Title: Something Happens – Chapter XV
Character/Pairing: LoVe with Veronica POV
Spoilers: Through 1.22
Summary: Begins with the missing scene from 1x19, just after LoVe's kiss, and before she breaks up with Leo. AU from there.
A/N: This is the absolute last chapter of this fic. Thanks to everyone who read and commented. This chapter is dedicated to queenhaq, who lent me her beloved naked!Loganmuse for the weekend. Thanks to my muses, lex83 and forcedmovement. Italics are VMVO and feedback is muchly appreciated. Also, many lines of dialogue were double checked with the VM transcripts at www twiztv com.
Veronicastepped back and practically dropped onto the edge of Duncan's bed. Her eyes went wide, remembering Lilly that day at the car wash.
I've got a secret. A good one.
"Veronica?" Duncan said, concerned. Hearing her name got Logan's attention, and he looked at her to see if she was all right.
"I know what happened.." She sounded far away. "I know what happened." Veronica went on to explain her theory.
How Lilly had found the video cameras in the pool house, just like she and Logan had. How Lilly had found the tapes, brought them home, running that red light she had the ticket for. How Lilly had taken the tapes and hidden them in her air vent, and then gone down to the pool to sunbathe. How Aaron had shown up, demanding his tapes back. How Lilly had refused, threatening to show them to the public. How Aaron had picked up an ash tray, and hit her with it. How Duncan had found his sister and went into an epileptic episode. How the Kanes had thought Duncan had killed his own sister.
"Could he really do it?" Duncan asked quietly. Veronica and Logan shared a look, and Logan slowly nodded.
"He's psychotic." Veronica replied. "We watched him beat a guy to a pulp and then ask Logan how his school day was." She gestured to Logan and herself as she talked. "He hurts Logan." Duncan sent a shocked glance to his best friend. Logan just stared down at the floor.
"He could do it." Logan's voice was barely a whisper, and Veronica gave him a worried look.
"He's here." Duncan said.
"What?" Veronica replied.
"He came to meet the governor." Duncan answered. Logan snorted derisively, gagging back a sob. Veronica got up and grabbed the tapes.
"I've got to get these tapes to my dad." She told them. "I need your help. Keep Aaron in your sight at all times until I call you." Veronica headed for the door.
"Yeah, of course." Duncan agreed.
"Veronica, wait." Logan pulled himself up. "I'm going with you." He walked over to the door. She reached up and touched his cheek with her hand.
"I need you to stay here." Veronica stared into his eyes. "If anyone could keep Aaron here, it's you, Logan. He doesn't know that you know." Tears came to both of their eyes.
"I can't." Logan admitted. "I'll kill him." He said it very matter-of-fact.
"Well, that would certainly keep him here." Veronica replied, giving him a sad smile. Logan touched his forehead to hers, hugging her close.
"You drive careful." Logan commanded.
"I will." Veronica promised, stepping out of his arms.
"You just be careful in general, Veronica." Duncan added. Veronica gave him a smile from the doorway, and then walked towards him.
"Just so you know." Veronica told him. "My dad had a paternity test." Both Duncan and Logan were staring at her. "I'm not your sister." She gave him a smile. Duncan's jaw dropped, as Veronica kissed a shocked Logan on the cheek, and disappeared into the hall. The two boys shared a look.
Duncan and Logan ducked down behind one of the columns in Duncan's living room.
"It's no use." Duncan sighed. "He's not here."
"He's got to be around here somewhere." Logan replied. "He wouldn't have left yet, it's too early."
"You don't think..." Duncan shook his head. "I'm going to call Veronica." Logan nodded, holding out his hand.
"Gimme your keys. I'm going to follow her and make sure she gets home okay." Logan told him. Duncan gave him a look, but handed him the keys. Logan headed towards the kitchen as Duncan dialed the phone.
Veronica drove down the dark street, trying to hurry. Her cell rang.
"Hey." She said into the phone.
"We can't find him." Duncan replied, not even saying hello.
"Did you ask around?" Veronica wanted to know.
"We've been asking everyone, but no one seems to know where he is." Duncan told her. "Logan took off after you." He went on.
