The Young Duke Lei - 5
Only a few minutes passed, Lei Yun-Ru’s eyes suddenly opened, he sat upon his bed and sighed.
“You people can’t just give me one night of peace. Do I have to pay a visit to your residences and wipe you out, just to get some peace?”
Grumbling to himself, he got off the bed. He cast a spell and the room that was pitch black a minute ago became bright as if it was daytime. However, this was only from his perspective, from those of the two assassins that hid in different corners of his room, it was still dark. Lei Yun-Ru looked at the people and sighed again.
The night suddenly became quiet and Lei Yun-Ru walked across the room to look at the first assassin. With a thought from Lei Yun-Ru, the mask, that the assassin was wearing, vanished from his face. Lei Yun-Ru looked at his face and frowned his features were plain and forgetful and there were no signs of him wearing a skin mask. Lei Yun-Ru arched his brow and the man’s clothes vanished, checking his body Lei Yun-Ru was still unable to find anything that would give away his identity.
A deep frown marked his face as he grumbled again, “You people just won’t make this easy for me. At least, you are showing some progress after so many failed attempts. Nevertheless, it seems this world will not give me much of a challenge. Is this why they made it my retirement world?”
Lei Yun-Ru shook his head and said to himself, “Forget it! There is no point in thinking too much about it. Just need to put in a bit more effort.”
He reached up and touched the man’s chest, “Bind.” Golden vines materialized out of nowhere and bound all of the man’s limbs, wrapped around his throat, and pulled him down so he was kneeling with his head lowered.
Lei Yun-Ru placed his hand on the man’s head “Release.” A moment later the man blinked and tried to move into his attacking posture, but the vines yanked him in place and tightened.
The man whimpered in pain and Lei Yun-Ru looked at him with emotionless eyes. He stepped back and moved to sit down, just as he did a chair appeared behind him and he sunk into it comfortably.
“You know every night you people come here and disturb my sleep. You continuously cause me to waste dream essence and then you are not even worth my time. It is as if I awoke just to slap a fly… no that is an insult to flies. But since we’re here let’s just get to the point, tell me what I want to know and I’ll let you die intact.”
The man that was sent as the assassin looked up and his eyes widened. He was stunned at the sight of the eight-year-old child sitting in the chair. Being so young and facing an assassination attempt, he should be crying by now but instead, he looked at him calmly and spoke words too vicious for someone his age. The man gulped and looked at the young man before lowering his head.
“What do you wish to know?”
Lei Yun-Ru arched a brow and responded, “Surprise, surprise, it seems they sent a smart one, this time.” Lei Yun-Ru chuckled, shook his head, and continued his interrogation, “So tell me, who sent you? Why? Are you their subordinate, or a hired assassin, and if so what did they offer you?”
“It’s your uncle count Hou. He sent me to assassinate you in hopes of becoming a duke. I am his subordinate and have been serving the Hou residence for eight years.”
Lei Yun-Ru chuckled sarcastically, “A traitor?”
The man’s head snapped up and he looked at Lei Yun-Ru with a fierce glare. “ I am not a traitor, I have been loyal to the house for eight years and I did not come here with anything but the thought to complete my task, so please do not call me a traitor!”
“Are you stupid?” Lei Yun-Ru sat up and tilted his head to look at the man. The action would seem very adorable to any adult looking at him. However, from the assassin’s point of view, it made his skin crawl. “I’m sure you know the meaning of the word traitor. The minute you agreed to tell me what I wanted to know you had become a traitor, and do not lie to yourself. I mean you’re going to die anyway, what do you care for an intact corpse?”
The man shook his head and snarled, “There is a difference between being loyal and foolishly loyal!”
Lei Yun-Ru rolled his eyes and responded, “It’s a fine line, but it doesn’t change anything. You are a traitor. Anyway, I now know what I need to so it is time you die. I hope you reincarnate peacefully.”
The man looked at him and straightened his back as best as he could. Lei Yun-Ru shrugged and a small light floated from his hand and landed on the man. Like a paper doused in gasoline he suddenly lit ablaze and seconds later, he was gone. There was not a trace left of either the fire or the assassin. It was the same outcome for all the assassins that came before and those that would come next.
Lei Yun-Ru blinked and the chair appeared in front of the other assassin, Lei Yun-Ru’s goal was the same and so was the process but this assassin was more loyal than the last and refused to speak. Lei Yun-Ru furrowed his brow “control.” Just like that, the man’s eyes became blank and he looked at Lei Yun-Ru, “Give me the answers to my earlier questions.” The man began to speak and a minute later, he had burned into nothing. Lei Yun- Ru sighed and got off the chair; he went over to the window, pushed it open, and looked out.
“It seems those relatives of mine are becoming restless. But then again, they are not related to me. They are the families related to my father’s late wife. If one of those brothers of mine had lived, then I guess they would say nothing and help him to become a duke. Nevertheless, since it is me, the illegitimate child, they feel submitting to me is embarrassing. However, I am more embarrassed having to use these treasures just to deal with them. Instead, I could just use the weapons I have, but that’ll just cause a mess and I’m not strong enough to wield them as yet. The only thing I can use now is my magic since I have an overflowing amount of mana and spiritual energy in me. Anyway, I need to deal with those people, a slow untraceable poison should do for now and when I’m powerful enough and have my own force I’ll just attack them head-on.”
Lei Yun-Ru turned and went back to his bed, a cup appeared in his hand and he downed its contents, the cup went back to the space and Lei Yun-Ru laid down and closed his eyes.
“Did you hear the news?”
Lei Yun-Ru was in his study working on official documents with his uncle when a voice rang out behind the study.
Lei Yun-Ru frowned when he heard the second voice but kept working.
“Apparently, count Hou collapsed this morning. The family said they were all eating breakfast when he just fell face-first into his meal.”
The first woman laughed as she said, “Do you think the young Duke will go visit him?”
The other voice sounded with ridicule, “Why would he? The young Duke ranks higher in status so it’s not necessary for him to go and even if he didn’t, no one could say anything since the two aren’t really related.”
Lei Yun-Ru stopped writing and his brows furrowed, he had not even made a move on that man but he already collapsed. Something is weird, or does he think that I am dead; and, in order to cover up his involvement, he is pretending to be sick. I would not be surprised if that is the case, but either way, I will not allow him to live past a year. All issues should be pulled out with the root.
The High King stopped and looked at his nephew, who was now gazing blankly, as the ink on his brush dripped onto the document he had just completed.
“You’ll need to redo that one.”
Lei Yun-Ru came back from his thoughts and looked at the ruined document. He looked at his uncle and then picked out a blank paper and started on the document again. His uncle looked at him and nodded before he continued to teach him politics.
Lei Yun-Ru’s brush moved slowly as he rewrote everything, he was still pretending to be a small child and as such, his writing should be shaky. However, since they were official documents that could be seen by the emperor, he was forced to write slowly. Lei Yun-Ru sighed and shook his head, thinking that a year later he will have to put an end to the facade of his.