It was around 3 in the morning when Maya's eyes fluttered open. She wasn't sure what had woken her. Josh was breathing quietly beside her, his arm slung lazily over her back. She could hear Hudson snoring on the couch in the living room.
She slipped out of bed, reaching around in the dark to find the pyjamas she was sure was lurking on her bedroom floor somewhere. Once she was dressed, she slid up her window and ducked out onto her fire escape. It was the end of February and the blast of cold air instantly made her feel wide awake. Shivering, she carefully made her way down the steps to the landing outside Riley's bedroom window. Somehow she knew Riley would be awake too.
Riley was sitting on her window seat, staring out into the night, but didn't seem that surprised to see Maya coming down the fire escape. Riley slides her own window open and began to climb out. Maya was confused for a second, wondering why they wouldn't go inside Riley's warm bedroom, but when her eyes focused more in the dark, she could make out a sleeping form in Riley's bed.
"Jesus it's cold out here" Riley muttered as she wrapped her sweater closer around her.
"Is that Lucas in there?" Maya asked, gesturing in the direction of Riley's bedroom. Riley nodded.
"Yeah, and he's snoring majorly. I can't get back to sleep"
" Wow. I'm surprised your parents are cool with that" Riley shrugged.
"Normally they wouldn't be, but it's not like they don't know we've had sex, and I think we just kind of needed to be close"
"How did it go?"
"As well as it could I guess. I cried, he cried, we cried. There was overall a lot of crying" Riley tried to joke, but Maya could hear the pain behind it.
Maya extended her arms and Riley stepped gratefully into them, glad not only for the warmth against the harsh winter night but also for the comfort.
"Are you ok?" Riley nodded into Maya's shoulder.
" For the first time, I actually feel a little better. It felt good to have him here. Don't get me wrong, you and my parents have been here for me 100 percent but he's the only other person who was really a part of this whole thing. I needed him to be here for it to really feel done."
"And what's going to happen with you guys now? Do you even know?"
"Not really" Riley admitted.
"We tried to talk about it for like a minute but I don't know its just... It's just hard. There's so much between us. I can't really imagine being with him but I can't really imagine being without him either"
Maya squeezed Riley tighter.
" You don't have to figure it out right now. It might not feel like it sometimes, but we are still young" Maya teased. Riley hugged her back and then sighed, resting her head against Maya's shoulder.
"We should go back inside. I'm not the only one with a boy waiting in my bed" Riley teased back. Maya rolled her eyes.
"Thanks for calling him by the way" Riley smiled.
"No problem. You really needed a nap and a little stress release" Riley nudged her playfully in the ribs.
"Oh my god. Do you really want to talk about your uncle relieving my stress?" Maya asked, crinkling her nose.
"Oh god, I kind of forgot about the uncle part. Gross. Get out of here."
"Yes I'm going back to bed to fornicate with a member of your family" Maya called over her shoulder as she climbed back up the escape
"Fuck you!" Riley called playfully
"He will! Love you!" Maya called back. Her teeth were chattering uncontrollably when she finally made it back to her window and slid it open. Josh was still sound asleep, so Maya crept past him into the living room.
Her feet were frozen from the cold metal of the fire escape. She walked over to the hall closet and unearthed an ancient old pair of slippers. The worn-in sherpa felt like heaven against she almost blue toes.
She wasn't sure what to do next. The cold air had woken her up to the point that attempting to go back to sleep was pointless. She didn't want to turn on the TV and risk waking up Josh, but she didn't really know what else to do. She'd left her phone in the bedroom so scrolling aimlessly through Instagram was out.
So she did what she generally did when she was bored. She went to the fridge. She pulled open the doors and examined the contents carefully. Shawn had a few bottles of beers but Maya didn't really feel like drinking. There were some limp looking lettuce and a shrivelled apple. She settled on the leftover Chinese food. She was about to grab a container when a sound behind her made her jump.
"Jesus!" she squeaked, her hand flying to her chest. Josh was standing in the living room, in just a pair of rumpled pyjama pants, rubbing his eyes. So much for not waking him up, Maya thought. She might as well have turned on the tv.
"No, it's Josh" Maya made a fake gagging noise.
"Yeah I know that was pretty bad" he admitted, acknowledging his own bad joke.
"What are you doing up?" Josh asked, moving into the kitchen and leaning against the counter. Maya shrugged.
"Couldn't sleep and now I'm bored" Maya admitted, crossing her arms against her chest.
"Bored?" Josh asked, raising her eyebrow and giving her a mischievous grin.
"Mmhmm" Maya smirked at him as he crossed the room towards her and slid his hands onto her hips.
"I've got a couple of ideas to keep you occupied" his voice had a husky quality that made Maya's knees go a little weak.
"Is that right?"
"Yeah I do" Josh responded before leaning down and bringing her mouth to his own. She intertwined her fingers behind Josh's neck as his hands moved under her pyjama top and roamed the skin of her back before he brought his hands back to her hips and lifted her up onto the counter.
Maya let out a surprised laugh when she suddenly found herself lifted into the air and placed on the counter.
"That was very smooth" She complimented as Josh began to kiss her neck.
"Thank you," he said against her skin. The momentum of going from the floor to the counter had caused Maya's slippers to come off of her feet, and just for a second the ice-cold skin of her toes brushed against Josh's leg.
"Oh my god!" He jumped slightly from the touch.
"Why are your feet so cold?" Maya shrugged.
" I was outside."
"You were outside?"
" With no shoes."
"You were outside with no shoes?" Josh leaned back to look at her face with an incredulous look on his own.
" I was with Riley!" She defended as if that explained everything. Josh rolled his eyes.
"And you're stuck with me"
"Yes. I am" he leaned to kiss her again and Maya met him eagerly.
"We better get those feet back under the covers before they fall off" Josh teased.
"If we must" Before Maya could hop off the counter Josh had wrapped one of his arms around her back and pulled her off the counter. Maya had her legs wrapped around his hips and was laughing into his shoulder as Josh carried her across the apartment and back to the bedroom.
They fell down onto her bed, Josh still on top of her. Maya's head spun a bit as Josh kissed her and his hands roamed her body. Josh's shirt was already off and her own followed quickly. The muscles of his stomach and shoulders felt smooth and hard under her touch.
"Do you have another..?" Maya asked before they could get any further. Every time that Josh and Maya had been together they had used a condom. It wasn't that Maya wasn't on birth control, because she was and she took it religiously every day, and she knew that Josh was clean and so was she. But there was this nagging part of her mind that reminded her that her birth control was only 99% percent effective, and after Riley's whole ordeal, that 1% felt very real.
"Shit. We used the one I had in my pants earlier. There are more in my bag but there in the living room."
"You packed condoms to spend the weekend with me? How presumptuous" she teased.
"I'll rock paper scissor you for who has to go" She offered.
" No, chivalry isn't completely dead. I'll get them" Josh started to roll off her when Maya remembered something.
"Wait!" She wriggled out from under him and rolled over to the other side of the bed, reaching for the bottom drawer of the bedside table. After a few seconds of feeling around blindly, her fingers finally closed around what she was looking for.
"Ah-ha!" She proclaimed triumphantly, unearthing the box of condoms that Shawn had mortifyingly given her months prior and she had stuffed out of sight to try and suppress her memories.
"What is this? Your secret stash you use for your other boyfriends"
"Yeah, but they won't mind" Maya teased back.
"Works for me" Josh responded, rolling back on top of Maya and kissing her again.
AN: Happy 101 chapters! Thanks to everyone who is still reading this story! I hope you enjoyed this fun kind of silly chapter for these scary times. Stay safe all.