Jason, Kelsey, Zeke, Sharpay, Ryan, Jack, Chad, Taylor, Gabriella and I all were chosen to go on a class trip to Paris with Ms. Darbus, as a field trip. We are going to watch, plays and musicals. Gabby and I were so excited when we found out that we didn't sleep at all. That's how I ended up here, with sweet Gabriella on my shoulder, sleeping like an angel. It's also how Kelsey ended up asleep on Jason, and why Chad is snoring loudly, asleep on Taylor who rolled her eyes at me and I laughed quietly. Zeke was feeding Sharpay his newest recipe, and Jack (the new boy) and Ryan were listening to they're I-pods. Gabby's hair smelled like sweet like strawberries and mango. I stared at her,calm, and quiet face as she slept. I put my arm around her and stroked her hair softly. Then Sharpay screamed, "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Spider on my purse!" Zeke killed it for her. Gabriella jerked awake quickly. "Shhh," I whispered to her, "it's just Sharpay." Gabby smiled and rested her head on my lower neck, by my chest. She put her arm around me and scooted closer. "Here, you wanna sit on my lap?" I asked her. She nodded. I lifted her legs gently on my lap and held her there as she drifted back to sleep. Chad had woken up with a snort, "Huh, wha…?" Chad said. "Morning sunshine," Taylor said sarcastically. Jason blinked awake and smiled at Kelsey, who was still sound asleep. He dozed back off again. I tried to, but I wasn't tired. When Sharpay yelled I saw Jack jump and Ryan put his and on Jack's knee and rub it softly, then he whispered, "I thought we just might make it with out her screaming," and they laughed. They will be interesting to find more out about later.
I lay there in Troy's strong arms, listening to the steady pace of his heart beat, and his slow, deep breaths. I felt him watching me until he fell asleep. Memories sped though my mind. The plane bounced, like it sometimes does. I felt cold and sticky. I tossed and turned. I didn't know that I was crying. "Gabby? Baby! What's wrong?" Troy asked shaking me awake gently. I opened my eyes. "Gabby?" he asked, wiping my tears away softly with his thumbs. I kept crying. He hugged me and held me tighter. Taylor and Jason were looking at me curiously. "Gabriella, are you okay?" Taylor asked quietly, so not to wake Chad up. Jason's face changed to a look of concern, but he turned back around to Kelsey when she mumbled in her sleep. "Troy," I whispered. "Yeah?" he asked. "What's wrong?" "My dad, he died on a plane," Gabriella whispered. "Oh, baby…" Troy soothed as I cried harder, burring my face into his jacket. He rubbed my back and kissed my head as I cried there, for about an hour. But Troy didn't complain, even when I soaked his shirt in my tears. He just held me and hugged me. Occasionally saying, "I've got you," or, "Its okay now." More people looked at us. Chad, Taylor, Jason, Sharpay, Zeke, and even Kelsey looked at Troy, and how gentle and sweet he was, and at me, and they felt concerned and curious like Taylor and Jason were before. I then tried to fall back asleep, but before I did, I scooted up, and touched Troy's lips to mine. "Thank you Troy, I love you," I said. "I love you too," he smiled. "And you don't need to thank me. I am always here for you." I smiled and lay back on his lap, getting myself comfortable. He put his arms back around me and I fell asleep, shaking or whimpering every once in a while, but Troy would bounce me on his lap slowly and pat my back or hold me closer.
While every one was sleeping or whispering with Troy, Ryan and Jack slept with their heads laying on each other, sitting very close together. Ryan's hand rested on Jack's. Jack
has dirty blonde hair and a more macho-muscular body type than Ryan's small one. He was kind and quiet with a laid-back personality. He had strait, white teeth like Ryan's and smiled a lot. Then Kelsey whined and muttered in her sleep. Jason nudged her gently and she looked at him and smiled sleepily. She cuddled up to him and whispered in his ear, "Are we there yet?" Jason looked out the window and sighed. "I don't think so, but I will go ask Ms. Darbus. "No," Kelsey said. "Stay." She reached up to him and snaked her arms behind his neck. He lifted her legs around his waist and sat down, holding her head in his hands and kissing her neck gently. Ms. Darbus was sitting far ahead, and she was asleep, so she never knew what people were doing.
I watched Chad sleep. He snored loudly, but I didn't care. I still love him. Yeah, it does feel weird saying that I love Chad, after despising his idiotic ways for so long, until Troy and Gabby changed the way I looked at things. Like how the jocks are just people, who are obsessed with playing the game. I don't know what my life would be like without him. I mean, look, everyone on this plane has someone they care for and love. Even Ryan and Jack were getting along quite well. Troy had the biggest heart! I watched him cradling Gabby in his arms as he drifted to sleep. Jason is a generally quiet person, as is Kelsey, and seeing them warm up to each other was quite a sight. After Troy and Gabby, Sharpay had become nice! She and Zeke lay sleeping, Sharpay's head on his shoulder. Zeke's arm was around her. Ryan and Jack had their heads resting on each other's shoulders too. Chad just slept, laying on me like a lazy ass. I gently lifted his head off of me and he opened his eyes. I snuggled closer to him and lay on his chest, wrapping my arms around him. He just grinned slightly and held me. He kissed my forehead softly and I fell asleep.
