Disclaimer: I still don't own Gilmore Girls, although, I wish I owned Luke and Jess.
"How many tickets did she get?" Jess asked, carrying the baby bag and push the stroller down the aisle.
"Nine," Luke replied. "Richard pulled some strings and got us extra tickets."
"The power of being an alumni," Richard said proudly.
"So, there's you, Lorelai, Jess, Richard, Emily, Lane, Jackson, and me," Sookie said. "I only counted eight. Anyone else count eight?"
"I counted eight," Lane replied.
"It is eight," Lorelai said. "Rory said she needed to keep one."
"For what?" Emily asked.
"I don't know mother. She just said that she needed to keep one."
Lane pulled Jess aside before they sat down. "You don't think she invited…" she started.
"I wouldn't finish that thought and let's hope not," Jess replied.
"What are you two whispering about?" Luke asked as he situated Will on his lap.
"We're just talking about how proud we are of Rory and Dave," Lane lied.
"What she said," Jess added.
"Well, sit down already," Lorelai said. "The ceremony is gonna start soon."
Logan slumped in his chair as Colin and Finn continued to babble about something absolutely pointless. It was pointless until he heard Rory's name come up. After their fight four months ago, they seemed to become more distant. Sure, they made an appearance together at Luke and Lorelai's anniversary dinner, but other than that they only spoke once and a while and saw each other once or twice a week. But then, it stopped. Rory had said she wanted time to think about what she wanted- from life and from Logan. He hadn't heard from her since. They passed each other in the halls every so often, but that was it. For one month, they were strangers again and Logan hated it. Then he heard his two best friends say her name.
"What about Rory?" Logan asked. He knew he sounded desperate, but he didn't care.
"Her parents are throwing her a kick ass party back in the Hollow and Mrs. D just invited us," Colin replied.
"When did you see Mrs. Danes?"
"About ten minutes ago," Finn replied. "You didn't notice we were gone?"
"I, uh, have things on my mind. She didn't happen to say anything about me did she?"
"No. She figured Rory invited you already. She's expecting you to be there."
"How do you know?"
"I think it was a tip off when she said, 'I'll see you two and Logan at the party'," Colin joked.
"I thought she would have told her mother by now. Look, guys, I'm gonna get in place for the ceremony. I'll see you later."
Logan got up and headed for his place in line. He was standing in his place when he realized he left his watch with Colin. When he turned around to find his friend, he accidently bumped into someone. It was Rory.
"Oh, Logan, hi," she greeted.
"Hey Ace," he greeted shyly. "How…how have you been?"
"I'm good. You?"
"I'm…ok. How's your brother?"
"He's getting big. Looks more like Luke everyday."
"That's good. I guess." They were both quiet. "Listen, Rory, I've been thinking…"
"Rory!" Paris called, interrupting Logan.
"I have to go," Rory said, lowering her head and scurrying off quickly.
Logan stood alone. It was over. Whatever he and Rory once had was over. They were over. Now he just had to get over it.
"When's Rory up?" Jackson asked.
"Soon," Lorelai replied.
"Soon as in a few more people or soon as in shut up already?"
"Soon as in I'm going to kill you if I miss her name being called," Luke snapped.
"Boys, that's enough," Emily stated.
"Paris Eustace Gellar," the announcer called.
"How many more till Rory?" Sookie asked after the announcer called a few other names.
"She's next," Jess replied.
"Lorelai Leigh Gilmore," the announcer called.
The group erupted in cheers as Rory walked onto the stage and was handed her diploma. She stopped and posed for the oncoming pictures from her family. As she took a second to look out at them, she noticed they had all calmed down and were now wiping tears from their eyes. Luke had his arm around Lorelai, pulling her close as they smiled proudly at their daughter on stage.
"She did it," Lorelai smiled through her tears. It seemed to be all she could say.
"Yeah," Luke said with a proud smile. "She did." He pulled Lorelai closer to him and kissed the top of her head.
