SPOILER: After "The Bracebridge Dinner"
RATING: NC17
PAIRING: Lorelai/Christopher
SUMMARY: When Christopher visits again, Lorelai has to deal with
some lingering feelings for him.
DISCLAIMER: I own nothing; all characters belong to Amy Sherman-
Palladino and the WB.



That Elusive Soulmate

by DadStock@aol.com


Rory and Lorelai sat on their living room couch deeply entranced
in "The Goonies," which they'd seen 100 times before and were
reciting all the lines along with the characters. Just as poor Chunk
found himself locked in with the dead body, the phone rang. Lorelai
and Rory glanced at each other quickly.

"Not it!" Lorelai yelled.

"Not. . .damn," Rory yelled, seconds too late.

"Ha!" Lorelai laughed. "You lose. Get it kid." She brought her gaze
back to the movie as Rory stuck her tongue out at her and walked over
to the phone.

"Hello?" Rory answered. "Dad! Hey."

Lorelai's ears perked up. She narrowed her eyes and stopped the
video to listen to Rory's conversation.

Rory leaned against the hallway wall as she spoke. "Yeah, it was
fun.. . . He's fine. . . Yup, we started a few days ago. . . . Uh
huh.. . . Yeah, I know. . . Okay, hold on." Rory cupped her hand
over the mouthpiece as she walked towards Lorelai. "Dad wants to
talk to you." Rory handed her the phone, then sat down on the couch
next to Lorelai.

Lorelai raised her eyebrows slightly, and quickly said into the
phone, "Chris? Hey."

"Lor, hi. Uh, how's everything going?" Christopher asked.

"Eh, it's going okay," Lorelai replied. "I've recently taken up
stripping as a pastime and yesterday I accidentally ripped my
favorite G-string, so I'm a little upset about that."

Christopher laughed on the other side of the phone. Rory, however,
rolled her eyes and said, "Ugh, Mom." She stood up and walked into
her bedroom.

"Wow. Well, I'm sorry to hear about that, but I do thank you for the
graphic image of you stripping," Christopher said.

Lorelai smiled as she pictured the amused look on Chris' face. She
said, "You're welcome. But you shouldn't be thinking about images
like that unless they're about -- uh, what's her name? Sheryl?
Shirley?"

There was silence on the other end of the phone. Lorelai narrowed her
eyes in confusion as she asked, "Christopher, you there?"

Finally Christopher said, "Uh, that's why I called." He sighed into
the phone. "Um, Sherry -- her name is Sherry, by the way -- we kind
of broke up."

Lorelai gasped, shocked at the news. "Oh no, Chris, I'm so sorry. But
you guys were so. . . what happened?"

Christopher sighed. "It's a long story. A really long story. The
thing is, though, that I was wondering if I might be able to stay
with you guys for a few days. I just. . .I really need to get out of
Boston for a little while. I mean, I don't know if you guys have
plans or - "

"No, Chris, it's fine," Lorelai interrupted. "You're welcome to stay
here. Rory'll love having you around." Lorelai bit her lip, not
mentioning the fact that she'd love having him around just as much as
Rory.

Christopher breathed a sigh of relief. "Thanks Lor. I really
appreciate it."

"No trouble at all," Lorelai said. "Uh, you still have the Volvo?"

Christopher laughed. "Yeah, still got it. And my Volvo and I will
be there tomorrow night, like 5-ish. That okay?"

"Yeah, that's fine," Lorelai replied. "You'll be just in time for
dinner at my parents." She smiled as she waited for his reaction.

Christopher laughed. "Yeah, well let's not invite my parents this
time. I'm fresh out of Tequila and I've misplaced my shotgun."

Lorelai laughed. "Deal. So, I guess I'll see you tomorrow."

"Yes you will. Thanks a lot, Lor," Christopher said. "Bye."

"Bye." Lorelai said. She turned off the phone and tossed it on the
couch. "Hmm."

Lorelai sat and stared at the fireplace, thinking about what it would
be like having Christopher there. She always felt so safe when she
was with him, so casual and comfortable when he was around. Of
course, part of her felt bad for him that he and Sherry had broken
up. What made her feel even worse was the fact that she was also
relieved about it. She scolded herself for feeling that way, and
tried to forget the feelings of jealousy she'd felt towards Sherry,
towards that woman she'd never even met. She also tried not to think
about the underlying reasons of her jealousy. She didn't want to
admit the fact that something was still there -- some feelings for
Christopher would *always* still be there. She stared into space for
a few minutes, then walked into Rory's room to tell her the news.
* * *

At 4 p.m. the next day, Lorelai walked into the kitchen and started
making a pot of coffee. As it was brewing, she picked up the phone
off the kitchen table and dialed a number.

"Hello?" Emily answered.

"Mom, hi," Lorelai said. "Uh, I just wanted to let you know that
we're going to be three for dinner tonight, if that's okay."

"Three?" Emily said, followed by a haughty sigh. "Well, you haven't
given me much notice. Who may I ask are you bringing? That Dean boy
again?"

"Oh no, we've got a foreign exchange student here from Jamaica, and
he said if you're really nice to him, he'd do your hair in
dreadlocks." Lorelai smiled to herself as she pictured the image.

"Lorelai," Emily said in an annoyed voice. "I'm in no mood for your
jokes."

Lorelai rolled her eyes. "Christopher's visiting, Mom, okay? It's
just Christopher."

"Oh, that'll be lovely," Emily said, sounding happier. "We haven't
seen him since the ball."

"Yup, he should be here soon Mom. We'll see ya tonight," Lorelai
said.

"Yes, see you tonight. Goodbye," Emily said.

"Bye Mother." Lorelai hung up the phone. She sat down at the table
and started flipping through Glamour.

A few minutes later, Rory walked in the back door. "Hey." She walked
over to Lorelai and gave her a kiss on the cheek, then put her
bookbag on the chair. She smiled. "Is he here yet? I didn't see his
car outside." She pulled off her jacket and scarf.

Lorelai smiled at how excited she seemed. "Nope, not yet. Soon." She
stood up and walked over to the coffeepot. "You want some coffee?"

"Yes please. I'm gonna change for dinner." She took her bookbag into
her room and set it on her desk chair. She pulled a dress out of her
closet and lay it on her bed, then walked back into the
kitchen. "Actually, I'll just stay in this until we're ready to go."

Lorelai smirked as she brought their coffee to the table. "You just
want to show off to your dad how smart you look in your uniform."

Rory smiled shyly. "I do not. I just don't want to dirty any more
clothes." She took a sip of coffee and smiled down at the table.

Lorelai smiled. "Mm hmm. How was school?"

Rory shrugged. "Same old stuff. Lots of homework to do this weekend,
which sucks since I wanted to spend time with Dad."

"Aw, yeah, that does stink," Lorelai said sympathetically. "Well,
he'll be here for a few days so hopefully you won't be working the
entire time."

Rory nodded. "Hopefully." She paused and took another sip of
coffee. "So Dad didn't say what happened with Sherry?"

Lorelai shook her head. "He just said that it's a long story. I
thought things were going good with them, though. I mean, you don't
do a picture Christmas card with just anyone."

Rory pouted her lips. "Poor Dad. He didn't sound overly upset when I
talked to him. How was he with you?"

Lorelai replied, "Well, it's hard to say because I'm so naturally
charming that people are always happy around me."

Rory rolled her eyes. "Right, you're just a ball of fun all the
time," she said sarcastically.

Lorelai laughed. "I know. But he seemed like his regular old self."
She shrugged. "Look, if he brings it up, then okay, but let's not go
meddling."

Rory gave Lorelai a pointed look and laughed. "You won't even last an
hour before you go prying into it."

Lorelai scoffed. "Excuse me, I think I know when to pry and when not
to pry."

Rory, with a small smile on her lips, mockingly said, "Yes, Mom, you
never ever say anything without putting deep thought into it."

Lorelai pouted. "Shush, you, I'm busy reading." Lorelai went back to
her magazine, flipping through the remaining pages slowly.

Rory finished her coffee and walked into the living room, flipping on
the TV. As Lorelai finished the magazine, she wandered in and sat
down next to Rory on the couch, absently staring towards the TV but
not really paying attention to it. It wasn't long before they heard
a car horn out front. Both girls popped up off the couch and walked
out the front door.

Lorelai smiled as Christopher stepped out of the Volvo, and a mixture
of feelings ran through her body. Seeing him made her feel a sense of
comfort and happiness that she felt with no one else. She couldn't
ignore the fact that she was thrilled to see him.

Lorelai waited on the porch as Rory ran down to the car and gave him
a huge hug. They finally broke apart and walked to the porch, and
Lorelai greeted Christopher with a hug and a quick kiss on the
cheek. "Hey you. You get good mileage?"

Christopher smiled. "Almost 30 per gallon on the highway."

Lorelai raised her eyebrows and nodded impressively. "Wow, that's
good." She paused. "Isn't it?"

Christopher laughed and said, "Yeah, it's pretty good."

"Uh, well congratulations then," Lorelai said. She stared at
Christopher for a moment before she casually glanced towards the
car. Thoughts started running through her head as she started to
feel those feelings again; the ones that had been stored deep inside
of her since she was a teenager and came back out whenever she saw
him. Only this time they seemed to be stronger than ever.

Her thoughts were interrupted when Rory asked Christopher, "Where's
your stuff? Can I help you with it?"

Christopher gestured towards the car. "Ah, in the trunk. I'll get it
later. I just needed to get out and stretch for a bit first." He
leaned forward a little, stretching out his back.

"You wanna go get some coffee?" Lorelai asked. "We can walk to Luke's
before we leave for dinner, you can stretch out your legs a little."

"Yeah, that'd be good," Christopher said. "Uh, nature calls first."
He walked past them and into the house, leaving the front door open.

"Very nice," Lorelai said. She and Rory followed him into the house
and grabbed their coats. They stepped back outside and waited on the
front porch.

"This is gonna be so great having him around," Rory whispered.

Lorelai smiled and nodded. "Yeah. But why are you whispering?"
Lorelai whispered back.

Rory smiled and shrugged, then leaned against the porch railing.
Lorelai could see in her face how excited she was to have her dad
around, and it made Lorelai twice as happy than she already was.
Seconds later, Christopher walked out the front door, pulling it
closed behind him.

"Ready?" Lorelai asked, zippering up her coat.

"Yup, let's go," he said, rubbing his palms together. "Wow, it's
cold out here. Let's walk fast."

They walked down the porch steps and headed for Luke's. Rory talked
about school, Lorelai and Christopher talked about work, they talked
about the town. No one brought up Sherry or referred to her or the
break up at all. As they walked into Luke's, Christopher laughed and
said, "No chai latte this time."

Lorelai laughed. "I'll never forget the look on Luke's face when you
asked him for that."

As they reached the counter, Luke looked up from his pad and smiled
at Lorelai and Rory, but his face seemed to tighten as he saw
Christopher standing behind them. "Hey. What can I get you?"

"Uh, Luke, you remember Christopher right? Rory's Dad?" Lorelai
said.

"Yeah. How's it going?" Luke said, nodding towards him.

"It's going okay, thanks," Christopher said. "Uh, we'll have three
coffees please."

Luke nodded and turned around to fill their order. A minute later,
he placed the mugs in front of them. Christopher paid for them and
they walked to a table and sat down. As they watched bundled up
townspeople walking by the window, they sipped their hot coffees and
talked. Several refills later, they finally stood up and headed back
to the house. They grabbed Christopher's baggage from the car and
carried it inside.
* * *

At slightly before 7 p.m., they pulled up to Richard and Emily's
house in the Volvo Sedan. They walked up to the front door and rang
the bell, and a moment later Emily answered. She smiled upon seeing
Christopher and invited them inside. Rory and Lorelai removed their
coats and hung them up as Emily fawned over Christopher.

"Christopher, how are you?" Emily asked as she gave him a hug.

"I'm good Emily, how are you? Looking lovely as ever. You just get
more beautiful every time I see you," Christopher said, tilting his
head and flashing that bright smile of his. He started removing his
coat.

Emily smiled an embarrassed smile. "Aw, Christopher, stop! Come in,
come in." She headed for the living room and Rory followed her.
Lorelai hung back as Chris hung up his coat.

"Suck up," Lorelai whispered.

He laughed. "I know, I'm quite the charmer. You can't get through
life with just good looks, you know."

They walked into the living room and found Rory already holding a
soda, sitting on the couch with Emily. Richard was standing near the
bar.

"Hey Dad," Lorelai said. She sat down on the empty couch as
Christopher walked over to Richard and shook his hand.

"Richard, good to see you. How's retirement going?" Christopher asked.

"Oh, it's going fine," Richard replied. "Just fine. If I knew it
would be this good, I would've done it years ago."

"Ah, you give me something to look forward to then," Christopher
said. Richard handed him two glasses of wine and Christopher brought
them to the couch. He handed one to Lorelai before sitting down next
to her. Richard handed Emily a glass, then took his seat in the
armchair.

They started talking about school, work, and fund-raisers, and soon
the maid entered the room to announce dinner. They brought their
drinks to the table. Emily and Richard sat at either end, and
Lorelai sat across from Rory and Christopher. They continued their
conversation throughout the meal and into dessert, during which
Lorelai kept subtly glancing at Christopher.

She watched him out of the corner of her eye as he ate his dinner,
watched him interact with Rory and her parents, watched him flash
that smile that made her melt. Her feelings for him seemed to be
intensifying, but she wasn't sure if that was good or bad. As she
stared down at the tiramisu on her plate, questions were running
rampant through her mind: Did she just feel this way because he was
here now, and would the feelings go away if he left? Did she feel
this way because Sherry was gone and he was available again? Or was
it possible that she actually felt this way because she really wanted
to give it another chance with him?

