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Hi! Prompt: 1. The Wens attacked early, Jiang Yanli and Jiang Cheng are taken in as wards/hostages of the Wen sect as children
Rugrats
- Chapter 1 - ao3 -
鈥淛iejie,鈥 Jiang Cheng said, tugging on his sister鈥檚 hand. 鈥淚 don鈥檛 want to be here.鈥
鈥淣one of us want to be here,鈥 another little boy said, and Jiang Cheng turned to look at him: he was even shorter than Jiang Cheng, and rubbing his eyes in the aftermath of a yawn. 鈥淚鈥檓 Nie Huaisang. Who鈥檙e you?鈥
鈥淗e鈥檚 Yunmeng Jiang sect鈥檚 Jiang Cheng,鈥 Jiang Yanli said, while Jiang Cheng pressed his face into her side to hide how he鈥檇 gone bright red at the concept of someone his own age talking to him. 鈥淚鈥檓 Jiang Yanli. Is your older brother here in the Nightless City, too?鈥
Nie Huaisang鈥檚 lip quivered, and Jiang Cheng abruptly felt better about how awful he felt about this whole thing; at least he wasn鈥檛 crying like a great big baby. 鈥淗e鈥檚 supposed to be,鈥 Nie Huaisang said. 鈥淏ut the Wens took him away earlier, and I haven鈥檛 seen him since. I took a nap, 鈥榗ause he said he was gonna be back before I knew it, but I woke up and he鈥檚 still not back鈥︹
鈥淚鈥檓 sure he鈥檚 fine,鈥 Jiang Yanli reassured him. She glanced over at the door where there were Wen sect disciples standing as guards. 鈥淲hy don鈥檛 you and Jiang Cheng play together a bit while I go find him?鈥
Jiang Cheng鈥檚 mouth gaped open in horror and he clung to her side, unable to verbalize his words, but luckily Nie Huaisang was leaping forward to grab her sleeve, too, saying, 鈥淵ou can鈥檛 go! They鈥檒l take you away, just like they took my da-ge!鈥
Normally, Jiang Cheng would鈥檝e objected to someone being so intimate with his big sister, but in this instance he nodded furiously, glad that Nie Huaisang had said what he couldn鈥檛.
鈥淚t鈥檒l be fine,鈥 Jiang Yanli said, and Jiang Cheng was starting to think they had a different definition of the word 鈥榝ine鈥. 鈥淚鈥檒l be back soon, I promise. Go play.鈥
In the end, Jiang Cheng鈥檚 tears and Nie Huaisang鈥檚 arguments had no effect, and off she went. By that point, Jiang Cheng was very attached to his new friend, who was so clever and talkative and obviously the only one to understand him in this awful new place, but that didn鈥檛 help when what he wanted was his big sister.
鈥淒o you want to go meet the others?鈥 Nie Huaisang eventually asked after they鈥檇 both cried out all their tears.
鈥淥thers?鈥 Jiang Cheng asked.
Nie Huaisang nodded. 鈥淟an Zhan鈥檚 there, he鈥檚 from the Lan sect, I鈥檝e met him and his big brother before,鈥 he said. 鈥淎nd there鈥檚 also A-Xuan鈥 dunno what sect he鈥檚 from, you can鈥檛 really talk to him. He鈥檚 terrified. He doesn鈥檛 have a big brother. Or sister, I guess.鈥
That sounded awful, and Jiang Cheng felt bad for the faceless A-Xuan at once.
鈥淟et鈥檚 go talk to them,鈥 he agreed.
He hoped they were nice.
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Jiang Cheng immediately got into a shoving fight with Lan Zhan and decided he was his worst enemy 鈥 Lan Zhan tried to bite him! that was cheating! 鈥 but that only lasted right up until they were both introduced to Wen Chao and then they were best friends teaming up against a new worst enemy.
(Nie Huaisang didn鈥檛 count. He was everybody鈥檚 best friend, even Wen Chao鈥檚, and anyway he claimed he was littler than everyone and therefore everyone had no choice but to be nice to him. Jiang Cheng was prettycertain that wasn鈥檛 how that worked, and also that maybe Nie Huaisang wasn鈥檛 really the littlest, but Nie Huaisang was very sure of himself and it was hard to argue with that level of confidence.)
鈥淵ou鈥檙e here so that I can tell you what to do!鈥 Wen Chao insisted, clutching his arm and sniffling. Lan Zhan had bitten him, which was definitely the right move and very impressive. 鈥淵ou can鈥檛 be mean to me! I get to be mean to you!鈥
A-Xuan, who鈥檇 been sitting quietly in the corner staring at the wall like it had done something to him personally, pulled his thumb out of his mouth. 鈥淚f you do that, they鈥檒l replace you,鈥 he said woodenly, and since it was the very first thing he鈥檇 actually said this whole time, they all turned to look at him. 鈥淵ou鈥檙e an heir, aren鈥檛 you? That means you鈥檝e gotta live up to expectations. There鈥檚 always someone waiting to take your place if you don鈥檛鈥︹
Jiang Cheng shivered. 鈥淲hat do you mean, take your place?鈥 he asked, both horrified and unwillingly, perhaps even ghoulishly intrigued. 鈥淟ike鈥omeone who looks just like you, but isn鈥檛 you?鈥
A-Xuan nodded solemnly. 鈥淭here鈥檚 lots of them, dozens of them,鈥 he whispered, and they all crowded in close to listen, even Wen Chao. 鈥淭hey鈥檝e got all sorts of skills and talents, admirable things that should make them happy, but they don鈥檛 want what they鈥檝e got, they want to live your life. If they can, they鈥檒l peel off your skin and wear it like a coat so that they can sneak in to take your place, and no one 鈥 not even your parents 鈥 will ever know or care to look for you鈥︹
鈥淭hat isn鈥檛 real,鈥 Wen Chao protested, but his eyes were white all around the edges. 鈥淒oubles like that don鈥檛 exist!鈥
A-Xuan just looked at him with pity in his eyes, and somehow that was scarier than any amount of insistence would have been.
