Title: Punch Drunk Love
Time frame: Mid-Season 4
Summary: What happens when Luke and Lorelai go to Rachel's engagement party? Well, I can tell you this much: Luke get's drunk and finally admits his feelings to Lorelai. Now, the question is...how will she take it? If she does, that is...you'll have to read and see!
Disclaimer: This is just my idea. Characters belong to ASP. Watch the frog.
Let's Pretend That...: Nicole and Luke still did get that divorce. Or are currently in the middle of it & that there is- and never was a Jason.

Authors Note: So, I've had this story on my computer for a while. It's about 6 chapters. I'll probably update it every few days if you guys are intrested and want more! Please read and review! I appreciate it so much! (Note: I wrote this over the summer, so my writings kind of sucky! Sorry!)

"He always wanted to admit his feelings...just not this way. But with her...any way would work."


Chapter 1: Past Loves, Current Lives.

It was an exceptionally slow day at the diner for Luke. Only a few people stopped by during the morning rush, which didn't seem very rushed. Kirk came in and made a fuss that his eggs weren't cooked with enough butter. Taylor tried to persuade Luke into hanging up a poster outside of the diner that said Congratulations Luke and Nicole. When would he ever put up a sign advertising his marriage? Exactly. Never. It's not like the town is happy for him...sure they may act like they are, but everybody in Stars Hollow thought Luke should be with Lorelai. He thought that too. And even though he loved Nicole, she just wasn't Lorelai. And that's what he felt guilty about. No matter how hard he'd try to throw Lorelai into the back of his mind, she always found a way to come back. The bell's rang above the door and Luke looked at Lorelai. Exactly. But he can't deny it. He loves when Lorelai comes into the diner. Whether or not he may act like he does, he patiently waits everyday for her to walk through the diner, yelling and fighting for her numerous cups of coffee. This day was no different. And he loved that. 'Consistency,' he thought to himself. He hated change.

"Hey!" She said plopping down on a stool in the middle of the counter. She glanced around and realized she was the only one in there. "Looks...busy."

"Yeah, it's been a pretty slow day."

"Coffee!" And that was the end of their conversation. She was onto her rage of getting her coffee. The coffee that she needed. Not.

"You know what?" He asked, pouring her a large cup of coffee. She raised her eyebrows at him while she took her first sip.

"Hmm?" She said putting the cup down and looking at him.

"You're going to die."

"How sweet of you. Guess what?"

"Huh?"

"You're going to die too!" She said smiling at him and taking another sip of her coffee. That was the smile he loved. Aside from the fact that she was the most beautiful woman he's ever seen, she always had that smile. That even if she looked like she was crying for a week, and makeup was running down her face, she still had that smile that saved everything.

"I'll be right back. I'm going to get the mail." He walked out through the back and around to the mailbox. She stayed in the diner and observed the walls. Observed everything about the diner. Observed that over the past years, he never changed anything in the diner. Except for the painting that they did about 4 years ago, but other than that, everything was the same. And it always would be.

He walked in with a bunch of envelopes in his hand. He threw the mail down on the counter and walked around to sit next to Lorelai.

"Where's Nicole?"

"Work. She has a big case coming up, she's been working extra hours lately. She normally doesn't get home till about 10."

"Can I ask you something...I don't know, personal, I guess?"

"Sure."

"Where do you guys...sleep at night? I mean, I know you guys have your place in Litchfield, but...do you go there every night? It seems like it's a long drive ya know, in the morning and at night, when you guys could be right above the place you work." She said pointing upstairs to his apartment.

He looked at her with mystery and character. 'She's my friend. She deserves to know the truth.'

"We're getting a divorce. For real this time."

"Oh Luke..." she said sympathetically. Her expression changed to one that looked sorry for him. She really did feel sorry for him though, even though she hates Nicole. 'Why do I hate her? She's a nice girl, really.' She thought.

"Yeah, well, we tried, and...we're just not supposed to be married. We're just not supposed to be with eachother, ya know?"

"Well, if it wasn't meant to be...then...it wasn't meant to be." It was the whole fate thing she believed in. Ever since her and Christopher fell apart, that was her view on things. What's meant to be, is really meant to be. And though she knew Luke didn't feel the same exact way about those kind of things, she said it anyways.

"I guess."

There was an awkward moment of silence. Nobody said anything. Lorelai pushed the cup of coffee to her mouth and Luke began to fumble through the mail. His eyes widened at something in particular and Lorelai noticed.

"What's that?" She asked curiously.

"A letter from Rachel. Or something...I wonder what it is?"

