Say You Don’t Want It

Four: Find Out All You Can

Stowing away the last folder, Alexis smiled to herself, glad that the day was finally over. It hadn’t been particularly tough, like most days, she had taken shots of the first team as they trained, but she couldn’t wait to get home and out of the stare of a certain Portuguese forward. She knew that he liked her, even if he hadn’t said it aloud, but Alexis merely wasn’t looking for what he seemed to want from her. Their night together had been fun, Cristiano had been the perfect gentleman and she had liked spending time with him, but she merely wasn’t looking for a relationship, especially not with one of the most well-known men on the planet. Smiling, she offered her co-worker small goodbye and pulled her bag onto her shoulder, padding out of her office into the hall where, as he had been for the past week, Cristiano stood, his face held in a tender and curious smile.

“Ronaldo” Alexis mused “What a surprise” she added sarcastically.

Cristiano chuckled. “I only came to talk to you” he mused.

“You mean like you have for the last week?” she quipped.

Cristiano blushed slightly before he took a pace forwards, allowing his taller frame to loom over hers. “I wanted to invite you out for lunch” he mused, his dark eyes capturing the stare of her blues. Alexis’ stomach twitched slightly as their stares met, but she was quick to dismiss it, pretty sure that Cristiano only kept coming back because she had said no to him. She didn’t believe the papers, she didn’t think he was some idiotic playboy that slept with woman after woman, but she was pretty sure that he only came back because she hadn’t fallen at his feet. She was a challenge and she was sure that that was why he seemed so keen on her.

“Like I have told you every day this week, no thank you” Alexis mused before she mused to step past him.

Cristiano outstretched his arm and stopped her. “Why won’t you just say yes to me?” he murmured.

Alexis snorted. “Why won’t you just leave me alone?” she returned cheekily.

“Because I want to take you out” Cristiano mused “I want to spend time with you” he added.

Alexis tilted her head slightly. “Cristiano, lo siento, but you are not exactly what I am looking for right now. You’re very nice and I am sure that you could make someone very happy, but right now, it is not me” she explained softly before she stood up on her toes and pressed a little kiss to his cheek. Cristiano’s dark eyes closed at the contact before Alexis wandered away from him, something which made him sigh. He was trying, he was determined to get her to let him take her out on at least one date, but it simply wasn’t happening. Every day he would venture to her office, he would ask her out and every day, without fail, Alexis would tell him no, something which was playing on his last nerve. He didn’t know what it was about her, perhaps it was like Iker had suggested and he liked her because she was sort of like him, but he simply couldn’t let it go. Alexis was the first person in a while that he had been interested in and he couldn’t shake her, no matter how pathetic it made him seem. He couldn’t just let it lie.

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“Ronaldo, are you ok?”

Cristiano sighed gently. He was sick of people asking that same question time and time again.

“Jorge, I am fine” he muttered with a small glance towards his agent. It was the middle of the afternoon and the agent had appeared to discuss what sort of public appearances the footballer wanted to make that week. The media were still being a little harsh on him after his actions after the Schalke game and Jorge wanted to fix it slightly. The fans were an important part of being a footballer and Cristiano needed them on-side, even if he didn’t think it, the fans were an important part of his game.

“You don’t seem it” the agent quipped “Are you still upset about the game the other night?” he added.

Cristiano shook his head. “It is nothing” he muttered.

Jorge offered him a dubious look before he flicked his stare back down to his tablet, sifting through the appearance requests that he had been sent.

Cristiano watched the agent for a second before he tilted his head back, resting it against the back of the couch as he closed his eyes. He knew that it was stupid, Alexis had been nothing but clear with him, but that didn’t mean he could just stop thinking about her. She fascinated him, she was beautiful and clever, but sharp-witted and sarcastic and Cristiano liked that about her, even if others would find her a little rude or a little outspoken, he liked that she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. He liked that she wasn’t like every other girl, she wasn’t interested in throwing herself at him, even if they had slept together the night they had first met, she had been clear that it was to be a one night stand, but the idea that she didn’t want him, only seemed to spur him on. He wanted her, perhaps simply because he couldn’t have her.

“Ronaldo, are you listening to me?” Jorge mused, snapping the footballer out of his thoughts.

“Huh?” he posed

Jorge shook his head. “OK, what is up with you? You’re being odd” he quipped.

Cristiano sighed. “What are you like with background checks?” he murmured.

Jorge cocked a brow. “What?” he posed.

“Can you run a background check on someone if I asked you to? Could you find out what someone likes, what they don’t like, what their life has been like?” Cristiano rambled.

“I could” Jorge mused “But why would I need to?” he added.

“There is this girl…”

Jorge scoffed. “Of course there is” he muttered.

Cristiano shook his head. “I like her, Jorge, I like her a lot, but the thing is, she doesn’t have the slightest interest in me” he explained.

“And a background check would help this how?” Jorge posed.

“I would know about her and I would be able to come up with a better way to convince her to date me” Cristiano returned firmly.

Jorge offered him a slightly dubious look, but nodded. “What is her name?” he posed.

“Her name is Alexis Moreno. She’s a photography intern at Real Madrid” the forward returned.

Jorge nodded. “I will see what I can do” he mused before he padded away.

Cristiano watched after him and sighed. He really hoped that it worked.
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