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A/N: Hi all, just a few notes on this silly little story I dreamed up- I had to screw with the timeline of SLoD for it to make sense (not that I think the timeline of the show actually does...). All you really need to know is that Bailey and Cody did not officially get together at the Hannah Montana concert, and that Marcus was around to ask out London soon afterwards... just go with it.
"I would just like to say that Cody is the best brother a guy could ask for, and I'm so glad he was somehow able to talk such an amazing girl into marrying him." There were chuckles from around the room as Zack finished his toast. "Cody, Bailey... you guys are perfect for each other. Congrats." He raised his champagne glass. "To the happy couple!"
"To the happy couple!" the guests agreed, likewise raising their glasses. Cody and Bailey's nearest and dearest friends and family were crowded into Carey Martin's suite in the Boston Tipton to celebrate the newly engaged couple. The bride and groom-to-be were cuddled up in the big chair. Zack was perched on the arm of the couch where Maddie, London, Carey, and Mr. Moseby were seated, and Marcus leaned on the couch back, his fingers entwined with London's. Arwin and Esteban were seated in chairs pulled from the kitchen table, and Nia, Woody, and Addison milled about in the kitchen.
Grinning at each other mischievously, London and Maddie began to tap on their glasses, signaling for the couple to kiss. Cody blushed self-consciously under everyone's eyes as he made to peck his fiancée on the lips, but Bailey, beaming happily, placed a hand on each side of his face and kissed him deeply to the sound of catcalls from their friends.
"You two are just the cutest!" Maddie exclaimed.
"I can't believe my baby is getting married!" Carey mumbled in a watery voice. "I mean-" she broke off, sniffling, and reached over to snatch the silken handkerchief out of Mr. Moseby's front pocket, blowing her nose in it loudly.
Moseby wrinkled his nose in disgust, but reached around to pat her back comfortingly. "There, there."
On her other side, London patted Carey's leg sympathetically. "Maybe we should tell some happy stories!" she suggested.
"Yeah!" Marcus spoke up. "Who knows some good Cody or Bailey stories?"
"Well we all know some Cody stories..." Maddie volunteered with a smile. "After all, he pretty much grew up in this hotel."
"Oh boy." Cody groaned. "You know, we REALLY don't have to tell Little Cody stories. I just got her to agree to marry me, I don't want you all changing her mind!"
Bailey ran her fingers through his hair affectionately. "There is nothing they could say that would make me change my mind." she assured him, gazing into his eyes.
"Me neither." Cody returned, brushing their lips together briefly before turning to the rest of the group. "Okay, let the embarrassing Cody stories begin."
"To be fair, they're mostly all Little Cody-and-Zack stories." Arwin pointed out. "You two used to be inseparable."
"Thank god that's over." Cody and Zack said at the same time, before staring at each other in surprise.
"Ooh! I want to hear some childhood stories about you and Zack!" Bailey teased, wrapping her arms around Cody's neck and squeezing affectionately. "Judging from the havoc you used to wreak on the S.S. Tipton in high school, I can only imagine what you two were like as little kids!"
"Pretty much the same." Moseby said with a groan. "But they were harder to tell apart."
"I could always tell them apart." Maddie said. "Cody was the one in the sweater vest, and Zack was the one hitting on me!"
"It was easier to tell them apart when Cody dyed his hair red." London remembered.
"Red, huh?" Bailey said with a smile. "I bet that was cute."
"It was auburn." Cody insisted.
"It wasn't cute. It was pink." Zack corrected.
"Pink." "Yeah." "Definitely pink." everyone agreed.
"Well it was supposed to be auburn." Cody said sheepishly. "I just remember being so mad that people kept getting us mixed up. And of course I was always getting in trouble for stuff Zack did..."
"I liked the pink." Esteban said. "It gave you character."
"Hmm." Moseby said thoughtfully. "Was the pink hair incident before or after Cody went through his mime phase?"
"A mime!" Bailey said gleefully, grinning down at Cody. "And if I know you, you went all out, too. Striped shirt? White makeup?" Cody buried his head in his hands in shame.
"You guessed it." Carey confirmed. "Cody never did do things halfway..."
Woody scoffed. "Yeah, but who didn't go through a mime phase as a kid?"
Marcus shot him a weird look. "I didn't.... Okay, yeah I did."
"Oh, I remember that!" Maddie exclaimed. "He learned it from the circus performers that came to my prom!"
"Yeah, your prom that sucked until I saved it." Zack reminded her. "Speaking of which, you owe me a dance. You promised to dance with me at my prom since I danced with you at yours!"
"My prom was in the same building you lived in," Maddie reminded him. "Yours was off the coast of Japan! How was I supposed to get there?"
"Should have thought of that before you promised." Zack pointed out. "Don't worry, sweet thang, I'll think of a way for you to make it up to me."
