For Theodore, the second half of November slips by in a hectic haze of business meetings, political functions, and endless piles of work. He assumes the governorship in just under two months now, and he fully intends to start off the term with his best foot forward. Between lingering doubts about his lack of experience and unwarranted assumptions that he merely coasted to victory on his father’s coattails, Theo knows that he must make a strong first impression in office if he ever hopes to earn the respect of the state congress.
However, despite his jam-packed work schedule, he does manage to squeeze in some time with Eleanor. In his most brutally honest moments, Theodore recognizes that their relationship feels stiff and forced compared to the easy chemistry he shared with Madeleine, but both he and Eleanor have grown accustomed to certain perks of their arrangement. A budding socialite, Elle revels in the status boost she receives from dating the governor-elect, and Theo, for his part, enjoys a respite from people incessantly badgering him to find a girl and settle down. And they do make a nice couple, if their friends and family are to be believed.