How to improve his wardrobe: meeting the parents

The night before Sieglinde Sullivan's expected audience with Queen Victoria, Sieglinde and Wolfram Gelzer talk with Ciel and Sebastian Michaelis in the Phantomhive Manor. After Sieglinde affirms that she is still resolved to develop a improve magic remedy to help people, Ciel orders her to give the Queen the process to make mustard gas, to Sieglinde's and Wolfram's surprise. He says that she will be treated cordially by England if she cooperates, especially because the fact that she can create mustard gas will be exposed sooner or later. Wolfram is worried that Sieglinde will be exploited again, as she was by the German military. Sebastian, however, points out that it is, truly, Sieglinde's choice whether or not she is used or uses others. Ciel interrupts Wolfram before he could argue, saying that because he is Sieglinde's friend, he will not stop her if she chooses to move to some place obscure and live as a doctor with Wolfram. He adds that, because he is her friend, he knows that Sieglinde will never be able to stop studying and searching for ways to gain new knowledge. Ciel asserts that she will need a lot of money for new knowledge, for even Wolfsschlucht operated on national-level amounts of money, and that Wolfram is too awkward to raise that kind of money, much to Wolfram's chagrin.[459]

Ciel goes on to say that all Sieglinde has is her intellect and information on mustard gas, and he forbids her from speaking about the SuLIN gas. Sieglinde is shocked, and Sebastian explains that mustard gas does not compare to the SuLIN gas in terms of lethality; thus, if employed in England, countless deaths will result. Sieglinde vows to always keep SuLIN a secret. Ciel reminds her to consider everyone, including him, as an adversary who is trying to use her, and he encourages her to use everyone else in order to obtain the future she desires.[460]

The following day, at the outside of Buckingham Palace, a tensed and anxious Sieglinde is greeted by Charles Grey and Charles Phipps, who subsequently lead her, Wolfram, and Ciel into the palace, up the stairs, and down a hallway. They open double doors to a room where Queen Victoria and her aide John Brown are waiting. Sieglinde curtsies to the Queen, and the latter welcomes her to England. Both Ciel and Wolfram are relieved that things have progressed smoothly thus far. They move to a table filled with cakes and tea, which Sieglinde marvels at; Ciel advises her to only take one cake and not indulge. The Queen tells Ciel to inform her about his trip to the Werewolves' Forest. He explains that the so-called curse of the Werewolves' Forest was in fact toxic mustard gas, which they halted the development of in England because of its dangerous nature. The German army had advanced it to the point that they were ready to use it in actual combat, thanks to Sieglinde. Ciel ends the explanation with a statement that he believes Sieglinde will be beneficial to England. The Queen asks if Sieglinde can create more powerful things than mustard gas, a question to which Sieglinde responds the negative. Ciel says that he is always impressed with the Queen's sharp intuition and that it was a shock to discover that toxic gas was the real cause of the curse. He assures the Queen that if Sieglinde worked for the sake of her subjects, wonderful results are guaranteed. Sieglinde thanks Victoria and promises to prove her worth. Victoria is joyous; she praises Ciel for accomplishing his mission and asserts that his parents must be happy along with her late husband Prince Albert. At the mention of Albert, she sobs, and John is compelled to comfort her with his Albert puppet, to Sieglinde's and Wolfram's astonishment; Ciel tells them that this happens often, so they should disregard it. John remarks that Ciel has grown up to be like his father, and the Queen agrees, saying that he is very reliable. Ciel grows pensive at the idea that he is similar to his father.[461]

After the meeting is over, Wolfram carries Sieglinde outside, and they and Ciel reunite with Sebastian. Ciel asks him if he has gotten rid of the SuLIN samples, as ordered, and Sebastian confirms this. Ciel, then, says that he is tired and wishes to hurry home to sleep. He stares at Sebastian for a while, and when Sebastian inquires about this, he dismisses it as nothing. The four of them return to the Phantomhive Manor.[462]

In the middle of the night, Ciel is woken up when he is forced to ingest a liquid. Still half-asleep, Ciel asks if it is morning yet, and the visitor covers his eyes and urges him to sleep. In the morning, Ciel jolts awake, incidentally grabbing Sebastian's wrist. Sebastian tells him that he was going to wake him since Ciel seemed agitated. Ciel claims that he is fine, releasing his butler. Sebastian hands him a cup of tea, and Ciel dolefully stares at his reflection in it.[463]

