Someday Soon @brookhacker
Chapter 6

AN: This is a bit of a different chapter. Its has a more serious tone. I was having trouble writing it which is why it's been so long since an update. Sorry! Enjoy.

Someday Soon Chapter 6

Juniors at Abigail Adams took their SAT in the first week of March just a few days before spring break. In years past Maya had always either stayed in the city while Katy continued to work, or the two of them would drive down to Delaware to see Katy's parents for a few days. This year Katy, Shawn and Maya were all taking a trip to the Dominican republic. Maya was excited to spend several days lounging on the beach and swimming in the ocean, but she was mostly excited to get away from the bleak New York weather. The overcast and grey sky had been getting to Maya over the past few weeks especially with the initial stress of the SATs looming. She was also glad for the opportunity to spend time with both of her parents. Both Katy and Shawn were always so busy working, that they didn't get to spend as much time as they would all like together as a family. Katy had been working extremely hard lately as Topanga's was looking at expanding and along with that came a lot of extra paperwork and stress for both Katy and the Matthews.

Due to her extra workload it wasn't surprising that katy came home at night and went straight to bed, or that on her days off she spent most of her time sleeping or in an almost trance from exhaustion. She often complained about her headaches that formed behind her eyes over the day. Shawn and Maya both hoped that a vacation would be just was Katy needed to unwind and relax so they could all get back to New York as happy and refreshed as ever.

For the first few days of spring break at the resort Katy slept. Shawn and Maya wrote it off as some sort of jet lag reaction ( although the time difference was minimal) , and went about their days the way they had planned, enjoying the white sandy beaches and bright blue water. Every few hours either Shawn or Maya would ride the elevator up to the floor their room was on at the resort and check in on Katy. They would poke their head in, not turning on the light, just checking to see if Katy was still asleep. By the fourth day Shawn and Maya had grown more concerned. The little time that Katy spent out of the room she would be squinting in pain and brush off their concerns, citing that she had a headache.

Still as soon as they made it back to New York from vacation, Shawn insisted that Katy see a doctor. Afraid that her fatigue and headaches meant something more than being overworked. The following weeks were filled with doctor's appointments and referrals, specialists and scans. Maya had tried not to think anything of it, but she had noticed how Katy and Shawn would stop whispering when she entered the room, and that when she asked about the appointments they would give vague answers. Something was happening, and it was only a matter of time before it all caught up to her.

…...

A rain storm had hit New York in the second week of April, drowning the streets in water and washing out the population as people hid away in their apartments and tried to avoid the worst of the storm.

Josh was locked away in his dorm room, a children's psychology book open on his bed as he flipped through the pages and marked with sticky notes the places he needed to return to. The sound of the rain was nearly drowning out the music that played from the bluetooth speakers that rested on Josh's desk. He was on his second run through of his chapter and was nearly ready to retire his studies for the night when he read a rapid knock on his door. Confused as to who would be knocking on his dorm room door, most of his friends knocked and walked in simultaneously, Josh walked across his small dorm room and pulled open the door. Maya was standing in the doorway, her hair slightly wet from the rain outside.

"Maya?" Josh asked, confused as he stepped aside and allowed her to move into the room behind him. She didn't meet his eye as she rushed into the room and began to pace erratically, wringing her hands and shaking slightly as she moved.

" I know I shouldn't be here. I shouldn't talk to you about this. I just, i just don't know who else to tell. I should talk to Riley but i can't. I can't tell her right now. I can't deal with her optimism right now. I can't watch her try and find a bright side. There is no brightside. Nothing good can come from this. I can't watch her. I can't." Maya stopped pacing, but her shaking was more prominent than ever. She didn't even take a breath as she continued speaking and turned to Josh.

" But you. You want to be a shrink right? You're going to listen to people's problems for a living? You want to help people with their issues and their and their grief." One the last word Maya's voice broke as she ran out of breath and began to hyperventilate.

Josh, who had been frozen by the door in a state of shock, moved into action. He reached maya and wrapped his arm around her shoulders and guided her over to his bed. They both sat down on the side as her breathing became even more ragged and uneven. She shook violently and pressed her hand against her chest as it raced, feeling as if it were going to beat out of her chest and explode. Maya had had anxiety before, but she had never had a panic attack before, until that every moment.

"Shhh" Josh said his voice soft and concerned. He pulled maya's head against his chest, wrapping his arms securely around her.

"Do you hear my heart beating?" He asked as Maya shook in his arms, her breaths still sharp and uneven. Maya shook her head as a sob escaped her chest.

" Try and count my heart beats. Just try." He encouraged, as he rubbed his thumb comfortingly across the skin of her arm. Maya tried again to nod. After a few minutes Mayas breathing began to even out and her body began to shake less and less as she untensed. Her voice was rough and quiet when she spoke next, her cheek still pressed against Josh's chest.

"She's dying." Maya said in a whisper, barely believing the words as she said them.

"What?" Josh said alarmed, trying to keep the panic from his voice. Maya sat up a bit, breaking the circle of Josh's arms around her. Her face was wet with tears that she tried to brush away.

" My mom." Maya said quietly, her voice nearing a shake again. Josh's eye widened as he looked at her. Maya stared down at her hands.

" She has cancer, and she's not going to do anything about it."

" May-" but Maya cut off Josh's words as she continued to explain.

" She has a brain tumor. Behind her eyes. They don't think surgery will help." Josh tightened his grip around Maya's shoulder.

"They could do radiation to try and shrink it, but it would only give her a few more months. There are experimental treatments and specialists but... she works for a small business, Shawn's a freelance writer, they don't have the kind of health insurance. I know that there aren't a lot of options but.." Maya eyes filled up with tears again which began to spill over.

" It's like she doesn't want to stay. Like she won't fight. Like she's willing to leave." A sob racked through Maya's chest as she continued on.

" My dad already left us. She was supposed to be the one who stays. Once my mom's gone, i'll have no one. Shawns only around for my mom, and without her he'll take off. With Riley's SAT score she'll get into every university she applies too, and probably end up in california or texas and i'll just be here. Alone." Maya's sobs took over her body again as she completely broke down.

Josh pulled her close against his chest again.

" Everybody leaves me." Maya whispered between sobs. Josh held her tighter.

" No one else is leaving." Josh said softly, trying to keep the tears from his own eyes.

" I'm right here."

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