Disclaimer: Characters are owned and produced by The Disney Channel, That's So Productions, Brookwell-McNamara Entertainment, It's A Laugh Productions and Warren & Rinsler Productions. I am just borrowing them for these stories. Original characters are owned by the author of this story.
Author's Note: One thing you can say about me… I listen to the people that read my stories. You want a sequel, you get a sequel. Requited was so much fun to write that I decided to bring Maddie and London back for another ride. They are bringing Raven, Chelsea, Miley and Lilly back with them to finish what they started at the end of Requited… the quest to get Miley and Lilly together.
Of course along with Miley and Lilly, we'll see Jackson and Robby Ray. It is still a Suite Life story at heart but it will have enough Hannah in it that may make me double up and have the story run in two fandoms at once (if that's allowed).
So sit back, relax and enjoy my second foray into the Suite Life universe and first trip in to the Hannah Montana fandom called The Best of Both Worlds. It is possible to have your cake and eat it too.
New Author's Note: My original intent was to make this story a Londie-centric view of the budding romance of Miley and Lilly but I found out that Liley was too powerful to be relegated to secondary status in its own story. This time, there is only one version of the story in its proper home, the Hannah Montana fandom. This is the beginning of Triple L's Liley.
The Best of Both Worlds
Not So Long Distance
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 11:30 am Eastern Standard Time – London Tipton's condo apartment, Boston
The warm autumn sun shone through the slivers of the Venetian blinds inside London Tipton's bedroom. The pure white color palette in the room made all natural light that came in shine that much brighter. It was a cool day in Boston, only 65 degrees Fahrenheit, but the temperature inside the room was much warmer.
"Mmmm." London moaned as she leaned down to kiss Maddie again. "I love… (kiss) sleeping in… (kiss) with you."
"Well…" Maddie started before being interrupted by another kiss. "We can… (kiss) make this… (kiss) a Sunday… (kiss) tradition."
"I'm not… (kiss) a traditional girl… (kiss) but I like that." London purred before kissing Maddie deeply. London was about to shift into another gear when the telephone on her nightstand rang.
"Don't you dare." Maddie said breathlessly as London had moved from her lips to her neck.
"I wasn't going to." London growled as she continued in her consumption of all things Madeline.
"I'm not in right now. Leave me a message and I'll call you back." The answering machine blared.
"London, it's Miley. I tried Maddie's place and she wasn't home. I don't know if she's with you, but anyway… I'm ready to make my move with Lilly. I just don't know what move that is yet. I know you said that y'all would come to Malibu to help me and I don't know if you were serious, but if you were serious, then I would really love to see your faces…"
Both London and Maddie stopped dead in their tracks. Miley was in need.
"So anyway, when you get this message, give me a call. I'm home all day. Love you guys. Later."
"Looks like she needs us, baby." Maddie said softly.
"She does." London said. "One sec." London said before reaching for the phone and dialing. "Hey Rich, it's London. How soon can Tipton One be ready for a cross-country flight?" London paused for Rich Anderson's answer. He was her corporate pilot. "That's great. Ms. Fitzpatrick and I will be at Logan tomorrow at 11. Thank you, Rich."
London hung up with Rich and made two more calls, one calling the maid service asking them to clean the house in Pacific Palisades, about a 30-minute drive from Malibu, that she purchased several months earlier and the second call to her personal assistant in Los Angeles to ask her to oversee the cleaning and to make sure that her Range Rover was okay.
"So I guess we need to pack some bags, huh?" Maddie said.
"I guess we do." London said. "It's a good thing you took your vacation this week."
"Yeah." Maddie said. "Let's call Miley back."
"In a few minutes. I've got something I need to finish first." London reassumed her position on top of Maddie and began kissing her again.
"I love your determination." Maddie said.
"You know how I am about going after things of value. And you are the most valuable person in my life." London said.
"Well, let me allow you to spread the wealth." Maddie purred.
