"So you're trying to tell me that you never, in your entire twenty-two years of being an inhabitant of this earth, read Harry Potter?" Rory said aghast the next day.
Logan chewed thoughtfully on his sandwich then shook his head. "Nope." he said simply.
"But Harry Potter enriches the lives of everyone! He teaches us that we can conquer our fears and help defeat evil! And he teaches us reading is fun!"
Logan laughed. "Sorry, Ace. But is it really that big of a deal?" He immediately knew he had said something wrong. Rory was in mid rant when her cell phone rang.
"Hello?" she said pressing the phone to her ear.
"Rory? Is this a bad time? Because, you know, I can call later if this is a bad time."
"What happened? Is mom okay? Are you okay?" she said instantly concerned
"Your mom's fine. I just wanted to ask you something."
"Oh, okay. Shoot."
"I just wanted to know if we could maybe meet sometime. I really need to talk to you."
"Um, sure." she said slowly. "When?"
"How's tomorrow work for you?"
"Tomorrow's good. Where? Luke's?
"No. Um, how about we meet somewhere near your place."
"Um, okay." she described a casual restaurant and gave him directions. "Oh and Luke?" she asked after a minute.
"You're sure you're okay?"
"I'm sure." Luke said firmly. "See you tomorrow at 2."
"Bye." she hung up and put her phone away.
"What was that all about?" Logan asked.
"I'm not sure. Luke wants to talk to me." Rory said uncertainly.
Logan put his arm around her. "I'm sure everything's fine, Ace." he kissed her cheek.
"Yeah, me too." she said quietly. But she wasn't so sure.
"Hi Luke"! Rory said giving him a hug the next day.
"Hey, Rory. How are you?" he said hugging her back.
"I'm good. Looking for a job. Trying to be a decent wife." she joked. "The usual. How are you?" They walked inside and placed their order for one large pizza and two cokes.
"I'm good. The Diner's doing well. Caesar hasn't drove me to insanity yet." he said taking a bite of pizza.
They were silent for a moment. Rory spoke first. "Luke, why did you ask me here today? I mean, don't get me wrong, I love spending time with you. But I know something's going on. Just spit it out."
Luke studied his pizza for a moment and the looked at Rory. "I wanted to ask you something." he said slowly.
Rory nodded patiently. "Luke, whatever it is, we can work through it." she said firmly.
"Okay." he took a deep breath. "I know this is gonna sound stupid, but I figured I should ask anyway. I wanted to ask your permission to ask Lorelai to marry me." he said quickly.
Rory's eyes widened.
Luke shook his head. "I know, I know. Too soon. I mean, we only made up a year ago and-"
"Oh Luke!" Rory screeched. She jumped up and hugged him tightly. "I'm so happy for you!"
"You're really okay with it?" he asked doubtfully.
Rory sat back down and grinned. "Luke, I've always wanted this! You and mom are perfect for each other."
Luke smiled sheepishly. "Thanks."
"So that's why he wanted to talk to me!" Rory said excitedly that evening at dinner.
"Wow, Ace. That's great." Logan said setting down the boxes of Chinese they had ordered. He kissed her cheek. "And you're excited?" he teased.
"Only a whole lot!!!" she said happily. "I mean, they're perfect for each other. Oh my god!" she said suddenly. "How am I going to keep this from her? Oh my god!"
"Ace, calm down. I'm sure if you just-"
Rory pulled out her cell phone and gasped. "It's her!" she screeched. "What am I gonna do?"
"Answer it." Logan said. "Calmly. You know nothing." he rubbed her arm gently. "It'll be fine."
Rory nodded and answered the phone. "Hello?" she said a little too perky.
"LUKE PROPOSED!!!!" Lorelai screamed.
"Mom! That's great! Where are you?" she said faking surprise.
"Outside your door! Now let me in!" she yelled again.
Rory ran to the front door and threw it open. "Mom!"
"Kid!" they ran to each other and embraced. "Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god!"
Rory smiled. "Congratulations! Come in, come in! I want to hear every detail!" she ushered them into the apartment kitchen and got out two more forks.
Logan stood up and shook Lorelai and Luke's hands. "Congrats." he said. "Please, join us. We have way too much food."
"Well you know a Gilmore never turns down food." Lorelai said already filling her plate.
"Luke, please. Have some." Rory said setting down a plate for him.
Luke mumbled something about not wanting to intrude.
"Luke! We already told you we have plenty! Please, eat." Rory begged.
After a minute or two Luke finally obliged.
"Now, details!" Rory said excitedly. "And let me see!"
Lorelai proudly extended her left hand to let Rory examine her ring.
"Ohhh! It's beautiful!" she gushed. "Now start talking!"
"Luke, I have an awesome sound system in the other room." Logan said standing and picking his plate up. "Why don't we go and let the ladies gossip? My sound system is shiny and black and uh, in the other room."
"I love sound systems." Luke said standing up and also grabbing his plate. "Let's go." They walked out.
"Okay, enough stalling! Spill before I hurt you!" Rory said anxiously.
Lorelai grinned. "Well we were at Luke's" she said "And I wanted coffee."
"No!" she said aghast.
"Yes! And then Luke said 'Let's go for a walk.' and I was like 'Okay.' even though this was weird. And then we got to the gazebo and we started talking. And he made this cute speech about how we first met and our first date and our rocky times and he said that he knew we could make it through anything together. We could handle it. And then he said he wasn't one for this sappy love stuff but he that he would try to be one for me. And then he got on one knee and pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him."
"Wow." Rory sighed.
"I know! And that's not all!"
"Yeah! After he got out the ring he went behind the bench in the gazebo and pulled out an extra large to-go cup of Luke's coffee and handed that to me too. Well you know a Gilmore Girl will do anything for a cup of coffee, especially Luke's coffee. So I got this!" she extended her left hand again.
"You got that!" Rory repeated.
"This and the best damn cup of coffee in the world."
Back in the living room Logan and Luke were staring at the sound system.
"It's uh, nice." Luke said.
"Thanks." said Logan. "It's a good system."
Logan nodded. "Uh-huh."
Luke nodded. "Huh."
"So, you're engaged." Logan said finally.
Luke nodded. "Yep."
"Well you're lucky. As I'm sure you know Gilmore Girls are hard work but very worth it."
Logan nodded again. "Rory's really excited."
"I'm glad she's okay with it."
"It's all she's been talking about."
Logan sighed and spoke again. "Look, I know I'm not your number one friend but we're going to be related eventually. So I just want to say that I'm sorry for whatever I did to make you angry and that I hope someday we can be friends."
Luke looked hard at him and finally nodded. He held out his hand, which Logan shook. "Okay." he said finally. Logan looked at him and took that 'Okay' as an acceptance.
"Okay." Logan said. "Okay."
A/N: Next: Emily and Richard find out! R&R!!!!