"Hi Huddy!" Maya exclaimed when she opened the door to her apartment and her dog came scuttling out towards her. She dropped to her knees and let the little dog climb into her lap in his frantic attempt to kiss her face.
Maya gathered the dog up in her arms and got to her feet again, her duffel bag slung over her shoulder.
It was finally Friday and Maya was excited to spend a quiet night at home with her dad, her dog and no drama. It had been such an eventful week with everything that had gone down with Sasha, Riley and the rest of them. She was ready to sit on the couch and do nothing, much the way she had with Josh the weekend before. After so many weeks of going out night after night she felt like she had earned the right to a few quiet weekends.
"Hey kid!" Shawn yelled from his bedroom. With Hudson in her arms she walked across the apartment to stand in the doorway of her dad's room. Shawn was busy folding a mountain of laundry that he had piled on his bed. Every time that he came back from an assignment Shawn had pounds and pounds of laundry to attend to.
"How was Connecticut?" Maya asked, plopping Hudson down on the bed before sitting down herself and pulling a pile of clean clothes towards her.
"Canada" Shawn corrected her. Maya shrugged, carefully folding a tshirt into a perfect square.
"Same thing" Shawn rolled his eyes but smiled.
"Canada was good. I'll have to show you the photos from the cabot trail. You won't believe the views" Shawns face was lit up with excitement as he talked about a project that he was clearly passionate about.
"How was your week?" Shawn asked as he pulled a pair of his socks away from Hudson. Maya let out a huff.
"What a loaded question" Shawn narrowed his eyes at her.
" Don't be a cryptic kid. Spill it" he pushed, tossing a shirt at her head. Maya tugged the shirt from her face and began folding it.
"The best way to sum it up is roommate drama" Maya stated, thinking back over the course of the events that week.
"You're having problems with Sasha? I thought you two were thick as thieves" Shawn questioned as he thought back to all the stories he had heard from his daughter about her and her roommate and their crazy antics.
"So did I. We were apparently both wrong"
Shawn folded laundry silently as Maya recounted what had happened between her and Sasha over the past few days.
" So now we're fine I guess. I mean we're barely ever in the room at the same time but I feel like she's still looking at me like i'm going to snap out of it and become the willingly little party puppy dog that she wants me to be" Maya explained, as she finished folding the piles of clothes in front of her.
"Wow. I'm sorry things went south between the two of you. I know you were getting close. But I'm proud of how you handled yourself. It's like you're lapping me in maturity"
"Ahh so this is what parental approval feels like"
Shawn rolled his eyes at her again and threw a balled up pair of socks at her which she caught and threw back in his face.
"While I'm glad you resolved things with your living situation and I'm not going to lose that five thousand dollar deposit on your dorm room for this semester, I'm also a little sad. Huddy and I would have liked to have had our roommate back"
"Hey now! Don't be so cocky, I had a lot of offers" She teased, reaching over and scratching her dogs ears.
"Is that right?" Shawn teased back, raising his eyebrows at her as if he were skeptical.
"Yeah that's right!" Maya defended. " There was here, the Matthews couch, Josh's place. I could have taken my pick" Maya stated pretending to brag. Shawn, who had been packing his folded t-shirts, twisted to look at her, his eyes narrowed.
"Josh's place?" He questioned.
"Yeah. You know Josh. Tall kid with the brown hair, always hanging around. Brother of your best friend"
Shawn rolled his eyes.
"Yes I know who he is" He replied a little exasperated. " I just didn't know you two were so serious. Moving in together is a big step"
"You didn't realize we were serious? We've been dating for like 9 months"
Shawn scoffed. " 9 months is not a long time"
" You and mom got engaged after like 7 months!" Maya defended.
" That's different! We were adults!"
" So i'm a child?" Maya asked, half joking but also a little annoyed.
"Did you not just finish telling me how mature I am?"