One morning, while Ciel is in his office, Sebastian comes in with a letter from Queen Victoria. Ciel reads the letter: the Queen tells him that she enjoyed the tea party with Sieglinde Sullivan the other day and asks him, for Charles Phipps's sake, which one of the cakes she sent home he likes most. She, then, requests for him to visit the Sphere Music Hall, which is a popular music hall that holds mysterious gatherings every Saturday, to investigate, disclosing her concern: with the absence of social classification—men and women of all ages are enthralled by it, "be they peers or laborers"—and the sheer number of attendees—the street in front of the hall tends to teem with carriages on Saturday nights. Interest piqued, she sent investigators to look into the event, but they, when questioned by Charles Grey and Charles Phipps, confessed that they have found nothing. Oddly so, the investigators themselves became regular attendees, even after their investigation was over. The Queen admits that she has never before heard of parties that permit all sorts to attend and is worried that "some manner of evil scheme" may be taking place. She ends the letter with a question asking Ciel for his thoughts on the subject. After reading the letter, Ciel inspects the Sphere Music Hall invitation the Queen has provided for him, and he admits that he did not know such a music hall existed.[464]

Abruptly, an agitated Edward Midford rushes in, shouting Ciel's name. Surprised, Ciel comments that Edward looks pale. Edward, then, reveals that Elizabeth Midford has run away from the Midford Manor, to Ciel's and Sebastian's shock.[465]

Once Edward and Ciel are seated, the former informs him about a certain meeting Herman Greenhill introduced him to a month ago; he took Elizabeth along to one of them, at her insistence, and she got her fortune told by Blavat; afterward, she attended the meeting on a regular basis, infatuated with the place, and ultimately stopped going home.[466]

Edward and Ciel simultaneously state that the meeting is held at the Sphere Music Hall. Edward is surprised that Ciel knows the name. Both Ciel and Sebastian remark on Queen Victoria's "fearsome" powers of observation, and the former explains to Edward that the Queen has requested him to investigate the music hall. When Ciel says that their priority is locating Elizabeth, Edward tells him that he can see Elizabeth if he goes to the music hall: Edward had gone to the meetings a few times and attempted to convince her to return home, but, each time, Elizabeth refused to and claimed that her "radiance" lies there, at the music hall. Ciel declares that they will have to witness it for themselves and orders Sebastian to prepare a carriage for them.[467]

After Ciel, Sebastian, and Edward arrive at the Sphere Music Hall, Edward points out the absence of Elizabeth, Herman, Edgar Redmond, Lawrence Bluewer, and Gregory Violet. Ciel says that the environment is unsettling, to which Sebastian agrees. Edward tugs on Ciel's sleeve and draws his attention to Blavat. Ciel proposes that they get their fortunes told, quipping that Blavat would be no fraud if he can "divine the sorrows" of a demon. Sebastian responds that aside from the selfishness of his master, which is his primary concern, his mind is free of worries. Blavat is startled when he sees Sebastian and Ciel, and then he tells Sebastian to sit down, while Ciel notes that the air has shifted. When Sebastian tries to get his fortune told, Blavat says that Sebastian does not have the divine protection of any star because he is not human, to Ciel's and Sebastian's astonishment.[468]

Afterward, Blavat laughs, stating that, now, Sebastian and Ciel must be assuming that he is not human, either. When Blavat describes Sebastian as a darkness which corrupts the light of stars, the other attendees demand that Sebastian leaves. Blavat silences the aroused crowd and urges Sebastian to depart from the place immediately. On cue, two men escort Sebastian out of the music hall. Blavat addresses Ciel, next, asking if he is Sebastian's friend. Ciel claims that Sebastian is a senior worker from the same factory as he. Blavat offers to read his fortune, and assures him that Sebastian will not be harmed.[469]

Subsequently, Ciel lets his blood drop into Blavat's cup. An excited Blavat informs him that he is favored by the divine protection of Sirius. The other attendees flock around Ciel, telling him that Sirius is a first magnitude star and that he is the only one they know who is protected by it.[470]

When Ciel inquires about Sirius, Blavat explains that every person receives divine protection from a star; among the stars Sirius, Canopus, Vega, and Polaris, the first magnitude Sirius is the rarest; people under Sirius have "lofty ideals and the air of genius about them," and they tend to be extremely two-faced. He warns Ciel that the darkness Sebastian is clinging on to his light, and that he may lose his radiance if he remains with Sebastian. He, then, volunteers to help Ciel distance himself from Sebastian, if he is unable to do so on his own.[471]

Ch111 Bracelet

Ciel's bracelet.

