The sun was just setting when Maya finally opened her eyes. She wasn't sure her bed had ever felt more comfortable. As she pulled her down comforter up under her chin and closed her eyes she was reminded once again of how much she hated the lumpy cheap mattress in her dorm room. She thought momentarily of bouncing back and forth between her own bed and Sashas, the two of them arguing about which one had the worse bed. Maya smiled sleepily at her memory until her eyes suddenly flew open.
What time was it? Maya threw back the covers and sprang out of bed so quickly that her head spun.
"ALEXA!" She shouted, hopping around her room attempting to pull on her socks.
"You were supposed to wake me up!" She bellowed.
" I woke you up at 11:40. Would you like me to set you another alarm?" The robotic voice asked.
"Shit" Maya muttered over and over again as she searched through her rumbled covers for her phone.
Sasha was going to be pissed. Josh was going to be pissed. She had blown them both off. And Riley! What if the whole meeting with Lucus had gone off the rails and Riley had been trying to get ahold of her? Maya finally found her phone somewhere at the bottom of her bed, but when she tried to turn it on the screen remained blank. It was dead.
"Shit!" Maya muttered again. That would explain why she hadn't been woken up by Sashas ETA text or any calls from Josh or Riley. Maya hurried out of her bedroom and towards the kitchen and the iPhone charger that she knew Shawn kept there. Maya's speed caused her to slide along the kitchen floor in her socks and she stubbed her toe against the counter with a thud.
"Shit!" Maya yipped again. Hudson was bouncing at her feet.
" Don't you talk to me. You didn't wake me up either" the little dog continued to scutter around her toes.
The clock on the stove read 8:30. Dear God, she had slept through most of the day. Sasha was going to be pissed. Josh was going to be well, maybe not pissed, but at the very least worried.
"Come on, come on, come on" Maya muttered at her phone as the phone slowly came to life again with the help of the power cord. After a painfully long 20 seconds, the phone returned to its home screen, presenting the time and the picture of Josh holding Hudson up like the lion king that was her screen saver only briefly, before messages came flooding in.
Sasha: Leaving in 10. Will be late. 11:20 am
Sasha: can not believe I beat you here. 11:46 am
Sasha: Helllloooooo? 11:48 am
Sasha: Is your train stuck? 11:57 am
Sasha: Are you seriously blowing me off? 12:12 pm
Riley: My dad just texted me. They're downstairs. Pray for me 12:30 pm
Sasha: Your loss. They were fresh. 12:32 pm
Followed by a photo of a full white pastry bag stuffed with cinnamon sugar donuts.
Sasha: I ate the whole bag by myself. Now I'm going to get fat(ter). Thanks for that. Bitch.
Maya rolled her eyes and quickly typed out an apology to Sasha. She knew her friend wasn't really mad, maybe mildly annoyed at the worst. She did feel bad. Sasha was extra vulnerable since her breakup over Christmas break and it wasn't hard to set her off.
Maya wasn't sure where she had thought she was going when she slid on her shoes and threw open the front door. Maybe she thought she was going downstairs to check on Riley and Lucas, or at least stand outside their front door and text Topanga for an update on whether it was safe to knock.
She could have been headed back to her dorm to see Sasha with a set of ice coffees in hand as a way of apology for blowing her friend off. In the back of her mind, she was thinking about the fact that it was kind of weird that Josh hadn't even texted her. She was supposed to be at his apartment over three hours ago. Didn't he wonder where she was? Wasn't he the least bit upset that she hadn't shown up at his door with the Pho from the hole in the wall Vietnamese place they both loved liked she'd promised?
She was halfway down the stairs towards the Matthews apartment by the time she'd decided what she'd do. After checking in on Riley and, if the situation wasn't too strained or emotionally charged, she'd say a quick hello to Lucas, and then head over to Alphabet City to see what the hell was up with Josh. She'd decided to forgo stopping by the dorm to appease Sasha, she was probably on her way to a pregame anyway. She'd see her on Sunday.
There was a part of her that worried that something might have happened to Josh. It wasn't like him not to at least text her. He usually sent her a snap or something if she was running even a little late, just to make sure everything was fine. What if something had happened to him and he couldn't get to his phone?
Her mind was just starting to wander to dark and scary places when she reached the last step to the Matthews floor and turned towards their hallway.
With a thwack, she felt her body collide with something solid. She recoiled with a smile yipe.
"Careful! You almost spilled the soup."
Josh was standing on the landing, trying to steady the container of soup he had stacked on several other take out boxes.
Maya was shocked and not just a little confused.
"How did you-?" She began, unsure what she wanted to say.
How did he know she was still there? Why hadn't he called her already? How did he know she had been craving soup?
Josh's face broke into the smile that always made her stomach flip every time she saw it.
"Riley came up your fire escape a few hours ago and saw you passed out." Josh explained.
The whole scene played out in Maya's mind. Riley scrambling up the fire escape, maybe to borrow something, and had seen Maya curled up under her covers, snoring away, and had decided to leave her there.
