Rory Gilmore was not a morning person, neither was her mother. It was a trait they had developed during their 23 years together. Now, Rory was on the road with a senator, writing and reporting, doing what she loved to do. Lorelai was running a very successful inn, engaged to a wonderful man and experiencing an empty nest feeling. Rory and Lorelai spoke to each other every day, sometimes 10 times a day. They never spoke before noon, it was unwritten rule.
Everyone knew not to call a Gilmore Girl before noon, everyone. Rory was more than shocked when she was awoken from sleep just after 6am. She was sound asleep in a very comfortable bed, with a very comfortable arm across her mid-section. She was in San Francisco on a long weekend away from the campaign trail.
Logan had proposed at her graduation, she told him she wanted to be with him forever but she wasn’t ready for marriage. He understood, but he stood his ground, they could have a long engagement, years if necessary, but he knew he wanted to be with her forever. Rory wore the engagement ring and they lived apart, all due to her work. The amazing thing about Logan was that he was ok with that, he visited her when he could, they talked on the phone every day, text messaged and e-mailed.
She had been in San Francisco for just over 6 hours. She had arrived late in the evening, taking a late flight after a rally. She had 3 whole days to spend with Logan, 3 days to relax and unwind, to decompress from the hectic schedule she followed. Shortly after she arrived, she and Logan went and snuggled up in bed, content to just be together. They had started to talk about their day when Logan noticed that Rory had fallen asleep. She had looked exhausted when she arrived at the house.
When she was away, he missed the way she snuggled into his side when she slept, or threw her leg across his, or placed a hand on his chest. He missed waking up to her tangled up in the sheets with hair strewn across her face. He watched her sleep for a while, content to just be there, in that moment, with her. He fell asleep, watching Rory sleep, content to just be in the same place as her.
It was just after 6am when Rory’s cell began to ring. Rory sat up immediately when she recognized the ring tone, it was special, it was her mom. Something inside said that something bad had happened. Logan reached for the phone on the bedside table closest to him and handed the phone to Rory.
“Mom, what’s wrong?” Rory asked as soon as she flipped open her phone.
“Ror-I-They-I--” Lorelai was hysterical on the other end of the phone. Tears immediately sprang to Rory’s eyes. She didn’t know what was wrong, but that feeling was still in the pit of her stomach.
“Mom. I can’t understand you. What happened?” Logan scooted closer to Rory and put his arm around her and kissed her shoulder, hoping to offer some support.
“Ror-I-I-they’re-oh god-” Lorelai was cut off again, this time Luke’s voice came over the line.
“Luke, what happened? What’s wrong with mom?”
“Rory, I’m so sorry. I don’t know how to say this-”
“Just say it.”
“Your grandparents were in an accident. They were leaving for the Hamptons around 8am and they were involved in a car accident.”
“Are they ok?” Rory’s voice caught in her throat.
“They’re gone, Rory. I’m so sorry.”
“NOOOOOOO.” Rory screamed and dropped the phone. She started crying, just as hysterical as her mother, she buried her head in Logan’s chest and Logan picked up her phone.
“Luke, it’s Logan.”
“Hi Logan. Sorry to tell Rory this way but Lorelai is, well she’s not doing well. She got the call a little while ago. Richard and Emily were going to see friends in the Hamptons this weekend. They were driving and another driver fell asleep behind the wheel and ran right into them. Emily died on impact, Richard made it to the hospital, but as soon as he got there, he had a heart attack and died.”
“And the driver?”
“Is in critical condition.”
“I know. Lorelai is ready to go kill the driver herself. She called me as soon as she found out. I came over here and talked to the hospital myself, as soon as I hung up, Lorelai said Rory needed to know. I’m so sorry to wake you up this early and interrupt your weekend.”
“Not a problem. This is an emergency. Rory and I will be there as soon as I can get the family jet ready. I will call you when I know more.”
“Thanks. I will let Lorelai know. We’ll see you soon then.”
Luke and Logan said their goodbyes and went back to the women in their lives, both hysterical in tears.
Logan held Rory close as he called for the jet to be fueled and ready. After he made the call he looked at Rory. She was now lying on her side, staring into space. Logan scooted closer and wrapped his arms around her. He kissed her shoulder and just held her. He could feel her trembling and he knew it was just a matter of moments before she lost hold of her emotions again. Rory started to cry a few minutes later and Logan just held her even tighter, unsure of how to comfort her.
Rory cried for a few minutes before she rolled over to bury her face in his chest once again.
“I wanna go home to my mom.”
“We are, as soon as we’re ready to leave, the jet is ready.”
Rory nodded and slowly untangled herself from Logan and headed for the bathroom. Logan heard to shower start to run and he got up and started to get about getting ready. He called Luke to tell him to expect them in a few hours and then set about packing bags for him and Rory.
Logan walked into the closet and looked at all the clothes in it, he pulled a few sweaters and blouses for Rory, 2 of her suits - both dark colors, a few pairs of jeans and her favorite pair of Yale sweatpants that had once belonged to him. He grabbed some of his clothes as well and stopped in his tracks when his eyes landed on Rory’s jewelry box, sitting on the center island of the closet. She was given the jewelry box for her last birthday, it was a gift from Richard and Emily, and with it she also received a pearl necklace and matching earrings.
Logan heard the water stop and things being shifted around in the bathroom. It sounded like Rory was packing her toiletries while she was getting ready. Logan finished the packing he was doing and waited for Rory to emerge from the bathroom. Rory opened the door and emerged in jeans, a t-shirt and a sweatshirt, her hair was pulled back into a ponytail and she already had dark sunglasses on. Logan moved towards her and she put a hand up to stop him.
“I can’t do this, not right now. Let’s just, let’s pack and go.”
Logan nodded his head and finished preparing himself to leave. Rory walked into the closest, grabbed a few items and then told Logan she was ready to go. The two headed out of the house and into the waiting car, unprepared for what lie ahead, but knowing that they had to face whatever was waiting for them.