::Guest Starring Chad Dylan Cooper::

Part II

B Y H O R C R U X F I N D E R

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Sonny woke up feeling the best that she'd felt in days. She sat up in bed, stared out her window, and tried to remember the amazing dream that she'd just had. It was odd that she was dreaming at all—she usually didn't—but whatever it was, she was determined to remember every single detail so that she could feel this good all day.

Did it have something to do with Chad? That couldn't be right…?

Suddenly Sonny's stomach lurched as memories from the night before came flooding back to her. She had kissed Chad Dylan Cooper! Willingly!

Okay, well the first ten seconds or so weren't willingly, but the rest was. Why had she done that? She could have easily ended the kiss. She'd always been taught that the same rules that applied to drugs also applied to boys: just say no. So why hadn't she said no?

Sonny walked down the hallway to her shower as those thoughts continued to race through her mind. She was supposed to be on set soon and there was no way that she was going to be late because she was thinking about Chad. Maybe the warm water would clear her head.

She allowed the jets of steaming liquid to crash over her face, but as much as she hoped it would, her memories did not wash away. And as if to add insult to injury, every time Sonny closed her eyes she saw Chad's face.

What did it all mean? It wasn't like the kiss had meant anything to him—he was Chad Dylan Cooper, or CDC as he liked to be known—he kissed girls all the time.

As Sonny turned off the water, she managed to convince herself that the kiss was no big deal. It was just a practice for the sketch and there was no point in worrying about her behavior the night before. It wasn't like she could change it now. Plus, she could guarantee that Chad wasn't losing any sleep over it. So why should she?

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Chad hadn't slept all night. He just kept playing that kiss again and again in his head like a broken record. And every single time that he watched it over, he had a more growing desire to repeat the experience.

Why had he kissed her like that? She must think the he was an absolute jerk. She would never understand that she was the one girl he wouldn't just kiss for the fun of it—that kiss had actually meant something to him. And she would never believe that.

He pulled the covers tightly over his head and screamed into his pillow. Chancing a quick glance at his alarm clock, he was unsurprised to find that he was running late. He was supposed to be on set in less than an hour. Reluctantly, he lifted himself out of bed and began changing into some decent clothes.

What was wrong with him?

There was just something about Sonny that made him lose his head. He couldn't think clearly when she was in the room. Chad was finally being forced to admit the truth: he had never felt this way about anyone ever before. It was very possible that he was in like with Sonny Munroe.

How had he let this happen? How had he let himself fall for a Random?

And what was he supposed to say to Sonny after last night? Just brush it off as if it'd meant nothing to him? Every fiber of Chad's being knew that he couldn't do that. He might be able to lie to Sonny, but he would never be able to lie to himself.

So that only left one option: to avoid her at all costs.

But thankfully, Chad was going to get to kiss her once more before he disappeared off of the face of her Earth. For the first time ever, Chad was actually looking forward to an episode of So Random!.

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Sonny was pacing back and forth in her dressing room nervously. She was already sporting her Chad Dylan Cooper fan girl outfit and was just waiting for Tawni so that they could head back to the set together. Although she hadn't seen him all night, Sonny knew Chad would be there this time. His sketch was up next.

"What are you so worried about, Sonny?" Tawni asked, looking over at her through the mirror as she reapplied her makeup. "You and Chad did work out your little kissing problem, right? Because I will not just sit back and watch as you ruin our show!"

"No, we worked it out…" Sonny mused. "I think. But I haven't seen him all day. What if the kiss was…bad?"

"There's no way you kiss worse than Portlyn. She looks like a fish when she kisses MacKenzie. But it's just acting—there's nothing to freak out over."

"I'm not freaking!" Sonny defended herself hastily. "I'm just worried that he won't show."

"I'm sure he's out there, Sonny—where we should be. Now, come on!"

Tawni grabbed Sonny by the wrist and pulled her back to set. Sonny's stomach was once again tying itself into knots at the very thought of seeing Chad. Her breathing was becoming more hurried and she was sure that she must look a little bit manic.

"What is wrong with you?" Tawni asked, never slowing her pace.

"Just…nervous."

"About the sketch or about Chad?" she smirked.

"What?!" Sonny cried, her voice getting higher and higher. "Why would I be nervous about seeing Chad? Psh! Like I care about him."

"Yeah, I get that from your eyes." Sonny was about to argue, but they arrived on set at the moment.

"Good! You two finally made it," Marshall said, ushering them to their places. "Okay, we're back on air in 5…4…3…"

Sonny ran to her mark, getting into character as she did. She was no longer Sonny Munroe, the girl questioning her feelings about a certain teen heartthrob. Instead, she was "Brandy". The more she got into character, however, the more she realized that losing herself in Brandy probably wasn't such a good idea. While Sonny was simply questioning her feelings for Chad, Brandy had no doubt that she was in love with CDC.

