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Chapter 24- Feel For the First Time
"Hey, Jess," Luke greeted his nephew as he walked through the empty diner around closing time a few days later.
"Hey," Jess reciprocated his greeting, making his way across the diner.
"Whoa, hold on there. I need to talk to you about something?"
"No glove, no love. I caught that talk off the streets a while ago," he joked.
"What do you need to know my intention for Rory? Because they aren't exactly honorable right now. I mean we are just-"
"Enough!" Luke interrupted Jess, "That's not what I want to talk to you about. I got an interesting phone call a few days ago," Luke announced.
"I swear I didn't take any gnomes!" Jess denied.
"Jess," Luke warned.
"I didn't fail out of high school again did I? I thought they can't do that once you passed the GED," Jess slipped the new piece of information in there.
"You passed the GED?" Luke asked, excitedly.
"With flying colors," Jess confirmed.
"That's great!" The older man pulled his nephew into for a loving, yet slightly awkward hug.
"Don't get all sappy Ward Cleaver on me," Jess said as he pulled out of the hug.
"But I really am proud of you, Jess," Luke proudly told him as they pulled away from the hug.
"So what did you need to talk to me about? Make it fast. I am meeting Rory in a few and I am already late," Jess reminded his uncle.
"So I got a call from my lawyer wondering when I was going to send back the signed divorce papers."
"You and Lorelai still haven't signed those?" He played dumb and asked.
"Funny, we haven't seen any papers," the older man told him.
"Huh," Jess grunted.
"She told me you signed for the papers when they were delivered around two months ago," Luke shared with him.
"Huh," he responded again.
"So…" Luke waited to get a confession from him.
"So," Jess echoed.
Luke finally asked after a moment of silence, "Where are the papers, Jess?"
"Where they should be," he simple told him.
"They should be signed and filed, which they aren't," Luke countered.
"Are you sure that is where they should be?" Jess asked with a smirk plastered on his face.
"What are you talking about?" Luke asked, clearly irritated.
"You should be thanking me instead of standing there yelling at me."
"Thank you? For what?" Luke scoffed.
Jess continued to smirk and make his away over to the curtain that headed upstairs.
"Jess!" Luke yelled after him and followed him up.
"Geez, Uncle Luke, do you really want me to tell you where the papers are. Think carefully about that answer," he said as he opened the door to the apartment.
"What the hell are you talking about?" Luke followed him in, letting the door swing closed behind him.
"You sign those divorce papers, you lose Lorelai."
"I'll say it again. What the hell are you talking about?" Luke stood in the middle of the apartment with his hands folded across his chest.
"I am talking about that fact that you are madly in love with the woman who is carrying your children. The one you are currently actually married to. She loves you too, but she is scared to admit it. Every time you and Lorelai have hooked up during this pregnancy, she is on cloud nine."
"How do you know that?"
"Her daughter is my girlfriend. Rory and Lorelai tell each other everything and then I have to hear Rory talk about it with me. Believe me; I know more than I would ever want to know," Jess pointed out as he picked up his keys and wallet and placed them in his pocket.
"Just give me the damn papers. This decision doesn't concern you," Luke sternly told him.
"Are you two going to sleep in the same bedroom when you move in this weekend or are you guys still planning on the whole separate rooms?"
"What's it to you?"
"Nothing, just trying to look out for my uncle that is all. Luke, do you even know the answer? I don't know how long you two are going to play this game. She is six months pregnant and soon you two will have babies to take care of. There isn't going to be time to talk."
"Thanks for the lesson. What are you an expert all of a sudden? Wasn't I telling you not too long ago to talk to Rory about everything? I don't need a lecture from you!"
"And I have learned my lesson, but you apparently need to practice what you preach," Jess pointed out.
"You don't have any idea what situation I am in," Luke countered.
"Just tell her!"
"I did tell her! I told her and she couldn't say anything back except that she found it funny and her track record with guys isn't very good. I told her I'll wait for her, she can tell me when she is ready, and here we are two months later. Occasion bed buddies when she- uh, certain- um, you know what? I don't have to justify anything to you!"
