A/N: Oh my goodness, I'm so very sorry. You have to believe me when I say that I didn't plan on letting you wait that long for the last chapter. But you probably know how it is when the time goes by in the blink of an eye and then you realize that you didn't get anything done? That's how it was for me. The whole summer… gone already. Can you believe it?
Anyway, here's the last chapter in case people are still reading. I wouldn't want you to leave you hanging. I promised you to finish this story. So there you go. :)
Lorelai woke up first. Glancing over at Luke, she noticed that he was still asleep, snoring softly into his pillow. After getting out of bed, she grabbed the cordless phone from the nightstand, and silently pushed open the door to the balcony to call room service. She was in the mood to have breakfast in bed. And she was pretty sure that Luke would feel the same. After ordering, she got told that it would take 15 minutes, so she decided to call her daughter Rory and check how things are in Stars Hollow. After the first ring, she bit her lower lip as she realized how early in the morning it was. Well, for a Sunday anyway.
A few moments later, she heard a groaning answer.
"Hey, it's me." Lorelai said cheerfully as she sat down on one of the chairs on the balcony, enjoying the view.
"Mom?" Rory paused for a second and Lorelai figured that she probably just checked her watch. Then she heard her groan. "Do you realize what time it is?"
"Yeah. Sorry, hon. Did I wake you?" She asked innocently, although she pretty much figured because of her daughter's sleepy voice.
"Yeah, it's weekend. What do you think?"
"You don't usually sleep that long. Not even on the weekends. You're always up first." Lorelai paused to think for a moment. "Unless…"
"There was a party yesterday. Was there a party?"
"No. No party." Rory sighed and sat up in her bed, rubbing her tired face.
"Just movie night with Dean. It got pretty late."
"Yeah, he came over and brought some movies." She paused for a second. "That was okay, right? I mean, for Dean to come over?"
"Uh, yeah. Sure." Lorelai assured her hesitantly.
"Well, and since I'm up already anyway, how's your vacation treating you? You have fun?"
"Yeah. We're having a good time."
"Nice to hear." Rory paused for a moment. "Anything interesting happened?"
"What do you mean?"
"Well, uh, I mean, what did you do so far?"
"Believe it or not but there were actually days were we left the hotel room."
"Uh-huh." Too much information, Rory thought.
"No, just kidding.' Or not. "We spent some days at the beach or by the pool. I dragged Luke to go shopping with me and he even got me to see an exhibition."
"Seriously? What kind of exhibition?"
"Old cars. Old timers and such. It wasn't so bad though." Lorelai giggled as she thought about what Luke promised her in return. That was definitely the good part of the day.
"What?" Rory asked when she heard her mother giggling.
Rory knew better than to keep asking further. So she changed the subject. "What are your plans for today?"
"I don't know yet, but I'm trying to get Luke to go to the music festival with me."
"Yeah, I told you about that the other day, remember? A reason why it took us forever to find a room. Everything's booked out. How come I didn't know about this? Or you didn't know about this? Lane must have known. Anyway, I wanted to go check it out. Maybe I can get Luke to do that with me today. You think he would?"
"I don't know. Maybe, if you ask him nicely."
"Oh, I will." Lorelai giggled, thinking about a way to persuade him. He could never say no to her anyway. Well, most of the time.
"Well, good luck then."
"Thanks." Lorelai smiled and turned her head when she heard a knock on the door. "Rory, I gotta go. Room service is here. I'll call you again. Maybe tomorrow."
"Sure, okay. Have fun. Bye."
"Bye, hon." Lorelai walked back into the room, glanced at Luke who still seemed to be asleep, before she hurried to open the door.
"Good morning." A young man said, smiling. "Your breakfast."
"Thanks, I can…"
But before Lorelai could say more, she had to step aside as the room service guy pushed the cart past her into the room. He sat the tray with the food on the table before he turned back to look at Lorelai. "Anything else I can do for you?"
"No, we're good. Thank you." Lorelai shook her head and handed him a tip.
Smiling, he took the money and left silently.
"Next time you let some guy into our room, tell me first." Luke mumbled as he rolled onto his back, looking at her.