" Yes but you're not mature enough to move in with your boyfriend of 20 minutes"
"9 months!" Maya defended " and we've essentially been best friends for 2 and half years before that. It's not like he's some random kid off the street!"
"I'm just saying that I think you are a little young to be getting into anything so serious. I mean moving in together is a big step"
"How can you think that when your best friend got married at 18?" Maya reasoned.
" Yeah and all along I thought they were too young. Cory and Topanaga are the exception, not the rule!"
"Well Josh and I aren't getting married and we're not moving in together so why are we even having this conversation?"
"What about next year? Is he going to be expecting you to move in then?" Shawn questioned.
" I don't know! How am I supposed to know what I'm going to be doing next year? I don't know what i'm doing next week!" Maya defended.
Shawn closed the drawer he had been loading his clothes into and walked over to sit next to his daughter on the bed.
"I know that you are a smart girl. I just want you to be careful with your heart. I don't want you to feel pressured to move your relationship forward because Josh is a few years older than you. He's in grad school now, and a lot of people he age are getting ready to start their lives. I want you to do what best for you"
Maya placed her hand on top of her dads.
"You don't have to worry about me. I promise you that I'm going at my own speed. I'm in the driver's seat and we are in cruise control"
"There's no point in telling me not to worry about you. I'm your dad. It's my job"
Maya smiled and leaned her head against his shoulder. Even after a few years of having Shawn in her life, Maya wasn't used to this feeling. The feeling of being loved and looked after by a father. It was something she should have known her whole life, but it was still a forgein concept.
"Alright. Enough of this mushy shit. Let's order a pizza" Maya suggested.
"Agreed" Shawn replied, pulling his phone from his pocket and dialing the number for their favorite spot.
Shawn and Maya lazed on the couch, after eating their pizza and watching old episodes of a sitcom they both liked. Hudson was lounging on the cushion between them, nosing for a bite of one of their slices of pizza.
It wasn't until Maya started to nod off on the couch and nearly spilled the can of soda she was holding all over herself that Shawn finally suggested they should head to bed. They bid each other good night and went off to their separate bedrooms for the night.
Maya washed her face, brushed her teeth, changed into her pajamas and crawled into bed. Hudson was already under the covers waiting for her, curled up like a tiny heater on her feet.
Laying in the dark Maya's mind started to wander. After a few minutes she reached over to her bedside table and picked up her phone. She scrolled through her contacts until she found the one she was looking for and pressed the call button.
"Hey babe" The sound of Josh's voice immediately made Maya's shoulders relax.
" How are things at your dads?" He asked. Maya smiled.
"Good. I was just calling to say goodnight" she said. Josh could tell from her voice that there was more than that.
"And?" he prompted.
" and…" she began trying to phase her question carefully.
"Do you feel like i'm...not holding you back but" Maya paused and tried again.
"Do you think that our relationship isn't as advanced as it should be for someone your age?"
Josh laughed "Are you calling me old?" he teased.
"No!" Maya quickly defended " I just meant that we don't live together and-"
"Maya, I know what you meant," Josh said, his voice still light from his last laugh.
" and I mean I would like to live together eventually but I get that now is not the time. We waited three years to be together, I think we can handle waiting to move in"
" maybe not three years" She teased. Josh laughed.
"Maybe not quite that long" he agreed. Maya stifled a yawn.
" You should get some sleep," Josh suggested.
"Good night" Maya said through another yawn.
"Good night angel. I love you"
"I love you too" Maya said softly, staying on the line for just a few seconds longer to listen to Josh breathe.
Hi all! Thanks for all the support! Every review I get fuels the fire to want to keep writing this story. I wanted to say that if there is anything you WANT to see out of this story do not hesitate to ask! Reviewer Ajnejedi asked for more Shawn and Maya and here is a chapter to reflect that! I obviously have a larger overarching storyline but I can always integrate suggestions into the story!
Thank you so much! xoxox B