Arms pumped and legs strode as Troy and Gabriella ran down the dark and deserted street. Sweat trickled down both teenagers foreheads as they skidded to a stop in front of the police station. Without hesitation, both seniors ran into the building.

"May I help you?" asked the police officer at the front desk. He stared at the two teenagers oddly.

"Yes. You can get some officers down at East High right now," Troy said, panting.

The officer looked at Troy wildely. "Why?"

"Look, we don't have time to explain," Troy said, glacing over at his sobbing best friend. "But if you go to East High, you'll find a dead man and a man running around the school with a gun. And if you don't find the man, it probably means that he escaped."

The police officer looked at Troy skeptically. That's when he noticed the girl standing next to him. The young woman's body was racking with sobs, her clothes were splattered with blood. Looking over at the Troy, he saw that Troy's clothes were splattered with blood as well. He picked up the phone and called several SWAT teams to go to East High.

"You two better come with me," said the police officer. He led Gabriella and Troy into the back, where they were put into a waiting room. Coffee and donughts were placed in front of them, but neither touched them.

Troy watched Gabriella shake in the seat. She had been his best friend since they were two. And, secretly… has also been the love of his life. He couldn't bear to see her like this. Slowly, Troy reached over and wrapped an arm around her.

Gabriella sank into his embrace, still sobbing. Troy whispered comforting words to her. Despite what had happened, Gabriella felt better. But only a little.

Secretly, she had been in love with Troy her whole life… and she didn't know what to do about it. But now wasn't the time for that.

Just then, a police officer walked into the room. "Alright. I need you to tell me exactly what happened."

Troy looked over at the still sobbing Gabriella before turning back to the officer. Troy took a deep breath and began to account exactly what happened…


Gabriella aimed the ball at the hoop and threw it. It swished through the net. Just then, Troy came up behind her and grabbed her sides. Gabriella shreiked in shock and turned to face Troy.

"Troy!" Gabriella said sternly, but a smile was on her face all the same. "You guys had a great practice."

"Thanks. The guys want to teach you basketball," Troy said with a smile.

"Well, then tell them that I'll let them teach me," Gabriella said.

"It's about time you let them teach you!" Troy said. He linked arms with Gabriella and they began to walk to the door. Just then, the student teacher, Brian Martain, walked into the gym.

"Troy, would you mind locking up for me?" Mr. Martain asked. "Hello, Gabriella."

"Hi, Mr. Martain," Gabriella said.

"Sure, I'll lock up Mr. Martain," Troy said. Mr. Martain tossed the keys to Troy. Mr. Martain upened his mouth to thank Troy, but then someone burst through the gym doors.

"NO ONE MOVE!" the man shouted, brandishing a gun in the air. Troy felt Gabriella freeze next to him, and he also felt his own body tense up. As for Mr. Martain, he had a look of confusion on his face.

"Rick? What are you diong here?" Mr. Martain said.

"Oh, don't you play dumb with me!" The man, Rick apparently, shouted, still waving the gun in the air.

"Rick, put the gun down," Mr. Martain said calmly.

"Brian, don't tell me WHAT TO DO!" Rick shouted.

"M-m-mr. M-m-martain, w-who i-is t-t-this?" Gabriella stuttered, clutching Troy's arm tightly.

"SHUT UP!" Rick yelled, pointing the gun at Gabriella. Troy instinctily moved in front of Gabriella, and Rick smirked at him.

"Oh, are you going to protect your little girlfriend?" he scoffed. "Well, I'll shoot both of you!"

"Rick, calm down!" Mr.Martain demanded. He turned to Gabriella and Troy. "This is my older brother, Rick Martain." Gabriella stared at both Rick and Mr. Martain. They did have a resemblance.

"Yes, I'm his older brother!" Rick yelled. "But he was treated like the older brother! He always got everything he wanted!"

"Rick, is that what this is about?" Mr. Martain demanded.

"You always got everything better than me!" Rick shouted. He had a crazed look on his face, and the gun was finally still. "Mom and Dad always told me that I should be more like you! "Why can't you be more like your brother?" They would say! Do you know how much that hurt me? I was torn apart by my own family!"

"Rick, we talk about this!" Mr. Martain yelled. "Please." But Rick brought the gun up and…

He began to shoot at Mr. Martain wildely.

Blood splattered all over Troy and Gabriella. Troy did the first thing that came to mind. He began to run, dragging Gabriella with him. They ran through the halls, and Rick shot at both teenagers as they ran. Somehow, they managed to miss all of the bullets. They ran out of the school and down the street, going straight to the police station.

"I'll get you!" Rick shouted into the dark night. "You won't get away from me!"

End Flashback

"… and that's what happened," Troy finished. Gabriella's body was shaking again after hearing the story. "Shh, Gabriella," Troy added, grabbing Gabriella's hand.

The officer looked down at his clip board where he had written notes, and then stood up. "Alright, I'm going up front to see if they came back yet. You two sit here."

Gabriella looked up at Troy. "What do you think will happen, Troy?"

"Gabby, we'll be just fine," Troy said.

"I hope so," Gabriella whispered.


Half and hour later, two police officers came into the room. "We found the body of Brian Martain," one of the officers said.

Gabriella let out a strangled sob, and Troy felt a tear come down his cheek. Mr. Martain had been a great teacher, and it was horrible to watch him be murdred.

"Unfortuneately, Rick Martain has gotten away. We found a secruity camera that had the whole thing on it. And this is what we've decided to do."

"We're going to put you in the Witness Protection Program," said the other officer. "Your information is coming in right now."

"Where are we going?" Gabriella asked.

"Boston, Massachusettes."

Author's Note: I hope you guys like this story! I'm sorry if it's been done before, but, hey. What can I say? I try to be original! Please review!