I know, it's been a while. I've been busy. And, evidently, dark and depressing. The last several stories I've written have been all sad and dark. Huh.

Anyway, Gabriella in the middle of HSM2. Yep. Pick a time, any time, it fits nicely. But the point being, still sad-ish, songfic.

Disclaimer: I still don't own HSM2. Nor do I own When I Pretend. No matter how many times I sing it, I don't own it.


Thoughts of you keep running through my head

Images I just want to forget

I look in the mirror and put on a happy face

But nobody sees it

And I don't believe it

I bought into every word you said

I never thought that's something I'd regret

I look at you now and wonder who I see

I'm lost in the frenzy

And it's never-ending

I don't understand. I thought you were someone special, someone I could trust. Why did you change?

Or maybe you didn't. Maybe you were lying to me the entire time. You can't be two people at once, so I don't understand how this could have happened. The person I thought you were is gone and I don't what he left behind.

The way we used to talk all night

I still get butterflies

When I go there again

I see the way you used to smile

If only for a while

But only if I pretend

Who am I kidding? You were just trying to be with me and weren't being true to yourself. I know who you are now and I don't like what I see. How you managed to convince me that you were different is beyond me.

If I could draw the world I want to see

I know just how I'd picture it to be

I stand here alone and

Know how it all must feel

You say you don't need it

You know you don't mean it

And I don't believe it

I don't get it. I thought that you really liked what we had together. I thought I was seeing the real you. Maybe Taylor was right all along. You and I just don't match.

But somehow, I just can't accept that.

The way we used to talk all night

I still get butterflies

When I go there again

I see the way you used to smile

If only for a while

But only if I pretend

From where I wanna be

Don't you wake me from this dream

When I go there again

I see the way used to smile

If only for a while

But only for a while

The way we used to talk all night

I still get butterflies

When I go there again

I see the way you used to smile

If only for a while

But only if I pretend

Maybe I'm just confused. Maybe you're confused too. I just can't convince myself that you really aren't the guy I thought you were. The guy who saw the really hidden me.

Like kindergarten.


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