Hey everyone! Another new story! This one really excites me. I loved writing complete FLUFFINESS! I hope to hear from my faithful reviewers for Back at East High! This story is dedicated to all of you! Enjoy this chapter!
Troy smiled as he looked over at his girlfriend of five years who was leaning against her seat belt, fast asleep. He was driving up to his parents' house to stay there for a while during the summer. They were both going to figure out what they were going to do since they had recently graduated from collage. They were probably going to look for jobs around Albuquerque or for Troy maybe somewhere far away.
Troy was one of four Bolton brothers with the same crystal blue eyes. Their eyes weren't the only thing the same about them though; they were all currently a part of or retired from the U.S. Army. Troy was still deciding if he would be a part of the Bolton tradition and he knew that he would have to leave Gabriella in Albuquerque if that was his choice.
He sighed as he looked back at the road and stopped at a stop sign. The summer sky was bright and clear as the trees swayed in the breeze, carelessly making swaying and swooshing sounds. The grass was bright green and people were running around in the park as Troy past it. He looked back over at Gabriella when he heard her sit up and he smiled at her as she squinted away the bright sun.
"Hey, beautiful." He said with a smirk.
"Hey, handsome." Gabriella said with a smile. "So, I see we're almost there." She said as she looked out of the window at the familiar surrounding.
"Yeah, only a few more minutes." Troy answered as he turned at the light.
"I love coming back to Albuquerque." She said with a laugh.
"It's so high school." Troy said as a grin spread across his face.
"Ahhh high school. You know… without high school we wouldn't be sitting here right now together." Gabriella replied as she looked over at Troy.
"Thank God for high school." Troy answered.
"You're too sweet." She said with a giggle as she opened her window slightly to let a warm breeze blow against her.
Troy and Gabriella sat in silence as they looked out their windows, watching as they came closer to Troy's house. Troy laughed when he saw the smile that appeared on Gabriella's face when he pulled up into his driveway. They each took their bags up to the front door and Troy held the door open for Gabriella as she stepped in.
"Hey, everyone! We're home." Troy said as he shut the door behind them.
They both exchanged a look as they heard footsteps coming from all directions of the house and they smiled when they saw everyone coming toward them.
"Little brother!" Brian, the oldest brother, said as he hugged Troy with a laugh.
"Hey, man! How are you?" Troy asked with a smile.
"Awesome…" He started and then he saw Gabriella smiling at him. "Little sister." He teased as he ruffled Gabriella's bangs before he hugged her.
"You always have to do that, don't you?" She asked with a laugh as she casually fixed her bangs while continuing to hug him.
"Of course." He said with a laugh.
"Are you harassing her, Brian?" His wife Sarah asked him as she came into the foyer with a six year old boy holding onto her hand.
"No, honey." He said with a laugh as he went back to talk to Troy.
"Hey!" She said as she came over to Gabriella. "How are you?"
"I'm great." Gabriella said with a nod. "Hey, Tommy." She said as she looked down at the boy.
"Hi, Gabi-ella." He said with a smile as he looked up at her.
"Troy, Gabi!" Mike, the second oldest brother and his wife Laura said together when they walked into the foyer.
"Hey!" Troy and Gabriella said together with a laugh.
After everyone greeted each other they went into the back where they greeted yet another brother of Troy, Zac, who was with his wife Katie. They were sitting on the swinging bench that was on the deck and they greeted Troy and Gabriella when they came out to the back.
"So, how have you two been? Are you relieved to be out of school?" Zac asked as he put his arm around his wife who was holding their newborn child. It was a boy and Gabriella smiled as she looked at the happy family.
"Definitely." Troy answered with a nod.
Gabriella nodded too and smiled at the people in front of her. The backyard was spacious and had a swing set in the left corner of the lawn. A large tree was in the middle, shading the swing set from the sun. A wooden fence was surrounding the backyard and the large deck only took up a small part of the backyard.
Just as the family was discussing the small baby in Katie's arms, Ben, Brian and Sarah's oldest son walked into the backyard from the back door that lead out to the deck. He smiled shyly as he pulled his Ipod ear phones out of his ears and looked at Troy and Gabriella.
"Hey Uncle Troy, Gabriella." He smiled.
"Hey, Ben! How are you?" Gabriella asked. Ben had always made Gabriella smile when he was around her and Troy knew that Gabriella was very excited to see him.
"I'm okay." He said as he came over to where Troy and Gabriella were sitting and sat in between them, laughing as Troy shot him a quick glare.
"Just okay?" Gabriella asked.
Sarah and Brian seemed to send him a warning look as Mr. and Mrs. Bolton exchanged an amused look. Ben leaned closer to Gabriella's ear and whispered his explanation.
"I'm stuck here all summer." He said in an annoyed voice. "Do you know how many parties I am missing at home?"
Gabriella laughed quietly and nodded.
"I see." She whispered back as she winked at his parents. "I'm sure you'll find something fun to do in this boring place." Gabriella giggled as she looked over at Troy who was smiling at her happily while still listening to the conversation taking place between his parents and siblings.
