A canon divergent wangxian and songxuexiao mdzs au I probably will never write
A canon divergent mdzs au where wwx and xue yang grew up on the same streets. WWX was never saved by the Jiangs, and XXC is of the Lan sect. So one day, while passing through whatever town they’re in, XXC and LWJ come across wwx and xy (who have essentially become brothers by choice), and LWJ gives WWX a toy and fends of wild dogs around him (and a little food maybe) while XXC finds a way to get XY some sweets (and he probably does something else tender like rinse his face or clean some wounds). And so soon, LWJ and XXC have to leave. Years later, WWX and XY fall down similarly dark yet different paths. Demonic cultivator XY does the same getting revenge and all that jazz and takes advantage of the world so he’ll never be taken advantage of again, and WWX takes over the yiling burial mounds and kills oppressors without mercy, but saves all the orphan children and the prostitutes who are treated inhuman and taken advantage of because he doesn’t want others to go what he went through.
During the years, WWX comes across LWJ many times. He doesn’t quite remember LWJ yet, but when LWJ came to oppose him after the first time he killed a cultivator in semi-high standing, WWX was delighted to have a rival. Unbeknownst to him, he falls in love with LWJ, slowly, after every encounter. And one day, just to see what would happen, he swoons into LWJ’s arms and lets himself get caught with a “Oh no you got me…” sarcasm bit. After a moment, WWX looks up into LWJ’s face but has to hide it again because dang is lwj hot or what?? And so LWJ picks up WWX and bridal carries him, and then drops him off at a restaurant. “You’re not taking me back to Gusu?” WWX asked, confused, because at some point after their encounters LWJ kept on telling WWX to come to Gusu with him (and of course wwx refused because he wasn’t allowed to let himself get imprisoned like that cause he wasn’t stupid). And so they order food and all that and wwx gets alcohol too and LWJ answers “Only if you want to”, because he won’t make wwx go back with him. Anyways, they eat food and lwj is mostly quiet, but they have a good time and wwx just comments on lwj’s looks offhandedly and talks just because he likes seeing lwj annoyed and it’s great. From this point onward, lwj still asks wwx to come back to gusu, but wwx doesn’t see lwj so much as an enemy anymore, more like a friend (maybe crush😳) who probably has been told to take him into custody who hangs out with him from time to time, sometimes to buy groceries and othertimes who helps him take care of children in the burial mounds. Eventually wwx remembers that time in the past lwj helped him and is like😳. They confess at some point (pre or post wwx death? Who knows), but the same trail of events with the burial mound seige happens. This time, however, WWX finds a remote area in the mountains to send everyone. He tells Wen Ning to protect them, but as before, the wens in his group stay behind. They still send the rest of the oppressed off, but Wen Qing makes it so wwx can’t move his body. So the wens and the rest of the oppressed set off in different directions. (Btw wwx did participate in the sunshot campaign, but only to destroy Wen Ruohan for what he’d done). Wangxian still gets a happy ending and all that. (Also, in this timeline, WWX steals from the very rich and the oppresors he destroys for money that he uses to either hand off to people in need or use in the burial mounds for better food or house materials and all that)
On the other hand, XXC is the one opposing Xue Yang. After he massacres the Chang Clan, his first huge deed that goes noticed, XXC is there to apprehend him (along with Song Lan, a wandering cultivator he met and his now best friend). XXC and SL catch XY, but before they make it to the Jin sect, XXC gives XY a speech about what is right and what is wrong and lets him go. SL and XXC get into a fight over this and they part ways. Pretty much the same things happen, except this time XXC can count and gives one eye to SL so they’re both only half blind. They then split ways again, and the yi city thing happens. However, at the end, though XXC cannot understand XY, he doesn’t quite care. However, he is still pretty saddened over what happened to SL and XY begrudgingly lets SL go of his control. I don’t know how, but somehow the group makes up, and XXC takes SL, XY, and the group’s adopted daughter A-Qing and they build a sect together. SL and XY don’t like each other, but eventually they can stand each other, and XXC ends up with two husbands and a daughter. XY doesn’t do what’s best for the greater good, but when he thought even for a moment about losing XXC and how he would take it (in other words, how he /did/ take it in the og timeline), he realized that he didn’t want to let go of the life he had made with XXC and A-Qing. So, as the sect is built XXC and SL are the two out of the three that actually go out and help people and all that. Xue Yang doesn’t do any mass murder, though he still has a habit of threatening the lives of people who try to scam him out of fair prices and killing people who wrong him or XXC.
Anyways, there are plenty of things that would need to be worked out (because ofc this isn’t perfect), but at the end of the day, happy ending for Wangxian and songxuexiao (+adopted daughter a-qing)