**5 YEARS LATER***
“Theodore St Andres Octavius! What in the world do you think you’re doing!?” Crossing my arms, I glared at the young blonde-haired boy that was currently sat on Leo.
“I’m playing with Leo!” He grinned, giving me a thumbs-up, grey eyes sparkling with mischief.
“I can see that,” I started, walking towards him as he outstretched his arms towards me and I picked him up, straddling him around my waist and pushing his hair out of his face. “I’m just wondering why you’re playing with the lion instead of studying with your uncle,”
“Uncle fell asleep,” He simply said, tilting his head to the side.
“He what?” I snorted, I can’t even say I’m surprised since this isn’t the first time this happened. Silas would always fall asleep while teaching Theo and instead of waking him up, this child of mine would simply go off and have fun.
We both waved at Leo as walked off.
“Well, since your uncle is asleep. Should we have some fun?” I asked and he covered his mouth with a giggle, nodding his head as we headed back inside the palace.
Theodore was mine and Vince’s only child and since he was the only child out of everyone in this palace since Charlotte was infertile and Silas was gay, he was spoilt rotten by not only his parents but his uncles, aunties and grandparents.
Charlotte and Lucien moved out of the palace a few years ago with their adorable child, Vanessa, she was adopted but she was, just like Theo, treated as a member of our royal family. Silas is still with us in the palace and he had offered to teach Theo which we readily agreed to but I’m thinking that we may need to hire a different tutor now, one that doesn’t fall asleep while teaching.
“Mum, mum!” Theo excitedly called and I hummed as we entered the conservatory. “Show me a magic trick,” He asked. “Please,” He quickly added as I set him down on one of the chairs and went to sit on another one myself.
“What kind of magic trick?” I asked, thinking about it. “Something like this?” I clicked my fingers as a flame of fire hovered over my hand and he gasped loudly. With my other hand, I blew over the flame and a small lion made of fire roared at Theo and he jumped, surprised but leaned forward in excitement nonetheless.
I carefully watched his facial expression before I blew on the fire and it ran off of my palm, converging into a small bird as it flew around the room in circles before fading away.
Clapping his hands, Theo laughed. “Show me more mum, please,” He practically begged and I laughed, ruffling his hair before clapping my hands and slowly moving my hands away from each other, wiggling my fingers and I nudged my head forward.
Theo followed my gaze to the potted plants that sat behind him and he squealed as the leaves grew bigger than thought possible, waving around the place as if dancing for him.
“Cool, isn’t it?” I said and he nodded his head.
“I’m going to be a magician like you when I’m older,” He exclaimed and I laughed just as a few maids walked into the room, bringing in some sandwiches, fruits and other snacks.
“I’m a mage, not a magician,” I corrected him and he shrugged, not knowing the difference so I decided to just leave it at that.
“Did Silas manage to teach you anything before he fell asleep?” I curiously asked, brushing the crumbs away from his face as he munched on a sandwich.
“We started factorising expressions today in algebra,” I blinked, surprised. “You’re only 5-years-old. Or am I wrong?” He giggled at me, shaking his head. “Wow. My son is a genius,” He gleamed proudly at me as I ruffled his hair.
“You’re so cute,” I kissed his nose.
“I know,” He mumbled, trying to take all the tomatoes out of his sandwich just as we heard the sound of approaching footsteps and we both turned to look at the doors as Vince appeared not a second later, a small smirk creeping onto his face as he caught sight of us.
“What are you trouble makers up to?” He asked, walking into the conservatory and leaning down to kiss my lips and ruffle Theo’s hair before he went to sit on the other chair that was sat under the circular table.
“We’re not trouble makers,” Both Theo and I echoed before grinning at each other and high-fiving. Vince rested his cheek on his palm as he nibbled on a macaron.
“Shouldn’t you be in tutoring right now?” Vince pointed an accusing finger at his son.
“Uncle Silas fell asleep,” Vince didn’t seem surprised at that and only rolled his eyes before picking up a mango slice with the metal fork and placing it in his mouth.
“Shouldn’t you be working right now?” Theo crossed his arms as he cutely glared at his father who raised his arms in surrender. “I’m on a break,” Vince defended but Theo wasn’t busying it, neither was I, to be honest.
“Mr Victor said that you’re always running away from work,” I snorted.
“Since when have you been talking to Mr Victor?” Vince narrowed his gaze and Theo gulped at having been caught red-handed. “Are you going to tell him that you’ve been sneaking around his office, looking for your crayons, or should I?” I leaned in to whisper in his ear but Vince heard loud and clear.
“You tell him, please,” Theo whispered back and I tried to hold back my laugh at the tickling his breath did to my ears. “Okay,” I nodded, pinky promising him.
“I have work to do now. Bye,” Theo waved as I picked him up in my arms and he kissed my cheek before hugging me and did the same to his father before he ran out of the room, or rather, away from Vince.
“That child is the complete opposite of me when I was a kid,” Vince said, leaning back on his chair. “That’s because he’s exactly like me,” I proudly said.
“No wonder you get along so well,” Vince said, surprising me when he jumped forward, picking me up in his arms as he walked us out of the room and I wrapped my arms around his neck. “I just think of it as babysitting my parent’s grandchild,” He mumbled under his breath but I heard and burst into laughter.
“You say the weirdest things sometimes,” I sighed, leaning my head on his shoulder and his chest vibrated under my cheek as he himself laughed.
“I love you,” He whispered.
“I love you too,” I whispered back, moving my head away from his chest and pulling him down to kiss him. “Forget lunch, we’re going to the bedroom. Right. Now,” Taking a U-turn, he walked up the steps towards our room.
“But I’m hungry,” I said.
“Me too but it’s not-” I covered his mouth, glaring at him before he could even finish the sentence. He kissed my palm but I still didn’t move it and he sighed, eventually nodding his head and I let go, smiling in satisfaction.
“-For food,” I groaned and he burst out laughing, throwing the door open and walking in.
“I really love you, Nora. Forever and always,” He kissed my cheek.
“I love you too,” And I kissed his lips.
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