Helen looked on in shock at the car tyres. Nikki ran up to them, lent down and took a closer look. They have been slashed with something... She looked up at Helen. Who would do this? Helen said calmly. I've got a pretty good idea. Nikki frowned. Opposition fans? Helen suggested as she lent down beside Nikki. Not exactly what I was thinking but you could be right. Nikki stood and Helen followed her, Lets get a cab. We can get someone to pick the car up and take it a garage. Helen told Nikki. Yeah sure. We wont let whoever did this spoil our celebration will we? she smiled as Helen caught up with her and wrapped an arm around her. No way! That was a brilliant win and we deserve to have a little fun. Helen smiled and her eyes twinkled with deeper meaning.
They spent the evening in a very nice resteraunt and after a few beers they were both just about reading to go back to their hotel and get some sleep. Meanwhile at the hotel Maxi Purvis was having a very interesting phone conversation.
Yes I did it. I have been trying all I can to get them sent back home and nothing is working. she told her caller.
She paused and listened. Look your not paying me enough! she paused again and her temper was increasing as her caller continued to talk. And how am I supposed to do that?... what?... injure her in training? Are you crazy? She is our best player, without Nikki we will definitely be out of the cup! Maxi Purvis slammed down the phone in anger. Ten grand, the man has got more money than sense. And all for love. Crazy son of a bit*ch Maxi made her way to bed but she couldnt sleep, her mind full of what was best, to gain some extra cash that she desperately needed or to forget the deal and get on with what she was here for... football.
Laughing was heard along the corridor of the hotel. Nikki was playfully tickling Helen as the scot tried to unlock their door. Nikki stop it, or we will be in the corridor all night. Nikki laughed and stood back, Not a bad idea Helen, I've never done it in a corridor before. Helen blushed and eventually unlocked the door, pushing Nikki inside quickly before she embarrased her further. Oh I love it when your forceful. Nikki continued to tease. Her good mood had been apparent all evening and Helen had almost forgot about her car and the little problem earlier. Nikki removed her clothes and headed to the on suite bathroom for a quick shower. It wasnt too long before Helen joined her, Room in there for me? she said as she pulled the curtain open. Nikki looked back at her as the water rushed over her body, Step this way. she grinned.
The evening ended blissfully as the couple made love. And afterwards Nikki lay in Helen's arms, It's nice to be back on track isnt it? she looked up to Helen's eyes. When things are like this, its just about perfect. Helen smiled and stroked Nikki's arm. I love you Helen. Nikki's eyes twinkled in response.
It was two days before the next match and so Helen and Nikki spent the next day touring the city together, looking at the touristy shops, the museum and gallery. They finished off their free day in the hotel resteraunt in view of a few more of the team. Maxi looked over at them curiously and wondered why on earth anyone would waste so much time trying to split the pair up. Oh well, a girls gotta do... she said to herself as she made her way to room. Eager to get some sleep before training tomorrow. Nikki and Helen made their way up to their room and relaxed back on the bed watching TV. I wish you didnt have to train tomorrow, I really enjoyed today, just you and me. Nikki placed her arm around Helen's shoulder, Yeah me too. It made a nice change. As much as I love playing football, we dont seem to get enough time to ourselves.
Helen pulled Nikki's face to her own and brought her into a kiss. Then moved away, but still looked into Nikki's eyes, I have been thinking about something Nikki and I know you are probably not going to like it. Nikki's heart began to beat faster in fear. What, what is it? She suddennly wasnt feeling so relaxed anymore. Hey dont panic, its nothing to do with our relationship... she told her quickly, seeing the fear in Nikki's eyes. It's me, I dont think I want to be a manager anymiore.
Nikki looked at her in shock like someone had told her the earth was going to be hit by an asteroid in the next 24 hours.
Helen.. she eventually spoke.
I know this is a shock to you Nikki but I really need a change. Helen told her. Nikki switched off the TV and looked to her, You know I will stand by any decision you make, but Helen... you love football.
Helen took Nikki's hands in her own and smiled, I also love you and well I have been thinking for a while that maybe we should make this more permenant. Nikki frowned at her, she didnt quite understand what Helen meant. I mean, Helen picked up that Nikki was confused, We should take some kind of vows. Nikki was enlightened, You mean a commitement ceremony? Helen looked at her, Yeah. Nikki turned away and sat back. Nikki what's wrong? She was still frowning, I dont know Helen, its not like its a real wedding is it? Helen moved towards her on the bed, Well its the nearest we will get to one. Nikki shook her head, I cant do it Helen, its not right, following tradtiions, its not like I am even religious, so why bother? she looked at Helen and could see she was hurt. I'm sorry Helen. But theres not much point. Then she put her arm around her, It doesnt mean I love you any less, does it? Why cant we just enjoy what we have got? Helen had to try to hide her total devastation, she was really hoping to settle down properly with Nikki and even maybe one day having a family. And she wasnt getting any younger. Sure Nikki. I guess this is one thing we will have to agree to disagree on.