#XD30- Eleven- Acceptance
It had been about a couple of weeks since the incident in her office and Maya was relieved to not have heard anything from Michael since then, but now things between her and Marius were a little off. He seemed to be busy a lot these days. He seemed distant. He hadn’t brought up Michael again; it seemed he was completely ignoring the whole thing, which meant something was wrong. The Marius she knew in college and the one she was getting to know now wouldn’t let something like this go. It was the weekend and once again she was at home enjoying a day off and catching up on some reading in between glancing at some work files. She was doing anything to distract herself from thinking about the fact that maybe this thing between her and Marius had run its course. She picked up her phone and started to dial his number again, but decided against it and instead headed out of the door and up to his apartment. She wanted to talk to him, to find out what was going on. Just as Maya stepped out of the stair well, she saw Marius walking out of his apartment…with someone else. She had met a few of his friends, but not this person. She looked like she had stepped off of the pages of a magazine, dark skin, long legs, and amazing body. Maya turned around before he could see her and hurried back downstairs trying not to let her thoughts drive her crazy. The only thing she could think to do was call Reese and Lina.
Marius was a little confused as to why his ex wife wanted to see him, but he invited her to his apartment to talk about whatever it was she wanted. They had ended things on good terms but as far as he was concerned, there was no need to keep in touch with each other. Since the divorce had been finalized, he and Kimberly had nothing more to say to each other; at least that’s what he thought. For her to show up now was a little weird but he had obliged her request and offer to take her out for a bite to eat so that they could talk. He didn’t want her in his apartment for too long, he didn’t want Maya to come upstairs and think that something was going on. He had to admit to himself that he had been a little distant with Maya since the incident at her office, but he couldn’t help it. Despite the fact that he’d told her he wasn’t going anywhere, he’d given her some distance so that she could really figure out what she wanted. He missed her, the way she smelled, and the way she smiled at him in the morning and how she looked walking around his apartment in his t-shirts. They had barely spent any time together; he seemed to always have something to do. He wondered if maybe what they had was over already, if maybe she was going to go back to Michael and drop him back in the friend zone again. He shook off the thought and headed to the elevator with Kimberly, praying that they didn’t run into Maya on the way down. As soon as he was done with Kimberly, he was heading back to her apartment to talk. He needed to know where he stood with her…now.
“So what’s going on sis?” Reese said as she walked in to Maya’s apartment.
Lina noticed before Reese did. Maya was on the verge of tears. She walked back across the room and sat in the chair next to her window and looked out. She was trying to fight breaking down but it was too late. She sobbed uncontrollably while her sister and friend tried to console her. She finally got herself together enough to tell them what had been going on right up to seeing Marius with the mystery woman coming out of his apartment. In true Lina fashion, she tried to rationalize what Maya saw.
“You know, Maya, that woman could have been just a friend or a business associate. You shouldn’t draw any conclusions just yet. Talk to him, tell him how you feel and let him know where he stands with you. That man has loved you since college and when he finally gets a chance to be with you, it’s complicated by the terrible ghost of boyfriends past. You need to figure out what you want and who you want. Be honest with yourself and be honest with him.”
“She wants Marius, she’s just too afraid to admit, Reese started, she’s letting Michael mess with her head, but it’s obvious that Marius is it for you. You’re in love with that man and you’re afraid that you’re going to mess it up or he’s going to end up being just like Michael.”
Leave it to Reese to tell her what she wanted, but maybe she was right. She hadn’t really thought about what she felt for Marius except that she wanted him in her life, but then there was Michael. She was relieved to not have heard from him in so long, but wondered how long that would last and what she would do about it. When he kissed her in the elevator, she still felt something, something that scared her so much that she had run to Marius to make her forget. She thought about that kiss often, but not as often as when Marius kissed her. She could feel his lips against her skin even when he wasn’t around, she loved the way they seemed to fit together in every way that she had ever wanted. Marius challenged her in a way that no one else had ever done before, she learned from him and he was always willing to learn from her. He was the ideal man. He was her best friend. What else did she need to tell her what she already knew? She loved him; she was in love with him.