"We will handle this!" Ryan yelled and slammed the practice room door shut. Outside were all of their friends and he had no doubt that they were now leaning against the door trying to hear what he and Kelsi said. He shrugged at her and came to sit beside her on the piano bench.

"So," she said.

"So," he agreed. He tucked a lock of hair behind her ear with a smile. "It's been a while."

"Feels like forever," she muttered.

"I missed you."

"Me too." She laughed suddenly. "I'm sorry," she said, "it's just … this feels weird."

He tipped her chin up. "It doesn't have to. We're friends, first and foremost. We can be other things … when it's time."

"How will we know when it's time?"

He turned on the bench and began playing one of her songs from freshman year, one she'd never played for anyone but him because she didn't think it was good enough.

"It'll be like a musical," he said. "The music will slow down and become lighter and … it'll just fit."

He started to sing lightly, watching out of the corner of his eye as her eyes closed and she started swaying along with the music. He loved watching her get lost in music and, before he could think better of it, he kissed her quickly on the cheek.

"Wha--?" she gasped. "You just said --"

"The moment felt right!" he half-laughed, backing away from the piano quickly.

She grabbed a tuning fork and made to throw it at him. He ducked down, protecting his head but when nothing hit him he ventured a look up and saw Kelsi standing above him. He straightened, gathering himself for yet another apology, and was pleasantly surprised when she kissed him quickly.

"You were right," she said, pulling back with a smile, "the moment was right. It's about time."

AN: It really is. Thanks for all the reviews, this is without a doubt my most reviewed story. HSM fans are my new favorites. Hugs for you all!

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