OK first of all I'm really sorry it took this long to get this chapter out. I have two jobs now and somedays I'm working anywhere from 12-14 hours. I haven't had much time to do any writing. Two, I have no idea what is going on with this website. I don't get alerts anymore on reviews and it's taking me a few times to even be able to upload chapters. Anyway, the inspiration for this chapter came from Summer2391. This chapter in part revolves around Logan's parents but the majority centers around Colin and Steph. Please please review! I do check my counter for the reviews and I have been responding that way.
Well, it's been quite a weekend to say the least. It's had all the highlights that you see in the blockbusters: you know, a fight (and a slap!), sex, intrigue, melancholia, mystery. And all of this even before we go and see my parents!
I'm driving our rental car to Hartford. Rory looks like she's tired. I know the baby is; she's asleep.
"You're not going to fall asleep on me, are you?" I ask her.
She shakes her head. "I will tell you I'm glad you're driving, though."
"Quite a weekend."
"Yeah. It was exhausting especially today."
I frown. "What do you mean?"
Rory sighs. "I love my grandma, I do but sometimes she is just so damn judgmental."
I nod. "I know. I felt sorry for your mom."
"It makes me happy that at least she didn't do that during our wedding planning."
"Thank god for small favors."
"She just doesn't get it. Paul Anka didn't ruin the wedding."
"That was actually pretty funny." I grin. "He couldn't have timed that better really. And the minister went along well with it."
"Yeah he did." Rory smiles. "She doesn't get that this town isn't normal."
"Rory, it's over. Let it go."
She sighs. "I know. I just wanted mom to have a perfect wedding and I think grandma ruined the mood."
"I think overall your mom was happy with her wedding. You did keep your grandma away from her. That's what she really wanted."
"Ace, come on. Don't let this drag you down. We still have a relatively long night ahead of us."
"That's true; we do."
Rory gets a call then and it's my mom. Turns out they were in New York for the day and were just leaving. They asked about meeting them in New York or if we didn't want to, they would meet us in Hartford, it would just be a little bit of a wait. I decide that we can drive to New York. I'm driving anyway. They give us the name of the restaurant where the reservation is for 7 o'clock.
It's just after 7 when we arrive at the restaurant. Honor and Josh are waiting by the door for us.
"Where are they at?" I ask.
"Oh, at the table. They just got seated a few minutes ago. We told them we would wait for you." Honor tells us and then looks at Maddy. "Hi sweetie. Don't you look so cute!"
"She's wearing her dress she wore for the wedding. We came straight from there."
"How was it?"
Rory and I glance at each other. "Good." I say.
"Yeah, that's really believable, Logan." Honor tells me.
"Grandma was just getting to mom and kind of me too."
"Oh, that's too bad." Honor gave a sad smile then glanced at Maddy. "Can I carry her?"
"Sure." Rory smiles as she hands the car seat to her.
We head into the dining room and notice my parents.
"Hi, mom, dad."
"Hello, Logan, Rory." Dad says.
"Hello, darling, Rory." Mom says. "How was your mother's wedding?"
"Eventful." Rory tells her. "Grandma has a presence about her."
"Rory…" I tell her.
"That she certainly does." My dad nods.
"How are things with you?" I decide to change the subject.
"Things are good." Mom says as she drinks her water. "I went in for a checkup recently and everything's good."
"That's great." I nod as we order drinks. I look to my sister who is currently holding Maddy. "How are things going for you?"
"Good." She looks at Josh then. "Really good."
"OK so what's up with that?" Rory asks.
"Oh we found out what we're having." Josh tells us.
Rory's eyes light up. "And?"
"We're having a boy." Honor reveals.
"Oh! That's so great!" Rory tells her.
"That's great. Congratulations, you guys." I tell them.
"That is great news." My dad tells them.
"Now you'll have one of each for your grandkids." I point out.
"That's very true." Mom nods.
We spend dinner talking about how things are going and how things are with them. About halfway through dinner, I hear a buzzing noise coming from Rory's purse. Rory apparently does not hear this because she is telling stories about Maddy. I reach into her purse which is on the floor in between us and pull out her phone. I flip it open and read:
Broke up w/Colin 2night. I'm tired of waiting 4 him…
"Oh god." I mutter under my breath.
"What's wrong, dear?" Mom asks.
"Nothing." I shake my head. "I'll be right back. I need to make a phone call. It'll just take a minute." I take Rory's phone with me and head towards the bathroom. I call Steph's phone.
"Rory?" Steph answers on the third ring.
"No, Steph it's me."
"Don't sound so disappointed now." I tease her.
"I'm not. I'm just…why are you on Rory's phone?"
