Title: A Perfect, and Somewhat Dysfunctional, Family

By: bokayjunkie

Summary: Luke and Rory has always had a special father/daughter bond that no one can break. But what happens when someone comes along to ruin that bond. Set in Season 1. Luke and Lorelai are not together…YET. A little RD also.

Disclaimer: what's the point.

CHAPTER 25: The Difference Between Then and Now

"Wake up!" Rory yelled as she bounced onto her mother's bed. Lorelai groaned and tried to shoo Rory away. "Come one!" she exclaimed, pulling the blanket off her mother's body.

Lorelai groaned louder and squinted her eyes open. She looked at her daughter, clad in her Chilton uniform. Rory was now standing in front of Lorelai's closet door, looking at her mother's wardrobe. She looked at the clock at her bedside table. It was already 6:30. She wasn't suppose to be up till seven.

"Rory honey," she said a bit sleepily, "is there a fire or something?"

"You have to get ready?" she said excitedly, still looking for an outfit for her mother.

"Why? Am I gonna go to Hollywood or something?" she asked, sitting up, rubbing her eyes.

"No, we're going to the diner!"

"And…is Brad Pitt gonna be there or something?" still confused at why her daughter was so cheerful this early in the morning.

"No, Luke is!" she exclaimed taking out an outfit for her mother. "Here." she said, handing it to her mother. "Go to the bathroom, take a shower, and wear this."

"Rory, what's the rush?" amused at her daughter right now. Rory had pulled her up from the bed, so she stood in front of her daughter.

"The rush is, we're gonna be going to the diner pretty soon and you're not ready." she said. "The last thing you need is for Luke to see you with bed head. Which, may not matter to him. Cause you'll always be beautiful to him no matter what. But still. A start of a new relationship means you have to look good to keep him satisfied."

Lorelai chuckled at her daughter. "Are you serious?"

"Do I look like I'm kidding?" she asked with a stern face. "Now chop, chop." she pushed Lorelai in her bathroom and closed the door. "And I don't want to see you out of this room until you're all ready to go!"

Inside the bathroom, Lorelai stood, still chuckling. Though she is thankful for her daughter. She wanted to look good for Luke as well. She looked at herself in the mirror. Wow, I do have bed head. She thought. Better get rid of that. Even if Luke's seen her with bead head numerous of times before. Again, as her daughter stated before, this is a start of a new relationship, she has to keep him satisfied.

45 minutes later, Lorelai walked down the stairs, clean, fresh, and wearing the outfit Rory had picked out for her. She walked to the kitchen and saw her daughter zipping her backpack, while drink a cup of coffee.

"Hey." she said to her daughter, pouring herself a cup of coffee.

Rory looked up and smiled at the sight of her mother. "Wow. Look at you all glammed up. Luke wont know what hit him."

Lorelai blushed. "Well I have you to thank for that."

"You're welcome." she giggled. "So, you forgive me for waking you up?"

"Well," pretending to think it over. "we'll just have to wait of what Luke will think of it."

"I bet you he's gonna love it." she gushed.

"I sure hope so." Lorelai grinned, sitting down on a chair. "So…why so cheery this morning."

"Well, I had to have you ready for Luke."

"I feel like I'm in an escort service thing or something."

"Mom." Rory rolled her eyes. "You know why. This is the beginning of a relationship. A really great one. You wouldn't want Luke to think you're a slob, now would you?"

"He already knows I'm a slob." she mumbled, though a bit self conscious at that fact. He already knows I'm a slob! God, could I be anymore unattractive? Why is he with me if he knows my slobbishness?

"True." Rory shrugged. "But still, you should be all pretty for your man."

"Thank you honey." she smiled at her daughter. Rory flashed her a wide, toothy smile, then went back to her room for a while.

Lorelai studied her daughter. Definitely different that when she was with Max that's for sure. When she started going out with Max, Rory had been distant. Even mad at her. And now with Luke, Rory was ecstatic. Heck, she's even more ecstatic than Luke and herself combined.