He slowly opened the letter, making sure not to rip anything inside. 'Rachel' he thought to himself. 'Another person that I screwed things up with. Another person who thought I should be with Lorelai. Why is this girl so stupid? Why is she so clueless? With things ending with Nicole and I, I should make a move or something. No. Not at all. That would be stupid. She'd think I'm an idiot.' He pulled the letter out of the envelope. It was an invitation.

Please Join...
Rachel and Robert in celebrating there
Engagement Party
...on...
April 30, 2004 at the Madison Hall in Millbrook New York
30285 Lansing Road
at 7:00 PM.
Hope to see you all there.

RSVP- 315-754-6733

He saw a little arrow in the bottom right corner and turned the invitation over and read a note that Rachel left him.

Luke! It's crazy how things work out, isn't it? One day, I'm on an African Safari, and the next, I'm making my marriage plans. It's been a while since I've seen you, but I'd love for you to come! So, please, do. And bring somebody along with you. I don't care who, but make sure at least you come! I'd love to see you again, we should talk. Call me, and hopefully I'll see you soon.
Love, Rachel.

Lorelai was leaning against his arm and reading over his shoulder the whole time.

"Lucky!" She squealed.

"What?"

"Rachel and Robert. That sounds good. The names flow. They both begin with R. That was a big deal for me. When I was going to get married to Max, I thought, ew, Lorelai and Max. Those names sound horrible. Not to mention did I hate the fact that my new name would be Lorelai Medina. That's just...wrong. If I ever get married, I think I'm keeping my last name. Unless his name sounds better than Gilmore."

"You're one odd person. Of all concerns you had, that was one of them?"

"Oh yeah. Are you telling me you never thought you're name would sound weird with somebody else's?"

"That is exactly what I am saying."

"Nicole Danes." They both looked at eachother, smiled, and shook their head.

"Luke and...who? What sounds good?"

"I don't know."

"Lorelai and...who?" Come on, there has to be something that sounds good."

"I'm sure there is."

"Luke and Lorelai!" She said, clapping her hands in excitement. Luke blushed a little, unsure of what to say.

"Ha, that sounds cute! Have you ever thought about our names together? Luke and Lorelai. They both start with L! How do you like that!"

'Have you ever thought about our names together?' Rang through his head. 'Nope, but I've thought about us together.' He sighed and pushed the fact away.

"Yeah, that's funny."

"But really, what sounds good with Lorelai. I believe I can find my soul mate this way. It's just that when I have kids with this guy I want them to be able to realize that there parents names--"

Lorelai continued blabbing like always but Luke tuned her out, unconsciously of course. He re-read the invitation. 'Rachel' he thought to himself. 'She could have been the one. She should have been the one, but I'm stupid, and ruined things. And the second time, when she came back to Stars Hollow, I should have trusted her more. But I couldn't, and I drove her away. It'd be nice to see her though.' He flipped the invitation over and read the back again. 'Bring somebody.' He had nobody to ask though. He couldn't ask Nicole even he wanted too--which he didn't. That would be too weird. 'Lorelai' he thought. 'Maybe I should ask her?' He looked over at Lorelai who at this point was talking about what she'd name her second kid and the fact that first names that are also last names is a very lame practice. 'She's so crazy.' He thought, shaking his head.

"So, are you going to go?" She asked when she noticed him reading the invitation over again.

Luke nodded his head. "Yeah, I think so."

"That's good. I think it'd be good for you to get out here for a day or two. You know, just to think about things."

He gave her a quick stare. "What are you doing this weekend?"

"Me? Uh, nothing I guess. Why?"

"Why don't you come with me?"

"Really?"

"Yeah, I have nobody else to bring, so why not?"

"Ah, that's so sweet of you. I'm glad to know I'm your last option."

"No, I didn't mean it like that. You know you're my first pick. I'm just saying, I obviously can't bring Nicole. So, I want you to come with me. Plus, Rachel likes you a lot."

"You sure?"

"Yeah, I think it'd be...fun. Plus you could go buy something to wear or something like that."

"Oh! Good thinking! I better get started now!" She took one last sip of her coffee and walked out of the diner. He watched her walk off. He grinned to himself. He just asked Lorelai to go with him, and of course in no way was it a date, but he got to spend time with her. And away from Stars Hollow.

He walked over to the phone and called the number on the invitation. "Hello?"

"Rachel?"

"Yeah, who's this?"

"It's Luke."

Rachel gasped. "Oh! Hi Luke! How are you?"

"I'm good, how are you?"

"Oh, every things great! Just putting some final touches to on our wedding invitations. Did you get the invitation for the engagement party?"

"Yeah, I did. Congratulations, by the way. That's really great."

"Oh thank you Luke. So do you think you'll be able to make it? Please tell me you're coming!"

