Hi everyone, Thank you for the positive reviews on chapter one, it really helps motivate me to keep writing. Hope you enjoy the next chapter!
Luke was pacing the floor in his small apartment. He had closed the diner slightly early that night in the hope that Lorelai would call and he could be at her place and have her back in his arms sooner rather than later. He was also keen to share an idea he had with her, but two hours later she still had not called. He was really starting to worry, it was getting late and he knew if Lorelai had a reason to stay back at work she would have called him from the inn to let him know but the fact that he had heard nothing was concerning him greatly. After ten more minutes Luke decided he was not going to wait any longer, something wasn't right and he would not ignore it, he picked up his cell phone and dialled Lorelai's number. No answer, next he punched in her cell number and tried again, still nothing. He stood staring at the phone for a moment before he grabbed his keys and jacket and hurried down stairs to his truck.
He pulled into the Gilmore driveway and noticed the house was dark but Lorelai's jeep was parked out front, as he reached the front door he listened to see if he could hear anything but all he got was silence. He knocked on the door and waited to hear the usual noise of Lorelai making her way to the door but nothing, no movement and no answer. His mind started to race, what is going on, this is not like her, not answering phones and the jeep here but no one home, it doesn't make sense. Luke made his way to the back door and for once was thankful he had not gotten around to fixing that lock. He jimmied open the door and hurried into the kitchen. He saw the undrunk cup of coffee on the table and alarm bells went off in his head. "Lorelai!" "Lorelai where are you?" Luke called. He glanced around and then heard crying and noticed the light coming from Rory's room. He walked over to the bedroom door and his breath caught at the scene before him. Lorelai was huddled in a ball on the floor next to the bed surrounded by books, tears streaming down her cheeks and was grasping something to her chest.
"Oh Lorelai" he whispered his voice barely audible. Luke had never seen Lorelai like this before and wasn't quite sure how he was going to handle it but quickly pulled him self together, she needed him now. He made his way through the scatter of books everywhere until he reached her side and crouched down beside her. He put his hand on her arm as so not to startle her as he was unsure if she had noticed his arrival. Lorelai looked up at the touch and her eyes went wide when she saw Luke next to her.
"Luke…I…here" Lorelai sobbed handing him the letter she had been holding.
Luke took the letter, smoothed it out and began to read. He found himself a little teary by the time he got to the end but hid this from Lorelai as he turned to face her. "You miss her and you haven't let yourself feel anything about her leaving until now have you?"
Lorelai gazed at Luke and forced down the lump in her throat. "I couldn't let her leaving affect me otherwise I would have been a mess all the time, I wouldn't have got out of bed in the morning."
Luke brushed a tear from her cheek and tucked his arm under her and with one swift movement he scooped her up and gently laid her down on Rory's bed. "You are allowed to be upset Lor, Rory was your life, is your life and you have never been this far away from her before. Have you spoken to her since she left?"
Lorelai shook her head "She text me to say she had arrived safely and was with the group and would call later but she hasn't called yet"
Luke looked down at her tear stained face and couldn't stand it, he didn't want to do anything Lorelai wasn't comfortable with but he desperately wanted to comfort her. Before he could say anything however she reached out and grabbed his hand.
"Luke will you hold me…" she whispered.
"Of course" Luke kicked off his shoes and lay down behind her and wrapped one arm around her waist and tucked a piece of stray hair behind her ear. "She will call Lorelai" he reassured her.
Lorelai tensed suddenly, sat up and threw Luke's arm off her. She turned and glared at him. "You…its you too"
"What do you mean" Luke said hesitantly sitting up himself
"This thing, this melt down I'm having …its not just Rory leaving, its you. We kissed last night and you just think things are going to be ok and you act like nothing happened before then and we are just going to pick up where we left off" Lorelai was now standing and her eyes flashed angrily.
Luke stood facing Lorelai not sure how to respond, she had gone from one extreme to the other in a matter of seconds. "That's not what I think Lor, I realise things won't just go back to how they were but..."
"YOU HURT ME LUKE, you said no, you pushed me away when all I tried to do was be there for you and help you adjust to being a father and you threw it all away…"
Luke was hurt and angry now "Don't you mean you threw it all away, I came for you, willing to marry you but you … you slept with Christopher!"
Lorelai glared at Luke not believing he was actually playing that card. She turned her back and almost tripped over a couple of books on her way out to the kitchen.
"LORELAI! Don't walk away from me when we are trying to talk, you can't be angry at me just for being honest. YOU HURT ME TOO! You knew sleeping with Christopher would hurt me the most, it was a pretty low way of getting your revenge." Luke snarled as he followed her into the kitchen.
