Going For The Gold

Chapter 12

Gabriella showed her badge around her neck to the security as he let her and Troy into the Olympic Village. As much as she loved seeing the World, she was kind of glad the Olympics were held in Vancouver. This meant some of her family would be able to come see her more easily. Her parents and her aunt and uncle had joined her on the trip and were staying in hotel close by.

She said goodbye and wheeled her blue suitcase into the elevator as she made her way up to her room. Swiping her room key, she opened the door to reveal her room. Her roommate for the time being had already been there, judging from the pink suitcase full of clothing, the pink blanket on the bed and a pink sparkly skate bag by the end of one of the beds.

Gabriella walked over to the unoccupied bed and placed her suitcase, and bag on top of it. She sat down and looked over towards the bed. She glanced over to the nightstand next to it and noticed a framed picture sitting there. It was a picture of who she assumed she was rooming with and an older woman. The two held each other in a tight embrace; the younger girl had long, very light blonde hair. The older woman, who Gabriella assumed was her mother, was just an older version of the younger girl. The sound of a door opening snapped Gabriella out of her gaze.

"You must be Gabriella?" a female voice asked. Gabriella turned around to see the girl in the picture. She matched her belongings in a pair of very pink jeans and a white top. Her long blonde hair flowed into loose waves and her bangs were pinned back with a pink pin. Gabriella stood up and walked over to her and held out her hand to shake.

"Yeah, I'm Gabriella Montez, nice to meet you," she said softly.

"Hi, my name is Sharpay Evans, it's nice to meet you also," Sharpay introduced herself, "sorry about the mess, I haven't had much time to do anything, I just got done with practice." Sharpay walked over to her side of the room and began folding the clothes she had left on the floor.

"Hey, it's fine, I mean the bonus of rooming with another skater is they understand your schedule, right?" Gabriella said.

"Good point," Sharpay said as she put the last article clothing into her bright pink suitcase.

"Hey, I don't have practice for another hour, you up to getting a coffee or something downstairs?" Gabriella asked.

"Sounds like a plan," Sharpay agreed.

The two female skaters left the room and headed downstairs to grab some coffee.

The two girls became fast friends quickly bonding over their shared sport and of course, girl stuff.

"I love your shoes, they are so nice. Where did you get them?" Sharpay gushed.

Gabriella glanced down to her royal blue heels, "Oh, I'm not sure, my mom got them for Christmas," Gabriella admitted.

"Sounds like your mom is just as fabulous as you are." Sharpay said.

"Yeah, we're pretty similar, but we have disagreements like any other mother and daughter. How bout' you?" Gabriella asked

"My mom is like my best friend, she's been there for me through everything. She's been the biggest supporter of my career. She's basically like me but older." Sharpay laughed.

"That's awesome," Gabriella said. Gabriella glanced at the clock on the wall and noticed she only had fifteen minutes to get to practice. "Crap, I gotta get to practice," She cursed, "I'll see you later." Sharpay waved as Gabriella flew upstairs to grab her skates.

"So how's your roommate?" Troy asked as the two laced up their skates.

"Great, actually, she's awesome. How about yours?" Gabriella asked.

"I wouldn't know, I haven't met him, he hasn't shown up. It sounds like he went and got himself his own room." Troy explained.

"Oh, that kind of sucks," Gabriella answered.

"Hey, at least I have my own room for now," Troy replied.

"Yeah, a bonus. My roommate is a total girly girl but she's sweet, so that will be nice." Gabriella explained.

"Oh, god, now there will be two of you," he teased. Gabriella frowned and punched him lightly on the shoulder as he made his way out on to the ice. He chuckled as her fist landed on his arm. "Geez, take it easy slugger." Gabriella rolled her eyes and stepped onto the ice. "You're lucky that's all I did," she taunted back.

"That's it," Troy smiled. He skated over to Gabriella and threw her over his shoulder. Gabriella giggled as she hung onto his shoulder, "Troy! Put me down," she giggled.

"Not until you apologize," he chuckled.

"Never," she said.

"Fine," he smirked. He reached up and tickled her sides. Squirming in his arms, she shrieked and laughed, "Ok, ok, I'm sorry," she said out of breath. He placed her gently back on the ice and pushed back the hair that had fallen out of her ponytail and placed it behind her ear. Gabriella felt the familiar queasy feeling in her stomach.

"Alright, let's get to work! We only have two practices before your Olympic debut, and I want you two to be flawless." Elena yelled as she came through the door. The two jumped apart and nodded at their coach.

Gabriella leaned against hallway to her hotel room. She was breathing heavily and she squeezed her eyes shut. The pain in her shins was getting unbearable. She thought that the surgery would be the fix to this problem, but as the Olympics drew closer, the more pain she felt.

Just a few more steps, you can do this. You're almost there. Then you can lie down. Gabriella thought.

"Hey, there you are. Why are you standing out here?" Sharpay's voice interrupted her thoughts. Gabriella looked over to see Sharpay standing at their hotel door.

"Just taking it all in, it's just all so surreal," Gabriella partially lied.

"Well come inside and do it in here. You're looking a little odd," Sharpay laughed. Gabriella nodded and followed her inside.

Gabriella lay in bed just thinking not able to sleep. She looked at the clock and she saw that she only had a half hour until she had to get up. Not bothering to fall asleep she got up and went to the bathroom and took a shower. She massaged her shins until she was able to stand on them again.

"Alright, you can do this," she quietly whispered to herself as she looked at herself in the mirror.

Suddenly she heard a knock on her door.

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