Luke ran a damp rag over the diner's counter. He looked up when he heard the door open. "What are you doing here so early?"
"Grumph." Lorelai grumbled at him and sat down on a stool. Her forehead hit the counter with a thud.
Luke walked around the counter and sat down next to her. "What's wrong?" He scratched the crown of her head lightly.
"What day is it?" she muttered at him.
"What time is it?"
"It's like quarter to six."
"In the morning?"
Lorelai picked her head up and looked at Luke through sleepy eyes. "Just one cup?"
"You know I can't give you coffee. It's bad for the baby."
"The baby. Right. As soon as it comes out it's grounded."
"Yeah. That's why I'm awake at this ungodly hour. I have to go to the doctor."
"Is everything alright?"
"It's just a check-up."
"Can I come?"
The thought had never crossed Lorelai's mind to ask Luke to go with her to her appointments. "Sure. I just need something to eat."
"Sure. What would you like? Eggs, bacon, pancakes?"
"Just some fruit salad."
Luke looked at her questioningly. "Really? Fruit salad?"
"Just get it before I change my mind."
Luke sat in the examination room anxiously as Lorelai got into the paper gown. "Do you need help getting into that thing?"
"Nope." Lorelai hopped up on the examination table and scooted back so her head was resting on the pillow.
"Isn't there another piece to that?"
"What do you mean?"
"It's all … open in the front."
"Well she needs to be able to examine me."
There was a knock at the door and Lorelai's doctor, Dr. Lawrence, walked into the room. "Hi Lorelai." She noticed Luke sitting in the corner. "And you must be the new daddy."
"Luke Danes." Luke shook the doctor's hand.
Dr. Lawrence started to wash her hands. "So how have you been feeling?"
Luke shrugged. "Well it's a little overwhelming sometimes but …"
"I was talking to your wife, Mr. Danes." Dr. Lawrence smiled at him.
"Well the morning sickness isn't as bad as it was but I still get nauseous sometimes."
"Any light headedness or dizziness?"
"Good." Dr. Lawrence took Lorelai's blood pressure and recorded everything in her file. "So you're at ten weeks and it sounds like everything is going well. How would you like to see your baby today?"
"Ok." Luke stood up. He looked at Lorelai. "I mean, if you want to."
Lorelai smiled at him. "Of course." She took his hand and relaxed at the doctor brought out the ultrasound machine.
Dr. Laurence began scanning Lorelai's belly with the wand. "Ok, let's see. Well there we are. If you look right here you can see the heart beat." Luke stared at the screen and tried to see what the doctor had found.
"That little jumpy thing?"
Lorelai squeezed his hand. "That's our baby."
"Would you like to know the sex?"
"Oh, I don't know. We hadn't really discussed it." Lorelai looked up at Luke.
"What ever you want."
"Well if we know we can decorate the nursery and start buying clothes."
"Is that a yes?" Dr. Lawrence looked at Luke and Lorelai.
Lorelai nodded. "That's a yes."
"Alright." Dr. Lawrence moved the wand around Lorelai's stomach, trying to get a better picture of the baby. "Ok. Well I haven't determined the sex yet but I have found something else."
Lorelai felt panicked. "Is everything ok?"
"Everything's fine. I found a second heartbeat."
Lorelai was stunned. She looked up at Luke, her mouth open in surprise.
"What do you mean two heartbeats?" Luke started to worry that there was something wrong with his baby.
"Twins," Lorelai finally said.
"That's right. You're having twins."
"Oh my God." Luke couldn't even think. He pulled a chair up next to Lorelai and sat down. "Twins?"
"Here they are." Dr. Lawrence brought a picture up of two babies up on the screen. "I'll save that one for you if you'd like."
"Yes please." Lorelai smiled at Luke. He was sitting perfectly still, just staring at the screen.
"Ok. Well one's deffinately a boy. And, let's see. Oh, a boy and a girl. I'll just get a few more good pictures and you'll be all set." When Dr. Lawrence finished she wiped the gel off of Lorelai's stomach. "I'll just go print those up for you so you can take them home and I'll bring them up front to you. Congratulations." She smiled at Luke and Lorelai and left the room.
"Wow." Lorelai rubbed her stomach. "Twins. Wow."
She sat up at nudged Luke. "Are you ok?"
Lorelai slid off the table and stood in front of him. "You're happy right?"
"I don't think I've ever been happier." He stood up and hugged her tightly. Luke rested his hand on her stomach. "It's weird to think that there's two of them in there."
"Just wait. I'm gonna be as big as a house in a few months."
"I love you." Luke pushed a few hairs out of her face.
Lorelai finished buttoning her shirt and then kissed him lightly on the lips. "I love you too."
Luke took her hand. "Ready?"
Lorelai nodded. "Yeah." They walked out of the room and picked up the pictures of their babies at the reception desk.
"Are you sure you're ok here alone? I can leave the diner for one day." Luke hesitated to leave the house and go back to work.
"Luke, I'm fine."
"Alright. But you call me if you need anything, ok?"
"Yeah yeah. Get out of here now." She playfully pushed him towards the door. "Have a good day at work." She kissed his cheek.
Luke rubbed his hand over his stomach. "Bye kids. I'll be home later."
"You're insane." Lorelai laughed.
"You better call everyone you know because tonight we're having a party."
