"One day, Veronica Mars, you will remember this day and for a moment I'll be an element of the super natural with my super cool psychic abilities. And in that moment my voice will echo 'I-told-you-so'."
Veronica laughed. She could not believe that her best friend was right. There's one way to boost her ego.
Amused at her sudden burst of laughter, Logan quizzed, "What's so funny?"
"Lilly," Veronica shook her head.
"Lilly?" He arched an eyebrow.
"Let's just say, if you have an whose-ego-is-bigger contest, she'll be winning for a while."
"Impossible," he denied. "As long as I got you as my girlfriend, that trophy is mine."
Her cheeks tinted pink at the sound of Logan referring to her as his girlfriend. "Well, she knew I'd be your girlfriend before you so she wins."
He was about to counter, but then he realised what she'd said. "Wait what?"
"She kind of knew we'd get together. I thought she was crazy but here we are," She gave him the abridged version of Lilly's thoughts on their relationship status.
"Riiiiight," Logan chuckled. "She's gonna be milking that for all it's worth," he commented. "How is it fair that your best friend is like the fairy Godmother and my best friend is the stepmother in our love story?"
Veronica laughed. "Well, honey bunch, that's because my best friend is awesome!"
He stuck his tongue out at her and she made a funny face at him.
"Are you gonna be okay talking to Duncan, alone?" She asked.
"Are you gonna be okay taking Lilly's taunts, alone?" He countered.
"Hey, I was trying to be helpful."
"By flaunting how awesome Lilly is for wanting us together?" He lifted an eyebrow. He was actually happy that Veronica wouldn't be having any problems with Lilly. He wasn't sure who she would have chosen if Lilly had made her choose between them.
"You have to admit, she's pretty awesome," Veronica sang out the 'awesome.'
Logan chuckled at her. Soon the car came to a halt and Logan said, "You ready?"
She looked at him and replied, "I should be asking you that question." Veronica was a bit worried about Duncan's reaction. She knew that he wouldn't be as accepting as Lilly.
"Hey, I got an idea, how about we tell both of them together?" Logan suggested; it was mostly because he knew Lilly would be very helpful in the situation.
Veronica laughed but decided that it would be better for him. "Okay."
As they walked to the door side by side, Logan whispered, "Did I tell you that you're really hot in your cheerleading uniform?" Logan grinned when a blush graced her cheeks.
Before she could respond, they were at the door and she looked at him with a look of reassurance which made him press the door bell.
Duncan opened the door and smiled when he saw his best friend, "Hey Logan." He then noticed Veronica. "And Veronica."
"Hey Duncan," They said in union.
"Veronica!" Lilly exclaimed happily and went to hug her best friend, Veronica responded with the same enthusiasm.
"Can we go to your room?" Veronica asked.
"Ooh are you feeling frisky?" Lilly laughed at Veronica's red face.
"We need to talk," Logan said, unable to surpass his grin.
"We?" Duncan frowned.
"The whole fabulous crew of four," Logan remarked.
Once they were in Lilly's room and everyone was settled Veronica started, "We have some things to tell you."
"It's strange how this feels like an 'I'm pregnant' speech," Lilly said straight faced. Duncan shot his sister a glare because he felt that that could be a possibility.
"Lilly!" Veronica scolded for interrupting her.
"Ronnie and I are dating," Logan blurted out.
"Logan!" Veronica scolded him for being so abrupt.
Lilly screamed excitedly as she hugged Veronica and said, "I was totally right!" She then jumped up the on bed. "Boo yah!" She made an 'in your face' gesture. She then sang, "I told you so. Don't want to brag but you already know. I told you so. Don't want to brag but you already know. You already know. I told you, I told you, I told you so oh. I told you, I told you, I told you so oh. F-f-f-feels so good, doesn't it? Winnin' while they flubbin' it. I was right, you was wrong. Figured I'd write it in a hip hop song. - "
Veronica laughed but needed to breathe, "Stop, please."
Duncan on the other hand wasn't as impressed with her performance. His face was blank. From the moment Logan blurted out that piece of information he froze. He wasn't sure why because he knew this was gonna happen he just didn't expect it to happen so soon.
Logan looked at him for a reaction; he held in a breath as he waited for maybe a punch in the face.
Lilly noticed and said, "Donut, isn't this great?"
Duncan's attention went to his sister, he didn't say anything. He was about to leave when Veronica called out, "Wait." Duncan froze at the sound of her voice. "I know that it's surprising about Logan and I, it only happened today, we wanted you two to be the first to know."
"Duncan, come sit here," Lilly ordered her brother. Duncan stood in his position. "Duncan." She snapped at him.
"Duncan, man..." Logan trailed off.
"Duncan..." Lilly warned.
"Yeah, it's great," he mumbled from beside Lilly.
Both Logan and Veronica were surprised, Veronica smiled but Logan looked suspicious.
"Thank you," Veronica smiled gratefully at Duncan's acceptance. "I have something else I need to tell you." She looked at Logan for support and he gave her an assuring smile. "You said that I was avoiding you." She looked at Lilly and she didn't know why but she felt like crying. "I was because I didn't want to lie to you."
"Oh Veronica, you know I'd never be angry at you about Logan, I-"
She shook her head. "No, not about Logan."
"Okay," Lilly encouraged her to continue.
"I overheard my parents arguing, my dad was really angry."
Lilly and Duncan shared a look, they didn't like where this was heading.
"I found out my mom's an alcoholic."
Lilly was surprised at that.
"You know they told me that she's gonna take care of my aunt?" She looked at Lilly for confirmation. Lilly nodded. "She was in a rehabilitation centre."
