There Was You

61: What Do We Know?

Nervously fiddling with his watch, Iker spared a hesitant glance across the bathroom, his eyes settling on Riley who was sat on the edge of the bath, her eyes refusing to move an inch away from the countertop which housed three separate pregnancy tests. She hadn’t said a word, since Iker had stepped into the bathroom a couple of minutes previous, Riley had barely looked over at him, and whilst part of him wanted to try and encourage her to talk, he didn’t quite know what to say, not quite able to sort through his own thoughts. There was no denying he had been surprised, when Riley had pressed a bag containing pregnancy tests into his hand, he hadn’t quite known how to react, and even though the tests sat on the counter, only a couple of minutes away from revealing their results, he still didn’t quite know what to say.

Turning his wrist over, he watched the second hand of his watch slowly tick around the face before he shifted his feet, trying to get himself slightly more comfortable in his spot leaning against bathroom doorframe.

“I’m scared”

Iker, who’d snuck another look at his watch, lifted his head in surprise, his eyes meeting Riley’s which looked up at him. “What?” he breathed.

“I’m scared” Riley repeated softly “This...if they’re positive...this is very fast and that scares me” she clarified, her eyes sparing another glance towards the countertop.

Iker followed her gaze, reflexively checking the time on his watch, before he shook his head, a shaky smile passing over his lips. “You’re not wrong” he quipped.

Riley merely offered him an unimpressed look, something which caused Iker to shake his head before he shuffled a little further into the room. Settling down on the floor ahead of her, he gently gathered her hands in his before he dipped his head forwards, kissing the inside of her wrists softly. “I’m scared too” he admitted quietly.

Riley’s expression softened. “Really?” she squeaked softly.

Iker nodded, playing with her engagement ring. “Honestly?” he asked “I kind of thought I was going to pass out when you put that bag in my hands” he added.

Riley let out a shaky laugh. “You didn’t show it” she commented.

Iker offered her a faint smile, allowing a couple of beats of silence to pass between the two of them, before he squeezed her hand softly. “It’s a lot” he murmured “I mean, eighteen months ago, I didn’t know you from anything other than Marisol’s stories, and now we’re living together, we’re getting married and you could be...we could be having a baby together and that is...I can’t even put into words how overwhelming it sounds when you say it out loud” he breathed.

Riley shifted a little, her hand nervously tucking her hair back off of her face.

Iker watched her play with her hair before he shook his head, glancing back down towards the floor. “You’d make a wonderful mother” he noted, disturbing the slightly heavy silence which had settled around them.

Riley couldn’t stop the smile from appearing on her face. “What makes you think that?” she asked.

Iker shrugged. “A lot of things” he replied “I mean, your personality suits it, and then I’ve seen you with Matilda and Theo. You’re a natural” he added.

Riley shook her head. “It’s different” she noted “Theo and Tilly, they always go back to Garrett and Eva. I’m good at being an aunt” she added.

Iker squeezed her hand, leaning forwards slightly so that he could press a soft kiss against the back of it. “I think we’d be good at it” he noted.

“What do we know about being parents, Iker?” Riley prodded, her voice shaking a little “I mean, really? I don’t know what temperature a baby’s bath ought to be, or how you’re supposed to put them to bed at night. I know little bits, things that I’ve picked up from Eva and Garrett since Tilly and Theo have been around, but that’s hardly scratching the surface. What would we do, Iker?” she prodded, searching his eyes for some kind of reassurance.

Iker held her stare, thinking over the question, before he lifted his hand, gently cupping her cheek. “We’d learn, Ry” he murmured.

Riley closed her eyes, leaning into his hand. “Is that the best you’ve got?” she mumbled.

“It’s the truth” Iker replied “You think Garrett and Eva knew what they were doing straight away?” he asked.

Riley opened her eyes, glancing at him uncertainly.

“They learned, Riley” Iker noted softly “Through bumps and through getting things wrong, they learned and now they’ve got two great kids. I’m scared too, Ok? But I really think we’ll be OK” he added, offering her an encouraging smile.

Riley’s eyes searched his face uncertainly for a few seconds, something which caused Iker to trace his thumb along the line of her cheekbone, his smile softening a little. “We should look” he announced “We should at least know if there is something we ought to be worrying about first before we get too freaked out, no?” he prodded, his voice caught between playful and unsure.

Riley nodded her head slowly, watching as Iker shuffled back to his feet and stepped towards the counter. Swallowing, she watched him read over the instructions before he turned to the tests, his expression flickering through a range of emotions before he turned back towards her, a little smile tugging the corner of his lips upwards. “We...we’re having a baby” he announced.

Riley blinked. “Really?” she croaked.

Iker nodded his head. “Positives” he noted “Three positives” he added.

Riley shuffled to her feet, peeking at the tests on the countertop before she turned to look up at Iker, not missing the warmth that had appeared in his eyes. Flicking her eyes between Iker’s face and the countertop, she took a couple of steadying breaths before she stepped closer to him, throwing her arms up around his neck. Iker startled, not quite expecting the embrace, but didn’t hesitate in wrapping his arms around her tightly. “You Ok?” he mumbled softly.

Riley, who’d buried her face in his neck, shrugged her shoulders. “I don’t really know” she mumbled “I mean, I am still terrified and I still feel like I am about to vomit, but I also feel...I don’t know, excited?” she asked more than stated.

Iker squeezed her tighter, pressing a kiss against the top of her head. “I’ve got you” he mumbled into her hair “Whatever happens, I’ve got you, Ry. Just know that. I am here” he insisted softly.

Riley just hugged him tighter in reply, feeling better for hearing him say it.
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