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Chapter 11

Someday Soon Chapter 11

" I don't see her yet!" Riley exclaimed, standing on her tiptoes and craned her necks in an attempt to see through the crowed.

" Calm down. Her flights only just arrived a few minutes ago. She probably isn't even through customs yet." Topanga said sensibility, although she seemed to be the only adult around thinking like a grown up. Shawn was rocking back and forth in excitement and anxiety, trying to see through the crowded just like Riley.

" Do you think that could be her?" Shawn asked uncertainly, tugging on Cory's arm to get his attention.

Topanga rolled her eyes but smiled at her daughter and her friends excitement. It was the end of August and the small group was gathered at JFK airport waiting for Maya's 8am flight to arrive from Paris. Both Shawn and Riley were overly excited about Maya's return to the states and had been rushing Cory and Topanga out the door that morning in fear that they would be late to the airport to pick Maya up.

…...

Maya was also excited to finally be home. Her summer had been exciting, full of adventures and new experiences, but it had also been incredibly draining. She was ready to finally be home, but she wasn't sure if she was ready for the rush of emotions that would come with being back in the city where she had lived with and lost her mother.

As Shawn had flown with her to Paris to drop her off, the flight back to New York was the first time that Maya had ever flown alone. She had been nervous at first about navigating customs and finding her way to the correct gates in the different sections of the airport. Maya had managed and eventually made her connecting flight from London to New York without any trouble. Maya had tried to book a direct flight from Paris to New York but hadn't been able to find a seat available for the date of her departure.

The flight from London to New York was just over 7 hours long as the head wind was working against them. Maya had fidgeted in her aisle seat, trying to distract herself with her book or the inflight films being offered but she still couldn't seem to shake the feeling of uneasiness. She wasn't sure if it was the flight itself that was making her nervous or the idea of finally seeing everyone back in New York again. Maya missed everyone dearly, but before she had left everyone had been tip toeing around her and handeling her as if she might break at any moment. Would it still be like that when she got back? Would it feel as if nothing had changed? Or would they have started a new chapter in their lives? Would a page have been flipped where they were still struggling with their grief but no longer drowning in it?

Maya's heart tightened as the wheels of the plane touched down on the runway of JFK airport in New York. Maya had had seven hours to go over and over what might happen when she finally saw everyone again, and now it was time to find out.

Maya kept her composure all the way through customs but as soon as the arrival area was in sight and the baggage claim drew near she felt her heart began to beat harder and harder. She scanned the faces of the people in the crowed as she approached. Searching for anyone familiar.

Suddenly Riley's face appeared 15 feet in front of her, heading in her direction at a spirt. Before Maya could register much else her best friend had flung herself into her arms and was hugging her as fiercely as she ever had before in her life. Riley was nearly shrieking in excitement as she clutched onto Maya and almost jumped up and down with excitement. After a few more moments of excitement the two broke apart.

Shawn was right there to pull Maya into a hug the second Riley had let her go.

" Hey Kid." he said as he wrapped an arm around her and pulled her into him. He hugged her tightly as if he was trying to put a lot of unsaid things into the embrace.

"It's good to have you home."

…..

The cab ride back from the airport was crowded, with the three adults and two teenagers all stuffed into a single cab. Maya, Riley, Cory, and Shawn were all crammed into the back of the cab while Topanga rode up front with the driver. Maya was very flattered that they had all wanted to come to the airport to pick her up but didn't understand why they would all brave a forty minute drive plus traffic each way just to see her a little earlier, when they could have waited more comfortably at home.

Maya understood why Shawn would pick her up, and Riley tagging along seemed only natural. Maya had been surprised to see Cory and Topanga at the airport as well. She thought it was very sweet of them, but from the way the two of them, Shawn and Riley kept exchanging secretive and mischievous glances at one another. Maya knew something must be up, and she finally understood when they pulled up infront of the matthews apartment building, and Topanga's cafe.

Only it wasn't Topanga's anymore. The signs had all changed and a new name had been etched into the glass of the massive front window.

Maya nearly stopped breathing when her mind slowed down enough to register what she was seeing in front of her. The words

Harts Heart Cafe and Coffee was scrolled across the glass. Maya felt Topanga's arm slide around her shoulders.

" We hope you're okay with this. We wanted to do something to honour her. Your mom was a really big part of this place."

Maya reached up and wiped the single tear that had run down her face away.

" She would have loved this. She loved working here." Maya said quietly, and leaned her head against Topanga's shoulder.

In the time that Maya had been away, Shawn all of their belongs out of their old apartment. Shawn had spoken to Maya over the phone about doing such, and had decided together that for the time being the best thing to do was to put all of Katys items in storage. Neither of them were

really ready to go through all her things in their entirety.

Topanga had tipped Shawn off that their upstairs neighbours would be moving, and Shawn had been able to approach the landlord about leasing the apartment before it was even on the market.

This would make climbing into Riley's bedroom window far simpler for Maya to execute on a daily basis, and it also allowed for Maya to continue to hang around the matthews apartment without having to deal with the commute.

. …..

Auggie had was the only one who had stayed home from going to the airport to pick up Maya. At barely 10 years old Auggie wasn't old enough to stay home alone for so many consecutive hours. Cory had enlisted Josh to watch Auggie while the rest of the family headed off to the airport.

Auggie and Josh were waiting in the living room when the rest of the Matthews plus Shawn and Maya entered the apartment.

Josh's face broke into a brilliant smile when Maya walked into the apartment. In turn Maya dropped her bags onto the floor and walked right over into Josh's open arms. The two hugged fiercely for a moment before breaking apart.

The room had gone quiet as everyone watched the exchange between Maya and Josh.

" What?" Maya asked, as she continued to lean against Josh's side.

" We're friends. Have you all not picked up on that yet?" Maya asked sarcastically.

"Friends…" said Topanga with a knowing tone of voice.

" Right."

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