Gabriella and Troy both sat up in bed and hurriedly got out. Usually, they were in no hurry to stop snuggling

up together and get ready, but this day was different. It was the day they were going to be Troy and Gabriella

Bolton, husband and wife. They got dressed in the clothes they were going to get married in and Gabriella did her

hair. She didn't do anything fancy, she just parted it at the side and let her curls hang like they always did. Then,

she put on a tiny bit of make-up. Only lip gloss, eye shadow, and a little foundation. She didn't want it to be too

heavy or else she would look like she was going to be in a play soon.

"Gabby, you look so pretty," Troy said, walking behind Gabriella and hugging her. He was wearing his

basketball uniform and sneakers and his hair was how he normally had it. He didn't want to look dressed up at

all. Gabriella wanted to look nice, but not dressed up.

"Thanks, Wildcat, you look handsome," Gabriella said, snuggling into her fiancé and letting a few happy tears

fall. "I'm so happy," she said.

"Me, too," Troy said, kissing Gabriella's cheek.

"I'm so happy that by the end of this day, I'm gonna be your wife," Gabriella said, letting another happy tear

fall.

"I know, I can't believe it. I love you so much and I thought I would never see you again when you left for

Stanford. And now you're gonna be my wife," Troy said.

"I love you, too," Gabriella said.

"Alright, well let's see, do we have everything we need?" asked Troy.

"Yes, I'm all packed," Gabriella told Troy. "Are you?"

"Yeah, I'm ready to go, too."

"What time does our plane leave again?"

"In an hour. So are you ready?"

Gabriella nodded. "I just need to get my flip-flops. However ridiculous it sounded to wear flip-flops in the

middle of winter, Gabriella didn't care because if she wore sandals, she would look too dressy. She walked into the

bedroom, slipped on her white flip-flops, then walked into the living room with Troy, each of them holding their

bags. They quickly stopped to look at their Christmas tree which was still up with all the unwrapped presents

around it. They had had a great Christmas day that year, but not as great as this day would be.

"Alright, you ready to go?" asked Troy, grabbing Gabriella's hand affectionately.

Gabriella looked into Troy's eyes, smiled, and nodded. "I love you," she said.

"Love you, too," Troy said.

They quickly kissed each other before they walked out the door and loaded their stuff into Troy's car. Then,

they both got in and Troy drove to the airport. They handed in their bags, then got on the plane. It started traveling

in about ten minutes.

"Gabby, you want anything?" asked Troy.

Gabriella shook her head no. "I'm okay," she said.

"Alright," Troy said.

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Troy and Gabriella stepped out of the plane and grabbed their luggage. "Let's go over there and rent a car,"

Troy suggested. There was a car rental place right next to the airport.

"Okay," Gabriella said.

After finding a car, Troy drove to the ski lodge. As they pulled in, Gabriella started happy-crying. "This is

where I first saw you," she said.

"I know," Troy said. "We have good memories of this place and tonight, we're gonna leave with even better

ones."

Gabriella smiled and leaned against Troy's shoulder. "I love you," she said.

"Love you, too," Troy told Gabriella.

Troy and Gabriella got out of the car, grabbed their bags, and went inside. "Let's go to the front desk to see

where our room is," Troy said, walking over to the front desk.

"Hello, what can I do for you?" asked the lady who was at the desk.

"We are Troy and Gabriella Bolton," Troy said.

Gabriella smiled as she heard Troy call her by her new name for the first time. They had just both gotten a

room under Troy's last name because for most of the time they would be there, Gabriella would be a Bolton.

"We have a room reserved," Troy continued.

"Oh, I found you. Your wedding's tonight, isn't it?" asked the lady.

Troy nodded. "Yeah, we're so excited."

"Alright, well here's your key card and have fun!" the lady said.

"Believe me, we will," Troy said, half to Gabriella.

Gabriella smiled and followed Troy over to the section where the rooms were. He found the right room,

unlocked the door, and stepped inside, holding the door open for Gabriella. Once they were both in, he shut it. "I

can't wait," Gabriella said, putting down her bags.

