A Kiki Delivery AU
Ghibli AUs are very fun, because you have to choose whether the au will be in the spirit of either the ghibli film or mdzs.
Here Wei Wuxian is a young witch in the vaguely European setting of Kiki’s Delivery Service but around the 1980s instead of the original 1950s. Times have progressed where there is a stronger divide between traditional witchery and the modern world. Wei Wuxian is one of the few children who care for the traditions at all, a way to be close to his dead parents who were both traditional revivalists, and insists on wearing black dresses and skirts as well as his 13th year walkabout.
He was adopted by the Jiang family after a brief period of homelessness. Jiang Fengmian and Yu Ziyuan are both magical, but Yu Ziyuan has long been since forgone the life of a witch to instead be, in this time period a rare, female prosecutors (lawyer). Jiang Fengmian is one of their city’s witches, and follows the old customs of long hair and black dresses. But even Jiang Fengmian is hesitant to support the year long journey of a 13 year old in this day and age. Jiang Yanli merely went across the city to stay with Madam Jin when she was 13; her schooling wasn’t interrupted and she met up with her family often.
Yu Ziyuan, harsh and fierce but deeply devoted to her entire family, expressly forbids it and together the parental unit decide that, if Wei Wuxian still wants it, he can journey away at 15 in a gap year before high school.
(The Jiang parents have a much better relationship than MDZS cannon. As teenagers, Jiang Fengmian supported Yu Ziyuan’s ambitions and her modern sensibilities despite the fact that Fengmian and his best friends Wei Changze and Cangse Sanren were passionately holding onto traditional witchery and a beacon of such values in their community. Cangse Sanren in particular was very against Yu Ziyuan’s attitude declaring it a waste of her considerably magical talents and another mark of her poor personality. When Jiang Fengmian supported her, Yu Ziyuan rightfully took it as Jiang Fengmian choosing her over Cangse Sanren and a mark of his respect and admiration of her. He also supported her though college, law school, and against the sexism she faces in her career. She wears a lot of power suits with padded shoulders.)
Instead, Wei Wuxian speed runs middle school and graduates 2 years early. Then he runs away to do his walkabout on the proper year and for the proper duration. Wei Wuxian is a very talented witch, but since he was so focused on his secular education Wei Wuxian isn’t too advanced. He has a very solid understanding of flight (his favorite magic and chosen stress relief) and the basics of spellwork. Wei Wuxian brought all his magical education books that he had to put to the side with him and is super excited to read them all on his year away.