"Because you sent the message to her phone. She didn't hear it ring because she's been telling my parents baby stories for the past 20 minutes but I heard it. Why did you break up with Colin?"
"Because I'm sick of waiting for nothing, Logan! He doesn't even care!" She's starting to cry now and I'm feeling just a little uncomfortable here. Well, awkward may be a more appropriate word.
"Look, where are you?"
"I'm at the apartment. Colin's going to have to find a new place to live." She reveals through her sobs.
"OK Rory and I are in New York. As soon as we finish eating with my parents we will swing by, OK?"
"Bye." I turn around and see Rory heading towards me.
"Hey, is everything OK?"
I hand her phone back to her. I punch in 7 on my speed dial on my phone. "Read the message." I tell her as I listen on my phone until Colin picks up.
"Hey it's me. Where are you? OK, meet me at the Pub we always go to when I come to New York in an hour. I don't care that you don't want to." I inform him. "No, Colin, you have some explaining to do. I'll see you there in an hour." I hang up then.
I look over at Rory and she's frowning. "She broke up with him?"
I nod. "I hear your phone vibrating when you were telling the story about Maddy and going to the park so I figured I'd see who it was. Then I saw that."
Rory looks sad. "I've already talked to her. I figure as soon as we're done we can go over there." I tell her.
"You're going to talk to Colin?"
"Well, I figured I'd go to their apartment first then yeah. That's why I told him an hour."
"Think he's going to show up?"
"He better." I tell her.
God, I can't believe they broke up. I mean, I realize that Steph was pissed off but I was really hoping they wouldn't go that far. Logan and I head back to the table. Logan's dad asks us if everything is OK and we tell him yes. It's almost 8 when we finish and Logan is going to meet Colin at 8:30. We tell Logan's parents goodbye and then it's just us and Honor and Josh.
"So what's the real story?" Honor asks.
"Steph broke up with Colin." I tell her.
"Really?" She raises an eyebrow. "Wow!"
"No the bigger wow is that Finn and Kelly are engaged."
Honor's mouth drops open. "Oh my god! Are you serious?"
"Never would have seen that one coming." It dawns on Honor then. "Aww…I feel bad for her."
"I do too. We're heading to talk to them now." I tell her as I put Maddy back into her car seat.
"Do you want us to watch her?" She asks.
"Oh, you don't have to do that."
"Oh, it'll be good practice for us when the baby comes. Sure, we can watch her. "
"OK if you're sure."
"OK, well I wouldn't think we would be more than an hour; two tops."
"Don't worry about it, Rory."
I help Honor get Maddy into her car and Logan comes around and picks me up. I get in the car and sigh.
"You have a game plan?" I ask him as I buckle up.
"Honestly, no. This is more or less just trying to figure out what the hell went wrong." He looks over at me. "Why, you have one?"
I shake my head. "Not really."
We arrive at Steph's apartment within 10 minutes. It takes her a few knocks before she opens the door. She knew we were coming but it almost looks like she was ready to go to bed. Her face is bright red and her eyes are bloodshot and she's in her sweats.
"Come on in, you guys."
"Are you OK?" I wasn't going to ask how she was because I know how she is.
"All things considered, I'm fine. Colin's a jackass, that's nothing new though."
"Steph…" Logan starts to say and Steph is very quick to cut him off.
"Don't you defend him, Logan. You don't know what it's been like to live with him."
"That's true; I don't." He sighs. "Steph, did you even talk to him?"
"I tried. I asked him now that Finn and Kelly were engaged, did the thought of marriage ever come to his mind for us."
"And what did he say?"
I share a look with Logan. "He said not really?"
"Yeah, so I told him that his ass was finding a new place to live because I have every intention of getting married and if he didn't want to marry me, I'll find someone who will."
I sigh. God, I can't believe him. I decide to walk Logan out. Steph questions where he is going and he told her to try and salvage their relationship. Steph told him he was wasting his breath but Logan told her that he would try to at least find out why Colin is so resistant to marrying her.
We're out in the hallway. "I'll be back in about an hour." He tells me.
"OK." I nod. "Logan?"
"Did you ever think it would be possible that Finn and Colin would switch lives?"
Honestly it never would have occurred to me that Finn would get engaged before Colin and Steph….or even the fact that he would get engaged at all. The guy was so adamantly opposed to monogamy. He scoffed at the notion for the longest time. Even that day we went shopping in New York and he had met Kelly, he still told us how he thought that monogamy was boring. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever figured that their opinions would have swapped.
"Never Ace. This whole thing has thrown me for a loop." He looks at his watch then. "I better go. I'll be back soon." He gives me a quick kiss then leaves.
I get to the Pub just a few minutes after I told Colin I would. He's already there and it looks like he's been there awhile.