She brought her eyes up from her plate and glanced at Christopher,
and caught him staring back at her. Their eyes met and they smiled
at each other. They both glanced away and continued eating. After
dessert, everyone returned to the living room for more drinks and
conversation.

Finally, Lorelai stood up and said, "We should really get going.
Thanks for dinner."

Christopher followed suit by standing up and saying, "Yes, thank you.
It was great."

Emily, Richard and Rory stood up also, and they all walked to the
front hallway to say goodbye.

The three guests walked out to the car but didn't get in right away.
Rory said, "Well, that went considerably better than last time."

Lorelai laughed. "Uh, starting a small fire in the middle of the
living room would've been better than last time."

Christopher smiled. "No, starting a small fire in Emily's hair
would've been better than last time."

Rory laughed. "Dad!" She walked to the back door and pulled it
open.

Lorelai smacked Christopher on the arm. "Stop giving Rory ideas on
how to attack her grandmother."

Christopher laughed. "Sorry, sorry. Rory, never light your Grandma
on fire, okay?"

Rory smiled and playfully saluted him. "Yes sir." She climbed into
the back seat of the car.

Lorelai and Christopher stood in front of the car for a few seconds
smiling before Lorelai finally turned and walked to the passenger
door. Christopher walked to his own door and they both climbed in.
They rode home, all of them tired, particularly Christopher who'd
spent much of the day driving. However, despite his constant yawning
and Lorelai's offer to drive, he still insisted that he drive home.

They pulled up to Lorelai's house almost 45 minutes later. They
slowly climbed out of the car and dragged themselves into the house.
Rory immediately said goodnight and went into her room, shutting the
door behind her. Lorelai and Christopher took off their coats and
lingered in the hallway for a minute.

Finally Lorelai said, "Well, uh, it was a fun night, but I'm beat.
I'll see you tomorrow." She leaned up to give him a kiss on the
cheek. "Night."

"Goodnight Lor," Christopher said. "And thanks again for letting me
stay here. I really appreciate it." Christopher leaned forward and
wrapped his arms around her. She leaned against him and felt herself
relaxing into his arms, that feeling of comfort filling her body.

She finally pulled back from the warmth of his embrace and smiled at
him. "You're welcome." She walked to the staircase and went up to
her room, locking herself inside and collapsing on the bed.

She lay there staring at the ceiling, wondering what to do about the
feelings she felt. She didn't know whether she should make them
known or not, considering the fact she didn't even know if he still
had feelings for her anymore. She didn't want to ruin the closeness
that they had, didn't want to make things weird between them.

The one thing she did know was that her feelings for Christopher were
getting stronger. Lying on the bed, she finally admitted to herself
that she really was ready to give it another chance with him. She
just had to hope that he would feel the same way.

PART 2
* * *

Lorelai walked downstairs the next morning slightly before 9 a.m.,
still in her pajamas. She stopped on the staircase and smiled upon
seeing Christopher still asleep on the couch. She tiptoed down past
him and into the kitchen, where she started making coffee.

As she was halfway finished her first cup, Rory walked out of her
bedroom already dressed. "Morning," Rory said.

"Morning hon," Lorelai said. "You been up for awhile?" she asked,
glancing at her clothes.

"Mm hmm," Rory said. "I've been trying to get some homework done."
She walked to the coffeepot and poured herself a cup, then sat down
across from Lorelai.

"So, how's it going?" Lorelai asked. "You make a dent in it at all?"

Rory nodded. "Slightly. I need to go to the library later though."
She glanced into the living room and smiled. "Dad's up."

Lorelai stood up and walked into the living room. Christopher was
sitting up on the couch rubbing his eyes, and Lorelai sat down next
to him. "Morning."

Christopher smiled. "Morning. Nice pajamas."

Lorelai smiled. "Thanks. Nice hair."

Christopher brought his hand up to his head and tried to smooth down
his hair. When it wouldn't stay down, he said, "I'm going for the
Chia-Pet look anyway."

Lorelai laughed. "Well, then, good going. You want something for
breakfast? We have Pop-Tarts or . . . uh, cookies."

Christopher laughed. "Maybe we can go out and get something."

Lorelai smiled. "That's good too." Lorelai called into the
kitchen, "Rory, come in here a sec!"

Rory walked into the living room carrying her coffee. "Yeah?
Morning Dad."

"Morning kid," Christopher said, as he let out a yawn.

"Rory," Lorelai said. "Your father doesn't think cookies are a good
breakfast so he wants to go out to eat. You wanna go to Luke's with
us?"

"Nah, you guys go," Rory said. "I'm trying to get as much homework
done as I can so we can do something fun later."

"Okay. We'll bring you back something," Lorelai said.

Rory smiled. "Thanks." She walked towards the kitchen and
disappeared into her bedroom.

Lorelai looked at Christopher and tapped him on the knee. "Get
dressed. Be ready in 5 minutes." She stood up and walked to the
staircase.

"You're gonna be ready in five minutes?" Christopher asked with a
laugh.

Lorelai turned around and stopped at the bottom of the stairs. "No,
I was just telling you to be ready in five minutes. I'll be ready in
thirty." She flashed him a grin before turning and running up the
steps.
* * *

Lorelai and Christopher walked into Luke's and grabbed the first
empty table they saw. They hung their jackets on their chairs, and a
few minutes later, Luke walked over to them with two cups of
coffee. "Hey," he nodded at them as he placed the mugs down. He
took out his pad and said, "We have French toast with bacon this
morning."

"I'll take it," Lorelai said, as she took a sip of coffee.

"Me too," Christopher said. "Oh, and another order to go for Rory."
Luke jotted it down on his pad and walked away. Christopher turned
to Lorelai and said, "So, you still eat bacon even though you're a
stripper? How do you stay in shape?"

Lorelai smiled. "Bulimia."

Christopher laughed. "Oh, that's attractive. Now I've got the image
of you in a thong, puking. Nice. Thank you for that."

"You're welcome," Lorelai said, smiling. She was silent for a
moment. "Uh, Chris, do you wanna talk about what happened?"

Christopher looked down at his mug. "About what happened?"

"Yeah, I mean, with Sherry," Lorelai said. Then she quickly added, "I
mean, you don't have to, but if you want to. . . then, I'm here."

Christopher looked up at her. "Thanks. Uh, I'll let you know when I
need a good listener."

Lorelai nodded. "Okay."

"Yeah, then maybe you can tell me where to find one," Christopher
said with a smirk.

Lorelai frowned at him and hit him on the arm. "Hey you, I'm a great
listener."

He laughed. "I know, I know. I was kidding. Seriously, thank you."

She smiled. "You're welcome." They stared at each other for a few
seconds before Luke, setting their plates in front of them,
interrupted their silence.

Lorelai looked up at Luke and smiled. "Thanks Luke."

Luke gave her a small smile as he placed the receipt on the table.
Lorelai saw him give a quick glance at Christopher before walking
away. They ate their French toast, spending most of the time talking
about Rory. They finished the meal, and as Christopher was pulling
out his wallet, Lorelai said, "No, I got it."

She grabbed the check and walked up to Luke at the counter. She
pulled some money out of her pocket and handed it to him. "Hey," she
said. "How's it going?"

He smiled as he put the money in the register. "Good, it's going
good. How's it going with you?" he asked as he handed her the change.

"It's going pretty good. Christopher's staying with us for a few
days," Lorelai said, gesturing towards him.

"Yeah, I noticed," Luke said, glancing past her to look at
Christopher. "Rory must be loving that."

Lorelai smiled. "Oh, she is. She's thrilled."

Luke smiled. "That's good. Speaking of which, hold on." He walked
into the kitchen and returned a moment later with a take-out
container. "Here you go," he said, handing it to her.

"Thanks. Here." Lorelai handed him a tip and smiled at him. "Bye
Luke."

Luke smiled. "Thanks. Bye."

Lorelai walked back to the table, grabbed her coat, and walked out
the door with Christopher.
* * *

Lorelai and Christopher walked into Lorelai's house. As Christopher
went to sit down on the couch, Lorelai brought the container into the
kitchen. Rory was sitting at the table with several school books
spread open in front of her.

"Hey there," Lorelai said. "French toast and bacon." She set the
container in front of her.

"Mmm, thanks," Rory said. She put her pen down and opened the
container, taking out a piece of bacon. She took a bite and
asked, "What do you guys wanna do today?"

Lorelai shrugged. "Whatever you want. How's all this going?" she
asked, gesturing to the books.

Rory nodded. "It's coming along pretty good."

"Good. Well, think about what you want to do and let us know."
Lorelai smiled. She stole a piece of bacon from Rory's container and
walked towards the living room.

She paused in the hallway and stared in at Christopher, who was on
the couch flipping through the TV channels. There were a lot of
things running through her mind. She still wasn't sure what to do
about the feelings she felt. She wasn't sure if he felt even
remotely the same way. She wasn't sure how long he was going to stay
with them. But the one thing she was sure about was that she loved
being around him, and she smiled to herself as she walked into the
living room.

Christopher looked up at her and said, "There's nothing on except
cartoons, which normally wouldn't be bad if they were the good old
classics like Scooby Doo or the Flintstones, but they're not. It's
all stupid stuff."

Lorelai sat down next to him, grabbed the remote, and turned the TV
off. "Yes, I know. That's why we don't watch TV on Saturday
mornings."

Christopher smiled. "Oh no? So what do you do?"

"We meditate," Lorelai said. "And when we're done with that, we stare
at each other to see who blinks first. And when we're done with that,
we have thumb wars."

Christopher laughed. "Wow, I've left my daughter in good hands."

Lorelai smiled. "Yup."

They sat there talking for a few more minutes before Rory walked in
and announced, "Okay, I know what I want to do today."

"Oh, please tell us, daughter," Lorelai said, turning around to face
her.

"How about we go to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art?" Rory said,
looking at them hopefully.

Lorelai's mouth dropped open. "The who and the what?" she asked.

Christopher laughed and said, "It's that big museum in Hartford. I'm
sure you've been there before, Lor. I think it's a great idea. We
should go."

Rory smiled. "Cool, thanks Dad. I'll go get ready." She turned and
walked quickly to her bedroom.

Lorelai turned to Christopher and made a face. "Ugh, a museum? Where
does she get her love of the arts? Certainly not from me."

He smiled. "No, she just got her coffee addiction and her incredible
beauty from you."

Lorelai laughed and glanced down at her hands. In a normal situation,
she would've made a witty remark to a statement like that. But now
with her feelings for Christopher strengthening, a statement like
that affected her differently than it used to. She felt her face
getting unusually red as she pretended to examine her nails.

Christopher smiled and said, "Whoa, hold the presses. Did I just
embarrass Lorelai Gilmore?" He put his hand on her chin and tilted
her head up. "Are you blushing?" He let out a small laugh. "You're
blushing!"

Lorelai smiled and pushed his hand away. "No I'm not! It's warm in
here." She quickly stood up and said, "I'm gonna go get ready."
Christopher watched her with a curious smirk as she ran upstairs.
* * *

Several hours later, they returned home from the museum. The three
of them sat around the living room for awhile talking before Rory
finally stood up and said, "I have to get to the library before it
closes."

Lorelai frowned. "Aww. Well, we'll go out to dinner when you get
back."

Rory nodded. "Okay." She walked into her room. Lorelai and
Christopher both sat on the couch in silence until she walked out
several minutes later with her bookbag. "Bye," Rory said as she
walked to the front door.

"Bye hon," Lorelai said.

"See you later," Christopher said.

As the front door slammed shut, Lorelai turned to Christopher and
said, "Okay, we need to talk about something."

Shifting in his seat to face her, he replied, "I know we do."

Ready to finally tell him how she'd been feeling, Lorelai took a deep
breath. As she opened her mouth to speak, Christopher said, "Wait,
let me go first. Please?"

Lorelai closed her mouth and narrowed her eyebrows, staring at him
curiously. "Fine, go ahead," she said.

Christopher smiled. "Thank you. Uh, so I kinda wanted to talk about
what happened. I mean, with Sherry."

"Oh," Lorelai said, sounding surprised. "Okay, sure. I'm here to
listen."

"Okay," Christopher said. "Well, we officially broke up about a week
ago, but things were kinda starting to break apart before that. I
mean, she's really great and everything, but I was starting to
realize that she really wasn't the one I wanted to be with. She was
just the one I was. . .settling for."

Lorelai was surprised. She swallowed hard before she said, "Wow. So
you . . . you had someone else in mind?" she asked nonchalantly, as
she felt jealousy starting to rumble through her.

Christopher nodded. "Yeah, I did. And, I don't know, I just didn't
want to pretend that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with
Sherry when in actuality I was always thinking about this other
woman. It wasn't fair to Sherry. And it wasn't what I wanted. So I
broke up with her." He turned and stared at the fireplace. "And
that's what happened."

Lorelai was quiet for a moment, trying not to show the crushing
disappointment she was now feeling, trying to hide the fact that she
felt somewhat heartbroken. She finally asked softly, "So who's the
mystery woman? Linda in Marketing?"

Christopher turned his head and stared into her eyes. "No. Lorelai
in Stars Hollow."

Lorelai's heart skipped a beat and her mouth dropped open. "What?"

