Cuts and Cake
"So you live alone. That must be lonely," Angelina said as she took a sip of her after dinner coffee.
They were all relaxing in the sitting room after dinner, drinking tea and coffee and in Ciel's case drinking tea and eating cake. Sebastian had made the tea and Ciel had reluctantly complimented him on it as it didn't taste like any Earl Grey he had drunk before.
"Yes, since my parents are always away for some reason or another," Sebastian replied. "It gets lonely sometimes and I don't have any friends to keep me company."
"Isn't Ciel your friend?" Angelina asked suspiciously.
Ciel choked on his butterfly cake. He had been content to sit there eating butterfly cakes whilst the other two talked, but he didn't like being talked about as if he wasn't there.
"I would like to be his friend, but he always seems to run away from me," Sebastian said and winked at Ciel.
"That's because wherever I go you are always there with an annoying smirk on your face," he retorted.
"Sorry, I was born with this annoying face."
Ciel rolled his eyes and finished off his fifth butterfly cake.
"Aunt Ann, where is Sebastian going to sleep? I don't want him in my room," he asked her and glared pointedly at Sebastian.
"He can sleep in the spare room," she answered. "Sebastian, neither of us have any clothes that would fit you so you will have to sleep in the clothes that you are wearing. Luckily tomorrow is Saturday and you don't have to go to school."
As soon as he entered his bedroom Ciel locked the door, determined not to leave until the next morning for fear of Sebastian trying to do something like he had done in the canteen earlier on in the day.
He was aware that Sebastian's manner towards him had changed over the three days that he had known him. At the starts he had been smirking and openly sadistic, but now he seemed to be more… caring, Ciel decided as he changed into his pyjamas. However with a freak like Sebastian you could never know his true personality.
There was a knock at the door which caused Ciel to jump violently out his reverie. With little doubt as to who it was he fastened the last button on his pyjama top and against his better sense he unlocked the door to talk with Sebastian.
Sebastian eyed Ciel's pure white pyjamas with amusement. The short Earl looked exactly like a 12 year old boy albeit with one eye glaring at him.
"Hello Ciel," Sebastian said smoothly. "I came to talk to you. Don't worry I'm not going to do anything to you unless you allow or want me to."
Ciel scowled and moved aside to let him in. Sebastian was still in his school trousers and socks, but he had taken his tie and blazer off. At least Sebastian had promised not to do anything to him.
"What do you want to talk about?" he asked after he had shut the door and sat down on the edge of his bed.
Sebastian sat down next to him. "What is your answer to my earlier question about the contract?"
"First you answer this: why do you spend your time making contracts with people?"
That question had been plaguing Ciel ever since he had found out that he was not the first person Sebastian had offered a contract to. A normal school child, especially one at a state school did not spend their time making contracts with people.
"I suppose it us because I'm always bored," Sebastian answered thoughtfully. "It passes the time and is occasionally entertaining."
"Why are you so bored?"
"My parents are rich and I don't have to work for anything because it is all given to me. School is boring because nothing new is ever taught so I started making contracts with people for interesting prices."
"What would be your "interesting" price for me?"
Sebastian regarded Ciel and thought about it carefully before realising that he had known all along what he wanted. He wanted Ciel Phantomhive. The boy was amusing to play with and was obviously innocent in certain areas.
"Let's just say I don't want to kill you and the price would be very fun and enjoyable for both of us."
Ciel blinked and attempted to work out what Sebastian's "price" was. Something "fun and enjoyable"… He frowned, unable to work it out. On the bright side, it wasn't his death which was a relief.
He signed and took a deep breath, knowing that he wouldn't be able to take back his words. "All right. I will make a contract with you. The sooner I make it, the sooner I will be rid of you."
Sebastian grinned triumphantly. The boy thought he was going be rid of him after the contract was over, that was definitely wrong.
"May I have a pen and some paper so we can write out the terms?" Sebastian asked.
Ciel nodded and pointed to his desk in the corner, still unsure of whether or not making a contract was really the best thing to do to obtain revenge. He watched Sebastian write elegantly on a piece of notepaper as he tried to work out what the price was.
After a few minutes had passed Sebastian dangled the piece of paper in front of Ciel who grabbed it and read the information listed.
I, Sebastian Michaelis will assist Ciel Phantomhive financially and help in whatever way I can in tracking down the enemies that destroyed his former way of life and after they have been found I will help him get revenge.
In return for my assistance I demand a price that I will collect at the end of our contract. The price will be secret until the end, but since Ciel Phantomhive is so curious I will give him a hint. I do not wish for his death and I promise that I will not hit a cricket ball at him ever again.
At the bottom Sebastian had signed his name. Ciel read it again and held out his hand for the pen like Sebastian was his butler and he was his young master. Upon receiving the pen he signed his name alongside Sebastian's, wondering exactly what he had signed himself up to.
"Thank you," Sebastian said as he took the paper back and tucked it in his trouser pocket. "Would you like your hint now?"
"Close your eye then."
Sebastian waited until Ciel had complied and leaned over him. He held his chin as if Ciel was a delicate china doll and touched his lips with his lightly and drew back quickly to watch his reaction.
Needless to say Ciel was very surprised. He opened his eye instantly and glared at Sebastian, trying to ignore the rising temperature of his body.
"How the hell is that a hint?" he demanded angrily.
Trying not to burst out laughing at the cute angry expression that Ciel was making Sebastian winked at him and opened the door to leave.
"Why don't you think it over in bed tonight?"
He shut the door behind him and listened for a few seconds to the sound of Ciel fuming and licked his lips.
Sebastian walked along the upstairs landing in darkness, happy that events were finally moving his way and Ciel had finally entered a contract with him. He was so wrapped up in his triumph that he didn't notice a dark silhouette in front of his room until it spoke.
"What are your intentions towards my nephew?"
All night Ciel lay tangled in his bed cover, frustrated with his inability to work out the "price" and the fact that his face was still red and hot from Sebastian's kiss. It had been his first real kiss as well. It was just his luck that a thing like that had been with a teenager that was one hell of a freak.
Now he only had one important first time left. Then an idea came to him. Something "fun and enjoyable"?
"No, it can't be," he said aloud, sitting up sharply with a fright, aghast at his discovery.