Summary: Begins with the missing scene from 1x19, just after LoVe's kiss, and before she breaks up with Leo. AU from there.

Spoilers: Everything up through 1x19, through 1.22 eventually.

A/N: This idea has been floating around in my head for awhile, especially since I've been reading other fics where it goes AU so that Logan is around for the end of the events of 1.22. This is an attempt to AU the last few eps of the show, but we'll see how it goes. If I get some good feedback on this chapter, there should be more to follow, especially since forcedmovement might kill me if there isn't. Anyway, as usually, thanks to lex83 and forcedmovement, my muses. Italics are VMVO, and feedback is a lovely, lovely thing.

An awkward silence had filled the atmosphere of the SUV. At first, the drive had consisted of sharing smiles and holding hands, but as the road stretched out in front of them, doubts began creeping in.

Logan suddenly veered the car off to the right shoulder of the road, slamming on his brakes and ignoring the sound of honking cars as he disrupted the flow of traffic.

"Logan, what the hell?" Veronica cried out, barely managing to grab a hold of the door handle as he'd swerved.

"This whole secret it because you're ashamed of me?" He asked. His words were rushed, his breathing heavy. She stared at him, unsure how to answer.

No mocking glint in his eye, no playful smirk on his face, no laughter in his voice. Damn. He serious.

"God, no." She answered, shifting in her seat so that she faced him. Veronica reached a hand out and caressed his cheek.

"Is it about what people will say, Veronica?" Logan wanted to know. He was still staring intently.

"Logan..." She protested. "You know this...thing between us won't go over well."

"I don't care." He told her turning his face to stare out the windshield. "You're about the best thing that's happened to me in a really long time. I don't want to hide it." Veronica blushed.

"Are you really ready to deal with the fall out?" Her voice was soft.

Hell, I don't know if I'm ready.

"I can take anything they can throw at me if it means being with you." Logan answered, meeting her gaze. She inhaled at the intensity she saw there.

"I don't know,'s...this is big." Veronica replied, uncertainty in her voice. Logan sighed, and looked at his hands.

"Is it because of Duncan?" He asked softly. It was her turn to sigh.

"I don't want him to come back here and find out his best friend has betrayed him by dating his ex." She told him.

"You let me worry about that." He reassured her. She gave him a small smile.

"It's not that simple." She pointed out.

"Do you still..." Logan trailed off, half afraid to finish his question.

"Love him?" Veronica finished for him.

Sure, as much as any girl loves her ex-boyfriend who is possibly her half-brother.

She shook her head. "For many reasons, what Duncan and I had is long over." She answered. "But just because I don't love him anymore doesn't mean I want to hurt him either." Logan nodded.

"Let's make a deal, Mars." He was smirking now.

"What kind of deal, Echolls?" She asked, giving him a grin.

"You and I, as of right now, are out of the closet." She cracked up at his choice of words. He glared, and she stifled her laughter. "And the second...the second your dad brings Duncan home, we'll go to him together and tell him. He won't hear it from anyone else." His expression was earnest now, and she was having a hard time remembering what it was that made her want to keep this a secret in the first place.

What's it going to be, Veronica? Trust the boy who's been torturing you for most of the last year and a half...and hope the glimpses of the old Logan you've been seeing are for real? Or lose the best thing that may have happened to you in the last year because you're too afraid to let anyone in?

She gave him a smile, leaned in and kissed him gently.

"Is that a yes?" He gasped as they broke apart.

"That's a yes." She confirmed. Happy, his smile grew.

Hold your breath, Mars, and start praying you don't drown.

Everything settled, Logan restarted the car and merged back into traffic. The rest of the drive was quiet, but not awkward as before. He pulled up in front of Mars Investigations and killed the engine.

"Can I pick you up for school tomorrow?" He asked, sounding unsure of what she would say.

"Um, yeah." Veronica agreed, thrown by the idea. The pictured reactions of those at Neptune High as she got out of Logan's Xterra would be...interesting to say the least.

"I'll call you in the morning." He promised, as she got out of his car with a quick kiss. He watched as she walked up and got into her LeBaron, before driving off with a honk.

Her fingers gripped the steering wheel as she recalled the last few hours.

Who would've thought that I'd be having any kind of relationship with Logan again? What would Wallace say? Telling him is not going to be easy. Neither is...

Veronica started her car and put it in drive.

Destination: Neptune Sheriff's Department.