鈥淎re they a type of demon?鈥 Lan Zhan asked, gnawing on his sleeve anxiously. 鈥淪hufu taught me how to draw talismans to repel demons.鈥
A-Xuan wrinkled his nose. 鈥淢aybe?鈥 he said uncertainly.
鈥淒efinitely!鈥 Nie Huaisang said, nodding furiously. 鈥淪omething like that, it has to be a demon, right? A-Zhan will show us how to make talismans to keep them away and then none of us need to worry about being replaced!鈥
鈥淕ood idea!鈥 Wen Chao exclaimed.
鈥淎nd Wen Chao needs to be nice to us,鈥 Jiang Cheng put in. 鈥淩ight, A-Xuan? If he keeps proper etiquette, he won鈥檛 be replaced, that鈥檚 how it works?鈥
鈥淭hat鈥檚 what my mom says,鈥 A-Xuan said, nodding. 鈥淵ou don鈥檛 get replaced as long as you show that you鈥檙e better than they are, and having proper etiquette鈥檚 part of that.鈥
鈥淎nd if we鈥檙e all friends, we can make sure no one gets replaced by doubles!鈥 Nie Huaisang exclaimed, clapping his hands together. 鈥淢aybe our parents wouldn鈥檛 notice, but we could 鈥 maybe we invent some secret signs that only we鈥檇 know, and the doubles wouldn鈥檛 鈥撯
鈥淥kay, okay, we can do that,鈥 Wen Chao said. 鈥淏ut I still want a talisman!鈥
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鈥淒o you know why we鈥檙e here, Wen-xiong?鈥 Nie Huaisang wanted to know 鈥 he called everyone 鈥榵iong鈥 and refused not to because he said everyone in his sect did that, even if it sounded really weird for kids their age to be using that 鈥 and Jiang Cheng looked at Wen Chao, eager to know the answer. The Nightless City was the Wen sect鈥檚 home, just the way the Lotus Pier was the Jiang sect鈥檚, the Unclean Realm the Nie sect鈥檚, and the Cloud Recesses the Lan sect鈥檚; it would make sense that Wen Chao, as the second little master here, would know more than they did.
But Wen Chao shook his head. 鈥淢y father did something, I think,鈥 he said. 鈥淢y da-ge is helping him, but I鈥檓 too young鈥 dunno. I think you guys might be here for a while.鈥
鈥淗ow long?鈥 A-Xuan asked.
鈥淎 long time,鈥 Wen Chao said. His face was a little pale, a little guilty in a way he hadn鈥檛 been before. 鈥淚 think maybe鈥ears.鈥
Years? But that was practically forever!
鈥淲ill my da-ge be here too?鈥 Nie Huaisang asked. 鈥淥r Jiang-xiong鈥檚 jiejie?鈥
鈥淵eah. I think it鈥檚 鈥 that it鈥檚 everyone. I think鈥︹ Wen Chao trailed off. 鈥淚 think there鈥檚 going to be a war.鈥
鈥淲hat鈥檚 a war?鈥 Jiang Cheng asked.
鈥淚t鈥檚 a bad thing,鈥 Nie Huaisang said, much to everyone鈥檚 surprise. He usually didn鈥檛 answer questions, and when one was posed to him, he usually responded with 鈥業 don鈥檛 know鈥 鈥 those were practically his favorite words. 鈥淲ar鈥檚 a really bad thing, where all the strong people have to leave to go fight in battles. People get hurt in wars. People die in wars.鈥
They all shuddered. That was a bad word.
鈥淚 don鈥檛 want there to be a war,鈥 Jiang Cheng said, biting his lip. 鈥淚 don鈥檛 want my mom to get hurt 鈥 she鈥檚 a great cultivator, really strong, the strongest! But that means she鈥檇 have to go fight, wouldn鈥檛 she? And my dad, too?鈥
鈥淢y father wouldn鈥檛 fight,鈥 Lan Zhan muttered. 鈥淗e鈥檚 in seclusion鈥hey wouldn鈥檛 make my shufu fight, would they? He鈥檚 a teacher鈥 he can use a sword, but he prefers music 鈥撯
鈥淣either my mother or father can fight,鈥 A-Xuan said, gnawing on his fingers. 鈥淣ot at all. They pay other people to fight for them鈥hey鈥檙e a bit mean, sometimes, but I don鈥檛 know if I want them to die.鈥
He sounded a bit uncertain, though.
Jiang Cheng felt a bit of pity. Poor A-Xuan鈥檚 parents must be reallymean.
鈥淚s there anything we can do to stop it?鈥 he wanted to know. 鈥淢aybe if we鈥檙e really good and everyone asks really politely, all at once, for them not to鈥?鈥
Wen Chao looked tempted, but Nie Huaisang shook his head. 鈥淢y dad says war is like a mountain avalanche,鈥 he said solemnly. 鈥淥nce started, it鈥檚 hard to stop. He鈥檚 not afraid of war, but he doesn鈥檛 want it, either 鈥 I don鈥檛 know what鈥檚 going to happen next. I really鈥︹
He bit his lip.
