Chapter 47, Final Chapter
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A/N: Wow! It has been an amazing ride. When I began this story, I was just trying to fill a void for myself. There wasn't enough LoVe in the world of fanfic for me. I had never written anything and was afraid I was going to be booed off the forum. Even with this last chapter, I find myself nervous about posting. I've been so afraid each and every chapter that you'd hate it. I was wrong. You have been tremendously supportive and I cannot thank you enough for the amazing feedback, the kind words and the encouragement.
Thanks to Chandramas, who has allowed me to bounce ideas off of her. Thanks!
I really hope that you like this chapter and the way I've chosen to end the fic. I do have plans for a 2nd fic. I've had to try to push all of the ideas floating around in my head away so that I could focus on finishing DL.
One last thing. Every time I sit down to write, I always plug my ear buds into my computer while I have LoVe videos that I've downloaded from The LoVe Shack. I cannot tell you how many times I've watched them, but it's to the point that when my children hear any of the following songs, they say "Veronica". So, anyway...a big thank you to the following people who created the videos that have been so instrumental in me writing this fic. Thanks!
Ever The Same - Video by Stephanie
Kissing You - Video by Logansgirl17
Stay With Me - Video by Buffy Fanatic
The Right Kind of Wrong - Video by - Video by ? Everyone Should Experience LoVe
More Than Anyone - Video by Tiera
Trip - Video by kldubz
What Hurts The Most??? - by ???? (Sorry, not even sure if that's the name of the song and no author is listed)
My Immortal - Video by Alli
Logan woke up the next morning feeling completely at peace. He'd had the night of his dreams with the girl of his dreams. He could feel the warm sunlight pouring through the windows and dancing across his skin. He smiled to himself and then blinked his eyes, slowly opening them.
When he finally focused, he saw Veronica laying next to him, staring at him. He was surprised by the expression on her face. It was softer than he'd seen since Lilly had died. It was as if all of the hurt and shame and torture of the last year had been wiped out over night. After everything he'd done to make her miserable during their year at war, he couldn't believe that he'd had something to do with that softness. That look alone made him happier than he knew he deserved to be. After all, who deserved to be as happy as he was?
The small smile she'd been wearing grew when he looked at her. "Good morning, Sleepy head."
"Mmmm, good morning. How long have you been awake?" Logan smiled back at her as he wrapped her in his arms.
"Um..." she looked at the clock on the night stand. "Just about an hour."
"An hour? Are you crazy! What have you been doing?" Logan had no idea of why she would have been up for that long. If she'd been asleep when he woke up, he may have given her five minutes while he brushed his teeth. Then, he not only would have woken her up, but he would've found a creative way in which to wake her.
"I woke up because I had to go to the bathroom. Then, I was just laying here, relaxing...and watching you sleep. I thought you were sexy when you you're awake. You are beyond hot when you're sleeping." She giggled at her own brazenness.
Logan moved quickly and was out of bed and across the room in an instant.
"Logan, what are you doing? Where are you going?" Veronica sat up in bed. Logan hadn't said a word and was acting more odd than usual. She watched as he rushed into the bathroom.
A couple of minutes later, the bathroom door swung open swiftly and Logan leaned against the door frame. One of his legs was kicked up crossing his other leg at the ankle and his arms were crossed in front of his chest. He was the vision of suave.
Veronica had a confused look on her face. She thought he was crazy. Then, as she was about to ask him what was going on, he took off running toward the bed. When he was about five feet away, he leapt at her and she squealed and tried to protect herself.
Logan landed and the whole bed bounced. The were laughing hysterically.
"Wh-what are you d-doing, Logan?" She was trying to catch her breath.
"Oh, I was just wondering how you're feeling?" The look he had on his face and the way he was behaving let her know that the meaning of his statement wasn't as simple as the words he'd spoken.
"How I'm feeling?"
"Yeah. You know, after last night." He looked down her body and then took his hand and trailed down her body on the outside of the blankets.
"You sore?" He asked quietly. The tone of his voice had changed, too and Veronica was starting to understand what he was really asking her.
"Hmm..." she started as she wrapped her arms around his neck. "I don't know. Maybe you know some way to check?"
"Oh, I definitely think I could help you out with that." He bent down and kissed her as he climbed under the blankets with her.
