Sleeping with rich people can help you achieve a better, richer and happier life.
(the basic concept of the American Dream)
The count's son Julian was a very spoiled young man with a lot of expensive dresses, a long and highly expensive wavy haircut and so on... Once he was wandering around a random village, making cute beggar kids lick his boots for a coin, then when he got thirsty for wine, he entered a nearby tavern and what did he see there?
A rather handsome young man, scantily clad with what little was left of old ripped shirt and pants, doing a handstand upon a beer keg. Keeping his handstand steady, he then began to fluidly bend his back til he himself took a firm seat on his own shoulders!
That was so breathtaking and curious that Julian instantly felt jealous of all the good people enjoying that wonderful show practically for free (and some of them not even paying much attention), so he instantly wanted to have this kid all for himself.
Matthew was given a personal room in Julian's family residence, a new pair of pants, a bigger keg, a visit to a hair stylist, a pretty ear-ring and, of course, a kiss on the cheek. Matthew was stunned by all this, specially the latter, but soon he got used to Julian's aristocratic manners and even learned to return the favor, which wasn't all that hard because Julian had that inviting "who cares he's actually a guy" appearance, the long curly locks made him look like an angel, specially while wearing his snow white pajama. But we'll leave all this for another story ^^
So yeah, Matthew changed his audience from poor peasants to the many, many members of the count's huge family and the many guests and servants who lived in the residence. The count didn't mind and rather enjoyed gathering a huge crowd in his house, though he only paid short visits as he also had to provide faithful service to the royal court.
Not everyone liked Matthew for his obvious romance with Julian, but most if not all people loved to watch his performances, so nobody felt like poisoning him or anything like that. Besides, many people there were just like Matthew, poor friends and relatives of the richer family members.
So, a few times a day Matthew had to work on polishing that butt-to-shoulders handstand that became Julian's favorite, torturing his still young and flexible spinal column to further secure his position (no pun intended) in fear that if this posture becomes any less eye candy he might get kicked from the house just as easily as he got in there.
He had to do a lot of contortion for Julian but it wasn't quite clear from the amount of attention he got in return if the rich boy liked Matthew as a friend or he was just excited to play with a bendy doll.
Sometimes Julian treated Matthew as his best friend and they'd walk through the seemingly endless garden that spread around the house, eating cream and holding hands. But on other days the amount of pushing on his poor spine reminded him of his early training days with his dad, the innkeeper, who dragged Matthew all the way from a mischievous and clumsy kid who'd often break plates and dishes or get back home all covered in dirt, to a skillful young acrobat who doubled the inn's daily income.
Also, being a country side boy, Matthew has no idea how to read and write, so all the books you can see here are actually art books with paintings and illustrations covering all corners of the world, all kinds of cultures and man-made masterpieces - Matthew loves studying them before going to sleep, dreaming to some day get off his own back and become a painter, maybe when his body's too old for contortion ^^