A/N: Hello everyone!
Important things to note: As the title suggests, this story is indeed set in the 21st century, contrary to both the settings of Black Butler and D. Gray-Man. I wanted it to be in the 21st century, so I just dragged everything from DGM and left it as it was, but in a different time period. I wasn't going to create an entirely new Order, since that would probably annoy people and not to mention it would annoy me.
Disclaimer: I obviously do not own Kuroshitsuji or D. Gray-Man, but I do own my main OC Jasmine, and if you want to steal her you have to ask first.
A fist gently knocked on my bedroom door.
"Mistress, are you awake?" a familiar, silky voice called in through the wood. I groaned and rolled over, checking the time on my phone.
"No, come back later." I grumbled, throwing a pillow at the door. It swung open, revealing a handsome black-haired man wearing a black butler's uniform. He smirked as I stretched and sat up, shirt falling down to my knees. "Go away." I complained, throwing a pillow at his face. He easily caught it with one hand.
"You seem to have forgotten, but today is the first day of the new school term." I sat bolt upright, violet eyes wide in shock.
"Damn it Sebastian! You could have reminded me YESTERDAY. Then I could have made a bigger effort to get up." I pouted, annoyed. Sebastian walked over to my closet and removed my winter uniform, placing it on the couch.
"Come downstairs when you've changed. You wouldn't want to be late." I swung my legs over the side of the bed and dropped down to the floor. Grabbing my uniform I headed into my private bathroom as Sebastian headed back downstairs. Looking in the mirror I brushed out my waist length copper hair and tied it back in a pony tail. After pulling on my uniform I spent a few minutes attempting to tie my tie, eventually giving up and deciding to get Sebastian to do it. As I wandered downstairs I nearly collided with Erika.
"Mistress!" she gasped. "I'm sorry, please forgive me, I was lost in thought." I smiled sleepily at her.
"Erika, I've told you before. Sebastian may call me a lot of things, but that doesn't mean you have to. It makes me feel weird anyway, having you call me that." She nodded and we parted ways, her going up, while I went down. When I walked into the dining room I handed Sebastian my tie and stood expectantly. He looked from me to it and smirked again, proceeding to tie it up.
"Are we having trouble this morning my lady?" he asked, stating the obvious. I frowned up at him.
"I'm really not in the mood for your jokes today." He let go of my tie and I sat down at the table, gulping down a cup of repulsive herbal tea before digging in to a piece of toast. You might be wondering why I willingly drank the tea if I find it so disgusting. It was medicine, or more of a stupid mixture that was supposed to give me vitamins and stuff since I ate too much junk food. Stupid doctors and their stupid rules and theories… Once I had finished my bit of toast I stood up and headed for the door, Sebastian following with my school bag.
"Man, it feels like we wasted those two weeks. We went searching almost every day, yet we didn't find a single clue." I complained as I climbed into the back seat of the car.
"It will all fall into place when the time is right. Until then we are bound by the contract and I will continue to serve you faithfully." He stated as he slid behind the wheel. I rolled my eyes, having heard the speech countless times before.
"You say that all the time." I whined. "But we haven't uncovered a single thing in the last 2 years!"
"I suppose you do have a point there my lady." Sebastian said, thinking out loud. "No-one seems to have even realised what happened. There wasn't even a single obituary." I crossed my arms and stared out the window. When we pulled up to the school gate I jumped out, slinging my bag over my back.
"See you after school." I called back to him as I walked towards the bench where Emma, Mary and Tabitha were sitting.
"Good morning." Mary called melancholically. I grinned and sat next to Emma.
"You don't sound too sure about that." I joked. Emma elbowed me in the side.
"Hey, what's the deal with your brother? I haven't seen him in forever." She asked me. I grit my teeth. I hadn't seen Richard in 3 years, not since my parents were murdered. Mary perked up at the turn in the conversation.
"Jasmine has a brother?" she asked curiously. Emma nodded enthusiastically.
"Yeah, he's what, seventeen now? He's really handsome." I cleared my throat impatiently, announcing my discomfort with the subject. "Oh that's right, Jas doesn't like it when I talk about her brother." As Emma and Mary continued their gossip session I pulled out my phone and texted Erika.
'Can I skip skwl 2day? Id 4gotten how annoying Emma can be.'
Hitting send I left my phone on my lap and whacked Emma on the shoulder. She glared at me.
"Jas, don't you think we should introduce Mary to your brother?" She asked sweetly, voice laced with venom. Clutching my phone in my hand I got up and marched out the gate, leaving them speechless as they gazed after me. Once I was out I leaned against the fence, cursing my short temper. As I did so I noticed a strange red cloaked figure leaning against a telephone pole by the crossing. Something about them tugged at the back of my mind and I found myself approaching the figure, curiosity outweighing reason.
