A/N: I've always loved Rory/Christopher fights. Mainly because Christopher is such a terrible father, and despite him, Rory's managed to become an incredible person. Possibly the best R/C fight is in 3.02 "Haunted Leg". This is my take on another place that a major fight could have occurred. 5.14 "Say Something". This focuses on what happened after Lorelai left the vow renewal.


The Meaning of Family

"Christopher! Get some coffee! I'm going after Luke!" She shouted at him. Fortunately, Marilyn grabbed her before she could run off, and dragged her towards the photographer muttering something about cake and Anglo-Saxons. He watched her mumble something to her mother as the picture was taken, then grab her coat and leave.

He ran after her. He couldn't actually see her, but he heard her voice disappear as she disappeared around a corner.

"I'd love to get a few more shots in." He heard the unsuspecting photographer suggest. He almost felt sorry for the poor man.

"Yeah, so would I." Lorelai shot back, exiting the building. Christopher moved towards the door, intending to follow her when Rory stood in front of him, blocking his exit.

"Rory, move!" He said, frustrated. Why was she doing this? He was so close to getting Lorelai.

"No." She said in her stubborn voice. Not that Christopher would notice.

"Come on, Rory, this is my chance!"

"No, it is not your chance." She spat out, disgusted by the sight of him. "You had your chance 20 years ago! You had a million chances! You never even deserved more than one chance, but she gave them to you anyway, and you never took them.!"

"That's not fair, Rory."

"Not fair? Not fair?! She said she didn't want to get married, and you bailed! She was sixteen! You abandoned her to raise a baby on her own.! You abandoned me, your own daughter! I never even met you until I was 16! She raised me on her own. You weren't there."

"Like she would have let me do anything."

"She would have! She was alone and scared, and yeah I know she's stubborn, but she knew she needed help. She had a little baby and nowhere to go. She had no money, no home. She would never have survived without this town. Without Luke."

"You don't really believe that."

"Hell yes, I do. Luke was there when you weren't. He was the father you never tried to be. He fed me mashed potatoes for a week when I was sick and came to my caterpillar's funeral. He tried to protect me from boys. He fixed things in our house when they broke. He's the only man mom feels comfortable having in the house. He's always there for her when she cries. When she's alone and scared. When no one else is there. Did you ever do that? No. I told you to leave her alone, but you just had to go ahead and try to win her back, and the worst part is, I'm not even surprised that you did it. Don't you see you missed your chance, she's with Luke now."

"But that's only for now."

"No, it's not." Rory's voice quieted a bit. "She's finally stopped running away. It's funny, I never thought she'd meet someone who could keep her in one place like that. God knows that with Max and Alex, and even you, she ran, but she doesn't run from Luke. She's always been a commitment-phobe, but for some unearthly reason, she wants to spend the rest of her life with this man. She knows he'll always be there. She knows he'll do anything for her. She's found a man that really loves her, and for the first time in her life, she loves him back. You lost, Christopher."

The fact that she refused to call him 'dad' stung. The way she spat out his name with as much contempt as she could muster. And with that, she turned around and walked away. The man she left behind was her father, she knew, but he sure as hell wasn't her dad.