At 6:30 p.m., the last glimmer of sunlight disappeared.
The servants of the manor rose quietly, washed up, and prepared for the master’s awakening. One of the young men stood out among the group, dressed in a clean white shirt, he laid the tablecloth on the rectangular table, and set the silver candlesticks on top.
He did all this, and then turned to the kitchen.
The kitchen was much livelier than the outside, where many servants liked to gossip.
When someone saw the young man enter, they greeted him with a smile, “Yu Qing, good evening.”
“Good evening.” The teenager returned the greeting, he walked gently to the cook’s side, “What’s for dinner tonight?”
The cook looked back at him and said with a smile, “Fresh human blood, because the master is still weak, but the master cannot drink so much, so we can also share a mouthful today.”
Hearing this, Yu Qing pursed his lips and smiled, and walked out of the kitchen again.
After going out, he took a look at the third floor, their master, the Duke of this manor was still sleeping, but he would wake up soon. Some time ago, the Duke went out hunting and was accidentally hit by human black magic, he was comatose for several days, finally the best doctors in the empire were invited to save the Duke’s life.
This wasn’t a particularly good thing for Yu Qing, because the Duke often punished people for no reason, but these days the Duke was sick, so he didn’t have the energy to punish them.
The thick crimson velvet curtains hide any hint of light that could shine into the bedroom, and in the middle of the master bedroom was a two-meter wide bed, on which a man was sleeping smoothly at the moment.
A few moments later, the owner of the bed opened his eyes.
He stared at the glazed sky guard for a moment before sitting up and smoothly pulling the golden bell next to the bed.
It was the third realm.
It had been a few days since Shen Jue had arrived in this realm.
This realm was different from the previous ones, and if Shen Jue hadn’t experienced several lives, he might not have been able to adapt to this realm at all.
In addition to humans, there was also a strange species in this realm – the Blood Clans.
Shen Jue was one of the Blood Clans, or one of the branches of the most noble thirteen clans.
In this realm, the land was divided into two ruling areas, one side was ruled by the blood clans, while the other side was ruled by humans.
The Blood Clans and humans were at war all year round, and the humans here were different from any humans Shen Jue had ever seen before, they could live for hundreds of years and even had black magic that the Blood Clans feared.
It was when he had gone hunting that Shen Jue had been accidentally struck by black magic and almost died, which was why the retrospective mirror inside him had worked.
With his memories, Shen Jue naturally knew what had happened to him in his previous lives in this realm.
Unlike his previous ones, the one he fell in love with in this realm wasn’t the master of the realm, but his childhood friend, Qiao Jiangyuan.
The father of Qiao Jiangyuan and the father of Shen Jue were close friends, so the two of them were always on good terms, but Shen Jue’s feelings for Qiao Jiang Yuan went beyond brotherly love, he was in love with Qiao Jiangyuan, but he didn’t dare to say so explicitly, he could only hint at the other side, but Qiao Jiangyuan just couldn’t read his hints.
Later, Shen Jue realized that Qiao Jiangyuan wasn’t unable to tell, he was just playing dumb, because the person he liked was a slave named Yu Qing on Shen Jue’s estate.
Yu Qing was a half-blood, a child born to a blood and a human.
Half-bloods weren’t accepted by the world by nature, the blood clans rejected them, humans also rejected them, and Yu Qing was born and thrown into the street, Shen Jue’s father went to the border to meet a good friend and accidentally found Yu Qing, he felt pity for him, and brought him back.
From then on, Yu Qing became a slave on Shen Jue’s estate.
Once one became a servant, they had to tattoo the family crest on their body.
As a young boy, he was already very beautiful, and as an adult, he was almost stunningly beautiful, and there was hardly a more beautiful blood in the entire empire.
Shen Jue didn’t know that Qiao Jiangyuan was in love with Yu Qing until he stumbled upon a kiss between Qiao Jiangyuan and Yu Qing in his rose garden.
He was very angry and very sad, but Shen Jue was proud at the same time, and his noble status didn’t allow him to compete with a dirty half-blood for love, so he began to indulge in drinking and gambling.
Only the thrill of alcohol and gambling could make him forget about Qiao Jiangyuan and the beautiful and emotional kiss he had witnessed in the rose garden.
But this degradation eventually cost Shen Jue a terrible price.
He lost his family’s fortune so much that he couldn’t even keep the estate passed down from his father, and he was kicked out of it.
With no place to go, only a small wooden box with him, and even less money, Shin Jue couldn’t even rent a simple one-room apartment. Shen Jue tried to find a job, but the men refused as soon as they saw him.
“What would an honorable duke like you do? You’d better go back.”
The men turned him down with this reason.
Shen Jue was running out of money and couldn’t even stay in a hotel at first, so he had to go to the slums in the imperial capital, which was the only place he could afford to rent a house.
