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Chapter 23

Someday Soon Chapter 23

January melted away into February quickly and without much notice. The days were getting slightly longer, the sun sticking around in the sky. Despite the new amount of light the sky was still constantly shrouded in thick grey clouds. The air was still bitterly cold, and the sky alternated between pouring down snow or freezing rain. This mixture of weather lead to the streets being flooded with thick slush that soaked through the socks of anyone who wasn't wearing the right protective footwear.

Maya was stalking around the city in thick rubber gum boots that by some miracle of faith had come back into style. The boots squeaked against any dry surface floor and left a trail of wet foot prints behind her.

Maya didn't have much to do after school as of lately. Riley was constantly busy either with volunteer work in the hopes of further padding her resume, or desperately trying to save her relationship with Lucas by spending as much time with him as humanly possible.

On the days that Josh worked afternoons at Topanga's the tell tale signs of Maya's arrival was the ring of a bell when the door opened, followed by the squeak of Maya's boots on the tile floor. Maya would take her place at the counter and she and Josh would settle into their afternoon routine. Maya worked, or at least pretended to work, on her homework while Josh finished up with the afternoon rush. Once the shop quieted down a bit Maya would stow away her books and either talk with Josh while he cleaned up around the counter, serve the few customers left, or if he had an upcoming test quiz,him with the carefully made flash cards he kept with him at all times. Josh only had two months left in his final university semester as his time as an undergrad. While freedom was coming closer Josh had a lot of work to do before graduation. He'd have the whole summer to relax before he started at Columbia in September , right now he needed to focus.

However, it wasn't that easy to focus with Maya around. Thoughts of her crept into his head when he was alone, so having her there in front of him was downright distracting. The one thing that kept his grades from suffering was Maya's reactions every time he aced a question. The smile she would give him was enough to send his heart soaring.

Josh's feeling for Maya were growing by the day, and each day it became harder and harder to ignore them.

They were spending so much time together that Josh could barely come up for air. When Josh wasn't at school he was either at the Cafe, or out with Maya.

She'd visit him while he was at work, and he'd often join her on walks around the city with Hudson. They'd see each other at dinners at the Matthew's apartment, and more than once Maya had dropped by his dorm room, either to help him study or ask for help with a certain assignment that she was having trouble with.

While Maya excelled in arts and humanities she struggled slightly with sciences. She was taking biology as her science credit that year and occasionally required guidance when maneuvering the different units. Maya could have gone to Riley or even Farkle for help, but studying with Josh was just easier. He knew how she best learned, and he knew how to make the information click clearly in her head.

Shawn was so busy working lately that Maya wasn't spending much time at home. Shawn normally didn't get home until around 7 o'clock most nights and Maya rarely got through the front door before 6:30. Maya didn't like be be home alone. Most days she'd go straight home from school, pick up Hudson and go hunting for someone to hang out with until she could head back home.

Hanging out with Josh was a happy alternative. She liked being around him. It was easy. Josh had seen her when she was the most vulnerable, but he didn't handle her with child gloves. He had seen her broken into pieces, but didn't act like she was still shattered on the floor. He saw the cracks in her exterior, but didn't poke and prod at them. He made her laugh, and although she was still pissed that he had lied to her about the SAT's, he did his best to build up her confidence like no one else could.

As the release dates for college acceptances grew closer Maya got more and more antsy. She had gotten word back from one school, Fordham, as they had a rolling acceptance policy. She hadn't shared that information with anyone yet. She wanted to know all her options before she told anyone anything about her plans for next year.

It was enough pressure that Josh knew about her preference for Hudson. There would be no hiding her heartbreak from him if she wasn't accepted into the school. She'd put on a good show about her excitement about whatever school actually let her in, convincing Shawn and everyone else that that was what she had always wanted. But no matter what would happen, Josh would always know the truth

Still, it was nice having someone to confide in. She would have told Riley, but she was sure that her best friend would have spilled the information to everyone. Riley would be so excited that Maya wanted to stay in New York that she would probably sing it from the rough tops.

Still, with the beginning of March growing closer and letters being sent out any time now, Maya would have to bite the bullet soon.

