I stumble out of my car and stagger through the car park. It's impossible to rush in high heels.
When I finally enter the hotel my ankles hurt, my cheeks are flushed and my hair is a complete mess. But all of this vanishes from my mind when I spot Theodore standing in the middle of the empty marble-floored lobby, looking breathtakingly handsome in his tailored suit.
He doesn't notice me at first. He's too busy glancing at his watch, his agitation showing in his tense posture. I'm only a couple of minutes late, but for him it's almost as bad as me not showing up at all. Even more so on such a big day.
"Sorry," I call out. My voice echoes.
He turns to look at me and frowns.
"I'm so sorry!" I repeat, walking up to him. "I know how important this event is to you."
I hug him and mutter into his jacket "I'm such a crappy girlfriend."
He laughs. "Perhaps I should fire you?"
We break away.
"I'd like to see you try." I poke my tongue out at him.
"Hmmm, okay. You win. The bathroom's over there if you want to sort yourself out."
He leads me to the top right hand corner of the lobby.
The marble theme is continued, along with the oak cubicles and a long mirror that runs along the wall just above the marble sinks. The interior designer has done a fantastic job of modernizing classical materials.
I stare at my reflection. My hair is all over the place, red strands poking out of the hairstyle that took me an hour to perfect. Reluctantly I take all the clips out and let my hair fall down naturally. Then I fix the smudged makeup and refresh my lipstick.
Theodore is pacing outside, nervous and frustrated. He's usually so cool about these kind of things, but I guess because it was originally his father's project he's finding it difficult to detach himself from his emotions.
"Stop worrying, you'll give yourself premature wrinkles." I link my arm with his.
"That's okay. You have enough beauty for the both of us," he replies, easing up a bit.
I rest my head on his shoulder for a moment.
"It's going to be fine. They'll love you. I love you."
"I love you too."
We walk together into the Main Hall.