SPOILERS: Love, Daisies and Troubadours
RATING: PG
SUMMARY: Lorelai accepts Max's proposal, but is it the right choice?
PAIRING: L/L
AUTHOR'S NOTE: This takes place after "Love, Daises, and Troubadours", the season finale. Max (other known as "Daisy Boy" by the Java Junkies) has proposed to Lorelai. Luke still hasn't found out. Please send feedback, it's very appreciated! Thanks! And happy reading, of course!
DISCLAIMER: I don't own anything.

Indecent Proposal
By Jane

PART ONE



A thousand daises.

No one had ever given her a thousand daises. Max's proposal hit her
hard. He had asked her to marry him in the middle of an argument, right
after she suggested a break-up. It was insane, really. She wasn't even sure
she loved him enough to marry him. Of course she liked him, but commitment
was such an foreign notion. There were so many issues surrounding the
proposal. Like Rory. Rory meant everything to Lorelai. If she married her
teacher, how would that make her feel? The first thought that came to her
mind was how crazy it would be. The second thought was a resounding 'no'.
The simple word, repeated over and over in her head. There was no way she
was marrying Max Madina. No way. She just was just at the point at her life
when marriage was unfeasible.

Then she saw the daises.

She didn't know whether she should be ecstatic or scared out of her mind.
It was big news for sure, but big news didn't have to mean good news. Was
it good news? Lorelai Gilmore didn't know. All she knew was that the no one
had ever given her a thousand daises.

*
"Please, please," Lorelai held out her mug.
"No," He said, giving her a look to rival hers.
Lorelai shrugged. "Fine. Well, then I guess bumble fun walabazoo."
"What?"

"I mean, kalachoo lem..."

Frustrated, Luke raised his hand up. "Stop. Geez!" Luke took the mug
out of her hands and reluctantly began to pour the coffee. Lorelai flashed
him a triumphant smile.

It had been a week since Max's proposal. Lorelai, after finding an
ecstatic Rory, told her immediately what happened. Rory had asked her
whether or not she would say 'yes'. Lorelai didn't answer, to her own
surprise. During the week, she sat by the phone, debating whether or not to
pick it up and dial his number. She was too nerve-wrecked to do so, and she
still hadn't heard from Max. It was killing her not to know what he was
thinking, but the silence was beneficial. It let her think, really think,
about the proposal. Which had the opposite effect on Lorelai. Thinking
about Max and the proposal drove her crazy. And she was crazy enough.

"You look weird," Luke said suddenly.

Lorelai squinted her eyes in confusion. "Weird? What do you mean,
'weird'? Weird like Bjork in a swan costume or weird like Lance Bass's eyes?"

Luke gave her an odd look. "Neither? And... what?"

"Coffee withdrawal," Lorelai reasoned, pointing to the mug. "I'm going
to drink the coffee now, okay?"

Luke nodded slowly, giving her a concerned look. "Is everything all
right?"

Lorelai looked up at him and laughed nervously. "Since when did you
care?"

Since forever. Luke sighed, remembering what Rachel had told him the
week she left. To his surprise, Rachel left because of Lorelai. He had
always known that he had a thing for Lorelai Gilmore, but it was only until
Rachel pointed it out that he realized he was in love with her. It was hard
for Luke to fall in love, ever since Rachel broke his heart. Then Rachel
came back and his feelings for Lorelai went on the back burner. It was only
until Rachel moved back in that he realized his heart wasn't in the
relationship. Rachel still loved Luke, but things were different now.
Surprisingly enough, Luke had changed over the years. And Luke was against
change of any kind. Yet this change was involuntary. He just couldn't help
it. The moment Lorelai Gilmore stepped into his life, he changed. He fell
for her.

"I don't," Luke shook it off.

Lorelai smiled. "I almost forgot you were heartless."

Heartless. If only she knew.

*
Rory tapped her pen against her book and wrote the last of her notecards.
She was smiling widely, but not because Spanish just happen to be one of her
favorite subjects. Rory had been so happy about Dean that she could have
been ecstatic about anything. Including Max's proposal to her mother. She
acted excited about the proposal for Lorelai, but Rory truly didn't know how
to feel. He was her teacher and it felt as wrong as the proposal sounded.
Yet, Rory wanted Lorelai to be happy. And if Max made her happy, then...