He slid closer to her and clasped his hands around one of
hers. "Listen to me Lor. I know you've said you don't think we can be
a family. But -- and maybe I was getting the wrong impression -- but
the last time I was here you were kinda showing some interest. I
mean, I definitely noticed something there and I wasn't sure about it
at first, but then it made me realize that. . . maybe we can be a
family. Maybe this will work." He paused. "Now, I know that I just
broke up with someone and you just got. . . un-engaged and
everything, but I think – "

Lorelai cut him off by putting a finger on his lips. "Shh." She
leaned forward and softly pressed her lips against his. Christopher,
who at first was surprised by her move, brought his hands to her face
and kissed her back gently.

When Lorelai pulled away, a smile was resting on her lips.
Christopher stared at her for a moment. Finally he asked, "Okay, so
what was that? Was that a `let's be a family' kiss, or a `nice offer,
but no thanks' kiss?"

Lorelai smiled. "It was a `I'm extremely thrilled because I've been
feeling the same way, so let's give it a shot and start off slow by
dating again' kiss."

"Ah, that was my next guess," Christopher said with a laugh.

Lorelai sighed and smiled. "Chris, I just. . . it's just been so
weird. I mean, since the last time you were here, I've had these
feelings like running through my body and I just couldn't do anything
about them because you seemed so happy with Sherry. And the way you
dismissed my not-so-subtle offer to stay last time . . .it made me
think that maybe you'd given up on the idea of us."

Christopher shook his head. "No. Remember, I'm the one who always
wanted the idea of us. I'd never give up on it."

Lorelai smiled. "Good. So we're gonna try this out."

"Yes we are," Christopher said.

Lorelai nodded. Then she shrugged and said, "And I mean, if it
doesn't work out, then it doesn't work out. At least we tried,
right?"

Christopher nodded his head in agreement. "We're both confronting the
feelings for each other that we tried to suppress. That's a big step,
and we'll see where it takes us."

Lorelai smiled. She stared down at her hands for a moment. Then she
looked up with a concerned look. "What about Rory?"

"What about her?" Christopher asked.

Lorelai stood up and started pacing back and forth, her words coming
out quickly. "I mean, should we tell her? I don't want to lie to
her, but I don't think we should tell her. I mean, if it starts
going good and it looks like it's gonna work out, then we should tell
her. But I don't want to tell her now and then have her get her hopes
up about having her parents together again and then have her be
crushed if it doesn't work out. That would be - "

"Whoa!" Christopher interrupted. "Lor, take a breath." He stood up
and walked over to her, pulling her into an embrace. She wrapped her
arms up around his waist and rested her head against his
chest. "Okay, listen," Christopher said. "We won't tell her just
yet. We'll just tell her that I'm staying here with you guys a little
longer than expected."

"Because?" Lorelai prompted.

"Well, because of what I was planning on doing anyway," he said.
After a short pause, he said, "I'm moving back to Connecticut."

Lorelai pulled away and stared up at him. "What?" she asked, a smile
lingering on her lips.

Christopher smiled. "That's right. There's no reason for me to stay
in Boston anymore, so I figured, why not just come back here?"

Lorelai narrowed her eyes. "But what about work?" She suddenly got a
nervous feeling that with Sherry gone, he'd go back to the old
irresponsible Christopher.

Christopher smiled. "Already found a job in Hartford."

Lorelai's eyes widened. "What?"

"Yeah. See, this guy at work knew someone at a company in Hartford
and put in a good word for me," Christopher said. "I interviewed
with him yesterday before I came here and got the job on the spot. I
start next week."

Lorelai smiled. "Wow. Well, congratulations. Why didn't you tell
me?"

He shrugged. "I just did. And I mean, I have to save up a little
before I can get an apartment, so I was gonna stay here for a few
days and then check into a hotel or something. But maybe I can just
stay here a bit longer."

Lorelai smiled. "Sure. I mean, as long as everything's working out
all right, then sure."

He smiled. "Good." He pulled her closer and kissed her, running his
hands through her hair. Their lips parted, allowing their tongues to
meet and swirl over each other softly inside their mouths.
Christopher's hands started roaming Lorelai's body and soon she felt
one slip under her shirt. His warm hand gliding back and forth over
her stomach made a surge of arousal shoot through her entire body.

Lorelai pulled back and, through her heavy breathing, said, "I'm
getting flashbacks to my parents' balcony."

Christopher smiled. "Me too. Let's reenact that night."

Lorelai raised her eyebrows. "You wanna drive to Hartford right now?
I really think it might be easier to do it here." She gave a sly
smile.

Christopher smiled. "Your annoying sarcasm right now? It's rather
sexy."

Lorelai smiled. "Oh yeah? Thanks." She pressed her lips against his,
pulling him with her as she walked backwards towards the staircase.
They paused at the bottom step, kissing deeply. Their heavy
breathing, and a slight moan from Lorelai's throat, were the only
sounds in the room.

Lorelai suddenly pulled away from him and turned to look out the
window.

"What's wrong?" Christopher asked.

"Wait, shh!" Lorelai said. She pushed Christopher gently towards the
couch and said, "Hold on, I think someone's here."

As she walked to the front door, she heard footsteps on the porch.
Sure enough, through the windowpane she could see Rory walking
towards the front door. Lorelai pulled open the door, startling
Rory. "Whoa. What's wrong?" Rory asked.

"Oh hey," Lorelai said. "Nothing, I just heard something out here.
Uh, what. . what are you doing home already?"

Rory stepped into the house. "It was unusually crowded for a
Saturday so I decided to just check out the books I needed and do my
work here."

Lorelai forced a smile, "Oh, okay."

As Rory walked past her and towards the kitchen, Lorelai looked up at
the ceiling and made a face, exhaling loudly with disappointment.
Lorelai walked into the living room, where Christopher was waiting on
the couch. She gave a small pout.

Christopher stood up and said, "I heard. Guess we'll have to finish
some other time."

"Guess so," Lorelai said with a sigh. "I'm sorry."

He laughed. "It's not your fault. Uh, you wanna go tell her that I'm
gonna be staying for awhile?"

Lorelai nodded. "Yeah, let's do that." They walked to Rory's
bedroom and knocked on the door.

"Come in," Rory called.

Lorelai pushed open the door and said, "Hey. Got a minute?"

Rory, who was sitting at her desk, turned around and said, "Yeah,
what's up?"

Lorelai and Christopher walked into her bedroom. Lorelai sat down on
the edge of the bed as Christopher said, "Well, I wanted to tell you
that I talked it over with your mom, and she's agreed to let me stay
a little longer than I thought."

Rory smiled. "Really? How long?"

"A few weeks," Christopher said.

Rory gasped. "A few weeks?! Are you serious?" she asked excitedly.

Christopher nodded. "I'll be staying here with you guys. . .until I
buy my own place here."

Rory jumped up out of her chair. "You're moving to Connecticut?!"

Christopher smiled and nodded. "Yup, already got a job in Hartford."

"Oh my God!" Rory screamed. She ran to Christopher and hugged him
tightly. "Dad, that's so great!"

Lorelai sat on the bed watching them with a smile on her face. She
couldn't help thinking about how if Rory was this excited about him
moving here, she'd be ecstatic if she found out that they were gonna
try to get together again.

As Rory finally broke away from Christopher, she was smiling
brightly. "Oh my God. I can't believe this." She walked over to
Lorelai on the bed and hugged her. "Mom, isn't this awesome?"

"Yes it is," Lorelai replied with a smile. "Very cool."

Rory pulled away, the huge smile still on her face. "Wow. This is
so . . .wow!"

Lorelai laughed and stood up. "Okay, well, try to finish your
homework before the intense smiling kills you, okay hon?" Lorelai
gave her a kiss on the cheek. "Tell us when you're ready for dinner."

"Okay," Rory said. She slowly sat back down at the computer, still
smiling towards Christopher. Lorelai walked past him and out the
door. Christopher followed her, pulling the door shut behind them.
They walked into the living room and sat down on the couch.

"That was great. I've never seen her so happy," Lorelai said, smiling.

"I know," Christopher said. He lowered his voice. "And if me moving
to the same state makes her that happy, then imagine when she finds
out about. . . you know." He gestured to the two of them.

Lorelai nodded and smiled. "I know. I was thinking the same thing."

They stared at each other for a moment, and they started to lean
towards each other to kiss. Lorelai suddenly pulled back and held up
a hand. "No, we can't," Lorelai said quietly. "Not when she's around,
we can't."

Christopher pulled back. "Right, okay. Got it. Uh, let's watch TV."
He grabbed the remote off the coffee table. "Tell me when," he said
as he started flipping through the channels.

"Ooh, go back! Goodfellas!" Lorelai said excitedly.

"Oh cool," Christopher said. He went back a few channels to the
movie and placed the remote back on the table. They both leaned back
against the couch to watch the movie.

A few minutes later, Christopher reached down and put his hand on top
of Lorelai's hand. She turned her head to look at him, and he smiled
at her. She smiled back and turned her head towards the TV as she
laced her fingers through his, and a peaceful feeling of comfort ran
through her body.

PART 3
* * *

Despite the presence of Christopher, the following day at the Gilmore
household was just like any typical Sunday. They spent most of the
day at home except for a trip to Luke's for lunch, after which Rory
headed over to Lane's to do homework, and Christopher and Lorelai
went to Doose's Market to pick up some groceries.

As they were unloading the groceries back at home, Christopher
said, "So tomorrow I'm gonna drive back to Boston and pick up my
stuff."

"Is it all gonna fit in your car?" Lorelai asked as she put away a
carton of ice cream.

"No, I need to rent a truck. I've got some furniture I need to bring
down," Christopher said. "I'll just put it in a storage locker or
something."

"Aren't those expensive? You can store your stuff here," Lorelai said.

"No, it's okay," Christopher said. "I don't want to clutter up the
whole house. I know a place in Hartford, the price is pretty
reasonable." He slid two boxes of Pop-Tarts into the cabinet, then
leaned against the counter with his arms folded across his chest.

Lorelai shrugged. "Okay." She finished unloading the bag she was
working on, then crumbled the bag and threw it in the trash. She
stood by the sink for a moment, staring at Christopher.

He unfolded his arms and held them open, and Lorelai walked into
them. He wrapped them tightly around her, rubbing her back with his
hands. As the closeness of their bodies made a shiver of excitement
run through her body, she rested her head against his chest and
closed her eyes. "Hmm, I could do this all day," she said.

"Well, I can think of something else I'd like to do all day, but it
doesn't involve standing," Christopher said.

Lorelai lifted her head up to look at Christopher, kissing him softly
on the lips. She pulled back and teased, "You mean play checkers?"

Christopher smiled and shook his head.

Lorelai pretended to be confused, putting a hand on forehead to think
about it. Then she slowly smiled and nodded. "Oh, I get it now."

Christopher laughed. "You catch on quick." They kissed again.

"Yes I do. But don't you want to wine and dine me first?" Lorelai
asked in between kisses. They started moving towards the hallway,
trying not to break the contact of their lips.

"Do you want to be wined and dined first?" Christopher asked as they
neared the staircase.

Lorelai planted one last passionate kiss on his lips, then pulled
back and said, "Uh, we'll skip that part just this once." She turned
and ran up the steps and Christopher followed her, taking the steps
two at a time.

They walked into Lorelai's bedroom, shutting and locking the door.
They smiled at each other before they resumed their kissing.

Christopher brought his hands to the bottom of Lorelai's shirt and
started to pull it up. Lorelai raised her arms in the air allowing
him to easily slide it over her head. He tossed it to the floor as
he leaned forward and kissed her neck, then started sucking on it
gently. He evoked a soft moan from her throat as he placed a line of
kisses down her neck to her shoulder and downward to her chest.

As he lifted his head and pressed his lips against hers, he brought
his hands up and placed them over the soft fabric of her bra, causing
a sensation of arousal to shoot through her body. The stimulation of
her sensitive nipples forced a slow moan to flow out of her lips. He
moved his fingers to her back and unclasped her bra, pulled it off of
her and dropped it on the floor.

He guided her to the bed, where she lay down on her back. He removed
his shirt, then climbed on top of her. He brought his hands to her
breasts, squeezing them gently and caressing them with his
fingertips. He lowered his face to her chest, enveloping one of her
breasts in his mouth and sucking on it hungrily.

Lorelai's breathing was loud and heavy, her heart was racing, her
entire body was pulsing with excitement. She placed her hands on the
back of Christopher's head and grasped his hair tightly between her
fingers. She moaned loudly with pleasure as he moved back and forth
between her breasts, stimulating her body like it hadn't been in a
long time.

He kissed a line down to her stomach, stopping at the waistline of
her jeans. He unbuttoned them quickly, and she arched her lower back
off the bed to help him as he pulled them down her legs. He smiled
at her as he leaned back over her between her legs, and the feeling
of his body against the thin silk barrier of her panties made her
numb with stimulation. He pressed his mouth tightly against hers and
they actively explored each other's mouths with their tongues.

She ran her fingers over his back as they kissed, pulling him closer
to her body. Her hands roamed their way from his back to the front
of his jeans, where she unbuttoned the top button and pulled down the
zipper. He pulled back from her and got off the bed, quickly
removing his jeans and boxers.

She lay on the bed staring at his body, panting heavy in
anticipation. He slowly climbed back on the bed, kneeling between
her legs. He hooked a finger on either side of her waistband and
slowly rolled her panties down her legs, removing them and tossing
them on the floor. Christopher remained kneeling as he stared at
her, his eyes devouring her beautiful body that was still as perfect
as he had remembered it.

He started to lean forward, then he stopped and asked, "Oh, I'm
sorry. Didn't you want to play checkers? Let's do that instead."

