Hey guys! Here's chapter 12! Enjoy!
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"She didn't say much. Actually, she really didn't say anything. She kept repeating that it was over but that's all, I swear," Zack said.
Bailey sighed and rubbed her eyes. "How long were you two sitting down there?"
He gave her a look. "It's not like I was timing us."
"Hey, don't snap at her. Bailey's just curious. I am, too. Maya's my friend too, you know," Cody snapped back just as rudely.
She gave Cody a quick glance. He had a terrible expression on his face. It seemed to be a mixture of worry and annoyance. It was exam week, and the three of them were trying to study as much and as often as possible. It was only now that they were able to talk about their nights at the dance.
Zack sighed. "I'm sorry, but maybe you should ask her. I'm not hiding anything. That's all that happened. She cried, I sat there, and then she went to bed. I offered to walk her, but she wanted to go alone."
"I've tried talking to her. She doesn't want to talk about it," Bailey said regrettably. She wanted to help Maya but for some reason Bailey had a feeling that Maya was upset with her, and she knew why.
"I haven't even tried talking to Bob, the bastard. I'll end up punching him in the face first," Zack mumbled.
"Please, don't do that, Zack. It won't help. Besides, why do you automatically assume that it's his fault and not something mutual?" she asked.
Cody gave her an incredulous look. "Have you seen Maya? She's absolutely gutted. He must have done something to her. I just…I don't understand it. They looked happy at the dance."
"I'm not so sure. They did seem a bit off all night," Bailey put in.
Cody glared at her. "And how would you know? You were with Holden."
"I can say the same thing about you and Barbara, Cody," she replied.
"Let's not argue. Things are tense enough," Zack said annoyed.
Cody didn't seem to listen. "Well, do you like Barbara?"
His voice was harsh and dry. Bailey didn't like the anger behind his eyes. "No," she said quietly.
"Then I suggest you drop it," Cody said. He ran his fingers through his hair and pulled at the blonde strands. "Screw this, it's obvious that I'm not going to get any studying done." He got out of the chair and packed up his books.
"Where are you going?" Zack asked.
"I don't know and I don't care," he answered. He threw his bag over his shoulder and left the Aqua lounge without another word.
Bailey looked after him. She hadn't seen him so upset. "He's so angry."
"Well, he thinks you fucked Holden," Zack said simply.
She turned back to him and her jaw dropped. "I didn't! I barely let him kiss me!" Zack didn't look convinced. "You believe me, don't you?"
"Of course I do," he said, "but you made it look exceptionally convincing that you wanted to do something with him. The way you two ran off…I was worried."
Bailey felt sick to her stomach. "It took two seconds of him touching me to realize that I made a mistake. I know I shouldn't have left with him, but I was angry. I didn't think Cody would care."
"Oh, he certainly cared and the way Holden is strutting around the boat doesn't help either," he explained.
She put her face in her hands. "This was such a terrible decision. I can't believe that I chose to go with him. I never wanted any of this to happen. Now Cody thinks that I let Holden have me. I would never do that." Bailey thought that Cody would have said something to her the next day after the dance. She was so sure that what she saw between Cody and Barbara meant that it was over between them, but she was sadly mistaken. Cody was moodier than usual and Holden's constant smirks only added to the irritation.
"You're not the only one. Cody didn't do anything with Barbara. That's why she's so upset," Zack said with a small smile.
Bailey looked up at him. She forgot that he didn't know about what she saw. "Did he tell you that?"
"Yeah, I asked him if they did anything that night and he said no. Barbara has barely spoken to him. I can't believe so much happened in one night. I can't believe Maya and Bob aren't together," he said, his eyes growing larger with each word.
She studied him. "You don't seem too happy about it."
Zack heaved a sigh and shook his head. "From the moment they started dating, I've wanted it to be over. I would think of them splitting up and how happy I would be. I couldn't wait for this day, but, now that it has, I don't feel happiness at all. Bob looks like a zombie and Maya…I never wanted for her to hurt this badly. I know she cares for him, but I didn't know it was like this."
"She does care about him, Zack. You knew that," she said.
