"Taylor...before you go, there...there's something you need to know about Chad." Troy began.
Taylor's eyes grew huge...4 hours later...
Gabriella was laying on her bed, nose buried in a book as usual.
Troy walked in the room looking rather pale.
"Troy, what's wrong?" Gabriella asked, closing the book and placing it on the nightstand.
"N...nothing, nothing, don't worry about it." He said, tossing his shirt in the corner of the room.
"But..." She began, but Troy cut her off,"IT'S...it's nothing, really baby, don't worry, I...I'm just tired, and I'm sure you are too."
She flipped off the nightlight and slowly layed back on her pillow.
"Yeah...I guess your right." She said.
"And what's this?" Troy asked, taking the book from the nightstand.
"It's my book." She said.
"Hey now, the doctor said no straining, that includes your eyes." He teased.
"Ugh...I'll have you know my eyesight is still perfect." She said.
"Oh really?" Troy asked.
"Really." She smiled.
"Then, how many fingers am I holding up?" He asked.
Gabriella squinted to see through the dark
"One." She said.
"No, it's not a one, it's an I." He said.
"What do you mean?" She asked.
"And I, for I love you." Troy said.
"Ohhh Troy...that was so corny." She said, wrapping her arms around his neck.
"Yeah...things like that sounded better when you were in the hospital." He said.
Gabriella layed her head on his arm.
"Troy?" She whispered.
"Yeah?" He asked, looking down.
"Troy, what did you do while I was in the hospital...before I woke up?" She asked.
Troy shifted slighly.
"Well...I never left your side, only one night, I remember, because Chad and Ryan had to drag me out of the hospital." He said.
"Why?" She asked.
"Well, I hadn't slept in a week, I was acting really...different." He said.
"How different?" She asked.
"I called them terrorist and tried to make Taylor and Sharpay kiss." He said.
"TROY!" Gabriella laughed.
"What? I get crazy when I don't sleep."
"I know, I know, but anyway...?" She asked.
"And while you were resting...I always held your hand...and told you how much I loved you, and kissed you goodnight, everynight." He said.
"What about everyone else?" She asked.
"Everyone was there, everyday, and they were always beside you,even if I wasn't, you were never alone, not even once." He said.
"What about Ryan?" She asked.
Troy's eyes grew huge.
"Well, Ryan was always there, he was the one who saved you." Troy said.
"I know, the lung." She said.
"No, when you were getting attacked, Ryan saved you, her called the ambulance, he rode to the hospital with you, Ryan really looked out for you Gabbi."
Gabriella sighed,"What do you think he's doing right now?"
"Ryan?" Troy asked.
"I'm sure he's looking down on us, right now, and...he's smiling, because he knows your ok."
"Oh, I think he's known for a while." Gabriella smiled.
Troy let out a long yawn.
"You think he's watching over Sharpay right now?" Gabriella asked.
"I'm sure he is." Troy whispered, his eyes growing weary.
"Troy?" She asked.
"Where was Chad earlier?" She asked.
Troy cracked his eyes open.
"He...he wasn't feeling well, he decided he'd stay home, he didn't want to get you sick." Troy lied.
"Are you sure he's not mad at me?" She asked.
"Of course, why would he...anyone be mad at you baby?" Troy asked.
"All the trouble I cause."
"Trouble?" He asked.
"Yes, trouble, from the time I got here, everything just...seemed to fall apart."
"No it didn't, things got better, everything changed in a good way." Troy said.
"What about Ryan?" She asked.
"Ryan made a choice on his own to do what he did, I couldn't stop him, Chad couldn't, Sharpay, you, or anyone could stop him, and no one made him, I still miss Ryan, and I owe him everything for doing what he did for you baby, but you can't blame yourself for what happened."
Gabriella sighed,"I...I guess not, but what about Sharpay?"
"She has two parents who love her and will take good care of her, if she needs anything, at all, I told her our doors are open, Gabriella, stop worring yourself with everyone else, they are grow, they know what to do, just think about getting yourself completly better, ok angel?"
"It...it just feels...wrong, something feels out of place." She said.
"Your just tired, you just need rest."
"Maybe..." She said.
She stared at the dark shadows playing off the ceiling.
