We Could Be Something

74: I Hope You Know What You’re Doing

Pulling his gloves off of his hands, Iker let out a small frustrated noise, tossing the gloves into his open locker. It had been a difficult training session, with his mind still fixed on the way things were with Adriana, he had struggled to focus on the session, and he was irked with himself, even if it had been a little over a week since he and Adriana had opted to take a break, he was annoyed that he couldn’t seem to get it off of his mind.

It still felt strange, waking up in his hotel suite as opposed to beside Adriana, but he doubted that it would change quickly, even if he wanted it too. He doubted that Adriana was going to make her mind up any time soon.

Shaking his head, he quickly moved to get changed before he hauled his bag onto his shoulder, moving to leave the changing room without so much as a word. Pushing his hand back through his hair, he pushed the door open before he felt someone walk into his shoulder, a small squeak falling out of their mouth.

Iker blinked a little at the contact before he shook his head, taking a small step backwards. “Ella” he noted softly “Lo siento” he added, offering the brunette a soft look.

“It’s OK” Ella mused “I wasn’t watching where I was going. It was my fault” she added, offering him a small grin.

Iker offered her a feeble smile in return, something which made Ella frown a little before she took a hold of his hand, carefully pulling him away from the door. “Are you alright?” she posed gently.

“I’m fine” Iker replied, the tone of his voice not even slightly convincing.

Ella frowned a little at the tone of his voice before she shook her head. “You’re not fine” she countered softly “There’s something on your mind. Is everything alright between you and Adriana?” she posed softly.

Iker’s expression twitched a little at the mention of Adriana’s name before he shook his head, a soft sigh falling out of his mouth. “She hasn’t told you?” he posed.

“Told me what?” Ella posed, her eyebrow cocked slightly.

“Adriana asked to take a break from us” Iker admitted softly “I’ve been staying in a hotel for the last week” he added.

Ella blinked a couple of times. “What?” she squeaked, her expression more than a little surprised. She knew that Adriana was nervous, from the moment that Iker had suggested that he would be leaving when the season ended, Adriana had appeared a little uncertain about their relationship, but still Ella was surprised that she had opted to take a break, even if things were a little tougher than they had been before, she had thought that Adriana would attempt to stick it out.

Iker offered her a small look before he shook his head. “You should ask her about it” he noted before he mumbled a small goodbye, padding away from her.

Ella watched after him for a couple of seconds before she shook her head, wordlessly making a note to go and speak with Adriana. She knew that it wasn’t her place, whatever happened between Iker and Adriana was between the two of them, but still she wanted to speak with Adriana, even if it was unlikely that she would change her mind, she wanted to be sure that Adriana knew what she was doing.

Brushing a few loose strands of blonde hair out of her face, Adriana spared a small sigh, her ears doused by the sound of the doorbell. It had been a quiet morning, without Iker around, Adriana had spent a lot of the morning curled up in front of the television with Olivia, and she was a little irked by the sound of the doorbell, even if she wasn’t entirely surprised. Part of her had hoped to avoid people for a little while longer.

Sparing a small look towards the door, she let out another soft sigh before she pulled it open, her blue eyes settling on Ella who stood on the other side of it. “Ella” she breathed softly “What are you doing here?” she added, stepping out of the doorway.

Ella, who’d moved to step into the apartment, shook her head. “I spoke to Iker” she noted “He told me that you asked to take a break” she added, following Adriana through to the living room.

Adriana, who’d moved to sit down on the couch, shifted a little at the mention of the keeper’s name before she shook her head, something which made Ella sigh before she sat down beside the blonde, offering her hand a small squeeze. “Why did you ask him to take a break, Ana?” she posed softly.

Adriana spared a small look down towards her feet before she shrugged. “It wasn’t working” she mumbled softly “After he told me that he was going to be leaving, things became awkward and tense between us and then I found the engagement ring…things were moving too quickly” she babbled softly.

She knew that it had been a little over-the-top, asking to take a break had been a spur of the moment decision, but she was confident that it was the right one, even if she did miss Iker. She simply wanted a little time to think things through.

Ella mulled her words over for a couple of seconds before she nodded her head. “I get that” she agreed softly “But I just…I hope that you know what you are doing, Ana. Iker…he’s the best thing that’s happened to you in a while and I would hate to see you lose him, especially now” she added, her hand gently brushing over Adriana’s bump.

Adriana spared a small glance down towards her bump, her thumb gently brushing against the material of her sweater.

“Take some time, Ana” Ella mused softly “Be sure about what it is that you want, but you have to know how good Iker is, not only for you, but for Olivia and for the new baby too. You need him, all three of you do, and it would be a mistake to just let him slip by” she added, her tone soft and kind. She knew that she couldn’t change Adriana’s mind, for as long as she had known her, Adriana had had a habit of being awfully stubborn when she wanted to be, but she wanted to be sure that Adriana knew what she was doing. The last thing she wanted was to watch her friend let Iker slip through her fingers without a fight.

Adriana, who had her hand settled on her bump, nodded her head. “I know it would be a mistake, Ella” she noted softly “And I don’t want to let him just slip by, but I do need a little time. It was only just over a year ago that I was engaged to another man, expecting his baby, and whilst I love Iker, and have no regrets about what has happened between me and him, I just need a little time” she added, sparing a small look towards her friend.

Ella was quiet for a second before she nodded her head, offering Adriana a soft smile. “I can understand that” she mused softly.

“I’m glad” Adriana mused “Now, I was going to make some tea and I have a few of those brownies that you love. Would you like to stay for a little while?” she posed, offering Ella an impish grin.

Ella feigned thought for a couple of seconds before she nodded, something which made Adriana giggle as she moved to leave the room.

Ella watched after her for a moment before she flicked her attention across the room, smiling a little at the sight of the picture frame which stood on the coffee table. It was a cute picture, Adriana was settled on her hospital bed beside Iker, who held Olivia in his arms, and it made Ella smile a little, hopeful that it wouldn’t be the last picture that they took together.
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