Story: Tears Fell Down and Hit the Fire

By: Pigy190

Universe: Veronica Mars post season 3

Dislaimer: Sadly I still don't own Veronica Mars or any of the characters. Nor do I own Logan Echolls. If my prayers get answered, and I do. I'll let you know.

Also, the song is "I Hear the Bells" by Mike Doughty

A/N: this is it. Then end. I can't believe it's done. Enjoy.

Also: I upload this quickly for the following 5 people, who submitted amazing reviews that made my day:

Ellah23- don't worry, you didn't have to wait long see? :) I'm glad you like what I did with Dick, I don't think the show really captured him.

usernames are for losers- [love your userneame. :)]

gufsmile- I know the Duncan/Veronica is horrible. But it was necessary... (and SO painful to write!)

starcrazed- I hope you were frustrated with everyone! haha that's the way I always was when watching the show so I tried to get that in my fic.

TSJorSydPip- I don't think the last chapter was anyone's favorite chapter(unless your a Duncan/Veronica fan in which case I don't know why you're reading this). For the rest, you're just going to have to read. :)



I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Veronica Mars always goes to the good boy. I should have known she would never choose me over Duncan Kane. They were the Golden Couple. Even Lilly knows they're best for each other; otherwise she wouldn't have let Veronica go back to her stupid brother.

Logan threw the bottle he had just emptied over the side of the bridge. He wasn't sure why he hadn't followed yet. This was all so De-ja-vu. Just like summer before Senior year after Veronica accused him of killing Lilly. He almost expected the PCHers to come driving up to beat him up for something again. But this wasn't high school. He wasn't here because his girlfriend had accused him of murder. Then she had been following evidence. Then he still had a chance with her. Now he had nothing. She was back with Duncan and had her perfect family with him. She finally had normal. Boring old normal. Logan scoffed and opened the second bottle and took a large gulp.

I hear the bells

Down in the canyon, it's

Snow in New York

Some blue December, I'm

Gone to the moon

Without you, girl, and I'm

Calling to you

Throughout the world and well I can

Hear the bells are

Ringing joyful and triumphant and I can

Hear the bells are

Ringing joyful and triumphant and

I hear the bells

They are like emeralds, and

Glints in the night

Commas and ampersands

Your moony face

So inaccessible

Your inner mind

So inexpressible

Logan almost spit out the drink. For the past year he had been trying to figure out what had happened at alterna-prom. Suddenly he knew. He remember the epic speech followed by Veronica running out on him. He remembered her coming back the next morning. Almost as good as telling him she loved him and Kendall had ruined it. If Kendall hadn't been there maybe she would have opened up to him. Maybe she would have let herself love him.

"Yeah right. Like Veronica Mars will ever let anyone in that she shut out after Shelly's Party?" Ah there was the pesky voice. He had been wondering when it would show up. "Face it, Logan. You ruined things when you turned your back on her after Lilly's death. You knew she loved Lilly, and yet you shunned her." Logan took another swig of his drink trying to drown out the words bouncing around in his mind.

Logan tried to hold back the tears that were threatening to fall. He had lost everything. His life before Neptune, when his father didn't beat him; Veronica at twelve, when Duncan claimed her as his; Lilly at fifteen, when his father bludgeoned her to death; Veronica again, when she left him for Duncan; His mom, when she jumped off the bridge to get away from the Great Aaron Echolls; Duncan, when he finally ran away with Meg's baby; his dad(as much as he hated the bastard), when someone shot him in the hotel room of the Neptune Grande; Cassidy aka Beaver, when he jumped of the bridge; Dick, when his dad came back; and then Veronica, for the final time(he hadn't bothered to count the other times since she'd always come back to him), when she left him for Duncan and baby Lilly. Everything. Gone.

He got up and walked to the ledge. His phone rang. Veronica's ring tone, but he couldn't bring himself to care. She was Duncan's now. Forever.

He didn't know why he didn't just jump. There was no point in living.

"LOGAN AARON ECHOLLS! YOU GET DOWN FROM THERE THIS MINUTE!" his mother yelled at him. Logan jumped and almost lost his balance.

"Mom?" he asked. Lynn Echolls was standing in front of him, furious.

"Yes, Logan, it's me. Listen to me. It's not worth it," she said. Logan raised his eyebrow. "I know that's hypocritical coming from me, but listen to me, Logan. I wish every day that I had the strength to stay and stand up to Aaron for you, but I didn't. I'm sorry, Sweetie."

"I have nothing left, Mom," Logan said, the tears finally falling. "Everyone I've ever cared for is gone." Lynn shook her head.

