"Congratulations!" Claire cheered as the group entered the ballroom. "You've come in third place!"
"What?" Colin said slowly.
"We lost?" said Logan.
"You came in third." Claire corrected. "And for that you each receive two ten dollar movie passes!"
"That's crap!" Robert yelled. "We did everything on the list!"
"And you didn't make it back first. You lost, deal with it."
The group glared at her for a few minutes as Claire went about her business, eventually sighing and going upstairs to the rooms.
"Hey, I almost forgot." Colin said suddenly. "Huntz, your birthday dinner is tonight. We're taking you to The Melting Pot, Gilmore's idea."
"Sounds great. Meet you all down in the lobby at seven thirty." Logan said as he and Rory entered their room. "Okay, Ace, what the hell is The Melting Pot?"
Rory grinned. "It's somewhere fun. I figured you were tired of all that fancy-shmancy society food so we're going to a fondue restaurant. My mom and I have been there a few times and we nearly blew our life savings on desert alone."
"So it's expensive?"
"When you order no entrées and just seven rounds of dessert, yes."
Logan chuckled, knowing she was serious. "Well it sounds terrific, Ace. I'm sure we'll have fun."
"I know we will. I will at least."
"I propose a toast!" Colin said that evening at the restaurant. "To another year of Huntzberger, may we all have the therapists to survive it." He raised his skewer and the others followed.
"Isn't this fun?" Rory asked.
"It's great, Ace. Better than I expected."
Steph grinned. "Great idea, Rory. This is fun." She seized a piece of meat from the tray with her skewer, dipped it into a pot of cheese, and popped it into her mouth.
Rose nodded. "Yeah, and Juliet is actually eating." The group stopped and looked to see Juliet eating a piece of chocolate covered fruit.
"Good job, J." Robert praised.
"It's nice to see you act human." Steph added.
"We're very proud." Rory nodded.
"Okay, so as much fun as this is I'd like to take this time to say I'm pissed that we lost." Finn said suddenly.
The group nodded.
"We did our best." said Rose.
"But our best wasn't good enough." Colin said sadly.
Juliet frowned. "Way to spread the birthday cheer, guys."
'Sorry' was muttered around the group.
All of a sudden a group of waiters came out from the kitchen carrying a huge cake, lit with what looked like 4th of July sparklers. They began to sing, and the group soon joined in as they gathered around Logan:
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear Logan!
Happy Birthday to you!
Everyone cheered as Logan blew out the two huge candles at the top, shaped as the numbers 2 and 5. He turned to Rory.
"Your doing, I assume?"
She nodded happily and Logan gave her a quick kiss. "Thanks Ace."
"We haven't even got to present yet!" The cake was cut and passed out and the group soon left for the hotel again, to distribute Logan's presents.
"Wow, a new pocket knife. Thanks Robert." Logan said setting the gift aside. He had already received a poker set from Stephanie, alcohol from Colin and Finn, and a set of picture frames of him and Rory from Rosemary and Juliet.
"My turn!" Rory said giddily handing him an envelope.
He opened it to find an ad for a new poker table, which Rory explained would be arriving Monday and, to his surprise, a book of sex coupons.
"Can I use these now?" He asked grinning.
Rory blushed. "Shut up."
"I'm serious. Can I?" Seeing the look in her eyes he immediately stood up. "Okay, thanks for a great birthday guys but you need to get the hell out."
They rolled their eyes but soon realized he was serious.
"Come on, Huntz!"
"Mate, you can have it with your woman anytime!"
"Don't push me Logan!"
"OW! What the hell Huntzberger?"
"Get off me!"
"I hate you."
It took him a minute but Logan did eventually get the group out of the room. He locked the door and grabbed Rory, dragging her to the bed.
"My, we're excited aren't we?" she asked giggling. She was cut off by Logan capturing her mouth with his own.
"You know, I think I'm gonna miss this place." Rory said the next afternoon as they boarded the Morgan jet. "It was fun."
Logan kissed her neck. "Mmm, best birthday ever."
She laughed. "You're only saying that because you used up over half of those coupons last night."
Logan nodded, moving to her ear. "It was worth it." He mumbled.
""Hello, my name is Ariel and I will be one of your servers today." The same stewardess said stepping up to the microphone. "When the light up here goes off-"
The group rolled their eyes and tuned her out.
About an hour later almost everyone was asleep except for Rory and Logan, who had lifted the armrest between them and were now cuddled together under a blanket.
"You know, it sucks that we didn't win the Italy trip." She said softly.
He nodded. "Yeah, but maybe someday we'll go there on our own. Like, on our honeymoon."
Rory stopped and looked at him. "What did you say?"
"I love you, Rory. And I can't picture my life without you in it. When I see myself ten, twenty years in the future you're the one I see standing next to me. You're the one I want next to me." He took her hand. "Marry me." He said softly.
Rory remained frozen, so he went on. "When you picture your future, what do you see?"
"I see….. me, in a white dress, with my dad on one side and Luke on the other at my mom's inn. Walking down the aisle and not being able to believe this is my life and wondering how I got so lucky."
She smiled. "I see you at the end, waiting for me. Yes."
"Yes. Yes, Logan, I'll marry you."
He grinned. "I love you, Ace."
"I love you, too." She whispered.
"Oh, I almost forgot." He reached into his pocket and retrieved a small, blue Tiffany's box. Upon his opening it, Rory gasped.
"Logan…. It's beautiful."
"You like it?"
"It's perfect. Not gaudy or too big or fancy. It's perfect." She glanced up at him. "You've really thought about this."
He nodded. "Yeah, I just wasn't sure when the right time was. I know this isn't exactly the best time and place, on a jet back from Vegas with six of our friends asleep around us-"
She kissed him, cutting him off. "It's perfect." She repeated. "The time, place, people, ring, atmosphere… everything. It's all perfect. I love you so much, Logan."
"I love you too, Ace."
Ta-da!! What did you think?I'd like to give an honorable mention to Allison aka thebuzz1919 for guessing the outcome of the scavenger hunt correctly. YAY ALLISON!!
I may write a sequel if I feel like it but for now this is it. Tell me your opinion!! And thank-you to all of my loyal readers!! I love you all!!
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