Disclaimer : I don't own High School Musical, or High School Musical 2, and if I did, like so many other people, I would only want to takr Zac Efron. :)

Author's Notes: This whole story came to me basically in one night, and I was thinking of doing it as a oneshot, but then i realized that it would be too long, so I'm gonna split up into chapters, but since I had originally planned it out as a oneshot, it'll probably only be about three or four chapters, max...unless I get some more inspiration...and I didn't mean to make Gabriella come off so perky,so, apologies for that. :)

Once A Wildcat, Always A Wildcat...

You're not alone
Together we stand
I'll be by your side
You know I'll take your hand

It was that day again, the day of the big basketball championship game. This year it was between the East High Wildcats and the Red Lake Ravens.

Sharpay Evans actually had a faint smile on her face as she watched the East High cheerleaders running and skipping down the school hallway, followed by the basketball team, and she smiled a little wider when she noticed that Zeke and Chad had the great Troy Bolton sitting on their shoulders, as everybody whooped and cheered for their glorious team captain.

Just then, Gabriella Montez seemed to appear out of nowhere, right in front of Sharpay.

"Sharpay, I can't believe you and Ryan are leaving…! On today of all days!" she said.

"…Why not?" Sharpay asked, "it'll just give this school one more reason to cheer!"

Gabriella sighed.

"Sharpay, don't you get it?" she asked. "Do you not see that you have friends here?"

Sharpay let out a bitter chuckle.

"Ryan might, but I don't," she said.

"Sure you do!" Gabriella told her "…I'm your friend, aren't I?"

Sharpay, who had been glancing at herself in her locker mirror, glanced questioningly at the other girl.

"We're friends?" she asked, not believing her ears.

"…Of course!" Gabriella told her, we may have had our differences in the past, but…no two friends get along all the time, y'know…not everybody thinks you're as bad as you think they do, Sharpay."

"So…we're friends…?" Sharpay repeated, still trying to comprehend the statement.

"Sharpay, we're Wildcats!" Gabriella told her, "and Wildcats stick together! So of course, I'm your friend, and Troy's your friend, and Taylor's your friend and Kelsi's your friend, and Chad's…well, Chad's gotten used to you."

Sharpay smirked.

"…But we're definitely gonna notice your absence when you leave for Baltimore," Gabriella finished.

"…Yeah, I still don't know why Daddy would choose to do business in Baltimore, anyway!" Sharpay told her, "I mean, it's greatest attraction is that it was the setting for that one musical that got so popular after it was made into a movie!" (A/N …Which was of course, HAIRSPRAY! Just a little Zac Efron joke for ya…!)

"Well, anyway, I was just heading to lunch, you wanna come with me?" Gabriella asked.

Sharpay actually smiled at her.

"Sure," she said, and they started to walk down the hall together.

"Hey," Gabriella spoke up again, "are you and Ryan at least gonna stick around for the game, after school?"

Sharpay grinned.

"Are you kidding?" she asked, "Ryan bought a new hat, just for the occasion."

Since Sharpay had a free period for the last class of the school day, she decided to take advantage of her free time and the empty hallway, and was cleaning out her locker.

She took the last few photographs off the inside of her locker, and put them safely in the box at her feet, with all her other school supplies.

She slammed the pink locker door shut, and was shocked to see none other than Troy Bolton standing in front of her.

"What are you doing here?" she asked.

"Well, I was just on my way to the gym," he told her. "My dad is getting all the guys permission to skip our last class so we can have one final practice before the big game.'

"I see…" she said.

Troy then noticed the cardboard box, filled with books and posters and glittery objects, sitting on the floor, at Sharpay's feet.

"…So, you're really goin', huh?" he asked "…to Baltimore?"

"Yup," she answered, "Baltimore, glorious Baltimore…"

"Ah, c'mon…" Troy said, trying to cheer her up "…it's not like Albuquerque's got any huge attractions, either."

"…Well, maybe not, but…it's home, y'know?" Sharpay mumbled, looking at her feet.

"Hey…" said Troy, forcing Sharpay to look back up into his pretty blue eyes (oh, how she would miss those pretty blue eyes…!) "you and Ryan will always have a home here."

