So here's the deal. I believe that Luke and Lorelai are truly meant to be, and a big reason for that is because they knew each other so well before they made that transition from friends to so much more than that. I want them to build that foundation, but I won't have them go through eight years of foreplay to get there. But I think a year or so is fair. I'm not a hundred percent sure yet on the time; it may be a little more, may be a little less- you get the picture. But they will get there in this story.
Mainly, that will be the only thing that I'm taking the liberty to change; just beware that some exes may show up sooner than they did in the show. There may be some minor things here or there, but overall, that's it.
Trust me, everything will work out. Major java junkie fan here!
Gilmore Girls: The Tale of an Annoying Woman and a Grumpy Diner Owner
Chapter One: An annoying woman meets a grumpy diner owner
"No, no, no!" Lorelai exclaimed at the evil water. "Rory!" she shouted.
"Yeah?" the eleven year old called back from the bathroom.
"What are the odds of you knowing how to unclog a sink?"
"Not very good!"
"Didn't think so," Lorelai grumbled.
A Bit Later
"We are so late," Lorelai said as she stepped off the sidewalk. With a pouting face, Rory reached to grab her mother's outstretched hand while she struggled to keep up with her mom, who was leading them across the street.
"I told you we should have gone this weekend," the young girl complained.
"And miss the Godfather marathon?" Lorelai gasped. "Never!"
Rory rolled her eyes. "We have them on tape."
"Do I really have to explain to you that it's not the same?" Lorelai turned to look at her daughter with raised brows.
"No," Rory said with a sigh.
"Car shopping can wait! Sophia dying, cannot! Now hurry, you'll just make it."
Together, they rushed up the cement stairs leading to Stars Hollow Junior/Senior high school. Once they reached the top, Rory hiked her backpack higher up on her shoulders, and then she turned to hug her mom.
"Bye, sweets," Lorelai said before kissing her daughter's cheek.
"Bye," the younger Gilmore said as she turned to run for the door.
"Love you, too!" Rory called, just before disappearing inside.
Lorelai turned while letting out a sigh as she chanced a glance down at her cell phone. Her brand-new cell phone that she had just gotten barely a month ago. She had finally been able to afford one and was so excited when she and Sookie walked into that store and saw the cool display case. What the phone looked like, that didn't matter. Lorelai didn't care that it was boring and bulky. She didn't care that she could only afford the cheapest, simplest thing. She was just proud of herself. Proud of her new cell phone.
Well that was last month. In that moment, she hated Regis.
"Should have been an athlete," Lorelai grumbled as she hurried back down ths stairs. She had just ten minutes to get to work, at least according to Regis.
"Hey, sugah!" Babette called when she saw her neighbor coming.
"Hey, Babette," Lorelai called hurriedly.
Her feet began picking up the pace, as she was eager to get to Weston's for her morning coffee. The caffeine would give her a jolt and maybe that jolt would give her superhuman speed that would allow her to run a mile in less than ten minutes.
Probably not, but it was worth a shot.
"Oh, it's closed, doll face!" the older woman called as she realized that Lorelai was heading for morning routine.
Lorelai's legs came to a crashing halt. "Fran's is closed?" she asked while trying to catch her breath.
"Yeah," Babette said with a sad nod before taking a sip of her coffee.
Lorelai's brows furrowed. "What's that?" she asked while leaning over to rest her hands on her knees.
"Oh, coffee. You want some sugah? I've had enough."
Lorelai shook her head. "Where'd you get it?" she asked curiously. "Fran's is the only coffee place in town."
"No, not anymore," Babette corrected as she turned to point to the end of the block. That just confused Lorelai even more.
"I thought that was a hardware store. When it was open," she added as an after thought. "Didn't the guy who owned it, die?"
"Yeah," Babette confirmed with sad eyes. "But his son, Luke, finally opened the place up yesterday. He's got the best coffee I ever tasted, sugah. Even beats Fran's! Now don't get me wrong, I love Fran, but she can't make coffee like this to save her life!" Babette screeched with a big smile. "Oh, I gotta go, Morey's waiting for me." The older woman realized. "I'll see ya later," she said with a smile before turning the corner.
Lorelai sighed. She pulled out her phone from her pocket and realized that her ten minutes were now down to seven minutes. She wouldn't make it on time. She knew that. Now she just had to beat Ellen there. Ellen was the assitant manager and just one step above Lorelai, who was the event's coordinator at the Independence Inn. Ellen would be gone soon, on maternity leave. For good. The woman was going to be a stay at home mom, and Lorelai was next in line to take her place. Trouble was that Ellen hated her. The woman would show no mercy if Lorelai was late. She was just hoping that Mia would be in today. Mia wouldn't leave her to the sharks if she were there.
