“What the hell are you doing?” Logan said confused standing in front of Veronica blanket on the beach surrounded by luminaria.
“I’m making my very first grand gesture,” she said with her hands on her hips.
“What are you talking about? You’ve made tons of grand gestures.”
“Never a romantic grand gesture,” she said with a wink.
“Oh?” he said curious.
“It’s occurred to me recently that I’ve never really put myself on the line for you but you’ve done it so many times,” she started but Logan interrupted.
“Oh, ya think?” he smirked.
“Will you zip it? I’m trying to spill my soul here,” she sighed with exaggeration and continued, “When I was little and imagined the guy that I’d fall in love with I never imagined someone like you. In fact I can honestly say you were pretty much the opposite of what I thought I wanted.”
“When does this get romantic?” he asked crossing his arms.
Veronica just gave him a stern look.
“You are the most stubborn, arrogant, sweetest and sexiest guy I know. I hate that I have absolutely no control when it comes to you, you always do what you want to do. It drives me crazy because I’m someone who thrives on control. I guess it’s a good thing for me, it’s good to let someone take care of me once-and-a-while...” she paused looking away from his stare.
“You excite me and absolutely terrify me. You are the only person on the planet that makes me want to slow down and just enjoy the moment. When I’m with you everything else falls away, all the big cases and adventures. You’re the adventure I really want...”
Veronica tears up and is holding it in so she doesn’t burst into tears and Logan is in awe just staring at her in disbelief.
“I’m so sorry for all the times I’ve ran away and all the times I’ve thought the worst of you...”
“I wasn’t always the easiest guy to deal with though,” he added.
“But that’s the thing, even when you were a pain in the ass you were there for me, always. If I needed you, you were there, always. You never really gave up on me, you never stopped loving me. You probably think that you have stronger feelings for me than I have for you but I wanted you to know, no matter what, that you couldn’t be more wrong. You did to me what I never thought could be done. You tore down my walls. You should know...that I love you Logan.”
At this point tears are running down her face and she looks up at Logan to see he has tears in his eyes too.
“Can I talk now?” he asks laughing a little trying to soften the moment.
“Sure,” she says as he walks up to her. Standing right in front of her he touches his fingers to her face and wipes away some of her tears. She’s trying to stop crying but she still doesn’t know what he’s going to say. She just put her heart on the line and he could tear it to pieces if he wanted to.
“I’m sorry I went off on you like I did because honestly I don’t care how I have you in my life I just want you in my life,” he then pulled her to him and kissed her. He wrapped his arms around her and she wrapped hers around him. She continued to cry into his shoulder.
“So you forgive me?” she asked wiping her nose on his shirt.
“Do you have to ask?” he replied as he pulled her down to the blanket. As he was leaning over her he added, “Do you know how long I’ve waited for you to say those three words to me?”
“What three words? I need ketchup? Where’s my car? Tip the barrista?” she giggled.
“I love you,” he said kissing her and they rolled so she was on top of him.
“I love you too,” she sat up taking her shirt off and pulling off his shirt. She kissed down his bare chest as his hands cupped her butt. He unbuttoned her jeans as she unbuttoned his at the same time. As they rolled around on the blanket under the moonlight with the luminaria flickering all around them.
Later they lay there in each other’s arms as the luminaria were dying.
“So what happens next?” Logan asked.
“You’re a cabana boy and I’m a lonely heiress on vacation?” she said raising an eyebrow.
“I mean, you should move in with us,” he said sitting up and pulling his jeans on as Veronica did the same.
“I’m in,” she smiled and kissed him.
Suddenly there were flashlights on them and cops were approaching.
“We should probably leave now,” she said as they scrambled to grab all their stuff and run to the car.
As he drove home, they decided to pick her car up in the morning, Veronica asked what he was going to do about Lucy.
“I thought we could tell her together. I promised myself I would wait like six months to introduce her to someone I was dating but I figure we’re different. Plus, Lucy loves you,” he reached his arm over and squeezed her hand.
“I do kind of rock,” she mused.
The next day when Lucy came home they sat her down in the living room and explained to her that Veronica (or rather Marshmallow) was moving in. That was all the explaining she needed, she jumped for joy, literally. The next day she packed up a bunch of her stuff and moved in officially.
The three of them quickly found their own rhythm. In the mornings Logan always made the coffee and breakfast. He knew from way back that Veronica required coffee immediately after waking up or someone got hurt. Veronica made the bed and tidied up in the morning, after her coffee of course. They gave Lucy baths together most of the time and took turns reading her a story for bed. Eventually Lucy required Marshmallow to tell her a story every night because she made up adventure stories in detail.
On Sunday nights Logan, Veronica and Lucy went over to Keith’s house for dinner. On Friday afternoons when Logan and Max are at work Veronica and Mac take all the kids to the park to play. Logan, Max and Keith sometimes got together to play cards, if you can believe that. Veronica’s office was finished and she was steadily working. She didn’t just take cases locally but all over California so sometimes she was gone for a few days.
Today Veronica was heading out on a case, she’d be gone overnight. She packed a quick bag, not too much stuff because she wanted to make sure Logan knew she was coming right back. Lucy was at school, Veronica said goodbye to her earlier that morning.
“Ok I’m packed, I’ll be back soon,” she said walking up to him as he leaned against the kitchen counter and kissed him quickly on the lips. He didn’t let her go so quickly and pulled her to him.
“You better be,” he said pulling her as close as he could and nuzzling her neck
“I’m already running late,” she said giving in already, “why aren’t you at work anyway?”
“I run the place remember? That means I can now goof off and still be responsible,” he said his hands going up her shirt.
“Seriously,” she giggled, “what if Lucy comes home?”
“She’s at school, if she comes home that means she hitch hiked and I haven’t taught her how to do that yet,” he said.
“She’s not hitch hiking until she gets her own stun gun,” Veronica puts her arms around Logan’s neck and kisses him. His hands grip her butt and lift her up onto the counter top. As they continue kissing they barely notice a bunch of plastic bowls being knocked to the floor.
Logan pulls her shirt off and starts unbuttoning her pants as Veronica unzips Logan’s pants a she wraps her legs around him. He leans over her with his bare chest pressed up against hers and then licks from her shoulders down to her stomach. He continues on from there...
Veronica drove off down the street while buttoning up her shirt. Logan was definitely getting in the way of work but at the moment she didn’t mind. She’d just grab a quick lunch on the way and put the pedal to the metal so she could get to the cafe by 5pm. She pulled up to the cafe at 5:13 and rushed through the door hoping she wasn’t too late. She looked around furiously and it appeared her client was nowhere to be seen.
Incredibly frustrated she got herself a coffee and an egg sandwich and sat down to call her client to try to reschedule the appointment. Just as she sat down and took a huge bite of her sandwich someone sat down across from her. Veronica looked up.
“Hi Veronica,” she said.