Suddenly, the door bell rang. Rory put down her book and rushed to the
front door. To her surprise, Max Madina stood behind the door.

"Hey, is Lorelai home?" He asked.

Rory didn't move or answer.

"Rory?" Max looked concerned.

It hit her then. She didn't want Lorelai to marry him.

"Rory, are you okay?" Max asked, waving a hand in front of her face.

Rory backed away from him and blurted out angrily, "I think your class is
really ... boring!"

Max blinked, surprised at her outburst. "Well, that's too bad since..."

Rory interrupted him, pointing to his head. "And you have big hair!"

He shook his head with confusion, then realized what the outburst was all
about. "Is this about your mom and I?"

"Me!" Rory shouted.

"No, your mom and..."

"It's 'your mom and me'!"

"Rory, calm down," Max tried to reason.

She shook her head stubbornly and crossed her arms. "You can't marry
Lorelai."

Max frowned, growing frustrated himself. "Why not?"

"Because... because you, Mr. Big Shot English Teacher, have bad grammar!"
With that, Rory pushed past him and ran down the street.

Max stood there, shocked. He knew Rory meant a lot to Lorelai, actually
more than a lot. And if Rory didn't like him, then any chance of an
engagement would be gone. It was definitely a sticky situation.

He wondered if he could buy Rory a library. Or maybe a thousand books.


Lorelai grinned from ear to ear, walking down the street. Max had just
stopped by the Independence Inn, got down on one knee traditionally, and
asked her to marry him.

He proposed again. Except he had a ring this time. A beautiful gold
engagement ring that fit perfectly on her index finger. Max told her that he
didn't need an answer yet, but Lorelai, without thinking, answered. A
handsome, romantic, sweet man was standing in front of her, asking her to
marry him. It was just like a fairytale.

She said yes.

Sookie had started dancing and singing at that point, and Michel left
reception to puke.

"Hey, Miss Patty!" Lorelai waved happily.

Miss Patty smiled back, surprised. "Well, well, aren't you a ray of
sunshine today? I'm guessing you're feeling better."

"Definitely!" Lorelai giggled, waving her hand in front of Miss Patty.
The gold ring glittered in the sun.

"Oh my!" Miss Patty exclaimed, pointing at Lorelai's finger. "Dear, you
didn't!"

"I did!" Lorelai nodded eagerly. "I'm engaged!"

To Lorelai's surprise, Miss Patty looked disturbed. "Miss Patty?"
Lorelai questioned, concerned.

Miss Patty looked up at her and gave her a weak smile. "Oh no, it's
nothing bad. This is great news! Congratulations, sweetie... I just
thought you would..."

"I would what?" Lorelai asked, curious.

Miss Patty shook her head and laughed nervously. "We just had this
little bet... and I could have sworn you and..." She trailed off again.

"Bet?"

"You know, Taylor, Kirk, and I had this little bet going on," Miss Patty
paused, hesitant to tell her. "We bet whether or not you would marry Luke."

Lorelai drew back, surprised. "What?"

Miss Patty looked at her apologetically. "I'm so sorry... it was just a
stupid bet. We know how you guys have a thing for each other..."

"W...wait, I don't have a thing for Luke," Lorelai shook her head, still in
shock.

"Honey, it's okay, we know..." Miss Patty smiled.

"But, I don't! Luke and I are just friends. He's my coffee supplier,"
Lorelai argued, but Miss Patty wasn't convinced.

"Don't worry your pretty little head," Miss Patty smiled and looked at
her watch. "I've got to run to dance class, honey. Congratulations again."
Miss Patty winked.

"He's just my coffee supplier!" Lorelai yelled loudly after her. Lorelai
took in a deep breath and got a hold of herself. Ironically, she realized
she had been on her way to Luke's.

*~*~*~*~*~*
PART TWO



Lorelai stepped into the familiar diner and took a seat by the counter.
She was still a bit shocked about the marriage bet, but brushed it off. She
had enough on her mind.

"We're out of coffee," Luke called out from inside the kitchen before she
asked.

Lorelai frowned, surprised. "How did you know I was here?"