She reached under the sheets and gently brushed the bandages on her stomach and ribs."I hate scars." She thought.
"Troy?" She whispered
"Troy?" She called again.
She looked over, only to find him sound asleep.
She smiled,"I guess even my big, unstoppable, Troy need rest."
Gabriella fell asleep next to Troy after a few minutes, but the rest wasn't to last.
Troy's phone began to ring.
He gently, slowly lifted his head, but quickly shot up and grabbed it, trying to keep from waking Gabriella.
"Hello?" He yawned.
"Troy...it's Taylor...I...I really need you." She said, her voice shakey.
"What's wrong, what did he do?" Troy asked.
"I...just need you, please, please, I'm begging you." She said.
Troy's eyes grew huge, this seemed really bad, Taylor was a very independent girl, it was unheard of for her to call someone and beg for help in the middle of the night.
"Hold on, I'll be there as fast as I can, if you need, just leave, I'm going to fix things, one way or another." He said, picking up his shirt and rebandaging his shoulder.
He rushed out of the house and started his car.
"I should leave Gabbi a note, but this is important...real important." He thought.
He sped towards Chad's house, when he arrived, Taylor's car was gone, but Chad's truck was there.
He approached the front door and knocked.
"I TOLD YOU IF YOU LEAVE YOU NOT COMING BACK!" Someone shouted on the other side.
Suddenly the door flew down with Troy's foot on top of it.
"Hello Chad." He said, eyes narrowed, fist clenched.
Chad shot up.
"What the hell are you doing?" He asked.
"No, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?" He asked, shoving Chad against the wall.
"I'M NOT DOING A DAMN THING!"
"That's a lie and you know it, now what have you been taking!"
"That's none of your business!"
"LIKE HELL IT ISN'T, A WOMAN JUST WOULDN'T CRY OUT FOR HELP FOR NOTHING, NOW YOU BETTER GIVE THIS UP!" Troy shouted, grabbing him by his collar.
Chad look down at Troy's hand.
"You better take you hand off me or..." He began.
"Or you'll do what?" Troy asked through gritted teeth,"Hit me, just like you hit her."
Chad had enough, he smirked and cocked his head back,"You just don't learn do you?"
With that, he head-butted Troy full force, right in the nose, knocking him down.
"YOU COME IN TO MY HOUSE AND THREATEN ME?!" He shouted, jumping on top of Troy and punching him over and over.
Troy tried to get up, but Chad had him pinned, and was destroying him.(Get it, des-troy-ing him, wasn't really a joke, but still...oh yeah...drama/violence)
"Chad? OH MY GOD CHAD, STOP, GET OFF HIM! Taylor screamed, rushing through the door way.
"I TOLD YOU TO STAY OUT!" He screamed, jumping of Troy and tackling her
"CHAD...NO...PLEASE BABY IT'S ME, DON'T!" She cried as he pulled his fist back.
Suddenly Troy kicked Chad in the back of the head, causing him to fall off Taylor.
"YOU WANNA BEAT UP A WOMAN, BEAT THIS UP YOU FUCKING COWARD!" Troy shouted, reaching into his pocket...
"TROY NO!" Taylor screamed as Troy cocked a gun and shoved it in Chad face.
Chad's eyes grew huge.
"You think I won't do it? You think I don't know I'll go sit in a cell for the rest of my life because this time I can't call it self defense? Cause I do, and you think I care?" Troy asked.
Chad didn't say anything.
"PLEASE, DON'T, I STILL LOVE HIM, I STILL CARE ABOUT HIM TROY, HE JUST NEEDS HELP!" Taylor cried.
"He need a to needs to be taught a lesson." Troy said.
"NO, TROY, PLEASE, THINK ABOUT GABRIELLA, YOUR FUTURE, HIS, MINE, DON'T PUT US THROUGH ANOTHER DEATH, WASN'T RYAN'S ONE TOO MANY?"
Troy looked up at Taylor, but that one second was all Chad needed.
He punched Troy in the face, causing him to drop the gun.
"CHAD DON'T!" Taylor screamed.
Chad reached for the gun, but Troy kicked it to Taylor, who grabbed it.
"GIMME THE..." Chad began, but Troy tackled him from behind.
They spilled into the kitchen.
Chad was the first up.