"Do you want the papers? Because if you do, then you kind of do," Jess smartly replied.
"Jess, give me the papers."
"No can do Uncle."
"The papers are gone, vamoosed, vanished," Jess told his uncle.
"What do you mean they are gone?" Luke angrily demanded to know.
"I mean they are gone. I shredded them, probably lying in some dumpster. On second thought, I should have recycled it. It would have been very Green of me."
"Why would you do that?"
"Because the Earth is our home. If we don't save it, who will?" Jess joked.
"Jess!" Luke yelled, losing his patience.
"I know that that is what you would have wanted," Jess told him.
"How do you know that? What if we want to be together, but just not married?"
"Jess, don't play games with me here. I am serious. Where are the papers?"
"I'm telling you the truth. I shredded them and threw them away."
Luke sat down. "Ok, great. Now what am I supposed to tell Lorelai?"
"She'll probably just thank me too. Might flip out a little, but she will thank me. Now if you excuse me, I am officially late for my date. Ha! I made a rhyme," he said as the apartment door slammed shut behind him.
-Dragonfly Construction Site-
Lorelai was walking around the construction to see the progress after the first week of construction that had been underway. Of course, she had a facemask on that Luke insist she wear whenever the construction crew was doing anything with fumes to protect the babies.
Lorelai spotted a familiar, green Chevy truck pull into the construction zone. She watched him bring the truck to a stop and put it in park. She approached him then.
"Checking up on me to make sure I am wearing this?" She asked him as he got out of the car and point to the mask that now was hanging around her neck.
"No, not really, but I am really glad that you. How are you feeling?"
"You know the usual. Like a whale. I gotta pee every few minutes, having weird gas. So I guess the right word would be 'pregnant'," she said with a bright smile.
"Good, as long as you are good," Luke nodded his head.
"Hey, look! They cleared out all the debris. You can actually see the inn now," she excitedly bounced while pulling Luke's arm to get him to follow him to get a closer look.
"It looks good," Luke told her as they approached.
"Right now all I can do is step back and watch but Sookie and I need to start picking out room décor, the furniture. Sookie has to pick her all of kitchen appliance. She has had her eye on this stove. I haven't gotten her to admit it yet, but I think she is carrying a picture of it in her wallet," she spouted on with a giddy feeling.
"That's great. I'm glad it is all underway," Luke genuinely said.
"Did you feel like this when you were converting the diner? Because I gotta tell you this is the best high ever! I don't know why people have to take something to get this feeling when all they have to do is make their dreams come true," she beamed with glee.
"Hey, listen. I came down here for a reason," he pulled her aside from the construction madness so they could talk in a quieter place.
"Yeah, sure. What's up?"
"I had a talk with Jess, last night," he began to tell her.
"Ok?" she said with a question in her tone.
"And he did get the divorce papers."
"Ok, great. So now what? Do I need to go get a pen?"
"Actually he got them, but he doesn't have them anymore."
"What do you mean he doesn't have them anymore?" She asked, with a hint of frustration in her voice caused by his beating around the bush.
"Well, he took it upon himself to shred the papers," Luke spit out.
"Shred the papers? Why would he do that?" she exclaimed.
"Because he is insane and has been spending way too much time with your daughter! That's why!" He threw his hands up in the air and said.
"What does Rory have anything to do with this?" Lorelai asked, slightly outraged.
"You tell Rory everything and in turn, she talks to Jess, and he thinks he did us favor."
"So basically they are both "Parent Trap"-ing us," Lorelai concluded.
"Although Rory is much prettier than Lindsey Lohan and I guess I would say Jess is too," Lorelai continued as a confused look apparently on Luke's face, which Lorelai noticed.
"It's a movie. Twins separated at birth, meet each other, realize they are twins and switch places to get their parents back with each other. There is actually an older, may I add, much better version of it with Hayley Mills," she explained.
"That doesn't sound like this," he sternly told her as he placed his hands on his hips.
