to my anonymous friend who requested this 5+1 xicheng fic,
this one’s for you!
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“Jiu-Jiu” Jin Ling not so discreetly whispers when they’re all sitting around the dinner table. Jiang Cheng has half the mind to hush his nephew, but then decides not to. They’re eating at a busy restaurant by Caiyi Town, not in Cloud Recess. Though, even if they weren’t physically there the two Twin Jades of Gusu bring enough of the cold mountains to their table as if they were.
Jiang Cheng eats his meal quietly, letting the ambiance of the restaurant and Wei Wuxian’s endless blabber fill up the spaces of his thoughts. It was weird to be sitting in the presence of his brother (and in extension, his in-laws?) without the undertones of business and political discussion. Their relationship and misunderstands had more than enough time to simmer in the past decade of avoidance and misery.
Family dinners are weird, Jiang Cheng notes to himself as he eats another bit of rice. It still takes time for him to get used to. Jiang Cheng is used to solitude, whether that be out of situation or not. He’s still taking his time learning how to integrate himself into conversation and such, despite not being very good at it.