Rating: G
Content Warning: kissing
Spoilers Warning: "Love, Daisies, and Troubadours" episode
Summary: Lorelaiís dream breeds unexpected results
Paring: Luke and Lorelai
Characters: Luke and Lorelai, Rory and Dean, Sookie, Lane, Max
Feedback: Please, its my first fan fic I would love to know what you think. PLEASE KEEP IT CLEAN. No cussing. NONE!!! Thank you.
Disclaimer: I donít own Gilmore Girls, you know who does. I donít own "Almost Doesnít Count" Mark Wills does, and I donít own any of the characters. Thank you.

Almost Doesnít Count

by Ash
Part One: Almost Doesnít Count

As she looked around she realized she was in a Karoke Club, a place no one would ever catch her in. The weirder thing was who was with her. Rory, Dean, Lane, and Sookie were there too. Rory was pretty much attached to her in the first place so that wasnít a suprise, and Dean and Rory had been attached to each other since their romantic Chilton sidewalk moment. Lane wasnít that weird either since she was like a daughter to her, and Sookie was her best friend. No, the weird person was the one walking up to the microphone. Luke? SINGING?!?! She just sat there in awe. Luke Danes would be the last person in the world to have gone to a Karoke Club and sang with witness able to recognize him there. Not wanting to ruin the chance to hear Luke sing she sat quietly and listened.

Luke had chosen to sing "Almost Doesnít Count", by Mark Wills. As the lyrics appeared on the screen, Luke sang them. He was a little bad at the beginning but slowly he picked up the tune and it sounded wonderful. "Luke can sing" she thought, " Luke can sing good". Then she heard the lyrics.

Almost made you love me
Almost made you cry
Almost made you happy baby
Didn't I didn't I
You almost had me thinkin'
You turned around
Everybody knows
Almost doesn't count

Almost heard you saying
You were finally free
What was always missing for you baby
You'd found it in me
But you can't get to heaven
Half off the ground
Everybody knows
Almost doesn't count

I can't keep lovin' you
One foot outside the door
I hear a funny hesitation
Of a heart that's never really sure
Can't keep on tryin'
If you're looking for more
Than all that I could give you
Than what you came here for

As he continued to sing, she thought " Oh no, heís singing about Rachel. Oh no, he isnít over her."

Maybe you'll be sorry
Maybe you'll be cold
Maybe you'll come runnin' back
From the cruel cruel world
You almost convince me
You're gonna stick around
But everybody knows
Almost doesn't count

Maybe I'll be here
Maybe I'll see ya 'round
That's the way it goes
Almost doesn't count

As he finished, she realized that he had been staring at her the entire time. He was singing to her, he was singing about her.

Luke loved her!

She knew she didnít leave him, but in a way she did. She left him for Max. Then she noticed who wasnít there, with her and her closet friends. Where was Max Medina?

Lorelai woke up in a jolt. Her dream wasnít scary, it was just confusing. She looked at her kitty clock and groaned when it read 1:00 am. She had to talk to someone, but it was a school night so she couldnít wake up Rory. She didnít even dare to call Sookie, cause she knew it would end in endless teasing.

Carefully she got out of bed, and put on clothes. She quietly walked down the stairs and out the door. Lorelai thought a nice walk around town would help her think things out.

Possessed by a power of their own, her feet led her to Lukeís Diner. She knew he was asleep but her hand, possessed by the same power, banged on the door. A groggy, "just woke up" version of Luke appeared at the door. At first he was annoyed but when he saw that who was waking him up in the middle of the night, he ran to the door.

"Lorelai, whatís wrong? Is Rory okay, is she hurt, are you hurt, what happened?" he asked franticly

" Everythingís okay, I just couldnít sleep and I wanted to talk and I wanted coffee." she said shakily.

" Coffee will keep you up all night, and Rory and you could have talked in the morning, now tell me the truth, whatís wrong?"

" I need to ask you a question."

" You woke me up at 1:30 in the morning to ask me a question?"

