No Hero Side Story: Never Change
Original novel in Chinese by: 御我 (Yu Wo)
Never Change, Part One—translated by Trespasserby
When he had found out that the man who applied had actively sought to be his butler, E.X. was not at all happy about it.
A human who wished so strongly to become a vampire’s butler was usually not a good thing.
If the person wasn’t a boring, vampire-obsessed maniac, then he was probably someone who wanted to become a vampire, thereby obtaining eternal life.
E.X. retained his cautious mentality, even taking into consideration that this butler could be someone from the Church. Once the butler arrived, a war could be imminent.
Although the family he commissioned to find a butler on his behalf was an ancient butler family, and was unlikely to betray their employer, in this era, what could be considered entirely trustworthy?
E.X. stood by the French windows and raised his head to gaze at the moon. The moonlight this night was brilliant. The sound of a faint wolf howl came from a distance.
Werewolves? E.X. narrowed his eyes slightly. He did not like having werewolves near his home. Perhaps he should find some time to deal with them?
Hearing a knock on the door, E.X.’s right hand clenched. After ascertaining that he was always prepared for battle, he turned around and spoke lightly, “Enter.”
The door to the study opened. The man who entered wore a dress shirt, a vest, and a red bowtie. He wore a smile, and bowed to E.X., introducing himself, “Greetings, sir. I am the applicant the Elysees family sent, Kaius Elysees.”
E.X. did not reply and only examined the butler. He appeared to be thirty years old at most. He had shoulder-length hair, which was neatly combed, and a rather handsome appearance. Although he wore a smile, and his bearing was courteous, he also had an aura that made people feel he should not be trifled with.
This person was likely not a nameless butler within the Elysees family.
The resume stated that this butler was already forty, but the only indication of this from the person standing in front of him was the graying by his temples, which suited his age.
“Why did you actively seek to be my butler?” E.X. did not like beating around the bush. If this person could not produce a reason that would convince him, then he would rather allow his castle to turn into ruins due to lack of management, than to allow a ticking time bomb to stay.
“Mr. X, would you allow me to introduce someone?” Kaius respectfully requested. “He is standing just outside the door.”
Hearing this, E.X.’s guard went up, but he still agreed.
The doors to the room opened once more. A black-haired young man entered, wearing the same dress shirt and vest, but not the red bowtie.
“This is my son, my biological son.” Kaius introduced the newcomer and heavily emphasized the word “biological.” Then, he requested, “He is still in the process of training to be a butler. My hope is that you will permit him to be your living room attendant, sir, at no additional cost.”
That young man appeared to be approximately twenty and had a shy smile… However, E.X. discovered the truth with just one glance.
This young man was definitely a vampire.
“Was he bitten?” Although being bitten did not always mean turning into a vampire, which required going through the complicated procedure of a First Kiss, humans did not understand this, and he could not be bothered to explain.
Kaius smiled and shook his head, saying, “No. My son did not need a First Kiss. He is a pureborn vampire.”
A pureborn vampire!
Even E.X. was shocked by this.
Only a female vampire could bear a pureborn vampire. Even so, the fertilization rates were very low and the chances of its survival were so small that it was almost impossible. Even after living for so long, he could use a single hand to count the number of times he had seen a pureborn vampire… In addition, he hadn’t seen a single one that had truly survived.
“Mr. E. X., greetings.” The black-haired young man smiled. The smile was very gentle. He even had a pair of warm, lake green eyes, which made him seem even gentler.
A gentle vampire? E.X. felt speechless. He hoped this gentle appearance was only an outward impression.
Nevertheless, he no longer had his guard raised against this butler, Kaius. This was because he had thoroughly understood the reason why this butler would take the initiative to apply—having a pureborn vampire son was an excellent reason.
X asked that young vampire, “What is your name?”
The other person replied, smiling, “Charles. Charles Endelis.”
“You will not be a living room attendant, but my butler. Your father shall be responsible during the night. You shall be responsible during the day.”
