A/N: Ignore the fact that Hannah Montana has outed herself. Fun fact: This story was titled "The Truth" until I saw those college athlete people dancing to "Call Me Maybe" on The Today Show.
Call Me Maybe
A Suite Life Strange Love Fanfic
"Hannah! Hannah! Hannah! Hannah!" the crowd pulsed loudly inside the stadium.
Outside, a nervous boy scoured the front of the stadium, looking for some way he could get in. Seeing no way, he started to venture to the side of the building.
A few feet away, a disgruntled voice was heard at the ticket booth.
"What do you mean, you can't let me in? My name should be on the list of people who don't need tickets!" a young woman said.
"Sorry, but I don't see a 'Lilly Truscott' on here. Vacate the line," the bored-looking ticket booth worker replied, his voice cracking. She hesitated for a few seconds, looking for an easy way around this obstacle, before she reluctantly obeyed.
"Why did I have to give my disguise to Miley?" she grumbled under her breath as she walked to the side of the building. She wondered how hard the stage door would be to get into this time. As she rounded the corner she was surprised to see no one at the door except for a scrawny young man who was pacing at the bottom of the stairs leading to the door. He appeared to be looking for a way in himself. She quietly approached the door and spoke up.
"What are you doing?"
The young man jumped at the sound of another being interfering with his thoughts and plans. He turned around, his eyes revealing a plainly dressed girl with blond hair and green eyes that were staring him down. Seeing that she didn't appear to be some sort of concert official, he opted to tell her the truth. He sighed.
"Honestly... I had tickets, but I don't have them now," he said, realizing how stupidly fake that explanation sounded as soon as the words had left his mouth.
Lilly opened her mouth, poised to speak, but suddenly closed it as her cold eyes began to gleam with recognition.
"Aren't you that kid that Hannah ate cake off of? And isn't your girlfriend a huge Hannah fan? Where is she?"
"No, that was my brother," he said, his voice carrying a weight, as if he were tired of explaining things like this, "and—wait a minute, how do you know about that?" he asked incredulously.
Lilly tried to cover her gargantuan mistake. "Umm... I think I heard Hannah mention it on an interview once," she stated coolly.
"Oh... okay," he said, sounding a bit taken off, as if he didn't quite buy her story, but at same time with a tinge of excitement at the prospect that he was mentioned in an interview. He continued.
"But no, Bailey's not here as far as I know. I, ah, actually broke up with her after I found out she was cheating on me. I didn't realize she still had both the tickets at her house until tonight, and I really don't feel like going back to her house, if you know what I mean."
"Yeah, I get you," she said. "I've had my fair share of guys cheat on me," she finished, frowning. "I actually found out just a couple days ago that my boyfriend Oliver was cheating on me. With Jake Ryan!"
"Well... he probably didn't really love you anyway..." he said with a chuckle.
Lilly's face broke into a smile. "Yeah, but that doesn't make it hurt any less."
"Where'd he meet Jake Ryan, anyway? Is he some obsessed Zombie High fan that snuck into his dressing room and then ended up in some sort of bad fanfic?" Cody laughed.
"Heh, no. I live in Malibu. Jake goes to my school."
"Oh, that must have been nice."
"Eh, not until he got over his famousness. I mean, it was kinda hot at first, but it got old fast."
"I bet." Cody paused. "So, what brings you all the way to New England if you live in California?"
"Umm... it's a long story."
"Well, you have plenty of time to tell it, presuming you were trying to sneak in like me. That door's locked."
Lilly sighed and almost cursed under her breath at both her luck and her stupidity. She had also accidentally given her phone to Miley, so no one could get them in. She looked right and left, and then started.
"You have to promise you won't tell anyone what you hear here tonight."
A strange look crossed Cody's face. "Okay..."
"I'm Lola Luftnagle."
Cody was silent for a second, then burst out laughing.
"No, seriously, what's the story?" he forced out between giggles.
"That is the story... and I trust you enough to tell you this. At least I'm not like Mi—...m-my Hannah, who's told her story to more than a few random people..."
"The President... a police officer's superfan daughter... an entire town in Tennessee..."
"Okay, okay, I get it... what's the long story, then?"
"Well I've known Mi—Hannah ever since she moved to California when she was in seventh grade, and I wanted to be her groupie. She said I needed a disguise, so I got a red wig and called myself Lola LaFonda. A couple concerts later, I changed it to Lola Luftnagle and started wearing a lavender wig..."
Two hours later, Lilly was almost finished with her story, and the two had forgotten all about the concert.
"And that's why I'm here. As well as everything I've experienced in the past five years. Satisfied?"
