The more the other pointed it out the deeper Snake’s flush tended to become, his gaze turning abashedly to the ground so he almost missed the amiable smile the other flashed his way. There was little hope that Snake would become accustomed to the strange way the other spoke and acted, but there was little cause for him to question it any longer. May as well play alone.
“A-ah…it seems like you and this ‘Hijikata’ don’t get along very well…says Emily.” Snake observed quietly at first, oblivious to the aside of a smile the self-proclaimed emperor/sorcerer allowed himself. Dwelling on his words gave the flustered butler time to push down the rush of color that had tinted his cheeks in favor of a little alarm at his last statement. And so Snake spoke up, a little tension returning to his tone in spite of the bracing hand at his shoulder.
“As to leaving my lord, I assure you that is quite impossible… He has provided me with a kindness I will never be able to repay. And while I am positive that as a butler of your’s, no day would ever be…dull…I cannot say I see that sort of future before us. Says Oscar…” Snake confessed thoughtfully, although unwilling to sound too offensive to his ‘Eminence’. The last thing he thought he could stand would be hearing those baffling curses and insults thrown his way.
“This Hijikata Toushirou is annoying as hell.” He waved one hand in the air lazily before resting it on his chin. “Dammit, why doesn’t the guy just die already?” Glaring at Snake as if it was his fault that Hijikata was still alive, he jabbed him in the chest. “You! Do you realize what a predicament this is? Do you see how unsafe the world is when Hijikata is still alive? Do you have any idea who this evil mastermind is?” He grabbed the man’s collar and shoved his face in front of his. “You of all people should know who this man is. Don’t you work for some fancy lord? Well then, I’ll have to tell you that he is an evil Count from a land far far away and he wants to….” Okita paused, trying to reach for the right words. “He wants to destroy your country! Yes yes, that’s it.” His grip loosened on Snake’s collar and he backed away before pacing around the room, thinking of fantastical lies to try and get Snake on his side. Never mind insulting the Phantomhive lord, for now Hijikata was the main issue. If he could get some rich fellow willing to torture Hijikata to death alongside with him, well then, wouldn’t that just be so enjoyable to witness?
“No, I’ve decided. You don’t need to leave your lord.” Oh how generous he sounded right now. But it was all just a coy trick. By using his fake magical powers and exalted social status, he smiled broadly and opened his arms up, chin tilted towards the ceiling. “Could you imagine a world without Hijikata? It would be a brand new world— no, a brave new world!” All the times he had to deal with the Shogun had taught him how to deal with royalty — present them the information and the ideas they want to hear and make yourself sound believable and as if you were really into helping society for a greater good. “Wouldn’t you love to live a peaceful world so that you may rest assure your lord wouldn’t be harmed? Any butler or servant would want that.” He clapped his hands together, completely thrilled by his own plan and excitement. “And after Hijikata dies, I will become the great Emperor Okita de sade Sougo!”