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Lastly, English is not my main language. Apology in advance for grammatical mistakes.

Based on Suite Life on Deck S2E12 'Bermuda Triangle'
Zack made a wish and he was teleported to a universe where Cody never existed. Only Zack remembers him. How will he react? (ONESHOT)

Careful What You Wish For


Juice Bar

"You know what I want for my birthday?", Zack Martin shouted with hatred in his eyes as he threw the ripped check on the ground.
"To be an only child!"

"Nothing would make me happier", Cody replied infuriated and embarrassed. He was clearly hurt by his twin brother's words but he quickly walked away before Zack and their other friends could see him tearing up.

Almost immediately, a loud explosion of light shook the S.S. Tipton. Bailey, Woody and Marcus who were silently watching the twins fight over the check toppled over along with the other passengers on the deck.

It was silent for a while, only interrupted by the seagulls.

"That was weird", Bailey was the first to break the silence.

Woody and Marcus were about to say something which one can only assume was about the strange alien theory they had been going on about the whole day. They were interrupted by Zack, who seemed stunned. "What was that all about?", he said, catching his breath.

"I don't know", said Bailey. "But definitely nothing weird or supernatural happening on his ship. Right, Woody?" Woody, who was gnawing at the raw onion, merely nodded.

"Yeah, Probably", Zack said. Just then he noticed something was missing. Or someone. "Where's Cody?"

Bailey, Woody and Marcus seemed confused like they never heard that name before.

"Who's Cody?", asked Marcus, looking confused as ever.

"What are you talking about? You guys know Cody", Zack said expecting some sort of positive reaction.

"Never heard that name before", Woody said, still chewing on the onion.

"He's your roommate, Woody", Zack said assertively. He walked over to Bailey, "and your boyfriend".

"And my brother". The last part of the sentence was barely audible.

"I don't have a roommate", Woody said. "No one wants to share their room with me". He paused for a second and then cried out. "That's hurtful."

"And I don't have a boyfriend", Bailey said. "What is going on with you?"

"Yeah, man", Marcus chimed in. "Never knew you had a brother. Don't you always gloat about being an only child?"

Just then it hit Zack. No, this can't be happening.

"You guys are joking, right?", Zack said, shaking his thoughts. "Cody and I are twins. He goes to the same school as us. How can you not know him?"

"Zack, I think you should go and get some rest. You probably hurt yourself when everything started shaking", Bailey said. "I'll go get Mr. Moseby"

"Mr. Moseby!", Zack exclaimed. "He would remember Cody." Zack ran off to find Mr. Moseby.

Sky Deck

Mr. Moseby was currently listening to some passenger's problems.

"Mr. Moseby, can I talk to you for a second?", Zack asked, expecting a snide reply from the manager of the SS Tipton.

"Sure, Zack", came a rather polite reply from Mr. Moseby.

"Mr. Moseby, you know me for a long time, right?", Zack said. "In fact, you know my family better than anyone else on this boat."

"Oh yes. That is why I recommended you attend the Seven Seas High to your mother", Moseby said.

"Wait, what?", Zack said, shocked by this discovery. "You wanted me to stay on this ship after we damaged your hotel?"

"Damage my hotel?", Moseby said. "Well, occasionally there have been a few incidents but you have always been a good kid. Otherwise, your mother would never leave you here with me in charge. I can't stand hooligans."

"Mr. Moseby, please tell me you know Cody?", Zack asked with hope.

"Cody? That name doesn't ring any bell."

"C'mon, Mr. Moseby, Cody is my twin brother and we used to bother you all the time with our shenanigans. We caused so much trouble back in Boston and then on this boat. You called us hooligans. No one seems to remember him. It's like he never existed."

"That's because you don't have a brother as far as I know", Moseby said. "I don't know what is going on with you and I wish I could help you but I'm a very busy man. Maybe go take some rest."

With that, Moseby left Zack alone with his thoughts.

Zack and Marcus's Cabin

Zack was sitting on his desk trying to wrap his head around the fact that somehow Cody has vanished from this world.

He had a photo album open in front of him. His memories were intact but Cody is not there in any of them. Every memory he had growing up must have been so much different in this reality or whatever this was. It was kind of like the time when the twins went to an alternate universe with the help of Arwin's creation but their mother insisted that it was some kind of a dream. Zack wished it was a dream this time. He would like to wake up anytime now.

The last thing he remembers was having a fight with Cody over a stupid check and being so angry when they accidentally teared it up in halves. Anger drove him to say the words he never should have uttered. Because it's not true. He doesn't like being an only child.

There had been tough times growing up with someone who shares practically the exact same physical appearance. Zack and Cody have very different personalities. Cody is smart and better in academics than Zack. Their mother often showed favouritism towards Cody due to that. It would be a lie if Zack said being compared to his brother all the time did not affect him. But never to an extent that he would want him gone from his life.

