Someday Soon Chapter 80
AN: Hey! It's been forever! I'm so sorry. Busy time of year! I can't believe it's already chapter 80! Where does the time go? Thanks for sticking it out with this story! I'll try to be more consistent with my updating :) Enjoy!
It was raining when Maya woke up. The water was pelting against the small window of Josh's bedroom. It was just starting to get light out, and without looking at the clock Maya could tell that it was early. When she first woke up she immediately wanted to fall back to sleep. The air in the room was cool but under the covers of Josh's bed it was warm and safe. Maya was laying on her stomach and she could feel Josh's arm draped across the bare skin of her lower back. She wanted to sink back into the deep sleep she had just come out of. She didn't want the moment to end, but after a second she realized that it didn't have to. There was nothing stopping them from laying in bed all day. It had never really been like this before. When they hadn't been together, the morning after any night they spent together had been embarrassing, the two of them pulling apart and pretending that they hadn't spent the whole night wrapped up together. Maya had slept over the night after Halloween, but her arm had been in so much pain that they couldn't enjoy the morning in bed. Sasha had flounced into the room and sent Josh running the night he spent at the dorm. This was a first. Another first.
After Josh had fallen asleep the night before, Maya had slipped out of bed to use the washroom. She had wrapped herself in one of the blankets from the bed and padded as quietly as she could out of the bedroom and across the tiny apartment to the bathroom. As she washed her hands she looked up to stare at herself in the mirror. Maya was almost surprised that she recognized herself. She felt different. She hadn't expected to feel different. She felt lighter, yet fuller, and okay maybe a little sore. She was almost dazed. She'd been so uncertain about how the night would go, what would come from the conversation with Josh, what his reaction would be. She should have known that he would be understanding. That he would be kinder than felt she deserved.
Maya had climbed back into bed as gently as she could, not wanting to wake up Josh, but as soon as she got back under the covers she felt Josh shift and put his arms around her again. She settled back into him and within a few minutes found herself fading into a deep and heavy sleep.
Maya felt Josh stir beside her, and his hand graze her skin. Sensing that Maya was already awake, Josh shifted to pull her closer to him. Maya went willingly, turning over to that they were face to face. They were so close that their noses grazed one another.
"Hi." Maya said quietly, looking into Josh's eyes.
"Hi" Josh replied, reaching to move the hair that had fallen into Maya's face out of her eyes.
"Are you okay?" Josh asked, watching her carefully. Maya cracked a smile.
"I'm great." she promised. Josh returned her smile and moved forward, to kiss her.
"What do you want to do today?" Josh asked, running his hand up and down her arm softly.
"Nothing. Just this." Maya replied simply. Josh smirked at her, but rolled his eyes.
"It's early. You'll get bored of me yet" Josh countered, teasing.
"Doubtful. Although I may get hungry."
" Now that i'd believe" Josh retorted. Maya rolled her eyes in return.
" I will have to go home at some point today." Maya admitted.
"Shawn knows my classes are over now, so he'll be expecting me."
Josh pretended to pout.
" I would protest but we've a whole month of freedom ahead of us."
" I like the sound of that." Maya replied.
" So do I, and this is my formal request for your gift wrapping skills. Everyone used to expect my garbage wrap jobs. Now they expect something presentable."
" I can make that happen. But only if you convince your mother to make those same peanut butter cookies again this year." Maya countered.
Amy had made a comment at thanksgiving about cutting down on her amount of baking this year, which left the whole family arguing about what cookies should make the cut and which should be tossed. Maya's personal favourites seemed to be on the chopping block and she needed someone to back her up.
"I'll see what I can do." Josh promised.
"It's snowing." Josh commented, having looked over Maya's shoulder and outside the window. Maya twisted and sure enough the rain from a few moments earlier had transformed into light flaky clumps of bright white snow. It was more than likely that the snow would turn back to rain and leave the streets a slushy mess before the afternoon, but in that moment it was almost magical.