"Me neither," Troy said. "Let's see, it's twelve o' clock. Wanna go grab some lunch quick before we have to

start making sure everything's good for our wedding?"

"Sure," Gabriella agreed. "I love you so much," she added.

"Love you, too," Troy said back. They were saying 'I love you' a lot that day, mostly because they were in an

extra-loving mood dye to their wedding.

Troy and Gabriella left their room and found a place in the resort to get lunch. They both got sandwiches.

When they were done eating, they went back to their room and unpacked their stuff to get settled in. "It's twelve-

thirty," Gabriella said.

"And our wedding doesn't start until six," Troy said. "That's five and a half hours."

"It better start on time," Gabriella said.

"I know. You know what? We're starting even if no one is on time. Because I can't wait any longer than I

already have to wait," Troy told Gabriella.

"Good idea," Gabriella agreed. "I don't think I could wait, either."

Troy sat down on the bed and held out his arms so Gabriella could climb onto his lap and curl up in them.

Gabriella went over to Troy and wrapped her arms around him, pulling herself onto his lap. Troy held her close

and stroked her hair gently. "I love you," he whispered.

"I love you, too," Gabriella said back. She snuggled into Troy and put her head on his shoulder.

"I love you so much," Troy said.

"I love you so so much," Gabriella said. "I finally beat you."

"Well I love you so much it would take me the rest of my life to say all the 'so's' in the sentence."

"Well it would take me past my life to finish."

"What do you want to do?" asked Troy.

"Snuggle," Gabriella answered, climbing off of Troy's lap and getting under the blankets.

Troy did the same as Gabriella and pulled her close to him. "We're gonna be up late tonight," he said. "Why

don't we take a short nap?"

"Okay," Gabriella said, closing her eyes and snuggling into Troy. "I love you."

"I love you, too," Troy said, kissing Gabriella's cheek.

Within ten minutes, Troy and Gabriella were both fast asleep in each other's arms.

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Gabriella opened her eyes and looked over at the clock, still cuddled up in Troy's arms. 1:32. Troy can sleep for

a while longer, she thought. So she laid her head back down because for one, she was comfortable snuggling with

Troy and for two, Troy would wake up if she left the bed. They both spoiled each other in that way, staying in bed

even if one of them was awake so the other could sleep comfortably. They knew they could never spend a night

apart. If they did, they wouldn't be able to sleep. Now that they were used to snuggling, neither one of them knew

how they slept for the past eighteen years of their life before Gabriella started staying at Troy's house over the

summer.

Just then, Troy's eyes opened and he smiled when he saw Gabriella still snuggled into him. "Hi, baby girl," he

said.

"Hi, Wildcat," Gabriella said back.

Troy kissed Gabriella's cheek. "What do you want to do now?" he asked.

"How about we-" Gabriella was cut off by a knock at their door.

"I'll get it," Troy said, slowly taking his arms away from Gabriella and rolling out of the bed. He went to the

door and opened it. "Chad!" he said.

"Hey," Chad said. "Wanna play some basketball? Jason and Zeke are waiting at the basketball court. I asked

for your room number so I could ask if you wanted you play."

"Gabby, is it okay if I play basketball?" Troy asked Gabriella.

"Go ahead," Gabriella said. "You missed playing it when we were all together for Thanksgiving. I'll be there to

watch in a minute."

"Okay," Troy said. "I'll wait for you."

"Thanks, Wildcat," Gabriella said. She got out of the bed, fixed her hair a little, then slipped her shoes back on

and went out of the room with Troy, who gently took her hand, not wanting to let go of her that day.

When they got to the basketball court, Gabriella sat down to watch as Troy played basketball with his friends.

He was on a team with Chad, and of course they won. Gabriella walked over to Troy to give him a hug and a kiss.

Then, looking at the clock in the room, she said, "Wildcat, it's quarter of three. What do you wanna do?"

