A/N: This is my first Suite Life fanfic, so please go easy on me! I'm a Jimmy Neutron-turned-Suite Life fan, so if you've read my work before you'll see how different this story is for me. And, yes, I put myself in it. Don't hate me. LOL. Oh, and my last name isn't Stevenson, just for the record. :)
Disclaimer: I do not own The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
"Tomorrow is the book signing and you two need to stay out of the way. If anything and I mean anything goes wrong, The Tipton's reputation will be at stake." Mr. Marion Moseby was lecturing Zack and Cody Martin, two 14-year-old twins who lived at The Tipton, a 5-star hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. "Ms. Zareck is a very famous author and it's my job to make sure she's comfortable during her stay here. We don't want her complaining to all her Hollywood friends, now do we?"
"Please. Like I'd even want to go to some stupid signing," Zack scoffed. Unlike his brother, Zack hated reading…unless it was the coolest new comic book about a crime-fighting superhero.
"Good." Mr. Moseby nodded in approval.
"What book did she write anyways? Patches: Pet Detective?" he continued with a laugh.
Mr. Moseby glared and held up a juvenile bestseller with the title Patches: Pet Detective.
"Oh, I loved that book!" Cody burst out. "Disguised as a mere fiction novel, it exposes the inefficiency of animal testing and gives great insight on alternative methods! And the movie is out in theaters!" He frowned upon the instructions that the stern manager of the hotel had just given. "What if I just stood in line like everyone else?" he inquired.
Mr. Moseby sighed. "I'd rather you didn't, but I guess it won't be too big of a deal as long as Zack is out of the way."
"Oh, like I'm the only troublemaker in this hotel," Zack complained.
"I thought you didn't want to go," Cody reminded him.
"I don't. But that doesn't mean you should get special treatment!" Zack argued.
"Please," Mr. Moseby interrupted. "I have better things to do than listen to you two bicker. So, as long as you understand the guidelines, I need to go make sure this place is ready for Ms. Zareck."
"Come on, Cody. Wouldn't you rather play a video game than wait in a super long line to meet some dumb old lady?" Zack questioned.
"We can play video games anytime. But meeting Geri is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Cody countered.
"Jerry?" Zack repeated confusedly. "I thought the writer was a girl."
"She is a girl. It's spelled G-E-R-I," Cody explained.
"Like that makes a difference," Zack snickered.
"It does," Cody insisted. "And if I get down to the lobby really early, I should get a good place in line!" His brother didn't answer, but was rather staring at someone across the room. "What are you looking at?" Cody wanted to know.
Zack grinned ear-to-ear and gestured towards the hotel entrance. "She is cute."
"Zack!" Cody sighed.
His brother took Cody's head in his hands and turned it slightly to the direction he was looking in.
"The one with curly hair?" Cody asked. "I don't know. She looks too old for you."
"Not her! The girl next to the curly-haired one," Zack clarified.
"Oh!" Cody tilted his head to the side. "She is cute!" His grin matched Zack's.
"Told you!" Zack smirked. "Oh, oh, oh!" he suddenly exclaimed. "She's coming over here! Let me handle this."
"Hi," the girl said with a perfect smile as she approached the boys. She was about their height and had long, straightened brown hair. Her blue top, miniskirt, leggings and Converse shoes brought out the blue in her eyes.
"Hey, Gorgeous," Zack responded. "Where have you been all my life?"
The girl was about to say something, but stopped when she heard that comment. She held up a hand. "Ignoring."
Zack extended his hand to the newcomer. "That's my brother Cody, and I'm Zack—the handsome one."
She shook it, then added slyly, "I also take it you're the flirtatious and egotistical one."
Cody held back the urge to laugh and then asked, "Are you here for the book signing tomorrow?"
"Of course!" the girl exclaimed. "I'm GiGi, by the way. GiGi Stevenson."
"Nice to meet you," Cody replied.
"Are you checking in here?" Zack questioned hopefully.
"Yes, my mom's waiting in that long line at the front desk," GiGi answered. "It looks like it might take a while. Have you read the book too?"