"He should've stayed there." Veronica sighed. "Thanks. Call me if you find him."
"Let me know when you get home, okay?" Duncan asked.
"Okay." She agreed. "Bye." Hanging up, Veronica tossed the cell phone onto the passenger's seat. She glanced in the rear view mirror, and screamed as Aaron Echolls eyes came into sight.
"Keep driving." Aaron snarled as she struggled to keep control of the car. Veronica reached over to grab her bag, gasping sobs out in every breath. "Ah, ah, ah." He scolded her. "Driving." He said, picking up her bag. He rifled through the bag and pulled the tapes out. "I've been looking for these." Aaron shoved them in his pocket. Veronica let out another sob, and pressed the accelerator a little more. She reached up and check that her seat belt was locked in. Taking a deep breath, Veronica wrenched the steering wheel to the right, and crashed the Le Baron into a tree.
Keith had just put the phone down, his expression worried, when someone pounded at the door.
"Veronica, thank God." Keith exclaimed as he opened it. A disheveled Logan met his eyes.
"Is she here?" Logan demanded.
"No, she's not." Keith replied, angry. "And you shouldn't be here either."
"She didn't tell you?" Logan replied, sounding shocked. "I was with her when she found the tapes. She asked me and Duncan to keep an eye on my fa...Aaron for her."
"Then why are you here?" Keith looked more worried.
"We couldn't find him." Logan answered. "I wanted to make sure she made it home all right...but she's not here."
"You couldn't find him?" Keith repeated. He and Logan shared a look.
"Is everything okay, Keith?" Lianne asked, coming in from the other room to find them standing there.
"Yeah, it's fine." Keith replied. "I'll be back soon." He told her, grabbing Backup's leash and clipping it on the dog's collar. "Let's go."
Keith and Logan pulled over to the side of the road, in front of the crashed Le Baron. Wordlessly, they checked out the car. Finding it empty, Keith pulled his gun.
"You stay here." Keith ordered. Logan waited a few minutes until Keith had disappeared near the house before following him. "Veronica! Veronica !" Keith called.
"Dad?" Veronica gasped out, her voice coming from the walkie talkie in Aaron's hand. Keith looked up in time for Aaron to drop down on him.
Logan crouched down next to the unconscious man, checking for a pulse. The man was still alive, so Logan kept going, creeping silently. He could hear grunts coming from around the corner, and peered around it in time to see Keith take his father down with a shot between the legs. Keith punched Aaron several times, but Logan inhaled sharply when Aaron started to laugh. He saw the lighter appear in slow motion, Aaron flicking it open and scraping his thumb across the roller, making it flame. He watched as Aaron slid the lighter towards an old refrigerator, gasping as it lit up. His father's laugh reached his ears.
"She's in the fridge, Keith." Aaron chuckled. "You might want to check up on her." Logan's stomach dropped at those words, watching as Keith rushes toward the fridge and his father disappeared into the night. He joined Keith after second, intent on rushing into the flames.
"NO!" Keith stopped him. "You stay right here." He ordered. "Hang on, Honey!" He called. Logan could hear Veronica's screams over the sound of the flames. Kieth stumbles through the fire, his pants ablaze by the time he reaches the fridge. He tips it over, and Veronica rolls out, covered in soot. She managed to drag her father out of the fire, and Keith fell. Logan grabbed a near by tarp, and flung it over Keith. Between the two of them, the flames were out quickly. Veronica hadn't seemed to register that Logan was even there, so when she flung her arms around her father, he looked away.
"I love you. I love you so much. I knew you'd come, I knew you'd save me, Dad." Veronica exclaimed. Logan spotted Keith's gun, and headed for it, anger surging through him. He picked it up, leaving Veronica and her father. He found his father next to the Le Baron, hands in Veronica's bag.
"Dad." Logan spat out the word, getting Aaron's attention. Aaron looked up to see that Logan had the gun trained on him.
"Logan." Aaron said, pulling out the keys and dropping the bag to the ground. "What are you doing here?"
"Cut the crap, Dad." Logan snapped, tightening his grip on the trigger. "I know." Aaron sighed.
