The Climb

Summary: After Final Jam, Mitchie and Shane remain friends. Mitchie goes back home to Jersey, knowing that she probably wont see Shane again for a while. After a glorious summer she goes back to school where she is a nobody again. The school bully treats her like crap but how will an unexpected visit from some friends affect Mitchie's life? Smitchie, Naitlyn, Jeggy.

Chapter 1

Flashback

"Hey Mitchie." Shane said as Mitchie met him at the canoes.

"Hey Shane. Shall we give this canoeing another go?" Mitchie said with a giggle. Shane smiled and handed Mitchie a lifejacket. They pushed the canoe into the water, got in and paddled to the middle of Lake Rock.

When they got to the middle of the lake, they began paddling around in circles again.

Mitchie laughed and said "Circles must be our thing."

"Yea. I can't believe that you are the girl I have been searching for this whole summer." Shane said as he rested the oar in the canoe.

Mitchie did the same and looked down into the water.

"Shane, I'm sorry." Mitchie finally said.

Shane looked shock. "Why are you sorry? What did you do?" Shane asked as he grabbed one of Mitchie's hands in his.

"I lied. I tried to be someone I'm not. In the process, I hurt you. You should hate me." Mitchie said as her chocolate brown eyes filled with tears.

"Mitchie, don't cry. It's in the past but I do have one question, why did you lie?" Shane asked, rubbing his thumb in circles on Mitchie's hand.

"All my life I have been a nobody. I only have one friend back home in Jersey because everyone else thinks I am a freak. For once I just wanted to fit in." Mitchie said. The tears she had been holding in began to slowly make their way down her cheeks.

"You only have one friend at school? How is that possible? Someone as amazing as you should have a line-up of people wanting to be their friend. I can't believe it." Shane said. He was shocked that Mitchie only had one friend.

"You better believe it Popstar." Mitchie said with a grin.

Shane shook his head murmured "Rock star" under his breath before picking up his oar and splashing Mitchie with it.

"So, are we friends Shane?" Mitchie asked after they had finished their little water fight. They were now lying in a canoe on the bank of the lake, staring up at the stars and talking.

"Of course we are Mitch. Give me your phone." Shane said. Mitchie handed him her phone and he programmed some numbers into it.

"One of those numbers is my personal mobile phone number, one is Jason's personal number and the last one is Nate's personal number. If you can't get me, try one of them. That number is one that very few people know. Only my family, manager, Nate, Jase and now you know it so please don't tell anyone. I also put Uncle Brown's number in there just because." Shane said as he handed the phone back to Mitchie.

Shane handed Mitchie his phone and she put her number in. "Come and see me in the morning and I'll give you my email address and home address." Mitchie said after handing the phone back.

Shane smiled and put his phone away before he looked back over at Mitchie. He watched as she shivered. She sat up and wrapped her arms around her knees to keep herself warm.

"You cold?" Shane asked. When Mitchie nodded, he slipped off his favourite leather jacket and placed it around her shoulders. She tried to protest but he put his hand over her mouth. She shook her head before putting her arms in the sleeves and wrapping the jacket around her body. She smiled at how warm it was, his body heat still radiating off it. She buried her nose into the collar and let the smell that was uniquely Shane – woodsy cologne with a sort of spice – enter her senses. Shane smiled at her and wrapped an arm around her shoulders to keep her even warmer.

"We'd better get back. We both have an early morning tomorrow." Shane said. He stood up and helped Mitchie out of the canoe. He walked her back to her cabin in silence. Mitchie started to take the jacket off to give it back to him. He stopped her and said "Mitch, keep it. That way you'll always have something of me with you."

Mitchie smiled before saying "Wait here one second." She ran inside the cabin before coming out again a few minutes later holding a small digital camera.

"I want a photo." Mitchie said. Shane smiled and rested his head on Mitchie's shoulder. Mitchie took the photo and smiled at him after the photo was taken.

"Thanks for tonight Popstar." Mitchie said before pressing a kiss to Shane's cheek and heading into her cabin.

Shane walked back to his with a huge smile on his face. He was so happy that he forgot to correct Mitchie's name for him.

