Someday Soon chapter 17
The snow was falling down in thick clumps around them as Josh and Maya walked down the Matthews front walk and towards Alan and Amy's SUV crossover. No one had driven the car since it had been used to pick the group up at the airport three days prior, so a thick shelf of snow was covering the windshield and the rest of the car's exterior. Josh used his sleeve to wipe off enough snow to open the driver's door and reach inside to grab a snow brush. Josh brushed off the rest of the car as Maya pulled her sleeve down the over her hands to keep them warm as she reached for the passenger side door handle.
The two climbed in the front seats of the car and shut the door behind them. Josh turned the key in the ignition and the car's engine roared to life. The two jumped at the sound of the engine in the silence, and both glanced at the other in fear, afraid that the loud noise might have woken up any one of the sleeping occupants of the house in front of them. They watched the house, looking for a light coming on and for their break out to be discovered. After a few moments of the house remaining still and lifeless, Josh exhaled and put the car into reverse. It wasn't that it would be so awful for someone to wake up and discover them. It wasn't as if they were doing anything wrong. Alan and Amy wouldn't mind that their youngest son had borrowed the car, and it wasn't as if either Josh or Maya had some sort of curfew to comply with. Still, if someone found the two of them sneaking out together there would be a lot of questions to answer, many of which could be quite awkward. Josh knew that Shawn had his suspicions about what was going on between Maya and himself, that much was made clear from the talking to he had given to Josh at thanksgiving that year. Cory used to tease his younger brother about Maya's so called "obsession" with Josh, but had eased up as of lately, sensing something else going on.
Josh could barely answer questions about his relationship and feeling towards Maya to himself, let alone to other people. Josh wasn't confused per say, he knew how he felt. What was confusing was how he was supposed to deal with such. He couldn't act on how he felt, not yet. The right time was coming, but they weren't quite there.
Josh and Maya drove down the snowy road of the sleepy Philadelphia suburb neighbourhood. The car's heater was on full, blasting out hot air into the cab of the car in harsh contrast to the bitter cold of the night air outside. The radio was playing quietly in the background and as they drove Maya sang along softly with whatever song happened to come on.
"I didn't know you could sing." Josh said, between the road in front of him and Maya in the seat beside him. Maya looked at him confused.
"What?" She asked.
" You're a good singer." He reiterated simply. Maya blushed and squirmed in her seat.
"Shut up." She muttered with a smile, not looking at him as a way of thanks. They continued to drive around the sleepy suburb with no destination. They were just killing time, burning gas, and enjoying the others company.
Eventually they came to drive by an empty parking lot. The area had not been plowed so the painted yellow lines on the concrete were concealed .
Josh looked over at Maya mysteriously, and Maya shot a confused look back at him.
"What are you smirking at?" Maya asked, watching him carefully.
" Do you want to drift?" Josh asked. Maya's brow furrowed in confusion.
" Do i want to what?" She asked. But Josh didn't answer her. He turned the car into the empty lot.
"Ready?" he asked looking over at he
"Ready for wha-" but Maya words were cut short as as Josh gunned the engine. The car went flying forward in a burst of speed. Josh turned the wheel sharply, and then reached down to pull the cars hand break, sending the car's back end spinning out.
Maya shrieked in shock, but that sound quickly turned to laughter. Both Josh and Maya laughed in excitement as Josh did the same maneuver over and over again, spinning the car out in the empty snow covered parking lot. It was all fun and games until a whoop of a siren was heard and blue and red lights lite up behind them.
Maya's head whipped around as the car came to a stop.
" Oh my god it's the cops!" Maya exclaimed excitedly. She wasn't scared or nervous, she was nearly giddy.
" Do you think we'll be arrested? Shawn would love it if i got arrested." She said still excited. Josh gave her a disbelieving look.
" I mean don't get me wrong he'd be concerned, but this is so something he would have done at my age. It's like we would be connecting at a molecular level." Maya explained. Josh rolled his eyes at her and glancing in the rear view mirror at the approaching cop. The snow was still coming down hard so the officer's face was unclear as he reached the window. The cop rapped his knuckles on the window to signal Josh to roll it down. Josh did so, and the office leaned down and shone his flashlight into the car. What came out of the officer's mouth next shocked Maya.
"Shit. Matthews?" The guy asked in an excitable tone.
"Rigs?" Josh asked incredulously.
"Whats up man!" The officer, Rigs, reached his hand into the car and clapped Josh on the shoulder.
" You're a cop now?" Josh asked still in a state of disbelief.
" You've got a girlfriend?" Rigs asked in an equally disbelieving tone, leaning forward and shining the flashlight on Maya, who raised a hand in greeting.
" This is Maya." Josh said gesturing to Maya beside him, not bothering to correct Rigs assumption about Maya. He didn't want to get into the whole debacle of
"This is Maya my friend, who could someday down the road be my girl friend as soon as it's considered socially appropriate."
" We went to highschool together." Josh clarified, turning to Maya, who nodded.
" I cheated off this guy's math tests for four years." Rigs said, leaning against the car in amusement.
" I'm having trouble believing that they let you carry a gun." Josh said only half joking.
" I'm having trouble believing that i just pulled you over in the middle of the night drifting with a girl in the car." Josh rolled his eyes as Rigs sniggered.
" Well" Rigs said, straightening up.
" I won't keep you." He said wiggling his eyebrows at Josh suggestively.
" Be safe out here." Rigs said, enjoying the double meaning of his words.
Maya watched Josh amused as he rolled back up the car's window. They watched as Rigs got back into his cruiser and drove away from the parking lot. They drove away from the parking lot as Maya teased him about the interaction with one of Josh's old high school classmates. They were in the middle of the road when Josh pressed the brakes and stopped the car. He looked over at Maya.
" Do you want to drive?" He asked. Maya's jaw went slack.
"What?" she asked her voice a squeek.
" Do you want to drive?" He asked again.
" I don't know how." She said.
" I'll teach you." He offered.
" I don't have a license!"
" Well we have an in with the police"
" It's four in the morning! And snowing" She countered.
" So?" Josh said looking at her seriously. Maya watched him for a moment and then made an offer.
" I will drive. You can teach me to drive. But not right now." She offered.
" Lets just wait until there isn't 6 feet of snow on the ground." Josh pouted.
" Fine." He said only slightly defeated.
" But i'm holding you to that."
Josh and Maya didn't make it back to the Matthews front door until a quarter past four am. They snuck back into the house, whispered good nights to one another and snuck off to their beds. It felt like moments later that they were being shaken awake.
They took the train back to the city that afternoon and no one understood why the two of them couldn't stop yawning. No one dared to disturb them when they both fell asleep, Maya's head on Josh's shoulder.