Gabriella was sitting on her hotel room bed, still debating about whether or not she should accept Troy as her boyfriend again. Two days had passed since he asked her to be his girlfriend, and he was patiently waiting for her to respond. Gabriella smiled at the fact that her hadn't even brought the subject up a second time. That alone was enough to incline her toward saying 'yes' to his question.
Gabriella slid off the bed, went over to her luggage, and grabbed a picture of her and Troy together. Looking at it, she noted how happy they both looked. The photo had been taken before they left on their first ever date. And that date was wonderful.
"Hi, Gabriella," Troy greeted as the door to the Montez home swung open to reveal the girl he was there to see.
"Hi, Troy," Gabriella returned. "Come in."
Troy stepped inside the house and stared at Gabriella. She was beautiful. She was wearing a pale green short-sleeved dress with a white ribbon that tied around her waist and white wedge-heeled sandals. The perfect look for the day, which was one near the very end of August. Her hair was left down, strands of curls brushing against her shoulders.
"Troy...what's wrong?" Gabriella dared to ask.
"Nothing," Troy replied quickly. "It's just that you look really nice tonight."
Gabriella's cheeks turned a deep red. "T-Thank you," she stammered. "A-And you look handsome."
"Thanks," Troy smiled.
Troy and Gabriella, after going out to eat, were taking a walk while the sun was drifting down the western horizon. Their hands were linked together-a surprising gesture since it was their first time going out-and their smiling faces were turned toward each other's.
"Gabriella," Troy began as he and Gabriella arrived at Gabriella's front porch.
"Yeah?" Gabriella acknowledged.
Troy, even though his palms were beginning to sweat and he was tempted to just say 'good night' and then leave, forced his eyes to meet Gabriella's. He then opened his mouth and asked, "Will you be my girlfriend?"
"Yes," Gabriella answered.
Troy nervously glanced around. "Well....should we just leave it at this or can I.....oh, never mind."
"It's probably too early." Troy shook his head, looked down at the ground, and let go of Gabriella's hand. "Good night," he murmured wile walking away. "I'll call you later."
Gabriella stared longingly after Troy. "Wait," she spoke.
Troy turned around. "You want to know what I was talking about, don't you?"
"Sort of," Gabriella admitted.
Troy took a deep breath before racing back to Gabriella and, catching her in his arms, placing a kiss on her lips.
Gabriella returned Troy's kiss. "Wow, that was wonderful," she commented. "You didn't need to be nervous about kissing me at all." She blushed at her own words as she finished speaking.
"It's just that I-I've never kissed anyone before."
"Neither have I."
End of flashback
Gabriella put the photo away, then walked over to the door. Turning the knob, she walked out of it.
For the past two days, Troy had been, off and on, pacing the floor in his room while trying to get rid of the pain in his stomach. Would Gabriella say 'yes?' Did his question totally ruin their friendship?
At that moment, a knock sounded at Troy's bedroom door.
"Come in," Troy called.
Gabriella entered the room. "Hey, Troy," she greeted, walking up to him to get the kiss that they had always used to greet each other with when they were dating. Even though they weren't officially together yet, they just acted like they were. After all, it had been so long since they had savored one another's kisses or gave each other tender hugs.
"Hey, Gabriella," Troy said.
"I came to answer your question; you know, the one about me being your girlfriend again."
"What did you decide?"
"Yes, I would absolutely love to be your girlfriend."
Troy smiled, then began to kiss Gabriella. "I love you, I love you, I love you," he repeated over and over in a soft murmur.
"Love you, too," Gabriella told Troy, kissing him back.
"Gabriella," Troy started.
"Yeah?" Gabriella said.
"I want to give you something so that you can feel close to me while you're not in Albuquerque," Troy told his girlfriend as he reached into his dresser drawer.
Gabriella, who was sitting on Troy's bed, turned her body so that she was facing Troy.
After grabbing something, Troy closed his drawer and walked over to Gabriella. "This was going to be a present to give Sharpay at the spring dance, but I think it'll look so much better on you." He held out a small box.
Gabriella eagerly took the item from Troy and opened it up. She saw a charm bracelet that had one single charm hanging from it so far-the letter 'T.'
"There was an 'S' charm on it, too, but I took it off and returned it to the store I bought it from," Troy explained. "I'll get you a 'G' one to put on before you need to go back home, alright?"
Gabriella looked at Troy and nodded in acknowledgement before throwing her arms around him. "Thank you so much. I love it," she murmured.
"You're welcome," Troy responded, hugging Gabriella back.
Gabriella suddenly caught a glimpse of what was on the walls of Troy's room. "Are you gonna keep those pictures of Sharpay up?" she wanted to know.
Troy, letting go of Gabriella, went over to one of the walls and began taking the photo frames off. Once he was finished that task, he tore the pictures from the frames, ripped them all up, and threw them out. He repeated his actions with all four walls surrounding the area of his bedroom.
Gabriella giggled as she took note of the stack of empty picture frames that stood on the floor in a corner of the room. "You didn't have to do that."
"Yes, I did," Troy gently disagreed. "Do you really think I would want to stare at Sharpay all the time?" He walked over to Gabriella and kissed the top of her head.
Gabriella smiled. "No."
The next day, Gabriella arrived at Troy's house with a present for him. She thought that since he had given her something to help her feel close to him, she should give him something in return.
"Come in," Troy invited, holding the door open for his girlfriend.
Gabriella entered the Bolton house. "I got you a present."
Troy gently took his gift out of Gabriella's hands and tore the paper off of it, uncovering a framed picture of Gabriella. "I love this," he said, leaning down to kiss Gabriella's lips.
"I thought that your walls looked empty after you took down all the pictures of Sharpay," Gabriella told Troy.
"Come up to my room," Troy instructed.
Gabriella hurried upstairs after Troy.
Troy led Gabriella into his bedroom, where he placed the photo on his end table, which was right beside his bed. "There. Now I can see you first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Sharpay never got the honor of having her photo right next to my bed."
A blush crept across Gabriella's face. "Really?"
"Really," Troy confirmed. "Because she wasn't nearly as beautiful as you. And, I didn't love her."
Troy and Gabriella exchanged a loving gaze for a minute before passionately kissing and rushing downstairs to cuddle on the sofa and watch a movie. They were both happy that they had finally gotten what they had been longing so badly for-to be with each other.
Okay, so this was it. I'm not too sure about how the ending turned out (or the whole chapter for that matter)...I'm no good at writing endings of stories...LOL. Anyway, thanks for all the great reviews! At first this story wasn't popular, but all of a sudden, it became (probably) my most popular story! Thanks to all who faved both this and me (as an author) and put this on story alert and me on author alert! Next story I'll update will be Whatever it Takes.