"It is exactly like that!" Lorelai dramatically threw her hands up in the air. "Yes, they aren't twins, but Jess is playing matchmaker after finding out some things I told Rory who probably told him."
"So what do we do?"
"Kick their asses," Lorelai suggested. "I don't know how well groundings are going to go considering they are both over 18."
A silence loomed between them with the sounds of power tools the construction workers were using in the background.
"Is this what we want?" Luke finally asked.
"I don't know. There is just so much going on I just haven't had a minute to sit down and think about it."
"What about us?"
"Us?" she furrowed her brow.
"Lorelai, what are we doing. Me and you," he pointed back and forth between both of them.
"Luke," Lorelai simply said.
"I mean some days it seems like we are married, other days you barely talk to me. I know this whole thing happened all of sudden and we are expecting the twins soon. I mean, I haven't even told any of my friends and family and I am just realizing this as I stand here!" He face spaced as he came to his realization.
"So what? That is my fault. Err! You are so hard to read!" She exclaimed. "Oh, oww! Take it easy in there," Lorelai placed her hands on her stomach as she felts a series of kicks. "Mommy and Daddy will stop fighting. Here, Luke, give me your hand." she reached for his hand as she said.
"What? No, Lore-" he stopped mid protest when he felt the kicks against his palm. He looked up at her in awe. "When, what, how," he stumbled to find the correct word, "how often do they do this?"
"Quite often," Lorelai placed her hand on top of his. "I actually think their sibling rivalry has already started and they are fighting over who gets to squeezes Mommy's bladder more," she joked.
He flashed a smile, not removing his hand from her belly and suddenly asked, "Will you have dinner with me tonight?"
"Yeah, you free?" he asked and continued to rub circles on her belly, calming his kids down.
"Like a date?" she attempted to clarify.
"Sure, what the hell. Yes, a date," he clarified.
"Yeah, ok," she said as a smile spread on her lips.
"A date! You guys are finally going on date! I am so happy!" Rory gushed as she placed various items that were spread out throughout the bed in a cardboard box.
"Yeah, well," Lorelai said with a dreaming look on her face as she stared off in space while sitting on the edge of the bed.
"This was totally a long time coming! I am so happy! A little backwards but who cares right?" Rory continued to squeal.
"And don't think you and Jess are off the hook for one second."
"What? Why?" Rory's smiled turned into a frown.
"Luke told me about how Jess shredded the divorce papers. I also know that you knew about it and that you in cahoots with him," Lorelai busted her daughter as she pointed her finger at her.
"What! I wasn't in on it! I only found out after Jess had already done," Rory informed her.
"But you still didn't think to tell me about it?"
"Well, you and Luke were getting along so well, you guys are moving into the house this weekend, your inn's construction is in progress. Luke has been a lot happier ever since this marriage happened and he found out about twins," Rory pointed out.
"He has not been happier. In fact, he has been grumpier."
"Really, he was been grumpier? When?"
"Remember when he went crazy in the Soda Shoppe and started throwing candy around?"
"That was a Taylor side effect. Try again." Rory asked, not buying what her mother was telling her.
"Well, wasn't he yelling at Caesar about the bread delivery?"
"The other day," Lorelai stammered.
"You are making it up," Rory accused. "Did you know that last week, Luke voluntarily helped Babette move some plants around in her house."
"He did?" she asked in awe.
"And thus, I've proven my point. You know what else I've noticed?"
"He enjoys picking a fight with you," Rory pointed out as she took a page of newspaper and wrapped a fragile knickknack with it.
"Bantering has always been our thing," Lorelai defended as she picked the skin around her nails.
"He repeatedly bothered you about the paint colors," Rory told her.
"That was because the house needed to be painted and aired out before we moved in."
"Did you even notice that you had already picked the colors out?" Rory asked.
"What?" Lorelai said confused as she thought back to what Rory was trying to say.
"Do you really think it takes two months to paint? The painting has been done for over three weeks," Rory shared.
