Nine Months Later

"Maricel! How many times are you going to spit the food out?" Ciel shouted in frustration.

The one-year-old just giggled in response. She had grown considerably since they'd found her on that fateful morning. Her hair was to thin, dark and barely to her shoulders, small curls on the ends. Freckles appeared by the time she had eight months and one baby tooth was already out. It pained Sebastian to see her grow up so quickly. Well, she was a mortal anyways. But Sebastian was already looking for a way to change that.

Ciel sighed, wiping his face once more.

"Where is your father?"

He put the spoon down and cleaned Maricel's mouth. Taking off her bib, he lifted her into his arms and carried her upstairs.

"Maricel, should we wake daddy up?"

"Brrah!" The baby squealed, causing Ciel to laugh at her cuteness. They entered his and Sebastian's room (A/N: That's right! They FINALLY share a room now!) quietly, walking up to the large bed. Sebastian was there, sleeping, not having sensed the two people close to him. It was strange to Ciel though, how he was asleep. Demons didn't need it, but Sebastian had been busy all day cleaning up after Maricel. It should be no surprise he got tired.

"On the count of three, tickle daddy, okay? With all your might, Love." He whispered. She nodded, being placed down gently by Ciel. She went beside her sleeping father, watching him eagerly. "One…Two…Three!"

Maricel jumped on top of Sebastian, knees landing on his stomach, causing him to grunt. She placed her small hands on his 'tummy', as she calls it, and tickled him lightly, but it was enough to get a few laughs out of the demon. He reached up and grabbed the girl, holding her firmly in place, her face in front of his.

"What do you think you're doing?" He asked, smirking.

"Ticklin daddy."

She pouted, knowing her daddy always gave into that.

"May I ask as to why you're tickling me?"

"Becauw'e mommy tol' me to."

Sebastian chuckled, placing Maricel on top of his chest.

"And where's mommy now?"

"She's hiding from daddy." She replied, grabbing some of Sebastian's black hair and pulling on it softly.

"Let's go find him then, shall we?"

Maricel nodded, getting up from on top of him and carefully stepping down to the wooden floor. She waited for her dad to come down the steps with her. Once they got there, Sebastian bent down to Maricel's level and placed a small, white box in her hands.

"Now, my dear, I need your help with a surprise."

"For mommy?"

"Of course…"

Four Minutes Later

"Maricel, is daddy up yet?" Ciel called out, waiting for a response. "What is taking them so long? Lunch's ready."

Suddenly, a pair of broad arms wrapped around his waist, pulling him into a tight embrace.

"Did I surprise you, Love?" Sebastian whispered.

"Well of course you did! Sebastian, I thought you were with Maricel upstairs… wait, where's Maricel?"

"I'm right here, mommy."

She came out from under the staircase, the box still in her hands.

"Maricel, what is that?" Ciel asked, unwrapping himself from Sebastian's embrace.

"It's dah surprise for mommy." She handed the box to Sebastian, who knelt down on one knee in front of Ciel. His eyes widened as he realized what was happening.

"Ciel, will you marry me?"

"Hmm, haven't I given you an order like that a while ago to do the same thing?" Ciel asked, crossing his arms.

"Yes, my dear, but I couldn't have followed out that order until now. I'm sorry if that displeased you."

"Took you long enough. Maricel, can you get mommy some water?"

"Okay." She nodded and 'sort of' walked/crawled out of the room. Sebastian looked at him, puzzled.

"Why did you send her out?"

Ciel smirked and knelt down to his level.

"Because I didn't want her to see this."

Without warning, he crashed his lips on Sebastian's, who immediately reciprocated. Don't get me wrong, they've kissed before, but this one was special. With one last kiss on the cheek, on Sebastian's part, he stood up and grabbed Ciel's left hand, placing the oval on his ring finger.

Ciel had to agree, it was way better than the Phantomhive ring that once adorned that hand.

"I got the wata!" Maricel shouted, skipping towards them. Ciel smiled and took the cup from her hand, putting it down and hoisting the young girl into his arms. "Mommy, are you okay?"

"Yes Maricel. Mommy's very okay."


Well...? lol what do you think? I wanted to include a nice family moment somewhere in this story, so I thought the tickling would create the effect nicely. The next chapter is coming soon! R+R!

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