A.N. : Sorry for lack of updating. Please don't hurt me (hides behind Esteban and Mr. Moseby)

Maddie stared at Esteban, her mouth open in shock.

"Your chicken!" she exclaimed.

Esteban cringed, offering a guilty, but very cute grin.

"I'm going to be out of town for the weekend and Dudley gets lonely," he replied by way of explanation.

"Then why don't you just take him with you?" remarked Maddie, the fact that Esteban was leaving not quite registering for her.

"Because he gets car sick," Esteban replied.

Maddie thought about the statement for a second. How far could he being going if the chicken is going to be car sick?

Suddenly realizing the pause she covered for herself by saying, "Esteban, why are you asking me? I mean aren't there some...chicken-sitters you could call."

Chicken-sitters? she thought to herself, Oh god, I sound like London!

"Dudley didn't like the last bunch," Esteban replied, sounding as though he were taking her seriously, " And you do such a good job watching out for Zack, Cody, and Miss London..."

Maddie blushed, offering him a smile. He notices what I do! She thought to herself.

"Well, I guess I can," said Maddie.

"Oh, good!" exclaimed Esteban looking excited, "I'll bring all the stuff you need here tommorrow!"

"But tommorrow's Friday," Maddie said.

"So?" Esteban gave her a questioning look.

"So I'm off tommorrow," Maddie replied.

"Oh, you're right. That was stupid of me," said Esteban, sounding disappointed.

"Maybe I could come over after work," Maddie said, the idea striking her like a bolt of lightning, "Zack and Cody could come help you carry the stuff," she added.

"Oh, I could never impose on them like that," said Esteban, holding up his hands in protest, "The little blond peoples have homework and all sorts of things to do."

"Relax, Esteban," said Maddie, "I'm sure Carey won't mind, and besides, when do they ever do homework?"

Esteban nodded in agreement.

"Okay," he said, "Then, I'll see you after work."

"It's a da-a-ya...It's a plan!" exclaimed Maddie, shocked at her near slip.

"Okay, bye, Maddie," Esteban walked off to the front counter where Moseby was sucking up big time to a rich looking couple.

"So, how did it go?" London said appearing right next to Maddie.

"AHH! London!" The blond gapped at the heiress, holding her heart, "Don't scare me like that!"

"Sorry," said London, "Is my fault your not Ob..ob..."

"Observant," offered Maddie.

"Yep, that's the one," said London, "So how did it go?"

"I'm babysitting a chicken," replied Maddie, suddenly realizing how ridiculous that sounded.

London gave her a strange look. Then, shaking her head sadly, she patted Maddie's shoulder and said, "It's okay, Maddie, the world is full of pathetic people like you."

"Thanks, London," Maddie shot back sarcastically.

"Well, at least you'll get to go to his house or apartment," London offered, trying to make Maddie feel better, "I haven't even been to Aron's yet."

And you probably never will, Maddie thought.

"You're right, London," she said, " Now all I have to do is find Zack and Cody and convince them to come with me."

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