Closer Than Could Have Possibly Imagined
"Good morning, Young Master," Sebastian greeted, pulling open the curtains. "Lord Druton will be arriving in a couple of hours."
Ciel nodded. "W-Where's Anna?" he grumbled, "Is she ready?"
"Of course," he responded in assurance. "She's making breakfast at the moment, and Fang is with her. She's having Fang take Adrian up to have one of her angel friends take care of him. Apparently things are getting too dangerous for the young child."
"Interesting," he replied. "It's going to be interesting how Anna will persuade those documents from him. I wonder whether she'll take a page from your book."
Sebastian's thoughts immediately wandered off to the conversation they had last night.
"Sebastian," Anna said firmly, "I know that this may be dangerous… for the both of us, not to mention the consequences could be catastrophic, but… I think… I want you…"
His ruby eyes widened in surprise. Thinking she was kidding, he chuckled, "For a moment there I thought you were serious, Anna. Almost outsmarted a demon."
She shook her head, her hands running tenderly over his chest, tugging lightly at his tie. "I'm serious, Sebastian," she told him gently, her voice soft and mellow, "I really… really am lusting to sleep with you… as unbelievable as that may sound, especially for an angel."
Even the demon was shocked into silence. This was most definitely a first for him.
"Before you say anything," she interrupted, "I know this is a bad time, considering what we may be going through tomorrow… but… I just need you to know… my love for you has developed into something strong… stronger than anything I could ever comprehend."
Sebastian's arms wrapped tightly around her waist, holding her tight against him. "Anna," he murmured gently, kissing her softly. His lips remained close to hers as he pressed his forehead against hers. "As much as I relish the thought of sleeping with you, Anna… and as much as I want you as you want me…" he whispered, "you're right that this is a bad time. Nevertheless…"
Very softly, he planted kisses down her neck, allowing his teeth to brush against her skin, sending shivers of pleasure down her spine as he bit down gently on her shoulder. He pulled away and chuckled.
"That will be enough for now," he said, and she sighed in agreement, rubbing her neck lightly.
"Well, I suppose we'll have a lot to do tomorrow morning, considering Lord Druton will be joining us," she said.
He nodded. "You should get some sleep, Anna," he advised, giving her a gentle kiss. "Good night."
"Good night Sebastian," she responded before leaving.
"Knowing her, probably not," Sebastian answered the Young Master. "Angels aren't known for being seductive just to get information out of humans."
Ciel scoffed. "In any case, Sebastian," he said, "prepare for Lord Druton's arrival. I'm sure that he won't be expecting that Anna is in fact my maid."
Lord Gareth Druton arrived at the Phantomhive Estate not a few hours later, and was greeted by Sebastian.
"Welcome to the Phantomhive Estate, Lord Druton," he greeted with a bow, "my master Lord Phantomhive is awaiting you."
"I was expecting to meet a woman named Anna," he said.
Anna popped out from behind Sebastian dressed in her maid outfit. "Present, Lord Druton," she said, "it's good to see you again."
"Lady Anna?" he gasped in surprise.
She shook her head. "By no means am I a lady," she assured, "I'm just a simple maid." She smiled innocently at him.
"Is that so?" he said. "I think you're quite fit for a lady. Nevertheless then, please take me to see the Earl Phantomhive."
"Right this way," Anna instructed before she and Sebastian led him inside to the study where Ciel was waiting for them.
"Ah, Lord Druton," Ciel greeted, walking over to properly greet his guest, "welcome to the Phantomhive Estate. I am the earl of Phantomhive; Ciel Phantomhive."
Gareth Druton smiled warily, adjusting his glasses before shaking the earl's hand.
"So… onto business," Ciel said. "Rest assured, Anna has informed me of all the details, and Scotland Yard will not be informed of any of this."
He seemed a little more relieved, nevertheless, he was still worried as he sat down.
"So… I hear that you have documents that may be of assistance," Ciel began. "Will you hand them over to us? Of course, we will secure your son's safety."