Cody is after all a good kid, Zack's nerdy brother, his partner-in-crime and Zack loves him a lot. He cannot imagine pulling pranks and causing trouble without having his twin with him. Probably explains why in this "universe" Mr. Moseby is so nice to Zack.

Zack's deep ponder was interrupted by a knock.

"Come in"

It was London Tipton.

"So, what do you want for your surprise party?"
"Surprise party?"

"You know. The one Bailey, Woody and Marcus are planning this Saturday and told me to not tell Zack", London said with excitement.

"London, that's really sweet. I just want an explanation", Zack said.

"I don't know where to get that", London said looking confused.

"No, that's not what I meant", Zack explained. "London, do you remember my twin brother, Cody?"

"What kind of name is Cody? Sounds so ugh!", London said. Zack just sighed.

After London left, Zack sat down on his bed and called his mom. After a couple of rings, Carey Martin picked up. "Hey, sweetie."

"Hey, mom. I know this is gonna sound weird but what happened to my twin brother?"

Silence.

"Mom?"

"Y-yeah no, I'm listening, Zack." There was a sigh. "I don't know who told you or how you got the information. But I think it's time you know. And I probably should have told you this a long time ago. You deserve to know".

"Zack, you were supposed to have a twin brother"

"When I first learnt I was going to have twin boys, I was so happy. Your dad and I decided on the names Zack and Cody. It had a nice ring to it". Carey was clearly trying not to cry.

"When the time came, only you were born and Cody was gone." Carey was openly sobbing.

"He was gone before he could live. I never got to know him. Never got to know my baby."

Carey was sobbing so hard that she was unable to speak. Zack felt tears rolling down his cheeks as well. There was a deep ache in his heart that he never felt before. He didn't know what to say. The truth was way more painful than he could bear. He never felt this empty. He just wanted to get out of this nightmare and when he does he promises not to be mean to his brother ever again. He would protect him with his life.

"Mom, I'm so sorry", Zack said, clearing his throat, "I don't know if this will make you feel any better but if Cody was still here. I just know this for a fact he would have been a really good person. He would be so smart and kind to everyone. You would be so proud of him."

Both Zack and Carey cried for the rest of the night.

Sky Deck

It was Zack's birthday but he was not at all in the mood to celebrate but didn't want to disappoint his friends.

Mr. Moseby had called him to the Sky Deck but Zack knew why he wanted to see him, thanks to London.

As he stepped out of the elevator and made his way to the Sky Deck, he saw huge balloons in the shape of 16 and a bright, colourful banner saying "Happy 16th Birthday Zack".

All his friends were waiting for him. When they noticed Zack making his way. All of them shouted in unison "Happy Birthday Zack!"

London came and dragged him into the crowd.

"Thanks, guys", Zack said, not sounding excited or happy.

"Is everything okay? Is it the decoration?", asked Bailey.

"No, it's great", Zack quickly added, "Just not in a mood to celebrate".

"C'mon, man. Cheer up. It's your birthday. Happy Birthday", Marcus said lifting his hand for a fist pump.

Zack awkwardly shook his hand. To that Marcus just said "Okay" and left.

"Is something bothering you, Zack?", Bailey asked, looking concerned.

"Yeah, I miss my brother", said Zack. "I wish I could apologize to him."

Before Bailey could say something, London exclaimed, "Come on, everyone!" as she wheeled in this huge white cake with chocolate icing.

Just as everyone was about to scream 'Happy Birthday', a similar kind of loud explosion of light shook the Sky Deck. Zack lost his balance.

As he got on his feet, his eyes met his brother's. He was elated seeing Cody in the flesh. Zack went and pulled his twin brother into a tight hug.

"Uh, Zack?". Cody was rather confused by this sudden display of affection but he didn't mind the hug.

"Well, looks like you guys are finally speaking", Bailey said.

"One of us is not breathing", Cody said. Zack quickly let go of the hug. Everyone laughed.

"What was that for?" Cody asked.

"I don't know. I'm just glad you are here.", Zack replied.

"Actually, for some weird reason, I get you", Cody said.

"I love you, man", Cody said

"I love you too", Zack said, drawing his brother into another hug.

"I love you, London", Marcus exclaimed, hoping to get a hug back. To which, London replied "I love me too" and hugged herself.

While everyone else laughed, Zack said to Cody, "Never leave me".

"I won't", Cody promised.

THE END


A/N: Hope you enjoyed my first fanfiction. Quarantine got me binging old Disney shows and I wanted to try writing. I absolutely adore the Sprouse twins. So most of my fanfictions will revolve around them. I DO NOT SHIP THEM.
I would appreciate some feedback. Should I keep writing or get some other hobby?