"Seriously? I knew the nursery was done since that was the first color we picked," Lorelai wondered.
"Yes, now do you think he would do that usually?"
"Did I at least pick the same color every time?" Lorelai asked in shock after what Rory had revealed.
"You are gonna love the house," Rory assured her.
"You've seen the house?" Lorelai realized.
"Of, course, I'm not pregnant. I don't have to keep away from the paint fumes."
"Oh, come on! That is not fair!" She said getting up from her bed and heading to their closet.
"Well, Luke asked me to come over to see the bookshelves he was building into the walls for me."
"He built you book shelves?" Lorelai smiled.
"Aww, look at you all smitten!" Rory gushed again.
"Don't change the subject. I'm still mad that you got to see the house."
"So what are you going to wear together?" Rory asked her mother.
"I was thinking glass slippers."
"And nothing else?" Rory suggested.
"You are so my daughter," Lorelai smiled at her daughter and continued to rummage through her closet.
Lorelai was dolled up in a light blue baby doll strapless maternity sundress, which hugged her recently developed chest, flared out around her belly stopping mid-calf. Her makeup was flawlessly applied and her hair was down curly. She looked at the clock and noticed that she was, in fact, five minutes early. She looked at herself in the mirror one more time. As she checked her makeup, a smile crept up across her lips. This was happening. It was really happening. She was going to have it. The whole package, finally. Hopefully, she won't screw it up this time. She'll have to tell him how she feels. This was going to be it.
That is when she decided she did not want to wait any longer; she grabbed her purse off the table and made her way down the stairs on her way to meet Luke at the diner. As she made her way out the door, she saw Luke's green truck pull up in front of her house. She stood at the top of the porch and took in his appearance as he stopped the engine and got out of the truck. Gone was the blue baseball cap- not that she hadn't ever seen him without it before, but she had never seen him dressed up just for her. He had on a nice pair of black slacks and a blue button down shirt.
"Hey," Lorelai greeted him with a nervous smile.
"Oh, hey, I was just coming to…" he trailed off pointing between the truck and her front door.
"Oh, I- I just –uh figured I'll meet you at the diner," Lorelai stumbled over her words as she tried to explain.
"Oh," Luke responded.
"I guess we should have discussed," he concluded.
"No-no, I should have assumed-" Lorelai waved off.
"I mean, we u-usually-" He stumbled to find the right words.
"Yeah, but this is a date, so the guy usually does - in the truck, and so -
"Sorry," Luke apologized first for the miscommunication.
"No, I'm sorry," Lorelai countered followed by an awkward pause. "I could go back inside," she suggested.
"No, no, this is fine. You're out now, so...," he said with another pregnant pause as the two stood in front of her porch steps.
"We should go," Lorelai suggested.
"We should go," he repeated.
The two walked in the direction of Luke's truck. Lorelai got slightly confused when she noticed they both were walking towards the same side of the truck causing an awkward collision between the two.
"You don't have to get the-" Lorelai started to say once she caught on that he was going to help her with her door.
Luke shrugged his shoulders as he reached for the door, a nervous chuckle coming from both.
"Okay," Lorelai giggled.
"There you go," he held the door open for her as she got into his truck.
"We'll get better at this," Lorelai assured him a smile.
"Yeah," he agreed as a smile crept up on his lips.
The car ride over had begun awkward. Silence loomed the air as he pulled out of her driveway and onto the road. Lorelai's eyes took in his appearance, gazing had his non-flannel attire until Luke caught her which she than shift to outside the window.
Luke broke the silence, "You look beautiful tonight," he causally told her, causing a blush to appear on her cheeks.
"Thanks," she shyly thanked him as she looked away to hide her blush. That was followed by yet another awkward pause.
"This is silly," Luke declared as he pulled onto the highway.
"What?" Lorelai broke out of her daze.
"We've carried a conversation before. For years! And suddenly now, it's silence? Hell, we are married with twins on the way," he ranted.
"Well, it's not like we did this all conventionally. I'm six months pregnant and we are going on our first date. I couldn't even dress the way I usually would during a first date," she explained.