Anna smiled. "You can trust us, Lord Druton," she assured. "After all, you've already shown me the documents."
He inhaled deeply. "I will give you the documents under one condition; that I borrow your maid Anna for one day," he said. "Then I will freely give you the documents."
Ciel blinked, exchanging looks with Sebastian and Anna.
Anna? Are you willing to do this? The demon implored her. This could be a trap, for all we know.
I'm willing to do it, she assured. It's alright. I can protect myself if I need to, but something tells me that there's someone else pulling the strings.
"Well, Anna?" Ciel stared at the angel expectantly.
She nodded. "I'm willing to spend the day," she said. "It'll be a good experience to serve others. Perhaps I'll end up learning something new."
Lord Druton seemed relieved, though they couldn't figure out why. Then he took out the documents and handed them to Ciel before Anna walked to stand by Lord Druton's side.
"Command me, My Lord Druton," she told him, "Until this time tomorrow, I am your maid."
He nodded with a kind smile. "Thank you, Anna," he said. "I will greatly appreciate your services till the very end. Please, bring back my son safely."
Anna curtseyed politely to Ciel. "My Lord Phantomhive, I bid you farewell until the morn of tomorrow."
I will be hearing from you very soon, I hope, Sebastian told her through their Blood Bond. Be careful, okay? If things are not as they seem, then you may be in grave danger. Alert me at once if there are problems.
She looked at Sebastian and smiled in assurance. I will, Sebastian, I promise, she told him.
"Well, Anna, come," Lord Druton said, "it is time to go."
Anna bowed. "Of course," she replied, and as he bid Ciel farewell, Anna smiled at both Sebastian and Ciel. "I bid you both farewell, my Lord Phantomhive, Sebastian."
She left after Gareth Druton, and already Sebastian felt concerned. Of course, he would never admit that, but naturally, he had a strong attachment to what he knew belonged to him.
"Anna, please enter here," Gareth Druton advised, gesturing to the dark bedroom.
She glanced at him. "I apologize, Lord Druton," she told him, "but my duty is not to sleep with anyone, even if it is your order."
He shook his head. "That is not it," he replied.
Hesitantly, Anna entered, and without warning, a blood-red barrier raised up behind her.
It's a trap! She screamed to Sebastian in her mind, but it was too late as demonic electricity coursed through her body before she collapsed limply into a heap on the floor.
Lord Druton looked guiltily at Anna's unconscious body. "It is done," he said, "now let my son go."
Footsteps approached, and before the lord stood a Greater Demon, his midnight-black hair glimmering in the light, his dark red eyes glinting gloriously. He was tall, dressed in a black suit with a red bowtie. He was holding a young boy about the age of 10 around the neck before tossing him at Gareth.
"Anthony," he sighed in relief, gathering his young son in his arms, holding him tight.
Easily, the demon walked through the demon barrier easily, picking up the angel and throwing her over his shoulder like a sack.
"W-What are you going to do with her?" Gareth demanded. "Don't hurt her."
He snorted. "Or else you'll do what? My master holds power over you, don't forget that. If you dare alert Scotland Yard, you can guarantee that I will be looking for you."
Now… this angel is what I want, he thought as he left, reaching back to stroke her cheek. That mark that binds you to me will be what will brings me your soul.
"NO!" Sebastian cried, as the connection between him and Anna was severed with her screams of pain.
"What happened, Sebastian?" Ciel demanded, abruptly standing up.
"I'm not sure," he responded, "my connection with Anna was just cut off. She's in pain. Pardon my suggestion, Young Master, but I believe that we were all walking right into a trap. No human device of any sort could be able to cut off our bond, therefore it is possible that the Greater Demon targeting Anna is the one behind this."
Ciel headed towards the door. "Then let us head to the Druton Estate post-haste," he said. "We're going to get to the bottom of this, Sebastian. Do not fail me."
"Yes, My Lord," Sebastian replied loyally. What happened to you, Anna? Are you alright? He wondered. You'd better be, or else you'll be answering to me.