He simply shrugged. "If this is what has to happen for me to have a chance with her, then I don't know if I want it. I don't know if it's worth all of this." Zack looked away from her but Bailey knew what was behind his blue eyes. It was shame. She knew it because she felt the same way. Maybe they had taken things too far.
Exams were a lot harder than Bailey expected. Her mind was everywhere but her work. However, she managed through it. It was finally time for relaxation and Christmas break. She was in her room packing. It was the day before the boat was to dock in New York City. Barbara stormed into the room and flopped on London's bed.
"I hate my life," she whined.
"What's wrong?" London asked.
Barbara kicked off her shoes and flipped her hair. "I just got a call from my parents. We are staying with my gran almost the whole freaking time. I won't be able to do anything else."
"Is there something wrong with your grandmother?" London asked amused.
"No, but I want to go see Codles and try to patch things up. This week has given me no time to really talk and be with him. I don't know how I'm going to manage the entire break without him," she sobbed. Bailey tried to hide her eye roll. She was so sick of Barbara and a break from her would be the best medicine. "I know you must be excited, Bailey."
Bailey turned to her. "Sorry, what?"
Barbara put her hands on her hips. "Don't act all innocent with me. I know you must be all excited that Codles and I are having some issues, and even more that you'll be staying with him while I'm not there."
"Barbara, you need to calm down. I've always spent Christmas with Cody in Boston. I don't see why that has to change just because of you. He's my best friend," Bailey explained.
Barbara got out of the bed and walked over to her. "Well, I don't really care about any of that. All I know is that I'm on to you. Cody is just too nice to see it, but I know you're stirring up something. Just remember that he's mine, okay? So, you can look and drool all you want to, but at the end of the night, you're sleeping alone."
Bailey laughed. "Do you think that I'm going to make out with him while he's sleeping?"
Barbara smiled evilly at her. "It wouldn't surprise me."
"Come on girls, let's not fight, okay?" London said.
"Oh, I'm not fighting. I'm just talking to Bailey. Dear, sweet, country girl, Bailey," Barbara mocked wickedly.
"Shut up, Barbara. You have a lot of nerve judging me," she said.
"And you've got plenty of nerve carrying on that innocent routine. I know that you're secretly in love with Cody. I know that you don't want him and me together, but that's just something that you are going to have to get over. So, whatever plans you're thinking about using over holiday, don't. Besides, I doubt it would make a difference anyway," Barbara said quietly.
Bailey's curiosity won out. "Why is that?"
Barbara smiled. "Well, word has it that you and Holden fucked at the dance. Once again Bailey, you're a slut."
Burning fury raced up her body. "Lavender, you call me a slut?! Look at the way you dressed at the dance and then tell me who the real slut is. I think it would be better if you walked away from me." She was very close to attacking Barbara.
"Yes, come on, Barbara. We still have some gifts to wrap, right?" London said, nervously pulling Barbara away.
Barbara kept her gaze on her but followed London to her bed. Bailey turned away and tried to focus on folding her clothes, but it was useless. She couldn't be the same room with Barbara. She had to leave. She stormed out of the cabin and ran in the opposite direction. She could not leave things as they were. She had to fix it.
When she reached Cody's cabin, she knocked loudly and repeatedly. Woody answered the door. "Hey, Bailey," he said with a smile.
"Hi, um, is Cody in there?" she asked.
Woody's smile widened. "Yeah, come on in." She smiled back and walked into the room. She saw Cody sitting on his bed half-folding clothes but mostly staring into space.
"Well, I'll leave you to it," Woody said before walking out of the room.
She cleared her throat to let Cody know that she was in the room. He didn't respond. She sighed. "Cody."
"Yeah," he said, still not looking up.
"Can we talk?" she asked.
"Go ahead," he said, "but I don't know what we need to discuss."
Bailey slowly walked over to him and sat on Woody's bed. Cody finally looked up at her. He was a bit paler than usual. She didn't know where to begin. She thought about the night of the dance, and about what she had seen. It was eating her alive. "You do know I plan to stay with you over the vacation, right?" she asked. Cody nodded but said nothing. She continued, "Is that still okay?"
"Of course it's okay. Why wouldn't it be?" he asked.
