Disclaimer: I don't own anything to do with Degrassi, Cassie Steele's songs, or the movie High School Musical.

Manny looked at the sign for the play and it seemed pretty cool. They would be doing the play about the movie High School Musical but they added some scenes at the end, and she wanted to be Gabriella. She knew she could sing but compared to the others auditioning she was a little nervous but she added her name to the list anyway.

Things were rough for Manny since everybody found about her 'video' with Peter. She couldn't walk down the halls without hearing someone yell slut or ask for a private show. Her parents kicking her out only made it worse but thank god for Emma. But one thing seemed to get through the day and that was her songwriting. She had a notebook full of songs and she loved writing songs because it was her temporally escape.

As she walked the halls going to her locker something caught her eye. She turned and saw Jimmy and Hazel fighting over something and Manny saw tears in Hazel's eyes. She instantly knew what was going on and decided to listen in. She stopped and opened her locker, she pretended to be looking for something. She could hear Jimmy:

"Hazel please stop lying to yourself. You cheated on me with some guy, I mean why are you crying?"

"I'm sorry Jimmy; I told you it was a mistake. I didn't mean to hurt you."

"Did you mean that the first, second, or the fifth time?"

"Jimmy please."

"No Hazel I can't be with anymore, I gotta go." Manny started to her next class when Jimmy bumped into her and her books went flying. "I'm so sorry."

"No its not your fault I should've been watching where I was going."

"Here let me help you." He bent down and helped her pick up her stuff. He smiled at her when she stood up.

"Well I better be going." She walked away blushing and smiling. She couldn't believe that Jimmy Brooks just bumped into her. 'God I sound like a little kid.' She said to herself as she sat down next to Emma.

"What's up? You look like you just won a million dollars."

"Nothing."

"Did you sign up for the musical?"

"Yeah. I did and I'm excited."

"Well I wish you all the luck." Class started and Manny couldn't wait until auditions. She wanted so badly to be in the play and change her reputation.

After school Manny walked into a practice room to practice for auditions. She grabbed her notebook out of her backpack and started singing her favorite song Fantasy:

You want something I can't give
You wanna life that I can't live
You need anything but me
Baby
You want commitment but I don't
I say I will but boy I won't
I don't have time to spend forever

Baby, oh you make me sick
Why can't you accept it?
You've made an image who you think is me
It's so much harder then you know
Letting you go

Look behind my face
Can you still see me?
Or am I gone, just a fantasy?
I look into your eyes
Grows insanity
Oh are you searching' for that fantasy?

You say its me but its just her
You don't accept me and it hurts
You avoid the real me
Baby
I'm better off just by myself
I don't need anybody else
Stop playing mind games

Baby, oh you make me sick
Why can't you accept it?
You've made an image who you think is me
It's so much harder then you know
Letting you go

Look behind my face
Can you still see me?
Or am I gone, just a fantasy?
I look into your eyes
Grows insanity
Oh are you searching' for that fantasy?

She sat there when she looked up and saw Craig and Jimmy looking at her jaws wide open. She waved them in and started playing the piano again singing the beginning again.

"Manny you can sing?" Craig asked sitting down in the chair across from her.

"Yeah I can sing."

"Are you trying out for the musical?"

"Yeah, but I don't think I'll make it."

"Why?"

"'Cause the other people on the list are way better than me."

"You'll do fine. I mean you have a great voice."

"Thanks guys but I'm still not sure."

"What time are auditions?"

"5 o'clock why?"

"Today?"

"Yeah."

"Manny its 5."

"Oh crap, I gotta go I'll talk to you guys later." Manny ran out of the room and rushed to the gym. Liberty was talking to everyone about the play and other things when Manny sat down. Liberty glared at her and continued on her speech. They were holding the auditions for the lesser roles first so Manny had a break. She sat there and listened to the people singing in her head.

Finally it was the pairs audition and Manny realized that she didn't have a partner. 'Now I'm not gonna make it for sure.' She said to herself as Liberty called her name.

"Manny do you have a partner?"

"No, sorry."

"I'll sing with her." Everyone turned and looked at Jimmy. 'This has to be a dream.' She thought as Jimmy joined her on stage.

"What are you doing here?"

"I wanted to try out. Jeez Santos, relax I'm not that bad." He laughed to himself as the music started.

Jimmy:

It's hard to believe
That I couldn't see
You were always there beside me

Manny:

Thought I was alone
With no one to hold

Both:
But you were always there beside me
This feeling's like no other
I want you to know

Chorus
Both:
I've never had someone that knows me like you do
The way you do
I've never had someone as good for me as you
No one like you
So lonely before I finally found
What I've been looking for

"Well that was good. We'll be posting the parts on the doors outside of the music room tomorrow. You all did a great job." Manny left the gym with a smile on her face.

"Hey Santos, hold up."

"What's up?"

"You were good."

"Who knew you could sing? I mean Mr. Big Shot Basketball Player."

"Yeah it's a secret thing. I mean I just like singing."

"I can tell."

"So you were there for the whole thing, what kinda chance we got?"

"I don't know." She stepped outside into the cold air and kinda wished she brought a jacket. She started walking when Jimmy offered a ride which she gladly accepted.

"So I'll see you tomorrow?"

"Yeah we can check the list together."

"Cool." She shut the door and smiled. 'I hope we make it.'

Author's note: I hope you guys liked it. I know it might never happen but I wanted to try it so please review.