Alright here we are another chappy. So before we get into it a quick question for you all. Do you want one more lemon (a longer one) between Aleister and Ciel or should I just skip it? I'll let you decide because either choice I'm fine with. Well that's it so on with the fic. Much love for you all. Keva
"How are you going to get down there to see him?" Elise questioned as she helped me undress.
I stepped out of the dress and shook my head. "I don't know."
"Well you are the Lady of the house now just use your authority." Nelly suggested and pulled the ties loose to my corset.
"Yes but not everyone knows I'm the Lady." I cringed at calling myself that even if by all technicalities I was. "I will be so glad when I don't have to wear that bloody thing anymore."
"Just be glad you aren't a real girl." Elise nodded at me. "You're missing an important part to really making those bloody things uncomfortable."
"I'll pass thank you." I smiled at her. "Now we need a plan to get me down there but first I have to figure out a way to keep Aleister away for the night and until I can get out of here."
"Tonight you're fatigued from the long trip here." Nelly nodded at me. "As for the other nights… well you might just have to play the good wife until you can leave."
I did not like that idea at all but what other choice did I have? I knew if I made things too difficult for Aleister he could just as easily lock me away and take what he wanted from me. That was the last thing I wanted or needed. "I guess I could try going down there as the Lady." I sighed not liking that at all.
"What you need to do," Nelly started as she draped my robe over my shoulders. "is take charge as the Lady of the house straight away to everyone." She nodded at me. "Establish who you are and let them know you are not to be toyed with."
"I agree." Elise nodded. "If you do it'll make it easier for you to get out of here later."
"I could give it a shot." I looked between them. "What's the worst thing that could happen?"
"Aleister will tell you you are overstepping your bounds and call that your one warning not to do it again." Nelly shrugged. "I guess anyway."
"Okay that's what I'll do." I nodded. "I need an ink and quill to pen a note for Sebastian as well."
"I'll get one." Elise grinned and turned towards the door. "This is exciting." She whispered excitedly.
I shook my head and grinned. "How am I ever going to leave you two?" I questioned as I stared at Nelly.
"It won't be easy." She smiled at me. "However I just know we're better off here than under your father and aunt's rule."
I nodded in agreement at her. "Well whatever happens to me I'll do my best to make sure you two are okay."
"Oh Ciel," she wrapped her arms around me. "that's not necessary but thank you."
I hugged her back and smiled. "I have to without you two I think I would have gone mad from all of this."
"Oh you embarrass me." She blushed. "But you're welcome."
"Alright I've got the ink and quill." Elise practically ran back into the room. "Oh and paper!"
I couldn't help but smile at her and her excitement. "Okay first we need to make sure Aleister thinks I'm too tired to be bothered." I looked between the two of them. "So how do we do that."
"Charcoal and flour will do the trick." Nelly nodded thoughtfully. "BUT if you're too fatigued to be with him tonight then you can't go out of here laying down your authority."
"I hate to say it but Nelly is right." Elise agreed. "You may just have to suck it up and do it." She nodded.
Really this was a no win situation for me. "So what would you do?" I stared wide eyed at her.
"Whatever it took to get the man I love out of here." She nodded.
"Yes," Nelly agreed. "sometimes sacrifices need to be made for the greater good."
I couldn't help but groan at that. "Alright." I sighed deeply feeling really put out over this.
"Oh stop." Elise rolled her eyes at me. "Just because Aleister isn't the man you really want to be with don't act like it's sooo horrible. I've seen how good he is to you and I know for a fact if Sebastian didn't exist you'd be just fine being Aleister's wife."
I just stared at her knowing full well that if I called her a liar I'd be calling myself a liar. "True." I reluctantly admitted.
"Plus you have to take into account that if your plan fails you may very well be stuck here." Nelly pointed out. "And it would do no good to be a bad terms with the man."
"Alright." I agreed and looked between the two. "I'll play the good little wife to keep him happy just in case." At least it was true it wasn't so bad with Aleister and it was quite possible that after the first night at home he would let me be in favor of being home with his own. "Okay so how should we do this?"
"I say you wear you red dress, go down to the dungeons, demand to see the prisoner, and if they refuse send them to guard the pig slop for the rest of the month." Nelly suggested.
"Not red." Elise argued. "The deep purple one. It's a dark and powerful color yet more subdued for a woman at home running her castle. Red is more for court to stand out and let people know you're the Lady."
"Actually I think you're right." Nelly agreed. "So the purple one then?" She looked at me questioningly.
"That's fine." I nodded not really caring what dress I wore as long as it got me in to see Sebastian. "You two work it out while I pen Sebastian a note."
I stood in front of the doors leading down to the dungeons with Elise and Nelly right behind me. The walk from the bedroom to here was rather uneventful as most just bowed graciously to me saying my Lady before moving on. It made it difficult to establish my position but it wasn't for them I needed to be known as the Lady proper.
It was the guards that I had to worry about. "Ready?" I questioned Nelly and Elise without looking at them.
"Yes." Elsie whispered excitedly.
"Yes I can't wait to see how this goes." Nelly placed a hand on my shoulder and gave it an encouraging squeeze.
"Okay just remember you two have to keep the guards distracted as much as possible." I looked over at Elise since Nelly was standing right behind me.
"We got it." She nodded. "Let's hurry and do this before Aleister comes looking for you." She opened the door leading to the basement.
"Okay here goes." I took a deep breath and began descending the stairs with fingers crossed and quick prayer that this would go as planned.
"I am Lady of this house and you will obey me as much as you obey my husband!" I glared at the two men who were refusing me entry. "If you do not I will have you guarding the pig slop for the rest of your miserable lives!"
