Learning To Fall

by: LunarEclipse360

Disclaimer: Not mine...yet :)

A/N: with two stories down and four to go, I think I'm at a pretty good spot. Okay, I have a poll that I want you guys to take in my profile. It will determine future stories.

Chapter 18

"I had so much fun today," Gabriella said as she leaned against the surface of her front door.

"So does that mean we'll be doing this again one day?" Troy asked leaning close to her.

"Well, I am your girlfriend now so I hope so." He smirked and kissed her softly. Her hands found his hair and tangled themselves in his auburn locks. When they pulled away for air, he leaned his forehead against hers and she rubbed her nose against his. "I should get inside before my mother comes looking for me."

He nodded. "I'll call you later?"

"Yeah." She pecked his lips before watching him walk back to his car and drive off. Smiling, she went inside and prepared herself to be bombarded with questions from her mother.

"So you wanna explain this to me?" her mother asked, leaning against the frame of the entrance leading to the living room.

"What's there to explain?"

"What happened to Ryan? I thought you liked him."

"We decided to just stay friends. It didn't feel right."

"But isn't this guy the one you've been complaining about since you started high school?"

"Yes, but he's changed."

"Changed? Gabriella, just a month ago you were angry at something he had done and now you're hanging out with him like you're close friends."

"Actually…we're dating."

"Dating? When did this happen?"

"Today. He asked me to be his girlfriend."

"Mija, I know I've raised you better than this."

"Mom, he likes me, he's always liked me, he just had a weird way of showing it."

"Oh so making you cry is his way of showing he likes you?" She looked away from her mother, trying not to relive the day that she had came home bawling because of a stupid prank Troy had pulled on her. "Gabi, how can you possibly think he likes you after all he's put you through?"

"Because he's shown me a different side to him. All of today he's been nothing but a gentleman to me. He really does like me, mom. Actually he doesn't like me, he loves me."

Her mother's eyes widened at the statement. "And…do you…love him?"

Gabriella smiled softly and nodded. "I do."

"Mija," she said with a sigh.

"I don't care what you think of him, I love him and that's all that matters to me." She ended the conversation by sprinting up the stairs to her room.

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Gabriella stood in front of her open locker, packing her bag for the first half of the school day. Her mind was still on last night. She knew her mother would be like this. She also knew she was just trying to protect her. But Gabriella knew her heart and it trusted Troy.

"Good morning, beautiful." She grinned as his arms wrapped around her waist and his chin rested on her shoulder.

"Morning to you, too, handsome."

He chuckled and kissed her cheek. "So how did it go with your mom?"

"Ugh."

"Not so good?"

"No," she sighed. "She thinks that you're lying about having feelings for me."

"You don't think that, do you?"

She turned around in his arms, wrapping her arms around his neck. "Of course I don't. I know what you feel for me is real."

He smiled and kissed her. A loud gasp rung through the hallway and the two broke apart, turning their heads to see everyone staring with wide eyes at them.

"What?" she asked.

"Oh, come on. Don't pretend like you didn't see this coming." No one answered, but no one moved. "Okay show's over. Get on with your lives." Still no one moved. "Now!" Troy yelled and everyone started pretending like they didn't see what had just happened.

"We should have known people were going to act like that."

"I guess seeing us together is strange compared to seeing us fighting."

She giggled. "I'm still getting use to that."

"I'm not," he said lowly, a serious expression on his face. "I'm glad we're not fighting."

She smiled softly. "I'm glad we're not fighting either."

"You know, I've never told you this…or showed it for that matter, but every time I hurt you, I ended up feeling extremely guilty afterwards. Seeing you upset broke my heart even though I never wanted to admit it to anyone or myself."

"Really?"

He nodded. "Really." He leaned his forehead against hers and looked straight into her eyes. "I've loved you from the moment I laid eyes on you, I was just too prideful to admit it and I just blocked it out as it kept building over time."

"I wish my mother would see the you that I've been seeing for the past twenty-four hours. Maybe then, she'll see why I love you."

Shock ran through him, not believing she had spoken those three little words that meant so much. "You…you love me?"

She bit her lip, not realizing she had said it. She nodded, brown looking into blue. "I do. I have since we started tutoring each other and you showed me the side of you that I hadn't seen before. I was just afraid to admit it and I wasn't really sure if you felt the same way."

His eyes searched hers, deeply, before he crushed his lips to hers. This time, no gasp came to stop them short and they were free to continue in bliss.

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"So how does it feel?" Chad asked as he sat next to Troy at lunch.

"How does what feel?"

"Being with Gabriella."

"How did you know?"

"Dude, I was the one that drove her to your house. I know you two got together."

Troy smiled. "Truthfully? It feels damn good."

"It better. So what happened?"

"Nothing, we just went out Saturday."

"And you call that 'nothing'?"

"Well, no, because she did agree to be my girlfriend."

"Alright."

"But you should have seen it this morning. We kissed in the hallway and everyone went into shock."

Chad chuckled. "What do you expect? They're not use to seeing you two getting along, much less kissing."

"Yeah, but they should have saw it coming."

"Please, no one saw this coming. Sure, everyone knew you had a long time crush on Gabriella, but no one thought you were going to act on it. Besides, we weren't sure if she felt the same way."

"Well, I'm glad it turned out this way. She told me she loved me today."

"Really? That's awesome."

"Yeah it is." His smile quickly disappeared.

"You don't seem too excited."

"It's not that I'm not, it's just…her mom thinks that I don't like her. She thinks I'm lying."

"Well, Gabriella doesn't think so, right?"

"No, she doesn't."

"Then that's all you should be worried about."

"I know, but if I'm ever going to have a future with Gabriella, her mom has to like me."

"Whoa, talk about thinking ahead."

Troy grinned and shrugged slightly. "I can't help it."

"Look, buddy, over time, her mother's going to see that you really do like her and if you two end up getting married in the future, she'll see that your feelings are true."

"But that doesn't mean she has to like me."

"She will if she doesn't want to create a rift between herself and Gabriella."

"I guess you're right."

"Speaking of Gabriella…" Troy turned his head and spotted his girlfriend and her best friend looking around for a place to sit. "Yo, Taylor! Gabriella! Over here!"

The two girls smiled and walked over to their respective boyfriends, sitting down next to them.

"Hey, guys," Gabriella said before leaning over and kissing Troy square on the lips.

Taylor squealed and giggled. "I still can't believe you two finally got together."

They both smiled brightly and he lazily wrapped an arm around her shoulder. "Well, believe it," he said before looking at her. "Cause there's no one else I'd rather be with."

A/N: lol. no that's not the end of the story.