Oasis of Love
I could not believe I had missed the calls from Veronica. I had been good at answering them, but had been held up by my professor who wanted to speak to me about an internship at Neptune High with one of the English teachers there to see if it was something I was wanting to do. I was working toward getting an English degree, but I had been more inclined to get it to become a writer, not a teacher.
"Logan, you need to head home," Dick said as he pulled me toward him as I exited the lecture hall.
"Why?" I asked raising my eyes at him as he just shook his head.
"Vee's been calling you and you haven't answered so she rang me," he muttered as I recalled their conversation a few weeks back about Dick hanging out at the house all the time and the break down they had. They were closer than they had been and Veronica even trusted Dick more with our daughter, but she usually did not contact Dick unless it was important. I turned on my phone and listened to the message.
"Damn it," I muttered as he stopped to let some people exit ahead of us. "Trina is at the house," I snapped as I pushed past a few kids that were lingering in the hallway. I didn't even have to ask Dick to come with me, he fell right into step with me and headed to my Rover. I couldn't phantom why she would have to come to me. She had the money Aaron left her as well as the money he had hidden from her. It must be the news of my daughter that brought her here.
"I probably should take Vee some place while you talk with your sister," Dick suggested as I pulled into the driveway. I knew he was pleading not to but would if it was needed.
"That would probably be for the best. I don't think she's in the best mood right now. You'll probably end up at Mama Leone's," I muttered as I turned the doorknob hoping that no one had been murdered yet, knowing Veronica though things were at a heated moment and my arrival wouldn't be anything but a miracle. Veronica was standing between the front entryway heading toward the stairs as if she was trying to get away from Trina.
"It's about damn time," Veronica snapped as she placed her hand on the railing of the stairs before stopping.
"My professor held me up, I's sorry," I said as she looked from me to Dick.
"She's in there, but only by the grace of not wanting to hurt myself," Veronica replied as I looked past her to see Trina sitting on the edge of the couch looking directly at me with a smirk that was eerily similar to the one Aaron use to wear whenever he was about to punish me.
"Come on Ronnie, let's get some grub while we leave Logan to deal with that," Dick half muttered as I knew he could feel the tension just as much as the next person.
"She better not be here when we get back," Veronica stated as she stood up more to kiss me on the check as I moved out of her way to let her pass. "You better be taking me to Mama Leone's," she told Dick as he sighed.
"Of course, whatever fighter Ronnie wants," he joked as she turned to look back at me before Dick ushered her and our daughter out the door closing it behind them. I didn't want to turn around and see the sister who had left me to Aaron for her own purposes, who now needed my help.
"So little brother, how interesting," she said with a smirk on her face as I turned to look at her.
"What's interesting Trina?" I snapped as I walked toward the kitchen to get some water, but in reality, I could go for something much stronger. I had stopped drinking when I left Neptune, but seeing Trina brought all the memories back to my mind.
"I had heard from a few people that you had become this poster child," she said as she used air quotes thinking she was making a point or something. "But I didn't think the poster child would have a child," Trina said laughing.
"Is that all you came to see me for was to make fun of my choices in life? You could have saved yourself the trip and called," I snapped as her smirk grew reminding me just how much she was like Aaron in goading me.
"No, I actually came because I have been cut off from my inheritance and need you to release some of the funds," she snapped as she stood up and made her way toward me. I backed up in an effort to keep some space between us.
"Why didn't you just ask Barney to release it for you?" I questioned as she just laughed.
"You think your so much better than me. Logan you were nothing until Aaron made you someone. I would have hoped you learned your lesson of screwing something up," she snapped as I stood up to my full height disgusted in the tone she was using with me.
"Who do you think you are to come into my home and try to pull this sort of stunt? I have no clue as to why you can't get some money and don't really care," I replied as she moved closer to me.
"Really, little brother. I think we are far from being gentle with one and another. I mean you were the boy who cried wolf so many times that I think people actually believed everything you said about our father," she retorted as I slammed my hand on the counter disgusted with her behavior.
"Stop," I demanded as I moved to the kitchen table where I had paperwork from Barny. "Call him and demand your money," I snapped as I shoved the calling card in her hand.
