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Lantern of hope

By Kat Jessikah Manx

Action / Humor

Chapter 1


On the other side of the country, in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Tipton Hotel, Zack Martin was once again trying to get the courage to ask his crush, Maddie Fitzpatrick, on a date. Even though Maddie was a little older than him, Zack prepared a fool proof plan to get her to accept. Just as he was about to place the daisies and unsigned note on the top of Maddie's Candy Counter, Zack then began to think of the outcome should the plan backfire. He'd be the laughing stock of his school, Cody and his Mom would probably pity him, Maddie would be embarrassed and probably not talk to him again, and he'd live the rest of his days as a total recluse. With a sigh, Zack walked away with the daisies and the note and entered the elevator, heading back to his mother's apartment. He entered in and, throwing the daisies on the counter, slumped on the couch, not even turning on the TV. Cody walked in and saw his twin slumped on the couch, glumly staring at the blank screen. He sighed.

"Couldn't get up the courage, huh?" he asked. Zack said nothing. Cody lay back on the couch also, rubbing his forehead and groaning.

"I'm in the same boat, dude. For some reason, I just can't get up the courage to talk to Bailey. Ever since we left the S.S. Tipton, I've been completely terrified of talking to her, like I think she'd have left me in that time," he said. Zack groaned.

"Ain't that the truth, brother," he said. The two chuckled, and sighed. That's when Cody had an idea.

"Wait a minute. I know how we can fix this," he said. Zack sat up, intrigued.

"Okay?" he asked. Cody grinned.

"If you ask Maddie to hang out, not as a date, just two friends spending time together, then maybe, you'll be more confident to really ask her," he said. Zack's eyes widened and he grinned.

"Cody, that's brilliant!" he exclaimed, clapping his brother on the shoulder. Then, without another word, Zack ran out of the apartment and towards the lobby, now more sure of how he'd approach Maddie. Cody smiled, figuring out what he was going to say to Bailey, when a bright green glow appeared above him, and an otherworldly voice said,

Cody Martin of Earth,

You have great willpower within you.

A bright green ring fell out of the glow and landed in Cody's hand, along with a bright green lantern in the same design as the one on the ring. The voice then said,

Welcome to the Green Lantern Corps

The Corps of Will

Curiously, Cody slipped the ring onto his finger, and in a flash of green, he appeared in bright green and black form-fitting uniform. A green domino mask hid his face, and he found himself hovering a few feet off the ground. Cody was astonished. Concentrating, he lowered himself back to the ground, trying to figure out how to return to normal. That's when he heard a voice saying something in his head. Pointing his ring at the lantern, Cody recited the words the voice was saying.

In Brightest Day,

In Blackest Night,

No Evil Shall Escape My Sight.

Let Those Who Worship Evil's Might,

Beware My Power,

Green Lantern's Light!

In a flash of green, Cody returned to normal. Smiling, he picked up the lantern and carried it and the ring into his bedroom. He wasn't going to reveal his new discovery with his family just yet. There was someone he needed to see first. Closing the door, a green flash lit up the crack at the bottom of the door and then, silence.

~o0o~

As Zack returned from hanging out with Maddie, the young man smiled. This was his chance. He had to be brave, he had to feel confident. He approached the blonde and cleared his throat.

"Maddie, I had a lot of fun today, and I was wondering if we could do it again? Like, this weekend, at the movies?" he asked. The candy counter girl smiled sincerely.

"Are you asking me out, Zack?" she asked. Zack shook his head.

"Not if you don't want me to," he said quickly. The blonde giggled.

"It's a date. Pick me up at seven on Saturday, kay?" she asked. Zack nodded very fast, a huge grin on his face. Maddie giggled and headed for the restroom, not before planting a kiss on Zack's cheek. He smiled, touching the cheek and heading back to the elevator in a euphoria, needing to tell Cody. Making it back to their apartment, Zack ran in, screaming his brother's name.

"Cody! It worked! Maddie and I are going on a date!" When he was met with silence, Zack called his twin again.

"Cody? Codester?" he called. A voice answered him that wasn't Cody's, as a blue glow illuminated the ceiling. The voice said,

Zachary Martin of Earth

You have great hope within you.

A blue ring fell into Zack's hand, along with a blue lantern in the same design as the one on his ring. The voice concluded.

Welcome to the Blue Lantern Corps

The Corps of Hope.

In a flash of blue, Zack reappeared in a form-fitting blue and black uniform, with a blue domino mask over his eyes. The young man sighed. This was a completely unexpected turn of events. It became even more unexpected when Cody emerged from their bedroom, wearing a green version of Zack's uniform and carrying a green lantern and a green ring. When the twin's gaze fell on each other, they gasped in shock, giving a small yell. Zack stared at his twin, completely flabbergasted as to why Cody was wearing that uniform. Cody had a similar feeling.

"What are you doing in that uniform?" Cody asked. Zack shook his head.

"I should be asking you that question. What the heck did you do to get that stuff?" he asked. Cody shrugged.

"I just had figured out a way of talking with Bailey again, putting my will power first, then this green glow appeared above me and a voice told me that I had great will power, causing this ring and lantern to fall down. I slipped the ring on and ended up in this uniform," he said. Zack sighed.

"Are we going to tell Mom?" he asked. Cody gave him a look like he was crazy.

"Are you insane?! We'd never be able to explain this to Mom! I had a hard enough time trying to debate whether or not to tell Bailey. No, we can't tell anyone. We've got to keep the rings and the lanterns a secret. I'll go online and see if I can find any information on blue or green lanterns, okay, Zack?" Cody then noticed that his twin had disappeared and the window was wide open. Quickly going to the window, Cody saw his twin speeding after two masked men with a large sack of what was obviously money. The new Green Lantern sighed, launching out the window and following his twin, wanting to make sure he didn't get hurt.

~o0o~

What Zack and Cody didn't know was that someone was watching them. Through his telescope, Mr. Marion Moseby could see the two new Lanterns speeding after the crooks. He frowned. Heading over to his nightstand, Mr. Moseby picked up a green ring, the same as Cody's. He glared, clutching it in his fist. If the Guardian's had graced Zack and Cody with rings, they both could be in great danger. In what felt like an eternity, Mr. Moseby slipped the green ring onto his finger, and became the Green Lantern once again. He launched out of his room and sped towards the two new recruits, hoping that they didn't do anything too rash.


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