‹ Prequel: Everything Has Changed
Sequel: Come Back to Me
Status: Completed: 12.17.13

Beside You

Surprise Visit

It had been three weeks since Sergio said good bye and it hurt him when he came home to an empty house, no Carter, and no Alex, it was quiet and it made Sergio sad. He went to pour himself a drink when his cell phone rang, it was Alex. "Hola." Sergio said sadly. "You're home aren't you?" Alex asked. "Yes." He said. "Put down the Jack Daniels, you have Champions League quarter finals coming up and I hate when you drink." Alex said seriously reading his mind. "Thank you. I miss you so much." Sergio said moving to grab a bottle of water instead. "Hey at least you're home in Spain, I'm in a foreign country without my big, protective boyfriend." Alex joked trying to lighten the mood. "No I'm not home." Sergio said abruptly, "What? Aren't you in Spain this week?" Alex asked confused, waiting for him to explain. "Yes I'm in Spain, but home is where the heart is and my heart is with you." He said seriously. Alex's side of the phone was quiet. "It doesn't matter where we are, if I'm with you Alex, I'm at home." He finished, Sergio heart soft sobs on the other end of the line. "Alex? Are you alright?" He asked concerned. Alex sniffed, "yes, yes, I just really miss your hands in mine, your lips on mine, and your arms around me. I just miss you." She said. "I know and it's hard for me everyday not having you and Carter around, without you it's lonely. I just want to hold you again." Sergio said. "I know is love you so much." Alex said. "How's getting a design deal?" Sergio asked. "It's amazing, I can't believe I forgot to tell you I got a deal here and I am about to open my own office in Paris." Alex said excitedly. "That's amazing I'm so happy for you mi amor." Sergio said. "I hope I get to see you soon I'll let you go get some work done. I love you." He said. "I love you too." Alex said. Sergio hung up the phone and called Iker, "hola?" Iker answered. "I-I can't do this anymore man." Sergio said crying. "What happened?" Iker asked. "She got an office in Paris and is gonna be there for a long time, Iker I just miss her so much." Sergio said sobbing. "You'll be fine, did you set everything up for when we arrive in Paris? And does she know?" Iker asked. "everything is set and she doesn't know we have a quarter final in Paris." Sergio said wiping his eyes. "Good, she'll love it."

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10 days later: Paris, France

"Alex, there's a package you need to go to the lobby to sign for." Her assistant Ryan said. "Why can't it be brought up here I'm very busy." She snapped. "I'm not sure, I was simply told that it must be you who goes and signs for it." He said. Alex huffed and took the elevator down to the lobby. "Alright what was so damn urgent that I-" Alex looked up and stopped talking immediately when she saw who was standing in front of her. "Package for Alex Roberts." Sergio said holding out a bouquet of roses. Alex smiled and ran to him, leaping into his arms and hugging him tightly. "I missed you so much nena." Sergio said hugging her tightly. "Me too love." Alex said pulling back to press a kiss to his lips. Sergio put her down and handed her roses before slipping his hand into hers, "So when can I pick you up for dinner?" Sergio asked. "Well it's 7pm and I'm hungry I think I can call it a night, we just have to go get my stuff from upstairs." She said leading him to the elevator. Alex was just about to say something when Sergio trapped her in the corner and began to kiss her lips gently. Alex was just about to grip his hair when the elevator dinged, signaling they were at their destination. Sergio pulled back and adjusted his shirt as they stepped out. "Alex, what time will you be heading out this evening." Ryan asked, flashing her a dazzling smile, as he touched her arm, Sergio's face hardened as he placed an arm around her shoulder, asserting himself. "I'm just about to head out why?" Alex asked, Ryan looked at Sergio quickly before he shrugged, "Just wondering." He said softly, Ryan was the same age as Alex and by the way he was so comfortable with her it made Sergio jealous. "Oh my gosh Ryan where are my manners, this is my lovely boyfriend Sergio." Alex said, Sergio put on his best fake smile reaching out to shake Ryan's hand, "Hi I'm Sergio Ramos." he spoke, Ryan looked him up and down, "I know who you are, I'm Ryan Drake Alex's assistant." He said as he shook Sergio's hand coldly. "Mucho gusto." Sergio said before walking off with Alex to her office, he made sure to place a kiss on her lips as they entered to make sure Ryan saw that Alex's was his.

