Don’t Let Me Let You Go

09: Good For You

“So, you and Lala, eh?” Sergio teased as he watched Iker pad into the changing room, a small smile playing at the corner of his mouth. He looked cheerful, for the first time in a little while, Iker seemed to actually be excited about something, and Sergio was pleased for him, even if it hadn’t got off to the picture book start, he was pleased that Iker had chased after something that he wanted.

Iker lifted his head and shook it. “There’s nothing to say” he noted.

“Who’s Lala?” Toni Kroos posed, asking the question that was on the mind of those who inhabited the changing room.

“Iker’s girlfriend” Sergio grinned.

“She’s not my girlfriend” Iker countered, shaking his head slightly. He knew that it was silly, Viola was the girl that he was dating, but he didn’t want to use the word. They’d only been out a couple of times and he wanted to offer her more of a chance to get used to him before he started addressing her as his ‘girlfriend’.

“When did you get a girlfriend?” Pepe quipped, his eyes narrowed on his captain.

“She is not my girlfriend” Iker defended, settling his bag down ahead of his locker “We’ve been out a couple of times, that’s all” he added.

“And kissed” Sergio contributed with a grin.

Iker shook his head. “When did this become like high school again? I didn’t realize I had to keep you updated with my love life” he muttered.

“It’s a big deal” Cristiano Ronaldo contributed “You’re dating” he exclaimed.

Iker shook his head quietly and moved to get changed, something which made Sergio chuckle. “I’ve got a picture of her if you’d like to see her” he enthused, rifling through his own bag to find his phone.

“Sergio” Iker warned, not looking back at the defender.

Sergio merely spared an impish grin, handing his phone over to Pepe who let out a low whistle. “She’s dating him?” he mused, gesturing towards Iker.

Iker shook his head once more before he turned back towards his teammates, his brown eyes glancing over the phone which had been past to Cristiano. “That’s Viola” he noted softly “We’ve been out a couple of times recently and I like her…a lot. Do I need to say more?” he posed carefully.

“You really like her?” Sergio posed, his expression curious.

Iker nodded his head. “She’s quite something” he mused, a small smile appearing at the corner of his mouth.

“Aw” Pepe grinned, bumping his shoulder against Iker’s “You’re all smitten” he teased.

“I am not” Iker refuted “It’s just nice to spend time with someone that isn’t you lot for a change” he added.

“She’s a beautiful girl, Iker” Toni mused thoughtfully “Younger?” he posed.

“A little” Iker murmured. Viola was younger, almost 9 years or so, but it didn’t bother him. She had him captivated and he could only hope that it was the same for her.

“Well, for what it is worth, I think it’s good for you, Iker” Cristiano grinned, slapping a supportive hand against the older man’s shoulder “You deserve someone” he added, earning a few murmurs in agreement.

Iker shook his head, but spared a little smile, glad that he had their support

“You’re dating!” Amelia grinned, her eyes fixed on her little sister who shifted nervously ahead of her. It hadn’t been planned, Amelia had surprised Viola at work, but once they’d been left alone, the younger woman couldn’t resist spilling her guts to her sister, wanting to coo to someone other than Pilar about the man who she was growing to like more than more.

“I wouldn’t call it that exactly” Viola retorted, fiddling with her watch “We’ve been out a couple of times, but we’re not in a hurry. We want to take things steadily” she explained.

Amelia scoffed. “You can dance around it until your heart’s content, but you’re dating this guy, Lala” she insisted “What’s he like?” she added. She was excited, it had been a long time since Viola had even mentioned a date, let alone been on one, and Amelia couldn’t help but be a little hopeful. Her sister was a wonderful woman and deserved something good, something she’d not had since her last serious relationship had ended.

Viola shook her head. “What do you want to know?” she posed.

“Is he hot?” Amelia gushed.

“You’re married, Lia” Viola pointed out.

“And? Let me live vicariously through you, Lala. All I get at home is Max’s stories about his job and the questions from mama about when I am going to give them a grandbaby. I want to hear about your new beau and the wonders of the puppy love phase” Amelia gushed.

“I think he’s good looking” Viola shrugged, a little hint of pink on her cheeks.

“He must be. He’s got you blushing” Amelia teased, sipping on her drink.

Viola shook her head. “He’s nice” she enthused shyly “He’s handsome and sweet, and he babbles in the most adorable way. He’s a lovely guy, Lia, and I think we could be onto something” she enthused.

Amelia grinned. “You really do like this guy, don’t you?” she marveled. It’d been a long time since Viola had looked so animated.

“I think I do, yeah” Viola enthused softly.

Amelia giggled. “I forgot how cute you get when you’ve got a crush. It’s adorable, Lala” she enthused brightly.

Viola shook her head. “I don’t have a crush on him” she refuted gently.

“Then what would you call it?” Amelia teased, watching as Viola’s cheeks reddened “You’ve got a crush on him” she added.

Viola rolled her eyes.

Amelia smiled and leant forwards in her seat, offering her little sister’s hand a slight squeeze. “I’m happy for you, Viola” she noted softly “I’ve missed seeing you smile like this, you’ve not done it since things with Alex ended, and I am happy for you. You deserve a nice relationship, one that makes you giggle like a teenager with their first boyfriend and I am sure that and…”

“Iker” Viola noted.

“I am sure that you and Iker have got a good thing going on. Just promise me that you’ll be a little careful. The last thing I want is you getting pregnant before me” Amelia grinned.

Viola scoffed. “Not a chance” she mused.

Amelia giggled and offered her sister’s hand another affectionate squeeze. She hoped that things would work out for Viola, her little sister was wonderful, and she hoped that Iker could be the man to make her happy, something she’d not quite been since her and her last boyfriend had split up.
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