It was the evening after graduation. After the graduation at school was over, everyone had

gone to Troy's house. They had eaten dinner and now were just sitting down talking about

random stuff. Gabriella was just about to tell Taylor something when Troy gently touched her

arm and whispered for her to come with him.

"I'll be right back," he told everyone.

"Where are you going?" asked Chad.

"Nowhere important. Just outside. I just want a few minutes alone with Gabby because she

might have to leave to go back to her house really soon and I won't get to see her for two


"Well.....ok.....," said Chad, sounding kind of confused.

Troy and Gabriella walked outside. "Let's go to my tree house," Troy said.

Gabriella nodded and followed him up into the tree house. "So.....what's the reason why you

wanted me to come out here with you?" she asked.

"I just wanted to be alone when I gave you your graduation present," Troy said. "I didn't want

to hear Chad teasing and laughing and everyone staring at us. And I wanted to give it to you in a

place that only we use now. And the last reason-I thought you would want to look at the stars."

"Well the stars are beautiful," she said, putting her head on his shoulder.

Troy wasn't really looking at the stars. "No, they're not that beautiful." He looked at Gabriella

and kissed her cheek. "Right now, you're the one I think is so beautiful."

Gabriella lifted her head to look into Troy's eyes and smiled. 'So are you going to give me my

present now?"

"Well, first I want to talk to you," he said. Then, seeing her shiver a little, he asked, "Are you


"A little."

Troy put his arm around her. "Better?" he asked.

Gabriella nodded and snuggled into him. "I'm good now, Wildcat. Thanks."

"Well, I wanted to first of all ask you if it's too late to say I love you, too," he said. "When you

called me from Stanford you said you loved me, but you didn't give me enough time to tell you

that I loved you, too."

"No, it's not too late. I still love you. I always have and I always will," she said, looking into

his blue eyes.

They just stared at each other for a minute before they kissed affectionately.

"Well, my precious Gabby, I think it's time for me to give you your present."