We Might Just Be

21: He Probably Doesn’t Know

“Lia” Imelda smiled as she padded across the airport, wrapping her sister in a tight hug. It had been a couple of weeks since the wedding and Thalia and Cesc were due to spend a few days in Barcelona before they headed back to London ahead of the start of the new season, something which pleased Imelda. She had missed Thalia, even if she hadn’t missed working tirelessly on the wedding, and she couldn’t wait to hear about the pair’s honeymoon in Sydney.

“Immy” Thalia smiled “It is so nice to see you” she added, hugging her sister tightly.

“And you Lia” Imelda insisted gently “You have a beautiful tan” she added.

“Says the girl that lives in Barcelona year round” Thalia scoffed.

Imelda shrugged. “It is not my fault that your now husband got transferred” she teased impishly before she moved to take her sister’s bags, setting them on the trolley she had collected. Thalia nodded her head, grumbling something about the variable London weather, before Cesc appeared at her side, offering Imelda a grin. “You appear to be missing someone” he quipped.

Imelda shook her head. “Gerard was called in for his pre-season medical this morning, but he has got us a table at the French restaurant that the pair of you like for one this afternoon. He said he would meet us there” she explained, a small smile appearing at the corner of her mouth that didn’t go unnoticed by her sister.

“You’re smiling” Thalia quipped.

“Am I not allowed to smile?” Imelda returned, steering the trolley towards the exit of the airport.

“You are, but every time someone refers to Gerard, you get this little smile at the corner of your mouth. What is going on with the pair of you?” Thalia mused as she jogged to keep up with her sister.

“Wouldn’t you rather talk about your trip to Sydney?” Imelda posed, a little desperately.

Thalia shook her head. “Nope” she quipped, popping the ‘p’ “I want to talk about my little sister and her rather dashing boyfriend” she added.

Imelda let out an aggrieved sigh, something which made Cesc step in. “Perhaps we should let Immy get us home first, Lia, then you can catch up” he mused, his arm wrapping around her waist.

“But I…”

“There will be plenty of time for that, mi amor” Cesc smiled before he took the trolley out of Imelda’s hands, offering her a little wink.

Imelda smiled back at him, glad that he was around.

“So” Thalia grinned as she sat down at the table that Gerard had reserved for them “What is the latest news about you and Gerard? Do I need to get a wedding hat or baby booties yet?” she teased, her eye fixed on Imelda who sat on the opposite side of the table, her pale cheeks growing pinker by the second.

“What kind of girl do you think I am?” she muttered “I am not Maria” she added, something which made Cesc snort with laughter.

“It was just a question, Immy, you get all smiley when someone says his name, let alone when he is actually near you. I was just trying to gage how quickly this is all moving” Thalia explained, sipping at her glass of wine.

“It is moving at a nice pace” Imelda mused gently “we said those three words at your wedding and just a few days ago, I met his mother and father, who I loved instantly and I think they liked me. We’re moving along well, but not too quickly and certainly not quick enough right now for babies and weddings to be on the agenda. We’ve been dating for 8 weeks, Thalia” she explained, her hands fiddling nervously in her lap.

“You met his parents?” Cesc poked.

Imelda nodded. “We had dinner with them on Sunday. His mother spent most of the night showing me his baby pictures” she smiled.

“I bet they were cute” Thalia quipped.

“Unbelievably” Imelda noted.

Thalia smiled at her sister before she noted the blonde woman that stood behind her, her eyes fixed intently on the back of Imelda. “Isn’t that Gerard’s ex?” she poked, nudging Cesc subtly.

Cesc looked up and nodded. “Yes, that is Shakira” he mused before he turned his eyes back down to the menu.

“She’s looking at you, Immy” Thalia noted.

Imelda looked subtly over her shoulder before she turned back to her sister, shaking her head gently. “I don’t care” she murmured.

Thalia watched the blonde woman for a few more seconds before Shakira moved to her feet, showcasing the round baby bump that she sported beneath her shirt. “You might care now” Thalia breathed “Immy, look at her” she muttered causing Imelda to turn around her chair, a lump rising in her throat she too noticed the bump.

“Did Gerard ever say anything about…?” Thalia started

“No” Imelda muttered “He didn’t” she added, pulling her eyes away from the blonde and setting them on the table ahead of her.

“He probably doesn’t know” Cesc reasoned, leaning a little closer to his sister-in-law “Or perhaps, it isn’t his” he added, trying to put across his friend’s side in the defender’s absence.

Imelda nodded. “You’re probably right” she commented “But I will have to tell him. She looks easily 4 or 5 months gone and they only broke up 3 months ago” she reasoned gently, trying to ignore the lump that was stuck in her throat.

“Immy” Thalia murmured.

Imelda shook her head, fixing the biggest smile she could muster. “Let’s not think about it right now OK? I will talk to him later” she explained, trying to be enthusiastic and calm.

“Talk to who later?” Gerard quipped as he padded towards the table, greeting Imelda with a soft kiss on the forehead.

“Our padre” Thalia lied, covering for her little sister “He wanted to speak to Immy about something for his wedding anniversary” she added.

Gerard looked at her a little dubiously before he took his seat beside Imelda, quickly lacing their fingers together. “I am sorry about leaving you to pick them up from the airport. Leo was supposed to do his medical this morning, but he is still in Argentina and I was the next name on the list” he explained.

Imelda nodded her head. “It wasn’t a problem” she noted.

Gerard smiled and kissed her cheek before he turned to Cesc and Thalia, engaging them in conversation about their honeymoon.

Imelda watched him and swallowed, scared about the conversation she knew that they had to have.
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