AN: Shocking I know, I have updated twice this year already. This chapter is quite short, but I should get another chapter up soon. If you review, I may even update tomorrow.

"Good afternoon." Lorelai sang as she waltzed into the diner. There was no reply. Luke was no where to be seen so she took a seat at the counter and waited for him to appear.

"Hey Lorelai." Kirk called from the other end of the counter.

She smiled back at him.

"I hear you're looking for a date for this weekend." He said, getting off his stool and walking closer. "And I just wanted you to know that I'm free."

If Lorelai had been drinking coffee at that point she would have surely choked when he said that. It took her a few minutes to recover and find her words.

"Oh. Uh, Kirk. I… I don't know what to say." She started, stumbling over her words. "Sorry Kirk… No. I'm sorry."

"Right… Yeah, okay." Pain washed over his face and Lorelai immediately felt horrible.

She didn't want to hurt him, but what else could she do? "Kirk, I really am sorry, you know."

Kirk nodded, gathered his things and left.

When Luke entered the diner a couple of minutes later he found Lorelai hitting her head against the counter. "Hey, hey! Lorelai what are you doing?"

She stopped for a second to look up at Luke. "Kirk asked me out."

Luke looked shocked for a moment, and then he burst out laughing.

"Hey!" Lorelai pouted, but he didn't stop. "Seriously!"

The laughter died down, but a stupid smile remained plastered on his face. Lorelai laid her down on the counter again, still feeling dreadful.

"Don't worry about it." Luke told her, as he poured her a cup of coffee.

"That's easy for you to say… You didn't see his face." She sighed as she recalled the memory. "He looked really upset, Luke."

The smile returned to Luke's lips, but he managed not to laugh this time around.

"Anyway, I had a question for you." Lorelai told Luke as he place a mug in front of her and filled it.

"Okay, shoot."

"Well, I have been roped into going to this party. And, well, I sort of need a… date." Lorelai mumbled the last part and kept her eyes down. This isn't the sort of party that she could imagine Luke going to.

But he surprised her when he agreed to go.


"Yeah, sure. When is it?"

Lorelai told him the time of the party and they agreed to meet at the diner and he would drive them there. Lorelai 'forgot' to mention that her parents would be attending – he'd find out soon enough. Then she went back to work.

Later that day, Lorelai was sat at home on the couch, flicking through the channels when Rory walked in.

Lorelai turned off the TV and turned to face her daughter. "Hey, hun. How was school?"

Instead of responding, Rory through herself down onto the sofa and heaved a large sigh. She looked utterly miserable.

"That bad?"

Rory moved herself so that her head was lying in her mother's lap and she sobbed for a while. Eventually, she built up enough courage to speak out.

"I don't like my school. The boy's are mean." Rory told her mother, letting a couple of sobs break through her words.

Lorelai didn't say a word; she just listened to her little girl.

"They laugh at me because I know the answers to Miss Beck's questions. I think… you know what you were saying about moving to Chilton. I think I want to." She told her mother.

"Okay, sweetheart. If that's what you want, then that's what we will do." She promised and kissed her daughter's hair.

Rory rubbed her eyes and sat up.

"I'm still talking to the school about those boys though." Lorelai said, got up and walked over to the phone. She was about to start dialling when her daughter ran over and gave her a big hug, before heading to her room to start her homework.

"Hello, I'm Lorelai Gilmore… I would like to speak to Miss Beck… Yes, it's concerning my daughter, Rory. Thank you."