With a call to Mac it turned out she had a hunch after some research. She found the same kind of car located at a motel 5 hours away. Logan insisted on driving but he was so tired and so out of his mind at this point. It was raining and he was driving too fast, erratically.
“Logan, slow down, please,” she said anxiously.
“What if we don’t get there in time?” he said frantically.
“Seriously, if we crash that is going to make this trip even more delayed, pull over and let me drive. I have a lead foot, don’t worry,” she said and he pulled over to let her take the driver’s seat.
As they are driving along Logan is fidgeting nervously, he keeps checking his phone for messages and flipping through stations. He gets frustrated and leans his head back on the seat running his hands through his hair in Logan fashion.
The song Shattered by O.A.R. came on the radio and it reverberated through the car. She could feel he was falling to pieces and it killed her. She just wanted to fix this and bring his little girl back to him. She could only imagine how terrified Lucy must be, it was obvious that her father was everything to her.
“I keep thinking about how scared she must be,” he said his voice shaking, “I promised her I would always keep her safe and I wasn’t able to. She doesn’t even have her favorite blanket, she can’t sleep without it.”
Veronica didn’t know what to say, what was there to say? She couldn’t even come close to understanding his fear and pain right now. The best she could do was keep driving and get there as fast as she could.
Just under 3 hours later they arrived at the Seashell Motel and then went to the main desk. Veronica used her charm to find out if there was anyone staying here who drove a blue Honda and had a little girl with them. He didn’t know anything about a little girl but he said there was a guy who checked into 30A the other day but was checking out tonight.
Logan panicked and ran full speed looking for the room and Veronica followed behind.
“Be careful Logan! We don’t know if he’d armed!” she warned him but he wasn’t listening. She knew though he’d be careful when it came to Lucy.
He got so far ahead of her she didn’t know where he was until she came to an open door and him standing in an empty room. She didn’t even recognize him at that moment, he was so defeated and destroyed. On the floor he found one of Lucy’s socks and fell to his knees but not making a sound, he was unable to process the situation, understandably.
After Veronica comforted him she went and got them a room at the motel for the night. They had no other leads at the moment and Logan needed to sleep if he was going to be of any use tomorrow. When Veronica went to the car she found Logan just standing motionless in the rain, getting soaked.
“Logan?” Veronica said walking towards him but he didn’t response.
She touched his arm and he burst out crying like she’d never seen. He’d cried like this once before when he lost all hope in his mother being alive but this time it was so much worse. She hugged him and he cried as the rain poured down on them.
“I can’t lose her, she’s my whole life,” he cried, she could feel him shaking.
“We know she’s ok, we’re going to find her, I promise you that,” she said hugging him tighter.
He pulled back as the rain poured down his face washing away the tears. He looked into her eyes as he swept her rain soaked hair out of her face.
“I need you,” he said barely holding it together.
“You have me,” she said with tears in her eyes.
He then pulled her to him and kissed her so hard it almost hurt, but didn’t. This passion between them was different than all the other times. Sometimes their passion was about love, sometimes heat and sometimes anger but this time it was utter desperation. She could feel the way his lips furiously kissed her lips and neck that he was just trying to make sense of anything, that he just had to feel something real. Veronica was ok with that, she just wanted to be with him in whatever way she could.
They stumbled into the rented room and stripped off each other’s drenched clothes. Before when they used to have sex they laughed, talked dirty or at least had music on. This time all you could hear was their heavy breathing, other than that it was filled with silence.
As she got down to her underwear and bra he pushed her up against the wall and she thought she might actually just die of how much she wanted him. He stopped for a second and looked at her so deeply she got actual goosebumps all over her body. He then unsnapped her bra and through it to the floor. Then he kneeled down in front of her and slowly took off her underwear. Still kneeling he looked up at her and she started to shake.
He stood up with worry on his face, wrapped his strong slippery arms around her and she wrapped her legs around his body. He carried her to the bed and it was so much more than all the times they’d been together in the past. This time they were older, wiser and all the time without each other seemed to have built up between them over the years.
Afterward they laid in each others arms a mixture of sweat and rain. Logan was running his hand up and down her bare arm. Veronica was resting her head on his bare chest and could feel his heart pounding.
“When Lucy’s mom left she slept in my bed for 6 months. She talked in her sleep and sometimes I’d stay up and just listen to her mumbling nothing intelligible. She loves broccoli and hates ice cream. She begs me to get her a puppy every single day...” he said with a mixture of love and sadness.
“Logan, you need to sleep,” she said pulling back and looking at him and then saw he had fallen deep asleep.
She laid her head back on his chest and fell asleep.
Veronica was woken up at 5am by Mac calling her, she had another location for them to go to. Immediately she was worried about Logan because he was unraveling at the seams, she didn’t want to push him over the edge. Still, she knew they had to follow the lead and that Logan was coming with her no matter what.
