In chapter 127, Sebastian and Ciel approach the townhouse. At first, they are their typical selves. Ciel is complaining about being sore from the carriage ride and the weather, and Sebastian is happily talking about putting on some tea. As Sebastian, reaches for the door, however, he senses something. You can see his eyes have changed.
It’s most likely all the blood in the house. We’ve seen before that Sebastian is sensitive to the smell of blood. He already knows something is amiss. Sebastian than opens the door, and we see more of his reaction.
Ciel is surprised - and rightly so. While he is used to being a target, he probably so no reason anyone would attack the townhouse. Sebastian, however, is on alert. He sees where there’s been a fight and there’s a lot of blood. He could possibly be sensing something about the attackers. If the attackers aren’t human, he might be able to tell that. Of course, if the the attackers are human or Bizarre Dolls, Sebastian wouldn’t be able to sense anything about them.
Sebastian and Ciel start to follow the trail of blood, but Sebastian appears to be almost pensive in certain scenes. Gone is the arrogance and cockiness he usually displays. In one panel, his eyebrows are even turned up slightly.
It appears that Sebastian has no idea what to expect. He follows the trail, and shows very little of any emotion - even when he first looks at Agni’s body.
When Ciel asks if Agni is breathing, Sebastian shakes his head. He looks almost sad or upset when he does.
When Sebastian opens the door to find Soma, he seems surprised at first.
At this point Sebastian realizes that Agni had gave his life to save Soma, which leads us to the final scene: Sebastian holding Agni and paying him a true compliment.
So, what is my analysis?
Well, Sebastian is usually very arrogant and self assured in his abilities. It’s part of his charm. When he first approached the townhouse, that’s the Sebastian we see, but things change quickly. Sebastian hadn’t been expecting there to be any trouble at the townhouse, so the attack caught him by surprise. He also had to be alert for any danger because Ciel was with him. He became quiet during this time as he searched for the source of the blood. He was still on high alert. Although Sebastian is egotistical, he’s not completely blind to his own limitations. He said that fighting two reapers at once was difficult, and he is in no hurry to face Undertaker again. He’s not running in blindly but taking his time as he tries to figure out what had happened.
Then he sees Agni’s body. He’s seen a lot of death (and caused a lot), although this is the first person who ever called him friend. However, I’d like to come back to Sebastian’s expression in this part in just a minute. When he opens the door he gets his final surprise when he sees Soma, and Sebastian finally understood what had occurred. I wonder if Sebastian might have been a little disappointed that Agni had allowed himself to be killed in such a manner initially. He had respected Agni, although I don’t think Sebastian ever understood him entirely. He also knew Agni’s strength and speed. Upon figuring out that Agni had sacrificed himself to save his master, he had renewed respect for Agni. It’s possibly that Agni not only fulfilled Sebastian’s expectations of a true butler but exceeded them.
Of course, this is purely my opinion, but I welcome discussion.
the fact that roman is about to face the undertaker @ mania is honestly amazing, especially cos i’m pretty sure taker has a big say in who he faces nowadays (don’t quote me on that but i’m p sure it’s true)
also, let’s be honest, taker’s getting on a bit now and one wrong move and he could be fucked up, so the fact that wwe have so much faith in roman that they’ll let him wrestle taker cos they know he’s one of the safest workers on the roster and won’t injure him is great
ALSO don’t come at me for any of this cos so many wrestlers have said how easy he is to work with and i value their opinions way more than a bunch of smarks
Something that I’ve noticed recently, especially after the release of the Book of the Atlantic movie is that people assume that Undertaker and Sebastian are mortal enemies. Which, fair enough, seems like it could be true. But I’d like to offer a different analysis of their relationship to one another.
There is no doubt that Sebastian despises Undertaker. He came very close to killing him in the Campania arc, and he’s caused him quite a bit of trouble since then. And that’s a fair reaction considering Sebastian is an overly proud demon who doesn’t appreciate being put in his place.
But something I’ve always found interesting is this panel in the Demon 6 extra:
Sebastian has a look of absolute disdain on his face, but Undertaker looks perfectly calm and amused by comparison. And I know this is an extra chapter that technically doesn’t fit in with the rest of the story, but that doesn’t mean that characterization has been completely thrown out the window. It’s the opposite, in fact.
Because something else that gets lost in translation is that during the Weston arc, during Undertaker’s big reveal he calls Sebastian ‘Butler-kun’. This is another thing that isn’t really translatable because ‘kun’ can be used in a variety of different ways, from the familiar to the slightly sarcastic. And while I do feel like it was being used sarcastically in context, you could also interpret it as Undertaker addressing someone who is his subordinate. Or in other words, someone he has ‘tasked’ with a job.
