Chapter 11

I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together…

Emily breezed out of the bathroom, her sheer cobalt blue robe sweeping out behind her. Richard's eyes were glued to her every movement as she slipped off the robe and laid it across the foot of the bed. The matching satin night gown she whore ended a few inches above her knees, the v-neck held up with wide straps.

Emily shut off the lamp on her nightstand and climbed into bed, immediately moving to lie next to her husband. She rested her head on his shoulder and reached across his chest tracing patterns gently with her fingertips along his collar bone.

Richard kissed the top of her head and wrapped his arm around her shoulders. "You certainly seem to be in a good mood tonight."

"Mmm," she murmured as she turned her head up and kissed the underside of his chin and her finger traced a line from his shoulder to the top button of his pajamas. Just as she circled her finger around the button there was a knock at the door.

"Yes," Richard called out as Emily turned her face toward his chest and sighed.

"Um… it's Lorelai," she answered from the outside of the door.

Emily quickly moved to sit up on her side of the bed and pulled the covers up to her chest.

"Come in," Richard called out.

Lorelai opened the door and walked hesitantly into the bedroom. She stopped a few feet from the bed fidgeting. "I um… well… I just really wanted to thank you both for this weekend."

"We're very happy to have you here," Richard replied, "Luke and April too."

Lorelai smiled broadly. "And thank you for that too, it really means a lot to me that you both actually feel that way… that you want to get to know Luke and April better and include them."

"Of course we want to include them. They're going to be family, Lorelai. You know how important that is," Emily explained.

"I do, Mom, I do," Lorelai answered with a nod, "Well, anyway… I just wanted to tell you that this weekend has meant a lot to me… and well… that's about all." She stood there uneasily for another moment, took a step backwards then turned toward the door.

"Lorelai," at the sound of her mother's voice she looked back to them. "It has meant a lot to us too."

"Yes, it has," Richard added.

Lorelai gave her parents a tender smile and took a deep breath as she forced down all the emotions of the moment. "Night."

"Good night," responded both Emily and Richard at the same time, Lorelai turned and left.

Richard looked over at his wife. She was still gazing at the door that their daughter had just gone through. Her expression was a bit melancholy. He reached behind her, draped his arm across her shoulders pulling her against him and kissed the top of her head. "What is it?" he asked quietly.

Emily looked down at her hands and fussed with the top of the sheet, smoothing it back over the edge of the comforter.

"Everything seems to be going well," he said, puzzled at her mood change.

Emily transferred her gaze from the blankets up to him barley moving the angle of her head. She shrugged and took a breath. "That's just it… I don't know… maybe I'm waiting for something to go wrong. It always seems to."

He brought his free hand up to her face gently angling it towards him. "Emily… don't borrow trouble." He kissed her forehead. "We've come a long way, all three of us. Maybe it's time to let go and stop worrying about what will happen next."

She sighed. "You know I can't stop worrying." She took a moment to look into his eyes trying to soak up the strength and the certainty he seemed to exude.

He smoothed his thumb over her cheekbone then down across her jaw. "I know, but you can stop worrying so much, just see how things go for a while." He gave her an encouraging smile.

She smiled back at him. "I'll try."

"That's all I ever ask." He brought his thumb up to trace over her lips and her smile grew wider. "Now, I believe you were saying something before we were interrupted."

"I wasn't saying anything and you know it," she replied with a raised eyebrow.

"Well then, why don't you remind me exactly what you were doing," he suggested leaning closer and grazing her lips with a soft kiss.

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The four adults lingered over coffee, or tea in Luke's case, while April swam laps in the pool one last time before they had to drive back to Stars Hollow. The house phone began ringing and Richard went inside to answer it.

"So when are you guys heading back to Hartford?" Lorelai asked.

Emily shrugged, "Probably on Wednesday."

Richard returned to the patio, speaking into the cordless phone, "Well, Obama has certainly backed himself into a corner on that point, hasn't he? What was the spin like in the room?"

"Is that Rory?" Emily asked. He nodded in response.

"It must be fascinating to have a front row seat as it were. I really enjoyed your last series of articles, very insightful," Richard continued in his conversation, laughed at something Rory said and turned to his wife who was waiting not so patiently for her turn to speak. "Well, I know your Grandmother would like to say hello. I can't wait to read your take on this morning's debate." He passed the phone to Emily.

"Rory, hello," Emily greeted her granddaughter cheerfuly. "Yes, it has been a very enjoyable weekend, the only thing missing was you… yes, perhaps next time."

"So, Dad, what do you guys do with the house during the rest of the year?" Lorelai asked.

"Oh, we close it up," he explained. "There's a caretaker that comes by and checks on the property and a security service. I suppose we've got a month or so until the season ends."

"It's kinda sad to think of this big house just sitting empty nine months out of the year," Lorelai said with a sigh as she looked out at the ocean.

Richard shrugged and replied matter-of-factly, "Well, it's a beach house. That's what one does with a beach house."

"True," Lorelai sighed again.

"Lorelai, Rory would like to talk to you," Emily said handing her the phone.

"Hey, my little Helen Thomas, how are you? Win any Pulitzers lately?" Lorelai teased. "Yeah I watched the debate this morning, or you know, at least until I got bored. Don't you think they should be starting to thin the herd a little? I mean they introduced that one poor guy and actually said he had no registered support in the polls. That's just harsh." Her expression grew tender as she stole a sideways glance at her mother. "Yeah, it's been really good." Her smile turned into a mischievous grin. "Yes I have pictures, but some require a bit of an explanation," she saw her mother eyeing her warily out of the corner of her eye. "We'll talk later. Love you too, babe. Bye."

April climbed out of the pool and wrapped a towel around herself. She padded over to the table and put on the glasses her father was holding out to her.

"I saw a real improvement in those flip turns," Richard complimented with a smile.

"Yeah, it felt awkward at first, but it got easier. Thanks again," she said picking up a glass of orange juice.

"Glad to be of help," Richard replied.

Luke patted her on the shoulder. "Car's all loaded. As soon as you get changed we'll hit the road, okay?"

"Okay, hint taken, I'm going." She smiled at her father and went inside to get dressed.

A short time later Richard and Emily stood in front of the house, his arm draped across her shoulders. April climbed into the back of the Jeep while Lorelai held the seat forward for her. Calling over to her mother and father, "So, see you Friday?"

"Friday," Emily answered, "and don't be late."

Lorelai rolled her eyes. "Mom, when am I ever… well, okay, we won't be late." She climbed into the Jeep and unzipped the window to wave at her parents.

They waved back, Richard calling out, "Drive safely," as the Jeep pulled away. He tightened his hold on Emily drawing her against his side. Leaning down he pressed a kiss to her temple and said, "So, now that they're gone, how about joining me for a dip in the pool?"

She smiled up at him. "That sounds nice."

He raised an eyebrow and looked at her admiringly, "I was thinking maybe we could skinny dip."

Her eyes widened in surprise. "In broad daylight? Are you crazy? Besides, the cleaning woman will be here any minute."

His face fell as he nodded in understanding. "Ah, forgot about her."

Emily laughed at his disappointed expression. He looked like a little boy who had just been told he couldn't have a puppy. "She'll only be here a few hours," she said as she watched his face closely. "After she leaves… we'll see."

He grinned at her lasciviously. "I'll make it worth your while."

"You bet you will," she answered suggestively and then slyly dropped her hand down and squeezed his behind then quickly walked into the house.

Richard jumped and laughed loudly. In the distance the Jeep turned off of the long private drive and onto the highway out of sight.

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