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The next few chapters (spoilerspoiler) will be a redux of Marriage 101. My lovely reviewer Guest (:D) suggested that I should make Maya show up in that particular season 2 episode. Actually, I was going to do that even before Guest suggested it, but thanks for reminding me, haha. So yeah, like I said, expect quotes from Marriage 101 to show up randomly in the next few chapters.
DISCLAIMER: I do NOT own The Suite Life on Deck in any way, shape, or form, and I probably never will.
"Today, we will be doing a project – "
"I pick Cody!" three simultaneous voices shouted, all grabbing Cody's arm and hanging on to it for dear life.
"Ah, no, I get him, because he's my twin brother and I. . .love him," Zack said, bravado fading until he was struggling to get the last words out.
"Um, no, I get Cody, because he and I have been friends for. . ." London suddenly paused and counted on her fingertips. "Whatever amount of years!" She huffed.
"Actually, I get Cody, just because – " Woody frowned as he tried to think of a reason. "Yeah, I got nuthin'."
". . .And the two of you will be married," Ms. Tutweiler finished, inwardly grinning at their inevitable reactions.
"Ewww," they all said at the same time, letting go of his arm.
Cody looked miffed. "What, no one wants to marry me?"
"Ah, you get used to it," Ms. Tutweiler assured him with a painful smile.
Immediately after this, Cody and Bailey shot up from their seats. "Will you marry me? Of course I will! You've made me the happiest person in the world!" They enveloped each other in a hug.
The class grimaced, including Ms. Tutweiler. "Wow. Okay. I guess. . .you all may begin choosing your partners."
Woody turned to Addison, a hopeful expression on his face. Ms. Tutweiler smiled and left them alone, turning to look at Cody and Bailey.
Maya crossed the room to Zack. As she opened her mouth to speak, Zack knelt down. "Maya Elizabeth Bennett, will you marry me?"
Maya smiled sweetly. "Of course I'll marry you." She frowned thoughtfully. "For now, at least."
Zack put on a hurt expression. "So you won't marry me in real life?"
Maya laughed and leaned in to give him a swift kiss. "I'll think about it."
Zack dropped his expression and stood up, taking her hand. "Well, then, we'll have to make the most of what we have now."
They both smiled at each other and walked up to Ms. Tutweiler. "We're going to be partners."
"Good," Ms. Tutweiler said, writing their names swiftly on a slip of paper. She turned to address the class. "This week, we will be. . .practicing parenting!"
". . .Hold up," Zack called out, sitting up straighter. "Parenting means that you're married."
"Usually, yes," Ms. Tutweiler said cheerily.
"And parenting means that you have a child," Zack went on.
"Ye-es," Ms. Tutweiler replied slowly, beginning to see where this was going.
"And to have a child, parents have to – "
"La, la la la la!" Ms. Tutweiler shrieked. Once she was sure that Zack had stopped talking, she sent a sympathetic glance towards Maya's direction and turned to Zack sternly. "That is not the objective here." She turned away and muttered, "Although, I'm not sure that the entire project is a good idea. I mean, leaving a child in Zack's care?"
"Hey!" came the indignant yelp.
"It's true." Cody apparently felt the need to add his two cents. He turned to address his teacher again. "How will we get graded?"
"Good question, Cody." Ms. Tutweiler took a baby doll out of a box she had on her table and held it up. The class was dumbfounded at how lifelike it was. "These baby simulators, produced by Tipton Industries – "
"That's my daddy!"
Ms. Tutweiler sighed in exasperation. "As I was saying, these simulators will require food, diaper changing, and other requirements. They will be just like a real baby." As she set the doll down on her desk, the head fell off and rolled across the surface of the table.
"Yeah, just like a real baby," Zack said.
Ms. Tutweiler sheepishly screwed on the head again and cleared her throat. "Ah, these dolls are also very delicate, just like a real baby." She glared pointedly at Zack, who assumed an air of innocence. "You will be graded on teamwork and responsibility. The final grade will be determined by the condition of your baby.
The class seemed excited about the project, which was more than enough for Ms. Tutweiler. She held out a jar. "I will pass around a box with slips of paper inside. These will determine the gender of your baby. Afterwards, decide on the name and come up to my desk to get a 'birth certificate'."
"All right!" Woody said, pumping his fist up in the air. "I've always wanted a baby!"
". . .That could have been phrased differently," muttered Maya, earning a general laugh from the class.
Ms. Tutweiler passed the jar to Addison first, who took out a piece of paper. "We got a boy!"
"I just had a baby boy!" Woody said excitedly.
"That also could have been phrased much better."
"What do you wanna name him?" Addison said, just as enthusiastic as Woody was.
"I've always wanted my firstborn son to be named. . .Bartholomew."