That job being keeping Ciel out of harm’s way, as it’s further explained.
So while I definitely think there’s no love between the two, Undertaker also doesn’t seem to hate Sebastian as much as say, William does. It’s probably partly due to the fact that he isn’t actively working as a reaper anymore, partly due to Sebastian being an effective bodyguard no matter what he is, and perhaps… a tiny bit to do with the fact that Sebastian made him laugh in the Jack the Ripper arc. But personally, I don’t think that Undertaker views Sebastian as ‘the enemy’ as other fans seem to. Or at least, he isn’t the ultimate enemy that they’re all facing and is instead a minor nuisance that he can tolerate as long as he has Sebastion brought to heel.
It’s Just a Little Crush (AJ Styles/Shane McMahon One-Shot)
Pairing- AJ Styles/Shane
Rating: maybe M for the amount of cursing
Warnings – Cursing, promise of Daddy!Kink, I think that’s it
Word Count: 3,383 holy shitballs
Author’s Note – This is all
fault she is an enabler. Nah just kidding, but seriously she is the
reason this got written. We had been discussing how there weren’t enough
AJ/Shane fics out there and I had part of this thing stuck in my head since
Wrestlemania time. Then it grew legs and ran the fuck away from me, Actually forget legs this thing grew motherfucking wings and has way more feels then I had originally intended it to have.
Summary – AJ Styles for all his
cocky attitude and ego in the ring, is a shy guy when it comes to love. Sex he
can handle fine but love? It turns him into a babbling mess. This never proves itself
more evident than when he develops a major crush on Shane McMahon.
SmackDown Live – 2 days after
A.J. Styles sat backstage in
his locker room after that night’s SmackDown Live with a lot on his mind.
Mainly one Shane McMahon, Shane had proven a hell of a lot tougher then AJ had
first thought. Their match at WrestleMania not been a cakewalk like he had
thought it would be, not at all. Shane had surprisingly taken him to his limit.
Not bad for an old man, not that Shane looked like an old man. In fact, Shane
was in better shape than some of the wrestlers on the roster that were half his
Shane had been on AJ’s mind almost
non-stop since their feud had begun. The whole thing had started because he had
felt unappreciated on SmackDown Live, the show HE had put on the map. SmackDown
Live was ‘The House that AJ Styles Built™’ and he hadn’t felt that Shane and
Daniel respected that.
When he had originally
attacked Shane backstage he had hoped to intimidate his way into the WWE World
Heavyweight Title match. The last thing he’d been expecting was for Shane
himself to challenge AJ to a match at WrestleMania 33. He thought a match with
Shane was going to be a walk in the park.
It wasn’t, it seriously
wasn’t. Shane had absolutely no regard for his own personal safety. The last
thing AJ had expected was for the 47-year-old executive to pull off a picture-perfect
Shooting Star Press, he’d been so in shock laying on the mat that he almost didn’t
move in time to avoid getting hit by it. AJ would only ever admit to himself
that he probably wouldn’t have kicked out in time had the move connected. Shane
had proven to him that he was not just a man behind a desk he was a superstar
himself even if it was only part time.
He should have known that from watching Shane
face The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32 but he had dismissed it as ‘Taker being
even older then Shane and ‘Taker had slowed down so much that he was a shadow
of his former self. AJ swore Shane had more guts then sense.
AJ had come to terms with the
fact that he wasn’t entirely straight in the 6 months since his divorce had
been finalized. Somehow, he’d come out of his feud with the elder McMahon
sibling with not only a grudging respect but a massive crush.
He’d thanked his lucky stars
a million times over when Shane and Daniel had chosen him for the blue brand
before Shane’s uptight bitch of a sister and her crazy lapdog Mick Foley could
pick him for Raw. He’d happily traded being with Gallows and Anderson in
exchange for not having to be part of the clusterfuck that was Monday Night
Look where being on SmackDown
Live had gotten him. He had beat up John Cena at SummerSlam and become World
Heavyweight Champion all within months of becoming Team Blue. SmackDown Live
was truly the land of opportunity and him?
He was ‘The Face the Runs the
Place™’, and therein lied his problem, for all his cocky bravado and ego he was
not the most emotionally savvy man in the world, he hadn’t had a crush in years
and this was not only his first real crush on a man but that man was his
fucking boss of all people! It had taken everything in him not to just blurt
out his feelings when he’d been in the ring with Shane earlier that night. What
a mess that would have been.