鈥淚 really don鈥檛 know.鈥
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It was a whole three days 鈥 or, well, it felt like it, because they definitely took at least three naps, though maybe they were deliberately taking extra to make the time pass faster 鈥 before their brothers and sisters finally came back.
Jiang Cheng rushed over to Jiang Yanli at once, of course, bawling his eyes out for having missed her 鈥 it鈥檇 been awful without her, unimaginably awful, and if he didn鈥檛 have all his friends he would鈥檝e been even worse off 鈥 but once she鈥檇 comforted him a little, that familiar face and smile and scent all deeply reassuring as she hugged him and kissed his hair, he couldn鈥檛 quite help himself in his curiosity: he turned around and peeked at all the others.
Wen Chao was tugging that the clothing of an older boy 鈥 that would be his big brother, who they鈥檇 all very painstakingly determined was probably the oldest, maybe, unless Nie Huaisang鈥檚 brother was. Wen Xu was tall and had a handsome face, but it was thin in a way that made him look tired and anxious and wound up; he snapped at Wen Chao for bothering him, but Wen Chao ignored him, which suggested that snapping was his normal response. Wen Xu鈥檚 eyes kept flickering around the rest of the room as if he thought they were all watching him, and, perhaps in deference to that, he allowed Wen Chao to keep harassing him.
Nie Huaisang鈥檚 big brother, not far away, was even bigger than Wen Xu, taller and with broad shoulders. He had a narrow waist and a slightly too-round face that made him seem a little young, but on the other hand he also had an imposing way of carrying himself that made him seem older 鈥 even looking right at him, it was really hard to tell whether he was older or younger than Wen Xu. He was kneeling next to Nie Huaisang, comforting him, and he seemed steady and reliable. Jiang Cheng thought secretly to himself that even if Wen Chao鈥檚 brother really was the older one, Nie Huaisang鈥檚 brother was probably the better one to have around, as far as big brothers went.
Lan Zhan鈥檚 big brother seemed nice, too: he was clearly younger than the other two, about of age with Jiang Yanli if Jiang Cheng had to guess, but he looked kind. He was holding Lan Zhan鈥檚 hand very tightly, though judging by the long-suffering look on Lan Zhan鈥檚 face it was more for his brother鈥檚 sake than his own. He seemed thoughtful and agreeable: he was murmuring quietly, clearly thinking through his answers before responding to whatever questions Lan Zhan had asked.
Only poor A-Xuan, who didn鈥檛 have either a big brother or a big sister, was all on his own.
Jiang Cheng tugged on Jiang Yanli鈥檚 hand and pointed at him. 鈥淵ou should give him a kiss, too,鈥 he said. His big sister鈥檚 kisses were the best, he knew, soft and reassuring, and A-Xuan鈥ell, A-Xuan had enough anxiety already, didn鈥檛 he? He could use a kiss. 鈥淗e鈥檚 nice.鈥
Jiang Yanli made a sound that was almost like it wanted to be a giggle, but she beckoned an unsure-looking A-Xuan over. 鈥淚t鈥檚 all right,鈥 she told him when he hung back. 鈥淚t鈥檚 appropriate, Jin-gongzi. Our mothers are friends.鈥
Jiang Cheng blinked. 鈥淛in? His name鈥檚 Jin Xuan?鈥
鈥淛in Zixuan,鈥 Jiang Yanli corrected. 鈥淎nd you should call him Jin-gongzi.鈥
鈥淎-Xuan is fine,鈥 A-Xuan said meekly. He was staring at Jiang Yanli. 鈥淵ou鈥檙e Mistress Jiang? The one who鈥︹
He trailed off, but Jiang Cheng knew what he was going to say, because even though he was young, even he鈥檇 heard about the fact that his big sister was going to have to go away one day to marry the Jin sect heir.
He鈥檇 cried bitter tears the first time he鈥檇 heard it, not wanting her to go at all, not liking the idea of her being anywhere away from him no matter how much his mother told him that it was something that all women did, something that women wanted to do. Angry tears, never far beneath the surface, threatened again now.
But on the other hand鈥
Poor A-Xuan, who was all alone, with no big brother or sister at all.
Jiang Cheng gathered up his bravery and squeezed his sister鈥檚 hand. 鈥淚t鈥檚 okay,鈥 he said encouragingly. 鈥淎-Xuan鈥檚 really nice, and he needs someone to take care of him. You鈥檒l be all right with him.鈥
Jiang Yanli actually did start giggling at that. 鈥淚t鈥檚 not something we have to think about right now,鈥 she said, wiping her eyes. 鈥淚 can take care of both of you.鈥
Jiang Cheng exhaled in relief. He hadn鈥檛 really wanted to give up his jiejie to some stranger 鈥 but sharing could be all right.
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Nie Huaisang鈥檚 da-ge turned out to be just as amazing as Nie Huaisang said he was, which in all honesty Jiang Cheng had not-so-secretly doubted. Nie Mingjue was clever and could answer questions, he was strong and could pick people up, he was indulgent and didn鈥檛 mind doing either of those things as many times as asked, and he gave really great hugs.