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 11:30 am Eastern Standard Time – Raven and Chelsea Daniels's condo apartment, New York City
"Tonya, bring Mommy's book back here!" Raven said as she slowly and non-threateningly stalked her daughter who had taken her sketch design book.
"You have to catch me!" Tonya said to Raven as she ran down the hall with the book.
"Oh, I'll catch you all right! Come here little girl!" Raven said playfully, not wanting to scare her daughter.
"Chels! Can I get a hand please?" Raven called out to her wife.
"I'm changing Rich right now, baby!" Chelsea replied.
Raven huffed as she continued down the hall toward the living room. When Tonya saw her mother, she bolted around the far side of the coffee table and headed back down the hallway toward the office that Raven and Chelsea share. She was surprised and scared into a giggling fit when she was intercepted and scooped off her feet by her other mother.
"Gotcha!" Chelsea said. Tonya started giggling uncontrollably. "Give Mommy her book back."
"Okay!" Tonya said as she was being tickled. She handed the book back to Raven who gave her a quick peck on the forehead.
"Thanks, babe." Raven said, giving Chelsea a peck on the lips. Just then, the telephone rang. "I'll get it." She walked over to the phone and answered it. "Hello?"
"Hey Rae. It's Miley." Miley said.
"Hey Girl! How are you?" Raven said excitedly. "Hey Chels! It's Miley!"
"Hey Miley!" Chelsea yelled from down the hall.
"I'm okay." Miley said.
"You don't sound okay. What's up?" Raven asked.
"Everything's fine… I just… I need your help." Miley said.
"Anything you need." Raven answered.
"Well… were you guys serious about coming out here to help me?" Miley asked.
"Of course we were! If you need us there, we are there tomorrow." Raven said.
"I need you here." Miley said matter-of-factly.
"Chels! Call Eddie and Gina and ask them if they can emergency baby-sit! We've got to go to Cali!" Raven yelled.
"When?" Chelsea shot back.
"Tomorrow!" Raven countered. "Miles, we will be out on the first flight we can get tomorrow… as long as we can get a babysitter. I'll call you back as soon as I know for sure."
"I think I'm in love with her." Miley said.
"I figured as much. You wouldn't have called us if you weren't." Raven said.
"They said can they take them back to Philly?" Chelsea yelled.
"Okay with me if it's okay with you!" Raven yelled back. "There you go Miley. We'll be there. I'll call you when we are on our way."
"I'm staying at my father's house. My place is being painted. You remember how to get here?" Miley asked.
"Chelsea and I only got married there. I think I remember. Even though it's been 10 years." Raven said.
"That long, huh?" Miley said. "I am so happy for you."
"By the time we're done, I'll be able to say the same thing to you." Raven said. "Did you call London and Maddie?
"I got both of their answering machines." Miley said.
"It's Sunday morning. They slept in. You won't get them until about 1 their time." Raven said. "But they'll call you back."
"Okay." Miley said. So I'll see you tomorrow."
"We'll call you as soon as we touch down." Raven said. "Love you girl."
"Love you too. Kiss the babies for me." Miley said.
"Consider it done. Bye." Raven said before hanging up the phone.
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 8:45 am Pacific Standard Time – Robby Ray Stewart's house, Malibu
Miley hung up the phone and walked over the sliding glass door. She walked out onto the deck and looked out over the beach that she patrolled as a teenager along with Oliver and Lilly. She missed Oliver ever since he moved to Chicago and became a member of the Chicago Police Department. He was recently received his gold shield, being promoted to detective after five years as a beat cop. He called her every so often, although overtime was keeping him from calling as much as either one of them liked.
Then there was the other third of their trio, Lillian Jessica Truscott. Lilly was Miley's best friend. She had been there with and for Miley since she moved to California from Tennessee in the third grade. She had been there for their high school and college graduations. She had been there for Miley in the aftermath of her divorce from Jake Ryan. And most recently, she had been there to encourage Miley to re-make and re-launch her career as Miley Stewart, allowing Hannah Montana to retire to the land of forgotten pop-tart sensations.