"But my Lady…"
"But nothing!" I cut him off and glared between the two of them. "I will speak with this prisoner and you continue impede me no longer or it will be a long lived regret. Do you understand me?!" My heart was pounding madly in my chest and I was sure that they could hear it.
"Yes my Lady." They bowed in unison.
"Good," I huffed acting really put out by all of this. "now step away so I may speak with this man."
With an uncertain glance between them they stepped away from the door after unlocking it and let me in.
"I only need a moment." I nodded in part to reassure them and to give Sebastian and I a moment of privacy.
"Please my Lady be quick and careful." The older guard nodded at me. "And we'll be just here if you need us."
"Yes just here." Nelly echoed with a wink at me.
I gave her a nod then entered the dungeon room closing the door behind me. "Sebastian." I sighed and moved quickly across the small room noting it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Sure it was a dirty room but he had a bed with a blanket, a basin with water, and a chamber pot.
His dark eyes locked with mine in the dim candle light and the first thing he did was smirk at me. "Purple suits you."
"Shut up." I hissed. "Now is not the time for this." I stuck my hand into my pocket and held out the note to him. "It explains how this is your fault." I waved my hand down the length of me after he took the note.
"I don't see how." He stuck it inside his shirt to read later.
"Well it doesn't but it does explain my situation." I nodded with a sigh. "What happened?"
He just shook his head at me. "Nothing more than being surprised attacked from behind by twenty men." He reached out and fingered one of the bows on my dress. "Four maybe five I could take by myself but not at twenty. So you're Lady Chamber now?"
"Not by choice." I huffed. "Now look the most important thing is to get you and myself out of here and I have a plan."
"Oh and what plan would this be?" He arched a brow.
"We're having a celebration dinner for…" I trailed off and cringed noticeably. "A dinner to celebrate my marriage to Aleister." I nodded. "Tomorrow night begins the celebration and it's suppose to last for three days. It's during those three days when we're leaving."
"So what do you intend to do; use your new title to get your way?"
I could hear a suspicious tone in his voice and narrowed my eyes upon him. "Do you have something to say to me?" I demanded.
"You slept with him." He accused.
"And you left me to this fate even after I begged you to take me with you." I easily countered. "I was forced into this marriage by my aunt and father and forced to consummate it proper AND now it not the time for this."
"You're right." He nodded curtly though still stared at me like I betrayed him. "So what is your plan."
"Elise, Nelly, and I are working out the details right now but it involves poisoning the wine."
Both his brows shot up at that. "So you're going to kill everyone just to get us out of here?"
"No." I snorted. "I don't mean poison as in poison but poison as in sleeping potion or something. We'll have it all figured out by tomorrow morning hopefully." I nodded. "Just be ready to go when one of us comes for you."
"My Lady you must leave." The guard called from the door.
I pressed my lips together tightly. "Very well." I relented and looked back at Sebastian. "Just be ready when the time comes."
He gave me a curt nod. "And we will discuss this," he waved his hand at me. "when we're out of here."
I scowled at him and nodded. "Fine." I turned on my heel to go only to be stopped when he grabbed me by the shoulder, spun me around, and crashed his lips to mine in a near bruising kiss.
He pulled away a second later and stared hard at me. "Your heart and soul belong to me."
"Always." I agreed and licked my lips to taste him once again. "I must go." I whispered and smiled at him. "I'll see you soon."
He gave me a nod before I turned and exited the little room.
"So darling I hear you went down into the dungeons." Aleister pulled his ascot off and draped it across the back of the chair.
"I just wanted to make sure the prisoner wasn't being abused." I played the sheepish wife and looked down at my lap as I toyed with the lace on my dress. "Forgive me if I overstepped my bounds."
"My love I'm not angry." He kneeled down before me causing me to look at him. "It warms my heart to know you're so warm and caring even to prisoners." He clasped both my hands into his and brought them up to kiss each one on my knuckles. "I was so worried you were going to be a cold dead fish with no personality and full of hate." He smiled brightly at me his deep blue eyes glowing brightly.
It was official there was no way I could ever hate him he was just too endearing and sweet. "Well you're better than I thought you would be too." I tried hoping I didn't sound like I was insulting him and even wrinkled my nose at my own words. "What I mean is…"
"Say no more." He beamed at me and gave me a chaste kiss on the lips. "I know things between us were rushed together but I just know in time we'll be as happy as ever." He nodded then gave my knuckles one more kiss before letting go and standing up.
"Hmm?" He answered as he unbuttoned his vest.
"Where are your parents?" I questioned since I hadn't see them since we left my father's.
He smiled at me. "They went home of course." He shrugged. "They live in the city preferring to be a part of high society instead of common country folk." He snorted. "Actually they just don't want to deal with running the castle so they leave it to me."
I was going to kick myself for this conversation later I just knew it but I had to play this up so I could get myself and Sebastian out of here. "Do you like taking care of this place by yourself?"
"It's a lot of work I'll admit especially since I was doing it by myself." He sat down in the chair across from me and pulled his boots off. "But with you here now as Lady you can deal with the day to day things that go on around here such as the servants, the groundskeepers, and so forth. This way I can focus more on making sure our guards are properly trained, my lands are safe, and we're not being robbed blind by the traders coming through."
"So you'll be busy a lot." I nodded to myself.
"Not so much as you'll notice." He suddenly swept me up into his arms and carried me to the bed. "However the next two days will keep us extra busy and little time to ourselves so we have to be together while we can."
I knew there was no way I was going to be able to get out of this without causing issues between us. The best I could do was go with it and keep the damage down to a minimum. I needed to get myself and Sebastian out of here and upsetting Aleister was not the way to do it. If I played the complaisant wife he would never suspect me of being up to anything.