"Rory, it's okay. He's Luke. He won't bite," Logan tried to assure his fiancée.
She sighed as she paced across the street from the diner. She couldn't believe Logan was making her do this. "Logan, this is really, really difficult for me. And when I say difficult, I mean near impossible. Like passing sophomore sociology at Yale hard. I hate making these decisions."
Logan grunted. "Yeah, and look who got an A in that class. If you can do that, you can do this. Just go ask him. He's not going to say no."
Rory had her wedding entirely planned out. She had the music, and the flowers, and the dress… everything was going to be absolutely perfect. But there was one nagging little detail that she had been trying not to address for the longest time. She purposefully avoided the decision, because it was too painful to deal with. Who would walk her down the aisle?
It was a decision she had been dreading. She had thought so much about it that her head started to hurt. And Logan wasn't making the decision any easier for her. When he had said, "pick a number" earlier, she wasn't anticipating subconsciously choosing the man who would give her away. Rory haphazardly picked a number, curious to see what the purpose of selecting it was. When Logan explained his assignment system, Rory nearly broke down in tears. This wasn't supposed to be so hard.
"You picked Luke, now go and ask him. Rory, I'm sure he'd be honored. And besides, you'll feel a lot better about it once you make your decision. It will take a load off of you, and you'll be so relieved. You'll be glad you made a choice and then you will be able to move on and enjoy being engaged," Logan insisted, putting his arm around Rory.
"Logan!" Rory moved Logan's arm. "This isn't a decision that I can make with such a random system. It's something that I have to think about. It's a big decision, Logan, and I don't appreciate you trying to rush me!"
Logan sighed. "But you're stressing yourself out over it. Both of them will love you no matter what. They really don't care what you decide. But, you'll have to choose sooner or later. The wedding is in four days, Rory. The rehearsal dinner is Saturday. I think the person you decide on needs to know by the end of the week. Now, I'm sorry that you're beating yourself up over this, and I'm sorry, I'm kind of insensitive when it comes to stuff like this. I can't imagine how hard it must be for you, and I'm glad I'm not you at this point. Just don't leave them hanging."
Rory rolled her eyes in frustration. Logan was pressuring her, but at the same time, trying to cover it up by being sweet, and convincing Rory that it was a tough decision. She didn't really need the convincing arguments to figure it out. It wasn't a simple task, choosing the man worthy to walk her down the aisle. Logan was trying to simplify it with the "pick a number" solution, and that wasn't helping Rory at all. She couldn't make a decision so easily.
"I'll give you some time, all right? I'll call you later." Logan kissed Rory on the forehead and walked away, trying to let her make the decision on her own.
Whether Logan was pressuring her or not, Rory was still having trouble deciding. Even Lorelai couldn't tell her what to do... and Rory hated that.
Rory remembered the conversation well. They were sitting on the couch, watching Pippi Longstocking, when Rory suddenly blurted out her quandary to Lorelai.
"Mom? Who do you want to walk me down the aisle?" Rory asked.
Lorelai stared at Rory, confused by the question. She paused the movie and turned to face her daughter. "Oh, sweetie, that's not my decision to make. It's not my wedding. My wedding was almost a year ago… and it was a lot of fun, if I do say so myself."
Rory let out a nervous giggle. "Would you be offended if I chose Luke?"
Lorelai held up her left hand. "I'm married to Luke, I wouldn't be offended."
"What about if I picked Dad?"
"Again, not offended. It's your choice, kid. Should we be watching a different movie? Because there's one I can think of that seems appropriate for the time… about choices…"
"No, no, Pippi's fine. I just… would Dad be offended if I picked Luke?" Rory inquired, leaning her back against the couch.
Lorelai scratched Paul Anka behind the ear. "Well, I don't know. I don't think so, but then again I'm not your dad. If I were your dad, this world would be a very, very different place."
"Would Luke be offended if I chose Dad?"
"Honestly? I think he expects you to choose your dad. He's not going to get in a fistfight with him over it, because he wants you to be happy. Whatever makes you happy is fine with him. Have you thought about having both of them escort you? You'd be Miss Patty's idol," Lorelai quipped.
"I want to choose one or the other. I don't want this to be hard, though."
Lorelai put her hand on Rory's arm. "Well, babe, whatever you choose, please know that I am totally behind you. And I won't be offended. I promise," Lorelai vowed.
The only thing Rory could think of to do was go home and make a pro-con list. It had always been her method of problem solving, and had brought her through many dilemmas in her life. The most important pro-con list brought her to Logan, through Yale. She walked back home and searched in her room for a piece of paper.
"Hey, kid, what are you dong here? Not that this isn't your house and not that you aren't welcome here anytime, but what brings you here? Today?" Lorelai inquired, sipping her coffee.
"I'm in the process of finding a piece of paper, well, a lot of paper, to make a pro-con list. I need to take a definitive stand, and this is the way I know how to do it best. I'm deciding who to ask to walk me down the aisle," Rory insisted, sitting down on her bed and beginning to scribble on the piece of paper.
"Okay, sweets. Let me know if you want anything to eat. Or if you need a coffee break," Lorelai said, pulling Rory's door closed.
Rory sighed and began to think, tapping the pen to her lips. She scrawled "Dad" at the top of the first sheet of paper and divided it into two columns, pro and con. Then, the next sheet of paper was titled "Luke" and divided into two columns.
Usually, the words on the pro-con lists came rushing out of her and onto the paper faster than one could ever imagine. But this time, she was holding back. Rory was holding back for fear of hurting Christopher or Luke. She couldn't make a pro-con list to decide who to start with, so she chose Luke.