The first week of March arrived, and Maya felt as if she could scratch her skin right off its surface from the anxiety she felt. Riley and Farkle were both feeling the same way if not doubled. Both were waiting with crossed fingers for acceptance letters from the prestigious ivy leagues. RIley was aiming for Cornell or maybe Upenn, while Farkle and his father had their heart set on Princeton. Riley and Farkles letters wouldn't be arriving until the end of March. Maya didn't envy the extra time they had to spend waiting.

….

It was the first friday in March, and Shawn and Maya were joining the Matthews for dinner. Maya was the last to arrive. She had stopped in the lobby on the way up to dinner to check the mailbox. Her heart had dropped when her hand had brushed across the cream coloured envelope with the Hudson university emblazoned on the seal.

She clutched the letter from Hudson and the other pieces of mail to her chest. She let herself into the Matthews apartment, her eyes blank and her heart thumping as she walked into the Matthews living room.

She heard several words of greeting spoken to her but she didn't process any of it. She held her future in new york in her hands, but she didn't know if she could open it.

She came to a stop by the side of the couch and continued to stare into the room, clutching the mail to her chest.

Josh, who had been sitting at the kitchen table with Auggie looked up to see Maya standing stunned with the mail in her arms.

" Is it here?" Josh asked, referring to the long awaited Hudson letter. Maya nodded, as Josh got to his feet.

" and?" He promoted, walking slowly from the kitchen area towards the main living room.

" I don't think i can open it." Maya said, clutching the letter closer to her.

"Open what?" Shawn asked confused, looking between Josh and Maya.

" Of course you can." Josh said walking over to her.

" What if i didn't get in?" Maya said quietly.

" Get in where?" Shawn asked, his interests peaked and panic flooding into his voice. This could be the moment when he found out what his step daughters real plans for the future were. What would he do if Maya decided to leave the city?

" Just open it." Josh prompted his own anxiety growing. Everyone in the room was now paying attention, curious themselves to see what school had sent the piece of mail.

Maya looked down at the letter, her hands shaking a little. For several long seconds everyone stood in silence.

" Oh for god sakes." Josh said, his frustration growing. He snatched the letter out of Maya's hands and starting to walk away towards the kitchen.

" What are you doing?" Maya asked in a panic, snapping into action and following Josh who was speed walking away from her.

" If you're not going to look, i will." Josh said over his shoulder, his fingers on the lip of the envelope as if to tear it open.

" Don't you dare!" Maya half shouted. Josh moved to tear the envelope open and Maya sprung. She jumped onto Josh's back and attempted to wrestle the paper out of his hands.

" Give it to me!" Maya snarled, doing her best to snatch at the paper from Josh, who was doing his best to dislodge her from his back.

" Only if you open it!" He shot back as he tried to shake her off.

" I can't!" Maya snapped back. As everyone in the room followed the two with their eyes, moving out of the way to avoid getting hit by the two of them while they wrestled over the paper around the room.

"Then i will!" Josh said, still trying to get the envelope open and avoid being scratched by Maya's claws.

" WHERE IS THE LETTER FROM!" Shawn half shouted, looking like he was about to jump in between Maya and Josh and tear open the envelope himself, if only to see the name printed at the top of the page.

Despite Maya's weight on his back Josh managed to get a hold on the lip of the letter.

"Don't do it!" Maya warned a threatening tone in her voice .

" You opened my NYU letter." Josh shot back.

" You opened my SATs" Maya countered.

" Not the same!" Josh said, not missing a beat and cleanly tearing open the letter.

Maya's grip went slack and she let her head fall against Josh's shoulder to hide her eyes.

" I can't look." Maya whispered, burying her face into Josh's shirt.

"I think you might want to." Josh said, scanning the letter and nudging up his shoulder blade to get her to raise her head. Maya peeked up and felt her heart drop as she read the first few words on the page

Dear Miss Hart,We are pleased to offer you acceptance to

" I got in?" Maya said quietly, sliding down from Josh's back.

" You got in!" Josh said a brilliant smile spreading across his face.

" I got in!" Maya shouted, jumping into josh's arms and letting him lift her off her feet in a tight hug, laughter escaping her chest.

" TO WHAT SCHOOL?" Shawn, Riley, and Topanga shouted in near unison, but Maya couldn't stop laughing and smiling in relief enough to form an answer.

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