He didn’t even know if Shane
swung that way or not. AJ had to be smooth, he had to be debonair…HE HAD TO
CALM THE FUCK DOWN before he gave
himself a heart attack! “Okay, calm the hell down Styles. You got this”
he muttered to himself “Just have to go on a little fact-finding mission.”
How do you even begin to find
out if your boss had any gay tendencies? “Man has to watch porn…I could check
his browser history? But that would require breaking into his office next week
during the show and praying his computer is unlocked.”
AJ was startled out of his
thoughts by a knock on his locker room door. “What?” AJ barked “I’m sorry, Mr.
Styles but we’re clearing the arena for the night.” “I’ll be out in a minute” AJ replied. He
grabbed his suitcase and headed out of the arena and toward his car. Luckily,
he didn’t have far to drive tonight. He’d bought a small house in Orlando when
he’d been practically living there while under contract with TNA and it’s where
he had been living since he’d given the larger house in Georgia to his former
wife in the divorce since she took care of their four children full time.
Lost in thought AJ unlocked
the back of his black SUV and tossed his suitcase inside, walking around to the
driver’s side he looked around the parking lot and noticed a black limousine
pulling up near the door he had just exited from. A few seconds later Shane
walked out of the arena door carrying his briefcase. Shane waved off the driver
from opening the door for him and looked around giving the parking lot one last
look before he left. AJ had noticed that Shane was always the last person to
leave the arena after a show, unlike his sister who barely waited for her show
to be over before she hightailed out of there always leaving the clean up to
It was just one more thing AJ
admired about Shane. The superstars of SmackDown Live weren’t just toys or
pieces on a chessboard to Shane. They were human beings with thoughts and
feelings. He truly cared about every single one of them, even when they pissed
him off. He was not only their boss but SmackDown Live’s resident Dad.
“No, AJ. Shane as a Dad is
not a thought you should be having.” He scolded himself. Admitting he was
bisexual was one thing. Even admitting to himself that he was half in love and
completely in lust with his boss was easy. He didn’t even want to think of what
him fantasizing about calling Shane Daddy may mean for him.
Shane cared about him more
than any boss he’d had in his 19-year career. Even after they’d gone to war at
WrestleMania Shane had stood in that ring with him tonight, shook his hand and
showed him nothing but respect.
“AJ?” AJ flinched, He’d been
so lost in thought he hadn’t noticed that Shane had put his briefcase in the
limo and walked over to where he’d seen AJ Styles staring blankly into space
with his keys in the door to his truck. “I’m sorry, did I startle you? Are you
okay?” Shane asked.
AJ fought to keep the blush off
his face hoping his embarrassment at being caught daydreaming about Shane
didn’t show in the bright floodlights of the parking lot. “I’m fine, j-j-j-just
have a lot on my mind, Shane” He stuttered nervously. AJ inwardly cursed
himself for acting this way. He’d never had this much trouble with women, but something
about Shane McMahon unnerved him in the worst possible way. “Are you sure, AJ?”
Shane said. “You’re shaking quite a bit.” AJ hadn’t noticed the sound of the
keys jingling in his trembling hand.
Shane just made him so damn
nervous, he regressed to a 13-year-old boy with his first hard on whenever the
older man came near him. Usually he could hide it rather well when other people
were around or the cameras were rolling, but alone? By himself, face to face
with the object of his lust and affection? He was a complete mess. “AJ!” Shane
spoke louder this time. ‘Shit’ AJ thought to himself, realizing Shane had been
speaking the entire time, I blanked again.
Shane looked at AJ, seemingly
sizing him up for a minute before he took the keys from AJ’s hand. “Okay,
that’s it. I don’t know what’s going on with you but that’s the second time
you’ve spaced since I walked out of the building” Shane said. “I don’t think
you should drive tonight. You currently live in Orlando, right?” AJ nodded
silently “Then I’m going to tell the overnight security that you’ll pick your
truck up in the morning and I’m giving you a ride home.”
AJ panicked, alone in the
backseat of a limo with Shane? He wasn’t
ready for that yet! What if he did something stupid and revealed his feelings
before he found out if Shane was into guys?
“I-I-I-I’m fine Shane, I can drive myself.” AJ stuttered, completely
thrown off his game by the kind and caring offer.
‘Yeah, Styles that was super convincing’ he inwardly groaned.