Luke walked behind the counter and gave her a look. "Because you're here
everyday. Without fail. It's annoying."

She smiled sweetly. "But it's fun to annoy you." Lorelai put her purse
on the counter and looked suspiciously at him. "Did you say something about
the coffee before?"

Luke shook his head with frustration. "We ran out." He repeated.

"So open your secret stash or something," Lorelai said matter-of-factly.

"Secret stash? I have no secret stash," Luke frowned.

"You know, in five more years you're going to have the biggest forehead
wrinkle," Lorelai laughed, tracing Luke's frown with her finger. Luke
frowned more and tried unsuccessfully to squat her hand away.

"I'll stop if you get the coffee," Lorelai smirked.

"We. Are. Out. Of. Coffee!" Luke repeated once more with emphasis.

Lorelai pulled back, surprised. "Wow, you're serious."

"Yeah, I am. So hold on and I'll get you some tea," Luke reasoned.

"Wait," Lorelai said, going through her purse. "Ah ha!" She cried out
happily, pulling out a plastic bag with coffee in it. She waved it in Luke's
face and smiled.

Luke looked at her skeptically. "You carry coffee?"

"24/7. In case of emergencies. I have instant too," Lorelai nodded
eagerly.

"You need a shrink," Luke grabbed the coffee and put on a fresh pot.

Lorelai watched him as he made the coffee for her. A smile involuntarily
crept onto her face, remembering when she had dressed him up and told him to
turn around. That was quite a view...

"Hey, what's that?" Luke asked, breaking Lorelai's reverie.

"What's what?" She asked, confused.

Luke pointed to her index finger, to her engagement ring. "It looks
expensive."

Lorelai suddenly grew nervous, to her surprise. She quickly drew her
hand back and hid it behind her back. "Yeah, it probably is. Hey Luke,
don't worry about the coffee. I... I've got to run because of... because of
something important, okay?"

"Lorelai!" Lorelai turned around to see Sookie rush into the diner
excitedly. Sookie hugged her and smiled. "I can't believe you're getting
married! Do I get to wear a pink dress? With glitter?"

Lorelai motioned for her to stop talking. Sookie bit her lip and turned
around to see Luke standing there in shock. "Oh no," Sookie muttered and
started to apologize.

"The ring... you're..." Luke began, in disbelief.

"Luke," Lorelai began.

Luke raised a hand for her stop. Dejectedly, he pushed the cup of coffee
towards her. "Here's your coffee." He muttered bitterly. Luke refused to
look at Lorelai and left into the kitchen.

"Luke!" Lorelai called out, but he didn't answer. Upset, Lorelai left
money on the counter and turned to leave the diner.

"Honey, I'm so sorry! It's my fault really, I shouldn't have said
anything... I should have known..." Sookie babbled as they walked into the
street.

Lorelai smiled weakly and stopped her. "It's not your fault. It's mine.
I said 'yes', and I didn't even think about the effects. Did you know that
Miss Patty, Taylor, and Kirk had a bet going on? That I would marry Luke?"

"Sweetie..." Sookie hugged her sympathetically.

"I just want to go home," She sighed. Sookie nodded with understanding
and they walked back to the Gilmore house in silence.

*
"Do you want to talk for a while?" Sookie asked, concerned.

Lorelai shook her head and smiled weakly. "Nah, I think I'll just eat
some ice cream or something. Maybe order some pizza."

Sookie sighed, but didn't argue. "All right. Call me if you need
anything. And don't worry about it, Luke will be okay."

Lorelai smiled gratefully and waved as Sookie left. Exhausted, Lorelai
closed the door behind her and called out for Rory. She found her writing in
her room.

"Hey there," Lorelai sat down on Rory's bed. She noticed an old book
sticking out from her bed. It was a copy of Wuthering Heights, a very
expensive looking copy. Lorelai reached down and picked it up. "I didn't
know bag boy wages were this good!"

Rory looked up and noticed the book. "I'm not reading that. I mean,
I've read the book, but I don't want to look at that."

"Aww why? Are you finally getting bookphobia?"

"Bookphobia?" Rory asked, skeptically.

Lorelai nodded. "Fear of books. You looked at them so much you're sick
of them."

