It is Love
Summery: Once you are asked to marry your twin brother's fiancée, things are definitely not how they are supposed to be. Troy's twin is in Japan on business for two years while he has to pretend to be him for his brother's wife Gabriella Montez. Some say the 'one' just clicks to you, like they are supposed to be there. What happens when the you fall for the wrong person, yet it feels so right?
AUTHOR'S NOTE: You know how a story just sort of 'pops' out of your head and hopefully onto a piece of paper? Well here you go, the story It is Love is a popped-out-of-my-head sort of story and I really hope you all enjoy it. Very original, eh
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Tell me that we belong together,
Dress it up with the trappings of love.
I'll be captivated,
I'll hang from your lips,
Instead of the gallows of heartache that hang from above.
- I'll Be, Edwin McCain
Sweat formed on his brow as newly dyed, dirty blonde locks of hair fell in his face. Troy cleared his throat as he tugged on the black tie around his neck. Today had to be the most nerve-wrecking day of his life. Just last week he thought he would be playing basketball with his best buds Zeke Baylor and Ryan Evans but that all changed the other day; his older brother had come to him asking him to do what seemed impossible but here he was, waiting for her to arrive. Today was the day Troy Bolton was to marry his twin brother's fiancée, Gabriella Montez.
"Troy, this is beyond important to me and I need your help!" Cole pleaded. "I love her but I cannot turn this deal down."
Troy shook his head in disbelief. Cole had always been there for him in the past when Troy needed help, such as homework or girl problems but he never thought that he would have to return the favor this way. To marry the girl his twin brother loved in his place seemed out of the category of 'things brothers should do for each other'.
"Cole, this isn't just a small dilemma I can just give up some of my time to help you with. This is asking me to give up my life, go live yours while you are doing a job in Japan!" Troy yelled. His anger for his brother was rising.
He had met Cole's fiancée Gabriella when they had announced their engagement at a Bolton Family Barbeque. The whole family fell in love with her at first sight. She was practically the definition of beauty. Long, almost black curls that cascaded down her back mid-way, her dark brown eyes always seemed to glint a honey color when she smiled, and she had skin, from the obvious Hispanic background, that was naturally sun-kissed.
"Do you think I haven't thought of this Troy?" Cole sighed, a tone of annoyance escaping his lips. "I know what I am doing is risky and I know that I am asking a lot of you but I am asking you as your brother. I am asking you as your twin brother, who has been there for you through thick and thin." Cole had crossed to Troy, placing his hands on Troy's shoulders and staring at him straight in the eye. Anyone who had met the boys could tell that they were not identical but so close that they always got mixed when they were younger. Cole had vivid, ice blue eyes with dirty blonde hair. With Troy, he had brilliant, bright blue eyes and a darker version of Cole's slightly, wavy locks. Troy and Cole had been thankful in the past for growing at the same time so clothes could be shared, classes could be switched, and no one was taller then the other.
Troy stared back into Cole's eyes, searching for a way to know that his brother had not lost it. He had witnessed how his brother acted around Gabriella and instantly wanted something just like it, and now his brother was asking that of him. Troy sighed finding his answer. "What do I have to do?"
Cole grinned his famous Bolton smile, joy and relief flooding his body. "Thank you so—"
"I asked what I had to do. I didn't agree to anything yet." Troy glared, a teasing smirk tugging at the corners of his mouth.
"Ready Cole?" a deep voice asked. Troy glanced in the floor length mirror to see Chad Danforth, Cole's best friend peeking out from behind the room's door. To say that Troy was nervous before when Cole had helped him get dress was now an understatement. He was ready to march out there and tell his brother he couldn't do it. The last girl Troy had dated had never gotten this far. His friends had betted a three weeks minimum but Troy beat that by two weeks and five days. Too clingy.
Gabriella didn't know about the switch, Chad didn't know and neither did his parents, Lucille and Jack Bolton. Therefore, there could be no difference between the real Cole and the fake Cole.
"I'm ready, man." Troy forced out a smile, taking one last glance at him self before following Chad out of the preparation room. Guests bustled by wishing him good luck as they took their seats. Troy could make out his parents talking with what he assumed was Gabriella's mother, Maria Montez, and tired to shake of the feeling of dread forming in his stomach.
"Cold feet Bolton?" Chad chuckled stopping from his spot way ahead of Troy to wait. "Wedding starts in about ten minutes. Taylor said she just has some minor preparations to finish on Gabi."