Sonny was trapped inside the body of a character who was maniacally obsessed with Chad Dylan Cooper.

As soon as the camera started rolling, Sonny put on her happy face and started acting. Her fake smile only faltered once—when Chad entered the scene—but even then it was only for a second.

Her lines were drilled into her head, so she was pretty much on autopilot. It was a good thing too, because her mind was filled to the brim with thoughts of Chad. Which, of course, wasn't healthy on a normal basis, but especially not while filming.

Was Chad dreading this kiss? Had Sonny completely scared him off the night before? Or was he maybe looking forward to it? Was he anywhere near as confused as Sonny? He certainly didn't look confused. He looked calm, cool, and collected as usual. But of course, he was cool—he was Chad Dylan Cooper! Sonny mentally cursed herself. She had to stop referring to Chad by all three names. But then again, that is what he preferred, right?

And was it all in Sonny's head or was Chad refusing to make eye contact? Oh God! What Sonny wouldn't give to know what he was thinking…

The sketch continued, earning laughs from the live audience at every joke. And before Sonny knew it, Chad was walking ever closer, his eyes fixed stubbornly on the wall behind her.

"Brandy, I've loved you ever since I spotted my face on your shirt. Come with me and we'll start a new life together on the set of MacKenzie Falls."

"Oh, Chad!"

They hesitated for just a second, but in that second everything changed. Chad looked Sonny straight in the eyes and as he covered her lips with his, Sonny got the distinct feeling that it was just her and Chad kissing—Brandy was no where in sight.

In fact, Sonny forgot all about the studio audience until she heard Marshall cut the scene. The couple quickly pulled away, not wanting to draw attention to themselves now that the sketch was over, but neither moved away from the other. They just stood there staring questioningly, both surprised at the intensity of the kiss that they had just shared.

Chad opened his mouth to speak, but before he could say anything, Tawni pulled Sonny away and began talking animatedly about the night's episode. Sonny looked over her shoulder at Chad, but there was nothing that she could do to stop Tawni. Plus, she honestly didn't know if she was ready to hear what Chad had to say.

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The lights had long since been dimmed, but Chad still sat on the now empty set of So Random!. He just couldn't bring himself to leave because if he left the studio, it was almost like admitting that Sonny and he were never going to get together.

The saddest part was that Chad knew exactly what it was that was keeping him from approaching Sonny: his pride. But just being able to identify the problem didn't mean that Chad knew how to fix it. He was just as lost as he had ever been.

Chad had always known on some level that he was a spoiled narcissistic rich boy, and quite frankly it had never really bothered him. At least not until he meant the one girl that actually made him want to be different. Is this what Hollywood had turned him into?

He was just being stubborn. Chad wanted more than anything to admit his feelings to Sonny, but he was terrified of her reaction. He had spent the past few months teasing and taunting her endlessly. There was no way that she would ever forgive him! Even if he did try to explain that he was flirting with her in the only way that he knew how.

He gazed around the empty studio once more before standing. He couldn't stay here all night, even if he wanted to. Maybe it was best that he just left before he did something stupid.

"You're still here?" a familiar voice asked just as Chad reached the door. His heart began beating rapidly as he turned around to face Sonny with his characteristic smirk.

"And why do you care?" he asked.

"I don't!" she argued.

"Of course not," he retorted sarcastically.

"I don't! Why would I care anything about you, Chad?"

"I don't know, Sonny. Why would you?"

"I don't!"

"Well, good."

"Good."

"Fine."

"Fine."

"Can I give you a ride home?" The words were out of Chad's mouth before he could stop them and he stood staring back at Sonny expectantly.

"What?" Sonny asked quietly after taking a few seconds to digest the offer.

"Well, I just…you…because I…I just want to prove to you that I'm the better driver!"

Sonny rolled her eyes and folded her arms across her chest. "I don't doubt that you're the better driver, Chad. Every moment you're not in the studio, you're with that stupid car. Have you named it yet?"

"I do not spend every moment with it. And Chad Dylan Cooper does not name cars, thank you very much!"

"Face it, Chad—that car is your only friend."

"Really, Sonny? Because I hang out with you more than I hang out with my car. I guess that makes us friends too."

"We do not hang out that much," Sonny scoffed.

Chad just shrugged. "I've seen you outside of the studio every single day this week."

"That's just a fluke—Tawni has some new boy toy and you're the only one left to hang out with."

"We hung out everyday last week too," Chad continued. "And what about Nico and Grady? Are they not good enough for you?"

"Oh my God!" Sonny muttered, the truth of what he was saying hitting her. "What is wrong with me?" Chad looked over at her grumpily.

"Listen, do you want a ride or not?"

"Are you sure you don't mind?" she asked, looking up at him shyly. "I must be out of your way."

