Renowned New England author William Collins had never tried eating at the Waverly Place Sub Shop before during his previous stays in New York City, but he tried it now. He liked the first sandwich he had purchased on a whim, and he stopped by again to get another sandwich on his way back to his hotel. Theresa Russo waited on him, and her son rushed to his bedroom to get his copy of Effigy for the author to autograph. It was a big deal to him. Not only was Collins a writer but a minor celeb in the paranormal community who had sometimes worked alongside Jason Hawes, Grant Wilson, Patrick Burns and Kerry Gaynor among others. The belief in the paranormal was a big thing to the family given their linear heritage. Max rushed to show his autograph to his brother in the family apartment above the shop.
"Hey, look what I got!" Max slid to a stop near his brother.
"William Collins?!" Seventeen-year-old Justin reacted with excitement. "He's here?! I gotta get my…"
"He just left."
"Crap…." Justin had wanted the author and paranormal researcher to autograph his copy of TAPS magazine. "I never seem to catch a break." He returned to the living room set and finished inserting a tightly rolled up note of paper into his practice wand. If this worked, he had just created a spell that by right didn't exist yet His dad would have to admit he was the superior mystic between his siblings.
"What are you doing?" Max asked.
"I created a spell for changing people into other people." Justin confessed.
"We already got that."
"No," Justin looked to Max. "Mysticus transformus is for physically turning into other people, but this spell…" Justin beamed proudly. "Is for making people more like other people… like if I wanted to be as brave as Indiana Jones or as talented as Will Smith." Justin demonstrated to Max his new spell.
"So It would make me act like another person but not look like them. That's so cool!" Max liked the idea. "Hey, can you turn me into Shaq?"
"I got a better idea." Justin looked up to Alex. She had come upstairs from the shop and had crossed over to the coffee table over on the end of the room. "Watch this…" He lifted his wand and stirred the air with it. A mental spell spoken under breath to himself, he gestured to his sister with a mischievous grimace to his face. Alex reacted to attention with a start upon getting zapped. She took a deep breath, her lungs filling with air as her voice came out once more resonating under another personality.
"Oh… yeah…" Her accentuated female voice sounded as if belonged to a person born in Kentwood, Louisiana. "I just can't stop." Her demeanor and attitude replaced by that of someone else. "There is nothing you can do or say, baby… I've had enough… I'm not your property as of today, baby..." Justin and Max started grinning uncontrollably as their faces swelled to hilarious amusement. Their sister stood and reacted singing to an invisible non-existent audience.
"You might think that I won't make it on my own, but now I'm…" Alex moved just in the style of Britney Spears performing on stage. "Stronger than yesterday!" She tilted her head back dramatically, her body resonating from a beat leaning back and forth from her left leg as her arms reached up over her head. Her hands started reaching down provocatively down over her chest. "Nothing's going stand in my way. My loneliness ain't killing me no more! I'm stronger…"
"My turn! My turn!" Giggling and unable to stop smiling, Max took his brother's wand and gestured to his sister. Alex jolted from the extra wave of magic pouring through her and she reawakened as yet another entertainer.
"Like a virgin…" Alex cooed decadently alluring this time. "Touched for the very first time…" Her hand palmed her chest lightly and started scooting down over her abdomen to her blue jeans. "Like a virgin…"
"Oh god, oh god, no!!!!!!" Justin did not want to watch his sister doing that! He grabbed the wand from his brother in a hurry and zapped Alex again. She reacted with a long burning glared from her dark brown eyes as if she really liked this new person she had become.
"Well, I thought I knew you…" Alex spun in a perfect circle and strutted around the sofa with a bit of attitude. "Thinking that you were true, I guess I couldn't trust cause your bluff time is up because I've had enough…"
Behind her, Justin and Max were nodding their heads to the beat of the song.
"You were there by my side always down for a ride, but your joy ride came down in flames cause your greed sold me out of shame." Alex stepped up on the sofa evoking the spirit of Christina Aguilera at the pinnacle of her career. "Cause it makes me that much stronger, makes me work a little more harder, it makes me a that much wiser, so thanks for making me a fighter…"
Justin turned his head to Max with an odd smirk.
"I don't think she's Aguilera enough…"
"This is like changing channels on a live concert!" Max looked at Justin unable to stop smiling. He took his brother's wand and zapped his older sister again. Alex bounded down from the sofa from another personality being launched into her body.
"You get the limo out front…" Alex started gesturing with a plucky new attitude as her hips bounced her around to non-playing music in her head. "Hot styles, every shoe, every color… When you're famous it can be kind of fun… It's really you but no one ever discovers…."
Justin and Max were still rocking their heads and strutting to their sister singing.
"Who would have thought that a girl like me would double as a superstar…" Alex sang into her hairbrush while pointing out from the room and lifting up her hand pointing to invisible fans. "You get the best of both worlds…"
"Boys!" Jerry Russo came up from the first floor and barked upset to his sons. Justin and Max jumped in shock. Justin dropped the wand as his sister continued singing. They had been discovered putting spells on their sister!
"Didn't I tell you two to clean up that basement?!" Jerry revealed the real reason of his frustration. "No more excuses! Get down there and carry out those old boxes and sweep behind them!"
"But, dad…." Justin looked to Alex evoking Hannah Montana. "Alex is…"
"You go to movie premieres…" Alex lightly bounced her weight off her left leg. "Isn't that Orlando Bloom…"
"Don't bother your sister right now!"
"But, dad, you don't understand!" Max tried to appeal to his dad.
"I understand two boys who haven't done the chores I gave them." Jerry forced and guided his boys down toward the shop on their way to the basement. He looked back to Alex briefly. "Wow, baby, I didn't know you could sing like that." He beamed proud of her. "You sound just like Hannah Montana!"
"Who would have thought that a girl like me would double as a superstar…" Alex continued performing to the empty room. "You get the best of both worlds….Mix it all together and you get the best of both worlds…" By her side, the door to the loft opened and her best friend Harper looked in and noticed her.
"Wow, Alex!" She looked at her. "I heard you all the way downstairs! I really thought you were Hannah Montana!" She paused with a bit of jealous pride at her and reached to her hand. "My mom's downstairs in the car to take us shopping. Are you ready?"
"Hi…" Alex turned around with a Southern Tennessee accent. "I'm Hannah Montana!"
"You sure are!!" Harper thought she was referring to her singing. "And you're so good at it too!" She took her by the hand and led her from the apartment. Alex looked around the loft once bereft of her true identity and felt herself tugged away without knowing where she was going.