Okay, so this is m first try at an episode spinoff. Everyone was so great with my first story, so I hope that you'll all be just as supportive for this one! I will still write the sequel for Surprises Everywhere, but I was watching season five today and got a brainwave. I figured I might as well start this while it was fresh.
Luke looked over at Lorelai when the song was over and was surprised to see that she had tears streaming down her face. His heart broke as he realized that he was the reason she was so upset. He desperately wanted to take her in his arms and comfort her, but he couldn't bring himself to do it. Just as he was about to turn to her, Luke felt a soft, familiar hand close over his.
"Did you love me?" Lorelai asked as soon as their eyes met. "I mean, I know you don't anymore, but I need to know…did you?"
Luke stared at her. He opened his mouth to speak, but Lorelai pulled him into the hallway. "I'm sorry, I just want to talk about this in private," she said. "I just want to know because it might help me deal with this better."
Luke wanted to take Lorelai in his arms and tell her that there was nothing more that he wanted to do than take her in his arms and never let her go. But he swallowed his pride and said, "Yes."
Lorelai choked on her tears and turned away from him, not wanting Luke to see her so upset. She started to walk away, but Luke grabbed her arm and pulled her back to him.
"I answered the question for you," Luke said, not letting go of Lorelai's arm. "Now I want your answer to the same question. Do you love me?"
Lorelai swallowed hard, trying hard not to cry in front of Luke. "Yes," she said so softly that he wondered if she'd even spoken.
"Even now?" Luke whispered, trying hard to control the emotions that were running wild inside of him.
"Yes," Lorelai replied. "I'm sorry, okay? I know that we're not even together anymore, and it's stupid, because there's no reason for me to keep loving you. But I can't stop." She seemed to realize what she'd said, and a panicked look came across her face. "I have to go."
She started to leave, but Luke grabbed her arm and held her in front of him. "Lorelai," he said. "I still love you too."
Tears spilled down Lorelai's face and she shook her head. "Don't do this, Luke," she whispered. "Don't make this any harder than it has to be."
"Why?" Luke asked. "Why does this have to be hard if we both love each other?"
Lorelai shook her head. "I can't, Luke," she whispered. Before Luke could say anything else, she was gone and he was left standing alone in the elementary school hallway.
As soon as Lorelai rounded to corner, she slumped against the wall and couldn't help the sobs that started. She buried her face in her hands for a few moments before she took a deep breath and started to walk out to the parking lot. She got into the jeep, but when she saw Luke's truck parked right next to the Jeep, she burst into tears again. She knew that there was no way that she could drive when she was this upset, but she had to get away from this. She quickly dried her eyes and pulled out of the parking lot, heading towards the inn.
Luke left the school just in time to see Lorelai's jeep drive off. He cursed himself and rushed to his truck, wanting to talk to her before he lost his nerve. He drove quickly to Lorelai's house, hoping that he would be able to catch her there. When he could see that her jeep wasn't in the driveway, he turned the truck around and began speeding towards the Dragonfly.
When he reached the entrance to the Dragonfly, he saw Lorelai getting out of her jeep, tears streaming down her face. He pressed the gas without bothering to look to see if there were any cars coming.
Lorelai was just entering the lobby of the Dragonfly when she heard the screeching of tires and the crashing of metal. She instinctively turned to see what had happened, and when she recognized Luke's green truck, she suddenly felt sick to her stomach. She was paralyzed for a moment before she took off towards the car, fearing the worst.
When she reached the driver's side of the truck, she felt immediate relief to see that Luke's chest was still moving up and down, but he wasn't awake. "Luke," she cried. "Luke, please wake up! Luke!"
She began to sob as she realized that Luke wasn't going to wake up right away. She collapsed onto the ground next to the truck, her face buried in her hands. She didn't know how long she was out there before she heard an ambulance coming closer and arms wrapping around her.
"Luke," she cried. "He can't leave me."
She was drawn to her feet and recognized Sookie's voice as she whispered soothing words in her ear.
"I have to go with him," Lorelai said, pushing out of Sookie's arms just as they were loading Luke into the ambulance. "I have to go," she screamed.
"Who are you?" one of the attendants asked.
"His girlfriend," Lorelai replied.
"All right, come on," the attendant replied.
