A/N: Thanks for awesome reviews! Sorry to end at a cliffhanger last time. Thought you guys might want one! LOL JK Oh yeah, and this is the last chapter!
"Because... because I like someone else," she said, softly.
Troy stood there, shocked at how she didn't like Chris. But she was kissing him at the dance. "Oh," was all he could say.
"Yeah," she muttered.
"Who?" He blurted out, and then quickly regretted it.
She looked down, embarrassed. "It doesn't matter anyway because I don't like him anymore."
Troy knew it was him, but he didn't want to say it. "Well, what if the person you like... I mean 'liked' is really, really sorry for what he did?"
"Then, I still don't get why he would kiss Sharpay when he didn't even like her!" She yelled, not even realizing they were still talking about him in third person.
"Maybe he only did that to make the person he liked jealous!" He said, but couldn't believe he admitted it. "But like I said, you just don't understand."
"Understand what, Troy? What is there to understand? That guys are complicated? I think I've figured that out already," she said, turning around.
"No! You won't understand... that I like you, Gabriella. I've liked you since... forever. Since you came to East High. I knew you would never like me like that. I kissed Sharpay when you were walking by to make you jealous!"
She just stood there, quiet. "I didn't know."
He sighed, "Now you do."
"I'm sorry if I hurt your feelings, but... I don't know. To tell you the truth, I've... liked you too."
"You do?" He couldn't help but smile.
"I did," she said. "That is, until you crushed me today at school."
"But, you were going with Chris."
"Because you didn't ask me!" She sighed, and walked towards her door.
"You know, guys get nervous too. Look, I'm sorry we've been misunderstanding each other this whole week. Let's just... pretend it never happened, okay?"
"Okay, but... the feeling for you... won't go away," she muttered, and walked up to her door, fishing out her key from her purse.
"What did you say?"
"Nothing," she replied, quickly.
"Did you say, that... you still liked me?"
She continued looking for her key. "Maybe."
"Well, 'maybe' I still like you too," he said, walking up closer to her.
She looked up at him, "Really?"
"Yeah," he smiled. "Gabriella, I don't know what it is, but I think you're perfect. You just make me laugh and smile all the time... even when I shouldn't be sometimes," he laughed, and she even giggled a bit.
She smiled, "Thanks. You make me feel the same."
They stood there, both happy to get their really feelings off their chest. Gabriella wondered if Troy was going to kiss her, or ask her out. Troy was debating whether he should kiss her or ask her out. He was so nervous. He knew that she liked him too, but he was scared.
"Well... I better go in then," she said, turning around.
"Okay," he said, watching her unlock the door. "Gabriella wait."
She turned around.
'Just do it.' He thought. 'No, I can't.' "Never mind."
"Okay," she let out a chuckle, waved once more, and went inside.
He stood there on the lonely sidewalk, wishing he had done something. That really would have been the perfect moment. He paused, then slowly crept up her front steps and softly knocked on the door.
Not long after he knocked, she answered, surprised to see him again. "Hey," she smiled, and let out a laugh. "What are you doing here?"
"I... uh..." he started to lean in, then stopped himself. "I don't know. Sorry," he muttered.
"It's okay," she giggled, and shut the door.
"Aagghh," he put his hands over his eyes, and felt like he just made the biggest fool of himself. He wanted to kiss her more than anything. The next thing he knew, he was in front of her door again, and brought his hand up to it and knocked.
She looked through the window in the door, and smiled and sighed. She opened it, "Hi, Troy."
"Hi," he waved.
She waited for him to say something, leaning against the door. "I don't want to be rude or anything, but can I help you?"
"Oh..." he snapped out of his gaze and thought. 'Okay, now. Now.' He looked at her lips. She bit her bottom one, and he just couldn't do it.
He breathed a sigh, "No. I... just wanted to say... 'bye' again. So... bye," he smiled, feeling embarrassed.
"Bye," she laughed, and blushed a bit. She shut the door.
He cursed to himself and walked down her pathway, getting out his cell phone. He dialed Chad's number. It rang around seven times and someone picked up. It was a girl.
"Hello?" She answered, with muffled sounds in the back round.
"Hello?" Troy asked, thinking this is not Chad.
"Yeah? Who is this?"
"Who is this?"
"Taylor!" She said, pretty loud.
"Taylor? It's Troy. Is... uh... Chad there?"
"Yeah, hang on," she said, hearing many voices in the back round.
After a moment, Chad answered, "Hello?"
"Hey, what's up? It's Troy."
"Troy, hey. Where are you?"
"I left," he answered, walking halfway down her block, even though he brought his car.
"You left? Let me guess, you took Gabriella with you."
"Yep. I took her home," he answered at how stupid she must think he is right now.
"So, you guys made up?" He asked, with loud music in the back round.
"Oh, so why are you calling?"
"Well, I did tell her I like her, and I kissed Sharpay to make her jealous-"
"Wait, what? You told her?"