She rolled her eyes. "Please, don't act that way. I know that you're mad at me."
"Why would I be mad at you?" he asked.
"Damn it, Cody! Don't do this! I know you think that I had sex with Holden. The whole boat does," she said, getting up.
Cody turned away and rubbed his neck. "I don't need the details."
"I'm not going to give you details. I'm not giving you anything because there's nothing to tell! I didn't do anything with him, Cody. I promise you that I didn't!" she yelled, feeling a lump in her throat. It wasn't supposed to be like this. What she did was supposed to help, not make things worse.
He shook his head. "You don't have to make promises to me. You're free to do whatever you want. I don't own you or anything. I'm not your boyfriend." His voice seemed to crack.
Bailey's chest hurt. She wanted to tell him that she knew about him and Barbara. She wanted to tell him that she could never let Holden have her because she only wanted him touching her. She wanted to tell him that she was completely and hopelessly in love with him. She had to. It was now or never. "C-Cody I-"
"If anyone deserves an explanation, it's Moose," he interrupted.
"What?" she asked confused.
Cody shrugged. "He's your boyfriend, right? I mean you two mail all those letters back and forth. Whenever Zack brings up his name, you can't get that look off your face. He's the one that you need to talk to about this, not me." He pulled at the string on his blanket and avoided her eyes.
Bailey sat back on Zack's bed. Her heart caved in. Things were way too out of hand now. She couldn't tell Cody the truth. There were too many lies that would only worsen the situation. "I guess," she mumbled. She didn't know what to do or say. They sat in silence until Bailey couldn't take looking at Cody any longer. She left the room wiping tears from her eyes.
She roamed the boat realizing that she and Zack had made a mistake. All their schemes only complicated things. She felt so stupid. Bailey leaned against a wall and slid down. She thought about going to Kettlecorn. She didn't want to be around Cody, but the idea of not seeing him was far worse. She was used to not having him; another holiday wouldn't make a difference.
"Can I join you?" someone asked.
Bailey looked up. It was Bob. "Oh, yeah, sure."
He sat next to her on the floor. "Taking a walk?"
"Yes, I just wanted to clear my head. You?" she asked.
Bob shrugged. "Just wanted to be alone."
She looked at him. His expression was vacant. He seemed so drained, and she could relate. "Are you okay?"
He turned to her, and shook his head. "No, I'm not."
"Do you want to talk about it?" Bailey asked.
He twiddled his thumbs. "We just didn't get on. We were always fighting about something, and it was the same something. We tried. I tried to let it go, but it's hard to ignore something that's staring you right in face and makes your insides hurt, you know?"
She swallowed the lump in her throat. She knew what that felt like better than anyone. "You mean Zack?"
He groaned. "Please, don't get on my back about it. I know he's your best friend and all…"
Bailey placed a hand on his. "Bob, I won't. It's okay, go ahead."
He sighed. "It's…it's so hard to compete with him. I know he and Maya have this undying bond and that he saved her life and that she always goes to Boston with him. I know that they're really good friends. I know Zack is kind, brave, and loyal. I know all this shit that I hear from everyone all the time!" Bob's brown eyes were massive, and he balled his fists.
Bailey didn't want to add to his frustration, but she had to know. "But…" she added softly.
He looked down before locking his eyes on her. "But she was my girlfriend, and I love her. I just want it to be about her and me. I know Zack hasn't always supported me with Maya, but I don't care. I thought I had her. So, I got so jealous and angry when I'd see the way she would look at him and how they were always so close."
"They're just friends, Bob," she tried.
"I'm not an idiot, Bailey. I know she likes him, but I honestly thought that she would let it go. I thought if I loved her hard enough, then she'd give her feelings for Zack to me," he said. "I just want her so badly, but it's as if I'll always be a step behind Zack. I don't hate him, but I wish he wasn't around. I wish that he didn't make Maya feel so good. Does that make me selfish, Bailey?"
"No, that makes you human. That makes you in love. I can understand that…always feeling behind." Bailey turned away, once again thinking about Barbara's words, how she was so pretty, how she was casual like Cody, and how Cody kissed and touched her so delicately.
