As the bright light faded, a voice from its centre spoke, “my apologies for startling you. I bring no ill intentions.”
This part takes place after the battle in the gardens. The reapers have been defeated and Lord Birch has made a choice that will affect his position in the afterlife. You can catch up on the main story here.
Malphas placed the hounds on the floor by the fireplace and checked the progress of their healing. Typhon had chosen the pets well; they were both young and strong. The scythes had missed their hearts, and their thick coats had shielded them from the worst of the blows. As he smoothed their necks, he heard the others come into the parlour. He stood, turned and watched as the twins tended to Ciel’s injuries and Louisa comforted the still shocked Margaret. Malphas watched as Margaret’s gaze flitted around the room before settling on him.
Louisa stepped over the fallen reaper dropping the sword as she moved to embrace the now shaking Margaret, “are you okay, Margaret, are you hurt?”
Margaret paced the floor of the study, her emerald eyes glinting in the dim light. “I should be out there with them.”