We Could Be Something

37: Don’t Let It Happen Again

Glancing at the door which stood ahead of him, Iker spared a slightly nervous sigh, his stomach turning at the thought of spending time with Adriana’s father. He knew that she wasn’t worried, from what she had said that morning, Iker had very little to worry about when it came to Rafael warming to him, but still he was slightly nervous at the prospect of meeting his girlfriend’s father. Glancing up at the door, Iker let out another nervous breath before he tapped his hand against it, waiting patiently for a few moments before Adriana pulled it open, a grin on her face. “I wasn’t expecting you to come back” she teased softly.

Iker offered her a playful glare, something which made Adriana giggle slightly. She knew that he was nervous, when he had briefly met her father that morning, he had appeared uncertain and apprehensive, and she wanted to calm him down a little. She knew her father, as long as she was happy, Rafael would be too, and she didn’t want Iker to fret, wanting him to be his calm and warm self. “You are going to be fine” she enthused as she moved to take his hand.

“You don’t know that” Iker countered as he followed after her.

Adriana rolled her eyes slightly before she pulled him to a stop, allowing her the opportunity to steal a soft kiss. “He’s going to love you” she mumbled as she pulled away from him slightly “He just wants me to be happy, something we both know I am with you. We’re a good thing, Iker, a really good thing, and I am sure that he’ll see that” she added, her fingers gently pushing back through his hair.

Iker offered her a slightly dubious look, still not entirely convinced, before he nodded his head, something which caused Adriana to smile a little before she carefully tugged on his hand, leading him into the living room where Rafael sat, watching television. “Papa?” she posed.

Rafael, whose eyes had been fixed on the screen, lifted his head, a small smile appearing on his face. “I hope you plan to stay a little longer than you did this morning, Iker” he teased.

Iker spared a slightly nervous laugh before he nodded. “I’m sorry that I had to rush off” he quipped “I had to get to training” he added.

Rafael shook his head. “It’s fine” he mused softly “But I am glad that you came back. Adriana’s told me a lot about you in the past few months” he added, peeking towards his daughter slightly. It had been a surprise, when Adriana had mentioned that she had a new boyfriend, it had caught Rafael a little off guard, and he had to admit that he was slightly curious about Iker, even if Adriana had only had good things to say about him, Rafael wanted to ensure that he wasn’t just some sort of rebound that Adriana had had after things had ended with Jonathan.

“I hope she has told you good things” Iker mused, not missing the slight blush which had appeared on Adriana’s face, a sight which made him grin slightly.

Rafael nodded. “She’s been very complimentary of you” he enthused “How long have you two been together now?” he posed gently.

“It’s been about 4 months, almost 5” Adriana enthused softly.

Rafael nodded his head quietly. “Did she tell you that she was pregnant right away?” he posed softly. He didn’t want to cause an issue, as far as he was concerned, as long as Adriana was happy, then he was too, but he wanted to ensure that Iker’s intentions were good, not wanting to see Adriana, or Olivia, get hurt again.

Iker, who was sat in the seat opposite him, nodded. “It was pretty soon after we’d met” he confirmed softly “And it was before me and Addie started to date” he added gently.

Rafael nodded his head gently before the sound of Olivia’s cries emanated away from her Moses basket which was settled on the couch beside Adriana, something which made the blonde woman smile. “I think she is probably hungry” she noted gently “I’m going to take her into the other room. Will you be OK?” she posed, flicking her eyes between Iker and Rafael.

“I should think so” Rafael noted “What about you, Iker?” he added.

Iker nodded. “We’ll be fine” he confirmed, offering Adriana a small smile.

The blonde woman offered him a slightly dubious look, wordlessly enquiring whether or not he was sure, before she pressed a brief kiss against his lips, carefully moving to carry Olivia out of the room.

Rafael watched the small interaction between his daughter and her boyfriend before he rested back into his slightly, a soft expression on his face. “She really is smitten with you, isn’t she?” he quipped.

Iker, who had been watching Adriana out of the room, startled a little at Rafael’s voice before he quirked a shy smile. “I like to think so” he noted gently “I know I am pretty smitten with her” he added.

Rafael nodded. “I can see that” he quipped “You both look like you’re very happy together” he added.

“I think we are” Iker agreed “I mean, we’ve not been together for very long, but I think it is going pretty well. I care about your daughter, Dr Montes” he noted.

Rafael nodded his head once more before he leant forwards slightly. “You are good for her” he noted gently “I mean, I’ve not seen a lot of you two together, but she seems happy, and that is all I ask, but I want to ask you to be careful. Adriana loved Jonathan, they were supposed to get married, and when he called it quits, it hurt her badly. She spent 4 years with him, they have a child together, and it broke her heart. I don’t want to give you a long winded speech about how she’s my little girl, but I want to ask you to take better care of her than that idiot did. I trusted him, Iker, and that got tossed back in my face. I don’t want that to happen again” he insisted gently.

He didn’t want to interfere, Adriana’s relationship was her own business and he didn’t want to stick his nose in, but he wanted to ensure that Iker knew to be careful. The last thing Rafael wanted was to watch his daughter or granddaughter get hurt.

Iker mulled his words over for a second before he nodded his head. “I will try my best to ensure that neither Adriana nor Olivia get hurt, Dr Montes” he promised softly.

Rafael nodded before he quirked a small smile, jutting a hand out ahead of him. “I’m glad that Addie had found someone like you, Iker” he noted kindly.

Iker spared a slightly bashful smile before he moved to shake Rafael’s hand, more than a little relieved that the older man appeared to like him.
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