"Whew..." Veronica was still trying to catch her breath. "I'd say...not too sore."
Logan chuckled as he pulled her to lay on top of him. "Does it get any better than this?"
"You know what?" Veronica said, contemplating the question. "I used to think it couldn't. I should be holding my breath and waiting for something to go wrong. I'm not, though. Logan, this...we, are only going to get better. I am so excited to see what happens. I've never been as sure about anything as I am about us. It's like when we saw your mom in action after Aaron died. Remember? We said 'Times, they are a-changin'.' It was true then and the tide has changed for us too, Logan."
"You don't think we'll mess this up?" Logan had planned on being with Veronica for as long as he could, but he didn't know that she was as sure as he was.
"I trust you, Logan, and I trust us. We'll take care of each other. I know that now. After everything we've been through, in these last few months, we've always put each other first. I thought that after things calmed down and we weren't finding ourselves in life-threatening situations constantly and we weren't constantly fighting against outside forces, that our bond wouldn't be as strong. The reality is that it has become even stronger, we are stronger. You're my best friend, Logan. I never get tired of being with you. We've known each other for so long and yet, I feel like I'm constantly learning new things about you. You are always surprising me. And, now that I've discovered your additional talents," she looked up and down his body, showing what talents she was referring to, "I've got even more to learn about you. We're going to be fine, Logan. We're going to be great and I can't wait to see where each day takes us."
"I can't wait either. I'm still amazed at everything we've been through. It's been wild. And, now...here we are. Laying in bed, skin to skin and basking in the after glow!" They cracked up with laughter.
"Is it weird that I'm still a little self-conscious about being naked around you?" Veronica said when they had stopped laughing.
"What?" He thought she was joking until he looked at her face. The insecurity was written all over it. "Of course not. It's not like you're used to prancing around in front of me or anyone without your clothes. You'll get used to it in time, but we'll ease you into it, okay?"
She smiled shyly at him. She had no idea of why she was so embarrassed. They'd slept together all night and neither had been wearing a stitch of clothing. Plus, he'd actually been the one to remove it the night before. Veronica was sure that his mouth had probably touched every inch of her body.
"Just for the record, though, Ronnie. You have NOTHING to be shy about." He winked at her and smirked.
Logan showered and dressed first and then waited as Veronica did the same. He knew that she wasn't taking that long, but it felt like they'd been apart forever. When she finally emerged from the bathroom, she was startled when she was suddenly picked up and spun around. Logan's lips were on her in an instant and she had to laugh at the irony of the situation. Here he was physically spinning her around, but he didn't need to be. Every time he kissed her, it made her feel like she was spinning out of control, with him as her only anchor.
Logan softly set her down as he continued to kiss her. When they broke apart, he leaned his head back and looked at the ceiling. "Best Winter Break EVER!"
Veronica laughed at his theatrics. "The boy knows how to call it, Ladies and Gentlemen. Definitely one for the record books."
When they'd settled down, Veronica looked up at him and tilted her head to one side. "So, are you finally going to tell me where we are?"
Logan sighed and bit the side of his cheek as if he was really considering it. He knew, though, that he would tell her. That was the plan all along. He really just wanted the timing to be perfect. They'd had a great time and he was hoping that she would appreciate his plan in its entirety.
"First, answer something for me, okay?" He was looking into her eyes with the intensity of his gaze and she knew she'd answer anything he wanted to ask her at that moment.
"Have you enjoyed your time here?" Logan knew that it seemed like an obvious answer, but he had a point to asking her.
"Are you kidding? Didn't we just discuss that? I've had the best time, Logan. I wouldn't have traded this for anything." Veronica didn't know what he was getting at. He had been there and witnessed her enjoyment first hand.
"Good. That was my plan." He smiled, but it wasn't his normal cocky smirk. In fact, if she didn't know him better, Veronica would've thought that Logan was a little nervous.
"Your plan?" Veronica asked. She was squinting her eyes at him and raised her eyebrow in mock irritation.
"Yes, my love, my plan. I've been keeping this secret from you for more than a few days."
"Really? How long have you been planning this little victory date of yours?"