“Eh?” Charles became flustered, and he hastened to say, “I am still in training, and am not a true butler yet. I still cannot…”
E.X. interrupted him icily. “If you do not agree, then leave this castle! Both you and your father.”
Charles’s eyes widened. For a moment, he did not know what to do. He had rarely been exposed to such passionate words.
In the Elysees family, most people were butlers, skilled at controlling their emotions. In such an environment, even those who were not butlers had learned to have calm personalities. There wasn’t anyone who would use such an emotional tone and strong wording.
E.X. did not wait for his response and continued to speak. “There is a girl in the castle. She mostly sits within the sunroom. Help me take care of her. Meet all of her needs, no matter how much money must be spent! She will retire before twelve, and will not require your services after she is asleep. You are also forbidden from entering her room. Do you understand?”
Charles nodded and said, “Yes, Mister E.X.”
Upon hearing the word “mister,” E.X. frowned and said, “Call me X.”
“Yes, Mister X.”
“Remove the ‘mister!’”
“Yes! Mist—X!” Almost making another mistake, Charles became so nervous that he broke into a cold sweat. Although he had already practiced for many years, practice was practice—this was the real thing now!
“Your generation number!” X impatiently said.
Charles understood and hastily replied, “Fifth generation.”
X froze. “What did you say?”
Charles did not know what he had said wrong again. He could only cautiously repeat once more, “I am a fifth generation vampire.”
“…” X was speechless for some time. He asked, “Amongst all the vampires still alive in the world, are you aware of what the lowest generation number is?”
“The fifth generation.” This time, Charles replied without hesitation.
“You knew?” X was surprised.
“Yes.” Charles nodded, saying, “My honorable father already researched many things related to vampires.”
“… In order to approach me, you came here as a butler?”
Charles hastily said, “No, I truly am a butler-in-training. Therefore, please do not worry, sir. I can definitely fulfill a butler’s duties.”
“That’s what worries me!” X roared, “A fifth generation vampire being a butler? You only have to diligently practice your blood ability, wait until a later date, bite and create two childes, and let them each create two more, generation by generation. A powerful vampire clan will be born! You are a fifth generation! You can create many vampires with generation numbers lower than ten. The generation number equates to the strength of the blood ability!”
Charles froze, his expression hesitant.
X frowned and commanded, “Say whatever it is you want to say.”
Charles said in a low voice, “I do not have the intention of forming a clan, and I also do not know how to perform a First Kiss. Actually—actually, I cannot use this ‘blood ability’ power either.”
“You do not know how to use your blood ability?” X asked with a blank expression, “Then what about Face Morph?”
“What is Face Morph?” Charles queried, puzzled.
“How did you even last so long?” X was incredulous. He growled, “Have you never been attacked by another vampire before? Without being able to use your blood ability, you should have died at the hands of another vampire long ago!”
“I have never had the experience of being attacked by another vampire.” Charles honestly confessed, “I have always lived within the estate of the Elysees family. No vampire has ever come to attack the estate.”
X froze, but then he felt that it actually wasn’t strange. Although Kaius did not appear to be an ordinary butler… To actually be able to use the family’s power to protect his own son—and this son was even a vampire—this person’s status within the Elysees household was likely even higher than X had imagined.
X sat behind the desk, his fingernails lightly running across the desktop, as was his habit when he was thinking.
At this time, the doors to the study opened, and Kaius entered. His hands held a tray. Placed on top was a milk jug and cups. He put a cup in front of X and then poured the drink. However, the liquid that flowed out of the mouth of the jug was not white, but dark red.
X stopped running his fingernails across the desktop and called out, “Kaius.”
Kaius stopped and replied, “Yes? How may I help?”
“Your son will also be my butler. He will be responsible for my daily needs during the evening. You will be responsible during the daytime, assisting me in taking care of a girl. She will most likely be frequenting the sunroom…”
As X issued his orders, Charles, who was standing to the side, could not help widening his eyes. This meant… he had become responsible for taking care of the employer?