"Welcome Phantomhive! I wasn't expecting this!" Alois called cheerily as he flamboyantly crossed over to them, hand waving above his head.
You saw Ciel cringe as you watched from the doorway. "Whatever. Look Trancy, I've come for-"
"Dinner?" Alois interrupted very quickly, glancing at you. "Sure, sure. Claude was just getting on that!"
As he spoke, the said man bowed and left for the kitchens, eying the Phantomhives on the way out.
"What the bloody hell are you talking abou-Oh." Ciel paused after you left from the doorway, looking at him.
Alois spoke up, "Ah, yes! I have company. The dear (Last Name) House has left their daughter in my care for the next few days."
"(Last Name) House? As in the merchant company?" Ciel asked to no one in particular.
You nodded, grinning lightly. Ciel cocked his head to the side and paced up to you. "You look familiar..."
"As do you Ciel Phantomhive. We haven't met," you said simply.
The butler interrupted, "Are you sure you don't have a con artist scamming you Trancy? I recognize her. She plays cards and gambles in the streets, am I correct?"
Alois opened his mouth, but you spoke first. "That's right. I have to have something to do while my father is busy and aristocratic things just won't cut it for me. I'll leave that to my brother. Nothing rests on my shoulders to keep the family looking good. All I have to do is show up to a few parties a year. Problem Mr...?"
The butler bowed. "Sebastian. And no problem. Just that it's slightly odd..."
You scoffed. Great. The rude side was coming out. "I could say the same for the Phantomhive house. A young boy controlling a whole company? Not only that, but you also directly serve the queen. I find that a little off. I also find you a little off Mr. Sebastian. You seem to have wine colors for eyes. You also are paying attention enough to know that I'm running around in the streets. On top of that, there are rumors of your terror running through the underground. And that's another good thing about being a gambler on the streets... You hear things. I may know more secrets about you then you may know."
And with that, you stared irritably at the butler. He was slightly taken aback, his eyes showing faint surprise for a split second then going back to curiosity and interest. He bowed and smiled lightly. "How very observant of you~" was all he said.
Glaring daggers, you snapped, "Anyone else would take that as a compliment or words of submission. You think that you're a higher being. And maybe you are. But I'll tell you this: I've heard things, things about the family that you serve. My family even has contracts with your family. Now, I'll say this once... Treat me like a person. Not an aristocrat. Not a lower being. A person."
Sebastian remained quiet after your little rant, but he kept the strange smile and knowing eyes. It was still irritating but you could take it. Ciel eyed you curiously, pouting slightly. "You don't care very much about status do you?"
He smirked. "You're interesting. Maybe we can discuss how much you actually know over dinner then."
Alois stepped back to you, and slung and arm around your waist. "Oh she's very interesting. And my guest."
Scoffing, Ciel walked past you and Alois, heading toward the dinner hall. "It's a shame. You don't even deserve this type of company."
Alois' grip tightened around you, but his face refused to change. "I do believe that your company would make her more worrisome. She seems to have a disliking of your butler, and here I was thinking that this was the butler of the great Phantomhive who can woo or entertain any guest without them getting angry~"
Raising an eyebrow, you observed the butler was getting bashed and not Ciel. Guessing that it had something to do with how the upper classes picked the best servants, you ignored it. However, you also noticed Sebastian's eyes flashing just like how you thought you saw Claude do. Strange....
You weren't an idiot. You could clearly see that two young boys around the same age with two unsettling butlers with flashing eyes was suspicious, and not only that but possibly dangerous. Getting confused and irritated, you spoke up again. "That's enough. Now, I'd like to know why this all feels strangely morbid. I'd have to be a fool not to be able to read the signs of oddity at this level, so explain yourselves. Explain to me why you, no... more like you butlers give off this feeling."
Ciel blinked at you, trying to figure out why you had been so observant. He tried to speak, but his butler beat him to it.
Sebastian chuckled at you and simply said, "I'm simply one hell of a butler."
You chortled. "Great. A butler from hell. Well, I'm not saying that I don't believe you, but I guess if that's all your going to tell me... Off to dinner with the two hell butlers then..."