"Me?" Zack said, a little taken aback. "Well, uh, who hasn't? Cute little dog who solves mysteries. What's not to love?"
"Patches is a cat," GiGi stated, a disgusted frown forming on her face. "I take it you haven't seen the movie either."
"I haven't yet, but I want to!" Cody piped up. "I got a lot from the book, especially the epilogue. I think the whole thing is geared towards children, but animal testing is a big issue that everyone needs to take more seriously."
GiGi looked on him in admiration. "Exactly. You put that so well."
Cody smiled and blushed. "Oh, well, I—"
"I was thinking the same thing!" Zack jumped in, cutting him off. "He just beat me to it!"
"Did you know Maddie's a big opponent of animal testing?" Cody asked in an offhand manner, hoping to use his brother's crush on the candy girl to his own advantage.
"I think I'll go ask Maddie if she's read the book too!" Zack started to walk away, then stopped in his tracks and turned around. "You said Patches was a bat?" he called to GiGi.
"Um…sure," GiGi said, trying to keep a straight face.
"That's what I thought!" With that, he turned back around and strutted over to the candy counter where Madeline Fitzpatrick was working.
GiGi and Cody burst out laughing when he was out of earshot. "Is he always like that?" she wondered aloud.
"Pretty much," Cody answered.
"Who has a bat for a pet?" Zack was asking himself as he made his way down to the candy counter. "And names it Patches? And if bats are blind, then how can they solve crimes?"
"Hey, Zack," Maddie greeted him.
"Hey, Maddie," Zack replied with a smile. "I was just wondering if you'd, ah, read that Patches book yet?"
"Yeah, I did!" she responded cheerfully. "I just can't believe Geri is coming to The Tipton. I was thinking that if I got here really early tomorrow, then maybe I wouldn't have to stand in too big of a line to get my book signed."
"And I was thinking that maybe I could stand in line with you," Zack explained with a wink in her direction.
"Aw, that's so sweet," Maddie consented. "But do you really think Mr. Moseby will even let you go?"
"He's letting Cody go," Zack informed her.
"Yes, but remember the time when you two were fighting over that French girl?" Maddie said with a smile. She mimicked Mr. Moseby: "You're trouble, but he's—" She shuddered.
"Oh come on, it's a line for a book signing!" Zack burst out in exasperation. "How much 'trouble' could anyone possibly get into?"
Maddie shrugged. "Just make sure Mr. Moseby OKs it first and I'll let you stand with me, sure."
"So isn't it sad that most of the world's bat population dies because of animal research labs?" Zack asked, trying to impress her with his knowledge of the subject…which was very little indeed.
"Well…did you just say 'bat'?" Maddie laughed.
"Yeah," Zack replied. "That's what the book said, right?"
"Um…I think you mean 'cat'," she giggled.
Zack's eyes widened in embarrassment. "That would explain a lot," he admitted.
"I'll say. Did you even read the book?"
"Well…maybe not the whole thing…" He waved his hand in dismissal.
Maddie raised her eyebrows in suspicion.
"OK, not at all. But that doesn't mean the issue isn't important to me!" he protested, still trying to impress her. "Animal testing has got to stop! Those poor little creatures must not be tortured any longer!"
"So, GiGi," Cody was saying, "how long will you be here at The Tipton?"
"About a week," she replied. "And you?"
"Actually, Zack and I live here," he answered.
"Wow! You live in a 5-star hotel? That's so cool!" she exclaimed. "One time while I was away at college I stayed in an Extended Stay America with my mom. So I guess you could say we lived there. It was only for about a year, though. And the place wasn't nearly as fancy as this."
"Wait a second—you went away to college?" Cody repeated in surprise. "How old are you?"
"I turn 15 on August 31st," she admitted sheepishly.
Cody's mouth dropped. "You're younger than me!" he burst out. "What age did you graduate from high school? 13?"
"Actually…I was 9…" GiGi's voice trailed off and a light shade of pink brushed her cheeks.
