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Celeste stared at her bloody hands for a while, then put it down on her skirt. The white skirt was now stained with red. She wanted Julian to come back quick. She didn't want to break her own rule.

"How are you feeling?" Alice asked.

"I feel.... wondeful," she replied flatly. Truthfully, she felt like she was being hit by a huge truck over and over again. Then she added, "I.... appreciate your help, but medicine won't help my condition...."

And this wasn't a lie. Considering the symptoms, the curse must have started. She'd been trying to push it back for years, but the restriction spell much have reached its limit. She walked over to a mirror, and lifted her long black hair away from the side of her neck. Her hypothesis was proven correct. A black mark in the form a decorative tattoo had appeared.

Then the door opened and in came Ciel with Julian by his side.
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"I feel.... wondeful," Celeste said replied flatly, then added "I.... appreciate your help, but medicine won't help my condition...."
"You look wonderful." Alice said with a thick sarcasm, then added "Oh, I already knew that - but it'll make me feel a hell a lot better." Alice had a ghost of a smile on her lips.

Ciel entered the room, a silver tray with one glasses of water, a bowl and a few pills. He hardly seem to pay attention to Celeste when he trolled in, her bent over offering Alice the first glass of water and two white pills reluctantly she swallow the pills, and gulp down the water. Ciel walked over to Celeste by the mirror, and offered her the bow, it had a strange green mixture that smelt like honey, ginger and herbs.

"It'll help stop your bleeding." He said raising the bowl, "and there's no poison, Julian watched me make it." At the corners of his lips tugged a thin smile.
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"You look wonderful." Alice said with a thick sarcasm, then added "Oh, I already knew that - but it'll make me feel a hell a lot better." Alice had a ghost of a smile on her lips.

Celeste gave a small smile. She sighed... How long had it been since she last smiled....

As Ciel gave Alice her medicine, Celeste stared at the mark. She'd have to hide it from Julian. She didn't want him to worry. She carefully arranged her hair to hide the mark. To the others' point of view, she'd just be fixing her hair. She doubted the Duchess saw the mark when she first looked at it a while ago, but if she did.... Oh well...


"It'll help stop your bleeding." He said raising the bowl, "and there's no poison, Julian watched me make it." At the corners of his lips tugged a thin smile.

She dismissed the remark with a light wave of her hand. "The Duchess came out of her way to help me. I wasn't expecting any poisoning," she said lightly as she took the bowl. She slowly drank the liquid. Julian walked to the mirror and offered to take the bowl, which she placed on his hand.

"I'm sure the Duchess needs her rest too. You seem a bit ill. I'll have to apologize for keeping you here..." she said in a monotone. But a hint of something was in her voice.

"Feel free to leave...." and with that she quickly headed towards the bathroom and slammed the door.

Julian's eyes were screaming with panic, but he still had his usual smile on his face.

"Thanks so much for today. We'll pay you back for your help some time," he said.
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"What do you mean we're not allowed to see Miss Cyric?" Melody shouted at the guards.
"Sorry, little lady. Miss Cyric's own weapon, Julian, told us not to let anyone enter her room unless told otherwise." one of the guards said.
"Come on Melody. It's no use. She's probably being taken care of right now." Vino said to calm down Melody.
"Yes, she is. Please do not worry about Miss Cyric. Duchess Farwick and her weapon, Ciel, are inside with her." the other guard informed.
"She's with the Duchess?" Melody asked. "Interesting. Thank you." she added and walked away with Vino following.
Posted 8/3/09
From the corner of her eyes Alice could she Celesta rearranging her hair, probably to cover up that black mark that was tattooed to her neck, her head croaked to the side, she had been sure it wasn't there before. But she said nothing of it, it was her secret to tell not Alice's.

"I'm sure the Duchess needs her rest too. You seem a bit ill. I'll have to apologize for keeping you here..." she said in a monotone. But a hint of something was in her voice.

"Feel free to leave...." and with that she quickly headed towards the bathroom and slammed the door.

"But of course, I wouldn't want to distribute you any further." Alice's voice was as light as a feather, she was sure Celeste had heard it before she ran into the washroom. She rose from her seat, and placed the cup in Julian's hands. "Thanks so much for today. We'll pay you back for your help some time," he said. Alice shook her head slightly, "it is not needed, as long as Miss. Cyric feels better, that's all I care about." Her lips were pulled into a soft smile, but her eyes were thick with suspicion.

"Ciel, let's leave Mr. Julian." Ciel said nothing as he joined her, Alice led them from the room and down the hall were guards stood with expressionless faces like British soldiers. Ciel cleared his voice and the soldiers tensed and turn, they bowed their respects, Alice gave them an meaningless smile. And continued down the hallway, she felt much better now. But she knew it wouldn't last, already she could feel tiredness pulling at her. The Duchess yawn softly. Behind her she heard Ciel chuckle.