The slums were full of thieves, crooks, and poor people, and when he moved in, he didn’t fit in. His neighbor was a prostitute who used to charm people during the day. This made it difficult for Shen Jue to sleep, but that was not the most unbearable part.
The customers would often knock on the wrong door, and when they saw Shen Jue’s, their eyes would light up and ask him how much he wanted.
Shen Jue had never been so insulted before and scolded the customers, but one of them took a grudge against Shen Jue and actually broke the lock on his room door one day and peeked inside.
Shen Jue, who was used to being pampered, was no match for this kind of bloods who were used to doing rough work, and his pants were half removed. Fortunately, his neighbor was awakened by his cries and came over to take a look at him, which drove the evil-doer away.
After this happened to him, he no longer dared to live here. He packed his bags overnight and left the rest of his rent, he left the slum, but had nowhere else to go. Finally, he went to his estate, but accidentally saw Qiao Jiangyuan in the estate.
He then learns that his estate and all the properties have been bought by Qiao Jiangyuan, so that Yu Qing could become Qiao Jiangyuan’s in name.
When Shen Jue learnt this fact, he was furious, but he could do nothing about it and even went to Qiao Jiangyuan and begged him to help him for the sake of their old friendship.
Qiao Jiangyuan didn’t agree directly, but said that he had to ask Yu Qing first.
Shen Jue met Yu Qing again in his familiar manor.
Yu Qing was completely different from before, he was wearing beautiful clothes and his whole body looked like a delicate and gorgeous mannequin.
Shen Jue tried to hide his tattered leather shoes, but as soon as he moved, Yu Qing’s eyes fell on his shoes.
He gave a low chuckle, and although he didn’t say anything, Shen Jue felt an unprecedented sense of shame, and he even wanted to turn around and leave, but he couldn’t live any longer, and if he continued like this, he’d have to follow his neighbor’s example and become a secret prostitute.
Yu Qing laughed and then moved over to talk to Qiao Jiangyuan, their voices were so low that Shen Jue didn’t know what they were talking about.
After a while, Qiao Jiangyuan said, “You can stay here, but you have to sign a contract to work here voluntarily.”
Shen Jue’s eyes changed, “You want me to be a slave? No way.”
Qiao Jiangyuan shook his head, “We are brothers, how could I make you a slave? Don’t worry, the contract you signed is just an employment contract, but there’s no good work to do here, there’s one less horse feeder in the stable, are you willing?”
Shen Jue had seen people feeding horses, but the hay was poured into a stone trough and the horses would go over and eat it themselves.
He thought for a moment and then nodded his head.
That night, Shen Jue slept in the guest room. After living in the slums, he realized what kind of life he’d been living, being an ordinary guest bedroom had satisfied him greatly. He thought that if he saved his money, he might be able to buy a small one-room house in the imperial capital in a few decades, which was better than continuing to live in the slums.
The next day, Shen Jue signed the contract, and he made a point of asking for the salary.
The salary wasn’t low, which made Shen Jue very satisfied, and even a little grateful to Qiao Jiangyuan.
“Jiangyuan, I was young and didn’t know any better, so I’m sorry for causing you a lot of trouble, right?” After signing the contract, Shen Jue discreetly apologized to Qiao Jiangyuan.
Qiao Jiang Yuan seemed frozen for a moment at his words, but he quickly smiled and said, “It’s okay, I’ve forgotten all about the original incident.”
While Shen Jue was looking forward to a new future, he didn’t know that the contract had been tampered with.
That wasn’t a simple employment contract, but a contract of sale, and even the owner of the contract of sale wasn’t Qiao Jiangyuan, but a notorious blood clan noble. That nobleman was violent and loved to abuse people, and he liked to see the Bloods slowly recover after being bled out most of the time.
More importantly, Shen Jue had a problem with that nobleman. Once, because he wasn’t used to the nobleman’s arrogant appearance, Shen Jue threw wine at him.
The nobleman treated Shen Jue as his new pleasure and came up with many ways to torture him every day.
Shen Jue’s life there was a hundred times worse than in the slums.
One day, the nobleman held a banquet, and at the banquet, Shen Jue met Qiao Jiangyuan. Qiao Jiangyuan took Yu Qing to the banquet, the two of them wearing black and white matching couple suits, and his hand was gently around Yu Qing’s waist.
Shen Jue, on the other hand, was wearing a large dog suit with a collar around his neck, and was kneeling at the nobleman’s feet.
He stared at Qiao Jiangyuan with dead eyes, but Qiao Jiangyuan clearly saw him, but pretended not to see.
Shen Jue was desperate in that moment.
The next day, Shen Jue sneaked out of the house during the day and removed the light-avoiding ring from his hand.
He chose to kill himself, burning himself in the sunlight.
Almost no person in the Blood clans would choose to kill themselves in this way, because while burning, many of them would regret it, but it was too late.