The announcer was calling the last of the graduating students meaning the ceremony would be over very soon. Rory stared down at the diploma in her hands. She did it. She'd graduated from Yale and was on her way to becoming a journalist. Her dreams were about to come true. Most of them at least.
She heard Colin, who was sitting next to her, get out of his seat and climbed into the row behind them as someone else took his seat. She turned her head to see Logan.
"I just wanted to tell you I'm sorry," Logan stated. "I didn't mean to scare you off. I bought the house because I thought it would be a nice gift. I shouldn't have bought it and I'm sorry. If you never want to speak to me, that's fine with me. I just need you to know I did what I did because I love you. Now that I've said what I needed to, I'll leave you alone."
"Ladies and gentlemen," the dean said. "I present to you the Yale graduating class of 2007!"
Everyone jumped out of their seats and tossed their caps into the air. Logan was about to so the same when Rory grabbed his arm and asked him something he never expected, "Logan, will you marry me?"
Lorelai broke away from the group after the ceremony in search of Rory. Dave and Paris had already found the group, but there was no sign of Rory so Lorelai went to find her. She decided to look for Logan. Wherever he was, she was most likely to be. She made her way through the crowd and bumped into the last person she expected.
"Lore," Christopher smiled. "Hey."
"Christopher, what are you doing here?" Lorelai asked in shock. "Last I heard, you and Rory weren't on speaking terms."
"We're not really, but last week she sent me a ticket and this."
Christopher handed Lorelai a piece of paper. She unfolded it and read the note aloud. "This is a ticket to my graduation. Use it or not. You can show up if you want, it's up to you. Rory." Lorelai laughed to herself. "There's the ninth."
"The ninth? What's that mean?"
"The ninth ticket. Rory had my dad get extra tickets for all of us and we were wondering what happened to the ninth ticket."
"I was pretty surprised myself. She was really angry at me the last time we spoke."
"She never did tell me what happened. When I got back from my honeymoon, she just said that she wasn't speaking to you anymore."
Christopher knew why Rory stopped speaking to him. It was because of what happened at the wedding. She called him a week after the incident and told him that she was done with him. That if he cared about her or Lorelai, he wouldn't have tried to stop the wedding and would leave well-enough be. But he couldn't tell Lorelai. It was obvious no one told her he tried to crash the wedding. He simply said to her, "I'll leave it up to her to tell you."
"And if she doesn't?"
"Then it's for the best."
"Mom!" Rory called as she ran toward her mother. "Mom!"
"Hey kiddo!" Lorelai greeted happily as she welcomed her daughter with open arms. "Oh, I'm so proud of you!"
"Thanks Mom." Rory let go of Lorelai and took a step back to see Christopher. "You're here."
"You invited me," Christopher said. "Congratulations kid."
"Thanks. Hey Mom, where is everyone?"
"We're all waiting for you! Dave and Paris found us before you did!" Lorelai joked.
"Oh, I kinda had something to take care of. Mom, why don't you go back to the group and I'll meet you there in five minutes."
"Ok. Five minutes. Any longer and we're send out a search party."
"Five minutes, I got it."
"Bye Chris. It was nice to see you again."
"You too." With that, Lorelai left. Rory stared at her father with her arms crossed over her chest. "You didn't tell her about me showing up at her wedding?"
"And Luke didn't either."
"He didn't think she needed to know. He didn't want Mom to think less of you."
"Mom and Dad are throwing me a big party back in Stars Hollow." Christopher felt his heart break when his daughter referred to Luke as her father. "You should come."
"The whole town is going to be there. There's something I want you to see and I have a special announcement to make. If you're not there to hear it, then you'll never hear it." She didn't let Christopher respond. She turned on a heel and headed toward her awaiting group.
Christopher hesitantly got out of his car and made his way to the huge party being thrown in the middle of town square. He felt very uncomfortable, especially with the deadly glares Babette was throwing at him. He hurried to look for a friendly face, but then he remembered where he was. Stars Hollow was Luke's town. They all knew who Christopher was and they knew what his record was like. He spotted Rory and made his way over to her.
