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Chapter Nine: Starting Over

Ryan rushed into his sister's room, a wide smile spread across his face.

"What's up with you?" Sharpay asked when she saw her twin.

"I have some good news!"

"What?"

"The doctors think that Troy might actually pull through, isn't that great?"

Sharpay felt a sigh of relief escape her mouth. "That's great," she agreed, but her tone was measured.

"Shar, what's wrong?"

"Just because he's going to be okay, that doesn't make the guilt any lighter," she practically snapped.

Ryan didn't take offense; he was used to getting this attitude from his sister. "Maybe you should talk to him. That might help."

Sharpay shook her head and her voice softened. "I…..I can't."

"I'm sure that he'll say it wasn't your fault."

Sharpay hesitated before answering, "That isn't the only reason that I don't want to talk to him."

"What do you mean?"

A blush slowly appeared on Sharpay's pale cheeks. "When we were in the store and I was trying to keep Troy awake, I admitted to him that I've had a crush on him since grade school."

Ryan chuckled. "So, I think that he already knew that. I think that everyone knew that."

"Was it that obvious?"

"I hate to say it but, yeah, it was."

If possible, Sharpay blushed even more. "Oh great," she moaned.

"Don't worry about it, I'm sure that he won't even remember you saying that. He was probably really out of it."

Sharpay decided not to tell him what else she had said to Troy. If Troy didn't remember than she could keep it a secret and nobody would ever know. "Okay, thanks Ryan."

"Will you talk to Troy then?"

Sharpay nodded. "Yeah. Doctor Albright said that she'd try me on crutches today, so maybe she'll let me go down to Troy's room."

"Okay, that sounds like a good idea. Do you want me to walk down with you?"

"I'd rather it be you than a nurse."

"Then I'll ask Doctor Albright when she comes."

Sharpay moved alongside Ryan as they made their way through the crowded hallways. Doctor Albright had said that it would be okay for her to go see Troy as long as Ryan made sure that she took it slowly.

When they reached Troy's room, Sharpay turned around. "I don't know if I can do this."

Ryan put his hand on her arm. "You can, and you know it. Now get your butt in there and talk to him," he ordered with a smile.

"Fine." Sharpay turned back to the door and slowly went in.

Troy was propped up with a bunch of pillows and he looked almost as pale as the sheets that he laid on.

Sharpay swallowed hard. What if this hadn't changed anything? What if he still considered them enemies?

She was about to turn around and leave, when Troy glanced up and saw her standing there. To her relief, a broad smile appeared on his face.

"Hey," he greeted quietly.

"Hi," she replied before slowly taking a seat in the chair next to Troy's bed.

"How's the leg?" Troy asked, a concerned look crossing his face.

"It's fine. How are you feeling?"

"Pretty good." He paused before saying, "Ryan told me that you think that my getting shot was your fault. Is that true?"

Sharpay didn't respond, she just stared down at her feet.

Troy reached over and touched her arm. "Shar, the only person that should be taking the blame for what happened is Brad. He's the one who took us hostage and he's the one who shot me. Not you, not me, not anyone else, it was Brad's doing."

"You aren't mad at me?" She inquired, her voice just above a whisper.

"Why would I be mad at you?"

"Brad would never have fired if I hadn't tried to move."

"Shar, you wanted to help those boys, I think that, that was really nice of you. I could never be mad."

"Do you mean that?"

Troy nodded. "I do." He hesitated before saying, "Now, it's your turn."

Sharpay looked up at him, confusion written across her face.

"Did you mean what you told me right before Brad pulled you away?"

Sharpay's eyes widened. "You….uh….you remember what I told you?"

Troy expression showed that he was amused. "Part of it."

"W-what part?"

He shook his head. "What I remember seems too good to be true, so maybe I was hallucinating."

"What do you mean?"

"Well, I remember you telling me that you've had a crush on me since grade school," he paused, his voice growing serious. "And I remember you telling me that you, uh…..you were in love with me."

Sharpay looked back down at the floor. "You weren't hallucinating, Troy, that's what I said."

"Would you believe me if I said that I've had a crush on you since kindergarten?"

Sharpay's head flew up. "What?!?"

"I've had a crush on you since kindergarten," he repeated sincerely.

Sharpay looked embarrassed. "If we both liked each other all this time, then how come we pretended to hate each other?"

"Because we both thought that we'd be rejected because we weren't good enough for the other person."

"You thought that too?"

Troy nodded. "Yup."

"If only we had been honest, we wouldn't have wasted fifteen years hating each other."

"How about we start over?"

Sharpay moved over so that she was sitting on the edge of the bed. "I'd like that."

Troy grinned. "Good."

They both leaned forward slowly until their lips met half way.

Sharpay wasn't sure how long the kiss lasted, but it was the most amazing thing she had ever experienced. And from that point on she knew that no matter what happened, she would always be in love with Troy Bolton, like she always had been.

The End

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