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Chapter 90

I'm honestly frustrated writing this because I accidently deleted the first half and had to do the whole thing over again.

Chapter 90

The sight of Riley's pregnancy test in Josh's hand made Maya's stomach flip. She had completely forgotten to throw the thing out at the station like she had meant to. She was slightly disgusted that she'd been carrying around a vessel holding her best friends pee and entirely mortified that Josh was now holding it .

It took Maya a split second to put together what Josh was thinking, and her eyes went wide at the prospect of what pieces he might be placing together in his mind.

" That's not what you think it is!" Maya blurted out too quickly, realizing as soon as the words left her mouth that she was making herself sound extraordinary guilty. Josh looked up from the stick in his hands, his eyes wide with his mouth fallen slightly ajared.

"I think that it's a positive pregnancy test" he said slowly, as if he couldn't believe that the words were coming out of his mouth. Maya hurriedly pushed herself to her feet.

" But you also think that it's mine and it's not" She spluttered, at a loss as to how to make this horribly awkward situation go away. Josh's look of disbelief quickly morphed into an expression of exasperation.

"Come on Maya whose else would it-" but he didn't finish his sentence.

"It's not-" he began again, but before he could finish his thought Maya snatched the test out of his hands and stuffed it back into her purse as she stooped down and shoveling the rest of her fallen items back into her bag.

"It's nothing." She snapped, busying herself by gathering up the spilled contents of bag. Her hands were shaking so hard that she accidentally sent a pack of gum shooting away from her and towards the living room.

"Maya" Josh began softly, but Maya's defenses were up.

"Just drop it." She spat, trying and failing to pull herself together a bit. Her head was spinning with everything that had just happened and had happened earlier that day. She couldn't believe she had spilled the truth to Josh, even if she hadn't meant to. Riley was going to murder her.

"If Riley is in trouble-" Josh tried again, but Maya once again snapped at him.

"Stop. You don't know anything. We don't know anything. It's just one test. This shit it wrong all the time!" Maya exploded, the words rushing out of her in a great gust. All the colour had faded for Maya's face and she stood in Josh's tiny kitchen as white as a ghost. Josh extended his hand to her.

"Come sit down" he offered, beckoning her forwards towards the couch. Maya let Josh lead her forward into the living room and as soon as she was seated she felt her whole body deflated as her muscles untensed for the first time in what felt like hours. She head immediately fell into her hands as she let out a tiny groan. Josh's arm was behind her, his hand rubbing slow comforting circles in her back.

" I can't believe I told you!" Maya muttered.

"Riley is going to kill me. She's my best friend, I'm supposed to be the one she can trust with her secrets. I should've lied. I should've pretended it was mine, but that would've lead to a whole mess of us having a conversation about what to do, and then you'd probably propose to me out of obligation because you're good guy and then I would have trapped you with our pretend love child and would have to either wear baggy clothes for the next 4 months until you noticed that I wasn't really pregnant and then you'd break up with me , or actually have you get me pregnant in the next few weeks and hope that you don't pay that much attention to the conception date and-" Maya was almost hyperventilating now, the words rushing out of her in a panic. She couldn't contain herself. All her fears and stress for Riley were coming out of her at once.

" Woah, woah, woah," Josh started, taking the hand that wasn't around Maya's back, and placing it on her knee.

"Take a breath." He prompted, watching her carefully. Maya tried to take a second to collect herself.

"She's just so scared." She whispered, finally raising her head from her hands and letting Josh see that her eyes were rimmed with tears.

" and I'm scared too." Maya admitted. " She has no idea what to do next and I have no idea what I can do for her."

Josh let out a long breath, trying to compose his own thoughts.

"She needs to see a doctor." Maya looked up at Josh as he spoke.

" If she goes to the doctor, it'll all become real. Right now, it's just one test. She told me she'd get more but, I don't know. I had to buy this one and practically force her to take it. She's not ready to face reality, even if she isn't pregnant.' Maya finally admitted. Maya felt an immense amount of guilt in her stomach. She knew that Riley hadn't been right for a while. There had been something up with her for the past few months, but Maya thought that it was just the awkward transition to college. They went from seeing each other every day, to texting and talking on the phone a few times a week. Maya had sort of assumed that it was the actual distance that was making Riley seem distant. Had she been missing something? Should she have figured it out earlier.

Part of Maya was also a little hurt that Riley hadn't even told her that she'd been talking to Lucas again, let alone sleeping with him. Wasn't that the sort of huge life event you told your best friend about? Maya knew that Riley had felt insecure about it and didn't want Maya to judge her, but didn't Riley know her well enough to know that there was nothing that Riley could do to make Maya think about her differently. This maybe could be pregnant didn't even make Maya think of Riley as anything less than she had always been to her. Was Maya surprised? Yes. Was she scared? Hell yes. But it didn't make her think more or less of her best friend.

" There's nothing you can do right now. Tomorrow you can talk to her again, see if you can get her to go to a doctor. But for tonight you've done it all." Josh comforted her. They were both silent for a few seconds, but Maya could tell that Josh was thinking hard about something.

"Maya" he began softly.

" If this had been you- I mean, if anything like this were to happen, I don't want you to be afraid to tell me." Maya looked up at Josh, the concern he had in his eyes, not only for Riley but for the two of them. She nodded.

" I promise" she said quietly, not breaking away from Josh's gaze.

"Good. I love you. There's nothing we can't figure out together." Josh promised

" I know. I love you too." Maya agreed, leaning in to Josh and letting him comfort her, deciding to put away all the heavy stuff for another day.

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