"Put the gun down, Son." Aaron said, moving towards Logan.
"You stay there." Logan hissed. Aaron held up his hands in surrender, but didn't stop moving towards Logan.
"I did it for you, Logan." Aaron began, still moving.
"You slept with my girlfriend and then you killed her." Logan replied. "I don't see that I had anything to with it."
"She was no good for you, Logan." Aaron growled. "She was a slut, and she wasn't good enough. She would've brought you down."
"You don't get to talk about her like that, Dad." Logan spat. "She was just a kid." Aaron was less than a few feet from him now. "I said don't move!" He shouted.
"You're better off without her." Aaron cajoled.
"What about Veronica?" Logan cried.
"I had to stop her, Logan. She was going to ruin everything." Aaron was right in front of him now.
"I'll do it, Dad." Logan threatened. "I'll do it."
"Fine!" Aaron shouted, stretching his arms out to the side. "Do it, then." Logan stared at him. "Do it!" Aaron screamed. Logan couldn't move. Aaron grabbed the gun from his son's hands, hitting him over the head with it. As Logan slumped to the ground, Aaron dragged him behind the Le Baron, out of sight. "You'll understand one day, Logan. I had to protect the family." Aaron headed for Keith's car. He got in, putting the key in the ignition. He paused when he heard a growl from the backseat.
Backup shot up over the seat, sinking his teeth into Aaron's arm. Aaron struggled with the dog for a moment, finally pulling himself free and stumbling into the street. Disoriented, Aaron barely registers the truck before it slams into him. Aaron flew through the air as Veronica hobbled out from behind the house. Aaron landed, the gun skittering across the road and landing at her feet. She picked it up and headed for Aaron.
"I'm sorry, man, I didn't see you, you were in the middle of the street. Oh my god, you're Aaron Echolls." The driver said.
"Help me." Aaron whispered, as Veronica approached. The man leaned down to help Aaron.
"Don't touch him." Veronica spoke up, getting their attention. She pointed the gun at Aaron. "Do you have a cell phone?"
"Yeah." The driver answered.
"Call 9-1-1. We need an ambulance, the police, and the fire department." Veronica ordered.
Veronica walked next to her dad as they wheeled him towards one of the ambulances.
"You mean the world to me, do you understand that?" Veronica told her father. "Are you listening to me?" she cried.
"Hey..." Keith drawled. "Who's your daddy?"
"I hate it when you say that." She gave him a big smile as they loaded Keith into the ambulance. After a moment, the ambulance pulled away. She watched as Sheriff Lamb read Aaron Echolls his rights, and spotted Duncan and Jake Kane as they pulled up their Range Rover and got out. From Jake's expression, Duncan had filled him in.
"You killed my daughter! You killed my daughter!" Jake screamed, rushing at Aaron. He was held back by several deputies. Duncan stared at his father in shock. "…and you're gonna pay for it. I'll watch you frying. I'll destroy your family and everyone you ever loved. You killed my daughter!"
"Jake Kane." Lamb said.
"You killed my daughter! I'll watch you fry, Aaron!" Jake screamed. Lamb began reading Jake his rights, but Jake didn't seem to hear him. "My daughter, my daughter. My daughter, my daughter!" Jake kept shouting as he was dragged away.
Duncan and Veronica shared a long look, but her attention was caught one of the medics voices.
"We need a gurney over here!" He cried, ducking down behind Veronica's car. Veronica and Duncan rushed over to see who it was.
"Logan!" She exclaimed, kneeling down next to her boyfriend. Tears sprang to her eyes. Blood was matted in his hair, and Veronica's shoulders started to shake with her sobs. Duncan pulled her to him. The paradmedic started working on Logan's wound, and Logan groaned under his attention. "Logan can you hear me?" Veronica cried, touching his face.
"Veronica?" Logan coughed.
"I'm here." She gripped his hand. "I'm right here."
Veronica sat in the chair next to her father's hospital bed, holding Keith' s hand. Logan sat in a chair next to the door, bandage on the side of his head and an ice pack on the back of his neck.
"He'll be fine." The doctor told her, coming into the room.
