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Chapter 35

Someday Soon Chapter 35

Riley hadn't stuck around chatting like everyone else had after getting home from the airport. While everyone gathered in the Matthews living room, and Cory put on a kettle for tea, Riley walked back into her bedroom without a word.

Maya wasn't sure if Riley was headed back to bed or about to throw up the small packet of peanuts she'd eaten on the flight back. Usually after Maya and Riley had been to a party their hangovers would have dissipated by the afternoon, however Riley still seemed to be feeling the full affect.

Everyone sat down on the couches and chair and gratefully accepted their cups of tea, grateful for the chance to relax after a long day of travel.

" So Maya" Topanga began while warming her hands on her mug of tea.

" exactly how hungover is my daughter right now?"

Maya sputtered into her tea before looking up to meet Topanga's mostly amused but slightly disapproving face. Maya should have known there was no real chance that Riley was going to get away with her actions at the wedding unnoticed. She had acted far too sporadically, and had been way too much a mess during the travel home to go unnoticed. Despite the fact that everyone had been feeling the repercussions of the party the night before, none of them were so hungover as to not notice that Riley was rocking a first rate hangover.

" I'm not at liberty to say." Maya said looking down at her tea cup and avoiding all the adults in the rooms eye.

….

It was a few hours later and Maya was up in her room. She should be trying to sleep. She had school in the morning and it had been a long and eventful weekend. Still she was sitting up in bed trying to finish the book she had been reading for the last two days. These days there wasn't much point in her trying to get to sleep until well after midnight.

Maya started at the sound of a sharp and persistent tapping at her bedroom window. She looked up to see Riley struggling to get the window open. Maya rushed over to the window and unlatched the lock. Before Maya could even say anything Riley was was talking a mile a minute.

" I lost my phone. I can't believe i lost my phone. I haven't used it all day! I slept the whole plane ride and i don't remember the last time i had it. Oh my god i've lost it. I just woke up and rolled over in bed and my headache is finally gone and i was thinking about how quiet and peaceful my room is and then i realized it was so quiet before my phone wasn't there! I haven't talked to lucas is days. We fought before the wedding and then i turned my phone off and now i've lost it. Now he thinks i've been ignoring him which is just going to make this so much worse and- are you even listening to me?" Riley said exasperated as she heaved in heavy breathe, very worked up.

Maya had indeed turned away while Riley was talking and began to dig through her bag from the weekend which she hadn't unpacked yet. Maya found what she had been looking for and straightened up.

" You didn't lose your phone. I took it from you at the wedding so it didn't end up in a toilet somewhere. I'm sorry i forgot i had it." Maya said apologetically passing it to Riley.

"Oh thank god." Riley gasped, clutching the phone to her chest like a long lost treasure.

Riley powered the phone on, and her face dropped at all the notifications on the screen.

" Oh god he's going to be so pissed." Riley muttered under her breath.

" It's not going to be as bad as you think. I texted him when you started to go over the deep end last night. Said your parents took your phone for the weekend because you weren't being present to make lasting family memories." Maya explained. Riley let out a sigh of relief.

" God bless you. 4 voice mails. I don't even want to think about listening to them." Riley stated, walking over and flouncing down on Maya's bed.

" I might be overstepping my boundaries here but.." Riley's head snapped up at Maya's words.

"What?" she pressed so Maya would go on.

" It's just that having the same fight over and over again isn't getting you guys anywhere, maybe you guys should take a break."

Riley's eyes got wide with shock causing Maya to rush on.

" I'm not saying you should break up!" Maya defended.

" but if you took a week. If you didn't keep having the same argument every day twice a day then maybe you should both get a different perspective." Maya suggested, Riley was staring down at her phone the screen blank.

"It was kind of nice not having an argument with anyone today. Despite the killer hangover it was kind of peaceful." Riley admitted.

"Maybe it's worth a try."

….

"Is there no air conditioning in here?" Riley asked, fanning herself with the graduation program that had been passed out.

"You're fine." Maya promised. Riley had a bit of a glare for the dramatics as of lately. Riley had left her phone at home in an effort to pay attention during her Uncle's graduation ceremony, but had been fidgeting around the whole time.

Riley seemed to have phone separation anxiety and was acting out in odd ways. Riley and Lucas were " on a break" although neither of them was calling it such. They were just " taking some time" or " giving each other space" for a few days. Still Riley could almost always be found checking her phone every few minutes.

" How much longer do you think this is going to take?" Riley asked a hint of a whine in her voice.

" Pumpkin. It hasn't even started yet." Maya said sympathetically although there was a tinge of annoyance in her voice. Auggie was still a kid and was exercising more patience than his 18 year old sister.

The stands were crowded with friends and family members of the NYU graduates. Maya, Riley, and the other matthews were all sat in a row waited for Josh's name to be called and for him to walk across the stage and receive his diploma.

" You can hold my phone if that'll make you feel better." Maya said, tossing her own phone into Riley's lap.

Hours later everyone was gathered in the Cafe as a makeshift celebration for Josh's graduation. Amy and Alan had driven up from Philadelphia for the occasion. The two were clearly tuckered out from Morgan's wedding the weekend before and were surely praying that there would be no more major family events for the next few months so they had a chance to relax.

"How did the apartment hunting go?" Cory asked. Alan and Josh had spent much of the week scoping out possible places for him to rent for the next year. Josh hadn't wanted to move into Columbia housing and had decided it was a better decision for him to move into an apartment, which was no easy feat in New York City.

" I think we locked into a place up on avenue a." Josh stated.

"And it'll only cost a third of a kidney." Alan commented.

"Better get to work than Barista." Maya joked, shaking her empty coffee cup at him. Josh shook his head at her.

After hanging around for the cafe for a few hours everyone gathered together their things and got ready to head out to dinner.

Maya and Josh were following everyone out the door.

" By the way" Josh began as he pulled open the cafe door for her.

" I need a favour, and i'm ready to cash in on that bet."

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