Lorelai stood on that spot, debating with herself for no more then ten seconds. Of course, being late wasn't good, but everyone at the Inn would pay the price if she didn't have coffee flowing through her veins when she would arrive. No one would like her then.
"Thank you," Lorelai said with a breif smile at the man who walked in ahead of her and held the door open.
The place was crowded. Every table was full and just one stool was open at the end of the counter. Lorelai's eyes brightened when she saw it, and just as she was set to claim it, the man who had walked in before her, beat her to the punch. Lorelai narrowed her eyes at the evil man. She needed coffee and she needed it now. Helplessly, she looked around the room, trying to mentally force someone, anyone, to get up and leave an empty seat. An empty seat, which she would pounce on. And she wouldn't even need to stay that long. Just long enough to be waited on, and then she was out of there.
After just seconds, Lorelai was ready to give up when she realized that the clock was still ticking. She was about ready to turn around and leave when a voice caught her attention.
"Casear! I need those eggs!"
Lorelai looked up to find a kind of grungy, gruff, cowboy-ish, looking coffee god coming towards her.
"Hey, you, I need coffee," Lorelai said as she quickly turned to face the man who had just stopped a few feet in front of her to pour her precious coffee into someone else's cup.
"What?" the man asked, turning to look at her with quirked brows.
"Coffee: the stuff that's in that pot. I need some. A lot, really. Hell, you may as well give me the whole thing," she said through a laugh, a sort of nervous laugh. The man was giving her such an annoyed, intense, look.
"Yeah, you and everyone else in this damn town," he grumped while walking behind the counter. "Sit down, I'll get to you when I can," he promised dryly.
"Unless you have invisible chairs, there is nowhere to sit," Lorelai retorted as she poked her head between two customers to look at the coffee baring man who was behind the counter.
"Then wait for a table, or go to Weston's. I'm busy," he said shortly as he went down the line, refilling customer's cups.
"But Fran's is closed and unless I get there before Ellen, I will have to hell to pay!" Lorelai exclaimed with desperation.
"What?" Luke asked, confused.
Lorelai sighed. She didn't have time for this. "Ellen, she hates me and if I don't get to the Inn before she does, I'll get a ten minute lecture on the importance of punctuality and trust me, it's a real snooze fest. Been there, done that, you know? So I need coffee or I may just drop dead from withdrawal pains. Right here. And you don't want that, do you? Who wants a dead body right in the middle of their diner? No one. Unless you're a Freddy Krueger fan or something, then maybe you wouldn't mind. Seeing a dead body might be comforting, but I don't have time to find out, so please, please, give me the coffee," Lorelai begged as she followed him around.
"Yeah, I get it, you're a coffee addict; great, but I have a diner to run, so either shut up and wait, or go somewhere else," Luke warned after finishing his lap around the room and disappearing into the kitchen.
Lorelai's face fell as she looked around the diner with sad, defeated eyes. She didn't have time to go another round and was just about to leave when something at the counter caught her gaze and the light blub went off in her head. With a new smile on her face, Lorelai went to the counter with an idea.
"Can I borrow that?" she asked the older woman who had just set aside the horoscope section of the newspaper.
"Of course, dear," Ms. Casini said with a smile.
"Thanks," Lorelai said as she reached into her purse to grab a pen. Just when she got her fingers around the object, the coffee hogging man came back from the kitchen, and this time, with plates in his hands.
"What's your horoscope?" Lorelai asked as she turned to follow him with her eyes.
"Did you not get the, 'shut up,' part?" Luke said with tired eyes.
"Yeah, got that loud and clear. What's your horoscope?" she asked again.
The man sighed. "Scorpio," he said, just wanting to shut her up.
"Thank you," Lorelai sang as she turned back to the paper. She quickly found his month and without stopping to read his predictions, she scribbled down a few words at the end of it. She then, carefully, ripped the section free. "Here," she said while holding up the little piece of paper. "Read."
Not having time to ask what it was, or argue with her, Luke took the paper and quickly unfolded it. "You will meet an annoying woman today. Give her coffee and she'll go away," he read the words aloud. He then looked up at the woman and was met with a big smile, and bright eyes. "Fine," he gave in. He dropped the paper down on the counter and then turned to grab a to-go cup. "Here. Ya happy now?" he grumped.
"You have no idea," Lorelai said with a smile as she quickly dug for some money. "Here you go," she said while handing him two bills. "Oh, and you might want to keep that," she said while jerking her chin at the counter as she backed away from him. "Maybe one day, it will bring you luck," she said with a shrug.
Luke was caught off guard by her sudden soft, calm voice and easy smile
"Bye, coffee man," she sang before turning to the door.
He looked down at the counter to pick up the small piece of paper and by the time he looked up again, the annoying woman was gone. Luke sighed.
To be Continued....
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