Bemused, Ciel wonders to himself if Blavat truly means what he said, and if he is a supernatural being disguised as a human. Blavat, dumping the tainted water of the cup into a bucket set beside him, tells him not to look so grim and advises him to take action soon or "the end" will be upon him in no time. Ciel thanks Blavat, intending to leave, but the latter stops him and gives him a bracelet; he maintains that, with the bracelet, Ciel should feel closer to Sirius's divinity, and that Ciel can pay him a visit any time for advice.[472]

Afterward, Edward runs to Ciel and asks why Blavat had Sebastian thrown out. Ciel says he does not know and shows the bracelet to him, disclosing the fact that the bracelet is made of pure silver; he observes that the bracelet, thus, is far too opulent to be bestowed as a souvenir upon persons who get their fortunes told. He notices that other attendees are wearing their own bracelets, and that the bracelets are designed differently than his, speculating that the designs of the bracelets are dependent on whichever star they are under.[473]

When Ciel asks Edward which star Elizabeth is under, the latter reveals that it is Canopus and that Elizabeth was also told that she is rare. After Ciel remarks that Blavat mentioned Vega and Polaris, the clock chimes, signalling that it is eleven o'clock. The other attendees announce that it is time for carolling. Edward explains to a puzzled Ciel that the meetings close with everyone singing together, and adds that, however, today seems particularly unusual. An old woman slaps Edward's shoulder, saying that today is the fourth Saturday—which is the reason for the unusualness of that day.[474]

Ciel, Edward, and the crowd look over at the stage. To Ciel's and Edward's astoundment, several individuals in dark cloaks have emerged, with a few of them carrying candles.[475]

Ciel and Edward observe the men in robes who have lined up onstage. The men begin singing a hymn. Ciel muses that the song must be unique to the Sphere Music Hall gathering, since he has never heard it before. After talking about stars and radiance and urging all the attendees to sing together, they remove their robes, revealing that they are Gregory, Herman, Lawrence, and Edgar, to Ciel's and Edward's shock. After the four announce that they will be singing a song called how to improve his wardrobe: meeting the parents "Shining Star," the lyrics and music of which composed by Blavat, they proceed to sing and dance, to the crowd's delight, while Ciel and Edward remain stunned. Once the performance ends, the four receive an ovation. Ciel notes the quick tempo of the song, the perfectly coordinated dance, and the atmosphere which excites even those unfamiliar with the music, and thinks that this might be what Elizabeth called "the radiance that only exists here."[476]

Afterward, Ciel, Edward, and the other attendees exit the music hall. Edward comments that the performance was full of "passion and punch," and Ciel agrees. Ciel, then, notices other people raving about the performance, and reflects on the Sphere Music Hall, which, at a glance, contains no signs of evil afoot for Queen Victoria to be worried. He watches as a little boy sings the song the four sang earlier, and is contemplating the situation, when Sebastian welcomes Ciel back. Ciel and Edward turn around, and are dumbfounded when they see him with two prostitutes; Edward scolds Sebastian, and the women soon leave.[477]

At Ciel's townhouse, Sebastian accommodates Ciel and Edward with tea, while details of the event that transpired at the music hall are relayed to him. Ciel comments that their performance was nothing like any opera or ballet he has ever seen. When Edward describes the song as the kind where one would start humming without realizing it, Sebastian sings and dances to a verse, baffling Ciel and Edward. Sebastian is about to explain why he is familiar with the song, but is interrupted by Agni and Soma Asman Kadar, who offer them sandesh.[478]

After Soma asks Ciel if the song Sebastian sang is "all the rage" in England, for he hears it sung quite often by kids when he goes out to the market with Agni, Ciel concludes that Sebastian has heard the song from the prostitutes, which Sebastian confesses is the case. Sebastian, then, explains that word of mouth, particularly by means of a song, is the most effective method to spread a message. Edward infers, from Sebastian's statements, that the song must have been created to disseminate some sort of ideology, and adds that, however, the song does not seem to have any radical ideals or dangerous concepts woven in, for the lyrics were primarily about stars. Ciel points out that it is possible the song was made to be accessible in order to gather people together in one place so that business can be carried out. He also points out that the meetings, strangely, charge no fees; instead, Blavat hands out bracelets of pure silver.[479]

