Spoilers: none, if you're up to date with current episodes
Author's Note: Please forgive me if there are error's in Luke's 'explanation'. I wrote it from memory without having the clips to double check things with and I don't feel like going back and checking everything now.
“I’m sorry Mr. Snyder but I can’t do that. I can’t just walk in there and tell Luke ‘Sorry, it’s over.’ I can’t and I won’t and he doesn’t deserve that.”
“You’re right. He doesn’t deserve that. But does he really deserve what he’s got right now?”
Noah froze, except for his eyes which slowly blinked shut.
Lily rushed to push Luke back onto the bed.
“Relax sweetheart, just lay back and relax.”
He saw her press the call button hanging from the railing before she reached over and brushed his hair back from his forehead. Her smile was genuine and a little misty.
“I’m so glad you’re awake. Your father and I got here a little while ago and the doctor said that you were just asleep but I was so worried.”
He (awkwardly) took her hand.
“It’s okay mom. I’m fine. I just got dizzy.”
Dizzy and disoriented, he remembered now.
“What? My choice in boyfriends? What do you mean by that?”
He walked away and she reluctantly let him go. She watched the frustrated, sad teen pace the wooden planks.
“Darling, I’m starting to wonder if Noah is really good for you. You have to admit that he’s gotten you into some pretty… intense situations.”
She gestured towards the open water, referring to their recent boat ride with police.
“I know that it seems that way, but this really isn’t Noah’s fault. It’s his father’s.”
Lucinda touched his shoulder and Luke leaned into the comfort slightly.
“Alright. Let’s say it is all Colonel Mayer’s fault. I don’t think he was at Noah and Ameera’s wedding. I don’t think he was standing there, forcing Noah to say those vows.”
“You should have looked a little closer.” Luke muttered, looking down.
Lucinda lifted his chin with a finger. “And what do you mean by that, young man?”
Luke sighed and sat down on the edge of the docks. He waited for Lucinda to elegantly arrange herself beside him. He had to smile as she brushed away dirt and dust before finding a handkerchief to place neatly on the wood. When she was finally seated she looked over and caught his grin, returning it with a quick shrug.
“Now, explain yourself.”
Looking out over the water again, Luke tried to explain Noah’s devotion to a father who had murdered his mother and tried to shoot his boyfriend.
“Noah grew up with only his father around. He looked up to him for years as this wonderful parental figure that exemplified masculinity and strength.”
“Until he realized that there could be a downside to exemplary masculinity and strength?”
“Yes. When Noah and I met he was trying to break away from his father’s influence. He wanted to go to film school and his father wouldn’t pay for it. Colonel Mayer just assumed that Noah would go into the army like he had, and when Noah told him he didn’t want to, the Colonel refused to pay for any other type of schooling.”
“That must have been a tough decision for Noah to make.”
Luke shook his head. “The tough part for Noah was trying to stand up to his father. When the Colonel came to town he was still pushing Noah around, pushing him together with Maddie Coleman.”
Lucinda nodded, remembering the relationship.
“When the Colonel found out that I was gay and that Noah and I were friends he started to try and force us apart. Along with that he was pushing Noah and Maddie closer and closer, trying to make them move in together.”
Luke put his head on Lucinda’s shoulder, suddenly feeling dizzy.
‘When did I last eat something?’ He thought.
“When Noah and I finally… sorted out what was going on between us, pretty much everyone was happy for us. I know we hurt Maddie and I’m sorry that she got caught up in our drama. But the only person who was really against us was the Colonel. He threatened me, told me to stay away from Noah. When he actually caught us kissing he went berserk. And of course Noah took off to try and talk to him and calm him down. As if that was going to happen.”
Lucinda put her arm around Luke’s shoulders, understanding the underlying anger that accompanied that sentence.
“And we both know what happened next.” She said.
Colonel Mayer’s attempted shooting of Luke on their ‘camping trip’.
“I thought we were finally going to be rid of him when he was sent to prison. And Noah and I were as strong as ever. We even stood up to him together right before he was transported to
‘And Thank God for that.’ Lucinda thought.
Luke sighed deeply, shutting his eyes against the increasing dizziness. He just wanted to lay back and sleep for a little bit.
“But then Ameera came and Noah found a new cause. He was determined to comfort her, to make her life better, to be her savior.”
“And so he ended up marrying her to ensure she could stay in the country.”
“Yeah. Super-Noah pulled on his honorable cloak and rushed in to save the day.”
Lucinda wondered how long the poor boy had been holding all of this in. She had talked to him a few times lately, but she was worried that no one had really paid close enough attention to see what he was going through. She was sure Noah was a wonderful boy (as she trusted Luke’s judgment), but Luke was her grandson and he came first with her.
She leaned over and kissed his forehead, shocked to find how warm it was. She moved to stand up, waiting for Luke to lift his head off of her shoulder and sit up straight.
“Luke, I think we’d better head into a restaurant or something. Somewhere out of the sun where we can get something cool to drink.”
Luke didn’t answer her, and she looked over just in time to see his head slump forward.
He didn’t respond and she shifted him until he lay back against her arm. She patted his face with her other hand.
“Luke! Honey, wake up! Luke!”
His eyes opened slightly and he frowned up at her.
“Grandmother? What’s – “
And with that his eyes rolled back in his head and he passed out.