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Chapter 41

Someday Soon Chapter 41

The worst of the storm had passed over the city long before Maya climbed into her bed that night. There was still heavy rain streaming against the window of her bedroom but there hadn't been a clap of thunder or a strike of lightening since before Maya had arrived back at the apartment.

Maya tried not to think of the sheer amount of rain falling outside. She tried not to think of people living in basement apartments with soggy carpets and leaky doorways. Instead she chose to focus on the sound of the raindrops against the metal grate of the fire escape and the gentle crooning of a cover artist flooding from the speakers across her room. Hudson was curled into a ball at the end of the bed, the dog draped across her feet, pinning them down. Maya didn't try and sleep. She knew that was pointless. She had considered taking an ambien or something along those lines that her doctor had long ago prescribed but she couldn't push herself to do it. She just wanted to sit in bed, and listen to the rain.

Maya wasn't sure when she fell asleep or if she fell asleep. She'd been focused on the rain against the window for so long that she either hadn't noticed the time running by in front of her or maybe she had slipped off to sleep without really realizing. But the sun was at least trying to attempt to rise through a thick cover of grey clouds and gloomy air. It was shaping up to be a perfect sunday morning. However after a moment Maya realized that this was one of the few sunday mornings she had left before her high school graduation. A part of her life was coming to a close, and she wasn't sure what the next chapter of her life would hold. She would be starting hudson in the fall. That was the single fixed point on her horizon. But what would come after that? What would she major in? What would her classes be like? Who would she become? All these questions seemed too big to be conquered on a sunless grey sunday. Maya would push those thoughts aside for now. All she need was coffee.

Maya gently placed her bare feet on the cold hardwood floor and pushed herself up off the bed. She hurried over to her dresser and clumsily pulled on a pair of socks from the top drawer. Behind her she heard the sound of Hudson's paws skid across the floor as he jumped down from the bed and pad off towards the kitchen in the hopes of breakfast. Maya hurried after him and ventured out into the living space. Hudson was waiting eagerly by his food dish, practically quivering in anticipation. Maya shook her head at him but moved over to the cabinet where the they kept Hudson's dog food. She scooped out a cup of dried food and dumped it into the bowl. As Hudson began to scarf down the food Maya moved towards the coffee maker, flipping switches and placing a few filter in the top of the machine. Maya watched as the dark liquid dripped into the pot and tried not to think of how the drops of coffee were like bits of sand in an hour glass melting away time in front of her eyes. She shook her head again. Today was not about the unknown of the future. It was about the here and now, and the here and now involved coffee and not a lot else.

….

Maya had a mostly peaceful morning. She and hudson stayed huddled up on the couch, watching old reruns of sitcoms and watching the rain growing weaker and weaker outside the window. Maya was halfway through her third bowl of cinnamon toast crunch when she heard a knock on the front door of the apartment. Hudson was so asleep that his ears didn't even perk when the apartment door swung open.

Riley had only knocked as a formality. She had her own key and was more than comfortable letting herself in. Riley was dressed much in the same way as Maya, in their typical sunday apperal of baggy sweatpants and over washed oversized t shirts. Riley hadn't said anything as she crossed the room and climbed under the blanket Maya and hudson were curled under.

"Good morning." Maya said through a mouthful of cereal, all though it was much closer to afternoon than morning.

"Were you serious last night?" Riley asked without a beat of hesitation. Maya swallowed the cereal before answering, watching her best friend carefully.

"About?" Maya pressed not sure what her friend was referring to.

"When you said i should start talking to Lucas again. Did you mean it?" Riley said hurriedly. Maya shook her head at Riley.

" I wasn't being serious in the moment but if you think its time then..." Maya said wavering off towards the end. It had been a few weeks since Riley and Lucas had spoken. They were taking time apart to prevent the same fight happening over and over again with the same results. Maya knew that Riley was still feeling uneasy about the whole situation with Lucas. She wanted to resolve things, but she didn't know how. Riley couldn't give Lucas the answer he wanted. She wasn't going to Texas with him.

" I don't know." Riley said quietly.

" I still don't know what to do."

Maya looked at Riley thoughtfully.

"Lucas knows right? About Penn?" Maya asked. Riley had committed to the school only a few weeks before, sealing her fate of spending the next four years in Philadelphia. Maya nodded.

" He knows. We talked about it before. Or we fought about it i guess." Riley continued.

"Riles." Maya said taking her friends hands in her own.

" You know it doesn't have to be one or the other right?" Riley looked at her confused.

"Just because you're not going to the same school doesn't mean that you can't be together. If that's what you want. It would be hard but it wouldn't be impossible. But if it's not what you want, that's okay too." Maya said quietly. Riley looked down at her hands in Maya's. Maya could see that there were tears trying to prick through Riley's eyes.