When I woke up, I saw Troy looking excitedly out the window. I scooted up higher on his lap. We were in France, and five minutes until we were at the airport! Ms. Darbus got up to talk to us, and we all sat up. I stayed on Troy's lap. I didn't care if she got mad. "Okay, I have selected your room mates for when we get to the hotel: Gabriella Montez and Taylor McKessie, Kelsey Andrews (I don't know everyone's last names, so I'll make some up) and Sharpay Evans, Troy Bolton and Chad Danforth, Zeke Davis and Jason Wallace, and Ryan Evans and Jack Cameron." She said. We were all so happy with our roomies. The seatbelt sign flashed and Ms. Darbus sat back in her seat. Troy buckled himself in. "Ok, up you go missy, and my leg is officially asleep," Troy lifted me off of him and sat me in my seat and buckling me in. He smiled at me and I smiled back. The plane bounced and sped down the track. I squeezed Troy's hand. He rubbed my hand softly with his fingers. When we finally landed we all walked out. Once I was on the ground I turned around and looked at the plane. I saw my dad's bright blue eyes in my mind and a tear slid down my cheek. Troy saw it and hugged me. "Hey! We're in Paris, the city of love, we'll have fun, and he'd want you to. I know he would." I smiled at Troy and he held my hand. I looked at the airport and heard tons of people speaking in French, which was strange, but the language was beautiful. Ms. Darbus lead us outside and said that a tour bus was picking us up and taking us to the hotel. The name of the hotel was "Holiday Inn Paris Republique." The bus came and it turned out there were assigned seats. "I know that all of you are good students and you don't get yourself into any trouble, but I have selected a partner for everyone while we are on this bus, because the tour guide would like everyone's attention. I tried to put you with someone I haven't seen you with a lot," Ms. Darbus said. "Okay, in seat 24, Zeke and Taylor, 23, Chad and Kelsey, 22, Jason and Jack, 21, Troy and Sharpay, and 20 Gabriella and Ryan." Well, she certainly managed to mix us up, I thought. Seat 21 and 20 were across from each other, and Troy and I sat on the outside seats, which meant we were still pretty close. Sharpay fell asleep on Troy half way through the ride. Troy rolled is eyes and I giggled. Ryan was staring intensely out the window, and Troy and I were staring at each other. When we finally reached the hotel, I looked up at it. It was beautiful. "Come on now, grab your bags everyone and let's get moving!" Ms. Darbus said. She gave us the keys to our room and Taylor, Chad, Troy and I went up the elevator. Ms. Darbus said she'd meet us up there. We were all on the same floor. It was a long way up, and the elevator had waiting music. Troy and Chad danced to it and Taylor and I laughed. Chad pinned Taylor up against the wall and was about to kiss her when the lights flashed. "Chad! What did you do?" Troy asked. Chad had pushed Taylor into a bunch of buttons and pressing them all at once had jacked up the elevator. Then all of the lights went off and the music stopped. I couldn't even see my hand in front of my face. I had severe claustrophobia and hated elevators. I screamed. "Shhhh, Gabby, Shhh," Troy soothed finding my shoulder and rubbing it. He knew how terrified I was of elevators. "I-I can't f-find you-u," I stuttered.
Gabby was shaking hard. "Come here," I said finding her hand. I gently pulled her closer to me and she flung herself on me. "I've got you baby," I said. I slowly sat down with her and I pulled her closer onto my lap. As she backed up my eyes began to adjust. I could see Chad hugging Taylor tightly in his arms. "Ouch! Dammit!" Chad yelled. "Oh Chad I am so, so, so sorry!" Taylor shrieked and kissed him. "What?" I asked. Chad grunted, "She knocked me in the…" "Okay, okay. Yikes. You alright man?" I asked. "I will be," Chad said. "Well, I found my cell!" Taylor said. Gabby sniffled and I kissed her. "Great! Hurry though, Gabriella's a bit claustrophobic," Troy said. "Ya think?" Chad asked. "Watch it!" I said protectively. Gabby just clung to me and we stayed sitting in the corner. I tried to calm her breathing. "Breathe with me baby, in, out, in, out," I said. She caught on quickly. "Good, in, out," I whispered. I reached out my hand to try and feel her heart, to see if it was still about to fly out of her chest. I accidentally put my hand over her breast. It was dark. I pulled away, embarrassed. Gabriella nudged me gently. "It was an accident!" I protested. "I believe you," she whispered, still a little shakily. "Do I want to know?" Chad asked jokingly. We ignored him. Gabby took my hand and placed it softly over her heart. It was beating almost regularly. Taylor started speaking in French and I assumed she was using her cell and talking to the staff. In less then 10 minutes we reached our floor. Chad limped out and Taylor just kept apologizing. "It's okay Taylor!" He'd say convincingly. "I know you didn't mean to." "Where on earth were you?" Ms. Darbus questioned. "We got stuck in the elevator, sorry," I said. "Oh good heavens! Are you alright?" she asked. "Yeah, we're fine," Chad said. "Why are you limping Mr. Danforth?" she asked. "Long story," he muttered. I stifled a laugh. Taylor and Gabby went to their rooms as Chad and I went to ours. There were two twin beds and an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower. "Ahh, welcome to my home for two months," Chad said. "I am gonna love this!" I said.
I walked into our room. It was beautiful. It had breathtaking views, and an elegant and sophisticated style. "I call window bed!" I yelled. "Okay Princess Gabby!" Taylor joked. I laughed and opened my suitcase. I took out a picture of Troy and I at the park, it was my favorite picture of us. Troy was grinning at me and had his arm around me. He had just finished practicing basketball on the court there. I took out three more photos. Another of just Troy, the frame was a red heart. The next one was of Taylor and Chad, and the last of Sharpay, Ryan, Zeke, and Kelsey.