Someday Soon Chapter 21
This chapter is uber joshaya heavy (still present. duh) but i'm trying to build up to some things so this type of chapter is necessary.
It was the last night of the winter break and Maya had more or less recovered from her cold. Her cough was still lingering a bit but her fever had broken and she no longer felt like a steam roller was backing up continuously over her body every hour of the day.
It was just past 10pm and Maya was huddled up in her bed reading by the light of the lamp on her bedside table. She knew she should be at least trying to be get to sleep, after all she had to get up early for school the next day. Still, she flipped the next page of her book in her bed and continued to read. Maya still wasn't sleeping particularly well, although she shut herself into her room every night around 9pm and shut off all the main lights to make Shawn think she was getting plenty of sleep. Maya would usually read late into the night and finally drift off in the early morning. It wasn't an ideal sleep schedule but at least she got a lot of books read that way.
Maya was just finishing a chapter when she heard a persistent tapping on her window. Maya glanced up and then sprung out of bed when she say who was waiting on the fire escape. Maya hurried over to her window, unlatched the lock and slide up the glass wincing at the blast of cold air flooded in from the frigid january night.
"Riles?" Maya said in surprise as her best friend climbed through the window and then turned to close it behind her.
" What are you-" but Maya stopped speaking before she could finish her question when she caught site of the look on Riley's face and the tears that had been flash frozen on her cheeks from the wind outside.
"What's wrong?" Maya asked her chest heavy with concern as she lead Riley over to her bed. The two sat down as Riley finally spoke, her voice thick from crying although no more tears had come.
" I think it's over." Riley said, looking down at her clasped hands in her lap rather than at Maya.
"Whats over?" Maya asked confused, clearly not following what Riley was saying.
" Lucas." Riley said still not meeting Maya's eye.
" Lucas and I are over." Maya's jaw went slack in shock as her eyes widened from what her best friend just said.
"Shit. Are you serious?" Maya asked almost not believing what Riley had said.
" As a heart attack." Riley said letting out a sob like laugh.
" What happened?" Maya asked gently, not wanting to pry although her curiosity was killing her. Riley let out a long sigh before speaking.
" He got back to the city today, and we hadn't been in the same room for more than 15 minutes when we started fighting. I could just tell that there was something he wasn't telling me…."
"Riles?" Maya prompted, waiting for her to go on.
" He cheated." Riley said simply with a shrug. Maya's heart dropped into her stomach.
" He what?" Maya demanded,anger building up in her.
" I mean it was just a kiss." Riley said as if she was defending him.
" and it was on new years so if i really think about it…" Maya cut Riley off.
" Don't do that. Don't try and justify what he did." Maya said, furious that Lucas could do such a thing to Riley.
" Just because a kiss happened on new years doesn't mean that it doesn't count." Maya stated. As Maya said these words out loud it had occurred to her that she had explained away her kiss with Josh by referring to it as just a new year's eve kiss. Maya shook her head. What happened with her and Josh was different.
" Did you really break up?" Maya asked squeezing Riley's hand in her own. Riley shook her hand.
" No. Or at least not yet. I just don't know how i can come back from this." Riley said, letting her shoulders go slack.
"We'll figure it out." Maya promised, wrapping Riley in a hug, and silently vowing to kick Lucas ass at the first possible opportunity
At 6 am the next morning, Maya and Riley were cuddled up and fast asleep under the covers of Maya's cracked open Maya's bedroom door and peaking in. Maya and Riley both woke up from the sudden light flooding into the room and blinked to clear their eyes.
"Yeah she's here." Shawn said into the phone he had pressed to his cheek.
" Your dad says hi." Shawn said to Riley as he turned to leave the room, closing the door behind him.
Maya and Riley grumbled as they rolled out of bed and began to get ready for school. They had stayed up late into the night talking about everything that had gone on with her and Lucas.
Maya lent Riley something to wear to school that day so Riley didn't have to climb back down the fire escape to her room, or walk through the hallways of their apartment building in just her pajamas.
They sat beside one another on the subway on the way to school, chatting lightly but avoiding the subjects that they had broached the night before. Maya knew that Riley was nervous about seeing Lucus at school that day and was trying to keep her mind off of it.
As they sat on the train together Maya felt her phone buzz in her jacket pocket. She took it out and slide her finger across the screen to unlock it. She had a message from Josh that she typed a response too. During the few days they had spent sick on the couch together they had started to watch a crime drama on netflix and were both hooked. They had been trying to keep watching at the same pace separately and had been texting back and forth about the developments of the plot.
Another message from Josh popped up on the screen seconds after the one Maya had sent and she moved quickly to respond. When she glanced up she saw that Riley was watching her carefully.
"What?" Maya asked, slipping her phone back into her jacket pocket and zipping it. Riley raised her eyebrows at Maya but didn't say anything.
"What?" Maya asked again looking at her best friend with amusement.
"Nothing." Riley said with a knowing gleam in her eye.
" You're just in an awful lot of contact with Josh lately." Riley said, nudging Maya in the ribs with her elbow. Maya narrowed her eyes at Riley who smirked at her.
" Oh come on peaches i'm not an idiot. We shared a pull out couch at my grandparents house. I know you weren't in bed half the night, and Josh looked awfully tired most mornings. Plus you hung around him basically the whole night at that new years party" Riley pointed out. Maya rolled her eyes. If only Riley knew what else happened with Josh at that party.
" Your point?" Maya prompted. Riley turned to her almost accusingly.
" I don't think your crush ever died. In fact i think it might be worse than ever. You're fantasizing about the fantasy again. " Maya had to fight back a snort of laughter.
" Josh and I are friends. Were good friends but just friends. Nothing has happened between us. At least not really." Maya conceded.
"What?" Riley asked agast.
"What does that mean? Not really?" Riley demanded just as the train came to a halt at their stop.
"Time to get off." Maya said getting to her feet and not answering the question, heading for the doors.
" Don't avoid the question!" Riley said hurrying to catch up with Maya who was power walking out up the stairs and out of the subway station, trying to keep the smirk off her face.
"Don't worry your pretty head about it." Maya said as they waited for the light to turn so they could cross the street. Riley was about to push Maya for more information when they caught sight of Lucus across the street walking towards the school.
Riley stiffened beside Maya, who reached out to take her hand.
" It's going to be okay." Maya said reassuringly.
"We'll work it out." Maya promised. Riley nodded her head. The two kept their hands linked as they crossed the street.