"What did you expect me to do, I needed someone and he was there. But if it at all helps I regretted it instantly"
"Regretted it, so that's why you married the man because you regretted it! " Luke threw his hands in the air.
"That's not fair Luke, what do you think, I married Chris to hurt you?" Lorelai looked straight at him.
"Maybe, yeah. Would that be so ridiculous?"
"Yeah it is ridiculous because I didn't marry him to hurt you, I married him because I thought it would mean getting over you. Clearly I was wrong because if you haven't noticed I'm no longer wearing a ring" Lorelai shook her left hand toward Luke.
"Wait…you married him to get over me?" Luke looked questioningly at the woman standing before him.
Lorelai sighed and collapsed into the dining room chair she had been gripping "Well partly yes. I thought I loved him as well, I mean I have always loved him in some capacity and thought that it was what may have happened in the end anyway so it just made sense at the time, and I figured once I was married I would get you out of my head, but that wasn't the case. You stick, you know that" She looked at Luke with a small smile playing at her lips.
"I Stick? Well I hope that's a good thing" Luke sat down in the chair opposite Lorelai and sighed.
"Yeah you stick like a piece of gum in my hair, no matter how hard I try I just can't get it out! It's a good thing…you're here now aren't you?" She reached across the table and put her hand on his. "I am sorry I yelled at you...I…"
"Don't apologise this was bound to happen eventually, we haven't really ever talked about what happened then. It all needed to be said. But I'm sorry I yelled at you too" He grabbed her hand and squeezed it gently.
They both looked at each other and Lorelai tugged on Luke hand to make him come closer. He stood and pulled her into a hug. Finally they had the chance to hold each other and mean it. Luke pulled back slightly and tipped her chin up to meet his and kissed her gently. He slipped his arm back around Lorelai's waist and guided her gently to Rory's room. He looked at her and took a deep breath. "So do you want to tell me what happened here or should we just put them away quietly? "
Lorelai looked around the room and felt terrible, all of Rory's prized books scattered and she had been responsible. "I guess I should explain" Lorelai started picking up books and placing them back on shelves and in draws where they belonged. "I was upset after reading the letter and then that turned to anger, I was mad at Rory for leaving me and took it out on her books, then I just got mad at myself for mistreating my own daughter's belongings and collapsed in a heap upset all over again and that's where you found me." A single tear slid down her cheek and Luke gently brushed it away.
"It's a good thing you let yourself feel what you needed to. You will be ok. You have me and I'm not going anywhere." Luke Smiled as he put the last book on the shelf. With the room back in order Lorelai switched off the lamp, they left the room and shut the door. Luke made Lorelai a fresh cup of coffee and just as he gave it to her, her cell rang.
"Rory!" Lorelai yelped as she rummaged through her bag and pulled out the phone. "Rory, babe how are you?" Lorelai grabbed her coffee and motioned for Luke to follow her into the living room. They both sat down on the couch and Luke flicked on the TV while Lorelai spoke to her daughter. Half an hour later Lorelai hung up and was feeling much better than earlier on.
"How is she?" asked Luke
"She is great, a little homesick but she will be ok once she gets in the groove of things, I told her what happened and she forgave me for throwing her books around" Lorelai looked at Luke and smiled shyly. Putting her mug down on the coffee table she stood and yawned. "I think I need to get some sleep, are you staying?" she looked at Luke questioningly. Luke hesitated, he wasn't sure what he should do but then he thought if it were me I would want her to stay if I had had the day she has just had.
"I can stay if that's what you want"
"I don't mind, but it would be nice" responded Lorelai.
Luke turned off the TV and followed Lorelai upstairs to her room. He took of his shirt and was getting ready to fall into bed when Lorelai suddenly grabbed him around the waist and kissed him hard. Luke knew what she wanted but he was reluctant. "Lor" he gently peeled her away from him. "I don't think it's a good idea, not tonight"
"What?! What do you mean, you never say no to…well being intimate" She looked at him in amazement and felt slightly hurt by his rejection.
" Look it has been a long while since we…well we have been intimate as you put it and I just want the first time again to be right and special and not just to help get over a shitty day"
"OK well if that's the way you want it" Lorelai slipped beneath the covers of her bed and lay staring at the ceiling. Luke climbed in next to her and rolled over to face her. He played with a strand of her hair contemplating how to say what he wanted to ask her.
"Thankyou for understanding Lor. Lorelai gazed over at him and could see he wanted to say something. Before she could question him on it he looked at her and started to mumble.
"Lorelai what do you think of the idea of having a weekend away with me?" He asked finally getting out what he had wanted to ask her all day. Lorelai Smiled.