"Codes would you relax?" Zack begged of his twin brother. "You don't know what Barbara wants. It might not be that bad."
"Zack she said she had something important she needed to tell me," Cody stated as panic began to set in.
"Codes, please just sit down," Zack stated as he yanked his younger brother down by his shirt, forcing him to sit down beside him. "You're giving me a headache with all your pacing."
They were sitting near the check in desk on the S.S. Tipton. Zack and Cody had been attending seven seas high for the past two months now, and Cody hadn't seen or talked to Barbara since the morning he and his brother boarded.
"Zack, what if…what if…?" Cody looked toward him with worried eyes.
"What if, what Codes?" Zack replied.
"What if, never mind," Cody stated deciding to take a deep breath and take Zack's advice and relax.
"Cody I know what you're going to say, but it was one night, and you wore protection right?" Zack waited for an answer.
"Yes, but Zack, it broke."
Zack looked a little confused. "What broke?"
"The condom, Zack the condom broke. What am I going to do? I am so scared." Zack pulled Cody in for an affectionate hug.
"Codes don't freak out until you know for sure. What Barbara has to say may not have anything to do with your night together?"
Zack held onto his brother for a few more minutes. "Zack I know your right, but what if my fears are real and she's pregnant, Zack I am not ready for such a big responsibility, I am only fifteen." Cody jumped up again and began to pace as before. "What am I going to do….Zacky help me?"
Zack hadn't heard the nickname in years and it made him smile knowing Cody needed him, "It'll be okay, no matter what happens we're family and I will always be here for you. But, seriously bro you need to wait and find out what Barbara has to say. You always go to the worst case scenario before you process all the facts. Chill a little, okay?"
"I'll try." Zack gave his baby brother what he hoped was a reassuring smile and placed a comforting hand on his shoulder. "I can't wait for this to be over. I need to know before I go insane."
Just then Zack looked over to the entrance to the lobby as Cody followed his gaze and both spotted Barbara standing there. "Well, bro here's your chance." Zack stated quietly as Cody walked over and extended a hand to his girlfriend.
"Hey Cody," She offered.
"Hey Barbara, how are you?" Cody gave her a timid hug and a small kiss on the cheek.
Not one to beat around the bush she sighed before stating, "We should talk, in private."
Cody nodded taking a hold of Barbara's hand and slowly leading her toward his brother's cabin. Sitting in a chair while Barbara took a seat on one of the trunks, he waited for the worst.
He was a little surprised when Barbara began to cry. He wasn't quite sure what to do. "Cody what are we going to do." And with that said she had verified his suspicions. Yet, somehow he needed her to say it, he needed to hear it out loud, if only to keep his sanity.
"Barbara talk to me, I need you to tell me what's going on." Cody tenderly wiped the tears off her cheeks.
"Cody, I am pregnant."
Cody knew it was coming and yet it still didn't make the news that much easier to process. She slid down to the floor and leaned her head back up against the bed. As she pulled her knees to her chest, he in turn slid down beside her. "Are you sure?" he asked.
"Yes, I took two pregnancy tests and then just to be sure I drove down to the doctor's office. They did a blood test and confirmed it. I am two and a half months pregnant." Barbara explained.
"Are you sure it's mine?" Barbara jumped up angry and hurt. "Cody how could you ask me that, you're the only one I've been with." As she began to leave Cody stopped her.
"I am sorry I know. I don't know why I said that I am just scared. I didn't mean it I promise."
"How do you think I feel, I am the one that's going to have to have this baby?" Barbara snapped.
"Look Barbara I know I should have told you this that night, but, I didn't want to scare you. You see the condom…" Cody began to explain.
"How could this have happened." she cried as she paced across the floor obviously trying to wrap her mind around it. "I mean you wore a condom aren't those supposed to be like 100% effective."
"Not quite, more like 99.9% effective." Cody guessed.
"Great, so we're the lucky 1%, wonderful." Cody took her hand and told her to sit down.
"I think the reason the condom failed to work is because it broke."
"What…what do you mean?" she eyed him confused.
"The condom tore, it was no good, or maybe I didn't put it on right…I don't know. But Barbara, I am sorry."
"Why didn't you tell me, I could've done something? How could you keep that from me?" Barbara screamed. "This is your fault Cody Martin, you're the reason I am pregnant."
"Wait a minute it does take two, and I didn't hear any complaints while we were making this baby." Cody replied angrily as she began to cry.
"I am so scared, what are my parents going to think, they're going to hate me?"
"I promise, we did this together, we'll go through it together." Cody softly stated trying his best to comfort her.
"My parents are so old fashioned and big on tradition. God, they're going to be so disappointed." Cody wrapped his arms around her as she laid her head on his shoulder.
Suddenly she sat up, placing a hand over her mouth she gasped. "They will expect you to marry me!"
Cody jumped up in a panic. "Wha….what?" Cody turned paler, if that was even possible. "We can't get married, we're only fifteen."
"Yeah, we shouldn't be having a baby either, but we are." She stated the obvious. "Cody there's no other options and I refuse to get an abortion or to let someone else raise my child." Barbara explained in no uncertain terms.
"Wrong, our child and I agree with you 100%. But, I also know marriage is not an option either, at least not right now."
Looking over Cody noticed how tired and drained she looked and suggested she take a nap. When she yawned and began to rub her temples he realized he was correct. "Tired?" He asked her." Her answer was another slight yawn. "Come on lets tuck you in you need to rest. We'll figure all this out when you've had a chance to sleep."
Barbara smiled and thanked him. She crawled under the covers and he pulled them over her shoulder. Making sure she was comfortable, he leaned down and kissed her cheek. And after she had fallen asleep he left the cabin.
Walking into his own cabin, he wasn't surprised to see Zack sitting in his bed waiting for him to return. One look at Cody and Zack knew what had happened, opening his arms wide Cody didn't have to think twice and walked over to him. He slumped into his brothers waiting embrace sobbing like a baby, as he cradled him like a mother would.
The cabin filled with silence except for Cody's soft cries. His body trembled and shook from the tears he shed, and it broke Zack's heart to see him like that. He had always hated seeing his baby brother cry, he would never admit it to him but it hurt, deeply.
So while he held Cody in his arms, he caressed his back and ran a hand threw his hair, Zack waited saying nothing, what could he say? After a while Cody fell asleep cocooned in his brother's arms and left his problems to the waking world.