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Wow, it's been a month since I submitted a chapter! :wow: I've been pretty busy, though. This one is pretty much done, I have time, and I'm satisfied, so here it is.
NOTE: Jinjing only found out she was pregnant the day before this chapter. She is about four weeks pregnant, so she doesn't have a baby bump.
I had to watch some videos of the Viennese waltz to write this :|



Sebastian cast open the drapes in his young master's bedroom the next morning, allowing the sunlight in. "Young master, it is time for you to wake up."


Ciel sat up and rubbed his eyes. Sebastian handed him the morning paper and poured a steaming cup of tea for him. "For breakfast today I have prepared Darjeeling tea, kedgeree, and devilled kidneys on toast." He gave the teacup to Ciel.

"What is today's schedule?" Ciel asked.

"You have a violin lesson after breakfast, and after that a fencing lesson. After lunch, you have a dancing lesson with Madame Rodkin and Miss Jinjing," Sebastian answered.

"How is Jinjing? Is she sick after all?" Ciel took a sip of tea.

"Young master...Miss Jinjing is with child," Sebastian admitted.

Ciel spit out a stream of tea.

"Her Majesty the Queen wrote a letter specifically to Yuana asking how Miss Jinjing was," Sebastian noted. "Yuana wrote back last night, including in her letter that Miss Jinjing is expecting a baby."

Ciel sighed and raked his fingers through his hair. "If Her Majesty didn't write to me, she might be suspicious, after the incident with the Noah's Ark Circus..." He sat back in his chair. "Very well, then. We must allow Jinjing to carry the child to term. If the Queen were to find out that an unborn child died in my home, it could arouse Her Majesty's suspicion, even if we said it was a miscarriage."

Sebastian placed his hand on his chest and bowed. "Very good, my young lord."

Later when Sebastian went into the kitchen to clean up the dishes after breakfast, he announced, "Everyone..."

Mey-Rin, Bard, Finny, and Tanaka turned.

"Miss Jinjing is expecting a child," Sebastian explained.

"Whose is it?" Bard asked, his cigarette bobbing in his mouth.

Sebastian looked at the floor. "...It is mine."

Three jaws dropped.

"Ho! Ho! Ho!" Tanaka chuckled, and took a sip of tea.

Mey-Rin stamped her booted foot loudly. "What were you doing, Sebastian?!" she screeched. "A butler must not have relations with his master's guest! Especially one so young! It's...it's a disgrace, yes it is! An outrage! It's lechery!"

Sebastian only smirked, seeming amused by Mey-Rin's outrage. 

Bard sighed, a wisp of smoke rolling out of the cigarette that dangled loosely from his mouth. "Yeah, Sebastian...not cool, man."

"What are we talking about?" Finny inquired quizzically, his innocent emerald eyes wide with confusion and curiosity. He held a finger to his chin.

Mey-Rin exhaled, her face still a steaming shade of red. She took the gardener's hand and led him out of the parlor. "Come on, Finny. We're going for a walk. Sebastian and Bard have some very big grown-up talk, yes they do."

"Ohhh~" Finny's voice trailed off.
 
"Really, Sebastian..." Bardroy muttered, scratching his head. "Mey-Rin has a point. The lady is a bit young...too young for you to marry her, even if us servants were allowed to marry...and she probably has a lad back in China, anyways..." He looked at Sebastian. "But, Sebastian...do you really think you could be a dad?"

"I'm sure it will work out somehow, Bardroy," Sebastian said.

~

Sebastian led Ciel into the ballroom later to find Madam Rodkin and Jinjing already there. Their shoes clicked on the marble floor as they walked toward the ladies.

Ciel cringed. "To think I have to take a dancing lesson alongside this tart--"

"Young master!" Sebastian hissed. "For goodness sake, do not call a lady, especially your own guest, such a vulgar word!"

Ciel sighed but managed a polite smile when he and Sebastian approached the ladies.

"Ah, good afternoon, Ciel Phantomhive," Madame Rodkin greeted him, holding out her hand to him.

"Good afternoom, Madame Rodkin." Ciel kissed her hand. "So nice to see you again."

"It would seem you finally have a dancing partner," Madame Rodkin noted in reference to Jinjing. "
It is most impeccable that now you have found a dance partner of the same height as yourself, Earl Phantomhive. For you see, Miss Jinjing, the male is supposed to lead the dance, but so far I have had to since I am taller than he is. Now, we will start. Miss Jinjing, please place your left hand on Earl Phantomhive's shoulder."

Jinjing did so. Ciel visibly swallowed.

"Now, Earl Phantomhive, hold Miss Jinjing's back firmly."

Ciel's arm came around Jinjing's back.

"Now take each other's hands."

Ciel raised his arm. Jinjing quickly followed along and took his hand.