"Yeah. Just one question. Why do you keep calling Hannah 'my Hannah'?"
"Umm..." Lily knew she had slipped up a few too many times. She decided that, like she'd done with herself, she should just tell the truth. It wasn't like one more random person knowing the secret would hurt. Especially when the last random person Miley had told was a superfan who had known which eye Hannah winked at which concert.
"You know how I made you promise not to tell anyone I was Lola?"
"Well, the same promise goes here. Except if this one gets out and I find out you told it, I will hunt you down and kill you."
"Okay. I promise not to tell."
"You know Hannah's not a real person, right?"
"Umm... duh! Who on Earth would have the last name 'Montana'? And besides, she's so incredibly absent from the public view when she's not at events or concerts that it's a wonder more people haven't caught on."
"Yeah... well... she's my best friend... and her name is Miley."
"Okay. So what's your real name?"
"Lilly. Lilly Truscott."
"That's a pretty name. I'm Cody Martin." He held out his hand.
"Nice to meet you," she said, taking it and shaking it.
"You, too. Listening to that story you told, I feel like I've known you for five years!"
"Heh... yeah. Yet I know almost nothing about you," she smiled.
"Umm... I want to give you something." Cody scrawled something on a piece of paper, then folded it and handed it to Lilly.
"Um, uh, my phone number," Cody said quietly, as if he were suddenly slightly embarrassed.
An awkward look crossed Lilly's face. "Oh... I'm not looking for a boyfriend right now."
"And I'm not looking for a girlfriend. I figured we could just talk. Maybe I could tell you my story," he replied optimistically.
"Okay. I'd like that," she grinned. She pulled out a piece of paper, scrawled her number on it, and handed it to Cody.
Suddenly, Cody's phone vibrated. He pulled it out and saw he'd gotten a text from his brother.
"I'm so sorry. My ride's here. I really liked talking with you, and I hope we get to do it again!" He walked slowly backwards, hesitating to leave for fear of never hearing from this girl again, before she gave him a smile and wave of farewell, at which point he turned around and started moving faster.
He ran to Zack, who was sitting in his car at the end of the alley.
"So... who's that girl you were with?"
"Just someone I met tonight."
"Way to go, man! You think she'll replace Bailey?"
Cody became visibly uncomfortable at the word "replace," but he understood what his brother had meant.
"Maybe... but probably not anytime soon."
Back at the building, a girl with light brown curls stepped out of the shadows at the stage door behind Lilly, who was staring at the place where the car that had taken Cody away was parked.
"Hey, sorry for taking your disguise... and your cell phone."
"Eh, it's okay. I had fun out here during the concert anyway."
"Yeah, I know. I saw you talking with that guy for, like, the last 30 minutes. Do think he and you could become more than friends?" Miley said, trying to phrase her sentence carefully, knowing Lilly was still hurting from her breakup with Oliver.
"Probably not anytime soon, but maybe one day," she smiled.
"By the way, I heard you told him the secret."
"You're not mad, are you?"
"Nah, I've told plenty of people it probably wasn't a good idea to tell. And it's not like he's a lunatic. At least, I hope not," she smiled. "Let's go; my dad's probably in the car grooving to the oldies, and I bet it's getting uglier by the decade!" Miley laughed. Lilly laughed as well as she put her arm around Miley's shoulder.
The two walked away from the building to where Miley's father's car was sitting in the parking lot, and the group trekked to the airport and headed home.
A couple of hours later, a text message arrived at a cell phone in suite 2330 of the Boston Tipton Hotel.
"I'd love to hear your story. Call me maybe?"
"Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but here's my number, so call me maybe." – Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"
My assigned pairing:
Cody Martin- That hot, intelligent guy with great hair on Suite Life on Deck. :) He is portrayed by Cole Sprouse, who has been a student at New York University for the past year and whose latest project was a guest role as himself in the Disney Channel Original Series So Random, which aired in January.
Lilly Truscott/Lola Luftnagle- Miley's best friend in Hannah Montana. She is portrayed by Emily Osment, whose latest projects are Kiss Me and a voice role as Pep in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!
Zack Martin- Cody's twin brother on Suite Life on Deck. He is portrayed by Dylan Sprouse, who has been a student at New York University for the past year and whose latest project was a guest role as himself in the Disney Channel Original Series So Random, which aired in January.
Miley Stewart- the mild-mannered alter ego of Hannah Montana in the show Hannah Montana. Portrayed by Miley Cyrus, whose latest projects are a role as herself in The Conversation and the role of Molly in So Undercover.