Dedicated to Laurence as promised.

Thanks Kasia and Léa for your help.

Gilmoremajorfan : I began this chapter after your review. Thank you :D

Previously on A Dicken's Novel

"She's getting married."

"Does she have a ring around her finger yet?"

"What do you mean?"

"Nothing."

"She won't get married?" Emy said nothing. "Emy? Will Lorelai get married?"

"Listen to me, the night is still young. Okay? We still have a lot of things to see!" She said clapping her fingers.

Chapter 7: What am I doing here?

The décor faded and they were standing in the diner on a really sunny day.

"I never said she wouldn't get married."

"But you didn't say she would either."

"Be patient."

"How can you ask me to be patient when you're showing me whether I'll be alone for the rest of my life?"

"You won't be alone for the rest of your life, I'm here!"

"Oh great! I'll spend my entire life talking to myself believing that there are angels in my bathroom. I really need to find a gun!"

Emy giggled and sat on a table. Lorelai and Rory entered the diner and sat at the same table.

"How do you always know where they are going?"

"It's easy, it's my job. Plus, it's just memories, I don't even have to work!"

"…So should I go to a tumor doctor?" Said Rory sitting at the table.

"No, you don't have a tumor. You're reading too much. You're probably just losing your eyesight."

"Thank you."

"You're welcome."

Luke came at their table to take their orders.

"Hi, can you take a little constructive criticism?"

"No."

"OK. This place could use a makeover."

"Hmm?"

"Yeah. It just needs a sprucing up. Like a coat of paint."

"I don't spruce."

Then, Luke stormed out of the diner, furious. Taken aback, Emy followed him outside in the square in front of the gazebo. He was pacing angrily.

"Hey" Emy said carefully.

"Why are you here?"

"I already explained that to you."

"No, I mean why are you showing me that?"

"I already explained that to you too, it's to com…

"Comfort me, yes, I remember… but… Jeez! Do you really think it's comforting to see how cowardly I was that night! To see how things could have been different… to see how well it was going before that guy, Rory's father, came and messed everything up! I even heard that he asked her to marry him, damn it! And me, I'm just staying there, waiting like a poor idiot watching while the love of my life is passing under my nose!"

"You don't understand."

"Oh yeah I understand, I understand very well!"

"NO, DAMN IT, YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND!", yelled Emy. "If you were understanding, you would be there, inside, seeing how she, she REACTS! You would see how that night turned her upside down too. Jeez... Luke. You don't understand that maybe that evening meant something to her too. If you hadn't been so afraid to see how she really feels for you, maybe you would already be together and I wouldn't be here today. So, try to take your time and see how she reacts to all that."

Emy had tears in her eyes, she was sad to see how Luke had been hurt from pining for Lorelai that long. She was sad too to see that someone could be that stubborn. 'Poor him' she thought.

"I'm sorry," said Luke, "I shouldn't have yelled at you. After all, it's not your fault."

"You have the right to be angry, Luke. You have the right to not believe what's happening. I'm just there to say 'hey, life isn't that bad, things change, so do people'. You know like me that your relationship with Lorelai changed your life and the best is still to come. There will be other people who will come in your life and make it better and more interesting. Sure, I'm here to show you your life with Lorelai, but Jeez Luke! You have to put more of yourself in this. You have to believe this otherwise I'll do all of this work for nothing and you'll be as miserable tomorrow morning as ever."

"I understand, I'm sorry."

"It's okay. I understand your point of view too. Anyway, I wouldn't have shown you the night when you choose paint colors."

"No?"

"No. I would have shown you something completely different."

"Like?"

Emy smiled and snapped her fingers. The décor changed from Star Hollow square to a really big house.

"Oh my God."

"What's wrong?" Said Emy smiling, knowing what Luke was thinking.

"Nothing! It's just… where are we?"

"Gilmore Manor house."

"Gilmore Manor house? You mean Lorelai's parents house?"