"I think we should go relax a little before our wedding," Troy said. "Chad, Zeke, Jason, see you guys later,"

Troy said to his friends.

"Bye," Chad, Zeke, and Jason all said at the same time.

Troy and Gabriella went back to their room and sat down next to each other on the bed, Troy hugging Gabriella

close to him and kissing her cheek. "I love you," he said.

"Love you, too," Gabriella said, leaning against Troy's shoulder. "Are you glad you finally got to play

basketball?"

"Yeah," Troy said. "But I'm more excited for tonight."

"I can't wait," Gabriella agreed. "I wish it was time for the wedding now."

"I think we're lucky we didn't plan a huge wedding. We wouldn't have gotten to have that little bit of snuggling

and a nap and I wouldn't have gotten to play basketball because we wouldn't even be with each other."

"I know. I like that we're doing it differently and that I don't have to wait to walk down an aisle to see you. I

think it's better that we're gonna both be there together and at the same time."

"Me, too," Troy agreed.

Until about four-thirty, Troy and Gabriella just talked some more, mostly about the wedding. Then, when they

realized what time it was, they both quickly got on their shoes and Gabriella fixed her make-up and hair, but only

a little bit. She didn't want to look like one of those perfect girls at all the weddings she ever went to. That was one

reason why she left her hair down and did it on her own instead of going to a salon to have it put up in a fancy

style. Anyway, Troy loved her the way she was, so she wasn't going to look any different than she usually did.

"I'm ready to go," Troy said, walking up to Gabriella. "You look so pretty; prettier than if you had on a

wedding dress and pounds of make-up."

Gabriella smiled. She knew Troy didn't like it when girls wore tons of make-up, so that was a reason why she

didn't put much on. The other reason was that she didn't like having tons of make-up on her face. "I'm ready, too,

Wildcat," Gabriella said, hugging Troy. "I love you," she said.

Troy hugged Gabriella. "I love you, too, baby girl," he said, kissing her head and gently playing with her hair.

"Oh, Wildcat, do you have the rings?" asked Gabriella.

"Oh, no," Troy said. "Let me go get them." Letting go of Gabriella, he walked over to his bag and got the rings.

"Here," he said, handing Gabriella his ring and keeping hers so that they could give them to each other at the

wedding.

"Thanks, Wildcat," Gabriella said. "I love you."

"Love you, too, honey," Troy said. "Now lets go." Taking Gabriella's hand, he went over to the door and

opened it, Gabriella walking with him. They went to the room where everything had started. The room they first

saw each other in, the room where they first liked each other. And it was soon going to be the room where they

were married in.

"Troy, I'm gonna cry," Gabriella said.

"I know, I know, it's so happy. You can cry," Troy told her softly, putting his arms around her as a few happy

tears slipped down her cheeks.

"Wildcat, I love you," Gabriella whispered.

"I love you, too," Troy said, kissing her cheek. "And this is one of my three favorite places in the world."

"What are your other two?" asked Gabriella. "Wait, let me guess. The places only we knew. The garden at East

High and your tree house, right?"

Troy nodded. "I can't believe how well you know me," he said.

Just then, a guy came into the room. Troy knew that it was the guy who had made them sing together two years

ago. "Hey," he said. "I recognize you two."

"Hey," Troy said.

Gabriella smiled. "Hi," she said.

"Well I'm Brian," said the guy. "I don't think I ever introduced myself."

"No, you didn't. I'm Troy and this is Gabriella, who's my fiancé for another hour or so," Troy said.

"Thanks for asking me to help with your wedding," Brian said.

"No problem," Troy said. "I had to do something since you helped us find each other."

"Well do you want to help decorate?" asked Brian.

"Sure," Troy and Gabriella both said. They began to help decorate the room in simple red and white

decorations.

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"Troy, Troy!" Gabriella said. "It's five-fifty-five! We only have five more minutes!"

Troy walked over to Gabriella, picked her up, and hugged her tightly. "I love you," he said.

