“Honestly Sebastian, this is one of the most idiotic Ideas you have ever had. And to be honest, you have had quite a few of them. There's no good reason why I need to be here.” Ciel had no problem letting everyone around him know how much he did not want to be there.
“Please young master. I promise this is only for your benefit. Besides, you get to kiss a girl in the end.” Sebastian gave Ciel a smile, knowing he had very little interest in kissing anyone.
Ciel's shoulders slumped and an annoyed expression exploded across his face. “That's not funny. I would appreciate if you didn't make stupid jokes like that.”
“Good morning Ciel, I see you're in a wonderful mood, as usual.” You had been working with Ciel for a little over a month now. Not once since you met him had he ever seemed happy or excited about anything, except when it was time for him to leave. “Are you ready for the big day today? I hope you don't get stage fright.”
“Quiet you, I don't have time for your snide remarks. Besides, you should be worrying about yourself.” Ciel looked up at you with a slight smirk across his face. “I wasn't the one who forgot my lines at last night's practice session.”
You let out a small laugh and rubbed the back of your head. “Yeah, I guess you're right. I was just trying to lighten up your sour attitude anyway.” You shrugged off your embarrassment and smiled. “Well, good luck, I'd better go practice my lines. I wouldn't want to choke now would I?”
Ciel snorted as you turned to leave. “Good riddance. I'll be glad when this whole affair is over and done with. That female annoys me so.”
“I hardly think that's an appropriate way to talk to a lady young master.” Sighing, Sebastian led Ciel to the dressing room. “If you don't want her to bite you, or spit in your mouth when you kiss her, I would suggest being slightly more sociable. But that is only a suggestion.”
“Perhaps, you're right. That would be rather vile, and I doubt I could keep composure.” Ciel was quiet until he was dressed in full costume. “I look ridiculous. How much longer until the play starts?”
“Any moment, now quickly, go take your place.” Sebastian gave Ciel a slight nudge in the right direction. “I'll be in the audience if something should happen.”
“I know that.” Ciel slowly made his way behind the stage and waited nervously for the first curtain to rise.
Seeing that the play was about to start, you rushed up to stand beside. Closer now, you could see his nervousness all over his face. “Good luck.” There was no sarcasm in your voice, which surprised Ciel a bit. “What, surely you don't think I want you messing up. That would ruin the whole play.” You smiled. “So do your best out there.”
Before Ciel had a chance to do anything at all, the curtain rose, and the play began. A young man took center stage and began to speak. “Two households, both alike in dignity. In fair Verona where we lay our scene...”
The play carried on smoothly. No one forgot their lines, or what they were supposed to be doing. Not even Ciel. It was almost to good to be true. If you could say your final lines without failure, it would be a miracle. But first, came the kiss. You finished up your line with ease, even if you were shaking a bit. “I will kiss thy lips. Haply some poison yet doth hang on them, To make die with a restorative.” Your line finished, you leaned over Ciel and kissed him. His mouth twitched slightly, but he didn't move, only blushed. “Thy lips are warm.” More actors swarmed the stage and feigned looking for you. With the actors growing nearer, you spoke your final lines with confidence. “Yea, noise? then I'll be brief. O happy dagger!” You scooped up the dagger that rested next to Ciel's unmoving hand. “This is thy Sheath.” Dramatically, you plunged the dagger into your chest. And uttered your final words. “There rust, and let me die.” As you collapsed over Ciel's body, the curtain dropped and the audience began to applaud.
“Very well done, both of you.” Sebastian smiled, clapping his hands together to emphasize what he'd said. “I'm quite surprises neither of you had any blunders. Even after the kiss.”
“I'm not sure if I should thank you or reprimand you.” Ciel quickly stood and walked off stage so the next act could begin. “However, I am rather glad everything turned out better than planned. Perhaps you aren't as incompetent as I originally thought. You're actually, not that bad of an actress.” Ciel blushed again.
“On the one hand, I really want to slap you for thinking I was incompetent. But, you did complement me at the end. So, I'll do something equally annoying, but much less painful instead.” You rushed at Ciel, quickly closing the small space between you and hugged him as tight as you could. Once your arms grew tired, you let go, and kissed his cheek. Though the stunned look on Ciel's face was completely priceless, you knew you had to get out of there before he processed what had just happened.
You took off running, waving back at Sebastian with a smile on your face. “Bye, maybe I'll see you again sometime.”
“What a very delightful young lady.” Sebastian smiled. “We really should invite her over for tea and cake sometime.”
Ciel snapped his head up to look at Sebastian. “Don't you dare even think about it. Your tie is on much too tight if you find her “delightful”.”
Sebastian nodded. “Perhaps young master, perhaps. However, you did acquire quite a bit of color in your cheeks when she kissed you.” Ciel stuttered and search for words. “Ah, I see I was right. Tea and cake it is then.”