She stood by the towel bar, watching him at the smoothie bar. She'd been staring at him for the last thirty minutes. She didn't have the guts to go up to him. At least she didn't think she did. She would eventually. She hoped.
Taking a deep breath, she finally walked over and smiled when he looked right at her. He returned the smile and continued making smoothies before handing them out to whoever ordered them. When he was done, he walked over to her, staring at her.
"...I know you," he said.
She nodded. "You do. I know you, too."
"I can't place it."
"Imagine the black hair being blonde instead."
He was quiet for a few seconds, studying her face. His eyes widened a bit and his jaw slightly dropped. "Maddie..."
She smiled. "Hi, Zack."
"Oh my gosh, what are you doing here?" he asked, walking around the bar and hugging her.
"I'm working here."
"Why? You went to Harvard, you don't deserve to work on a boat."
"Things went a little differently that I thought. I didn't graduate. I missed graduation."
Zack's eyes widened. "Madeline Margaret Genevieve Miranda Catherine Fitzpatrick," he took a breath, "missed her own graduation? What made that happen?"
Maddie looked over to a group of kids. "Savannah, Cameron, Martin. Come here, please."
As three children came over, the littlest one with glasses climbed onto a stool with Maddie's help and started twirling around.
"These two decided to arrive a week early," Maddie said, gesturing towards the older boy and girl.
"...Are these your kids?" Zack asked.
Maddie nodded. "Yeah. This is Savannah and Martin, and this little guy is Martin," she said, running her hand through the boy on the stool's hair.
"They must be pretty great kids."
"We are, but I'm the greatest, of course," Savannah said. "Savannah London Fitzpatrick," she said, holding her hand out. "Don't wear out the name."
Zack shook her hand with a laugh. "Wow, Maddie. If I didn't know any better, I'd say she was London's."
"She takes after London. A lot," Maddie said.
"How is London? I haven't seen her since graduation."
"She's good. She actually owns all the Tipton Hotels now. After Wilfred died, she really straightened up."
"I heard about that. How did she handle it?"
"I mean, he was her dad. But she wasn't close to him. Moseby's death hit her harder. She locked herself in her suite for almost a month. She's still getting over it."
"I can imagine... That was hard on all of us."
"It was... I miss him yelling at me about the candy counter."
"I miss him yelling at me about everything."
Maddie laughed and bit her lip for a few seconds. "I missed you. It's not the same at the Tipton."
Savannah and Cameron traded glances and Savannah gasped. "Oh!You're the Zack!" Savannah said.
"The Zack?" Zack asked.
"Yeah, the Zack Mom's always talking about. The one she's had a crush on-"
Maddie covered Savannah's mouth. "Okay, how about you guys go over to the hot tub and drown your brother," she said, nudging Savannah and Cameron away from her as she took Martin off the stool and stood him on the ground.
"But, that's him, right?"
"I'm him," Zack said.
"I knew it," Savannah said, leading Martin to the hot tub.
Maddie laughed a little, scratching her head. "I don't know where she got that from, I mean-"
"I still love you," Zack said.
Maddie stared at him for a few seconds. "...Don't you have a girlfriend? A wife?"
"No. Just me, myself, and I. I've been waiting for you."
"Will you go out with me? I mean, if you're single..."
"I'm as single as can be. I got divorced right after Martin was born."
"Great. I'll pick you up tonight at seven."