I Think I Love You
Australian Sports Stars, Book 3
by Iris Blobel
Ebook ISBN: B010FW81H6
Print ISBN: 978-1680582031
[ Sports Romance, MF ]
After three years away as the goalkeeper for an English soccer club, Markus DeLeon has been happy to be back in Australia. He’d missed his family and friends, including Sarah, who is fresh out of a bad relationship, and Markus has always been the one she can confide in. When they attend their friends’ wedding, a new light is cast on their friendship… Can Sarah and Markus face the fear and doubt—and the potential loss of their lifelong friendship—to give their love a chance?
Markus DeLeon stood in front of Tyson and stared at him. The guy looked good in a tuxedo. A smile tugged at his lips, though, when he saw Ty’s hair.
Markus cocked a questioning brow. “The hair?”
Tyson instantly raked his hand through it to mess it up a bit. “Grandma Hazel,” he said through gritted teeth.
Markus laughed. “Did I just see an eye twitch?”
“Oh man, give me a break here, okay.” Tyson looked away. “And where the hell is Oliver?”
Markus tried his best not to laugh, but failed miserably. He’d known his friend for over twenty years, and Ty’s eye twitch was enough proof for him that his friend was beyond nervous. He couldn’t remember seeing Ty so tense in…well, ever. Not even before any of his important football games. Then again, it wasn’t every day that one got married to a gorgeous girl. And despite Katie’s best efforts to keep it a low key event, the media was present already outside the church.
Grabbing his phone, Markus flicked through a few names and dialled Oliver’s number.
“Where are you?”
“Give me five minutes.”
“The groom’s nervous.”
Oliver let out a bark of laughter. “It’s his wedding day. Yeah, I’d be nervous too. Do you have the rings? Katie will kill you, if you haven’t.”
Although sure he had the rings, panic rose within Markus as he quickly checked his pockets to retrieve the small box.
“Yes, all good.”
“Okay,” Oliver said. “See you in five.”
Markus hung up and smiled at Tyson, who was pacing up and down the small room.
“Where the hell is he?”
“What do you mean he wouldn’t say?” Tyson stared at Markus. “You’ve got the rings, right?”
Markus had known Tyson and Oliver for most of his life, since before school. They’d played footy every Saturday and later on during their teenage years hung out together afterwards as well. Yet, after watching a game of soccer, Markus changed sports, and a year later, after spending a few months in the U.S., Oliver had switched to baseball. The youngest of the trio had stayed with football and was one of the most regarded players in the Australian Football League. Yet, their friendship had remained as strong as the first years and nowadays they caught up on Saturdays to watch cricket or motor racing.
Oliver came into the room. “Sorry for that.”
“You will be. Trust me, I’ll think of something to muck up your wedding day too.”
Oliver snorted, but didn’t reply.
There was a gentle knock at the door and the minister opened the door. “Ready?”
The guys looked at each other and nodded in unison.
“Let’s do this,” Tyson said, with a determination that brought another smile to Markus’ face.
They followed the minister into the church and stood in a line in front of the altar. The hushed voices stopped for a moment. The church was packed to the last seat. Markus saw a few familiar faces like his family, Ty and Oliver’s family, Ty’s
football mates and friends, and of course Katie’s mum, family, and friends.
Nervously, he checked his pocket for the rings again.
When the organ started, everyone in the church stilled, and the three friends turned to face the entrance of the church to watch the bride come down the aisle with her father. Katie looked sensational, but so did Teagan, her friend. Yet, Markus almost lost his breath when he saw Sarah. He’d known her for as long as he could remember. Of course, he knew she was very attractive, he wasn’t blind, but today she looked simply stunning. The hairdresser did a brilliant job getting her wavy dark hair under control, and the make-up, in his judgement as a guy, was spot on, emphasising her chocolate brown eyes like little gems. Almost stealing the show, though, was Cailyn. Ty’s little niece led the bridal party looking like a little angel in her dress, as she walked down the aisle while carefully dropping rose petals from a small basket. Katie took Tyson’s arm, and the minister began the service with a prayer.
It wasn’t a long ceremony and when it was time to exchange rings, Markus came forward with the small box holding the rings. Emotions like pride and happiness for his friend shot through him, as well as a little bit of envy. The twinge of envy at his friend’s relationship. He’d had the twinges of envy a couple of times already over the last few months, and as much as he’d tried to ignore them, he now began to think that he was ready for a relationship. Something as good as Ty and Katie had. With a few eye blinks he washed away the thought and focused back on was happening right in front of him.