"So reckless of you to show tiredness." He mumbled.

Alice shrugged and turned around. "Unlike you, I'm only human." She smile at Ciel, who grinned back, his deep cheek bones raised, it took the breath from her lungs. Mentally she shook her head. He's your servant, she thought. Your Servant.
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After the Duchess and her Weapon left, Julian headed towards the bathroom. He tried to open the door, but it was locked. Inside he could hear Celeste moaning and puking. What had gone wrong?

"Celeste, are you okay?" Julian asked worriedly.

"Couldn't be better" she groaned sarcastically.

"It's not poison is it?" he said.

After gagging for quite a while she replied, "No, it's not. My stomach's just not handling food that well. Everything's just from fatigue, calm down."

Julian knew that this wasn't just from fatigue. I mean, coughing up blood? That wasn't right. He'd been with her for too long. He could tell when she wasn't telling him something. He was going to make her tell him, no matter what.

Inside the bathroom Celeste was coughing up blood and throwing the medicine back up. "Urghh... gross...." she moaned. She could tell that Julian wasn't going to believe this was from fatigue. She swore to herself that tomorrow, no matter what happens, she would act normal and show no signs of discomfort when the pain hit her again. Tomorrow was going to be normal....
Posted 8/4/09
A sudden gust of wind caught Michiyo off guard and she went spiraling down to the ground beneath her.She caught her balance in time and she landed softly on the ground.She started walking along the path slightly stunned and slightly dazed.Michiyo stopped and stared at the night sky.
"So empty.....so lonely..." Michiyo said quietly to herself her voice hardly fainter than the whispering of the wind.
She continued walking along the path with no destination in mind
Posted 8/5/09
As night spreads, many humans and weapons found themselves asleep in bed, even the Duchess had crept back to her temporary room in the castle, like Celeste's room, it was large but hers was much plainer, it showed no resemblance to the person who slept there. The walls were engraved in stone, and the floor was covered in an Persian carpet, the bed was on the wall opposite of the door, it was a large rectangle shape bed, with four pillars sprouting into the air, around the bed was a transparent mesh, that laid across the pillars, the mattress was covered in silk blankets colored in gold and pink, the room had one amour that carried a few dresses and hunting gear, and a vanity table, with a large gold rimmed mirror, there were two extra doors, one led to the massive washroom she and Ciel shared and the other door led to Ciel's bedroom. Alice was in the middle of it all, she sat on the bed as Ciel buttoned up her night grown, he was expression, his steady figures worked fast- only concentrating on the buttons, this annoyed Alice, it was like she wasn't good enough for him, but she knew that wasn't the matter, but she couldn't help herself. She loved to toy with Ciel it was one of her guilty pleasures. Her fingers went up, and pulled the clueless weapon on top of her, she laid with a sheepish grin, while Ciel was expressionless.

"What would you do," she began as her hands cupped over his cheeks, "if I ordered you to kiss me?"

Ciel looked down at her, with unreadable eyes. He was prompted on his elbows, making sure not to touch the Duchess. He looked unamused, "it's no time to play, m'lady." He started to push himself up, but Alice was fasted, she grabbed his tie and yanked him down, and she spun on top of him. "I'm not playing," she muttered her hair shielded the distance between them as she bent down, her eyes slowly closed, she was so close she could even Ciel's soft breaths on her lips, a little closer, a inch or two and they've kiss she began to move, when her body was swept up, Ciel had moved, impossible fast. His arms were underneath of her, one of his knee prompted on the bed, and he lowered Alice onto the bed, "goodnight, Duchess." He said and disappeared through the door and into his room. Alice gritted her teeth.

"Stupid BUTLER." She shouted, she was flustered and dizzy, she laid with her arms wrapped around the extra pillow, she felt lonely. It was an awful feeling, as if she were really alone. Somehow she began to cry, low soft whimpers escaped her lips, as she tried to steal away her tears, the last thing she wanted was for Ciel to think of her as weak.
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The night was silent as Celeste lay on her bed. The pain was excruciating, but she held it in. To an outsider, her face would seem emotionless as usual, but truthfully she was clenching her teeth to push down any screams. To calm herself down, she listened to the calm breathing of her sleeping Weapon. She needed to get used to it. She clenched her teeth even harder, and rolled over to face Julian's bed.

He was sleeping face towards the wall, so she was left looking at his broad back. Since when had it been so big, she wondered. Celeste let a sigh escape her clenched teeth, and rolled over to her right again. Her back towards Julian and the Mark covered from sight. Hiding it was going to get tough...

