" You're insane" Maya stated as Josh fumbled to get the keys to his apartment out of his pocket and unlock the door.
"No you're delusional" Josh fired back, unlocking the door and pushing it open. Maya shook her head and sauntered past him into the apartment.
Josh and Maya had having the same chat, turned discussion, turned argument all the way back from Brooklyn. This was something that Josh and Maya had done often over the course of their friendship. Lively debates and arguments had become a cornerstone for them, egged on by the fact that neither of them were one to give in or let their side of the argument go. It had been like that all the way from williamsburg back to avenue A and all the way into Josh's building.
"It's going to happen. Mark my words by the end of the summer Kate and Randall will have kissed at least once." Maya pronounced, plopping down on Josh's couch and crossing her arms defiantly. Josh shook his head at her, opening the door to his fridge and pulling out two bottles of juice and heading over to where Maya was seated.
"He's been pining over her over for years and nothing has come from it. What makes you think something's going to magically change this summer? Besides she's completely out of his league"
" Oh come on! Give Randy some credit! He's really grown his confidence in the past couple of months. He's graduated, and he's starting his CP, his acne has really cleared up." Maya defended, taking the juice from him and cracking open the lid. "
Maya felt stupid for the anxiety she had felt coming back to Josh's apartment. It was as if she had been unsure what they would say, what they would talk about. What they would do. The best thing about having waited so long to start a relationship with Josh was that they had stared a friendship along the way. A friendship that had grown so strong over the years that when she let herself, Maya felt almost as comfortable with Josh as she did with Riley. So tonight walking back to his house it was just the same as it always did, they talked and argued and laughed only this time Josh held her hand, and when he sat down on the couch next to her he placed his arm around her behind back.
" It's been years and nothing. I don't see how a sheet of paper and some cortisone cream can change that." Josh protested looking exasperated but also amused.
" Oh years mean nothing. Look how long it took me to snag you." Maya pointed out, nudging Josh playfully. Josh rolled his eyes.
"Okay that's different. I was at least interested from the start, Kate has never had eye's for Rand." Josh reasoned. Maya was quiet.
"Oh what? No response? You're finally going to let me win one?" Josh asked smirking at her. Maya sat smugly for a few more seconds.
"You were interested in me from the start" Maya smirked, looking up at Josh ready to gloat.
" Oh come on." Josh groaned, letting his head fall against the back of the couch.
"Even when I was fourteen and overly aggressive. You just fell for my charms."
"How long are you going to milk this for?" Josh asked, amused but also slightly flushed.
"I'm not sure. A while. I'm feeling very validated in my crush now." Maya admitted. Josh scoffed at her.
"You're not feeling validated?" Josh questioned. Maya shrugged coyly. Josh leaned forward, cupping Maya's face and pulling her closer to him. His kissed her, softly at first before deepening the kiss. Maya's hand moved from resting on Josh's shoulder to the back of his head, her fingers tickled from the edges of his hair.
"Okay" Maya muttered against Josh's lips " this is pretty validating." Maya admitted.
"We have three minutes before your curfew" Josh's stated as they came to a stop in front of the door to Maya and Shawn's apartment.
" I can work with three minutes." Maya joked mischievously, pulling Josh back towards her and lacing her fingers behind his neck as she reached up to kiss him.
"Has Shawn ever paid attention to your curfew before?" Josh questioned.
"No." Maya admitted as Josh tightened his arms around her waist.
" Do you think he's going to start now?" he wondered.
"I would think so. I can practically hear him breathing on the other side of the door." Josh let out a light laugh.
"Well why don't you go in early and earn me some brownie points." Josh suggested. Maya rolled her eyes at him.
"Fine. Goody goody." She teased.
" I'll call you tomorrow." Josh promised.
"Yeah yeah." Maya muttered, letting Josh give her a quick kiss before he turned to retreat down the hallway.
Maya put her key in the door and let herself in. Shawn was sitting on the couch, obviously trying to look casual. Maya dropped her bag on the bench by the door and walked past the back of the couch and towards the door to her room.
" I'm home, I'm not pregnant, you can stop worrying and go to sleep now." Maya announced, patting Shawn on the shoulder as she walked past him and into her room.
" I'm sleeping." Maya groaned when she heard the window to her bedroom slide open.