Rory came back out from her room with another book in hand. She opened her backpack and tried to fit it in.

"Oh hey," Lorelai said, "I called Luke last night and we talked about when we're gonna tell the town."

Rory looked at her mother excited. "You did?" Lorelai nodded in confirmation. "And?"

"Well we are going to keep it quiet until our date on Saturday." she said. "But after that, we're just gonna play it by ear. Meaning, they'll know when they'll know."

"Ok." nodding, seeming to like that idea.

"Oh, but you can tell Lane now if you want."

Rory perked up. "I can?" she squealed.

"Yeah. But only her."

"Thank you." Rory squealed, hugging her mom. Then she pulled back. "Ok, I'm done with this. Let's go."

"This is a very exciting moment." Rory whispered to her mother's ear as they neared the diner.

Lorelai just smiled at her daughter. This is an exciting moment. The day after she and Luke had officially started being together. Once the two entered, Lorelai suddenly felt self conscious. She keeps on taking glances at the people inside. And although they weren't paying any attention to her, Lorelai still felt as if they were staring at her, and that they know. Surely the smile, and glowing state she's in right now would be a dead giveaway. But fortunately, the people inside hadn't even taken a glance at her direction.

Rory had already sat at a table, by the window. Lorelai followed her pursuit. Then seconds later, Luke came by with a coffee pot in one hand and two mugs on the other.

"Morning." He said with a slight smile. He placed the mugs in front of them and poured each one with coffee.

"Hi Luke." Rory said in a bright voice.

Lorelai just sat there with a goofy, dreamy smile on her face, just staring at Luke. Luke looked back at her and gave her a smile.

"So…" he said, clearing his throat, "What'll you two have?"

"I'll have blueberry pancakes please." Rory grinned. "Mom?"

"Huh?" Lorelai was brought back from her dreamy state. She looked at her daughter questioningly and realized they're waiting for her order. "Oh. Um, the same."

"Kay." he smiled, then left.

Lorelai sat there, the goofy smile still visible, while her eyes followed Luke wherever he went.

"You know, if you keep doing that, people are gonna find out." Rory teased.

"Find out what?" she asked her daughter, now facing her instead of looking at Luke.

Rory leaned towards her mother and whispered, "That you two are together."

Lorelai smiled at that. Then blushed. "Well I can't help it." she said shyly.

Rory grinned broadly at how smitten her mother is. "I'm so happy for the two of you." Rory said quietly. Which made Lorelai smile even more.

Then Luke came back with their order. After one last glance at Lorelai he went back to do his work. Which left Lorelai smiling uncontrollably even more.

"Lane." Rory called out to her best friend once she climbed out of the bus. She ran towards her across the street and hugged her best friend tightly.

"Uh, Rory," Lane choked, "Can't breath."

Rory pulled back and apologized to her best friend, but she was still smiling.

"What's with you Cheshire Cat?" Lane asked.

"You will not believe what happened yesterday."

"Um…your mom broke up with your teacher?" Lane said. "Rory, I hate to break it to you, but you already told me that. Remember on Tuesday, we were having a field day with it."

"I know, but that's not all that happened."

"What?" Lane asked curiously.

Rory said nothing. All she did was took a hold onto her best friends hand, and ran towards the diner, with Lane in tow.

"Rory," Lane panted as they ran. "What are you doing?" Rory didn't respond, just ran. "Look, I know running has been one of the perks of having Luke as your father figure, but I cannot run as fast as you can."

Again, Rory didn't say anything. Finally they reached the diner. Rory stopped for a brief second to open the door, then ran inside the diner.

"Hey!" Luke exclaimed when he saw Rory and Lane run across the diner. "No running in the…" but before he could finish, Lane and Rory had already disappeared behind the curtain and upstairs into Luke's apartment. "…diner." he finished to himself. He looked towards the stairs questioningly. Then shrugged it off and went back to his work.

"No way! No way!" Lane exclaimed after hearing what her best friend had said. "Are you serious? Please tell me you're serious."

