Author's note: Alright you guys! First of all I would like to thank all of you wonderful reader who read "A new light." That was my G-rated version of what happened after the joust in the "Suite life on Deck" episode "Maddie on Deck!" Well here is the not so G-rated version; actually it's rated R. It's going to be a two-shot! Please let me know what you think of it! Enjoy!

Finally in love

Chapter 1

"Think of me?"

Zack Martin lay on his small twin sized bed, staring up at the ceiling. 'Well at least he'd have a bigger bed on the S.S. Tipton.' He thought to himself.

He had been doing this for quite some time actually. He, Cody and his mother would be leaving to travel to the docks of the huge ship in exactly an hour and Zack during the previous hour had been racking his brain to come up with as many gains as he could for moving into the S.S. Tipton.

He and Cody would be parentless. That meant no rules!! That was awesome. He was also going to be living on a nice luxurious cruise ship! How sweet was that?!?!

But no matter what Zack thought about he didn't feel any better. He was leaving Maddie. He was never going to see her again, well at least not for a very long time. Of course nothing had happened between them like he'd hoped, but she was still a friend of his and Zack would never lose hope on her. She was meant to be his. He knew that.

But the fact that he could no longer wake up, go down to the candy counter and see her beautiful face, was definitely putting a damper on his exit from the hotel. She'd been single for quite some time, much to Zack's happiness. He had hoped to finally sweep her off her feet, but now they were leaving. It was too late. He was going to have to leave the woman he loved behind.

Zack sighed to himself, musing on how Maddie would never think of him as anything more than just a friend. Maybe this "big move" was what he needed?? Maybe he needed to get over Maddie. Still, he couldn't fight the urge to go and try things with the blonde for one more time. Just one more time. He wouldn't be seeing her for a while. The least he could do was try once more to win her heart.

The newly turned sixteen year old took a deep breath, ran a hand through his newly cut hair, gave himself a once over, and finally exited his bedroom.

Cody was at the store with Carrie, getting some last minute things for the trip. Zack walked out into the empty living room, grabbed his suite key, locked the door and left.

Once he was finally in the lobby he stopped in his tracks, immediately losing his nerve at the sight of the blonde beauty. What was wrong with him?! Why was he acting like this now?!?! He looked over Maddie in her tight candy counter uniform, hair flowing in slightly curly strands, flawless. That's how she looked, flawless.

Zack looked around the lobby, breath coming in pants. Could he do this? Could he really do this?? She would just turn him down like always. Part of Zack couldn't take the rejection; not this time. Not when he wasn't going to see her for so long. It would just hurt too much.

"Your feet stop working." Someone spoke. It was her. Zack could recognize her lacy vocals anywhere.

He looked up to meet her amused gaze. Her lips were curved into an upward smile/smirk. God she was so beautiful.

Zack racked his brain for something smart to say back but all he could manage was a sheepish grin.

"Cute haircut by the way." Maddie smiled.

Zack just stood there now, head hung in sadness. Her last comment had broken him. He didn't want to leave Maddie. He would miss her far too much. He would miss her smart remarks, her eyes when they were looking at him, and her smile. He would just miss her.

"You okay?" he heard her ask. He could almost see the concerned look on her face.

He looked up and was met by exactly the look he'd pictured.

"I'm leaving today, you know?" Zack said quietly, looking into Maddie's eyes.

Did he imagine it or did her face slightly drop?

Maddie nodded her head at his question.

"In an hour actually." He added.

"Yeah" Maddie said quietly.

Zack took a deep breath. This was it.

"Can we go somewhere? I need to talk to you." He asked.

Maddie looked across the room at the clock on the wall before giving Zack an apologetic look.

"My break isn't for another hour." She told him but at the sight of the sullen look on his face, she decided that this was very important to him.

"Jake! Um could I please take a break real quick?" she asked in her nicest, sugar coated voice. Jake was the temporary manager of the Tipton until they got someone to replace Moseby who had already boarded the S.S. Tipton. She knew that the young man liked her, though she was not remotely attracted to him.

"Um…sure Maddie! Not too long though." He said, smiling his creepy, Cheshire cat smile.

Maddie came from behind the counter and gave Zack a questioning look.

"Let's go to the ballroom." He told her before holding his hand out to her. Maddie watched it for a second before grabbing onto it and allowing Zack to lead her towards the deserted ballroom, seeing as it was only 10:15 in the morning.

Once they had entered the room, using Maddie's employee key, Zack closed the door behind them.

"What's on your mind?" Maddie asked the 16 year old, who was slightly shorter than her.

Zack looked at the ground for a moment, knowing that his next words would have him sounding like a child, but he didn't care; they were true.

"I don't want to leave." He finally spoke, looking Maddie in the eye. "I don't want to leave the Tipton!" he exclaimed, a determined look on his face.

"Zack…" Maddie started.

"All my friends are here!" he exclaimed, begging for Maddie to know how he felt and what he really meant, even though he had yet to say it.

