I love all of the Step up films but out of all the characters Moose and Camille are my favourite so i decided to try and write a story about them after they finished college.
Disclaimer I do not own anything Step Up.
Moose and Camille meet four years later after graduation.
They broke up after he took that job after graduation and it drove them apart. Camille knew when Moose got the job there that Sophie would try everything in her power to get Moose for herself but she never thought that he would fall for it because he was her best friend and her soul mate and she trusted him that he would never let her down or so she thought but yet, he did.
Moose is now living with Sophie in the same area as Camille has just moved to.
Sophie is pregnant.
Camille has a daughter Isabella.
Camille often bumps into her other ex Jake who is also a friend of Sophie's from MSA.
Tyler and Nora are married with twins (one girl and one boy).
Andie and Chase are together still and Andie is still the same Andie.
They all have moved back to Baltimore and they all are still involved in dance one way or another.
Camille knew that they now lived together in the place Sophie owned but she didn't realize they lived so close till she had already moved into her rental and by then Isabella was happy and said she never wanted to move again.
Camille and Isabella have moved into a lovely house with a big back garden and it's a 10 min walk to Isabella's school and grandparents whom Isabella has always adored and who babysit her after school sometimes.
Camille would do anything to make Isabella happy even if it means her heart would break a little more nearly every time she went outside her front door and would see Moose walk past holding Sophie's hand and he would smile at Sophie the way he used to smile at her.
Camille had not had it easy but she managed. She lost her little brother Malcolm along with everything she owned in the fire and had nearly been wrongly blamed of it herself. Next she lost Moose to Sophie and finally Jake but at least she had her family especially her brother Tyler and sister-in-law Nora and when she realized she was pregnant with Isabella she moved away to stay with them for awhile. She couldn't have managed without them but now that they had children too they had moved to be nearer to their parents as well and Isabella needed to be near her family.
She did write to Isabella father and explain to him but he never wrote back to her. His life was taken up with this new group of friends, family and his career. Some friends she thought leading him into things she always thought he would have more cop on than to get involved in but obviously he was more easily lead than she realized.
Camille thought back on since she had had Isabella and realized again how lucky she was that she got to share Christmas, birthdays and holidays with just her daughter and her family and that she had never had to share Isabella with her fathers new family as they could afford a lot more than she and she worried as she knew her daughter but she also knew that children could be swayed or at least difficult when being handed out everything that they previously couldn't have but she made sure that Isabella never missed out on anything.
Camille's parents were very good to Isabella and helped out as much as they could and loved their granddaughter very much. Everyone in the family agreed that when Camille little brother had died that they had never begun to see through the grief till Isabella came along even if they had been angry at first with Camille for getting pregnant and Camille certainly was not herself again and was really down until she realized she was pregnant and there was no way she was giving up on life or this baby she already loved and even though she had thought that after everything they went through that Isabella father wouldn't have let her down and yet even though he did she probably always would love her daughters father as no one had ever measured up to him.
He was her only true real grown up love probably the only one that she would ever know and yes she had boyfriends before him and afterwards she went on dates when pushed but she had no interest in any other man and Isabella needed to be cared for and there was always something to do if she felt lonely. With raising her daughter alone the housework and laundry was never-ending. Isabella and her family were all she needed.
Yet Camille knew herself that she still missed Moose her best friend every day no matter where she was and no matter how much he had messed up!
One day, Camille was with her daughter Isabella when they bumped into Moose at the entrance to the park. Isabella said, "hi, I am Isabella, who are you?" They both laughed and Moose said "that's a lovely name and by the way I am Moose and your mum and I used to be best friends in school and we used to get up to" Camille coughed and gave him a look as if to tell him to shut up. Isabella then started to get impatient dancing around outside the park to get in and play with her friends. Camille had to run after her to get her to put her coat on. They talked for a while slightly awkwardly as Moose did not even know about Isabella till now.
Camille thought back to when they did meet about two years after they broke up when he helped her out that night she was home visiting her parents after her date was mean to her and Moose brought her home to her parent's house but she was so upset about her date and seeing him again that they didn't really talk. After that they did not see each other till now.
