After the unexpected moment in the hallway she and Logan hadn’t talked very much. She’d spent most of her time at her dad’s house. They were avoiding each other. There wasn’t animosity or anger, just this big cloud over them that wasn’t going away. Veronica knew she had to do something about it but she didn’t know what. Part of her wanted to throw in the towel, it was too much trouble but she knew she couldn’t do that this time.
She went out with her father to find a good office space and ended up finding a location in an old building in the center of town. Keith suggested that she get a newer office space but she liked the character of it. She liked the idea of fixing the place up and making it her own.
“What are you going to name your business? Veronica Echolls Private Investigator?” Keith laughed as they got back in her car heading back to his house.
“Funny, we’re not exactly in that place right now,” she said in a casual tone implying she didn’t really want to get into it.
“Yeah I kind of figured that by you spending so much time at my house the last few days.”
“Did you ever think I just wanted to have quality daddy time?”
The next day Veronica had rented the office and started fixing it up. She and Mac were in sweatpants and t-shirts sweeping and dusting when a woman walked into the office.
“Are you Veronica Mars?” the woman in her sixties asked.
“Yeah, that’s me,” Veronica said putting down the broom and shaking the woman’s hand.
“You’re a private investigator?” she asked looking around.
“Yeah, I guess word gets around that I’m back in town, still working on getting my office together,” she said putting out a folding chair for the woman and sitting on the old filing cabinet.
“My name is Bethanny Fraser and I’d like you to find my fiance,” she says without urgency holding her pocketbook in her lap.
“When did you last see him?” Veronica asked as she grabbed a notepad and a pen to write down the details.
“25 years ago,” she said matter-of-factly.
“Uh, 25 years ago?” she questions her.
“You see I ended things with my fiance, Robert Martin, 25 years ago. I loved him but I wasn’t ready to settle down with him. We both moved on and the years went by but now that I’m divorced from the guy I ended up marrying years later I realize how much I’ve missed Robert all this time. I’ve tried looking him up where he used to live but he seems to have vanished off the face of the planet,” she says with a hint of despair.
“Ok well, you’ll need to give me all the information you can about him, even the things that don’t seem important could be important,” she said tearing off the piece of paper she wrote on and gave her the notebook and pen.
Veronica walked over to Mac on the other side of the room to give Mrs. Fraser some space.
“That’s so sad,” Mac said as Veronica sat on the window sil.
“Yeah...” Veronica replied.
“I can’t imagine if I’d let go of Max and only realized when it was too late that he was the one I wanted all along.”
“Yeah, that would suck,” Veronica said pushing down her own feelings, as she did so often.
“You are such a romantic V,” Mac said laughing at her and going back to cleaning.
That evening Veronica was alone in her still very unfinished office doing some researching and making some calls. She found some leads and would follow up on them the next day. She looked at her phone and there were no texts or messages. She knew if she reached out to Logan he’d be there but she didn’t know what to say to him.
Then there was a knock on the door. She ran to the door, opened it to find Jordan there. He was the guy she’d had a brief relationship with before she’d come back to Neptune. He was sweet, sex and from New Zealand but she hadn’t even thought of him since she’d seen Logan again.
“Hey lovely,” he said pulling her into a hug and kissing her so strongly she couldn’t pull away fast enough.
“Hi Jordan,” she said pulling away from him with a smile, “what are you doing here?” she said trying to not sound too accusatory.
“I missed you and it took me a while to find you, you never left me much information in how to find you,” he said not getting the hint and kissing her again.
“I thought that was the point, I thought we were just going to enjoy the time we had and leave it at that.”
“I get the feeling you didn’t miss me as much as I missed you.”
“Jordan, you can’t stay here, I’ve moved on,” she said trying to let him down easy.
“You have another guy?” he asks walking into her office and looking around.
“Sort of, he’s an old love,” she said thinking of Logan touching his hand to her face.
“Where is he?” he asks.
“It’s a long story,” she admits.
“Well I’m staying at a nearby hotel, I want to see you tomorrow,” he said heading back to the door.
“Fine, I’ll meet you for lunch at the Lunchbox, at 12:30 ok?” she said closing the door on him before he could kiss her again.
“See you then!”
She went back to her desk, closed her computer and put her head down on the desk in frustration.
The next morning she went to her office early to do some cleaning, followed up on some leads and then ran off just in time to meet up with Jordan for lunch. He was waiting there for her having a milkshake and she had a milkshake waiting for her. She sat down across from him.
“I know how much you like vanilla milkshakes,” she said leaning across to kiss her but she moved her face so he kissed her cheek.