"Hi. Sorry." Lorelai grinned. "That was just Matt. The room service guy."
"Uh-huh." Luke yawned and rubbed his tired face. "Room service, huh?"
"Yep." Lorelai took the tray and walked back to the bed, setting it down in front of them. "Thought you like? Plus, I was sure you'd be in no condition to make it downstairs anytime soon, sleepyhead." Lorelai teased and leaned over to give Luke a peck on the lips. "Morning."
"Morning. And if that would be my fault. You wore me out last night."
"Yeah, sure." Lorelai rolled her eyes but let out a small laugh.
"Besides, 9am is not that late. Not for a vacation anyway." Luke sat up, pushing the sheets away to make room for the tray. "Breakfast sounds good though. I'm starved."
"That's what I figured." Lorelai smiled and handed him the glass of orange juice.
After Luke took a sip, he grabbed a croissant. "So, any ideas of what we could do today?"
"Well, in fact." Lorelai grinned and reached for the brochures on her nightstand. She handed them to Luke.
Luke studied them for a few seconds before he turned back to look at her. "The music festival?"
"Yes." Lorelai nodded eagerly.
"Lorelai." Luke sighed and flipped through one of the folders. "Isn't there anything else we could do?"
"Probably but I'd really like to go check it out. Come on, it could be fun. Please?"
"Look, it would be stupid to not go. Others come from far away to see it." Lorelai scooted a little closer to him. "And there's beer."
"You know I'm not into that kind of stuff."
"Not into beer? Since when?"
"I'm talking about the music."
"I already told Rory we're going. I wanted to bring her a shirt."
"You talked to Rory? When?"
"Earlier. I've been up for a while."
"Uh-huh." Luke rubbed his neck.
Sighing, Luke flipped through the folders again before he turned back to look at Lorelai. "There are no boy bands and such. I don't really wanna see those."
"No. It's a rock festival. See?" She took one of the folders out of Luke's hand. "Not that I know any of those bands but judging by those pictures…"
"So, no 'Nsync music or stuff like that?"
Lorelai giggled. "You know 'Nsync?"
"Yeah well, who doesn't?"
"True." Lorelai was still grinning. "So, are we going?"
Luke let out a huge sigh. "Only if we leave if I don't like it."
"Yaaaay!" Lorelai squealed in excitement and gave him a wet kiss on the lips.
Same day – later in the evening
„Admit it. You didn't like it." Lorelai asked Luke as they sat in the Restaurant, eating dessert.
"That's not true. It was nice." Luke said, referring to the music festival Lorelai wanted to check out. And thanks to her famous pout and her pleading look, it was fairly easy to make Luke go with her. It always worked.
"Yeah. Just… a little crowded maybe." Luke clarified.
"Aww, you mean you didn't like people pumping into you or screaming into your ear? How come?" Lorelai grinned and took another spoon of her ice cream into her mouth.
"Very funny. That man behind me was extremely annoying. And a little creepy with his black clothes, black hair and… black finger nails."
"You mean the one who used more mascara than I did?"
"Yep, that would be the one." Luke laughed. "Anyway, the music was good though. Not on that particular stage but on the others. There was some good stuff too."
Lorelai smiled. "See, I was sure you'd like it. I'm glad we went."
"And what are we going to do tomorrow?"
"I don't know? Any ideas?"
"Hmmm." Lorelai thought for a moment. "What about just going to the beach? Swimming. Sunbathing. Just being lazy. We deserve that after today. All the walking and standing. My feet hurt. Yours too?"
"Lucky you haven't been wearing my shoes." Lorelai paused for a moment. "A foot massage could help though."
"Yeah. I remember your fingers being all talented."
"Is that so."
Lorelai nodded. "I definitely wouldn't say no if you'd volunteer."
"And if I don't?" Luke let out a laugh.
"Oh, you wouldn't do that to me, would you?" Lorelai pouted, looking at him with puppy eyes. "You'd get something in return too."
"Well…" She thought for a moment, then gave him a big grin. "I give you some hints. You. Me. The Jacuzzi. Whipped cream."
Hesitantly, Luke broke her gaze and called for the waiter. "Check, please."
