Someday Soon Chapter 16
It took about an hour for everyone else to work their way down stairs on christmas morning. Auggie had been the next person down the stairs after Alan, and had been bouncing up and down in excitement waiting for everyone else to wake up so they could begin to open gifts. Josh had had to hold his nephew back from rocketing around the house and waking up every living soul under the roof who was still trying to sleep. Auggie was practically vibrating with anticipation.
Everyone dragged their feet getting into the living room to open presents just to see Auggie squirm with exasperation and excitement. All the adults had to have their coffee before they could come sit down. Topanga had watched in a state of shock as Maya poured herself a large cup of coffee and drank it black. Shawn was completely unphased by this, as he was used to Maya's morning hit of caffeine.
The Matthews tree was decorated with all the same decorations that had hung on the tree since Eric, Cory, and Morgan were little. With so many people under the roof that year the tree was overflowing and crowded with gifts. There were stacks and stacks of presents crowded around the tree, and the stockings hung on the mantle were all pushed together and filled to the brim with an assortment of treats Amy had picked out for everyone. Apart from Auggie, who still had little toys in his stocking, everyone else's was generally the same.
There were fluffy novelty socks, bookmarks, little boxes of chocolates. Tiny bottles of alcohol for the legal drinking age were included. The "kids" got little glass bottles of chocolate mix. There was a bunch of other fun little things mixed in the stockings and everyone laughed about the stupid stuff Amy had scrounged up to amuse them all.
Gift opening in it self was a process. With so many people and presents to sort out, it was hard to tell whose was what. Everyone was stuffed into the original Mathews kids childhood living room, passing fits around, oohing and awwing over what they had received and also what was given to others.
Shawn gifted Maya with the same amount of gifts that Cory and Topanga had gotten for Riley and Auggie cominded. Maya knew that Shawn's extreme gift giving probably had something to do with the guilt he felt about Katy not being able to be there for the holiday. He had gotten her new clothing, speakers, books, among other things. What stood out most to Maya was the final gift she opened from her step father. The small box contained a white ceramic mug. Maya picked it up, turned it over and nearly snorted at the words on the cup. The words i heart new york were printed in a bold print, the picture of the heart in a bright bold candy apple red.
Maya gave Shawn a look, and he shrugged at her trying to look innocent.
" Just a gentle reminder that you live in the greatest city in the world, where all the people who love you are, and where there's endless opportunity. Not saying anything else. Not saying that you'd be crazy to leave. Not saying anything."
Maya shook her head but held the box that contained the mug tightly in her lap. She still hadn't told Shawn that a New York school was her top choice. Partially because she got some element of joy to watch him squirm, but mostly because she didn't want to get his hopes up. She was afraid that if she told him she wanted to go to Hudson and then didn't get in he would be disappointed. It was better to wait out the storm and not make any hard or fast declarations until she had her acceptance letters in hand.
After everyone had opened their gifts, everyone piled up their new items and began to make their way into the kitchen for breakfast. Maya excused herself to go grab a sweater from her bag in the basement. She walked down the basement stairs and into the rec room. She walked over to where her bag was and started to dig through it when she heard someone else walking down the stairs. Maya turned to see Josh walking down the stair towards her.
"Whats up?" Maya asked as she pulled her sweater out of her bag and standing back up.
"Here" Josh said, extending his hand that was holding out a gift to her.
"Whats this?" Maya asked, taking the gift from him.
"Just open it." Josh said jokingly exasperated. Maya shook her head at him.
" Well i can tell you wrapped it yourself." She said jokingly, referring to the poorly constructed christmas wrap job. Josh laughed a bit as Maya tore off the wrapping paper of the soft package. Inside was neatly folded Dark grey sweater with the words Hudson university emblazoned on it.
" I was going to give this to you before, but i know you're not telling anyone else about school yet." Maya looked up at him with a warm smile.
" You're going to jinx it!" Maya said, pulling the sweater close to her. Josh shook her head at her.
" Well i mean you named your dog after the school. I don't think a sweater is going to be the straw that broke the camel's back."
"Hey! He could be named after the river, or Kate Hudson." Josh laughed and smiled at her again.
"Thank you." Maya said, truly grateful for the gift.
" Well now i feel like a jerk." Maya said looking down at her shoes.
" If only.." She said turning to her bag again and leaning down to ruffle through it before coming back up with a neatly wrapped box with Josh's name on it.
" I had thought to get you something." She finished, extending the gift to him with a mischievous smile.
The rest of christmas day passed in a blur with everyone indulging in a lot of food and dessert and enjoying all the bad christmas specials that were re running on tv. By the end of the day everyone was so exhausted and worn out that everyone slept soundly that night. Boxing day was spent mostly with everyone lounging around the house, in sweatpants and comfy sweaters watching a lot of tv and enjoying a lazy morning and afternoon.
When night rolled around most people turned in early, fading off to bed one by one. Auggie was the last one left, besides Maya and Josh, trying to stay up as late as possible as no one was enforcing a bedtime on him that night. Even so, he headed off to be without being told half an hour before midnight rolled around.
By that time it was just Josh and Maya awake. They were sitting on the couch in the livingroom watching a year without a santa claus for the second time that day. Neither of them showed any sign of being tired or wanted to head off to bed so they stayed up and continued to chat. The snow was once again falling hard and fast outside the window covering the whole street in a thick blanket of white fluff.
It was nearly two in the morning when Josh turned to Maya with a mischievous look in his eye.
"What?" Maya asked noticing his expression.
" let's go for a drive." He said getting off the couch and to his feet. Maya gave him a sceptical look.
" Where?" She asked hesitantly.
" No where. Anywhere. We're just going for a drive. No destination."
" I'm sorry. I grew up in New York city. People avoid cars at all costs. Cars mean traffic, not spontaneous adventure."
" Come on." Josh said.
" You trust me right?" He asked extending his hand out to her. After a second, Maya nodded, took his hand and let him help her to her feet.
" Let's go."