rilaya au with badgirl!maya (like who she says she would have been in true maya??) and riley.
riley stirred slightly, the dream of her tending the bunnies beginning to crack under surface, the purple cat beside her telling her to wake up. “why?” riley asked the cat, tossing over in her sleep. another stir and after a heartbeat, it woke her from her slumber. lifting her head, she looked into the darkness of her room, expecting auggie. overall, it was nothing but darkness, but if she squinted hard enough, the slight hint of the moon casting itself into her bay window outshone blonde hair silver, outlining what looked like a leather jacket and dark ripped jeans.
at first, riley was too scared to move. the person, whoever they were, hadn’t noticed her yet, too wrapped up in something they were looking at cast out on her dresser, but then she remembered the whistle that she had, strewn out on her nightstand in case of emergency in such as this one, in case there was a stranger and slowly, she started to go for that.
simultaneously, she tried to eye the girl whilst reaching rather clumsily for the whistle, not trying to let anything slip off, trying not to make a noise. one she’d reached it, however, she did make a slight noise. her eyes moved towards her nightstand, panic-stricken, as she slowly pulled the whistle towards her. One might have just went for it and blew the whistle, but riley had to put it over her neck first. Once it was secure, she grabbed the silver object, going to secure it between her lips. that was until a hand wrapped around her, keeping her from doing so.
“I wouldn’t do that if I were you.”
It was a feminine voice. the voice of a girl, but not just a girl, a thousand angels. riley never found herself particularly drawn so quickly to a voice before, at least never until now. the blonde was closer now, whereas she could make out her face. a pair of big blue eyes, a beautiful face to outdo her voice, leaving riley, for a second, starstruck. only for a heartbeat until she realized that she recognized that face: the middle school rebel, ideal upon all who wanted to be like her, including riley herself. back in the class, kicked out, hard to manage. rumored to be in and out of juvenile prison for once. for running away? breaking and entering? wouldn’t come much of a suprise, as she seemed to be doing it right now.
“why not? you’re in my hous-” riley said, going to reach for the silver object once more, but again, maya reached out her hand, interrupting her with a quiet “shhh.”
riley didn’t know what to do. she was confused. why had this girl come into her window? in the middle of the night? what had riley done? the two didn’t know each other, not really. they’d been in one another’s class, but they’d never seen eye to eye. riley was an optimist, maya was a pessimist. while riley would volunteer at an animal shelter, maya was spending her afternoons stealing from candy stores. well, riley only assumed via her stereotype. and riley often stuck to those, especially since half the time, they did tell a lot about of a person.
“why are you here?” riley asked quietly, finally giving the whistle a rest, at least for now.
“well,” maya said, backing away from the brunette, her eyes once more sweeping around riley’s room. her fingertips brushed over the items, and riley watched closely, as closely as she could in a dark room. as maya spoke, she removed the covers, swooping her legs over the side of the bed. “i came here to steal something because you look like a girl with nice things, but then you woke up….”
maya’s eyes landed on the bay window. riley’s eyes followed the girl as she walked over and plopped herself on it, her fingers running over the pillows. “i like it here. it feels like a secure place that you just sit at when you just feel alone and i…” maya leaned back, peaking out the window. “i can see the moon from here. me and mr. moon. i’m sure someone is out there looking at it, too tonight.”
riley looked at maya, tempted to go and join her at the window, but hesitant. the blonde looked over at her, raising her eyebrows. “so goofball, are you gonna join me or what?”
after a moment, riley stood up and walked over to her, sitting next to her, drawing her legs up to criss-cross applesauce. both girls were quiet. while maya stared at her lap, riley stared at maya, waiting for some sort of conversation. “so,” riley began. “find anything that you liked?”
maya looked over at riley. there was a heartbeat before a smile crept its way onto her lips. “yeah.” she murmured.
“maybe if you showed me, i could consider giving it to you.” riley said. in return, maya shook her head.
“i couldn’t make you.” maya said.
“it’s not a big deal.” riley countered.
maya, in response, shook her head, sighing.
“okay…” riley murmured, looking away. “so why did you come to rob me then? what is it that i have, that you don’t?”
“a lot…” maya’s voice faded off along with her smile. it was silent before she looked at the brunette. “come out with me. just for a little bit,” the blonde said.
“what? right now?” riley asked as maya stood up, grabbing riley’s jacket, handing it to her. “right now.” maya said. “i want to take a walk with you.” she said.
“but–” riley began.
“it’s bed time?” maya asked in a sarcastic tone.
“well, yeah. don’t you have one?” riley asked.
maya looked over at the brunette, staring at her for a split second. “no, riley.” she said.
