Chapter 3

AN: Okay I'm sorry for the super late update. I've been busy with homework and high school and drama and etc. Anyways here's a chapter. R&R

"I…I…" Gabriella stuttered.

"Gabi don't tell me you have associated yourself with Troy Bolton?" Taylor asked. Gabriella stayed quiet and looked down at her feet. Taylor gasped.

"Gabriella Anne Montez! Why on earth will you do such a thing?"

"Shh…Taylor I don't want everyone to find out."

"Gabriella why would you get involve with Troy?" Taylor asked her quietly.

"I don't know. It kind of just happened. Taylor please don't tell anyone."

"Okay on one condition. You tell me what cause this to happen."

"Okay fine. Tonight at my house but keep it to yourself Taylor, me and Troy are trying to keep this relationship as private as possible." Taylor nodded allowing what she just discovered to flow through her head. They walked off to class.

During Chemistry

Taylor noticed Gabriella was day dreaming when she was supposed to be helping her on the experiment.

"Gabriella? Snap out of it!" Taylor said to her bringing her out of her thoughts.

"Oh sorry Tay." She sighed heavily.

"Okay what's going on in that head of yours?"

"It's just I feel that Troy and I should show our relationship in public and I don't know how to tell him. Plus he asked me to do something with him after school but I don't know because we have the decathlon match," Gabriella whispered to her.

"Gabi you can't skip a decathlon match so you just can be with Troy."

"I know but maybe this is my chance to tell him that I want our relationship out and maybe to show it in public."

"Gabi-"

"Just forget it Taylor. I'll be there at the match." Taylor let it slide as they went back to the experiment.

After Decathlon Match

"Congrats Gabi! You won us the match!" Taylor said hugging her best friend. Gabriella smiled at her.

"Thanks Tay. So you ready to head over to my house so we can talk about you know who?"

Taylor nodded.

"Yeah just let me go get my things."

"Okay." Gabriella turned away and bumped into a strong body. She took a step back to see Troy before her. He had his bag hanging on his shoulder. He had just came out of the lockers.

He just looked at her as he looked at him.

"Hi," he said as there were people passing by and with Taylor watching them.

"Hey," she replied. He slowly took a look at her then left. Taylor walked to Gabriella.

"He's not much of a talker around you," Tay said as they watch him walk away.

"Come on Tay. Just grab your stuff so we can go," Gabriella said and they walked to their lockers.

At the Montezs

The girls sat down on the sofa. Mrs. Montez was at work late so they decided to stay in the living room. The TV was on but no one was paying attention to the show on.

"So start from the beginning. I want to know everything," Taylor said sipping on her soda. Gabriella sighed as she began.

"Remember the day we were staying after school for decathlon practice?" Gabriella asked Taylor. She nodded giving her permission to continue.

"Well when I left the room to go to the bathroom, I passed the gym and saw Troy alone shooting free throws. I watched him and saw that he was missing every shot. I enter the gym and he heard the gym doors close so he looked in my direction. He saw me and then just kept shooting. I walked over to him and just stood there. I don't know what overcame me but I had a sudden surge of confident and started to talk to him. I didn't even know him that well." Taylor listened intently.

"I asked him what he was doing all alone in the gym. He said that he needed to think about some stuff. I said oh and said sorry for bothering him and was about to walk away when he called my name. I didn't think that he would know my name. I turned around to see him. He walked towards me and just looked at me. He asked if we can talk. I said sure and we walked and sat down on the bleachers. He told me that his dad was pressuring him to play harder and get sharper at his game because there was going to be U of A scouts at the championship game. After a long day at practice his dad would make him play against him in a one on one game at home. Then after trying to beat his dad, he would lecture him about how his skills had not improved. He just couldn't take the pressure from his dad and decided to enhance some pills to help him improve."

"They had helped him a lot in his game and his dad was very impressed. But ever since he started on those pills, his grades have slipped and his friendships had become rather distant. He stopped taking those pills and his skills went back to normal. His grades went back up and his friendships were close again. But his dad started lecturing him about his game. That's when he came into the gym. I said that I was sorry for him and he just sighed. I told him to just keep on doing whatever he was currently doing. It doesn't matter what his dad wants. If he can only do what he can than that's enough. I know that his dad is just trying to help him but sometimes you just got to listen to him and he took my advice. After that day, we started to talk occasionally and after a week or so he asked me out and we got together."

"He then suggested that we should keep this relationship and secret because he had enough stress from his teammates and dad so he didn't need the entire East High student body on him either. I agreed knowing that he didn't need any more pressure or drama around him. So we kept it a secret all this time. It's been 6 months since that day and even after the game, I thought we could go public with our relationship but he said no. He said that he didn't want his popularity to ruin me so we continue to keep it a secret. Now I'm just tired of keeping it a secret and I want it out. I'm tired of sneaking out late at night and sneaking around so no one will notice us. I just wish he would let us out. But I don't know how to tell him that. I'm afraid that if I do, he might end it. I don't want to lose him. I can't. I don't know what I do if I do lose him."

Gabriella finally finished and looked at Taylor for her expression.

"Wow that's wow. Gabi I didn't know that you and Troy were that close."

"Yeah."

"Listen whatever you do I'll support you but if you're tired of all the sneaking and you're not happy then just tell him. I'm sure he will understand."

"I don't know Tay. I'm hoping he does." Suddenly Gabriella's phone started ringing. Gabriella knows that ringtone. He has only one person set to the ringtone.

"It's Troy," Gabriella said looking at her phone on the coffee table. Taylor looked at it too.

"Go on, answer it," Taylor said. Gabriella picked it up and pressed the send button.

"Hello?"

"Hey babe. What are you doing?" Troy's voice came through the line.

"Nothing, just talking to Taylor."

"Oh did I interrupt something?"

"No. Just talking."

"Oh that's cool. Listen sorry about what happen in the hall after school. I didn't mean to just leave you like that." Taylor looked at her and gave her a look. She knew she wanted her to tell him.

"Gabi?"

"Yeah sorry Taylor kind of distracted me. Um Troy do you think you can come over? I want to talk to you."

"Uh sure, I can be over there in a few minutes."

"Okay. I'll see you then."

"Yeah I'll see you."

They hang up as Gabriella looked up at Taylor. She gave a comforting look. She hugged her.

"Good luck Gabi. I'm going to go so you guys can talk in privacy. Call me later and let me know okay?" Taylor said. Gabriella only nodded and watches as Taylor left.

A few minutes after Taylor left, there was a knock at the door. Gabriella got up and straightens out her shirt and walked to the door. She took in a deep breath then opened the door to reveal Troy in sunglasses.

"Is that part of your disguise?" Gabriella asked smiling at him.

"No it's just so sunny outside so I decided to put these on," Troy said sarcastically as there were rain clouds in the dark sky. Gabriella giggled at him and let him in. Troy took off his sunglasses and sat down at the couch. Gabriella joined him.

"So what do you want to talk about?" Troy asked her. She looked at him before talking.

"Us."

AN: Okay here's the chapter. Again sorry for late update. More updates to come early!!