The Case of the Living Doll

A story of a human-like doll and her owner Undertaker.


1. Chapter 1

On the outskirts of London there stood an abandoned building. It had been closed down for several years and was now desolate. The whole place screamed haunted and take caution when stepping through here. Not that anyone in their right minds would even dream of coming close to the place.

Even though I say that, at this very moment there were two people exploring the very place that other people wouldn't dare to enter and if you ask me they were far from being sane.

They were of course the young earl Ciel and his demon butler Sebastian.

There had been several rumors about the building and none of them were very pleasant.

Several people had said that screams could be heard coming from within the building, resonating throughout the nearby streets and other horrific noises sounded from there also. Squelching, sawing and even footsteps.

The thing was no one had been seen entering or leaving the building in what seemed to be years. The place was completely abandoned.

The building had once been a factory, one that manufactured dolls of all shapes and sizes.

There were more rumors that surrounded the place and they were that the dolls, who appeared lifeless at first, had more life to them when you looked closely at them, they were almost human. It wasn't only that: there were also rumors of the dolls coming alive at night and were seen wandering about the house, like it was the most normal thing in the world.

And now here Ciel and Sebastian were in this very building under direct orders from the queen, they were supposed to investigate the place and see if there was some truth to the rumors and at the moment everything seemed quite normal about the place, at first glance anyway.

Once Ciel's eyes, or eye, had adjusted to the darkness he took a closer look at the room and his eyes came to a stop on the lone table in the middle of the seemingly empty room. On top of the table sat a single doll. The doll had porcelain skin that felt real to the touch, flowing (h/c) hair and half-closed (e/c) eyes.

"That's strange." Ciel strolled over to the doll and peered closer at her face, "it seems almost life-like."

"Yes, it's like she'll start speaking at any moment." Sebastian also looked at the doll and ran a gloved finger down her face. He drew his finger back and he glanced at her face.

Weird, it had seemed as though the doll had flinched when he touched her. But that couldn't be possible.

Was it true that these dolls were once human?

Several years ago there had been talk of girls who were on the brink of death going missing, or beautiful girls disappearing from their homes in the middle of the night.

Perhaps this doll was one of those missing girls?

Anything was possible.

"Should we take her with us? Maybe someone could tell us whether she was alive once or not?" Ciel half-asked Sebastian, he was mostly talking to himself though.

"I know who would be the perfect person to ask young master." Sebastian smirked and held the girl/doll bridal style.

"You're not talking about him are you?" Groaned Ciel.

"Indeed I am." Chuckled the demon butler.

~~~At the Undertaker's shop ~~~

"Undertaker are you here?" Ciel knocked on the door of the Undertaker's funeral home and without waiting for a reply waltzed into the room.

Coffins and more coffins filled up the empty space and specimen jars were lined up against the walls.

The young earl shivered at the sight and ordered Sebastian to place the doll on top of one of the many coffins. It's not like the girl/doll would mind right?

Ciel jumped slightly when he heard someone stumble behind him. Spinning on his heel, he saw a certain grey-haired male slumped across his desk, as though he had just fallen over and landed on top of it.

Undertaker was certainly a weird one and Ciel had seen plenty of weird things in his short lifetime.

"Oh if it isn't the earl and his butler." Undertaker grinned an amused grin and pulled out a jar of what looked like dog bones. "And what would you like from me today? A coffin? Do you need me to measure you for one?" He laughed manically to himself. He abruptly stopped when he saw the doll sitting atop one of his coffins.

He bounced over to her and examined every inch of her body.

"And what is this precious thing?" He grinned while still inspecting her, "She's simply marvelous."

"We found the doll in the abandoned building outside of town." Ciel reluctantly answered, "have you heard the rumors about the old wax doll factory?"

"I have indeed." Undertaker wrapped an arm round the doll's waist and spun her round on the spot. He twirled a strand of hair round his finger and snuggled his cheek against her soft skin. "She certainly does seem human doesn't she? It's almost as if she's alive. Or once was." He felt the doll shiver at his touch and he smirked.

"We would like for you to keep her here for a few days and examine her. Perhaps you'll find something from her." Ciel picked up his cane and made for the door, "I'm sure you'll be able to figure something out."

"Just leave it to me." Undertaker grinned once again and sat the doll back atop the coffin.

After the earl and his butler had left, Undertaker turned back to the doll and sat next to her.

"You can hear me right?" Undertaker took a strand of her hair and bought it up to his lips. He pecked it lightly and let it rest against her shoulder once more. Anybody who was looking closely at the doll, might have been able to see the slight blush that was now dusting her cheeks.

That wouldn't be possible if she was really a doll, now would it?

Undertaker might be seen as someone who only knows how to play around and be a little insane, or maybe he was a whole lot of insane, but he wasn't stupid.

He knew from just one look at the doll, that she wasn't just that. She was human, or partly human and she was very much alive.

It was now up to him to find out exactly how such a thing had happened and how to undo what ever this doll-like state was.

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