TITLE: Gotta Find You

AUTHORS: Erin (TheDiamondPrincess) and Alanna (Acting-Singing-Bella)

RATING: T

CHARACTERS/PAIRINGS: Troyella, Chaylor, Zekepay, Ryelsi, and Jartha

DISCLAIMER: I don't own HSM in anyway; shape, or form and I can promise you that I'm not making anything from this story.

SUMMARY: Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez are the perfect couple. Everything was going great until Troy disappeared and goes missing. One year later, he's still missing and his body hasn't been recovered either. Gabriella never lost faith that he may still be alive. He constantly appears to her as a spirit and begs her to find him. Will she ever find him before its too late? Troyella!


PROLOGUE

It was quiet, the park was completely quiet. Not one person was in sight; not that there would be, it's nearly one o'clock in the morning and the park was devoid of human life.

For sixteen year old Troy Bolton, it seemed to be the perfect night to give his girlfriend, fifteen year old Gabriella Montez the necklace he had bought for her. He had bought a necklace that he had personalized just for her. It was heart shaped locket, with a capital T right in the middle. He looked over at girlfriend, who sat quietly next to him on a bench. 'That necklace is going to look great on her' he thought to himself as he smiled at the sight of his beautiful girlfriend. He just adored her new haircut. He loved the way her hair curled underneath her chin. That haircut frames her face perfectly.

"You look beautiful Gabs" he told her and he picked up her hand, holding in between his own. He smiled at his girlfriend when she looked up at him and smiled at her.

"Thanks Troy" Gabriella said and looked at her boyfriend. She still has no idea how someone as perfect as Troy could pick her over the other thousand girls in the school, who constantly throw themselves at him. He could have any girl he wants and he picks her, not that she's complaining. She really does love but doesn't think she deserves him; he's just so perfect and too good for her.

"I love you so much Gabs" Troy said and kissed Gabriella on her cheek. She smiled, loving the feeling his lips on her cheek. At the same time, it kind of disappointed her because she had never actually shared a real kiss with Troy. The closest thing she had gotten to kiss from Troy is on her cheek and she's not complaining about that, she just wants a kiss on the lips from Troy.

"I love you too Troy" she told him and looked up at the stars.

Troy could tell that something is bothering Gabriella because she's not usually this quiet with him and it worries him. He truly loves Gabriella and he hates when something is bothering her. "What's wrong?" he asked her in a worried tone as he reached out and tucked s strand of hair behind her ear.

"Nothing" she said, not taking her eyes off the sky.

"Gabriella look at me" he ordered her "I know something is bothering you. Just tell me what ok?" he said as he ran his thumb over the back of Gabriella's hand.

"It just bothers me that we haven't shared a real kiss yet. I love you Troy, and I want to kiss you. I know I'm ready" she told Troy as she looked down at the ground, tears beginning to well up in her eyes. She looked over at him when she felt someone dry her tears with her thumb and she saw her boyfriend smiling back at her.

"I didn't know you felt that way" he told her, sadness evident in his voice.

"Normal couple would have shared a kiss after dating for a couple of months but we never have, why is that Troy?" she asked as she looked at her boyfriend right in his eyes. She really does want to know why, but she's also a little afraid to find out. She doesn't ever want to pressure Troy and make him like he has to, in case he's not actually ready. They're still young and she could understand if Troy isn't ready to kiss her by now. She doesn't want to rush him.

"I love you Gabriella, you know that better then anyone" Troy said. Why does she feel like there's a but in here somewhere? "I wanted to kiss you but I didn't know if you were up to it. I didn't want to make you feel like I rushed you, you know?" he reached over and cupped Gabriella's cheek with his hand. His other hand went around Gabriella's thin waist and held her against his body.

Gabriella managed to smile as Troy caressed her cheeks with the pad of his thumb. Tears began to well up in her eyes as she looked up at Troy and rested her forehead on his. "You felt like you didn't want to rush me, Troy?" she asked him as she looked right in his eyes and placed her hand over his, which still cupped her cheek. Troy gently lifted her face to meet his and captured her lips with his own while keeping his hand on her soft cheek. She slid her arms around Troy's neck and let him pull her closer to him. Their lips slowly parted and they looked at each other, resting their foreheads against one another's.

Troy looked at Gabriella and smiled at her. She's beautiful; she's perfect in every single way possible. She still managed to take his breath away every time he looked at her. "You're beautiful, Gabs" he told her as he let go of her hands and cupped both of her cheeks in his hands. He gently kissed her forehead as his thumb caressed her cheeks.

"I love you so much Troy" Gabriella said as she moved into his touch. She gently rested her head on Troy's chest and looked out the playground.

"Gabs, I have something I would like to give you" she heard Troy whisper. She slowly moved her head from his chest and looked into his eyes. He gave her a 'turn around' look and she smiled as she turned around.

Troy took a deep breathe and he told himself 'it's now or never.' He took the necklace out of his pocket and put it around her neck.

Gabriella gasped as she touched the necklace. She couldn't believe that Troy would have bought her something like this. She felt Troy spin her around to look him right in his eyes. Troy cupped her cheek with his hand. "Gabriella, I love you. I loved you since I first laid eyes on you. You mean the world to me and I'm so lucky to have you in my life. You have no idea just how much you mean to me" he told her as his thumb caressed her cheek.

