Chapter 2: The Attack of the Welcome Wagon
Chapter 2: The Attack of the Welcome Wagon
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A/N: Thanks to my betas - DawnDreamer and ktweaver.
Lorelai couldn’t believe her luck! Not only had she escaped Adolf and Eva – Emily being Adolf oddly enough – but Mia was actually going to let her and Katie stay at her house while they fixed up a place at the Inn for them. Katie had settled down for a nap once they got to the house and Mia suggested that Lorelai walk around the town while the baby slept.
Once she was sure it wasn’t any trouble, Lorelai gladly set out. She had enjoyed her driving tour of the town so much that she was excited to get a closer look at everything.
As she grew closer to Luke’s Diner, nervousness washed over her. Should she go in? Mia hadn’t said anything, but Lorelai could just imagine how Luke reacted once he woke up and realized he broked down in front of someone he didn’t know. She quickly looked over and saw him talking to that annoying older guy with the beard. He brought his up and before she could read his expression, she resumed walking. She just hoped that if he was
upset, he wouldn’t start yelling in public.
She only was able to walk another block before she was literally snatched. Unless he managed to get ahead of her, she knew it wasn’t Luke. When she saw her abductor, her eyes widened. She searched her memories for the person’s name. “Ummm, Miss Patty, right?” she ventured.
“You remembered! I’m flattered!” the boisterous woman gushed. “Where’s that little doll of yours?”
Lorelai hesitated. She wasn’t sure how much she wanted people to know about them right away. So she vaguely answered, “She’s resting right now at Mia’s. I decided to stretch my legs a bit.”
The ex-dancer’s eyes flashed in excitement; she could practically taste the juiciness of the story to be found with this young girl. She would be remiss if she didn’t learn what that was. But she could see the pretty brunette was skittish, so she set about putting the girl at ease.Miss Patty pulled the dazed girl along the streets of Stars Hollow, giving her story after story of the town.
A staggering hour later, they were in front of Mia’s house again. Lorelai tried to make her goodbyes, but the older woman insisted
on seeing her in.
Fortunately, Mia was better able to put the town crier off and gently pushed her out the door. She turned with a bemused expression. “Are you okay there, Lorelai?” she inquired. “Miss Patty didn’t swallow you whole, did she?”
“Actually, she didn’t really ask me any questions. She just talked about the town…a lot
! My ears are still ringing.”
“Huh,” Mia mused, “She must be lulling you into a false sense of security. She could give police and spies tips on interrogations. It won’t be long before she manages to get your life story from you,” she warned.
Lorelai looked worried. “Is she really that bad?”
“She’s nosy, outspoken and meddlesome. But she is also one of the kindest people you will ever meet,” Mia assured her young friend.
“Okay. Well, how was Katie?”
“Never made a peep. The little darling is still sleeping. But Sookie called earlier and want to know if you wanted to do something with her tonight.”
“I don’t know--”
“At least go out shopping with her. I’m sure there’s something you need to get from Doose’s, right?”
“If you’re sure…I don’t want you to think I expect you to always watch Katie. Or we could take her with us.”
“Nonsense. If you plan it like this afternoon, she might even sleep through the whole thing. I’ll just use the time to catch up on my paperwork.”
Sookie came by just after the 8 o’clock feeding, which gave them just enough time to do their shopping at Doose’s. Once they got the groceries in the car, they walked down to the Red, White and Black Theater to watch a viewing of ‘Pippi Longstocking’
Lorelai was horrified to learn that Sookie had never seen it before. In turn, Sookie was amused at Lorelai’s antics while watching the movie. She had never seen anyone interact with a movie so much. Plus she seemed to know most of the words.
On their way back to the car, Lorelai started to get nervous about how long they had been gone, so they picked up their pace. But they were still able to talk about their days and Miss Patty’s tour.
Lorelai finished telling Sookie how she had escaped her parents’ house just as she got in the car. Unfortunately, her purse picked that moment to spill on the floor of the front seat. She bent over to pick up the contents while Sookie got in and started the car. She managed to finished picking everything up just as they made the turn past Luke’s Diner.
Mia finished her paperwork easily. Katie was almost too well-behaved. She didn’t have any excuse to pick the baby up and she felt that was a shame.
As she was closing her date-book, she noticed that Luke was due to come to dinner the next night – assuming he didn’t find a way to get out of it. With getting the girls settled in, it had slipped her mind. Now she had to decide how to handle it.
In the end, she opted to wait until just a little beforehand to tell Lorelai that he was coming. Then she’d get a better feel for the situation based on the girl’s reaction to the news.
A/N: Next…Luke’s collapse.