The Scarlet Devil
by Cyberchao X

A/N: I still don't own any of these characters, though I really, really want Remilia. :)

Prologue

Hello. My name is Sakuya Izayoi, age…well, that's not important. I have what is probably the toughest job in the world. I'm head maid and caretaker for the Scarlet Devil Mansion, where I work for a pair of bratty, irresponsible vampire sisters. Do I hate it? Well, it can get a bit annoying at times, and yet…no, not in the least.

"Sakuya!" my master, Remilia Scarlet, called out. I stopped time to rush to her side. "You know, Sakuya, you really don't need to do that. Just because I call for you doesn't mean you have to be there instantaneously."

"Ah, yes, but if I can, well, isn't that all the better?"

"Well, yes, but…it's a little disconcerting sometimes."

"What is it you required of me, my Lady?" I asked, trying to change the subject. She gave me my task, which the author of this story was too lazy to think up, and I quickly completed it.

"Efficient as usual. You truly do go above and beyond the call of duty as a maid."

"I take pride in doing the best job I can," I replied.

"Why?"

"Why do I take pride in my work?" I asked, confused.

"Why do you work so hard?" she replied.

"Love." Oops. That wasn't supposed to come out.

"Love?" she asked.

"Er, yeah…I love my job," I said hesitantly.

"Then I'm obviously not making it hard enough."

"No, no, it's plenty tough caring for you, my Lady." She gave me a quizzical look. "You and your sister are quite a handful. Taking care of this place isn't easy."

"…You're a horrible liar, you know that?"

"I beg your pardon, my Lady?"

"You no longer fear me, Sakuya. That much I'd realized, and I'd learned to live with it. But why you remained so dutiful, if not out of fear, had escaped me. I see now that it was something much worse."

'Worse', she says? This can't be good. "My Lady, you misunderstand…"

"Do I? I don't think I do. I think I was a fool not to see it sooner. Sakuya, Sakuya, Sakuya," she said, getting in my face and unfortunately eliciting an instinctual blush, "you're making a big mistake."


CCX: This story has changed quite a bit from the way I'd originally thought I'd be doing my first SakuRemi—so much so that the original, which was one-shot, songfic, and featured both Remilia and Sakuya narrating, might still see the light of day eventually. This, however, is going to be multi, and I'm not sure if Remilia will get to narrate at all.

Sakuya: Not sure? You mean you don't have a full plan for this?

CCX: Of course not. Making a full plan for a fic in advance is a surefire way to make sure it never actually gets written. Just look at some of the "future projects" listed in my profile—or Conn. A&M (over on fictionpress), which was built back-to-front and as a result has never actually reached its initial point of conception.

Sakuya: I just worry that it will end up unfinished, like so many of your other multis.

CCX: I'll try not to let that happen. By the way, what was up with that comment about the author? Isn't that a bit out of place in a story that's written in first person?

Sakuya: Er… *stops time and runs off*

CCX: *sweatdrops* Right. Ja ne!