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Chapter 88

SS 88

" I don't want to go back to school," Maya whined, pulling Josh's duvet cover up and over her head.

It was one week after the new year and the day that Maya was meant to be moving back into her dorm. As excited as she was to get back to school and see Sasha and her other friends, she wasn't ready to give up the leisurely lifestyle she had been enjoying since the end of the previous semester. She'd had close to four weeks of nothing but hanging out with her family, eating way too much rich food, and lounging around Josh's apartment. She wasn't ready to go back to a life filled classes, seminars, readings, advisory meetings, and assignments. She'd worked way harder in her first semester of Hudson then she had the majority of her high school career, and she was afraid of burning herself out.

" You don't even have school today." Josh reminded her, as he pulled up his jeans and buckled his belt into place. Josh's alarm clock had gone off only a few minutes earlier, and while Josh had pulled himself out of bed and started preparing for the day, Maya had burrowed further under the covers.

"Exactly! I have one class today, and all the prof is going to do is hand out the syllabus, so why don't we just stay in bed for one more day?"

" Because we all aren't an undeclared freshman. I've got a meeting with my practicum advisor, and my faculty head, and-"

"Oh my god we get it you're smart." Maya huffed, sitting up in bed and rubbing at her eyes. Josh had walked into the kitchen and soon returned with a cup of black coffee in each of his hands. He passed Maya one of the cups and perched on the side of the bed beside her.

" Are you spending the night at the dorms tonight?" Josh asked, taking a long drag off his coffee cup. Maya held her own cup close to her face, soaking up the tiny stream of steam that escaped the top of her mug.

" I would think so. Sasha got in yesterday and I think she's already peeved that i wasn't there last night." Maya jokingly admitted, taking another sip of her coffee.

" I guess i'll have to share you." Josh joked, leaning forward and planting a kiss on Maya's forehead, before getting up and heading back into the living area.

" What can I say? The people love me."

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The next month of classes passed without much event for Maya. She was surprised with how easily she slipped back into her academic life. After the shock of the first semester, she was well prepared for what the spring term had instore for her.

Sasha had arrived back from her christmas holidays five pounds heavier, and without a boyfriend.

Maya wasn't shocked, due to the sheer amount of complaining Sasha had done before christmas about how much of a pain it was to have a long distance boyfriend who she wasn't sure she had all that much in common with anymore.

"The cow tipper is no more?" Maya teased, sensing that Sasha wasn't all that broken up about her break up.

Sasha ran her fingers thru her wild hair and sighed.

"Honestly, I felt like I was only with him anymore, because we'd been together forever. But let's get real. How many people actually marry their ninth grade boyfriend?"

Maya bite the inside of her cheek, thinking about the fact that she was now dating her ninth grade crush. She pushed those thoughts aside, it wasn't even close to the same thing.

" So I ate my way through my feelings and now i'm over. My jeans are a little tighter but my butt looks way better in them now anyway. I'm officially single in the city. You can call me Carrie Bradshaw." Sasha concluded.

"You're not a Carrie. I think you're more of a Samantha in the making." Sasha took a pillow from her bed and whacked it against Maya's head.

"Did you just call me a slut in the making?" Maya rolled her eyes.

" Shut up. I just meant that you're about to become a whole lot more fun."

Sasha considered this.

" I suppose you're right." Sasha pranced over to her closet and ruffleing through her clothes. She emerged holding a pile of skimpy clothes, only appropriate for the club.

"In that case, we're going out.' Sasha pronounced, tossing one of the dresses to Maya and sliding on a headband so she could start her makeup. Maya sighed again.

" I didn't mean right now." Maya tossed the dress on the bed next to her. Sasha rolled her eye's at Maya and continued to apply her concealer.

" Don't be such a Charlotte" Sasha teased. "It's the first day of classes. We have nothing to do. Let's go out!" she exclaimed.

After a minute, Maya gave in. " Fine. Just this once."

Just that one time dissolved into going out multiple times a week. Josh refused to come to the nightclubs that Sasha picked out, but he would sometimes tag along when they went out to bars or to see certain bands play.

With Sasha so gungho on making the most of her new found singledom, Maya found herself going out almost triple the amount in that first month than she had first semester. She'd study hard all week, and by the time the weekend rolled around, she was more than ready to let off some all the fun she always had, some of her favourite memories were the quiet sunday afternoons that she spent with Josh in his apartment.

It was the second week of February and the city's cold snap had stung on the bare skin of Maya and Sasha's legs when they had gone out dancing the night before. Maya had been actively shivering when they arrived back to their dorm room, and wished that she was climbing into Josh's bed instead of her standard dorm twin. She wanted to press her icy feet against his calves and feel his arms wrapped around her. She'd eventually fallen asleep, looking forward to sleeping in the following morning and spending a lazy day with Josh the following afternoon.

Maya woke up confused. Her phone was going off, but she was positive that she hadn't set an alarm. It took her a few seconds to pull herself completely out of her sleep induced fog and realize that she was getting a call, not hearing an alarm.

"Hello?" Her voice was hoarse and scratchy. Sasha had taken her to a 90's dance party the night before, and she'd nearly lost her voice singing along to the music.

"Did I wake you up?" the voice on the other end of the line sounded equally as awful as maya's own, but there was something different about it. As if it were thick from crying rather than a night of fun.

"Riles?" Maya rubbed at her eye's and sat up in bed, suddenly alert. Something was wrong.

"It's me." Riley confirmed, sniffing on the other end of the line.

"Are you okay?" Maya asked, swinging her legs off the bed and getting to her feet, as if that would give her some form of control.

"I don't really know." Riley admitted. Maya's mind raced, thinking of everything that could be wrong with her best friend.

"Could you come here?" Riley asked, her voice breaking as she spoke.

" I'm on my way." Maya promised, trying to pull on her jeans while still holding her phone to her ear.

Sasha groaned, rolling over in bed and throwing Maya a death glare for making so much noise. There was a beat of silence before Riley spoke again,

" Could you bring me something?"

" Of course" Maya was shoving her feet into a pair of shoes and looking around for her bag, wondering if there was space on the next train up to Philly.

" What do you need?" Maya asked, her hand on doorknob,ready to pull it open. Riley took a shaky breath before answering.

" A pregnancy test."

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