Say You Don’t Want It

Eighteen: They Will Love You

“Do we really have to go?” Alexis murmured as she rested her head tiredly on her boyfriend’s shoulder, her blue eyes blinking softly. It was early, Cristiano had wanted to avoid the crowds at the airport, and Alexis was still remarkably sleepy. Cristiano had kept her up for most of the night and she regretted her decision to let him, she had hardly got two hours sleep before the footballer had pulled her out of bed.

“My Mae will not take no for an answer Alex. If we do not travel to Portugal, she will fly my sisters and brother over here and that is not something you want. They are the type of people that tend to overstay their welcomes” he mused, hugging her close. He knew that she was tired, he had kept her up after Junior had been safely tucked into his bed, but he could also see that she was a little nervous. There was a small frown that played at the corner of her mouth and he knew it well. She had worn it the very first time that she had let him take her out on a date.

“I just don’t see the rush. We’ve only been dating 12 weeks, it is not like we are about to get engaged or pregnant” she murmured grumpily.

Cristiano smiled and kissed her temple lovingly. “My mother is just excited. She always gets like this when I have a new girlfriend. She insists on introducing them to everyone” he mused gently, his brown eyes wandering towards Junior who sat ahead them, coloring in a picture.

“Why?” Alexis murmured.

Cristiano shrugged. “It’s just the way she is” he admitted.

Alexis rolled her eyes. “Next time, she gets up at 4:30 to catch a flight” she muttered.

“Junior” Dolores smiled as she leant down towards the little boy, sweeping him into a warm hug. It had been a while, Dolores hadn’t seen her grandson in months, and she had missed him. The little boy was always such a ray of sunshine. “Nana” the little boy cooed, hugging the older woman tightly as his father padded up behind. “Ola Mae” Cristiano mused.

Dolores placed Junior onto his feet once more before she smiled at Cristiano. “Ola” she mused as she stepped towards him, pressing a little kiss to her son’s cheek. She had missed him, Cristiano was her youngest after all, but she could see that he was still remarkably happy. He wore a subtle smile on his face that she knew was a sign that things were good for him. It had been a while since he had been happy, ever since things with Irina had ended, he had been a little distant, but Dolores was pleased to see the smile on his face. He looked a lot better when he was grinning.

“Mae, you remember Alexis right?” Cristiano mused as he took his girlfriend’s reluctant hand, pulling her towards them. Dolores smiled politely and nodded her head. “Of course I do. It is very nice to see you again Alexis” she mused.

Alexis forced a little smile before she jutted her hand out to the older woman, something Dolores was quick to dismiss. “We are not hand shakers in our family, Alexis” she mused with a little quirked smile.

Alexis frowned and offered Cristiano a little look, something which made the forward grin. “We’re huggers” he mused before his mother pulled Alexis into a reluctant hug. Hesitantly, she patted the older woman’s back before she pulled away, allowing Dolores to padded away with Junior close by. “You didn’t think to mention the hugging thing before now?” she murmured as she took her boyfriend’s hand.

Cristiano shrugged. “You never asked” he mused cheekily.

“You’re a moron” she muttered grumpily.

Cristiano chuckled gently and leant down, kissing her softly. “I am, but you love me for it” he mused.

Resting against the plush mattress, Alexis let out a small relieved sigh, her blue eyes closing contentedly. She knew that she didn’t have long, Dolores was already cooking for a dinner that would see her meet Cristiano’s brother and sisters, but she was glad for a little rest bite. It had been a long day and Alexis wanted nothing more than to curl up and sleep for a while before she met the next raft of relatives.

“You know you don’t have time for a nap right?” Cristiano poked as he padded into the bedroom, his dark eyes glancing at his girlfriend softly. She looked beautiful, even if she was dead on her feet, and Cristiano couldn’t fight the smile that itched to grow across his face. There were moments when he wondered just how he had gotten Alexis.

“I am napping” Alexis muttered “Even if it does mean missing dinner. I am sure your siblings can wait” she murmured.

Cristiano chuckled and sat down on the bed, his lean frame depressing the mattress. “They’re excited about meeting you” he mused as he gently trailed his fingers up her arm, his dark eyes watching the small goosebumps that appeared.

“They are?” she murmured.

“Mae’s talked a lot about you to them. My sisters in particular are excited about it” he mused.

Alexis hummed and reached up, gripping his hand. “Do you think they will like me?” she posed as she laced their fingers together. She was nervous, even if she didn’t want to admit it, and she wanted it to go well. She adored her boyfriend and didn’t want anyone to get between them.

Cristiano spluttered slightly, caught off guard by the nervousness in her voice. He knew that she was nervous, he had noticed it when they had left the airport in Spain, but he hadn’t expected her to admit it. Alexis wasn’t the best at displaying her emotions and he knew how rare it was for her to admit her nerves out loud.

“Cris?” she murmured.

“Of course they are going to like you Alex” he murmured as he reached his hand up, cupping her cheek “They are going to see that you are an amazing girl. You’re funny, you’re caring, and you’re amazing with Junior. They are going to love you Alex and if they don’t then more fool them, because they will miss out on a great girl” he whispered, his lips peppering her face with soft kisses.

Alexis wrinkled her nose and giggled, dodging his kisses. “You really think so?” she murmured, her forehead resting against his.

Cristiano smiled. “Of course” he whispered “You’re wonderful” he added.

Alexis blushed bashfully. “I love you” she admitted gently.

Cristiano grinned and rolled them over, pinning her against the mattress. “I love you too” he grinned before he pressed a kiss against her lips. Alexis smiled at his touch.

She was glad that he was with her.
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