Sorry that it took a while for me to update. It's because I rewrote this chapter a couple of times and I still am not happy with it, but oh well. I hope you guys like it.

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Chapter 12

"How do you feel," Gabriella asked as she removed the last stitch from Troy's chest and pulled off her gloves. "Like a new man. So, Dr. Bolton, can I go back to work now?" Gabriella looked as if she was contemplating it. They were sitting in an empty trauma room in the ER as Gabriella removed Troy's stitching since he was fully healed. She nodded and smiled big. "Thank you for your service, Dr. Bolton, how can I repay you for your hard work and delicate hands?"

She giggled and walked back over to him after throwing away her gloves. She stood between his legs. "Hmm…Well I could think of a few things," she winked. He encased her face with his big hands and smiled before kissing her softly. "How's that for payment?" She pretended to think. "Well, I typically only accept cash or check, but kisses will do." He laughed and kissed her again before their pagers went off, pulling them back down to reality.

They walked back out into the ER before going their separate ways. Gabriella returned to the nurses' desk where Sharpay was after just getting out of a surgery. "You okay, girl? You look pale." Gabriella nodded and faked a smile. "Yeah I'm totally fine."

Taylor looked at her with a raised eyebrow. "You do remember that we have known you for over 10 years and we all know that you are not feeling well."

Gabriella sighed and nodded. "I'm not feeling the best, but it's probably just a stomach bug or something." Taylor shook her head. "You want to come to lunch with us down in the cafeteria?" Knowing she wouldn't be able to get out of it, she reluctantly nodded and made her way down to the main floor to go to the cafeteria. Taylor and Sharpay each got BLT sandwich while Gabriella opted for a salad with grilled chicken. "Look, there's Chad and Troy," Sharpay pointed as they began looking for a table. They walked over and sat down with them. Before Gabriella could sit down, she took a whiff of Chad's sushi and ran off towards the bathroom. Troy turned around worried, but Sharpay took off after her.

He looked at Taylor with his eyebrows raised. She shrugged, "I don't know. I told her she looked pale and she admitted to not feeling well and that she thinks it's a stomach bug. I guess the smell of sushi just set it off." Troy shook his head. "She was sick this morning, too. I woke up at like 5:30 and she was throwing up." Chad's eyes went wide. "Dude…is she-?!" Troy shook his head slowly before forcing down the food in his mouth.

"I don't know. She hasn't had a fever or low back pain though, which are all signs," he pointed out to Chad and Taylor. Taylor looked deep in thought. "Do you know when her cycle is and all of that?" Troy blushed and looked down a little bit. "Roughly, not exactly though."

Troy looked down at his pager and stood up, running towards the bathroom, leaving Taylor and Chad to follow confused. Sharpay was supporting Gabriella's dead weight in her arms. "Troy, she stood up after throwing up and she passed out." He instantly checked her pulse and then picked her up bridal style. "She fainted. Ella, baby can you hear me? Open your eyes, Gabriella!" She stirred and looked around confused, "What happened?"

"You fainted baby. Are you okay? Shar caught you so you didn't hit your head or anything." She nodded and started to drink the coke Taylor was handing her. "I think I just stood up too quick. I'm okay, now." Troy slowly put her back on her feet and they exited the bathroom. They sat back down and started to eat their lunches, Troy keeping a close eye on Gabriella.

"So what are you guys doing tomorrow night? Zeke wants all of us to go have dinner at this new restaurant and then go see a movie or play miniature golf or something." Sharpay asked. "That sounds fun! I'm off tomorrow and so is Chad so we can go," Taylor explained. Troy nodded in agreement. "We're game. We both have the day off too."

Troy didn't say anything, but he mentally took note that she was playing with her food instead of eating it. He placed his hand on her thigh and squeezed it slightly. She gave him a slight smile and took one of his fries off his plate before eating it. He placed a kiss on her temple and continued in his conversation with Chad.

"How's it feel to have the stitches out?"

"Great. Now I can start whipping your butt in basketball again!"

"Yeah, yeah, whatever."

The girls all rolled their eyes playfully as the boys joked around.

Troy and Gabriella were driving home from work at the end of their shift that day. It was already dark and the air was slowly becoming cooler. Troy reached over and held her hand as he drove. "How ya feeling, beautiful?" She bit her lip. "Not the best, but a little better." He squeezed her hand softly and kept his eyes on the road. "We don't have to go to the party tomorrow if you don't want to babe." Sharpay decided to throw a huge party tomorrow night, like they used to have in high school. It was going to be held at their usual party place: a log cabin near the lake that Sharpay's family owned, yet never used.