"Yeah, and she told me that she liked me too. I've been going back and forth, debating whether I should kiss her or ask her out. Every time I knock on the door, I get to nervous and I don't do anything, making myself look like an idiot."
"Just do it," he said, calmly.
"I said, just do it. If she backs up, don't be embarrassed. Just say... that it was worth a try. And if she goes with it, then you'll be proud of yourself. Come on, what's the worst she could say?"
"Right," he said. "Well, if you called me for advice, it's to just go for it. She probably wants you to. I mean, you know how girls are. So, just do it."
Troy sighed, "Okay. Thanks." He said, hanging up and saying 'bye.' Putting his phone in his pocket, he turned his heel and walked back to her house. Slowly, going up the steps, he hesitated knocking on the door. After mentally hitting himself, he knocked on it. A minute later, she opened the door.
"I should have known," she grinned at him.
He stepped one more step, put his hand on her waist, leaned down, and kissed her lips. Gabriella, shocked at his move, surprisingly gave in. She put her arms around his neck and deepened it. They stood on her doorstep for a couple minutes. When they broke apart, they both smiled. She was so happy he finally made the move, and he was glad she liked it. He really didn't know what he would do if she pulled back.
"That was... really nice," she said, softly.
He nodded, "Yeah. I'm glad I went for it."
"I'm glad you went for it too. It was about time," she smiled and leaned in for more.
The next day was Saturday, and the gang was hanging out at Troy's house.
"So, what did you all think of the party?" Chad asked, leaning his hand on his knee.
"Good," Taylor smiled. Everyone nodded.
"Good. Maybe I'll have one next year, too."
"If he does, you're going with me," Troy whispered in Gabriella's ear. She giggled and nodded.
"What?" Sharpay asked, looking at her.
"Oh, nothing," she looked down. They didn't tell everyone that they liked each other. Troy hadn't even asked her out yet.
"Wait, I thought you guys are mad at each other." Ryan said, confused. Everyone turned their attention back to Troy and Gabriella, sitting together on the couch.
"Oh, well we're friends again," Troy answered, looking at her.
"So, did you go back and kiss her?" Chad asked, not realizing he did in front of everybody.
Troy turned red and slumped. They all looked at Troy for his answer, not even knowing he liked her like that.
He breathed, nervously. Gabriella looked at him for an answer too.
"Sorry, maybe I shouldn't have said that," Chad said.
Troy nodded and glared at him.
"You like Gabriella?" Zeke asked, as everyone was starting to get comfortable for him to tell.
"Maybe," he muttered.
"Maybe is not a good enough answer," Zeke shot back.
"Wait-so... Troy called Chad for some reason," Kelsi said. "And... you talked about kissing Gabriella? I'm so confused."
"Make that two of us," Taylor agreed.
"Actually, make that all of us, except Chad, Troy, and Gabriella," Jason said.
"Okay, I don't know what they're talking about," Gabriella said. "Well... about the phone call at least."
"Then what do you know?" Ryan asked.
"Do you and Troy go out?" Sharpay asked.
Everyone was asking so many question and Troy and Gabriella felt like they were being put on the spotlight.
"No, we don't go out!" She yelled.
"Do you like him?" Kelsi asked.
She turned bright red and slowly nodded.
Everyone gasped and turned to see Troy's reaction.
"Do you like her?" Zeke asked him.
Troy put his head in his hands, "Yeah," he muttered, sick of their friends.
"Oh my god!" Taylor screamed. "I knew it!"
"Okay, so now that everybody knows, may I ask the question? Did you kiss her?"
Gabriella blushed and looked flustered.
"Well?" Ryan looked at both of them, as did everyone else.
"Maybe," he said, glaring at Chad.
"Maybe? Come on, Troy!" Jason said.
"Okay, yes! Are you happy now?" He yelled at them. Gabriella opened her eyes, wide.
"You did? I can't believe it!" Kelsi exclaimed. Everyone nodded, and then looked back at them.
"So, are you going to ask her out?" Taylor said to Troy.
"Not in front of all of you!" He said.
"We can leave... if you want..." she said, pointing to the door.
"No, just... stop asking us all these questions. Let's move on to the next subject."
Everyone left, leaving Gabriella still at Troy's house. They all wondered what they were going to do. Troy brought her up to his room, so no one could look in any of the windows.
"I'm... sorry," he confessed.
"No; don't be," she chuckled a bit. "They were crazy for news."
"Yeah. Well, I guess our secret is out," he smiled at her.
She laughed, "Not that is was going to be a secret for long."
"True. Especially with Chad as a friend."
"So... about um... asking you out. Do you, you know, want to be my girlfriend?" He asked, nervously.
"I was seriously wondering when you were going to ask," she giggled. "Of course I will."
He let out a sigh of relief, "That's great!"
She smiled, "Yeah. It is."
A/N: Thanks for reading the story! It's been fun to write. I had stopped for a little while from boredom, but all your reviews kept me going, and I soon enjoyed writing it! Thanks for reading and please review!