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Fic: Point A to Point B, (Logan/Veronica), PG-13, 1/2
Author: jacedesbff
Pairing/Character: Logan/Veronica pre-series
Word Count: 2700
Rating: PG-13 for fluffy kissing
Summary: What is the background behind Veronica’s dream in “Not Pictured”?
Spoilers: Veronica’s dream in “Not Pictured”, 2x22. Knowledge of the rest of Seasons 1 and 2 to be on the safe side.
Disclaimer: Ah, a moment from Rob Thomas that didn’t suck. Characters not mine. Not making money on them; no money to take.

A/N: I’ve been pondering this forever, but had to do some tweaking before it was ready to share. AU per Veronica’s lovely dream. WARNING: FLUFF AHEAD. GREAT BIG GOBS OF FLUFF. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED, and you know we need some fluff after the last eps. Feedback makes the world go ‘round in a happy sort of way. Please contribute! : - )



It was the start of sophomore year, and Duncan and Lilly Kane were determined that before the first week of school was over, they were going to do something about Logan and Veronica.

Lilly had pressured Veronica to do something about her feelings all summer, but Veronica just couldn’t bring herself to be that forward. Duncan had likewise been pushing Logan, who refused because he “didn’t want to ruin their friendship”. Between the two of them, the Kane siblings were ready to lock Logan and Veronica in a closet and force them to make out.

Which is what sparked the idea for their plan.

They had to be subtle, though. If either Logan or Veronica suspected what was up, things could unravel quickly. But come on. They had to try. Logan and Veronica were meant for each other.

*

It was lunchtime on the first day of school. Even though she had seen him just a few days ago at the Kanes’ pool, Veronica’s heart still sped up at the sight of Logan approaching their table at lunch.

She would give anything in the world to be able to tell him how she felt, but she just couldn’t. She couldn’t. Veronica knew that Lilly was at her wit’s end, but she had absolutely forbidden her best friend from telling Logan how she felt, going so far as to cry. Lilly always melted like a wax candle when Veronica cried.

As it so happened, Veronica had asked Lilly once why the vivacious blonde had never gone for Logan—he was certainly hot enough to be Lilly’s type. Lilly had responded that she liked bad boys and Logan didn’t qualify.

Duncan kept trying to tell Veronica that Logan liked her, too, but Veronica didn’t believe it. Duncan was so wrapped up in Meg that Veronica was sure he didn’t have any idea how other people felt about their love lives. That’s how people who were happy in their own relationships were. Even more importantly, this was Logan Echolls. Of course he was her friend, but he definitely did not have romantic feelings for Veronica Mars, of all people.

Veronica tried to force her blush down as Logan sat down next to Meg and started talking about the Physics class the two of them had together.

Logan didn’t like her that way.

Everyone knew Logan Echolls’ life story. Six months after he was born, his father died in a tragic car accident, leaving his mother behind with a new baby. Aaron’s new movie had been set to start filming the following week, but instead of shutting down the production, the producers rewrote the script to fit a female lead and cast Lynn Lester-Echolls in her departed husband’s place. The rest, of course, was film history.

Everyone knew Logan’s story. And here he was, having grown up to be…well, perfect. He was good-looking but not vain, born to wealth but not obsessed with money, the most popular guy in school but still kind to the wannabes.

Why would Logan like Veronica?

She found the idea laughable. And it was getting harder and harder to deal with the broken heart she got all over again every time she saw him.

*

Logan Echolls was head-over-heels in love with Veronica Mars, and the fact that she was blind to it just made him love her all the more. Duncan kept telling him that Veronica liked him back, and while Logan didn’t completely disagree with his friend, he still hadn’t acted on it.

There were a couple of reasons. First of all, Logan had gotten to know Veronica over the summer, as in he had spent more time with her than with Duncan. He considered her to be one of his best friends, and he wasn’t willing to do anything that would put that in jeopardy. Better to be with Veronica platonically than to destroy it with romantic overtures and then not have her at all, right?

Uh-huh—sure.

The other reason was the one he hadn’t shared with Duncan. Logan was in love with Veronica. Like really in love with her. He had dated other girls, of course, but he had never gone on more than a couple of dates with any of them. Most of them were after his name and money, not him, and Logan wanted more than that. He knew that he was a romantic, a throwback to the days of chivalry when guys rode off into battle on behalf of the women they loved, and he was cool with that.

What if Veronica liked him, but not as much as he liked her? That would be even worse than her not liking him at all. Veronica was the first girl Logan had ever met who could make his heart stop. Looking at her made him want to take a page out of Romeo’s book and start writing love poetry. If it turned out that she didn’t feel the same way, he didn’t think that he could handle it.

So he hadn’t made a move, even though it broke his heart all over again every time he saw her.