Rory shook her head. "Mr. Madina gave it to me today. He apologized for
having bad grammar and big hair."

"What?" Lorelai asked, confused.

Rory was about to explain when the doorbell rang.

"Tell me about the hair when I get back," Lorelai nodded. She walked
down the hallway and wearily opened the door.

"There you are," He smiled. Low and behold, Max Madina was standing
behind the door.

"I didn't know you made house calls," Lorelai laughed. Realizing he
wasn't moving, Lorelai motioned for him to come in.

"Well, I was in town and I just wanted to drop by..." Max trailed off. He
looked down at Lorelai's hand in confusion.

"What?" She asked.

Max held her hand and looked at closer. "Did you take off the ring or
something?"

Lorelai glanced down at her hand and stomped her foot in frustration.
She cursed under her breath and looked apologetically at Max.

"What? What's wrong?" He asked, searching her eyes.

Lorelai shook her head quickly and grabbed her purse. "I'll be right
back, all right? Don't go anywhere." With that, Lorelai rushed out of the
house and started running down the street.

"Where is she going?" Rory asked, peeping out of her room.

"I don't know. Maybe she misplaced the ring or something." Max wondered.

Rory looked at Max in disbelief. "Ring?"

Max nodded slowly, already hearing the sound of the bedroom door slamming
before Rory slammed it.

"Guess she didn't like the book," Max muttered.

*
Lorelai ran down the street and pushed through the diner's door hard.
The door slammed and Luke immediately looked up.

"Luke," Lorelai managed, out of breath.

Luke looked at her with surprise, then realized that she was actually
there. She came back for him. She told Max that she couldn't marry him
because she just realized how much she loved him. And here she was, out of
breath and looking more beautiful than ever. Luke glanced down at Lorelai's
hand. The ring was gone. Luke's look softened and he smiled at her happily.

"Luke, I think I left..." Lorelai began, but was interrupted as Luke
stepped out from behind the counter and kissed her fully. Her eyes flew open
in shock, but she didn't pull back to her own surprise. Luke held her close
as Lorelai kissed him back. Breathless, their lips lingered on each other's
as they broke apart.

Luke searched her eyes, touching her cheek softly. Lorelai, more
confused than ever, pulled away slowly. Touching her burning lips, Lorelai
tried to make sense of what had just happened.

Luke looked at her questioningly. He had expected for her to feel the
same way. Her eyes definitely said so. Maybe the kiss was too much, he
wondered.

"My ring... I think I left it here," Lorelai blurted out suddenly. "I...I
was wondering if you saw it."

"Oh." Luke pulled back in disappointment. She didn't come back to tell
him that she was in love with him. She had lost her engagement ring and
Luke, like an idiot, thought otherwise and kissed her. He was beyond
embarrassed. Luke quickly adverted his eyes and cleared his throat. "God, I
didn't..."

"Luke..." Lorelai began.

Luke began to wipe down the counter feverishly. Lorelai's hand caught
his arm and she turned him around. "Luke, I don't want you to hate me.
You've been so good to Rory and me these past years. And I'm so thankful for
that."

"Yeah and I make great coffee, what's your point?" Luke sighed.

Lorelai shrugged and let out a deep breath.

Luke softly touched her arm and looked at her seriously. "That kiss was...
meaningless?"

She couldn't answer. She didn't know how too. In that one moment,
Lorelai forgot about Max. She had kissed him back and realized how much she
loved Luke Danes. Lorelai knew she had a thing for Luke, but had pushed back
her feelings for Max. Max was so romantic and perfect, but Luke... he was the
real thing. She felt at home with him and she knew he loved Rory. Not to
mention the kiss. It burned right through her soul.

"I was going to get married in three months," Lorelai laughed nervously.
"But then this happened. I lose my mind, I lose my ring, but I gained
something I never realized."

He needed so desperately to tell her the truth. Luke looked at her
softly. "Lorelai, I'm in love with you."

Lorelai closed her eyes tightly and felt the tear trickle down her face.
Opening her eyes, Lorelai smiled back at him and moved in to kiss him
wordlessly. Abruptly, she pulled away and reached into her pocket.

She laughed in disbelief and laid it down on the counter. "I had the
ring the whole time."

Pure fate.


The End

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