Xu Ye felt that he needed to get some air.


       The sky was pitch black, with no stars or moon in sight. The night breeze came blowing towards his face, blowing the cool air through his hair, and gradually calmed him down, allowing him to see his own mind clearly.


       He knew exactly what the irritation that had swept over him when he had just witnessed Chu Yu and Huamei’s intimate actions were about. Xu Ye smiled wryly in the silent night sky.


       He couldn’t believe he was acting like a bitch and was jealous of the men who approach him. It was crazy.


       According to others, he was lucky to be accepted by the Earl, but now it seemed that he was unfortunate. It was like having tasted the most delicious dish among a table of dishes and eating the other dishes afterwards, one would always feel that it didn’t taste good, and then one would want to continue to relive the taste of that dish again and again. For Xu Ye, Chu Yu was that dish. He knew that it would be difficult for him to find a better dom than him, but the arrow had already left the string, if he kept holding on, he would be trapped in an endless loop.


       He needed to move on.


       “Hey.” A familiar voice came from behind. Xu Ye turned around and saw Marvin walking over with a glass of wine. He was wearing a brown leather coat, raised his hand and made a gesture to retreat, and his slave took a few steps back and knelt down quietly.


       “Hello, Mr. Marvin.” Xu Ye greeted first.


       “It’s really an estranged greeting.” The man stood beside him with a smile, putting his arms on the railing, “Looking at the scenery alone here?”


       “Out for a breath of fresh air.”


       “Hmm. Indeed, it’s quite stuffy inside.” Marvin glanced at him sideways, seemingly casually picking up a topic, “It looks like he’s starting to be interested in Huamei.”


       Xu Ye pursed his lips. He knew who the ‘he’ Marvin was referring to, and even though he didn’t want to discuss the topic at all, he did his best to smile and said, “That’s good.”


       “One of the requirements for being a good dom is to be able to read people. You can tell how a sub is feeling by recognising his expressions. Whether he wants or refuses, whether he is happy or in pain, whether he is honest or lying.” Marvin tapped his fingers rhythmically on the railing and looked at him with a smile, “The look on your face—it’s clearly a lie.”


       It was not a good feeling to be exposed in person. But Xu Ye didn’t bother to take the trouble to refute him and just remained silent.


       “Xu Ye, you make me very curious.” As Marvin saw him like this, he cut to the point directly.


       “I’m flattered.” There was a hint of sarcasm in his response.


       Marvin didn’t care and said to himself, “I have to admit that my original intention of taking you there in the first place was to play some tricks on you. The Earl has high requirements for subs and is very picky, and you’re a prickly newcomer who’s never going to meet his standards, so I waited to see how you hit the wall. But he took you upstairs and took off the mask when he came down, which surprised us all, and he ended up putting his mask back on again today.” He paused, “At first I guessed that you had done something out of line to make him angry and abandoned you.”


       “It’s a good guess, that’s what happened.” Xu Ye said indifferently.


       “Put your little wits away, Xu Ye. You don’t know what a sub that angers the Earl and is abandoned by him will become.” Marvin looked at him with dark brown eyes, “His rejects are the ones that no one dares to reach out and pick up, so the sub he openly discards will not find any dom in the circle who dares to accept him and will be ostracised by everyone, bitter and alone. There was a sub who cheated on him with another dom and you will know what happened to those two if you ask around. You can’t afford the price of betraying him.”


       Xu Ye’s heart sank, and he raised his eyes stiffly.


       “Now that’s a good look on your face, you should understand that isn’t something you can joke about.” Marvin curled his lips and continued, “So, you guys didn’t split up because you did something out of the ordinary, or he wouldn’t have suppressed your relationship with him and asked us to keep it a secret.”


       “Secret?” He was taken aback and repeated.


       Marvin laughed, “Otherwise, with that much attention on the Earl, do you think no one would have known about the sub?”


       Xu Ye was a little confused and turned his head to glance at the brightly lit hall. Chu Yu was sitting, and Huamei knelt by his legs and leaned up to talk to him. That mask was still on.


       “Based on what I know about the Earl, he will not easily establish a relationship, nor does he cut them off easily.” Marvin leaned against the railing, facing the hall, “And yet you parted on such short time. So it seems…” He chuckled softly, “It turned out that you abandoned him on your own accord.”


       Xu Ye’s breathing stopped for a beat, but the expression on his face remained unchanged, and his tone was also light, “That kind of speculation is too wild and unconstrained, as they say, it is the greatest luck to be able to make the Earl look at you. How could I dare to spoil such fortune.” This guy’s guess was so accurate that Xu Ye was secretly startled. If other people know that he offered to end the relationship and left the Earl, how could he still be in this circle…


       “Don’t be nervous.” Marvin stood with folded arms, “I didn’t mean to make a big deal out of it. And since your former dom is so generous, I’m not in a position to get involved. I’m just a little curious, the Earl would condone a sub who dumped him. It’s incredible that he allowed his sub to be here properly.”


