"Well… things surely gotten interesting, haven't they?" Sebastian pointed out.
Anna had a hand on her forehead, her gaze lowered. "When Fang said 'distracted' , I honestly didn't believe he meant something like this."
They had entered the study to clean up, but they didn't expect that it was a huge mess, with books and papers scattered all over the place. It looked as if a tornado had swept through the room.
"Oh my…" she breathed. "This will take a little time to clean up… even for us, at least… a little longer than normal."
"But we'll have it done," Sebastian assured. "Don't worry. This shouldn't take us too long, either way."
She shrugged. "True, true," she agreed. "Let's get started then."
Easily, they began to clean up the mess caused by the other servants, and after they finished, Anna looked at Sebastian. Her hand reached to cautiously touch his shoulder, but her hand nervously shrank back before she did. He looked at her with a smile.
"Is something wrong, Anna?" he implored.
She stopped, shaking her head. "N-No… it's alright," she replied.
He walked over to her and gave her a gentle kiss, entwining his fingers with hers as he planted soft kisses down her neck. "What's wrong, Anna?" he asked her, knowing that something was bothering her. "Are you worried about Ash trying to kill you? Or is it about the Greater Demon hunting you? Does the mark hurt?"
She shook her head. "I'm just a little worried," she admitted. "I've never really been in a relationship before… definitely not expecting one with a demon. I'll admit that I had a fiancée once when I was still human, but unfortunately I was too busy to spend any decent time with him. I just… I don't really know what to do."
Sebastian chuckled, "That's what you're worried about? Don't worry, Anna, as long as you're with me, you don't have to worry about anything." He wrapped his arms around her and hugged her, and she smiled, instantly feeling her worry drift away.
"ANNA!" three voices cried out, and Anna and Sebastian pulled away in time to see Bard, Finny and Maylene burst through the doors and tackled Anna into a huge group hug.
"Whoa!" she exclaimed in surprise as they clung onto her. "W-What's up with you three this morning?"
"We were so worried when you just collapsed like that!" Finny bawled.
Maylene and Bard nodded furiously in agreement.
"The Young Master told us not to worry and that Sebastian would take care of you until you recovered," Maylene added.
"We're so glad you're okay," Bard concluded. "Otherwise we thought that you and Seb-"
Immediately, Finny and Maylene covered his mouth before he finished, smiling innocently at Anna, and the angel blinked.
"Umm… well… I appreciate your concern," Anna said, "and I think it's very sweet of you guys to worry about me like that. I'm alright now."
Sebastian clapped his hands, and immediately the servants straightened up in a line. "Well, now that that's over and done with, please get back to your respective duties," he instructed. "Anna and I will go and prepare the Young Master for breakfast."
"Yes sir!" the three exclaimed determinedly before running off.
"Sebastian," Anna addressed. "I almost forgot. I have a gift for you."
He looked at her curiously. "A gift? I am honoured," he responded with a bow.
"Fang!" Anna called, and the white cat padded into the room, looking up at her.
"Yes, Anna?" he answered.
"Have you brought her along for Sebastian?" she queried.
The cat turned his head back towards the door, waving his tail as if beckoning whoever this 'her' was over. "It's alright," he assured smoothly, "you can come in."
There was a soft meow, and Sebastian was flustered as a sleek black cat padded shyly into the study, standing next to Fang as she stared up at Sebastian and Anna. A cute pink bow was tied loosely around her neck, and she looked absolutely adorable.
Kneeling down, Sebastian picked the black cat up and smiled at it. "Such soft fur," he commented, holding her against him as he stroked her fur and ears. "She's gorgeous."
"Her name is Kylee," Fang informed, hints of protectiveness in his voice, "I have been taking care of her for the past few days that we've been here. I trust you won't mistreat her, Sebastian?"
The demon rubbed his cheek against Kylee's. "Of course not," he responded. "Ahhh… luxuriously soft. Ahhh… I love cats."
Anna pretended to pout. "What about me?" she pouted teasingly.
Sebastian smiled, holding the cat against his chest as he leaned over to steal a kiss from her. "I love you too," he whispered, and earned him a smile. "And thank you. I promise I'll take good care of Kylee… provided that the Young Master's allergies don't work up because of her presence."