Maddie snorted at Zack's suggestive tone. "Oh please! If I save you a dance at the wedding, will that cover it?"
"Make it two." Zack said, waggling his eyebrows.
"They are so going to end up together." London hissed in Cody's direction.
"Like I've been telling him since we were twelve, Zack doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell." Cody disagreed.
"Since when did that ever stop either of you from going after girls?" Arwin said with a chuckle. "I remember, back when you used to live here, every other week you were falling all over yourselves trying to impress some girl."
"Ooh, old girlfriend stories..." Bailey said, rubbing her hands together. "What have we got?"
"There weren't that many." Cody assured her.
"Let's see, how about the girl you met in the beauty pageant, when you were pretending to be a girl?" Zack said wickedly.
"Sadly, she already knows about that." Cody said, hanging his head.
"And you still agreed to marry him?!" Nia said in disbelief, hearing the story for the first time.
"I'm not proud of this, but Zack talked me into it, so we could win money for bikes." Cody said.
"Oh, well that's different then." Nia said, rolling her eyes.
"The embarrassing thing is how close he came to actually winning..." Zack said.
"Ahem..." Cody said. "Anyway, there was Barbara, who you met, if you remember that little fiasco where I had to pretend you were my girlfriend."
"Without my knowledge." Bailey laughed. "If she'd just visited a few months later we actually would have been dating and that whole debacle could have been avoided."
"Eh, if it wasn't that it would have been something else." Zack said. "Debacles happen rather frequently around us."
"Every week, like clockwork." Cody agreed.
"Then there was that set of British twins who used to hang around the hotel." Arwin said. "You and Zack dated them a few times."
Esteban laughed. "They were annoying."
"Really annoying." Maddie and London said together, and everyone laughed.
"I met Janice and Jessica on the S.S. Tipton! They weren't so bad!" Bailey said charitably.
"They used to be." Carey said. "Although they weren't the worst of the lot. Who could forget Agnes?"
Zack and Cody both blanched. "We've been trying for years, Mom." Zack said, and Cody nodded in agreement.
Carey laughed. "Well that was a special case. Usually you were competing with each other over girls, not teaming up against them!"
"Yes, I seem to remember you two having quite the fight over the French ambassador's daughter." Moseby said. "And of course, acting as a translator on her date with Cody, since she couldn't speak English!"
"He wouldn't have gotten that date at all if he hadn't been sneaky enough to lock me in a closet so I couldn't get to her!" Zack said.
"Well, we couldn't decide who was going to back off. And come on, the underdog has to get the girl sometimes." Cody grinned, squeezing Bailey's shoulders.
"Yeah, Bailey, he won you in a coin toss!" Zack joked.
"Actually," Moseby corrected, looking between Zack and Cody. "If I remember, it was a spitting contest."
"That's my boys." Carey groaned.
"Technically, it wasn't really a contest. It's just that both Zack and I had crushes on you, and Zack agreed not to go after you, you know, so that I could, and things wouldn't get ugly between us." Cody protested.
"Actually, I think the reason was that I was too shallow to deal with her emotional baggage." Zack reminded him. Bailey glared at him before turning her gaze onto Cody.
"So you won me, huh?" Bailey asked dangerously, eying Cody sternly. Then she looked at Zack and shuddered. "Guess I dodged a bullet there." she said to Cody, nuzzling her head under his chin.
Cody cocked his head. "You're not mad about that?" he asked hesitantly.
London laughed. "What right does she have to get mad about something like that? It's like, Bailey, tell him who you were really looking for the first time you kissed him on the Sky Deck!"
Bailey sat bolt upright, hitting Cody in the chin with the top of her head. "London-!"
"Ow...What?" Cody asked, rubbing his jaw.
"You told me you were trying to hook up with Zack!" London said, still laughing.
"What?!" Cody and Zack cried in unison. The room became completely quiet. Even London, realizing she'd said something wrong, fell silent.
"No! That's not-! I wasn't-!" Bailey sputtered under the horrified gaze of her fiancé. She sighed, "Look, it was nothing, a passing fancy, a phenomenally bad idea that I never went through with, and... and..."
A collective gasp rose through the room. Carey buried her face in her hands. London nervously bit the tip off one of her acrylic fingernails.
"Look," Bailey said, her voice becoming watery with tears. "Can I just talk to you for a minute? Alone?"
"Wouldn't you rather talk to Zack?" Cody suggested coolly.
Bailey bit her lip. "Please. I can explain!"
"Fine." Cody disentangled himself from Bailey, dislodged himself from the chair, and stalked into his old bedroom, Bailey following closely behind.
"Why on earth would you say that?" Bailey hissed at London as she passed.
London looked lost. "You know, I don't know..."
A/N: Stay tuned to find out if Bailey can possibly fix this! Please review and tell me what you liked or didn't like!