Taylor McKessie. Troy remembered her from high school fairly clearly. She had tutored Cole through basketball season until he quit the team and join the Debate team. Troy had always been more serious about basketball then Cole was but that was how they were different. Troy never wanted to be 'just like Cole' but sometimes he didn't mind being close. Cole had gotten hired right out of college and was already on his way to the top before Troy even moved out of their parent's house.
"Nah, just really, really excited." Troy said, swallowing the large lump that had formed in his throat. "I'm gonna go find Col…Troy."
Chad gave Troy a funny look before holding up five fingers and tapping his watch.
'Five minutes, great….' Troy thought weaving through the guests, looking for the familiar dark blond head wandering the crowd. Troy sighted Cole talking with his aunt Mary, a toddler on his hip.
"Oh, congratulations Cole." Mary smiled, shaking Troy's hand before taking the little child from Cole. "Say hello to your cousin Cole, Betsy." She cooed, smiling at the little blonde girl in her arms.
"Hi uncwle Twoy!" Betsy laughed, holding her arms for Troy. Cole's smile left his face, a look of panic flashing through his eyes.
"Silly girl. She must get you two mixed up just like us old folks do." Mary laughed, before walking away to the refreshment table.
Troy and Cole watched their aunt wander into a crowd of relatives before breathing out sighs of relief. "At least someone has the right idea." Troy muttered before giving Betsy an innocent smile.
"That was kind of close." Cole whispered, somewhat surprised that only a little four-year old girl had noticed the switch in the twins. "Thank God you're only a four-year old Beastie." He chuckled, ruffling the little girl's head.
"Plans still on Cole?" Troy mumbled, preoccupying himself with tickling Betsy.
"It's a little too late to turn back now Troy." Cole sighed softly, glancing at him self in the mirror behind him. Since Troy had to portray Cole, it was vice versa for him. He had bright blue contacts to heighten the color and colored his hair to take on Troy's darker version of his own. They made sure there were no loop holes in the plan.
"I have to be affectionate with her?" Troy hissed, almost coughing up the beer he had just swallowed.
"Troy, you're me now, so you kind of have to be." Cole said a matter-of-fact tone in his voice. "I always give her a kiss in the morning before I get up to get ready. Another right before I leave and a couple more once I get home."
Troy groaned, totally forgetting that part of the job before his eyes popped open as his mind opened to another task he would probably have to perform.
"I'm not too fond of the idea of you kissing her either but I'm allowing myself—"
Cole stopped his instructions to stare back at Troy. "Excuse me?"
"When was the last time you and Gabriella had sex?"
"…Last week?" Cole said, more as a question then a statement. "Oh, and its Gabi when your around her."
"How many times do you guys do it?" Troy gulped, not really wanting to know how often his brother did it with Gabriella.
Cole averted his eyes, focusing on the lemonade smoothie in front of him. Minutes passed before he spoke again. "Maybe twice a week." He said quietly.
"Are you serious?" Troy yelled, burying his head in his arms. Cole looked at his brother sympathetically.
"Please just get used to the idea Troy. In a couple days, she's going to be somewhat yours." Cole said, grabbing a chip from a basket sitting between Troy and him.
Troy groaned taking a swig of the beer that had been placed in front of him. "Cole Bolton, here I come."
"Cole!" a high voice called. Cole swung his head around to see Taylor waving for Troy. He nudged Troy who had started swaying in place with Betsy's head on his shoulder. "You're wanted." Cole smirked, seeing Taylor become more aggravated with every passing minute.
Troy looked up to see Taylor throw her hands in the air. "Already?" he whispered, giving Betsy to Cole.
"Cole Zachary Bolton, get your ass over here!" Taylor hissed grabbing Troy's forearm and tugging him towards the flowered alter. White lawn chairs had been set up in rows of twenty or more as a soft cream rug ran down the middle. Anxious bridesmaids had started sprinkling little pink rose petals up and down the rug, while others ushered slower guests to their seats.
Troy remembered going with Gabriella, Sharpay and Cole when Gabriella had picked out the location. His grandmother had owned a large piece of land with a small lake and weeping willows on almost every inch of covered ground. Before passing on, she had offered the land to Jack and Lucille to use for their choice.
The Alter had green ivy winding its way up and over with small morning glories hanging over his head. Troy watched relatives, friends and people he had never met before crowd into their seats, giving him small waves or thumbs up.
"We are starting now, Mr. Bolton." the minister says, his Bible ready and waiting.
