Don’t get sidelined—we’re open. The NFL Draft is happening on our steps, so our East Entrance will be closed beginning today. Be sure to enter through the West Entrance today through Sunday, April 30. And local road closures are in effect, so be sure plan your travels to the Museum accordingly.
Portraits of the three nominees Cristiano Ronaldo , Lionel Messi and Neymar for the Ballon d'Or 2015 are displayed in front of the trophy during a temporary exhibition at the future FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich, Switzerland January 8, 2016.
Hoping we get a Robron scene tonight that makes this daydream ficlet thingy of mine canon…
Chas walked into the backroom to be met with the sight of her son wrapped up with his fiancé, bags at their feet, arms circling each others waists, hips pressed together and lips smiling into each others kiss.
“Ooh, you’re back,” she beamed at them. “How was Manchester?”
The boys shared a fleeting, knowing look between each other, fully aware of how amazing their weekend had been.
“Yeah it was good,” Aaron answered her, eyes wide and lips upturned into the kind of smile that was becoming less and less rare from him.
“Really good,” Robert added, his tone causing something to stir in the pit of Aaron’s stomach.
“So,” Chas pointed at their bags on the floor. “You brought me anything back? Bet you spent hours at the Trafford Centre?”
Aaron laughed nervously, glancing at Robert.
“Nah, as if,” he replied to her, feeling a little bad when he saw her smile drop somewhat. “It was…um…it was too far…from the hotel,” he stuttered.
“Ohh, ok,” she conceded lightly. “So what did you see then? Did you go to that football museum thingy? I had a mate whose boyfriend dragged her there but she said it weren’t that bad in the end.”
There was a pause as Aaron hoped Robert would come up with the excuse this time.
“Errrrr…no,” Aaron admitted, glancing a knowing look over at his fiancé who stood beside him. “It was…errrrrrm…we -”
“We couldn’t find it,” Robert interjected, saving him. “Google maps wouldn’t load. For either of us,” he added with a slight shrug.
“Ohh,” Chas narrowed her eyes, glancing between the pair of them. “What about the Lowry?”
“We missed the metro,” Robert lied with an exaggerated eye roll.
“They’re every 5 minutes!” She scolded, raising her voice to show her disbelief. “Well, you must have at least gone to Canal Street?”
“Why because we’re gay?”
“Bi,” Robert corrected his fiancé under his breath, getting a sarcastic lip curl in response.
“Well, did you?” Chas asked again, ignoring the way Aaron looked so affronted.
“We did, actually,” Aaron conceded.
“But only for a quick pint,” Robert added, smirking.
Chas looked between the two lovesick puppies stood before her, realisation finally setting in about precisely what this weekend had consisted of for her son and his fiancé.
“Did you even leave your hotel room?” she questioned, voice raised with a hint of light-hearted disparagement.
Aaron looked to Robert, who returned his wide-eyed knowing glance, clearly amused with the fact they’d been caught out. He laughed, and Aaron laughed with him; both enjoying the memories of the weekend they’d just shared dancing in the space between them.
“It was raining,” Robert offered in excuse, his face a picture of complete happiness.
Aaron looked to the floor as his smile widened.
He looked back up at his mum and saw the way she was smiling back at him, fully aware of what the boys had spent their weekend doing.
“Yeah, mum,” Aaron simpered unapologetically. “It was raining.”
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