They grabbed some egg sandwiches and got back on the road. There was silence in the car, neither of them knew what to say. The last thing she wanted was Logan feeling bad about last night on top of what he was already dealing with.
“So...last night...” Logan trailed off not knowing what to say.
“It doesn’t matter. I mean, it matters but not right now. You were distraught and you needed to get out of your head. Believe me, I get it,” she said focusing on the road.
“I know, I just wanted you to know, it didn’t mean nothing,” he said and she could feel him looking at her but she couldn’t look at him at the moment, she was feeling too much.
About 5 hours later they got to the motel that Mac told them about and as they pulled up she felt Logan practically jump out of his seat.
“That’s the car! That’s the fucking car that was parked outside of the house all the time!” he said going into a rage.
“We can’t go running after them, we don’t know if who has Lucy might have a gun or something. We have to be careful,” she said urgently to Logan while trying to hold him back with her hand to his chest.
They pulled up across the street and Veronica called her father to let them know what was going on.
“I can’t just sit here and wait, we have to do something,” Logan said and she could feel his patience was only a memory.
“Ok, but don’t just run up to the door swinging, I have an idea,” she said as they got out of the car and headed towards the motel.
Veronica put on a uniform of the people who clean the rooms and stole one of the carts full of supplies. Logan waited around the corner as she knocked on the door saying “cleaning service!”
A voice behind the door shouted that they weren’t interested and that she should go away. Logan was getting irritated so she knocked again acting like she couldn’t hear them “cleaning service, I’m coming in!” and she started to turn the knob. A stocky guy with a grey baseball hat on and a goatee answered the door.
Before Veronica could utter a word Logan burst through the doorway and pushed the guy up against the wall with his forearm over his throat.
“Where the fuck is Lucy?!?” he yelled in his so much he was spitting on him.
“I don’t know what you are talking about?” the guy said looking terrified.
“Yes. You. Do,” he said pushing harder and the guy started coughing not being able to breathe.
“Logan...someone is in the bathroom...” she said motioning towards the closed door across the room.
Logan let go of the guy and the guy dropped to the floor gasping for breath. He ran over to the bathroom and opened the door to find Lucy sitting cross legged on the closed toilet. She looked dirty and scared but her eyes lit up when she saw her father.
“Lucy!” Logan said in pure relief, almost as if he couldn’t believe she was really in front of him.
“Daddy!!!” Lucy screamed with joy as she ran to Logan and jumped in his arms. He hugged her so tight.
“I’m never letting you out of my sight again, just so you know,” he said with tears in his eyes.
Veronica came walking up behind him and saw the woman sitting on the edge of the bathtub. She had dark brown curly hair and freckles. She’d never seen her before but knew exactly who she was.
“Lisa, I’ve heard so much about you,” Veronica said in her usual condescending voice and that’s when Logan actually saw her there.
“Lisa?!?! You took Lucy??” he said fuming but trying not to lose control with Lucy there.
“She’s my daughter too you know,” she said indignant.
“Not since you walked out on her, you lost all your rights when you did that! Giving birth doesn’t make you a parent, being there every. single. day makes you a parent!!” he growled and walked away still holding Lucy.
“She needs me!” she yelled at Logan.
“No,” Logan said not even turning around, “past tense Lisa.”
“Let me guess,” she turned her vengeance to Veronica, “you’re the infamous Veronica?”
“If by ‘infamous’ you mean for catching the scum of the earth and making them pay for doing shitty things then yeah, I’m her,” Veronica said barely able to contain herself from strangling her.
“You’re the love of Logan’s life, you’re all I’ve ever heard about since I met him. I thought you’d have a bigger chest,” she snarled.
“Well I thought you’d have better comebacks,” Veronica said as the police came through the door.
When they got outside Veronica sank into Logan and he pulled her into him and Lucy in a big hug. No case that she’d ever solved felt so good.
On the drive back to Neptune Logan drove and Lucy was in the car seat in the back. Veronica noticed that Logan kept looking in the rear view mirror to make sure she was there. Still, a calm had come back to him.
“I missed you daddy!” Lucy said for the 10th time since they got into the car.
“I missed you too, you know we can thank Marshmallow, she helped me find you,” he said squeezing Veronica’s hand.
“Daddy?” Lucy called from the back seat.
“Yes bunny?” he replied with what she assumed to be his nickname for her.
“Can Marshmallow come back to our house with us?” she asked and when Veronica turned around to look back at her Lucy giggled. Veronica’s whole heart filled to the brim and nearly exploded at that moment. How could you not adore this little girl?
“You know Luce, you really need a bath and some sleep,” he said very parental.
“But daddy! Please!!” she begged unmercellisly.
He sighed and smiled “ok sure, if she doesn’t mind,” he said looking over at Veronica and she nodded with a smile.
“I’d be happy to.”