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23 January 2006 @ 01:39 pm
Fic: Are You Ready to Give Up Everything - Chap. 6  
Title: Are You Ready to Give Up Everything
Author: tinkabell007
Rating: R (just to be safe for language)
Pairing: LoVe
Summary: Set during Logan’s kidnapping scene in 2.08. What if someone came for his rescue? But that’s just the beginning of a night full of life-threatening danger
Disclaimer: RT, you’re the man…everything belongs to him.
Spoilers: Up to Ahoy Mateys (2.08)


Previous chapters:
Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5

A/N: First af all, THANK YOU all so much for your lovely reviews!! I’m just VERY happy to see that you all enjoy this story as much as I love writing it :) So, thank you!!

And as always I also want to thank you, moirariordan, for your help and awesome beta-reading!!! Thank you so much!!

But now here it is, all shiny and new:

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Chapter 6

“Sooo?” Logan asked with a little annoyance in his voice. For the last five minutes he had watched Veronica opening and closing her mouth without saying anything. And as much as he’d enjoyed the spectacle in front of him, impatience started to crawl slowly up his spine. “Growing old here, Mars.”

“I’m trying to form words, okay?” She rolled her eyes at his eagerness. Truthfully, she felt a little guilty. After all, he was right (Logan Echolls was right and the world didn’t end? Strange.) For once, he’d been completely honest with her. No lies or fucked up insults. Instead of that, he’d given her a small peek at the insecure boy that was buried deep down inside of him.

“I see! And that’s exactly the point here. I just see it… I don’t hear it. So, either I just went deaf or your voice is just very, very low.” He gave her half a grin and waited. And here it was… again! Mouth opening… and…

Veronica exhaled heavily before she closed her mouth again.

“You know what, Mars? Just forget it. For one second I thought, we’ve shared something special here. You know, having a real conversation felt good, but since…”

“Have you ever felt so helpless that you can hardly breathe?” She cut him off. Finally, her mouth didn’t open and close without a syllable.

Logan looked at her with surprise. “I don’t know what this has to do with our topic here?”

“Just… just answer the question, Logan.”

He wrinkled his brow and counted mentally. “Three times, I guess.”

“Do you remember the feeling?”

He shot her another ‘I don’t know where you’re going with this’ look and just nooded slightly.

“For the last year, I just felt like that. Every day, every single minute. It was as if someone just choked me everytime I tried to struggle for air.” She paused and looked at Logan. According to his eyes, she could tell that she had his full attention now. “I was driven by just one thought – one mission in my life. Finding Lilly’s murderer. There wasn’t room for anything else.”

She tucked some loose, blonde strands behind her ear. “And after I’ve accomplished that mission, I thought it would set the old ‘me’ free. I wanted to go back and become the happy-go-lucky girl that I used to be. I just wanted to lose the devouring feeling of being scared 24/7.”

“Yeah, but Veronica, life’s scary itself.” He replied with a soft and warm voice. His eyes were glued at her and tracked every single emotion played on her face.

“Yeah, but I didn’t … I don’t need the extra kick, you know.” She pressed her lips together – unsure if she should continue. “And then…there was you.” She inhaled heavily and felt the cold air of the night pushing its way down her lungs. “I was happy with you. After the last awful year, there was someone who made me feel normal again. You tore down the walls I built up and you broken through to my heart so easily. And I didn’t care. For the first time in a very long while, I didn’t care if someone could see my vulnerable side, because I knew, I would be safe with you.”

Her gaze was straight ahead but Logan could see that her eyes sparkled with tears again.

“And then…” she continued and swallowed hard. “We changed. Our relationship changed. And I was…”

“Scared again.” Logan ended the sentence for her. “You were scared again… and I was responsible for it.” He said slowly as realization washed over him.

Slightly, she nooded her head yes.

“God, Veronica. You were scared of me? Why? Because you thought that I would turn out like Aaron? Is this why you cut me loose?” He tried to sound casual, but the hurt in his voice was overwhelming.

“What?” She turned her head to face him. “Logan, no… that’s not what I meant.” She reached out for him, softly touching his cheek. “It’s not!”

“Then what did you mean?” His voice was composed again and the hurt was nearly gone. Still, a slight subliminal tone of doubt was hiding in it.

“Lilly’s death has changed me; it hardened me and it made me another person. A person full of doubt and without any trust. And you…” she looked him straight into his eyes. “You changed me back. Not to the innocent and naïve girl I’ve been, but to a stronger person who allowed herself to love and trust again. And it made me feel alive. You started to patch up all the invisible cuts and bruises.”

