what if this was it? He turned on his heel, grabbed the keys to his truck and dashed out the apartment door, down the stairs and off to his truck.

Before he knew it, he was outside her house banging on the door. She opened the door, bleary eyed and confused. It was clear she had been crying, "Luke?"

He cringed, "Hi. Sorry. I-" He paused, "Did you just get home?"

She nodded, "Yeah. I just wanted in about fifteen minutes ago." She frowned and looked at his frantic appearance, "Is everything alright?"

He opened his mouth and sighed, "This is a bad time to do this…"

She crossed her arms over her chest, "A bad time to do what?"

He stared at her for a minute, "Can I come in?"

"Um…" She hesitated for a moment, she was exhausted and totally emotionally spent. But something in his expression made her think that whatever this was, was very important, "Okay. Yeah. Sure…" She stepped aside, "Come in."

Luke smiled nervously and walked into the house that at one time had been his own. Or would have been his own if he had been smart enough to fully move in. He shook his head, no time for that now. He walked into the living room and spotted Paul Anka who jumped down to greet him.

"Hey Paul Anka…" He said bending down, he ignored the twinge of pain behind his eyes, "How you doing you crazy old mutt?"

Lorelai smiled, "He's getting better...kind of."

Luke smiled and stood up again, "Oh. Well that's good…" He looked around, calculating all the minor changes, that had taken place once Ch-. He sighed and pushed the thought of his mind before he could finish saying the man's name, "So uh...yeah okay. I wanted to run something by you. And It's...it's going to sound kind of insane. Kind of out there."

She smiled, "Well I hear I"m kind of insane. Kind of out there. I'm sure it will be fine."

He stared at her for a moment and then took the map from his pocket, "I found this."

She frowned and stepped closer to him, "What is it?"

He unfolded it, sat down on the couch and laid it out on the coffee table in front of him, "It's a map."

She slowly went to sit beside him, careful to leave enough space between them, "A map of the United States…"

Luke nodded, "Right. Exactly. It belonged to my Dad."

Lorelai fidgeted in her seat, "Luke I'm sorry but I don't und-"

"Do you remember I told you that my Dad had wanted to take a cross country trip with me? That it had been my Mom's idea first. But every time we tried to go...it fell through?" He asked.

She was silent for a moment but nodded, "Sure. I remember...he collapsed the day you were supposed to leave."

Luke nodded, "Exactly. And do you remember that you told me that I should take the trip anyway?"

She nodded slowly, "Vaguely I guess…"

Luke nodded again, "And do you remember what else you said?" She shook her head, "You said that you would come with me."

She inhaled sharply, "Luke…"

"You said that if I didn't want to go alone...that you'd come along with me." He could feel his heart pounding away in his chest as he spoke but he kept on going.

She rubbed her knees for a moment, then stood up, "Luke that was along time ago. We were…" She cringed, "Why are you bringing this up now?"

He opened his mouth to tell her about what had happened at the Doctors today. About the headaches...about what they had told him. And yet a pit formed in his stomach and suddenly he felt nauseous. He swallowed back those words and changed tactics.

"I want to take the trip." He said standing up as he shoved his hands in his pockets, "And I want you to come with me."

Her mouth hung open and she gaped at him, "Luke...what? You want us to go cross country together? Now?"

Luke shrugged, "Why not?"

"Why not?" She asked with a little laugh, "Are you still sleep deprived? Because this is the most insane thing you've ever said."

Luke smiled, "I told you it was a little insane."

"You mean a lot insane?" She asked as she started to pace the room, "I mean do you hear yourself right now? You're asking me to drop everything and go cross country with you. After everything that's…" She cringed, "Luke...come on we'd kill each other!"

He chuckled, "Maybe. Or maybe we'd have the time of our life."

She frowned, "Up until a little while ago we were barely speaking. And in the last year we haven't spent more than 5 minutes in the same room together. You want to be stuck with me in a car for hours on end?"

He shrugged, "I can think of worse companions. Kirk...Taylor...TJ…"

"Luke you can't be serious." She said throwing her hands up in the air, "This is crazy!"

He shrugged, "So what if it is? I mean I took time off for the boat trip but it isn't happening now. April has her own life with camp and all that. You said it yourself...I should take the time off anyway."

She nodded, "Sure. But-"

"And you never take vacations. You could use a break. Rory just left and won't be back for a few months. This is the perfect time." He said with a shrug, "I mean don't you think it would be kind of great? You backpacked through Europe. Why not see your own country?"

"Sure. I backpacked around Europe with my daughter. That's a hell of a lot different than going cross country with my ex-" She paused, "Luke I just…"

"I know it's spur of the moment. And very unlike me…" He said with a sigh, "But I haven't felt like myself in a long time Lorelai. And I need to do something. I just...I gotta get out of here. I feel stuck. And today I…" He paused and looked down, still unable to form the words, "When I found the map something about it felt right. And now I'm here...and I'm asking you to come with me. To take a chance. You said you wanted to be friends…" He shrugged, "We'd just be two friends going on a trip."

She stared at him carefully, "You're totally serious right now? This isn't some big elaborate joke?"