"As a heart attack." Rory smiled. "They told me last night."

"When did this happen? How did this happen? Wait, your mom was with your teacher still. Does this mean that she left him for Luke?" Lane had a million questions flying in her head, which she poured all out to Rory.

While Lane was talking, Rory had pulled out a pair of clothes from the closet and went into the bathroom to change.

"Well," she said from the bathroom. "Mom told me that it all started on Sunday really."

"Sunday?" Lane questioned. "But Sunday she was still with your teacher. How did that happen?"

"She said something had happened on her date with Mr. Medina," Rory started to explain, coming out of the bathroom clad in her white shirt that has a picture of a coffee cup, and a pair of pants. "And it made her think that she didn't want to lead him on when she really didn't have any feelings for him. And on Sunday, after our skating date, when Luke was taking care of her, something happened and they just kissed."

Lane's eyes went wide. "Oh my god! Oh my god!" she chanted over and over, which became squealing. "Oh my god!"

"I know." Rory grinned. "And, well they kind of avoided each other after that."

"Oh, that's why Lorelai was acting differently."

"Yeah. Basically." Rory said. "But on Tuesday, while we were out that night, Luke came over and they talked and they agreed they wanted to be with each other. Then yesterday, on Parents Day, after mom and Mr. Medina broke up, she and Luke got together. They even had a date last night."

"Really?" Lane squealed. "They did?"

"Yeah. Right here." Rory gestured to the apartment.

"Oh! That's why Luke came up early with Lorelai. I was wondering why they were up here." Lane said. "Did not think of that at all."

"Yeah." Rory said enthusiastically. "They had a date. Or a pre-date as my mom called it."


"Well, it's the date before the date, cause their original first date is set this Saturday."

"Oh. Go on."

"Anyways, I called Luke and asked him if he could pick me up, and then I heard somebody else from the background and I assumed it was some other woman. But then, when mom and Luke came over to pick me up from Paris's house, mom explained to me everything. And now, they're going out."

Lane started squealing and then started to jump up and down and hugged Rory. Rory squealed and jumped with her.

"This is so cool! We have waited for this for a long, long time."

"I know." Rory said, her smile still plastered. "I'm so excited. They're gonna have a date on Saturday. Isn't that great?"

"So great!"

"Although, we're gonne go to dinner tomorrow at grandma's."

"Well of course, it's Friday. You always go to your grandparents for dinner."

"Not just me and my mom, Luke also."

"Why Luke?"

Rory shrugged. "Grandma wants to get to know him I guess."

"And that's a good thing?" Lane questioned. "I may not personally know your grandmother, but from what your mom has told me…"

"I don't know." Rory said, combing her hair. "Mom said grandma sounded genuinely happy about it. She even asked what kind of food Luke likes."

"Wow. That is genuinely happy."

"I know." Rory said. "Oh, by the way, no one can know yet."

"Know about what?"

"About mom and Luke. They're gonna be quiet until their date Saturday, and then after that, they just play by ear."

"What does that mean?"

"I guess they'll know when they know."

"Well that seems ok."

"Yeah, I'm just thankful that they let me tell you now and not after Saturday, or else I'll combust."

"I'm glad you told me" she said with a smile. "I would definitely be sad if you didn't."

Rory smiled as well, then she went into the closet and gathered two aprons. She handed one to Lane, then they put it on. "Ok, lets go." she announced.

The two walked down the stairs, there were still some few people left. Mostly tourist. When Luke came out from the kitchen, Lane couldn't help but hug him. Luke looked at Rory questioningly, Rory just smiled.

The whole entire day, all Lorelai could think of was Luke. Se couldn't stop thinking about the first time they kissed. She couldn't stop thinking about what had happened on Tuesday. She couldn't stop thinking about what happened yesterday and specially last night, and what might have happened if Rory hadn't interrupted them.

She wanted to take things slow, she didn't want to rush into things. But this is Luke. They have known each other for fourteen years. They're best friends. Heck, it's like they're married already. She couldn't wait another second now that their together. Which is why she couldn't wait until Saturday on their first, real date.