After a serious conversation among their little group, with many reassurances from A-Xuan that he didn鈥檛 mind, really, they reached an agreement and presented their conclusion to their elder siblings: rather than marry A-Xuan, who wasn鈥檛 even sure if he liked girls or wanted to marry one, Jiang Yanli ought to marry Nie Mingjue. Not only would they be able to give each other (and all surrounding children) many good hugs and gentle kisses, they would eventually have children since that was what married couples did and those children would undoubtedly be an amalgamation of all of their respective good points, therefore making them the finest of friends to have. Also, if they had them right away 鈥 their entire group was a little fuzzy on the details of how that worked, exactly, but surely the big kids had a better idea 鈥 the new kids wouldn鈥檛 be that much younger than everyone else, so it was important for them to get started immediately.
For some reason, this very serious proposal made the older children laugh nearly to the point of tears.
鈥淎nd about me?鈥 Lan Xichen asked, ruffling their hair. 鈥淚f you鈥檙e pairing up your elders, does that make me Wen-da-ge鈥檚 bride?鈥
For some reason, that made Wen Chao鈥檚 big brother glance over at Lan Xichen and turn bright red, even though it was obvious that Lan Xichen was just joking. Jiang Cheng wondered why.
鈥淚t鈥檇 be better if A-Xuan had a big sister,鈥 he said, a little regretful. Lan Zhan would be much better off being A-Xuan鈥檚 brother-in-law than Wen Chao鈥檚.
鈥淚鈥檓 sure he does,鈥 Wen Xu said, looking suddenly rather annoyed. 鈥淗overing at the outskirts, waiting for a chance to get inside. Probably more than one, if that鈥檚 to your taste 鈥撯
鈥淗ave some manners,鈥 Nie Mingjue said sharply to him. 鈥淭here are children here; they don鈥檛 need to hear about that.鈥
The younger children all exchanged alarmed glances: they must be talking about the doubles! Even the older kids knew about them 鈥 that meant they must be real!
鈥淵es, we do,鈥 Nie Huaisang said insistently. 鈥淭ell us about it.鈥
鈥淣o, Nie-da-ge is right,鈥 Jiang Yanli said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 nothing you need to worry about. Why don鈥檛 you all go play?鈥
They were unceremoniously shown the door.
Outside, Nie Huaisang looked uncharacteristically serious. 鈥淢y da-ge only refuses to tell me things he thinks are inappropriate, or which he thinks will scare me,鈥 he said. 鈥淲hich means鈥︹
They all nodded grimly.
鈥淎 cultivator鈥檚 duty is to defeat evil,鈥 Lan Zhan announced, and Jiang Cheng nodded.
鈥淚鈥檓 with Lan Zhan,鈥 he said. 鈥淓ven if we can keep them away with talismans and code words, what about people who don鈥檛 have them? They鈥檒l be snatched away! If no one else is going to do something about it, we have to.鈥
鈥淲e do,鈥 Wen Chao said, and that was also uncharacteristic: normally he wasn鈥檛 willing to do anything unless they pretended it was his idea first. 鈥淲e鈥檝e got to.鈥
鈥淲hy is it suddenly so urgent?鈥 A-Xuan asked him. 鈥淲hat鈥檚 wrong?鈥
Wen Chao鈥檚 lower lip trembled. 鈥淓ver since my brother went away with my dad to help with the war stuff, he鈥檚 been acting really different,鈥 he said. 鈥淗e doesn鈥檛 play with me, and he鈥檚 always worried 鈥 always looking over his shoulder like he thinks someone鈥檚 chasing him. He鈥檚 angry and upset all the time. It鈥檚 not like him at all! I just wonder鈥︹
鈥淭hey鈥檝e got him,鈥 Jiang Cheng concluded, horrified. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 why my big sister and your big brothers are always staying away from him even though they鈥檙e usually really nice to most people 鈥 that鈥檚 why he knows about the others, the ones he says are 鈥榖ig sisters鈥 to A-Xuan! He鈥檚 been snatched! He鈥檚 a double!鈥
Wen Chao burst into tears.
A-Xuan patted him on the shoulder.
鈥淲e鈥檒l do our best to get your real big brother back for you,鈥 he said solemnly, and Lan Zhan and Jiang Cheng and Nie Huaisang all nodded and made the hand-signs for swearing a solemn oath.
Wen Chao sniffed. 鈥淭hanks,鈥 he said. 鈥淵ou鈥檙e my best friends.鈥
鈥淥f course,鈥 Jiang Cheng said, even though he felt really proud. He鈥檇 never been anyone鈥檚 best friend before, except maybe Lan Zhan鈥檚, since Nie Huaisang had said he didn鈥檛 count. 鈥淲hat are best friends for?鈥
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鈥淗ow is it that we know what we are? 聽if not by the air 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 between a hand and its want - touch. 聽This is my knee, since she touches me there. 聽This is my throat, as defined by her reaching. 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 聽 I am touched - I am.鈥 - Natalie Diaz
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No okay I鈥檓 thinking about the 13/16 year gap between Wei Wuxian and Jiang Cheng again and how far away they are and not because of the siege. No instead it鈥檚 because Jiang Cheng grew up and Wei Wuxian wasn鈥檛 there.
Wei Wuxian is 13/16 years behind the man who Jiang Cheng has become. There鈥檚 some things that haven鈥檛 changed, Jiang Cheng still names his pets the fluffiest names, he still chows down like a maniac whenever he sees anything citrus, he won鈥檛 touch water chestnuts, he likes using two swords for training both hands equally, all things that Wei Wuxian remembers.
But there鈥檚 so much he never had the chance to learn.
