A/N: I know it's been two years since my last update. Life has been keeping me busy and there were quite a few things that needed to be taken care of before I could set my focus back on writing. Now that things are falling back into place I have more time and energy to back to writing and I took this special date... June 3rd... to write a special chapter for you. I hope that there are some people out there who will read this after such a long time. It's not really long, but I hope you'll enjoy it and tell me what you think.
Chapter 25 – A Walk to Remember …
After a couple of minutes Lorelai sat up straight on the couch. "Luke look, it's snowing." She said excitedly. "It's finally snowing."
Lorelai got up from the couch and walked to the window to get a better look of the snow falling outside.
Luke got up as well and stood behind her snaking his arms around her waist from behind.
"Look, it's beautiful." The snowflakes were getting thicker and thicker with every second and soon the whole town was covered in a white blanket that was glittering in the light of the streetlamps.
For a couple of minutes the two of them were just standing there at the window looking out at the snow falling down on the town.
"You wanna go for a walk?" Luke asked her.
Lorelai turned around a little so that she could look into his face.
"Seriously? You are willing to go out into the cold with all the snow falling around you?"
"Well, I know that you and Rory always go out for a walk during the first snowfall, but since she's not here right now I would be willing to fill in for her if you want me to."
Lorelai stood on her tiptoes and kissed him. "I would love to." She told him smiling up at him.
"Good then go get your shoes and your coat and we'll go for a walk. I'll be with you in a sec, I just have to find my gloves."
"Yay, hurry." Lorelai said jumping up and down slightly like a little kid and went to the door to put on her shoes and coat.
Luke made sure that she wasn't looking where he was going and quickly opened the safe. He got out the small velvet box and quietly closed the door of the safe again. He put the small box in his pocket and went to Lorelai to get his coat.
"Ready?" She asked him already half way out the door.
"Yeah, let's go." He told her and the two of them walked downstairs into the diner and outside in the snow.
Chapter 25 – A Walk to Remember …
"Are you coming?" Lorelai yelled from outside.
"Yeah, just a sec I can't find my gloves. Why don't you go downstairs? I'll be with you in a sec, " Luke yelled back hoping that she wouldn't come back inside looking for him.
"Okay, but hurry up or you'll miss the good stuff." Without waiting for a reply from Luke, Lorelai ran down the stairs and out of the diner.
Luke listened for another second to make sure that Lorelai was downstairs and picked up the phone. The person on the other side answered after just a few rings.
"It's me… yeah. Great thanks a lot, I owe ya. Alright, bye." Luke hung up the phone smiling to himself, grabbed his gloves and went downstairs to join, Lorelai.
Outside, he found Lorelai lying in the snow.
"What in the world are you doing?" Luke asked her while locking up the diner behind him.
"Well, duh, I'm making a snow angel." She told him with a grin, waving her arms and legs in the snow. "Don't tell me you never made a snow angel when you were a kid."
"Why would I want to lay in the snow? It's cold and wet and… cold."
"Oh you big wuss, because it's fun. Get down here join me!" Lorelai said and tried to pull him into the snow with her, but instead Luke managed to grab her and pull her into a standing position and into his arms.
Lorelai came face to face with Luke, "hi, she said grinning at him.
"Hi," Luke grinned back at her.
Lorelai wrapped her arms around Luke's neck and stood on her tiptoes while Luke tightened his grip around her waist and pulled her closer to his body so that there was no space left between them. Their lips met in a soft and sensual kiss, warming up their bodies in the cold of the night and to them it felt like they were the only two people in the world. Luke draw his head back and smiled at her with the most loving look that made Lorelai's heart melt.
"Ready to take a walk?" He said to her in this soft voice that he only used for her.
"Yeah," Lorelai nodded and smiled back at him. She wrapped her arms around his waist and they slowly made their way through the town which was now completely covered in a soft blanket of white, giving it this romantic atmosphere in the light of the nightly moon.
Luke and Lorelai simply enjoyed the quiet of the night and relished their time together, with no words necessary to express their feelings for another.
They had been walking for a good twenty minutes when Lorelai noticed that they had neared the back paddocks of the Dragonfly Inn. Lorelai questioning looked up at Luke, but Luke acted like he hadn't noticed her glancing at him.
"Luke, where are we going?" Lorelai asked a few moments later.
"You've gotta be a little more patient."
This made Lorelai even more curious, she stopped and turned towards him. "You know I'm not good with patience."
Luke chuckled. "I know, you don't have to be for long. Just a little while."
Lorelai tried to put on her best pout, hoping it would lead to Luke giving in.
"Don't give me that look," he scolded her grinning. "You just have to wait and see."
Lorelai kept nagging him, while they kept walking and got closer and closer to where Luke had planned for them to end up.
"Luke, what are we doing at the Dragonfly? I mean it's not that I don't like the Dragonfly, cause it's mine… but, you know, it's not like I don't spend enough time there already. With the winter season and all starting now there's so much to do and prepare but I think I really managed to delegate the work this year so that I won't have to spend as much time at the Inn, and so that …" Lorelai stopped abruptly. "I can spend more time with you." She finished barely above a whisper.