"W-Where am I?" Anna groaned. "What happened to me?" Opening her eyes, she found herself immersed in darkness, but she could feel that she was tied up by shackles to a bed, and as she tried to pull out of them, her wrists and ankles burned the more she struggled. "Dammit, demon shackles? But how? Laurence Kingsley is dead."
Someone clapped, and lights flickered on, Anna squinting to adjust her eyes to the sudden brightness of the bedroom. A tall handsome man stood before her, his dark red eyes glimmering in amusement as he walked over to her, his finger tracing down her cheek.
"You've been unconscious for the past fourteen hours," he informed her in amusement. "Amazing you can sleep with ease in the presence of your kidnapper."
"Who are you?" Anna snapped, twisting her head away from him.
"I am the Greater Demon who has marked you, Angel Annabelle," he responded. "My name is Andrew Hawkins, and I will be the one who devours your soul."
"Never!" she hissed acidly. "Someone will find me, and you're going to pay for what you've done to me!"
Andrew cackled like the evil demon he was. "We are currently contained inside a demon barrier, even if you could escape those cuffs, there is no chance that you'll be able to escape this room," he informed. "You will suffer and die. After a millennia of isolation, I've gotten quite hungry, and the soul of an angel should satiate my hunger, at least for a little while. Let me enjoy your soul…"
She let out a screech as she fought against the cuffs even as it burned her.
"Your efforts are wasted," he said before he drew a knife from his pocket and began to cut open her uniform, revealing the black pentagram tattooed on her collarbone. He chuckled, stroking her bare shoulder before pressing his fingers on the center of the tattoo, and she screamed in pain as the mark glowed bloody red.
Anna felt a demonic fire burn through her entire being, the epicentre being where Andrew was pressing his fingers against the mark. As he pulled his hand away, she gasped, collapsing back onto the bed as she tried to relax, breathing deep as fatigue washed through her.
"Hmmm… if your screams sounded like that while in pain," he mused, cutting open her uniform to reveal her underclothes, "I wonder what you sound like while I'm claiming you as mine."
"NO!" Anna screamed as she tried to twist away as he climbed on top of her, pinning down her body with his weight. "LEAVE ME ALONE!"
He pinned down her shoulders with his strong hands, lowering his mouth to her neck, forcing kisses onto her before biting down on the side of her neck, drawing blood as his hands wandered down to try to strip off her underclothes.
"NOOO!" she screeched, and the door burst open as Sebastian Michaelis stormed into the room, eyes blazing in cold demonic fury. He had broken the demon seals placed around the door, and he was mad.
"Get off of her!" he hissed as he threw off the Greater Demon, freeing Anna's wrists and ankles as he removed his overcoat, wrapping it around the shaken angel as he pulled her against his chest, hugging her tightly.
"S-Sebastian…" Anna rasped, hugging the demon tightly, burying her face against his chest as tears streaked down her face. If he hadn't have arrived in time, Andrew would have…
She didn't allow herself to finish the thought as Sebastian's voice calmed her. "It's alright now, Anna," he soothed, stroking her hair, "I'm here now."
Andrew easily recovered, straightening out his suit and fixing up his bowtie. "So… you're the infamous Sebastian Michaelis I've been hearing about lately. You're the demon who has an attachment to a single soul of some child. Now, if you would be so kind as to surrender that angel back to me."
"Never!" he barked angrily, gripping her even tighter. "Remove the mark from her, now!"
The Greater Demon snorted in amusement. "What makes you think a Lesser Demon can command a Greater Demon like me to do anything?" he challenged, his eyes glowing demonically with a darker and redder purple than Sebastian's. "You too, can be bound by my will."
Sebastian cringed slightly at the power induced in the Greater Demon's voice, and instantly he swept Anna into his arms and ran off before the other demon could try anything, disappearing from Andrew's sight.
"Hmph," Andrew smirked, "don't think this is over, Sebastian Michaelis. This game just got interesting."
