[♛]—He’d visited Sophie as much as he could, which seemed to be once a week. Work had often kept him busy, and he was grateful that the young hatter girl was completely understanding of him and his endless amount of work that kept him tired and dazed. Still, he often dropped by on either a Sunday or Saturday, had tea and cookies (sometimes dinner) with her and had a lot of lovely private times with her. Once they had spent their time together, he pecked her face with a goodbye, and returned to the palace with great haste. He barely had free time the next day, which always was a disappointment.
However, as he sat in his coach, a bright smile on his face as he gazed out the window, the Grand Duke had a surprise for his little hatter lover. Not only was he free for the entire day, but he was also free the next day. With a soft chuckle from his lips, he could imagine the look on her face when he told her he could spend the night with her, and it would probably be the cutest expression. Theodore watched as his carriage entered the village, and he could feel his heart give a pitter-patter within his chest, and his hands curled excitedly into his jacket.
Almost there. Almost there.
Theodore nearly jumped out of the coach when it stopped, and he waved them goodbye when the coach turned around to return to the palace. Inhaling sharply, he strutted to the door of the shop, and opened it like he usually did. Smiling from ear to ear, he slipped into the nearly empty shop, and closed the door behind him. He just removed his own hat, tucking it under his arm as he stepped forward, searching about the place.