"Love you," Gabriella said.

Suddenly, they realized that everyone was sitting down waiting for the wedding to start. Except Gabriella's

mom. Gabriella figured she wasn't coming because she got too mad at her. But then she saw her walk in the room

and sit down. She was actually not wearing the dress she had always wanted, but she was wearing lots of make-up

and a dress a little too dressy for the informal wedding. Just then, the clock turned to six o' clock.

"Gabriella," Troy said, hugging her closer to him, tighter than he had ever hugged her before, and kissing her

head, "I love you."

Gabriella hugged Troy back just as tight. Happy tears were in her eyes, the prettiest eyes Troy had ever seen in

his life, for yet another time. "I love you, too."

Just then, they heard Brian say, "Alright, it's six o' clock. We're ready to start," into one of the microphones on

the karaoke stage to get everyone's attention. "Welcome everyone," he said. "Exactly two years ago, around this

same time, I randomly picked Troy and Gabriella to sing together at a party here, in this same room. I said that

one day they would thank me for it, but I was half-joking because I thought that they would sing, get it over with,

and never see each other again. But I also thought there was a slim chance that they would date, though I never

thought it would go this far. So now, we're gonna show you how it happened." Brian did the same thing he did at

the party two years ago. He made Troy and Gabriella come onto stage and but instead of saying they were going to

thank him for it, he said, "I'm glad you thanked me for this." Then, he turned on the karaoke machine and Troy and

Gabriella started singing the song they first sang together, the song they fell in love with each other because of.

Living in my own world

Didn't understand

That anything

When you take a chance can happen

I never believed in

What I couldn't see

I never opened my heart

To all the possibilities

I know that something has changed

Never felt this way

And right here tonight

This could be the start

Of something new

It feels so right

To be here with you ..oh

And now ... looking in your eyes

I feel in my heart

The start of something new

Now who'd of ever thought that

We'd both be here tonight

And the world looks so much brighter

With you by my side

I know that something has changed

Never felt this way

I know it for real

This could be the start

Of something new

It feels so right

To be here with you

And now looking in your eyes

I feel in my heart

The start of something new

I never knew that it could happen

Till it happened to me

I didn't know it before

But now it's easy to see

It's a start

Of something new

It feels so right

To be here with you

And now looking in your eyes

I feel in my heart

That it's the start

Of something new

It feels so right

To be here with you

And now looking in your eyes

I feel in my heart

The start of something new

Start of something new

Everyone clapped. By this time, Gabriella's cheeks were soaked with happy tears. Troy put his arm around her

and kissed a few of them away. Even though people were watching, he didn't care. Gabriella smiled at him and

then, in the microphone, said, "I want to say something. Now, you already heard how we met, but I want to fill in

a few details. For one, we were both terrified when we found out we had to sing in front of people. And I didn't

think we were gonna thank Brian, either. But after we were done singing, we started talking and we got each

others' numbers. We didn't think we would see each other again, and we thought if we did, it wouldn't be for a very

long time. But then, after Christmas break was over, I found out that the new school I was going to was Troy's

school. I was so happy. Then, we started dating and over the summer, we had our first kiss. Then, in senior year,

we thought we would lose each other forever because we were planning to go to different colleges that were far

from each other." Gabriella started crying again. "I had to leave for my college, Stanford, early. And I didn't want

to keep going back and forth for prom and graduation because I thought I had to say good bye to Troy, and I knew

it would be too hard to do that if I came back again. So I called him and I told him and I also said something I

never told him before. I told him I loved him. But I didn't give him a chance to say it back because it would made

me just go back if he did, so I hung up the phone."

Troy then hugged Gabriella and kissed her cheek, knowing that she wouldn't care even if it wasn't a time to be

hugging her and kissing her. "I love you," he whispered.

"Love you, too," Gabriella whispered back, hugging Troy. Then she let go of him and continued talking. "But I

was surprised when, on what would be my prom night, I was just at a spot I liked to go after my classes were done

for the day and saw Troy in a tree there. Yes, my Wildcat loves trees."

