We Could Be Something

19: Slow And Steady

“Are you sure that I can’t get you anything?” Adriana quipped as she padded back towards the couch, a bowl of ice cream cradled in her hand. It had been a little while, after the couple of kisses they’d shared, the awkwardness that had filled her small apartment had dissolved somewhat, and it pleased Adriana, even if she was aware that there were things that they still needed to say, she was glad that things didn’t quite feel as strange as they had when Iker had arrived.

Iker, who’d been flicking through his texts, lifted his head at the sound of her voice before he shook it, offering her a small smile. “I’m alright” he noted “I ate before I came over. I didn’t expect that this conversation would be a short one” he added gently. He knew that there were still things to say, despite the fact that they had admitted that they did have feelings towards one another, they’d yet to discuss what the next step was to be, but Iker was more than happy to let Adriana take lead, wanting to ensure that she felt comfortable with whatever it was they did.

Adriana, who was happily eating her ice cream, shrugged. “We can leave it here for tonight if you want to” she offered gently “This is a pretty big thing we’re talking about and if you want to take some time before we talk more, I’d be alright with that. It’s not like this is going to be straightforward” she added, her eyes glancing down towards her stomach.

Iker followed the line of her stare before he reached his hand out, placing it carefully atop of the bump. “Addie, I am not going to put any sort of pressure you, you know that, right?” he posed gently, his thumb carefully brushing against her shirt.

“I know” Adriana quipped “But this is complicated, Iker, and I don’t want us to start something only for you to change your mind in a couple of months. I am not looking to be messed around right now” she insisted, her tone gentle but firm.

Iker offered her a soft look before he nodded his head gently. “I have no intention of messing you around, Addie” he noted gently “If we do agree to start something, we’ll take it as quickly or as slowly as you want. I just want to be sure that you’re as happy as you can be with whatever we decide to do” he insisted, a small smile playing at the corner of his mouth.

Adriana admired the smile on his face for a moment before she shifted her hand, moving to take the one of his which sat happily on her bump. “I think I want to give this a shot” she murmured gently, her eyes peeking up at him shyly.

Iker tilted his head. “You do?” he enquired curiously. It was what he wanted to hear, from the moment that Adriana had suggested that they have a conversation about their ‘almost’ kiss, he had been hoping that she would agree to give them a chance, but he wanted to be sure that it was what she wanted. The last thing he wanted was for her to regret it.

Adriana, who was watching their hands, nodded her head shyly. “I think so” she noted “I mean, it’s not exactly going to be easy, in a few months I am going to have a baby to think about, but I like you, Iker, and I think…I think I’d like to give us a shot” she babbled, her cheeks flushing slightly pink as she spoke.

Iker quirked a small smile before he ducked his head slightly, catching her eyes. “I think I would like that too” he mused gently.

“You would?” Adriana babbled.

“I like you, Addie” he breathed softly “And I like the idea of giving us a shot” he added.

Adriana mulled over his words for a moment before she nodded, a small smile playing at the corner of her mouth. “So, you’re going to take me out on a date?” she quipped, her voice caught between curious and teasing.

Iker quirked a small grin before he nodded. “That is the plan” he quipped “Are you busy tomorrow night?” he posed gently.

Adriana feigned thought for a moment, something which made Iker roll his eyes playfully. “You need to think about it?” he teased.

Adriana offered him an impish grin before she shook her head. “I’m not busy tomorrow night” she noted gently.

“Then, if it is alright with you, I’d like to take you out on our first date tomorrow night” Iker replied softly, his hand gently squeezing hers. He knew that it was going to take a little while, despite their conversation and their admissions of feelings, things were going to be a little awkward for a while, and he merely wanted to be slightly careful, even if they both wanted the same thing. He didn’t want to run the risk of messing it up so quickly.

Adriana smiled softly at the tone of his voice before she carefully leant forwards pressing a brief kiss against his lips. “I think I can manage that” she mused, pulling away from him slightly.

Iker blinked a couple of times, caught off guard by the soft kiss, before he shook his head, a small smile forming on his face.

Adriana noted the smile on his face before she poked his cheek playfully, something which made him chuckle softly. “You’re sure about this, aren’t you?” he posed as he caught her hand, tugging her a little closer to him.

“I’m pretty sure” Adriana admitted gently “But you know that this isn’t going to be quick moving, don’t you? Things between us…they’re going to take time and if that is not what you want…” Adriana’s words trailed off as Iker leant into her, stealing another couple of soft kisses.

He knew that she had a point, if things were to happen between them, the chances were that they would happen at a slower pace than he would have liked, but he knew that he couldn’t put a rush on her. Their situation was complex, in only a few months, Adriana would have a baby to put first, and Iker didn’t want to put any more pressure on her, even if it did mean moving along slower than he would have liked. It was what he needed to do to ensure that they had a chance at making something work between them.
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