Someday Soon @brookhacker
Chapter 82

I'm sorry I haven't posted in so long! I've been so aggressively busy but I know that none of you actually care about any of that ish so here. Enjoy.

SS 82

Riley reached across the aisle with her foot and nudged Maya's knee.

"You're drooling" Riley teased as she leaned back in her seat. Maya lifted her head off of Josh's shoulder and drew her hand across her mouth quickly.

"Sorry." She muttered sleepily, whipping off of the spot on Josh's shirt where her head had been resting, nervous that she actually had drooled onto Josh's shoulder. Josh just shook his head at her and gave her knee a soft squeeze.

The train ride up to pennsylvania had rocked Maya to sleep. She felt as if she had never really recovered from all the time she spent staying up studying for finals. She wasn't a good sleeper to begin with. She hadn't been for years. She longed for the days when she could fall asleep almost sheerly by willing herself to. When she was younger it was almost as if all she had to do was close her eyes for more than a few straight seconds and she would be fast asleep.

Now her nights were plagued with long stretches of consciousness. She would stare at the ceiling for hours, listening to the sound of her roommates light snoring or the sirens from the streets outside. Now that she was spending the night back in her old room she would listen to the sound of Hudson breathing heavily at the end of her bed.

But she'd always liked trains. There was something about the rocking of the car and the scenery flying past the window that had made her eyelids heavy and her head droop. However, the ride from Philadelphia to New York was so short and Maya's nap so brief that it had the effect of leaving her groggy when the car finally came to a halt at their destination.

Maya almost stumbled into Riley as they climbed down the steps of the train onto the platform. Shawn grabbed the back of her shirt to keep her from pushing against Riley's back and send them both tumbling into the concrete of the landing below.

Maya let out a frustrated huff when her two feet finally landed solidly on flat ground and readjusted her backpack on her shoulders. She'd woken up from her nap in a foul mood, having not slept much the night before. Her stomach felt sour due to the fact that she hadn't bothered to eat breakfast before they left the apartment that morning, and her head ached slightly from lack of water.

These were problems she could solve with a few bites of a power bar and an evian bottle, but in that moment Maya wasn't thinking about solutions. She was thinking about about getting out the trains station before she lost it on the next random stranger who brushed by her, or god forbid she started to cry.

She sped walked in front of the group on their way towards the front doors.

Alan was waiting outside with a three row car he had borrowed from one of the neighbours. They were a party of seven and the Matthews didn't have a car to accommodate them, as well as all of the luggage and Hudson's dog carrier.

They all loaded their bags into the back of the borrowed car and climbed in. Maya, Riley, and Josh all slide into the miniscule third row. Somehow Auggie, despite his age and size, had snagged one of the fullsize seats in the front row and was sitting smugly on his phone, occasionally throwing a holier than thou look over this shoulder at them.

Maya sat in the middle seat with a sour look on her face, her arms folded across her chest. Everyone chatted around her, discussing the sleeping arrangements for the next few days, plans for that nights dinner and other logistics for their stay.

Maya didn't say anything, breathing deeply through her nose.

"Are you still alive in there?" Riley asked jokingly, waving her hand in front of Maya's face. Maya swatted it away, without answering or looking at her. A granola bar came flying over the back seat and landed in Maya's lap.

"Eat a snickers kid." Shawn commanded, craning his neck backwards to look at her.

"You get bitchy when you're hungry." He joked. Josh dug around in his backpack and produced a half empty bottle of water and placed it on Maya's knee. Riley pulled a bottle of Advil out of her purse and pressed it into her best friends hand.

"Wow. Thanks Dads." Maya spat back sarcastically, although she unwrapped the granola bar and took a bite, following it up with two of the advil and a chug of water.

She didn't speak again until they reached the Matthews house. She silently drank her water and nibbled at her snack, slowly feeling more and more like herself again.

Riley knocked her knee against Maya's and Josh placed his hand on her leg. Maya put her hand on top of his, grateful that she had people who would take care of her even when she might not deserve it.

…..

Amy had lunch waiting for them when they arrived at the house and Maya wasted no time loading up her plate and tucking in. She felt leaps and bounds better after a little bit of food and a few glasses of water, but her stomach was still essentially empty, and Amys cooking had always been some of Maya's favourite.

Their group this christmas was smaller than in holidays past. Morgan and her husband were spending Christmas with his family in Georgia and Eric had also opted out of the family gathering, having decided to take a last minute trip to Prague. No one was quite sure why, but often with Eric it was just better not to ask.

" So we thought you could share your old room with Auggie." Amy began, speaking directly to Josh before addressing the whole group.

"Riley, you and Maya can take Morgans old room again, and the three big kids can share the downstairs." Amy suggested, gesturing at Cory, Topanga, and Shawn.

" and just a friendly reminder that these room assignment are firm." Alan joked.

"So that means so switching roommates." he continued poking his fork first at Josh and then at Maya.

Maya rolled her eyes and josh grimicied slightly as Shawn clapped him on the back.

"Why would we want to switch rooms?" Auggie asked. Everyone around the table shared knowing looks and cracked smiles. Auggie, clearly frustrated of not understanding, let out a disgruntled huff.

" is it because they kiss?" Auggie asked, pointing between Josh and Maya. Maya, who had just taken a large gulp of water, almost spat it all over her half eaten lunch as she struggled to contain her laughter.

Riley aimed a kick at Auggie under the table as the rest of the family burst out in varying degrees of laughter.

"Actually it's because you do more than kiss." Riley said under her breath so that only Maya could hear.

This time it was Maya who stomped on Riley's foot beneath the table.

….

There was only a thin layer of snow on the ground outside but after putting their things in their rooms, Maya, Riley, Josh, Auggie, Corey, and Shawn all put on their jackets, hats and gloves, laced up their boots and headed out into the yard.

After a sad attempt at a snowman and snow angels that turned mostly into grass angels, a snowball fight broke out.

Teams quickly formed and Alliances were made. Riley, Maya, and Shawn against Josh, Cory and Auggie.

They scrambled to scrap together snowball and hurl them at their opponents. Maya finally pushed over their feeble attempt at a snowman to create more ammo.

Maya shrieked when Josh lifted her off her feet to use her as a human shield against Shawns perfectly aimed throws.

She repaid him by smashing a handful of snow into his face. He wiped it away, his skin pink from the cold and leaned down to press his freezing lips to her nose.

A round ball of snow came smashing into both their faces.

Riley was standing a few feet away, another snowball ready in her hands.

"Break it up!" She shouted before throwing another snow ball straight into their faces.

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