DISCLAIMER: I do not own High School Musical or any related characters.
A/N: Randomly, while I was writing the next chapter to 'Out Of My Element', which should appear when it does, and I guess I had a brainstorm, those for me a rare. Anyway, hopefully you guys all have read 'Chemicals React' and are reading 'Out Of My Element', which will make this easier to understand. Because as you all know there is a six month difference between those two stories, I've decided that I'm going to do a series of one-shots as sort of a fill in for the six-months that you all missed. It'll range from their first date, to their first sleepover. Stuff like that, that you don't get to see during the stories. And I'll probably throw in a different characters point of view, just to keep it interesting. So enjoy!
Gabriella stared at herself in the mirror, wondering if she looked okay. Tilting her head to one side, she tugged the shirt she was wearing down slightly and bit her bottom lip. Maybe she should have gone for something different. Like a skirt instead of jeans, or a dress instead of both. Making a frustrated noise Gabriella spun from the mirror and flopped down onto her bed. Her mind ticking over, trying to figure out why she was so nervous, she'd slept on his lap, she'd seen him shirtless, she'd met his family, she'd told him she loved him and she'd made out with him up against a locker. So, why was she so nervous? It wasn't like it was the first time she was going to be alone with him. As soon as that thought passed through her mind, Gabriella's stomach churned. Sitting up, she took a deep breath, ignored her stomach and snatched up her phone which was sitting on her bedside table. Hitting Speed Dial 3 Gabriella prayed the person would pick up.
"Hey, haven't you left yet?" Taylor answered her phone and Gabriella breathed a silent sigh of relief.
"No." Gabriella replied and returned to the mirror, turning to make sure she still looked like she did three minutes ago. When she saw nothing was out of place, Gabriella perched on the edge of her bed, in full view of the clock.
"Do you know where you're going?" Taylor asked curiously and Gabriella sighed in annoyance.
"No." she said and could just see the grin on Taylor's face.
"Let me guess, you're nervous as hell?" Taylor asked and Gabriella rolled her eyes at her friends knowing tone and then thought that it was better to admit the truth then have Taylor try and coax it out of her.
"Yes." She admitted and then frowned as she heard Taylor burst into laughter.
"It's not that funny." Gabriella growled as Taylor calmed down.
"It is actually Gab. I mean, come on, you and Troy have been all over each other for the past two weeks. I don't get why you're nervous, I mean-" Gabriella cut her off as she heard a car pull up.
"He's here, oh God. He's here." Gabriella said and Taylor laughed again.
"Gabi, you've seen the man half-naked, you'll be able to handle anything he throws at you." Taylor said as Gabriella heard the doorbell ring.
"Right. I'll talk to you later Tay." Gabriella hung up without hearing Taylor's reply; she threw her phone down onto her bed and then looked at herself one last time in the mirror, before grabbing her jacket and running downstairs as the doorbell rang again.
"For God's sake Bolton, I heard the bell the first time." Gabriella snapped as she opened the door and came face to face with her boyfriend of two weeks who grinned down at her amusedly.
"Are you sure about that Montez? Because I'm fairly positive you were on the phone to Taylor when I pulled up." Troy said dropping a gentle kiss on her forehead. Gabriella ignored the kiss and glared at him, stepping out on the porch and shutting her door.
"I was not on the phone to Taylor, Bolton, and if I was, it was only because you're late." Gabriella snapped back and Troy tried to not to glower at her.
"Montez, if you'd been off the phone with Taylor, you would have gotten my message telling you I was going to be late." He shot back and Gabriella continued to glare at him.
"Maybe if you hadn't been late I wouldn't be on the phone." Gabriella snapped and for a moment they glared at each other and then Troy rolled his eyes, grabbed her hand and dragged her towards his car. Gabriella followed him without any complaint, the nervousness was back and this time she felt if she said anything she was going to throw up.
Troy glanced behind him when he didn't hear his girlfriend complain about being dragged towards the car. He wasn't exactly sure what was wrong with her and by the look on her face he could only guess that he was going to get attacked if he so much as asked. So he just grinned when her eyes flicked to meet his own gaze. She glowered at him for a moment before breaking down and smiling back at him.