"Doubt it." He sighed as he scanned the serene landscape of his grandparents' backyard.
"At least you're with your family." Gabriella said with a smile. "That will make it a little better."
"And here I thought you were the cool one of this family." He said with a sarcastic shake of his head.
"I am totally cool. You're just not cool enough to see it." Gabriella laughed as she nudged him on his forearm.
Ben laughed quietly as he put his earphones back in their place and tapped his foot to the music that was playing softly. Troy was now discussing basketball with his brothers and dad and the women rolled their eyes, except for Gabriella who smiled comfortably.
Mrs. Bolton gestured for the women to follow her inside and they got up quietly so they wouldn't interrupt the 'important conversation' between the men. They walked into the kitchen and laughed as an argument broke out outside.
"So, Gabriella, you're even cuter than the last time I saw you!" Laura said in a sing sound voice. "It's been too long."
"I've missed you guys. It feels like I've been gone for forever." Gabriella agreed.
"How long have you and Troy been seeing each other now?" Katie asked.
"Five years." Gabriella nodded as she looked over at Mrs. Bolton and Sarah, the oldest of the women, who were smiling as they listened to her.
"I hear wedding bells." Sarah laughed.
Gabriella blushed and laughed quietly shooting Mrs. Bolton a save-me-from-this-topic look.
"Alright, girls, you're making her feel awkward." Mrs. Bolton smiled with a wink to Gabriella.
"That's because she knows it's true." Katie smiled.
Gabriella continued to blush and shrugged subtly. As the women continued to tease Gabriella about her relationship with Troy, and Gabriella's cheeks became redder by the second, Jake, the newborn baby, started to cry. Katie stood up straight immediately from her leaning position on the counter and walked over to the back door. She looked through the screen door, opened it, and then walked over to Zac.
"Are you scaring our child with the talk of all this basketball?" She asked as she stepped onto the deck.
"Of course not. You're going to be an NBA player, aren't you Jake?" Zac asked his son as he rocked him in his arms.
There was no response only a spit up sound and the sound of Ben letting out a dragged out 'ew' before he rushed inside, getting as far away from the baby mess as he could so he wouldn't be stuck cleaning it up.
Gabriella was in Troy's room after dinner, where they spent most of their time blushing from the constant relationship comments that were made and glancing at each other from across the table. Troy was drying his hair with a cream colored towel as Gabriella opened the window of his room to let in some cool air. She inhaled deeply as Troy passed her, setting his used towel over a chair in the corner of his room.
"Sorry about the comments that my brothers made." He said with a small laugh as he stood next to Gabriella by the window.
"Do you really think I'm not used to it by now? It's routine in the Bolton house." Gabriella giggled as Troy wrapped his arms around her.
"You're definitely right. What was I thinking?" He grinned as he turned her around to face him.
"That I'm just too perfect for words." Gabriella answered sarcastically.
Troy's grin grew wider and he leaned down towards Gabriella and kissed her softly on her lips, telling her that her answer was exactly right without having to use any words at all.
"Are you going to sleep?" Gabriella asked as she looked up at him.
"I think so. That trip tired me out." Troy said as he looked at her as she looked at him.
"Alright, well I'll go to sleep too." Gabriella said as she gave him a quick peck on the lips and headed for the door.
"Uh, Gabi, where are you going?" Troy asked with a confused look as she stepped into the hallway.
Troy looked from Gabriella to his bed and pointed at it. Gabriella laughed.
"My room is the guest bedroom." She replied.
"Ben's sleeping in there."
"Your dad thought it would help him build character if he slept on the couch." Gabriella answered. "I am officially assigned to the guest bedroom."
"This is ridiculous." Troy stated as he walked toward the hallway, watching Gabriella slowly make her way to the guest bedroom down the hall.
"Hey, it's your family." Gabriella smiled as she turned to face him from her spot by the guest bedroom door.
"I hate my family." Troy joked with a shake of his head.
"Goodnight, Troy." Gabriella whispered as she stepped into her room.
"Night, Gabi." He smiled as he watched her door shut behind her.
He stayed in the hallway for a minute, listening to the house start to become quiet as everyone got ready to go to bed. He heard footsteps downstairs and the muffled sound of a basketball game playing on the TV before he shut his bedroom door, closing out the sounds as he walked to his bed.
He sighed deeply as he sank into his covers and inhaled deeply when he smelt the scent of Gabriella. He looked to the side of him and noticed that Gabriella's jacket was on his bed and he picked it up without a second thought and placed it on his pillow, taking in the scent of the girl a few rooms away from him.
Ah, the joy of parents. Well, there's more fluff to come.
You might need this-
Brian is married to Sarah and they have Ben (Teenager) and Tommy (Toddler). They are the oldest out of the brothers and their families.
Mike is married to Laura and they do not have kids... you'll find out why later. :) They are the second oldest.
Zac is married to Katie and they have a baby named Jake. They are the second youngest.
Troy is dating Gabriella. They're the youngest. 23 years old.
If you need me to tell you this again in later chapters, let me know.