She had not even wanted to go out that night but her parents told her it was time to move on from Jake. Moose of course did not even realise she had a baby and she did not inform him either as she was still upset over loosing her best friend and then she had to deal with her ex boyfriend Jake letting her down once he discovered she was pregnant. She had just about enough of men and while she would have liked to talk to her best friend at the time about what happened she felt so much time had past that it was water under the bridge and they had both moved on and she had Isabella and did not want to get involved in the Moose/Sophie drama as she had to concentrate on her daughter.
Of course her parents did not know that Moose had brought her home that night or they would have told her to talk to him as it was obvious to them that she missed him as her best friend and her rock whom she had always relied on and who she had always been there for even after he ditched her time and again to go dancing with the Pirates and she had even forgiven him been so late for Halloween that she did not even get to go to it after dressing up as Mary Kate. Also when he started the new job his not showing up on her birthday till party was over. That may have been the problem she let him away with too much but she had not wanted to be clingy like his ex Sophie. Turned out he obviously liked clingy if he went back to her.
There were of course times when she could have done with her best friend. Like when the time Isabella got sick four weeks after she was born and it had not been easy but with the help of her family she got there even though she did not talk much to them about how she really felt about everything. She pretended she was fine and of course they worried about her not wanting to meet anyone and she just said Isabella was now fine and healthy and worth every single bit of worry Camille has gone through and she does not need to let in another man only to have him let her down.
While at the park they talked as they watched Isabella dancing and playing with her friends. Moose said "how strange it is that they we were so close for so long and yet I have never met Isabella before today. You're obviously a great mum Camille and your daughter really does love dance and music though like us as she is dancing in time to the music coming from that hot dog stand over there". He thought to himself Camille better not look at her daughter's hair which was all over the place and covered in sand and her clothes were too and then he started to laugh. (Isabella had been showing her friends how to dance in the sand and she then did a headstand half way down the slide and landed in sand pit.) Camille asked Moose "What so funny". He said "Look at Isabella". Camille looked over towards her daughter and the look of horror on her face must have been obvious as Moose started to laugh even harder. Moose said "Its only clothes Camille and you were just as bad when you were small. I know because I've seen the pictures". "I know that but" said Camille and then she looked at Moose and started to laugh as well. "Oh well" she said "at least I brought a spare set of clothes for her today".
Camille called Isabella over and told her "I need to change your clothes". Isabella said "But Mum you hair is all crazy too". (Must have been from the wrestle of getting Isa's coat on earlier). Camille got embarrassed and fixed her hair back into its ponytail and Moose started to tease Camille about her hair being mad curly like his always has been (it went curly after on her after having Isabella) and that she must understand how hard it always was to control his and because of this he always wore a hat. The funny thing was that she loved his hair and was always taking his hat of any chance and putting her fingers through his hair even when they were friends.
Moose said, "Do you ever think we could go back to being friends the way we were Cam? I miss my best friend and especially now that we live so close?"
Cam replied, "Do you really think that Sophie will ever allow you to even speak to me again if she realizes that you were talking to me and we really do not need to get kicked out of where we live as Isabella loves it and I am not uprooting her again and it's near impossible to find rental accommodation around here, for just talking to you. I miss you too Moose but my daughter happiness comes first".
Moose said, "Camille, calm down she would not do that I will talk to her I promise now that your back here I do not want to lose my friend again".
Me too, said Camille, "but I will not have Isabella unsettled because of your fiancé and her craziness. She scares Isabella as it is with her face as she walks past the front door"
Moose pulled a face and asked "is this Sophie's crazy face? I know I get this one when I leave my shoes all bout the place" and just then Isabella ran up to him and copied the face he was pulling. Camille couldn't help but laugh. Isabella pulled Moose and Camille over to the swings. Moose and Camille started to take turns pushing Isabella on the swing when his very pregnant fiancée Sophie walked by the park and seen the two of them talking and him playing with Isabella.
She has met Camille before but never acknowledged her other to give her dirty look when Moose said hi and of course he never seen Sophie doing it as she had her fake smile plastered on by time he looked back to her.
Sophie told Moose "hurry up as we have to go arrange to have baby equipment delivered" and of course she dropped the name of where they were buying it and of course it's a designer place. She doesn't need to rub it in to Camille knows how much more money Sophie has always had and the different world she lives in than Camille and her daughter. But they do just fine and Camille always puts her daughter before herself and makes sure Isabella never goes without even if she has to sacrifice something herself.
