Sebastian calls her name.
She blinked once, twice. A pool of blood surrounded her as she struggled to breathe. There was pain all over. She wanted to die then and there. Something cut through the air and she was sure it was Sebastian. She allowed herself a small smile. He came to save her and she was happy.
The sounds fighting were strangely calming. Maybe it was because she felt secure now that he has come. She closed her eyes for a moment.
Footsteps were behind her and she turned her neck to see. “Claude.” He was holding the same knife the other demon has used to cut her. Dread filled her again. There was no escape this time. She was stuck on her own blood, unmoving and no chance to escape. Death itself was walking towards her, glimmer in its eyes.
Suddenly, she was tired again. She felt nothing but soon after, pain coursed through her body. Every part of the pain reminded her of what she can still do with life, of what it means to live and survive. She remembered her goal. She looked back, her vision blurred. With her last breathe before sleep took her, she reached her hand out to him.
After seeing her body lie flat on a puddle of water, unmoving, he knows what he's going to do.
His rage made him easily cross the room and punch the other demon. The enemy went flying to the wall. Dividing his attention, the other was the one who his master wants dead. Her ex-lover. He had hurt her once, and he’d hurt her again.
The man was only standing staring blankly him so Sebastian took the pleasure of punching him. He went right down.
A wave swept through his core. Had he called her?
He looked back to where she lay only to see his old enemy looming over his beloved. Claude was holding a knife with her blood still attached to it. If he uses it to cut her again even if she managed to live, it would infect her. Sebastian can save her and he knows it. He braced himself to run forward.
“Stop right there.”
Claude regarded him with a sly look. It was the same look he’d given him in their last battle. He brought up the knife and pretended to examine it. He was taking his time to build up his tension. Sebastian’s fast but if he moved now Claude was faster and the distance between them isn’t fair game. Without anything left to do, he stood waiting.
“Humans are so fragile, aren’t they?”
“I am very well aware of that.”
“Why have you come? For duty or something else entirely?”
“She is my master. I do whatever it takes to keep her safe and secure.”
Claude slowly blinked then tilted his head to glance at the lady on the ground. “This woman…does she mean anything to you?”
It took a long time before Sebastian found his voice. “I…am her servant. She poses as an object to please until the contract is fulfilled. A mere human like her isn’t unlike the other ones I’ve met. She’s not special. She’s nothing to me but food.”
Claude smiled. “Then if I stab her—”
“If you do I’ll make sure you go back to where you came from.”
“It’s where you’ve been. It’s where every one of us has been. I’ll be glad to cooperate but first…”
He knelt and placed the blade beside the lady. He brushed a stray hair from her face and caressed it with affection. Sebastian envied his closeness not to mention annoyed. Claude wiped his finger on the visible fresh blood from a wound and brought it to his lips. He closed his eyes and savored the taste. It was very close to being perfect maybe it needs a little more urging. “She tastes good.”
Sebastian came at him with a menacing punch. His opponent twisted away and roughly grazed on the hard ground. Claude was unperturbed as he stood up and said with open arms and madness in his amber eyes. “You wouldn’t kill me. You can’t kill me. You don’t have the weapon!”
Still Sebastian came at him again but Claude was already on the move. He went right past Sebastian then slid over to where (Name) was and retrieved the blade. With a psychotic smile, he brought it down right to the heart of (Name).
Blood gushed from the flesh of Sebastian’s chest then rapidly dripped to the floor where his master’s and his become one. Coughing, he gripped the blade and tore it away. He panted while he stood between his master’s body and his adversary.
Claude stepped back, giving a little distance. “You really are a loyal servant, Michaelis. But what if the one you’re serving is the one who’ll betray you? I wonder which one.”
Sebastian clutched his chest by his hand partly because of what he said and partly because he’s in pain. “You’re lucky to land a hit.”
“You’re in my way fool. You know I wouldn’t stop.”
“I’ll make you pay.” He stepped forward.
The bastard skipped away from his reach. “Even if I wanted to continue you’re not in the right shape to fight. It wouldn't be honorable if I fight you in that state. Let this go and let me tell you why I’ve borrowed her.”
“Abducted her is the right term, bastard.”
“Oh, you use that language now? I’ll give you a hint since I’ve got my chance to escape. We were once human and I know each one of us has our reasons to go back to what we are once. I too missed being human. I know you do too.” He watched Claude slowly fade in the darkness with sly triumphant smile plastered on his face. “I’ll you again, Micahelis. Remember what I said.”