Sebastian didn't stop until he knew that Andrew wasn't coming after them. He stopped and lowered Anna in his lap as they sat in the middle of an empty forest. The moon was high in the sky, and he cradled her against him as she wept quietly, her entire form shaking.
"Shhh… it's alright," he whispered, holding her close. "I'm here, it's only me."
I know that demon, he thought, he's been living in isolation for the past millennia, and he commonly goes by the name of Andrew Hawkins. Why would he target Anna now?
Anna buried her head against his chest, her hands trembling as they clutched onto his waistcoat.
"I'm sorry I allowed this to happen to you," Sebastian apologized, kissing her on the top of the head. "Come on, it's time to go home."
They returned to the Phantomhive Estate, where the other servants were already asleep, and Pluto whined worriedly as he noticed Anna was in emotional pain.
"Anna!" Fang called as he flew towards them, Kylee not far behind him. "Are you alright?"
Sebastian shook his head. "Her kidnapper was the Greater Demon that marked her," he replied, "his name is Andrew Hawkins, and he nearly raped her if I hadn't have saved her in time."
"Anna, thank goodness you're alright," the cat sighed in relief. "Thank you, Sebastian. Ciel is awaiting you in the study. Kylee and I had been keeping him company until I sensed your return."
The butler nodded. "I will take Anna back to her room and I need you to help her clean up a bit while I address the Young Master," he said. "Then I will return to check up on her afterwards."
"I take it you found her, Sebastian?" Ciel greeted as the butler entered the study. "Fang and Kylee ran off in the middle of our conversation."
He bowed curtly. "Yes, My Lord," he answered. "She was held captive by the Greater Demon who marked her. As Lord Druton had informed us earlier, the kidnapping of Anthony Druton was a trap to lure Anna in, and he had no choice but to answer to the demon's wishes, otherwise face the death of his son."
"How is she now?" the earl implored.
"Physically, she'll recover," Sebastian began. "However, psychologically she may be a little unstable. Our dear angel maid was nearly raped had I not arrived in time."
Ciel scoffed, "You must be proud of yourself, Sebastian. You played the hero and rescued your damsel in distress."
"Of course not," he responded. "I exist only to serve you, Young Master. Saving Anna was only one of the orders you gave me."
"Are you sure your own feelings for her aren't compromising you, Sebastian?" Ciel checked. "Don't forget, I won't hesitate to order you to kill her deem it necessary."
"I am fully aware of that, Young Master," Sebastian responded loyally. "Now, on that note, it is getting late. Shall I send you to bed?"
Ciel groaned, "Fine."
After Ciel was put to bed, Sebastian returned to find Anna curled up on the bed, Fang cradled in her arms. Her body still shook, but she was changed into her nightgown.
"Fang, allow me to stay and take care of her tonight," he offered. "You and Kylee can stay in my room."
The cat didn't protest, dipping his head as he dashed off with Kylee outside of the room before Sebastian closed the door behind them, locking the door as he walked over to remove his tailcoat and tie, laying them over her chair before laying down next to her, wrapping his arms around her shaking body and pulling her to him.
"It's alright, Anna," he assured, kissing her lightly on the forehead as he pulled her head into his chest. "It's all over now. I'm not going to let him hurt you anymore, okay?"
"S-Sebastian," she breathed, looking up at him, and he kissed her, trying to take away her pain. "Please…"
Sebastian placed tantalizing kisses down her neck, whispering softly into her ear, "I know what you want, my love. But are you sure you want it now? You're still traumatized. You could be making a huge mistake. Once we do this, there is no turning back."
Anna looked up into his eyes, pain glittering in her own red-rimmed azure orbs. "Sebastian… I'm sure," she said. "Please…"
The demon kissed her as he pulled the covers over the both of them before his hands wandered down her body, and Anna unbuttoned his shirt. Her hands ran over his well-toned, smooth chest as he threw his shirt aside as his hands wandered to remove her nightgown…
… that fateful and passionate night, Sebastian and Anna made love for the first time.