Someday Soon Chapter 20
Hudson, who had been sleeping peacefully on Maya's lap, woke up to the sound of the door latching closed behind Cory. Hudson opened his eyes and perked up at the sight of Josh. Hudson clambered off of Maya's lap and went bounding across the couch towards where Josh sat on the other end.
" Traitor." Maya muttered, throwing Hudson the side eye. Hudson, who was now happily having his ears scratched by Josh paid no attention to the glare he was getting from Maya.
Maya brought another spoonful of soup to her mouth. She winced a bit as she swallowed it.
" Ugh i know he means well but you're brother does not know how to make soup." Maya said, her voice rough and groggy,putting the bowel on the coffee table in front of her hand pushing it away. Josh laughed a little, but the sound quickly turned into a cough.
" Why do you think i only took a few bites of mine? I was just trying to be nice." Josh said, gesturing to his still full bowl of soup next to hers on the table in front of them that Hudson was now eyeing hungrily.
"I'm not saying that i could do better, but come on. It's soup. Broth, vegetables, chicken, its seems pretty idiot proof." Maya said pulling her blanket more tightly around her as she shivered from the chill in the air.
"Just be thankful that he left and we don't have to choke the rest of it down" Josh said, reaching for a tissue to wipe his nose.
"Well what do we do with it all? Pour it down the sink?" Maya suggested, trying to stifle a cough.
"Your dog looks interested." Josh joked, as Hudson continued to sniff at the bowls on the table. Maya reached over to scoop up her dog and move him away from the food on the table.
" I don't think so. My boys on a strict kibble diet. Isn't that right?" Maya said, speaking to Hudson now and holding him close to her chest.
Maya was pleasantly surprised at the easy and joking conversation that was going on between her and Josh at that very moment. It had been a shock to Maya when Josh had walked into the Matthews apartment, especially considering what had happened between them two nights prior.
Josh hadn't really looked at her when he had first arrived. He had sat down on the opposite side of the couch from her and hadn't said a thing. It was normal, she supposed, for them to act a little awkward around each other after what had happened. Maya hadn't known what to say to Josh at first either. They had kissed after all. Even if it was at Midnight on new year's eve. It had still happened. Things were bound to be a little weird after that, if only for a little while.
They didn't need to talk about it. They were already both on the same page. Despite the earth shattering kiss, nothing between them had changed. Josh muttering "long game" against her lips
had been enough to make it clear to Maya that someday was not that New Year's Eve. Josh was still Josh and Maya was still herself. Maya was still in high school. It wasn't until her graduation rolled around in June that she and Josh had any real shot at a someday.
But that kiss wasn't just a kiss. Not really. It was a sort of promise in it self. That it may be the first kiss but it most certainly would not be the last.
For now, Maya was just glad they could still talk and joke around with one another.
Maya heard Josh's stomach grumble around the same time that her own did. They exchanged a look with one another. Corys subpar soup clearly hadn't filled either one of them up.
" You know i think Topanga keeps an emergency box of instant lipton soup in the kitchen somewhere." Maya said doing her best with the little energy she had to conjure up a mischievous grin. Josh gave her a knowing look and the two of them slowly rose from the couch and shuffled their way towards the kitchen.
The pair pulled on rubber gloves they found under the sink, hoping to avoid spreading any more germs than was necessary. They shuffled round the kitchen slowly due to their shared illness, but eventually found the soup packets and boiled the necessary water. They made their soup, cleaned up the evidence and moved back to the couch to eat their lunch.
The real issue being the struggle between the two over the remote. Both were equally as stubborn and opinionated when it came to television and neither wanted to take no for an answer.
Maya, who was used to walking into the Matthew's apartment and turning the tv to whatever channel she prefered, was not about to take Josh trying to commandeer the remote laying down.
"I'm not watching this." Josh stated between chattering teeth as Maya flicked the tv to a channel showing a high intensity baking competition. Maya pulled her blankets up around her more and let Hudson settle into her lap.
" That's what you think." Maya muttered, tucking the tv remote into her house coat pocket and leaning backward into the cushy pillows of the Matthews couch. Josh rolled his eyes and shook his head at her but quickly stopped as that made the room spin in his sickly state.
After nearly an hour of Josh's nagging and complaining about the competitive cup cake making competition, Maya finally switched the channel to something that they could both somewhat enjoy. They ended up watching several episodes of an old sitcom on re run before anyone arrived back to the apartment. The two were still wrapped up in their blankets on the couch surrounded by boxes of tissues and empty cough candy wrappers when Cory unlocked the door and re entered the apartment, followed by Topanga, Shawn, Riley and Auggie all at one.
"There they are." Cory exclaimed, hanging up his jackets and crossing the apartment.
"Right where i left them."
Riley was hanging back by the door, hesitant to move any further into the apartment out of fear of germs.
" Uncle Josh." Riley said her voice shaking slightly.
"You're here, and you're sick too. Yay." Riley said, edging found the room with her back against the wall to keep as much distance between them as possible.
Shawn walked to the back of the couch and pressed the back of his hand against Maya's forehead to check her fever.
" How you feeling kid?" Shawn asked her as he appraised her with concern.
" Wash that hand!" Riley yelped seeing that Shawn had touched one of the infected patients. Shawn shook his head at Riley and turned his attention back to those on the couch.
" Little Matthews is sick too huh?" Shawn said looking between Josh and Maya. A lump grew in Josh's throat on top of the soreness that was already present. There was something about having Shawn's scrutiny on him that had him in a sweat, and not from his fever. Shawn had no way of knowing that there was a very specific reason that he and Maya had the same cold. Shawn didn't know that the reason Maya had the flu that was spreading through the NYU dorms was because Josh's tongue had been in her mouth two nights previously. Still. Being under Shawn's microscope made him squirm.
Cory walked back over the couch and rubbed his hands together looking at Maya and Josh.
" Your bowls are empty. Do you guys want more soup?" Cory asked.
"No!" Josh and Maya said in the same instant. They exchanged a look, and had to bite the inside of their lips to stop from laughing.