End Flashback.

Mitchie Torres smiled as she woke up. She had been dreaming about her final few days at Camp Rock in the past summer.

She frowned when she realised that today was the first day of school. Mitchie put a CD on whilst she got dressed. She was trying to decide what to wear when a beautiful voice came on.

Everytime I think I'm closer to the heart
Of what it means to know just who I am
I think I've finally found a better place to start
But no one ever seems to understand

I need to try to get to where you are
Could it be, your not that far

You're the voice I hear inside my head, the reason that I'm singing
I need to find you
I gotta find you
You're the missing piece I need, the song inside of me
I need to find you
I gotta find you

Mitchie turned to the CD player and smiled softly. Shane and her had kept up contact as had all of her friends from camp. Shane had sent her a copy of him singing "Gotta Find You" that Caitlyn had recorded. Caitlyn had also sent her a copy of "This is Me" and all the performances from Final Jam.

"Mitchie, breakfast is ready." Connie Torres called from downstairs.

Mitchie finished getting ready, grabbed her song book and bag before walking downstairs. She felt her phone vibrate in her pocket and it read One New Message.

Mitchie slid the phone open and read the message.

Have a good day at school. I'll ring you later.

Nate and Jase say hi.

Shane

Xxx

Mitchie smiled and slipped her phone back into her pocket before walking into the kitchen.

"Hey mum." Mitchie said as her mum placed some bacon and eggs in front of her.

"Morning Mija. How did you sleep?" Connie asked as she kissed her daughter on the forehead.

"I slept great mama. Ooh HotTunes. Turn it up please?" Mitchie said as she shot her mother a beautiful smile. Connie shook her head at her daughter and turned up the television.

Connect 3's lead singer Shane Gray has returned from a summer spent at the famous Camp Rock a changed man. He organised a press conference yesterday where he announced his change and he also apologised. Here it is.

"First of all, I wish to apologise to my manager, the label, my best friends, Nate and Jason, my family and most importantly to my fans. My behaviour as of late has been atrocious. I wish to apologise for turning into the one thing I promised myself I never would become- a stuck up singer who only cared about himself." Shane said as he looked over at the crowd of reporters. Nate and Jason were sitting behind him smiling.

"Now the reason for my change is quite simple. My uncle Brown owns a music camp called Camp Rock. It was decided that I would spend my summer there in the hopes I would have an attitude change. It worked. I met some amazing people, one in particular who I can honestly thank for my change. This person took no crap from me and on a few occasions, told me off. I can fully say that it was because of this person that I changed. Myself, Nate, Jason and Craig, our manager would all like to thank this person because without them, Connect 3 would be no more" Shane concluded.

"SHANE! SHANE!" The press called out when he had finished.

"Yes, you?" Shane said as he pointed to a man in the crowd.

"Jacob Lewis, New York Times. This person you have been talking about, do you still remain in contact with them? Would you consider yourself friends?"

"Hi Jacob. Um, yes I am still in contact with the person. Yes I would consider us friends. They have quickly made their way into my heart and I can now consider them one of my best friends. Yes next question?" Shane answered.

"Hi. Annabel James, Seventeen Magazine. "Whilst at camp, did you meet a particular girl? Has someone captured the heart of the great Shane Gray?"


Shane smiled and replied "Hi Annabel. Yes I can say that I met a girl. The person who has changed me is in fact a girl. She holds a very special place in my heart and always will. As for has someone captured my heart in the way that you are thinking, I will admit it yes. However the girl in question does not know it."

The HotTunes reporter came back onto the screen and said "Who is this mysterious girl that has captured Shane Gray's heart? We at HotTunes believe that this girl is one very lucky lady. Whoever she is, when it is revealed, we hope you take good care of our Mr. Gray."

Mitchie looked down at her plate. He feelings for Shane had grown after they had sung together now, hearing that he had someone in his heart made her heart hurt.

"Bye mum. Love you." Mitchie said. She kissed her mum goodbye and left the table. She swung her bag onto her back, placed her black Oakley sunglasses that Caitlyn had bought her for her birthday on and left the house.

