“Master Ciel, would you mind waiting for me here for just a moment. I need to pick up a few things for tonight’s meal. I have a feeling we'll be needing a bit more than usual.” Sebastian smiled down at Ciel. “I promise it will just be a moment.”
“Fine, but make it quick. I don't wish to miss my tea time.” Waving Sebastian off, Ciel sat down on a nearby bench to wait. Loud laughter could be heard from where Ciel was sitting. The sound annoyed him quite a lot. Wanting to see what all the commotion was about, he stood to his feet and walked in the direction of the noise. A large group of people were gathered around something, or someone. “What's all the noise about?” As soon as the group of people saw Ciel, they made a run for it, figuring they were in some sort of trouble.
Why if it isn't Master Ciel Phantomhive. I'm sorry about that. It's my fault they were being so obnoxious.” You smiled up at Ciel.
“O-oh, that's quite alright.” Looking down at you, Ciel immediately became slightly uncomfortable. “I should be going now, I don't want to keep you.” He turned to leave. “Before I let you go, allow me a question. What was it that you did to make them laugh so hard? They seemed to be really enjoying themselves.”
“I was telling all them a funny story. Would you be interested in hearing it as well? I don't mind telling it again.” You clasped your hands together on your lap and widened your smile. “I promise it will turn that frown of yours upside down.”
“No thank you, I think I'll pass on that.” Ciel cleared his throat and started walking away. “I only wanted to be sure you weren't being harmed.”
“Harmed?” Before he could get far, you pushed yourself directly in front of him. “Now why would they be harming me? Most people don't go around hurting young ladies in there spare time. Why is it that I, would be any different?”
“No, I, it's just that, well.” Unable to form a complete sentence, Ciel stood there red faced and stuttering like a fool.
“Well what? It wouldn't happen to have anything to do with this would it?” You smacked the arm of your wheelchair. “Don't let this contraption fool you. I'm anything but helpless. Actually, I think I have some advantages that you don't have.”
Ciel looked at you, embarrassed and confused. “Honestly I don't see how. But it's no matter. Now I really must be getting back, Sebastian will worry if I'm gone.”
“I don't think he will. He's been behind you for a few minutes now.” You shrugged. “I wont keep you though. Maybe if we meet again you'll be ready to hear my story. It can't be fun going around with a scowl on your face all the time.” You smiled happily to emphasize what you'd said. “You know, it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. You should really try it sometime.”
Sebastian chuckled quietly, not wanting to attract unwanted attention from Ciel. “What a delightful young lady you've acquainted yourself with young Master. We really should have her over, at least for tea. Perhaps then she would be able to tell us her story. It must have been interesting to have drawn such a crowd of people.”
Not giving Ciel a chance to agree, or disagree with Sebastian’s idea, you accepted. “That would be wonderful. I've never been in an estate so large before.”
“Wonderful. I'm sure the others will enjoy your company.” Sebastian moved behind you, grasping the back of your chair. “May I?”
You nodded. “Sure, thank you.”
“Don't mention it madam, it's my duty to be of any help I can.” Ciel still scowling, Sebastian began making his way home.
Not giving a second thought to how what he said might make you feel, Ciel began complaining. “Sebastian, I would very much appreciate it if you would stop inviting people to our home, especially during tea time. I do hate to have my tea ruined.” Sebastian completely ignored Ciel's words. He didn't even speak again until after arriving at the Phantomhive estate. After seating you and Ciel at a small wooden table, he bowed. “I shall return in just a moment. Please excuse me.”
With Sebastian now gone to fetch the tea, complete silence filled the room. Not a normal silence either. There was obvious friction in the air, making you feel uncomfortable, and out of place. “If you don't want me here, I can leave. I'd rather not be where I'm not wanted.”
“No. It's not that I don't want you here.” Ciel looked up from the table, frowning more than usual. “It's that you confuse me.” He leaned back in his chair and placed his hands in his lap. “How is it that you're so happy, despite your condition?”
You couldn't help but laugh. “Is that what has you so worked up? And here I though I'd done something to offend you.” After your giggles had ceased, you explained. “I choose to be happy. Being sad, depressed or any will only hold me back. Besides, who do I have to be angry with? It's no ones fault I'm like this. And no one is born into this world perfect.” Smiling, you continued. “No one can control what hand life deals them, only what they do with that hand. So in the end, the quality of life I live is decided by only me.”
Ciel was speechless. He sat there just staring at you with his mouth slightly open. “Young Master, it's most rude to leave your jaw hanging like that. Especially in the presence of a lady.” After placing the tea and small desert on the table, Sebastian gently closed Ciel's mouth. “You seem to have taken the Master aback. Congratulations, he's rarely at a loss for words.”
“That's quite enough from you Sebastian.” Ciel took a small sip from his cup. “I do believe it was right for you to come here today. You have truly made me think about the way I conduct myself. And for that, I thank you.”
You nodded, still smiling happily. “I didn't do anything that deserves thanks. But you're welcome just the same. I'm glad I could help.”
“I must say madam, I am most jealous of you. You've managed to teach Master Ciel something in moments, what I couldn't teach in years.” A slight grin appeared on his face. “I do believe we should keep you close, just in case he decides to throw a pity party for himself.”
“Sebastian!” Ciel's face exploded into a bright, flustered red. “That's quite enough. I do no such thing. Now go prepare a room for our guest.”
Sebastian only bowed in response to Ciel's outburst. “As you wish young Master.”