Hello everbody! Here we go again- another Kuroshitsuji fanfic! O/O I just can't stop myself from writing them. Ciel and Sebastian are just sooo hot together.

Anyway… I really thought about the rating of this fic, but you know me… I can't live without a good Lemon. ^^

Disclaimer: I don't own Kuroshitsuji or any of the characters. Never will.

Warnings: BoyxBoy; Ciel isn't quite 16 in this one, so Shota

Threats and Promises

Chapter 1: Until the very end

Ciel was bored.

Obviously, if the endless and untouched stacks of papers on his desk were anything to go by. It wasn't even noon and he already wished the day would be over. He sighed deeply, tapping his fingers impatiently on the desk while he looked over at the closed mahogany door.

He knew that his butler was somewhere out there, waiting for his orders. All that was left to do for Ciel was to call his name.


Another sigh left the boy's lips as he thought about the demon butler and as time passed a small frown built on his face. The man was just so complicated and unpredictable that you never truly knew if he was serious or just playing one of his games.

Ciel had long since accepted that he was drawn to the attractive demon, but he would be damned if he let Sebastian know about his feelings. He'd be a fool to believe that a demon was even able to feel something akin to love or affection.

It had taken Ciel some time to recognize his own feelings. He didn't know anything about love, having buried his memories of a happier life long ago in order to achieve his revenge. He had always thought that there was no need for such a pathetic emotion like love. In his eyes it had neither form nor meaning. And nonetheless… these feelings he was having for Sebastian were real.

"Tch." Ciel's frown deepened at this thought and he massaged his temples when he felt the beginnings of a headache. He couldn't let himself be consumed by such unimportant things.

They were bound by contract and it would have to be enough, though Ciel knew that he would forever be haunted by the images of his demon-butler. It was as if he already knew about the boy's feelings.

The things he did, touches that lingered just a second longer than necessary and the way he looked at Ciel from time to time- protective and just a little bit possessive- confused Ciel to no end.

As well as times when his eyes suddenly turned a glowing red as soon as people tried to advance Ciel on public occasions. There were always traces that there could exist something more than just a contract between them, but never enough for Ciel to be sure.

It was maddening, but the boy was convinced that it was only Sebastian's way of playing with him. He was sure that it amused his butler to no end to see him struggling like a fish on land.

Nothing more.

Never more

"Young Master?"

His head shot up in surprise and he gazed into a pair of deep red eyes. His heart fluttered lightly in his chest and he cursed himself for letting his guard down so easily. Almost instantly he tried to put on his usual mask of nonchalance, though he knew that Sebastian could see right through it.

Adverting his eyes he pretended to busy himself with his remaining paperwork, not daring to look up.

"What do you want?" the boy asked after a moment when he had composed himself, secretly glad that his voice wasn't shaking. "Can't you see that I have work to do?"

"I apologize, Young Master." Sebastian replied, not sounding sorry at all. "I thought maybe you'd like to have something sweet and a cup of tea. You've been working for a very long time already…"

Ciel looked up just in time to see the smug smile on Sebastian's face. This bastard! He knew that Ciel hadn't done any of his work in the last hours!

"I'm not hungry." Ciel grumbled and glared at his butler when his smile morphed into an amused smirk. "Don't you have something to do, other than keeping me from my work?"

"Of course, Young Master." the demon butler replied without missing a beat and bowed, right hand resting where his heart should be, before leaving the room with one last look at his master. Ciel could swear that he saw a glint of bright red in the demon's eyes, but before he could be sure the door fell closed behind Sebastian, leaving Ciel even more confused than he had already been.

"Damn him…!" he cursed and pushed himself out of his chair. What was he supposed to do? He couldn't keep pretending for the rest of his life!

Pacing through his room wasn't helping either and so Ciel halted his steps in front of the open window, watching the peaceful scene right before his eyes. He didn't know how the garden could still look this perfect when Finny succeeded in burning or cutting down the better part of it at least once a week.

At the moment there was no one out there and Ciel revelled in the rare silence, sitting down on the window sill and letting his feet dangle out in the open. He closed his eyes when he felt the wind softly play over his face, some loose strands of his hair caressing the skin beneath. It felt as if someone was gently stroking his cheek and he tried desperately not to imagine what Sebastian's touch would feel like.

But his mind kept wandering back to the black-haired man and after some minutes Ciel finally gave in and just leaned his head against the wall next to him. Why shouldn't he at least be able to dream about the demon? What was there to fear?

In his thoughts Sebastian stood right behind him.

Their bodies were only inches apart and Ciel could feel said butler's heat seeping through the thin cotton of his clothes, eliciting a shudder from the boy.

"Are you cold, My Lord?" A voice like velvet, caressing all of his senses and making him want to turn around.

But he didn't… and the next thing he felt were two arms wrapping themselves around his fragile body and pulling him back against a firm chest.

Their close proximity warmed Ciel's entire being and made him relax unconsciously.

With a contented sigh Ciel leaned back into the embrace. He loved the sensation of Sebastian being this close and the hot breath that caressed his skin when the demon rested his chin on Ciel's head, pressing a soft kiss into his hair.

"Don't be afraid. I'll stay by your side until the end of time..."

Ciel could feel the sudden drop in temperature as the sun vanished behind tall trees, but he didn't want to open his eyes yet. He wanted to remain in this dreamlike state just a moment longer. Even though he knew that it was just an illusion.

