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30 March 2006 @ 02:24 am
Fic: What She Knows (Veronica, mentions of L/L, L/V, D/M, D/V) PG-13  
Title: What She Knows
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 2,076
Character/Pairing: Veronica with mentions of Logan/Lilly, Logan/Veronica, Duncan/Meg, and Duncan/Veronica
Warnings/Spoilers: Up to 2x12 or 2x13
Summary: Since she's met him, Veronica's known various things about Logan. Each section is a different time in Veronica and Logan's relationship starting from when they met.
Disclaimer: Rob Thomas owns them, I don't.
Author's Note: This was written for the Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Heavenly Virtues Challenge. My word was faith, having absolute belief in something or someone. Here's hoping this fic works! Enjoy and feedback is always welcome.


“I knew you’d win,” Lilly exclaimed as she ran towards Veronica, leaving Duncan and a boy she’d never seen before behind. Veronica laughed and shook her head as she was pulled into a congratulatory hug.

“Yes, Lilly. You were, once again, right,” she said.

Lilly pulled back and tossed her hair over her shoulder. “Well, duh. Of course I was right.” She raised an eyebrow. “Did you expect anything less?”

Veronica grinned. “Not modesty, that’s for sure.”

“Are you trying to say I’m conceited?”

“Or lacking manners,” Duncan interrupted as he and the boy walked up. “You haven’t even mentioned us, Lilly.”

Lilly rolled her eyes. “Poor you, Donut. I’m sure you’re just traumatized.”

The new boy shook his head. “Why would he be? He knows everyone here already. Unlike some of us.”

She sighed. “Oh, fine. Veronica Mars meet Logan Echolls.” She waved a hand in his direction, raising her eyebrows at Veronica, who smiled.

“Nice to meet you.”

He grinned as he looked at her. “You too.” The look in his eyes said he was just itching to make some type of remark but he held back. Maybe it was because they’d just met, maybe it was something else. She didn’t know. But as she looked at him, something inside her shifted and she knew one thing for sure.

Logan Echolls was going to be a major part of her life.

~*~*~*~


“You can be a real bitch, you know that?” Logan snapped.

Lilly laughed, brushing her hair back. “What’s the matter, lover?” She turned to look at him, her eyes glinting in the sun. “Was it something I said?” she asked, tilting her head back a bit. He rolled his eyes even as the corners of his mouth lifted in a reluctant smile.

Veronica shook her head as she watched them. Logan and Lilly were always bickering. It didn’t matter about what or who was watching. They seemed to thrive on it. It’d been that way since Logan had moved to Neptune. They’d been at odds with each other over practically everything, but there’d always been that feeling that they were only arguing because they enjoyed it.

And that had evolved over the years into a stormy relationship that tore them apart and pushed them back together constantly.

Despite all this, Veronica wasn’t blind. She knew that Logan didn’t always enjoy the fights. She’d seen him after one of his and Lilly’s many break ups and it hadn’t been pretty. He’d been falling down drunk and thinking of it caused her to shake her head. It was the first time she’d seen him that drunk. Duncan had shaken his head and told her to go find Lilly, he’d take care of Logan.

Only a couple of weeks later, they’d been back together.

It was as if they had some sort of magnetic pull towards each other. She couldn’t describe it but she knew that Logan loved Lilly and no matter how casual Lilly might act, Veronica knew she loved him as well. She knew that.

Logan and Lilly would always find their way back to each other.

~*~*~*~


Lilly was never coming back.

Veronica continued to stare at the photo in her hands. She and Lilly, posing for the camera as if they were models, with wide grins on their faces. She remembered that day. Lilly had taken Duncan’s new camera, declaring that she would be able to find something much better to take pictures of than the trees. Duncan had scowled and muttered something about a school project before chasing after Lilly, who had laughed and run to the backyard.

That was where Logan had found them. He’d smirked at Duncan and taken the camera from Lilly, snapping pictures of the girls and making ridiculous innuendoes to make them laugh as they tried out various poses.

Thinking back on it brought on another flood of tears and Veronica shook her head in denial. She didn’t want to believe that she’d never have another day like that. It was too soon.

There was a knock on her door as her father stepped inside. “Honey?” He waited a moment and then moved forward, placing a hand on her shoulder. “Veronica, it’s time to go.”

Veronica let out a shaky breath as she set the picture on her bed and glanced down at her black dress.

“She’s really gone, isn’t she?” Her voice was quiet when she asked and she felt the bed dip as her dad sat next to her. When he wrapped his arm around her, she leaned against him with relief.

“Yes, Veronica. She’s gone.”

For a few moments, she only sat there, staring at nothing. This was it. She took a deep breath and stood. “Let’s go.”


The funeral passed in a blur for Veronica. She watched as Duncan blankly stared straight ahead. She watched as Jake Kane stood and made a speech about the daughter he’d lost. And next to her, Logan had sat, his entire body rigid.

He’d been angry with her only a few days ago for telling Lilly about he and Yolanda kissing and he hadn’t been shy about it. But Logan had been the first person she’d called when she’d finally stopped sobbing after seeing Lilly’s body. And though he’d been angry with her, he’d answered when she called.

Veronica sometimes wondered if he wished that he’d just let the phone ring. Then he could have gone on just a little longer thinking that he and Lilly might one day get back together.

Now as they gripped each other’s hands and watched as they lowered Lilly into the ground, there was one thing Veronica knew she could count on.

No matter how angry he was with her, Logan would always be there for her.

~*~*~*~


The taunts grew worse every day. It had started out innocently enough. A casual remark there, a back turned there. But it had changed as time went on. Now Logan sought her out at least once a day.

How’s your mom doing, Ronnie? Oh, sorry, I forgot. She’s on a little vacation, right? Where’d she go? Tour of a vodka factory? I’m sure she’s having all sorts of fun. Say, when you talk to her again, say hi for me.