He charged Troy into the counter, where he punched him three times before he stopped and backed away.
He snatched a plate off the conter and spun around.
He was storming towards Troy, who leaned back and kicked him in the face with both feet.
Chad stumbled backwards and slumped up against the back door.
Troy shoved himself off of the counter and yanked the shelf from the wall.
He threw it at Chad as hard as he could.
He hardly got his hands up the block the shelf as it smashed into the side of his head.
Everything was blurry, but he still made out a blurry figure charging at him.
Shows a side view of the outside of Chad's backyard.
Suddnly Troy and Chad crashed through the back door, glass and splinters raining down on them.
"You...son...of...a...bitch..." Chad breathed, pulling himself up.
Troy doing the same, clutching his ribs.
"I'll...I'll kill you...I swear to Christ, I'll kill you." Chad said, blood pouring from a gash in his forehead.
Troy's shoulder was dislocated from slamming onto the cement patio, blood was trickling from his mouth, and he had no vison in left eye, but Troy Bolton didn't quit.
"Have at it." He said, signaling to come on.
Chad swung at him, but Troy ducked and stumbled towards the fence.
Chad stopped to wipe the blood from his eye, while Taylor stood in the doorway."If I don't stop them, they could kill each other, but if I call the cops, they'll go to jail, I...I don't know what to do."
Troy walked towards Chad, who has his fist raised, ready to strike him down with any wrong move.
"Hit me Chad." Troy said, dropping his own fist, standing defenceless.
Chad's eyes grew wide, "It's a trick, I know it."
He slowly approached and eyed Troy, who still didn't make a move.
He swung and hit Troy square in the jaw.
"That's right!" Troy slurred, stumbling backwards.
Chad contined his assault, landing blow, after stiff blow in Troy's face.
"JUST FALL YOU BASTARD!" Chad should, as Troy poured blood, but stood his ground.
"Who...who...ta...ta...taught...youeverything(Meant to be 1 word) you...know...who...taught you...how to...be...a...a...a...man?" Troy asked.
Chad's eyes grew huge.
"You heard us Danforth, put up or shut up." An eleventh grader said, shoving a twelve year old Chad down on the sidewalk, his papers spilling out of his backpack.
"Ha ha, look at this." One of the eleventh graders laughed, snatching up one of Chad's papers.
"Give it back!" Chad demanded.
"What a retard, look, spelling test, 43, ha ha, look, resources, r-e-s-o-r-s-e-s, HAHAHA, what an dumbass." He laughed.
"Well Danforth, now we have two reasons to kick your ass, one, your retarded, and we don't tolerate retards around here, two, your dumbass hair."
"My hair isn't..." Chad began, but another one punched him in the face, causing him to fall.
"Ok, let's make this quick." He said, rolling his sleeves back.
"What quick?" Someone asked.
The three eleventh graders spun around to find Troy behind him.
"Mind your own business." One of them said.
"I'm pretty sure this is my business." Troy said.
"What?" He asked.
"Look, I'll tell you, come here." Troy said.
"Why?" He asked.
"I just don't want the others to hear, just let me whisper it to you."
The eleventh grader sighed and leaned in.
"Ok the secret is, your really stupid."
Suddenly Troy gouged his thumb in the eleventh graders eyes.
He screamed and jumped backwards.
"HIT EM CHAD!" Troy shouted.
Chad jumped up and kicked the other eleventh grader in the knee, he stumbled for a second then fell.
"FREAKING TEN YEAR OLDS!" The last one shouted, grabbing Chad by the arm.
Troy kicked his wrist, causing him to release his grip.
"COME ONE!" Troy said, helping Chad stuff up his papers back into his backpack.
They darted off as the eleventh graders pulled themselves together.
"Thanks man, I owe you one." Chad said.
Chad hesitated, a single tear making a clean streak on his blood soaked face.
"No...NO, I OWE YOU NOTHING!"
He grabbed Troy by the side of his hair and headbutted him over and over, until neither of them could stand anyomore.
"CHAD YOUR GONNA KILL HIM STOP!" Taylor screamed.
"SHUT UP, HE GETS WHAT HE DESERVES!" Chad shouted, pulling himself over his bloodied, beaten (former) friend.