"Don't worry about that," the angel assured. "I've taken care of that. Ciel's allergies won't respond to Kylee. Now… Fang, I trust you to take care of Kylee and Adrian while Sebastian and I will go prepare Ciel for breakfast. After that, I'll bring something over to you three while Sebastian checks what is on Ciel's schedule for today."
"Sebastian," Ciel addressed sternly.
"Today, Young Master," the butler began, "you have no major scheduled appointments, however, it is advised that we'll continue your dance supervision today, as we're already behind schedule on that."
The 13-year-old glared at the demon. "You're really enjoying this, aren't you…" he accused.
Sebastian smiled innocently. "Not at all," he responded. "Also, Anna thought it'd be best for you to get more practice anyway. Otherwise you won't be ready for the dance coming up in a few days… not that I think practice would help you much anyway."
Ciel glared at him even more, scoffing. "Anything else, Sebastian?"
He nodded. "Today, Anna and I will be supervising your overall studies, as we received a letter yesterday that states that Professor Maxmillion is sick, therefore he cannot come and tutor you for the next little bit," he informed. "So we shall supervise your studies, violin lessons, and dancing lessons."
There was a sudden knock on the door, and a young curly-haired blonde burst in, arms outstretched.
"Ciel~!" Elizabeth Middleford exclaimed, running cheerfully to her fiancé.
"Lizzy!" Ciel gasped, startled. "What are you doing here?"
She giggled, "I snuck out here to spend the day with you! Aren't you happy to see me?"
"Good morning, Lady Elizabeth," Sebastian greeted with a bow.
"Sebastian," she acknowledged with a polite curtsey, "good morning." Then she went over and tackle-hugged Ciel. "Awww… you're so cute!"
There was a brief knock on the door. "Come in," Ciel called automatically, and Anna stepped into the room, pushing the cradle carrying Adrian in as well.
"Ah, I wasn't aware that we were having guests," she commented, bowing to Elizabeth. "Good morning."
Ciel cleared his throat. "Lizzy, this is our newest maid, Anna. Anna, this is my fiancée, Elizabeth Middleford."
"A pleasure to make your acquaintance, Lady Elizabeth," Anna said politely.
But Lizzy seemed to be too busy staring at Anna, as if mentally analyzing her. "Ahhh! You're the perfect model to try on some adorable clothes!" she said, a little bit loudly.
Inside his cradle, Adrian began to cry, and immediately both Anna and Sebastian went to hush the child, Sebastian lifting the baby into his arms and swinging him around gently. As he quieted down, the butler smoothly handed him over to Anna, and she was able to silence the child completely.
"Sebastian," Lizzy began excitedly, "I never knew you were a father! You never mentioned that you had a wife either!"
Both demon and angel blushed, and Ciel's face slightly reddened as well.
"Elizabeth," he began, "Sebastian's not the father of that child, and Anna is not the mother. Another thing is that they are not married. We found that child a few days ago. We're taking care of Adrian until his real parents come to collect him."
"Oh…" she responded, sounding a little bit disappointed. "That's really sweet of you, Ciel."
Immediately he twisted away, flushing slightly with embarrassment.
"Ciel," Anna addressed gently as she placed Adrian back into his cradle, "I hope you do not mind that I have Adrian sit in to our lessons. This way I can tend to him if need be, and Sebastian can continue your lesson."
Sebastian smiled. "Well… Lady Elizabeth, would you like to join the Young Master's lessons? An elegant dancer like yourself should be able to help the Young Master improve when we move on into dancing lessons."
"I would love to!" she cheered happily.
"First off," Anna said, looking at the list, "are your history lessons, Ciel. Then you have violin lessons and dancing."
"Awww… history's so boring," Elizabeth whined. "How about I make Anna cute while Sebastian teaches you your history lesson? Okay! Let's go!"
Ciel shook his head. "But Anna is also teaching me a portion of-"
"Come on, Anna, let's go!" the girl said happily, ignoring her fiancé's reasoning. Without waiting for a reply, she pulled on Anna's arm and began to pull her out of the room.
"O-Okay!" Anna said quickly, looking at Sebastian, "Take care of Adrian for me! And take over teaching my part to Ciel!"
Sebastian bowed his head to her.
"Listen to what other people are telling you!" Ciel shouted, but the door slammed shut before she heard. He groaned heavily in annoyance. "Never mind about that… for now let's begin with the lesson, Sebastian. They'll come back… eventually."
As Sebastian was teaching near the end of his lesson, the doors suddenly burst open, and two guys walked into the room proudly.