"I'll cook some food and we'll put some streamers up on the gazebo or something. Just have everyone show up around seven." He waved and walked down the front steps.
Lorelai shut the door and walked back into the living room, shaking her head. She grabbed the phone and flopped onto the couch. She rubbed her stomach as she dialed.
"Mom, hey! What are you doing up? It's like nine."
"I had an early appointment with Dr. Lawrence."
"Is everything alright?"
"Peachy. So what are you up to?"
"Not much. I was gonna run over to the bookstore and get my books."
"Senior year, huh?"
"I know. It's a little sad. My last fall semester books ever."
"It seems like just yesterday you were graduating from Chilton."
"And the day before that I was trying to get you to keep your diaper on in public."
"Yes, the memories are rushing back."
"My little baby's all grown up."
Rory rolled her eyes a laughed a little. "Speaking of little baby, how's the new one?"
"Well, that's what I'm calling you about."
"Did you find out if it's a boy or a girl?"
"What? You think I'll just give up that information without anything in return?"
"Are you bribing me?"
"A little bit."
"What are your demands?"
"Come home. I miss you."
"I've got school starting next week."
"Exactly. I haven't seen you all summer. Let's have a shopping day, just us."
"Alright. Tomorrow morning I'll pick you up. Is that ok?"
"Well Luke's all about having this big party tonight at the gazebo and I really want you to come."
"Luke's throwing a party?"
"I know. I was just as surprised."
"You're having a boy aren't you?"
"Luke's all excited because he knows the Danes name isn't going to end with him so he's having a big party."
"I can neither deny nor confirm that. So will you come?"
"Sure. What time do you want me there?"
"Well if you come over now maybe we can go out and I can buy some pants that I actually fit into."
"You're that fat already?"
"Don't mock mama."
"So what time do you want me to pick you up?"
"Well I could pick you up."
"You still fit behind the steering wheel?"
"I'm going to ignore that last comment. Why don't you leave now and we can go over to Luke's for some food and then head over to the mall."
"Sounds good. I'll be over in a few hours."
Taylor burst through the diner door. "Luke, can I have a word with you please?"
"Sure Taylor. What's on your mind?" Not even Taylor could spoil Luke's excellent mood.
Taylor was taken aback. "Are you felling alright?"
"Never better. You want some coffee?"
"No, I'm, uh, fine."
"You wanted to talk to me about something?"
"Right. What is going on in the square? I see Miss Patty has some sort of dance routine going on in the gazebo and Kirk's hanging up these little storks on all the trees." Taylor pulled a folded blue paper stork out of his pocket and handed it to Luke. "He said you asked him to do it. Is this true?"
"Yeah. I'm hosting a little get together tonight for Lorelai, sort of a pre-baby shower thing."
"Well that's all fine and good but did you ever think of getting this cleared with me?"
"I didn't think I needed to."
"Well as town selectman I enjoy knowing what's going on in my town."
"Taylor, what's this really about?"
"Well I consider Lorelai to be a friend and…"
"Are you afraid you wouldn't be invited?"
"Of course not."
"We just decided to do this like two hours ago. And no one's really invited. I mean, the whole town should come."
"Well I'll have to check my schedule but I might be able to stop by."
"Good. Maybe I'll see you later."
"Sure." Taylor backed away slowly and walked out of the diner.
"Hey Taylor," Lorelai said as she walked past Taylor.
"Oh, hello." He walked down the sidewalk.
Lorelai looked questioningly at Rory who just shrugged. "What's up with him?" she asked Luke as she sat down at a table by the window.
"Oh, you know Taylor. He's always been a little off." Luke brought over a pot of coffee and filled Rory's cup. "Hey Rory."
"Hey. Um, congratulations."
"Did you tell her?"
Lorelai put her hands up in defense. "No, it wasn't me. She knows nothing."
"Ah, so it is a boy!" Rory beamed.
"She's just guessing, Luke. I promise."
"Alright. Do you want something to drink?"
"Are you sure?"
"Just some water then."
"How about some chocolate chip pancakes? I just mixed up some batter."
"Ooh, sounds good. Thanks Luke." Rory took a sip of her coffee. "Oh man. I forgot how much I love Luke's coffee. Mmm mmm mmm. Good stuff." She exaggerated how great the coffee was, teasing Lorelai.
"Living with Jess is having serious ramifications. He's rubbing off on you."
Rory ignored her mom's comment and was relieved when Luke brought out their pancakes. She knew her mom was only teasing her but it still burned a little. When she had dated Jess her mom wasn't too fond of him. But he was different now and in time Lorelai would see that. "So what did Grandma and Grandpa say about the baby? Are they coming tonight?"
"Uh, well they might be."
"You haven't told them?"
"I'm waiting for the right time."
"And when is that? When you're in the delivery room?"
"I was thinking maybe a few weeks after that but yeah, that would probably be ok."
"Mom. What could they possibly say? They didn't kill you the last time and now you're married so they should be happy."
"Yes, they should be happy but they're not. Remember how happy my mother was when she found out we were married. Well multiply that by one billion and that's how pissed she'll be about this."
"But what about Grandpa?"
"I do feel a little bad about that part."
"Why don't we stop over there after we go shopping? I haven't seen them in a while and Grandpa should be done at the office by the time we get there."
"Aright. But if she starts throwing urns and candlesticks you'll need to form a human shield."