Kylie Lorelai Danes
Luke was not really tired, even though it was such an eventful day. The newest addition to the family had finally arrived. He smiled as he watched Lorelai chatter endlessly to their daughter.
"And you know, when Rory was born, the most popular name in the country was Jennifer? Yes, it was Jennifer. I'm not really liking the name Jennifer very much for you, sweets. Daddy doesn't either, judging by the look on his face," Lorelai said, winking at Luke.
Luke shook his head. "I don't think so."
Lorelai sighed. "This shouldn't be so hard. We're both so… split on this! I just say we mishmash the names together, and have yours be her middle name."
Luke crossed his arms. "I thought we decided on this four months ago. If she was a girl, her name was going to be Madelyn, per your request. If it was a boy, we agreed on Will. I don't understand why this has to be so difficult."
"Well, I looked at her, and I didn't think she looked like a Madelyn. Rory had a friend named Madelyn, and she pointed that out to me, and I just couldn't get it out of my head. And you've gotta consider the personality here. She's not a Madelyn to me. And I know what you're going to say, you can't just choose a name like she's a dog, changing it a million times before deciding. Or looking at her personality and taking a million years to decide. I know that. But she's not a Madelyn." Lorelai pressed a kiss to the baby's hand.
Luke looked at Lorelai and kissed her on the cheek. "Well, at least we didn't give her a name you'd hate for the rest of forever," he reasoned.
"I'm loving this Mommy-Daddy dynamic we've got going on," Lorelai said, looking down at her new baby girl. "It's pretty awesome, the negotiating, the talking out... it's the first big decision of many that we will make as parents."
"If you say so, then I guess it is," Luke replied.
Lorelai sighed. "What are we going to call you? I'm thinking we're not going to name you after a fruit. Because usually, kids get made fun of that way. And another Lorelai would just be much too confusing."
"Didn't we have second favorite names?" Luke asked. "I seem to remember having a sheet full of names we agreed that we both liked."
"In my purse," Lorelai said, tilting her head toward her bag that sat on the floor in the corner of the room.
Luke rolled his eyes, walking across the room to look for the list. "You anticipated this happening?"
Lorelai smiled. "Well, just in case! I like the name, Luke, but it just doesn't fit her. You know? Like "Adam" wouldn't fit you! And ha! You're holding a purse. Your daddy's holding a purse," Lorelai said, looking down at her daughter once again.
"My name's not Adam, and I'm getting the list from your purse." Luke replied.
Lorelai took her little girl's hand. "I know, that's why I said that Adam doesn't fit, huh? And yes, you are carrying my purse," she said, directing the comment toward the baby rather than to Luke.
"And suddenly I'm glad that Emily ordered the head nurse to give you a private room," Luke muttered.
Lorelai raised her eyebrows. "With a view," she insisted.
Luke put the purse down and walked back to the chair he had pulled next to Lorelai's bed. "A view?" he asked. "There is no view."
"To my left, there is a view. Tall, backwards baseball cap, five o'clock shadow…" Lorelai mused, letting out a slight giggle.
Luke turned red. "Ah, jeez, Lorelai," he muttered.
Lorelai rolled her eyes. "Come ON, she's fast asleep, and even if she were awake, she wouldn't be able to understand a word I just said, let alone the hidden connotation behind it."
"There was a hidden meaning behind that comment? A few hours ago, you swore all of that off," Luke said, surprised.
"But I wasn't really paying attention to exactly how studly you really are at that moment, I was a little preoccupied, you know, giving our daughter life?"
Luke unfolded the list and scanned it briefly before an idea popped into his head. "Well, let's see. I think we can compromise here," he said, getting comfortable in the chair.
Lorelai straightened up. "I think that's a possibility, too. What do you got?"
Luke leaned in toward Lorelai, pointing at a name that had clearly been added to the list after the fact. "I see this 'Lorelai' in pink pen at the top, circled about five hundred times."
"It's a backup, Luke, what could I say? And part of me really wants to name her Lorelai, as confusing as that would be."
"Her middle name can be Lorelai if I can pick her first name," Luke deadpanned.
Lorelai pouted. "But what if I hate it? Remember me, the one who you almost let throw ice chips at the nurses again? Remember the pain I was just in? I'm sure you remember my nails digging into your skin about an hour ago. Remember me? I'm sure you do."
"Well, how attached are you to the name 'Lorelai'? Because that won't even be an option if you don't want…" Luke started.
She looked at Luke, and a smile formed on her face. "All right, just stick to the list."
"Why was that easier than I thought it would be?"
Lorelai shrugged. "I don't know. You gave a compromise, I agreed. That's how it works. Where's the problem, Houston?"
"I wasn't saying it was a problem, it was just a little too easy," Luke replied, glancing at the list again.
"What can I say? I'm ever so weak, and I have not a drop of energy to waste!" Lorelai said in an overly dramatic tone.
Luke sighed. "And wait until the pain medication wears off," he muttered.
"We heard that, Daddy," Lorelai said.
"Seriously, why are you giving in so easily?" Luke asked.
Lorelai smiled. "Because part of me really just wants to see what you would call her. And the other part knows that whatever you pick will be off the list, and it will be adorable, and it will be special and cute. I didn't think you'd be very interested in the mushiness of it all."
"I like Kylie," Luke replied.
Lorelai smiled. "That is so cute, Luke, you old softie! Okay, Kylie, that's your name. No going back now, is there?"