Lorelai was too dazed from all these Luke thoughts, that she couldn't work properly. Finally, Michel was fed up with Lorelai's ignorance to him, that he sent Lorelai to the kitchen and demand that she can't come out until she's the same as before so she could actually help him work.

"Hey hun." Sookie greeted with a smile when she saw Lorelai enter.

"Hey Sook, do you have some coffee?" she asked, sitting on a stool.

"Yeah. Here." she poured Lorelai some coffee, then went back to stirring her cake batter. "What's wrong? You seem out of it today."

Lorelai inhaled the coffee before she took a sip. Good, but not quite like Luke's. "It's nothing really."

"Come one Lorelai, I know something's up." Sookie said. "Is this about Max? you broke up with him didn't you? Then why do you look like you're in cloud nine?" then a thought came to her. "Wait. You didn't break up with Max! that's why you look like you're floating! You're still with Max! but wait, what about Luke? Didn't you say you wanted to be with Luke?-"

"Sookie!" Lorelai interrupted her best friend's rambling. "Sookie, hun, take a breath ok?" Sookie nodded and took in a deep breath. "Yes, I did break up with Max yesterday. And yes, I do want to be with Luke."

"Then why the dreamy face? You look like you just got some."

Lorelai blush thinking of the events from last night. "Well I didn't." we almost did. "Sookie, I am going to tell you something, but you have to keep it to yourself for a while. At least until next week."

"Sure, what is it?" Sookie leaned forward, towards Lorelai.

"Sookie," Lorelai smiled, "Luke and I are together."

Sookie's jaw dropped. Then she started squealing. "You two are together."

"Ssshhh!" Lorelai hissed, but still smiled.

Sookie calmed down, then sat next to Lorelai. "When? How? Where?"

"Well…" Lorelai sat there, still blushing. "We officially started yesterday."


"Yes. We had a…pre-date."

"What's a pre-date?"

"A date before the original date."

"Oh." Sookie said. "But wait…you were with Max yesterday?"

"No, I broke up with Max yesterday."

"And now you're with Luke?" Lorelai nodded. "Honey, don't you think you're moving a little bit too fast?"

"What do you mean?"

"I mean, you just broke up with Max. and now you're with Luke. It just doesn't seem right."

"Sookie, I know it may seem like it's a sudden decision, that after breaking up with Max, I go for the next guy I see, which was Luke. But no." Lorelai explained. "I have wanted to be with Luke for a very long time now. After all these years, I never thought it would happen. And now it has, and I'm still high over it."

"You two are together." Sookie squeaked, looking as if she's about to cry.

"Yeah, we are." Lorelai was now grinning from ear to ear. "We have a date this Saturday."

"Wow. A date. Your first date."

"Yep." she smiled, then frowned a little, "But before that, we're going to dinner with my parents."


"Well just my mother really. Dad's out of town. But non the less."


"I don't know. My mom said she wants to get to know him since he's been a part of our lives for so long." she shrugged. "But the weird thing about is, I think my mom was really happy about it. I don't know if this is some kind of joke, or if its just one of her schemes to…I don't know…make my life miserable. But she didn't sound like it. It sounded as if she was trying to make a good impression on Luke. I don't know."

"Well maybe she really does want to make a good impression on Luke." Sookie shrugged. "I mean, like you said, she sounded happy. Luke has been part of your life for so long. Part of Rory's life for so long. He's already your family. Even more so now that the two of you are officially together. Maybe she just wants to be in on that family."

"Oh my god!" Lorelai gasped.


"What am I gonna tell my mom?"

"Tell your mom about what?"

"About Luke?" she said. "Do I tell her we're together? Do I lie? Do I deny it? What? She keeps assuming that there's something Luke and I. Like we're married or something. She'll think that I was lying."

"She will not." Sookie assured. "You don't have to tell her if you don't want to. But I think you should."

"Why should I?"

"Because she's your mother."