"The one and only."

"Wow… it's … it's huge! Look at the staircase and the banister and the lobby… and Lorelai's parents who are fighting with the phone."

"They are funny, aren't they? Oh look! Lorelai just arrived."

"I can't believe she grew up here. It so doesn't look like her!"

"I know."

"What was she thinking? I mean, why did she leave all this behind!"

"Hey! If she hadn't left, you wouldn't know Rory or the love of your life."

"She's not the love of my life!"

"Then, what am I doing here?"

"Okay… maybe she's … the… love of my life," he said rolling his eyes. "But that doesn't tell me what we are doing at her parents' house."

"Be patient! Just watch."

"Your bird?" Said an incredulous Richard

"Yeah, it's for school. Each of us has to follow a chick through its entire growth process. Everything has to be logged. Eating habits, sleeping habits."

"Houdini habits."

"She got out."

"She ran far."

"But she lived."

"She's a better bird for it."

"Thank God Luke found her."

"It begins to get interesting," said Emy laughing at Luke's face.

" Luke found her?"

" What?"

" Rory said that Luke found her."

" Paying me back for the apron thing?"

" Sorry."

" Did the bird get loose at Luke's diner?"

" No."

" No?"

" The bird got loose at home."

" Your home?"

" Yes."

"Ah."

" So, Grandpa, when's your next trip?" said Rory trying to change topic.

" Ah, Madrid, the twelfth."

"This girl is really bright!" said Luke in awe.

"Yes, she is. She will make some mistakes, but she will get out of them."

"Which kind of mistakes?" worried Luke.

"We are not here for that."

"But I want to know! Will somebody hurt her or…"

"No! We're not here to talk about that! Hey! Look, things are getting worse," said Emy pointing at Lorelai and Emily.

" What was Luke doing at your house?"

" Oh, look, there's no ice. I'll get some." said Lorelai walking toward the kitchen.

Emily followed her, and so did Luke. He really wanted to know what was bothering Lorelai that much about him. Seeing Luke following the two women like a puppy, Emy rolled her eyes and made her way slowly toward the kitchen shaking her head. She found Luke in a corner, wide eyes, watching the women arguing about him. She decided to stay away from him, letting him enjoy this moment.

" It seems like this man is always around when you're in trouble."

" He's a good friend."

" Oh, please."

" Do we have to discuss this?"

"Lorelai, I'm getting a little tired of being lied to."

" Apparently we do."

" This man was at Rory's birthday party, he came to the hospital with you, he's the male lead in every story you tell, you go to the diner every single day. I've seen the way he looks at you, the way you look at him. I'm not a fool."

" Mom, please."

" Why do you treat me like I don't have a clue in the world as to what is going on in your life? Now I'm asking you, as a favor, if you have any respect for me at all as your mother, just tell me. Do you have feelings for this man?"

" I don't know. Maybe I do. I haven't given it much thought. Maybe I do."

The already wide eyes of Luke became more wide. Emy was sure that she was able to hear his heart beat from where she was. While Emily was shooting a naughty comment to her daughter, Emy joined Luke in the corner of the room. He turned around and sat on a chair in the corner of the room, his head in his hands.

"Nice woman, isn't she?"

"Wow."

"I know she's kind of scary! …You're not talking about the mother, are you?"

"No."

"And?"

"Wow."

"Is that all you can say?"

"No."

"… so?"

"I'm an idiot!"

"I didn't say that, you said that!"

"How could I … how could… why didn't I do anything?"

"You really want the answer?" said Amy gently.

"No."

"Ok," said Emy stroking his head softly.

'Ok that's weird' thought Luke knowing that only one person had ever done that in all his life.

'What if?… No, impossible… but… I could… look who's talking, I'm playing Star Trek since 10 yesterday… maybe she's… not… but… she looks like her… not that I remember a lot about her… but… I mean… it was my mother'…

"Mom?" he said looking at Emy.

TBC