“Thanks, so this really needs to end, I’m sorry you can all the way--” she said before being cut off by Jordan.
“Remember the time we took my boat up the coast of Karratha and made love in the moon light?” he said holding her hand and making her blush.
“Yes, I remember that, it’s not something a girl forgets but...”
“What about the time we hiked up--”
“Marshmallow!!!” she heard across the room as Lucy came running up to her and jumped in her lap.
“Hey Lucy,” she said hugging her and then looking up to see Logan taking in the situation.
“Hi Veronica,” Logan said coming up to the table looking hurt.
“Hey Logan, this is my friend Jordan...” she said not sure what else to say.
“Hi Jordan,” he said shaking his hand and then taking Lucy’s hand, “we have to go Luce.”
He gave Veronica one of his infamous looks, that said more than he could ever say in words and then walked out of the restaurant.
“I’ll be right back,” she said as she ran out to catch up with Logan.
“It’s not what you think it is,” she said standing in front of Logan.
“It’s ok, I have to take Lucy home,” he said not looking at her.
“But Logan...” she tried to stop him but he was walking away.
“I’ll see you later,” he said and she admitted defeat.
She went back into the restaurant to Jordan. She sat down across from him as he was checking his voicemail on his phone. She took a sip of her milkshake and looked at the handsome man across from her. She could just run off with him and leave all her complications behind but in reality just running away never solved anything, it just delayed the inevitable.
“Jordan, you have to go home. You’re a great guy but I’m setting up shop here in town and not planning on going anywhere for a long time. I’m sorry you came all this way,” she said putting some money on the table and taking another last sip of her milkshake.
“But you like to travel, you’re staying in one place?” he asked confused.
“Yeah, I finally have a reason to stay put,” she smiled, leaned over kissed him on the cheek and walked out. She felt bad leaving him there, since he’d come so far but she had a life she was trying to build here and he was only going to hold her back.
After a lot of calls and contacts she finally tracked down Robert Martin’s daughter Karen. She was hard to find since she lived out of town and had changed her name to her married name years ago. Veronica decided to go in person so she took a drive out to her house. Veronica hoped she’d be there and be willing to give her information.
After she knocked on the door Karen answered “can I help you?”
“Hi I’m Veronica and I was wondering if I could speak to you about your father Robert Martin?”
“Uhm, ok,” she said confused and let Veronica in. They sat at the kitchen table.
“So I’ve been looking for your father for this woman who was involved with him many years ago...” she paused.
“You mean Bethanny?” she asked.
“How, how do you know of her?” Veronica asked dumbfounded.
“He talked about her a lot and I think he tried to find her after he and my mother got divorced.”
“Wow, where is he now?”
“He died 6 months ago, of cancer,” Karen said with a quiet sadness.
“Oh,” Veronica said sadly, “I’m so sorry.”
“It’s ok, he was in pain a long time and he is at peace now,” she nodded to herself.
“Well, thank you for your help,” Veronica said getting up to leave and Karen stopped her.
“I’d love to meet Bethanny if she wants to meet me, give her my information if she wants to,” she said and they said good bye.
Veronica went to Bethanny’s place and gave her the unfortunate news and she started to cry.
“I always thought we’d find each other again...I didn’t think it was over yet...” and Veronica hugged her. She could feel the pain so intensely as if it was her own. As she stood back and looked at this older woman who felt so empty and alone, she could see herself in the future. At that moment she knew she had to do something, go all out.
Logan came home to find Mac on his front stairs. She stood up when he came up to her and she handed him a letter.
“This is for you,” she said giving Logan the letter as Lucy ran inside the house to play with the new doll Logan bought for her.
“What is it?” he asked confused.
“Just read it you jerk,” she said sitting back down as he read it.
Come to the beach, the spot where we had our first breakup. You know, the time I thought you were a murder? I know, good times. Anyway, just trust me, please. ~ V
“I can’t, Lucy...”he said looking at Mac.
“I’m taking her to my house for the night, don’t worry about her,” she said as she motioned for Logan to leave, “you better go, Veronica doesn’t like being stood up.”
Logan drove to the spot Veronica asked him to. He was skeptical, he wasn’t sure he wanted to deal with Veronica’s bullshit anymore. He loved her so much it sometimes made him ill but he was pretty sure she didn’t feel about him as he felt about her. What was the point? He’d always be hurt, again and again.
The sun was setting and the sky was purple and orange as he pulled up to the beach. He got out of the car and headed to the spot and Veronica was there waiting for him on a blanket surrounded by luminaria. Veronica was looking directly at Logan as he walked up to her.