The next morning, Celeste made sure Julian was asleep before getting up. She hid the mark, which had grown bigger, with her hair again and headed towards her huge closet. She opened the door and stared at the racks of clothes before her. Today she chose a pair of simple skinny jeans and a navy blue tank top. She also grabbed a light blue decorative scarf. She started undressing right there, on the spot. As she undressed, she heard a small moan from Julian's side of the room.

"Awake?" she asked.

"Change in the bathroom will you?" he moaned.

"Don't want to," Celeste replied as she put on her new outfit.

She left Julian mumbling to himself as she stepped into the bathroom. After brushing her teeth, she took the scarf and wrapped it around her neck, the mark out of sight. Then she gathered her long, almost waist length hair and tied it up in a high ponytail. Today she was going casual.

When she stepped out of the bathroom, Julian was already dressed and ready to go. He eyed her neck curiously, but she just ignored him and walked out the room.
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"Alice?" Ciel voice crooned. Alice's eyes fluttered opened. Since when did he start calling her by her name? His face was inches from her wide with concern, "Alice, your eyes are red- did you not get enough sleep?" Her concentration was lost in her own bizarre fairy tale. He was calling her Alice, saying her eyes were red. Her eyes grew wide, and she shut them spinning on to her other side. Her eyes were red from tears, but how could she tell Ciel that?

"Go away, Ciel." She almost hissed.
Ciel sighed, but she didn't hear him ago away, "I'm tired, do you mind?" He asked.
She felt her bed creaked, then her back was suddenly very warm. Over her shoulder she saw Ciel lay motionlessly in her bed, he wore a black muscle shirt and flannel pants, if she wasn't so shock, she'd told him how mundane he looked. But she couldn't shock touched her every muscle, as she stared with large eyes at Ciel, the boy who had stopped her every time she tried to hug him, the boy who refuse to say her first name, the boy who just called her "Alice" twice, the boy who was suddenly lying in her bed.

"Ciel?" She mumbled, one of his emerald green eyes opened he stared at the ceiling. "Yes?"

"Why did you call me Alice?" She felt him shrug, "do you prefer Alicandra? or Elizabeth? or Duchess?" Honestly, she didn't like any of those. It made her seem like an old hag, but she was stunned,he was finally calling her Alice, but why... "Does this have something to do with yesterday?" She asked weakly, Ciel rolled over staring at her, his black hair fell over his eyes, he looked amused. "Do you want it to have something to do with yesterday?" He asked, his almond shaped green eyes took the breath out of her lungs, since when was he so... gorgeous? She'd never really notice him, she never really saw how his black hair was actually an onyx, she never saw how his creamy skin was so flawless, or how his thin shoulders were so muscular, she always knew he was tall, but at that minute he somehow seem to tower her over. He looked nothing like a boy, he was a man, a really handsome man, this made Alice insecure, she never felt insecure. Her face lost all emotion, he was playing with her. It had to be the only reason. "Get out of my bed," she ordered, Ciel's eyes didn't look at all alarmed, "as you wish, Alice." He mumbled, before he left he smoothly brushed a hair from Alice's eyes, then he disappeared through the door. Alice sat up staring after him, what was that? She wondered. It was several minutes of complete silence before she heard the creak of his steps as he entered the washroom. Alice released the breath she had been holding in, she unclenched the blanket and headed straight for her vanity table she was determined to cover her ugly red eyes, she knew she only have about 10 minutes, Ciel showered fast. She mixed, patted and blended skin color looking liquids, rubbing them around her face, her skin looked like silk, un-scarred, flawless even. She finished her adding naturally looking makeup, and then got changed quickly, from her dresser she pulled a pair of tight jeans with multiply holes ripped through the material from battle, she also grabbed a black tank top and a gray cardigan, she slid her feet into black pencil heel boots and ran her fingers through her hair. She looked complete opposite of what a Duchess should look like, but at the same time, she was everything a Duchess should be.
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As Celeste and Julian walked through the hallways, whispering voices were everywhere. Celeste didn't need to hear to know it was about her. After all, she had caused quite a scene yesterday. She was already used to people talking about her, so it didn't bother her that much. As they rounded the corner, a huge shot of pain hit her neck. She arubtly stopped, but her face remained expressionless.

"Celeste...?" Julian asked uncertainly.

"I'm.... I'm... hungry" she finished lamely.

They stood there looking at each other for a while. Neither of them breaking off their stares. Finally Julian gave in and walked towards the cafeteria, Celeste following. She quickly found a seat farthest from the door and sat down.

"What do you want?" he asked. He didn't want to show it, but he was very relieved that she was beginning to eat again.

"Whatever is good," she said in a monotone.

Julian nodded and went to get the food.

Celeste was already worn out. How long could she keep up this facade? The pain was hitting her all over the place. When Julian came back, she ate the food slowly, giving most of it to Julian. "I though you wanted it," he said with a thin smile.