The closer I got the more of them I could make out. It was a man, wearing a red cloak, who had reasonably long red hair. He turned around when I accidentally kicked a stone. Perched on his face was a pair of red framed glasses. I stopped when I was about a meter away from him as I had just seen what he was carrying. A red chainsaw. My brain started functioning again and I realised why he seemed familiar. I had never seen him before in my life, but a guy of his description was hard to miss.
"What are you waiting for?" I asked him cautiously. He turned to face me.
"I love your hair." He stated harmlessly. "Red is such a wonderful colour." I glared at him.
"Grell Sutcliff." I let the statement hang in the air. He gave me a once-over and frowned.
"You're not an immortal. Do I know you?" I shook my head, folding my arms. He seemed unhappy with my answer and went to speak again but I bet him to it.
"You didn't answer my question. What are you doing?" He sighed and leaned heavily on his chainsaw.
"Will sent me out here to judge the soul of a student who's going to be hit by a car. But he wouldn't tell me when it was going to happen, so I have to stay here until it does. I think Will might be mad at me for some reason." He pouted childishly and I spun, heading back to the gate. "Wait, where are you going? You can't just ask me a question and leave me here!" I turned to glare at him.
"If I was you, I'd make sure I wasn't anywhere nearby when school ends." I said threateningly and stalked off.
"Why?" Grell Sutcliff called after my retreating figure. He sighed to himself. "Strange mortal."
"Jas where the hell did you run off to?" Emma demanded when I sat back down.
"That's none of your business." I replied calmly, checking my phone. There was a reply from Erika.
'Mistress I know she might be acting up, but you haven't seen each other in 2 weeks. She's probably just excited. I'm sure you'll survive.'
Letting out an impatient sigh I stared at the screen for several minutes. Even though I know what Erika said is probably true, it still bugs me. Emma knows there must be some reason she never sees Richard anymore, she just doesn't want to admit it. My phone was suddenly snatched from my hands.
"Who's texting you that you'd spend so much time reading it?" Emma teased, reading the text. I groaned and tried to grab it back, but she kept it out of my reach. "Mistress?" she echoed, reading from the text. "Wait, isn't Erika your maid? You make her call you mistress? I never knew you had such a complicated personality Jas. A maid fetish AND a superiority complex." Mary laughed, while Tabitha looked off into space, thoroughly uninterested in what was happening. I slapped Emma and took my phone back before she dropped it.
"Wrong on both accounts Emma, but one thing I am is short-tempered. You should know better than to tease me after all these years." Mary stared at me, a look of utter disbelief on her face, having never been witness to my ferocious temper before. Picking up my bag I gave Emma one last angry glare before marching inside, heading straight to class. The bell rang as I passed through the doors.
- Time Skip -
A black sports car pulled up outside the school gates. I looked around, nervously scanning for Grell, but it seemed he had listened to my warning and kept his distance. Sebastian was frowning when I climbed in the back, but he quickly plastered on a smile.
"How was school mistress?" He asked, making small talk. Ignoring him I glared out the window, watching out for a flash of red, any tell-tale signs of Grell. There was nothing, and I let out a small sigh of relief.
"School sucked." Eyebrows knit together I frowned, thinking. "Emma has convinced Mary that she should come over and meet Richard. I don't even know what to tell them anymore." Sebastian glanced at me in the rear view mirror.
"You could always tell her the truth." He pointed out, teasing. I kicked the back of his seat and glared daggers at his head.
"Not you too. What is it, let's piss Jasmine off day?" His fake smile morphed into an amused smirk.
"It's good to see that the break has done nothing to change your temper. It's that temperament of yours that makes you seek vengeance."
"Is it that difficult for you to avoid bringing up the contract every day?" I complained as we pulled into the driveway.
"Well I wouldn't want you to forget now, would I?" His eyes glowed red for a moment, pulling me out of my angry stupor. After kicking open the door I marched angrily up the stairs into the house, ignoring Erika's greeting, and shut myself in the library. I threw my blazer and tie on a chair and grabbed a book at random off the shelves, positioning myself on the floor in the centre of the room. A knock sounded from behind me, in the direction of the hallway door.
"Go away!" I yelled, not caring who it was. A frustrated sigh reached my ears and I immediately knew it was Sebastian on the other side.
"But mistress, I have something important I would like to discuss..."
"I don't care! If you're bored why don't you break into the police station or something? It would be more progressive than trying to make me come out." Another sigh. He says I'm impatient, but the truth is that he's no better. He just suppresses it better than I do. There was a pause. The atmosphere was so tense I thought I could cut it with a knife.
"I understand my lady." His footsteps disappeared down the corridor, leaving me in silence. It was oddly warm, so I shuffled over to the window and opened it all the way, letting in the cool afternoon air. Resuming my position on the floor I poured all my attention into reading the book in my hands.