She walked through the gates of Hunter Valley High (just a made up school) and straight to her locker. She pulled out the photos she had taken from Camp Rock and pinned them up all around her locker. Mitchie also had pictures of her and her friends on all of her books.

"Hey Mitchie." A voice said from behind her. Mitchie turned and came face – to –face with her only friend at HVH, Sierra.

"Hey Sierra." Mitchie said as she gave her a hug.

Sierra looked down at the ground and Mitchie started to worry.

"Si, what's wrong?" Mitchie asked.

"Mitch, I'm not staying here today. I just came to clean out my locker. My dad got a new job. It means that we have to move to Australia." Sierra said as tears welled up in her eyes.

Mitchie's eyes began to water as well. She wrapped her best friend up in a hug and said "Don't cry. It's a great experience. Besides, its not like you are about to fall off the face of the earth. We'll email each day and call and have video chats. I love you Si."

"I love you to Mitch." Sierra said before walking off down the hall to her locker. Mitchie closed her locker and rested her head against the door. Tears flowed silently down her face. She was now alone in a school where she was considered a nobody.

Suddenly Mitchie felt her phone vibrate in her pocket. She pulled it out and the display read Shane

She slid open her phone and said "Hey superstar."

"Hey Mitch." Shane's voice said from the other line.

"How are you?" Mitchie said as she tried to get rid of all the evidence she had been crying.

"I've been good. Are you alright? You sound like you have been crying." Shane said. As soon as he said that, Mitchie burst into tears. She ran to the bathroom and locked herself in a stall. She hung up the phone and sent Shane a message.

I'm ok. Mitchie sent.

A few moments later, Mitchie received this reply.

Bull Mitch. What's the matter? Has someone hurt you?

Mitchie smiled through her tears and replied

My friend Sierra has told me that she is moving away. She is my only friend here. I'll call you at lunch. I g2g to class.

Mitchie left the stall, washed her face and headed off to her first period class.

Mitchie walked out of her third period class and went to the cafeteria. She grabbed a sandwich and bottle of coke before walking outside. She sat under a tree, pulled out her phone and rang Shane.

"Hello? Mitchie?" Shane's worried voice came through the speaker.

"Hey Shane." Mitchie said as she took a bite of her sandwich.

"Are you ok? Tell me what happened?" Shane said. He sounded much calmer.

"You know how I told you about my best friend Sierra? Well she is moving to Australia. She is the only friend I have here. I will be a loner now. I'm not strong enough to stand up for myself." Mitchie said calmly into the phone.

"Mitchie, you are strong enough. You stood up to Tess when she was being a bitch at camp. I have faith in you. But who do you have to stand up to?" Shane's soothing voice said.

"Yea but I had Lola, Barron, Sander, Andy and Cait with me then. They were sitting with me and I knew they would help if I needed it. I have to stand up to the school bully. She teases me on a daily basis. Think of what Tess was like before Final Jam and times that by ten." Mitchie said.

"Mitchie, I really wish I was there to help. All you can do is just put her out of your mind. Ignore whatever she says to you. She isn't worth it. If you start to feel upset, think of Cait, Barron, Sander, Andy, Lola, Peggy, Ella, Tess, Me, Nate and Jason and just walk away.

"Sometimes it's not that easy." Mitchie said.

"Oh god Mitch. I wish we were all there. We'd set that girl straight. I'm not kidding. Us guys would stand watch whilst Cait and the others beat this chick up." Shane said. Mitchie started laughing immediately.

"It's good to hear you laugh Mitchie." Shane said.

"Oh that felt good. So I watched your press conference today. You were great." Mitchie said.

"Thanks. I felt so stupid up there. But I thought about all you guys and just said it." Shane said.

"Cool. Look I got to go. The bell is about to go. I have music next. I miss you Shane." Mitchie said as she stood up. She put her rubbish in the bin and headed back into the school building.

"I miss you too Mitch. Hang on. Nate and Jase want to talk to you. You're on loud speaker." Shane said.

"Hey guys." Mitchie said with a grin.

"Hi Mitchie." Nate and Jason called together.