"And what good did she ever do?"

Sookie rolled her eyes. "I just think that it would be nice if you tell her. That way she'll feel more included on the family. Since nobody else knows yet."

Lorelai pouted. "I guess you're right."

"..And don't get too attached to the maid, cause they'll be gone by tomorrow. And I'll also think that you have some kind of crush on her. So its best to just be polite and nothing else."

"You guys have a maid?" Luke asked in shock, not even commenting on the he might develop a crush on her thing. Like that'll ever happen.

The trio were already on their way to Hartford for dinner with only Emily, Richard is currently out of town. They decided to take the jeep, and on Luke driving, while Lorelai sat in the passenger seat and Rory in the back. Through out the whole drive, Lorelai had been telling Luke the do's and don'ts of being in the Gilmore Mansion. With Rory making comments along.

"I thought people don't have those anymore." Luke finished.

Lorelai let out a laugh. "Oh you are so cute when you're clueless." she said, pinching his cheek as if her were a little boy. "But seriously, do not get too attached to the maid. Its just pointless."

"It's true Luke." Rory chimed in. "There was this maid once, her name was Mariel, and she was pretty cool. I liked her. But by the next week she was gone. It was sad."

"See, real life experience." Lorelai pointed.

Luke rolled his eyes. "I still can't believe you guys have a maid."

Seconds later, Luke parked in the Gilmore driveway.

"Wow." he commented as the they got off the vehicle. "You grew up here?"

"Yeah." Lorelai said grimly. "It was horrible."

"I bet." he said sarcastically. Lorelai linked her arm to his as Rory linked hers to his other side. He continued to rant. "See, this is what causes peasants to revolt. This is how heads end up on pikes."

"Oh that's a good icebreaker." Lorelai said.

"Mom, why are you stressing?" Rory asked as they walked into the front porch. "I thought you said grandma seemed genuinely pleased that Luke would be coming to dinner?"

"She is?" Luke asked.

"I'm not stressed." Lorelai said, ignoring Luke. "It's just, I want Luke to be prepared for what may come. Sure my mother may have sounded happy over the phone."

"She was?"

Again Lorelai ignored him. "But who knows what may happen. Luke has never been here before, I just want his first visit here to be less icy and more civil."

"It will be. Grandma wouldn't be that rude."

Lorelai snorted. Which cause Rory to roll her eyes.

"Ok, I have a feeling that nobody's even listening to me." Luke said. "So why don't you guys just ring the doorbell."

Rory did the honor of ringing the doorbell, cause like her mother would, besides, she near the doorbell anyways. Seconds later, the maid opened the door. The trio went in and pulled off their coats. Just as they handed their coats to the maid, Emily came over to the foyer where they stood.

"Hello, hello." she said with a bright smile on her face. "So wonderful to see you girls." she said, hugging Lorelai and Rory. "And Luke, a pleasure to see you again." she said, shaking his hand.

"You too Mrs. Gilmore." he said politely.

"Oh now." Emily laughed, waving him off. Rory and Lorelai shared a confused look. "Please, call me Emily."

"Sorry, Emily." he said. The three followed Emily to the living room.

"Go on, sit, sit." she said joyful. The three sat on the sofa, with Luke in the middle. "And Luke, please do feel right at home. Any friends of my girls are friends of mine."

Luke smiled gratefully.

"Mom, are you feeling alright?" Lorelai asked her mother. "Did you accidentally drown a large dosage of your happy pills this morning?"

Emily laughed. "Oh, you and your jokes." Lorelai and Rory looked at each other again at Emily's odd behavior. "Alright drinks. Lorelai, Martini?"

"Huh?" Lorelai said, snapping out of her thought, "Oh yeah mom."

"Alright. Rory, soda?" Rory nodded. "And Luke? What'll you have? We have Scotch, Brandy, Whiskey?"

"Uh…Scotch will be fine Emily."

"Alright then." Emily turned to the mini bar and prepared their drinks.