Next day – at the beach
"Luke?" Lorelai said but when he didn't seem to hear, she repeated and poked him with her pen. "Luke?"
Sighing, he opened his eyes and blinked at her. "What now?"
"Just one more time. Please."
"You already said that like ten minutes ago."
"I know but I'm almost done anyway." Lorelai drummed with her pen on the magazine, studying the crossword puzzle. "Animal with four letters. And believe it or not, I can't think of one. They have either more or less letters. Look. Cat. Dog. Monkey. Elephant. Donkey. Snake. Snail. Ugh. See?"
"Uhm." Luke thought for a moment. Then he tried. "Fish?"
"Nope. There can't be an H."
"N…, oh wait. L-I-O-N. Yes, that's it!"
"Thanks, baby. I knew you're not only my boyfriend because sex with you is great." Lorelai shot him a grin and filled in the missing word into the crossword puzzle.
"What?" Luke let out a small laugh.
"Yeah. It's also because of your looks. You look totally hot when you're naked." She leaned over and gave him a quick peck on the lips. "Dressed too but even more when you're naked."
"Uh-huh. If you say so." He smirked and rested his head back on the towel.
"Yep, believe me. I know what I'm talking about." Lorelai put away the magazine and scooted closer to her boyfriend.
"Uh-huh." Luke mumbled, his eyes already closed to catch some more sleep.
Lorelai grinned and traced a single finger down Luke's arm. Then she had an idea. She reached over to her bag and took out her camera. Glancing shortly at Luke, she rolled onto her back and held the camera a good arm length away. Then she moved closer to him and gave him a peck on the lips while she secretly made a picture. Grinning, her tongue travelled to his ear where she started nibble on his earlobe. That was when Luke turned his face and met her lips in a gentle kiss, his eyes still closed. They kissed each other for a longer moment but when Luke noticed her outstretched arm, he stopped and pulled back. He frowned as he noticed the camera in her hand.
"Don't tell me you made pictures of this. Us."
"What?" She rolled on her back and switched the mode on her camera to show Luke the pictures she just took. "Look at your face while I'm doing the tongue thing. You so like that." She giggled. "And here? Luke, my oh my, so much PDA. Who would have thought you could be like that."
"I can't believe you made pictures of this."
"Why not? Rory said she wants to see lots of pictures when we get back."
"But not of this."
"Hmm." Lorelai mused and figured it would be better to not tell him about the other pictures she took, secretly. Like when he was asleep, when he came out of the shower only wearing a towel or when he got dressed. She just had to capture him like this. "I thought it would be nice to put them in our very first 'vacation scrapbook'."
"What for?" Lorelai sighed. "Luke, what do you think? We could hand it around on the next town meeting or even better, on the next Friday Night Dinner. Oh wait, there are no such dinners anymore. At least, not for now. So the town meetings should do." Lorelai turned to look at him and saw him shaking his head.
"Oh, that wasn't a joke. I'm pretty sure the residents of Stars Hollow are very interested in our very first vacation together. You know we are the town's dream couple. It's like being famous. Life's hard when you're a celebrity, mister."
Luke just shook his head as he rolled on his back. "God help me."
Grinning, she made one last picture of grumpy Luke. Then she put her camera back into her bag. "Hey Luke?"
"Wanna go swimming?"
"Well, duh. You don't need to sleep when we're on the beach. You can still do that during the night."
"As if you'd let me." He mumbled but let Lorelai pull him up into a sitting position.
"Come on. Up, up, Mister."
In the afternoon
"I'm getting myself a drink. You want something too?"
Lorelai thought for a moment. Then she looked up at Luke who slipped into his shirt. "Ice cream wouldn't be all that bad, now that you're asking."
"Uhhhmmm, I don't like lemon and strawberry. Others than that, I'm not picky."
"Okay, I'll be back in a few minutes."
Smiling, she watched as Luke walked back to the hotel. Then she settled back on her towel to enjoy the sun prickling on her skin. Suddenly, she noticed a shadow above her and was surprised how fast Luke got back.
"That was fast, Luke. Did you run?" Lorelai asked, without opening her eyes.
