It had been three years since the final installment of High School Musical had been released. Everyone had gone their separate ways and started working on new projects, including Zac and Vanessa. The couple that were once inseparable had recently decided to break it off because they were not able to see each other as often as they would like and it got in the way of their relationship, so the couple thought it was best to end it. Even though it had been hard at first, Zac and Vanessa started to move on and dove into their next project that they were working on. Vanessa was working on her new album that would be coming out at the beginning of the next year and Zac was in the middle of filming a movie. It had been a month since the couple had talked or seen each other and they both tried to keep themselves busy.
"Stella, let's go! I have to be at the studio in an hour" Vanessa yelled up the stairs of her parents' home.
"I'm coming, I'm coming" Stella said as she walked down the stairs.
The sisters walked out of the house and got into the car. Vanessa pulled out of the driveway and started driving to the recording studio.
"What are you doing today besides writing new music?" Stella asked.
"That's all I am doing. That will take up my whole day. I want this album to be perfect and allow me to show my fans that I grew up" Vanessa said.
"No dates?" Stella asked.
Vanessa stopped her car at the red light and looked at her little sister.
"No" Vanessa said breathlessly.
"Why don't you try and call him Van? I'm sure he will want to talk to you. You guys did say that you were going to be friends right?" Stella asked.
"I'm not going to call because it's too soon. We agreed to be friends but it's just really hard to think that the man that I was with for five years is not with me anymore. I'm sure it is hard on him too" Vanessa said.
"Van, you guys need to talk. You both have talked to each other every day for the last five years. You can't just cut him off" Stella said.
"I don't want to talk about this anymore" Vanessa said as she parked her car.
The two sisters got out of the car.
"He still loves you and I know that you still love him too" Stella said.
Vanessa ignored Stella and walked into the studio. Meanwhile in New York, Zac was working on his latest project. He had thrown himself into working on his new film after he and Vanessa broke up. Zac was driving his car to his hotel when his phone rang. He looked at the caller ID and it read Stella Bella, Zac's nickname that he had given Stella when he and Vanessa had first started dating. Zac took a deep breath and answered the call.
"Hey Stellz" Zac said.
"Zaccy, when are you coming home? I miss you" Stella said.
Zac smiled at his "little sister's" statement.
"I miss you too. What's been going on?" Zac asked.
"You didn't answer my question Zaccy" Stella said.
"I don't know when I am coming home. Is everything okay?" Zac asked.
"I need your help" Stella said.
"With what?" Zac asked.
"With my sister. Zac, she doesn't even want to talk about you at all" Stella said.
Zac parked his car and sat in the car. He took a deep breath and closed his eyes.
"Stella, Van and I just need some time to adjust okay? I know it's hard to watch but it's" Zac stopped.
"It's for the best. I know. But you still love her right?" Stella asked.
That's when Zac started to break down. Tears filled his eyes as he thought about not being with Vanessa. He sniffled and wiped his tears away.
"Yeah I do. I love Van very much and I love you very much too Stella. I don't want you to stress out about Van and I okay?" Zac said.
"I love you too. I'm going to stress out about it because you are family Zac. You aren't just some random guy that Vanessa dated. I have known you since I was eight" Stella said.
"I know. I watched you grow into an amazing young woman Stella" Zac said as he reflected on the eight years that he had known Vanessa.
"Then can you come home please? Just try and talk to her" Stella said.
"Stella, it's not that simple" Zac said.
"Why not? You said you love her" Stella said.
"I did say that. But it wasn't the easiest break up" Zac said.
"Can you just try? For me? Your little sister whom you love so much" Stella said.
Zac smiled at Stella's concern about his and Vanessa's relationship.
"When I come home, I will try and talk to her okay?" Zac said.
"Okay, thank you" Stella said.
"Is there anything else on your mind?" Zac asked.
"No. But when are you coming home seriously?" Stella asked.
"Are you anxious to see what is going to happen?" Zac asked.
"A little, but I want to see you too. I feel like I haven't seen you in forever" Stella said.
"I come home next week. Hey, Stella I have to go but I will talk to you when I get home okay?" Zac said.
"Okay, Love you Zac" Stella said.
"I love you too Stella. Be good" Zac said.
I will, don't worry" Stella said.
Zac hung up the phone and smiled. He shook his head and got out of the car. Later that night, Vanessa walked into her parent's house and saw Stella in the kitchen.
"What are you up to?" Vanessa asked.
"Nothing, have you talked to Zac yet?" Stella asked.
Vanessa looked at Stella and shook her head.
"Stella, just stop" Vanessa said.
"Why won't you admit that you still love him Van?! Did you ever think that maybe he still loved you too? Or the fact that it kills me that I have to watch you both be miserable every day?!" Stella yelled.
Vanessa stood in the kitchen in complete shock. She had never heard Stella get upset like that in her whole life. Stella ran upstairs and slammed her door. Vanessa had tears that were threatening to fall. She took a deep breath and tried to calm herself down. Vanessa walked upstairs and saw Stella's door closed still. She knocked on the door politely.
"Stella, can I talk to you for a minute?" Vanessa asked.
Stella opened the door. Her eyes were bloodshot red from crying. Vanessa opened her arms and Stella walked into them. The two sisters walked into Stella's room and sat down on her bed.