Lilly was surprised at this, how was she there and at the Camelot?
Veronica was trying to control her shaky voice, "But the thing is she didn't complete her treatment or whatever and she came back early."
Lilly connected the dots. She knew and she knew what Veronica was about to say and she wasn't sure that she wanted to hear it from her best friend.
"My dad found out that she was in the Camelot motel..."
Lilly knew, Duncan knew and Logan watched the siblings and knew that they already knew. He shook his head with disbelief. Here, Veronica struggled to tell them the truth and yet they kept it from her.
Veronica couldn't look at them when she spoke. "With your dad," She let out. "I-"
"You weren't supposed to know!" Duncan yelled as tears fell down his cheek. Veronica was shocked at his outburst. Lilly tried to hold her brother but he jumped. "I didn't want to believe it when my mom told me-"
"You knew?" Veronica shouted wide eyed and her teary eyes now flared with anger.
Duncan's eyes snapped to her. "I'm so sorry, I should have told you but I didn't know how, that's why I avoided you."
"What?" Veronica's brows furrowed. "That's why you broke up with me?"
"I loved you so much but-"
"You should have told me!" She then looked at Lilly, "You knew!" She accused.
"I'm sorry; I wanted to find out if it was true before I told you. I needed proof," Lilly explained and tried to gain control over the situation. She'd never seen Veronica so angry and hurt before.
"I would have believed you, Lilly!" Veronica cried out. "I wouldn't have asked for proof." She would have wished it weren't true and denied it but she would have seen the truth eventually.
Duncan had tears fall down his face. "Veronica, I'm so sorry but when my mother told me that you're my sister I just-"
"WHAT?" She screamed with wide eyes. "Are you crazy?"
Lily realised that Veronica didn't know that one fact. Logan's eyes grew wide and he looked between the three people and didn't know what to do.
Veronica shook her head and let the tears fall. "No, no," She backed away from them. "Just no!" She yelled when Lilly tried to go closer to her. Veronica ran out of the Kane mansion and Logan followed behind her.
When they are outside, Logan caught Veronica and pulled her in a hug. He held her tight trying to absorb her pain. She let out loud wet sobs into his t-shirt. He couldn't believe what he heard.
"Take me home," Veronica whispered.
Logan pressed a kiss against her forehead and put her in the passenger seat. Before he could start the car, he cast her one more look of concern. They drove in silence, Veronica shook with hiccuped breaths and Logan reached out to hold her hand with one hand.
"Do you think it could be true?" She whispered and Logan almost didn't hear her. He didn't know how to reassure her. If Duncan broke up with her because of it, if Lilly believed it enough to get proof, if Lianne had the affair from sixteen years ago then yeah it was plausible.
"I don't know," Was the only safe thing he could say.
She felt sick. "Stop the car!"
Startled, he hit the brakes. Veronica pushed open the door and hopped off as fast as she could and soon enough she puked all over the roadside. Logan stared at her with wide eyes and went to rub her back.
She took out a water bottle and rinsed her mouth. She then splashed some on her face. After a while, she said, "I feel so disgusted. If it's true that means I kissed my brother! God, Logan, that's so fucked up." Unable to deny her words, Logan tried to wrap his arms around her in a hug but she backed away. "How are you not disgusted by this? How can you touch me?"
He sighed heavily. "You didn't know, Veronica. This isn't your fault." He cupped her cheek. "I could never feel disgusted by you even when you're puking your guts out."
She bit her lip, wrapped her arms around his waist and let him hold her. "Thank you for being here."
"There's no other place I'd rather be," He whispered.
"What?" Lianne asked nervously as her daughter looked at her with tears glistening in her eyes.
"Why does Lilly and Duncan think I'm their sister," Veronica asked as straight faced as possible.
Lianne looked nervously around and avoided her daughter's gaze. She didn't know. But here it was she had the opportunity to change that. Keith was gonna take Veronica away from her if she didn't stop drinking. Then there was Jake, he was the love of her life, everything is better when she's with him. They could have a family. With Veronica.
"Mom," Veronica called for her attention.
"Just tell me, I'm sick and tired of everyone keeping things from me!" She yelled with tears brimming.
"What did they tell you?"
"Celeste told Duncan that I was his sister! That's why he broke up with me!"
"Honey..." Lianne moved to console her daughter.
"Don't," She warned and took a step back. "Is it true?" Lianne didn't answer and then Veronica screamed, "IS IT TRUE?"
Lianne's eyes filled with tears, she didn't know what to do, she just said, "I'm sorry honey, I'm so sorry."
Veronica felt as if she'd been knocked out, she shook her head with fury. "No, no, no," She chanted and then when Lianne tried to get close to her she ran away. She ran to her room and slammed the door.
She cried and cried and hugged her pillow, she hoped that she'd wake up and the only problem she had was deciding whether or not to do a D'nD.
She frantically wiped her tears from her face and looked at herself in the mirror. She glared at her reflection. She opened her draw and pulled out a scissor. She was tired. She didn't want to have the long blonde hair that her mother had. She wasn't a liar and a cheater like her mother.
She pulled her hair in a pony with her fist and cut.
I won't be lied to. Cut.
I won't be naive. Cut.
I won't be like my mother. Cut.
I won't be Jake Kane's daughter. Cut.
She let go of her hair and breathed heavily. She looked at her long locks of hair on the floor and then at herself in the mirror. Her newly chopped hair fell just above her shoulder. She pulled out a plastic bag and shoved her fallen blonde locks into it.