Lorelai let out a small laugh. "Christopher!" she urged.

He smiled. "Okay, sorry."

He leaned forward over her body, supporting himself on his arms and
positioning himself at her opening. She groaned softly at the
initial contact of his hardness against her sex, and let out a louder
groan as she felt him start to enter her. "Oh my God," she muttered
breathlessly. He pushed himself into her slowly, drawing a long moan
from her lips as he filled her. Her chest was heaving up and down as
Christopher began thrusting in and out of her. She grabbed his neck
and pulled him tightly against her body, pressing her lips against
his.

Their bodies rocked together rhythmically as she pushed her pelvis
against him to meet his thrusts, letting out a loud groan with each
movement. Lorelai's hands clutched onto Christopher's shoulders, her
nails digging into him as he increaseed his motions and pushed
himself deep into her wetness at a much quicker pace.

Lorelai's body was thriving with unbelievable sensations of pleasure
and she felt her orgasm rapidly approaching. They stared into each
other's eyes as they continued, smiling at each other through their
deep breathing and the rocking motions of their naked bodies. Their
loud grunts of satisfaction were echoing through the room, and soon
Lorelai recognized the glint in Christopher's eye - the one that told
her he was close to reaching his brink. She thrust her pelvis even
harder against him, their bodies moving so rapidly against each other
that she felt like she would collapse at any moment. Several seconds
later, with one final deep thrust, he released himself inside of her
and her inner muscles clamped tightly around him. She screamed
loudly with her orgasm, completely drowning out the low groans that
accompanied Christopher's climax.

As her moaning subsided, Christopher rested himself atop her body for
a moment, relaxing and catching his breath. He kissed her, then
rolled off of her and lay next to her on the bed. Both of their
chests heaving to catch their breaths, they lay there in silence for
a minute.

Finally Lorelai let out a "Wow." She turned to Christopher and
smiled. "You know, you're really good at that. If you had gone to
Princeton, you totally could've majored in sex."

He smiled. "I can't take all the credit - it's only that good with
you. It's like Oreos and milk. One's not as good without the other."

She smiled and kissed him. "Now you're making me hungry."

He let out a small laugh. "No, I didn't make you hungry. You always
get hungry after sex, so whether I mentioned cookies or not, you
still would be hungry."

Lorelai narrowed her eyebrows. "Excuse me, who just gave me sex?
You. So essentially it was you who made me hungry. Either way you
look at it, it's your fault and thus, you should make me something to
eat while I go take a shower." She smiled and got up off the bed.

Christopher propped himself on his elbow and eyed her up and down.
He smiled and said, "You're incredibly gorgeous, you know that?"

She smiled and nodded. "Yes, I know. But you still have to make me
some food." She grabbed her robe and put it on, then unlocked the
door and walked to the bathroom. As she was about to shut the door,
she heard, "Mom! You upstairs?"

Lorelai ran back to the bedroom. "Oh my God! Rory's home. Get
dressed, don't make any noise," Lorelai whispered frantically. She
walked back into the hallway and walked down the steps. "Yeah, I'm
up here," she called. "When did you get home?"

Rory was at the bottom of the steps, still wearing her coat. She
narrowed her eyes at seeing Lorelai in her robe. "Just now. What are
you doing?"

"Oh, I was about to take a shower. How'd the homework go?" Lorelai
asked, trying to change the subject.

"Good," Rory said. She glanced around the living room and
said, "Where's Dad?"

Lorelai stammered, "Oh, uh, I'm not. . .I don't. . .oh, I think he
went for a walk."

Rory looked at her curiously. "It's like 20 degrees outside."

Lorelai shrugged. "Some people walk when it's cold out."

Rory bit her lip for a second, then asked, "Did something happen? Did
you guys fight or something?"

Lorelai raised her eyebrows. "No! He was just bored, I guess. You
know how Sundays are around here. We should buy some board games or
something." She forced a laugh.

Rory nodded, but still had a concerned look on her face. "Uh, okay.
Um, I just stopped home to drop my stuff off. I called Dean when I
was at Lane's house, and he and I are gonna hang out for awhile. I'll
probably be home for dinner."

"Okay, good," Lorelai said quickly. "See you later." She smiled.

Rory narrowed her eyes at her mom as she said, "Bye." She turned and
walked towards the front door.

Lorelai waited until she heard the door close, then she ran
upstairs. Christopher was sitting on the bed fully dressed, looking
concerned. He stood up when he saw Lorelai. "What happened?" he
whispered.

"She's gone, she went out with Dean somewhere. I told her you went
for a walk," Lorelai said.

"It's like 20 degrees outside," Christopher pointed out with a laugh.

"Agh! That's where she gets that from! People do walk in cold
weather, you know, " Lorelai said with an exasperated sigh. "Would
it have been better if I said, `Oh, he's upstairs in my bedroom
getting dressed'?"

He held up his hands innocently and smiled. "No, you're right. Sorry.
Good job with the walk story." He leaned forward and kissed her.

"Thank you," Lorelai said. "And now I'm going to take my shower." She
started walking towards the bathroom.

Christopher followed close behind her. "And now I'm going to help
you take your shower."

She looked over her shoulder and raised one of her eyebrows at him.
He gave her a pout and she let out a small laugh. He followed her
into the bathroom, shutting the door behind him.
* * *

The next morning, Christopher took Rory to school since he was going
to Hartford anyway to rent a moving truck. Lorelai left for work at
the same time as they left the house, and was extremely surprised to
see Christopher walk into the inn almost 2 hours later.

He walked over to her at the front desk. "Hey."

"Hey, what are you doing here?" Lorelai asked. "I thought you were
going right to Boston. Come here." She gestured for him to follow her
into her office. She shut the door and she perched herself against
her desk.

Christopher sighed. "Yeah, well, apparently you have to rent the
truck a few days in advance." He shrugged. "I didn't think that
January was a big moving season, but I guess I was wrong. Now I'm
going on Wednesday."

"Oh, well you didn't really have any plans so it works out," Lorelai
said.

"Yeah, it's no big deal. And then I stopped at the storage locker
place and rented one, so that's all taken care of," Christopher said.
He looked around and said, "Nice office. It's very professional
looking. You know, for a stripper."

She laughed and rolled her eyes. "Wow, I used that stripper line one
time and now it's forever going to haunt me. I think someone's got a
little stripper fantasy they need fulfilled, hmm?" She looked at him
accusingly.

He smiled and shrugged. "I don't know. It's one of those images you
can't get out of your head. Like when they show you a damaged lung
in health class, or like when you see a dead animal on the road. It
sticks with you."

"Why, thank you for the lovely comparisons," Lorelai said
sarcastically.

He laughed. "I'm just saying that it's nice to picture it in my mind."

She shrugged. "Whatever. It doesn't really make sense though. You've
already seen me naked. Me stripping wouldn't leave much to the
imagination since you've already seen the final package."

He smirked and shook his head. "Oh trust me, having seen the final
package or not, it's quite an image." He paused for a moment and
stared into space. Suddenly he blinked and said, "Okay, new subject
please or else I'm gonna need to take a cold shower soon."

Lorelai laughed. "So what are you gonna do this week? Just hang out?"

As Christopher started to answer, there was a knock at the door and
it was quickly pushed open. Sookie stuck her head in. "Lorelai, do
you – oh, I'm sorry," she said upon seeing Christopher. "Ah, I'm so
sorry! I'm leaving now." She shut the door.

"Hold on," Lorelai said to Chris. She walked to the door and went
into the lobby. Sookie was already halfway to the kitchen. "What do
you need Sookie?" Lorelai called, walking towards her.

Sookie turned around. "Oh, I was just – " She glanced towards
Lorelai's office and smiled. "What's Christopher doing here? I
thought he was only staying a few days."

"Oh," Lorelai said. "There was a change of plans. He's staying a few
weeks."

Sookie gasped. "A few weeks? At your house?"

Lorelai nodded. "He's moving back to Connecticut. He already has a
job in Hartford."

Sookie smacked Lorelai on the shoulder. "Get out! You're kidding! Oh
my God, is Rory thrilled?"

Lorelai smiled and nodded. "Extremely. But yeah, he's staying with us
until he can afford an apartment."

Sookie smiled slyly. "Oh wow. So, you'll be having a live-in man in
your house. Interesting."

"It is, isn't it?" Lorelai said. She paused and put her hands on her
hips. "Just say it Sookie. I know you want to say it."

"Say what?" Sookie asked innocently. Lorelai raised an eyebrow at
her, and Sookie giggled. "Okay, you think you guys might. . .?"

Lorelai leaned forward and whispered, "We already have."

Sookie gasped. "You already have?" she said loudly.

"Shhh!" Lorelai shushed her, glancing around the lobby. "Shh,
Sookie. I'll tell you about it later, but don't mention it to anyone,
okay?"

Sookie was smiling excitedly. "Okay, okay. Ah, I can't believe it!"

"Did you want something?" Lorelai asked, gesturing for her to move
the conversation along.

Sookie narrowed her eyebrows, thinking. Then she said, "Oh yeah. Do
you want me to make two kinds of soup for the banquet next week, or
just do a choice of soup or salad?"

Lorelai shrugged. "Whatever you want Sookie, it's up to you. Totally
your call."

Sookie smiled. "Okay. See you later. Come see me as soon as you guys
are finished . . .doing whatever you were doing." Sookie giggled as
she walked away.

Lorelai gasped and a small smile formed on her lips. "Sookie! We
were just talking. Tsk, I can't believe you. Goodbye."

Lorelai walked back to her office and found Christopher sitting at
her desk. She closed the door and asked, "Comfy?"

"Very," he replied, smiling. "Thanks for asking." He stood up and
walked over to her, giving her a kiss. "Okay, I'm gonna head back to
the house."

"Okay," Lorelai said, walking him to the door and pulling it
open. "Wait, do you have a key?"

"Yeah, Rory gave me hers to use until we make a spare," Christopher
said, pulling it from his pocket and holding it up.

"Oh good. Rory should be home a little after 3, I'll be home between
4 and 5," Lorelai said.

Christopher nodded, then stared at her for a second with a glazed
look in his eyes.

Lorelai laughed. "Are you picturing me stripping again?"

He smiled and winked at her. "Bye." He turned and walked into the
lobby.

"Bye." Lorelai smiled to herself as she watched Christopher walk
through the lobby and out the front door. When he was gone, she
headed to the kitchen to tell Sookie about everything that had been
going on at home.

PART 4
* * *

That evening, Lorelai walked into her house slightly before five and
was met with an unusual aroma. As she took off her jacket, she
sniffed the air a few times, then followed the smell toward the
kitchen. "What is that I smell?" she called out.

As she reached the entryway to the kitchen, she stopped as she saw
Christopher at the stove stirring something in a huge pot. He
glanced at her and said, "Hey. You're home."

She narrowed her eyebrows. "What are you doing?"

Christopher laughed and said, "Cooking dinner. You've seen it done
before, haven't you?"

Lorelai smiled. "Yes, once or twice." She walked over to the pot and
looked into it. She gasped and said, "Chili! You made homemade
chili! Your specialty!"

He smiled. "Yup. I know you love it."

"Wow, you're such a good houseguest," Lorelai said, an excited smile
on her face. "Is Rory home?"

Christopher shook his head. "She was here but she ran to the store
to get something for school," he replied.

"Ah, so we're all alone," Lorelai said with a smile. She wrapped her
arms around his neck and kissed him deeply. Christopher, still
holding the ladle in his hand and trying not to drip anything on
Lorelai's back, returned the kiss.

As they broke apart, he smiled and said, "Wow, that's just for
cooking some chili? What if I make a complete Turkey dinner –
what'll that get me?"

"Hmm, try it and find out," Lorelai flirted. She gave him another
kiss and said, "I'm gonna go change."

Lorelai went up to her room and changed out of her work outfit into
jeans and a sweater. She walked back downstairs just as Rory walked
through the front door carrying a bag from the market.

"Hey kid," Lorelai said, giving her a kiss on the cheek. "How was
your day?"

"Good," Rory replied. "Hold this please." She handed Lorelai the bag
as she removed her coat and hung it up.

"What'd you buy?" Lorelai asked as she peeked inside. "Ah, folders
and pens. You went wild in the store, huh?"

Rory nodded. "Yup. I was gonna buy some white out too but I didn't
want to seem too crazy to the other shoppers." She took the bag back
and headed into the kitchen with Lorelai right behind her.

Christopher gave the chili a final stir, turned off the burner and
said, "Okay guys, dinner's ready. Grab a bowl."

"Yum! It smells great," Lorelai said, walking to the counter.

"Yeah Dad, it really does," Rory said, inhaling the aroma deeply.

"Thanks," Christopher said. "There's bread too." He gestured to a
basket of bread next to the chili and started ladling the chili into
bowls.

As Rory went to put the shopping bag in her bedroom, Lorelai glanced
from the bread to Christopher and gave a nod of approval. "Wow, I'm
impressed. This is quite the well-balanced meal you have here. Uh,
if beans and meat and bread is well balanced. I'm not really sure how
they balance those things. Some sort of special scale, I guess." She
shrugged.

Christopher laughed. "I don't know either," he said. "I'll look into
that for you." As Rory walked back into the kitchen, Christopher
handed her a bowl of chili.

"Thanks." Rory grabbed a piece of bread from the basket and a soda
from the fridge, then walked into the living room. Lorelai and
Christopher did the same. They slipped Jaws into the VCR and watched
while they ate dinner.
* * *

The next morning at the inn, Lorelai went into her office to use the
phone. She called her house, and after several rings Christopher
finally answered. "Hello?"