Lorelai climbed into the backseat of the ambulance, and her eyes teared up again when she saw Luke's limp body stretched out in the middle of the ambulance. She knew enough not to get in the way of the EMTs, but she needed Luke to know that she was there. She reached out and placed a gentle hand on Luke's shoulder, then moved her fingers to run gently through his hair. She leaned down and whispered in his ear, "Luke, it's me. I'm here, you have to wake up for me."
As they raced toward the hospital, Lorelai noticed that Luke's eyes were fluttering open. "Luke," Lorelai whispered. "Luke, can you hear me?"
"Lore…lai…" Luke's voice was soft and barely audible, but Lorelai could tell that he was trying to make sure that she was there.
"I'm here," she whispered, smoothing his hair back from his face. "I'm here, baby."
Luke's eyes fluttered closed again, but Lorelai refused to think that he was really asleep. "Luke," she whispered. "Luke, please wake up."
Luke's eyes stayed closed, and Lorelai pressed a hand to her mouth, trying to stifle her sobs. A moment later, they pulled up in front of the hospital and Lorelai watched as they pulled Luke's stretcher out of the ambulance. She followed them into the Emergency Room, but a nurse stopped her when they reached a door that read "Authorized Personal Only."
As she sank into a hard plastic waiting chair, Lorelai buried her face in her hands and finally allowed the tears that she'd been trying to hold back come to her. She sobbed harder than she ever had, and a moment later a voice said next to her, "Are you okay?"
Lorelai looked up and saw a nurse standing before her with a box of tissues and a kind look on her face. She sighed and smiled slightly as the woman sat down next to her and offered her a tissue.
"My name's Olivia," she said softly. "Was that your husband they just brought in?"
Lorelai shook her head. "No," she said. "He's my boyfriend. Well, my ex-boyfriend, but that wasn't by choice."
Olivia nodded. "Do you want to talk about it?" she asked gently. "It might be good to talk to someone and it'll make the time go by."
Over the next hour, Lorelai told Olivia almost everything about her complicated relationship with Luke, how they'd gotten together, then broken up, and how miserable she was without him. She explained about the play and what had happened there, then how she'd witnessed the car accident and how terrified she'd been.
Olivia listened patiently, letting Lorelai release all her emotions. She'dbeen a nurse for a long time, and she had seen many people broken up by the admittance of their loved ones into the hospital.
"I told him that he was making it too hard," Lorelai said. "When he told me that he loved me and said that we should be together if we both love each other, I told him I didn't want it. That's not true, I do want it, I do want him. I want him so badly it aches."
Before Olivia could answer, Lorelai looked up and saw Rory walk into the waiting room. "Rory!" she cried.
"Mom!" Rory looked at her mother's tear stained face and ran to hug her. "What happened?"
"Luke was in a car accident," Lorelai said. "I came with him. But how did you know?"
"Sookie called me," Rory replied. "Mom, what happened? Did you and Luke get back together?"
"It was horrible," Lorelai said softly. "Rory, we were at the play and there was this song. This song that was just repeating over and over again, and I asked Luke, and he said he loved me. I told him that I loved him, but we couldn't be together. I left and he must have followed me, because I heard the crash and it was awful."
Rory knew that her mother wasn't talking coherantly, and she knew that she had to get the rest of the story later. For now she knew the basics of what had happened, and she had to keep her mother sane.
When Lorelai turned back to the waiting area, Olivia stood and smiled at them. "Rory, this is Olivia. She's a nurse and she's spent her break time listening to me talk to my crazy relationship with Luke. Olivia, this is my daugher Rory."
Rory smiled at Olivia weakly. "Thank you for watching out for my mother," she said. "I'm glad that she had someone."
"I was glad to help," Olivia replied. "I'm going to go check and see if there's been any progress."
Lorelai felt her knees go weak as she thought about what she might soon find out about Luke and she sank to a nearby chair. Rory sat down next to her and silently prayd that Luke was okay for more reasons than one.
Before Olivia came back, a doctor still in scrubs came through the door. "Is there someone here for Luke Danes?" she asked.
Rory stood and turned to help Lorelai stay steady. "This is my mother," she said. "She's Luke's girlfriend."
The doctor nodded. "Please come with me," she said.
Lorelai felt her heart stop beating, suddenly sure that Luke was dead. Why else wouldn't the doctor tell inform them of Luke's condition in the waiting room?
On shaky legs, she and Rory followed the doctor, trying to be brave about what she was about to find out.
Next chapter: Lorelai and Rory find out about Luke's condition