Without Lorelai noticing they had reach the pavilion by the lake, which was now surrounded by, what seemed to Lorelai, dozens and dozens of torchlight that stuck in the snow. There was a path guarded by the lights which led to the pavilion which was also surrounded by torches that gave the scenery an unbelievable romantic touch.
Lorelai couldn't stop gazing at the sight in front of her, while couldn't take his eyes off of Lorelai, a happy smile appearing on his face.
"What… how…Luke?" Lorelai was unable to find words.
"Do you like it?" Luke asked, not taking his eyes off Lorelai.
"Like it? I don't know what to say, how…?"
"That's my little secret." Luke told her.
Lorelai just nodded her head in disbelieve, her eyes constantly gazing between Luke and the pavilion.
Luke took her hand and slowly led her through the trail of torches up the steps and into the pavilion.
He felt his heart speeding up and took a deep breath, hoping that Lorelai was surprised enough to not interrupt him.
Now standing in the middle of the pavilion Luke took hold of her hands and took a shaky breath, which he hoped was unnoticed by Lorelai who was still taking in her surroundings.
"Many years ago, I met this beautiful young woman, who stormed into my diner begging for coffee. She had come here with her little daughter hoping to find a job
and a new life in this town. Now, twenty-something years later, she has not only managed to find a job and turn her life around, she also managed to turn the lives of the people in this town around, including mine. I am so proud of you and of what you have accomplished. I mean, look around you… you've made your dream come true. And this is also were we started… I know that we kinda started dating at Liz's wedding but, you know… at the opening of the Inn…"
Luke was trying to find the right words to express his feelings, which was clearly not his favorite thing to do.
"What I'm trying to say is… I love you Lorelai…." he paused for a second and squeezed her hands. He noticed that Lorelai had tears in her eyes and gently brushed away a single tear that had made its way down her cheek. "… you're the best thing that has ever happened to me, Lorelai I cannot imagine ever being without you again."
While taking another shaky breath he reached into the pocket of his coat and lowered himself onto one knee in front of her. Lorelai let out a small gasp.
He pulled his hand out of his pocket and a small black velvet box appeared in his hand.
The tears were now freely running down Lorelai's cheeks. Luke opened the small box and took out the most beautiful white gold engagement ring she had ever seen.
Luke took her left hand, "Lorelai Gilmore, I love you and I wanna spend the rest of my life with you… will you marry me?"
"Yes." Lorelai said with a huge smile, tears still streaming down her face.
"Really?" Luke asked her with a big grin. Lorelai nodded her head still grinning.
Luke placed the ring on her finger and got up so that he could take his now fiancée into his arms.
Completely unlike Luke, he did a little twirl with her in his arms. After a few moments of simply holding her in his arms, relishing this moment he pulled back a little so that he could look into her eyes. "I love you," he told her barely above a whisper.
"I love you, Luke." Lorelai told her and softly kissed him.
Unnoticed by Lorelai, Derek, one of the waiters of the Dragonfly had stepped up to the pavilion holding a tray with two glasses of champagne.
Luke saw Derek out of the corner of his eye and waved him closer.
Lorelai still in an absolute daze only now noticed that there was someone else.
"Wow, you thought of everything…" she said in a whisper not letting go of her new-found fiancé.
Luke smiled and gave one of the glasses to Lorelai before taking the other one himself.
"But you hate champagne."
"Well, this is a special occasion, I think I can manage," he told her with a smile.
"Here's to us and the rest of our lives together."
"Couldn't have said it any better," Lorelai smiled at him lovingly. "To us."
Gazing into each other's eyes, they both took a sip of champagne before Luke waved in the direction of the back entrance of the Dragonfly. Just a few moments later, the other waiters of the Dragonfly came down the path carrying a set table and two chairs up the steps of the pavilion.
Lorelai couldn't believe her eyes. Luke helped her into one of the chairs, while one of the waiters lit a candle in the middle of the temple, and placed a thick blanket onto Lorelai's lap in order to keep her warm from the cold.
Just as Luke had taken a set next to Lorelai, Sookie quickly came walking towards the pavilion with two plates of pasta with lobster sauce and set them down in front of them, before pulling Lorelai up into a bear hug.
"Congratulations," she whispered into her ear.
Sookie turned to Luke and hugged him a little awkwardly. "Congratulations, Luke. You big softy. Alright, enjoy your dinner. See ya." Sookie waved at them still grinning and made her way back up to the Dragonfly.
"Wow, Luke, this is… this is amazing. How did you… how long have you been planning for this?"
"A little while. I was just waiting for the right moment, the first snow."
"It's perfect. Now, the first snow is definitely the best memory in my life." Lorelai smiled at him lovingly.
"That, was the plan. There's just one more thing…" Luke reached into his other coat pocket and pulled out his cell phone.
Lorelai looked at him questioningly.
"I think someone is waiting for your call."
"Oh my god, you really thought of everything. You're the perfect man." Lorelai said taking the phone from him dialing Rory's number.
Luke watched her squealing at the phone with Rory and thought that this was definitely the person he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.
To be continued….