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Author's Note: Here it is the final chapter. I want to thank everyone who reviewed and supported my try. And especially to Kirsteen who betaed the story. Thank you all.
A couple of days and several tests later, they released him with the promise to come back every month for a check-up. The cancer cells had disappeared, but there was always the concern of further tumors because of his family history.
Lorelai and Luke were in the jeep on their way back to Stars Hollow.
"I never thought I would be coming back."
"Oh, Luke! You are the strongest person I know. Apparently eating salads and stuff actually helped."
"Nah, if I wasn't lucky enough to be diagnosed early, right now we would be talking about how much time I have left."
"Don't think like that, all that matters is that you're healthy now."
Luke changed the subject.
"Does the town know I'm coming back?"
"No, but with Babette living next door, it should be out in a couple of minutes."
"Well, I was thinking that maybe I should wait a couple of weeks before anyone sees me."
"Whatever you want that makes you feel comfortable." She reached for his hand and gave it a squeeze.
As soon as they arrived at the house, Luke jumped out of the Jeep and went straight into the house, leaving Lorelai carry the bags.
"Here we go," Lorelai muttered to herself.
"Whose suitcase are you holding? Did I see someone go into the house?"
"That was Luke, Babette."
"He's finally back! We knew he'd make it, he's a strong one that guy." Babette said it all while moving towards her door, but Lorelai was quick enough to stop her.
"I won't be long, sugar."
"Please, let him get used to being back first."
After dealing with her neighbor Lorelai entered the house to find Luke standing by the couch, glancing around. When he sensed her presence he spoke.
"Yeah, well after… you know… I felt like changing the place."
Luke didn't speak, he just kept looking around.
"You got rid of everything."
"All the stuff is in the garage. I was meaning to bring it back in, but I didn't get the time. Luke, you have to understand, I never thought I would get another chance with you after everything that happened. After what I did."
"It's stupid, I know. Let's not talk about that anymore."
"We won't talk about it now, but we have to talk about stuff. The lack of talking got us there in the first place."
After a while, Luke was settled in the bedroom upstairs and was taking a shower when the doorbell rang. It was Sookie, bringing food.
"This should cover you for today. I hope he eats it."
"Don't worry hon, he will."
"Speaking of which, where is he?"
"And you? How are you?"
"Really glad he's finally back. I couldn't watch him suffer anymore."
"Can I see him?"
"I don't think he is up to it but let me check."
"He'll be down in a second."
Luke walked down the stairs a few minutes later and Sookie froze in place.
"This is why I want to avoid people."
"Babe, you forgot your hat."
As Luke returned for his hat, Sookie had the chance to speak to Lorelai
"Oh my god, he's so thin. And he has no hair!"
"Shhh, Sookie, he'll hear you. He will look better soon. I hope."
Luke came back, with the hat on this time.
"I'm sorry, Luke, I didn't mean to be rude. I haven't seen you in a while and I didn't know what to expect."
"I understand, don't apologize."
They stayed and talked for a while until Sookie excused herself. Luke and Lorelai were finally alone. They proceeded to eat the food that Sookie brought earlier and then they moved to the couch to watch a movie. Lorelai sat with her feet tucked under her and Luke lay with his head on her lap.
"This is nice."
"Ha! I knew I'd finally make you enjoy a movie."
"I wasn't talking about the movie."
"I know." Lorelai leaned down and kissed him. Luke hooked a hand behind her neck, keeping her in place so he could keep kissing her. Neither one knew how they ended up lying on the couch facing each other and making out. After a while, Luke broke the kiss.
"God I missed you."
"I missed you too."
Two weeks had passed since he returned home, but that was where he stayed. He hadn't left the house to go to the diner or his apartment yet, but things were starting to look up. He had already gained a few pounds, enough not to make him feel skinny, and his hair has started to grow back.
One day he was sitting on the couch watching a game when Lorelai got home from work.
Lorelai kissed him and went upstairs to change into something more comfortable. As she came down the stairs she noticed Luke's expression.
"What is it?"
"I'm bored! I want to get out of here."
"Finally! So where do you want to go?"
"I was thinking of going to the diner and taking inventory so I can open it again."
"What? There is no way I'm letting you go back to work so soon. Yes, you're better now, but it's too early to go back to work. I mean, not that you are not capable of…"
Luke silenced her with a kiss and spoke with a smile on his face.
"I was thinking of letting Caesar and Lane handle it and I could go just to check if they need anything."
"Well then, this speech was uncalled for."
"Yeah, but it was sweet."
"Did Luke Danes just use the word sweet for something other than candy?"
After a short make out session, they headed over to the diner, where they spent the rest of the afternoon.
When they returned, they saw Rory's car parked in the driveway, but what surprises them most was what they found when they opened the door.
The whole town was in the living room waiting for them.
"About time," said Rory when she spotted them in the foyer.
"What's going on here?"
"Well, I got a call from Sookie saying that Babette saw you both leave the house, so we should get the plan in motion."
"Ever since Luke came back, the townspeople wanted to throw him a welcome-back-be-well party, but since he wasn't going anywhere, the plan was put on hold. So, today was the perfect opportunity."
"I can't believe this!"
"They love you baby, and you really scared us."
Luke, sensing Lorelai tense, squeezed her hand for reassurance. She smiled in response.
"Let's go to your party."
They enter in the living room and everyone is there: Taylor, Gypsy, Kirk, Babette, Miss Patty and everyone else. Once Taylor spotted them he headed their way.
"Well, Luke, as a townsperson and on behalf of…" before he had a chance to finish, everyone in the room was throwing plastic cups and napkins at him.
"Cut it out, Taylor, this is not a town meeting," screamed Babette.
Lorelai was afraid of Luke's reaction to the scene, but she was pleased to see him looking amused by the situation.
"Oh Lucas, you're even sexier with short hair. I think you should consider keeping it this way. And that body of yours…"
"Stay away, Patty, and don't pinch me."
"Well, it was worth a try."
Lorelai approached him.
"I told you that short hair is sexy."
"Not you too!"
"Well, I always liked your look at Rory's graduation and now I can admire it all I want!"
After a few hours the house was finally empty. Only Lorelai, Luke, Rory and Sookie remained.
"This place looks like it was bombed."
"Don't worry about it, us girls are going to clean it up. Go up and get some rest."
"Are you sure?"
"Positive, now go."
"Goodnight." He pecked her on the lips.
"Bye Rory, bye Sookie, thanks for everything."
Luke went upstairs, but he couldn't sleep. He tossed and turned in bed, thinking about everything that had happened. He was happy about the way things turned out, but what might have happened still scared him. He didn't hear Lorelai enter the room to see the tears on his face. She sat on his side of the bed and gently wiped his eyes.
"What's going on?"
"I was just thinking how great things turned out."
"And that's bad?"
"What? Of course not!"
"Then why the tears?"
"Because I realized I could have lost everything. This stupid town and it's craziness. April growing up and Rory graduating and moving on with her life. You!" he said, tearing up again.
"Aw, Luke. It's all in the past now, you made it and you will be here for every one of those things you mentioned."
"I love you Lorelai. I know in the past year I've been a real jerk, but from now on I will show you every day how much you mean to me."
"Don't say anything. You don't have to. I know."
"Then can I just say how much I love you and how I wouldn't be able to survive if anything happened to you?"
"I love you too. This whole thing has made me realise how much I love you and how I never want to be away from you again. Lorelai, will you marry me?"