When the shadow didn't move and she didn't seem to get a reaction at all, she opened her eyes and blinked at whoever was standing there, blocking her sun.
"Oh, you're not Luke."
"No." The tall guy answered shortly, giving her a flirtatious smile. He was approximately 25 years old, tanned and not that bad looking. He was a little skinny though for her taste. Some more hours at the gym certainly wouldn't hurt. "I'm Mike."
"And your name is?"
"Why do you wanna know?"
"Yeah, that's a reason." Lorelai paused. When she noted that he wouldn't go away, she sighed. "Lorelai. That's my name."
"Pretty. I like it."
"Thanks" She narrowed her eyes at him. "So, what's up, Mike? Is there a reason why you're standing there, blocking my sun?" She said, propping herself up on her elbows to look at him.
"You know what I mean."
"You see my buddies over there? We're playing beach volleyball but we're one man short. I wanted to ask if you wanna join?"
Lorelai's eyes wandered over to the two guys who seemed to be even younger than Mike. "Me? I don't do sports." She answered, shaking her head.
"What?" Mike laughed and let his eyes wander over her body. "That can't be true."
"It is. Sorry, you have to look for someone else. I'm kinda busy here anyway."
"Busy? Doing what?"
"Well, sunbathing?" Lorelai answered and grabbed the bottle of sunscreen. She squeezed a big drop on her palm and started rubbing it onto her arms.
"You need any help with that?"
"Nah, I'm good."
"I could do your back." He offered again, making a step towards her.
"That's not necessary."
"I wouldn't want you to get a sunburn." Mike tried again.
"If she wants any help, then I'm the one who's helping her."
"Says who?" Mike asked confused as he turned to the man who was talking to him.
Lorelai lifted her head and smiled at Luke who handed her the ice cream. "Thanks, Luke."
"Ah, you're Luke."
Luke studied him with narrowed eyes. "Who are you?"
"That's Mike." Lorelai said, grinning. "And I think he just tried to flirt with me."
"You were flirting with my girlfriend?" Luke glared at the younger man in front of him, his arms crossed over his chest.
"No. I mean, well..."
"Come on. Look at her. What guy wouldn't wanna try to get to know her? Those legs and her…"
"Okay, you better stop talking now." Luke interrupted him by holding up a hand.
"But I was just saying…"
"Bye Mike." Luke said, giving him a stern look.
The guy dared a short glance at Lorelai before he turned and walked back to his buddies, who, it seemed, where laughing at him.
"What was that all about?" Luke asked, as he knelt down next to her on the towel. "Can't I just leave you alone for a few minutes?"
"Okay, that was hardly any of my fault. I was lying here all innocently, sunbathing, when that guy came over. He wanted me to play volleyball with them, can you imagine?" Lorelai shook her head and started licking on her cone.
"No, actually I can't."
"Gee, is that guy still looking over at us?"
Lorelai turned her head, then rolled her eyes. "Well, let him."
"It's annoying. I don't like being watched."
"Hmm, let's give them something to look at then." Lorelai scooted closer and licked on her ice cream before she met Luke's lips in a kiss, letting him taste the sweetness that was vanilla and mango.
"Are you cold?" Luke asked as he pulled the blanket tighter around Lorelai's shoulders.
"No, I'm good." She smiled and leaned back against Luke's body. They were both sitting at the beach, watching the sun going down.
"We could go upstairs."
"No, let's stay here a little longer. Please." She took in a huge breath of air.
"Okay." Luke leaned down and whispered into her ear. With one arm settled tightly around her body, he used the other one to brush her hair to the side. He felt her shudder as he left a small trail of kisses on her naked skin.
"That tickles." Lorelai giggled and leaned her head back, so it rested on Luke's shoulder. She lifted her arm and slipped it behind Luke's neck to hold him to her.
"I wanted to tell you something."
"Okay. Go ahead."
Luke stopped kissing her shoulder and lifted his head slightly, to lean his cheek against hers. "But I want you to let me finish. No interruptions till I'm done, okay?"
"Sure." Wow, sounds mysterious, Lorelai thought.