"It's a miracle! Montez, you actually smiled at me!" Troy exclaimed unable to help himself, Gabriella poked her tongue out at him and Troy laughed.
"I swear you are twelve." He said as he let go of her hand and walked around to the driver's side of his car.
"And I swear you forgot to call me yesterday." Gabriella shot back and Troy laughed again before they both got into the car.
"Actually, I did, you were just asleep." Troy said and Gabriella stared at him as he started the car and backed out her driveway.
"I don't remember seeing a missed call on my phone." She said and Troy shrugged as he turned right.
"I didn't call your cell; I called your house phone. No-one picked up." He explained and Gabriella rolled her eyes.
"Bolton, I never answer the house phone. I told you that last week." Gabriella told him her voice sounded far away and Troy glanced at her, she was looking out the window and to say that her voice seemed far away seemed to be only saying half of it.
"Montez, how am I meant to remember what you said last week?" he asked and Gabriella turned her head and glared at him.
"Bolton, you generally remember the stuff I say so you can use it against me when we argue." She shot back and Troy grinned as he stopped at a traffic light.
"Very true. But some of the things you say don't actually matter." Troy said and Gabriella rolled her eyes at him.
"Sure they don't." she muttered and Troy chuckled. Gabriella turned back to look out the window and frowned. She had absolutely no idea where they were, turning back to Troy Gabriella opened her mouth to ask him, when she paused and studied him for a moment. He looked good, dressed in faded jeans and a light blue sweatshirt that made his blue eyes more intense, Gabriella could actually see why the female population put him on some godlike podium, even if it gave him a big ego.
"What are you staring at Montez?" Troy's voice broke through Gabriella's thoughts and she snapped back to reality and blushed.
"Nothing. Where are we going?" she asked and Troy shrugged. Now that she'd asked, his nerves had set in. He wasn't exactly sure she was going to like it where they were going or what she was going to think. He knew her well enough to know that if she didn't like it, she was going to tell him and that would cause an argument and he didn't want what he was going to show her to evolve into an argument.
"You'll see when we get there." he replied and Gabriella groaned and Troy laughed, reaching for her hand he brought it to his lips and kissed the back of it. Gabriella bit her lip as she watched him do it. It was the first time he had ever done something like that and……she liked it. Gabriella had honestly never thought that she could melt into a puddle when a guy did something as simple as kissing her hand, but now she wasn't so sure. Because as soon as his lips touched her hand, a blush graced her cheek and her eyes flicked downwards as a warm feeling spread from where his lips had touched.
"Troy……" Gabriella breathed and his eyes flicked over to her. She never said his actual name unless she was really, completely furious with him or she just forgot that referring to him as 'Bolton' was easier. Turning his attention back to the road, Troy enlaced their fingers and squeezed her hand tightly, before turning his attention back to the road.
Gabriella looked at their linked hands and fought down the nervous feeling that had surfaced again. She seriously did not understand why she was so nervous. Taylor was right; she'd seen him half-naked before, she'd been alone with him dozens of times and she was in love with him, she shouldn't be nervous at all. And yet she was. Maybe it was because it was their first official date. As Taylor had informed her the day before, the fact that she went to his house all the time did not mean that it was an actual date. It just proved that they were together. Something that everyone at school still found incredibly hard to believe, given their track record.
"We're here." Gabriella was jolted out of her thoughts when she heard Troy's voice and felt the car stop. She untangled her hand from Troy's and got out of the car.
Troy took a deep breath and got out of the car as well. He looked at Gabriella who was facing the building; confusion etched on her face and took a deep breath. The nerves that had disappeared in the car had surfaced again and this time they were a lot stronger then last time. Troy swallowed and then shook his head; it was his choice to bring her here……and if it made him nervous then he definitely did care about her the way he'd told Chad he did.