He doesn鈥檛 know that Jiang Cheng now takes sweet tea with lemon cakes under a pavilion at exactly noon every day. He doesn鈥檛 know Jiang Cheng thinks the word 鈥渃ork鈥 is the funniest thing because of one joke Chao Bolin said. He doesn鈥檛 know that Jiang Cheng now guards his right more heavily and forgets to guard his left because he鈥檚 so used to moving in a three man team of him and his senior disciples. He doesn鈥檛 know that Jiang Cheng let鈥檚 himself be bullied by the disciples into having parties. He doesn鈥檛 know that Jiang Cheng is willing to wield two swords and trust another disciple with Zidian. He doesn鈥檛 know that Jiang Cheng tried and failed to learn how to paint fans and Jin Ling definitely has them hidden away for laughs.
Wei Wuxian wasn鈥檛 there to learn those things. He has so much catching up to do but first he needs to learn that his shidi isn鈥檛 his shidi anymore. Wei Wuxian knows his little brother who grew up beside him but now that spot he stood in has been taken by Jiang disciples who guard it jealously.
Wei Wuxian gets struck by surprise when he sees Jiang Cheng actually smile at a joke that a junior makes. He chokes on tea when Jiang Cheng very carefully lifts up a bottle of wine that almost fell off the table and passes it to another disciple to pour on someone鈥檚 head and smirks at the fake outrage. He nearly has a heart attack when some merchant storms in and starts screaming and Jiang Cheng doesn鈥檛 panic, doesn鈥檛 yell back, doesn鈥檛 look to him for support like the Jiang Cheng Wei Wuxian remembers would. He simply blinks and calms the merchant down in seconds and starts working on the problem.
The anxious new leader, the socially awkward baby brother, the angry shidi, the lonesome man that Wei Wuxian once knew inside and out鈥 Now stands before him completely different, in a second life that Wei Wuxian only now gets a chance to be a part of and he doesn鈥檛 know if there鈥檚 room.
#mdzs#the untamed#Jiang Cheng#Jiang sect#okay look#LOOK#there鈥檚 so much bull about how JC never changed and yet so much of the story is#only possible because he did change#JC in cloud recess was an awkward baby who just wanted to make his family proud and be a good sect leader and keep his#brother out of trouble even if he has to bow his head for him#post war hes finicky and snappy but he goes out of his way to try and help his brother even when he鈥檚 shoved aside and lied too#he still tries to convince Wei Wuxian to come back even with all the Wen shit going on#and then Wei Wuxian leads to the death of his sister and Jiang Cheng goes buck wild with rage and hate and#proceeds to have a perfectly well built sect that has the respect of every single sect leader#no not fear Lan Xichen Sect Leader Yao Nie Huaisang etc#not a single one of them fear him (except maybe if they thought they鈥檇 have to fight him but that鈥檚 different)#no they /Respect/ him and his sect#and Jiang Cheng sits back and lets Lan Wangji be fucking majorly disrespectful to both him and Jin Ling to avoid starting a fight with#Lan Xichen (WHICH IS LITERALLY HOW THE PART OF THE STORY SAYS IT)#because he鈥檚 a damn good fucking sect leader and he can be respectful#Wei Wuxian was just *always* a different story because JC never had to turn his cheek towards him and#WWX never held back on him either it was mutual until WWX couldn鈥檛 and JC didn鈥檛 know that#and then in the narrative the only time we see JC in novel is when shit is going down and YET by background and narrative of#shit NOT happening we know JC was just doing his job as sect leader because otherwise#there would have been a full on man hunt for WWX at Gusu Lan because JC knows it鈥檚 WWX and knows LWJ has him#and yet!#not even mentioning CQL that literally just has JC being a normal dude in the background even at times when his#necromancer homicidal brother is waltzing around in a mask or losing his gourd#my point is#JC did a lot of growing WWX wasn鈥檛 there for and it鈥檚 time for WWX to start learning his baby older brother and we gonna angst to get there
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briannajuneart21 hours ago
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I think wei ying would explore the wonders of makeup, maybe not in public but definitely for his lan zhan
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chemical-abcess4 hours ago
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Day 26 - "Villainous friends"
They are besties
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angstymdzsthoughts17 minutes ago
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JC and his failed bethrotal with f!lwj
The Lans tell the jiangs that they are not interested in a b with JC but that they'll accept one with wwx since lwj asked.
The jiangs are abdolutely livid and wwx Is now in danger.
Will mdm Yu make him disappear? Kill him?
Mdm Yu: wwx ran away because he didn't want to marry, he's a free spirit like his parents.
I also like the idea of lwj organizing a rescue mission with her brother and the nie brothers to free wwx from Lotus Pier .
"Have any of the young masters captured your attention yet, Wangji?"
It was not the first time Lan Xichen had gently teased his little sister with this question. He had been asking her since the first day the guest deciples came to the Cloud Recesses. Her reactions were simply too cute for him to stop! She would pout the slightest bit and turn her head pointedly away from him in annoyance. It never failed to make Lan Xichen want to laugh.
So he was shocked when instead of her usual reaction, Lan Wangji had bashfully looked down at her tea cup and gave a hum so quiet the wind could have carried it away while her ears burned pink.
Once overcoming his shock, Lan Xichen wanted to shout with joy! His sweet little sister! In love! Lan Xichen had honestly thought his sister would never wish to wear red and prefer to spend her days playing her guqin in peace. Uncle will be so happy! He will have to request that he help with the wedding planning to ensure she has a beautiful ceremony!