Maya was torn between being angry with Riley for not waking her up and snoozing through her whole day, and grateful for the few hours of uninterrupted sleep.
This would explain why Josh hadn't called or texted her, and why she'd only gotten that one message from Riley.
"and I figured you would be hungry after your marathon nap"
Maya's heart swelled. Here in front of her was a boy who was not angry with her for blowing him off that night, but instead had trekked across town to bring her what appeared to be a feast of take out food.
"Now let's go have dinner".
As Josh set out the many take out containers on the coffee table, and Maya pulled the cushions off the couch for them to sit on, he made one request of her, to stop apologizing.
"I just feel bad!" Maya defended, breaking into a pair of chopsticks and scraping off the loose shards of wood.
"Well stop. You took a nap; you didn't bomb England"
"Are you insinuating that I'm Hitler?" she teased.
"Actually, I'm insinuating that you aren't in fact Hitler. You're tired"
Maya rolled her eyes. "That's not an excuse for blowing off everyone. Not just you, Riley and Sasha and and and… Hudson! I didn't even take him for a walk"
"Yeah, he looks really torn up about it" Josh joked, gesturing to the little dog who was fast asleep on the sofa.
"and Riley knew exactly where you were if she needed you. As for Sasha, I wouldn't worry much about her"
Maya knew that Josh was right. Sasha was probably halfway to drunk by now with a couple of girls from their floor. Sasha had texted Maya a gif of a girl flipping her hair in response to Maya's apology text, and Maya took that to mean that she was mostly forgiven. A single cookie from their building cafeteria would seal the deal and she would be forgiven.
"You're doing too much babe," Josh said as he pushed steaming hot pieces of sweet and sour pork onto her plate with his own chopsticks. Maya rolled her eyes at him.
"I'm serious" He continued, opening the box of salt and pepper crab and placing some on Maya's plate and then his own. Hudson was sniffing the air furiously, hoping for a snack to come his way.
"I'm hardly curing cancer here," She said between bites of food.
"It doesn't matter. You are running yourself ragged all over town. I'm surprised you haven't crashed before this".
Maya chomped down on her veggie dumplings and took a second to think. It was true. She was tired. Dog tired. Maybe not dog tired, Hudson seemed to get a lot of sleep.
"So I've decided that this weekend we are going to do, get this, nothing" Josh proclaimed, leaning back against the couch as if he had just presented the world best-laid plan.
"Nothing," he said again, completely unphased by her skepticism.
"We are going to stay here in this apartment as Hudson can enjoy the nothingness with us, we will sit on this couch and eat copious amounts of takeout and watch horrible made for tv movies."
"But-" Maya tried but Josh quickly cut her off.
"No buts. You need this" he pushed. Maya knew he was right, and she didn't have any pressing homework she needed to do this weekend. One weekend off wasn't really that much to ask.
"Fine" she gave in.
"But I have one condition"
"This is dumb" Josh muttered as Maya evenly spread the thick green face mask over his face.
"It's good for your pores!"
"I don't have pores" Josh persisted. Maya rolled her eyes and continued to spread the mask across his nose and cheeks.
After eating an ungodly amount of Chinese food, changing into a pair of light pink sweatpants and matching sweatshirt and pulling her hair into a messy ponytail, Maya had sat Josh down on the couch, climbed onto Josh's lap her legs on either side of his hips and started carefully applying a coat of her favourite face mask over the bridge of his nose and down towards his chin.
Maya's obsession with her skincare had been a running joke between them for months now. Every time that Maya spent the night at Josh's apartment she brought along her chunky makeup bag stuffed with moisturizers and serums to the point that they strained at the zipper.
"You're 18. Why do you need an eye cream?" Josh would tease her as he sat on the edge of his tiny bathtub watching Maya poke and prod her skin while staring at her reflection in the mirror.
Maya had been begging him forever to let her put a face mask on him. She wasn't sure why she wanted to do it so badly. What was the point in wasting her expensive products on him when she knew he wouldn't appreciate it? Still, she'd tried to coax him into letting her smooth the substance across his skin any time she broke out her skincare.
Maya focused intently on spreading the mask evenly across his face.
"Are you done yet?" Josh complained, making Maya roll her eyes once again.
" Almost" She promised, giving a final flourish of her fingers and covering the last patch of skin on Josh's face with the mask.
"There!" She pronounced, leaning back slightly to admire her work. She rubbed the excess mask from her fingers onto Josh's neck.
Josh caught her hand in his and pulled it against his chest. Following his lead, Maya leaned forward and let Josh press his lips to her own.
Maya sighed into his kiss and let herself relax into his embrace. She laced her fingers together behind his neck and pressed her body against his.
When Maya finally pulled away from him, Josh began to laugh.
" What is it?" Maya asked, amused.
" We match" he raised his hand to her face and pulled his finger along the side of her mouth. He showed it to her, revealing the green mask that had transferred from Josh's face to her own while they were making out. Maya cracked up. She leaned forward and brushed the tip of her nose along Josh's before she leaned down to kiss him again.