“I’m not taking no for an answer, AJ” Shane strongly insisted “I don’t need my
top Superstar getting hurt or even killed because he spaced out behind the
wheel” AJ could see no way out of the situation his daydreaming had gotten him
in. “Okay, Shane if you insist. I guess I can’t say no to the boss” “I’m just
looking out for you AJ”
Shane said locking AJ’s SUV back up and
guiding the southern man toward the waiting limo. He opened the door, motioned
for AJ to get in, then got in the car himself. “You can’t continue being the
crown jewel of SmackDown Live if you get in a car wreck” The statement brought
a little bit of cocky AJ back “The crown jewel of SmackDown Live?” AJ said with
a smirk. “Sure that’s not Cena or Orton?” Shane looked at AJ with a smirk of
“Where to Mr. McMahon?” the
driver said interrupting them. “Stop at the overnight guard booth first, then
we’re taking Mr. Styles to- “AJ chimed in with the address of his house which
was located in a middle-class section of Orlando. The driver stopped at the
guard booth so Shane could inform the overnight security that one of his
superstars was leaving their car there overnight and the he would be back for
it in the morning. “Now where were we.” Shane said once they were on their way
to AJ’s house.
“Cena, Orton and why I’m the crown jewel of
Team Blue and not them.”
“Oh yes well, Cena is a part-timer now, you
and The Miz were dead on when you both said that. In fact, he’s already off
somewhere filming another movie. He’ll be gone for months and when he comes
back he’s a free agent. Don’t tell anyone I said this but I personally hope
Stephanie picks him up, It would free up the absolutely ridiculous amount of
money I have to pay him so I could sign more invested superstars that will be
here full time.” AJ was in shock was
Shane opening up to him? Why was this happening? AJ couldn’t help asking “And
“Orton is lazy in the ring
and his posts on social media are quickly making him more trouble than he’s
worth. There’s a thin line between having the fans love to hate you and them
being so offended by your comments that they boycott the show. Orton is leaving
that very thin line in the dust as we speak.”
“But he’s your champion now.”
AJ reminded Shane. “And championship reigns can end just as quickly as they can
begin. But enough about work. How are you doing, AJ?”
“You mean after the divorce?” “I didn’t want
to come right out and say it but yes.”
“I’m doing okay, we were
together for a long time but we grew up into different people. I love her, I’ll
always thank God for my years with her, she gave me four beautiful children,
but I’m not in love with her anymore and I couldn’t continue to hurt both of us
by pretending I was.”
“Me and my ex came to that same
conclusion about a year and a half ago” Shane revealed. AJ looked at Shane in
complete shock. “You’re divorced?!” “Yes, it became final right after I first
came back. She flipped out when I started talking to my mother about finding a
way back into the company. I had watched Stephanie and Hunter treat our family
legacy as their own personal playground long enough, and our father didn’t care
enough to do anything about it. Mom is a politician now and didn’t want to give
that up so it was left to me to be the voice of reason and sanity around here,”
“That you are, Shane.” AJ replied.
The driver pulled up to AJ’s house. “We’ve
reached our destination, Mr. McMahon.” The driver said through the intercom. AJ
sighed “Home, Sweet Home.” He said sadly. “AJ?” Shane asked “It’s nothing, I’m
just used to a houseful, you know? Even on the road I used to have Gallows and
Anderson. I haven’t exactly made friends on SmackDown so I’m by myself way more
then I’m used to” Shane looked as if he was thinking about something for a
minute before seemingly coming to a decision. “Driver, please open the trunk so
I can get my bags. I’ll be staying here for the night. You can come back here
at 11am to pick- “Shane looked at AJ “Are you flying out to the house show in
Texas tomorrow?” “Yes,” AJ replied, “I have a flight out at 10am.” We’ll cancel
that in the morning, your flying on the company jet with me and Daniel.” Shane said
AJ looked at Shane in surprise. “I am?” “Yes, you are, I can’t have my crown
jewel lonely and depressed. Maybe with you there Daniel won’t give me dirty
looks when I eat a burger.” Shane laughed “So really you’re helping me.” Shane
turned back to the driver “Please pick myself and Mr. Styles up from here at
11am to take us to the airport. “Yes Sir, Mr. McMahon.” The driver replied.
“Shane, you really don’t have
to-.” Shane interrupted him “AJ, I’m tired and I’m still very sore from Sunday.”
Shane said sounding exasperated
“You are a huge reason for SmackDown
Live’s success and I’m hoping after what happened in the ring tonight we can
become friends as well as co-workers. Everything about your body language says
you don’t particularly want to be alone tonight and as your friend-” Shane stresses the word friend “I
don’t want you to feel sad or be lonely.” “All right, Shane.” “Good B-“ Shane
cut himself off, cleared his throat and instead said “Thank you for not arguing with me anymore.”