*

Everyone was in on it. Duncan, Meg, Lilly, Lilly’s latest boyfriend. They all wanted Logan and Veronica to be together. Well, maybe not Lilly’s latest boyfriend, who hadn’t been around long enough to care either way, but he wanted Lilly, so he wanted whatever she did.

Now all they had to do was put the plan into action.

-

Logan was in his pool house when Veronica knocked on the sliding glass door.

As he opened the door and gave her a hug in greeting, Logan noted with a smile, “You know you can come on in, Veronica. You don’t have to knock.”

Veronica shook her head. “My dad would hunt me down and arrest me, I’m sure.”

Logan smiled. “Duncan just called. He and Lilly are on their way. Would you like something to drink?”

“Skist would be great. Thanks.”

As Logan got Veronica’s favorite drink out of the bar and poured it over ice, the petite blonde looked through the back-to-school themed DVDs stacked on the coffee table.

“I think this was a great idea,” Veronica said over her shoulder. “Which one do you want to watch?”

“I’m thinking stick with the classics. Sixteen Candles. You like that one, don’t—“

Logan’s answer was cut off by the ringing of his cell phone.

“Hello?” he asked as he took Veronica her drink.

Veronica put Sixteen Candles in the DVD player as she listened to Logan’s side of the conversation.

“Is she gonna be okay?” Pause. “And Lilly?” Pause. “No problem, man. Give them our best, okay?”

He hung up.

“Logan?” Veronica asked as she muted the TV.

“Meg’s little sister fell and broke her wrist. Her parents are out of town, so Duncan’s driving them to the hospital. Lilly and Kyle were with them, so they’re going, too.”

“Is Grace okay?” Veronica stood, looking worried.

“Duncan says she’s fine. He thinks she’ll just need a cast.”

“Oh, my goodness, do they have enough room for everyone in the car?”

Logan smiled. He could never laugh when Veronica was being so kind.

“They’ll manage something. Come on,” he extended his hand and pulled Veronica down to sit next to him. “We can still watch the movie.”

“Do you think we should go to the hospital?” Veronica sounded concerned as she sank down next to Logan on the couch.

“I don’t think they want that many people around,” Logan assured her, not mentioning that he doubted they would find anyone at the hospital if they went. Unlike Veronica, Logan was not willing to take Duncan’s excuse at face value. Lilly and Duncan wanted him and Veronica alone together.

So be it. Maybe they were right. If you never risked anything, you couldn’t gain anything, right?

Then why was he suddenly so terrified?

-

Veronica’s heart was beating as fast as a hummingbird’s. She was alone with Logan. All summer long, whenever Logan had been around, so had Duncan and Meg and Lilly and Lilly’s guy of the week and…well, someone had always been around. And now…no one was. It was just them.

Veronica couldn’t seem to remember how to breathe.

Logan was right. Veronica loved this movie, but she couldn’t concentrate on it with his thigh pressed up against hers.

Finally she couldn’t take it anymore. She turned to tell Logan she had to go at exactly the same moment he turned to say something to her. They stared at each other for a moment, and then their lips met.

Veronica felt like her insides were sugar melting into a puddle; Logan felt like he was coming home.

When they came up for air, Logan ran his hand through Veronica’s hair as he stared into her eyes.

“I’ve wanted to do that for so long,” he breathed.

The smile on Veronica’s face lit up the room. “Really?”

“How could you not know?” he asked.

Veronica put her head against his shoulder as she wrapped her arms around him.

“I didn’t think you saw me that way. I mean…I’m me, and you’re you. Why…just why?” Veronica forced herself to look back up at him.

Logan trailed his thumb down the curve of Veronica’s profile. “Because you’re you.” He lowered his mouth back to recapture hers.

A few minutes later, Veronica pulled back to look at him, brushing her fingers against his cheek. “Is it too soon to tell you I love you, or is that gonna freak you out? Oh, my gosh, I can’t believe I just said that. You’re probably never going to speak to me again.” Veronica started to jump up when Logan grabbed her hands and pulled her back down.

“I feel the same way, Veronica.”

“You do?” she gasped as he gently kissed her again.

“I don’t know how I’ve made it this long without you.”

This time it was Veronica who reached up to brush her lips against his, the friction sending a shiver of delight down Logan’s spine. Their natural chemistry exploded around them and they were lost in each other.

The rest of the night went like that. Kissing, coming up for air, talking, more kissing. By the time Veronica finally looked at the clock and reminded them that they had school tomorrow, it seemed hard to remember a time when they hadn’t been together, as though being with each other had been inevitable for as long as they had known each other.

Veronica laughed. “My dad brought me over here and Lilly was supposed to take me home. How am I supposed to get home now?” Logan was only fifteen and didn’t have his own car yet.

Logan kissed her on the forehead and pulled her up off of the couch.

“My mom’ll take you. Come on, I’ll come with you.”

Veronica hesitated. “Is your mom going to be okay…” she gestured to their clasped hands, “…you know, with us?”

