Sam gigged softly as she approached Robert from behind, covering his eyes and kissing his big nose. "Surprise~"
Robert chuckled and gently held both her hands, along with the blankets wrapped around his body. "Oh, you had me fooled, Beautiful."
Sam smiled big and noticed the many blankets covering Robert's entire body. Her ears twitched with confusion. "Why so many blankets?" She asked.
He sighed and wrapped another blanket around his head. "Because one of the Kirins ripped my jacket, and it's expensive to buy a new one."
Sam's ears dropped low. "Oh...what kind of jacket was it?"
"It was a Toridae leather jacket, perfect for cold-blooded folk like me. But, it's tons of money just to get a new one. So, I'll spend Winter's Eve inside, and miss the Sprite Show..." Robert sighed sadly.
Sam frowned and gently hugged her giant mate closely. She then felt she had the need to help him in some way. 'Hmm...'
'Robert + new jacket = lots of money
Lots of money + New jacket = happy Robert.
But, how to get more money...'
Sam's brain processed multiple things before a final idea popped into her head.
"Hope you don’t mind spending Winter's Eve inside?" Robert suggested before looking up to see Sam missing. "….Sam?"
Sam hummed as she looked at all of the different clothes and jackets in the pawn shop. She spotted a red cotton jacket, and pictured Robert in it; didn’t work. She then spotted another green cotton jacket, and pictured Robert in it; still didn’t see him wearing it. "Nothing here would look good, or keep him warm..." She mumbled to herself.
"Hello there." A warm voice greet Sam from behind. Sam turned to look and see a beautiful cream colored Unicorn, with welcoming eyes look at Sam happily. "Looking to get something special for her special someone?" She asked kindly.
Sam blushed and held her cheeks, nodding slowly to the beauty before her.
"Well, worry not; I'm sure whatever you will give him will be very special, and from the heart." The Unicorn said as she gently places her hand where Sam's heart would be. "Because that is what this season is for: to give from the heart~. Now, I see you are looking at our jackets, but can't seem to find a good one. Is there one in particular you are looking for?"
"Y-yes, I'm looking for a certain leather jacket...a Toridae Leather Jacket." Sam stated.
"Ah! I have one left!" The unicorn said, gently taking Sam's hand and leading her to the back of the shop. "Here it is~"
Sam's eyes lit up as she saw the jacket before her, it was a perfect beige color, the buttons were black as Obsidian, and the color and bottom of the jacket had wool on it for extra warmth. "It's perfect."
The unicorn smiled brightly.
"How much?" Sam asked eagerly.
The unicorn bit her lip and leaned into Sam's ear, whispering the horrid price. Sam's ear's perked up in shock and checked her coin purse; her ears quickly dropped low as she frowned deeply, nearly on the verge of tears. The unicorn saw this and gently held her hands. "D-don’t worry, I'm sure we’ll come up with something for your payment!"
"It's hopeless..." Sam muttered.
The unicorn sighed and looked Sam's being before looking at her long, and beautiful red hair. "Maybe not..." She said, gently running her fingers through Sam's hair.
Sam wiped her tears and looked at the Unicorn. "What do you mean?"
"I think I know a way you can pay your debt...but also give from the heart in a different way."
Robert sat by the fireplace and watched the ashes softly dance above the flames. He then felt a box gently hit his side; the box was tied down with a red ribbon on it, and on the ribbon was a tiny message that red:
From: Sammy >w<
I hope you like it~'
Robert raised a scaly eyebrow and opened the box, his eyes widened as he pulled out the jacket from the box. "Holy...by the Gods." His eyes filled with tears as he put on the jacket and sighed with pleasure. He then sat up and rushed out of the castle. He didn’t feel any kind of cold touch his body, which made him smile big. He felt his pockets and pulled out a pair of leather gloves, with a note tied to them
'I got these for free XD'
He smiled to himself and kissed the note. Robert then saw Violet with a few other soldiers and had the idea to mess with them. He crouched down low, grabbed some snow and shaped it into a snowball, pulled his arm back and tossed it at Violet's bare head. Violet looked in Robert's direction and smirked, grabbing some snow and rushing to cover. "You wanna go, Captain!?"
"Let's go Kingy, I'm ripped!" Robert shouted.
An hour passed and Robert rushed back into the castle to avoid Violet's snowballs; he laughed playfully, before realizing he had to find Sam and thank her. Robert walked around the castle and asked all of the maids and servants if they saw her; they didn’t even see her leave the castle. He then walked to Mathew's office and knocked on it. "Can I come in?"
"No." Mathew replied.
Robert walked in and looked over Mathew's shoulder. "Have you seen Sam?" He asked.
Robert rolled his eyes with frustration. "I'll buy you a drink."
"She went to the giant fireplace room, or whatever Violet calls it; he sucks at names."
"He does; But, thank you." Robert said.
"By the way, her new haircut looks cute; didn’t think she'd cut her hair that short." Mathew replied.
"Haircut?" Robert questioned. "What haircut--Oh, no." Robert rushed out of Mathew's office quickly to find Sam. He reached the giant fireplace to see a lone Sam sitting on the rug, drinking a hot beverage. His eyes widened in shock to see her hair now being a pixie cut. 'Did she cut her hair to pay for...' His thoughts stopped as he walked up behind Sam, sat behind her and held her close to his chest. "Thank you." He whispered as tears rolled down his face. Sam smiled happily and leaned in close to him, kissing his chin.