Lorelai quickly sat down in her chair. "I'm sorry." She put her head to her hand. "I must really be losing it, cause I could have sworn you just said..."
"I love you." Luke repeated.
Lorelai's mouth dropped. "Weren't we just arguing?"
"I believe we were." Luke confirmed as he set down beside her. He stared blankly ahead, not sure if he was confident in his decision to tell Lorelai his feelings about her.
Lorelai turned and faced Luke. "Rory should be coming out soon."
Luke stared at her for a moment. He wasn't sure how to respond to her statement. "O-okay." he nodded. "Good."
"Yeah." Lorelai added.
"Mom." A voice called.
Lorelai stood and walked over to her daughter, who was sitting in a wheelchair. "Hey, sweetie." Lorelai bent over and kissed Rory on the forehead.
"Can we go home?" Rory asked.
Lorelai looked up at the nurse who was standing behind Rory's wheelchair. "There's a few papers to sign, it won't take long."
"I'll just be a few minutes." Lorelai replied to Rory as she walked over to the nurse station.
"Hey." Luke greeted as he came walking over. "How's that head?"
"There's just a dull ache now." Rory replied.
"Well, we'll get you home and in bed. I'm sure you'll be feeling tip-top in no time." Luke smiled.
Once Rory was in her warm bed, she began to feel much better indeed. Lorelai kissed her good night and closed the door. She walked into the living room to find a very anxious Luke sitting on her couch. She glided over and set down beside him.
"Thank you so much... for everything." she stated. "You're truly amazing."
"Don't mention it." Luke replied modestly.
"How can I not? Without you, I don't know what we'd do." Lorelai continued. "You've been such a huge help."
"I just want to make sure you're both taken care of." He smiled. "What I said earlier, in the hospital... I know that I just kind of sprung it on you."
"Yeah." Lorelai giggled.
"I've been trying to think of a way to tell you for months. I never could find the right time. I was going to tell you earlier tonight, after the dinner party. Then we ended up at the hospital. I was just aggravated that my plans had been ruined and that all you could think about was Emily. Don't get me wrong, Lorelai, I think you are an awesome mom. Rory couldn't have anyone better looking out for her. What I said about you was just out of aggravation, I didn't mean it."
"It's okay." Lorelai replied. "Part of me needed to hear it."
"Yeah, it helps bring me back to reality whenever the big city lifestyle begins to overpower me."
Luke smiled. "Anyway, everything I said after my rant was the truth."
"You mean the part about love?" Lorelai asked as she scooted a little closer to him.
"Yes." Luke smiled. "That's the part." he leaned in towards her.
"I have a confession to make too." She replied in a lower voice.
"Better not keep it bottled up." Luke said as their faces became so close they could feel one another's breath on their cheeks.
"I"ve been keeping something from you for quite a long time." Lorelai smiled. "I've been deeply, madly, outrageously, uncontrollably in ..."
"Mom!" Just as Lorelai's lips were on the very verge of meeting Luke's, the high pitched scream separated the two like the Red sea when Moses freed his people. "Mom!" Rory called again.
Lorelai quickly ran into her daughter's room. "What, what is it!" Lorelai asked breathlessly.
"I remember something!" Rory exclaimed as she sat up in her bed.
Lorelai's heart nearly burst from her chest. "What do you remember?"
"I was riding my bike down the street." Rory began. "You had sent me to the store for groceries. Right when I got to Taylor's, one of Kirk's dogs became unleashed and started chasing me. I ended up losing control of my bike and hitting Taylor's orange stand."
Lorelai wiped several tears from her eyes. "Oh, sweetie that's wonderful."
"So, it really happened?" Rory asked with a bright gleam.
"Yes..." Lorelai laughed. "It really happened."
Rory began to laugh as well. "I was afraid I had made it all up."
"Nope." Lorelai clarified. " It was 3 years ago. You had to have 7 stitches in your knee that day." she added. "And Taylor even tried to make us pay for all the oranges you had damaged."
"But Luke stood up for us." Rory replied.
Silence fell between them as Lorelai gazed at her daughter for several moments. "Yeah.." She smiled. "He did."
"It feels so great to remember!" Rory yelled.
Luke peaked his head through the doorway. "Everything okay?"
"Oh, yeah." Lorelai replied. "Come in."
Luke slowly walked into Rory's room and stood beside her window.
Lorelai gazed up the handsome face. "She remembered something." Lorelai said proudly.
"She did?" Luke asked. "That's great! What is it?"
"The time I wrecked my bike into Taylor's orange stand." Rory replied cheerfully.
Luke smiled. "I remember that as well."
"This means I could get all of my memory back... doesn't it mom?" Rory asked with hope and optimism.
Lorelai thought for a moment before she answered her daughter's question. "Rory, I believe you can do anything. I believe you can regain all your memories. I believe you can go to Harvard. I believe in you. I always have and I always will."