"What?!" Addison yelled. "Uh-uh. No. Not in my book. I'm not gonna name my child Bartholomew."
"But we could call him Bart as a nickname. . ." Woody whined as he pouted. Suddenly, an idea struck him. "What about. . .Xavier?"
Addison groaned. "Would you be happy with Patrick?"
"Can we call him Pat for short?"
"All right!" Woody said. "Patrick Fink. Yeah!" He rushed up to the front and scribbled messily on a birth certificate. "Here you go, Ms. Tutweiler." He held out his hand expectantly. "May I have Patrick?"
Ms. Tutweiler handed him the baby that was on the desk. "Here you go, Woody, Addison. Please take care of. . .Patrick."
Woody pouted. "Why do wehave to get the one whose head fell off!"
"Don't say that!" Addison shrieked, as the baby began to cry. "Shh, Mommy won't let Daddy insult you!"
"Cody, we've got a boy!" Bailey said excitedly, holding up her paper and waving it around.
"Oh, that's great, sweetie!" Cody gushed, rushing over. "What do you want to name it?"
"I'm not sure," she said, frowning. "I've always liked Christopher. . ."
"Chris Martin," Cody tried. He grinned. "Has a nice ring to it. What do you think?"
"Works for me," Bailey answered, and took a birth certificate.
Finally, Ms. Tutweiler passed the jar to Maya and Zack, who held their breaths in anticipation. Zack motioned to Maya, actually serious for once. "You wanna pick?"
"Sure," Maya breathed softly, as she shut her eyes and drew out a slip, refusing to look at it.
"What did we get?" Zack asked her.
Maya unfolded the paper and her eyes widened. "Twins."
"Twins. . ." Zack echoed, not sure what to make of it. Finally, he decided to crack a joke. "Must run in the family."
Maya gave a weak laugh, and turned to Ms. Tutweiler. "Are our twins boys or girls?"
Ms. Tutweiler held out the jar again. "You pick."
Maya put her hand in the jar, as did Zack, and they both drew out slips of paper at the same time.
"Sweet," Zack said, hi-fiving her. "One of each."
"Congratulations," Ms. Tutweiler said to them, handing them one of each baby.
"Thanks," Maya replied, and Zack echoed her voice. She looked at Zack. "Now, as for names. . ."
"Can we at least consider naming him Zack Jr.?" Zack begged, holding the boy baby.
Maya rolled her eyes. "Lemme think about it. No."
"Fine," he said. "What do you want to name it?"
Maya regarded him. "Actually, I don't know. I do have a bunch of boy cousins, though, and we can use their names."
"As long as we don't choose Cody, I'm all good," Zack deadpanned, earning a small giggle.
"Let's see. . .there's Caleb, Joseph, Aiden. . ."
"Caleb sounds good," Zack interjected.
"All right, we'll go with that," Maya agreed. "What about the girl?"
Zack looked thoughtful. "Well, for one thing, I don't want her to have a super-girly name."
"What would be your idea of super-girly?" Maya questioned.
"Dunno – something like Brittany or Victoria."
"Yeah, that's true," Maya said. "So what do you think?"
"I always liked the name Alex, but it's a girl, so. . ."
"Alexandra, then," Maya said confidently. "And we can call her Alex for short."
"Middle names, now," Zack said, frowning. "What's a good middle name for a guy?"
"That's your territory," Maya said, shrugging. "Meanwhile, would you be okay with the middle name Isabelle for Alex?"
"Alexandra Isabelle Martin," he tried. "That works!"
"Alright then," she said. "And I was thinking. . .Ryan as Caleb's middle name?"
"Nah," Zack disagreed. "It doesn't flow well."
"Caleb Ryan Martin. . .eh, you're right," Maya consented. "What do you think?"
"Jonathan," Zack said thoughtfully. "Caleb Jonathan Martin."
Maya smiled as she tried out the name. "That works." She rocked Alex back and forth. "I could get used to this."
"You'd better," Zack warned, and Maya smiled as she figured out the hidden meaning behind his words.
They both looked at the babies, who were sleeping peacefully. Alex had wisps of jet-black hair and Caleb's hair color was a dark blond color. As both Zack and Maya rocked their babies back and forth, Alex opened her blue eyes and smiled before falling back asleep again.
"They're so cute," Maya said softly, cradling Alex.
"Well, duh," Zack said, all of his previous tenderness gone. "I mean, look at their parents."
I personally felt that the ending was nice XD.
As for the names, PhoenixDragonNightmare sent me a PM requesting these particular names. Anytime you guys have a random idea, you can drop me a PM! BTW, I added the middle names myself XD And NO OFFENSE IS INTENDED to anyone named Brittany or Victoria! o.o
. . .Lol to Bartholomew and Xavier. XD
Please review! Keep it up! This time, not updating until I get 10 reviews :P I'm a greedy person.