" I don't know." Riley whispered.

" This might sound dumb, but you've always struck me as the type to believe in the power of the universe. If you and Lucas are meant to be then it'll happen. It might not be today, or even in the next decade, but if it's right, and you believe it's right then it'll happen." Maya said simply. Maya squeezed Riley's hands in her own.

" But if it's wrong, then that's okay too." Maya said echoing her words from before. Riley was quiet for a few moments.

" is that how you feel about you and Josh?" Riley asked boldly. Maya was taken aback for a second.

"What?" Maya asked unsure what Riley meant.

" I used to see the two of you sometimes, at family dinners and stuff, mouthing words to each other or whispering as you walked past. Eventually i got pretty good at reading your lips."

"Okay stalker." Maya said jokingly trying to break the awkward tension she felt. Riley smacked her with a pillow playfully.

" I'm serious. Is that what someday means? That it might be right someday?" Maya shrugged her shoulders as a non committal way of answering. Riley rolled her eyes at her.

"Fine. Stay mysterious."

….

The next week of school was even more awkward than the last, and Maya hadn't thought that possible. Riley and Lucas had been avoiding each other eye contact and not speaking at all during their break, but they were now back on again. Although not really. They were tip toeing around each other only speaking in polite full sentences as if they were nervous to have a real conversation. Lucas and Riley hadn't been alone together since they decided to end their break. So far Maya had been pulled along on a dinner date and to two movies with Riley and Lucas since they had gotten back together. Maya had facilitated polite conversation between Riley and Lucas and couldn't help but notice that the two still avoided eye contact with each other most of the time.

It was because of Riley's insistence that Maya was attending a party that friday night with her and Lucas. Farkle was on a campus visit to Princeton and Zay was busy that night so it would just be the three of them at the party. Maya hadn't really wanted to go. She would have much prefered to stay home that night and eat popcorn in the blue light of her tv screen. But she was a good friend and agreed to go to the party with Riley.

This turned out to be a bad idea. As soon as they got through the door of the party Lucus dashed off and returned with drinks for the three of them. Riley took hers eagerly and quickly began to take gulps. Maya was more cautious, taking a sip that barely coated her tongue. Maya had only really taken the drink to be polite. She planned to nurse the drink for the rest of the night. She hadn't been properly drunk in months. She had been buzzed on new years and at morgan's wedding, but that had been it. She didn't want to get out of control.

Riley didn't share the same notion. Riley seemed intent on breaking the awkwardness by drowning it in vodka with a splash of orange juice and 7 up. Maya had kept her eyes on Riley for the most of the night until Riley dashed away from her intent on finding lucas who had disappeared in the crowd. Maya spent the next hour or so talking with a group of girls from her class. She was looking to keep herself distracted until Riley finally showed up again. But after another forty five minutes Maya was done waiting around. She began wading through the crowd in search of Riley and Lucas.

" Have you seen Riley?" Maya asked one of the girls from her class who was hovering by the staircase. The music was so loud that Riley could barely hear the girl's words over the sounds of the speakers.

" She ran out like thirty minutes ago. I think she and Lucas had a fight. She was crying and He went running out after her." The girl said nonchalantly. Maya felt her heart sink slightly in her chest. So Riley had left. She didn't blame Riley necessarily for baling. She definitely wasn't happy about it, but if Riley and Lucas had had such a blow out fight Maya wasn't surprised that Riley had forgotten about her and torn off towards home.

Now all Maya herself wanted to do was go home. The issue being that it was close to midnight and the nearest subway stop was blocks away. It wasn't as if she was in a bad part of town but she had watched too many episodes of law and order to want to walk home alone in the middle of the night. It would have been different if she was still with Riley and Lucas, but she wasn't. It was just her. She didn't have the cash on her for a cab, and Shawn was on a weekend assignment at the cape. She supposed she could call the Matthews but she didn't want to bother them, not when Riley had surely come home a mess after the fight she'd had with Lucas. It was too loud in the middle of the party for Maya to properly hear, so she ducked into the bathroom in the hall. When she closed the heavy wooden door behind her the noise of the party cut in half. She pulled out her phone and scrolled through her contacts to the number she had a bad habit of calling whenever she was in trouble. She sat down on the edge of the polished white claw foot tub and began to nervously tap her foot out of habit. She pressed the screen and pressed the phone to her ear.

"Hey." She said softly.

" I hope i didn't wake you up. Riley dragged me to this party and then ditched and i don't have a way home. Do you think you could come get me?" Maya asked almost embarrassed. On the other side of the phone Josh said

" i'll be right there."

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