Eyes open wide, she gulped some air. Sitting up she tried hard to think of it as an unlikely nightmare. Her mind slowly recollects the events the night before and just like the ghost of its reality, her body feels pain once again. Her brows scrunched up as she revisits the memories of the cold blade on her skin. She checked her arm if it was true. The arm was bandaged and it confirmed her thoughts. She swallowed her fear and forgot about how easily she came close to being dead.
Even though she's hurting she's very much alive. Sad thoughts of how her mother would find her dead at an empty house then break down into tears nd her friends missing her because of her absence. Her loved ones would miss her because a part of them had left and had been killed. What she'd been through had been a harsh reminder of how life should be treasured. She doesn't want to die.
"But I was a fool..." she whispered as in welcomed tears slowly spill from her eyes.
The door handle wiggled, announcing a visitor. She tried so hard to wipe the tears from her eyes but the emotion that wants to break free is too strong she can barely hold it back. Sebastian entered the room and behind him was a maid with a tray of food. He let her finish before ordering her away.
"How are you feeling?"
The usual question. She's glad that he chose not to be too direct but polite. "Like ran by a carriage. I'm too tired. You can leave me alone I'll manage."
He seated himself beside her and looked at her the first time this morning. She doesn't feel the urge to look away or return his gaze. She's too tired to give anything away. "I'm fine," she said with a sigh. "If that's what you want to hear."
"No, you mean more than that. You've been crying, (Name)."
She worked her jaw. "Yes. And I want to be left alone when I do."
Sebastian was silent for a moment then reached for the tray for her food. "Faustus escaped."
The news came as a disappointment. She balled her fists. Sebastian offered a spoonful but she bowed her head. "I thought he'd be dead by now."
"I'm deeply sorry but there are reasons of why I can't annihilate him."
Her lips thinned.
"You better eat before your food gets cold."
"Why haven't you tried to find me at the party?"
"I was preoccupied."
"You should have found me before he brought me in a carriage."
"It would be too suspicious if I left the party."
Sebastian gave up and returned the food to it's tray. "You're still alive, are you not? Aren't you grateful?"
"Me being half-dead when you found me is different. You say you have feelings for me but now all I see in your eyes is emptiness. Tell me demon, if you're very eager to have me what stopped you from eating me when I'm on the ground dying?"
"My duty is absolute. Nothing is more important than keeping you alive before fulfilling the contract. Last night, Faustus had asked me how important you are and I said you're not unlike any humans I've encountered and nothing but food."
(Name) slapped him hard.
Silence spanned between them.
"Get out." Her voice shook.
Sebastian was surprised how he spit out the words he'd said. Even if it was true, he knows how hurting those words were. Right now he can't take that back. "I'm sorry, m'lady."
She brought up her hand to slap him again but he seized her hand and brought it to his lips and kissed it with tenderness. The thought of him being another creature vanished from her mind. She looked at him with sadness in her eyes and helplessness drawn on her lips. She began to blink back tears. (Name) tried pull her hand but she was the one who was pulled to him instead.
"Don't push me away."
She wiggled out of his hold. "You don't need to do this. I know emotions are void to you creatures and this act of making me feel better is fake. Your just making it worse."
Sebastian gazed at her and now she looked away. "I feel your loneliness. It's consuming you. You want it to be stopped but you're unsure how."
"And you know how?" She mocked.
He shifted her to face him and held her close. He leaned so his face is mere inches to hers she thought his going for a kiss but it ended with a tight embrace. She was surprise at the gesture. Oddly, it felt safe in his arms. (Name) wanted to stay in his hold forever and be enveloped by his warmth. "I'll do anything to make you feel better. You can tell me what you want and I'll do it. Just tell the words and I'll willingly comply."
With his words, she found the strength to reach her arms and hugged him. She buried her face on his shoulder and when she couldn't hold back she broke down. (Name) cried her heart out. She emptied her heart with despair and hate. She let go of the things she didn't want her heart and mind to feel. It was crying she thought to be a weakness but it turned out to be an escape and remedy to her bleeding heart and bruised mind. She didn't stop until her cries came as hiccups.
Embarrassed, she had to break the embrace to brush away the remaining wetness on her eyes. Her hands were shyed away by his hands and took the liberty to brush away her tears. He looked very sincere and concerned her heart almost melted.
He was unsure if she was serious so he gave her a long look before deciding to lean forward and took her mouth. Her taste was different from before but right now he doesn't care. Her mouth opened as she sighed, moaning her pleasure. He entered with excitement and deliberately explored her mouth. She clutched his shoulders for support and for better angle.
