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The Butler, Solving
Chapter 48
Japanese Title その執事、解決
Sono Shitsuji, Kaitō
Volume 11
Chapter 48
Anime Episodes Book of Murder ‒ Part 2
Arc Phantomhive Manor Murders Arc
Release Date August 18, 2010
Chronology
Previous Chapter The Butler, Contemplative
Next Chapter The Butler, Eccentric

The Butler, Solving (その執事、解決, Sono Shitsuji, Kaitō) is chapter 48 of the Kuroshitsuji manga.

Summary

Arthur states that he cannot believe that "something so unreal" could be happening. Sebastian is surprised, and asks if he did not come back specifically because of his certainty, saying that if Arthur had just gone back he would have returned to his "peaceful reality." Sebastian then asks why he came back, even though he was trembling. Arthur replies that that if his "uncomfortable feeling " wasn't just a feeling then he would have to go after the Yard's carriage immediately. Ciel laughs at this, saying that Arthur's sense of justice is strong, and asks if Arthur realizes that if he knew the truth he wouldn't be able to return home. Arthur is shocked at this, but Ciel passes it off as a joke. Ciel then tells Arthur that it was as he guessed ‒ Woodley hadn't committed the murders, but that he deserved to be in the Yard's carriage. Arthur is confused at this, but Ciel tells Sebastian to go and prepare some elevenses. Arthur is hesitant to go with them, but Sebastian jokingly tells Arthur that they won't eat him.

After the elevenses have been served, Ciel asks Arthur how he knew that Sebastian was alive. Arthur replies that he had no conviction that Sebastian was alive, but rather a vague sense of discomfort, as he felt that Sebastian and Jeremy were just "too perfect" that "it was strange instead," and that the moment he heard Jeremy's parting words he realized he was feeling discomfort because of "the possibility of something unreal" ‒ that Sebastian was still alive. Arthur says that after that he was unable to contain himself and returned to the mansion. Arthur also remarks that he felt it was strange that at the time of Siemens' murder he did nothing, even though before he had always acted so swiftly, and that when Ciel was suspected Sebastian did not say a word in his defense, even though Sebastian was a butler and Ciel was Sebastian's master. Arthur asks if the reason that Sebastian said nothing was because he knew that the suspicion on Ciel would be lifted once the next murder occurred ‒ his own.

Sebastian says that while he did realize the next murder would clear all suspicion from Ciel, that was not why he didn't come to Ciel's defense ‒ rather, he did not do so because he was taken aback that while Ciel had predicted something would be set up, Ciel had quickly given in and gone to sleep, leaving Sebastian to deal with the mess. Ciel, however, thinks Sebastian did not defend him because he thought Ciel deserved it. After Arthur expresses his shock, Sebastian says that both he and Ciel knew that there was " a person mixed up in the dinner party that wanted to torment the young master." Sebastian also reveals that they suspected that Siemens would "probably be made a sacrifice for it" and that Sebastian would be killed.

The scene cuts to two days previously, when Sebastian and Mey-Rin found Georg von Siemens' body, only this time we see that Sebastian heard a "crack" after Siemens screamed. Sebastian is shown to look around the room while everyone else is focused on Siemens body, but seeing nothing broken, or smelling any blood, he concludes that there would probably be some sort of bottle that had contained poison in the hearth. Arthur asks why Sebastian did not immediately say anything about it, as it would have prevented Ciel from being suspected, to which Sebastian replies that Ciel had chosen to simply observe, so he did the same. Ciel adds that he first thought that Siemens' murder had been a set-up, and that he also guessed that whether Siemens was alive or dead he had taken the poison willingly.

Sebastian then reveals that when Ciel sent him to collect the ashes, the true meaning of the order was "inspect the hearth carefully." Sebastian remarks that Ciel is a cruel master, since he had given him that order even knowing that Sebastian would be killed if he went through with it. Ciel replies that he did not think that everything would go as they expected for so long. When Arthur expresses confusion over this statement, the scene cuts back to the night when Sebastian was killed, with Sebastian explaining his death was a scenario not decided by a God or fate but rather by his master, the timing decided by his master, and committed by the criminal his master had expected. Sebastian is shown to have discovered glass shards in the hearth, but instead of the shards forming one bottle, they form two. Sebastian then reveals the "one who came to torment [his] master" and the one who murdered him was Charles Grey.

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