That Fateful Day in Luke's

Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with Gilmore Girls. Well, other than having all 5 seasons on DVD and watching the show religiously…None of these characters are mine, unless I make some up, but that'll be obvious 33

Summary: This takes place way before season 1, when Luke and Lorelai first met. Switching points-of-view, Luke and Lorelai's relationship grows into something neither of them dreamed of. Note: may not take the course of the actual show, other than main events like Lorelai's graduation and Rory's graduation and crap like that.

Chapter 5: Rings on my Fingers and Bells on my Toes

A/N: Haha, about half the reviews I got had "WHAT IS IN THE NOTE!" Don't worry! You'll find out in due time! Thanks my beat (beta) buddy, OkGoPrettyMuchRules. Luke

Previously on Fateful Day

"Where was it?" she asks incredulously, and I show her the dusty little compartment at the very bottom of the counter. "Hey, what's this?" Rory pulls out a note. It's pretty old by the looks of it. The paper is yellowing and flimsy, covered in dust.

I take the paper from Rory's hand, careful not to tear it, and gently blow to take away the dust. It's a letter. I look at the date in the top right corner…no…it can't be!

"Luke, what is it?" Rory asks, seeing my astonished face.

"This was written the day my mother died…" I declare, breathless.

"What?" Rory looks over my shoulder and reads aloud. "My dear son, enclosed is an engagement ring. It belonged to your mother. Give it to the woman you love. Don't wait too long, or she might not be there anymore. Life is fleeting and love even more so. Use this well. Your father, William"

"This was my mother's ring," I state. I open the box again, realizing the odd familiarity of it is all because I had seen it before…when I was a child.

"It's beautiful. Your dad must have really loved her to buy such an expensive ring," Rory thinks out loud.

"How can you tell it's expensive?" I inquire, puzzled.

"Look at it! Those tiny diamonds are probably five karat, and the bigger one must be at least seven karats! And the sapphires are real. You can tell because the fake ones are shiny. Real ones are a little clouded," she says in a matter-of-fact tone.

"How do you know all this?" I ask incredulously.

"I'm a girl, and I live with Lorelai Gilmore, who loves jewelry, so I had to read books on precious and semi-precious stones just so I could keep up with her," Rory declares, an unsaid duh apparent.

"Aw geez, I don't know that crap!" I exclaim in my defense. "All I know is cooking. I suck at everything else." But Rory isn't listening; she's flipping the note over, scrutinizing it trying to find any other writing with a flustered look on her face. "What are you looking for?"

"Use this well? What does he mean by life is fleeting and love even more so? Why is it so succinct?"

"My father was never one for words. He was a straight up actions-are-better-than-words kind of person," I explain. Yes, my father's lack of conversational skills used to be frustrating, and they stumped me, but he wasn't a bad father. In fact, he was a great father. We were extremely close, almost as close as Rory and Lorelai. That's probably why his death hit me hardest.

"Geez, didn't you ever find that annoying?" Rory looks up from the letter.

"All the time."

"Okay…Well I have to go meet Lane. Her mom bought like fifty pounds of tofu, so she hasn't had any real food for two weeks. I'm taking her out for a pizza pig-out at Joe's."

"Have fun!" I call after the brunette as she exits the diner. I go back to cleaning up. I'm starting to stack the chairs when the bell dings again. I look up. "Rachel!"

"Hey…" the red-head breathes out.



"Rory, are you home?" I call out. I wave goodbye to Max, still freaked out I asked him to move in with me. I hope Rory is okay with having a guy move in with us. She'll have to be unless I want to break up with Max again.

"Hey!" my daughter comes into the foyer with Lane, both of them clutching a slice of pizza.

"Hey, I have a really big problem that kind of affects us both!" I declare. "…and sometimes Lane…" I add.

"Not sure I like the sound of that…" Rory says apprehensively.

"Living room?" I suggest, thinking they might want to sit down for this. "Okay, I was kind of stupid tonight…" I begin.

"Stupid how?"

"I kind of asked Max to move in."

"Move in where?" Lane asks.

"Move in with us?" Rory clarifies.

"Uh, well, yeah…" I admit. The girls sit there shocked. Neither one replies…or moves for that matter. "Um…hello? Earth to Rory!" I snap my fingers in front of her face to get her attention.

"And what did Max say?" Rory gains enough composure to inquire to that little detail.

"Er…he said yes…"

"What!" Rory and Lane snap out of their trance.

"Yeah…Max is moving in! But I remembered I hadn't even talked to you about it, so I told him not to move in until I go over it with you!" I say, hoping that will gain me some brownie points.

"Well thanks for thinking of me," my daughter replies dryly. "We'll deal with that later. We need to go to Luke's."

"Why?" Lane asks.

"We're out of coffee." That get's my attention.

"What do you mean 'we're out of coffee'?" I inquire hurriedly. "How can we be out of coffee? I just bought some yesterday!"

"Yeah, you bought coffee yesterday, and then we had Babette over for coffee!" Shit!

"Then what are we waiting for? Luke's, NOW!" I usher the girls out the door and proceed to power-walk to Luke's.

About halfway to Luke's, Rory remembers something. "I forgot to tell you the big news!"

"Oh, please, dear God, don't tell me one of you is pregnant!" I clutch my heart and Rory's shoulder.

"No, we're not pregnant!" Lane reassures.

"Oh, thank God!" I exhale in relief. "So what's the big news?"

"It's about Luke," Rory explains.

"Oh…is he pregnant?" I joke, smirking.

"He found an engagement ring bequeathed to him by his father."

"You're kidding," I reply.

"No, I'm not. I saw it. It's amazing, awe-inspiring, and gorgeous!"

"Geez, why do you sound like you'd dump Dean if you could get that ring?" I tease.

"It'd be a pretty close call!" Rory plays along. "We'll con Luke into showing it to you. Let's go!"

A/N: Sorry it took so long to update! I had volleyball camp! Review please!

LAUREN SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN NOMINATED! Let me just say that right now!