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..."Somehow It Felt Like Home"...

Define Grail


"Maybe we got lost in translation, maybe I asked for too much; Maybe this thing was a masterpiece 'til you tore it all up."
-All Too Well, Taylor Swift

The Epilogue's Epilogue- Define Grail
grail (noun): the object of a prolonged endeavor.

I dedicate this to Diana, who once upon a time, made a donation to Japanese earthquake relief and in return only got a rambling plot outline/idea. Thanks for being patient just a little bit longer.

Extended Summary: Ten years ago Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez put each other back together at Maplevine. A lot can happen in ten years. They restored broken pieces, learned each other inside and out, spoke of wants and desires no one else knew about. They fell in love. They graduated high school, returned to Colorado, left home for universities on opposite sides of the country. Nine years ago they broke every promise and each other's hearts. It took weeks for everything to come undone, but when it did, and they stood back to assess the damage, fault lines ran in every direction. Neither could give in without relinguishing a part of themselves. That was when the silence set in.

.I dedicate this to Diana, who once upon a time, made a donation to Japanese earthquake relief and in return only got a rambling plot outline/idea. Thanks for being patient just a little bit longer. ....n..
Their friends waited for the yelling to resume. For the hateful text messages and raging emails. For battle lines to be drawn and allies to be gathered. It never came. From Stanford and Columbia was only silence. Systematically they annihilated each other from their lives until all that remained were whispers or murmurs amongst friends that were overheard and filed away. For the first time in their lives, Troy and Gabriella went years without fighting.

Troy had prepared himself for a dozen scenarios that would put him in front of Gabriella. Chad's 25th birthday. Sharpay's debut on Broadway. The death of Taylor's father. Zeke's wedding. Those had been more plausible than others, but he had walked through how she would look, what she would say, the anger he expected to well up inside him. Nothing prepared him for the actual day it happened. In all the ways he had imagined Gabriella Montez entering his life, it was never in that room, in that outfit, with those words. In that moment, Troy realized that everything had changed.

Gabriella had been trained to expect every surprise, every obstacle, every possibility that could arise on the job. Nothing prepared her for Troy. In all the ways she had daydreamed of running into him, amidst all the tiny, miniscule details she had heard over the years, nothing helped this make sense. In those moments, her heart broke all over again. He was a stranger to her.

Maybe strangers can start over.
Summary: It's been six years since that summer in Colorado, since they became best friends, since they fell in love. Six years since Gabriella aimed a stiletto at Troy's balls and since Troy slammed a stapler through Gabriella's hand. Six years since they realized that all they needed was each other. A lot can happen in six years.

Their truce lasted eleven months, two weeks and four days. They had couples spats, but the war between them was quelled for that long. It ended during a phone call in November, but neither realized it until they were in the same room for Thanksgiving. They had one sparkling Christmas, one romantic Valentine's Day, a glorious summer vacation back at Maplevine and a perfect goodbye at the airport as they boarded separate planes to separate schools before shattering their fragile peace. There was a difference between peace and love, Gabriella realized then.

 There was nothing different about now and then, Troy realized when he saw her again.

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I am doing this; I am writing Play Your Hand as original fic. The characters will still be inspired and reflective of where it all started, but it will be mine and publishable. I am still finishing my other fics, but this has been hanging around and demanding attention so I have been planning and writing notes, and learning poker. I am doing this the right way from the start. I havent decided if I will post whole sections on here, but I am looking for editors, soundboards and people who want to simply read it at my beck and call. I am still working on the story board and the intricacies, but I have the basics down and the play list started. I also have character profiles underway and as I finish, I will look for a public opinion on their depth and roundedness.


"You're in or you're out, but either way, the bet stays. The question you should be asking is what hand does she plan to play?"
They had seen each other around, shared some classes, and literally run into each other in the library. When Adrina Columbera accidently stumbled upon Sebastian Ford's underground poker ring, he bet his best friend $20.00 that he could get her to agree to a date. He lost against Caleb and then Addie gave him a run for his money--$375.00 worth of his money to be exact. That night she was initiated into a club few had the priviledge of being in. Now, three months later, the stakes are rising. The thing about underground gambling is that the rules can always change.

..."You're Quicksand"...

2013: So we were having this conversation one night when he was drunk and I was not and he was telling me about the first time we hooked up. On a camping trip with our friends. They went to bed and left us by the fire. The conversation led us away from that memory and onto a list of perfect moments or dates. Things to experience with a special someone. We never mentioned it as us. But here is my list.

1. Reading in front of the fireplace.
2. Surfing in Lawrencetown
3. Shakespeare by the Sea
4. Stargazing at Keji
5. Hike Cape Split
6. Teach me to ski/snowboard
7. Picnicing in the gardens with a basket from Bistro le Coq
8. Watch all the Bond movies with me. Because I have never seen them. Any of them.
9. Paddling at the lake
10. Rockclimbing

..."Can't You Dream Impossible Dreams?"...

2012: I could go back and comment on all my old resulutions from last year, but instead I am going to focus on how I feel about last year. I had a good year. I learned lessons, I had my heart broken, and I moved on. I graduated. I enjoy doing what I do and I went back to ballet.

2013: I just want another good year. So below is a list of things I want to try and accomplish because they will all lead to positivity.

1. Finish all currently open FF by December 31, 2013.
2. Write something original and show it to someone.
3. Show my writing to someone outside of FF.
4. Be more active. Find more ways to be active.
5. Keep up ballet. Don't let the weather stop it completely.
6. Continue to learn how to bake and cook.
7. Stay upbeat about teaching and take opportunities.
8. Be more social.
9. Buy a car.
10. Take chances. Put my heart on the line.

..."Gotta Take Every Chance"...



"Under pressure find the grace, or would you come undone?"
-Never Let Go, Bryan Adams
Summary: It started with a parachuting trip in Australia. After it was over, Troy Bolton decided that he wanted to do that over and over again. Three years later, he finds himself working for the Coastguard.

Gabriella Montez was moments away from making the US Olympic swim team when a phone call changed everything. Eighteen months later, she's a rookie on Troy Bolton's Coastguard team.  

Gabriella is determined to prove herself. Troy is determined to to push her as far as she can go. They make choices, they save lives, and they fall in love. They try to keep each other alive.