We Could Be Something

21: Between Me And You

“Are you sure that you don’t mind doing this?”

Iker, who’d moved to settle on Adriana’s couch, shook his head, a small smile playing at the corner of his mouth. It hadn’t been the plan, when Iker had dropped by her office after he’d finished training, he’d anticipated that the two of them would head out to their familiar lunch spot together, but one look at Adriana had changed his mind.

She didn’t look herself, after a night of the baby kicking and a hard morning at work, she looked more than ready to curl up and fall asleep, and Iker hadn’t want to get in the way, even if he was looking forwards to their second date, he didn’t want to cause a problem. “I don’t mind” he noted softly “If anything, I am a little surprised that you invited me. You look more than ready to fall asleep” he added, making room for her at his side.

Adriana nodded. “It’s been a pretty long day” she quipped “But since we went out the other day, I’ve only seen you briefly and I thought we could spend some time together” she added, moving to settle at his side. It had been a few days, after their first date, they’d only seen one another in passing, and whilst Adriana wasn’t quite feeling herself, she didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to spend time with him, even if they were likely to spend the afternoon curled up on her couch, she wanted to see him.

Iker smiled a little, slightly excited by the idea of her wanting to spend time with him, before he shifted his arm, gently wrapping it around her shoulders as she cuddled into his side. “You don’t mind being here, do you?” Adriana mumbled, sparing a small yawn into her hand.

“Not at all” Iker replied gently “I mean, when you agreed to a second date, I had something else in mind, but we can make this work” he teased, a small smile on his face.

Adriana rolled her eyes playfully before she sat up, moving to collect the television remote from the coffee table. “I’m sorry I ruined your plans” she mused softly “I am sure that you came up with something wonderful” she added, pressing a soft kiss against his cheek.

Iker quirked a small smile at the feel of her lips against his skin before he shook his head. “It’s really nothing, Addie” he insisted gently “Besides, this way, I get you to myself, something I think I prefer to going out and being in a crowded restaurant” he added, offering her another teasing grin.

Adriana playfully nudged his shoulder before she moved to flick the television on, something which afforded Iker the chance to move his arm around her shoulders once more. It wasn’t what he had planned, when Adriana had agreed to go out on a second date, he had envisaged something similar to their first one, but he was more than content with the idea of a lazy day in her apartment, even if she was likely to fall asleep, he was merely glad to have the chance to spend a little more time with her.

“You know” Adriana quipped as she padded into the kitchen “I was able to make my own meals before I met you” she added, flashing him a small smile.

Iker, who’d been plating up, shrugged. “I know” he quipped “But you were still asleep when I started to get hungry so I thought I could cook. Is that a problem?” he added, moving to place a plate down ahead of her. It had been a quiet afternoon, as Iker had anticipated, Adriana had spent a part of it asleep, but still he was glad that they’d done it, even if it hadn’t been the most romantic afternoon, he was simply glad that they’d spent a little more time together.

Adriana, who’d moved to pour two glasses of water, shook her head. “I kind of like that you know how to cook. I’ve always been terrible at it” she quipped as she moved to sit down.

Iker tilted his head slightly. “You never learned to cook?” he posed curiously.

“I learnt the basics” Adriana mused, placing a forkful of food into her mouth “My mama left when I was about 8, but my papa taught me a few things, I’ve just never been very good at it. That’s most of the reason why…why he and I used to eat at restaurants a lot” she babbled, her cheeks tinting a little pink at the mention of her ex-boyfriend.

Iker noted the blush on her cheeks and leant forwards, his hand gently taking her spare one which messed nervously with the napkin which sat her side. He knew that it was still a sore spot, despite the fact that it had been months since she had last seen Jonathan, he knew that their breakup was still fresh, and he wanted to offer her a little reassurance that she was doing alright, even if she did still flinch when he came up in conversation. He wanted her to know that she was better off without Jonathan.

Adriana spared a look down at their hands before she shook her head, her eyes peeking up at him shyly. “This is going to take some time, Iker” she mumbled.

“I know that” Iker agreed gently “But I know that I still want to give it a go. I know that this isn’t going to be fast, you’re just out of something more than a little serious and that’s not mention the fact that, in a few months, you’re going to have a baby to think about, but I am happy to move along at whatever sort of pace you want to. I am not stupid, Addie, I know this isn’t going to be the easiest relationship that I’ve ever been in, but I’d like us to give it a proper shot, even if we do keep it to ourselves, I want to try” he insisted gently.

Adriana mulled his words over for a moment before she quirked a soft smile. “You don’t mind keeping it between me and you for a little while?” she posed.

“I don’t exactly know a lot of people here, Addie” Iker quipped “Who would I tell?” he teased.

Adriana offered him a playful glare before she shook her head, moving to lean a little closer to him. “You’re pretty great, you know that?” she teased as she ducked in, stealing a soft kiss.

Iker held onto her for a moment, enjoying the kiss, before he leant back, offering her a small reassuring smile. He knew that she had a point, if things were to happen between them, it was likely that it would take a while, but still he wanted to try, even if it was likely that their relationship was full of hiccups. He still wanted to take a chance on them.
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