"Hey. What are you doing?" Lorelai asked.

"Hey. Uh, cleaning actually," he replied.

"Cleaning?" Lorelai asked, surprised.

"Yup," Christopher said. "Vacuuming, dusting, laundry."

"Oh, wow. Uh, thanks," Lorelai said. "Well, I was thinking I'd come
home for lunch today and we could eat together."

"Sounds good to me," Christopher said. "You want me to make
something?"

Lorelai smiled at how sweet and maid-like he was being. "Nah, we can
order in. I'll be there around 12."

"Can't wait," Christopher said. "Bye."

"Bye."
* * *

A few hours later, Lorelai walked into the house and found
Christopher reading a magazine on the couch. He immediately got up
and greeted her with a kiss. "Hey," he said.

"Hi," Lorelai said, smiling. She glanced around the room, which was
noticeably cleaner than from when she had left that morning. "Wow,
you cleaned the whole house?"

He smiled and shrugged. "I had some free time during my busy morning
of sitting."

She tilted her head and smiled at him. "Christopher Hayden, I can't
believe how much you've changed." She leaned in and kissed him, then
pulled back and thought for a moment. A smile formed on her
lips. "Okay, now let me do something for you."

He smiled and shook his head. "You letting me stay here is already
enough, Lor." He paused and said, "But, you know, if you were going
to do something for me, what did you have in mind?"

Lorelai smiled and said, "Well, hmm. Who in this room has a stripper
fantasy?"

Christopher's mouth dropped open slightly, then a smile slowly formed
on his lips. He let out a small laugh. "Are you serious?"

She smiled. "Let's go upstairs." She grabbed his hand and led him up
the stairs and into her room, closing the door behind them.
* * *

Almost an hour later, Lorelai turned to Christopher, who was lying
next to her on the bed. "So, is your fantasy fulfilled now?"

"I would definitely have to say yes to that," Christopher said,
sliding over closer to her. "You're sure you've never done that
professionally before?"

Lorelai smiled and shook her head.

Christopher smiled. "Well, I'm telling you if you ever lose your day
job, you've got a definite backup plan."

Lorelai laughed. "Good to know. Thank you." She glanced at the
clock. "Ugh, I have to get back to work soon. We never did get
around to eating lunch together. Sorry."

Christopher leaned over and kissed her. "Trust me, I completely
forgive you for interrupting our planned lunch to show me your lap
dancing skills. And I also forgive you for being one of those low-
class strippers who sleeps with the customers."

Lorelai laughed. "Thanks for saying low-class stripper instead of
prostitute." She kissed him. "And I do thank you for all the dollar
bills. I'm keeping `em."

Christopher laughed. "Okay, now you're getting a little too close to
being a prostitute, but that's okay." He stroked her face with his
fingertips. "Hey."

"Hmm?" Lorelai said.

He rested his hand softly on the side of her face as he leaned down
and kissed her deeply. He pulled back and said, "I love you."

She smiled. "I love you too." Lorelai felt a chill run through her
body as the words came out of her mouth. That was the first time in
a very long time that she'd said that to someone and meant it with
all of her heart. They kissed again as Christopher wrapped his arms
around her, pulling her closely against his body in a warm embrace.
* * *

That Friday night, Christopher joined Lorelai and Rory at dinner once
again. Emily opened the door, and she raised her eyebrows in
surprise at seeing Christopher. "Christopher!" Emily said with a
smile. "I didn't know you were still in town." She stepped back so
that they could come inside.

"Uh, yeah Mom," Lorelai said. "Sorry I forgot to tell you he'd be
joining us again." They walked inside and took off their coats.

"Oh that's fine. You go make yourselves comfortable in the living
room. I'll have the maid set another place setting." Emily walked
away. They hung up their coats, then walked to the living room.
They poured themselves some drinks and sat down. Soon Emily and
Richard joined them. Richard greeted the guests and walked over to
get himself a drink.

They sat down and Richard asked, "So Christopher, we didn't know
you'd be here. How long are you planning to stick around?"

Christopher, Lorelai, and Rory all glanced quickly at each other and
smiled.

Emily noticed and said, "What's going on?"

"Oh, well, the thing is, I'm staying with these lovely ladies until I
find my own place," Christopher said. "I'm moving back to
Connecticut."

Emily gasped. "Oh, that's wonderful!"

"Well, I say that's great news," Richard said.

"Oh, I bet you're thrilled about this, aren't you?" Emily asked Rory.

Rory smiled. "Definitely. I still can't believe it."

"So what are your work plans?" Richard asked. "I trust that you
obviously won't be commuting to Boston."

"Uh, that's right," Christopher said. "I'll be working at the
Crawford and Finch Accounting Firm in Hartford."

"Ah, we know Fred Crawford very well. He's a good friend of ours,"
Emily said.

"Oh, small world," Christopher said.

"Sure is," Lorelai said, taking a sip of wine.

"Hmm. You'll be doing accounting?" Richard asked.

"Uh, no," Christopher said. "I'll be handling all of their technology
stuff. You know, setting up their computer accounts and handling any
technical problems that may arise."

Richard nodded and seemed impressed as he said, "Well, that sounds
very interesting."

Lorelai laughed "Hah! I just fell asleep listening to him explain
it."

Christopher laughed. "Thanks for the support."

The maid walked in to announce dinner. Emily, Richard and Rory
walked into the dining room, followed by Christopher and Lorelai.
Emily and Richard took their normal spots at either end of the table,
and Lorelai and Rory sat across from Christopher.

Throughout the meal, Christopher and Richard talked about the stock
market, Rory talked about school, Lorelai talked about work. Emily
and Richard discussed their possible future travel plans.

During the lulls in conversation, Lorelai and Christopher kept
glancing at each other and smiling. It was as if they were
teenagers; they'd give each other a shy, flirty smile and then
quickly glance away.

After the meal, Richard invited Christopher into the study to talk
more in depth about his new job responsibilities. Before they
retreated, however, Richard showed Rory a new book he'd found, and
she promptly went into the living room and started reading it.
Lorelai and Emily sat at the dining room table with coffee.

"So Lorelai, how do you feel about Christopher coming back?" Emily
asked.

Lorelai took a sip of coffee. "I think it's great Mom. I've never
seen Rory so happy."

Emily nodded. "Mm hmm. I noticed you seem pretty happy about it too."

Lorelai shrugged. "I'm happy about it, sure. It'll be great for Rory
to have him so close."

Emily shook her head slightly. "I'm talking about you Lorelai, not
Rory."

"What about me, Mom?" Lorelai asked, taking a sip of coffee.

Emily shrugged. "Well, just with Christopher around now, it would be
nice if you two were to get back together again. It's not too late
to -."

"Whoa," Lorelai interrupted as she held up her hand. "Stop Mom. Don't
get into this."

Emily sighed. "I just think that it would be nice for Rory if you -."

"Mom, stop, please," Lorelai said. "I know you're still bitter about
that fact that me and Chris never got married but I really, really
don't need any advice on this right now. I can take care of things
myself." Lorelai exhaled loudly and stirred her coffee.

Emily stared at Lorelai for a moment curiously. "Lorelai, if I
didn't know better, I'd say that you agree with me."

Lorelai looked at her and scoffed. "What are you talking about?"

"Well, you're calm. You're not shocked like you normally get when I
suggest things," Emily said. "And judging by the looks you and
Christopher were sharing tonight, I'd say that maybe the idea of you
two getting back together isn't as farfetched as you want me to
believe that it is." She smirked at Lorelai.

Lorelai's mouth dropped open slightly as she stared at Emily. She
bit her lip for a second. "I. . uh, that's not. . .you know, uh, we
should go. Thanks for dinner." Lorelai stood up and walked out of
the dining room. She passed the living room and said, "Come on Rory,
time to go." She walked to Richard's study and stuck her head
through the doorway. "You ready to go?"

Christopher and Richard both looked at her in the doorway. "Oh, uh,
yeah," Christopher said. He turned to Richard and shook his
hand. "Nice chatting with you Richard. I'll probably see you next
week."

"Yes, next week," Richard said. "Goodbye. Bye Lorelai."

"Bye Dad."

Christopher walked over to Lorelai and they walked down the
hallway. "Everything okay?" Christopher said quietly.

"Yup, I'm just ready to go," Lorelai said, walking quickly towards
the front door.

Emily and Rory were standing by the front door. Lorelai and Chris
grabbed their coats and said goodbye, Rory called goodbye to Richard
who was standing near the end of the hallway, and the three guests
walked out to the car.

As they pulled into Lorelai's driveway, Christopher turned off the
car and started to get out. Lorelai put her hand on his arm and
said, "Wait a minute." She turned around and pulled her keys from
her pocket. She handed them to Rory. "Rory, go inside. We'll be in in
a minute. I have to talk to your dad about something."

Rory glanced back and forth between them. "Is everything okay?"

Lorelai smiled. "Yes, it's fine. We'll be right in."

Rory gave her a doubtful look, but slowly got out of the car and
walked inside. Christopher stared at Lorelai, waiting for her to say
something. Finally he said, "Lorelai, what's wrong?"

Lorelai sighed and turned her body to face him. "I couldn't lie to
her."

Christopher narrowed his eyes. "What? Who?" he asked. "Rory?"

Lorelai shook her head. "No, Emily. She was telling me that since
you'd be around more, that we should try to get together again,"
Lorelai said. "And I didn't want to tell her that we were already
doing that, so I was gonna just tell her that was a crazy idea. But
I.. I.. I couldn't do it. I couldn't get myself to say that, I
couldn't think of a witty remark to change the subject, I couldn't
tell her `No Mom, that's a bad idea.' My mind went blank, it went
numb. And it was because of you. It was because of us."

Christopher stared at her for a moment before he said, "So you're
saying that your mom said she wants us to get together again, and you
didn't know how to respond to that because you didn't want to tell
her about us, but you also didn't want to lie about us?"

Lorelai nodded. "Exactly! I didn't want to lie about us
because . . .it's just something that's so important to me. Just
bringing up the subject made me get this tingly feeling inside
like. . .I don't know. I mean, I've never felt so strongly about
something or been so happy with someone or been so in love before.
It's just, this is the best thing that's happened to me in a
long. . .time." Her voice trailed off and then she sighed. "Okay,
that sounds cheesy, I know. Forget it." She looked down at her
hands.

Christopher smiled and tilted her head back up. "Hey, I feel the same
way."

Lorelai smiled. "You do?"

"Absolutely, Lor. When I went to Boston the other day, I thought
about you the entire time. On the 2-hour drive there and the 2-hour
drive back here, all I thought about was how when I got here, I'd get
to see you. I'd get to see your smile, I'd get to hear your laugh,
I'd get to run my fingers through your hair and tell you how
beautiful you are." Lorelai smiled shyly. Christopher
continued, "And I don't like hiding it either because I'm so in love
with you and it's like trying to hide a piece of . . . me, of who I
am." Christopher laughed. "Now, *that* was cheesy."

Lorelai laughed. "Hon, that was beyond cheesy. That was a cheese
pizza with extra cheese and a side of cheesy bread." She paused and
added, "But I loved it."

Christopher clasped his hands around one of hers and stroked it with
his thumb. "So what do we do now?"

Lorelai thought for a moment. Then she said, "Okay, we'll tell Rory
on. . . Wednesday that we're back together."

"Okay," Christopher nodded. "Why Wednesday?"

Lorelai shrugged. "It was the first day that popped into my mind so
it must be God given sign."

"Oh, must be," Christopher said, smiling. "Okay, we should go
inside."

"Yeah." She glanced towards the house and scanned all the windows to
make sure Rory wasn't watching. "Coast is clear." She leaned forward
and kissed him. "Let's go."

They got out of the car and went inside. Rory was sitting at the
kitchen table reading. She looked up when she heard the front door
close, and as they walked into the kitchen she asked, "Everything's
okay, right?"

Lorelai smiled and nodded. "Yes, everything's perfect. I promise."

"Yup, perfect," Christopher said. "Except for the fact that today's
society contains way too many boy bands and female pop singers."

"Ah, I'll see what I can do about that Dad," Rory said. She smiled at
him before she went back to her reading. Christopher walked into the
living room with Lorelai following close behind him.
* * *

On Monday night, Rory hung up the phone after talking to Dean and
walked into the living room. Lorelai and Christopher were both
reading on the couch. Rory sat down in the chair across from them
and said, "Tomorrow Dean has a big test in math."

"Oh yeah?" Lorelai said, looking up from her book.

Rory nodded. "Yeah. He's been studying really hard the last few
days. That's why we haven't been able to go out much. But to
celebrate it being over, we're gonna go out tomorrow night."

"Sounds good," Christopher said.

"Yeah, so I just wanted to let you know that I won't be home for
dinner," Rory said. "And we'll probably go to a movie after, so I
probably won't be home until nine-ish."

"Okay, but this time watch the movie please," Lorelai said, rolling
her eyes. "You know, every time you guys kiss in public I have like
30 townspeople coming up to tell me."

Rory rolled her eyes. "Tsk. Exaggerate much?" She stood up and walked
back into her bedroom.

Lorelai glanced towards Rory's bedroom until she heard the door
close, then leaned over to Christopher and whispered, "Hey, we should
go on a date tomorrow too. I mean, it'll be the first time we'll be
going out without Rory."

Christopher smiled. "Sure. But not around here. I mean, she'll see
us," he said quietly.

Lorelai nodded. "Yeah, we'll go into Hartford. I'll make reservations
somewhere tomorrow."