"I want to go. We haven't been out in a while. Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow." He let go of her hand as he pulled into their driveway. They got out walked inside. Troy ran upstairs to the master bedroom as Gabriella checked the phone messages and the mail. He came back down a few minutes later. Without saying anything he bent down and picked her up. She squealed and wrapped her arms around his neck and legs around his waist to keep from falling. He supported her by holding her up by her butt. "Where are you taking me? My husband won't be too happy if you kidnap me," she winked. He chuckled and kissed her nose, carefully walking up the stairs. "Well I think your husband will just have to get over it."

She smiled and played with the hair lying on his neck. "I love you, Wildcat." "I love you too, princess," he replied before placing her on her feet on their bathroom floor. She smiled as she saw candles lit around their bathroom and the bathtub filled with bubbles. She turned to face him, "You're going to join me, right?!" He smiled and kissed her softly as he pulled off his scrub top. "I wouldn't have it any other way."

After the completion of removing both their clothes, Troy got into the bathtub and helped her get in. She settled with her back against his stomach and sighed in contentment. He leaned down and slowly kissed her neck and shoulder, while resting his hands under the water on her thighs.

She placed her hands on his legs. "This feels amazing, baby. Thank you." He buried his face in her hair, breathing in the intoxicating scent of her shampoo. "You're welcome."

When the water started to get cold, he looked down to see his beautiful wife asleep in his arms. He didn't want to wake her, but he couldn't get out unless she did. "Ella, baby, wake up." Her eyes fluttered open softly. He carefully stood up and wrapped a towel around his waist. He then helped her out of the bathtub and wrapped a towel around her, drying her off. He took her hand and led them to the bed.

He lay down and opened his arms as she turned off the light and laid down, instantly seeking the comfort of his warm arms. She snuggled up to him, arm draping over his lower abdomen as he wrapped his arms around her. "Goodnight beautiful, I hope you feel better."

"Goodnight baby, I love you."

"I love you too, Ella."

As soon as the words left his mouth, he heard her breathing even out signaling that she was in dreamland. He closed his eyes, a smile playing on his lips, as sleep washed over him.

Troy and Gabriella pulled up to the Evan's cabin and found the party already in action. It made them feel as though they were in high school all over again. It was no secret that the gang through the best parties in high school. Many of their friends, themselves included, loved to party as long as it didn't get out of hand. Their parties always included tons of friends, tons of alcohol, and tons of fun. As they stepped out of the car, Troy's hand immediately entwined with Gabriella's. "You look so sexy, Brie." She smiled and replied, "back at cha, babe," as she opened the front door and lead them in.

The music was loud, but not too loud. The couple immediately went to the kitchen to get some drinks. Sharpay and Taylor were pouring shots. "About time you two show up," Taylor cheered excitedly over the loud music. She instantly poured a third shot for Gabriella as Troy walked a few feet away to join in on a game of beer pong that Zeke, Jason, and Chad were about to start.

The three girls consumed the hard liquor, swallowing slowly as they felt the heat rise through their throats. Gabriella instantly reached out and poured them each one more round. The three girls all made their way outside after finishing that round of shots and reached calm water of the lake. Gabriella pulled off the dress she wearing to reveal a teal bikini that made her tanned skin look even more exotic. The three girls, clad with cups of mixed drinks, made their way to sit onto the dock floating in the water as they placed their feet in the warm water.

"This is crazy! It feels like we are in high school again," Sharpay said as she looked around the backyard that was just as lively as inside the house. Some were in the pool, others playing games and hanging out around the yard. Some were down next to the lake, and others were hanging around the bonfire that was on the sandy area next to the shore.

"Yeah, except we are all married or engaged. I'm surprised none of us have kids yet," Gabriella said. Taylor looked at her with raised eyebrows. "Puh-lease, Gabs. We all know you and Troy are going to have kids first!" Gabriella rolled her eyes at Taylor before blushing. "We just want to enjoy married life for now. We like having each other to ourselves and we want to wait a little while longer before we start trying."

"Plus, I doubt any of these parties will take place once any of us start being responsible enough for a baby," Taylor added as she sipped her drink.

As if on cue, cheers could be heard from the house, followed by the loud voice calling out, "BOLTON! BAYLOR! PUT ME DOWN!" The girls laughed hysterically as Troy and Zeke carried Chad, running towards the lake. "That's what you get for cheating, Danforth!" As soon as the words left Troy's mouth, Chad found himself being thrown into the water. Troy and Zeke were laughing uncontrollably Chad rose to the surface, his normally bouncy afro, wet and flat against his scalp.

Chad swam up to Taylor's legs that were dangling in the water and reached up, pulling her in with him as she squealed loudly. Taylor instantly gave him the death glare before laughing. "You better be glad I was in my bathing suit!"

Troy sat down beside Gabriella and instantly leaned over to press a kiss to her temple. "What cha thinking about, beautiful?"