"I don't like him." Sergio said plainly. "Who?" Alex asked as she gathered her stuff. "Ryan, he makes me uncomfortable." Sergio said. "He's been my assistant for two years he's a great guy." Alex responded. "I don't like how he looks at you he needs to keep his hands to himself." Sergio said. "I think you're jealous." Alex said smirking. "Am not, I just don't like how he looks at you, it's the same way I did when you were with Justin." Sergio said. "When I was with Justin i could tell you were flirting with me. Sergio Ramos I think you're jealous." She said walking over to him. "I am not." Sergio snapped. "I think you're very sexy when you're jealous." Alex purred in his ear. Sergio wrapped his arms around her waist as she kissed his neck and rubbed her fingertips up through the short hairs on the back of his head. "Ok maybe I'm a little jealous, but then I remember I have you." He said, he was just about to slide his hands down to the hem of her dress when they heard a cough. Alex quickly pulled away from Sergio and flattened out her dress. "What's up?" She asked Ryan. "I just came to say everything will be taken care of tonight, have a nice evening Alex." Ryan said smiling at her. "Thanks Ryan you too." She said smiling back. Sergio rolled his eyes and grabbed Alex's hand as they walked out to head to dinner.

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"C'mon hurry up." Sergio said as he dragged Alex directly under the Eiffel Tower. "Why are you in such a rush?" Alex asked. Sergio grabbed her by her waist and pulled her to him as he lowered his lips to hers, "For this." He said as he pressed his lips to hers. Alex smiled into the kiss and moved her hands up to wrap around his neck. Things were perfect until they heard a camera shutter and saw a flash. Sergio pulled back and grabbed Alex's hand, leading her to the elevator of the tower. "Mierda." Sergio said under his breath. "Well there goes the private relationship." He said laughing, trying to lighten the mood. Alex smiled at him shyly. "Don't worry, it won't change the way I feel about you it's just gonna get a little hard to breath from time to time. Just ignore what they say about you or I because half of it is fake anyway." Sergio said trying to comfort Alex, she walked over and hugged him tightly. "Promise me you won't let this change us." She said against his chest. "I promise." Sergio said as he rubbed her back. The pair walked out to the viewing deck and looked down at the mass of paparazzi below. "Well looks like we'll be up here for a while, let's pass the time." Sergio said turning to face Alex. "Sergio I'm not making out with you here." She said plainly. "Not what I meant, but that would've been nice to." He said moving to sit on a bench. "Well what did you mean?" Alex asked. "I wanted to know about you while you were growing up, you know about me and my life but I don't know much about your past." Sergio said. "Why do you constantly ask me about my past? What is it you want to know so badly?" She snapped. "I want to know about your past because your my girlfriend and I want to know all the good and bad in your life, I'm not going to leave you so I don't understand why you won't tell me, and I really want to know how you ended up with Carter." Sergio said hesitantly, wishing he had chosen his words better. "Fine, I'll tell you. I was 17 at a party and got really drunk and started making out with this random guy, he was older than me, I could tell. I blacked out after a while and don't remember much of the night, but I remember waking up the next morning with the guy next to me and neither of us had clothes on. My father used to hit me when he was angry, and he'd hit hard, my mother never said anything because he would hit her if she tried to stop it, I hear that now they are much better, I heard they blame me for it. I have a twin brother named Jake, but I didn't see him much as we were growing up, he went to a boarding school when he turned twelve so I saw him for a few weeks during the summer. We were always close and I'm glad he got away from my father. When my parents found out I was pregnant my mother yelled at me and my father beat me and told me to get out and that they wanted no part in me or their future grandson. So that's how I ended up moving to Spain, I left and stayed with Skylar until I finished school and got a job. Happy now?" Alex said. Sergio was quiet for a few minutes, "Alex I'm so sorry." He said softly. "Don't pity me Ramos, that's why I didn't want to tell you, because you'd pity me and feel sorry for me, and the past is a terrible place for me, now you'll be awkward about it and I don't need that! I hate the past I hate it! You just had to bring it up! You have no idea how many awful memories it brings up! Just take me back to my hotel Sergio, I'm done talking for the night." Alex said as they entered the elevator.

"Alex I'm sorry." Sergio said as they entered her hotel room feeling awful that he had brought that up. "Just stop Sergio, I don't want to hear it, the past is a dangerous place for me, it's where this started." Alex said pointing to her thin white scars on her wrists and legs as tears started to fall. Sergio's face paled and he swallowed heavily. "Alex you're gonna have to face them one day." Sergio said softly. "No I won't! They cut me out of their lives and I cut them out of mine, so you can't stop trying to play peacemaker and leave me alone." Alex snapped. Sergio went silent as they entered her room and she went to change. "You can leave, I'm going to bed and you're not sleeping in it." Alex said turning off the light and crawling under the covers. "I'm not leaving you." Sergio said. "Then you can sleep on the floor." Alex said. "Fine." Sergio said as he laid down in front of Alex's door, his back facing her.
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So Alex and Sergio are a bit shaky, will things work out before Sergio moves on to his next match destination?

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