“Veronica, I…”

“Then, you started to pull all those stupid stunts and just refused to let normalcy slip back in. And I had the feeling that I could lose everything all over again” She inhaled heavily and pulled her hand back. She bit her bottom lip, but held his gaze. “So, Logan, I wasn’t scared of you, I was scared for you… and I couldn’t bear it.”

Logan felt a hard lump forming in his throat. First, he thought he was dreaming or was sucked into some alternate reality. But as she had touched his cheek and her warm skin had connected with his, he knew this was the real thing. He had the absolute certainty that this girl in front of him was Veronica. His girl who finally had told him her deepest feelings and worries (Veronica Mars opened up, and the world still didn’t end).

Veronica’s confession hung in the air between them. She didn’t know what to add and Logan didn’t know how to react.

Thankfully, fate always had very good time-management and the decision was taken out of their hands.

oooooooooooooooo

A silver Mercedes pulled slowly into the parking area of the marina. The mysterious man knew exactly where the Echolls yacht was located. He parked his car in a back row and killed the engine. A sleazy smile has never left his lips.

ooooooooooooooooo

The ringing of Veronica’s cell phone broke the artificial silence. Somehow, Logan was relieved. He didn’t know how he could respond to her confession. All this time, he thought that she just wasn’t in love with him anymore, or has never been in love with him. But now, learning her true intentions had left a shocking feeling all over his body. He realised that no one in his entire life had ever cared about him this much. Ever! This was something knew for him - something strange. So, Logan was stunned.

Veronica pulled the cell phone out of her bag. The caller ID displayed no number. “Hello?”

Logan watched every movement of hers. How she leaned forward, grabbing the phone, looking surprised at the display and tucking some of the strands of her hair behind her ears.

And then, there it was – the smile. Her lips curled up and left slight dimples on her cheeks, eyes sparkling like diamonds and her little button nose wrinkling a bit. He loved this smile and realized that he had missed it the last couple of months. Warm and full of life – but most of all, happy.

“Dad? Oh my God, Dad!” she cried. “Are you okay? I couldn’t reach you…” Veronica smiled widely as tears of relief swelled behind her eyes.

The corners of Keith’s eyes sparkled with tears as well as he listened to his daughter’s voice. “I’m fine, honey. I’m fine! What about you? Are you hurt? Where are you?”

“I’m good. I was just so worried about you.” She paused, while gripping the phone tighter to her ear.

Logan immediately noticed the shifting of her body and the tensing of her hand. The smile had vanished from her lips. He knew that she had to tell her dad everything that had happened to them.

There was a forced strongness in Veronica’s voice as she continued as calm and composed as possible. “Dad, there is something you need to know.”

Logan turned away from her. He couldn’t look at her pained face, knowing that this situation was only his fault. Again, he had screwed up her life and now she was the one left picking up the pieces.

“I already do, Veronica,” Keith answered with a knowing voice. “I was filled in with all the events that had happened tonight.”

Veronica looked puzzled. “What?” She nearly coughed the word out. “How…?”

Keith pressed his lips together. He knew Veronica wouldn’t like the next part. “Weevil,” He said slowly. “He’s filled me in. Seems like he was responsible for Logan’s kidnapping.”

“What?” She yelled in disbelief and her mouth gaped open. It took only a few seconds and her amazement was replaced by anger. “What did you just say?” She asked forcefully, although she already had heard him the first time.

Logan shot a glance at her. “What is it?” He asked, but was left staring at her with no answer. According to the irate impression on her face, he decided to wait until she got off the phone.

Keith gave his daughter all the information he had. She gasped a few times, but never interrupted his little speech. As he was finished, he asked “Where are you, sweetie?”

“We are at the marina,” she responded without hesitation. She knew that they needed someone’s help. And it was better her father’s than the ‘oh so competent’ sheriff’s office. “Logan’s yacht,” Veronica added with a glance towards him.

“Stay there, ok? We’re on our way.” He smiled into his phone before he said the next words “And honey, be careful, okay?” How often he had said those specific words to her. And he already knew her answer.

“Always,” she also smiled and ended the call.

Logan waited impatiently. But as soon as he saw her hanging up, the questions poured out of him. “Are you okay? What did he say? He’s fine, right?”

“Yeah, he’s alright,” she said, relieved, but ignored his first question. “He is…” Her voice trailed off. Telling him who has been responsible for his little night adventure wouldn’t be easy. After all, she had to avoid a blood-bath as soon as her dad and Weevil would get to them.

“What?” Logan asked again, waiting for her to go on.

She gave him a small smile. Slowly, with a calming voice, she continued. “He is with Weevil. Seems like he was responsible for your little gun party tonight.”

Logan just stared at her. ‘Did she just say that Weevil was responsible for my kidnapping and now her father is with him? Working with him?’

There were only a few moments in Logan’s life where he was left speechless - and this was one of them. She caught his surprised look and repeated quickly all the information her father had given her.