"Chad...he's only trying to help you." Taylor cried, falling to her knees.
"He's never done a damn thing for me and he never will!" Chad growled.
"He's done more for you than anybody ever has or will." She whispered.
Chad turned his head slowly.
"How would you know?" He asked.
Taylor's eyes filled with fear as Chad stood up slow and turned to face her.
"He...he told me...he told me everything Chad...your problems...your addictions...your...your mother." She said.
Chad's eyes filled with tears,"YOU SON OF A BITCH, YOU SWORE TO ME, YOU SWORE ON YOU LIFE YOU WOULD NEVER TELL!"
He grabbed Troy by the collar and shook him,"YOU PROMISED ME!"
"I needed to know Chad, why wouldn't you tell me?"
"Because." He said, dropping Troy.
"BECAUSE WHY?" She shouted, outstreaching her arms.
"BECAUSE...BECAUSE I WAS SCARED THAT YOU WOULD LEAVE ME IF YOU KNEW, OK? I WAS SCARED THAT I WAS GONNA LOSE YOU, AND EVERYONE ELSE!"
"Chad...lose me? I would never leave you for that, I love you Chad, I really do, I hate to see what you've become, your doing just what you promised you would never go back to."
"I...I don't know what to do...I mean...Gabriella...Ryan..." He began.
"Ryan would hate to see you like this Chad, he would probably cry to see what you and Troy have done to each other, look, look at him." She said, walking up to Troy.
"This is your best friend, he cares about you, he loves you, and look at what you've done to him." She said, kneeling next Troy.
"Taylor...don't..." Troy whispered.
"Shhhhh, he needs to know." She said.
"He...HE WAS ASKING FOR IT, DID YOU SEE WHAT HE DID, HE SHOVED A GUN IN MY FACE, IS THAT OK?" Chad shouted, picking the gun up off the ground.
"HE WAS ONLY TRYING TO HELP!"
"HELP? I SHOULD KILL HIM RIGHT NOW!"
Chad cocked the gun and aimed it at Troy.
"CHAD DON'T" Taylor screamed, throwing herself over Troy.
"Taylor...no...move..." Troy mumbled, trying to push her out of the way.
"CHAD NO!" Taylor screamed.
She squeezed her eyes shut and was expecting to be shot in the back, but instead she heard a small click.
She turned slowly, pulling herself off of Troy, his blood now covering her arm and shirt.
Chad had the gun pointed at the ground.
"IT'S NOT EVEN LOADED!" He shouted, throwing it through the window of his house.(I hate to ruin the moment, but that really made me laugh, I'm not sure why...BACK TO THE DRAMA!)
Troy pulled himself up.
"Troy no, stay down." Taylor said.
"No...I need to end this." He said, limping up to Chad.
"I'll still kill you where you stand you son of a..." Chad began, but Troy cut him off,"Just listen."
Chad narrowed his eyes, but dropped his clenched fist.
"I...never meant for this to happen, when I told Taylor, I didn't do it to upset you, to hurt you, but I told her to help you, look at yourself man, look at us, we've nearly killed each other, look at this."
He wiped the blood from his face and outstretched his hand,"This isn't right, I only wanna help you Chad, your my best friend and I'm not gonna hurt you anymore, so if you wanna fight, you've got nothing but free shots, so have at it."
Troy looked down and outstretched his arms.
Chad clenched his fist and gritted his teeth,"I hate you."
"You don't mean that, that's not even you talking, it's the drugs, the lies, the frustration, the anger." Troy said.
Chad looked away, he wouldn't admit it, but he knew Troy was right, he was absolutly right.
"Why are you doing this to me?" Chad asked.
"Because you need help, you need to stop, and rethink what you've let yourself become." Troy said.
"Baby, you can work through this, you can change, you did it once before." Taylor said, stepping next Troy.
"Not on my own though, I can't do anything, I'm worthless." Chad said.
Troy shook his head,"That's a lie, your not worthless, you've overcome so much in your life, you've won back to back basketball champoinships, you made the A-B honor role, I didn't even pull that one off, if anyone's worthless, it's me." Troy said.
"Your not worthless." Chad mumbled.
"WELL I COULDN'T EVEN PROTECT GABRIELLA WHEN SHE NEEDED ME, I COULDN'T SAVE RYAN, I CAN'T DO ANYTHING!" Troy shouted.