Luke started laughing, "What? Do I suddenly have a clown mask on?" Lorelai asked as he kept laughing. "Do we need to pull over and get you checked into the loonie bin?"
"I- I just never realized that we did everything backward," he said in between laughs, calming down by the end of his statement. "Boy would my Dad whoop my ass," he continued to laugh, "but he would have loved you," he quit laughing and slightly turned his head to look at her.
"I know," he said with a smile, which caused Lorelai to smile back in response.
"So where are you taking me?"
"After you," Luke held the door open to the restaurant they would be eating at.
"Oh. Oh, wow. Very 'Prancing Pony'," Lorelai responded as they walked into the darkly light restaurant.
The awkward tension in the car had cleared out after and the duo fell back into their usual banter back and forth, as Luke refused to tell her where he was taking her or give up any information.
"This way, please," Luke held his right hand out and placed his left on her lower back gently guiding in the direction of their table. "Your table, Miss," he pointed.
"Oh. Why, thank you, sir," she said as she sat down. Luke followed her and slide into the booth.
"Reserved," she pointed to the sign, impressed.
"I told you I'd planned the evening."
"Weren't we supposed to let someone who works here seat us?" Lorelai questioned.
"Not necessary," he assured her.
"Is this like a Mafia thing?"
"The whole coming in, special table, reserved sign. Are you gonna have to whack someone before the soup course?" Lorelai explained.
"No, I've filled my whacking quota for the week," he said, followed by a cringe, knowing Lorelai. "Dirty?"
"Extremely," she confirmed with an amused smiled, recognizing that she was starting rub off on him.
"Lucas!" They heard a woman's voice exclaim as an older women walked up to the table with two menus.
"How you doing, Maisy?" Luke asked with a big smile.
"You just seat yourself now?" Maisy teased.
"I told him!" Lorelai joined in as Luke got up and pulled the older woman into a big hug
"We run a nice place here, Lucas, not like that hash joint of yours. And this must be your young lady. Hello, there. I'm Maisy," she introduced putting out her hand to shake hands.
Lorelai introduced herself and praised, "Hi. I'm Lorelai. I love your place."
"It used to be a whorehouse," she informed her.
"Oh – my," Lorelai responded, a bit taken back.
"I like that it's got a tarty history. The best places do," Maisy added.
"And the best people," Lorelai added.
"'The best people'. I like that. Buddy!" Maisy yelled behind her. "Will you sit down?" She asked Luke, shooing him down to his seat.
"Well, you pulled me up," Luke defended himself as he sat down and older man with white hair approached them.
"Buddy, this is Lorelai," Maisy introduced.
"Lorelai," Buddy repeated as if he had heard the name before. "Well, hello, Lorelai," he greeted her by leaning over the table to shake her hand.
"Hello, Buddy," Lorelai greeted back with a big smile and she half stood up to leaned over the table as well to meet up halfway. That is when Maisy noticed her perturbing stomach but continued to smile.
"Hey, Lucas, Buddy and I needed you to take a look at one of the appliance out back. Could you come take a quick look before you and your lady began your evening. I promise it won't take too long," Maisy asked him.
"I-uhm, sure I guess," Luke stumbled over his words as he looked back and forth between Buddy and Maisy, and Lorelai, not sure, what could possibly need fixing. He turned to Lorelai and told her, "I'm sorry, I'll be right back. There's a story on the back of the menu that you might like to read," Buddy and Maisy both turned and walk back towards the kitchen in the back of the restaurant.
"Um, ok," Lorelai wearily replied, tucking in a piece of her behind her ear as she watched Buddy and Maisy look away.
"I'll be quick, I promise," Luke reassured her when he sensed that Lorelai wasn't too keen on him leaving the table on his first date.
"Yeah, go ahead. I'll just read the back of the menu," she lifted up the menu to show him as he slowly got up and walked back in the same direction of the older couple did a few seconds before. "Left alone at the table, great start to a first date," she muttered under her breath.