The insecure look on his now-girlfriend’s face tugged at Logan’s heart, and he pulled her into his arms.

“I’ll make you a bet. If my mom isn’t absolutely thrilled to find out we’re a couple, I will give you the best foot massage you’ve ever had in your life.”

“Hmmm,” Veronica sighed happily against his chest. “I can live with that. And if she doesn’t?” She pulled back to look up at him with what Logan found to be an adorable grin.

“Hmmm,” Logan appeared to consider the notion. “You have to let me give you a pearl necklace.”

“Logan!” Veronica exclaimed, smacking him on the arm. “I can’t accept a present like that!”

“Which is exactly why I’m making it part of a bet,” he grinned snarkily back at her. “That way you’ll have to.”

She rolled her eyes. “Fine. But if she isn’t absolutely thrilled, I’m not accepting a pearl necklace.”

-

As Veronica got into bed that night, the feel of Logan’s good night kiss still lingering on her lips, she fervently hoped that the necklace wouldn’t be as expensive as she thought it was going to be.

*

If the Black Plague had spread as fast as the news that Logan Echolls and Veronica Mars were a couple, Europe would still be a ghost town. The two of them had replaced Duncan and Meg as the school’s new golden couple by third period.

The Kane siblings were already at their usual lunch table with Veronica when Logan walked up behind his new girlfriend, instantly drawing the eyes of everyone in the quad. Lilly and Duncan high-fived each other as Logan reached down to place something around Veronica’s neck.

“Already buying her jewelry, Logan?” asked Lilly with a smirk. “I thought you two just kissed last night.”

Veronica blushed and Logan shot his best friend’s sister a dirty look as Meg walked up and leaned in to see the pearls now gracing her friend’s throat.

“Those are gorgeous, Veronica,” Meg said as she sat down next to Duncan. “Really, Logan, those are beautiful.” Logan smiled at the genuine compliment

“Nothing but the best for my girl.”

Veronica dug in her purse for a mirror, unwilling to take off the pearls in order to look at them.

Logan set his lunch down beside her and kissed the top of her head as Veronica pulled out her compact.

“Logan!” Veronica gasped as she finally got a look at the exquisite pearls Logan had just given her. “How can I accept these?!” Tears shimmered on her eyelashes.

“A bet’s a bet,” he said softly as he tenderly caught her tears on his finger, wiping them away.

“But when did you have time to get them? These…” realization spread across Veronica’s face. “These aren’t a family heirloom, are they?” More tears appeared in her eyes as her gaze met Logan’s. “I don’t have anything like this for you.”

“You don’t have to give me anything, Veronica,” Logan said as he used his napkin to wipe away her tears. “Don’t worry. I had my mom’s assistant pick these up. I wanted to give you something as beautiful as you are.”

Veronica reached up and pressed her lips against Logan, drawing catcalls from numerous places in the quad. Ignoring their audience, Veronica pulled back and touched her fingertips to Logan’s jaw line.

“How did I live without you for so long?” she asked him

“I don’t know, but I know you’ll never have to do it again.”

Lilly’s retching sounds pulled them out of their bubble as the rest of their friends laughed good-naturedly. Logan put his arm around Veronica and his girlfriend rested her head on his shoulder as conversation shifted to the reaction of the student body to the news of their new couplehood.

Logan let the conversation wash over him, not really paying attention to the details as he watched Veronica gently finger the strand of pearls around her neck. His grandmother’s necklace looked beautiful on her.

He hadn’t told Veronica that the pearls had originally belonged to his maternal great-grandmother, not because he thought she wouldn’t appreciate it or even that it would freak her out, but because he knew it would be difficult enough for her to accept such an obviously expensive gift, much less one that had even more sentimental meaning to his family.

In the car on the way back home the previous evening, Logan had asked his mom if he could give the pearls to Veronica. They were passed down in their family from oldest daughter to oldest daughter, but as Lynn only had a son, she had always planned to give them to the woman Logan married. Logan had informed her that he wanted to go ahead and give them to Veronica now, and Lynn, knowing her son as well as she did, had agreed.

Logan didn’t plan on explaining the full details to Veronica just yet, but he would. When the time was right.

Veronica felt the texture of the pearls with her fingertips, wondering if there was more to this gift than Logan was telling her. It didn’t matter. She wasn’t going anywhere, and neither was he.

Some things are just meant to be

End Part One

Comments

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sanya4
Jun. 6th, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
WOW! You really weren't kidding with your fluff warning, were you? This was so sweet and fluffy that I too, much like Veronica in this fic, felt "like my insides were sugar melting into a puddle" :D

Veronica was the first girl Logan had ever met who could make his heart stop. Looking at her made him want to take a page out of Romeo's book and start writing love poetry.
*sigh* Logan is such a romantic, and I definitely wouldn't mind reading his love poetry.
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