"Where's Sonny?" Chad asked as he sauntered over to the lunch table where the cast of So Random usually sat. They were slumped over in their chairs and were very dull and not near as bubbly as they usually were when Sonny was with them.
"Why are you asking?" Tawni demanded, slipping a spoon of soup into her mouth.
"No reason," Chad shrugged.
"There has to be some reason," Grady raised his eyes from his glass of soda that he was currently making tornados in with his straw.
"There's always a reason," Nico nodded.
"It is pretty suspicious!" Zora pointed her fork in Chad's direction, "Why are you suddenly so interested in where Sonny is, huh? Answer the question, bucko!"
"Bucko?" Chad raised an eyebrow and backed away from the threatening prongs of the fork, "Look, I was just wondering where she was. I needed to…talk to her!" Chad had to admit, he wasn't the best at thinking on the spot – actually, he wasn't best at thinking period – but hopefully the So Random cast would believe him.
The truth was, he missed her. He missed seeing her walk over towards her table with that smile and little skip in her step. He missed hearing her laugh and seeing her head thrown back in laughter. He missed watching her pick out her lunch – always consistent – meat, vegetables, cupcake, and fro-yo.
"She's not…feeling well," Tawni flipped her hair over her shoulder, "We had to cancel filming today because of her."
"What's wrong?" Chad asked, suddenly worried. Her condition sounded serious and he was starting to worry about her. Maybe he should get her to the doctor…
"It's nothing," Tawni shrugged.
"Well it must be something if you had to cancel filming," Chad prodded.
"I said, it's nothing!" Tawni glared at him, "Just leave her alone today. She doesn't need you going and pushing her over the edge."
Chad rolled his eyes and was about to leave when Grady stopped him.
"Don't you dare go and do what I think you're going to do," Grady dictated.
"And what do you think I am going to do?" Chad asked, turning and facing the annoying kid with cake on his chin.
"You're going to go back to her dressing room and you're going to try and talk to her and that's just going to make her mad. She's on edge man, really on edge! If you even try to talk to her…she'll snap!" Grady hissed as if this was some huge secret, "She threw a bowl of popcorn at my head…at my head!"
"At your head?" Chad's brow furrowed.
"At my head!'
"With the popcorn in it?"
"Well no…just the kernels but still…"
"Painful," Chad finished for him.
"Alright!" Tawni shouted, holding up a hand, "We've all established that if Chad even gets close to Sonny, he'll be a dead man. Now then, can we get back to eating? I have a manicure at noon…"
Chad shook his head and walked out of the cafeteria, not heeding their warnings. He began to wonder what was wrong with Sonny that would make her so mad. She was Sonny – she didn't get mad, unless of course it was at him but that was a different story.
By the time Chad reached her door, he began to question if he was making the right decision. He decided to just go for it. Besides, he was starting to really worry.
He raised his fist and knocked quietly on the door.
"What?" Sonny shouted.
Chad took a step back, his eyes popping out of their sockets. Normally Sonny sounded cheery, bubbly, happy. Not today though, definitely not today.
"Sonny?" Chad asked, not believing that she could sound so vile.
"Can I come in?"
He knew it was a mistake, but "no" was not in Chad Dylan Cooper's vocabulary. He opened the door and walked on in.
"I thought I told you not to come in!" Sonny shouted.
Chad smirked, "Of course you did but because you told me not to come in, I just had to. What's wrong with you anyways?"
Chad took note of her fuzzy blue robe and slippers. She looked like a blue ball of cotton candy. To top it off, her hair was in a messy bun, she had a tub of empty Ben and Jerry's chocolate ice cream lying on the floor, and she was currently watching The Notebook, tears streaming down her cheeks.
"Yuck!" Chad's face coiled, "Seriously, what's wrong with you? Ice cream and The Notebook!"
"Shut up!" Sonny growled, "I don't feel good, alright."
"Do you want me to get you to the doctor or something?" Chad offered.
"No," Sonny sighed, "Just go over to the cabinet and get me a Midol…"
"Midol?" Chad's jaw dropped, his eyes widened, "Midol?"
"Yes. It's a little pink box…"
"You mean…that's what's wrong with you?"
Sonny sighed, totally mortified, "Yes, Chad," she replied, "That's what's wrong with me."
"And here I was thinking it was something serious!"
"Well gee, thanks. I'd like you see you doubled over with cramps and with your face broken out and the most horrible back pain…"
"Alright," Chad held up a hand grimacing, "I get the picture."
He walked over to the cabinet and shuffled through some things before finding the pink Midol box. He popped a pill out and handed it to Sonny.
"Sure. Do you…want anything else?"
"More chocolate ice cream would be fantastic!" Sonny, for the first time all day, actually sounded excited, "But…I couldn't ask you to do that. It was already too much to ask you to go get me a Midol. Just…go back to the Falls. I'll be fine."
"Yeah," Sonny nodded, "Not like this hasn't happened before, right?" She made a weak attempt at a smile.
"Yeah," Chad tried to sound assured, "See ya."
The second he shut the door behind him, Chad knew what he had to do. In about fifteen minutes, he found himself standing at her door again, with a tub of Ben and Jerry's chocolate ice cream. He couldn't believe what he had just done but it was Sonny…
Not that that was really an excuse, right? Why would it be? It wasn't like he liked or anything! Ha, that was a laugh. Him actually liking Sonny! Good one, Cooper. Props accepted!
Chad opened the door and sauntered in with the ice cream.
"Chad?" Sonny looked up, still in the same position.
"I'm not stupid, Munroe," Chad said, "I know when you are and when you aren't alright. I bought you some more chocolate ice cream."
"Chad!" Sonny cried upon seeing the tub in his hands, "That was so sweet of you…but I just can't eat a whole other tub!"
"That's why I'm here," he smirked, "Move over, you're hogging the couch."
Sonny couldn't help but smile as Chad put the ice cream between them and took out two spoons.
"Thank you, Chad," Sonny beamed as they began to eat, "This was so nice."
"I'm not always a jerk-face," Chad made a face at Sonny, causing her to laugh, "That's better," Chad lightly punched her in the arm.
"Chad Dylan Cooper, I think you just made my day!"
"That's what I'm here for. Now shut up, you're ruining the movie."
Chad turned his attention towards the screen where Noah and Ally were in the middle of a huge fight. His mind wandered away from Rachel McAdams and to what Sonny had just said.
Now you know how I feel everyday when I see you, Chad smiled, putting an arm around her. And for once, Sonny let her guard down around him and allowed her head to fall to his shoulder.