Everyone laughed.

"Then, when he was barely out of the tree, we were clinging to each other and I asked him what he was doing

all the way in California on prom night. And he said, 'My prom is wherever you are. If I'm going to have a last

dance before I graduate, it has to be with you.'" She started crying again at the memory.

"Do you want me to finish?" Troy asked Gabriella, putting one of arms around her as she nodded. She knew

she wouldn't be able to stop crying, even if she was talking in front of people because these were very special

and intense memories to her. "Alright," Troy said into the microphone, his arm still around Gabriella's shoulders.

"Then, after I told her that my prom was wherever she was, we danced and sang with each other. When we were

done that, we looked into each other's eyes and just stared at the love we saw there. It was the first time for either

of us being in love, and we were so happy. Then, we kissed each other. I told Gabriella I wanted her to come back

with me, and she agreed. So I drove back to East High, where our musical was going on. Gabriella and I got there

in time to be in it. Then, when that was over, it was time for graduation. I said that I wasn't going to the college I

was planning on, which was U of A, because I wanted to be close to Gabriella. I said that I had chosen theater as

well as basketball because I was going to Berkeley, which was close to Gabriella. When I looked at her, I could

see happy tears in her eyes as she looked at me with lots of love and affection. After graduation, me and all my

friends, and my Gabriella, who was a lot more than just my girlfriend then, went to my house for a party. I told

Gabriella I wanted her to come outside with me. Then, I took her up to my tree house and asked her if it was too

late to tell her 'I love you' back, since I didn't get to tell her on the phone. She said she would always love me, so

I told her I had a graduation present for her. I gave her an engagement ring, and when she opened it, I didn't even

have to ask her to marry me. Instead, she just kept saying yes and she was hugging me. So now, here we are

getting married."

As Troy finished, Gabriella said, "And I want to say something. Troy is so nice to me. Once, when I was sick,

he stayed home from college to take care of me. He made me soup and Jell-o and made sure I drank enough water

so I wouldn't get dehydrated. He would rest with me even if he wasn't tired because he knew I could sleep better if

he was next to me, and he would sit with me to keep me company. He got me throat drops and tissues and did

everything he could to make me feel better."

"And when I broke my ankle, Gabriella did everything for me. She would make all the meals and help me do

stuff and she made sure that I rested my ankle so that it would heal properly," Troy said.

Then, Brian came back over to them. He was allowed to officially marry people and Troy and Gabriella had

decided that he should be the one to officially marry them because he had gotten them together.

"Alright," Brian said. "Troy, Gabriella, are you ready to be married?"

Troy and Gabriella both nodded.

"Do you both promise to love each other and take care of each other no matter what happens as long as you

live?"

"I do," Troy said. He gave Gabriella her ring.

"I do," Gabriella said, wiping a few happy tears off her face as she gave Troy his ring.

"You may now kiss the bride."

Troy and Gabriella kissed each other passionately. This was it. They were married. Finally. When they finished

kissing, Troy wiped the tears that were now all over Gabriella's cheeks away with his fingers. "I love you," he said.

"I love you, too," Gabriella told Troy.

Everyone clapped.

Smiling, they both walked off of the karaoke stage and went to see their friends. The first person who came up

to Gabriella was her mom. "Gabriella," she said. "I'm sorry. I see that you and Troy really love each other and I'm

sorry for trying to ruin it."

"It's okay," Gabriella said. "Nothing could ruin it, anyway."

Troy kissed Gabriella's cheek. "Gabby, you know you're Gabriella Bolton now," he said.

Gabriella smiled and nodded. "And I love it," she said. "And I love you. More than anything."

"I love you, too," Troy said.

Troy and Gabriella knew that nothing could separate them ever and that they would never regret marrying each

other. This night really was the start of something new....again.

THE END

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Alright, so that's it. The end of HSM5. There will be an HSM6 coming soon!