Chad jumped at Troy and grabbed him by his collar,"THAT'S A DAMN LIE, GABRIELLA MADE IT THROUGH HER SURGERY ALL BECAUSE OF YOU, AND YOU'VE DONE MORE FOR ME...than..." Chad trailed off,"Any...one."
Troy leaned in a bit,"What was that?"
"I said you've...you've done more for me that anyone else."
Chad let Troy go and turned around.
"Chad?" Taylor asked softly, placing her hand on his shoulder.
He sighed and placed his hand on top of hers.
"Chad...are you ok?" She asked.
"No." He said, his voice was shakey.
"Chad you can change." She said.
"But...look...look at what I did." He said, pointing at Troy.
"I'm gonna be fine, don't worry about it, just...just promise me...again, you'll never do something stupid like this again." Troy said.
"I can't do that Troy, because I can't do it on my own." Chad said.
"You don't have to." Taylor said.
Chad turned slowly to face her.
"Do...do you promise?" He asked
"With all my heart." She said.
He slowly looked up at Troy.
"I...I'm sorry Troy." He said.
He slowly approached him.
"I accept." Troy nodded, outstretching his hand.
Chad nodded and shook it.
Taylor brushed a tear away.
"Troy...you really need some help." She said.
"I...I guess your right...my vison's getting a little blurry." He said, brushing his face.
"You both need medical attention, I'll call an ambulance." Taylor said.
Troy sat down on the ground, holding his forehead.
The momentum had all diappeared, the adrenaline rush was over, and he realized just how much pain he was in.
"I'm really sorry man...I just forgot who I was." Chad said.
"Yeah...I guess we all do." Troy said.
"Where's Gabriella?" Chad asked.
"Oh no." Troy said, pulling himself back up.
"She's...all...alone..." Troy said, stumbling towards the fence.
"Taylor will go get her, you need help man." Chad said.
"No...she...needs..." Troy didn't finish, he fell foward on the cold, hard ground.
"Me..." He whispered, before everything faded to black.
"TAYLOR!" Chad shouted.
Cuts to black as we hear an ambulance siren.13 months later...
December 24, 2007
"Is this enough?" Sharpay asked, stirring a pot.
"No no, you need more sage." Zeke said, picking up a bowl.
"Ugh, your just too picky, Gabriella how does this taste?" Sharpay asked, stuffing a spoon into Gabriella's mouth.
Gabriella's eyes grew huge,"It taste fine."
"See." Sharpay said.
"Oh yeah?" Zeke asked playfully,dumping the sage into the pot and stirring,"Well how about now?"
Gabriella took a small bite.
"It taste fine." She said.
"See." Zeke said.
Sharpay stuck her tongue out at him.
He smiled and kissed her cheek.
Cuts to a large room where we see Chad and Taylor snuggled on a couch, watching a movie.
Cuts back to the kitchen where we follow Gabriella through the backdoor.
"Troy?" She calls.
"Troy?" She calls again.
She rounded a corner, only to find him leaning on a guard rail.
She walked up and wrapped her arms around him.
He turned around suprised by the sudden warm embrace.
"Hey baby, why aren't you inside with the others?" He asked.
"Cause I want to be with you, besides, it's freezing out here, come inside, Chad and Tay are watching A Christmas Story, we can snuggle and watch it with them, we even have hot coco." She said, as Troy wrapped his arm around her, pulling her close.
"I just haven't seen it snow in such a while, I mean it's been..." He began,
"Three years?" She asked.
"Yup, and I...we stood right here and I...spent most of the time talking to myself."
Gabriella giggled,"I still can't belive you rented the ski lodge we first met at."
"Well it took a whole months salary, this really put my plasma T.V and Hummer fund in the pits." He said.
"Well I'm sure if you've been a good little boy, Santa will bring you everything you want." She teased.
"Even my Red Ryder?" He joked.
"You'll shoot your eye out." She said.
He smiled and kissed her.
"I love you Gabriella." He said.
"And I love you." She said, snuggling into his chest.
"Well we should get inside, only two minutes until Christmas." Troy said.
"Oh boy." She said, a sarcastic tone clearly visable.
"What?" He asked.
