The Reunion

Chapter 16

Veronica immediately called Logan to tell him what was going on and he left work right away to head home. She then called her father to ask him to pick up Lucy and keep her at his house for the time being. She went to look out the front window and it didn't appear he had showed up yet so Veronica grabbed Trina's arm and pulled her to the hallway.

"Ok, time is up, you need to tell me what is going on! This isn't funny anymore!" Veronica said with trying to keep it together.

"It was never funny Veronica," Trina said looking far too calm.

"Why is Marcus looking for you Trina?" Veronica said with zero patience left.

"I stole his car and I took the engagement ring he gave me with me, he's pissed. The thing is, I paid for the car too and he gave me the ring. I just needed to get away from him and I figured he owed me these things. I deserved them."

"You know, if you'd just left without these things he probably wouldn't be so angry and heading this way," Veronica said while pacing the hallway.

"I'm not so sure about that," Trina said solemnly.

Just then there was a bang on the front door and both Veronica and Trina jumped out of their skin.

"Trina! I know you're in there! Open the door!" he bellowed and Trina slowly walked toward the door.

"What are you doing?" Veronica asked her, frustrated by her actions.

"I need to deal with this myself," she said and then turned to the door, "Marcus, I don't want to see you, please leave me alone."

"I love you baby, we can fix what went wrong between us," he said trying to sound sweet but clearly still angry as ever.

Before Veronica could stop her she opened the door. Marcus was a tall guy but really thin. He had a goatee and a shaved buzz cut. He was wearing a band t-shirt and jeans. He didn't look as dangerous as she expected but she's been wrong about people many times. Right away Marcus grabbed her and hugged her and she hugged him back. Veronica was beyond irritated standing there, she didn't know what to do about this.

"So Trina, does this mean you are going back with him?" Veronica said rolling her eyes.

"I don't know..." Trina pulled back and Marcus looked angry again.

"Trini, you know how sorry I am about what happened and I won't let it happen again," he said trying to touch her arm but she pulled away with tears welling up in her eyes.

"Please...don't..." she said nearing full tears.

"What happened Trina?" Veronica asked concerned again.

"I accidentally pushed her down the stairs," he said not sounding all that sorry.

"How do you accidentally push someone down the stairs?" Veronica asked him incensed and he stormed over to her and shoved her up against the wall.

"What the fuck do you know?" he screamed at her.

"Let her go!" Trina said still trying not to cry.

"I'll let this bitch go once you agree to come home with me!" he said as Veronica tried to pull away but he was surprisingly strong.

Just then Logan stormed into the house, grabbed marcus by the throat and quickly pulled him off of Veronica. Marcus could barely breathe and Logan was as angry as she's ever seen him in a long time.

"What the fuck is going on here?" Logan asked looking around the room.

"He fucking pushed me down the stairs when I was 5 months pregnant and I lost the baby!" Trina screamed with such intensity Veronica felt a chill go up her spine.

"What?" Veronica replied in shock and then she went to calm Logan down so he didn't get himself in trouble.

"I was going to name her Stephanie..." Trina said breaking down in tears and collapsing to the floor.

Keith showed up just then with a few other police officers and they arrested Marcus. It was just in time because if they'd taken any longer Logan might have been in trouble as well. As Marcus was taken away Veronica got down to the floor with Trina and wrapped her in her arms as she continued to cry.

After they went to the police station to follow the procedure they were back at the house. Trina was in the window nook off the living room with a blanket wrapped around her. Veronica brought her a cup of tea and sat across from her.

"What is this?" Trina asked with a look.

"It's tea," Veronica told her and took a sip of her own mug of tea.

"Does it have vodka in it or something?"

"Nope but it's very soothing, just trust me," Veronica looked down, "So, you want to tell me what happened?"

Trina sighed but didn't seem annoyed as much as she just seemed to be tired, "Marcus was sweet at first, they always are. Then he started to push me around and eventually it got a lot worse. I kept thinking I should leave him but I loved all the stuff he bought me and that he took care of me. I figured I could handle what he did but then I got pregnant. I kept thinking that I should leave to protect the baby but I was such a wimp. I didn't want to do it on my own. I didn't want to have to work my ass off and raise a child. I thought he'd get better but he didn't, he got worse. Even while pregnant he pushed me around a lot and I tried to protect her as much as I could," she touched her stomach where it was now flat, "Then we got into a fight and he pushed me down the stairs. It was on purpose. I knew right away I'd lost her and I know that I could have saved her if I was a stronger person. So I finally left and came here because I didn't know what else to do..." she trailed off and started to tear up again.

Veronica touched her leg gently "we all make mistakes, blaming yourself isn't going to change anything."

Trina lifted her head up and her eyes were full of tears.

"If you want to make it right just try to live your life in memory of Stephanie. Make positive changes and stop taking the easy way out. Push yourself and try to figure out who you really are. Because you Trina, you're so much more than who you've been," Veronica smiled softly.

"I was...I was thinking of actually taking some business classes or something. Maybe I...I could become a party planner or something. I don't know..." she said with a tone of hopefulness.

"I think you'd be great."

"This tea is alright," she said and they both smiled.

A while after Logan and Trina went upstairs to bed Veronica cleaned up a little and got some work done. When she finally made her way into the bedroom she noticed that Logan was still up. He was sitting in the window lost in thought. Veronica sat down next to him and laid her head in his lap. He ran his fingers through her hair like he always does and sighed.

"What's up boo?" she asked curling up and getting comfortable.

"When did you start calling me boo?" he asked.

"I was just testing it out. What about sweet cheeks?" she asked in her way of trying to get him to talk, which is usually what she did and as usual it worked.

"All I want to do is to protect the people I love and today you could have been really hurt. It kills me not to be able to keep you guys safe," he said sounding really scared.

"We can only do the best we can do. Life is messy and uncertain, we just have to find a way to enjoy every day and everyone as much as we can. Never let a moment go by without making sure that the people you love know you love them."

Logan sat up and pulled Veronica into his arms and hugged her so tight she lost her breath a little. She could feel his heart beating really fast against her chest. As he wanted to protect her from harm she wanted to protect him from pain and neither of them could do that. Sometimes you just have to let go and let live.

Veronica pulled back from Logan and held his face in her hands.

"I love you so much Logan. I don't know how I've lived so much of my life without you. I feel so safe and protected with you and you know how much I hate to be taken care of. I love you so much I want to give up my need for control and my obsessive need to be independent. If I can let go, you can let go," she said as she noticed a tear in his eye.

"I can't imagine my life without you. I've spent so much of my life so unbelievably unhappy and I'm so happy now with you, Lucy and even having Trina around is better than I thought it would be. I'm so afraid I'm going to lose everything," he said and kissed her and she felt all the different emotions he was feeling at that moment. He continued to kiss her and with the moonlight streaming through the big bay window it softened the moment as if it could last forever.

"I love you too, more than I could ever tell you," she said and proceeded to kiss him all over his face and he started laughing.

"Let's go now," he said as his face lit up.

"Go where?" she said aching to kiss him more.

"Let's go get married."

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