Fandom Category: Gilmore Girls
Pairing: Lorelai Gilmore/Luke Danes
Fic Title: Any Other Day
Why This Must Be Read: I'll let the summary speak for itself: "Hi, Luke, I was wondering if I could get some coffee and some waffles with whipped cream and… blueberries and a side of bacon and two eggs – over easy – and possibly a meaningful relationship or just really great sex." Great dialogue, perfect Lorelai characterization, wonderful slow build tension.
Fic Title: David Caruso Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Why This Must Be Read: There's a snowstorm, then a blackout, then accidental sex panic (the panic isn't accidental, the sex is). Hilariously dead on when it comes to Lorelai and Luke's chemistry in the early seasons.
Fic Title: I Don't Know Why Sometimes I Get Frightened
Why This Must Be Read: Lorelai and Luke's first date goes spectacularly off the rails, resulting in (small) fires, (near) disfigurement, (attempted) breaking and entering, and making out in public. You will laugh all the way through, I promise.
*Fic Title: Like You Mean It
Author: My Only Carriage
Why This Must Be Read: Another perfect banter and chemistry fic, where Lorelai and Luke wander through Stars Hollow's Fourth-of-July festival and reach that tipping point between friendship and something more.
Fic Title: Call Me
Genre: Romance, Fluff
Why This Must Be Read: Lorelai calls Luke from the bed and breakfast in Roadtrip to Harvard. More phone calls and heavy doses of flirting follow. Sweet and cute.
Fic Title: The Things She Knows
Author: Lula Bo
Why This Must Be Read: A running list of the things Lorelai thinks about on the day of Liz's wedding, as she comes to realize Luke might have feelings for her beyond friendship. A perennial favorite of mine that I reread every time I watch Last Week Fights, This Week Tights.
Fic Title: Messages
Genre: General, Angst, Romance, Fluff
Why This Must Be Read: In which Lorelai's answering machine charts the course of her relationship with Luke in season 5, framed around messages left by Christopher. Some fics you rec because they end so perfectly you can't not. (Author had three Gilmore Girls fic on AO3 and I recommend all of them.)
*Fic Title: Five Times Lorelai Married Luke
Genre: Fluff, Romance
Why This Must Be Read: Let's end on the fluffiest one, shall we? All five of these weddings make me nod and say "head canon accepted" to various degrees. Achingly sweet, more than almost any other fic out there this one makes me wish we'd gotten a wedding on screen.