"Have a place in mind?" Christopher asked.

Lorelai smiled and nodded. "I know somewhere that you'll love. Well,
I love it, I don't know if you'll love it."

Christopher smiled at her suspiciously. "Where, Lorelai?"

Lorelai shrugged and went back to reading. Christopher grabbed her
book and put it behind his back. She laughed and said, "Come on!"

"Since you're not telling me, there must be something wrong with this
place. So tell me what's wrong with this place so I can plan my
excuse for not being able to go," he said.

She smiled. "There's nothing wrong with it. There are nice round
tables."

"Lorelai," Christopher prompted.

"And really great food."

"Lorelai."

"Ooh, and a nice selection of wine."

Christopher sighed. "Lorelai."

"And maybe. . . a dance floor." She tilted her head back against the
couch and bit her lip, smiling up at him.

Christopher let out a small laugh. "Dancing, huh?"

Lorelai nodded. "Please?" She clasped her hands together and pouted
at him. "Pretty please?"

He smiled. "Ooh, you know I love seeing you beg." He sighed. "Dancing
it is, then."

Lorelai gasped. She smiled and sat up quickly. "Aw, really?"

He smiled at her excitement. "Yes, I will take you dancing."

"Ah, I love you!" she said quietly. She quickly turned around to
make sure Rory wasn't nearby, then she hugged him and gave him a kiss.

He pulled slightly back, their lips lingering only centimeters
apart. "I love you too," he said. Lorelai smiled and leaned in for
another kiss. A few seconds later they broke apart and went back to
reading on the couch.

PART 5
* * *

On Tuesday night at Lorelai's house, the doorbell rang at slightly
past 5:30 p.m. "I got it!" Rory called from her bedroom. Lorelai
and Christopher sat on the couch watching TV as Rory rushed out of
her room to answer the door. Lorelai heard Dean and Rory talking
briefly in the hallway before Rory called, "Bye, we're leaving."

"Bye, have fun!" Lorelai called.

"Bye guys!" Christopher said.

Lorelai and Christopher stared at each other until they heard the
front door slam. They immediately jumped up off the couch. Lorelai
ran up to her room to get dressed and Christopher pulled a suit out
of the front hall closet, which was where his clothes were being
stored.

Twenty minutes later Christopher was waiting on the sofa ready to go
as Lorelai made her way down the stairs. His eyes widened as she
came into view, and he stood up and walked towards her. As she
stepped off the bottom step, he eyed her up and down, starting with
her soft curls that were neatly pulled out of her face with two
barrettes. He brought his gaze down, trying to sneak a peak down the
teasing v-neck of her black dress that fell just above the knees. He
drank in her long legs, then slowly brought his gaze back up to meet
hers.

He exhaled loudly. "Wow. You look perfect. Gorgeous. Amazing." His
eyes continued to roam up and down her body.

Lorelai glanced down at her dress and smiled. "Thank you. You look
pretty great yourself," she said, gesturing to his perfectly fitted
suit.

"Thanks," he replied. He held out a hand to her and said, "Ready?"

She nodded and took his hand, and Lorelai grabbed her purse and
jacket as they walked out to the car.
* * *

They pulled up the restaurant, the dashboard clock reading
6:35. "Wow," Lorelai said. "You made good time. We still have ten
minutes."

A smile slowly formed on Christopher's lips. "Hmm. Ten minutes,
huh? What should we do for 10 minutes?" He raised his eyebrows and
stared at her with a sly grin on his face.

Lorelai shrugged. "Good question. Maybe we should talk about the
problems with the environment," she said, smirking.

"Yeah, that's a possibility," Christopher said, nodding. "Or we
could make out."

"Or we could make out," Lorelai said, nodding in agreement. She
smiled as they leaned towards each other and kissed, a kiss so long
and deep it had them gasping for air when they finally broke apart.
After catching their breaths, they leaned forward and kissed again,
their tongues playfully wrestling each other.

Christopher placed his hand on Lorelai's knee and started sliding it
up her thigh. He slowly brought it under the hem of her dress and
down between her legs. Lorelai moaned loudly through their kiss as
Christopher's hand grazed her panties and a shot of arousal surged
through her body. He gently ran a finger up and down the soft
fabric, tracing the outline of her slit and evoking small whimpers
from her throat. His finger ran up and down teasing her as it circled
around her opening. Lorelai's thighs started to quiver from the
stimulation and she broke away from their kiss.

"Oh my God," she moaned. She leaned her head back and closed her eyes
as he pushed his finger harder against her. He continued stroking
her sensitive lips through her panties, making her legs weak with
pleasure. As her breathing started to get heavy, Christopher
suddenly pulled his hand back.

Lorelai opened her eyes and stared at him with a pleading
look. "What's wrong?" she asked, panting to catch her breath.

He smiled and shrugged. "Nothing. Ready to go in?"

Lorelai gasped. "I can't believe you did that!" she exclaimed with a
laugh of surprise. "You go and get me all hot and bothered and
then . . . ugh! You're such a tease!" She playfully slapped him on
the arm.

Christopher leaned in close to her. "Gives you something to look
forward to later though, doesn't it?" He smiled and kissed her.

"Mmm," Lorelai said, smiling through the kiss. They pulled away from
each other and Lorelai pulled her sun visor down and checked her
makeup. She wiped the smeared lipstick off of Christopher's lips,
and they headed inside.

The dim lighting and soft music that greeted them as they walked
inside made them smile at each other. As they were seated at a
table, Lorelai gestured to the dance floor, which several couples
were taking advantage of. "See, they're dancing. Lots of people like
dancing," she informed him.

"Yeah, I bet every one of those guys out there had to be begged,"
Christopher said.

Lorelai shrugged. "Whatever works."

They perused their menus. Several minutes later, they had ordered
their meals and were starting on their salads.

"So how was your second day?" Lorelai asked.

"Great. It was great. Everyone seems cool there," Christopher
said. "And I haven't screwed up yet."

Lorelai laughed. "Well, that's good then. So do you work by yourself
or directly with other people?"

"Well, sometimes with other people," Christopher said. "But mostly
they just give me this data sheet with a customer's information on
it, and I'll set up their account in the computer. Then if anyone
has trouble with any of the accounts, or if they need stuff changed
in the way the account was set up, they come tell me."

Lorelai nodded. "Wow, so you're pretty important there."

Christopher smiled. "Yup. I'm pretty much running the whole place.
Without me, the company would probably die out."

Lorelai laughed. "Nice and humble, as always," she said, rolling her
eyes.

He smiled. "Yup. How was your day?" Christopher asked.

"Oh, it was great," Lorelai said. "Michel was being completely
neurotic about someone eating his Lean Cuisine meal, so that was fun."

Christopher laughed. "Sounds it."

"And Sookie was –." Lorelai paused and smiled. "And Sookie was being
so cute. Well, she knows about us, remember?"

"Right," Christopher nodded.

"Yeah, so I told her we were going out dancing tonight and that we
were gonna tell Rory about us tomorrow, and she was just so excited
for us. She was all giddy about how happy Rory would be when she
found out and everything. It was very cute." Lorelai smiled thinking
about it.

"Aw, that's sweet," Christopher said. "You have great friends, Lor."

Lorelai smiled and nodded. "Yeah. And things are going really good
with her and Jackson too, so it's great that both of us are in strong
relationships right now."

Christopher nodded. "We should all go out together sometime."

Lorelai smiled and nodded. "Good idea." She paused and then laughed.

Christopher smiled. "What?"

"I was just thinking about the first double date I went on with
Sookie and Jackson." Lorelai told Christopher about her date from
hell with Rune.

Christopher laughed. "Oh wow, I can't imagine anyone not being
thrilled to be on a date with you. I mean, how could he not see how
gorgeous you are?"

Lorelai shrugged. "He was obviously blinded by my beauty."

Christopher smiled. "Guess so." He glanced around the restaurant,
his eyes stopping at the dance floor. He turned back to Lorelai and
smiled. "May I have this dance?"

Lorelai smiled. "Aw, look at you being Mr. Romance."

"Is that a yes?" he asked.

Lorelai nodded. Christopher stood up and helped her out of her
chair, then led her by the hand to the dance floor. They stared at
each other as they danced, completely oblivious to anyone else in the
room. Occasionally they would kiss softly as they swayed back and
forth, and soon one dance turned into two and two turned into three
as they got lost in their own little world.

After the third song finished, Christopher pointed to their table
where the waiters had just arrived with their meals. They walked back
to the table and sat down, conversing while they ate dinner.

When they were finished, they ordered coffee and dessert, and several
minutes later, Lorelai's chocolate cheesecake and Christopher's
banana crème brulee came. Their mouths watered as they each eyed the
other's plate and they ended up sharing their desserts.

When they had finished eating, they sat sipping their coffees slowly,
talking and joking with each other. Finally Christopher leaned
forward and said, "Okay, I'll give you one more dance before we
leave."

Lorelai smiled excitedly. "Thank you! What do you say we do some
breakdancing, huh?"

Christopher laughed and leaned back in his chair. "Okay, forget it."

Lorelai smiled. "No, no, I'm kidding. Come on."

They walked down to the dance floor as an instrumental version
of "Wonderful Tonight" started flowing through the room. Lorelai
wrapped her arms around Christopher's waist and rested her head
against his chest as they danced. Christopher kissed the top of
Lorelai's head and inhaled the sweet scent of her hair. As the song
ended, Lorelai lifted her head up and they kissed gently before
walking back to the table to pay the check.
* * *

They walked out to the parking lot hand in hand, gazing at the clear
sky above them. They stopped at the back of the car and kissed.
Lorelai smiled through the kiss and said, "You know what?"

"You secretly had a crush on the "Time to make the donuts" guy?"
Christopher asked.

Lorelai let out a small gasp. "What? No." She paused and
smiled. "Well, kinda. I mean, he was in charge of all the donuts!
You know how much I love donuts!"

Christopher laughed. "I know, I know. So what were you gonna say?"

Lorelai smiled. "This date was perfect," she said. "This whole night
was perfect. In fact, the perfection level of this night is so
incredibly high that if we were to get struck by lightning right now,
even though this perfect night would drop a little in perfect-ness,
it would still be in the perfect range. That's how perfectly high on
the perfection scale it is." She nodded enthusiastically.

Christopher's eyes widened as he let out a small laugh. "Wow, I've
never heard someone say perfect thirty times in one rant. But I'm
glad to hear it. I had a great time too. And you know, the dancing
wasn't so bad. It was actually pretty nice," he admitted.

Lorelai smiled and nodded. "See? We should do it every week."

Christopher tilted his head and narrowed his eyes at her.

Lorelai smiled. "Or not. Not's good." They kissed, then got into
the car and drove back to Stars Hollow.
* * *

As they pulled up to Lorelai's house, the first thing they noticed
was that Rory's bedroom light was on. "She's home already," Lorelai
said.

"Well, we're running late. It's like 9:30," Christopher pointed
out.

"Yeah, but you know she's gonna ask where we went," Lorelai said, a
worried tone in her voice.

Christopher shrugged. "So, we'll tell her we went out for dinner.
Lorelai, we're telling her about us tomorrow, it doesn't really
matter if she's suspicious for the next 18 hours, does it?"

Lorelai sighed. "I guess not. You're right." They got out of the car
and walked to the house. "Rory!" Lorelai called. "We're home." They
hung up their jackets, and hearing nothing from Rory, Lorelai
called, "Yoo hoo, Rory!" Christopher waited in the hallway as
Lorelai walked to Rory's bedroom and looked inside, with no luck.
She walked back and knocked on the bathroom door, but was greeted
with silence.

"Hmm," Lorelai said, narrowing her eyes. "Maybe she's upstairs."

Christopher waited at the bottom of the steps while Lorelai walked
upstairs. When she reached the top step, Lorelai heard running water
in her bathroom. She turned around and quickly walked down a few
steps. She whispered to Christopher, "I think she's taking a shower.
Gives us time to change."

Christopher and Lorelai changed out of their evening clothes and into
more casual ones, then started watching television. A little while
later, Rory walked downstairs in her robe. "Hey, where were you
guys?" Rory asked, using a towel to dry her hair.

"Oh, we grabbed a late dinner," Lorelai said casually. "How was your
night?"

"Oh, great. It was really nice. And Dean thinks he did well on his
test," Rory said.

"That's great," Lorelai said, smiling.

"Yeah. Okay, I'm gonna go finish my homework," Rory said. She walked
to her bedroom and shut the door. Lorelai and Christopher looked at
each other and smiled.

"See, no suspicion," Christopher said.

Lorelai nodded. "I know, I worry too much."

Christopher leaned towards her and said quietly, "So you know what I
was thinking?"

"That you can't believe it's not butter?" Lorelai suggested.

Christopher laughed. "No. Uh, I was thinking that later
tonight. . .you know, if you're up for it. . . I might just drop by
and finish what I started in the car."

Lorelai smiled. "Hmm. A very intriguing offer."

"Yes it is. You taking it?" Christopher asked.

"Of course I'm taking it," Lorelai said, smiling.

Christopher smiled. "Good."

"And on that note, I'm gonna go make some coffee. We'll need energy,"
Lorelai said.

"I'll help," Christopher said. He turned off the TV and followed
Lorelai into the kitchen.
* * *

Later that night, Lorelai sat at her vanity in her pink satin
camisole and matching panties, waiting impatiently for Christopher to
come upstairs. Getting antsy, she stood up and started pacing around
the bedroom, constantly glancing at the clock.

