Author: Man of Faith PM
Bailey is home for Spring Break with London and things are about to get a little hairy. Then again, what could happen in Kettlecorn, right? Collaboration with SprouseGooseRated: Fiction T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Cody M. & Bailey P. - Chapters: 16 - Words: 28,208 - Reviews: 155 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 24 - Updated: 03-01-11 - Published: 09-09-10 - Status: Complete - id: 6312536
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As promised, Here's the end and very quickly too!
As the group continues to protest, Mr. Tipton continued to gloat with glee, "Who knew a flat region of the US actually has oil? This will make me millions!"
Not being able to take her father's greed anymore, London voiced her displeasure loudly.
"But, Daddy...You can't mean that!"
Wilfred Tipton grinned. "Of course I do, Londy...Think about it! There is enough oil to make that little problem we had in the gulf looked like spilled milk!"
"But nothing, Londy...I'm doing this for you too. This means there will be even more for you to inherit one day. Plus, I'll be able to significant increase your clothing allowance..."
London paused. "Increased clothing allowance?"
Wilfred grinned. "And maybe enough to move you to your own cabin with a closet to make the one back at the Boston Tipton look like a shoebox..."
"Well, that would be nice..."
Everyone just turned and glared at London. "London!"
London shook her head. "No, Daddy. One of the things I've learned while I've been here is how families...real families treat each other. The PICKETT family may not have that much money, but they all love each other no matter what. And they immediately welcomed me into their home no questions asked. I can't let you do this to them..."
Wilfred shook his head. "London, Haven't I taught you anything? You always look out for number one and everyone else is number two..."
London sighed. "Even me, Daddy?"
Wilfred frowned. "What do you mean?"
"My whole life, you haven't been there. Neither you nor Mom. You left me in the care of Moseby to raise me. And he's done his best even though I'm pretty sure I haven't made it easy on him. But he never gave up on me. He's still there taking care of me. And then there was Maddie who treated me like a sister...even at times when I didn't deserve it. And then Carey, Cody and Zack moved into the Tipton. Carey became almost a second mom to me and Cody and Zack became like my little brothers. And then you made me go to that stupid sea school on the boat. While I hate it, my new family has grown. Woody has become like that...strange cousin. And Bailey...well, she has become the little sister I never had. I know I haven't always been nice to her, but she really has been nothing been great to me..."
Wilfred rolled his eyes. "What's your point?"
"My point is that you may be my father, but they are my family too. They are the ones who have been in my life, looking out for me, taking care of me, helping me everyday. They are the ones who have been the constants in my life...unlike you."
London glared at her father. "But nothing, Daddy! For most of my life, these people have always been there for me, its time I do something for them. Daddy, give the Picketts their farm back..."
Wilfred Tipton shook his head. "I'm sorry, London. I can't do that. I have to think of the bottom line. There is no turning back..."
London began crying, and Moseby tried to comfort her. Mr. and Mrs. Pickett embraced each other, tears forming in their eyes as it seemed their family farm was gone. And Bailey turned to Cody who just held her as she cried as well.
"This isn't fair, Cody!"
Cody rubbed Bailey's back soothingly. "I know, Bailey. If there was anything I could do, I hope you know I would..."
Bailey nodded. "I know you would, Sweetie...Its not like Mr. Tipton owes you a favor or anything..."
Cody just stood there. "What did you just say?"
Bailey pulled back and looked up and Cody. "I just said it wasn't like Mr. Tipton owed you a favor..."
Cody began thinking. Suddenly realization hit him, and he reached for the bag he had. Rummaging through it, he pulled out his organizer and began shuffling through it. Bailey looked on in confusion. "Cody, what are you doing?"
Cody finally found what he was looking for and showed it to Bailey. "I was looking for this! I had forgotten all about it!"
Bailey took the envelope and opened it. And she gasped at what she found inside.
"This certificate is good for one I.O.U. from Wilfred Tipton to be used to call in a favor."
The certificate was signed by Wilfred Tipton and notarized. Bailey looked up at Cody. "How did you get this?"
Cody shrugged it off. "When you came back to Kettlecorn the last time, London, Zack, Maya and Woody got trapped in London's shoe submarine. They got trapped on board and almost ran out of air. Since the instructions were in Russian, I was the only one who could read and translate. So, doing that, I was able to save their lives. I got that a couple of weeks later in the mail..."
Bailey smiled and hugged Cody. "Oh my gosh! This can..." She paused and pulled back. "I'm sorry. I shouldn't have expected you would use it to save my family's farm..."
Cody smiled back. "But I'm going to..."
"I can't ask you to do that..."
Cody took Bailey's hands in his. "Bails, I once promised you I'd crawl to the ends of the earth to make you happy. Saving your family farm will make you happy, and I have the power to make that happen, so I'm going to do it..."
Bailey just looked at Cody in awe. "I don't know what to say..."
Cody shrugged. "You don't have to say anything..."