She remained silent, picking at the tiny scraps of food on her now empty plate. Julian got back to eating, and when he finished he took away their plates. Once they were ready to go, Celeste stood up and quickly left the room. "Today was going to be a long day..." she though warily to herself.
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Ciel stood leaning against his door, why the hell had he done that? Crawl into Alice's bed, but worst taunt her? Of course he was sick of acting like the perfect butler he wasn't, but what had come over him, he had promise to protect her, but now he was the one toying with her. Ciel wanted to hit his head off the wall, even as out of line as he was all he could think about was the perfume that wrapped around Alice, maybe it was just him, but she always smelt exquisite. He hated to admit it, but it was worth it, seeing how shocked Alice was went he showed her his true self, something she had long forgotten. Who could blame her? He was awful, but when she called on him as her Weapon everything changed, she saved him, and it was he was his own debt, so how dare he touch her? He couldn't allow him any pleasure she was an angel while he was the devil, never to meet or touch, no matter how much he wanted her. With a sigh Ciel stood away from the door and headed to the shared washroom, on the other side of the wall, he could hear blankets rustling and long sighs breathed, he couldn't help but smile sheepishly, "good morning Alice."

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Alice laid curled up on her bed, as she waited for Ciel to dress, she hadn't a clue how'd he act once he was out of the washroom, would he be himself or would he be someone else? All of it was confusing, who exactly was he anyways. But he question was answered when the door unlocked and Ciel stepped forward, he wore his usual white collar shirt, with the string black tie and the gray vest, and his pant dress pants, he wore no jacket, and around his arms were black bands, he looked different but the same, Alice tried to avoid making him speak so she went ahead and strolled from her room, down the hair pass the stairs, she knew Ciel eyes were on her back curious, but as she looked down the window far, down she saw Celeste, and Julian somehow their awkward day yesterday seemed so unfinished and she sorta wanted to talk to the other girl, with a grin of her lips, she opened the window, she looked back at Ciel who was staring at her, then she jumped, Ciel was fast he was by her side but she was already out the window. The cardigan flew up and acted like a parachute, behind her, Ciel was expressionless but she knew he wasn't very happy. Alice's black boots touched the highest branch of the large oak tree in the courtyard, she took no chances to jumped off, and flew to the group feet ahead of Celeste. "Five, four, three, two, o-" Ciel dropped from the sky right beside her, his landing was light. But it shook Alice's feet. Ciel's eyes were wide, she didn't know if he was mad or concerned she didn't want to find out. It was her turn to play the game, and damn she was good at it.
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Celeste watched as the Duchess and her Weapon landed a few feet ahead of them. Julian's eyes widened at the sight, then added, "My, my, a daring bunch aren't they."

Celeste silently observed the scene. The Duchess seemed to be quite enjoying herself. Enjoying things.... That wasn't part of her world anymore. And she wanted to keep it that way. Then once again the pain hit her neck. Her hands twitched but nothing else changed.

"Want to try that someday?" Julian asked playfully.

"How about today?" she replied sarcastically. "And you seemed pretty surprised when they landed. I thought your senses were better than that. I sensed them as soon as they jumped you know."

Julian laughed. "Hey, just because I sensed them coming down, doesn't change the fact that it was a shocking sight."

She gave out a bitter laugh and said, "Maybe for you, but not for me."
Posted 8/5/09
"You could've killed yourself." Ciel breathed, it was a low warning hiss.
"But I didn't." She let the conversation drop as she walked towards Celeste and Julian.

"Surprised?" Alice asked, playfully. She realized she and Celeste dressed alike, in the tank top and jeans. She grinned as she saw Celeste's scarf. "Nice scarf," her smile didn't touch her eyes, they were suspicion, she had seen the mark on Celeste's back was that perhaps why she'd wear a scarf in the middle of spring? She let it drop, shrugging mentally.

"Celeste, Julian." Ciel voice breathed, his early voice gone replaced with a velvet voice that made Alice's knee buckle, why was he torturing he she wanted to know, but she was to scared to find out the answer.
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"Surprised?" Alice asked, playfully.

"Very," Celeste replied flatly. Julian just gave a smile.

"Nice scarf," Alice commented

Celeste didn't respond to the comment. She was sure of it. The Duchess had seen the mark. Her thoughts were confirmed when she saw the suspicion in the Duchess's eyes. She gave a small sigh. As small as it was, Julian glanced in her direction for a while.

"Celeste, Julian." Ciel voice breathed

"Miss Farwick, Sir Ciel," Julian responded, "What brings you to see us? Quite rare, is it not?" he said with a grin.

Celeste just covered her face with her hand. Julian. God was he annoying. But.... that was one of his good points.
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