If ever you loved me you'd say

Its okay

--Empty Apartment, Yellowcard


Veronica sat in Logan's car, outside of her house watching the house and her mother inside. She could feel her whole body shake with each breath that she took. For the first time she was positive that everything was going to be fine.

"Are you okay?" Logan asked as he placed a hand on her shoulder

Veronica nodded, yes, and then looked at him, "I can't go inside. Not yet. I'm not ready."

"Okay." Logan understood, "Where do you want to go?"

"This is going to sound weird but..."

"You want to see my dad get arrested?"

"Yeah." Veronica said slightly sheepishly.

"Let's go then." Logan started the car and began driving down the street.

"Thank you for doing this." Veronica whispered

"No problem." Logan smiled, "It's the least I can do."

The rest of the car ride was in complete silence, with an occasional cough or deep breath until Logan pulled up to his house.

"Dammit." He cursed under his breath as he parked his car.

"What's wrong?" Veronica asked looking up at the house.

"My dad's in his office."

"And that's bad why?"

"My mother never lets him do work related things after dinner. She says that the family time..."


"Unless it has to do with our money. 'Cause mommy loves her money." Logan hit the top of his steering wheel angrily

"Logan, how much did you take from the ATM?"

Logan mumbled a word that Veronica was unable to understand so she asked again, "How much did you take?"

"All of it."

"Jesus Christ, Logan! You emptied out his bank account? How can you be so stupid?"

"He has other's; he wasn't going to miss it. Plus, I deserve that money. If you were raised by that man you would deserve money like that too."

"We're going to need to come up with a plan. Something to tell him."

"Let's just go." Logan told her, "I don't want you to get in the middle of my dad and me."

"No." Veronica exclaimed, "Logan after what your dad did to me I want to see him pay."

"What do you mean? What did he do to you?"

Veronica sighed and pushed a strand of hair behind her ear.

"Veronica. What did he do?" Logan asked again.

"Logan I don't..."

"What did he do? Did he hurt you?" Logan asked trying to get the words out,

Veronica looked up at the roof trying to keep the tears from spilling out.

"After I left Duncan's I got in my car and your dad was there. He knew that I knew. I ended up crashing the car knocking him out long enough to hide the tapes. He found me and..." Veronica whipped her tears away with the back of her hand, "and he knocked me out. I woke up locked in a freezer and he was using my walkie talkies to talk to me. And then..."

Veronica stopped and burst into tears.

"Come here." Logan took Veronica into his arms, "You don't need to tell me any more. It's okay."

He rubbed he back and she sobbed into his chest.

"Feel better?"

"I feel embarrassed."

"Don't. You've seen me just as bad. Remember L.A?"

"That was different."

"No it wasn't."

Veronica took a few deep breaths and wiped away the tears that had slid down her cheeks.

"Ready to go?" Logan asked rubbing her back.

"As ready as I'll ever be." Veronica sighed

"Let's go then."

They both got out of the car and walked up to the front door.

"This is it." Logan whispered as he took her hand before opening the door.

"Logan? Is that you?" Lynn called from the kitchen as she made her nightly martini.

"Yeah mom." Logan said as they joined her.

"Your father is..." Lynn turned around and was very surprised to see Veronica, "You didn't tell me that we had a guest."

"Hello Mrs. Echolls." Veronica said timidly

"Hello Veronica."

"Logan?" Aaron yelled as he made his way down stairs and for the first time Veronica felt the same way that Logan did everyday.

Logan took a hold of her hand protectively as his father joined them

"Why, hello Veronica." Aaron said switching from angry father to perfect father like he was on a movie set.

"Hello Mr. Echolls." Veronica squeezed Logan's hand harder.

"I'm sorry that you had to come all the way over here Veronica but I'm going to have to ask you to leave."

"You don't have the right to tell her to go." Logan said trying to remain calm, "She's my guest."

"I am your father."

"Come on Veronica. Let's go watch some TV."

Logan began to walk into the family room when his father lost his temper.