She had married Jake Ryan right out of college and stayed with him for five years before they separated. During their marriage, Hannah Montana faded from the spotlight as Miley focused her attention on Jake. Always the self-centered star, Jake was unappreciative of Miley's sacrifice. It was this in combination with Miley's realization that she was losing herself that led to the break-up.
It was during this time that Miley began a period of deep introspective soul searching that led her to question what she really wanted out of life. The answers that came back seemed simple enough on the surface. She wanted to be happy and carefree, eliminating as much unnecessary stress in her life. It was then that she decided to focus on the things in her life that made her the happiest; her family, her music and her friends.
With Oliver in Chicago, that meant more time with Lilly. In a way, Miley was glad that it was Oliver that moved away not Lilly. It wasn't that she didn't love Oliver, but her connection with Lilly was deeper. Lilly also had a knack for kicking Miley in the seat of her pants when she needed it. She had been kicking Miley a lot in the last two years as she went through the separation and subsequent divorce. But Miley knew that every kick was delivered with love and it was that knowledge that led her to her ultimate discovery.
Lilly Truscott graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu with a degree in Education. She parlayed that degree into a job as a third grade teacher at Bay Laurel Elementary in Calabasas. She quickly became the most popular teacher at the school with the students and the administration with her infectious positive energy and spirit. She makes the 30-minute drive to Malibu from her home in Thousand Oaks to see Miley as often as she can, which was normally at least once a week.
It was during one of those weekly trips that Miley discovered that her best friend had become more than that in her mind. As she stood overlooking the beach, she recalled the exact conversation that converted her feelings from platonic to romantic for Lilly.
FLASHBACK (Saturday, March 11, 2017, 8 pm – Miley Stewart's House, Malibu)
"That was some terrific seafood! We have got to go back to that place!" Lilly said, rubbing her stomach.
"I don't know if they'll have any food left after Hurricane Lilly blew through." Miley deadpanned. "I swear, Lil, I don't know where you put it! You eat like a horse and you're still built like a brickhouse!"
"You're one to talk! I don't think you've gained ten pounds since our senior year in high school!" Lilly said.
"I've gained eleven and a half pounds, thank you very much! So there!" Miley said as she stuck her tongue out. "You want some wine?" Miley asked heading into the kitchen.
"Sure. Thanks." Lilly responded. Miley grabbed two glasses and a bottle of Cabernet.
"Ooh! The good stuff! For me?" Lilly joked.
"It's a bottle that Raven sent me from a vineyard up north. I've let it age a while and it is now ready to be served." Miley said.
"How are she and Chelsea doing? I haven't seen them since before their wedding." Lilly asked.
"They're fine. Raven's three months pregnant with their second child." Miley informed.
"Oh!" Lilly exclaimed. "I have to get them something!"
"I think they'd like that." Miley said.
"That reminds me… I haven't gotten a chance to tell you about what happened with one of my students yesterday!" Lilly said excitedly.
"I love your school stories! What happened?" Miley said.
"There is this boy, Spencer Anderson, that is in my class and he was THE biggest bully at the beginning of the year! I mean, giving other kids wedgies, stealing lunches, threatening to beat kids up… the whole nine…" Lilly started.
"Sounds like The Cracker!" Miley said, recalling their middle school tormenter.
"Oh my God! I forgot about her! UGGGHHH!" Lilly exclaimed before continuing. "But he is book smart and cute and I had a feeling that deep down he was a sweetheart."
"Deep, deep down it sounds like." Miley interjected.
"Anyway…" Lilly said with a chuckle. "I would talk to him, once a day, every day, just for a couple of minutes to give him some positive reinforcement, you know, to make him feel better about himself…"
It was then that Miley took notice of the sparkle in her eyes when Lilly spoke. It was as if Miley's eyes opened to a previously unseen part of Lilly's heart. Lilly's face seemed to light up and Miley could swear that she felt an energy radiating from her. She hung on Lilly's every word, drawn in by the infectiousness that endeared Lilly to her students. It was something that she had been missing in her life.