"Nope, so I'm glad you like it," Luke said.
Lorelai looked up to see a figure running past her door. She heard heels clicking, then silence, then heels again. "I'll bet you twenty bucks that's Rory," Lorelai said, raising an eyebrow.
"Rory rarely wears heels, and why would she run in them? You're on," Luke shot back.
Lorelai hummed the 'Jeopardy' theme music as an out of breath Rory came into the room. "I got here as soon as I got Luke's panicky voicemail, and I just ran past your room… but I'm here now and… and I missed it!" Rory said, dropping her purse on the floor and trying to catch her breath.
Luke got up to give Rory his seat, while Lorelai grinned. "Aw, now I have both my baby girls in here, how adorable! And you know you're not heartbroken about missing what you've called 'the creepiest concept ever'. You're forgiven."
"And I have had no formal introduction," Rory said, motioning to her new little sister.
Lorelai cleared her throat and opened her mouth before Luke interrupted her. "Please, for Pete's sake, don't introduce her like you did to your parents."
Rory scrunched up her rose and collapsed in the chair. "Please don't tell me you did the wrestler bit."
"Uh… okay, I won't tell you," Lorelai said with a guilty smile.
"Mom! Grandma must have been so annoyed with you! But I would find that really funny. You can give me the wrestler bit later, but do it properly the first time," Rory insisted.
Lorelai sighed. "Fine, EMILY. This is your new little sister, Kylie Lorelai Danes. Would you care to hold her?"
Rory held out her hands and Lorelai gently passed Kylie on. Rory smiled. "Aw, she looks just like you, Luke!"
Lorelai pointed to Luke. "You are SO broke today, pay up!" she said, holding out her hand impatiently.
"Where are you going to keep it now?" Luke grumbled.
Lorelai pointed to her purse. "Just put it in there, pick up the purse and show Rory how it goes with your eyes!"
"Wow, you are really on the ball today, Mom!" Rory said with a smile.
"It's the pain medication, I'm sure," Lorelai grinned. "Remember the fun times we had with pain medication and Katie McKasty?"
Rory smiled. "Ah, Katie McKasty. A good cast she was."
"Who the hell is Katie McKasty?" Luke asked.
Lorelai shrugged. "You don't remember her, that's fine. She's just offended. She doesn't like you anyway."
"Katie McKasty was Mom's cast she got on her leg from the yoga incident," Rory explained.
Luke crossed his arms. "I should have known."
"Yeah, you should have," Lorelai said, insistent.
"Are you going to think of a nickname for her?" Rory asked.
Lorelai smiled. "I'll give her a nickname, but she's got to earn it. It's going to be a cute one. May I ask what that pretty bag is next to your purse that you ever so gracefully dropped?"
"You are shameless, aren't you?" Luke asked, rolling his eyes.
Rory handed Kylie to Luke as she walked to the site of the dropped bag. "Congratulations. I figured this would be something you'd really enjoy. Both of you. I'm sorry my talent isn't so great."
"Whatever it is will be fine, Rory, thank you," Luke said.
Lorelai pulled out a pink book from the bag. "Oh, Rory," she said, her mental light bulb going off.
"I figured Luke treasured his so much that Kylie would like to have one, too. I'm not a scrapbooking prodigy by any means, but I figured that you'd all enjoy this. And there's blank pages in the back of it to add more," Rory said with a smile.
Lorelai opened the album and the first page was filled with pictures of Lorelai and Luke. "Rory, this is… aww! I'm speechless!"
"That's really nice, Rory, thank you," Luke said.
Rory blushed. "Sure! Well, uh, I should probably let you guys explain who all these people are… so…"
"Stay, Rory! Don't just give me this present and leave me blubbering here," Lorelai said, flipping the page of the new family album to Emily and Richard's page.
"Okay, if you insist," Rory said, quietly.
Lorelai held up the book for Luke to see. "Luke, look at this. She included your parents, too."
Luke smiled. "That's why the picture box was on the night table the other day."
"I'm sorry, I just left it there and hid in the closet, I was going to get caught red handed and I didn't want to spoil the surprise," Rory apologized.
Lorelai hugged Rory. "Thank you, sweets."
"Of course. There's plenty of room in the back for pictures of birthdays, firsts, and all that… and possibly siblings if you so choose to bestow them upon her," Rory said with a smile.
Lorelai motioned for Luke to come over. "Come over here. We should look at the album from the beginning! Explain the pictures and the people to Kylie!"
Luke sighed and made his way over, realizing that he would have no say in this. He handed Kylie to Rory and sat next to Lorelai, putting his arm around her.
"Well, Kylie, this is your Mommy and your Daddy. See, Mommy and Daddy actually loved each other for a very long time, but neglected to tell the other of their true feelings," Lorelai began.
Luke watched as Lorelai explained the album to Kylie, and stared at Rory holding her. He knew this moment was one worthy of Kylie's new album. It was going to be a story he could tell when he needed to explain the album to Kylie again someday.
A/N: I want to thank everyone who reviewed, alerted, and/or favorited this story. Your encouragement, your interest, and your enthusiasm is very much appreciated. These stories started way back in May, and now they're suddenly over. Now that the Gilmore Handbook/Danes Family Album saga is over, I'm not quite sure where to go next, but I'm glad to have you guys along for the ride. Thank you.