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    Sizhui cannot plaster a smile on his face and act like he doesn’t want to crawl out of his skin at the mere thought of being affiliated with Cloud Recesses — of being a Lan, in all honesty — like he doesn’t want to burn the whole place down. Logically, it’s probably not true, it’s not a reflection of himself, but something about staying here, in this comfort, and maintaining a sense of normalcy feels like consenting to the genocide of his people. 

    What do you do when your home no longer feels like home? 

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    Sizhui leaves.

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    14 Oct 2021

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    The thing with musical prodigies is that they're soloists, and soloists play alone. He doesn't want to play alone anymore.

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    "A summer guest lecture series? Oh, very nice. I wish I could sit in on that."

    "Do you also play the piano?"

    "Not even a little bit," says Wei Ying cheerfully. "But I'm sure you'd have a lot of thoughts on musicality that would be relevant regardless."

    "Oh," says Lan Zhan. He seems to be searching for something else to say. "I believe it is oversubscribed," he says finally.

    "As it should be," says Wei Ying, and does not tell him that he has all of Lan Zhan's albums downloaded onto his phone, listened to over and over when he's on a train, a plane, waiting for a taxi, has followed his career since he overheard half a Mendelssohn when they were fifteen.

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    08 Oct 2021

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    Jiang Cheng just blows his breath out and rolls his eyes right back at Wei Wuxian. "Stop being an asshole," he says. "You're lucky this is being set up for you. Do you know how many people would die--literally die--to get the chance to be betrothed to Lan Wangji?"

    "Betrothed." Wei Wuxian rolls the word around in his mouth. "It even sounds stupid."

     

    Or, an arranged marriage canon-divergent fic where the war doesn't happen, the golden core loss doesn't happen, but Jiang Fengmian and Madame Yu still die, Jiang Cheng is the sect leader, and Lan Wangji is still called Hanguang-jun because, well, look at him.

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    07 Oct 2021

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    Jin Ling had begun to suspect years ago that there were parts of his family history that had been crossed out; long streaks of black where Wei Wuxian had been. The truth is more like whole books being brought up from their hiding places again.

    Or: Jin Ling tries to figure out what family means, now.

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    05 Oct 2021

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    Lan Zhan is glaring at him. That's probably fair.

    The last time they'd seen each other, Wei Ying had been digging through Lan Zhan's garbage. They'd made eye contact over the shredded bags, the week's trash scattered around him like stinky, oversized Lego.

    Lan Zhan's eyes had been wide with horror, and Wei Ying's had been equally wide with feigned innocence. He'd reached out slowly, maintaining the eye contact, and then flipped over the food waste bin full of onion peel and carrot skin as a distraction and slunk off into the night. Probably not his finest moment.

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    Modern AU dragon!LWJ meets fox!WWX.

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    04 Oct 2021

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