Someday Soon chapter 2
Maya had woken up after her first party snuggled together with Riley in her bed while their other friends were crashed out around the Matthews apartment. Cory and Topanga had taken Auggie to visit Topanga's mom in Pittsburgh and weren't home to see their house filled with their daughters half hung over or over tired friends. Riley had only had a single drink but woke up that morning groaning and feeling the events of the previous night. Maya on the other hand, who had had a few drinks in total opened her eyes the next morning feeling completely normal. She was thrilled with her lack of hangover, ready to rub it in huckleberry's face ( who had promised that they would all feel like hell the next morning.) Maya did feel slightly bad for Lucas who had essentially played babysitter to both his girlfriend and herself the night before, while trying to corral an overly excited Zay. Farkle had been present too of course but he hadn't been much help as his father had picked him up from the party well over an hour before the rest of the friend group took off. Lucas had done his best to gather his friends together and heard them towards the subway stop down the street. Riley had been riding on her boyfriends back, and Zay had offered to carry Maya so they didn't feel left out. While the idea was fun the execution was flawed, and Zay stumbled causing Maya to smash her knee into her nearby lamp post. Maya had opted to walk the rest of the way, holding onto Riley's hand which hung down from Lucas back.
Maya left Riley's bedroom and strode through the living room, past a snoozing lucus on the couch and towards the kitchen where Zay was sitting at the kitchen table, with his head in his hand.
" Feeling good?" Maya joked noticing how rough Zay looked. Zay looked up from the table and shot Maya a glare as she pulled open the fridge and took out a bottle of juice.
" Speak softer" Zay groaned at her as she took a seat on the bench across from his and broke open the bottle of juice. A realization hit Zay and he reached into his pocket and slide Maya's phone across the table to her. Maya shot him a confused look as she reached for her phone.
" Why did you have this?" She asked her eyes narrowed. Zay began rubbing his eyes and stifled a yawn as he spoke.
" Lucas confiscated it because you kept trying to place long distance calls." Maya narrowed her eyes again, confused and then elements of the previous night came back to her. With a slight panic she unlocked her phone and looked up her call history. Sure enough she had placed multiple calls to Josh, one of which he had picked up. The memory of her short late night conversation came back to her and she simultaneously cringed and smiled at the thought. She tried not to laugh as Zay shook his head at her. Riley came slumping out of her bedroom and flounced down on the loveseat with an audible groan. She looked around the room at her friends and then her eyes focused on Maya with scrutiny.
" What are you smiling at?" She asked with her eyes narrowed.
" Nothing" Maya said innocently, and then never missing an opportunity to tease her best friend, put a smirk on her face and turned her back to Riley and brought her juice to her mouth as she spoke
" Your uncle says hi".
The rest of summer passed without much event for either Maya or Josh and before either of them knew it school was going back into session. As josh moved back into the dorms Maya, Riley and the gang prepared for their junior year of high school. 11th grade was a big step for everyone. The SATs suddenly seemed very real and basically just around the corner. More and more each day people began asking Maya and Riley if they had any plans for after high school, as if they didn't still have two full years of secondary education in front of them. They all tried to push these thoughts out of their mind, after all they wouldn't be taking the SATs until that spring. The first week of the eleventh grade passed without much action as Maya, Riley and the rest of the junior class settled into their new classes.
It was the first thursday back to school that Josh returned Mayas drunk dial with one of his own. It was almost two in the morning when Maya's phone screen lit up on her phone stand. Maya was still awake at that hour, reading by the light of the table lamp by her bed. Her heart skipped when she saw the name that was sprawled across her screen.
" Hello?" She said hoping her voice sounded calm and cool rather than the nervous wreck she was afraid she would come off as.
"Maya" Josh's voice came over her phone, drawing out her name in a slightly sing song voice. Maya smiled to herself as she answered him
" Boing?" she said playing along. The background noise from Josh's end of the phone was extremely loud, and Maya could hear the sound of music and people laughing, yelling and what might have been the sound of shattering glass. It was so loud that maya had to hold the phone away from her ear and turn down the volume in fear of waking up her mother and Shawn.
"Where are you?" He asked her, half shouting over the sound of the party going on around him. Maya rolled her eyes.
" I'm at home. It's a school night." Maya said simply, turning the page in her book, although the words on the page in front of her didn't seem to be soaking in.
"Rigggghhht" Josh said as if the thought hadn't occurred to him. The first week of college seemed to be a giant party in its majority.
" You're in high school. I remember high school." Josh said wistfully as if he were recalling fond memories from his past.
" Well it wasn't that long ago Boing. You're no grandpa yet." She joked, pressing her phone between her cheek and her shoulder and reaching up to tie her hair into a knot on the top of her head.
" Three years older." Josh said in the same tone as before. Josh was clearly far more intoxicated than Maya had been during her call to him a few weeks before, and his guard seemed to be .coming down slightly.
" But what's three years in the game of-" Josh's words were cut off by a large crash that made Maya jump in place where she sat on her bed.
" Shit" Josh muttered a tinge of panic in his voice. Josh quickly said goodnight before maya could say another word and the line went dead. Maya shook her head, still smiling as she plugged her phone back in on her bedside table. She reached over to flip off her lamp and fell asleep still smiling.
Maya and Josh were around each other quite often over the next few months, most often when josh dropped by the Matthews apartment to do laundry or hang out with his family. Josh had dinner at his brother's house at least once a week, citing his distaste for the dorm food and his lack of cooking skill as the reason for his stopping by, but Maya secretly hopped that it wasn't a coincidence that Josh always stopped by on wednesday nights. The night that Katy worked late doing the bakeries books, and that Maya could 100 percent of the time be found at the Matthews residence.
Weekly dinners became a staple and Maya and Josh often sat opposite of each other, sharing glances and smiles, and confusing the rest of the table with their inside jokes. When Thanksgiving rolled around the entire Matthews clan plus Shawn, Katy, and Maya crowded into Cory and Topanga's apartment and gathered around the dining table. Allen and Amy had driven up from Philadelphia with Morgan, and even Eric had put aside his senators duties for the night to be present. They had all gone around the table and said what they were grateful for that year and now tucking into their plates piled high with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, bread and gravy. Josh and Maya were once again sitting directly across from one another. Joshs knee was cramped slightly and he stretched out his leg carefully under the table. His foot accidentally made contact with Maya's shin. Maya's head snapped up from her plate at the same time that Josh's did. Their eyes met and rather than break the contact they held each other's gaze. After a moment josh mouthed their phrase " long game" to her across the table. Maya smiled and mouthed " long game' back at josh. They both a had goofy grins on their faces. Shawn looked back and forth between the two of them, his eyes narrowed. Noticing this, Maya shot her step father a sweet sheepish smile while Josh looked very purposefully at the potatoes on his plate.