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Chapter seven: Violet
"Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it." - Mark Twain
"Young master, we have arrived."
Ciel opened his eyes to find himself lying on a grassy bank next to a ditch. The darkness of the night was violet in the east, heralding the awakening of the sun. The overturned carriage lay on its side in the ditch mixed with the remains of what seemed to be two horses and an adult human carcass mauled beyond recognition. Ciel blanched and turned away.
"What accident have you arranged for me?"
"The carriage overturned on our way to London, killing everyone inside, including you, young master."
"And the man…"
"Is my counterpart… An unlucky individual whom I picked up along the journey whilst you were asleep in the carriage."
Ciel pulled off his eyepatch. Resolution shone in his violet eye which he had scarcely shown to the world.
"So this is it," he said in a flat, uncaring voice.
"Yes, young master. Our time together is over." The demon's assurance was almost gentle. Sebastian pulled off his gloves revealing the purple Faustian contract sign on the back of his hand.
"Are you afraid?"
"Why would I be afraid of something which would come to me anyway? One side of the contract has been fulfilled. You must take my soul."
Sebastian moved forwards with a hunger which repulsed Ciel before he stopped.
"Does something trouble you, young master?"
"Why should it matter?"
"You are distressed by Lady Elizabeth's parting words and you are worried by her reception of the news of you death."
It was not a question and it was true so Ciel did not say anything.
"Do not worry. Despite her harsh words, she still cares for you, though both of you are not aware of this; and by the time you are… Well, you'll be dead and she'll have someone else to dote on her and protect her."
Ciel remained silent.
"Am I not to be rewarded for my hard work with even a few struggles and pleading? I do so enjoy listening to my prey and toying with my food. I suppose that you humans may describe it as bad manners," rambled Sebastian as he walked towards Ciel.
He tilted Ciel's chin and brushed his hair back to look at his eyes.
"I want it over and done with. Do not toy with me any longer, demon."
"I see. Your soul will be very interesting, Ciel Phantomhive."
The last of the night finally melted, yielding to the bright shafts of sunlight, falling onto the boy and the demon. But they were so intent on each other that they did not notice the white light painting the world with all the colours of the rainbow.
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