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Chapter One"Ah, Hawaii," Madison Stewart said as she lounged on the deck of a yacht. Surrounded by ten cute guys, Madison took a long, slow sip of her pineapple smoothie.
She gazed across the turquoise water toward the sandy beach. There, she saw her twin sister, Alex. Alex was leaning back on a towel, surrounded by ten cute boys of her own.
"Looking good, Alex!" Madison called to her.
"Feeling good, Madison!" Alex called back.
Madison closed her blue eyes and took in the sea air. "What could be cooler than a vacation in Hawaii?" she wondered dreamily. She opened her eyes to gaze at the beach once more. But instead she saw...her science teacher standing in front of a chalkboard. What was Mr. Vaughn doing here?
"And where does oxygen come from?" Mr. Vaughn was saying. "The carbon dioxide or the hydrogen dioxide? Anyone? Anyone?"
Madison's shoulders slumped. It was all a daydream. She wasn't in Hawaii. She was in Washington in science class!
She turned to her sister, Alex, who was sitting one desk away and wearing a dreamy grin. "Alex," she whispered.
"Huh?" Alex snapped back to reality.
"Were you dreaming what I was dreaming?" Madison asked.
"Winter break in Hawaii," Alex whispered, "With an army of cute boys?"
"You got it!" Madison said. She gripped her sister's hand in excitement. It was the last day of school before winter break and their high school class was going on a trip to the HawaiianIslands!
"It's going to be so awesome," Madison whispered. "Our first chance at independence. We're going to have the time of our lives!"
Madison and Alex were fifteen yearsold. They weren't little girls anymore. They were pretty blond teenagers who were almost old enough to drive. But their parents didn't get it yet. Sometimes they still treated them as if they were kids.
This winter break everything would change. The trip to Hawaii would be their first trip without their mom and dad. And Madison was totally psyched!
"Which flip-flops should I bring?" Alex asked. "The hot-pink, electric-blue, or the red ones with the plastic daisies?"
"All of them," Madison whispered back. "You can never have too many flip-flops."
Ding! The speaker above the classroom door sounded. "Alex and Madison Stewart," a voice announced. "Please report to the principal's office."
Madison stared at Alex. Why did the principal want to see them? What did they do?
"Go," Mr. Vaughn told the girls.
Alex and Madison stuffed their books into their backpacks. As they walked up the aisle to the door, they could hear some students mumbling.
They left the classroom and walked through the hall. Madison's head wasspinning. "Did you return those overdue library books?" she asked.
"I thought you did!" Alex wailed.
Madison stopped short. She spotted a woman standing in front of the principal's office. The woman was wearing funky black glasses and a business suit. "That's Katherine," Madison said, surprised.
Katherine was their father's assistant. But what was she doing at school?
"What's wrong?" Madison asked her. "Is it dad?"
Their dad, Harrison Stewart, was the head of a major investment company. His job took him on business trips all over the world. This latest trip has been a really long one one month and counting! They weren't sure when he was coming home.
"Your dad's fine," Katherine said. "But he did ask me to pick you up from school early. You're finished with all your finals, right?"
"Right," Alex and Madison said together.
"And you aced them?" Katherine asked.
The girls looked at each other. "Hopefully!"
Katherine flashed a mysterious smile. "Then let's get going."
Madison and Alex grabbed their winter jackets from their lockers and followed Katherine out of the school. They all stepped into a waiting black limousine,
The chauffeur drove them straight to the airport. Madison's heart beat faster as the limo pulled up to a shiny private jet waiting on the runway.
"It must be pretty important," Alex said as they hurried toward the jet.
"Very," Katherine said. She stopped at the bottom of the steps that led to the plane's door. Then she gave a little wave. "Bon voyage!"
Confused, the girls waved back and climbed aboard the plane. They looked around, even more confused. Where were the other passengers? Or the flight attendants with the honey roasted peanuts?
"Welcome aboard!" a man's voice boomed.
Alex and Madison spun around. The door to the pilot's area was open. And smiling at the controls was...
"Dad!" Madison cried happily.
Harrison Stewart stepped out of the pilot compartment. Madison was happy to see her dad but she didn't get it. Instead of his usual business suit, he was wearing khaki shorts and a polo shirt in the middle of winter!
"Buckle up," he said. "We'll be cleared for take-off soon."
"Where are we going?" Alex asked excitedly. "Hawaii?"
"I know!" Madison jumped up and down. "You're flying us there early so we can get a head start on our tans!"
"Oh, this is much better than Hawaii," Dad said with a sly smile. "We're going to Atlantis."
Madison stopped jumping. "Atlantis?" she asked slowly. "You mean...the lost continent? The one that sunk in the ocean?"
"No." Dad laughed. "The resort in the Bahamas."
The Bahamas? Madison couldn't believe it. "But we wanted to go on our school trip to Hawaii," she said. "We don't have any friends in the Bahamas."
"And there aren't any luaus in the Bahamas," Alex added.
"Or hot lifeguards," Madison said. She shook her head and blushed. "I mean... what's there to do in the Bahamas anyway?"
"You can hang with me and your mom," Dad answered.
Madison began to panic. What about their independence? This was supposed to be their first trip without their...
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