"Yeah, I am coming."

"Great! Are you bringing anybody with you? So I can mark down how many people and everything."

"Actually, I am. If that's still okay, of course."

"Of course it is! We want you to bring somebody. Who are you bringing? Anybody I know?"

"Actually...yes. I'm bring Lorelai."

"You're kidding! That's great! I was thinking of inviting her, but I thought she might think I'm weird since we never really talked after that one time that I came a few years ago. But, really, that's great that she's coming! Are you guys...dating?" She of all people knew Luke's undying gratitude for Lorelai. She was the one who pointed it out to him. Rachel always had her way with things.

"No, we're not. Actually, I'm married. Sort of."

"You're married?"

"Well, not really. I was, I guess you could say. Long story made short, we were drunk, got married on a cruise, decided immediately afterwards to get a divorce, but then decided it'd be nice to try this out, but it's not working, so we're filing for a divorce."

"Wow. Who is this lucky girl?"

"Her name's Nicole. She's a lawyer who I met when she was defending Taylor, or something like that."

"Oh, she's a stupid one, eh? on."

"Exactly."

Rachel laughed. She missed Luke. "Well, it's so good to hear from you. I can't wait to see you and Lorelai. We can talk more when you get here, oh and by the way, sorry about this all on short notice. We were a little delayed with the invitations. So, we'll see you in 2 day's!"

"Thanks for inviting me. And yeah, I'll see you on Saturday."

"Great! Bye Luke!"

"Bye."

As soon as he hung up, a couple of people walked into the diner and sat at the counter, demanding food. As he cooked them their food, he thought about Rachel, and what it'd be like to see her, happy, and getting married, which automatically made him think about Nicole, and his ability to screw up yet another relationship. He went into the slump that he was a failure with love, and as much as he wanted not to be, that's just way it was for him.

Lorelai went home and pulled out the cordless, dialing Rory's cell phone but her answering machine picked up. "Hey hun, it's me. Who in there right mind is trying to declare orange the new pink? Yeah, sorry, just reading a magazine, but yeah, guess where I'm going this weekend. I'm going to New York with Luke because he's going to Rachel's engagement party, and he invited me. I know, I know, you're probably thinking, oh great, my mother is going to make a fool out of herself yet again, but I've already thought of topics to talk about this time, and let me tell you, the new coffee makers isn't one of them. Well, I better get going. Call me when you get the chance, nothing special around here. Miss ya."

'Luke and I together' she thought to herself. 'Of course in the broadest sense of the word way, as in us going to a engagement party together. It's not like it's a date. It's not like were a couple. Although that wouldn't be so bad, would it? What am I talking about? There's no way that Luke and I could date. That would be so weird. We're best friends. But he is such a great guy. And not to mention, good looking too. But he is getting a divorce. Duh, Lorelai, why are you even thinking about this? New subject. Clothes, ooh, what am I going to wear? Good idea!'

She grabbed the phone and dialed the number to Luke's.

"Luke's."

"I have a great idea! Are you ready for this?"

"Who the hell is this?"

"It's Lorelai. Who else has great ideas?"

"Yeah, silly me."

"You just said silly! That's unusual."

"Sorry, so what's your great idea?"

"Well, I was just thinking. I have nothing to wear, and you have nothing to wear..."

"Dirty." Luke said sarcastically.

"Lucas Danes! You did not just say dirty! You are catching on!"

"Don't call me Lucas."

"Right, so back to the fact that we're both nude...well, not really, but you know what I mean, why don't we go to the mall and get some cute matching outfits or something!"

"Lorelai, I don't shop."

"I know, but still. I'm going with you, and it's not like I want to, so consider it a favor." She said, completely joking.

"Oh," he sounded disappointed, "well, if you don't want to come, you didn't have to say yes."

"Calm down, I was kidding! Gosh...of course I want to come, but still...what do you say? Get off early tonight, and we can go to the mall!"

"I hate malls Lorelai."

"I know, I hear that every time I bring up the damn place, but just do this for me. Please?" She tried sounding innocent.

"I guess..."

"Yay! Great! Okay, come to my house in a little bit and we'll drive over there."

"Yeah, and you're parking."

"Deal."

"Ok, see you in a little bit then."

"Okay, bye."


A/N: So yes. There's the first chapter. I know that the whole Rachel thing is random, but it works. And I know it's all sorta, 'uh, yeah right', but I promise it gets better. Especially at the actual party! :o)

Please review! Let me know what you think. Good, bad, okay? Suggestions?! I'd love to hear from you!

Teaser: Chapter 2- The Fun In Pretending
Luke and Lorelai shop for a wedding dress...who's wedding dress though? Up next!