Sebastian lied her down and gave a long hard kiss. Their tongues moved on their own fever and she relished every moment she got to have a taste of him. Sebastian nibbled her lower lip before claiming her neck and all the way exhaling hot breathes on her soft skin.
The treatment he was giving her made the part between her legs damp. And when she tried to conceal it by tightening her legs, she soon felt his hand slid inside. A gasped escaped her. He continued his hot kisses while his fingers touched her down where she was most sensitive.
He pushed down her nightgown and exposed her chest. He grabbed one and began to suck. She gripped his hair and the sheets for support. He teased her with licks and small bites as he gently stroke her then pushed two fingers inside her. He began slow, agonizing her. (Name) pants. Maybe this wasn't a good idea. She would come prematurely and she would be embarrassed but how she missed this feeling!
She closed her eyes and moaned again. Just as she bit her own lips, Sebastian came back with renewed intimacy. He continued on with her sweet torture as he tasted her again. Their kisses were short but deep ones that left her breathless every time their lips joined. But it was not the only thing that makes her out of breathe. His fingers began thrusting hard and faster inside it's making her crazy. Her body wriggled beneath him, desperate for more. She panted under him and Sebastian looked more amused and excited as she was.
"SIR SEBASTIAN MICHAELIS!" A knock on the door interrupted.
"What the bloody hell..." growled Sebastian.
She felt his fingers slide out it was maddening. While he collected himself, she was left sweating and wanting. He opened the door a little to peek before fully revealing who was outside. It was another servant and Sebastian started to step out of the room.
"Wait!" She quickly sat up.
He came to seat beside her again and took her hand. Sebastian kissed the palm of her hand. "My deep apologies, love. I'll come back very soon." Sebastian caressed her face before he lets her go.
She looked up at him and saw adoration in his eyes. Reddening, she forgot the words she wanted to say instead she managed, "Thank you for saving me."
"I'm only doing my duty, m'lady. But please remember I will do anything for you."
That was close to declaring love again she thought. Maybe it was because of the situation that they’re in or maybe the good morning he had given her because (Name) gave him something true to her heart, a small smile. "I know you will, Sebastian."
"Sebastian," Ciel turned from his post from the paneled window. "I heard the Lady (Name) had retired early for the night."
"You heard the news right, my lord."
"Hence, both of you missed the presentation I prepared."
Sebastian couldn't care less. "I know you summoned me here to state your opinion but first let me speak the problem subjected to the happenings last night."
Ciel took a seat and waited for him to continue.
"Due to the events that occurred and will occur, I'm very sorry to say that we must depart earlier than planned."
Ciel reached for his tea and sipped. “I missed your service here in the mansion. No one can best you. May I ask how you fared last night?”
“Another demon had appeared he first appeared in the party and wooed Lady (Name) to talk to him privately. Fortunately, I arrived on time before anything happens between them. But later that night, she was abducted. They tortured her, and spilled lots of her blood.” Telling the tale, it made rage inside. “I didn’t get there on time because you interrupted me.”
“What’s done is done. Now, who is the mysterious man you were saying?”
“Claude Faustus is alive.”
The master of the house slammed his fist on the table. “That bastard.”
“We had a close combat and he ended up stabbing me.”
He grunted. “You’re losing your touch. What happened?”
“I’ve done my duty. I protected the lady. She was unconscious on the ground before I even reached her.”
Ciel clicked his tongue. “What is she doing to you, Sebastian?”
The manservant sighed, his palm on his forehead. “I don’t know.”
“I think she has a spell on you that even I can’t explain. I’ll investigate about her, about her past. She’s too intriguing for me I might give her a lot of my time. By the by how did you even end up with her?”
“Her soul was the loudest of all I’ve heard. It was calling to me, and I’m like a moth to a flame. It distresses me how strong it was I can’t stop myself.”
“I remembered you being so distraught you looked like a different…well, person. That’s why you asked me to free you for the time being. I asked how you fared and you spoke to me of your failure. I am disappointed.” Ciel sipped his tea again and glowered at the man standing in front of him.
Silence spanned across the room
It was a long moment until Ciel spoke, "You were asking for a permission to leave the party?"
“I will permit you to leave on one condition.”
“You will have her soul two days after the wedding.”
But I can’t…I can’t bring her with me into the darkness.
“If you do, I’ll remove you of your service and you will be free.”
“As you wish.” Sebastian bowed.