Maya turned back to Josh and settled herself against his chest as he wrapped his arms around her. Maya just wanted to lay there for hours, her head on Josh's chest, safe under the covers with the snow falling lightly outside the window.
"I give it fifteen minutes before you start demanding breakfast." Josh joked.
Maya shushed him, determined to last at least 20, although she knew in her heart of hearts it wouldn't be long before she needed a bagel.
Maya unlocked her apartment door and immediately dropped to her knees as Hudson came scuttering out of her bedroom towards her. The little dog jumped all over her, licking at her face and nearly bursting with excitement.
Maya stayed on the floor for a while, enjoying all the attention from her dog. It was hard staying at the dorms away from her dad and the little dog that held her heart, but it was always rewarding to come home and have Hudson so overly excited to see her.
She and Josh had hung around in bed for a while before finally getting up and walking hand in hand down to the little cafe near Josh's apartment. They'd had breakfast and Josh had walked her back to her apartment. Josh had left Maya to get settled back at home, promising to call her later.
Maya picked up her bag and headed back to her bedroom, Hudson still on her heels. She placed her bag down on her bed and changed into a baggy sweatshirt and a pair of joggers. She took her clothes from the previous day, as well as some others, and headed out into the living room, opening the closet that held the washing machine and putting on a load. She put her hair up and washed her face before padding back out to the kitchen.
Shawn was still at work and would be for quite some time. He'd be working right up until christmas when they headed to Pennsylvania. Maya grabbed the tv remote and turned the channel playing made for tv christmas movies 24 hours a day.
Now that classes and exams were over Maya was ready to get in the holiday spirit. All the stress from the last few weeks had been lifted off her shoulders. She had never been much of a baker, but after mentioning those peanut butter cookies earlier that morning she was craving something sweet. There was never much in the cupboard of this apartment. Shawn got most of his meals from take out containers or the Matthews downstairs. Still, there were enough basics ( most of them untouched), for Maya to throw together something that at least resembled a cookie.
" Is something burning?" were Shawn's first words when he unlocked the apartment door and the scent inside hit him.
"That would be my attempt at chocolate sauce." Maya admitted, stepping into the living room from the kitchen.
"I left it to air out on the fire escape but the smell kind of lingered."
" Who told you you could use the stove without adult supervision?" Shawn teased, giving Maya a hug and leaning down to scratch Hudson behind the ears.
Maya just rolled her eyes at him and turned around to head back into the kitchen, Her chocolate sauce had been a bit of a disaster because she didn't have a double boiler, or even really know what that was, and had gotten distracted by the end of Holiday in Handcuffs and forgotten to keep stirring.
"Should I be afraid?" Shawn asked, following her into the kitchen and picking up one of the cookies that were cooling on the counter. Maya swatted at him.
"They turned out fine." Maya defended, picking up a cookie and taking a bite.
"In all honesty, it would have been a lot smarter to go to the bakery downstairs and just buy some cookies but by the time I realized that I had already cracked the eggs." Maya admitted.
"They aren't bad." Shawn admitted, taking another bite of the cookie and moving to the fridge, and taking out a carton of milk.
"Does this mean you're going to start cooking dinner from now on?" Shawn asked.
"You wish. I already ordered Thai food." Maya retorted.
" So what did you get up to last night?" Shawn asked, taking a gulp of the glass of milk he had poured to dip his cookie in.
Maya felt all the blood rush to her face. It was an innocent question. There was no reason for Shawn to believe that Maya had done anything else the night before than hang out in her dorm room and maybe see a movie.
"Nothing." Maya answered almost too quickly, her voice a little higher and more defensive than normal.
"You know what," Shawn started, picking up a few more cookies and turning to go sit on the couch.
"I really don't want to know" he admitted, wanting the avoid the awkward conversation just as much as she did.
"Good answer." Maya approved, taking another bite of her cookie and silently thanking god that she didn't have to admit to her father that she'd actually needed the condoms he'd put in her room.