Sebastian shows the bracelet he stole, and narrates his conversation with a prostitute who recognized the bracelet. Ciel, then, recapitulates what he has learned from Sebastian: the Saturday meetings are open to anyone, but there are closed events that only those who have had their fortunes told can attend, and wonders aloud if that is where Elizabeth has gone off to.[480]

At the Buckingham Palace, Ciel gives a report to Queen Victoria about the Sphere Music Hall, saying that he will continue to investigate the closed door meetings. He also adds that he is yet to see any activity of a treasonous nature. Victoria says that anything is possible when people gather, and gestures to Charles Grey to hand Ciel a list. The list comprises of those from the House of Lords, Scotland Yard, and the military who have been attending the Sphere Music Hall. Victoria says that it frightens her even though they may not be doing anything malicious.[481]

Later, at Ciel's townhouse, Sebastian Michaelis tells Ciel that closed meetings for those with different bracelets are held on different days of the week at the Sphere Music Hall. Bracelet owners can attend the meeting according to their sign on their specific days—Polaris on Mondays and Wednesdays, Vega on Tuesdays, Canopus on Thursdays, and Sirius on Fridays. He mentions that the next day is a Friday, meaning Ciel, who is protected by Sirius, can attend the event. Sebastian suggests attending the meeting as well, but Ciel says that they may know exactly who is protected by Sirius, and is against the idea. Sebastian agrees, and says he will wait outside and that Ciel can summon him if he wishes. The next day, Ciel visits the music hall, and notes that it is not as crowded as usual. He is greeted by a man who, after confirming that Ciel is under the protection of Sirius, leads him into a room. He then hands Ciel a set of clothes, saying that he has to change into them. After Ciel does so, he tells him to enter the Canis Major door, saying that a meal is ready inside.[482]

The room is filled with seats around a post, and is hardly occupied. A lady hands Ciel a plate of food, and says that dessert is available as well. Ciel notes that the food is expensive, and wonders how they manage to pay for it. The lady then thanks the people in the room for waiting, and announces the arrival of the "Starlight Four," consisting of Herman Greenhill, Lawrence Bluewer, Gregory Violet, and Edgar Redmond. They welcome everyone to the "S4 Sirius-Limited Event," and say that everyone has given their best that week and that they wish for them to continue shining radiantly; thus they will deliver the "light of healing" via "Starlight Shower."[483]

The ceiling is covered with an image of the stars, and Ciel thinks that it might be a magic lantern. The lady plays a harp, while the Starlight Four sing "Starlight Shower," the lyrics and music of which composed by Blavat. Gregory notices Ciel, and the latter claims that he too has his worries, and is glad to see Gregory so radiant, to which Gregory cryptically replies, "Not really." Ciel then smells a strange scent, notes that he is getting sleepy, and blacks out.[484]

In an unknown room, a sleeping Ciel is approached by Elizabeth Midford. She apologizes to him, sadly saying that she cannot save him. She then begins crying. Later, Ciel wakes up and sees Gregory, who says that he was soundly asleep, to his horror. He hears the other attendees say that they are feeling refreshed and wish to come back the next week, and notes that no one seems to have been harmed, including him. He stumbles while rising from his seat, and is caught by Gregory, who states that he should eat more. Gregory proceeds to hand Ciel piles of special treats, saying that everyone receives them. After telling him to eat them all, he strides off.[485]

Later, in a carriage, Ciel talks to Sebastian about how he fell asleep due to a drug of sorts but emerged unscathed like the others. Sebastian, then, informs Ciel about his encounter with Fred Abberline, the unusual corpses, and how Fred requests for Ciel's cooperation. Ciel finds it amusing that Scotland Yard would be willing to associate with the "evil Earl Phantomhive." Sebastian says that Fred stated that, while their methods may be different, they share the goal of protecting people. Ciel, initially surprised, comments that Fred is the kind of man who will "never make it up the ladder."[486]

When Ciel says that he needs more information on the corpses, Sebastian pulls out a map, revealing that he discovered eighteen corpses, five of which buried in Epping Forest, east of London; after careful investigation, Sebastian came to the conclusion that the corpses have nothing to common. When Ciel orders Sebastian to collect the bodies and get someone to look at them, Sebastian asks Ciel who he wants to perform the autopsies, thereby reminding Ciel of Undertaker. Ciel, then, decides to have Fred study the corpses.[487]

