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Chapter 22

Someday Soon Chapter 22

The rest of January was full of emotional ups and downs for Riley, all of which pushed off on Maya. Riley and Lucas hadn't ended up breaking up, at least not officially. It was on a day to day basis if they were speaking to one another or not.

The whole ordeal of the supposed cheating that took place on new year's eve was constantly up for discussion. Lucas had first insisted that it was just a kiss, and on new year's eve, which barely counted. However more information had come out that it had been more than just one kiss, that it had taken place both before and after the clock rang in the new year . To top it off the news broke that the kiss was with a girl lucas had once sort of dated when he had lived in Texas.

Of course there was arguments to be had to dispute all of that. Lucas argued that he had been drinking, that she was just an old friend, and that he had been caught up in the moment.

Riley had been teetering back and forth between wanting to forgive Lucas, and wanting to tear his head clean off his body. Maya was firmly on the side of dismemberment, but tried to support Riley without forcing all her own opinions on her.

Still Maya was just as furious as ever, and no one heard more about it from her then Josh. Maya wasn't going to vent to Riley, her friend needed support, not more stress, so Josh often got an earful.

Maya would plop herself down at the counter of Topanga's, shovel down the cheesecake Josh would place down in front of her and go off on her frustrations about Lucas and Riley.

" and it's not like i can just tell her to dump him! I mean i could, but then if that's not what she really wants it would create like a weird resentment thing, and i do not need that in my life." Maya said stabbing at the cake on the plate in front of her as a way to let out her anger. Josh would shake his head at her , but gladly let her say her piece, even if she was basically saying the same thing day after day.

Eventually the drama subsided slightly. Riley and Lucas were still having major problems but Riley was climbing into Maya's bedroom window in tears far less often. However distressing all of the Riley and Lucas drama was, Maya was grateful for the distraction. College acceptance/ rejection dates looked a lot closer from this side of Christmas, and Maya could spend all day worrying about them if she let herself. She had applied to six schools in total. Fordham, Hudson, The NS, Boston, UNC Chapel Hill, and a community college in Brooklyn where you basically had to be breathing to be accepted. She had applied to RISD, but had pulled out of the process. She loved art but the school of design just wasn't the right choice for her.

Her top choice was still Hudson of course, followed by Fordham and BU. Her best shot was the New school, and Maya knew she could be happy there. She held onto that idea. But what if the new school rejected her? What if everyone did? She would toil away at a third string community college and probably drop out from embarrassment.

She'd probably end up like her mother, slaving away at a hole in the wall diner for her whole life with her dreams out of reach.

Maya had never looked down at her mother for her profession. Katy had worked hard and provided for Maya her whole life. But Maya also knew that Katy wanted more for Maya then what she herself had had. Katy wanted Maya to go farther and shine brighter than Katie ever had. Katie would have be proud of Maya no matter what she chose to do with her life. But Maya still had a nagging feeling.

Maya didn't want to let her mother down. No one in Maya's family had ever gotten much farther in their education then a high school diploma. Maya's step grandfather had a BMA from Duke but she didn't think that really counted. Maya's actually grandfather had walked out on his family the same way Maya's father had when she was a little girl. Her grandmother had raised Katy on her own until she'd met her new husband Paul, long after Katy had grown up and moved out. No one with her blood had made it that far in life. Would she be the first one? Or would she fizzle out like all the others?

Maya stayed up late into the night worrying about it. Her stomach would tie into knots and churn around and around as she mulled over all the possibilities of her future.

Shawn tried to be a comfort, reassuring her that he had been way more of screw up in high school and had still managed to scrape out a degree.

Josh reacted in a similar way, constantly reassuring her that she wasn't just going to get into one of her schools, but multiple, especially Hudson.

Once when Maya had been walking her dog in Washington Square Park, Josh had come sauntering up beside her and steered her away from the direction of the dog park where she had been heading. He lead her up towards Midtown. They kept talking while they walked, Maya had not thought much of his interruption. She had thought that he had probably just needed a break from studying. That was until they turned onto the block of Hudson University main campus. Maya stopped in her tracks.

" What are we doing?" She asked looking at Josh hesitatingly.

" I thought you might want to see the place you'll be spending the next four years." He said slipping his arm into the bend of hers and pulling her forward.

" Oh no no." Maya said, trying to pull against his hold.

" I can't go in there, they'll be able to smell the desperation on me."

" Come on." Josh said still pulling her forward. Maya dragged at the heels.

" I'm serious i can't go in there. Everyone will point and say ' aw look at the sad little girl just waiting for her rejection letter." Josh rolled his eyes at her.

" We're going to the coffee cart. Not the dean's office. You'll fit right in."

Josh seemed to have doubt in his mind that Maya would be getting into Hudson. While this was sweet, it didn't much reassure Maya. It was easy for Josh to insist that Maya was going to get into Hudson. He never struggled with school. He got into NYU and now he was going to Columbia for christ sakes. He was clearly a very smart guy.

That got Maya thinking. How exactly could she had beaten Josh on the SATs? That didn't seem plausible to Maya. After a quick internet search Maya saw that you generally needed upwards of a 1900 on the SATs to get into NYU. Josh had told her that he had scored a 1700.

Later that day Maya let herself into the Matthews apartment to where Cory and Topanga were sitting at the table.

" Do either of you know how Josh did on the SATs?" Maya asked as a way of greeting. Topanga threw a slightly panicked look at her husband before looking down at her hands.

"Good i think." Cory said simply., while Topanga continued to look away. Maya narrowed her eyes at her best friends mother, walking up and leaning forward across the dining room table to look her straight in the eye.

" You know something." Maya said, as Topanga pursed her lips. Topanga knew about Josh and Maya's SAT bet, but she didn't know if she could hold out against Maya's seething look. She was sure to crack.

….

Maya stormed down stairs and into the bakery. She pushed open the door and made a b line straight to the counter. Josh was busy drying glasses behind the counter and did not see her come in. She put a knee up on one of the stool to give her a boost, breached over the counter and sharply cuffed him on the back off the head.

"Hey!" Josh said in surprise, rubbing the back of his head

"1700 my ass!" Maya spat at him, sitting down at the counter with a huff.

"What are you talking about?" Josh asked in confusion.

" Topanga just told me you got a 2200 on the SAT not a 1700. Which means you are a big fat liar and that i did indeed win the bet." Maya shot back at him. Josh rolled his eyes at her.

" A; Topanga is a traitor, and B: I did not lie. I did get a 1700. The first time i took the test. The circumstances under which i took the test are neither here nor there but you did get a higher score than me. Which means that i did win the bet. Yes, on a technicality but a win's a win, and i will collect." Josh said giving her a mischievous smirk. Maya glared at him.

"We'll see about that."

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