"When?" Veronica looked up at him.
"Eventually." The doctor told her. "Just be patient." He glanced Logan. "You two should get some rest."
"I won't let him wake up and find himself alone." Veronica refused.
"Is there anyone we can call?" The doctor asked. Veronica smiled.
The police car was silent as it drove through the streets of Neptune. Once Alicia had arrived at the hospital, Leo had offered to give Veronica and Logan a ride home. When he pulled into her apartment complex, Veronica gave a sigh of relief.
"Come on, Logan." She said, getting out of the car. He gave her a quizzical look. "Do you really think I'm letting you go back to that house tonight?" Logan smiled at her. He climbed out, shutting the door. Veronica paused at the driver's side of Leo's car. Leo rolled down the window. "Thanks."
"What's one more favor." Leo shrugged it off. "I'll pick you two up in the morning and drive you down for your statements."
Veronica took Logan by the hand as Leo pulled away. She led Logan up to her apartment, fumbling with the keys. Logan had to help her get the door unlocked. She opened it, and they walked in. Lianne came rushing into the living room.
"Honey, what happened?" Lianne cried out. "Are you ok?" She asked, catching sight of Logan. "Where's your father?" Lianne reached out to touch her, but Veronica pushed her away.
"He's in the hospital." Veronica answered her mother.
"What?" Lianne gasped.
"He's gonna be okay." Veronica replied.
"What...Veronica, what happened?" Lianne repeated her earlier question.
"It's over now, and I'll tell you the rest in the morning." Veronica's voice wavered as she continued. "But first I need you to pack."
"What?" Lianne was shocked. "What do you mean?"
"You can't be here when Dad comes home." Veronica laid it out for her mother. Logan leaned back against the wall, letting Veronica handle her mother.
"Veronica!" Lianne exclaimed, glancing at Logan.
"I know, Mom. I know you're not through drinking, I know you didn't even finish rehab. You checked yourself out and that was my college money. I bet on you, and I lost. I've been doing that my whole life. And I'm through." Veronica was upset, near tears. "Come on, Logan." Logan started to follow Veronica, when Lianne whirled her daugher around.
"Veronica...it's not easy." Lianne pleaded.
"I know it's not." Veronica cried, pulling out of her mother's grasp, and walking down the hall to her bedroom.
"The doctor said to rest." Veronica admonished Logan, who was pacing across her room.
"I'll just have to wake up in two hours anyway." He replied, gesturing to his head.
"Yeah, well, you and me both." Veronica smiled. "We'll suffer through our concussions together."
"How's your leg?" He asked, noticing that her limp was less as she walked towards him.
"A little better now that I've had a hot shower." She told him, practically flopping onto her bed. He sat down next to her, leaning back against the wall, and pulling his feet up so he could stretch out. She snuggled into his arms, laying her head on his chest.
"You should sleep." He told her.
"So should you." She said. "I'll set my alarm." She shifted out of his arms and leaned up. Pressing a few buttons on her clock, she put it down on the corner stand, and laid back down. Veronica drifted off to sleep to the sound of Logan's heart beating in her ear.
Veronica dreamed that she and Lilly were floating air mattresses among a lake of lilies. The sun shone down on them brightly.
"Isn't it better like this?" Veronica asks, serene.
"So much better." Lilly answered.
"This is how it's supposed to be." Veronica said.
"Totally." Lilly agreed.
"This is how it's going to be from now on, right Lilly?" Veronica asked for reassurance. Lilly sighed.
"You know how things are gonna be now, don't you?" Lilly replied. "You have to know."
"Just like this." Veronica answered. "Just like this." She insisted, seeing Lilly's expression.
"Don't forget about me, Veronica." Lilly said good-bye.
"I could never." Veronica promised, looking around to find herself floating alone. She opened her eyes, tears she didn't know she was crying on her cheeks. Her movement woke Logan.
"Hey." He said softly. He wiped the tears off her cheeks with his thumbs, holding her face gently in his hands. "What's wrong?" She let out a laugh through her tears.
"Nothing." Veronica smiled. "For once, everything is just the way it should be."