"Now, since Miss Jinjing seems new to this difficult dance, we are going to take it slow and easy. So, Earl Phantomhive, step forward with your left foot, step to the side with your right foot, then slide your left foot over to your right."

Ciel did so, with some struggle, trying to keep his eyes on Jinjing instead of his feet without stepping on her foot or kicking her by accident.

"One, two, three...now you, Miss Jinjing," Madame Rodkin instructed.

Jinjing glanced down at her feet, trying to follow but also trying to keep her tiny, fragile feet from possible harm.

"One, two, three...very 
good so far." Madame Rodkin nodded. "Let us put it together."

They did so.

"One, two, three, one, two, three...well done. This is often done much faster, so quickly you can hardly see the steps, but for now we will take it slow," Madame Rodkin said. "Now let us keep going."

They started again, and they were doing fairly well, but then Ciel inadvertently stomped on Jinjing's frail bound foot, sending a wave of agony into it.

"Rrrgh!" Jinjing abruptly stopped and winced in pain.

Ciel was taken aback. "...I'm sorry, Jinjing...does it hurt that much?"

Jinjing exhaled. "It is alright. In China, it is custom to break and bind the feet of little girls while the bones are still soft...essentially the foot is painfully bent in half. My feet were bound when I was small...in China, men consider small feet attractive, so footbinding is needed to marry into the nobility...it is difficult even to walk, let alone dance."

Madame Rodkin nodded. "You do have very small and delicate feet, my lady."

"Do you need ice, Miss Jinjing?" Sebastian asked.

Jinjing looked at the floor. "No, thank you, but...I do not think I can dance well like this..."

"Nonsense!" Madame Rodkin exclaimed. "You are doing a fine job, especially for your first time. Let us keep going."

Jinjing danced with Ciel again, painlessly this time, as Ciel was much more watchful. Jinjing found this dance a bit complicated and tricky, but felt slightly relaxed since Ciel was leading...yet also vigilantly protective of her feet, as Ciel was not a very skilled dancer.

"Very good, both of you," Madame Rodkin said when they were finished. "I will see you in a few days for another lesson." She smiled and nodded at Jinjing. "It was very nice to meet you, Miss Jinjing."

Jinjing curtsied. "You as well, Madame. Thank you for the lesson."

"I will see you off, Madame Rodkin. Thank you for the lesson, it was very much appreciated," Ciel said.

"Oh, anytime, my dear boy." Madame Rodkin grinned. "I will see you next time, Miss Jinjing."

Jinjing smiled. "See you next time, Madame."

She and Sebastian were left alone in the ballroom.

Sebastian glanced at Jinjing.

Jinjing covered her stomach and turned away from him, giving him a slight glare.

"Let us go," Sebastian said simply. "It is time for afternoon tea."
Twin Souls - a Kuroshitsuji fanfic - Chapter 9
For Ciel having called Jinjing a tart under his breath, umm...if you don't know, "tart" is basically the British word for "slut" :blush: They also had the word "whore" then, but at that time it was just a slang word for "prostitute" and not seen as terribly offensive as it is today. There were many other words considered vulgar and taboo in Victorian England, most of which are simple swear words today, but some are actually ridiculously innocent, such as "leg" - a person with any decency at that time would call even a table leg "the limb of the table" :roll:

I do not own Ciel Phantomhive, Sebastian Michaelis, Mey-Rin, Finny, Bard, Tanaka, or Black Butler. They are owned by Yana Toboso.
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Hey guys :)

Since I have this ongoing artist's block, I think I'll do one of those drawing challenges...like the one with the facial expressions that Shilin did :) I wonder which of my OCs I should do that for :XD:
I did think of a fan art for Loveless, and of all things, I thought of drawing Seimei and Ritsuka as chibis doing karate...:unimpressed:
For something more profound, I am also thinking of a writing or part of a writing describing that yes, children do need fathers. I feel very passionately about that for a number of reasons.
In the mean time...nothing gets in the way of art like schoolwork...I need another vacation :raincloud:

So apparently it's changed from "deviantART" to "DeviantArt"...I know it's just a spelling change, but I liked the old spelling better :( I liked the old DA itself better...I like the Sta.sh and other things, but I think the layout and stuff should just go back to how it was at the very beginning of DeviantArt, even though I don't even know what it looked like then because I wasn't there. Apparently DA used to be an indie site where you could submit your art and it would get really popular, now there's so much else on the pages like "More Like This" and other distractions so you can't take a minute to look through someone's artwork.
Anyways, does the DA app -- and even other apps like iExplorer for DA and Deviations -- work at all...for anybody...? Everyone says the app is buggy and crappy. I tried it today and it just doesn't function for me. I don't know if it's frozen all the time or something and it does crash. :|

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