Summary: Kurt and Carey have remarried. But, two months after the marriage, Kurt starts to abuse his older son. Not Cody, not Carey -- Zack. And only Maddie will listen to him. Zack x Maddie

Disclaimer: Nopers, I still do not own the Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Deal with it.


-- Zackary Martin's POV --

A groan escaped my slightly parted lips. The penetrating darkness of my own eyelids scared me; I thought I was dead, that I was no longer with the people that loved me. That I had been taken away from the Earth. As much as I liked the thought of Kurt being gone, of me never having to deal with him again, I would settle with him in jail, never to be released... But my death? No. I didn't want that. I'd take it if I had to, I'd just have to roll with the punches. If I were to go to heaven I should have been joyous, right? I wanted to go there when the time came... But I just didn't feel like the time was right. I wasn't ready for death... I'd go with it, I was prepared for it, but I didn't want it, if you catch my drift.

But when I heard the sound of sirens over the pounding in my ears, I knew I was alive. My eyes slowly opened, and though my vision was blurry, I could see police cars and an ambulance rushing to the scene. But would Kurt and his followers, his dogs, his minions, his whatevers, get caught? Or would they get away at the last second? I hoped with all my heart that they would be caught, but I knew that things don't always go the way that you want them to. So I'd just have to wait and find out.

I could hear footsteps, some that signalled that people were running, others that signalled slow walking. "Put your hands where I can see them," came a voice, and I figured it was a police officer -- who else would it be? 'Please, save me,' I thought, shutting my eyes again. This time, the darkness was not so scary. And I thanked the Lord for that...For not killing me. For letting me live this life further.

I felt strong hands on me, lifting me up; and soon I was placed on a stretcher, and being lifted into an ambulance. The smell was awful.. But I knew that the hospital would be worse. My eyes opened again, and I felt another pain as a doctor's hand went over my ribs. I inhaled deeply, but that only hurt worse -- but I refused to scream. I refused to cry. I refused to make any noise of pain other than a groan. I had to keep the small amount of pride that I had left... I wasn't going to throw that away as well.

I must've dozed off, because when I woke up again, I was laying in a hospital bed and Cody, Mom, Maddie, London, and Moseby were in there with me. At first, everything was blurry, but soon enough my vision got better. I groaned with the pain that I got when I took a deep breath, completely forgetting about my rib injuries.

"Zack!" Mom cried, being the first to see me awake. "Are you okay?"

"I don't know," I replied honestly. "You tell me.."

"Well.." Cody said slowly, rubbing a hand through his hair. "You have two broken ribs, but they're on the same side.. Um, you have a concussion, and it's a pretty big one, but we just found out about it and we were about to wake you up because you can't sleep when you have a concussion. You're gun wound, where the bullet scraped your skin, isn't that bad, it's been bandaged up and everything.. You probably won't have to go into surgery, and that's kind of a good thing. Most of the bleeding has stopped, especially the bleeding in your head. But they think that you'll end up alright, bro."

I couldn't help myself; I smiled. All these people were in here for me. They cared about me. It felt good. But I had one more question. "Who called the police?"

Mom laughed nervously. "Um, I did. Right after your dad picked you up, and right before he threw you into the wall..You weren't knocked out that long, and I guess that's for the best. We're just glad that you're alright, Zack."

"Did they catch Kurt?"

"Yes, they did. But you'll still have to go to court soon, Zack. It's not all over yet," Moseby spoke up.

"I know.. But all of you will be there, right?" I asked hopefully.

London nodded. "I still have to wear my court clothes, and this is the perfect opportunity." I smiled and rolled my eyes.

"As long as Moseby will give me the day off, I'll be there," Maddie added.

"You know that Mom and I will be there, bro," Cody said.

"Maddie will get the day off, and I'll be there too," Moseby said. His cell phone started to ring. "Hello? No way. Alright, I'll be right there." He shut his cell phone and sighed. "I have to go back to the Tipton... Get better soon, Zack." He turned to leave, followed by London; but all London had to say was, "Moseby's my ride."

That left me with Maddie, Mom, and Cody. I closed my eyes, trying to keep small breaths. "Can I sleep now?" I asked, slowly drifting to sleep. But my eyes snapped open when Cody said, "No, you can't, Zack." I sighed, forgetting about my ribs.

"I'll leave you and Maddie alone now," Mom said suddenly, taking Cody out of the room with her. Maddie went and sat by me on the bed.

"Hey," she said quietly, a small smile on her face.

"Hey. So...You meant it?" I asked, referring to the "I love you" that she had said to me.

"Yeah... I meant it, Zack. I love you."

"I love you too, Maddie." She leaned down and kissed me, softly, on the lips. When she pulled apart we were both smiling.

"I'll be back later, Zack," Maddie said as some doctors entered the room. "Count on that."


A/N: A pretty sweet ending, if you asked me. Well, I told you that it would eventually be a Zack/Maddie story... And there's the Zack Maddie-ness. I hate to end the story here but it seems like the best place to end it... I hope that you enjoyed it!