We Could Be Something

84: I’m Working On It

Wrinkling his nose slightly, Iker peeked one of his dark eyes open, his ears doused by the sound of doorbell which filled the apartment. It wasn’t the first time, in the couple of days that had passed since Luca had arrived, more than one person had arrived at the apartment a little earlier than Iker would have liked, but he knew that he couldn’t turn them away, even if it was his day off, he knew that their friends and families were still excited by the new arrival.

Sparing a small yawn into his hand, he quickly moved to pull on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt before he padded through the apartment, pulling the door open to Rafael who offered him a small sheepish smile. “I am sorry it’s early” he noted softly “But I am due on a flight home in a little while and I was hoping that I could say goodbye to Adriana and the little ones before I went. If you want me to go…”

“It’s fine, Rafael” Iker interjected softly, offering him a small smile “Why don’t you come through?” he added, gesturing towards the living room.

Rafael offered him a slightly dubious look, wordlessly asking if he was sure, before he nodded his head, following the keeper through towards the living room before he took a seat on the couch.

Iker spared another small yawn into his hand before he shook his head. “I should go and get Addie” he noted softly “I’ll be back in a couple of minutes” he added before he padded out of the room, making his way back towards his bedroom. Pushing a hand back through his hair, he carefully nudged the bedroom door open before he stepped inside, his dark eyes settling on Adriana who sat up in their bed, Luca settled in her arms. “You’re up” he breathed softly.

Adriana, who had been cooing softly to the baby, startled a little at the sound of Iker’s voice before she looked up, offering him a small smile. “He started to stir when the doorbell rang” she noted softly “Who was it this time?” she added, offering him an impish grin.

Iker rolled his eyes a little before he shook his head, moving to settle down on the edge of the bed. “Your papa” he noted softly “He’s due on a flight this afternoon and he wanted to come by and say goodbye” he added, his fingertips gently moving to smooth out the dark hair which sat on the top of Luca’s head.

Adriana nodded her head a little before she carefully leant towards Iker, settling Luca into his arms. “I should probably go and get changed” she noted softly “Are you going to be OK with him for a little while?” she added, offering him a soft look.

Iker, who’d moved to settle the little boy against his chest, quirked a small smile before he nodded his head. “I think I can handle him” he teased impishly.

Adriana rolled her eyes playfully before she shook her head, moving to pad into the bathroom.

Iker watched after her for a couple of seconds before he flicked his attention down towards Luca, offering the infant a small smile. “Your madre worries too much about us” he mumbled quietly.

“So, Iker”

Iker, who’d been rested against the kitchen counter, jumped a little at the sound of Rafael’s voice before he lifted his head, something which made Rafael chuckle a little. “I didn’t mean to startle you” the older man noted softly “Adriana’s distracted by Olivia and I figured I’d come and catch up with you, if that’s alright” he added, his expression slightly hesitant. It wasn’t something they’d done a lot, even despite the fact that Rafael liked Iker, they didn’t tend to talk often, but still Rafael wanted a couple of seconds alone with the younger man, even if it was a little tense, he wanted to ensure that things between Iker and Adriana were still OK.

Iker offered the older man a slightly odd look before he nodded his head. “I think that we can handle that” he noted softly.

Rafael offered him a small smile before he shook his head. “You know, a few weeks ago, my daughter called me” he noted softly.

Iker tilted his head. “She did?” he posed, his tone a little apprehensive.

“She did” Rafael confirmed, nodding his head “She was in tears and babbling out words, but once I got her to calm down, she explained to me that you and her had taken a break from your relationship” he added, his eyes peeking towards the keeper who shifted in his spot, his expression nervous.


“I know that it was down to her, Iker” Rafael interjected softly “She was very quick to make that clear to me, but I just wanted to make sure that things are OK between the two of you” he added, a soft expression on his face.

Iker admired the fatherly expression the older man wore for a couple of seconds before he nodded his head. “It’s better than it was” he admitted softly “I mean, we’ve still got a lot that we need to talk about, but we wanted to focus on getting ready for Luca to arrive and now he’s here, we want to take a little time to enjoy it before we think about what to do next” he explained gently.

“And what about the proposal?” Rafael posed, a curious look on his face.

Iker, who’d been looking down at his feet, stilled a little at the older man’s words before he lifted his head. “I put it off for a little while” he admitted softly “But now that things between me and Addie are better, I’m working on finding the right moment. I want to marry your daughter, Rafael, and I hope that that is still alright with you” he added, a coy smile on his face.

Rafael chuckled a little before he shook his head, moving to pat Iker’s shoulder. “I know that she can make things difficult” he noted softly “Adriana has had quiet the stubborn side since she was a little girl, but I know her and I know that you…you’re the best thing that could have happened to her after the last idiot. If you want to marry her, you have my complete support” he enthused warmly before he moved to excuse himself, padding out of the room.

Iker watched after the older man for a couple of seconds before the sound of someone clearing their throat reached him, causing him to turn towards where Adriana stood, a small smile tugging at the corner of his mouth. “Addie?” he posed.

“Are you done hiding in here yet?” Adriana posed.

“I’m not hiding” Iker countered “But I can come through. You need my help?” he quipped, offering her an impish smirk.

Adriana rolled her eyes, mumbling about him being annoying before she moved to take his hand, leading him back through towards the living room.

Iker followed after her for a couple of steps before he shook his head, a warm smile playing on his features. He knew that he had to be tentative, whilst things were better between the two of them, they still weren’t entirely fixed, but the idea of proposing to Adriana excited him, even if he knew that he had to take his time.
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