"9?" Cody repeated. It came out more like a squeak. "Wow! I'm an honor student in school, but that's incredible! I bet you could beat me to becoming the first doctor/lawyer in space!"
GiGi giggled, still blushing. "Is that what you want to be?" she asked. "Math isn't really my strong point."
"And yet you're taking college-level math classes!" Cody pointed out.
She giggled once more. "But I'm much better in English, and I love to sing."
"So if you're staying here a whole week…" Cody hesitated. "Do you think we could catch a movie together sometime?"
"Sure…if someone else goes too," GiGi agreed. "That way it's not like a date or anything."
"Oh." Cody sounded just a teeny bit disappointed.
"It's just that I'm not allowed to be alone with a boy," GiGi explained.
Cody perked up again. His last girlfriend, Barbara, had the same rule. "Right. I'll ask Zack."
"And maybe someone else," GiGi suggested. "I don't know if Zack would make too much of a difference."
Cody grinned. "I'm sure my mom wouldn't mind coming with us."
"OK!" GiGi agreed.
"How about tomorrow tonight? We could go see the Patches movie!"
"Well, actually…I've already seen it," GiGi said uncomfortably. "I, uh, really wanted to see a different movie, if that's OK…"
"Oh…sure!" Cody agreed in surprise. "I just thought that since, well, you seemed to like it so much, you wouldn't mind seeing it again. But, I mean, I don't care!"
"Thanks." Relief flooded GiGi's face. Then quickly she added, "You know, I'd love to see a Sprouse twins movie! The Prince and the Pauper is playing, isn't it?"
"Yeah! And the Sprouse twins are awesome!"
"Cole is my favorite. I think he's cuter than Dylan," GiGi giggled.
"You know, everyone tells me I look just like Cole," Cody bragged.
GiGi tilted her head to the side. "…I don't see it." She glanced over at the front desk impatiently. "Oh, I think he's giving her the room keys!" she burst out excitedly and then turned back to Cody. "I'm going to go grab one from my...mom, OK? I'll be right back."
Cody just nodded and watched as she sauntered over to the front desk.
Just then, Zack came up. "Cody, I need a plan!" he burst out. "I promised Maddie I'd stand in line with her but Mr. Moseby can't see me!" After a few seconds of silence, he snapped his fingers in Cody's face. "Hello!"
"Oh, sorry," Cody apologized. "She's just so…pretty, sweet, beyond smart—and she's going to the movies with me! I can't wait to tell Mom!"
"Oh, you were staring at GiGi." Zack's smile was smug. "And who was the genius that told you breaking up with Barbara for the summer was a great idea? Me? So why do you insist on questioning my judgment?"
Before Cody could respond, another girl about GiGi's height, age and hair color tapped him on the shoulder.
"Sorry to interrupt, but have you two seen a girl about my age with long, brown hair?" the newcomer asked them. "I call her GiGi, but you might know her better as Ge—"
"Oh, I know GiGi!" Cody interrupted.
Zack rolled his eyes. "Yeah, and he's completely obsessed with her." He grinned at the girl. "Hey, Baby, did you just break wind? Cause you're blowin' me away!" He waved his arms to demonstrate.
The girl burst out laughing. "That's the lamest pick-up line I have ever heard!"
Immediately an accusing finger shot out at Cody. "It was his idea," Zack fibbed.
"Cool! I am so telling all my friends at home!" she went on.
"Oh! Actually, I thought of it," he declared.
"Nice. But just one thing."
"Don't ever call me 'Baby' again," she instructed. "Name's Roxxi."
"I'm Zack," he replied while shaking her outstretched hand.
"And I'm Cody," Cody put in, holding out his hand for Roxie to shake also.
"The one who's GiGi-obsessed," Zack snickered.
"You never told me where she is," Roxxi reminded the both of them.
"Oh, she's getting a room key from her mom at the front desk," Cody let her know.
"Really? I thought her mom stayed home," Roxxi said confusedly.
"Then either you're wrong or GiGi's lying," Zack stated simply.
A/N: That's it! I hope you liked it! I know, I need to be more descriptive...but was the dialogue good enough? Thanks for reading!!