After a long flight Veronica was happy to be back on the ground again even if she was weeding through the airport trying to find her luggage. She was tired and unsure if she made the right decision. As she looked ahead to the crowd of people she suddenly saw a little girl with brown curly hair running towards her at full speed. She jumped into her arms yelling “Marshmallow!”
“Lucy!!” Veronica hugged her with all her might, she never expected to be so happy to see her.
Veronica looked across the lobby and saw among all the strangers a stunning guy in faded jeans, a t-shirt and converse sneakers. You could tell he was keeping his eye on Lucy and then his eyes caught Veronica’s. A big smile spread across his face and he picked up his pace to catch up to them.
“I wasn’t sure you’d come back, I know how much you like Australian men,” he teased her as he took her hand and they headed to find her luggage.
“Well Hugh Jackman tried to woo me but I told him I had a superficial jackass waiting for me at home,” she teased him back.
“I see your wit is intact, that’s a relief.”
They walked into Logan’s house and he put her bags down in the hallway. Lucy ran off full speed to the fort she built in the living room and started playing spy with her teddy bears. Sometimes Veronica couldn’t believe Lucy wasn’t her kid, it was surreal. Before Veronica could get her bearings Logan pulled her into an intense kiss that was filled with all the longing of the past week. His hand went down her back and pulled her as close to him as he could.
“Wait, I can’t get my breath,” she said pulling away gasping and laughing.
“Sorry, not going to happen,” he said kissing her neck and she giggled.
“I need to take a shower and answer some emails,” she said trying to get away but not really trying.
“I can help you with that shower if you like,” he suggested giving her soft kisses on her cheeks and nose.
“I think I can manage on my own,” she smirked at him and headed upstairs.
Later that night after Lucy had gone to sleep and Veronica had caught up on some work on her computer she’d headed up to Logan’s bedroom. She was surprised to see he wasn’t in there but the bathroom light was on. She walked in to find the room filled with candles, a bathtub full of bubbles and Logan. He looked up at her with that shirt eating grin of his and she melted on the spot.
“You going to join me?” he asked as he held up some bubbles in his hand and blew them into the air towards her.
“I guess, as long as you don’t try anything funny,” she said raising her eyebrows at him.
“I promise I will not touch any of your lady bits but no promises you can keep your hands off of me.”
“You are such a smart ass,” she said taking her shoes and socks off.
“What can I say? You bring it out in me.”
Veronica started taking off her clothes starting with her hoodie and locked eyes with Logan as it hit the floor. She continued to slowly take off her t-shirt and jeans, he never looked down at her body but instead just stared into her eyes. She then reached behind her back and unclipped her bra, letting it fall to the floor and stood there a moment. The way Logan looked through her sometimes made her so scared but so thrilled as well. She pulled down her underwear, stepped out of them and walked over to the bathtub.
“I love how confident you are now, you used to cover yourself up all the time. I never understood how you could hide your body,” he said letting out a quick breath as he looked her up and down.
“I had some hurdles to get over, over the years,” she said getting into the bath and sitting across from him. She sank down a bit into the water to cover herself with the warmth.
“So...how’s Duncan?” he asked trying to make it look like it was casual.
“How did you know I went to see him?”
“I have my ways,” he said looking slightly guilty.
“I don’t want to know how you found out,” she said putting some bubbles on her nose.
“Look at you being all mature and not grilling me,” he said leaning forward and blowing the bubbles off her nose.
“I’m also going to ignore the fact that it was top secret and none of your business,” she glared at him but with a smirk.
“I would never get in the way, I just wanted to make sure you were ok,” he said taking her arm and pulling her over to him so her back was to him.
“Yeah yeah yeah...” she rolled her eyes.
“You staying put for a while or are you heading out again?” he asked pouring soapy water down her shoulders.
“I’m not sure...” she said leaning back into Logan as he put his arms around her.
“So how is Duncan? How’s Lilly?”
“They are doing great, Lilly goes by her middle name Eva,” she said thinking of them fondly, “Eva is so much like Lilly in so many ways.”
“That’s great, I miss him,” he said resting his chin on the top of her head.
“Hey...I thought we weren’t playing any hanky panky,” he said laughing as Veronica put her hand under water..
“I made no promises,” she said turning around and kissing him.
Curled up in bed together with just the slightest light of the moon washing over them. Veronica pulled away from him enough so she could look at him.
“The whole time away, I thought of you,” she said touching her hand to his chest.
“Australia not enough of a distraction?” he asked.
“I didn’t just mean Australia,” she admitted.