"Good. Uhm, where do I start?" Luke thought for a moment to find the right words. "I still remember the day we met. And I remember it if it was only yesterday. How you came into my diner in a coffee frenzy, annoying the hell out of me. But at the same time I thought, who is that woman? I wanna know more about her. I didn't want to admit it but my heart always skipped a beat when you stopped by the diner to get your daily coffee fix. We didn't speak a lot at the beginning but that changed after a while. We became friends. Good friends. Maybe even best friends, if I might say so. We could always depend on each other in every kind of situation. You were there for me and I was there for you. Always. That didn't change over the years, not even when there was someone else." Luke took a deep breath and tried not to think about Max or Christopher too much. "I uh… I still don't know why I got so lucky that you finally noticed me. I really don't know because sometimes it feels like I'm dreaming and when I wake up you're not with me anymore."
Luke ignored her and kept talking. He wanted to get it all out now. "I know you think I'm stupid but that's how I feel. That's how lucky I feel to have you in my life. Being with you is the best thing that ever happened to me. And I can't even describe how you make me feel when we're together. You're everything to me, Lorelai. Everything. And I wanna spend the rest of my life with you. Forever. There's nothing more I want. I love you, Lorelai. And…" Luke reached into his pockets and fished out the small jewellery box. He flipped it open with one hand and showed Lorelai what was inside. "…that's why I'm asking you… will you marry me?"
It was out. He said it. And it wasn't so hard, was it? He watched Lorelai as her eyes fell down on the ring. Her hand reached up to her mouth as tears started to fill her eyes. She blinked a couple of times but couldn't prevent the tears from falling down her cheeks.
Okay, was that a good sign or not? He wasn't sure.
Slowly, Lorelai turned around in Luke's arms, so she could look at him. She could see nothing but love and admiration in his eyes and it made her heartbeat go even faster than it already was. He had no idea how lucky she felt to have him in her life too.
"Are you serious?"
Luke slightly frowned as his eyes shifted from the ring back to her face. "Well, what do you think?"
"I'm just… this is big. This is huge." She paused for a moment, then looked into his eyes. "And… I just want to make sure you realize what you're getting yourself into. Do you know what you're getting yourself into?"
"Lorelai." Luke sighed.
"I'm just saying because when I say 'yes', you're stuck with me forever. For a lifetime. That's a very long time, Luke."
"Would you want that?" Luke asked her carefully, his eyes not leaving hers. "Being stuck with me forever? Or…"
Lorelai bit her lower lip. Then she nodded eagerly. "Yes."
"Yes." Luke repeated, trying to assure himself that he heard right.
"Yes. Of course I wanna marry you, Luke."
Luke let out a breath, he didn't realize he was holding. It wasn't that he was afraid she might say no. Well, maybe a little but parts of him feared that she might feel it would be too soon. And the last thing he wanted was to make her freak out. But she didn't look freaked out at all. In fact, she was grinning from ear to ear, studying her ring. "It's so beautiful."
"It was my mother's."
"She wanted you to have it."
Lorelai lifted her eyes to look at him. "How do you know that?"
"I just know." He smiled and took the ring out of the box to slip it on her finger.
"So beautiful. I love that ring so much." She cupped his face to give him a kiss. After she pulled back, she slipped her arms around his neck. "And I love you." Grinning, she bit her lower lip. "You really must have planned all this. I can't believe it."
"I didn't really plan all that much."
"But you had the ring, so you planned on asking me."
"Yeah, that I did."
She played with the curls on the back of his head, still grinning. "We're getting married. You and me."
"I love you."
"I love you, too." Lorelai whispered before she leaned in to meet his lips in a gentle kiss…
Okay, that's it. I'm done. And boy, does that make me sad. I loved writing this story and I wanna thank every single one of you who read this and left me all those very nice reviews. I had so much fun writing this during all the good and bad times… it kept me going when I knew in my story everything's going to be okay and they'll get their deserved happy ending.
I was really thinking about continuing with this story because a lot of people ask me to write more but I was already overdue to finally come to an end. I hope you enjoyed it and maybe one day I'll write a sequel or another story. Never say never, right?
Thanks again, guys. You are the best!!!