This chapter is a bit of a filler but it's all going somewhere! Thanks for all the support :)
Someday Soon Chapter 45
Maya was woken up the next morning by Hudson insistently licking her hand, which had fallen off the side of her bed and was dangling towards the ground. Maya stretched out her fingers trying as she squeezed her eyes shut one more time before finally opening them. She pulled back her arm and whipped off the dog slobber from her hand on her bed sheets.
Maya knew she should get up and start to get ready for the day but she continued to lay on her back, staring at the ceiling and letting the seconds and minutes drip by. It was monday morning, and while it had never been Maya's, or anyone's for that matter, favourite day of the week, this morning was different.
This was the final true monday morning left in Maya's high school career. There were still technically two weeks of school left, but the prom was that friday and the week following was made up of scattered exams for the upperclassmen rather than normally scheduled classes.
This would be the last normal monday. The final monday that Maya would roll out of bed and make her way to school. The final monday when she would spend too much time sitting at her locker and almost being late for homeroom. Everything would be the same as it had been for the past 144 odd mondays that Maya had spent in high school. Only this would be the last. But of course life couldn't be perfectly fair. It seemed that since this monday was the last it was destined to be anything but normal. When she glanced over at the clock on her nightstand she saw that it was barely six in the morning, over an hour earlier then when she would usually get up for school.
If this was a normal monday Maya would just roll over and go back to sleep for another hour and a half and then scramble out of bed at the last minute. But there was something about this morning that Maya know she wouldn't be able to get back to sleep no matter how hard she tried.
Maya sighed as she slide out of bed and felt her feet fit the cool wooden floors. Hudson attempted to wind himself around her ankles as she made her way over to her closet and pulled out suitable clothes for the day.
Maya was slightly worried as she dressed and got ready for school that morning. She hadn't spoken to Riley since the day before when Riley had come upstairs to apologize about the party on saturday night and re harsh her fight about Lucas for the millionth time. Maya and Riley had texted the night before as Riley sat in her bedroom and did everything but write out a script of what she wanted to say to Lucas that day. Both Riley and the Ranger had the final period of the day free and we're going to leave campus at lunch to "talk".
Maya knew her best friend was bound to be a nervous wreck that morning and all the way up until lunch. Maya just hoped that today would be the end of the ongoing telenovela that was the fate of Riley and Lucas mangled relationship. At this point Maya didn't care if Riley and Lucas declared their never ending love for eachother or decided to never speak again, she just wanted the whole monstrosity to be done and over with. Things had been so off and awkward between Riley and Lucas lately that it had thrown off the dynamics of the whole group. It wasn't exactly the ideal ending to senior year that Maya had been picturing. Hopefully today would fix all that, but that might just be positive thinking on Maya's behalf.
After showering, getting dressed and ready for the day Maya walked out into the rest of the apartment. Shawn was still asleep and no doubtedly would be for the next several hours, so Maya quietly fussed around the kitchen, getting Hudson fresh water and a bowl of kibble for breakfast and just generally killing time until it was time to head to school. Maya wasn't used to this. She never had extra time in the morning. She had always been more of a last minute scramble type of girl.
There was still half an hour before Maya needed to leave for school when she decided to duck out of the apartment. She couldn't handle tip toeing around anymore. She didn't want to wake Shawn up but she couldn't stand to sit in silence for a moment longer. She gathered up her books and shoved them into her school bag which she had tossed haphazardly by the door after school on friday.
She locked the door behind her and stashed her keys away in the pocket of the thin leather jacket she had thrown on as an afterthought. Maya had a lot of time to kill before she was supposed to meet Riley downstairs so they could head to school together. She briefly considered stopping by the Matthews apartment early and but in on their breakfast but decided against it.
Maya opted instead to head down to the main floor of the building and duck into the bakery. It had been open for a little over an hour and while most of the tables were empty there was a small line at the counter of people waiting for coffee. Maya joined the small queue and hummed quietly to herself. She could feel her knees shaking slightly as she stood in line.
There was something about this monday. This last real monday of high school. It was giving Maya a weird type of buzz. She could feel the countdown ticking away in her head and it gave her the jitters.