"Please tell me that girl has just been eating a lot of buns and not cooking one," Maisy demanded as soon as Luke watched into the kitchen.
"What do you need me to look at?" Luke asked, very well knowing they just wanted to talk to him alone.
"That girl has you wrapped around her finger so tight that you are gonna be taking care of her baby. How far along is she anyhow? Looks like she can pop at any minute," Maisy continued.
"Whoa, Whoa, Maisy! Slow down! Just let me explain. Lorelai is having my baby. Babies actually," Luke explained.
"What? Since when?"
"Since about six months ago. Look, I am sorry I haven't been around, but I have just been busy trying to figure this all out. Lorelai and I are having twins."
"Twins!" Buddy exclaimed.
"There is more. We got married."
"You got married? Without us?" Maisy questioned.
"It was sort of on a whim," Luke tried to explain.
"On a whim?" Buddy echoed.
"Yeah, well she was upset, and I was there and one thing led to another and with some help of liquor, we got married."
"Without us?" Buddy asked.
"Nobody was there. I knew you guys would be mad so I kept avoiding it and then I just forgot about it. That's why I haven't been coming around."
"So you are telling me, that in the last six months, you and that girl, Lorelai, who you've been pinning over of god knows how many years got married and are expecting twins?" Maisy tried to straighten out the facts.
"And we are moving in to Mom and Dad's old house this weekend," Luke added.
"I have to sit down," Maisy grabbed a stool that was nearby and plopped down on it.
"If your father was alive, we would be kicking your ass right now!" Buddy exclaimed.
"I know. I am sorry. I am so sorry for not telling you both, but I am hoping you will support us."
"Does she know who we are?"
"No, not yet. I told her where we were going was a surprise. Actually, it is sort of a first date."
"First date?" Buddy questioned and shot him a disapproving look.
"This is not a situation that I thought I would ever be. So what? We did things a little unconventionally. We are married, have 2 kids on the way and are moving in together to raise our family," Luke tried to convince them.
"Doesn't she have another kid?" Maisy asked when she remembered Luke's stories.
"What about her? Hasn't all of this affected her?"
"Rory is going to college this fall and she will still be a part of this family. I love her as if she was my own," Luke told them.
"Look, I am trying to make this work the best way that I can and it's not gonna work if I spend any more time back here with you two. Now does anything need to be fixed?"
"Lucas, I want you to think carefully about all of this," Maisy said, placing her hand on his shoulder and giving it a gentle squeeze.
"Maisy, I love her. I really do. We are going to be a family," he said as his eyes dazes off in the distance.
"Well, ok then. Oh Buddy, we can make them that-" Maisy excitedly turned to Buddy and say and was cut off by him equally enthusiastic.
"Oh, with the garlic!"
"No, no, no garlic. I mean, give the boy a chance," she gestured him to stop. "Go win her, son," Maisy patted Luke on the back as he turned around to walk out of the kitchen.
As he was walking out, he heard Maisy exclaimed to Buddy, "We're going to be grandparents!"
Luke returned to their booth and Lorelai looked a little upset.
"Hey, sorry about that; the range was making a weird sound," Luke threw a fake story together, quickly.
"Sniffy was dead!" She exclaimed. "Where's the happy ending?" she sniffled.
"Well, that's what happened," Luke replied as he settled back into booth.
"Well, people don't read the back of the menu to find out what really happened. They read the back of the menu to be happy, to be uplifted. That's why they read the back of the menu."
"Not that many people read the back of the menu," Luke pointed out as a waitress brought over some champagne flutes and filled them.
"Oh, sorry, we didn't order-" Lorelai tried to explain.
"It's non-alcoholic," the waitress replied.
"Oh, well then, thank you. Hey did you know about the Sniffy thing?" she pointed to the menu and the waitress nodded.
"If it makes you feel better, Sniffy was 150,000 years old," Luke informed her.
"You're lying," she pouted causing Luke to grin as he picked up one the flutes and handed it to her, "Thank you."
