June third in Stars Hollow was like a national holiday for the majority of its citizens. Luke and Lorelai finally became husband and wife, much to the delight of everyone in the town. But it was safe to say that Luke was one of the happiest people in the town square that day. After being hugged, congratulated, and pinched by Miss Patty just a little too much, Luke excused himself to the gazebo for a few moments away from the crowd. He felt a tap on his shoulder as he took in the sights from the gazebo. He turned and smiled when he saw April standing behind him. "Hey, April," he said. "You look great."
"Thanks, you don't look so bad yourself. We haven't had much of a chance to talk today, things were kind of hectic, you know, with the 'you getting married' thing and all," she replied, brushing a bee away from her purple dress.
Luke chuckled. "Yeah, that's how weddings are, especially around here, pretty insane."
"The ceremony was so nice," April gushed, tucking a strand of her brown hair behind her ear. "Rory was bawling."
"Rory's a lot like her mother, really emotional," Luke explained.
April nodded. "Yeah, I did notice that. They're a lot alike."
"It's hard not to notice," Luke replied.
The two stood quietly for a moment, watching the reception go on. "So, uh, I heard you can waltz," April said, breaking the silence.
Luke rolled his eyes. "Lorelai told you about that, huh?"
"That's what happens when you stay up all night because Lorelai can't sleep the night before her wedding. It's funny, she was the only one that couldn't sleep. We all tried to go to sleep, but Lorelai wouldn't let us. We did karaoke and then we watched a movie, and had s'mores, until Lorelai decided to stop toasting the marshmallows in the oven and started playing Chubby Bunny. Chubby Bunny got a little old after Rory almost choked, so then we decided to just 'girl talk' and Lorelai said you could dance," April replied.
"Chubby Bunny?" Luke asked, raising his eyebrows. "Is that the game with the marshmallows, and you stuff them in your mouth?"
"Yeah," April replied. "I hate that game. Not my thing. But Lorelai and Rory were all over it. But that's not the point, the point is that she told me that you could dance."
"I'm not too bad," he insisted, clearing his throat.
"I don't know," April said, a hint of skepticism in her voice. "All I've heard is 'Luke can waltz, Luke can waltz' and I was wondering if I could be the judge."
"You're asking me to dance," Luke said.
April laughed. "Something like that."
"Sure," Luke replied, taking April's hand and walking onto the dance floor.
As they danced, April took a look around her and groaned when she saw all of the wedding guests pull out their cameras. "Sorry, I should have known that they were going to be all over us with pictures."
"It's okay, let them take pictures if they want to," Luke replied. "It's not like you could stop them from doing it, anyway."
"True," April said with a giggle. "But are they always this intense?"
"You get used to it after awhile," Luke explained. "You know who not to talk about your personal life with, and you know who you can trust. It's a crazy town, but once you get to know who to trust, it all works out in the end."
When the dance was over, April hugged Luke. She pulled back and gave him a smile. "Thanks for the dance, Dad," she said.
Luke nodded, trying not to flinch at being called 'Dad' for the first time. "You're welcome," he answered, watching as April went over to chat with Rory. Luke walked over to Lorelai, who had a similar smile on her face.
"You're lucky about seventy people got that moment on camera, or else I'd make you go back and do it again," she teased, giving him a peck on the cheek.
"She called me 'Dad,'" Luke said.
She smiled and linked her arm in his. "I heard. No hesitation, either. It's nice, huh?"
"Yeah," Luke replied. "I'm glad things worked out like they did. I mean, things didn't go smoothly all the time, but this is how things were supposed to end up."
"You're getting all sappy," Lorelai said with a laugh.
Luke shrugged, taking her hand. "Nah, I'm just glad things ended up this way. I appreciate your help."
"Nah," Lorelai said with a laugh. "It was all you. Maybe some Jess, but you too. Is April staying with Rory while we're away?"
He shook his head. "She's going home, but she'll be back for the dance marathon in a few weeks."
"She's entering the dance marathon? She's my competition?" Lorelai gasped.
Luke rolled his eyes. "She probably won't last as long as you, she's just doing it for fun. She's also snagged your dance partner."
"Rory?" Lorelai asked, her eyes widened as she glanced in her daughter's general direction. "My daughter and stepdaughter are conniving against me to overthrow me and take my trophy?"
"You're so dramatic," Luke replied. "It's just for fun and to raise money, you're being so competitive."
She pouted. "I don't have a dance partner now. Will you be my partner?"
"I guess I don't have a choice," he grumbled, putting his arm around her waist.
"Of course you do, you have the choice between hearing me whine about it, or sucking it up and dancing with me," Lorelai teased, patting him on the arm.
He leaned in and kissed her. "I choose the second one."
"Good job," Lorelai replied. "You got another dance in you, or are you taking off your dancing shoes?"
"I'll dance," Luke said, making his way to the dance floor once again. Out of the corner of his eye he caught Rory and April stealing the one time use cameras off of the tables nearby and taking abstract pictures with them. He nodded in their direction. "They got along well, huh?"
Lorelai laughed. "Rory's always wanted a sister. I knew she did when she asked Santa for one when she was four. She likes the idea."
"She going to be able to share you?" Luke asked.
"She learned how to share before the majority of her preschool class, I'd say she'll be fine," Lorelai replied.
Luke smiled. Finally, the puzzle that his life had become was nearing completion.
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