Okay I am awful. It's been forever since i've updated, are you ready for my excuses? First it was school and exams but that's over now, then i was on vacation and not thinking about this story at all which is totally unfair to all of you. But i'm back at home now and ready to put some effort back into this story. Thank you to all of you who have stuck around and for those little reminder reviews asking me for updates. You jogged my memory and my inspiration. I'll do the best i can for all of you and i hope it's enough 3.
EDIT: I guess notifications for this chapter didn't go out? Reposting to check. Another new chapter tonight (hopefully haha)
As the lights in the movie theatre went down Maya felt as if a set of metal bars had slammed down on her chest, slowly squeezing tighter and tighter with every breath she took. Why was she so nervous? This was Josh. The Josh she had grown up around at christmases and thanksgivings. The boy she had spent countless hours with over the past two years. She had cried to him after her mother's diagnosis, he had held her hand after Katys burial, held her during a thunderstorm and kissed her the way she had never been kissed just the day before in the bedroom where she had spent many nights dreaming about him.
But still, this was Josh. The Josh she had fantasised about for years, someone she had built up in her head. What if their friendship didn't translate well into a relationship? What if this whole thing went sideways and things became so awkward that they couldn't even look at each other. Besides Riley Josh was probably the closest friend she had. With Riley moving to Pennsylvania at the end of the summer, she couldn't afford to lose Josh to.
Maya tried to shake all the negative thoughts out of her head as the trailers began to play on the screen in front of them. Maya took a few more deep breathes. She and Josh had seen a million movies before this one. Surely this would good just as smoothly. Maybe Maya was just being pessimistic. Nothing was going to go wrong.
The armrest between their two seats and been left down and neither one of them had lifted it when they had sat down. But they were leaning towards each other, whispering and laughing quietly at the movie planning on the screen before them. There, Maya thought definitely as she and Josh laughed with her heads together, nothing to it. It was just like any other time that she had Josh had seen a movie together, laughing and talking quietly, sitting at the back as to not bother any of the other movie goers. But there was something different. Both their elbows rested on the same armrest, brushing against one another as they leaned together to whisper. Every time their arms touched, even through the layers of clothing Maya felt her skin ignite with a tingling fire that had her heart pound a little faster.
During a particularly amusing part of the movie both Josh and Maya had hardly been able to contain themselves laughing, both leaning heavily into it, towards one another, their sides digging into the armrest as they doubled over. As they straightened up a bit Josh looked at her, his face still amused but his eyes slightly more serious.
" Do you mind if i put this up?' He asked, closing his fingers around the end of the arm rest and beginning to pull it up slightly, just waiting for permission.
" it's killing my ribs." Josh started, offering reason.
Maya nodded and let just push the arm rest up between their seats and out of the way. True, her side was sore as well from leaning heavily against the armrest to whisper to Josh but the act of pushing up the barrier between them didn't seem like it was purely for the purpose of comfort. Now when they moved closer to speak in hushed tones they she pressing against one another and not a metal armrest coated with a flimsy layer of foam and cheap fake leather that was easy for the theatre staff to wipe down after all the movie goers left the theatre.
At some point after the armrest between them had been pull up Josh had snaked his arm around Maya's back, draping it softly over her shoulders. He hadn't tried to pull that cool guy casual move where he faked a yawn and his hand just so happened to land on her shoulders. Instead it felt as if it had happened naturally. Maya had leaned forward, doubling over after something outrageous that Josh had said. When she had sat back up she felt Josh's arm across her shoulders. She had smiled to herself when it had happened.
They had both edged as close to one another as they could be, the small crack between their seats covered by their legs that were bouncing off one another as they moved and shifted as they laughed and leaned into one another. Their faces were so close that Maya could smell the hypnotic scent of Josh's breath that was sweet from the box of Mike and Ikes that they had shared, the box long since abandoned at their feet.
Maya's head spun slightly as she sat there, a comindiation of exhaustion from laughing, and euphoria from having Josh so close. Her mind skipped back to the memories of the day before when Josh had asked her to go to the movies with him the following day.