"Rory," he called as he jogged over to his daughter.
"You came," she said.
"You invited me. So, what was it you wanted me to see?"
Rory turned Christopher around. "That," she said, pointing to Luke and Lorelai who were at a table with Richard, Emily, and Jess a few feet away.
Christopher took a few steps forward so he was now in hearing distance. He also noticed the little boy sitting on Richard's lap, listening to the older man as he read to him.
"Dad, what are you doing?" Lorelai asked.
"I'm reading my grandson a book," Richard asked.
Lorelai looked at the cover of the book and sighed. "Dad, why are you reading my four month old sonShakespeare?"
"Shakespeare was one of the greatest authors of all time Lorelai."
"Well, to a baby, Dr. Seuss is a genius."
"Are you seriously comparing Macbeth to Cat in the Hat?"
"He's a baby Dad. He's not going to understand what you're saying."
"Of course he does."
"Luke, help me out here."
"Actually, your dad's right," Luke remarked. "His brain is absorbing the information we give him. Reading to Will would benefit him later on in life."
"You read that in your daddy manual?" Jess teased.
"Shut up. And…yes."
"What's that thing called? Daddy for Dummies?"
"I said shut up Jess."
"They have a kid?" Christopher asked Rory.
"Yup. His name is Lucas William, but we call him Will. He's four and a half months old and is a spitting image of his daddy."
"Your grandparents like Luke?"
"They love him. Grandpa says if he had a son, he would have wanted him to turn out like Luke," Rory informed. "They're happy together- Mom and Luke. He loves her and she loves him. And they love me and Will more than anything in the world."
"Why are you telling me this? Why are you showing me this?"
"Mom's worked so hard for the whole package and she has it. Luke was the one to give it to her, not you. You tried to stop this from happening that day. I wanted you to see what you could have ruined- a happy family. This needs to be your closure once and for all."
Christopher watched as Luke took Will from Richard and kissed the little boy's cheek before sitting down next to Lorelai. He put his arm around her and she leaned forward to kiss her husband. They smiled at each other before turning their attention to baby Will who had everyone smiling with his own bright smile and giggles. Rory left Christopher to join her family. He watched as she sat next to Lorelai and played with her baby brother. That was all the closure he needed.
At the end of the night, Rory walked onto the stage and took the microphone. "Ok everyone, I just want to thank you all for being here to celebrate with me tonight," she said. "This town has watched me grow from a little girl aspiring to go to Harvard and become a journalist to who I am today. You were there when I graduated from Chilton, started Yale, and now, graduating from Yale. I want to thank everyone for the love and support you've given me over the years, especially my grandparents, Luke, and most of all, my mom. So, as I stand before you today, you ask yourselves, 'What's next for Rory Gilmore?' Well, I'll tell you." She paused for a long time as she looked out at the crowd. "I'm getting married."
Next time on "Meet Me at the Chuppah": The next chapter will be the last. I haven't decided how to end it yet, but I assure you, it'll be good. I hope. Don't worry, there WILL be a sequel.
A/N: Ok, everyone's been asking me about what I meant by Scott leaving the show in my A/N of The Broken Road (Chapter 8). Here's the shimmy. Scott's contract ends at the end of season six. They're working on the details or whatnot of his contract for season seven. I'm sorry if I scared anyone. He'll be back. He knews he wants to. Now, who thinks the proposal scene sounds familiar? Anyone know where it's from? While you think about that, I'm gonna go eat a gallon of ice cream because I just watched another season finale last night (Smallville) and I'm angry about the way they ended it. They're killing me with these finales! They ended Everybody Loves Raymond (they ended the series! Why!) on Monday, Gilmore Girls on Tuesday, Smallville yesterday, and The OC tonight. Jamoca Almond Fudge, here I come.