Lorelai leaned closer to Rory, in front of Luke and whispered, "Alright, what is she doing?" Luke rolled his eyes as the two started a conversation.

"Um…making our drinks?"

"No…what's with the whole happy vibe she got going on?"

"Maybe she's just happy that we're here."

"Or she's up to something."

"Mom just let it go."


"I'd hate to interrupt." Luke said, leaning towards the girls, "But you girls might want to stop this right now, your mom's almost finished preparing the drinks."

Lorelai and Rory quickly leaned away from each other and put on a smile just as Emily turned.

"Here you go." she said, handing each of them their drinks. With her own drink in hand, she sat down at the arm chair across from them. "So Luke, you own the local diner is that right?"

"That's right." he nodded.

"Well how lovely." she commented, almost sincere. Which surprised Lorelai a bit. "And how is business coming along?"

"It's going great."

"Wonderful. And Lorelai, how's the inn coming along…"

They continued on with their conversation until the maid came in and announced that dinner was ready.

"How do you like your food Luke?" Emily asked.

"Good thank you." he said, taking another bite.

"It really is grandma." Rory said.

"Yeah mom, my compliments to the chef."

"I will tell him." Emily said with a wide smile. "Marcos is one of the finest chef from Italy. I heard you are Italian, is that correct Luke?"

Luke looked up a bit surprised, as did Rory and Lorelai. "Uh, yeah. I am. On my mother's side."

"How did you know that?" Lorelai asked. "I didn't even know that until a year after I met Luke."

"I have my ways Lorelai."

"I so do not want to know." Lorelai mumbled and went back to her food.

"So," Emily said after a few seconds of silence. "How long have you known each other?"

"Well…" Lorelai thought back, "Since Rory was two."

"My that's a long time." Emily said astonished. "How did you meet?"

"Well…" Lorelai was a bit hesitant. "Luke's dad introduced us."


There was a moment of silence at the table. Rory's head was ducked down, remembering all she could about William. She became very sad at her last moments with him. So were Luke and Lorelai. Emily thought it was best not to comment on anything on this subject, seeing as how it's a sore subject for her daughter and granddaughter. And to Luke especially.

Emily though it was best to change the subject, "Rory, your grandfather called last night and told me to let you know he's bringing you back something very special from Prague."

Rory smiled at the segue. "Wow, Prague." she said, then turned to Luke and Lorelai, "How amazing is it that he's going to Prague?"

Lorelai and Luke smiled at her enthusiasm.

"It's supposed to be lovely," Emily continued. "very dramatic castles everywhere."

"Did you know the cell that Václav Havel was held in is now a hostel? You can stay there for like $50 a night." Rory said, then turned to Luke and Lorelai. "Hey mom, Luke, maybe on our big trip to Europe we could go to Prague and stay in his cell."

"Sure, why not." Lorelai shrugged, then picked up something from her plate, with her fork, and placed it on Luke's plate.

"The three of you are going to Europe?" Emily asked, intrigued.

"Yes, we're planning this huge European trip after her high school gradation."

"Oh, where are you planning on going?"

"Anywhere our feet takes us." Lorelai said in a dreamy voice.

"And you Luke, you'll be going as well?"

"Well, someone's gotta make sure these two don't get into any trouble."

Lorelai rolled her eyes. "Haha." she said, then placed another food on his plate.

"Lorelai, what are you doing?"

"Getting rid of the avocado." Lorelai said, placing another piece of avocado on Luke's plate.

"Since when do you not like avocado?"

"Since the day I said, "Gross. What is this?" and you said, "Avocado.""

"It's true Emily," Luke said, taking the piece of avocado Lorelai had placed. "I have tried and tried but she wont take it."

"You must be very patient to put up with that." Emily said in amazement. "I pray for you."

"Thank you." he said.

"Hey!" Lorelai exclaimed, feigning offense.

"Anyways," Emily said to Rory, "Tell me all about the Chilton formal next week."

"There's a formal?" Lorelai asked. Then to Luke. "There's a formal?" Luke nodded.