Tears began streaming down Gabriella's cheeks after Troy confessed his love to her. She couldn't what she just heard; she had no idea that she means that much Troy. She feels the exact way about him and she feels she's lucky to have him in her life. He mean so much to her. "I love you so much Troy, you're the best thing in my life" more tears sparked from Gabriella's eyes.

Troy moved his hand to her face and he dried her tears away with the pad of his thumb. He lifted her face and he captured her lips in a passionate kiss. His hand remained on Gabriella's cheek and her hand slid around his neck and in his hair. They smiled at each other as their lips parted. "Wanna go to the beach?" he asked as he kissed the back of her left hand. She smiled, loving the feeling of his lips on her hand. She slowly nodded gave Troy a nod.

Gabriella smiled at Troy as they both stood and she snuggled into his side and walked down to the beach, his arms draped across her shoulder. She held her hands together as the walked down to the beach. She ran her fingers over the spot on her hand that he kissed while he wasn't looking. She felt safe with Troy here and that's all that really mattered to her. She rested her head on his shoulder and wrapped her arm across his waist while he leaned in and kissed her hair.

She looked out at the water and listened to the comforting noises off the water once they reached the beach. She didn't even realize that Troy had moved behind her until she felt his strong arms fold around her shoulders and across her chest. She felt him rest his chin in the top of her head and she placed her hands on his arms. She felt safe on his arms and she smiled, looking out at the water.

Her life is perfect; nothing could go wrong, or so she thought.

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Gabriella woke up the next morning to something ringing. It took her a second to realize that it was her cell phone that was ringing. She looked over at her alarm clock and was surprised to see that it's five A.M, which made her wonder. Who the hell would be calling her at five in the morning, and for what?

She sat up in her bed and reached over her nightstand to grab her phone. Troy's house number appeared on her caller id. 'Why is he calling me this early in the morning?' she asked herself as she flipped her phone open and placed the earpiece to her ear. "Hello?" she said in a half awake, half asleep voice; something doesn't feel right about this and she can't shake the bad feeling.

"Gabriella?" she heard a low voice ask her name in a questioning tone. She did not recognize the voice on the other line at all

"Yeah," she asked in a nervous voice. What the heck is going on here? "Who's this?" a wave of panic came over her. She doesn't understand why an unknown person would be calling her from Troy's house number.

"It's Jack Bolton, Troy's father." That woke Gabriella right up, why would Troy's father be calling her? She reached over and turned her light on.

"Oh hi, Coach Bolton. What's up?" she asked. What does he want, is Troy alright?

"Can I talk to Troy, please?" the father asked, which sent Gabriella's mind into overdrive. Why would he be thinking that Troy is with her, he walked her home last night and left to go home as well. Something really doesn't feel right and she can't shake the feeling

"Um, Coach? I don't understand, what do you mean?" she asked in a timid voice

"It's perfectly simple, Gabriella," he snapped, which really concerned her. Troy's father never loses his patience with him. "Troy has a big test today is physics and he said that he could come home and study tonight after practice with the guys! For him not to call is unlike him and damned irresponsible! Please Gabriella, put him on the phone, right now?!" he yelled at her.

"Troy's not here, coach" she said. "He dropped me off at home and then left" she looked over at a picture of her and Troy from the recent school dance. Troy sat down on a chair and she stood behind him, her arms casually draped around his chest.

"Oh I see," he said, his voice sounded full of guilt. She just assumed that it was because he snapped with her before. "I'm sorry I bothered you Gabriella"

"Wait, Troy-" she said before the father cut her off.

"Troy never came home last night and he's not answering his phone. I just assumed that he was staying at your place for the night," now, he's panicked. "Troy seemed fine before he left last night Gabriella, didn't he?" He questioned again.

"Yeah, he seemed fine. He said he was going to home and get some sleep, that's about it" she told him. "I'm sure he'll show up at school tomorrow Coach" she said. She desperately hopes he does too. This is really starting to freak her out now, please someone tell her that Troy is fine.

"Ok, thanks Gabriella" she looked at her ceiling. "See you at school" he said and hung up the phone before Gabriella could say bye.

Gabriella closed her phone and looked at the ceiling in her room. Where is Troy, what happened to him? Why didn't he come home? All these kinds of questions kept running through her head as she found herself worrying about Troy. It's not like him to come home, or not to answer his phone. He always charges his phone and he always has it on him. She picked up her phone and frantically dialed Troy's number, panicking as she found that his phone went straight to his voicemail.

Everything will be fine, as long as she kept telling herself that.


A/N: So, what do you think of the prologue of the new, improved version of The Road? I hope you liked it better then the original. This time, it will not be a crossover with Cold Case; I found that it was too difficult to write that way. I'm just going to have Gabriella searching for him and have him haunt her dream, that's it. Please read and review, let me think this version is better then the original. The prologue is for my good friend Samie, who tried to help me with the ideas for the original version of this story so this whole story is for her. Thanks Samie, you're the best.

Just remember that no reviews not only results in a very upset Erin but it also results in no updates for this story. If you like it, I suggest you review it. I hope you all enjoyed it; any kind of reviews are greatly appreciated.

Thanks guys, you're the best. If it wasn't for you guys, I would have stopped writing a long time ago. Love ya all, a lot,

xoxo
Erin