|hot vampire nobles and their sexy betraying servants
||[Jul. 5th, 2008|10:19 am]
Hakushaku wa yoru no hanayome by Asuma Risai and illustrated by Asato Eiri is in a "xx is the bride of the night" series, this one with "Earl" as the "xx." The other two were priest and butler. There had been a group translating the priest one, I'm not sure if that's still going on. In any case, this series is pretty damn bad. I read them all because I like Asato Eiri's art and am a sucker for vampires. I have to admit, though, that I enjoyed this one the most because it was the worst. I expect logical inconsistencies in these kinds of stories because the author never seems to bother making the characters act in some semblance of consistency. They always jerk the characters from one action to another, one motivation to another, so that some moe point can be hit. This one just decided that consistency is for sillies and ran long and hard in random directions. I still don't quite understand the story because both guys in the pairing were acting out parts in three or four different conventions, but I will try to condense the story down to something approaching logical.
The Earl is a vampire. He's gorgeous. He has a butler, who is also gorgeous. The Earl has an uncle (his mother's brother) who hates his guts because a) uncle thinks Earl's father killed Earl's mother by forcing her to marry him (which he did), b) uncle hate vampires and Earl is a vampire, and c) uncle is jealous of Earl's wealth. Earl has to marry to inherit a lot of money that otherwise would go to the uncle. As he can't have that, he decides to marry his loyal and obedient butler. They have a secret rite in a secret underground chamber with the Earl's friend as witness, which apparently is enough to fulfill the requirements of the will (I don't understand how that could be legally allowable, but who am I to question such things?). Nothing much changes between the Earl and butler besides one kiss in the middle of the street to "prove" to the uncle that their marriage isn't a sham, after which the Earl slaps the butler for his insolence.
Then we have the big betrayal. The butler is working for the uncle! Butler's brother had been killed by a vampire, thus he hates vampires! He will get his revenge on Earl by helping the uncle steal the Earl's fortune! And use Earl sexually! Earl is drugged out and fucked for quite a while. He angsts, naturally, and we learn lots of contradictory "facts" from the past as well as some of his "true" feelings. This includes the fact that the Earl had been whored out by his mother as a child because she hated him so much, including to the servants. He'd never been loved by anyone! He had become attached to butler because the butler never knew about his dirty secret and didn't treat him like dirt. But he could never show his attachment a) because his mother would use it against him and b) he has no people skills. So the betrayal was that much worse for him! The butler even reveals that he knew about the Earl's prostitution! The Earl is aloooone!!
In the end, the Earl manages to lessen his drugged food and water intake enough to be able to move. He staggers around to try to find the butler and kill him (or die trying). He gets into an altercation with the uncle instead, with the uncle falling out a window or something and dying. He's saved by butler, and we learn butler's "true" feelings. He initially hated the Earl for being a vampire, but then became attached to the Earl over time. He also resented the fact that the Earl treated him like a piece of furniture. Thus he had jumped at the chance to make the Earl his. He had rejoiced at the fact that the Earl saw him clearly enough to hate his guts and want to kill him. But now they had no reason to act like jerks to each other! True love prevails!
Turns out, btw, that the Earl had awakened to his vampiric nature while entertaining a customer and had killed him. Earl's mother, frightened by him, had fallen down the stairs and had died. Earl had been traumatized, so when he was found by butler (naturally) he was made to forget it all by butler (magical repeat the "it never happened" mantra to a shocked little child and they actually do forget!).
I think I made the story sound much more logical than it actually was. I guess cutting out all the extraneous description that only serve to muddy the picture really helps. ^^;
I love butler betrayal. And kids being pimped by their parents. And "I love you so much I hate you and need to drug you and fuck you into the mattress!" done with such single-minded retardedness. There's just something so delightfully over-the-top about these kinds of situations. XD The only big disappointment was how unimportant the vampire thing was except as a reason for people to hate the Earl.
Earl treats butler like a piece of furniture.
Sekrit rite in sekrit chamber!
I don't remember this scene, but I think it must be one of those faithful butler and master scenes charged with UST.
Butler makes Earl HIS!
Butler shields Earl from uncle's grisly death.
True love prevails!