"Hey, here's to you," he lifted his flute.
"I'll drink to that," she followed his direction and lifted hers as well, both taking a sip. "Hey, how did they know what to bring us?"
"Well, actually, I usually come here two, three times a week. Breakfast, dinner whenever I had the time," he confessed.
"Oh, my god, Luke has a 'Luke's'!" she declared.
"Yeah, well, y'know. I haven't been coming by much this year, but I've known Maisy and Bud my whole life. Maisy went to school with my mother."
"Yeah. And then later on when my dad died and I wanted to turn the hardware store into a diner, you know. Buddy really helped me out."
"That is so nice," she said in awe.
"He's a good guy. He really showed me how to run a restaurant, how to order—everything, basically. I mean, I couldn't have done it without him," he told her.
"So this," she gestured between her and the room around her, "I was meeting the parents. Oh, my god!" her eyes widened. "They didn't know I was pregnant and they were grilling you in the kitchen!" She put together. "Why didn't you tell them or bring me here sooner to meet them together? You came with me to my parents' place. I could have done the same," she expressed to him.
"They are old fashion people. I didn't know how to tell them. I was trying to figure the whole thing out," Luke defended.
"We've planned to move in together about a month ago. We should have told them. Besides, we were technically married when the babies were conceived."
"Lorelai, I need time to figure things out. I needed to think everything through. I needed to figure out how to explain all of this to them. They are all I have left, besides Liz."
"I know which is why I am upset that you didn't tell me about them sooner. These kids are gonna need all the family they can get around them," she looked up from the table with a smile.
"Right," he returned the smile. "The next time they come back out here we will we will straighten all of this out."
"Yes, I would like to know when I am meeting my in-laws."
"They aren't your in-laws," Luke grumbled.
"They might as well be. They seem like good people," she genuinely told him.
"They are," Luke assured her.
"So what is good to eat here?"
"I don't know. I've never ordered off the menu before."
"What? I thought you said you came here 'two, three times a week'?" she echoed.
"I do, but they just bring me out something to eat instead. I don't even know what exactly is on the menu," he told her.
"Yeah, but I assure you the food is great."
"Good," she closed the menu and placed it aside. "So what do you think they are gonna bring us to eat?"
"Your guess is as good as mine."
"Buddy and Maisy, couldn't be more thrilled," Lorelai animatedly said.
"Yeah, well. It's been awhile since they have been around kids."
"Is Maisy really going to knit us booties?"
"She probably will. I think I may still have the one she made Liz and I when we were born," he revealed.
"Ah, no fair! I want some booties!"
"Maybe if you behave, she'll make you some too," Luke told her as he parked the truck in front of their so- to-be- new residence.
"Really, I can go in now?" She asked. He nodded his head in response as he shut off the engine.
"Hold on," he got out of the truck and when over to her side to open the door for her.
"I will never get used to that," she pointed her thumb behind her at the door.
"You ready to go in?" he asked her as he handed her a new set of keys.
Lorelai gladly took the keys and turned to face the house. She took a step forwards but quickly stepped back and faced Luke.
"What?" He asked her.
Lorelai looked into his eyes and suddenly, it was all clear. In his eyes, she could see everything that she has always wanted. A partner, comfort, safety, and love. She doesn't know why she fought it before, why she was not able to feel this before. This feeling always scared in her in the past, but she wasn't going to let her fear lose everything now, not when they had come this far. So she decided to go for it. She slowly leaned in closer, her eyelids closing, her hand finding his on the way and gently pressed her lips against his. She held them there for a few seconds and then she felt Luke respond back. His hands moved up her arms to her shoulders, down her back, gently pulling her as close to him as he can with her belly. Meanwhile, Lorelai's hands got lost in his hair as she brushed her tongue against his lips, causing him to open his mouth. Their tongues tangled and danced together, neither wanting it to end. A few minutes later, the need for oxygen made their lips part from each other's, foreheads resting against each other.
"What was that for?" he asked, softly.
"I love you," she simply stated with a smile.