"…You think so?" she asked.

"Sure!" he told her, "it's like my dad always used to say, 'home isn't about where you belong, it's about who you belong with'."

"Meaning…?" Sharpay asked.

"…meaning…once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat," he told her. "We're gonna miss you around here, Sharpay."

"…Yeah, I'm gonna miss you guys, too," Sharpay told him, sincerely, then her brow furrowed. "But, uh…don't you have a practice to get to?"

Troy's eyes widened.

"Ah, crap! Dad's gonna kill me! Hey, I'll see ya at the game, Sharpay!" he exclaimed, taking off down the hall.

"Good luck!" she called after him, smiling. Then she picked up the cardboard box and walked toward the exit, taking the box to her car, so she would be ready to leave with Ryan as soon as the game ended.

This was it. There were seconds left in the game and it all came down to Troy making three foul shots from the top of the key.

The whole gym seemed to be under a huge cone of silence, everyone holding their breath, praying for a good outcome.

In the stands, Ryan, Sharpay, Taylor and Gabriella were all sitting together, watching intently as Troy took his first shot….

…and the ball bounced off the backboard and onto the gym floor.

The East High cheering section all let out small cries of disappointment.

Troy cringed, and the ref tossed him the ball again for his second shot.

...This time the ball went through the net with a swoosh.

The East High students all cheered, but they calmed down quickly, because Troy still had one more shot he needed to make to win the game.

After the referee tossed Troy the ball again, Troy dribbled the ball a little, then looked at Chad, who was on the middle of the key on his right side.

Chad gave him a wink and a nod.

Troy dribbled the ball a couple more times, then looked up in the stands, straight at Gabriella, Taylor, Ryan and Sharpay.

Gabriella smiled at him, her hands clenched together in excitement, Ryan and Taylor both gave him a thumbs – up, and Sharpay just smiled at him.

Troy smiled back at them, then he turned back to the basket, and shot the ball.

…It sailed through the air, hit the backboard, and bounced into the net.

Final score…Wildcats : 98, Ravens : 95.

Once again, Troy Bolton had helped lead the Wildcats to victory.

Everybody in the stands wearing red and white jumped up and screamed their lungs out in celebration.

"And WHAT TEAM…?" Chad shouted.

"WILDCATS!" they all shouted.



Gabriella, Taylor, Ryan and Sharpay, were all jumping up and down and shouting with the rest of them, when Sharpay looked over at the gym entrance and saw her father standing there, waving at her.

Her smile faded, and she tapped Ryan on the shoulder to get his attention. He turned and looked at her questioningly, so she pointed to where their father stood at the gym entrance.

He looked where she was pointing and immediately understood.

So they said their good byes to Gabriella and Taylor, getting hugs from them both (which surprised Sharpay, because she didn't think Taylor would ever like her enough to hug her!), and they made their way down the stairs, saying good bye to Kelsi also, who had been sitting in a lower section, taking photos for the yearbook.

When their feet finally touched the gym floor, they tried to get through the mass of people quickly, so as not to draw attention to themselves (for once).

But several members of the basketball team, Chad and Troy included, noticed the two of them trying to make a getaway.

"Hey, Evans!" Chad called out.

Sharpay and Ryan both stopped and turned around.

"You sure you don't wanna stick around and graduate with us? It's only five months away, after all!" he told them.

"We'd love to…!" Ryan replied, "but Baltimore awaits!"

Chad nodded, and waved, with a smile. Ryan waved back. Troy waved goodbye to Sharpay, and with a sad smile, she waved back.

Then the Evans twins turned and headed for the exit, not looking back again as they left.

"I wonder what we'll do without the Ice Queen around…?" Chad asked.

Troy shrugged.

"…Beats me," he replied, wondering the same thing.

Has Troy Bolton seen the last of Sharpay Evans?...Of course not! Cuz then my story would suck, wouldn't it?

And since I already have most of the story already planned out, the next chapter will be up in a couple days, guaranteed. :)

If it's not, please don't throw fruit at me.

...I've seen it happen to other authors, and I always pray i don't meet the same sad fate.

- Ace's Buddy