Fandom: German National team
Disclaimer: I still don't know people mentioned in this story and I still hope it isn't true. The plot is still only my fantasy
Summary: Summer loving.
Author's notes, previous chapters and music here
Timeline for the series is here
This is summer, and it’s the first summer after they stopped working together, so maybe this is why everything seems to be a bit weird. No matches to plan in advance, no games to rewatch, no late night talks over the tactical schemes. No sense of partnership, no responsibility for each other’s decisions, and this summer drives home a thought that should have come long time ago – their lives move in different directions, and there are many things they have gained, but maybe there is something important that they have lost.
This summer is the first for them as lovers, beautiful summer that is blossoming merrily around them, roses of
Joachim is a born storyteller. He can recite a phone book and make it sound like an amusing anecdote, and sometimes it is impossible to tell if he is making something up or the things he talks about happened really. He is telling stories from the team’s life, mundane things that in his interpretation seem to be very significant and unique, he talks about his family and things he is doing with his friends this summer, and Jürgen listens just because it is Joachim who is talking.
It is a first time for Jürgen to have the relationship with someone over the distance, and maybe this was what made him think that summer will make things easier. But surely it turned out the other way around, it is harder, much harder now to see each other even if they both are in Europe – both of them have family obligations that can’t be neglected, and their time is limited even more now, so their meetings are short, just a couple of hours they are supposed to spend talking or drinking beer or whatever and instead they are spending these precious hours in bed, with curtains drawn that are shielding them from the brightness of summer.
Joachim is telling stories about many things, he talks about mountains and hotels and football and whatnot, and Jürgen is listening most of the time, preferring to hear his lover talk and not wanting to speak too much himself, because there is no guarantee that he won’t say something wrong again.
They meet in small hotels or even in some indescribable places, leaving their families for a little time, and both cite “meeting with a friend” as an excuse if someone tries to inquire after the reasons of such sudden disappearances. Which is a truth, just not a complete truth, but nobody have to know about it. A little rushed lovemaking, quick but passionate nonetheless, is the main point of their program, and then they talk… Or keep silent.
It didn’t take much time to get over the argument they’ve had, and it was Jürgen who said ‘sorry’, and Joachim’s ‘alright’ finally was believable enough to send this whole mess into the past and forget about it. It took them some days of tiptoeing around each other to get back to normal relationship again, but they’ve managed. And Jürgen never has his phone on anymore when Joachim is around.
Joachim is ready to talk about everything, but Jürgen can’t help but notice that
In a way it already is better, their first summer as lovers, and it is quiet and warm, and there are no confrontations over silly things, so there’s no need to worry. The only thing they both are wishing for is a couple of warm summer nights spent together, watching the stars from the balcony and talking about things, but it is probably what they won’t have. Joachim’s time is limited, Jürgen has even less freedom in a way… They have to make do with what they can have.
And the summer is stunningly beautiful around them – their first summer as lovers.