He leaned over and kissed her delicately.
“Should I sneak out in the morning?” she asks understanding the situation.
“I think it will be ok, let’s just not be obvious, I don’t want to confuse her when we still don’t know what this is,” he said pulling her close to him again and within minutes she fell asleep.
The next day she met Keith and Wallace for lunch. Wallace had stopped by for a visit and Veronica hadn’t had the chance to properly say goodbye to him before he left. She was sitting at one side of the table and Keith and Wallace were on the other side. She felt like it was an interrogation.
“So has the Logan and Veronica thing started up again?” Wallace questions her then takes a sip of his soda.
“Really? That’s all you guys want to know about? My love life?” she quips taking a big bite of her burger.
“We’re just concerned,” Keith says nodding at Wallace for assurance, “you two just don’t have the best track record.”
“I know, you’re right, but you know...the heart wants what the heart wants.”
“How many times have we heard that from scumbags we’ve caught in the act,” Keith points out using a french fry for emphasis.
“True but I’m not sneaking around with my 22 year old secretary, I’m just seeing a once ex-boyfriend,” she sighed, “Also it was really never his fault, I’m the one that keeps being given a second, third and fourth chance. I’m not going to screw it up this time...”
“You sure you can chill out this time and just, you know, be happy?” Wallace asks.
“I’m sure going to try.”
After lunch Keith went off to work so Veronica and Wallace took Patrick to the park.
“I still can’t believe we have a little brother,” Wallace said while he pushed Patrick on the swing.
“I know, it’s weird,” then Veronica added, “but it’s pretty great too.”
“So, you can tell me, have you packed your bags yet?” he asked with a grin.
“Am I really known as “the girl who runs away?” she asks.
“Hey, you’ve kind of made it an art form.”
“You know, it’s not like you’re married with 2.5 kids or anything,” she remarked.
“But I don’t run out the door when things get serious, I just haven’t found the right girl yet,” he shrugs.
There was silence for a bit as he continued to push Patrick on the swing.
“Logan was always the right guy? Wasn’t he?” he asked.
“I always denied it, I think I knew if I really allowed myself to give into how I really felt I’d be too vulnerable.
“So are you giving up your PI life on the road or what? I know you can’t just sit still,” he smirked.
“I’m thinking about my options, I kind of want to stick around here for the time being. I’m thinking about keeping my PI work to Southern California,” she said with a shrug.
“I think that’s great, you’re growing up,” he said giving her a little shove.
“That’s it, noogie time!” she yells as she jumps on him.
When Veronica got back to Logan’s place she knocked, as she always did and Logan answered the door.
“You know you don’t have to knock right?” he points out as he pulls her into a hug and kisses her forehead.
“Yeah but it doesn’t feel right, it’s not like we live together or anything. I don’t want to rush anything,” she said leaning her head on his chest, “this here, is all that matters to me.”
“I need more though,” he and she pulled back.
“What do you mean?”
“I’d like you to move in,” he says and her eyes light with a big grin.
“Don’t you think it’s a little soon? It’s not even been a full month and we haven’t really discussed what is going on,” she says putting her bag down and going to the refrigerator to get a bottle of water.
“I’d think by now I wouldn’t have to explain to you how I feel about you,” he said looking at her from across the room.
“You don’t...I just wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to keep me at an arm’s distance.”
“Don’t get me wrong, you destroyed me when you left. I woke up that morning and for days I refused to believe you had really left. I kept waiting for you to get back because I knew we were stronger than that this time. We’d been together for 4 years at that point and had an apartment together. There hadn’t been any lying or betrayal or our usual bullshit. But you really didn’t come back and I didn’t know what to do, I felt empty. You broke my heart...” he said with his eyes watering.
“I...” she said as tears started to fall down her face, she just didn’t know what to say. What was there to say?
“I started to come out of the fog when I met Lisa but it was when Lucy was born that I really came alive again. If you hadn’t left I wouldn’t have had Lucy and I can’t imagine my life without her. Now you’re here and I feel like I have everything. It’s terrifying because part of me is just waiting for you to leave again and I know I should just push you away but I can’t, I’ve never been able to,” he said looking down not able to look at her.
“I’m so sorry Logan, you have no idea,” she said walking up to him and taking his face in her hands. She stood up on her tippy toes and kissed him long and intently.
“I know...” he said pulling away, “I need to go pick up Lucy from her friend’s house,” he said grabbing his keys and walking out the door.
Veronica stood there in the hallway just staring at the door as she wiped her eyes.