" Yes."

"Whatís the question?"

"Why did Rachel leave?"

"Lorelai, umm, she left becauseÖ."He said, not knowing how to answer.

" Did she leave because she thoughtÖ knew that you liked another woman?" Lorelai interrupted.

Luke just shook his head

" Was thatÖ did she thinkÖ Do you love me? I mean I know you love me, weíre like siblings. But Do you love me?" she asked shakily.

All he could do was stare at her.

"You love me." She said, she finally saw it, and she finally realized what she had been hiding too. " I love you, too."

Luke just stared at her, a smile growing on his handsome face. Then he grabbed her and they kissed, a long, sweet, wonderful kiss.

Part 2: Telling Daisy Boy

Rory hurried to the phone, thinking it was Dean.

"Hello?" she said

" Hi Rory, this is Max, is Lorelai awake?" Max answered.

" UmmÖ let me check."

Rory ran up stairs to her momís room to wake her up. Still holding the phone, she woke her mom up and told her that "her Max" was waiting.

"Oh CRUD!" Lorelai thought " how am I going to tell him that after a weird social event in my dreams last night which he neglected to attend, I fell in love with my major coffee producer and close friend."

" Hi honey, sorry for waking you." Max said sweetly.

" Uh hi." Lorelai said uncomfortably.

" So" Max continued, "how about we meet up for coffee after school gets out?"

" Sounds great. Well got to go bye" and she hung up. Iíll tell him then, but first off to coffee boy.

" Hey honÖ we need to talk after school, so why donít we meet at Lukeís later?" Lorelai said.

"K." was all Rory could say as she ran out the door to catch her bus.

Lukeís Diner:

Lukeís day had started out so wonderfully. He walked Lorelai home at 2 oíclock and tried unsuccessfully to get more sleep. But he didnít care. He loved today. His smile grew more as he saw Lorelai walk into the diner.

" Hey didnít I see you earlier?" Luke said sweetly.

" Hey Luke, guess whatís on my agenda this afternoon?" Lorelai said angrily.

" UmmÖ what about a romantic dinner here with me, Iíll close up early and Iíll walk you home when weíre done." He said wondering if it would make whatever she had to do seem less horrible.

" Sounds great, but first I have to break up with my other boyfriend, Iím meeting him in Hartford for coffee and Iím telling him no." Lorelai said quickly.

" Oh Lorilie, Iím sorry, why donít we reschedule." He said somberly.

" NO. Iím meeting Rory here after the breakup. Iíll see you then and youíll tell me when to show up, k?" she said sweetly.


" Well Iíve got to go soÖ bye"

" ByeÖ. And Lorilie, I love you" he said quietly before she got up.

" Same here, Luke. Bye"

He stared at her as she left for the inn. "She is so beautiful, and she loves me" he thought as he started planing the evening.

Independence Inn:

" Hey Sookie, whereís coffee?" Lorilie asked as she entered the kitchen.

"In the coffee pot" Sookie replied

" Guess what?" Lorilie said slyly


" Iím saying no"


Lorilie then told her about the dream and the events on Lukeís porch. After Sookie screamed, Lorilie reminded her that Rory didnít know so she didnít want anyone else in town to know. Lorilie went to see what was making Michel mad today.

Coffee House in Hartford:

" Hey Lorilie." Max Medina said to his girlfriend.

" Hey Max." Lorilie said uncomfortably

" Whatís up?"

" UmmÖ Max about the proposal?"

"Yeah." Max said hopefully.

" Iím sorry I canít marry you."

"Oh okay wellÖ. UmmÖ."

" Iíve fallen in love with someone else, Max, we have to break up." Lorilie said quickly.

" Itís Luke isnít it?" Max said angrily.

" Iíve got to go, bye Max" Lorilie said as tears fell down her cheek

" Bye" said Max, staring at her as she drove off. " Luke is very lucky to have you, he better know that."

Lukeís Diner:

" Whereís my mom?" Rory said, as she sat down at the counter.

