" I think the skirt looks fine." Sasha encouraged, barely even glancing up from the magazine she was reading on her bed.
"Are you sure?" Maya prompted, examining herself in the full length mirror they had attached to their bathroom door. It had been about a week since the two girls had moved into their dorm room and so far it had been smooth sailing.
Sasha was fairly laid back and easy to talk to and she and Maya had become somewhat of fast friends, mostly out of proximity and necessity. They got breakfast together in the dining hall and walked to class together when they both had lectures in the same building. The other two girls they shared the bathroom with, Claudia and Jana were hometown friends from Oregon and so far showed no interest in getting to know them. They had met a few other people from their floor but so far Sasha was the only person Maya had clicked with. She thought that part of the reason that they got along so well was because Sasha was also missing her best friend who went to school in Texas ironically enough.
Maya had enlisted Sasha's help to pick out an outfit to go to lunch with her grandmother. Her grandma had driven into the city from Delaware and Maya was meeting her at some fancy hotel before her afternoon class.
"Remind me again why exactly we're freaking out about this?" Sasha asked, closing her magazine and leaning against her elbows and giving Maya her full attention.
"Things with my grandma are complicated." Maya explained, turning to see if the hem of the skirt came down to an appropriate length.
"Ever since my mom died" Maya froze for a beat. She couldn't believe she had said that so casually to someone she had only known a few days. Sasha had no idea about Katy, no idea what the past few years of Maya's life had been like but this wasn't a secret that Maya was keeping, Sasha would have found out eventually.
" things have been weird between us. I think she was offended when I chose to stay with my dad in new york rather than move to Delaware to be with her. At one point she threatened to sue for custody but her husband talked her down." Maya continued, reaching for a brush to try and get her long blonde waves to cooperate.
"Why wouldn't she want you to stay with your dad?" Sasha asked curiously, and then doubled back.
"You don't have to answer that i'm just notoriously nosey." Maya turned to look at her and smiled.
" No it's fine. Shawn and I aren't actually biologically related." Maya started, she was just now realizing that she had never referred to Shawn as anything other than her father to Sasha.
" He and Mom got married when I was maybe 14 almost 15? They were together for almost two years when she died, and he legally adopted me about a year after that.I'd never really had a dad before and even though he wasn't my blood I just knew that he was my family. I wouldn't have gotten through my mom dying without him." Maya took a breath before speaking again.
"And my grandma she's… she means well but I don't really know her that well. When i was little my mom would take me to spend a few weeks of the summer there and she lived out on this old farm and i'd chase around the chickens and we'd work in her garden but then she got remarried and moved into this cookie cutter suburban neighbourhood and became this ideal little housewife. But she thought that me staying in New York was me choosing this random guy over family and things have just kind of spiraled from there. Now whenever I see her like at my graduation or holidays things are just kind of tense, and she always find a way to dig at Shawn. It's just messy." Maya said finally, pulling her hair back into a low bun.
Sasha was watching her closely, nodding along with her comments.
"Your skirt is good." She promised.
"Thank you." Maya let out a breath.
'That's all I needed to hear."
Maya couldn't have felt more awkward. She and her grandma were eating lunch in a fancy dining room that already made Maya feel under dressed. She and her grandma were picking away at their salads in silence, having already exhausted most of their small talk options. They had talked about Maya's classes, grandmothers drive from Delaware, and her husband's business meeting that had brought them to town.
The tension between them was palpable and Maya was more than ready for the lunch to be over. She was wishing she hadn't told her grandmother had she class wasn't until 3 because she would have loved to use the excuse of a 1:30 lecture to slip out of lunch early.
Maya could hear her phone buzzing in her bag but she knew that she couldn't answer it. Her grandmother was big on table etiquette now a days. So Maya was extremely surprised when her grandma encouraged her to answer it.
" It could be something important." Her grandmother prompted, as Maya reached down to unearth her phone from her bag.
