'Please don't make me do this.'
'I said lay down.'
'Stop! Stop it!'
'This is gonna be fun.'
'No! Please don't! STOP! Please! You are hurting me! Stop! STOP!'
Cody jumped up, waking from the dream.
'Twelve years and I still have that same nightmare.' Cody thought as he looked over at his clock. The numbers 2:06 were shining brightly on the screen. 'Gotta get up in 3 hours anyway. Why not now instead?'
He got out of bed and made his way to the kitchen. He got himself a glass of water, walked over to the couch in the living room, and turned on the TV.
"Infomercial... Infomercial... Infomercial... Naked girls... Infomercial..." He said to himself as he flipped through the channels. He stopped at the TVGuide channel, watching the clock in the corner as the seconds, minutes, and hours passed slowly.
When the clock hit 5:00 he got off the couch and began to get dressed.
Cody entered the Boston Police Detective's Office. He yawned multiple times as he sat in his desk.
"What's wrong with you?" His co-worker, Anna, asked.
"What do you mean?"
"You look awful."
"Thanks so much," Cody replied sarcastically.
"Oh! No offense. It's just, you look like you haven't slept."
"That's because I haven't."
"No biggy. So, you gotta big date planned for tonight?" He asked, trying to change the subject.
"Doesn't she always?" Cody's partner, Toby, replied.
"You guys are jerks, and yes I do."
"Knew it!" Cody and Toby said simultaneously.
"It's probably gonna be another jerk, just like all the other times."
"Hmm," Cody began, "Maybe it's because you meet all of these guys at bars?"
"Well, it's not like I have much spare time. I work, then I go relax by getting a few drinks."
"Why don't you try a change of scenery? Like a park or a grocery store. Some place where they won't be wasted when you meet them."
Just then, their boss, Jimmy, entered the room, "Please tell me you all are working on a case?" He asked, already knowing that they weren't.
"Oh, of course!" Cody exclaimed.
"We wouldn't think of anything else," Toby added.
The day passed and soon it was six o'clock.
"Okay guys, I'm out. See you tomorrow," Cody said as he put on his coat.
Cody left and made his way to the Boston Cafe and Bakery.
"Hey Zack," He said as he walked over to his brother, who was already sitting down.
"Hey little bro., What's up?"
Cody sat down, "Not much."
"You look awful."
Cody glared at Zack, "I didn't sleep much last night."
"Did you have that nightmare again?"
Cody nodded, "Yeah."
"You know, maybe you should see someone. Talk to someone who could help."
"Yeah, I'm gonna go talk to some person because I'm twenty eight years old and having nightmares. They would think I was crazy."
Zack sighed, "You know it's more than just a regular nightmare."
"Whatever, it's no big deal. How are you?"
"How's work going?"
"Well, they're juvenile delinquents so about seventy-five percent disrespect me, ten percent completely ignore me, another ten percent actually do want to learn but can't because of the ones acting up, and the other five percent don't even bother to show up for class. So, I guess it's going pretty well."
Cody laughed. They continued talking for over an hour. Even though they talked on the phone nearly every day, and only lived a couple of blocks away from each other, they still met up once a week at the cafe to talk.
"Well, I gotta go," Zack said as he looked at his watch, "Me and Cassie are going to see a movie tonight."
"Oh yeah," Cody said, feeling dumb that he forgot to ask about her, "How is she doing?"
"She's great. I can't believe I actually found a girl who is willing to put up with me."
"I know! She must be insane!" Cody joked.
"Ha.. ha... ha... That's a good one," Zack replied sarcastically. "Well, I'll see you later."
"Yeah, you too."
They walked out of the bakery and went their separate ways.
I have always wanted to do a story about Zack and Cody as adults! Now I get to! I'm so excited! This story will definitely NOT be rushed. Not every chapter will be filled with action. But, I can assure you, we will be hearing from James. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the sequel to Survival! I'm probably the most excited I have ever been to write a story. Oh, dreams will be in italics and underlined. Thoughts will be in italics only.