Bailey smiled and leaned in and kissed Cody again.
Cody grinned. "What did I do to deserve that?"
"For being you. And for loving me. You have any idea how good it feels to know that someone loves you so much?"
"I think I do..."
"Well, I'm going to make sure you do..."
Cody smiled. "You ready to go save the farm...and probably make a grown man cry?"
"Let's do it..."
Hand in hand, Cody and Bailey walked over to Wilfred Tipton. "Mr. Tipton?"
Wilfred Tipton was on his cell phone and looked over at them. "What?"
Cody handed him the I.O.U. "This..."
Mr. Tipton looked at it and his face paled. "Where did you get this?"
Cody grinned. "You sent it to me after I saved London's life in her shoe submarine..."
Tipton sighed. "So, what do you want?"
"I want to call in the favor you owe me. I want you to give their farm back to the Picketts and help them rebuild it."
"How about I make you an equal partner on this instead? Think about it! With all of the money, you can go to any college you want and live the life of luxury! You'll have beautiful women at your beck and call!"
Cody smiled. "No thank you. I want to earn everything I get in life. And as for beautiful women, I already have the most beautiful one already..."
Bailey giggled at that.
Tipton paused. "Your mother works for me. I could fire her you know..."
Cody nodded. "I know, but I also know she would tell me I'm doing the right thing..."
Tipton sighed. "Fine! Here's the deed to the stupid farm..." He paused and looked at Cody. "You would willingly give up all of that money for this girl?"
Cody smiled and nodded. "Absolutely. I love her more than life itself. And for some reason, she loves me just as much. And to me, that already makes me one of the richest men in the world..."
Tipton shook his head. "Boy, you are insane! Just tell the Pickles to send the bill to me and I will cover it..." And with that, Wilfred Tipton stomped off.
Cody turned to Bailey and handed her the deed. "Here you go..."
Bailey had tears forming in her eyes. "Cody, I will never be able to thank you enough for this. My family owes you everything..."
"Knowing I'm making you happy is all I need. And by doing this, I hope I can in some way make up for some of my stupidity..."
Bailey threw her arms around him. "You don't have to make up for anything..."
Cody grinned. "So, does this mean I've built up some brownie points for when I do something stupid again?"
Bailey laughed. "I suppose so...Are you sure there isn't anything I can do for you?"
"You love me, right?"
"With all of my heart and all of my soul..."
"That's all I need...well..."
Cody grinned. "Well, I was wondering if you would be my date to the prom?"
Bailey grinned back. "Count on it!"
Cody took Bailey's hand in his. "Come on. Let's go tell everyone the good news..."
They walked over to everyone else, and Bailey gave her Dad the deed to the farm.
Joe was confused. "But...how?"
Bailey explained to her parents what Cody just did, and the Picketts just looked at Cody in shock and awe. "How can we ever thank you?"
Cody shrugged. "I'm just glad I could help..."
Joe grinned and shook Cody's hand. "Thank you, Cody. And I hope I'm not being to presumptuous, but welcome to the family!"
Cody and Bailey both blushed. Cody finally spoke. "Thank you, Sir. While I appreciate the sentiment, that is still Bailey's decision to make. But, I do hope it comes to fruition."
Bailey smiled. "Oh, I think it will..."
Joe grinned. "Well, we have our farm back and we may have a new son-in-law, I say this is cause for celebration!"
And soon, a small celebration broke out...well, as much as one can in the destruction of a tornado. Since so much was destroyed, a nice bonfire was built. And Cody and Bailey took seats on a hay bail next to each other. Soon, they were joined on one side by Zack and Maya and on the other by Woody and Addison.
Zack just shook his head. "Broseph...I don't know what to say. I admire what you did, but are you sure you won't regret your decision?"
Cody smiled back. "Positive..."
Maya smiled. "Well, I guess I'm going to have to get used to you two being together. Zack tells me I should keep a bag with me in case I get nauseous around you two..."
Bailey shrugged. "Maybe. Not going to stop me from showing my feller how much I love him..."
Maya grinned. "Not a problem. Maybe with you two being so affectionate, some of it will rub off on to Zack..."
Zack turned to his girlfriend. "Hey!"
Addison spoke up. "And on Woody too!"
Woody turned to his girlfriend. "Hey! Hurtful!"
Zack turned to his brother. "Codester, you and I need to have a talk. I can't have you making me look bad..."
Cody just grinned back. "I don't care. Right now, I have my little Hay Bail back and that's all that matters to me..."
Bailey giggled. "Same here..."
Woody just shook his head. "I guess a tornado is par for the course for us. Seems its one crazy thing after another keeps happening to us..."
Addison nodded. "Very true...I think we're due for a little down time..."
Bailey sighed. "Tell me about it...What could happen next?"
Cody wrapped his arm around her. "I think we'll be okay...Its not like the ship is going to suffer a snake infestation..."