You were dead serious, yet speaking lightly as if it was nothing. Alois and Ciel watched with confused and slightly wondering expressions, but Sebastian... Sebastian eyed you like you were an interesting little bug.
The dinner table was set magnificently, and you were surprised to see that the color of the room had changed from the gaudy gold and red to a nice and calming assortment of pale purples, grays, silver, whites, and other dark colors. You smiled broadly.
"Ah, now this is beautiful~ No more of those disgusting colors the fool left behind..." you sighed.
Watching you with a strange look, Ciel asked, "You don't mean the previous head of the Trancy house?"
"Of course I do. The bloody man harassed me," you stated with a certain sharpness to your tongue.
Ciel chuckled. "Not very secretive about your opinions either."
You shrugged. "Sometimes it just slips out. However, I don't think that you are much into making a big deal or gossip about how the younger daughter of the (Last Name) House was bashing the late Trancy head. I think you have better things to do than things as petty as that."
Giving a small smile, he agreed with you. "Of course I'm not into that nonsense. But how clever of you. Able to tell what's in a person's head right when you meet them."
"It comes with the gambling," was all you said back.
Alois was silent for a while, glaring daggers into Ciel while grinning a sadistic smile. Speaking up, he asked, "So Phantomhive, what did bring you here to the Trancy manor?"
Ciel cleared his throat, then went back to emotionless yet anger underneath the skin. "I was coming for a... sword. But you seem a bit busy to give it to me now."
Alois smiled. "Ah, that. Yes, I do believe I am a bit busy at the moment. The back isn't even set up for you... What a shame. I do invite you to come some other time though."
You had been staring down at your food during their small exchange of words, but now you looked at them curiously. "So Ciel came for a duel? How very interesting..."
The black haired boy starting explaining rather agitated, "No. I've come for a sword. There is nothing like a duel going on."
You raised and eyebrow and looked at Ciel with an expression that read 'Are you seriously believing that I would buy that?'
Sighing, he turned back to his food. Alois, however, was ready to talk. "Fine, (Name). We were planning a duel. It seems that I had upset him at one of his parties and now we are just having a little go at the sword to relieve some tension. Right Phantomhive?"
Ciel looked up and nodded grimly at you. Alois seemed convincing... You decided to just skip the questions and assumptions and believe him. You nodded and looked back down.
"Goodbye Phantomhive~ Hope we can do battle later!" Alois called after the carriage that was pulling away, waving happily. Once the carriage turned the bend, Alois looked at you with unhappiness and annoyance.
"What's with the look?" you asked.
"He wouldn't stop looking and talking to you..." he grumbled, his shoulders slouching and his blonde hair covering up his face. He trudged past you in a pathetic state.
"Hmm? I don't understand what the big deal is," you argued. Walking behind him, watching him, baffled.
"(Name)... I'm sorry, but but... You're mine!" he cried, tears almost swimming in his eyes. But this voice was out of anger. He was genuinely furious that Ciel had been talking with you!
Blinking, you took a step back. "Pardon?"
Alois turned and walked toward you, saying things rapidly. "I told you, you're perfect! I'm sorry but... I just got upset that you were angry and getting along well with the Phantomhives! Please... Don't leave me!" Alois cried to you.
Realizing something, you patted his shoulder. Alois... Really hated being alone. It was almost like he had abandonment issues. He told you his story that you halfway believed about the old town that he lived in, but could he really be lonely from a life lived with separation? "Alois, I'm going to stay with you until my father gets home. I'm not leaving till then, alright?"
He looked like a child, sniffling and rubbing his eyes with his sleeve. Nodding glumly, he hugged you tightly.
Generally shocked, you slightly gasped then sighed. "Someone hurt you didn't they?"
He nodded into your shoulder.
"It's okay. I'm not going to. I promise, okay?" you offered.
Sniffling again, he argued back, "But, what if you're lying to me? What if your promise isn't good enough?"
You thought about that. It seemed that you would have to promise on something worthy for him to calm down and accept the fact that you wouldn't try to hurt him. "Hmm... Okay then... I promise on my dreams for becoming a pirate that I won't hurt you."
Pausing, Alois considered this. He sighed and squeezed you again. "Thank you (Name). Thank you..."