But a knock on the door brought him back to reality and when he forced himself to open his eyes he saw the man he thought about all the time. Only now there were neither soft and reassuring words nor gentle and loving caresses… Ciel had to admit that the tumble back into the reality of his life hurt more than he had expected. It was as if Sebastian did it on purpose- making him see all those things he could never attain.

There was a flash of sadness in Ciel's visible eye and had he not lowered his gaze to hide it he would have been able to detect a mixture of confusion and genuine worry on Sebastian's face.

"Is there something wrong, Young Master?"

The boy was only able to shake his head, looking out of the window once more. Everything was better than looking at his butler right now…

"It's nothing, Sebastian. Nothing that you would be able to do anything about anyway."

The demon frowned at this. He hated it when his master thought about him like this. Hated to be seen as a tool when he was so much more than just a weapon for the boy's revenge.

"I'm sure that I would be able to come up with something, Young Master." he said, his trademark smile back in place, while he stepped in Ciel's direction. "After all, I am one hell of a butler."

The boy let out a mirthless laugh as he heard the well-known line and he turned around on the windowsill, intending to return into the by now dark room. "Indeed. But believe me, Sebastian, there are things that even you are powerless against."

Sebastian was almost by his side, ready to object, when it happened-

Ciel didn't pay attention in his attempt to turn around and when he looked up for a second, in order to answer his butler, his hands suddenly lost their hold on the windowsill.

He could feel himself falling backwards while he tried to grab onto anything, only succeeding in gracing the window frame with his fingertips as his world tilted.

But even as he fell his eyes found Sebastian's glowing ones and suddenly the arms of fear coiled themselves mercilessly around him. What would happen if he didn't order Sebastian to save him? What would the demon-butler do once he was given the choice? It would be so easy for him to break their contract and just let the boy die…

Ciel could feel the air rushing around him and the sensations forced him to close his eyes, preparing for the impact with the hard ground below.

Then everything stopped, leaving Ciel breathless. He could clearly hear the erratic beating of his heart and the blood pumping through his veins.

But there was no pain…

"Young Master…?"

His eyes snapped open and he found himself face to face with Sebastian. Only this time there was no smile on his lips when he studied the boy and silently looked him over for any external injuries.

When he was sure that Ciel was alright Sebastian let out an almost inaudible sigh of relieve before he sat the boy down on the moist grass and knelt before him to adjust his slightly ruffled clothes.

Ciel regretted the loss of contact between them as soon as his feet touched the ground, but there was no way in hell that he would admit it. He almost smiled at the choice of words.

"I know I'm in no position to reprimand you, My Lord." Sebastian suddenly said lowly and tilted Ciel's chin upwards so their eyes locked. "But I would appreciate it if you could at least try to be more careful."

"You could have let me die…" Ciel mumbled, totally ignoring his butler's previous words. He was entranced by those eyes once again, unable to contain his thoughts.

The trance was broken when Sebastian laughed lightly.

"My apologies, Young Master, but there is no way I could let you die. Even if there was no such thing as our contract I would still find a way to get to you in time."

Sebastian smiled, a real smile that momentarily took Ciel's breath away, before he knelt before the boy, head bowed and his right hand resting on his chest.

"There's no need to be afraid. I'll be with you until the very end…"

"Don't be afraid. I'll stay by your side until the end of time..."

The words of his dream replayed in Ciel's head and he couldn't contain his own smile as he looked down at his loyal demon.

Maybe dream and reality weren't that far apart after all…


Upon return to his room Ciel detected a letter on his desk that had definitely not been there before.

"Ah, yes." Sebastian exclaimed when he followed his master's gaze. "It seems the Queen is in need of your services, My Lord."

At this Ciel perked up.

"A new case?"

"I'm afraid, but it seems there's another reasons for contacting you this time, Young Master."

Furrowing his eyebrows in irritation, Ciel sighed and carefully opened the letter.

There was an amused glint in Sebastian's eyes as he observed the boy's reaction and the way his eyes widened in disbelief.

"A party…" he mumbled slowly, rereading the letter two more times before lying it down on top of the table. "She wants me to attend this party?"

Suppressing his chuckle Sebastian merely smirked.

"It seems she wants you to improve your social skills, Young Master. After all, there will be a lot of your business partners attending this event as well."

With a heavy sigh Ciel pinched the bridge of his nose. He'd always declined invitations to such events as soon as they'd touched his desk. Not because he couldn't interact with other people… no. There were other reasons that he hated those gatherings more than Lizzy's monthly visits. Alone the thought made something inside of him twist, but he knew that there was no way out of it this time- not when the Queen demanded his attendance.

"Very well… Sebastian, this is an order." he said after some seconds and looked up at his butler. "Inform the Queen that I will be present and prepare everything we might need for this… occasion."

"Yes, My Lord."

Ciel looked on as the demon-butler turned and left the room, quietly closing the door.

And at this moment Ciel really regretted that Sebastian hadn't just let him fall to death… after all, it couldn't have been worse than what lay ahead of him…

Phew… finally finished! It's short but it was definitely a piece of hard work…

Our poor Ciel will definitely have to suffer a little bit more and in the next chapter there will be the dreaded party. *evil grin* Can anyone guess why Ciel hates these parties so much? Oh, I think you will love it! But I'm not telling yet… hehe

Anyway, please review and tell me what you think and if it's worth continuing. ^/^

Love you all!