"You're late." He tells me.
"So what? Be glad I'm here at all." I tell him as I order a scotch on the rocks.
"Oh, I'm supposed to be glad?" He tells me.
"Colin, first of all, you're beyond drunk."
"Tell me something I don't know."
"Second, how about you tell me something I don't know."
"I have no clue what that even means."
"It means why the hell did you tell Steph you've never thought about marrying her?"
"Because I haven't."
"Colin, come on. That is a bunch of BS. I've heard you mention it a couple times. Did you really think that she would just stay with you indefinitely without any kind of future?"
He just keeps his mouth shut.
"Wow! I never thought I would say this because you're my best friend but maybe she was right to dump your ass."
He's suddenly very awake. "What? What the hell does that mean?"
"That means that it seems like Steph had a lot more invested in you guys than you did." I take a drink of my scotch. "I hear it was actually her idea to move in together."
"Yeah, it was. So?"
"So? It's like you're not even trying, Colin. You've become lazy. Let me ask you something…do you even love her?"
"Of course I do."
"Well, that's something at least. Have you told her that recently?"
"And today when she was throwing your ass out of your apartment, were you even trying to stop her? Telling her that you love her and breaking up was the last thing you wanted?"
"What do you want from me, Logan? Not everyone has the perfect relationship like you and Rory do."
I stifle a laugh. "Excuse me? You think Rory and I have the perfect relationship? Colin, we had broken up once or at least I thought we had and we were pretty close to a second time. We have both had to work really hard to get this to work. Yes, we're happy but we're far from perfect. We have had more happen over the last year than some people ever have to go through."
"What are you talking about? People get married and have babies all the time."
"Colin, it was not in our plans to have Maddy so soon. She's an angel and we're lucky to have her but for the four days that followed after we found out Rory was pregnant it took a lot of convincing each other we would be able to be parents already. And that's not the only thing. For the majority of this last year I've been to hell and back with my parents. It has been very trying and very stressful but in the end, we're both happy. We had to work on it though. We're not perfect and Rory and I both will adamantly tell you that."
He gets quiet on me. I think I shocked him.
"So tell me the truth…why don't you want to marry her?"
"It's not that I don't want to marry her, Logan. It's I'm not sure if I want to get married at all."
"What? Why? You don't like the idea of coming home to Steph every night?"
"I do that right now, Logan."
"Not anymore you don't. She loves you, Colin. You really need to think about what you're throwing away. If you don't think you're meant to be together, I guess we'll have to respect that but I would give it some serious thought."
"It's too late, Logan."
"No, it's not. I didn't stop trying to get Rory back. She took me back. If you want her back, you need to explain why you're being so resistant to marriage."
I do some thinking and then it dawns on me what the problem could be. "It's because of your parents isn't it?"
He just looks over at me.
"Colin, I realize your parents got divorced when you were young but that doesn't mean you're going to end up getting divorced."
"Look, I know it hurt you when your parents split up but just because your mom had an affair with one of her business partners, that doesn't mean that Steph would do the same to you."
"So what are you telling me to do?"
"I'm telling you that if you love Steph, you need to go back and fight for her. Be honest with her. I don't think she's really expecting a marriage proposal right this second but I think she wants to know that your relationship is going somewhere. Right now from what I gathered she's pretty much thinking it's completely dead."
"OK." He nods as he slowly stands up. "Let's go."
Within 10 minutes, we're in a taxi heading back to their apartment.
"What are you going to tell her?" I ask him as we pull up to the building.
"I don't know. I'll just go with my gut."
We ride up to their apartment and Colin rushes down the hall to their door. He still has his key apparently because the next thing I know he's using it and opening the door. I come in behind him and see Rory and Steph are on the couch watching TV.
'What do you want?" Steph asks him as she turns away from him.
"We need to talk."
"I'm just going to go into the spare room and call Honor to check on the baby. Come on Logan." Rory grabs my hand as we make our way to the back bedroom. Turns out she was serious. She literally is calling Honor to check on Maddy. I'm, meanwhile, listening by the door to see if I can hear what they're saying.
Rory hangs up her phone and smirks at me. "You're bad."
"I'm just curious about what he's going to say."
"What did you tell him?"
"Well, I had to correct him on a few things first."
"Like the fact that we don't have a perfect relationship."
Rory's mouth gapes open. "He actually thought that?"
I nod. "Yeah he did. Also that he thought he wouldn't have to contribute any hard work into their relationship. I actually told him that he was getting lazy."
"I told him that if he thought that he was going to give Steph an indefinite future as far as they went that maybe she was right to dump him."
"Seriously, you told him that?"