"Oh, Wangji," he gasped. "This is wonderful news. Tell me, who is the lucky young man?"
Lan Wangji's lips pressed together for a quick second, nervous but happy and trying to hide it. Then, even quieter then her hum before, said "Wei Wuxian of Yunmeng Jiang..."
Lan Xichen felt his joy plummet. Wei Wuxian. There was nothing truly wrong with the other boy! He had a reputation for being brilliant and skilled but had an unfortunate habbit of breaking rules that made Uncle grind his teeth in frustration. That in itself wasn't a problem. Wei Wuxian was still young and had plenty of time to outgrow such things.
The main issue here was the sect he came from. Yunmeng Jiang had been relentless in their pursuit of forming an engagement between his little sister and their young heir, Jiang Wanyin, for years. Wei Wuxian, despite his obvious talent and status as head deciple, was so far below the status of Jiang Wanyin. Bypassing the sects heir in favor of the son of rogue cultivators would be a huge insult to them.
What's more is that Wei Wuxian was an orphan. He had no parents to negotiate a marriage with. Sect Leader Jiang and his wife would have to step in to fill the rolls, but what parent would do such a thing to their own son? Even Jiang Fengmian, who clearly favored Wei Wuxian, wouldn't be so cold!
And what sort of life would his sister have in her husband's household? What assurance would he have that Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji wouldn't be mistreated in Lotus Pier for their slight against Jiang Wanyin? The two boys had seemed close whenever Lan Xichen saw them and treated each other like brothers, but who is to say that relationship would not break with this perceived betrayal?
However... If his little sister's heart has spoken, then Lan Xichen would do everything is his power to make it so! It would be a challenge and toes will no doubt be stepped on, but for Wangji's happiness, Lan Xichen would do it!
"I'm so happy, meimei!" He ignored the look she gave him. She always thought calling her that was too childish, but sometimes he just couldn't help it. "Would you like to tell Uncle later today? I know he and young master Wei didn't get along well, but I'm sure he will support you."
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bloody-bee-tea17 hours ago
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Beetober 2021 Day 27 - Inhibition
Nie Mingjue likes that his home somehow became the place that all of Nie Huaisang鈥檚 friends turn to when they are in need of some distance from their families.
Mo Xuanyu comes by whenever it gets too much for him at home, when his relatives are gearing up for another one of their outbursts at him.
Wen Ning comes over whenever the pressure of doing well in school and life becomes just too much and the danger of him disappointing his sister is too real.
Nie Mingjue likes it best of all that even Jiang Cheng now comes by more often than not, whenever the atmosphere in his own home gets too stifling for him, when his parents' words turn too scathing or when Wei Wuxian鈥檚 antics become too much.
What Nie Mingjue doesn鈥檛 like, though, is how tightly controlled Jiang Cheng always is, even when something is obviously wrong.
Like today.
鈥淲anyin,鈥 Nie Mingjue greets him as he steps into the apartment.
Jiang Cheng gives him a tight smile, as he puts his keys down, the motion tightly controlled.
Everything is tightly controlled about him, right down to the way he moves and Nie Mingjue hates to see it.
鈥淲hat鈥檚 wrong?鈥 he wants to know, tries for soothing and low, but he鈥檚 not sure how well he manages.
鈥淣othing is wrong,鈥 Jiang Cheng very predictably gives back and Nie Mingjue rolls his eyes right where Jiang Cheng can see it.
鈥淭hat鈥檚 bullshit and we both know it,鈥 he says, hoping to get something more out of him.
鈥淚t鈥檚 not,鈥 Jiang Cheng replies and Nie Mingjue deflates with a sigh.
He really wishes that one of these days Jiang Cheng will confide in him, simply so he can say what鈥檚 really on his mind.
Nie Mingjue guesses that there鈥檚 a whole lot he keeps back at all times and it would probably do him some good to let go of it for once.
鈥淎lright, if you say so,鈥 Nie Mingjue relents and he takes Jiang Cheng鈥檚 wrist in his hand. 鈥淢ovie and ice cream?鈥 he asks and smiles when Jiang Cheng relaxes the tiniest fraction.
Nie Mingjue really has to remember that he comes here to unwind, to get away from the fights and demands at his own home, and not to be snapped at.
鈥淒o you have peppermint?鈥 Jiang Cheng asks, his voice low and he鈥檚 not meeting Nie Mingjue鈥檚 eyes.
鈥淥f course I have peppermint. When do I ever not have your favourite ice cream flavor?鈥 Nie Mingjue wants to know and Jiang Cheng鈥檚 shoulders slump.
鈥淭hank you,鈥 he whispers and Nie Mingjue fights the urge to press a kiss to his head.
Instead of doing that鈥攁nd surely getting clocked in the face for it鈥攈e shifts his grasp on Jiang Cheng and pulls him into his side.
鈥淎lways,鈥 Nie Mingjue promises him. 鈥淣ow, are you up for a new movie or would you prefer something you already know?鈥
鈥淪omething old, please,鈥 Jiang Cheng gives back and Nie Mingjue hums.
So he doesn鈥檛 need to be distracted but he鈥檚 in need of some serious comfort. Nie Mingjue can handle that.
鈥淎lright, alright,鈥 he agrees and steers Jiang Cheng towards the couch where he plops him down. 鈥淵ou get cozy and comfy and I鈥檒l get your ice and start the movie.
