heeeey I hope you're having a beautiful time, specially after el clasico 😊 I was wondering if you could write something about neymessi facetiming in the dressing room after lio's goal, that was so cute and heartwarming :) thank youuu
I Have A Better Idea
Ney calls and calls and calls.
He loses track of how many times, but doesn’t care, dancing around his living room and screaming as his friends party. He calls until a fuzzy version of Leo’s face appears on the screen in front of him, smiling from ear to ear. “Leo!” Ney shouts, having practically lost his voice from screaming. “Leo! Leo! Leo! You did it!” He doesn’t know what else to say, and he’s not sure Leo knows how to answer anyway.
Leo just shakes his head like he can’t believe it.
He disappears from the screen for a moment and Ney is treated to a view of the locker room ceiling before he reappears with a bag of ice pressed to his mouth. The picture sharpens then and Ney can finally see him properly. He looks like he’s been in a fight–eyes fiery and one still blackened, skin flushed redder than normal, hair dripping with sweat. And behind the ice, Ney knows his mouth is probably swelling.
But he’s beautiful.
“I knew you could do it,” Ney says, uncaring at how scratchy his voice is. “I *knew* you’d show them.”
Leo closes his eyes, shaking his head again. When he opens them, his gaze is fond, and he shakes his head again. The bag of ice crinkles underneath his hand as his fingers shift their grip, but he keeps it pressed to his mouth. Then he shrugs. “Would have been easier with you,” he mumbles from behind the bag, so quietly that Ney nearly thinks he misheard.
And Ney wants to say so much, so much about how he wishes he could have been there, how he loves playing with Leo… but it’s enough to just look at Leo.
Enough to just smile at him.
Geri starts shouting in the background then and Leo’s eyes look away from Ney. The phone tilts again, nearly dropped into Leo’s lap as Geri presses a kiss to the top of Leo’s head.
Ney gets a nice look up Geri’s nose.
“My little genius,” Geri says lovingly before noticing the phone. “Who are you talking to? You aren’t supposed to be talking! Keep that ice on your mouth.”
Leo mumbles some sort of protest, but Geri seizes the phone and smiles at Ney.
“Aha!” Geri says, winking. “How good is our boy?” he asks, ignoring the way Leo’s pulling on his shirt and trying to get the phone back. “Stop it, Leo, you’re supposed to be resting.” The phone wiggles in his grip like he’s batting Leo’s hands away.
Ney laughs, Geri’s enthusiasm just as he expects. “I called to tell him that!”
But Geri is off and running after that, taking Leo’s phone with him, laughing and singing and Ney loses track of how many times his teammates exclaim over Leo’s brilliance. Everyone is so joyful, that Ney’s just happy he gets to be a part of it this way. Finally, there’s talk of a team picture, and somehow the phone gets passed back to Leo.
“Call me back after, okay?” Ney asks, grinning at how Luis is trying to get Leo to come join them.
Leo smiles, wincing slightly as his stitches pull. Then he shakes his head. “You should be in the picture too,” he says, licking his lips gingerly. “You deserve to be in the picture.”
Ney laughs. “I’ll be in the next one!”
Leo looks like he’s about to laugh. And then he says, “I have a better idea.”