Finally she heard footsteps on the stairs and ran to the door. She
waited for a knock, then pulled the door open. Christopher stood
there in a T-shirt and boxer shorts, and Lorelai quickly pulled him
into the room and locked the door. She pinned him against the door
and kissed him hungrily, not hiding the fact that she'd been waiting
for him all night.

As they broke apart, Christopher let out a laugh. "Man, you're like a
cat in heat. Calm down."

Lorelai smiled and shrugged. "Can I help it if you make me incredibly
aroused?" she asked. She took a few steps back and said, "But fine,
if you want me to play hard to get, I can do that too. How's this?"
She crossed her arms over her chest and pouted.

Christopher laughed. "Very good. But you don't have to play hard to
get." He took a step towards her. "But I do like the idea of
roleplay."

Lorelai smiled and clasped her hands together. "Ooh, we haven't done
that in a long time!"

Christopher narrowed his eyes. "We haven't done that ever, actually."

Lorelai raised an eyebrow and put a hand on her hip. "Huh. Are you
sure?"

Christopher nodded.

Lorelai thought for a moment, a look of concentration on her face.
She snapped her fingers and said, "Oh, sorry. That was with Max."

Christopher stepped back and leaned against the door. "Right, Max.
Uh, so what kind of role playing did you and Max do?"

Lorelai shrugged. "I don't know, just some random stuff. You know,
he's a teacher, so sometimes. . ." She gestured for Christopher to
finish the sentence.

Christopher smiled. "Ah, so you would play the student who really
wants a good grade."

Lorelai smiled and nodded. She licked her lips and said in her best
sexy teenager voice, "Oh please change my grade, sir. I'll do
anything for an A, anything you want." She tilted her head and gave
a pout.

"Wow," Christopher said, smiling. "You're good at that. I'd change
your grade."

Lorelai smiled and walked over to him. She wrapped her arms around
his neck and kissed him. She pulled back and said, "So what kind of
roleplay do you want?"

Christopher draped his arms around her shoulder and ran his fingers
through her hair as he thought about it. Finally he said, "Okay,
you're the evil waitress who refuses to serve anyone coffee because
she wants it all for herself."

Lorelai laughed. "I can do that. So what are you?"

Christopher smiled. "I'm the customer who must prove he's worthy of
tasting your coffee."

Lorelai smiled. "Ahh, nice." She stifled a yawn, then glanced at
the clock. "It's almost midnight."

Christopher looked at the clock. "Yeah. So you wanna forget the role
playing and just have sex?"

"Yeah, that'd be good," Lorelai said, nodding. She laughed and
said, "We're so romantic."

"Yes, we are," he agreed, leaning in to kiss her. He brought his
hand up under her camisole, and the feel of his hand against her
breasts made a jolt of arousal shoot through Lorelai's body. She
leaned her head back and moaned towards the ceiling as Christopher's
fingers gently pulled at her nipples. He lowered his mouth to her
neck, kissing up and down it gently.

Christopher slowly turned their bodies so that Lorelai's back was
against the door. He continued caressing her breasts as they kissed
deeply, and the stimulation was causing Lorelai's upper body to
quiver with pleasure. Christopher removed his warm hand from her
breasts, making Lorelai release a whimper as her body yearned for
more contact.

Christopher's hand traveled down her flat stomach and ran itself
along the outside of her panties. "Mmmmm," Lorelai moaned softly at
the sensation. Her breathing increased as Christopher cupped his hand
over her sex and rubbed it gently.

He brought his hand up to the waistband of her panties and slowly
slipped it inside. Lorelai groaned loudly at the direct contact of
his hand against her swollen lips. He brushed against them lightly,
running his fingertips over them, teasing her, making her body
overflow with desire.

Lorelai pressed her head against the door and stared up at the
ceiling panting heavy. "Oh my God. . . please," she muttered. "Chris,
please. . ."

Christopher succumbed to her pleas by slipping a finger inside her
wetness and she let out a long moan of satisfaction. Christopher
inserted another finger and pushed them deep inside of her, slowly
circling them in her juices. He kept his eyes on her face at all
times, watching her facial expressions as she became more and more
stimulated. He brought his fingers up to her clit and Lorelai's body
jerked at the touch. She groaned loudly as he started rubbing it
gently with his fingertips. He moved very deliberately, building her
up slowly, not wanting her to climax just yet.

As her panting started to increase, he slowly withdrew his hand from
her panties and she groaned disappointedly. He smiled and leaned in
to kiss her. She smiled through the kiss as they rearranged their
bodies, and now Christopher was leaning against the door. Lorelai
reached for the bottom of his T-shirt and brought it up over his
head. She dropped it to the floor and started kissing him, moving her
mouth down his neck and chest to his stomach while her hands roamed
his body. She bit her lip and raised her eyebrows flirtingly before
she gave his boxer shorts a tug and pulled them down. She pressed
her lips against his as she slowly ran her hand down his body to his
hardness, dragging her fingernails over it gently before wrapping her
hand around it.

Christopher groaned through the kiss as her soft hand slid up and
down his shaft. Lorelai leaned closely against him, listening to his
grunting. He rested one hand on the doorknob and slipped his other
hand into the back of Lorelai's panties, slowly running his fingers
over the curves of her soft bottom. As her hand continued
stimulating Christopher, she felt an overwhelming desire between her
legs begging to be fulfilled.

She smiled as she pulled away from him and said, "Enough foreplay."
She quickly led him to the bed and gestured for him to lie down, and
he did so while she removed her clothes. Seconds later she was
climbing onto the bed, straddling him and lowering herself onto his
hardness. She moaned loudly as it disappeared inside of her and both
of their mouths dropped open as she started grinding her pelvis
against his. He jerked his hips up at her, pushing into her fast and
hard, making her body bounce wildly. She leaned forward and pressed
her palms against his chest for balance as she rocked her hips
rhythmically, an unbelievable sensation overcoming her body.

Suddenly Christopher pulled her close to his chest and rolled their
bodies over so that she was lying on her back. He didn't miss a beat
as he started to thrust into her, quickly settling into a rhythm.
She stretched out her hands on either side of her and clutched the
sheets tightly, her mouth widening with every powerful thrust. Her
entire body was starting to feel weak as the intense gratification
overwhelmed her. Christopher's constant grunting was low and subtle,
but Lorelai's moaning kept increasing in volume. Remembering that it
was after midnight and Rory was just below them, she gritted her
teeth and tried to muffle the sounds.

Christopher seemed to get a sudden surge of energy as he started
pushing into Lorelai at a much faster pace, one that surprised even
her. She gave up trying to meet his quick thrusts and instead
concentrated on the intense pleasure they brought as she felt herself
reaching her peak.

With one final thrust and a loud groan, Christopher buried his
hardness deep inside of her and Lorelai felt his warm juices filling
her. She clenched her eyes shut tight as her entire body writhed on
the bed in pleasure. She tried to keep her climactic moans as
repressed as possible, but they were too strong to be silenced
entirely.

Christopher collapsed on top of her as her body relaxed, and they
smiled at each other as they panted to catch their breaths.
Christopher kissed her passionately before he rolled off of her onto
the bed. He lay on his back and Lorelai moved closer to lean against
him, resting her head against his chest and pulling the covers over
them. Christopher wrapped an arm around her and ran his fingers up
and down her arm, stroking it softly as they lay in silence. Lorelai
rested her eyes shut as the soothing motion of his fingers relaxed
her, and soon she was drifting off to sleep.
* * *

As her alarm beeped the next morning, Lorelai groggily fumbled to hit
the off button without even opening her eyes. She groaned, wishing
she didn't have to go to work. Suddenly her eyes opened and she sat
up quickly, remembering her night with Christopher - remembering that
she fell asleep while he was still in her room. She glanced around,
not seeing a sign of him or his clothes.

She quickly got up, pulled her robe on, and ran downstairs. Not
seeing him in the living room, she walked into the kitchen. Rory sat
at the table drinking coffee and eating a Pop Tart. "Morning Mom,"
Rory said in between bites.

Lorelai smiled. "Morning hon," she said. "Uh, have you seen your dad?"

Rory nodded and swallowed her food before she said, "Yeah, he left a
few minutes ago. Said he had to get to work early so he couldn't take
me to school today."

"Oh," Lorelai said, biting her lip uncomfortably, wondering when he
had left her bedroom. "Was he already up when you woke up?"

Rory nodded. "Yeah, he'd already made the coffee," she said,
gesturing to the pot.

"Oh, that was nice." Lorelai smiled. She was glad that Rory hadn't
discovered that he'd slept in her room, because despite the fact that
Rory would find out about them later that day, Lorelai wanted them to
be the ones to tell her. Lorelai turned around and walked back
upstairs, disappointed that she didn't get to see Christopher before
he had left.

She went into her room and walked over to her closet to look for
something to wear. She passed her bureau and a piece of paper caught
her eye. She picked it up and, recognizing Christopher's
handwriting, she read it aloud. "Didn't want to wake you, you're
adorable when you sleep. Thanks for a great night. Love you. Chris."
Lorelai smiled to herself and tucked the note into the pocket of her
robe, then walked into the bathroom to take a shower.

PART 6
* * *

Lorelai went to work that day in a daze – that daze you fell into
when you were in love and things in your life seemed to be going so
perfectly. As she lightheartedly bickered with Michel, talked in the
kitchen with Sookie, and ate lunch at Luke's, she had a constant
smile on her face. As she was walking back to the inn after lunch,
her cell phone rang. "Hello?" she answered.

"Hey there," Christopher replied.

Lorelai smiled at the sound of his voice. "Hey, what's up?" She sat
down on a nearby bench.

"Nothing much. How's your day so far?"

"Pretty good," Lorelai said. "I missed seeing you this morning."

"Yeah, yeah, sorry about that. I did kiss you goodbye though."

Lorelai smiled. "Aw, you did? Thank you."

"You're welcome."

"So how's your day going?"

"Ah, can't complain," he replied. "Oh, actually, I was thinking
earlier about how my desk is pretty plain. I think I need a picture
of you and Rory to put on it, you know, to look at when I'm bored."

Lorelai let out a small laugh. "I so can't picture you as one of
those guys who displays family pictures on his desk."

Christopher lowered his voice. "Well, a lot of guys here do it, and
between you and me, our family is much better looking than all of
theirs."

Lorelai laughed. "Aw, that's so mean! But it does feel good to know
I'll be the prettiest one at the company Christmas party."

"Yes, you will," he agreed with a laugh. There was a brief silence
before he said, "Um, so you wanted to tell Rory today right?"

"Yeah," Lorelai said. She paused and narrowed her eyes. "Why? Don't
you?"

"Oh, no I do. I definitely do," he replied quickly.

"But?" Lorelai prompted.

Christopher sighed. "But I just think it'd be good for us to talk
about some things before we tell her, that's all."

A look of panic in her eyes, Lorelai asked, "Are you having second
thoughts?" Her heart started pounding.

Christopher laughed. "No Lor, not at all, I promise. I just think we
should talk about what we're going to tell her first."

Lorelai breathed a small sigh of relief. "Oh, okay. Yeah, that's a
good idea."

"Listen," Christopher said. "I have to go now, but I'll see you later
tonight and we'll talk."

"Yes, we'll talk," Lorelai repeated. "Love you."

"Yeah, I love you too. Bye."
* * *

When Lorelai got home from work that night, she was glad to see
Christopher's Volvo already in the driveway. She walked inside and
found him and Rory on the couch watching TV.

"Hey guys," Lorelai called from the hallway.

They both turned to look at her. "Hey Mom," Rory said.

"Hey Lor," Christopher said. "Good day?"

"Yup, pretty good. I'm starved. You guys have thoughts about dinner?"

Christopher and Rory looked at each other and shrugged. "Pizza?"
Rory suggested.

"Sounds good. Pizza?" Christopher asked Lorelai.

"I'll call it in," Lorelai said, walking to the kitchen. She ordered
the pizza, then walked back into the living room. "Hey hon, would you
mind picking up the pizza? They said deliveries are running slow
tonight."

"Sure, I'll go get it. How long?" Rory asked.

"Fifteen minutes," Lorelai replied. She walked upstairs to change
out of her work clothes, and walked down a few minutes later. She
wandered into the kitchen and put on some coffee, staring at the pot
until Rory walked in a few minutes later.

"I'm leaving now," Rory said.

Lorelai looked up at her and smiled. "Okay, there's money in my
purse."

"No, it's okay, Dad gave me some," Rory said. "I'll be back." She
walked out of the kitchen, and seconds later Lorelai heard the front
door open and shut.

As she was pouring herself a cup of coffee, Christopher walked into
the kitchen. "So, delivery troubles huh?"

Lorelai smiled. "It's just a little white lie. It worked, didn't it?"

He smiled. "Yes it did." He poured himself a cup of coffee and they
sat down at the table across from each other.

"Okay, Lor. . ." Chris started. He paused and took a deep breath. "I
just wanted to kinda figure out what we're gonna tell her."

Lorelai nodded. "Okay, got it."

Christopher took a sip of coffee, then said, "So, we're gonna tell
her that. . . what, that we've been dating?"

Lorelai nodded. "Yeah, that we've been dating and that things are
going really well and that you're gonna stay here. . ." Lorelai
paused. "With us," she finished with a smile.

Christopher smiled. "Yeah, see, that's what I wanted to talk to you
about too. I'll just live here permanently, right? I mean, I won't
have to look for a place to live anymore, and we can get some of my
stuff out of storage, maybe some bureaus or something, right?"

