The world travelers return right before July 4th. Mike and Sarah had their annual party and Lorelai came alone since Aaron had started back to work that night and all hands were on deck. Thor was thrilled when they returned and didn’t leave their sides until Aaron loaded him in the police SUV and they went off to work.
Aaron and Lorelai felt a difference in their relationship when they came back from their honeymoon. It wasn’t bad, it was deeper; the love, the understanding of each other, the connection and the friendship. All they had to do was touch each other and so much could be communicated. Plus Aaron just had to look at Lorelai with his eyes and she was done.
While he was at work the following week, Lorelai worked very hard on a photo book of their trip and ended the book with a special picture at the end. She was pleased with what she had, saved her work, sent it off to be printed and had paid for the rush finish and shipping. She was thrilled when it arrived that morning and went in the kitchen and got out the pasta salad and fresh bread she made and was going to surprise Aaron for lunch at a park he let Thor run around at. Smiling to herself about how Aaron would react to the book and the last picture, she drove to the park and saw his SUV as she parked. She stopped to scan the park and saw him sitting at a picnic table under a tree and smiled as she got out.
She stopped picking up the bag from the backseat when she saw a woman sit at the table with him and while that didn’t bother her, it was the way the woman interacted with him. It was a little too familiar and hands on for her liking. She watched a minute to watch and just see what would happen. She knew Aaron had to interact with the public; that was his job as a public servant. But something about this made her uneasy.
Lorelai watched for several minutes as they talked and the woman continued to touch his arms and chest and felt her temper rising. Aaron wasn’t bothering to have her remove her hands and that pissed her off something fierce. She wanted to go over and show this woman who the fuck she was dealing with, but stopped when the woman stood up. Lorelai calmed down until the woman leaned over and kissed Aaron.
She couldn’t see exactly where on his cheek verses the lips, but it was still a kiss. Aaron didn’t stop her and Lorelai felt the tears forming as she gave up and got back in the car. She turned the car on, letting the AC hit her in the face and took several deep breaths. She couldn’t get her brain wrapped around what she had seen and didn’t know what to think or to do.
She drove around for a while and decided to just let Aaron explain what happened. He was always upfront with her and talked about his job and the people he interacted with. She wasn’t going to jump to conclusions and just let Aaron ease her fears. She went home, took a shower and then climbed into bed for a nap while she let dinner marinade in the seasonings before Aaron would grill them.
Lorelai awoke to Thor licking her hand and couldn’t believe she had slept for three hours! She got up to find her husband on the back patio with a beer, still in his uniform.
“Hey Babe…How was work today?” Lorelai asked trying to stay positive as she walked over to kiss him like they usually did when they came home from work.
Aaron saw her coming up to him out of the corner of his eye and stood up, “Fine. I’m going to shower…” and walked back in the house without a kiss.
Lorelai stood there stunned and watched him walk away. She was truly at a loss for words and had no idea what to think. She sat at the kitchen table and put her head in her hands, not knowing what the hell to do or what was wrong.
Aaron stood in the hot water and let it wash over him as he put a hand on the wall, trying to absorb what had happened at lunch. He was shocked to see Hannah arrive at the park and sit by him. He was even more shocked when she started talking to him.
“So I saw you got married and heard you just came back from a cool honeymoon,” She said to him.
“Yes, I am married to an amazing woman. And yes, we came home from an exceptional honeymoon. What’s your point Hannah,” Aaron asked, sensing something was off with her.
“Well Congratulations. I just hope you didn’t make a bad choice,” She said with a nasty smirk on her face.
“What the hell are you talking about Hannah?” He asked, getting pissed.
She put her hand on his arm, “I heard something you might want to know about your wife.”
“Don’t fuck with me Hannah!” Aaron growled.
Hannah smiled, “Easy Irish,” she said using a nickname that she did when they were together.
He sat back and looked at her waiting for her to continue, “Well, I heard from a friend at another high school that your wife has had some relationships with some of the teachers at other schools. I don’t know if you knew that, but she was getting around.”
Aaron smirked knowing his wife’s background, “I don’t believe it for a second.”
“Really?” Hannah asked shocked.
“Yep. Not for a second,” Aaron said.
Hannah smiled back, “Well my source says that the basketball coach at Jefferson has been telling some good stories about Lorelai Banks.”
“Well your source is shit, just so you know. And if you want me to tell them that, I can. Otherwise you can tell them to shut the fuck up about my wife,” Aaron said simply.
“Hey, don‘t shoot the messenger. I’m just looking out for you, Aaron,” Hannah replied.
“Like you did when you slept around and got pregnant and tried to pass the kid off as mine?” He asked bitterly.
Hannah snorted, “Are you going to keep bringing that up? It was years ago Aaron!”
“Yeah I am. I think I deserve that right Hannah!” He fumed.
“How did this turn into ripping me apart?”
“Because you are insulting my wife!” Aaron blasted back.
Hannah raised her hands up in surrender, “Just hear me out, ok?”
Aaron sighed and gestured for her to continue. Aaron listened to the things she was saying and felt a nagging in the back of his mind. Some of the things Hannah was saying could have happened and that got his head reeling. Could Lorelai have been lying to him all this time about her past? Making it seem worse than it was? He didn’t know what to think and was stunned. Hannah moved to the other side of the bench and started putting her hands on him and touching him. He didn’t really register what she was doing; he was already wrapped up in his head.
The next thing he knew she stood up and leaned in and kissed him, half on the cheek, half on the lips, “Let me know if you have any questions Aaron. I’m sorry that I told you all this, but I thought you needed to know…”
He nodded and watched as she watched away. He picked up the leash that Thor was on as he laid under the table and rested and went back to his vehicle. He was so incredibly thankful that it was a slow afternoon because his mind was total shit.
He felt the water cool slightly and it woke him up to finish washing. He just didn’t know what to think as he dried off and put on some shorts and a t-shirt and went back downstairs to find Lorelai sitting at the table with a mug of what looked like tea before her.
“What’s for dinner?” He asked.
“I’m not feeling very hungry right now… I’m just going to make some toast later. If you want to grill the pork chops that I have in the fridge you can…” Lorelai said feeling lost.
“So you didn’t cook anything?” He asked coldly.
“I’m not feeling well right now Aaron. I was fine this morning, but now I feel off.”
“Well that’s just fucking brilliant! Is this how it’s going to be in the summers?! I work all fucking day and you sit on your ass and do nothing?” He yelled.
Lorelai shrank back from his words, shocked by his tone and words, “I’m not sure what is going on right now, but I don’t deserve this. I’m going to go lay down…”
Aaron watched her walk upstairs and picked up a towel and threw it across the room. He picked up his truck keys and left, needing some time alone. He didn’t return until late and climbed into bed to his sleeping wife. He could tell by the way she was breathing that she had been crying. He tried not to let it bother him as he tried to fall asleep.