He frowned, "No. This isn't a joke. You know how important this trip was to me. And I…" He sighed and walked closer to her, "Please Lorelai. Please. Come with me. I don't want to do this alone."

She bit her lip, "Luke…"

"Look...don't answer me now." He said softly, "I know you've had a long day." He said stepping back, "I need a day or two to get everything ready anway. But...I'll probably leave on Monday. Early. Say six."

Her head was spinning, "Luke…"

He shook his head and turned to begin to fold up his map, he could feel his heart pounding away in his chest, "You need to think it through. I get that. It's big. Totally fine. Just uh…" He looked up at her, "If you want to come...meet me outside the Diner on Monday morning at 6am. Packed and ready to go."

Her eyes were wide as she let his words sink in. Who was this man standing in front of her? It wasn't like him to jump like this. He seemed off. Or maybe it was just the time they had spent apart. She was scared in a way...scared that there was a deeper meaning to all this. He had said he wanted to be friends...and even though she wanted more she thought she'd rather have him as a friend than nothing at all.

She sighed, "Luke is everything alright?" She asked softly, unsure of herself and of what he was asking of her.

Luke stepped up in front of her and stared deep into her blue eyes, "Monday. 6 am. I'll understand either way." Leaning forward he pressed a kiss to her cheek and before she could say anything else he was gone out the door just as fast as he had come.

She heard the truck pull out of the driveway and her heart sank. What the hell was she going to do now?


Sunday night, Lorelai sat in her room staring at the closet in front of her. She had spent the last two days starting to pack and then unpack everything. How could she just take off with him? It was a ridiculous idea. And yet...something about it sounded so incredibly wonderful to her.

As if her daughter could sense her, her phone rang. She smiled and flipped it open, "Hey hon."

"So how many times have you packed and unpacked today?" She asked with a laugh.

"Rory this is serious. He's leaving tomorrow. I don't know what to do!" Lorelai yelled.

"Well you're the one that has to make the final decision." Rory said with a sigh.

Lorelai pouted, and she was sure her daughter knew she was, "No, you make the choice for Mommy."

Rory laughed again, "I mean I will if you want me too."

Lorelai sat up straighter and gasped, "You will?"

"Yup." Rory said, "I've known what the answer should be since you told me."

Lorelai sighed, "And you've been holding out on me?"

"I was waiting to see if you'd figure it out on your own. But I think you're too afraid to see what's right in front of you. I get that...I do. But now you need to make a choice. So I'll do it for you." Rory said.

Lorelai swallowed hard, "Okay...then what do you want me to do?"

"It's not what I want you to do. It's what you want to do." Rory said with a smile, "And I think deep down you know what I'm saying…"

Lorelai looked over at her closet, and her currently empty suitcases. She took a deep breath and realized that yes...she did know. There was only ever one answer.


At 6am Monday morning, Luke stood by his truck which was all packed and ready to go. He sighed staring off into the dark streets of the familiar town. He felt the ache in his chest. She wasn't going to show.

For the last few days he had been wondering if he should go talk to her. Wondering if this was all a huge mistake. But fear had taken over and he had stayed away. He wanted her to make the choice. He needed her to make the choice. He had put it out there and now it was up to her.

Clearly she had chosen…

At 6:01, he opened the truck's door and was about to climb in when he heard a sound coming down the street from behind him. He turned slowly and his heart leapt in his throat. There she was, pulling a wheely suitcase down the road and a duffel bag slung over her shoulder.

She stopped in front of him, "Hey." She whispered softly.

He took a deep breath, "Hey."

She glanced at her watch, "Sorry I'm a little late...Paul Anka wasn't happy about going to Babette and Morey's so early."

He shook his head, "No. No you're fine."

She smiled sheepishly, "I hope I packed enough…"

Luke smiled, "I'm surprised you limited it to two bags."

She smirked, "Sookie said she'd express ship anything to me I forgot."

Luke nodded, "Okay."

She nodded back, "Okay. So...ready?"

He pushed himself away from the truck, "Oh. Right. Yeah." He grabbed her bags and carefully put them in the back of the truck, making sure to tie them in.

She walked around to the passenger side and smiled when she saw a to go cup of coffee and a muffin waiting for her, "You knew I'd come?"

He blushed, "No. I didn't...just wishful thinking."

She smiled and hopped into the truck, "I've either totally lost my mind or I've finally found it. Either way...this ought to be an interesting journey my friend."

He chuckled and climbed in beside her, "I think you're right about that. Ready?"

She nodded, "As I'll ever be."

Luke smiled, put the car in Drive and took a deep breath. He wasn't sure what the hell was going to happen next...but he was just glad that she was beside him. He needed her now more than ever.

Beside him, Lorelai looked out the window at her familiar town and wondered what would happen over the next few months. Wondered if she would be changed by this. If they would be changed by this. When they came back...would they be together? Or was she about to get her heart broken for the last time? She closed her eyes, slipped on her sunglasses and decided she was just going to have to enjoy the ride...the rest would come in time.


So what do you think? Should I keep going? Let me know! Thanks guys! You are all awesome!

P.S.- Based on "Love me Now" by John Legend