Fang was nervously pacing back and forth by the fireplace while Ciel and Soma were seated by the coffee table. Kylee flicked her tail as she lay on her paws by Fang, staring at the cat worriedly. She could tell that he was concerned for his owner.
"By the way," Soma said in curiosity, "where is Anna? I thought that all of the Phantomhive servants would be coming."
Sebastian bowed. "Miss Anna is currently taking care of the Phantomhive Manor in the Young Master's absence," he lied fluently. "However, she may be joining us later."
"It is quite early in the morning, Prince Soma," Agni said, "perhaps we should continue this discussion after you get some rest. I'm sure Master Ciel also feels the same."
Ciel dipped his head. "Sebastian," he said.
"Of course," the butler replied automatically. "I'll prepare you for bed."
"Sebastian," Ciel addressed sternly as he sat in bed, "wait outside for Anna's return tonight. Perhaps she'll return soon to inform us the security of the Phantomhive Estate."
The butler bowed. "Yes, My Lord," he obliged.
"And another thing too," he continued, "how attached have you become to Anna?"
"Rather very, Young Master," Sebastian replied honestly. "However, that will still not get in the way of protecting you, of course."
Ciel's eyes narrowed suspiciously. "That had better be true," he threatened.
"Why of course," the butler replied in amusement, "I do not lie."
The earl scoffed as he laid down, his head resting on the white pillow. "Keep your relationship simple and professional, Sebastian," he ordered as he pulled the covers over him. "I do not want to hear rumours of the Phantomhive butler and maid having a secret affair. Do not tarnish my family name further than it already is, Sebastian."
"Understood," he stated with a curt bow.
"And if you do," Ciel threatened additionally, "I may just order you to dispose of her yet, Sebastian. Don't think that the thought hasn't crossed my mind yet, and you are my butler. As abided by the Contract, you are to obey all of my orders, no matter what they are."
Sebastian's eyes hardened, but he bowed. "Of course, Young Master, I understand. I bid you goodnight, Young Master. Sleep well."
Late that night, Sebastian sat on the roof –as ordered by Ciel, until Anna's return. Fang lay on the roof beside the demon, worried. Pluto was in his puppy form and was asleep on the front steps of the townhouse.
"I hope she's alright," Fang said. "She hasn't contacted me or anything yet."
"She'll probably be fine," Sebastian assured. "She's an angel, right?"
They saw a lonely white figure enter through the gates of the townhouse, and both recognized it to be Anna!
"Anna!" Fang gasped.
Immediately both demon and angelic cat leaped down to greet her, and she stumbled precariously towards them before falling forwards into Sebastian's awaiting arms.
"Are you alright, Anna?" Fang demanded.
"Y-Yes," she replied shakily as Sebastian sat her up against his shoulder. "Nothing a little sleep won't fix."
"May I ask what happened, Anna?" Sebastian implored calmly, "Have you disposed of Ash?"
Anna sighed heavily in exhaustion. "It's a long story," she told them. "Ash and Angela have become two separate entities now, instead of one hermaphrodite angel."
"What?" Fang demanded.
"Why don't we talk about this tomorrow with the Young Master?" Sebastian suggested. "You're clearly exhausted, Anna, and you should get some rest."
She smiled tiredly. "That would be nice, yes," she agreed. "It's been a long night for all of us."
"You've done well," he assured her. "The Phantomhive Estate is safe and sound, correct?"
Anna nodded. "I don't think Ash or Angela should be coming back anytime soon."
"Then the rest can wait," Sebastian said, lifting her into his arms. "Come, let's put you to bed."
Fang floated up to Anna's level as they went to one of the servant rooms. "Were you injured at all during the fight?" he implored worriedly.
"Yes," she said, "but it's healed already. Don't worry."
Arriving in the room, Sebastian set Anna down on the bed, pulling the covers over her. "Now rest," he told her. "I will tend to the Young Master if deemed necessary, and I'll alert you if there is anything wrong."
"Good night, Sebastian," Anna sighed as Fang curled up next to her.
He smiled, leaning down to plant a soft kiss on her lips. "Good night, my angel," he whispered, eyes staring deeply into hers.
As he closed the door behind him, he chuckled darkly, "Well… now to get ready for tomorrow's preparations."
The next morning, Ciel was woken up by light pouring onto his face from the outside.
"Good morning, Young Master," Sebastian greeted, tying up the curtains. "Last night, Anna returned. The mansion is safe and sound. However, she has quite a story to tell us, it seems. She's still asleep, as are the other servants, so I'll have her speak to you later privately. Shall we prepare to return to the estate?"
"It would be far too suspicious if we just left this morning," the young earl responded, grumbling, "Soma and Agni may be idiotic, nevertheless, they will question our late arrival and early departure. We can't rouse any suspicions. We have no choice but to stay here for at least another day."
After Sebastian got Ciel dressed, there was a soft knock on the door.