鈥淚t鈥檚 so strange when you say 鈥榗ozy and comfy鈥,鈥 Jiang Cheng complains half-heartedly, but his voice gets muffled when Nie Mingjue dumps the blanket onto his head.
鈥淢ore getting cozy, less talking back,鈥 Nie Mingjue calls over his shoulder as he walks off towards the kitchen.
By the time he comes back, Jiang Cheng is wrapped up in the blanket and holding his hands out like a petulant child.
鈥淚ce cream, gimme,鈥 he demands, making grabby hands and Nie Mingjue chuckles.
鈥淲hat鈥檚 the magic word?鈥 he wants to know, keeping the ice cream well out of Jiang Cheng鈥檚 reach.
鈥淧lease,鈥 he grumbles and Nie Mingjue immediately plops the bowl in his hands.
鈥淕ood boy,鈥 Nie Mingjue praises him and curses himself when Jiang Cheng goes faintly red in the face.
Nie Mingjue is always acting way too comfortable around Jiang Cheng and he has to remember to tone it down. Jiang Cheng is not his to tease and praise and Nie Mingjue would do well to not overstep.
Instead of apologizing or saying something else dumb, Nie Mingjue turns around and busies himself with the movie he picked.
Once that is all set up, he sits down on the couch as well, a respectable distance away from Jiang Cheng. Nie Mingjue is only trying to do the right thing, but Jiang Cheng makes an unhappy noise before he starts to wriggle himself closer on the couch, without dropping his ice cream or untangling himself from the blanket.
鈥淵ou鈥檙e gonna hurt yourself,鈥 Nie Mingjue mutters, before he puts one arm around Jiang Cheng to pull him into his side.聽
It鈥檚 only when Jiang Cheng is resting there that he goes back to eating his ice cream and Nie Mingjue refuses to read anything more into that.
It just means Jiang Cheng thinks of him as comfy and safe, that鈥檚 all. And that鈥檚 really all he wants for Jiang Cheng.
~*~*~
The days on which Jiang Cheng shows up at Nie Mingjue鈥檚 place unhappy and tightly wound are increasing in frequency and Nie Mingjue hates it.
He loves that Jiang Cheng still comes to him鈥攃learly thinks of him as safe鈥攂ut he doesn鈥檛 want Jiang Cheng to be unhappy at all.
Or at the very least he wants Jiang Cheng to finally say what has him so down all the time.
Nie Mingjue decides that it鈥檚 enough when Jiang Cheng shows up four days in a row. That has never happened and Nie Mingjue really doesn鈥檛 like to see it and for once he doesn鈥檛 think he鈥檚 going to acknowledge Jiang Cheng鈥檚 need for privacy. Clearly whatever it is that leaves Jiang Cheng this unhappy needs to come out.
So the next time Jiang Cheng shows up, Nie Mingjue refuses to let him sit on the couch.
鈥淲hat are you doing?鈥 Jiang Cheng demands to know and steps to the side, trying to get past Nie Mingjue to get access to the couch.
鈥淵ou鈥檙e not allowed to sit until you finally let it all out,鈥 Nie Mingjue tells him and quickly moves to the other side of the couch, almost throwing himself between Jiang Cheng and it.
鈥淚 don鈥檛 want to talk about it,鈥 Jiang Cheng hisses and crosses his arms in front of his chest.
鈥淲ell, tough luck, because either you鈥檒l talk or there will be no more ice cream for you,鈥 Nie Mingjue threatens and Jiang Cheng gapes at him.
鈥淵ou wouldn鈥檛 do that,鈥 he whispers but Nie Mingjue shrugs.
鈥淛ust try me,鈥 he gives back, and for all the bravado he puts on right now, he鈥檚 not entirely sure he could say no to Jiang Cheng should push come to shove.
鈥淲hy are you so mean to me?鈥 Jiang Cheng whines, and Nie Mingjue thinks that he鈥檚 not that far away from stomping his foot like a child.
鈥淚鈥檓 not mean. It has to come out eventually. Just go back to the door, leave all your inhibitions there for at least one evening and then just lay it on me. I bet you would love to rant,鈥 Nie Mingjue says and Jiang Cheng blinks at him.
He does it for long enough that Nie Mingjue gets really worried about him, but then Jiang Cheng turns around and goes back to the front door.
Nie Mingjue doesn鈥檛 hear it open or close, so at least Jiang Cheng doesn鈥檛 outright leave and two minutes later Jiang Cheng comes back.
鈥淥kay fine,鈥 he snaps out. 鈥淚鈥檒l rant.鈥
And then he does. He gets started on his parents, but he doesn鈥檛 really stop there. He rants about Wei Wuxian and Jiang Yanli as well as about Lan Wangji and Wen Qing before he circles back to his parents.
And oh boy, does he have a lot to say about them. Nie Mingjue always thought that Jiang Cheng鈥檚 biggest problem is with his father, but going by what Jiang Cheng is almost yelling out right now, his mother is not really that much better.
After a while most of Jiang Cheng鈥檚 rant gets repetitive, but Nie Mingjue guesses that he has to let it all out for once. It seems like it鈥檚 been a really long time that he carried this around for and Nie Mingjue thinks a few repetitions can be excused.
But that gives him time to watch Jiang Cheng and despite knowing that this is serious and that he should pay attention to the words, he can鈥檛 help but to smile slightly.
Jiang Cheng is pacing in front of the couch and he鈥檚 so animated, his hands just flying around in gestures as he recalls his parents鈥 many faults and Nie Mingjue finds it helplessly adorable.