"Thank you." Troy nods, giving the audience one last glance. The under music of Joe Crocker's 'You Are So Beautiful' started to play as Betsy started walking down the aisle. Troy smirked as she fiddled with the lace hem of her little dress before scattering more pink rose petals down the walkway. First of the bridesmaids was Sharpay with Zeke on her arm. Next were Troy's cousin Sarah and her boyfriend Kiernan looking slightly uncomfortable in his black tux. The music died down a little as Taylor and Chad came to a stop in front of Troy and the minister before parting ways. A soft piano serenade played as Troy watched a white figure float his way. Jack was smiling like a true idiot, slowly walking Gabriella down the isle towards Troy.
Gabriella had never looked more breathtaking in the strapless wedding gown. The white silk flowed around her body, giving the image that the dress had been made for her. A lace covered bodice hugged her curves as her dark brown curls hung gracefully around her head. A lace veil covered the tears that had, no doubt, started to flow.
'This is it Troy.' He thought to himself.
"Are you sure you have everything down Troy?" Cole asked, concern lacing his words.
Troy chuckled at his brother's state. "I'm sure Cole."
Cole whipped his head around, glancing around his small flat for any sign of his fiancée. "Do you want to practice? I can go out for a while—"he rambled before a hand clamped over his mouth. Looking bewildered, Cole stuck his tongue out to quickly slide it across Troy's hand.
"Dude!" Troy yelped in surprise, wiping his hand on the back of his thigh.
"Have you not learned your lesson from 7th grade?" Cole smirked.
"Ha ha, funny but seriously, I'm fine. I'd rather watch you and Gabi make-out then do it myself with you waiting outside the door."
"Yeah…" A door closed in the distance, a shuffling of feet and Gabriella appeared from around the corner.
"Hey Cole…oh hi Troy." Gabriella smiled, placing a kiss on Troy's cheek and a soft peck on Cole's lips. "What are you boys doing?"
"Nothing much." Cole smiled, sliding his arms around Gabriella's waist. Her arms encircled his neck, pressing her body up against his. Troy smiled a sad smile as he watched the two flirt and place small kisses on each other's lips.
"I'll see you guys later." Troy waved backing up before turning to walk out the front door.
Cole waved, his attention occupied on the brunette in front of him.
'What the hell have you done Cole?' Troy thought running to his car.
"Please repeat after me Cole." The minister smiled, glancing back at Gabriella with her veil helping Troy not get distracted from telling her the truth right there. "Gabriella, I love you. Today is a very special day. Long ago you were just a dream and a prayer."
Troy opened his mouth to recap but nothing came out. He could feel the eyes of his parents, Cole, the minister and Gabriella on him. "Gabriella, I love you. Today is a very special day. Long ago you were just a dream and a prayer. This day like a dream come true the Lord Himself has answered that prayer. For today, Gabriella, you as my joy become my crown. I thank Jesus for the honor of going through time with you. Thank you for being what you are to me." Troy said almost in a whisper but spoke more clearly once he removed his hands from Gabriella's and pulled her veil over to reveal her tear stained face. "With our future as bright as the promises of God, I will care for you, honor and protect you. I lay down my life for you, Gabriela, my friend and my love. Today I give to you me."
Gabriella lifted one of her hands from his to carefully wipe a tear sliding down her cheek away. As she repeated the same passage back to him, Troy could almost feel Cole's heart crack. He knew his had already before he had even started the vows. Gabriella was a sweet girl and he felt awful almost like he was playing a prank on her. He didn't want to but he had to. For Cole, he had to.
"—I lay down my life for you, Cole, my friend and my love. Today I give to you me." Gabriella finished gripping Troy's hand as if for dear life. "I love you Cole Bolton." She smiled, her body moving closer to his.
'This is it.' He thought quickly. "I love you too Gabriella…Bolton." Troy smirked, suddenly knowing what his brother would have done if he was the one standing up here. Troy's body instantly moved closer to hers, his head leaning down before pressing his lips flush against hers.
Troy caught himself from jerking away as Gabriella's hand wound around his neck while the other laced with his. His lips massaged against hers, her tongue snaking out for a split second to run along his lower lip. They broke away moments later, breathless but Troy could see happiness dancing in her eyes.
"I now pronounce you Mr. and Mrs. Cole Bolton." The minister boomed, his voice bringing the crowd up from their seats into to cheers for the young couple. Troy brought his arm over Gabriella's small shoulders, leading her down the isle and into the church lobby. Gabriella brought Troy's lips back to hers before pulling him towards the reception hall. Before slipping behind the large doors, Troy could have sworn he felt Cole's eyes burning into the back of his head when Gabriella kissed him.
'You promised no regrets Cole.' Troy thought sadly to himself.
AN: I'm so mean. Everything is welcomed with open arms. Thank you!
(and Man's Best Friend update is coming soon