The open country passed by in a blur as Louisa, Grell, and Raven ran through the night. As London approached, they took to the rooftops, avoiding those that frequented the streets late at night. Arriving at Undertaker's shop, they leapt down and entered. The shop was quiet, light as usual by a single candle sitting on the table at the back of the main room.
The next day began much like the day before; Lilith and Raven soon finished the tasks they had been set. Louisa and Sebastian spent much of the day pouring through the books written by Lord Birch's wife. Sebastian had been through them countless times, but he hoped that Louisa's fresh eyes might see something that he had missed. Something that would provide a clue to the identity of Birch's wife and her connection to the demon realm. There were no clues to her demon identity in the books she had written or in the likenesses of her that Lord Birch kept. Similarly, neither held any clues as to her reasons for choosing to live a human life.
Silence fell upon Birch manor. Lord Malcolm and Margaret had retired for the night. There was nothing left for the twins or their parents to do. Sebastian and Louisa had disappeared to their room, and Raven had retired soon after. Lilith, however, was restless; thoughts of William had filled her mind since their first encounter, and those thoughts had become even more intrusive since they had come to London.
They remained tangled in each other's embrace until the first rays of light broke over the horizon. Sebastian untangled himself from Louisa's resting form and drew a bath. Waking her gently, he scooped Louisa into his arms. He lowered her into the warm water before sliding in behind her. She relaxed into him as Sebastian washed her hair and rubbed the aches from her back. Louisa tilted her head back, turning so her lips could find his, he returned the kiss, his tongue exploring her mouth. Breaking the kiss, Sebastian smirked, "As much as I would love to continue this, we have duties to attend to, and I need to find you a uniform before we begin."
We pick up with Louisa and Sebastian after the difficult dinner with their family, William, and Lord Birch. Many question have been answered, while many more remain unanswered. Sebastian has gently reminded William to take care with Lilith and to remember whose daughter she is. As he returns to the main entrance hall of the manor, Sebastian finds only Louisa waiting for him. Catch up with the main story here.
Dinner ended, and William prepared to leave. "I will be in contact shortly, try not to draw too much attention to yourselves, remember they can most likely sense your powers."