       Xu Ye lowered his eyes and smiled silently. The light through the glass reflected in the dark eyes under the pair of long eyelashes, making it look brighter like obsidian polished to a dazzling lustre. The slightly curved eyebrows and the raised corners of the lips softened the lines of the face, giving it an indistinct charm, like a white deer appearing in the forest at night, making people unconsciously want to chase it.


       The smile left Marvin stunned. He didn’t expect that the handsome man in front of him would have such a stunning smile. His sight was firmly drawn by those bright eyes as if it would take great effort to move them away.


       The man’s fluttering lips were speaking bewitching words one at a time.


       “If you want to know, why not try to be my dom.”


       It was provocative, but also seductive.


       It was the most instinctive desire of all doms to dominate, conquer, control, and to bring others under their feet. As a top dom, Marvin had his own standards for selecting and measuring subs, and he also had the ability to be picky. In the beginning, he was messing around with Xu Ye out of novelty, and he wanted to tease him on a whim, without much seriousness. In fact, there are many handsome subs around Marvin, but none of them seemed to be as special as the one in front of him.


       He was obviously a person who was not very outstanding, but he had such a heart-warming smile, which teased the desire in the man’s heart. Marvin thought of the water demons lurking in the sea in those fairy tales, who confuse those navigators who broke into the forbidden area with their beautiful singing voices, entangling their ears and hearts, and leading them step by step towards their own doom.


       The Earl’s indeed had a good eye. What kind of demeanour should such a person be when he kneels at his feet or was pressed under him, enduring, weeping, and begging?


       Marvin felt that his body seemed to heat up, and squinted at him. “You are seducing me.”


       “Yes.” Xu Ye was still laughing, and made a point of licking his lips with his tongue, “Of course, a single sub wants a good dom, so I want you.”


       “Fleeing from the Earl and fall into my arms.” Marvin’s voice became low, “You are playing with fire.”


       Xu Ye tilted his head slightly, and looked back at him with an almost provocative look, “So, do you dare to want me?”


       “Don’t try to provoke me, it won’t work.” There seemed to be a faintly flickering flame in Mr. Lion’s eyes, which flickered in and out of existence, and he hooked his hand under Xu Ye’s chin. He looked at him for a moment and smiled. “You pretended to be well-behaved before, but now you’re showing your claws. I never realised you were a dangerous animal.” He let go of his hand, turned around and took two steps into the house, turned around and said, “Don’t you want to be my sub? Come with me.”


       Xu Ye’s thoughts were very simple. He wanted to find a dom with good skills to form a fixed relationship to relieve his desire. Although Marvin already had a sub by his side and couldn’t meet the one-on-one requirements, overall speaking he was a very good candidate, so Xu Ye was willing to settle for the second best. But with his relationship with Chu Yu on the table, and knowing their previous relationship, he would definitely not accept him readily.


       Since the other party wouldn’t take the initiative, then he should take the initiative. He desperately needed a new dom, to erase the man’s scent, temperature, and touch from himself. This was his first attempt at seducing a man. Although he pretended to be calm, his heart was not in it. And as he followed Marvin to the circular sunken sofa area, he felt foolish for doing so.


       The presence of the same newcomer twice in that premium members’ area was bound to attract a lot of attention, and many eyes would gather, making Xu Ye feel like a having a burden on his back. Several people on the sofa had surprised expressions on their faces, but no one spoke.


       Marvin sat down, leaned on the back of the sofa with a relaxed body, and said with a smile on his face, “I’m taking subs for an interview, so you’d better try to satisfy me. First, introduce yourself.”


       Xu Ye kept his head down, keeping his eyes on the ground. He was hiding, avoiding the gaze from behind the mask. He could feel that Chu Yu, who was sitting beside him, was looking at him quietly, and that gaze made his body tense unconsciously. He was silent for a moment, curled up his cold fingers, and said, “My name is Xu Ye.” It seemed that it took a lot of effort to say those short words, and he felt that his breathing was not smooth.


       “It’s not good for you to be so nervous.” Marvin chuckled, “In this case, why don’t we do it in the form of a question-and-answer session? Honesty is a basic requirement of being a Sub, and you know I can tell when you’re lying, so, Xu Ye, answer my questions honestly.”


       “Yes, sir.” He tried to calm himself down and to not care about anything else.


       “Have you ever had a dom before?” Marvin’s first question made his heart choke. Xu Ye subconsciously raised his head and glanced at the man in front of him.


       The eyes behind the mask of black feathers were as deep and cold as the night. Chu Yu sat with folded arms, and beside his long overlapping legs was a kneeling Huamei.

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