"If that's true why is Veronica calling you?" she asked.

"Because she needs a favor?" he said sarcastically.

"A favor from you," Lynn said. "Which means she needs you." Logan scoffed. "Who did she turn to when she was on the roof and Cassidy was trying to kill her?" Logan looked at the black pit below him.

"Me," he whispered.

"Who did she let comfort her when she thought her father was dead?" Lynn asked.


"Who did she turn to when Mercer almost raped her?"



"I wasn't there."


"I was beat up Mercer in jail."

"Didn't she call you?"

"Thirty times."

"I ask again, who did she turn to when Mercer almost raped her."

"She tried me." Logan's tears were coming in rivers.

"Who did she go to when she found out Lilly had been killed?"

"Me." Logan choked out.

"Who did she turn to when she found out who had killed Lilly?"


"Then why don't you believe she needs you?"

"She won't say it."

"Do you think she tells Mac or Wallace that she needs and loves them?" Lynn asked. "No, they know she does because of the way she treats them. Everyone knows that Veronica Mars is completely in love with you, she just can't say it. Don't jump, Logan. Give her one last chance." Logan shook his head.

"I can't. It hurts too much," he cried.

"Please, Logan," Lynn said. "For me?" Logan slowly climbed off the ledge and got back into his car.

"I love you, Mom," he said. Lynn smiled.

"I love you, too, Logan. I'm sorry I couldn't be there for you like you needed me." Logan looked up and she was gone.

He took another swig from his bottle. He wasn't going to jump-for his mom, but he was going to get plastered. Nobody could stop him from doing that.


Veronica watched as Duncan sat on the floor playing with Lilly. Lilly Kane. Veronica cringed internally every time she heard the name. It didn't belong to the small child bouncing around the floor with her too young father. It belonged to the ever strong, self-proclaimed fabulous Lilly Kane that had been murdered three years ago.

"Are you okay, Veronica?" Duncan asked. Veronica forced a smile at him.

"Yeah, I'm fine," she said. "I'm just tired from having to deal with Logan." Duncan smiled back at her and nodded. He knew that Logan had run out earlier, but he didn't know the details of why. Veronica had told him he just couldn't deal with her getting back with Duncan for good.

"He did take it pretty hard," he agreed. Veronica nodded. She didn't trust her voice. She didn't know why she was even thinking about her decision to stay with Duncan. She had promised Duncan. Even if she hadn't, he was the better choice. Her relationship with him wasn't violent and passionate, it was nice, normal, loving. It made her want to gag. This wasn't her anymore, this was the old Veronica. The Veronica before Lilly died, but she couldn't bring herself to let Logan in. She knew he was just going to hurt her. He had so many times before.

"But usually only after you pushed him away," her Lilly-like conscience said. Veronica bit back a groan. She so didn't need Lilly butting in right now.

"Hey!" Duncan said suddenly. "I love this song!" he turned up the radio, even though the song was halfway through.

I'm seeking girls

In sales and marketing

Let's go make out

Up in the balcony

Your business dress

So businesslike and I'm

Tossing the blouse

Over a chairback and

I can

Hear the bells are

Ringing joyful and triumphant and I can

Hear the bells are

Ringing joyful and triumphant and

You snooze, you lose

Well I have snost and lost

I'm pushing through

I'll disregard the cost

I hear the bells

So fascinating and

I'll slug it out

I'm sick of waiting

Veronica choked back a sob. She had been avoiding that song for the past year. With it came the memories of Logan's speech.

"I thought our story was epic, you know? You and me." She had scoffed and asked "Epic? How?" She remembered his responds no matter how hard she tried to forget. "Spanning years, and continents. Lives ruined and blood shed. Epic!" She had tried to blow him off saying something about how relationships weren't supposed to be that hard and he had told her "Nobody writes songs about the ones that come easy."

Suddenly his earlier good-bye felt too final for her liking.

"Veronica?" Duncan sounded worried. She looked up at him.

"Yeah?" she asked her voice cracking.

"Are you okay?" he asked again. She nodded.

"I'm fine," she said. Duncan raised his eyebrows.

"Then why are you crying?" Veronica was shocked. She hadn't realized the tears were running down her face until Duncan had mentioned them. She couldn't remember the last time she had cried anywhere but the shower.

"This song," she said. "I heard it at alterna-prom. Logan, made this speech." she cut off, unable to say anymore. Duncan came up and hugged her.

"I love you, Veronica," he said. "I always will, but I think it's time to be realistic." She pulled back and stared at him.