Maddie was quiet for a moment before she finally spoke again.

"How do you think I feel?" she spoke softly. "All of my friends are leaving. London's leaving…and you…….." Maddie trailed off. "But hey it'll be fun!" she said, voice changing from its sullen tone into a more optimistic one.

Zack gave her a disbelieving look.

"It will!" she laughed. "You're going to be going to school on a ship! You're going to make so many friends."

"Yeah but none of that'll matter because you won't be there!" Zack exclaimed. Silencing Maddie and warming her heart with his words. "I don't want to leave you." He said softly.

"Zack," Maddie sighed. This wasn't good. This wasn't going to help either one of them. Zack was leaving whether he or she liked it or not. There was no point in moping about it. "You're very special to me, you know that right?" she said.

Zack was quiet for a moment.

"You always say that." He said quietly. Lately he had been wondering if it was just some thing she told him so that he wouldn't bother her as much.

"It's true Zack. You are very special to me." She repeated. "And even though you're going to be gone, you'll always be close to my heart." She told him.

"I love you." Zack said, grabbing one of Maddie's hands and looking into her light brown eyes, a look of determination on his face. Couldn't she see that he loved her?! How could she let him leave knowing how he felt about her?! He didn't want to leave her!

Maddie slowly let go of his hand. He couldn't love her. He just couldn't, because she couldn't love him. She just couldn't. It couldn't happen. He was three years younger than her. She couldn't possibly be in love with him.

"I care about you a lot Zack." She started, hating the lump in her throat that had grown there once she'd heard Zack's declaration of love. Why did he have such an effect on her? Why did she care about him? "You'll always have a piece of my heart. I'm just not sure I'll ever be able to give you all of it." she told him.

Her words were true. Zack did and always would have a piece of her heart; she just wasn't sure she could give him all of it.

Zack sighed at Maddie's last sentence.

"We're meant to be Maddie." He told the nineteen year old, eyes shining intensely. He was trying his best to make her believe him.

Maddie looked into Zack's intense blue eyes, thinking back to all the times they'd spent together. She thought back to how he'd saved her prom and saved her musical. He had done so many things for her. She couldn't bear to hurt him no matter what. She couldn't deny the certain soft spot she had for him; nor did she know why she did. She felt and always would feel very strongly about Zack.

"That may be." She agreed nodding her head at Zack's last statement.

She was about to go on but the two were interrupted by a knock on the door.

"Zack! C'mon it's time to go!" they heard someone yell through the door. It was Cody.

"Mom and I brought your stuff downstairs now c'mon we're running late!" he yelled.

"Hold on!" Zack yelled back before focusing his attention back on Maddie, a sad and solemn look on his face.

"Well…..I guess this is goodbye." He said quietly, looking into her face, trying to memorize every single feature of it. "I'll miss you."

"Yeah you say that now." Maddie said, laughing somewhat bitterly. "You'll meet another girl on the ship and forget all about me." She smiled, sadly at the 16 year old.

"No I won't." Zack told her, shaking his head vehemently. "I'll never forget about you." He replied. "I love you." He said softly.

Maddie smiled thoughtfully before pulling him into a tight hug.

Zack held on to her as if it his life depended on it. He didn't want to let her go because that meant that he would actually be leaving. But alas, he knew that his departure was inevitable.

They broke apart and Maddie kissed him softly on the cheek, sending his heart soaring at the contact.

"Promise you'll visit?" he asked, a small smile on his face.

"Promise." She agreed, smiling back at him.

Zack took one more moment to look at her, making her heart beat increase. He was just looking at her so intensely.

"Bye" he said, leaning up and kissing her on the forehead. He then turned around and turned the doorknob, opening the door.

Maddie was surprised by how her heart skipped a beat when Zack kissed her. She was also surprised by how warm her skin got and how she'd felt at the simple contact.

Zack opened the door and then turned around, flashing Maddie his prize winning grin that made all of the girls blush.

"Think of me?" he said.

Maddie rolled her eyes at Zack's playful manner before smiling widely.

"All the time." she told him.

Zack turned around and exited the room, leaving Maddie to her thoughts.

He couldn't help but smile as he made his way over to his mother and Cody who were standing next to the front door.

She was going to visit. Maddie was going to visit him. He would see her again. She had kissed him on the cheek! She'd told him that she cared about him! They were meant to be. Zack knew it. And when Maddie visited, he was going to make sure that she knew.

Author's note: Alright you wonderful people that was part 1! Part two will be based on the episode "Maddie on Deck." After time has gone by Maddie has finally come to visit. This is the not so G-rated version of what happened after the joust. Enjoy! Please review and let me know what you thought of this! You guys words and opinions really do put a smile on my face! You don't have to be a member to leave feedback so don't be a shy! If you have time, check out my other Zaddie oneshots and my one long Zaddie "So called forbidden love" and let me know what you think of them! Well thanks for reading and God bless!