"So yesterday, this girl… Miles?... Miles, are you with me?" Lilly waved her hand in front of Miley's face. She had apparently zoned out on Lilly.
"Huh? Yeah. Positive reinforcement, yesterday, girl." Miley recited the important words of the last sentence and a half.
"Right. Yesterday, this girl that just moved here from Kentucky was getting picked on by some of the other kids because of her accent. And do you know that Spencer stepped in and defended her?" Lilly beamed. "He stood up in front of the entire class and told them that we shouldn't pick on other kids because they're different from what we think they should be. I mean he quoted me verbatim!"
Miley then noticed tears forming in Lilly's eyes. "Lil?"
"That's why I wanted to become a teacher…" Lilly said through tears that were now falling. "I want to touch a child's life in a positive way. I know you think it's small and silly but…"
Miley's voice softened. "It's not small and silly. I think that's beautiful and inspiring that you care so much." Miley reached for the tissue box on the coffee table. "Here." Miley handed the box to Lilly. It was then that the moment that changed Lilly in Miley's eyes had arrived.
Lilly lifted her head and looked toward the ceiling and smiled, her eyes glistening with tears, her heart laid open for Miley to see. She blinked once, letting the tears that danced in her eyes to begin their slow descent from her deep blue eyes.
Miley saw everything that she wanted in life in that snapshot; compassion, hope, ambition, loyalty, companionship and beauty. She felt that feeling in the pit of her stomach that she hadn't felt since the first time she laid eyes on her ex-husband when they were in middle school. Miley Stewart had just fallen for her best friend.
END OF FLASHBACK
But there is a lot of road in between falling for your best friend, telling your best friend how you feel and having your best friend actually reciprocate. They were both 28 years old. And to her knowledge, Lilly had never had feelings for another woman. That was where the gang from the East Coast would come in. London and Maddie were best friends that fell in love with each other. Raven and Chelsea were best friends that fell for each other and they got married… in the house Miley grew up in! Therefore, if anyone in her life could give her the proper perspective, sound advice and the kick in the pants normally delivered by Lilly, it would be the Awesome Foursome that was headed her way.
"Hey, Bud." Robby Ray said as he walked out onto the deck.
"Hey Dad." Miley said as she turned and gave her father a faint smile.
"Now a beautiful Sunday mornin' in Malibu usually has you jumpin' around like a caffeine-addicted grasshopper. What's wrong?" Robby Ray asked.
"Have you ever felt something for someone that you know you shouldn't but you do anyway?" Miley asked.
"Like hatred, compassion, love, lust?" Robby Ray ticked off the possibilities.
"Love… with maybe a hint of lust." Miley answered.
"Well… right after your momma died, there was a young lady that worked at my record label that just… had this way of making me smile." Robby Ray recalled. "No matter how down I was, she managed to say or do something that just lifted my spirits." Robby Ray sat down in one of the deck chairs and Miley joined him. "After some convincin' by my friends, I went out with her a couple of times and really had a good time with her."
"I don't remember that." Miley said.
"I know, Bud. I purposely kept it from you. You were young at the time and you weren't old enough to understand." Robby Ray said.
"So what happened with…"
"Kylie." Robbie Ray said. "And, well… it was just too soon after your momma died. I broke it off with her."
"But you loved her?"
"I saw it heading that way. But I'm actually glad that it didn't work out. It gave me a chance to really focus on giving you and your brother what you needed."
"Is that why you didn't date? Because of Jackson and me?" Miley asked.
"Shoot, no! I did it because I wanted to channel all my energy into the two of you. It was my choice, because of me." Robby Ray assured Miley. "But we got a little off track. You mind if I ask you whose got you so melancholy?"
"I'm not sure you'll understand." Miley said.
