Spoilers: Through 1.22

A/N: Italics are VMVO. I'm not sure where I'm going with this so feedback would be muchly appreciated. Aw, who I am kidding. I'm a feedback whore. Please leave me some.


"I was hoping it would be you." She said, smiling peacefully. Logan took her in his arms, and kissed her soundly. He tangled a hand in her hair, his lips demanding. She gave everything he asked for, using her kisses to apologize, to comfort, to soothe away the hurt she'd caused him. She didn't notice when he slipped his other arm around her waist and lifted her up against him. She didn't notice when he carried her over the threshold of her apartment and shut the door behind them. She didn't notice when he carried her to her bedroom and set her on the bed.

Words didn't seem necessary. He didn't have to ask if this is what she wanted, and she didn't have to ask if he'd forgiven her. Veronica smiled shyly, as he lay her gently back on the bed and stared reverantly at her. He leaned down to kiss her, but just as they're lips were about to meet, a loud pounding sounded from the other room. He smiled at her as she smoothed her hair back and sighed.

"You should probably get that." He said, brushing a gentle kiss aginst her lips.

Veronica sat straight up in bed, gasping. The pounding continued, insistent on her front door. She managed to untangle herself from her blankets, her skin flushed and her mind a muddle. Somehow, she made it to the door and opened it wearily.

It wasn't who she was expecting.

"Leo?" She stared at him, her vision blurry with sleep. He gave her a smile.

"The Sherriff needs you to come back down to the station, Veronica." Leo said. Confusion crossed her face.

"Now?" She replied.

"I tried to get him to wait until morning, but he insisted." Leo shrugged, embarrassed.

"All right...Let me get my jacket." She disappeared into her apartment, grabbing her jacket and slipping it on. She pulled on her sneakers, splashed some water on her face, and ran a brush through her hair before rejoining Leo at the door.

"Got everything?" He asked. Veronica nodded, pulling the door closed and locking it.

The drive to the station was silent. Uncomfortably silent. Veronica was never so relieved to be out of a moving vehicle...except for maybe earlier that night when she'd deserted Aaron Echolls and her LeBaron.

Leo escorted her into the police station as if she hadn't been there a thousand times before. She wasn't sure what she'd been expecting, but seeing Duncan sitting on one of the benches was not it.

Of course he'd be here. His parents were arrested tonight.

She didn't want to feel guilty about it.

His parents covered up Lilly's murder...it's not my fault that they're in trouble now.

Her thoughts didsn't help as she stared at Duncan's downcast expression. Leo saw the look on her face and nudged her towards Duncan. She looked up at him.

"I'll let the Sherriff know you're here." He said, disappearing down a hallway. She walked hesistantly towards Duncan, unsure of what his reaction to her would be.

"Duncan?" She said, getting his attention. He looked up at her, back down at his feet and didn't reply. She took that as a good sign.

At least he's not taking my head off or anything.

"How are you holding up?" Veronica asked him.

"I've had better nights." He finally answered. She put a comforting hand on his shoulder.

"When are your parents going to be released?" She continued.

"I posted bail, so any time now." Duncan replied. "Why are you here? You should be home resting."

"I was." Veronica told him. "Sherriff Lamb summoned me."

"You think he'd cut you a break, considering you did what he wasn't able to do." Duncan met her gaze. "You solved Lilly's murder when no one else could or would." Veronica shifted umcomfortably at the intense look in his eyes. Now that they both knew they weren't related, she wasn't sure how to respond to the gleam she saw there.

What do you want from me, Duncan?

She didn't get a chance to ask, as Duncan's parents were escorted into the lobby of the police station, and were released from handcuffs.

Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

She winced to herself.

Ouch, Veronica. Bad, bad cliché.

She stood aside silently as they took turns hugging Duncan. Finally, Jake Kane turned to her. The next thing Veronica knew, she was being hugged by the man who could've been her father.

Any minute now, the Twilight Zone song is going to play, I'm sure. Either that or Celeste's eyes will pop out of their sockets. If I'm lucky, maybe both.

"How can we ever repay you, Veronica?" Jake asked, releasing her. She flushed with anger.

"I didn't do it for you." She told him. "I did it for Lilly. Her murderer was out there somewhere, getting off scot free. And I did it for Duncan. He needed to know he wasn't the murderer his parents thought him capable of."

"We did what we thought was best." Celeste spoke up, her annoyance with Veronica clear. She just gave the older woman an icy stare. "Let's go." Celeste continued, turning to leave. Jake followed her, but Duncan hung back a second.

"Call me when you get home." He said, touching her arm. She smiled at him. "After you take a nap." He added, as an afterthought.

"I will." She promised. She almost didn't see Leo approach them.

"Veronica, the Sherriff's ready for you." He said. "Duncan, you need to stick around too."

"What's this about, Leo?" Veronica finally asked.

Something doesn't add up here.

"We can't find Logan Echolls." Leo finally answered. Veronica's stomach dropped as she stared at him.

"What do you mean, you can't find him?" Her voice came out in a whisper.

"We found his car parked on the Coronado Bridge...but no Logan." Leo answered.

For the first time in her life, Veronica Mars fainted.