Bardroy and Agni might become my 2 most favorite BB guys, I liked your previous posts with them, Bard being socially awkward may be seen as cute, Both have good looks and are the two most likely to be the best guys to date.
I recently saw in one of the @akumadeenglish translations of Yana-san’s posts that Bard is more like 40… a few years older than I had thought, but I wasn’t too far off. It didn’t give an age for Agni, but I don’t see him still being under 30.
Bard seems like a genuinely nice guy. Sure, he’s one of the guys (enjoys his girly magazines, etc.), but he’s also quite protective of Mey-Rin (think of what happens when Ronald flirts with her at the start of the Campania arc), and I don’t think he would treat a lady the way Ronald does. I’ve previously written that Bard seems like the kind of guy (and at the right age) to think about finding a nice girl and settling down. He comes across as a “no frills” sort who would consider any woman who is willing to consider him. I generally stay away from the shipping and don’t have what I would call an OTP, but I could see Bard and Mey-Rin eventually getting together (or at least dating for awhile). She needs someone who cares about her and treats her like the young lady she is. Sebastian only seems to care; he’s toying with her. Bard, on the other hand, is genuinely concerned for her well-being. Their age difference (she’s only about 22) doesn’t matter, really, and women were often courted by and married much older men during the Victorian era. However, according to tradition, they would not even think of marriage without the earl’s consent… or they would wait until their service to him was over….
Agni is also genuinely kind and concerned, but… like the Phantomhive servants, his first priorities are to his master. That sense of duty is even stronger in him, since he views Soma as a personal god. This makes him a great servant and companion for Soma but not much of anything to anyone else. If you’ve ever read the “Kushiel’s Legacy” book series, think of Soma as Elua and of Agni as some born-again version of Cassiel. His function is to “serve and protect” and to not give into temptation…. *Unlike* Cassiel, Agni was *once* a drunkard and a lech… but that all *changed* the day Soma saved him from execution. This master and servant bond is stronger than the one between Bard and the earl; it’s unlikely to ever break.
You’d have way better luck with Bard ;) Bonus: he seems to have cut back on his smoking a bit since the earl spoke with him about it….