“you know my name?” riley asked, not sure why she was so surprised. however, after a moment of hesitance, she grabbed the jacket, slipping it on, and followed right along with maya out the window. already, she began to have an uneasy feeling, but along with it came an exciting rush. never had she snuck out in the middle of the night. never had to ever thought about sneaking out in the middle of the night. and right now she was doing it. with the beautiful maya hart.
it’d been fifteen minutes into speaking and already, the girls were able to fall into normal but small conversation. both girls, as they spoke, had completely different views of things. maya’s spat of disgust of couples holding each other by a diner was riley’s reactive heartmelting “aw’s”. maya looked at her, eyebrow raised. “you want a love like that? just hugging and kissin’ all the time?” the girl asked.
riley frowned, her eyebrows furrowed. “and you don’t?” she asked.
“i prefer the lonely road, pal. it’s the best way to go. that way, you don’t get hurt. take notes..” maya said.
“you never know how someone’s going to treat you unless you try.” riley remarked. maya only responded with a shrug. riley didn’t say anything for the time being but wasn’t quite ready to let it go. she’d asked her soon enough.
the two girls stopped for a moment at a park bench. maya finished laughing due to riley almost falling on her butt for like, the third time. “you’re so klutzy.” she said once she was able to recover from laughing.
“i know.” riley said, slightly flustered, looking around the area, trying to change the subject. her eyes landed on the sculpture of four friends, one of her favorite in the park.
“i always wondered what it would be like to have friend like that.” she said. “they look so happy together.” riley smiled, looking over at maya.
“yeah?” maya asked, her eyes lingering on the sculpture before looking at riley. “you’re just full of wonder, aren’t you?”
“is that a bad thing?” riley asked.
“not for you. you got a family that loves you. a nice bed to sleep. nice clothes. of course you’re happy. you’ve got nothing to worry about.” maya gave a tight lipped smiled, but this time it seemed more forced. eyebrows furrowing, riley leaned into her, putting her hands on her shoulders.
“and what about you? what’s there to worry about?” riley asked.
maya looked at her and riley hoped, she hoped that she would say something. at first she thought a glimpse of what she thought might be maya caving in. but the girl shook her head instead, taking a deep breath. “whether or not i’m going to get caught sneaking into the house of a girl with a whistle.” she said.
riley gave a breathy laugh. she wasn’t quite ready to let it go but figured that maya wasn’t going to give in that easily. so instead, she let her hand lower from the girl’s shoulder to her wrist her hand wrapping comfortingly around it. “i’m glad you came in.”
maya smiled. “me, too.”
it was a few minutes of talking when the two figured it was time to go. riley did, in fact, have school tomorrow and whether maya would attend tomorrow or not, so did she.
as the two got inside the window, they sat there for a moment, looking at each other, a smile on their faces. after a moment, riley spoke. “so?” riley asked. “i guess this is goodbye, until further notice…”
“until further notice…” maya murmured, almost in a wondered tone. suddenly she perked up and reached into her pocket, pulling out two rings, ones that riley particularly recognized, ones that she got when she was younger in case someone came along, a best friend of the sorts.
“these belong to you.” maya said. riley looked at them and as she did, something clicked. how comfortable she was with this girl, right off the bat. it wasn’t something that normally happened. while she felt insecure around some, she felt secure around maya. something she never thought herself to say, especially around someone who opposed to her. was she her best friend? the one she’d been looking for?
“here, i’ll have you a deal,” riley said. “i’ll wear one.” riley took one and slipped it on her finger. “you wear the other. and if you are picking up what i’m putting down maybe we can be… partners in crime?” she asked.
maya’s eyes lit up, something that riley saw for the first time. “really?” she asked. “I suppose, matthews, that we could make that arrangement.”
“okay, but we need something cool. nicknames. i’ll call you peaches. general peaches and me…”
“honey.” maya decided. “and we need something cool… some cool thing that we do when we connect our rings like… thunder!” maya lifted her hand
“lightening?” riley asked almost questioningly, lifting her hand to connect with maya’s and almost impulsively did she intertwine her fingers through maya’s.
“perfect.” maya said, giggling.
the two let go, neither ready, but thinking the other was. it was silent before maya spoke. “you know how you asked me if i found something i liked in this room, and i told you it wasn’t a big deal?” when riley nodded, maya went on, almost sheepishly. “well… that something is you, riley.” she said. riley couldn’t answer before maya spoke again. “so tomorrow.” the blonde said simply before she turned and slipped out the bay window. riley stared at the empty open window for a moment before she got up and closed it, walking towards her bed, returning within the safety of her covers.
yet, throughout the night, all that remained in her mind was the mysterious blonde that climbed through her window. and how could the two never had interacted before now.