"Hello?" She said in a hushed voice, turning down the volume on her phone to be sure that there was no chance that her grandmother could hear whoever was on the other end of the line.
"Hey." Josh said brightly.
" Hey um i'm just at lunch do you think i could call you back?" Maya asked in a hushed tone.
" Shit. I forgot that was today. Sorry." Josh quickly apologized.
" It's okay. I'll talk to you later babe." Maya answered quickly and then ended the call. She hadn't realized what she had said before she looked up and saw the look on her grandma's face. She couldn't believe she had done that. The word had just slipped out of her mouth. She'd never used terms of endearment with Josh before but of course she let one slip in front of her nosey grandmother.
"Who was that?" Her grandmother asked through pursed lips. Maya took a breath
"Uh that was Josh." Maya answered simply, picking up her water and starting to drink in the hope that her grandmother wouldn't ask any follow up questions.
"Yes. You've met him."
" Is he the scruffy one that was at your graduation party?" her grandmother asked . Maya had to fight the urge to roll her eyes, Josh had been a few weeks overdue for a haircut when her grandmother last saw him but it wasn't as if he looked unkept. Maya hadn't answered her so she pressed on.
" and you're seeing this boy?" She pressed. Maya looked down at her plate and pushed her food around with her fork as she spoke.
"I am." Maya confirmed
Maya stormed up the stairs to Josh's apartment in a huff. She walked right up to his door and started banging the side of her fist against the door. Josh didn't know that she was coming over but the second she had got out of lunch with her grandmother she had immediately started walking in the direction of his apartment.
She didn't even know if Josh would be home. She couldn't think straight enough to remember if he had class that afternoon or not. She was fuming.
She heard Josh's' muffled voice from the other side of the door
"Jesus christ i'm coming." Josh opened the door in confusion and his face softened slightly when he saw that it was her standing there.
"Hey.." he said in slight confusion as she moved past him into the apartment fuming.
" Don't you have class?" He asked as he closed the door and turned back to face her.
" I can't go to class. I'm in a rage." Maya said with a huff, pacing back and forth in the small space between the couch and the coffee table.
"Care to explain?" Josh prompted as he leaned against the counter and watched her with a mixture of amusement and concern.
" I just spent the last 45 minutes being talked at by my grandmother. Not talked to. Talked at. And do you want to know what she was talking at me about?" before Josh answer Maya was continuing on.
"You, and our relationship and how inappropriate and unnerving she finds it. She literally used those words. Inappropriate and unnerving, because you're old and you've been ' lingering around' all these years. God she made it sound like you had a mustache and drove a blacked out van. And God doesn't she think i'm an idiot for getting relationship right before college. As if dating you is going to make me flunk out of all my classes, and didn't she go on about me being me being irresponsible. Honestly she probably thinks i'll be a pregnant drop out by the end of the semester, and I just." Maya let out another huff and finally collapsed down on the couch.
"And I just sat there and took it. I ate the stupid green salad she told me to order and just took it. I didn't say shit so now i'm here yelling at you about it."
Josh came over to the couch and sat down beside her, wrapping an arm around her shoulders.
"So grandma's not a fan?"
"No she most definitely isn't. Which is just so unfair. She doesn't even know you. She's seen you in passing what twice? She's just so ughh." Maya said again, pressing her face down into her hands. Josh squeezed her shoulder.
"I'm sorry lunch didn't go well, but I mean one truly bad reaction out of everyone we've told about us isn't awful odds." Josh offered jokingly.
" and i'm not quite as worried about your grandmothers opinion of us as I was about your dad's." Josh paused a beat before speaking again.
" i'm sorry was that an asshole thing to say? I didn't mean that I didn't care what your grandmother thinks I just." But maya cut him off pulling his face closer to her own and kissing him.
"Lets just try not caring what other people think for a while." Maya offered.
"Works for me." Josh muttered against her lips.
Ah guys can you believe that it's already chapter 70? That's insane. Thank you all so much for reading and reviewing this story. I can't believe i have over 900 reviews! Thank you all so much!