She smiled and leaned her chin on his shoulder, looking up at him. "How much this feels like high school and how far we have come."

"We have come a long way. I knew we would make it though. I promised you all those years ago that no matter what, it would always be you and me together. And here we are," he said with a triumphant smile on his face.

Sharpay smiled and nudged Troy in the side. "Now all you have to do is have a cute baby."

Troy instantly tensed up and looked at Gabriella. His sparkling blue eyes turned a deeper shade of blue and his eyes creased together. "Baby? You've been talking about babies?!"

Gabriella looked at him confused. "Yes, but not in the sense you are thinking about."

Troy shook his head and stood up, jamming his hands in his pockets, "I don't want a baby, Gabriella!" He then walked off, leaving her in tears. "Troy?!" Gabriella called after him but he shook his head and walked up to the house. Gabriella let out a strangled sob as she collapsed in Sharpay's arms crying. Zeke looked at Chad before he got up, going after Troy.

Troy walked into the house; grabbing a bottle of the hardest liquor he could find and made his way to the side of the house. It was dark and no one was around to find him. He slid down the wall of the house and put his head between his knees. He squeezed his eyes shut, trying to keep the tears from falling before raising the bottle to his trembling lips. He looked down at the silver wedding band on his left hand and started spinning it around his finger. He moved it enough to see the small tattoo that read "Ella" under where his ring lays. Before he knew it, he realized the party had become silent and that the bottle in his hand was empty. He wiped his eyes with the palms of his hands before standing up and fighting to gain some balance.

He slowly made his way to the front of the house, but tripped on the front porch steps. "Ah, SHIT!" He took in a sharp breath of air as he looked down at the blood on his hand. Chad opened the door after hearing a loud noise to see Troy lying on the porch, grabbing his hand. Chad helped him up and walked him into the kitchen. Taylor rushed over after seeing his hand and slapped him across his face. "What were you thinking Troy Bolton?!" Troy lifted his head and Taylor saw tears in his eyes. "Tay…"

She gasped slightly as she saw his red eyes filled with tears. "Let me see your hand. What happened?" He winced as she pulled out a little piece of glass. "I tripped coming up the steps and the bottle I was holding broke." She placed his hand under the water in the sink and the put some antibiotic cream on it before wrapping it in a bandage.

"Where is Ella?" He looked around to see Zeke, Chad, and Taylor looking at him. "Where is Ella?!"

"She is upstairs," Chad spoke up, "but Sharpay has just gotten her to stop crying and fall asleep. You need some sleep too. She will be here in the morning, bro."

Troy shook his head, "I fucked up. Big time. I didn't mean it." Taylor squeezed his knee softly. "Talk to her in the morning and explain. But for now, you need to go lie down."

Troy nodded and stumbled away to the stairs, going upstairs to a spare bedroom. He settled down on the bed and instantly fell asleep.

Gabriella woke up for what seemed like the millionth time that night and looked over at the clock to see it was 4:35 in the morning. She started crying again when saw Troy had fallen asleep in the lounge chair in the corner of the room. He must have come in since the last time I woke up, she thought to herself. She smiled through her tears. They haven't slept apart since the night before their wedding night and seeing Troy sitting there asleep made her heart swell with love. Even though they had an argument, he still couldn't stand to be away from her, just like she couldn't sleep without him.

She got up and walked over to him, sitting in his lap before releasing uncontrollable sobs as she buried her face in his neck and wrapping her arms around him tight. His arms instinctively wrapped around her, even in his slumber, as he felt her weight in his lap. His eyes shot open when he felt dampness on his bare chest and felt her body trembling with sobs.

He placed a hand on the back of her hand, tangling his fingers in her dark brown curls. "Shh, Ella. I'm right here. It's okay," he said huskily, his voice scratchy from sleeping. She held onto him tightly as if her life depended on it. "I'm so sorry, baby. I didn't mean what I said," he continued, "I am just scared to have a baby and then it be taken away from us again."

She looked up at him and he wiped the tears away as he caressed her cheek softly. Bloodshot eyes met another pair of dark, sorrowful, blue eyes and she wiped the tears away that were cascading down his cheeks. "I'm scared too," she whispered, "but we can't let it stop us from trying. I want to be big and swollen, carrying our child one day. I want to go through all of that with you, but we have to put our fears aside."

He smiled and swallowed the lump in his throat. "I want all of that too, Ella. And I want it with you. I'm sorry." She smiled and kissed him lovingly.

"Troy, I love you. And I can't wait to have a family with you. But I think we should still stick to our plan and wait a little while. I like having you all to myself still." He smiled wide and kissed her. "Sounds perfect, baby. Let's go back to bed." She nodded and they made their way back to bed and cuddled up before falling asleep in each other's arms; just the way it should be.