"I already have, and he says that there was a clause in my inheritance that if I went over a certain about of money over a short period of time my assets would be frozen until you signed a release for me," she snapped.
"Well then maybe you should have started with all of that instead of making me angry. I have no plans as of right now to sign anything for you. If you had come in here with a different attitude or even called, I would have happily done so just to get rid of you, but not now," I retorted moving toward the front door.
"You can't be serious," Trina snapped as she stomped her foot.
"I am profoundly serious. I would like you to leave my house and do not come back without calling to see if I want to see you or not. If you think for a moment you will intimidate me like he did than you are deadly wrong. I will not cower anymore," I said as I opened the door and waved my arm as if trying to shoo her out.
"I'm not leaving until you sign the papers, I need signed," she said as I smiled looking out the door to see Keith coming up the drive.
"You can either leave on your own accord or I will have you removed," I stated as he appeared in the doorway.
"Veronica called me and said you might need some help," Keith said as he turned to where Trina was standing.
"No, I believe my sister was just leaving," I replied as she snatched up her bag and moved toward us.
"This isn't over, Logan. I plan to get what belongs to me and you will not stop me from getting it," she gritted out as she moved out the door and I closed it.
"What was that all about?" Keith asked as I let the breath out, I did not realize I had been holding. I leaned back on the wall behind me.
"I guess Trina got cut off from her money for overspending and I have to sign a release for her to get more," I said sliding down the wall to sit on the floor in front of the stairs. I was mentally drained from just this episode of dealing with her. I could not imagine having to deal with her daily.
"If you don't mind me being nosy, why does that involve you," Keith questioned as he stood in front of me. I looked up at him and saw a different man. I had always wished that I had a father like him instead of Aaron. Then when everything happened with Lily's murder investigation, I started to resent him. I finally saw why Veronica always leaned on him. He was a good person, father and even husband.
"Evidently there is a clause that if she spends too much, I have to sign papers to release her funds. Ironic if you ask me. I love to spend money, but I have come to realize its not the most important thing in life. No, you family is," I said as he chuckled.
"Yes, I agree. I would do anything for Veronica or even Alicia's children. I consider Wallace and Daryll mine," he replied as he sat down on the stairs.
"I don't know what I would do if Veronica wasn't in my life. I honestly do not know what my life would be like without her in it. I felt lost when she disappeared, and no one would tell me where she was. I spent a little while in Paris selling some property I now longer wanted and just to get away from Neptune," I said as he looked at me. I felt like it was okay to share it with him.
"Go on," he said encouraging me to continue.
"I had just sold the last of Aaron's property's when I decided I was going to come back to the states. I called Mrs. Navarro and talked her into taking care of this house while I went to Stanford. I had applied after graduation but took a deference to go to Hearst with Veronica. Once I realized she was not coming back I decided that I wanted to do something with my life in case I ever saw her. I wanted her to be proud of me. I felt like I had let her down, and that killed me knowing she wasn't in my life anymore," I said as I wiped away a few tears.
"Logan," Keith spoke softly as I just shook my head to clear out my thoughts.
"Let me finish. I barely made registration and changed my last name to Lester to keep people from knowing who I was. Ironically, fate had a twisted sense of humor. Veronica and I were both placed on the same COED housing floor," I said as I smiled.
"I didn't know that," he replied.
"Yeah, not only where we on the same floor, but we lived right across from each other. It seemed like we were always just missing each other as we went and came. Our RA kept trying to set me up with the girl who lived across from me, but we never got the chance to meet. I had just read a letter Veronica had written me letting me know she was pregnant with my child when I heard her cry out. I didn't know it was her, but I rushed to help her,
and things just happened. Keith, I love her more than anything else. I would gladly trade every cent I have to make her happy," I honestly said as I waited for him to say something.
"Dude, you better not because your baby mama eats way too much for a poor man," Dick spoke up as I looked toward the space between the entryway and the kitchen where I saw Veronica standing holding our daughter. I saw a vague look on her face that for some reason made me worry about just how much she heard.
"How long were you two there?" Keith asked as I looked toward him.
"Long enough," Veronica replied as she moved toward the living room.
"Go get her," Keith said as he motioned for me to follow her. "Come on Richard let's give them some space," he continued as I walked into the living room finding Veronica on the couch.