"Will it hurt?" the childish question fell from Ciel's lips before he could stop himself but it didn't matter.

"I will make it as painless as possible," the demon replied trying to comfort his prey. Ciel had certainly been the most interesting human Sebastian had ever had the honour of knowing and, after a lifetime of pain and suffering, it seemed wrong to give him a painful death.

"No," the young master said, startling the demon, "make it as painful as you like. Carve the pain of being alive into my soul."

Sebastian smiled and bowed, "yes, My Lord."

xxx

A touch of the lips, just a touch, and Ciel was shaking. It was natural to be scared but seeing the young master so vulnerable made Sebastian's heard clench. He removed the eye patch and those eyes fluttered open for a moment. "I have always loved you, Sebastian," Ciel whispered as his eyes fell shut once more, "and I always will."

xxx

The body was left on the island for only a moment before Sebastian returned for him and carried the body to the waiting boat. The young master was taken back to the Phantomhive estate where Sebastian took care of the body. As usual, the demon washed and dressed the young master but the child's body was limp in his arms.

Cold.

The body was cold and only getting colder.

'"I have always loved you, Sebastian,"' the words echoed in Sebastian's head, piercing the demon's heart, 'and I always will.'

The demon pressed his lips to the cold, unmoving mouth of his beloved young master. "I will see you again," he said to the corpse as he brushed blunette hair with his fingertips. It was a lie but he reassured the corpse with it anyway. "Good bye, my Lord."

'"...Sebastian..."'

xxx

December 14th

Ciel would have been fourteen today. How sad to die before one could truly experience life and experience the world. Sebastian had found himself thinking about his young master more often than what was healthy. He remembered those eyes, those beautiful mismatched eyes that could take anyone's breath away. They were true gems and such a shame to waste.

'"I have always loved you, Sebastian, and I always will."'

"Happy Birthday, Young Master," Sebastian said softly into the open air.

'"...Sebastian..."'

xxx

'"I order you, Sebastian, never leave me!"' the childish demand had been given when the young master had been ten years old but now Sebastian was disobeying. Steadily, step by step, Sebastian turned and made his way to the Phantomhive mausoleum and headed straight to Ciel's crypt. The stench of rotting flesh was unbearable but Sebastian didn't care. Ciel's face was now blemished and grey with skin missing but, to Sebastian, Ciel still looked perfect.

'"I have always loved you, Sebastian, and I always will."'

Sebastian pulled the stone over the tomb as he lay down beside the rotting corpse of his young master. "I'm sorry I left you, young master," he said softly, gathering what was left of the child in his arms, "but now we can be together forever. Don't you agree, C ...Ciel."

There was no answer and Sebastian hadn't expected one but he had hoped.

'"I have always loved you, Sebastian, and I always will."'

"I love you too."