" She must not be back from Hartford yet," said Luke, not paying attention to anything but the mental list about what he would need for tonight.

" Why was she going to Hartford? " Rory asked, confused.

" UmmÖ thereís Lorilie." Luke said, thankfully that she was coming into the diner at that moment.

" Mom why were you at Hartford?" Rory said, still confused on why Luke knew her motherís whereabouts better than she did.

" UmmÖ met Max there." Lorilie said staring at Luke, " how did I not realize how cute he was?" she thought.

" What did you say to him?"

" I told him no."

" Are you dating him?"

"No. We broke up"

" What happened?" said Rory, noticing how her mother was still staring at Luke. " YOU AND LUKE AREÖ. AREÖ."She screamed.

"Yep. Weíre together." Lorilie said " Iíll tell you what happened while I get dressed. Oh Luke when do I need to get here?"

" Seven" he said as she left. "Okay everyone out, Iím closing"

Part Three: First Date

Gilmore House:

"You know I think this was a good idea, mom" Rory said trying to reassure her mom for the hundredth time. "Youíve only asked me about 1,000 times."

Rory sat on Lorelaiís bed as her mom put on make up and jewelry. She could tell how happy her mom was about the recent even its, but they both new what mattered to Lorelai was how Rory felt. And Rory couldnít be happier.

"So youíre okay with this?" asked a very happy and nervous Lorelai.

"YES!!!"said Rory "Now go before anyone else stops by or calls to see if the rumor is true."

With that they both burst out laughing. Lorelai, Luke, Rory, and Sookie werenít the only ones thrilled with the new arrangement, the whole town was happy. So far, Rory had to answer 13 phone calls, 8 people came to their house and 3 people asked them on their way home. Lorelai knew she and Luke would be met by tons of townspeople on their way to her house, but she didnít care. She was just too happy to care.

"Well, I think Iím ready. Lets go."said Lorelai excitedly.

Lukeís Diner:

" Well I think Iím ready," said a very tired and nervous Luke.

The blinds to the diner were closed to prevent as much of the townís paparazzi as possible. All the lights were off. The only sources of light were the strings of Christmas lights he had strung around the diner and the three candles lit on the table. Also he had spread rose petals on the floor leading from the door to the table. He had gotten strange looks from the cashier when he bought the lights and roses. They all just knew him to be manly, definitely not romantic. He hadnít even done something like this for Rachel. As a finishing touch he was wearing the suit that Lorelai had bought him. He also wasnít wearing a cap.

" I must love her," he thought as he looked at the beautiful, expensive silver bracelet he had gotten her earlier that morning. It was simple, but beautiful, just like their relationship. It was just a silver chain twisted in a weird way. "Weird, yep definitely our relationship."

He smiled as the thought passed through his mind. He tensed up a little as Lorelai knocked on the door.

Slowly he opened the door and invited her in. She stepped inside and stared at her surroundings, while he stared at her. Lorelai was wearing a red velvet sleeveless that stopped at mid thigh.

" You look beautiful" was all Luke could say.

" Luke, you didnít have to do all this for me. Aww, Luke you arenít even wearing flannel or your cap. Luke!" Lorelai rambled.

" I wanted to. I love you." Luke said sweetly.

" I love you, too." She said as Luke led her to the table. " Luke!" she screamed as she saw the bracelet. " Why did you. I didnít get youÖ"

" I donít care, and yes you did. You gave me a chance to date the girl of my dreams."

"Aww!" she squealed. " Luke, I have a question."

" I like your questions."

"Why 3 candles?"

"Well I guess I thought most people have two because of each person in the relationship, but we have three people, you, me and Rory, in our relationship. SoÖ three candles."

"Aww." She squealed as she got up to kiss him.

The rest of the dinner went smoothly and the walk home was beautiful. And Saturday they got to read about it in the town paper. They didnít care. They were in love. Now Lorelaiís dreams consisted of one thing: their wedding.

The End