"Definitely," Lorelai said. "We'll make room." She closed her eyes,
thinking something over. Finally, she opened them and
said, "Marriage."

Christopher's eyebrows shot straight up. "What?" he asked,
surprised.

Lorelai smiled. "We should get married. Well, we should get engaged.
I mean, we just decided that you'll be living here permanently, it
seems like the next step would be to get married, right? Well,
technically, marriage should come before the shacking up part, but
we'll forget about that old rule." She leaned forward and looked at
Christopher, waiting for him to answer.

Christopher stared at her, biting his lip nervously. "Lor, I don't
know. I mean, it's only been two weeks. Maybe we should see how the
real living together goes. I mean, with you and me actually a real
couple, not hiding anything from anyone."

Lorelai's mouth dropped open, as that was the last thing she expected
him to say. After all, he had been the one who was so intent on
marriage all of their lives and here he was, telling her they should
wait. She leaned back against the chair, confused.

Christopher noticed the look of disappointment on her face and
said, "Lor, I just think we should wait a little while longer before
we do something as serious as that. We need to think about this
first."

Lorelai took a deep breath. "Chris, I *have* thought about it, and
this is the only time that I've ever been able to realistically think
about marriage and not be scared out of my mind. I mean, when I think
about you and me getting married, when I picture it my mind, it makes
me smile, it makes me so indescribably happy. It doesn't make me want
to jump off a bridge. That means something." She slapped her hand on
the table as if solidifying her point.

"Yes, it does mean something," Christopher agreed. "But, I mean, we
can't tell Rory that we're engaged and then have something happen
that breaks us up. It'll break her heart. We shouldn't rush it, it's
only been a few weeks."

Lorelai reached over and grabbed his hand. She took a deep breath,
stared into his eyes and said softly, "Yes, but I've loved you my
entire life. I'm ready for this."

"Me too, Lor, but –, " Christopher started.

"Stop," Lorelai cut him off, holding up her hands. "Forget it." She
pushed her chair back from the table. She walked quickly out of the
kitchen and ran up the stairs to her room. As Christopher heard the
door slam, he sighed to himself.

A few minutes later, he knocked on her door. "Lorelai?" There was no
answer, so he slowly pushed the door open. Lorelai lay on the bed,
facing away from him. He lay down next to her, draping an arm over
her and kissing her shoulder. "Lor, please talk to me." She didn't
reply. Christopher sighed. "Lor, I'm not saying let's hold off on
marriage because we're not ready. I think we are. I know we are. But
I just – ." He stopped talking as Lorelai rolled over to face him.
The first thing he saw was the tears in her eyes.

"But you don't want to marry me. I get it," Lorelai said, sniffling.

"Oh my God," Christopher said, his heart sinking. He wiped her tears
and stood up. "Okay, it's not supposed to be like this. Sit up,
please. Forget everything I've said and sit up please."

Lorelai looked at him curiously and slowly sat up.

Christopher stood alongside the bed and smiled at her. "Lorelai, I
didn't say any of those things because I don't want to marry you. In
fact, it's the exact opposite."

Lorelai narrowed her eyes. "What?"

Christopher sighed. "Lor, I ordered a ring for you. I was gonna
surprise you and propose. You know, actually do it right this time.
But it won't be in for another week and I just really didn't think
that you'd get this upset about everything, so I was trying to put it
off."

Lorelai's mouth dropped open, and her lips slowly formed into a
smile. "Are you serious? You're not just saying this to make me feel
better, and then tomorrow you'll go out and really order a ring?"

He laughed. "No, I have the receipt in the car if you need proof."

Lorelai smiled. "Oh my God!" She climbed off the bed and hugged
him. "So you do wanna marry me!"

He laughed. "Of course I wanna marry you. I've always wanted to marry
you."

She hugged him tighter. "God, I was so scared."

He smiled. "Lorelai Gilmore doesn't get scared."

She pulled back. "She does when she thinks someone she loves won't be
with her anymore." She kissed him.

As they pulled apart, he said, "I'm so sorry that I scared you like
that. Really, I didn't mean to. Trust me, I'm not going anywhere."

She nodded. "Good." She kissed him again and said, "So, what do we
tell Rory?"

He shrugged. "Whatever you want."

She smiled. "Let's go wait for her."
* * *

Rory walked into the house and found her parents sitting at the
kitchen table, staring at her as she walked into the room. She put
the pizza on the table and removed her coat and gloves while they
continued to stare at her. Finally she said, "What?"

Lorelai smiled. "Sit down." She gestured to the chair between her
and Christopher.

Rory glanced from Lorelai to Christopher curiously. She sat down and
said, "What's wrong?"

Lorelai shook her head. "Nothing is wrong. Absolutely nothing." She
glanced at Christopher and smiled.

Christopher cleared his throat. "Uh, Rory, your mom and I wanted to
tell you that since I've been in town, she and I have been dating."

Rory's eyes widened and her mouth dropped slightly open. "What?" She
looked at Lorelai.

Lorelai smiled and nodded. "It's true, babe. We've been dating and
it's been going really well, and your dad's gonna live here –
permanently." She glanced at Christopher and bit her lip through her
smile. "And, we're engaged."

Rory's eyes and mouth opened as wide as they could go and she clamped
a hand over mouth. "Oh my God!" she mumbled into her hand. She
pulled it away and said, "Are you serious?" She glanced back and
forth between them, and they both nodded. A smile quickly formed on
Rory's lips. "My mom and dad are getting married?" She paused,
listening to the words in her mind. She repeated, "My mom and dad are
getting married. My mom and dad are getting married."

Lorelai laughed. "Yes, your mom and dad are getting married."

"How do you feel about that?" Christopher asked.

Rory gasped. "I feel. . .incredible. Overjoyed. Indescribably
thrilled. I mean, I've always thought about that. . . you know, in
the back of my mind, I've wondered what it would be like." Rory shook
her head in disbelief. "This is so. . . oh my God. I can't believe
this."

Lorelai tilted her head and smiled. She leaned over and hugged Rory
tightly. Lorelai pulled back, and Rory turned to hug Christopher.

"Oh my God," Rory said. "This is like, the last thing I was ever
expecting you to say in the history of the world."

Lorelai laughed. "Really? But haven't you noticed how well we've
been getting along?"

Rory shrugged. "Sure, but you guys are always like that around me."

"True," Lorelai nodded. "So, uh, there'll be some changes around
here. I mean, your dad's gonna bring his stuff here from storage, so
we're gonna have to rearrange some things. And he won't be sleeping
on the couch anymore."

"Finally," Christopher added.

Lorelai smiled. "Don't get your hopes up. You're sleeping on the
floor."

He smiled. "Fine by me."

Rory, smiling excitedly but still in disbelief, stood up. "I'm gonna
call Lane before we eat." She walked into the living room, leaving
Lorelai and Chris at the table. They stood up and walked towards each
other and hugged.

Chris kissed the top of her head. "Happy?"

Lorelai looked at up at him and smiled. "Very. You?"

"Yup." He smiled and kissed her softly. "You wanna see the receipt?"

She laughed. "No, that's okay." She paused. "Do you think we should
wait for the ring before we tell my parents?"

Christopher shook his head. "Nope, the sooner we tell people the
better. I don't want to have to hide anything anymore."

Lorelai smiled. "Me either. We'll tell them on Friday." She leaned
towards him and kissed him softly.
* * *

That Friday night, Lorelai, Christopher and Rory stood in front of
Emily and Richard's front door. Lorelai and Chris glanced at each
other.

"Are you ready?" Lorelai asked him.

Christopher nodded. "Yup. You?"

She smiled. "Absolutely."

"And so am I," Rory added. "So let's go inside please. It's like 30
degrees out here."

"Hey," Lorelai said, "you're not the one with the life changing news
to share. Be patient."

Rory rolled her eyes and rang the doorbell. Seconds later, Emily
pulled open the door and greeted them. Moments later they were all
sitting in the living room with Richard for pre-dinner drinks.

"So Christopher, how's that new job of yours?" Richard asked.

"It's great, really great," Christopher said.

"Fred Crawford's not working you too hard, is he?" Emily asked.

"No, not yet," Christopher said. "But let's not jinx it."

They sat for a moment drinking silently until Rory nudged Lorelai's
elbow and gestured for her to say something.

Lorelai cleared her throat. "Uh, Mom, Dad, we want to tell you
something." She and Christopher smiled at each other as Richard and
Emily focused their attention on her.

Lorelai took a deep breath. "Um, now, if this was bad news, then I'd
try to think of a way to break it to you really slowly. But since
it's great news, I'll just come out and say it. Chris and I are back
together again, and not only is he already living with us
permanently, but we're getting married." She leaned back to gauge
their reactions.

Richard and Emily both sat still and silent for a moment, their
mouths gaping open in surprise. They glanced at each other as if
making sure they heard right. Emily finally asked, "I'm sorry, what
did you say?"

Lorelai smiled. "We're getting married." She reached down and linked
her fingers through Christopher's.

Emily pointed at the both of them. "You two? You and Christopher?"

Lorelai nodded. "That's right."

Emily placed a hand on her cheek, her eyes widening. Richard stared
across the room at them, his eyes just as wide. Neither of them said
anything, though their huge smiles indicated that they were thrilled.

Lorelai finally said, "Well, say something!"

Emily stood up and clasped her hands together. "Oh my God, this is
absolutely wonderful!" she exclaimed. "Richard, get some
champagne."

"Certainly. This is fabulous news," he replied, standing up.

Emily walked over to Lorelai excitedly. "Well, let me see the ring!"

"Oh, actually Emily, it'll be in next week," Christopher said.

"Yeah, things kinda went out of order, Mom," Lorelai said. "Chris
ordered it and was gonna surprise me, but I sort of ruined the
surprise by suggesting we get married, and. . .it's a long story.
But don't worry, you'll be the first to see it," Lorelai said.

Emily smiled, and in a move unfamiliar to Lorelai, held open her
arms. Lorelai, taken aback, stood up and hugged Emily uncomfortably.
Lorelai suddenly felt closeness to her mother that she'd never felt
before and for the first time that she could remember, her mother was
actually happy for her. As they pulled apart, Christopher stood up
and hugged Emily, and Rory did the same.

Emily rushed over to help Richard with the champagne while
saying, "This is incredible. I've always known that you two would be
together someday. This is always how it should've been, Rory and both
of her parents together as a real family."

They handed out the glasses and Richard toasted, "To Lorelai and
Christopher and Rory, may their life together be long, healthy and
happy."

As they took sips from their champagne, Emily checked her
watch. "Well, I think dinner's about ready. Let's discuss this more
at the table!" she said excitedly. She walked quickly towards the
dining room.

Richard stopped in front of Christopher and shook his
hand. "Congratulations Christopher. You know, I knew you'd get her to
cave to your charms eventually," he said, winking.

Christopher laughed. "Thank you, Richard," he said.

Richard smiled at Lorelai. "Congratulations Lorelai, your mother and
I are quite happy for you."

"Thanks Dad," Lorelai said, smiling.

Richard put an arm around Rory and walked with her into the dining
room, leaving Christopher and Lorelai alone in the living room. They
put their drinks down and turned to each other, and Christopher took
her hands into his. He brought them up to his lips and kissed both
of them before letting go, and she placed them on his shoulders.

"So. . ." Lorelai said, gesturing her head towards where Emily and
Richard were sitting. "That was interesting."

"I think that they're possibly more excited than we are," he said,
smiling.

Lorelai shook her head. "Not possible." She leaned in and kissed him
deeply. She pulled back and smiled up at him. "Let's go eat with
your future in-laws." She took Christopher's hand and led him
towards the dining room.
* * *

Later that night, Lorelai and Christopher lay in bed, Christopher's
arm wrapped around her as she rested her head against Christopher's
chest. Lorelai clasped her hands around Christopher's hand. "This is
nice, just being together," she said.

"Yeah it is," he agreed, kissing her head. They were silent for
awhile as Lorelai stroked Christopher's hand with her fingers.
Finally he asked, "What are you thinking about?"

"Well," Lorelai said, "do you ever think about our future? Like, in
a few years from now?"

"Sure I do," he said.

"Yeah? What do you see?" she asked.

"Hmm. Well, I see Rory off at Harvard while we're here, married,
hanging out with Sookie and Jackson, who are also married, and we're
doing married-people things."

Lorelai laughed. "Aw, that's so cute."

"What do you see?" he asked.

She lifted up her head and smiled. "I see Rory at Harvard, and me and
you sitting here all alone bored, drinking beers and playing
Scrabble."

Christopher laughed. "Sounds great."

"Yeah, it does, but I was thinking that maybe with the house so
empty, we might want to . . . " Lorelai bit her lip and stared at
him.

"Yes?" Christopher prompted. "I'm not a mind reader."

Lorelai smiled. "I don't know. I was thinking, in a few years, maybe
we could. . . have another baby?"

Christopher raised his eyebrows. "Another kid? Are you sure?"

"Yeah," Lorelai said. "Don't you want more kids?"

"Yeah, I'd love to have more, but we never really talked about it so
I wasn't sure if you did."

Lorelai smiled. "I do."

"Wow, another kid," he said, smiling up at the ceiling. "One that
I'll be around to help raise."

"Sounds fun, huh?" Lorelai asked excitedly.

"Yes it does," he agreed, kissing her softly.

She rested her head back against his chest, a smile resting on her
lips, a feeling of love and warmth surrounding her. She closed her
eyes and drifted off to sleep knowing that tomorrow morning, and
every morning after, she'd wake up next to Christopher – her elusive
soulmate.

The end!

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