The Young Duke Lei - 1
“Now, with the death of the last members of the Lei family, your last task is complete. Congratulations to the host for working together for many eons. I am pleased to say I enjoyed working with you and I hope after this you can live a good life. Along with the completion of the task, all of the skills and achievements you earned from completing the many tasks will truly become yours. All artifacts that were successfully retrieved will acknowledge you as their owner. Finally, the points you earned have been exchanged into the currency of your current world. Although our work together has come to an end, I wish you the best, and in a great time of difficulty you can call on me.”
The voice faded out and Lei Yun-Ru let out a sigh, his body slumping down onto the floor. He closed his eyes, as he listened to the panicking voices of the people around him. He was not unconscious but he allowed himself to be picked up and taken to his room. The person carrying him laid him on the bed and removed his outer clothes. He heard someone say that the royal physician was here.
He allowed them to continue to panic and just let his mind enter his space. It wasn’t like the spaces that the other systems provide. Instead, it was like a grand study room with bookshelves and storage cases that ran from floor to ceiling. It was set in the style of the royal study of a certain dynasty. All of his skills, artifacts, and other things that he had picked up along the way or earned for completing his task were here.
He walked across the room, sat on the lounge chair, and closed his eyes. His mind drifting off. He tried to remember his original name, but after traveling from one world to another and using different names, it was impossible for him to recall. In this life, he is called Lei Yun-Ru, and he is the son of the great Duke Lei. No one knew that the original Yun-Ru had died when he was just five years old after his nanny locked him out in the snow.
By the time the boy’s family found him, the boy has been frozen to death. His soul had taken over the child’s body. The incident caused him to be mortally sick and he used it as an opportunity to act as if the original had lost him memories. He also used this to try and gain his family’s pity which in return earned their affection.
The original Yun-Ru was just the son of an unloved concubine. So, after she died and left him behind, his life was no better than a servant. His father and brothers, who were born of the main wife, all ignored his existence and at some point really forgot there was another member in the family. With his presence forgotten, the servants started bullying him and his family is none the wiser.
He does not want to continue living like that. He had no choice but to get into their hearts and gain their love. Even though his father was the Great Duke Lei, he would never put his guard up for his retarded son. Soon, he was loved by all the members of the family and was treated more like a real son. He was able to learn and train just as the other sons had.
Nevertheless, he did not allow his heart to be moved by these things. Why would he? He had already known all the things he was being taught. As for their affection, he had lived many lives, and thus received endless amounts of affection. More importantly, getting too close and growing bonds with them would hinder his task, which is to wipe out the remaining members of the Great Lei Family.
It was a sick thing to have to do, but that was just his job, as it had been for eons. The system he was attached to was called, The World Correction system. Basically, his main task was to correct stories that had gone wayward in each world, because of the interference of certain factors, such as other world travelers.
His responsibility was to exterminate. He acted as a last resort and went into each world to exterminate the travelers, regressors, and such. Thus, returning the world to its original path. He would take over the body of someone who is only seen as a passerby in each world, and kill the interferers at any cost. Many times, he had been sent as a close relative or friend of his targets. He had to be close enough to them, for them to let their guard down.
Due to the nature of his missions, he had learned to block his feelings for his targets and had somewhat lost all care or thought for other human beings. He remembered a traveler who ended up in the body of his five-year-old daughter. In order to avoid suspicion, the traveler had done all she could to get close to him. He acted along with her and allowed her to grow her power. When the time came; he stood over her and pushed her into a fire. She was only nine-years-old and that was one of his first worlds. After that, he had suffered a mental break down and it took him a long time before he recovered.
This world was just the same. His father and brothers had been sent off to the war. While he had lived alone in the house and used that time to take over all the power his father possessed. He waited for them to win the battle and on their way home, he had set up an ambush by a rival force. He had personally made sure that his father and brothers had died. He even watched them get beheaded and tossed over the ravine.
His father’s surviving friends investigated all they could but never found the true culprit. No one would suspect an eight-year-old boy. When the news arrived of his father’s death, he had collapsed and pretended to be at death’s door. As far as his father’s friends could see, he was the last surviving descendant of the Great Duke Lei, so they would not allow any harm to come to him.
A few days ago, he regained consciousness and was able to attend the funeral. In front of his father’s coffin, everyone could see his tears running down his face. Then he fainted, or at least he slumped down and pretended to be unconscious. His father’s best friend probably carried him back to his room. While the older man laid him carefully on the bed, his soul watched from inside space. Worry is apparent on the older man’s face, the royal physician by his side.
Lei Yun-Ru observed them for a little bit before turning away to rest. He wanted them to panic for a few more days. That will make sure that they would treasure him more. In all honesty, the real reason he wanted to rest was that he felt exhausted. He could not remember when he started feeling tired. When he first began his journey with the system, he was not this drained. However, as he traveled from world after world, he felt wearier than before. Although he could, he never chose to stay in any world after completing his task. With these thoughts running in his head, he closed his eyes and drifted off.
By the time, he opened his eyes; many days had already gone by. He could see people around him still in panic; while a few of his father’s friends were already asking if they should start preparing a funeral. He smirked to himself before letting out a soft moan, and slowly opened his eyes. From the point of view of the people around him, he sounded like he was in pain. He looked at his uncle and he began to sob. The man sighed, pulled him into his arms, and he rocked him back and forth. He saw someone running out to call for the royal physician.
Soon, the royal physician came and checked him. The physician diagnosed that he was in so much grief, it is causing havoc with his inner qi and the only way for him to get better is when he finally gets over his family’s death. Before the old doctor left, he gave him a prescription for herbal nourishment. Lei Yun-Ru stared at his back and hid the ridicule he had for the old man.
The uncle gave the prescription to a servant and asked to have someone prepare the medicine. When the bowl of medicinal liquid came, the uncle coaxed him into drinking it. After he finished drinking the bitter soup, a piece of sweet candy was put in his mouth. The man tried to ease him back on the bed, but he held on tight and refused to let go. He buried himself in his uncle’s arms and hugged him tightly. The older man could only sigh and continue to hug him.