Suddenly, Sebastian smells blood on Ciel and tears off Ciel's shirt, exposing needle marks, to Ciel's and Sebastian's. Sebastian apologizes for his carelessness and carries him to the manor where Sieglinde and Wolfram reside, to have him treated. They meet Wolfram first and then Sieglinde, who is strapped on her new invention: "Arachne Patousa," which are spider legs that enable her to walk. When Sebastian informs Sieglinde about the possibility of Ciel being drugged, she leads them into a room filled with contraptions. Sieglinde discloses that Queen Victoria supplied the items and that she, Grey, and Phipps visit from time to time with cake; Ciel is surprised that the Queen would carry out personal visits, and notes that she is cunning.[488]

As instructed by Sieglinde, Ciel undresses, and Sieglinde inspects his person and deduces that he is not poisoned. Wolfram, then, makes the conjecture that Ciel became anaemic because his blood was taken from him rather than something being injected in him. He adds that his blood being drawn may be for blood transfusion. Sebastian asserts that the attendees are unwittingly paying for their food and entertainment at special events with their blood. Sieglinde says that collecting blood from a large number of people, which is what the music hall is doing, makes sense for a vast amount of data is needed to improve the accuracy of blood transfusion, and remarks that involving civilians in the unethical research is "vicious."[489]

Ciel recalls what the Queen said about the dangers of people gathering, and states that he knows for certain that the meetings are a menace and that Elizabeth is there. When Sieglinde asks him what he will do, Ciel admits that Elizabeth and the other participants will not listen to reason, and Sebastian agrees, saying that they are all thoroughly under the spell. Ciel decides that to wake them up, he must have decisive proof of the crimes, and tells Sebastian to follow him, determined to expose the music hall's "foul scheme."[490]

In Ciel's townhouse, Fred informs Ciel and Sebastian the corpses died due to severe blood loss. Ciel and Sebastian conclude that the Sphere Music Hall is bleeding their guests to death, and the former adds that they may also be conducting experiments in blood transfusion. When Fred declares that he will have them immediately arrested, Ciel has Sebastian show Fred the list of people who regularly attend the Sphere Music Hall gatherings—among them are members of the military, the House of Lords, and Scotland Yard. Some of them, they affirm, must be lending financial support to the music hall. Ciel warns Fred that if he were to act openly, the individuals in power may not only hush up the investigation, but they may fail to catch the true mastermind, as well. When Fred suggests that they request aid from Queen Victoria, Ciel states that, by the word of law, she cannot intervene in domestic affairs, and assures him that he will handle it, as the Queen's Watchdog.[491]

In a carriage parked outside Sphere Music Hall, Ciel observes that the quickest method would be to infiltrate the inner circle. Sebastian points out a flaw with his plan: as long as Blavat is present, they may be exposed. Ciel, then, suggests bribing the tradesmen who enter and leave the building daily, but admits that Blavat will be the first to hear about it if negotiations fail.[492]

When a couple of tradesmen accidentally drop a box, Nina Hopkins scolds them. Both Ciel and Sebastian are surprised by her appearance.[493]

After Nina and her assistants exit Sphere Music Hall, Ciel offers to take her home. At first, she refuses, but after he reveals who he is, she enthusiastically agrees and climbs in his carriage. There, she explains in detail her association with Blavat and the music hall, and also admits that she never met "those with the names of stars," who are of higher status than the S4. When Ciel requests that she brings Sebastian with her the next time she returns to the music hall, she flatly refuses to, in fear that Sebastian's "outdated grab" will tarnish her reputation. Ciel, then, grants her permission to choose Sebastian's clothes.[494]

At Hopkins' Tailor Shop, Nina forces Sebastian to change in and out of several outfits, to Ciel's amusement. Sebastian tells Ciel that he can slip in the music hall without Nina's assistance, but Ciel insists that he accompanies her.[495]

Later, Ciel, along with Edward, is surprised when Sebastian returns with an unconscious Elizabeth. While Edward watches over Elizabeth in a bedroom, Sebastian informs Ciel about his entrusting the blood he obtained from the facility to Sieglinde, and adds that he was not able to meet the four with the names of stars. At this juncture, Edward enters the room, questioning why Sebastian came back when he saw proof of the music hall's "evil deeds." Sebastian explains why he thinks that destroying the music hall and its "charismatic celebrities," the S4 and Blavat, will work in their disfavor. After Edward asks if there is nothing they can do, Sebastian comments on the "irksome" nature of human hearts to a dour Ciel.[496]