"Miley Rae Stewart, I am 53 years old and I have seen a lot in this world. There's a lot that I don't understand, but there's a lot that I do. Try me." Robby Ray said.
Miley looked at her father, taking in the warm smile that he had on his face at that moment and searing it into her memory, just in case it was the last time she would see it for a while when she answered his question.
"The person that has me so 'melancholy' as you put it… is Lilly." Miley said, pausing for a second to let it sink in. "I'm falling in love with her."
Robby Ray looked at his beautiful daughter for a moment. He studied her face for signs of what she might be hiding behind the blank expression she was showing. The two things he saw were sincerity and terror.
"So I assume that you don't know if she feels the same way." Robby Ray said softly.
"I don't." Miley answered simply. "You're not angry with me?"
"Heck no!" Robby Ray said. "Lilly would be ten steps up from that asshole you married!"
"Daddy!" Miley was stunned. She very rarely heard her father use curse words.
"I'm sorry, honey but Jake was an asshole!" Robby Ray then lowered his voice. "You deserve so much better."
"Even if it's another woman? And even if that other woman is Lilly?" Miley asked.
"Don't you remember that ten years ago Raven and Chelsea got married right there?" Robby Ray pointed to that spot on the beach. "I didn't have a problem with it then and I don't now."
"But I'm your daughter." Miley said.
"Lemme ask you a question." Robby Ray said. "Do you believe that being with Lilly would make you happy?"
"I'm believing that more and more every day." Miley admitted.
"Case closed. 'Nuff said. If you believe in it, then I support you. You have grown into a beautiful woman that, Jake aside, has made nothing but smart decisions for yourself. I have faith in you."
"You are the best, you know that?" Miley said as she leaned over to hug her father.
"I know. It's a gift and a curse that I live with every day." Robby Ray joked.
"You are nuttier than a squirrel turd… but I love you." Miley said still embracing her father.
"I love you too, Bud." Robby Ray said.
"Oh! By the way…" Miley started as she released her hug. "Raven, Chelsea, London and Maddie are flying in town to help me with my… situation. You mind if they come over?"
"What are you twelve? Of course they can." Robby Ray said. "Are they sleeping here?"
"No. London's got a house in Pacific Palisades. They'll probably stay down there." Miley said. "Speaking of which, I've got to call them."
"Well, I heard your cell phone ringing before I came out here. Maybe that was them."
"Thanks, Dad." Miley said. "By the way, has Jackson gotten the CD cover back from the printer yet?" Jackson was Miley's road manager. Robby Ray became Miley's business manager.
"Should be ready tomorrow. I talked to him yesterday. He said he'd stop by later today." Robby Ray said.
Miley nodded. "I'm going to take a drive." Miley stood up and walked toward the glass door. "I'll be back in about an hour or so."
"Be careful, Bud."
"I will, and Dad… thanks again."
"That's what us old folks are for."
"You're not old… you're… seasoned." Miley said. "On second thought, I'm hungry! How about one of your special Robby Ray breakfasts?"
Robby Ray's eyes lit up. "Two Rocky Top Specials comin' up!"
They both went into the kitchen and started preparing breakfast. The new day brought hope to Miley as she re-released herself into the wild in her quest for love. Her friends were headed into town to help her. If only she could get a glimpse into Lilly's mind to know what she was thinking, it would make things a lot easier for her. But Miley knew good and well that this was not going to be easy.
It was going to take some elbow grease and some laying her heart on the line if she was going to keep her best friend and secure a place in her romantic life. But Miley was now mentally ready to do it. She was ready to take her best shot at having the best of both worlds.
Welcome to The Best of Both Worlds, my Hannah Montana/Suite Life/That's So Raven crossover. I am going to try my best to balance the three, although it's going to lean toward Hannah because after all, it is a Liley story. Fans of TSL and TSR take heart… there will be enough of the other girls to keep you interested. So sit back, relax and enjoy The Best of Both Worlds. But before you go to chapter two, PLEASE REVIEW!