The graduation party had wound down and the vast majority of the guests had filed out of the apartment, offering their polite thank yous and final congratulations. Josh had stuck around, helping his brother and the rest of the family clean up the aftermath of the get together. Maya and Shawn had remained as well to aid in the clean up.
Maya was back in the laundry room, her foot on a shelf in an attempt to get a boost up in order to reach the bottle of disinfectant that Topanga had spent her back there for, that was just out of her reach.
" I've got it." Said a voice from behind her. Maya twisted to see Josh entering the room, dragging the ancient latter that had been used to hang up a banner that had read Congratulations Riley and Maya. Josh tucked the latter in its spot in the crevice between the washing machine and the wall and used the three inches of height he held over her to reach the desired bottle on the top most shelf.
"Thanks." Maya said, taking the bottle from him and looking down at the label rather than up at Josh. Maya was very conscious of the fact that this was the first time that she and Josh had been alone together since they had kissed in a floor above in her room. It had only been a few hours before but the tension that had been building up between them in that short period of time was enough to have Maya heart beat out of her chest. They had opened a door between them. A world of possibilities sat before them now, but what came next?
There was a few beats of silence, the two not looking at one another. Maya glanced up at him and through him a quick smile before side stepping to get around him in the narrow space, headed for the door to return back to the main room where Topanga was no doubtedly waiting impatiently for the cleaner she needed to properly wipe down the solid oak coffee table that was covered in crumbs from chips and tiny globs of avocado dip and hummus.
"Maya?" Josh said from behind her. She turned quickly to face him, unable to keep the nervous expectancy from her face.
"Yeah?" She said, embarrassed how her voice had become so breathy.
" Um, West of Wayward is playing tomorrow night at the Angelika and i was wondering if" Maya didn't even give him the chance to finish his sentence. She jumped on his words, her excitement almost embarrassing.
"Yes. " Josh's face broke into a smile that nearly spread from one ear to the other. Maya had beamed back at him and then turned to exit the room before he could change his mind, hoping he hadn't noticed just how deeply she had blushed.
And then there they were. In a dark theatre huddled so close together that their breath mingled together and their bodies were twisted nearly completely sideways so that their chests were nearly pressed together.
The end of the movie was drawing near and at a crucial point both Josh and Maya glanced at eachother for a reaction. Their gaze connected, and despite the dark Maya could almost see every detail of his face. The soft slope of his nose, his kind eyes, the exact shape of his lips. His arm had dropped from around her shoulders to around her waist, pulling her even closer although that was hardly possible. His other hand had reached up to cradle her face, his thumb brushing along the skin of her cheek.
It was a cliche. A couple of teenagers making out at the back of a dark movie theatre. Not able to keep their hormones in check for the length of an hour and forty five minute film. But this felt somehow different. The theatre was nearly empty, the movie had been out for almost a month and there were maybe twelve other people in the whole place, all seated in scattered bunches at least fifteen rows in front of them. It wasn't a feverish kiss, something to do in the dark to pass the time in a boring movie.
It started soft and slow, as if Josh wasn't sure if she would reject him, as if Maya hadn't sprang on him in her bedroom the day before. He had leaned into her slowly as if seeking permission before his lips met hers. Maya leaned into him, her eyes closed, no longer caring about the movie playing out on the screen in front of her. The feeling of Josh's hands on her back pulling her closer and the movement of his lips against her causing her head to go blank and her heart to lift out of her chest and take flight in the kind of happiness she wasn't sure she had ever experienced before. The skin of his neck was soft against her fingers and she had to stop herself from pushing her fingers under the neckline of Josh's tee shirt to graze against the muscles of his shoulders and back.
Maya's whole body felt as if it were tingling and could catch on fire at any moment. She never wanted to credits of the movie to roll and the lights in the theatre to go up. She wanted to sit there in the dark with Josh wrapped around her, and that was all. This was the kind of happiness she wanted to hold on to. Little did she know of the storm that was waiting for her at home, and the hurricane that was approaching from just over state lines.
Here we go! Back in action! Thank you for all the support! Sorry once again!