Once Maya got to the front of the line she ordered two lattes and two of the enormous chocolate and caramel muffins that were sitting in the display case. Maya took the small paper bag, pinned it under her arm and grabbed the two drinks. By the time she made it back onto the street Riley was already sitting on the stairs waiting for Maya to descend from upstairs.
"Morning sunshine." Maya said brightly handing Riley the coffee cup. Riley looked up in confusion, clearly expecting to see Maya. On a normal school day Riley would have been waiting at least another 15 minutes for Maya to appear.
" You're up early." Riley said, taking the coffee gratefully. Maya shrugged as Riley got to her feet.
"I know. We might even be on time for school." Maya said jokingly, linking her arm through Rileys as they stepped onto the street and headed towards the direction of the subway.
Maya felt her stomach twist slightly as they walked past the spot on the pavement where she and Josh had stood a few nights before.
You're being pathetic Maya thought to herself. What was she going to get butterflies every time she walked on concrete from now on? She needed to pull it together.
"Are you ready for today?" Maya asked through a mouthful of the muffin that she had pulled out of the bag.
Riley let out a long sigh.
" I guess so." She said wistfully, taking a long gulp of her coffee.
" There's really only two options. I mean either were going to stay together or we're going to break up, and when i look at it that way it's simple. Its yes or no. It's black and white. "
" You've really thought this all out haven't you?" Maya asked, almost amused about how much thought Riley had been putting into this.
" I've had the time." Riley said lightly, but Maya knew that Riley was putting up a good front. Riley was surely nervous about the approaching events of the day. No matter what she said this was a big deal.
Suddenly Riley came to a halt, pulling Maya back with her. This caused the coffee in her cup to slosh up and nearly stain the front of her shirt.
"Oh my god." Riley stammered a look of sheer panic on her face.
"What?" Maya asked watching Riley, suddenly nervous herself.
"Oh my god." Riley said again.
" I forgot about prom." Riley said her eyes wide.
" Pumpkin you bought your ticket over a month ago. I was there. Table 13." Maya reminded.
" No it's not the ticket it's Lucas! I forgot about Lucas!"
" How could you forget about him? It's all we've been talking about for the past 3 months." Maya said clearly confused and slightly exasperated.
" I forgot about prom AND Lucas! The two things. Together." Riley said as Maya pulled her forward.
" I'm sorry how do the two parties intersect?" Maya asked, still looking for clarification.
"He's supposed to be my date! What if we break up today? What do i do then? We can't still go together that would just be weird. So what we'll go separately and then I just won't have a date which will be fine and normal and not at all sad except for the fact that Lucas already bought a tie to match my dress. So we'll be matching but we won't be together and everyone will stare and think wow i wonder what's up with those two who match but are clearly not together!."
" Okay Riles breath. It's gonna be fine. We can fix this." Riley looked at her doubtingly.
" It'll just take a little rearranging. Smackle and Farkle are supposed to go together too and so are Zay and I but we can just swap. It's probably better this way. I mean who wants to pull out their old prom photos one day and point and say " look kids here's me and my ex boyfriend.' So we'll do this. You can go with Farkle, and Zay will go with Smackle, and i'll bite the bullet and go with the cow boy."
"But the ties!" Riley began to protest but Maya cut her off.
" They can trade ties." Maya said. Riley nodded and then re considered for a second.
" Wait why do we all have switch? Why can't Smackle and i just switch?" Riley pressed. Maya rolled her eyes.
" We could do that but i've always kind of got the vibe that Smackles always kind of held a torch for the ranger." Riley looked taken aback.
" Oh yeah."
"Huh." They walked a few more steps and then Riley came to a stop again.
" If you keep this up we're going to be late for school and we were really making good time this morning."
" Are you okay going with Lucas? I know you haven't been his biggest fan lately." It was true/ Maya had been less than impressed with Lucas over the past few month but had been doing her best to conceal it.
"It's fine. It's just a dance. It doesn't really matter who i go with." She stated as they continued down the street. A brief image of Josh flashed across her mind.
" I can't help but wonder if the could use another caperon though."