Hey everyone. I'm ready to put all the drama behind me. Just to be clear I'm not saying that the reviews i got expressing people's disappointment were hate. Those are just your opinions. I'm entitled to make choices with my story and you're entitled to fucking hate them. I did however get some very very aggressive PMs. That's what i was refering to ( i should have been more clear) Those discouraged me. I'm not saying i'm mad at people's disappointment. I've read stories and quit reading stories when I didn't love where they went.
I just want to go continue on with this story. I feel like i've come so far since that part of the story and there's so much more I want to do. If you're done you're done (although i assume if you're done you're not still reading this.) I hope for those of you who stick around i can recreate some of the lost 'magic'. I just want to focus on the future of this story. I hope you're all willing to go along with that with me. I've got more to give yet :) Here's another little snippet.
" and what am i supposed to do? She's just laying there on my bed in the fetal position with her sad little kicked puppy dog face and my heart just melts. I'm like putty in her hands. What am i supposed to do? So we wallow for two days, which is excuse number one for why i didn't call, then she leaves to Philly and i'm left alone with this stream of thoughts she'd poured into my head about her misery and the only reason that she'll survive the summer is because we'll be together and single and blah blah blah, excuse number two why i didn't call."
Maya knew that she'd been blabbering. She and Josh were perched on his couch, the bag of bagels torn open between them, Josh's coffee long since drank but Maya still sitting half full and luke warm on the coffee table. She'd been talking so much that she had hardly had time to drink it.
Josh was a good sport. He sat, mostly in silence and let Maya tell her story in full. He could tell that she'd been keeping this all pent up for a while and clearly needed to get it off her chest.
" So you can see my problem." Maya concluded, leaning back briefly against the couch cushions for the briefest of moments before springing forward again, a continuing thought coming to her mind.
" or maybe i don't have a problem. Am i being presumptuous here? I mean so we've kissed a few times. We went to the movies once, it's not like we're engaged. I mean i don't even know what we're doing! Maybe it's nothing, maybe-" but the rest of Maya's sentence was lost as Josh had leaned forward, snaking his hand around the back of her neck and pulling her towards him.
For a blissful moment Maya's head went completely blank when Josh's lips made contact with hers. She melted into his touch, completely losing her train of thought as he held her, his hand dropping from behind her neck to wrap tightly around her waist.
Josh pulled back from her slightly, enough to look into her eyes.
" It's not nothing." He stated, looking at her seriously.
" Not to me." Maya blushed, looking down at her lap rather than returning Josh's gaze. She gave him a playful shove.
"Then what do i do? What do we do? He's your niece! I'm not alone in this." Josh just laughed at her. Maya gave him another shove.
"This is serious!"
" I know I know." Josh defended trying to be serious but still struggling to keep a smirk off his face.
" I mean there's a simple solution." Maya said pushing away from him and starting to get up from the couch.
" I can just leave here and go run around the city single with Riley for the summer and i'll talk to you in September." She teased, acting as if she were about to make for the door.
" Oh no you don't." Josh said, reaching out and grabbing Maya's wrist to pull her back. Maya flopped back down onto the couch and Josh pulled her against him, her back resting against his chest. His arm was draped over her and their fingers were interlocked.
It was as if now that Josh had deemed it appropriate for him to be more physical with Maya, he wanted to spent almost every moment touching her. Before graduation they had shared the occasional hug, held hands on occasion, twice woken up tangled together and shared one stolen kiss a few minutes after midnight on a long lost new years eve. Now he could hold her in his arms, touch her hair, kiss her whenever the idea struck him. This suited Maya just fine.
"What do i do?" Maya pressed, leaning back and getting comfortable in Josh's arms.
" I mean how do i tell her? How do i bring this up casually? Like 'Hey Riles how was Philly? That's nice. Now listen. I know you've got this whole single summer thing planned out but i think i'm kind of sort of dating your uncle so like that's going to have to be a you thing.' because i'm sure that will go over really well."
Maya let out a heavy sigh.
" I just feel like i'm lying to her. I mean technically i've just withheld the truth but with Riley it just feels… different. We tell each other everything, i mean almost everything, but she's just gone through this whole traumatic break up and this almost feels like i'm just rubbing her face in it."
Josh thought for a second.
" What if i asked her." he offered. Maya scooted back a bit so she could crane her neck back to look at him. She narrowed her eyes, making it clear that she wasn't sure what he meant.
" Look, technically nothing's really happened here yet. In the grand scheme of things at least. So what if I go and talk to Riley about it. Set it on the table. See how she feels. She's your best friend. No matter how she feels personally right now she;s going to be happy for you. I mean come on you've basically been obsessed with me for years."
Maya scoffed at him, nuding him hard in the ribs with her elbow.
" I was not obsessed! Don't flatter yourself." She defended. Josh rolled his eyes at her.
" You used to jump on me when I entered a room." Maya didn't really have a comeback to that. Josh let out a laugh and bent his head to press a kiss to her forehead.
" So you're going to ask Riley for her permission?" Maya asked slightly amused.
" If that's what's easiest." Josh said with a shrug.
" It's not like us being together is going to keep you two apart. I don't doubt that i'll have to fight her for your affection but I think we can both handle that." Maya thought about it for a moment. Josh still had a job. It wasn't like she was going to be with him for every minute of every day. There was plenty of room in her life for both of them. After a moment Maya spoke again.
" So, are you going to ask my dad for permission to? " Maya asked trying to keep the smug and amused smile from showing on her face.
" Oh god." Josh said, letting his head fall back against the couch.
" I hadn't even thought of that."