Logan’s words echoed in her mind as she walked towards her car and Veronica bit her lip. She wasn’t going to cry in front of them. Not again. Not when she knew that instead of trying to make her smile, Logan would simply try to make it worse and Duncan would just ignore her the way he had been since before Lilly died.

She knew she shouldn’t be surprised that he had brought up her mother. But for some reason, she’d hoped he’d leave that one part of her life alone.

She should have known that it would be too much to hope for. Things had changed between them and not for the better.

Despite her determination not to cry, a few tears escaped. She closed her eyes and wondered if it was too much to hope that no one had noticed. But as she heard the mocking laughter, she knew that it was pointless. She knew that this was the way things would be from now on.

Logan hated her and always would. The rest would follow him.

~*~*~*~


There were days where Veronica wished that she hadn’t been right. She wished that her friends had stuck by her instead of doing what they were told. She wished she could say that they had been actual friends but knowing they could turn on her so quickly, she knew she couldn’t.

It was an ongoing war now and one that she had no problem fighting in. It was her against them.

Although now she supposed it was her and Wallace against them since he seemed perfectly willing to help her out.

A few years ago, she never would have thought that things would be like this. If you’d asked her what she thought life would be like during her junior year of high school, she’d have said that she and Duncan would still be happily dating, Logan and Lilly would still be breaking up and getting back together—but maybe less than before—and everything in her world would be normal with the four of them hanging out, laughing, and getting into trouble.

Instead Lilly was dead, Duncan was a puppet who was slowly becoming a real boy and Logan…well, Logan was a jackass.

And she was no longer the innocent that she’d once been.

The satisfaction she felt when Logan was caught with the bong she’d planted in his locker only confirmed it. She smirked as they pulled Logan down the hall even as he vowed to get back at her.

One thing that she knew for sure: this ongoing battle between her and Logan wouldn’t be boring.

~*~*~*~


She didn’t know when things had changed between the two of them. She’d tried to pinpoint the exact moment when she and Logan had gone from trying to constantly hurt each other to being civil to each other, even if those moments were rare.

Had it been Lilly’s memorial? Had it been seeing the video from that last Homecoming together?

She just didn’t know.

And then there had been the search of his mother, which had ended with the discovery of his sister using his mother’s credit cards. She’d seen the look in his eyes right before he’d broken down. She’d seen it once before, when Lilly died.

The only difference was that this time around, they weren’t friends. At least, not the way they had been once. This time around it was tentative, so much so that she wasn’t sure they could be called friends.

Kissing him hadn’t been what she expected. It hadn’t even been something she’d planned.

But it had felt good. Even though she and Logan were completely avoiding mentioning that they’d ever kissed, she didn’t mind admitting that it had felt damn good.

She glanced up only to find Logan looking at her with a raised brow. She smiled and shook her head. Looking at him, she didn’t know what to expect next.

But she knew that they’d never be predictable.

~*~*~*~


She’d thought he’d change. She’d thought that she was enough. She’d been wrong. And so Veronica did the only thing she could think of.

She broke up with him.

He hadn’t taken the news calmly but he’d always been emotional.

She hadn’t expected him to throw the lamp. But then again, she hadn’t expected him to burn down a pool either.

And she definitely hadn’t expected to get back together with Duncan. He’d been with Meg and then, suddenly, he wasn’t. He was available, he was safe and she knew what to expect from him. She wouldn’t have to wonder if everything was going to blow up in her face with Duncan or wonder if the next time the phone rang it would be because her boyfriend had been killed.

Duncan was safe, he was comforting. Duncan was what she’d been wanting to have back since her sophomore year.

She knew that she and Logan were over.

~*~*~*~


Duncan was gone. She didn’t know where he would go, she wasn’t sure that she ever would. But she knew he was gone because she’d helped him go.

For his daughter. Lilly.

Of all the reasons she’d come up with for why Meg was so angry about the break up, pregnancy had never once entered her mind.

Now Meg was dead and Duncan was gone.

So much for safe and comforting.

She sighed as she looked out the window. Of all people to come to her for help, she hadn’t expected Weevil and Logan to come to her. But they had and she’d agreed, going so far as to put a camera in the confessional.

She hadn’t seen much of either of them since then. Maybe it was because they didn’t feel the need to bring her in on what they were doing, maybe it was because they were done with her now that they’d gotten what they wanted. But she wasn’t done.

She was going to help them find the person who had murdered Felix and then she was going to breathe a sigh of relief when they were taken away. She wasn’t going to lose Logan as well.

Logan was innocent.

Veronica knew that.
 
 
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Soundtrack: Living Dead Girl - Rob Zombie
 
 
 
◦ a girl like me ◦: VM - Veronica & Wallace by krypton_freakafteriwake on March 30th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
I think this was very good, well plotted and definitely interesting throughout. And I like that you did it in stages. Great job.
Nicole: Logan twirls Veronica.blue_icy_rose on March 31st, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked it and thought that doing it in stages worked. ^_^
Laniebonypsyche on March 30th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC)
ooh yum this was good.
Logan was innocent.

Veronica knew that.


AMAZING ending lines *kisses and runs off to my V/D/L*
Nicole: Lucky Veronica! Logan for a lover.blue_icy_rose on March 31st, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you! Glad you liked it!

*kisses back and loves on your V/D/L*
Irmak: you can't save logan but I totally canirmak on March 31st, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
I loved it! It's funny how I end up finding the most random quotes to love, but seriously, I totally fell for this one:
The look in his eyes said he was just itching to make some type of remark but he held back.
Because it's totally Logan.

It's always lovely to read their relationship phases and it's a pleasure reading it from your point of view :)