“Are you sure young Master? We could give it a bit more time.” Sebastian walked into the airy dining room and served you and Ciel tea, along with a small cherry tart. “It has only been just over a month. These things don't happen overnight.”
“No, we don't have that kind of time. Just go get me another one, and quickly. And make sure this one isn't so temperamental.” Ciel took a sip of his steaming tea and let out sigh. “The race is in three days, we won't be able to train, or tame it in that amount of time. You can sell off the other one to whomever you see fit.”
You quickly looked up from your tart, dropping your fork to the plate causing a metallic clanking sound. “Train, tame? You're talking about an animal, right?” Ciel gave you a slow nod. “You can't just go and throw animals away. No wonder it wont listen to you.” You crossed your arms and shook your head. “What kind of animal is it anyway? Maybe I can help.”
Ciel looked less than thrilled with your offer. “You think you can train a horse well enough to race in three days, when Sebastian couldn't do it in a month? It won't even let me ride it.” He gave you a skeptical look. “ I find that highly unlikely.”
Determined, you continued to build a case for yourself. “I think I should at least try. It's much better than selling it off to the highest bidder. Animals really seem to like me. And really, what's the harm in trying?
“The young lady does have a very good point my Lord. It would be much more cost efficient if we could simply break the one we already have.” Sebastian smiled at you, more than happy to join your cause. “Besides, with the race being so near, the chances of us finding a worthy horse are slim to none. You do know how everyone fancies themselves an equestrian around this time.”
“I suppose you're right.” Though he hated to admit, Sebastian did have a good argument. “You can take her to the stable after tea. However, if she's unable to tame that horse before the race, I'm blaming you for our loss.” Ciel stood from the table, and cleared his throat. “On second thought, I think I'll accompany you both. We can have our tea later, you've piqued my interest.” Not bothering to wait for you or Sebastian, Ciel left the dining room and walked out the back door.
“Well then, I suppose we should follow him. We wouldn't want the young master to grow angry with us, now would we?” Sebastian walked behind you, gentle placing his hands on the handles of your wheelchair. “I know you've told me to stop asking, but may I?”
You laughed. “If you ask me again I'll start saying no.”
“Ah, is that so? Then I shall try to contain myself then young miss.” You were quickly taken back to a small stable, only large enough to fit one horse. “We hadn't planned on keeping a horse here, at least not for long periods. That, as you could imagine would be rather cruel. However, I've yet to find an off site stable for him, as the master only plans on keeping him if he does well in this race.”
You couldn't help but to be a little upset with Ciel, treating an animal like that. With Sebastian no longer holding onto your chair, you quickly pushed yourself into the tiny stable. Ciel was standing across from a large, gray, thoroughbred. You could tell just by looking at it that this was a hotblooded horse. Your job would be less than easy, but you were going to give it your best try. “Does he have a name yet?”
“No, the young Master didn't want to become overly attached by giving him a name.” With a smile on his face, Sebastian gently ran his hand down the stallions large, muscular neck.
“Is a name important?” Ciel suddenly seemed more interested than before. “If it is, I think I have one that I think well suits him.”
“Names are pretty important, at least I think they are.” Though this was your first encounter with this particular horse, he already seemed to trust you. He rubbed his snout on your out stretched hand, pressing int against you affectionately. “I don't see why you all were having a hard time, he's a sweetheart. Anyway, what was your name for him?”
Ciel looked almost embarrassed as he spoke. “Forbes. It's a strong name.” Forbes stomped his feet on the ground. He seemed happy with the name. “That's good right? I haven't the slightest idea how to read animals.”
“He seems pretty excited about it to me.” Just by giving him a name, Forbes entire demeanor changed. “I think you should try to ride him, or at least pet him.”
“Y-you really think that's a good idea?' Ciel's eyes widened. “You might be good with animals, but he was trying to nip at me just yesterday. Perhaps we should wait a while. We do still have three days left after all.”
“Well then, if you're too scared, maybe I should just take him for a test run. Then maybe you'll see there's nothing to worry about.” You looked up at Sebastian with the most pitiful, pleading look you could muster. “Can I please?”
Sebastian thought, then nodded. “I really can't think of a good reason why not.” He opened the door to the stable and walked Forbes out. Ciel was amazed at how calm the horse was. “I apologies if this is inappropriate.” Careful not to do anything that might be offensive to a young lady, Sebastian helped you onto the horses back and fit your feet into the stirrups. “Comfortable?”
“Yes, thank you.” You took hold of the reins and gently urged Forbes forward. He was calm, but you could feel his desire to move faster. “Go ahead.” Leaning closer to his body, you allowed him to choose his own speed. Even as you rode, you couldn't help but notice the surprised, almost jealous look on Ciel's face. “We had better head back. Don't want Ciel getting all worked up now do we?” As if he understood, Forbes changed directions and walked back to the stable.
“You are quiet talented aren't you? I should have sought your help a month ago.” Sebastian helped you down with a warm smile then turned to Ciel. “Young Master, are you ready to try your hand? I don't think there's anything to worry about now.”
Ciel stood there,completely ignoring Sebastian. He was staring at you, unmoving and speechless for almost a full minute. “The better I get to know you, the more you amaze me.” Realizing what he'd said, he quickly crossed his arms, turning his face towards the ground and shutting his eyes. “Do not take that complement lightly. There are very few people on this planet that I hold that amount of respect for.” Ciel finally looked back up at you, his face red.
“I don't take any complement lightly, especially not ones like that.” You felt your cheeks warming as you smiled. “So thank you.”
Still obviously flustered, Ciel nodded. “I said all of that to say this and this alone. No matter how much you amaze me, or how good you are with animals. I'm still not riding that horse. Not today.”