“…well and now they are on their way to the marina,” Veronica finished. She waited for Logan to digest all the new information and could already predict his reaction.

“This dude is so dead,” Logan hissed.

Yes, as always, he didn’t disappoint her.

oooooooooooooooo

“You have to go alone, Mr. Mars,” Weevil said on their way out of the house. “I’ll try and find Hector and the others.”

Keith glanced with mixed feelings at him. On the one hand, he knew that Weevil was a ‘bad ass biker gang leader’ who didn’t take shit from anyone. Apart from that, he also knew that Weevil was alone in this – alone against a bunch of other ‘bad ass bikers’ with a certain desire to kill. Keith never really cared about Weevil, given the reputation he had, but it seemed that Veronica had some insight about the boy. Still, he didn’t like him much, but respected his daughter’s trust in Weevil. “Maybe it would be better not to split up.”

Weevil stopped abruptly and turned to face Keith. He laid both of his hands dramatically over his heart and said sarcastically “Aw, I’m touched. But don’t worry, I’m a big boy. I can take care of myself.”

“I just meant…”

“I know,” Weevil interrupted. His voice was softer and the sacarsm was gone. “They are my responsibility. I’ve to take care of this. Just make sure V’s alright.”

Keith sighed and wondered if he’d ever understand the reason of his daughter’s and Weevil’s friendship.He also didn’t fail to notice the concern about Veronica on the young man’s face. With a nod, he turned and made his way to his car. He glanced at Weevil one last time before he started the engine.

“Next stop, the marina,” he murmured to himself.

Weevil watched the taillights disappearing in the darkess of the night. He knew that Keith never has been a fan of him but he liked the fact that Keith tolerated Veronica’s friendship with him – or at least tried to tolerate it.

After the events of the night, he knew he owed Veronica a lot. Now, it was his turn for some serious ass kicking.

oooooooooooooooooo

Veronica knew that Logan would be pissed about Weevil’s move. Hell, she was really pissed about it herself. But right now, it didn’t matter. Above of all things, they had to figure out what to do next – and most importantly – stay alive. Weevil was responsible for Logan’s little night adventure, yes. But he didn’t give the order to kill. Someway, she was relieved that he ‘only’ was responsible for the kidnapping. She always has put a certain trust in him and although this trust had been stretched a couple of times, it was still existent.

As she had heard her father’s voice, she felt so happy. She knew that everything would be alright. But the words of Logan’s kidnappers started to echo in her head ‘We will kill him’ and a nibbing fear crawled up her spine. “My dad said we should stay put.”

“Keith Mars with his cape coming to our rescure. And then what, Veronica?” She flinched at Logan’s harsh voice and he noticed it immediately. He didn’t mean to snap at her but the anger and tension about Weevil and their whole fucking situation was bottled up inside of him and needed an outlet. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to…”

“It’s okay.” She laid one hand on his arm and gave him a sad smile. “I know the feeling. And I don’t know what’s going to happen next. But having my father…” she hesitated before she continued, “and Weevil on our side is a good thing. Besides, where would be the fun in knowing all the solutions to our problems?”

“That’s right, little Ms. Mars, where would be the fun in that.” A man’s voice snorted from the footbridge.

The voice was familiar to Logan, but he couldn’t match it with a face.They both jerked their heads around and Veronica gasped. Logan wanted to see the face of the mysterious voice, but the first thing that caught his eye was the gun which was aimed directly at Veronica. He lifted his head and then he saw him.

“You?” Logan stumbled in disbelief.

The man just smirked, closing the distance between them.

Chapter 7

 
 
 
lapdogdesignlapdogdesign on January 23rd, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
Very good, as always.

I really enjoyed your description of Veronica's feelings about the L/V relationship and break up. I could see that holding true in canon.

Just saw a few grammar nitpicks, if you're interested. I will post them in a separate comment.

Can't wait to see where you go from here!

tinkabell007tinkabell007 on January 23rd, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!!! :-) The bad grammar is always fighting with me! *lol* (or is it the other way around? *g* ) Anyway, thank you for your help. I just edited the story. And I'm glad you like the story! :)
sweet baby jesusmoirariordan on January 24th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
Yay! Amazing as always, even though I've already read this. XD Great job.
tinkabell007tinkabell007 on January 24th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
Aw, my lovely Beta!! :) Thank you!! Chap 7 is half done. I hope I'll get it to you within the next week.
(Anonymous) on January 24th, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
one thing
all i can say is
HURRY UP N WRITE THE REST!!!!!
Lalala623 on January 25th, 2006 07:27 am (UTC)
OH my gosh! WHO IS IT?!?! I finally got to read this and I love it! Please update soon! :)