A panic-stricken Agni rushes to Ciel, Sebastian, and Edward and informs them of Elizabeth's disappearance. They go up to the bedroom where she was sleeping, and Agni explains that he went to check up on her, but she was gone when he arrived. Ciel notes that she has tied the curtains together in order to make her escape out the window, and deduces that Sebastian knew about her escape; the latter affirms this, insinuating that Ciel would not have thought of anything effective to keep her there, had they detained her; Sphere Music Hall still controls her. Edward asks what it is that has enchanted her, and Ciel suggests that Blavat has brainwashed her, to which Edward admits is possible.[497]

The doorbell sounds, and Agni leaves to get the door. While Ciel and Edward discuss Elizabeth and the other Londoners' infatuation with Sphere Music Hall, they hear a commotion downstairs, which drives Ciel to exit the room and snap at Agni and Soma. He, then, discovers a multitude of poor children. Soma states that they are giving them food since it is his duty as a prince and the viceroy of Ciel's townhouse to do so, and Ciel comments that the place has turned into a "soup kitchen." When the children praise the quality of the bread and how nice the people there are, Ciel comes to a realization, and announces that he has figured something out. Agni asks if he is upset, but Ciel denies it and thanks them instead, to Agni's surprise and Soma's delight.[498]

Afterward, Ciel gives Sebastian two weeks to invest in the abandoned theatre across the street from Sphere Music Hall, remodel it into Funtom Music Hall, and make preparations for the grand opening; they also establish the Phantom Five, a group that will rival Sphere Music Hall's Starlight Four, consisting of Soma, Edward, Cheslock, Clayton, and Joanne Harcourt.

Later, Ciel informs a shocked Edward that they are establishing their own music hall, as well as their own group, and explains that when given two options which cost the same, customers would choose the one of higher quality. When Edward asks how they would find a talented, charismatic individual, Ciel points to Edward, to his astonishment, Ciel assures that he is suitable for the role, considering his qualities. Edward eventually agrees to the job in hopes of rescuing Elizabeth Midford, but adds that he cannot do it alone. Ciel tells him that he has already sent his scout, Sebastian, after the other members he has selected.[499]

Subsequently, the recruited five assemble at Ciel's office at the London townhouse. When Cheslock questions their choice of Clayton, Sebastian modifies Clayton's appearance, and they are all impressed with the result. Ciel called for their attention, stating that they must undergo special training. On Ciel's order, Sebastian passes out a folder to each of the five, which details what role they must assume on stage. When Edward asks how to be "a little naughty and aggressive," Sebastian, on Ciel's command, demonstrates it on Edward. Ciel affirms that "novelty and individuality" will allow them to transcend the Starlight Four. When Clayton asks if what they will be doing is enough, Ciel angrily states that he does not want to hear their complaints before they have even begun, adding that enhancing their marketability is critical to whether they win or lose. Sebastian states that he will train them thoroughly.[500]

At night, Sebastian delivers tea to Ciel, and gives his report: Soma is exceptionally talented, for he is not shy and picks up the dancing after being shown the steps only once. Ciel comments in spite of his mental immaturity, Soma is quite capable in almost every area. Sebastian adds that Edward, out of sincere respect for his superiors, is also quickly learning things. After Ciel hands Sebastian a paper which contains all of the new crowd-pleasers he has devised for opening night, he asks him about the blood research; Sebastian replies that he has yet to hear from Sieglinde.[501]

Following the eventful two weeks, the Phantom Five head to Sphere Music Hall to direct its attendees to Funtom Music Hall, while Ciel stays in the new venue's office with Sebastian.[502]

Ciel remarks that the property was "more of a bargain" than he expected. To his amusement, Sebastian complains about the limited span of time Ciel gave him to make preparations. Ciel says that the solution to Sphere Music Hall was, simply, to give the attendees an alternative, and Sebastian says that establishing an imitation across the street from the original is "terribly cheeky and wicked" of Ciel. Ciel asserts that Funtom Corporation is in the entertainment business; it encompasses confectionery, toys, restaurants, and cafes, and, so, operating a theatre is natural. He, then, declares that he will school Blavat and the others on "the art of the finest entertainment money can buy," with his Funtom Music Hall.[503]

Afterward, the Phantom Five gather at Ciel's office, where Ciel commends them for their performance.[504]

Later, Sebastian informs Ciel that he must make preparations for the Phantomhive earldom's Halloween celebration. When Ciel points out that they are preoccupied with Elizabeth's predicament, Sebastian reminds him of how important Halloween is to the tenants on Phantomhive land, which results in Ciel ordering Sebastian to return to Phantomhive Manor and commence the preparations.[505]

