How could a night so frozen be so scalding hot?

How can a morning this mild be so raw

Why are entire years strung on the cutting room floor of memory?

When single frames of one magic night forever flicker on the 3D IMAX of my mind

--Halloween, RENT

Summer vacation had been in session for almost two hours and Lilly Kane had already broken out her bikini and was laying on the diving board working on her tan.

"Smile at the camera!" Veronica said zooming in on her best friend.

"Are you still at that?" Mac asked from her spot next to Veronica.

"Do you have something to say to the camera?" Veronica asked as she panned the camera over.

"Believe me when I say no."

"Come on say something." Veronica laughed and in the distance she heard her partially inebriated boyfriend coming up the drive

"It's a Genesis before Peter Gabriel left the group." Logan said to Cassidy as they walked into the backyard

"I don't even know what that means." Cassidy told him.

"Thank god you two are back." Lilly said standing up, "Did you get the stuff?"

"We certainly did." Cassidy said holding up a large brown paper bag, "We now have enough liquor to keep you drunk well into the next school year."

"Oh Beaver, you have no idea how much I owe you."

"So you're still at this I see." Logan said getting up close to the camera

"Hey mock all you want but this is for our progeny. It'll show them that, yes in fact, we used to be cool."

"Our progeny?" Logan asked tilting his head, "Like you and me 'our'?"

"You and me? Having kids?" Veronica laughed and turned the camera so that they both were in front of it, "Yeah, no."

"You hear that kids? You weren't planned." Logan joked looking straight into the camera

"Shut up." Veronica said hitting Logan's arm as he pulled her closer.

"I love you, you know that?" Logan whispered as he kissed her on the cheek

"I love you too."

"Oh my god! Please tell me that you're not actually watching that again." Lilly said walking into Veronica's room, dressed in a tiny bikini top and a denim skirt.

"I..." Veronica began as she paused the tape

"You miss him. I know but you've been watching this tape everyday since Logan left. We go back to school tomorrow where, by the way, you will see him. Now you can either spend your last night of freedom watching this tape; which, lets be honest, doesn't get much better than this. Unless it contains Logan following in his father's footsteps and trying his hand at making some amateur pornography."

"Lilly." Veronica said blushing.

"Or we could go out and have fun. I mean think about it. This is going to be the last pre-school party I'm going to attend as a high school student. And who else would I want to come with me then you?"

"Lilly I don't…"

"I'm not going to take no for an answer, V."

"Lilly I don't want to go to this party."

"Sure you do. You just don't want to admit it."

Veronica sat silently for a moment and then looked over at her best friend and with a sigh said, "I'm not staying long."

An hour later Veronica sat on the side of Madison Sinclair's pool with Lilly listening to Mac and Cassidy talk about their trip to New York.

"So I think it's safe to say that you two had a good time. Am I right?" Veronica asked sipping her drink

"You are very right." Mac said slipping her hand into Cassidy's.

"Well, will you look at them?" Lilly said shaking her head, "You know Veronica, you and Logan are going to have some competition in this year's most disgustingly cute couple pageant."

"That's not very hard to do here lately." Veronica mumbled.

"What?" Lilly asked

"Nothing." Veronica told her and then turned her attention to Dick who was standing on the diving board, "Hey look Dick's going to make an ass of himself."

Everyone else turned and looked at Dick while he stood on the diving board with his arms stretched out.

"Excuse me everyone I have some breaking news to report." Dick said trying to out shout the music.

"Oh god." Cassidy said knowing exactly what was going to happen next.

"Cannon ball!" Dick shouted as he jumped into the water causing a large splash of water to spray everywhere.

"Oh my god!" Lilly exclaimed jumping up, "Dick you ass! You got my suit wet!"

And with that Lilly stomped off into the house to dry off.

"Did Lilly just get upset because her swim suit got wet?" Cassidy asked with a confused look on his face.

"Yep." Veronica said

"Why?"

"That's the way she is." Veronica stood up and looked at her friends, "I guess I should go talk her out of attacking Dick."

"That's probably a good idea." Mac said with a smile, "We'll be here."

As Veronica walked into the house the song being pumped through the speakers brought her back to that day that, despite only happening almost three months ago, felt like it had happened in another life time.

"Lilly I've got you another suit." Veronica said knocking on the door to the Kane's downstairs bathroom.

"Come on in." Lilly said and Veronica slowly opened the door and slipped in.

"So how's it coming?" She asked looking at her best friend who was ferociously scrubbing away at her top.

"It's not going good. I can't believe I spilled wine on my bikini."

"I can't believe that you broke into your parents wine collection. Your mother loves that collection probably more than she loves you."

"My mother loves a lot of things more than she loves me." Lilly said undoing the town that was covering her chest.

As Veronica handed her best friend the bikini top Lilly looked up with her eyes full of uncertainty.

"So have you and Logan talked about how you're going to handle everything?"

"What are you talking about?"

"What are you talking about?" Lilly mimicked as she slid the top on, "His leaving. How the two of you are going to handle it."

"Lilly, we're going to be apart for a couple months. Couples do it all the time, especially in high school. And plus he's just going to L.A. not another country."