"Well, first of all, you in a catholic school girl outfit? Deserves a bit of planning, I'd say. Secondly, it took awhile to bring it all together. You see, everyday, while we've been at school, there has been a crew working on this place. First, with completely gutting it, getting rid of everything that it was. Then, with rebuilding it into a place that you would love and would associate only wonderful memories." He watched her, waiting for her to understand what he was saying. He knew she would. As he watched the realization sweep over her face, he actually took pride in how intelligent his girlfriend was.
"The pool house." It wasn't a question, it was a statement.
"The Echolls' pool house, to be exact. I didn't want you remembering him and everything he did to all of us every time you looked at this place. I'm hoping that by completely changing it and then creating new...amazing memories here, that you can be happy when you see it. That you might actually want to come back here with me sometime."
"Are you kidding me?" Logan was shocked. 'Uh oh, major misstep on my part.'
"Ronnie, I-I," he was trying to figure out a way to make it better when she cut him off.
"I can't believe that you did all of this for me. This was perfect, Logan." She started to spin around and look at her surroundings again. "Wow! It just looks nothing like it did. You did an amazing job."
Veronica spun back around to look Logan in the eyes again. "I can't believe you were able to pull all of this off. How did I miss this?"
"Well, the crew was only allowed to work when you were away at school or the office. They did a good job keeping things cleaned up so you wouldn't notice the mess."
"What did your mom say? Does she know what you planned for last night?" Although she loved Lynn, she blushed furiously at the thought that Lynn had known what they were up to the night before.
"No. Well, she knew why I wanted to do it. She thought it was a great idea. It's not like she wanted to come in and nap on the bed that Aaron had taped his sexcapades on. She loved the idea of a mountain cabin. She got to see the final product yesterday and said that you'd love it." Logan shrugged and waited for Veronica's response.
Veronica thought back to the night before, when Logan finally revealed the location of their date. Lynn was right. She had loved it. "Have I gotten that predictable?"
"Predictable?" Logan practically choked on the word. "No, I don't think you'll ever be predictable."
"Good. I'd hate for you to get bored with me." She was smiling, knowing that they could never get bored with each other. They had too much chemistry and passion. Although that was evident in their physical relationship, it was even more so in the little things. It was in the way they looked at each other or comforted one another with a smile or a touch when no one else knew they needed comforting. It was the way that no matter how many people they were around, how many distractions they had or the fact that they were being pulled in different directions, they always gravitated to each other.
"There is no way THAT could ever happen." He kissed her as he hugged her to him
"I suppose we should get back to the house before my dad thinks you kidnapped me to Mexico to elope." She giggled a little when Logan rolled his eyes at her. He still didn't enjoy her Troy humor, but he'd gotten much better at rolling with it. He knew that it was a defense mechanism. If she joked about him, she didn't have to dwell on her experience with him. Logan always tried to play along with her, although it would still cause an immediate knot in his stomach every time Troy came up in conversation.
"Wrong boyfriend, Ronnie. That guy is sitting in a mental hospital being evaluated to see if he's competent to stand trial. I, on the other hand, am right here." He punctuated the point by rubbing his hand down her back and cupping her butt.
"Oh, right there, huh? That's a good place to be." They laughed as they broke apart and walked out of the pool house.
"Not only that...but when WE get married, your dad is going to be walking you down the aisle and we'll be surrounded by our family and friends." Veronica shot him a look at his nonchalance at the subject of marriage. He wasn't making a big deal of the conversation, it was as if he was just stating the facts.
A small smile graced her face. "Mmm, sounds much better than my first wedding. And, maybe it will last longer than the 55-hour Britney Special that my first marriage was."
They were holding hands and smiling as they walked into the house...where they stopped dead in their tracks, eyes wide and mouths gaping.
Startled at their children's presence, Keith and Lynn quickly separated from the kiss that they'd been enjoying.
"Uh-oh," the kids heard Lynn whisper as she ducked her head.
"Uh...hey kids." Keith said when Lynn seemed to overwhelmed by her embarrassment of being caught making out. "Have a good night?" He asked weakly.
"Well, now that puts a whole different spin on the conversation we were just having." Veronica whispered to Logan.
Logan, still in shock, squeezed her hand. "Yes, times, they definitely are a-changin'."
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXDISCLAIMER: I don't own VM or any part of it...neither do I own "Times, they are a-changin'" That is Bob Dylan.