Anna stirred awake, finding herself laying on one of the front benches inside the courtroom.
"Are you alright, Anna?" Michael implored worriedly, and she nodded, slowly sitting up, wincing at the stinging, sore pain in her shoulder. "Here…" He rested his hands on her shoulders, allowing his healing power to flow into her and ease her aches.
"Thanks. Well… I guess it's time to finish my trial," she sighed. "I'm sorry, Michael, for putting you through this."
The angel kissed her lightly on the forehead, hugging her close. "I love you, Anna," he told her. "No matter what happens."
Anna stood up and returned to the stand, and the Council looked at her.
"Annabelle, as emphasized before, you have done many of these people a great good, however, even so," Alexandra announced, "I'm afraid that your punishment cannot be eased."
She bowed her head solemnly. "I understand," she said softly. "Thank you for your consideration."
"Nonsense," a loud voice proclaimed, and all eyes turned to see Vincent Phantomhive standing tall and proud, his eyes gleaming with a spark of fighting spirit as he defended the noble angel. "I have fair reason to believe that the accused Angel Annabelle's punishment should be eased, or at the very least delayed, as at the current moment she is carrying out a wish of protection, is she not?" He knew that if her trial was delayed, they could build up a better case for her as well.
The Council was a little surprised.
"As true as that may be," Jonathan sighed, "the severity of this crime is beyond anything we've seen before. There has never been a case so serious as it has never been heard of that an angel willingly slept with a demon."
Anna closed her eyes, knowing that she had caused a great deal of turmoil because of her actions.
"Nevertheless," the ex-earl continued, "should she not be able to at least fulfil her angelic duties and leave this existence knowing that she at least completed the wish asked of her?"
Alexandra sighed, "I understand, Vincent Phantomhive, but another angel will be assigned her task to finish the wish. Annabelle should have nothing to fear."
Anna remained silent, shooting a sad, apologetic glance at the ex-earl and his wife; she would not be the angel to protect their son any longer. But at the same time, a solemn sense of peace rushed through her, knowing that Ciel would still be watched over by another angel as she was tasked before with.
Vincent still looked like he was going to continue. "But-"
"Stop," Anna told him, "it's alright, Vincent. I've enjoyed my life, both as a human and as an angel, and I will willingly accept my punishment."
He was surprised at how easily she gave up. This was not good; he was supposed to stall for time for Ciel and Sebastian to arrive, but now… it seemed too late.
"Angel Annabelle Marie Phantomhive, this is our final verdict," the Council declared. All the voices sounded like one, yet at the same time, each distinct voice could be heard. "the sentence is Purgatory and rebirth. There will be no other-"
Without warning, the back doors of the courtroom slammed open to reveal the current Earl of Phantomhive and his butler.
"STOP!" Ciel shouted, his voice echoing throughout the court.
"Ciel? Sebastian?" Anna gasped, azure eyes widening in horror.
Immediately most of the angels stood up in alarm, and many of them began to call out as others were preparing to attack.
"It's a demon and a human boy!" "Get them!" "How did a demon enter the Court of Heaven?" "This is outrageous!"
Swiftly, Anna rushed out in front of them before any harm could come to them. "Wait! Stop!" she called. "Please don't hurt them!"
The Council glared at Sebastian, noting the spark of an angel's aura mixed in with the demonic scent.
"So you're the demon that slept with this angel," Jonathan deducted, "you must certainly be brave if you dare break into Heaven. I'm surprised you've made it this far without even a single scratch. Annabelle, stand back."
She shook her head. "Please, just let them go," she pleaded. "I'll do anything, just let them both be safely returned back to Earth."
"Restrain them!" he ordered, and immediately the angelic guards among the crowd swiftly bound Sebastian and Ciel's hands as others dragged Anna away.
"Sebastian! Do something!" Ciel demanded angrily, but the demon lips twitched up into the briefest smile.
"As much as I would love to do something, I can't," he responded regretfully. "A Lesser Demon like me is unable to break through these holy chains easily."
"Let them go!" Anna shouted, "please! They only broke in to save me!"
"Silence, Annabelle!" Jonathan boomed, and the angel was forced to fall silent. He turned to the bound pair. "How was a mere demon able to break into this place?"
Sebastian looked up, his eyes glowing demonically. "I'm not required to answer now, am I," he taunted, causing chatter of disgust to whisper through the room. "However, I knew the location of one of the gates in London, and merely broke through."
"Impossible!" Matthew hissed, "You must be lying! There is no way a mere demon and a living human can break through that easily!"