"Stop right there!" Aaron shouted so loud and angrily that Veronica jumped, "Now Veronica there's a family situation that needs to be taken care of. So I am sorry but you will have to leave on your own or I will have to have you removed."

Logan let go of Veronica's hand and stood in front of her, "Don't even. You can raise your voice to me, I can handle you. But you never--" Logan got in his father's face and began shouting, "NEVER talk to my girlfriend like that. Do you understand?"

Everyone was silent for a second until there was a knock at the door.

"Your dad has perfect timing. Come on."

Logan went to the door with Veronica right behind and was very happy to see Veronica's father and various other officers standing on the other side.

"Hello Mr. Mars. Come on in." Logan said opening the door wider.

"Veronica." Keith said angrily.

"Hi Daddy."

"Hello Keith." Aaron said coming to the door.

"Lamb, could you go get my daughter and escort her home. Make sure you don't leave until you see her go through the front door."

"Yes sir."

Lamb took her arm and began escorting her out to his car. Before she got in the car she took one last look at the house, where Logan was standing in the doorway. He waved goodbye and she did the same.

"So you and Logan Echolls. The press it going to have a field day with this." Lamb laughed and Veronica got into the car ignoring him.

A little past midnight Veronica sat in her bedroom staring at the ceiling thinking about how dramatic her day had been. It had started like any other and then it went crazy. She had thought that her boyfriend killed her best friend, she had broken up with said boyfriend, later she learned that not only did her ex boyfriends father kill her best friend but he was also having an affair with her. And if that wasn't enough she then got to go back in time with her ex, who might not be her ex, and stop most of it from happening.

Veronica was brought back to the real world when someone knocked on her door.

"Come in." She yelled.

"Hey." her dad said as he opened the door.

"Hi daddy."

"I was hoping you'd be awake. Can we talk?"

"Yeah." Veronica moved over to make room, "It's about me being over at the Echolls isn't it?"

"To start with."

"I had be there. I had to see what Lilly saw in him." Veronica lied.

"I can understand that." Keith said brushing a strand of hair out of her face, "And I think I should tell you that Aaron told me something."

Veronica cringed, "You don't actually believe him, I mean he slept with an underage girl, taped it and expected not to get caught. Not even Michael Jackson is that crazy and he admitted on television to sleeping with underage boys."

"Veronica...this is your father your talking to not one of your friends. I can tell when you're lying. Aaron said that Logan called you his girlfriend."

"He was protecting me. He says things without thinking whenever he's protecting someone."

"There must have been a reason he called your girlfriend. Are you and Logan having a relationship?"

"I don't know." Veronica whispered.

"You don't..."

"We had a...a thing. Then stuff happened and we broke up. But then today happened and it was like we were back but I don't know."

"Why didn't I know about this?"

"Dad, really? My sex life isn't really something that I want to talk to you about."

"You were having sex?"

Veronica covered her face with her hands and groaned, "No. What I mean is I can't come to the office one night when you're working late and when you ask me how my day was be like, 'Well I kissed Logan today. And he kissed me back.' It would be weird."

"So you kept it to yourself? 'Cause you didn't want it to be weird?"



"And I felt like if I talked to you about it that would make it official. And if it got official Lilly and Duncan would have to find out and it would hurt.." Veronica stopped and looked at her dad, "I hate you."

"What did I do?" Keith asked in shock.

"You know what you did. You did that parent thing where you make me talk about what's wrong in my life but I think that I'm doing it under my own free will."

"Feel better?"

"A little."

"Hey, whose your daddy?"

Veronica fell back on her bed, "I hate it when you say that!"

"I'll see you in the morning."


Keith got up and began walking to the door but stopped halfway, "How long have you known about Lilly and Aaron?"

"Not long enough to have stopped her from ruining her life."

"Okay. Night."

Keith got to the door and was about to shut off the light when Veronica asked, "Dad? Am I grounded 'cause I didn't go home?"

"Oh yeah. But we'll talk about that in the morning."



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