"Well, you just have...such a...knack for picking out the "perfect" gift every stinking year." She said.
Troy frowned,"I...though you liked my gifts?" He said, a little hurt.
"I do, I mean, they're great, but, I just wish..." She began.
"What?" He asked.
"Nothing, just nothing." She sighed, rubbing her ring finger.
"Hey guys, we're opening gifts." Chad said.
"Coming." Troy said, as they turned and walked inside.
"Ok, here's one for Taylor, and it's from me." Sharpay smiled, handing Taylor the box.
"Thank Shar." Taylor smiled.
"And here's Chad's." She said.
"Awsome." Chad smiled.
Gabriella sat down to help Sharpay sort out the gifts.
Troy sat next to Chad, who was unwrapping his gift.
Troy let out a sad sigh.
"What's wrong man?" Chad asked.
"I...I think Gabriella wants me to pop the question." He said.
"Oh, well...I mean that's cool, are you?" He asked.
"I really want to, but I can't afford a ring, and I had to put everything I had into renting this ski lodge for everyone."
"Well I can help you out." Chad said.
"No no, I can't take your money, I want to pay for it on my own, it wouldn't feel right."
"Here's Troy's." Gabriella smiled, handing him a very small box.
"Hey Shar?" Gabriella asked.
"What exactly did you get Troy?" Gabriella asked.
"Oh hold on." Sharpay said, reaching into a garbage bag full of gifts and pulling out a box,"I got him a shirt, I'm sure it was his size and it's blue, his favorite color right?"
"Yeah...but why did you get him two gifts?" Gabriella asked.
"I didn't, I got everyone one thing." She said.
"But I got that from you bag, Taylor and Chad's bad is sealed and Troy's and mine is to."
"Well maybe I accidentally picked him up two things, oh well, better to give." Sharpay smiled.
"Yeah." Gabriella smiled.
Cuts back to Troy and Chad.
"Awsome." Chad said, unfolding a shirt.
"Yeah, that's cool." Troy said.
"What you get?"
"Something small." Troy said.
"Well open it up." Chad said.
"Here you go Troy." Sharpay said, handing him another box.
"Thank." Troy said, a little confused.
"Well, let's see." Chad said.
Troy opened the package and pulled out a blue (Insert brand here) shirt.
"Almost as good as mine." Chad smiled.
"Shut up." Troy laughed, standing up.
"Thank Sharpay." He said.
"Your welcome, I hope you liked it, I remember you said blue was your favorite." She said.
"It is, I really like it." He said.
"Ok, do ours next." Taylor said, unwrapping her and Chad's bag.
Troy walked to the back and looked around, "Restroom was...right here."
After a minute or two, he walked out.
He was walking past the fire place, which had a stocking hung for him, Gabriella, Chad, Taylor, Zeke, and Sharpay, when he remembered the small package.
He pulled it out of his pocket and checked the label.
"Hmmm, no name, I guess she forgot." He said to himself.
"Troy." Gabriella called, holding up a package.
"Just a second." He said, unwrapping it.
"A ring box?" He asked, pulling the last of the paper off of it.
He looked up at Sharpay, who was laughing and talking to Taylor.
"She...she wouldn't, she knows that Gabbi..." He began, but he opned the box and gasped.
It was a dazzling, diamond, engagement ring.
He stared in disbelief at the beatiful ring.
"But how...why?" He asked, looking around the room.
"She didn't know that I...we..." He began, looking around.
He shook his head, but couldn't help but smile,"Gabriella's gonna have a huge suprise tommorow then."
He closed the box and dropped it in his pocket.
"Wow." He whispered once more.
"Troy!" Gabriella called again.
"Coming baby." He smiled, walking past the fire place.
But when Troy moved one last stocking was revealed, it wasn't there before, but the name was surely familiar,
Well guys it's been fun, sorry if the ending was to cheesy, but hey, it's Christmas, come on. So that was the last you'll ever hear from me, I hope you liked it. Well it's 5:07 in the morning, on Christmas morning and I haven'r slept a wink, and Santa never came, but by God I was ready. Well, gotta go put up the shotgun, Merry Christmas to all and a good night...morning...whatever, you get it.
Gary L. Hendry.(Yes, that's my real name)