"How do you know about the formal?" Rory asked her grandmother.

"Yeah, how do you know about the formal?"

"I read my Chilton newsletter that came out today."

Lorelai narrowed her eyes. "Since when do you get a Chilton newsletter?"

"Well as a major contributor to Rory's education I figured I had the right to ask for a newsletter to be sent to my house." she stood up and went to the buffet table. She opened the drawer and pulled out her copy of the Chilton Newsletter.

"Are you serious?" Lorelai exclaimed.

"Well one of us should be up to date on the going-on's with Rory' school." Emily said, as she sat back down.

"I read my newsletter." Lorelai defended.

Emily was skeptical. "You did?"

"That's right."

"What was the picture on the cover?"

Lorelai was silent for a moment, "It was a picture of a really rich kid in plaid." she said uncertain.

Emily's brows just raised.

"It was a spotted owl." Luke whispered into Lorelai's ear as Emily passed the newsletter to her daughter.

"Drats." Lorelai cursed quietly, snapping her fingers. Rory tried to held back laughter.

"At least Luke had the decency to be part of your daughter's life." Emily said.

"Well all I'm wondering is why Luke didn't tell me about it earlier." Lorelai said through a smile, looking at Luke.

Luke shrugged innocently. "I left it in your hallway desk, I'd figure you would have seen it. And besides, I'd thought Rory would have told you either way."

Lorelai turned her attention back to her daughter, with her eyes narrowed. "He has a point."

"Luke!" Rory exclaimed.

"What?" Luke said innocently.

"Oh now, stop it you two." Emily scolded. "Don't put it all out on Luke. He's just being involved in Rory's education. As should you." she said to Lorelai. Then to Rory, "And you young lady, you should have also informed your mother on what's happening at your school. You of all people should know how careless your mother can be."

Lorelai scoffed. Luke thought it was best to change the subject. "So Rory, you have a formal?"

Rory and Lorelai cast him thankful glances. "Yeah, but I don't think I'm going to go." Rory said.

"Nonsense." Emily said. "Of course you're going."

"Mom, if Rory doesn't want to go she doesn't have to go."

"Well I don't understand why she wouldn't want to go."

"I know you don't."

"I'm gonna go get another Coke." Rory said, getting up from her seat. She left the dining room, not wanting to hear anymore about the formal.

"What did you two say to her?" Emily said to Luke and Lorelai once Rory left.

"What are you talking about?

"If she doesn't want to go it must be because of something you two said."

"Mom, I promise." Lorelai said. "All I ever said to her about dances is that you go, you dance, you have punch, you eat, you take a picture, and then you get auctioned off to a biker gang from Sausalito. And Luke barely talks about these kinds of things. His advise is pretty much don't try anything Miss Patty gives you."

"Lorelai, this is serious." Emily said. "What you and Luke say to Rory reflect on her decisions in life. You're her mother and Luke's practically her father." both Luke and Lorelai looked up at her a bit surprise by her allegations. The fact that she sees Luke as Rory's father was something. Specially to Lorelai. Emily continued, "It appears that he's been part of her life since he's been around a lot, and even though the two of you aren't together…" she trailed off into her own thoughts,

Luke looked at Lorelai, and Lorelai cleared her throat. "Actually mom, Luke and I are together."

Emily stopped in mid scoop. She looked at the two with a surprised expression. "You two are together." they nodded. "But I thought you said the two of you are just friends."

"Well we use to be." Lorelai said, "And now we're more than just friends."

"Oh." she paused. "And, how long ago have you two been more than just friends?"

"Um…since Wednesday."

Emily nodded. "And Rory knows?"

"Of course she knows mom." Lorelai said.

"Well…I told you so." then she went back to her food. Lorelai rolled her eyes, then looked at Luke and flashed him a smile, which he returned. Then Lorelai fidgeted with the tomato and finally placed it on Luke's plate. Emily noticed this, "What's wrong with the tomato?"

"It was fraternizing with the enemy."

Luke chuckled quietly in his seat.

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