"What are you talking about?"

"You don't love me anymore, not the way you used to. Or the way you love Logan." As soon as Duncan said Logan's name the tears stared over. "Go to him." He told her. "I can move on. You and Logan, you can't. Your relationship is epic." His words made her cry harder. She picked up her phone and dialed his number. His voicemail came on, no longer the sarcastic inspirational messages it had been all throughout high school. She called again, and got voicemail again.

"He's not answering," she said. "I don't know where he is." Duncan laughed.

"You're Veronica Mars. Are you telling me you didn't bug his phone?" Veronica blushed.

"I don't usually trace him," she said.

"I think this one time, he won't care." Veronica smiled and grabbed her laptop, pulling up the program to trace him. He was on the Coronado Bridge. Veronica gasped.

"NO!" She shouted. Duncan gave her a push.

"Go!" he urged. She grabbed her bag and keys and ran. When she got to her car, she floored it, urging her car to go faster than she ever though the damn thing could go. She blew through every traffic light and sign that she passed, breaking every traffic law every laid down. She just hoped that the Sheriff's department would let it slide since it was her car and her father was Sheriff. Either she was right or just down right lucky, but she made the twenty minute drive to the bridge five. She saw his car parked up ahead and came to a screeching halt. She got out, leaving the keys in the car.

"LOGAN?" She yelled.


He really was starting to hate the taste of Jack Daniel's. It used to take him a bottle to get drunk, now halfway through his second he was only beginning to feel the buzz.

"LOGAN?" Veronica's voice cut through the silence. He had turned off the radio when it had started to play "Veronica" by Elvis Costello.

He decided he was drunker than he originally though. He only hallucinated when he was really plastered.

"Logan!" Veronica stood before him, her face a mask of relief.

"Veronica," he said smirking. "You know, usually when you come to me while I'm drunk you're wearing something sexier." He laughed. She punched him. Hard. "OW!" he complained. Then his eyes widened. "You're really here."

"Yes, I'm really here," she said impatiently. "What are you doing here?"

"The same thing countless other people have done when they have nothing left to live for," Logan said. "Drinking until I have the courage to jump." Veronica lost the little color she'd had in her face, he didn't bother to tell her he wouldn't jump because his mother had asked him not to.

"No," she whispered.

"Yes," Logan answered. "Now what are you doing here? Aren't you supposed to be playing house with Duncan?"

"I can't do it," she said. "I can't pretend I'm in love with Duncan anymore."

"Pretend?" he asked. Veronica looked at the ground.

"Can't we finish this?" she asked her voice breaking. "Haven't we ruined enough lives? Hasn't there been enough bloodshed?"

"Enough years wasted?" Logan said softly. Veronica's head snapped up to look at him.

"You remembered," she whispered a smiled spreading across her face slowly.

"Yeah," he said. "That song came on, 'I hear the Bells', and it clicked. I'm sorry I called Kendall, I just didn't know what to do anymore. I'm sorry for everything." Veronica shook her head.

"It's not your fault," she said. "It's mine." Logan was stunned. Veronica Mars never admitted she was wrong.

"I shouldn't have run from you-from us- like I always did. But I was afraid," she said crying again. "I've never felt like this about anyone. And the people I love always leave." Logan took hold over her and pulled her into his lap, wrapping his arms around her.

"As long as you want me here, I'm not going anywhere," he said. Veronica sobbed against his shoulder.

"Then you better get used to New York," she said. "Because I'm always going to want you around. I love you." Her voice broke on the last part. Logan tensed around her.

"I love you, too, Veronica," he said. "I love you more than anything."

"It's not going to be easy," she said. Logan laughed.

"When is our relationship ever easy?" he asked. Veronica laughed with him. He pulled back a little bit so he could look into her eyes.

"Just promise me one thing," he said his eyes burning into hers.

"Anything," she said causing Logan's heart to jump.

"If you insist on risking your life, always let me know so I can come with you and protect you," he said. Veronica laughed.

"I promise," she said.

"Good," Logan said. "Because I can't lose you." Veronica kissed him softly.

"I can't lose you either," she said. Logan smiled.

"So you finally admit it," he teased. Veronica smiled.

"Yeah," she said. "Cutting you out hurts more than letting you in."

They sat for the next few hours talking about everything. For the first time ever, Veronica didn't hide anything from him. She told him everything that had happened the last few years and everything she was planning on letting happen in the next few. She told him over her plans and he told her of his.

They knew their relationship would always be a challenge, but they wouldn't have it any other way. After all, their relationship is epic, and epic is never easy.

The End

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