Painfully Perfect

Disclaimer: I don't own HSM.

Author's Note: Well, this is the last chapter. It's short and I couldn't get anything to come out the way I wanted to, but I do hope you enjoy it. I've loved writing this and reading every single review. Thanks for reading. Review replies will start up again once the sequel has begun...

Chapter 19

"Stop it!" Sharpay's voice tried, but failed, to scream into the tan nurse's face. All color drained from her cheeks as she grabbed Sharpay's shoulders. A male nurse took her position and pinned Sharpay's shaking shoulders back, allowing the female nurse to replace the tube in her hand. Tears of anger and sadness fell down the small girl's face. Her arm ached and the pain heightened as the tube was replaced in her hand.

"Sharpay, you need to keep still," the soothing voice of the male nurse whispered. "It's nearly 3:30 in the morning." She resisted and tried to pull away from him, but realized that struggling took too much energy.

"There, there. All better," the female nurse said, stroking Sharpay's forehead. "You can't pull that tube out Sharpay."

Exhausted and defeated, Sharpay sunk into her bed and pulled the sheets all the way up to her chin. "I'll stay in here with her for the night," the female voice spoke loudly to the male. The sound of the door shutting echoed in Sharpay's mind as she held her arm tightly.

Sharpay had fallen into a light sleep, as had the nurse, when the voice spoke. "Stupid, silly Sharpay."

"I'm not stupid. I needed to get it out," Sharpay thought quietly once the voice woke her up.

"You didn't think the doctors would find out? You're in an eating disorder ward. Silly Sharpay."

"Stop calling me that!" Sharpay demanded sharply.

"Don't you get it, silly girl? If you had pretended to eat the food they brought you in the first place, you wouldn't have that damn tube force feeding you. You're so silly."

"Stop it, please."

"What a shame. You could've been perfect."

Sharpay breathed heavily. "I already am," she thought confidently, the denial about her eating disorder seeming to slowly start to slip away.


The Evans car ride to the hospital was silent. Ryan sat quiet and angrily in the backseat. They were going to meet the rest of the gang at the hospital to see Sharpay off. Ryan really wasn't in the mood to see Sharpay today and he had tried as best as he could to get out of going, but of course, his parents had dragged him along anyways. They arrived at the hospital quickly and Ryan jumped out of the car and ran over to his friends as his parents went inside to get his sister.

"Hey Ry. How are you?" Gabriella asked, rubbing his arm gently.

"I'm fine. Just fine. Great. I'm really excited about riding in a car for the next hour with my sister," He replied bitterly. Gabriella bit her lip and looked up at Troy, who's eyes looked like they understand how Ryan felt. Everyone watched as Sharpay was wheeled out of the hospital in a wheelchair. She no longer wore the hospital gown she'd grown accustomed to, but a pair of dark blue jeans and a large grey sweatshirt. Mr. Evans helped Sharpay stand up and she leaned against the car as he returned the wheelchair to the hospital and Mrs. Evans started the car.

"Just get in the car when you're ready, sweetie," Mr. Evans told Sharpay once he returned, and then got into the car. Ryan took one look at his sister, rolled his eyes and muttered that he'd see the gang later before he got into the car with a slam of the door.

"Oh, Shar!" Gabriella cried, wrapping her arms around her best friend. Sharpay smiled and hugged Gabriella tightly. "Get better, okay?" Gabriella whispered into Sharpay's ear. The blond girl nodded once they broke the hug. Then, Kelsi and Taylor hugged Sharpay at the same time, all three girls embracing the love with smile.

"We're going to miss you, Shar. Get better really soon," Kelsi spoke hopefully and stood off to the side with Taylor.

"Bye Sharpay," Chad said dully and started to walk away, but then quickly turned around with a goofy grin and said, "Just kidding. You don't think I'd let you just leave." Chad wrapped his arms strongly around the frail girl. "We'll see you soon."

Troy approached Sharpay slowly, before pulling her quickly into a hug. "You're like my sister, Shar. I'm going to miss you. We'll come visit you when we can, but you've got to get better." Troy released Sharpay and then Zeke came over. Sharpay's eyes were starting to well up as Zeke hugged Sharpay. He kissed the top of her head repeatedly as she sniffled into his chest. "I love you, Sharpay."

Zeke bent down and wiped the tears off of Sharpay's face and then planted a light kiss on her cheek.

"Bye Sharpay!" The group of friends chorused and Sharpay waved to them all and then got into the car.

"Ready to go?" Mrs. Evans asked, turning around.

Sharpay nodded and the car pulled out of the parking lot slowly, heading towards her temporary new home.


Sharpay had fallen asleep within minutes of them leaving the hospital, but slowly woke up once the car stopped again. "We're here." The Evans family exited the car all at once. Sharpay followed closely behind her parents, but Ryan just paced the length of the car outside.

"You must be the Evans family," a receptionist greeted them warmly. "And this must be Sharpay. Well, I need one of her guardian's to fill out these forms and then Sharpay can go put her stuff in her bedroom with one of you."

"I'll fill out the forms," Michael offered, taking the thick stack of papers and taking a seat to fill them out.

"Okay, Sharpay, you are in room 41. You have a roommate, but I think she may be in morning group right now." The receptionist smiled as Sharpay followed her mom down a few hallways to get to her room.

Sharpay stood in the doorway and peered into the room. The walls were a creamy white color and the carpet looked rough and grey. There were two beds. One of them just had a bare white mattress on it, but the other was covered in a bright blue/green pattern and there were pictures all around the wall of the bed.

"Want me to put your bed together for you?" Alyson asked sweetly, placing a hand on her daughter's shoulder. Sharpay nodded her head and waited lazily in the doorway while she watched her mom put the pink sheets and comforter onto the small mattress.

"How's everything going in here?" Sharpay's father's warm voice soon filled the room.

"Good," Alyson replied after placing the last pillow gently on Sharpay's bed. "I think we're ready to go."

The corners of Sharpay's mouth turned down slightly as she followed her parents slowly out to the car. "I love you so much, Sharpay. We'll see you soon," Michael said after he gave his daughter a big hug and a light kiss on the top of her head.

"Love you, sweetie," Alyson waved. Ryan was still sitting outside of the car, leaning on it casually while the sun danced brightly on his golden hair.

Sharpay cleared her throat and Ryan looked up slightly, an angry frown plastered on his face. And then suddenly, all Ryan could see was a tangle of long blond curls and wet tears splashed violently on the shoulder of his shirt. A pair of thin arms were wrapped tightly around his back, gripping onto him for dear life. Awkwardly, he stood there without moving his arms or saying a word.

And then Ryan heard her voice. He had always loved just listening to his sister speak. For the first time in days, she spoke. "I'm sorry," she whispered heavily in his ear. And that was all that needed to be said.

Author's Note: It's finally over! This feels so weird. It's my first finished full length story. Haha, I hope you've enjoyed reading this. I know I've had fun writing it. Well, you all know about the sequel. I don't know when I'll have it up, so put me on alerts or something so you can read it as soon as it's up. Hah, oh and any suggestions for the title of the sequel are greatly appreciated and are taken into consideration. Thanks for everything guys. I love you all TONS!