"Who would Caity be beating up and why?" Nate asked. He and Cait had been going out since after Final Jam.

"Just this evil cow at my school." Mitchie said.

"Mitchie, why is there a cow at your school? Ooh, does that mean you have heaps of birds there too?" Jason's excited voice came over the phone.

"You idiot." Mitchie heard Nate and Shane mumble before she heard to simultaneous slaps.

"HEY! Don't beat Jase up." Mitchie said in mock anger.

"Sorry Mitchie." Both Nate and Shane said into the phone.

"That's ok. Look boys I gotta go but I promise to call after school. Love you all." Mitchie said.

"We love you too Mitchie." All three boys cried before Mitchie hung up the phone. She walked to the music room and entered just as the bell went. In her music class there 14 people with various talents. No one knew that Mitchie could sing. They just thought that she played guitar and piano.

"Ok class, today will just be a practical lesson. Either stay in here or go to a Prac room and play." Their teacher, Mr. Steele said.

Mitchie picked up her bag and walked into a Prac room. She shut the door before sitting at the piano. She was contemplating what to play when she suddenly began to play "This is Me." She played that through a few times before switching to "I Gotta Find You."

The period soon ended and Mitchie left the room. As she was walking, she ran head first into someone. She looked up and found her self staring into the ice blue eyes of Cassidy Jones, the girl who makes Mitchie's life a living hell.

"Oh look who it is, Twitchy Mitchie. Where's your weirdo friend? Did she finally realise that you are a freak and ditch you? What have we here?" She said. She grabbed Mitchie's music book out of Mitchie's hands and looked at the photos on the cover. One was of her and Nate, one of her and Jason; one of her and all of Connect 3 and the one in the centre was the photo of her and Shane.

Cassidy scoffed and said "Who photoshopped this for you Twitchy? Did you get your daddy to do it? There is no way in hell Connect 3 would hang out with a freak like you. There is also no way that Shane Gray would hug you. You are nothing more than a disgusting, lying freak."

Her cronies cackled as Cassidy threw the book back to Mitchie and walked away. Mitchie felt tears come to her eyes and was glad that she now had a free period. She went to the library, pulled out her song book and started to write.

The struggles I'm facing
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I'm not breaking

I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I'm gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going

And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on

'Cause there's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose

Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb, yeah

Mitchie put her pen and song book away when the bell went. She walked off to her final period of the day which happened to be music 2. Mitchie took two music classes; the second one only had Mitchie and 3 other students in it. It was a very selective class where the music teachers picked one student from their class to be in this one. Mitchie was chosen form her whole class of eleven along with two boys and another girl. The good thing was that you got one – on – one time with the teacher.

Mitchie stuck the rest of the day out before walking home slowly. Her parents weren't home when she got there so she let herself in and headed straight up to her room. She turned on her computer and threw herself on her bed. She pulled out her song book and finished writing her song.

I can almost see it
That dream I am dreaming
But there's a voice inside my head saying
"You'll never reach it"

Every step I'm taking
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking

But I gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb

The struggles I'm facing
The chances I'm taking
Sometimes might knock me down
But no, I'm not breaking

I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I'm gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep going

And I, I got to be strong
Just keep pushing on

'Cause there's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be a uphill battle
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb, yeah!

There's always gonna be another mountain
I'm always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Somebody's gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there
Ain't about what's waiting on the other side
It's the climb, yeah!

Keep on moving, keep climbing
Keep the faith, baby
It's all about, it's all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith, wh
oa

She was pulled out of her daydreams when she felt her phone buzz beside her bed. She looked at the display and smiled when she read Shane's name.

She talked to Shane about her incident with Cassidy. He told her that his offer still stood about having the girls come and beat her up.

Mitchie and Shane talked for a few hours before Mitchie's parents got home. She hung up, went down and had dinner before walking back up to her room. She finished her homework before throwing herself into bed, unaware of what tomorrow would bring her.

A/N- Hey guys. I don't own Camp Rock or the song The Climb by Miley Cyrus from the Hannah Montana Movie. Hope you like this fan fiction. It is my first Camp Rock fan fiction, so tell me what you think.