"Maya told me that she needs a break. She needs time to think, but I'm worried. She'll be spending all vacation with him," Bob said.
Bailey felt so terrible. She wanted Zack to be happy, but she didn't realize how unhappy it would make Bob. Maybe Zack was right. As much as she wanted Zack to find his love, she knew that Bob didn't deserve all the pain. "I'm sorry, Bob," was all she could think of. "I do know that no matter what, Maya does love you. This is hard for her, too."
He nodded. "I keep telling myself that. Things just happen so fast; you barely have time to realize what you're doing. I didn't want us to break up, but if Maya needs to think, then she should. I need to think as well. I need to get over this jealously thing because if I get her back, I don't want to fuck it up again." He got up from the floor. "I still have so much to do before the ship docks. I think I'm going to head to bed. How about you?"
"I'll stay here for a bit," she answered.
Bob smiled. "Thanks for listening."
"No problem. We're friends, too," she answered. He gave her one more smile before walking off. Bailey couldn't watch him. He reminded her too much of herself. She and Zack had done it to him, and she had a feeling that because of their actions, she would end up just like him. Bailey pulled her legs against her chest and hugged herself. Nothing made sense anymore, and she felt like a monster. She felt so guilty.
The next morning, the ship was louder and busier than usual. Everyone was packing up and saying goodbye. Bailey sat on the sky deck, waiting for Zack, Cody, Maya, and London to show up. She hardly got any sleep the night before.
Zack came onto the deck and sat next to her. "You ready?"
"I don't know. What is there to look forward to?" she asked.
"At least we can get away from this for a while and figure out what we're going to do. If there's anything we can do," he said.
"Yeah, anything that won't result in anymore heartache," she muttered. Surprisingly, Maya and Bob came into the hall together. Bailey watched carefully as Bob gave her a small box. She took it with a smile a hugged him. She whispered something in his ear that made him grin. He kissed her forehead and gave her hand a squeeze before walking away. Maya walked over to them.
"You okay?" Bailey asked.
Maya gazed at the box. "Yes, I'm okay," she answered quietly.
Zack rubbed her arm. "That's good to hear." Maya didn't look at him. She kept her eyes on the box. Time passed on. Zack didn't take his eyes off Maya. She decided to buy herself a smoothie. She needed something to take her mind off things.
"It's about time," Zack breathed. Bailey looked up and saw Cody walking over to them. "What took you so long? When I left you were still sleeping. Usually you're the one up early."
"Leave me alone. I went back to sleep for a bit, that's all," Cody mumbled.
Zack smiled a little. "Well, let's go. I can't wait to go back to the Tipton."
"Couldn't agree more. I really miss everyone." Cody said. He gave his brother a tender smile that he returned. Bailey couldn't help but smile herself. Cody cared about Zack so much and was such an amazing brother.
The group got up to get off but Barbara ran up to them. Her eyes were a bit puffy. "I forgot to give you this," she said to Cody, holding out a rather large box.
He put his stuff down and took it. "Thanks, I haven't wrapped yours yet."
Barbara smiled softly. "It's okay. You can just send it to me."
Cody returned her smile and they stared at each other in silence. He scratched his head. "Well, see you in the new year."
"Yeah, see you," Barbara answered. She slowly walked closer to him and held her arms out. Cody embraced her. They held each other for a second before pulling away. Barbara quickly kissed his lips. It wasn't her usual sloppy kiss. It was brief and soft. "Bye," she whispered.
"Bye," he answered back. Barbara bit her lip. Bailey knew she would soon cry. Barbara gave Cody a wave before running off.
"What was that all about?" Zack asked.
Cody shook his head. "Let's just go." The group picked up their things and headed off. Bailey took a deep breath.
Things were bad enough; she hoped the holiday would make them better.
Thanks for reading! This chapter was just to kind of set up some conflicts and situations coming up. You see a softer, almost sympathetic side to Bob in this. You almost feel bad for him. I just want to clear this up before anyone asks; no, Bailey and Holden did NOT have sex. That is just a rumor that will come back later. Things have become awkward for Cody and Barbara, huh? You'll just have to wait to see what happens! Ok I'll stop babbling XD Please review!