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Chapter 26

Someday Soon Chapter 26

Josh hadn't let go of Maya's hand as they walked down the street, descended the stairs into a subway station and waited on the platform for a train to arrive. Once the train arrived they stepped aboard, but had to separate as there was only room for one of them to sit. Josh stood in front of her, holding the bar above his head for support as the train lurched forward. Grand central was located in Midtown and they rode the train back towards the village and the NYU dorms.

They rode in silence, listening to the conversations of those around them on the train. Josh could tell that Maya was deep in thought. He knew that it must have been a very difficult day for her. Maya wanted to be free of her biological father, but that didn't mean that it was easy for her to cut the cord.

They exited the subway and climbed the stairs back up to the surface of the city. They still had several blocks to walk before the entrance to Josh's dorm building. It was late march and temperatures often dropped below freezing once the sun had gone done. Josh and Maya walked quickly down the street, huddled close together. They often bumped into one another's sides as they walked down the street, on a mission to make it into the warmth of an apartment building's lobby.

They were about half a block away from Josh's building when he came to a stop, and reached out to catch Maya's arm. Maya looked back at him confused, a red flush in her cheeks from the cold air around them. Josh jerked his head to the side, gesturing towards the glowing light of the front window of the tiny pizza shop beside them. Maya's eyes slide from Josh's face to where he was gesturing to. Maya eyes widened at the site of the neon sign, and nodded vigorously.

They had driven through a fast food place before leaving Jersey that afternoon but neither of them had eaten since then. Maya hadn't realized how hungry she was until Josh had brought the pizza shop to her attention.

Maya happily let Josh lead her inside. The warm air from inside the shop was a welcome blast in stark contrast to the freezing air that filled the streets outside. The shop smelled of freshly baking dough, melting cheese, and garlic. Maya thought she could have stayed there happily the rest of the night. The store was tiny and warm from the heat of the pizza oven. There were a few other people eating pizza by the slice at tall tables, perched on tall stools, while a few other people stood at the counter waiting for their pizzas to be boxed for take out.

She and Josh joined the short line for take out, preferring to make it back to Josh's place with their food before it got any darker or colder outside. They waited for a few minutes, Maya hopping from foot to foot to warm herself up, and to pass the time.

Once they had their food they braved the cold outside once again and walked the remainder of the block to one of the NYU dorm buildings. Josh flashed his key board against the scanner and pulled open the door to the building. They rode the elevator up to Josh's floor, Maya holding the pizza box in her hands, anxious to dig into their late dinner.

They reached Josh's dorm and as Josh pulled out his keys the door to the room across from his cracked open. His friend and floormate Randall, leaned against his door jam an amused look on his face.

" Hey Randy." Maya said as Josh finally got his door open. Maya and Randall had been introduced on one of the many occasions that Maya had visited Josh at his dorm. The two had a bit of a rapour going now as they saw each other quite often. Randall had seen Maya leave Josh's dorm room in the early morning of the previous year, and had been teasing Josh about it ever since. Now that Maya was hanging out at Josh's place so often Randy had even more ammo to throw at Josh. Josh had told Randall a little about his odd friendship/ possible future relationship with Maya. While Randall understood, it also amused him greatly.

While Maya had her back to the two boys, entering Josh's room, Randal began to thrust his hips against the air, biting his tongue and wagging his eyebrows at Josh. Josh shot his friend the bird and then shut the door harshly in face.

Maya had placed the pizza box on Josh's desk and lifted the lid ever so slightly in order to catch a whiff of the scent.

Josh shrugged out of his coat and Maya did the same, before sitting down on Josh's desk chair to untie her boots. Josh walked over to his dresser, opened one of the middle drawers and pulled out a pair of sweatpants and a t shirt. He tossed them to Maya.

"You can sleep in those if you want." He said, as she gathered up the clothes and got her to feet.

"Thank you." Maya said gratefully. She really hadn't been looking forward to sleeping in her jeans. Maya walked over to the corner of the room and Josh politely turned his back on her. As Maya changed into the sweats, Josh could hear as her jeans hit the floor, followed by her top. He had to dig his nails into his palm to remain calm. What had he gotten himself into letting her stay there that night?

Once she had finished changing Maya walked back over to where Josh was standing at the desk and pulled the pizza box over to her.

"God, i'm already cheating on Hudson and I don't even officially go there yet." Maya joked, referring to the NYU t shirt josh had lent her to sleep in.

" Yeah well those are also my John Adams High sweatpants so you're committing all kind of educational adultery. " Josh added, picking up the pizza box from his desk and walking with it over to his bed. Maya laughed and followed him over to where he sat.

Maya sat cross legged on top of Josh's covers while Josh opened the pizza box and handed her a slice. She took the pizza from him gratefully and took a large bite. Maya sighed with contentment, glad to finally be eating something. It now seemed that the burgers they had eaten in the car that afternoon had been several life times ago.

While eating his own slice, Josh reached over and pulled his laptop towards them. He pulled the screen open and pressed the power button. The screen lit up, his previous internet browser page still open. Josh quickly typed in a URL and pulled up the netflix home page.

" Yes!" Maya said in excitement through a mouth full of pizza when she realized what Josh was doing. They were still binging through the same crime drama on netflix and is was rare that they got to watch it together. They tried to keep the same pace, and always texted one another when something particularly exciting or scandalous happened.

They ate their late dinner, watching the laptop screen intently, gasping at plot twists, or nuding the other in excitement when they thought they may have made a realization about one of the characters.

After an hour or two the empty pizza box was on the floor, the lights in Josh's dorm room had been turned off, and the two were tucked under the covers of Josh's bed. The only light in the room was the blue glow of the laptop screen, which was still playing out an episode of Josh and Maya's prefered tv show.

Both were fading fast into sleep after their particularly long and emotionally difficult day. Maya was surprised to find herself falling asleep so quickly and so early in the night. She usually wouldn't fall into unconsciousness until the early hours of the morning. It was barely after midnight and she was already ready to fall over the edge into sleep. In her final moment of being awake all Maya could think about was Josh beside her, and how in the small bed, it was impossible for them not to touch.

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