Someday Soon @brookhacker
Chapter 18

Someday Soon Chapter 18

Sorry i haven't updated in a few days. Hope this makes up for it!

The hour and a half train ride back into the city from Philadelphia was as soundly as Maya had slept in months. She was so exhausted from how late she and Josh had stayed out the night before that she had dosed right off on his shoulder without even thinking about it.

Maya had a lot of trouble sleeping now a days. She would lay in bed for hours at a time, just staring at the ceiling and listening to a book on her phone or a podcast to fill the silence. Maya slept maybe four hours a night on average, usually between the hours of two and six am. The trouble being that she never seemed to be able to turn her brain off. She would sit in bed as her brain would race, the wheels in her mind spinning out of control. Her therapist seems to think that Maya had developed insomnia and had suggested many sleep aids and remedies for the problem. None of the traditional methods had seemed to help Maya at all. Meditation and hot tea hadn't done the trick to cure her restless mind and jumpy limbs.

Yet those almost two hours on the train back from Philadelphia, Maya slept better than she could ever remember doing. Maybe it was the fact that she had something to do with the gentle rocking of the train, or the fact that she and Josh hadn't gone to bed until after four am that morning. No matter the cause, Josh's shoulder was suddenly the most comfortable pillow she had ever had.

….

The days between the groups return from Philadelphia and New years were bitterly cold. Temperatures in New York slipped to a record low and the wind howled at all hours of the day and night. No one was willing to venture out of their apartments unless absolutely necessary. The issue being that Hudson, Maya's dog, was still eager to go on long walks every single day. Although the dog only weighed about ten or twelve pounds he still had more energy than anyone Maya knew, dog or not. Hudson wasn't content to just go across the street to the green space and do his business. So everyday Maya would bundle up several layers of sweaters, scarves and gloves, hook Hudson up to his leash and head out into the cold.

Hudson himself had to wear a sweater that Maya had knit after learning to do so watching a youtube tutorial. The small dog was decked out in the tiny sweater to keep him from shaking quite so hard on their daily walks.

It was only about a fifteen minute walk from Maya's apartment in the village to Washington square park. The whole way Maya would keep her head tucked down the whole way, fighting against the bite of the wind. Hudson seemed nearly oblivious to the weather, waddling only down the street and towards the park without a care in the world. Maya would let hudson off leash in the dog run and stand in silence, jumping up and down in an attempt to keep herself warm. Maya had taken Hudson to the park the first day back to the city from Philadelphia. She had been fumbling with her phone through her thick gloves, trying to keep herself entertained while Hudson ran round and round. She had been snapchatting with Josh since they had gotten back, and she had sent him a photo of Hudson running up and down the dog park. Josh had snapped her back in surprise that she was outdoors in such harsh conditions. She'd resposned that Hudson wouldn't stop whining until he got a walk so they had headed down to washington square park.

Josh immediately snapped back that she should stop by his dorm before she freezed to death. NYU was right on the corner by the park so his place was near by. So after letting Hudson run around Maya would walk over to university place, slip hudson under her coat and have Josh buzz her into his dorm building.

They had been back in the city for three days, and every single afternoon Maya would walk Hudson down to the park and then cross over to NYU to visit Josh. She would defrost in his room for a while before heading back to her place in the village.

It was the thirtieth of december now and Maya had just finished walking Hudson in the park. She rapped her knuckles across Josh's door and waited for him to respond. The door flung open and Maya walked in without hesitation. She unzipped her jacket and let Hudson jump down onto the floor. She tossed her jacket and scarf onto Josh's desk chair and flopped down onto Josh's bed. Josh picked up one of the cups of tea he had brewed and handed it to her.

In the few days they had been hanging out they had already fallen into a routine. Maya took the cup from Josh and happily took a large gulp burning her tongue the same way she did every day. Her hands shook as she held her cup as they were still numb. She kicked off her boots and brought her feet up onto the bed so she could sit on them. She pulled the sleeves of her hudson sweater down around her hands as she clutched onto her mug of tea.

" Is this the only time you get wear out of this sweater?" Josh asked, sitting down on the bed beside her and gesturing to the Hudson University sweater he had given her that she was currently wearing.

Maya shrugged. She couldn't wear the sweater at home in front of Shawn, or when she went to hang out with Riley. No one could know about her preference for Hudson just yet. But the sweater was comfortable and Maya still wanted to wear it. So she wore it as one of her many layers when she went out to brave the cold.

" Well i can only wear it in this room specifically. I'm afraid if i got out into the hallway someone will mug me." She joked referencing the sports rivalry between New York and Hudson university. Josh laughed at her as she took another long swig from her tea.

" Do you have any idea when you'll hear from Hudson?" Josh asked watching her carefully.

" What are you talking about, he never shuts up." Maya joked, gesturing to the dog on the floor who was snorting a bit as he laid on his back on the floor. Josh rolled his eyes.

" You knew what i meant." he said, nuding her with his elbow. Maya shrugged again.

" Letters don't go out until february or march so i've still got a lot of waiting to do." Maya said wistfully.