On Halloween, Sebastian welcomes Ciel home, and shows him the extravagantly decorated garden. After the Phantomhive servants greet Ciel, Ciel is made to change into a costume. Sebastian explains to Ciel that they have combined various Halloweens from around the world so that their tenants can have quality entertainment; said tenants thank Ciel. Ciel, then, passes out treats to a group of children, and recalls his own family when he sees another.[506]

Subsequently, Sebastian brings Ciel and the other guests to a river, where they are given lanterns. Tanaka tells Ciel that it is part of the Japanese lantern festival. Sebastian has Ciel light everyone's lanterns, which the latter does via a candle. The lanterns are, then, set afloat into the river. While gazing at the scene, Ciel remembers all of the critical events that transpired in his life. Sebastian compares candles and their flame to humans, calling them beautiful. When Ciel advises him to handle them with caution, as, when provoked, they can be formidable, Sebastian assures him that he will strive to keep Ciel's flame alive, for he is a devil of a butler.[507]

At Ciel's office in Funtom Music Hall, Ciel tells the Phantom Five that they must perform well.[508]

After a Phantom Five performance, Ciel, along with Sebastian, comes down the stairs in Funtom Music Hall, spots Blavat among the crowd, and greets him.[509] When Blavat recognizes Ciel as the Earl of Phantomhive, Ciel points out that Blavat must have known who he was since they first met. Blavat retorts that he did not expect a nobleman like Ciel would resort to "such means," and remarks that Funtom Music Hall, even with its advanced facilities, cannot outshine Sphere Music Hall, the original. When Ciel argues that that is for the audience to decide, Blavat states that it is unlikely for Ciel, who failed to win the heart of Elizabeth Midford, to the win the heart of the public. After Blavat leaves, Ciel angrily breaks a Meissen vase, to which Sebastian responds by saying that the outburst of rage is futile and uncharacteristic of him.[510]

Both the Starlight Four and the Phantom Five continue with their respective shows. At one point, Sebastian reports to Ciel that they have drawn about twenty percent of Sphere's attendees to their music hall.[511]

At Phantomhive Manor, Ciel, Sebastian, Soma, and Pitt have convened. When Pitt mentions Ciel's love of mischief, Soma admits that he cannot imagine Ciel as a prankster, which prompts Pitt to say that Vincent Phantomhive and Tanaka had their hands full with Ciel back then. He adds that he still has a photograph of Ciel's family, to Soma's excitement, but an angered Ciel snatches it from Pitt before he can reveal it. Ciel admonishes Pitt, while Soma asks him why he is so upset.[512]

Afterward, Agni enters the room with Fred, who tells Ciel that he needs to speak to him. Consequently, Sebastian asks Pitt and Soma to leave, and they comply. Once they are gone, Fred shows them the newspaper with Sphere Music Hall in the headlines, which, according to him, have silenced the government officials and nobles who have been conspiring with the music hall, and, in turn, Scotland Yard was able to expose the organization's crimes. Ciel and Sebastian, then, explain the treacherous workings of Sphere Music Hall, and their plan to steal the music hall's source of supply. Fred is appalled that they would indirectly induce the deaths of Sirius individuals, deeming it a "heartless method." Ciel retorts that he, the Aristocrat of Evil, took action when Fred, the "righteous police," could not. When Fred vows to solve the case next time without getting Ciel's hands dirty, an amused Ciel urges him to quickly get promoted.[513]

At his townhouse, Ciel informs a shocked Soma and Sieglinde that he is putting the Phantom Five on a hiatus, for a number of reasons: First, the frontman, Edward, was dragged off by his mother mid-performance; second, the Phantom Five consists mostly of students who have their own responsibilities; third, Ciel has achieved what he wanted with the Phantom Five.[514]

Sebastian announces that Ciel's carriage is ready. While going down a hallway, Ciel and Sebastian are approached by Agni, who, upon receiving confirmation from Ciel that Funtom Music Hall has triggered the incident where Sphere Music Hall killed a person, asks Ciel to stop involving Soma in dangerous matters, for, in his perspective, Soma has indirectly taken part in a murder. Ciel states that he will stop putting them both to use, and that he has never considered Soma a friend. He adds that he tends to use all the pawns he has at his disposal, and that if Agni does not like that, he is free to leave.[515]