"Little Ciel!" Prince Soma Asman Kadar entered the room with his loyal servant, Agni. "How are you?"
Agni bowed. "It is a pleasure to meet you both again, Master Ciel, Mr. Sebastian," he greeted.
"Soma, Agni," Ciel gasped in surprise, standing up, "what are you both doing here?"
"Visiting, of course," the 17-year-old Indian prince replied automatically. "How have you been? Everything going well, I hope."
Ciel nodded. "Next time would you mind sending a notice that you were coming?" he advised irritably.
"I hope you're not busy right now, Ciel," Soma said. "Let's have some fun today!"
The young earl shook his head. "I'm near the end of my history lesson," he replied coldly. "Then I have other lessons I must attend."
"Come on, Ciel," the prince insisted, "have some fun for a change!" He wrapped an arm around Ciel's neck into a half-tease, half-hug.
A quiet whine came from the baby basket, and Sebastian immediately went over to tickle Adrian's tummy, causing the baby to giggle in amusement. Immediately Soma and Agni went over to look at the child.
"You never mentioned having a brother, Ciel!" Soma exclaimed happily. "Congratulations!"
A vein on Ciel's forehead throbbed. "He's not my brother," he shouted impatiently, "I'm an only child!"
Agni looked at Sebastian. "Is he your son, Mr. Sebastian?" he implored, bowing with his palms touching. "Congratulations."
Sebastian shook his head with a short chuckle. "He is neither the Young Master's brother, nor is he my son," he answered calmly. "This child was discovered about a day ago, and the Young Master has taken him under his care until the child's parents can be found."
"That's kind of you, Ciel," Soma commented.
Without warning, two pairs of light footsteps entered the room, and all four men turned to see Elizabeth and Anna standing at the door.
"Is everything alright?" Anna demanded worriedly, "It sounded a little loud in here."
Ciel and Sebastian's eyes widened at her appearance. Anna was no longer dressed in her maid uniform, but an elegant sleeveless sky blue dress that reached the floor, a long slit in the side starting mid-thigh. White gloves had been slipped over her hands, stopping just above her wrist, and she appeared to be wearing silvery white heels. Her hair was ironed in waves, curling lightly at the bottom, and she wore a clear crystal pendant on a silver chain around her neck, hanging against her breastbone. A single white rose was tucked into her hair. The only unfortunate blemish was the Greater Demon's star pentagram mark on her left collarbone.
"And who are these elegant ladies, Ciel?" Soma implored, walking over to bow to them both. "Greetings, I am Prince Soma Asman Kadar, a prince of India, and this is my servant, Agni."
Both Elizabeth and Anna curtsied.
"I am Lady Elizabeth Middleford," Lizzy greeted, "Ciel is my fiancé."
Soma raised an eyebrow as he turned to Ciel as Anna walked over to stand beside Sebastian, her hands clasped together in front of her. "You never mentioned having a fiancée, Little Ciel," he teased. "Well… I suppose you aren't that little anymore, having a fiancée and all."
"Soma," Ciel scowled.
You look beautiful, Anna, Sebastian told her mentally.
Thank you, she replied, tilting her head slightly to give him a smile. It took Elizabeth a little while to finally decide with one. It was an… interesting experience. It was kinda fun… I'll admit.
He gave her a light shrug. Well… it most definitely seemed worth the time away from you to see you like this, he said. It's too bad that the only imperfection is the Greater Demon's mark.
"And who are you?" Soma implored, smiling at Anna. "You are a very beautiful woman."
She curtseyed. "Thank you. I am the head maid of the Phantomhive manor," she greeted, "my name is Anna, and I was just hired about two days ago. It is a pleasure to meet you, Prince Soma. Please pardon my appearance as I don't normally dress like this for work."
"You have very interesting servants, Ciel," the prince commented. "How did you hire such an elegant maid?"
Ciel scowled, "Why should it matter to you? Anyway, you're interrupting my lesson. Sebastian, what's next?"
"Violin lessons, Young Master," he answered.
Anna smiled. "Shall we proceed to the other room with the piano and violins?"
He nodded. "Let's go."
"Anna…" Sebastian said, "I trust you're good with the violin?"
She smiled. "I am," she replied, "but my forte is the piano." She bowed respectfully to the young earl. "Ciel Phantomhive," she began lightly, "please allow me to be your accompanist today."