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    Roger was about to quit the locker room for his hotel and room service when he saw Rafa's match on the television bolted to the wall. A glance at the score turned into a decision to watch this one point, which turned into a slow sinking onto the bench behind him.

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    Roger sleeps with prostitutes, Mirka is okay with it, he sleeps with Feli then Rafa falls in love with him, Mirka is pregnant, they live together with an arrangement.

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    Reread: 3
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    Rafa's very off--Roger notices, asks Feli, feli begs him to talk to rafa/try to sort him out--friends/fam have been unsuccessful. Rafa rips into him that they're not friends he does not want to talk. plays destructive tennis from then on but also clearly fucked up. eventually apologizes, after losing wimbledon, go to lunch talk about how roger's pretty isolated. Rafa shares his secret (proposal refused by xisca), suddenly intense close affectionate friendship. Roger has arrangement w Mirka--uses agency for male prostitutes (easier/more discreet than relationship w man on side), still fully invested in her though. Feli kisses him, Rafa sees, mind blown (cheating? but you're perf!) start talking sex/details--become closer friends. Rafa has been fully straight. At USO, play final Roger wins, in locker room rafa kisses him. Same night, Mirka tells him she's pregnant and wants him to develop relationship w Rafa... eventually get together (shanghai/paris) w encouragement from toni/Mirka.
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    Someone sat down next to him, and Roger jerked his head round. He always felt faintly awkward about watching Rafa's matches in public, as if he were watching some sort of specialized, niche-market pornography.
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    Rafa nodded. "Is strange, you know? How it mess me up. Like she say I never gonna have good life, like..." He scrunched his face up into one of those shapes that suggested his skin must actually be made of Silly Putty. "Don't know word. Profecía?"
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    While Rafa drank, Roger looked down at the press of their thighs together and remembered Rafa sleeping against his shoulder for hours on the flight over. It meant nothing. That was important to remember.
    Rafa was this way with some people, with Feli and Moya in particular, and probably with his friends at home. He touched people. Apparently, Roger was now one of the people he touched. It was disconcerting as hell.
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    "Because! Jesus. Personal boundaries, Rafa."
    Rafa made a dismissive gesture. "These not for friends, not real friends." And that left Roger basically no defense when Rafa asked him, "You like him? You want to do it again?"
    "No. I mean, yes, I like him, and the sex was good, but I don't think I want to do it again."
    Rafa nodded. "This is good, I think. You two both too high maintenance for be together."
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    "I don't want to lose to you tomorrow," Roger said. This honesty thing was addictive.
    Rafa was quiet a few seconds, and then he said, "This is the way things are, no? One of us must lose."
    Roger looked over at him. Rafa was looking straight back. Their eyes met.
    "I want it to be you," Roger said. He'd never said that to another player in his life.
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    “You’ll marry me now, right?”
    She shook her head, eyes closing again. “I’ll marry you after the baby.”
    “But--” The only argument he could think to make was that it would be a bastard, which seemed an unkind thing to say about his own child.
    “The wedding dress I want has a corset top. I’ll need to have the baby and lose the baby weight. Also, you should sort things out with Rafa.”
    “He’s not-- I love you. I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
    She patted his chest, eyes still closed. “I know. I also know that Rafa is only twenty three, and he’s a sweet boy, and you need to be clear about your intentions with him.”
    “What do you mean? There’s not-- You’re pregnant. We’re getting married. There’s nothing else. The end.”
    She sighed. “You are very Swiss, Roger.”
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    “I don’t mind sharing you, Roger,” she said softly. “Sometimes I think you’re a bit much for any one person to handle. But I would mind losing you. I will not let you make stupid rules that--”
    “Stupid rules like monogamy?”
    She pinched his nipple, kind of hard. “I wasn’t done. But yes. Stupid rules like monogamy that will end with you lying to me. You don’t lie to me, Roger. You’re the only man in my life who hasn’t done that.”
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    “I can’t believe you hit me!” Roger felt his jaw. The skin was hot. It would probably bruise, which would be fun to explain at his next presser.
    Feli sighed and sat down beside him. “God, we are both such girls.”
    “No. Mirka would’ve hit you back. My mother would’ve too.”
    “Yes, mine as well.” He sighed again. “Why would you do that to him? He’s such a good kid.”

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