"Come in," Ciel called, and the door creaked open to reveal Anna dressed in her maid outfit, looking a little tired, her hands folded in front of her. Fang and Kylee padded in beside her.
"Good morning, Ciel," she greeted softly. "I'm sure Sebastian must have already told you that I arrived during the night."
The earl nodded. "Sebastian said you had quite a story to tell," he retorted. "Has Ash been dealt with?"
"Not… exactly, no," the angel replied awkwardly, closing the door behind her. "Ash and Angela have been separated. I don't know why, but they're two separate beings now. I was attacked by both of them. It was a miracle that I was saved by Michael and the others just in time."
"What?" Fang meowed in alarm.
She dipped her head. "Michael, Kieran, and Alisha came to save me," she informed gently. "Michael healed my wounds while Kieran and Alisha fought Ash and Angela. I'm okay though, so don't worry. Just a little tired still, but that'll pass."
Sebastian walked over to pat her on the head. "You could have slept in a little more," he said. "I can take care of the Young Master."
Anna shook her head. "As a maid of the Phantomhive household," she stated, "where would I be if I couldn't work for my employer?"
The demon butler chuckled, and Anna smiled, looking at Ciel. "Now… Ciel, there's something that I'd like to give to you," she said. "It might prove to be useful to you in the times to come."
Closing her eyes, she took out a beautiful jewelled curved dagger from her pocket, presenting it to Ciel on one knee. The hilt was studded with small colourful jewels, and it didn't appear to be used particularly for fighting, rather as a decoration perhaps.
"The Dagger of Light, an item that can only be used in times of great need," the angel announced. "You will most likely need this in the times to come, however, I only hope that you need not actually use it, and that Sebastian and I will be there to protect you."
Ciel reached out to touch the dagger, and immediately once his skin touched the cool blade, it vanished in a flurry of golden sparks.
"What the hell is this?" the young earl demanded.
She chuckled as she stood up. "It will appear to you in your time of great need," she told him. "But it remains undetected as a way to protect you and so that this weapon remains concealed."
"But where has it disappeared to?" Sebastian implored curiously.
"Where indeed?" Anna responded thoughtfully with a smile.
"LITTLE CIEL!" Soma's voice boomed as the prince ran into the room, Agni close behind. Then he paused in his tracks as he noticed Anna. "Ah… your maid has come too? How come you didn't arrive with the others last night?"
She bowed with a smile. "I had duties that kept me back at the manor, so I didn't arrive until late last night," she said, confirming what Sebastian had said just the night before.
"So… why were you all suddenly coming here to London without any notice and so late?" Soma implored. "Did you miss me that much?"
"As if," Ciel scoffed. "Just felt like intruding." He smiled cleverly. "I was wondering how you'd react to my sudden 'intrusion' of my own townhouse."
Anna looked outside, and it seemed that something caught her attention. Sebastian and Fang followed her gaze to see what had attracted her gaze, and they both saw Michael standing outside with a white envelope in his hand, and the angel's gaze was met squarely with Anna's.
Fluently, she bowed deeply. "Please excuse me for a moment," she excused, quickly leaving the room, Fang following behind.
"What is he doing here for?" Fang implored.
"I don't know," she answered, "but I'm sure we're about to find out."
"Hello, Anna," Michael greeted gently as the angel he loved came out to greet him.
"Hey, Michael," she replied. "What are you doing here?"
He offered her out the letter with pained eyes. "This is for you from the Council," he told her, "they're growing concerned about your relationship with the demon Sebastian Michaelis. But I'm not sure whether this letter is related or not."
Anna blinked, accepting the letter and opening it. Her eyes hardened as she read it, and she took a deep breath before the letter disintegrated in her palm with a ball of soft blue fire. "Very well," she sighed. "That letter was completely unrelated to my relationship with Sebastian, in fact. It was a letter requesting that I return to Heaven instead of completing my mission of which I am no longer required to fulfill. At least… until the time that Ash, Angela, and the Greater Demon that marked me have been dealt with."
"Well… their worry is warranted, don't you think?" Michael tried to reason, "I'm worried too."
She smiled weakly, reaching up to cradle his cheek in her palm. "I know you are, Michael," she said, "and I'm sorry for causing you to worry about me." She kneeled down to pick up Fang in her arms, stroking his soft fur. "And I know you've been worried too. But I can protect myself, and I know that you, Fang, as well as Sebastian, will be here to take care of me and protect me."
After Anna and Fang returned inside, they were met up with Sebastian, who had apparently been sent to fetch them.
"I trust everything is alright, Anna?" he implored calmly, and even though he didn't show it, Anna knew that he too, was a little worried.
"Fine, Sebastian," she assured quietly. "When will we be departing back to the mansion?"
"Tomorrow," he answered as they went to tend to the young Earl Phantomhive, "and in a few days, we will be attending Lord Druton's ball. I trust you will be ready?"
The angel sighed, "I hope so, Sebastian. I hope so."