"Stella, I do still love Zac and I know that this whole thing has been hard on you too. But, we couldn't do it anymore Stellz. I couldn't deal with him being gone for long periods of time and then coming back for a day and then leaving the next. We just grew apart. I didn't want to my relationship with my boyfriend to be only phone calls and texts. I wanted to see him every day. He would have left me anyway because of the baby" Vanessa cried.
Stella's eyes widened.
"Baby? You mean you are-"Stella started.
Vanessa nodded and just cried. Stella hugged her sister.
"Have you talked to him?" Vanessa asked.
"Yeah I talked to him earlier. He loves you Van, he really does" Stella said.
"I know, but I don't want to hold him back especially now that there is a baby in the picture" Vanessa said.
"Does he know?" Stella asked.
Vanessa shook her head.
"No. I don't know how to tell him" Vanessa said.
"He told me that he was going to come home next week" Stella said.
"I will talk to him then and we could figure out everything" Vanessa said.
"Are you going to keep it?" Stella asked.
"Of course, this is our baby. Even though, I just found out, I already have become attached to it" Vanessa said putting her hand on her stomach.
Stella nodded. The rest of the day, the two sisters relaxed around the house. A week later, Zac came home from New York. He was at his home in Los Angeles when his phone rang.
"Hello?" Zac answered.
"Zaccy" Stella said.
"Hey Stella, how's it going?" Zac asked.
Alright, when are you going to visit and talk to Van?" Stella asked.
"I think I am going to stop by tonight. Is that okay?" Zac asked.
"Yeah that's fine" Stella said.
"Did you ask Van if it was okay if I could come and talk to her?" Zac asked.
"Yeah, she said it was fine" Stella said.
"Okay, then I will see you later" Zac said.
"Alright, see you" Stella said.
Zac hung up the phone. That night, Zac got ready to go to Vanessa's. He picked up his keys and wallet and opened the door and was shocked to see Vanessa standing at his door.
"Van? Vanessa, what are you doing here?" Zac asked stunned.
Vanessa looked at Zac with tears in her eyes.
"I'm pregnant" Vanessa simply.
Zac looked at Vanessa and felt tears building up in his eyes.
"Is it mine?" Zac asked.
Vanessa nodded. Zac took a deep breath and sniffled.
"Come in, let's talk" Zac said.
Vanessa walked into Zac's house and went into the living room and sat down. Zac sat down in front of her.
"I'm sorry for everything" Vanessa choked.
"Vanessa, don't apologize. It wasn't anyone's fault okay? Things just happen. We grew apart" Zac said.
"You don't have to be in the baby's life if you don't want to. I just thought you should know" Vanessa said.
"Hey, look at me Van" Zac said softly.
Vanessa looked at Zac.
"I want to be in the baby's life" Zac said.
"Well, I think I should go. I will talk to you later about details" Vanessa said.
"Okay" Zac said.
Vanessa got up and left the house. She got into her car and cried. She had never felt so scared in her life. Vanessa drove home with tears in her eyes. She parked her car and got out and walked into her house. Stella looked at her sister and saw the tears in her eyes.
"What happened Van?" Stella asked.
"I told him about the baby" Vanessa cried.
"What did he say?" Stella asked.
"He wants to be in the baby's life" Vanessa said.
"That's great Van. Are you two back together?" Stella asked.
"No, we haven't talked about it" Vanessa said.
"Are you glad you told him?" Stella asked.
"He deserved to know" Vanessa said.
"Yeah, do you think you guys are going to get back together?" Stella asked.
"I don't know Stellz. We need to take one thing at a time. The baby is our priority right now" Vanessa said.
Stella nodded. A couple weeks later, Vanessa called Zac to try to work out some of the baby details.
"Hey" Zac said.
"Hey" Vanessa said.
"What's going on?" Zac asked.
"Can you come over so we can talk about the baby?" Vanessa asked.
"Sure, I will be there in five" Zac said.
"Okay" Vanessa said.
Vanessa hung up and sighed. She put her hand on her hand on her flat stomach. Five minutes later, the doorbell rang. Vanessa walked to the front door and opened the door.
"Hey, come in" Vanessa said.
"Hey" Zac said walking into the house.
Zac and Vanessa walked into the living room and sat down.
"How are you feeling?" Zac asked.
"Crappy, but I am dealing. My first ultrasound is tomorrow and I was wondering if you wanted to go. You don't have to" Vanessa said.
"Van, it's fine. I want to go. I want to see my child, our child" Zac said.
Vanessa smiled slightly. She liked the sound of that.
"Okay. It's at ten" Vanessa said.
"Okay, do you know how far along you are?" Zac asked.
"I'm a month and a half along" Vanessa said.
"The night I came home from Australia?" Zac asked.
"That was a good night" Zac said.
"Yeah, one of the best" Vanessa said softly.
"Well, I guess I will see you tomorrow then" Zac said.
"Okay" Vanessa said.
Zac left the house. Vanessa smiled to herself.
"Your daddy is crazy baby" Vanessa said.
The rest of the night Vanessa and Zac relaxed in their own homes. They couldn't believe that they were going to be parents in seven and a half months.