Cody's first semester of college was over. He couldn't believe it. He had made it halfway through the year. Now he was back at theo Tipton. He lay on the couch reading the newspaper. Zack should be home any minute. He wasn't on break yet, and they still had to tell their mom everything.
It wasn't going to be easy. Cody knew Carey wouldn't be thrilled that Cody and Zack still loved each other. She knew a few months ago, but she had never discussed it. There was no question in Cody's mind that she knew. What was she going to do? That was something even Cody coudln't answer for sure.
"Hey Codester!" came a voice as the door swung open. Zack had his backpack in one hand, his key in another, and a project for his college woodshop class under his arm. He dropped all of it on the table when he saw Cody, and leaped on the couch over him. Zack gave him a long kiss, then sat up, kneeling. "When did you get here?"
"About an hour ago. I sold my books, called Maddie, and she drove me back here." Cody said, smiling. He knew he couldn't put off what he wanted to talk about. "You know, we do have to tell Mom."
Zack moved all of the way off of Cody now. "Cody, I dunno, I don't think she'll be happy to learn her twin sons are fucking each other."
"It's not just that. She'll know that's not the only part of this. I'd be with you even if we didn't have sex." Cody told him.
"We need sex! We need to have sex for this relationship to work." Zack said, acting shocked that Cody had suggested abstinence. When Cody froze, Zack said, "Kidding! I'm kidding. You know I love you with or without it."
Cody felt relieved. He kissed Zack quickly. "We still need to tell her."
"I guess. We should tell Mom. We need to. I just don't want to tell her."
"Don't want to tell her what?" Carey asked, walking in and carrying a bag of groceries, which she set down on the table next to Zack's project.
Cody looked at Zack, and Zack looked at Cody. Neither wanted to be the one to say it.
Finally, Cody said, "Mom... Zack and I both have something to tell you."
She stood there, looking at her two boys. Cody could tell that she already knew what was coming. He could also tell that she didn't want to hear the words.
"Zack and I..." Cody continued. "We didn't mean to... it just happened. But we're happy, and we're okay. Please don't hate us... but... um. We..."
"We're together." Zack finished, to Cody's surprise. "I mean, together together."
"Together... together?" Carey looked back and forth between the two boys. Cody could imagine what was going through her mind. Her two sons that she had raised and taken care of, had finally grown up and found someone they were in love with. The problem was was that they were in love with each other. "You boys are..."
"We're lovers!" Cody exclaimed dramatically.
"Huh." Carey said. After a moment, she shook her head. "I don't want to deal with this right now. For tonight, one of you will sleep out here."
"Mom, you can't do that!" Zack said.
Carey raised her eyebrow. She very well could do that. Zack knew that she could do that. Cody knew that she could do that. But, still, she COULDN'T do that!
Cody tried to laugh it off. "Mom, what would Zack and I do that we haven't already done?"
Their mother stared at them, and then turned away. "I'm going to make dinner. Zack, put your school stuff away."
Cody looked at Zack as he got off the couch. He could tell Zack was just as puzzled as he was. Neither of them knew what their mother was thinking now.
Neither of them knew that they didn't want to know what their mother was thinking.
o O o O o O o O o
They ate dinner in silence. That is, until Carey finally spoke up.
Zack dropped his fork and Cody looked up from his bowtie pasta. They stared at their mother. What would she say? What would she do?
"I think Zack should visit my cousins in California for awhile." she said finally. "Until you stop. I love you both, but you're twin brothers. You can't do what you're doing."
Cody sat in shock, while Zack jumped from his seat. "No! I won't go to California!"
"You're going to."
"You're stil living under my roof." Carey said firmly.
"The Tipton isn't 'your roof'." Zack said angrily. "I'm not going to California. I'm not going to leave school or Cody. I actually got into a college and you want me to give that up because you can't accept us? Give me a break." He turned, walked into hish room, and slammed the door.
Cody still felt frozen. He didn't know what to do. Zack was right. Bunker Hill was the only chance Zack had to get into a somewhat decent college. Cody could go to any school he wanted. He should be the one to go to California if either of them did go.
"Mom," Cody said, looking up. "Zack is right. This is probably the only chance he'll have for college. He's doing pretty well. I don't want him to give that up. I'll go to California if I can finish out the school year."
Carey stared tiredly at him. Cody knew she cared. She just didn't know what to do. He knew that she didn't want them to hate her. He couldn't hate her for wanting to separate them. Most of society would want to do that.
Finally, she gave a nod.
o O o O o O o O o
Carey slept deeply. Cody made sure that she wouldn't wake up, and he stood and walked over to his bedroom door. He knocked quietly.
The door opened. Zack was still wearing the clothes he wore that day. He let Cody into the room and locked the door.
"I'm going to California instead of you." Cody told his lover and brother. "I don't want you to give up Bunker Hill."
"But I don't want to give up YOU." Zack protested. He took Cody's hands. "I won't give you up."
Cody tried to smile. "I don't want to give you up either. I won't. We'll come up with something. I'm finishing the school year at Harvard but I'm transferring."
Instead of continuing the conversation, Zack kissed him.
They didn't talk about California again for the rest of the night. They didn't talk at all. Even when Cody sneaked back into the living room, he didn't say anything to Zack. Zack was asleep. He was spent.