Chapter 3: Troy's POV

I pulled my car into its usual parking spot. I was tired. After dinner with Ms. Montez and Gabriella last night, I couldn't sleep. There was no reason why, I just couldn't sleep and I am grumpy when I haven't got enough sleep. I grabbed my binder and exit my car. I locked it and walked towards the school.

I wasn't going to get on Gabriella's bad side in the parking lot like usual. I just wanted this day to end. I walked to my locker and put away my binder. I didn't need anything for theater. I walked down the halls and I could hear all the girls giggle and point at me. I gave them my usual smile and kept on walking towards the gym. Maybe a little practice can wake me up and put me in a good mood.

The gym was empty like I expected. I pulled out a rack of basketballs and grab one. I dribbled it around before pulling back and shooting it into the basket with nothing but net. I continued to play and I was so into my game that I hadn't realized the bell had rang for class already.

"Shit!" I cursed myself before racing towards the auditorium. Hopefully I could sneak in without getting caught. I pulled the door open and sneak into the auditorium and try to make any noise as I walked over to the guys. I can sense that the guys wanted to greet me so I shush them with my fingers. Ms. Darbus had her back towards me so I sat down next to Chad.

"Mr. Bolton it's nice of you to finally join us," Ms. Darbus spoke and turned around to glare at me. I smiled sheepishly.

"Sorry I was in the gym shooting hoops, I lost track of time," I spoke up.

"Next time Mr. Bolton there will be consequences." She looked down at her clipboard and I smiled smugly.

"Typical, Mr. Big Shot doesn't get in trouble," I heard her mumble from a row ahead of me. Gabriella really needed to work on her mumbling.

"Hi Gabriella," I greeted her waving like a maniac. She turned to me and glared at me. Man she sure is bipolar. One minute it's like she's happy with us then the next she's angry at me. Just like last night at my house when I got her backed up against my bedroom door. Man she was hot, honestly I wanted to kiss her and I would of if she didn't move out from under me.

I don't hate her to tell you the truth; she just seems to hate me for the way I am. So therefore I love to get her riled up and angry because she's hot when she is. She turned away from me and I chuckled. I got into a conversation with the guys about basketball.

"Okay young thespians, I want to see if any of you have the talent to stage a show. Kelsi will be giving you all a music sheet and you will be singing on this stage right now. Up first, Miss Montez," Ms. Darbus declared. That got my attention as I watched Gabriella walk on stage and towards Kelsi.

A guy with a guitar came to sit next to her and she looked down at the music sheet. Kelsi stood next to her and watched as she grabbed a mic from Ryan and stood front and center. For someone who doesn't like attention she looked pretty comfortable on that stage in front of everyone.

The guitar man started playing the song.

The moon is brighter than the morning sun
The birds sing sweeter and the bees they buzz
A silly little song and we're humming along

Dancing like a dandelion, hands swinging in a breeze
Floating like a butterfly, falling like an autumn leave
It's no ordinary thing between you and me

It's what I love about your love
Knocks me off my feet
Takes me on a trip to another galaxy
Smacks me with a smile longer than a country mile
Gets my heart a runnin' like a river running wild
I can never get enough
That's what I love about your love

The song was catchy I got to admit and she got into a groove on the stage. She has an amazing voice and the rest of the girls got on stage to dance and sing along with her. The guys started to clap along to the beat of the song. I couldn't help but smile at her performance.

You lean over my shoulder and it's over and done
Ain't nothing like a feeling of finding that one
It's a piece of the puzzle
Ain't no doubt about it
It's a good kind of troubles

She turns her attention onto me and catches my eye. We make contact as she continues to sing and she actually smiles at me. I bob my head to the music.

It's what I love about your love
Knocks me off my feet
Takes me on a trip to another galaxy
Smacks me with a smile longer than a country mile
Gets my heart a runnin' like a river running wild
I can never get enough
That's what I love about your love

It puts my hun in my honey
Oh it puts the fun in my honey
It's right on the money
All of the above

It's what I love about your love
Knocks me off my feet
Takes me on a trip to another galaxy
Smacks me with a smile longer than a country mile
Gets my heart a runnin' like a river running wild
I can never get enough
That's what I love about your love
That's what I love about your love
That's what I love about your love

The moon is brighter than the morning sun
That's what I love about your love
The birds sing sweeter and the bees they buzz

She finishes and everyone claps including me. She smiles really big and hugs all the girls. I decided it was time to upstage her and get under her skin a little.

"Well Miss Montez you definitely have the talent to stand on this stage. Let's see who can follow up on that performance," Miss Darbus commented her.

"I'll go!" I said standing up and walking towards the stage. Ms. Darbus nodded. Gabriella was walking off the stage as I was walking up. I winked at her and she rolled her eyes. Kelsi offered me a song but I politely declined it. She walked away and I asked the guitar man for his guitar. He nodded and handed it over as I took the seat he previously occupied.

I strum the guitar to get it right before playing.

First I get cold then hot,
Think I'm on fire I'm not,
Oh, what a pain I've got, It must be love
There's nothing I can do,
All that I want is you,
Look what I'm going through, It must be love

The guys started to sing back up from behind the girls. Now this was a good song. The girls was shocked but quickly started to clap along to the beat and smiled. Gabriella looked up at me and she shook her head while smiling. I winked back and continued singinf. No one saw our little interaction.

It must be love, It must be love,
I fall like a sparrow, and fly like a dove,
You must be the dream I've been dreamin' of
Oh, what a feelin', It must be love

Something is wrong alright,
I think of you all night,
Can't sleep till mornin' light, It must be love,
Seein' you in my dreams,
Holdin' you close to me,
Oh, what else can it be, It must be love,

It must be love, It must be love,
I fall like a sparrow, and fly like a dove,
You must be the dream I've been dreamin' of
Oh, what a feelin', It must be love

I finished and everybody clapped. If girls didn't have any more reasons to fall in love with me, they do now.

"My oh my we are just getting a treat today. Great job Bolton. That certainly makes up for you being late." I smiled and handed the guitar back before walking off stage. Class ended and I walked out first.

"Nice try to upstage me Bolton," I heard Gabriella say coming from behind me. I stopped and turned around to confront her.

"I believe you're wrong Gabriella; I didn't try, I did upstage you." I smiled and she rolled her eyes. She does that a lot when she's around me.

"Didn't your mother ever teach you to be nice to girls?"

"Well she did, just not to you." She glared at me and I could see her start to get angry.

"Screw you Bolton."

"Available anytime Montez."

She grumbled and walked away as I stood smiling ear to ear. Gosh she looks so hot all fluster and angry at me.

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