"You're getting in." Josh said reassuringly. Maya shot him a doubtful look.

" Thats easy for you to say mr i got into an ivy league graduate school." Maya said nuding him right back.

" Just you wait. I'm going to be right about this. Just like i was right about the SATs." Josh pointed out as Maya avoided his eye and looked down at the tea in her hands.

" Which you still owe me for." Josh reminded jokingly. Maya rolled her eyes.

" Well i'm sorry that you're bad at picking stipulations for bets." Maya shot back.

" Well i'm working on it." Josh said. They kept stoney eye contact for a few moments before they both burst out in laughter.

…..

The next day was new year's eve one of the busiest nights of the year in New York City. Despite the cold, thousands of people were crowding into times square to see live performances and watch the ball drop at the stroke of midnight.

Maya and Riley were in Riley's room getting ready for the party that was going on later that night. RIley had been bouncing around the room for an hour trying on different outfits and throwing clothes across the room trying to decide what she should wear out that night. Maya was sitting cross legged on Riley's bed, Hudson in her lap, watching her best friend run around the room.

" I don't know why you're so excited about this" Maya asked amused as Riley pulled yet another outfit option out of her closet.

" I don't know why you're not." Riley exclaimed, jumping onto the bed next to Maya and pushing against her shoulders.

" It's just a party." Maya reminded her friend as Riley rolled her eyes.

" It's not just a party! It's new year's eve!" Riley exclaimed.

" Yeah it's new years, and your ranger is still in texas. Shouldn't you be all mopey and bumped out?" Maya asked. Riley hesitated, looking down at her hands.

" Unless.."

'Unless nothing" Riley said, cutting her off.

" Unless things aren't going well."

" Do you think wearing a sequined top is too cliche?" Riley asked, quickly changing the subject and avoiding Maya's eye. Maya knew that things between Lucas and Riley hadn't been perfect for the past few weeks. In fact things hadn't been perfect between the two of them since Riley had gone to stay with Lucas in Texas for a few weeks in the summer.

The new year's eve party Maya and Riley were attending was being held in a brownstone on the upper west. The stoop of the building was crowded with kids smoking, willing to brave the harsh cold. Maya and Riley headed inside. Farkle and Zay were already inside as they had arrived to the party nearly an hour earlier then the two girls. Maya and Riley headed inside, got drinks and began to chat with one of the many groups. The house was crowded with people and not just high school aged. The majority of the people in fact appeared to be in college.

That made somewhat sense to Maya. The girl whose party this was had several older sisters and it wouldn't have been surprising if they had all invited their friends to join in the NYE party.

Maya was chatting with Riley and some other friends when she noticed someone on the other side of the party.

"Boing?" she muttered, craning her neck to see him through the crowed.

"What?" Riley half shouted. Her words slurring a bit from how much she had had to drink already.

"Nothing Pumpkin." Maya said, patting her friend on the shoulder.

" I'll be right back." Maya finished, moving past Riley and towards the other side of the room where Josh was.

He spotted her coming and turned away from the conversation he was having.

" Are you following me?" Maya asked as she came to a stop in front of him. Josh gave her a pointed look.

" Excuse me, you're the one who keeps showing up at my dorm room, and just so happen to hang out at the place where i work." Josh pointed out jokingly. Maya shoved at him, but smiled.

They hung out for most of the rest of the night, talking and laughing to the point where Maya's stomach physically hurt. They were in the middle of a joke when people began to count down to the new year.

Everyone around them was chanting, counting down the seconds. Maya looked up, and noticed just how close Josh was standing to her. There was 10 seconds left. He was looking at her. 6 seconds left. His hand was on her hip. 4 seconds left. His face was leaning down to hers then…. Riley was there. She threw her arms around her best friends neck and shouted

"Happy new year" into Maya's ear. Around them couples and acquaintances kissed to ring in the new year. But for Josh and Maya the moment had passed.

Maya hugged Riley in return, before Riley dashed back out into the party.

" I'll be right back." Maya said to Josh, excusing herself, She disappeared down a nearby hallway in search of a bathroom without a line.

Suddenly she felt someone's hand wrap around her wrist. She whipped around to see Josh standing there. Before Maya could say anything or even think anything Josh had backed her up against the wall of the hallway. He leaned his face in so close to her own that their foreheads were touching.

"It's not midnight anymore." Maya said, her voice almost a whisper. Josh reached down, pulled out the gear on his watch and turned back the hands to reflect his prefered time.

"There." Josh said and then his lips were on her's and absolutely nothing else mattered. Maya felt as if the whole house around them had melted away and it was just the two of them in that dark hallway. Maya would have been willing to stay in that moment, in their fake midnight, for the rest of the night. One of his hands was on her hip and the other one was tangled in her hair.

Inevitably they broke apart, their lips no longer touching but their faces were still close enough together that Maya could feel every breath that Josh took. She looked up at him and he held her gaze for a moment.

They were still so close that Josh's lips nearly brushed against her's again when he spoke.

"Long game." he said and then he was gone. He had disappeared down the hallway and into the party but all Maya could do was lean against that hallway wall.

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