how about........ 4 with xiao 🙈🙈🙈 love your writing btw!
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you didn’t like having to call on xiao when in crisis. you were quite adept at handling things on your own most of the time and bothering him was one of your least favorite things to do.
but standing on the edge of a cliff, treasure hoarders surrounding every exit you could possibly formulate into an escape plan— there wasn’t much of a choice left.
trying not to get yourself in any more trouble, you whispered his name under your breath, stance strong but words laced with panic. you quickly registered the two men cocking their arrows in your peripheral vision, preparing to jump if your last ditch reliance on xiao failed.
their fingers inched towards the triggers and as you readied yourself to jump, eyes shut tight in anticipation, a sudden gust of wind pushed past you and within moments you were bounding through the air, wrapped tightly in the adepti’s arms.
as soon as you landed on solid ground, xiao set you down carefully, easing you into a sitting position due to your legs shaking— from fear or adrenaline, you didn’t know.
“are you alright?” he asked, kneeling down besides you.
“yeah, i’m fine, thank you,” you exhaled shakily, squeezing his arm as a sign of gratitude.
he let out a sigh, shifting his knees so he was sitting cross-legged next to you, “how’d you find yourself in such a predicament?”
you sunk in on yourself slightly, not thinking far ahead enough to the possibility that he’d question you on your sudden need of his assistance.
“i was just poking around for some materials, as one does, and suddenly i was ambushed by a bunch of ‘em! i figured, eh i could take ‘em, and then more of them popped up out of nowhere! i swear i wasn’t running around looking for a fight,” you explained, desperately wanting to get rid of the disapproving look on his face.
he didn’t respond for a while, obviously mulling over just how much of what you’d told him was the truth. not that he didn’t believe you, but in his experience, mortals— especially the adventurer types— didn’t always make the smartest decisions while out and about.
“i’m sorry if i bothered you,” you finally mumbled out, guilt swelling in you at his silence.
“you didn’t bother me,” he replied quickly, brows creased in confusion, taking a second to piece together a consoling response.
after a bit of thinking he puffed out a breath of air, leaning back on his hands, “you know, you can call for me whenever you’d like— even if you don’t have a reason to.”
you glanced up from the patch of grass you’d fixated on, looking at him quizzically.
“i’m just saying you might avoid situations like these if i’m there with you from the get go,” he shrugged, you trying to figure out if the tint on his cheeks was from the sun or from his offer, “i could keep you company, or something like that.”
you smiled, leaning you head over on his shoulder, letting out a breath of relief, “i’ll keep that in mind for the future. thank you, xiao.”
“it’s not a problem,” he uttered, thankful you couldn’t see his face anymore from where you’d rested it, “i’m only fulfilling my duty.”
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