鈥淲hat the fuck are you smiling at?鈥 Jiang Cheng yells at him eventually and Nie Mingjue tries to school his face into something more serious, but of course it鈥檚 already too late.
鈥淣othing, it鈥檚 not a funny situation, I know that,鈥 he tries to reassure Jiang Cheng but it doesn鈥檛 seem to work all that well because Jiang Cheng narrows his eyes at him before he points an accusing finger at Nie Mingjue.
鈥淣o,鈥 he decides. 鈥淵ou know what? You said just let it all out. Fine. Here鈥檚 another thing,鈥 Jiang Cheng says and takes a deep breath. 鈥淚鈥檓 goddamn in love with you, so when the hell will you finally notice that, huh? You鈥檙e almost as dense as Wei Wuxian was with Lan Wangji and really, how is that even possible?鈥
The words almost ring out in the living-room and Nie Mingjue can only blink in surprise.
This is really not a turn he expected out of this.
鈥淚 see,鈥 he says and gets up and Jiang Cheng doesn鈥檛 back down at all so they end up chest to chest. 鈥淚 love you, too,鈥 Nie Mingjue then simply says and watches as Jiang Cheng swallows at his declaration.
鈥淵ou could have said,鈥 he accusingly says and scoffs. 鈥淚t would have made a lot of things easier.鈥
鈥淵ou could have said, too,鈥 Nie Mingjue gives back and Jiang Cheng glares at him.
鈥淚 have been flirting for months now,鈥 he hisses and shoves Nie Mingjue right back down onto the couch. 鈥淢onths, Mingjue, and you didn鈥檛 even notice once.鈥
He sits astride Nie Mingjue鈥檚 lap as he speaks and puts his arms on his shoulders while Nie Mingjue is helpless against putting his hands onto Jiang Cheng鈥檚 waist.
And what a waist it is.
鈥淵ou didn鈥檛 try this,鈥 Nie Mingjue gives back with a smile and Jiang Cheng looks like he can鈥檛 decide if he wants to get up and leave or if he wants to kiss him.
Nie Mingjue doesn鈥檛 let him think about it for too long, because he leans up and claims Jiang Cheng鈥檚 lips in a kiss.
鈥淲e are going to do this over and over again,鈥 Jiang Cheng decides and Nie Mingjue smiles at him.
鈥淚 think that鈥檚 what you typically do with a boyfriend, yes,鈥 he agrees and kisses the blush on Jiang Cheng鈥檚 cheeks.
Jiang Cheng seems like he鈥檚 going to protest, but Nie Mingjue silences him with another kiss.
He wonders how long Jiang Cheng will let him get away with that and he鈥檚 very excited to find out.
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I'm laughing so hard re-reading this part wondering how much of a crush Lan Wangji already had on Wei Wuxian at this point and exactly how he felt to have the object of his affection suddenly warp himself around him :
Wei Wuxian: 鈥淚 said, 鈥楩ine!鈥, stopped fleeing, and threw myself at him head-on. I caught him, wrapped my arms around him, and we tumbled outside of the Cloud Recesses鈥 walls!鈥
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鈥淪o both of us landed outside the boundaries of the Cloud Recesses together! The fall was so hard I saw stars dancing before my eyes.鈥
Already dazed, Nie Huaisang said, 鈥淗e didn鈥檛 struggle free?鈥
鈥淥h, he tried,鈥 Wei Wuxian replied. 鈥淏ut my hands and feet were deadlocked around him. He couldn鈥檛 have escaped if he wanted to. There was no way for him to climb up from my body, and he was stiff as a board. I told him, 鈥楴ow what, Lan Zhan? Now you鈥檙e outside of the Cloud Recesses too. We鈥檝e both violated curfew. You can鈥檛 be strict on others but make exceptions for yourself, after all. If you punish me, you have to punish yourself too. Everyone has to be treated equally. So now what?鈥欌
Wei Wuxian continued. 鈥淎fter he got up, his expression was horrible. I was sitting beside him, telling him that he didn鈥檛 need to worry and that I wouldn鈥檛 tell other people about it; only the sky, the earth, and us two would know. But without a single sound, he left." (Chapter 18)
WWX what are you doing to LWJ's ...heart! lmao
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ppomgach17 hours ago
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Soft 鉂勶笍
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gentrychild11 hours ago
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The more I think about the confession scene and the more convinced I am that Lan Xichen and Jin Guangyao have simply no right to complain about it! They are the ones who brought that on themselves!
Wei Wuxian was taking the whole hostage situation semi seriously before those two insisted in knowing the fresh gossips, aka why WWX and LWJ had taken different rooms at the inn this time. Without their insistence, WWX would have never (finally) connected the dots and colorfully confessed.
So really, it鈥檚 LXC and JGY鈥檚 fault.
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plan-d-to-i22 hours ago
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jiang cheng stans: jc is the most beloved, softest Clan Leader ever. All the disciples adore him and are his adored, spoiled ducklings 馃ズ
canon:
"Jiang Cheng smiled coldly. 鈥淣o need!鈥 He chose to reverse course and take a leisurely stroll down the mountain. His disciples followed behind him silently, their faces miserable and marked with anxiety, knowing that when they returned, there would be no way to avoid their Clan Chief鈥檚 wrath." (Chapter 8)
... 馃対
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gusu-emilu8 hours ago
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omg 馃ズ my beloved brother is back 馃グ *snarls*
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