"Poor, poor naïve Veronica. L.A. practically is another country."

"We're going to be fine."

Later that night Veronica sat with Cassidy and a sleeping Mac while they sat in Madison's living room watching Lilly beat Dick, Sean and Luke at Texas Hold 'Em.

"She's a better poker player than her brother. That's a little sad."

"Speaking of sad you're holding up pretty well. You know considering."

"Ahh, so the word has finally leaked out to the masses. "

"Veronica, you don't have to act like you're okay all the time."

"Yes I do Bea---Cassidy."

"Veronica I'm Logan's friend and whether you want to admit it or not I'm your friend too."

"Which is even more of a reason why I don't want to talk about this okay? Lilly doesn't even know that Logan and I are broken up."

"Broken up? " Cassidy asked, "The way Logan put it, it sounded a more like you're on a break. That you guys are going to get back together once he gets back to town."

"Cassidy, he sent me a text message in the middle of the night saying that he doesn't know when or even if he's coming home. I think it's safe to say that we're not going to be getting back together any time soon."

"What are you guys talking about?" Mac asked groggily as she sat up and rubbed her eyes

"Nothing important." Cassidy said as he kissed the top of her head, "Now what do you say about getting you back home?"

"That sounds good. "

"Alright. Veronica, can you tell Dick that I'm taking his car?"

"Sure thing."

As Mac and Cassidy got up to leave Veronica walked over to Lilly who was putting a large amount of her winnings into the pot.

"So, how are things going?" Veronica whispered, looking over Lilly's shoulder

"Not to bad." Lilly lied as she gave Veronica a peak at her cards, a king and a five of spades.

"So what are you going to do Dick?" Veronica asked as she watched him counting and recounting his chips.

He was silent for a moment and then tossed his cards in the middle of the table and declared, "I fold."

"That was a really bad idea." Lilly laughed as she turned her cards over.

"Holy crap you got taken by a girl." A familiar voice said from the side, and Veronica's spidey senses began to tingle.

"You think you can take her?" Veronica asked licking her lips.

"Hell no." He said shaking his head and then with a flirtatious tone in his voice he asked, "So you are?"

"Taken." Lilly interrupted, "In fact you might know her boyfriend. Logan Echolls."

"So you're Trampy McBitch."

"You've heard of me?"

"Of course you're infamous. And I'm--"

"Troy Vandergraff."

"You've heard of me?"

"Of course. You've been kicked out of two schools for drug possession and trafficking. You're infamous. By the way Luke if you're on the look out for some steroids, he's your man. "

"What's going on over here?" Duncan asked walking up to the table

"I'm just having a nice little chat with your friend over here." Veronica said with a smile.

"What are you doing here Troy?" Lilly asked, "I mean aren't you supposed to be going back east for school?"

"Chang of plans. The parentals decided that they're going to stay in SoCal so I am enrolling here Wednesday."

"Oh joy." Veronica said her voice dripping with sarcasm, "Just what this town needs; another over-privileged rich white pretty boy. We just don't have enough of those. "

"What are you talking about?" Duncan asked, "Your boyfriend's an over-privileged rich white pretty boy."

"You think I'm pretty?" Logan asked suddenly coming up being Lilly and Veronica, "Dude I didn't even think you still liked me."

"Holy shit. " Dick said standing up, "The prodigal son has returned."

"Hey Dick." Logan said looking over at Veronica.

"I think this deserves a toast." Dick raised his glass, "To Logan, the guy Teen People said 'broke our hearts bringing his poignant life story to the small screen' and Entertainment Weekly declared 'this years It boy.'"

"Oh Dick, I always knew you secretly loved Teen People." Logan smirked.

"So you got to tell us man, what is it like to be Hollywood's new it boy?" Sean asked"How'd your new movie go?" Luke asked

"Guys, come on!" Troy exclaimed, "He just got back to town. Let him cool down a little bit."

Everyone was silent for a moment and then Lilly looked up at him and asked hopefully, "Is it true that you just signed on to do a movie with Connor Larkin?"

"He's a mortal believe me. They just draw his abs on. And no I did not."

"Excuse me everyone!" A loud voice boomed out from the foyer, "This is Sheriff Lamb and I'm going to ask all of you to please empty your cups and find a sober driver to escort you home."

"Looks like the party's over." Dick said putting his arm around Logan's shoulder, "You want to come by my house and we'll catch up? You can even bring your girlfriend."

"I'm good." Veronica said as she dug her car keys out of her pocket.

"Veronica." Logan started

"I gotta go Logan." Veronica turned around and hurried outside to her car.

Veronica got into her car and quickly started it.

"I wake up in the morning and I wonder why everything's the same as it was." The car radio played, " And I can't understand, no I can't understand, why life goes on the way it does."

"Veronica wait." Logan exclaimed hitting the passenger side window, "Can I talk to you?"

"You've already said all that I needed to hear in that text message you sent me."

"Let me explain to you."

"Goodbye Logan." Veronica told him as she tried to hold tears back

"Tell me why does my heart go on beating? And why do these eyes of mine cry? Don't they know it's the end of the world? It ended when we said goodbye."