Someday Soon Chapter 3
Shawn had always been well aware of Maya's so called "crush" on the youngest Matthews brother. In the past Cory had dropped a few jokes about it months and months before, poking fun at the puppy love in Maya's eyes. Shawn had thought that was the end of it. Just a crush. Hell when Shawn was younger he'd had a different crush everyday of the week, and had been crushed on more times than he could was probably the hair that had done it. He had fallen in and out of like with a different girl what seemed to be every fifteen minutes. No big deal. A crush was nothing to bat an eyelash at. Shawn hadn't thought anymore of it, but something was shifting right before his very eyes at a family thanksgiving dinner of all places. The other Matthews and everyone else at the table were completely oblivious of the interactions going on in front of all of their faces. Shawn watched as his step daughter Maya and Cory baby brother Josh shared a look over the remainder of the turkey and they silently mouthed something to each other that Shawn couldn't make out. Maya noticed his gaze and shot him her best attempt at an innocent smile which would have worked on anyone besides Shawn, who as a child had been an expert of wriggling out of trouble. Shawn looked between Maya and Josh before returning his gaze back to Maya, asking a silent question with his eyes. Maya rolled her eyes ever so slightly at him as if to brush off Shawn's assumptions and shrugged her shoulders just a little as if to insinuate that he was making things up. Maya shot him another quick smile and then turned her head to enter into a conversation with Morgan on the other side of the table. Shawn, not deterred turned his attention to Josh who was very purposefully looking anywhere besides at Maya or Shawn himself. Nevertheless Shawn would be sure to watch out for the two of them at future family gatherings
" This is just sad." Maya stated her eyes fixed directly on the poorly wrapped gifts in Josh's arms. It was december now, a few weeks past thanksgiving and Maya had been alone in the Matthews apartment tearing the place apart looking for her christmas gift from Riley. It was tradition between the best friends to go to the ends of the earth to discover what the other had bought them for christmas before gifts were exchanged. Josh had let himself into his brother's apartment with the key Cory had had made for him, with the intent to drop off the christmas gifts he had for his family under the tree before he headed back to Philly for christmas break.
Josh had walked in to see Maya digging through the couch in the middle of the apartment trying desperately to find Riley's secret stash of gifts. Maya had straightened up at the site of him but was now giving him a look of amusement and pity rolled into one.
"What?" Josh asked, genuinely confused at both her words and the expression on her face. He entered the apartment fully and closed the apartment door behind him.
" Did you wrap those with your eyes closed?" Maya asked trying to restrain a laugh as she gestured at the poorly disguised presents in Josh's arm. The gifts were sloppily wrapped, some with large spots void of wrapping paper at all, and sizable pieces of tape slapped across haphazardly. A red blush burned through Josh's cheeks as he looked away from Maya's gleeful gaze.
"I'm not very good at estimating how much paper it takes to cover something, and i don't excel at the folding element. Or the tape." Josh said slightly awkwardly in way of defense. Maya rolled her eyes but smiled at him. She walked across the apartment and pulled open a cupboard, pulling out a roll of christmas themed wrapping paper and scotch tape.
"Well lucky for you gift wrapping is one of my secret talents." Maya said with only a slight element of smugness, as she plopped herself down on the couch and patted the spot next to her as a way to invite Josh to join her.
With little hesitation Maya ripped the wrapping paper off of Josh's gifts for his brother and his family. With expert precision Maya took a pair of scissors and sliced the perfect amount of wrapping paper to surround one of the boxes. Josh sat back in awe as Maya folded corners with perfect accuracy and curled large lengths of flat ribbon into perfect spirals.
" You should look into getting one of the department store wrapping jobs. You could make a killing." Josh joked. Maya shot him a smirk before turning back to the job at hand.
" I'm keeping it in mind as a career option." She shot back, placing a thin piece of tape on the spot where two folds met. After a little while longer of Maya wrapping expertly and she and Josh joking together, the last gift was complete in its new wrap job.
" and done." Maya said, putting the gifts down and leaning back against the couch cushions as if she was exhausted.
"Now your gifts don't look like they were wrapped by a blind monkey. They are however wrapped in the exact same paper as every other gift under their tree which could get confusing." Maya joked shrugging her shoulder.
" Well you've saved my gifts dignity" Josh stated throwing Maya another smile. Maya shot Josh her own smile with a slightly devilish smile.
" and i already know how you'll repay me." Maya said getting to her feet and heading for the door, reaching for her coat on the hook and gesturing Josh to follow her.
" You can buy me my christmas gift right now, and it'll be easy because i already know what i want. Two soft shelled tacos from the truck down the street."
Maya still couldn't get used to the feeling of having a 'proper' family christmas. Before christmas eve had mostly involved Maya and Katy ordering in chinese food and watching whatever holiday movie was on tv at the time. They would fall asleep on the couch together and in the middle of the night Katy would get up and quietly fill her daughter's stocking with what little she had scrounged for stuffers and placed a few carefully wrapped gifts under the tree. Maya would pretend to be asleep as she watched her mom tip toe around the apartment thoughtfully placing the simple gifts that she could afford on her measly waitress salary. When they woke up in the morning Maya would open her stocking and few gifts while Katy oohed and awwed at the gift her daughter had gotten her, quite often something homemade. They would spend the rest of the day in their pajamas, lounging around and watching more holiday specials on tv.
Christmas now that Katy and Shawn were married, and Katy had moved on from waitressing to managing was an extremely different occasion. Christmas was never a big deal for Shawn growing up either as he had been caught between the continuous revolving door of his disappearing parents. The dynamic of the holiday was changed by adding another person into the mix and while time was still spent in pajamas the stress of providing a satisfactory christmas had been lifted.
Josh was back in Philadelphia to spend christmas with his parents and sister. Cory, Topanga and their children were driving up on boxing day to be with the rest of the family and wouldn't be returning until the day before new year's eve.
Maya woke up on christmas morning earlier than expected. Her mother had always had a rule that gifts were not to be opened 7:30 am on christmas morning so maya had time to kill before she could head into her mother and shawn's room to wake them up for the ceremonial act of opening gifts. She reached for her phone just as it buzzed and lit up with a message. Maya was expecting Riley and the tradition happy holiday text message, surprised that her best friend was up so early. To her surprise the message wasn't from Riley but from Josh.
Merry Christmas Maya was sprawled across her screen. It was a simple message. Something that strangers may say to each other on the street if they made eye contact in passing. They were only three words but her heart skipped and her stomach flipped at the site in front of her.
Merry Christmas Boing she typed back, a soppy smile sprawled across her face.