"Come on." He spoke and Gabriella's attention was drawn away from the worn down building in front of her to Troy, who wasn't actually looking at her, but just past her. She nodded and followed him as he began walking towards the building. She shoved her hands in the pockets of her jeans and took in a shaky breath as Troy yanked the door open and they slipped in.
The inside of the building was pitch black and Gabriella reached for Troy's hand, biting her lip. It wasn't that she was afraid of the dark, it was the fact that she was in a strange building, in the dark. Troy squeezed her hand reassuringly and Gabriella could tell that he was amused as she heard him flick a switch and light filled the building. She blinked in surprise at the rundown basketball court they were standing on.
"Um……" Gabriella was about to ask why they were there when she saw the look on Troy's face. She'd never seen him look like that. His eyes had darkened slightly and he seemed to be remembering something. Gently she slipped her hand from his hand and took a few steps out onto court looking around; Gabriella began to wonder why Troy had brought her here. This was definitely not where she expected him to take her for their first date. Turning back to him, Gabriella found that he was watching her. Opening her mouth Gabriella went to speak when Troy beat her to it.
"This is where I learnt how to play basketball." He said softly and Gabriella's mouth formed an 'o'. "I was around four, I think, when Dad brought me here, he handed me a basketball and, apparently, I threw it back at him with a little too much force and gave him a black eye. That's when my fate to be a basketballer was decided. Dad said to Mom that if I could throw a basketball that hard at the age of four then I was destined for glory." Troy chuckled softly and Gabriella grinned slightly at his words.
"I still come here though. Between training, games, homework and you, I hardly get time anymore. But I do." Gabriella looked at Troy and suddenly realized how special this place was to him. The beginning of the rest of his life had begun here and even though he had graduated from playing on a rundown court with only his father, this court was always going to be what he came back to.
"Troy, this is……" Gabriella trailed off trying to think of words to express how amazed she felt that he would show her something like this.
"A stupid place to take you, I know, but-" Gabriella cut him off.
"No its not. It's not stupid. Troy, the fact that you think I'm special enough to show me this place is…is amazing." Gabriella said quietly and he walked over to her. Gabriella looked up at him and Troy smiled.
"Why is it amazing?" he asked softly and Gabriella shrugged.
"Because I'm just the girl who argues with you, who ended up being your girlfriend. I'm not anything special." She said and Troy shook his head at her words.
"No you're not. You're the girl I fell in love with, who I knew was special when you first opened your mouth and yelled at me." He said softly and Gabriella smiled as he wrapped his arms around her waist.
"I always opened my mouth and yell at you though," she said sliding her arms around his neck.
"But when you did it with a clear conscience I knew you were special." He said and Gabriella blushed and looked at the ground. They stood their in silence and then a question floated into Gabriella's thoughts.
"How many other girls have you bought here?" she asked and Troy chuckled silently, Gabriella felt his body vibrate and pushed the back of his head.
"Sorry, I just had a feeling that you were going to ask that question." He said and Gabriella smiled slightly.
"Well? Are you going to answer me or not?" Gabriella asked and Troy went red and she looked at him curiously, Troy never blushed and if he did he was very good at hiding it.
"You're the only one. You're the only one special enough." He said quietly and Gabriella gazed at him in amazement.
"But……I-I thought you……didn't you……?" Gabriella stammered and Troy shook his head, his dirty blonde hair falling into his blue eyes which were demanding her reaction to the entire thing in full, not stammers or questions. Gabriella didn't know what to say. She was trying to comprehend the fact that he thought she was special. Trying to clear her thoughts Gabriella leaned up and kissed him, for a moment she wondered where this new, fragile side of their relationship had appeared from and didn't care as she felt him wind his hand through her hair.
"Troy, this is amazing." Gabriella breathed out when they broke apart. Troy grinned and Gabriella smiled at him.
"That's because you special Gab." He whispered before kissing her again, Gabriella smiled into the kiss and for the first time felt special enough to be where she was.
A/N: I'm not sure that made sense but there you go. It didn't actually turn out the way I expected it to. I hope you like it and remember it's a series of one-shots so this isn't the first one.