Moose said, as he was leaving "I will give u a call, nice to meet you Isabella, bye Cam" and then he headed of running after a waddling Sophie.
It was just a pity that her former best friend never got to meet her daughter till now and by the look of Sophie he wouldn't be allowed to talk to her again any time soon.
Sophie had some temper and Camille would not be the one to provoke her and have her ruin her life again. Although she never had any proof that Sophie had done that the first time in her heart she knew that Sophie had caused the fire and her little brother's death and only Sophie could have got away with it.
It made Camille very angry and as far as she was concerned Moose took Sophie's side and that had been the end of them. At least at the time she had had Jake and her family to lean on and because of this she had given into Jake and gone out with him to say thanks for being there. Moose had always said that Jake had a crush on her. Not that she believed it. Jake and Sophie looking back now were always what caused her and Moose's arguments. Maybe they had schemed to break them up? Anyways not that he turned out much better than Moose or any other man since.
So did she really want to have Moose back in her life and Isabella's even as a friend if he was with Sophie and all that came with her? She was probably better off to stay the way she was now. She had managed to be happy so far. Did she really need the hassle from Sophie? She thought, as she called Isabella. It was time for them to leave. She had class and Isabella had asked to come today with her and she gave in she didn't like having her around older kids but once in a while was no harm. They needed the money as it was only the two of them and she hated to give up her time at the weekends and not spend it with her daughter.
She smiled to herself and thought Moose sure looked good and it still had been nice to run into him though hadn't it, but he must really love Sophie for them to be having a child together so she may as well forget him again. He had forgotten her until today.
Then again other than for her hair she was looking the best she had in a long time and she knew he seen that as she caught him looking back as he went after Sophie who was waddling and massive and that made her feel a little like the old Camille who had always known what Moose was thinking. Yet Sophie was the one who was now pregnant with Moose's child and had him by her side. Camille had always thought in college that Moose and she would have ended up together by now married and that they would be the ones raising their children together. That made her sad again so she hugged her daughter and the two of them headed of together dancing as they went to change Isabella's clothes before class started.
He still missed her every day and it had only hit him now. She was always there in his head. He still thought of her every day, his Cam.
Moose went to catch up to Sophie and as she was talking he found himself tuning out and not for the first time and wondering if and how he could manage to meet up with Camille without Sophie finding out that is if Cam even agreed to meet him again. He had hurt her so bad now he realized but was it too late to be friends again? Had she ever really forgiven him? She had not made it completely easy to talk to her today instead she tried to keep her eyes on Isabella or maybe that's what parents did. Maybe it was too late but he thought he could still see the smile he used to get out of her there some where in her eyes when he was teasing her about her hair.
Camille was right though if Sophie found out there would be hell to pay. He began to wonder did he make the wrong decision all those years ago and what about Isabella he clicked with her just like he did her mum all those years ago. She sure was cute. He couldn't believe that his Chameleon was now a mum and she had never contacted him. He noticed there was no ring on Cam finger so she mustn't be with someone then and if she was where was he and why hadn't he married her? A man would be crazy an idiot in fact to let her slip out from under them. She hadn't it easy then and he her so called best friend for whom she had always been there for hadn't been there for her once again. He had let her down. He should have stayed in contact with Tyler at least to make sure Cam was ok but Sophie took up all of his time to the point that he was exhausted, time flew by and then it felt too late.
Just then Sophie called him an idiot and started shouting at him again. He wasn't sure how much more he could take but he was now stuck with her wasn't he. She wasn't far wrong though he was an idiot and he had made the biggest mistake after graduation to get involved with Sophie again and lose his Cam.
Camille sure looked good today, even with the sand and all and he loved the curly hair and thinking about it now if he admitted it to himself he could never ever love Sophie in the way that he did Camille and he realized that only when he saw her today again for the first time in years. But she didn't love him anymore she had moved on and loved someone else enough to have their child.
No he was better off leaving her alone he thought. She didn't need the hassle of Sophie and neither did her daughter. He had messed up Camille's life enough but he really did miss her.
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