“Yes, I’m serious. You can’t survive as a partnership while wondering at missed opportunities. If it is meant to be, you’ll find your way back to each other. In the meantime, both you and Riley–and Maya–all have a lot of growing up to do individually before you try to merge your identities and personalities to become a pair. And, if I’m being blunt, it will help alleviate Riley’s fears. If you two can remain friends while being in other relationships, then what’s to stop you from staying friends if you ever break up?” Topanga pointed out logically. “And before you point out the parallels between you and Riley and me and Cory, let me just say that me and Cory are an anomaly. We could have a television show based on our lives, and it would seem more like fiction than reality. We also had incredibly understanding parents and adults in our lives who moved mountains so that we could be together. You and Riley may have that eventually,” she raised her brows at him. “But right now, she’s a pampered teenage girl who relies on three things: her relationships with her best friends and her family, and her incessant need to micromanage every part of her life, so that she doesn’t encounter any surprises that may knock her off of her idealistic pedestal of sunshine and roses.”
“And purple cats.” Lucas added with a small grin.
Topanga returned the grin, amused; her daughter’s obsession with all things purple and feline was a well-known and indulged quirk among both friends and strangers.
“That is the limit of her world right now. Now, while she is not unaware of the darkness of the world, she also chooses to remain deliberately obtuse and blind to those issues. As a mother, I would love for her to stay that innocent forever, but she will have to grow up some day. However, that day is not going to be today…or any time soon.” She sighed, shaking her head. “So here’s my final piece of advice, Lucas. Take a step back from both girls for a while. Be their friends. But don’t lose the rest of your life, either. Spend time with your mom, and your team mates. And next year, when you’re all in high school? Try out for more sports. Join clubs. Expand your social circle. Sometimes, you don’t know what you’ve got—until it’s gone.”
She stood up, taking their dishes with her, and left him once more to his thoughts.