"Well, it's the truth. She shouldn't have to wait around forever." I crack the door open. "Come on, let's see how things are going."
We sneak out into the hallway. They can't see us. Steph is still sitting on the couch and Colin is now sitting next to her.
"Look, Steph. I love you. You know I love you."
"Love alone isn't going to save us, Colin." She tells him.
"I know that." He nods. "When I told you that I never thought about marrying you, that wasn't the truth. Of course I have thought about marrying you."
Stephanie is keeping her face bland though.
"But honestly, it scares me to death and I'm just not ready right now."
Wow! She's not even going to cut him a break on his honesty. Then again, I'm not totally surprised she isn't.
"Because Steph my parents got divorced when I was 9. You know that."
"Colin, I'm not your mother. If we ever got married, I would never want you to worry that I would cheat on you because you know I wouldn't. I know your history with your parents but that doesn't mean it should stop you from getting married. Look at Rory and Logan and how well their marriage has worked."
Rory and I share a look and Colin jumps in then which I figured he would.
"Yeah, I got clued in on their marriage. It's not perfect, Steph. Quite frankly no marriage is. Logan clued me in on that. It's a lot of work."
"You told him that?" Rory mouths to me.
"Of course I did." I whisper to her. "It does take a lot of work. Are you going to disagree with me?"
She shakes her head. "No, it does."
"I know it's a lot of work." Steph argues.
"Look Steph. I do want to marry you. I'm sorry if you feel like we're going nowhere here but I promise I do want to marry you. I just need you to be patient with me."
"Honestly, Colin, my patience is starting to wear thin. You need to give me something to go on here."
"I don't know. But right now just you saying that isn't making me feel any better. Everything is being done because of me. It was my suggestion for us to move in together. I sometimes feel like I'm the only one who cares about this relationship."
"I am sorry that I was making you feel that way. It wasn't until Logan pointed it out that I noticed he was right. I guess I had been lazy when it came to us."
I have to smirk. It's nice to hear that I was right.
"Is your ego big enough yet?" Rory whispers.
"No, not yet." I tell her.
"I didn't think I really needed to put in all that much effort. I know now that was selfish on my part. I'm sorry I ever made you think that. You do deserve better than that."
Steph's expression starts to soften. I think she's liking what he's telling her. "Thank you for telling me that. I need to know there's a future with us, Colin because if there's not, we just need to move on. I'm tired of just standing still."
He nods. "I know. I am too. I do want us to get married, Steph. I just want a little more time before we do."
Steph sighs but it's not an impatient sigh. It's more of a relaxed sigh. "As long as you see we do have a future, I'll give you more time."
Colin grins as he leans forward and kisses her. "I love you."
"I know. I love you too."
"OK you guys you can stop hiding in the hallway." Colin calls to us.
We come out a few seconds later.
"Everything good?" Rory asks.
"Yeah, everything's fine." Steph tells us.
"Good." I tell them.
"Do you guys want to stick around a little while longer?" Steph asks.
Rory and I look at each other. "We'd like to guys but we got to get headed home. Honor and Josh are watching the baby and we have a 7 am flight tomorrow morning."
"Raincheck?" I ask them.
"Sure." They nod.
We give them hugs and they head off to get Maddy from Honor. We don't stay too long there either. We're on the road right after 10.
"What a day." Rory says as we head out of town. She's driving.
"What a weekend." I correct her.
"I'm glad we were able to get them back together." She tells me.
"Yeah me too."
"So let me ask you something."
"What's that, Ace?"
"Are you happy?"
I look at her in surprise. "Of course I'm happy. Why?"
"I was just curious because of what Colin said you told him. It just made me wonder whether or not you are."
"Rory, of course I'm happy. I was just trying to get Colin to realize that he needs to take his relationship seriously with Steph. I told him that we are happy but we also have a lot of hard work invested in our relationship too. I told him it hasn't always been easy and actually this has been one of the hardest years ever."
Rory looks over at me for a second. She nods. "Yeah, it has. Between the marriage, the baby and everything with your parents, it has been a very trying year. It hasn't been easy."
"No it hasn't but it has had a lot of rewarding aspects that have made it worth it."
She grins at me. "I couldn't agree more."
"I love you Ace."
"I love you too Logan."
I don't remember much being said on Colin's parents. I mean, I heard mention of his dad's name but nothing really about his parents. OK so next chapter will actually be Maddy getting sick. I'm thinking the one after that would be Rory and Logan's Anniversary. What do you think they should do for it? Head back home? Stick in California. I'm also throwing around the idea of an actual LDB event. I mean, they didn't get to do it last year. Offer any suggestions you have, people! And please review! I love them and right now they are what's keeping me happy between my two jobs.