" I could tell, judging from the fact that you haven't returned any of my texts" Riley complained as she moved across the room and plopped down on Maya's bed. Maya drug the pillow up over her head.
" Come on, I don't come empty handed." Riley coaxd. Maya stuck her hand out of the blanket as Riley pressed a to go cup of coffee from Topanga's down stairs into Maya's waiting hand.
" To what do I owe the pleasure of this visit?" Maya muttered, rubbing the sleep out of her eyes and sitting up on her elbows in bed to take a sip of her coffee.
" Im bored. We've established this." Riley stated, leaning back against maya's headboard and stretching her legs out in front of her. Maya glanced over at her clock on her nightstand.
" Can't you be bored after 9 am?" Maya begged, letting her head fall back against her mattress again. Riley ignored the comment.
"What time did you get it last night?"
" 12:59" Maya grumbled into her mattress.
" That's oddly specific."
" One minute before curfew." Maya explained
" You have a curfew?" Riley questioned
" You know I think I always had one and i'm just now deciding to recognize it." Maya concluded.
" How kind of you." Riley commented.
" What about you?" Maya asked. " How was the movie?"
" We didn't end up going." Riley confessed.
" We got pizza and complained about our pitiful life."
" Ah yes i'm sure you two ivy league bound scholars are suffering immensely." Maya mocked.
" He and Smackle had a fight and decided to break up early. So we just wallowed together. He's my new wallowing buddy. We wallow"
" Well that's my night. What about you? How was the rest of the party?" Riley inquired.
" We actually left a couple of minutes after you did." Riley furrowed her brow.
" So what did you do till 12:59?" Riley asked, looking skeptical.
" We just went back to Josh's" Maya said simply.
" and did what?" Riley pressed.
"We hung out, we talked, do you want itemized itinerary?" Maya asked jokingly.
"That's it? That's all you did?" Riley pressed, clearly implying something.
" Oh my god we've been going out for like five minutes! Does every single person in my life think that i'm some kind of sex fiend? Do I just look desperate? Do I have the word trollop tattooed on my forehead? Am I wearing a blazing scarlet A that i'm not aware of?" Maya demanded.
"Okay chill I was just asking!" Riley defended, knocking Maya on the shoulder in a joking manner.
" Sorry, I didn't mean to snap. I'm just tired" Maya said softly, in an attempt to apologize.
" It's okay." Riley stated, trying to brush it off. Maya took a deep breathe, trying to decide if she really wanted to say what she was going to say next.
" Can I tell you something? Something i've never told anyone." Maya asked, watching her best friend carefully. Riley sat up straighter, suddenly feeling concerned.
"What's that?" She asked cautiously.
" That summer that I spent in Paris..." she began slowly, trying to pick her words carefully.
" I hooked up with someone. One of the guys in my program. It was just once. I don't even really know what happened. If we had sex or if we just fooled around but we did stuff. I don't really know how it happened. I was drunk, and sad, and angry. I was really angry, at myself for not keeping it together, at world, I was angry at my mom" Maya's voice cracked on the last word, she could feel the tears beginning to well in her eye's and she hoped she would be able to contain them.
"I was mad at my mom for dying, for leaving me. So I got really drunk and I did something really stupid and I can't take it back. I'm sorry that I never told you about this but i've tried really really hard not to think about it, like if I pretend it never happened maybe it didn't." Maya paused, trying to catch her breath.
" I don't want to do that again. Josh is...he's one of the best people I know. I don't want to fuck it up. I fuck everything up. But this… I want it to be different.I need it to be different. So i'm kind of sensitive about the whole thing." Maya admitted. Riley reached out and grabbed Maya's hand and squeezed it.
Suddenly there was a knock on the door and it creaked opened. Shawn poked his head in, his hair a mess and his eye's sagging from tiredness.
"Don't we have a rule about having guests before 9 am?" Shawn grumbled, rubbing at his eyes.
" We don't but we should." Maya grumbled back, slumping back down in bed.
" Coffee?" Riley offered sheepishly, holding out her half drunken coffee in Shawn's direction. Shawn shook his head knowingly at the two of them and shut the door behind him.
Okay there we are! I'm a little nervous to bring up the whole paris thing again so please don't revolt! It happened and i'm not going to ignore it. I really appreciate all of your suggestions and I hope you keep them coming! So leave a review with what you want to see or what you think or whatever you feel! Thank you! 3