The demon smiled. "I am not only a 'mere' demon, but also simply one hell of a butler," he stated, "and I do not lie either."
"Please, just listen to me," Anna piped up pleadingly, "this boy, Ciel Phantomhive, is the subject of which I was asked to protect, and the demon has been bound to him through a Faustian Contract; much like the one that has bound the demon to me. I only ask that they both be safely returned to Earth, and I will be able to be reborn happy."
"Anna, that was not the reason why we came," Sebastian scolded, "we came here to prevent you from being reborn and such. I love you, Annabelle Marie Phantomhive. Does the love of this demon mean nothing to you if you're so willing to accept your fate?"
Many spirits and angels alike gasped at the words of affection pouring from this demon's mouth, and the Council seemed surprised as well.
Tears fell from Anna's eyes. "I do love you, Sebastian," she responded, "Believe me, I do, but… we both knew of the consequences when we decided to sleep together last night. I did it because I love you, and that's why I'm willing to accept the consequences."
The demon sighed heavily. "I don't think I will ever be able to understand you," he noted. "Your reasoning sounds absolutely ludicrous. Did you honestly believe I'd just allow what is mine to walk out of my long life just like that?"
Her azure eyes widened, and a smile touched her lips, her eyes shimmering with a sad happiness. She knew she couldn't be with him any longer. She lowered her eyes, but the glimmering tears that fell from her eyes told all. "Thank you… Sebastian…"
"Annabelle Marie Phantomhive," Jonathan declared, "your final sentence remains the same; purgatory and rebirth. Do you accept your fate?"
"Yes," she breathed quietly as she smiled up sadly at the Council, sniffling and regaining her composure. "I do. But I only ask that Sebastian and Ciel be released free of all charges set against them with this break into Heaven."
"Okay, okay, that's enough." Another voice proclaimed, booming through the room before another angel flashed into the room with a piercingly bright light, a rolled up scroll in one hand.
"K-Kieran?" Anna breathed in surprise, "What are you doing here? And why do you have that medallion on? Aren't those only for… archangels…" She gasped in realization, and he smiled.
"I was promoted a while ago," he admitted. "But I was asked to stay in my rank as to watch over the rest of you. This trial is voided, as I have a scroll from the higher ups informing that the angel Annabelle Marie Phantomhive and the demon Sebastian Michaelis were fated to fall in love with each other, and that this was a sort-of 'experiment' to see whether love between an angel and demon was possible. Release them."
Kieran used his archangel abilities to break the binds on Sebastian and Ciel as Anna was released by the guard angels formally restraining her. Immediately Anna ran into Sebastian's embrace, and he held her tightly, pressing his lips against her hair, breathing in her scent deeply. She reached up to kiss him, and many of Anna's friends 'awwed' in adoration. They'd never seen the angel so passionately in love before, and it was evident that her feelings for Sebastian were something that could not be easily destroyed. Frankly, it surprised them that the demon could love in return.
"Anna, Sebastian, I'm sorry for what you both have been put through with this trial," Kieran apologized, "but at least you and Ciel made it here without harm. I love to plan distraction parties." He smiled as innocently as he could.
Anna's eyes widened. "Kieran…" she began accusingly, "it was you who ensured Sebastian and Ciel's safe arrival this far? It was you who allowed them to break through the gate that easily?"
He nodded. "Great idea, wasn't it?" he said teasingly, "but yes, I accept all responsibility for all that has happened."
"Thank you, Kieran," she thanked gratefully. "I'm really grateful for everything you've done, but I can't help but ask: is it really okay for me to be with Sebastian, being a demon and all?"
"Well, that would bring me to my other point," he began, "Sebastian will be fully accepted on the condition that after this Contract with Ciel Phantomhive is over, he shall work as a demon under Heaven's will."
Sebastian raised an eyebrow. "And this would mean…?"
"This would mean that you are not allowed to taint pure souls and covert them, but you will be under complete satisfaction with devouring the souls of those who are evil," the archangel explained. "It may not be the terms a demon would wish for, however, are you willing to give up the pleasure of devouring pure souls all for the sake of the woman you love?" Kieran raised an eyebrow suspiciously. "You do love Anna, do you not?"
The demon looked his angelic lover directly in the eyes, smiling mischievously at her. "Of course I love her," he said. "'However, I'm afraid I cannot come to your terms. I'd rather devour delicious pure souls instead, I'm afraid. Even my affection towards an angel could not change that. If I were to choose between the two, I'm afraid I'd choose devouring souls instead.'"
Gasps filled the courtroom. Was Sebastian playing around after all?