"I said, I love you," she said it again.
"I know. I just wanted to hear it again," he teased with a big smile spread across his lips.
"I love you!" she said a little louder.
"I love you, too," Luke told her before pressing another kiss against her lips.
When they broke apart, Lorelai spoke, "C'mon! Our house is waiting!" She started towards the house.
Luke looked up at the house and then at Lorelai heading towards the house.
"Lorelai, wait!" Luke called after and ran to catch up with him.
"What? No! I've waited a month!" Lorelai argued and continued to climb up the three porch steps.
"Just hold on," he told her before she could reach for the doorknob.
"Oh, come on, Luke," she attempted to argue, but Luke swooped her up in his arms, one under hand knees and the other around her back, bridal style.
"What are you doing? Put me down! I weigh as much as an elephant," she protested.
"Will you let me carry you over the threshold?" he refused to put her down.
"Really! You are gonna carry me over the threshold!"
"Yup. Do me a favor, open the door, will ya?"
"I can do that," she said as she separated the key that opened the front door, placing it in the lock and turning it. She pushed the door open as soon as the lock unlocked.
Luke step over the threshold without taking his eyes off Lorelai who was giddy with joy.
"Welcome home," Luke softly said and place a gently kiss on her lips. Lorelai pulled away and looked into Luke's eyes. She took her eyes of Luke's to look around the house a few seconds after.
"Luke, put me down! I wanna see everything!" Luke obeyed what she asked and put her down. Lorelai took off, bouncing around the house from one room to another, carefully inspecting the new fixtures and additions.
"So what do you think?"
"I love it!" Lorelai gushed!
"I wanna see upstairs!" she started to go up the steps. Luke caught up to her and placed his hand left hand around his waist and handing her right hand in his.
As soon as she made it up the stairs, she let go of his hand and made a beeline to the nursery. She took in the buttery yellow wall with the teddy bear wallpaper around the center except now it was equipped with a changing table, dresser, two wooden cribs, with a matching rocking chair. Sitting on top of the dresser was a dozen stuff animals of various animals, bears, dogs, cats, dinosaurs, and bunnies- 2 of each.
"You finished it!" She exclaimed as she went over to the cribs. I can't even tell which one was yours and which one you made. And you made a rocking chair!"
"I had some extra wood," Luke humbling brushed off.
"And the toys!"
"I may have gone a little over board with those. I didn't know which ones they would like," he said as he approached her.
"They are gonna love it, both of them," she rubbed her belly and told him.
"I know it's still missing some things. I know you would like to go shopping for mobiles for over the cribs, blankets, maybe a toy chest. I was thinking we get some bassinets until they are big enough to sleep in the cribs. That way we can keep them in our room for the late night stuff," Luke explained.
"Wow, you have really thought this through," Lorelai said in awe.
"I just wanted you to like it. You know, give you everything you wanted," he quietly admitted.
"It's more than everything I've wanted. Thank you!" She approached him and pulled him into a hug as much as her growing bellying would allow her.
Luke returned the hug, placing a soft kiss on her hair.
"So I guess we will have a spare room after all," she teased.
"What?" Luke asked, not following because he was still caught up in the moment.
"Well, you are gonna be sleeping with me in my bed in the master bedroom aren't you? Or was all of this a big tease?"
"You bet I will. Just one question?"
"Are we going to have any room at all of my clothes in the closet?" Luke teased.
"I'll make room," she told him, before pulling him into another kiss.
I can either end the story in the next few chapters or go on. I have a plan either way. It's up to you to decide! Please review!
Update on Out on My Own: I am most likely going to have some free time this summer so I am planning on rewriting that story. I began writing that story when I was very young and I feel like some of the concepts that are in the story may have been a little over my head at that point. I don't think fully understood it and I don't think I did a very good job at explaining all the emotion that I had intended on portraying. There are also a lot of things that don't add up and stuff I changed as the years went on and as I wrote more chapters. Therefore, I plan to do a major rewrite this summer. That is if anyone is still interested.