"A little bit," Chad admitted, "but it's really no big deal. There's no need for your mom to get out in L.A. traffic when I can just take you home."

"No, I don't want to be a bother," Sonny said after a few seconds. Chad could tell that she really wanted to accept and it was starting to annoy him that she was being so coy.

"It's really not a problem—" Chad insisted.

"No, I—"

"Sonny, I want to take you home!" he finally said, much louder than he'd intended to.

"Oh, well if you insist," Sonny smiled. Chad smiled back at her unbelievingly as he opened the door to the parking lot.

"I don't know what to think of you sometimes, Munroe," he admitted.

"You don't know what to think of me?" Sonny laughed. "You're the confusing one, Cooper."

"Am I really, Sonny?" Chad asked with a smirk. Sonny rolled her eyes. When they arrived at Chad's car, he opened the passenger door for her and she thanked him, obviously surprised by the gesture. He climbed into the driver's seat and started the car.

Before pulling out of the parking lot, he looked over at the girl sitting next to him. What he wouldn't give to have her sitting there with him everyday! If he could ever get the courage to ask her out, they could ride to the studio together every morning and he could take her home at night. But it wasn't looking like that dream would ever become a reality as Chad started towards Sonny's home.

She was beautiful—there was no denying it—and she deserved someone who would treat her beautifully. It took Chad a few seconds to realize that he was perfectly capable of being that guy. He knew for a fact that he would treat her better than James Conroy or some other specimen of the same mold. Chad just had to take that first leap of blind faith.

"So," he started. "That was some kiss."

"That was acting," Sonny responded smartly, but quickly changed her tone when she looked over and met Chad's eyes. "But, yeah…it was." Chad could make out a blush forming on her cheeks even in the dim glare from the street lamps.

"Why are you blushing?" he couldn't help but ask. She just looked too irresistible.

"What? I'm not blushing!" Sonny said, her voice rising dangerously.

"And I'm not Chad Dylan Cooper. You have nothing to be embarrassed about—it was a great kiss."

"Oh, well…cool." Chad knew what he wanted to say next, but he couldn't bring himself to spit the words out. Several minutes passed in silence.

"We should do it again sometime," he finally said.

"Do what again?" Sonny asked distractedly.

"Uh, you know…kiss."

"Yeah, well I don't think Marshall's ever going to let you back on So Random! after that disastrous dress rehearsal," Sonny laughed.

"No, Sonny," Chad stopped her. "That's not what I meant. I meant that maybe me and you could…"

"Could what, Chad?" Sonny asked impatiently.

"We could…I don't know…we could maybe go out sometime."

Sonny stiffened noticeably in her seat. "Go out…like a date?"

"Only if you want to," Chad added hastily.

"That would be nice," Sonny replied after a while.

Chad let out a breath that he hadn't realized he had been holding. He averted his gaze from the road long enough to smile over at her. She smiled back at him and the mood in the car immediately got lighter. Sonny spent the rest of the ride home telling Chad about something Tawni had done to her earlier in the day. Although he reveled in the sound of her voice, he paid little attention the story. Tawni wasn't his favorite topic of conversation.

When they finally pulled into Sonny's driveway, Chad put the car in park and turned in his seat so that he was facing Sonny.

"So I'll see you tomorrow, I guess," Sonny said, unfastening her seatbelt.

"Yeah, you will," Chad replied.

"Okay. Well, thanks for the ride."

"Yeah." The two sat staring at each other for several more seconds, neither quite knowing how to say goodbye. Not wanting to rush into anything, Chad leaned forward and gave Sonny a hug. Although he was glad when she hugged him back, it didn't stop the whole situation from feeling rather awkward.

What was going on between them now? Chad was still just as confused as he had been when he woke up that morning.

They broke apart and Sonny smiled at him before turning to get out of the car. She paused with her hand on the handle before it seemed that she changed her mind. She turned around and crashed her lips against Chad's.

And this time it was different. Because this was a real kiss—not one hidden under the pretense of acting.

Sonny pulled away several seconds later, but didn't stop to talk before pushing the car door open and quickly walking to her house. Chad watched with a huge grin plastered to his face as Sonny pulled her key from her bag and let herself in.

She paused right before shutting the door behind her to wave Chad goodbye. He waved back and she disappeared into the house.

And watching her go, Chad knew that his life was about to change. Because only Sonny Munroe had the capability to make him feel this good. And as he drove home, he could feel just a little of the egotistical narcissistic rich boy start to disappear—all for Sonny.

The whole experience did leave him questioning one thing, however: what just happened?

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Hope chapter two was to everyone's liking. Don't expect another installment, though—that's it. I'm also sorry it took so long to get this out. I was on a mission trip and I didn't want to update this before I updated some of my other stuff.

Reviews are much appreciated :)

SarahBeth.