Shane turned to the trunk of the limo to gather his suitcases.
Meanwhile, AJ was having an internal
freak out of epic proportions. ‘Shane’s spending the night in my house?! How
did this even fucking happen…and did he almost call me baby boy?! What the fuck
is going on tonight!’
“AJ!” Shane’s voice snapped
him back to reality and he immediately screamed internally ‘Not a-fucking-gain!’
“AJ, let’s get you into the house” Shane said sternly, taking a hold of AJ’s
arm and walking toward the house. “I’m not liking these continued space outs. I
think you should see the trainer tomorrow at the arena, and I think I’m going
to stay with you until then” AJ took his keys out of his pocket, unlocked the
front door of his brightly colored house and disarmed the alarm system.
Shane came in behind him carrying
his two suitcases and briefcase and looked around. “Nice house, it’s smaller than
I thought It would be with you having four kids.” “This house was just for me
when I was down here to do those marathon TNA tapings. The family stayed at the
house in Georgia. Here I’ll show you to the guest room.” AJ lead Shane down a
short hallway and opened a door to reveal a guestroom.
“Here you go. I’ve been
staying here all week so everything is clean. Do you want to have a beer with
me before bed?” AJ nervously asked Shane. Now that Shane was actually in his house
he wanted to spend time with him and get to know the older man better. “Sure”
Shane replied, “Let me just change and I’ll be right out.” AJ left the bedroom
and went to the kitchen where he pulled two beers out of the fridge. A few minutes later Shane padded into the kitchen
wearing basketball shorts and a Brooklyn Nets jersey. AJ was dumbfounded for a
minute. Shane was always covered up, whether it be by his suits or by the sweats
and baseball jersey that was his normal wrestling gear so seeing him dressed so
causally blew AJ’s mind. “AJ!” Crap! Did it again! This time AJ blushed a bright
red that was unmistakable even through his tan “Okay that’s it, what the hell
is wrong AJ?” Shane demanded.
“Nothing, absolutely nothing. You know I’m tired,
I don’t want a beer anymore I’m gonna hit the hay.” AJ babbled out quickly
moving past Shane to go to his own bedroom “See you in the morning, boss”
Without warning Shane stepped into AJ’s path blocking his exit from the room, “Not
a chance, You’re not avoiding me this time. No more It’s nothings or I’m fines
or I’m okays. Tell me what’s going on with you. I’m your boss and I’m trying to
be your friend. I care about you Allen and I want to help you with whatever is
bothering you.” Hearing his real name
come from Shane is what finally broke AJ. “I don’t want to tell you because if
I do and you don’t feel the same way..…It would break me.” Shane put his arm around AJ’s shoulders and led
him to the couch in the ajoining living room. He guided AJ to take a seat, then
knelt in front of him looking up into his eyes. “Just tell me, Allen.” Shane
All of a sudden the dam broke
and all AJ’s feelings came pouring out. “It started out as a silly little crush,
when you first became my boss. Then I got to know you better and my crush started
getting deeper and stronger. I’d never truly been attracted to another man
before. Even though I’ve always looked. My wife found out about it and we
mutually decided to file for divorce. I thought you were still happily married
and I was so angry about losing my title to Cena of all people so I acted out.
I’m sorry for what I did to you, Shane. I have to remember that you’re not like
your sister or Dixie Carter you would never screw me over for the hell of it
and I never should have said or done those things.” AJ said in a rush almost
hyperventilating “Allen, breathe. Deep breaths. In and out baby boy,” Shane
kept breathing with AJ until the younger man calmed down and his breathing
returned to normal. “That’s the second time you’ve called me that. Why are you
calling me baby boy of all things? I’m not that
much younger then you.” Shane gave AJ a soft smile “It’s how I think of you
when you’re acting cute or bratty” “You think my emotional anguish is cute” AJ
said with a bit of anger creeping into his voice. “I think if one of us had
opened up to the other before now our match at WrestleMania as awesome as it
was probably wouldn’t have happened.” AJ froze “What?!” “I have had a crush on
you since day one Allen Jones.” Shane revealed “I’ve always been bisexual
though it wasn’t something I advertised” “Oh” AJ said in wonder.
Shane leaned up as AJ bent
down and the two men shared a soft perfect first kiss. AJ and Shane pulled back
and grinned at each other, then AJ asked, “So what happens now?” “Now we go to
bed, cuddle and tomorrow I take you on a real date before the house show.” “And
after the show?” AJ asked with a leer “After that we have to fly to Europe, but
I have an invitation to the Mile-High Club with your name right on it.”