Later, Ciel and Sebastian confront Herman, Edgar, and Lawrence, who are hiding at a pub in Hyde Park. He claims that he knows a place for them, hinting toward prison, and comments that it is pitiful for the once popular S4 to be hiding in a pub. Ciel, then, presses them for the whereabouts of Blavat and Elizabeth, and learns that they were not aware that Elizabeth was at Sphere Music Hall in the first place, nor were they aware of the blood transfusions. When Herman mentions Gregory's disappearance, which occurred on the day the Sphere Music Hall scoop was published, Sebastian says that Gregory has Sirius blood, and that it is likely Blavat took him along to continue taking blood from him.[516]

When Ciel asks them if they have an idea where Blavat went, Edgar recalls that Blavat talked about a second music hall being built, and Lawrence declares that it is in Bath. Ciel and Sebastian head out; Lawrence calls for Ciel, but is ignored.[517]

At Bath, Ciel remarks that he has only been there once before to convalesce with his family. He and Sebastian ask a couple of residents for the location of a music hall under construction, and they point the way.[518]

Subsequently, Ciel and Sebastian enter the aforementioned music hall, and descend hidden stairs to reach the room where Blavat had taken blood from the men. Sebastian recognizes military elite and prominent members of the House of Lords, and Ciel says that they were on Grey's list.[519]

They find Gregory, and wake him. When questioned by Sebastian, Gregory admits that he did not want his friends to be sad, and, therefore, he went along with Blavat's plans. He also admits, while crying, that he had invited Cheslock and the others to Sphere Music Hall, in hopes that word might eventually reach Ciel, so that Ciel would come and end it all, because he could not bring himself to do it. When Ciel asks him where Blavat is, he says that Blavat has gone back to London, and then faints.[520]

Ciel orders Sebastian to bring Gregory to a hospital immediately, but Grell and Othello arrive; both Grim Reapers assert that Gregory will be fine, since he is not on the soul retrieval list. To Ciel's irritation, Othello gathers samples from him. When Grell tells Sebastian that he should ask them out on a date, Ciel and Sebastian pointedly disregard them.[521]

Othello observes that the machines there have been constructed using "unbelievably" advanced technology, which piques Ciel's interest. Othello reveals that the men there were all suffering from renal failure; the machines were used to replaced the men's thickened blood with fresh blood, and, as a result, their lifespans were considerably extended. When Ciel concludes that that must be the reason why Sphere Music Hall was collecting blood, Othello shows him the soul retrieval list, on which the men's death day entries have been overwritten.[522]

Othello affirms that entries may be revised every once in a while, especially when there are external factors, such as a demon, interfering with the affairs of humans. He says that while the people who summon demons are usually ordinary, sometimes a brilliant inventor is among them, which would explain the machines. Ciel and Sebastian, then, leave for London to track down Blavat.[523]

Ciel tells Sebastian to inform Fred, Grey, and Phipps about the Bath music hall and Gregory's whereabouts. They puzzle over why Blavat has returned to London, despite the risk of being apprehended. When Ciel mentions Elizabeth, Sebastian reveals that, during their previous encounter, she has said, "I, and only I, simply can't go back over there." While Sebastian prepares the carriage, Ciel muses on Elizabeth’s cryptic words.[524]

Later, Ciel and Sebastian arrive at the townhouse, where Sebastian notices that something is amiss. They enter the house, and are astonished to find blood and rubble. They follow the trail of blood, and discover Agni at the door, with a multitude of knives in his back. After examining Agni, Sebastian reports to Ciel that he is not breathing, to Ciel's shock. Sebastian, then, breaks open the door, to a room where Soma is, and sets Agni down.[525]

When Ciel asks Soma if he is hurt, Soma hits him across the face. After rendering Soma unconscious, Sebastian comments that Soma is understandably confused. A distraught Ciel, seeing Agni's corpse and the state Soma is in, says that he told Soma and Agni to stay out of his business.[526]

Then, Ciel composes himself, asserts that he wants an assessment of the situation, and suggests that they do a sweep of the place. They note that Agni must have been topping up the coal in the hearth, and that none of the rooms have been burglarized. Subsequently, they hear a strange noise coming from Ciel's room, and enter it.[527]

To their shock, the words "Who stole the candy from my tummy?" are engraved on the wall. Ciel is deeply agitated by the words, but does not address it, instead ordering Sebastian to have Sieglinde tend to Soma's injuries.[528]

When Sebastian lifts Soma, Ciel spots pieces of a photo falling from his hand. Upon realizing what they are, Ciel asks Sebastian for confirmation that he would never lie to him. Sebastian assures him that he does not tell lies, and Ciel is horrified.[529]


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