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    “You look good like this,” he simply says, bereft of any shame.

    Diluc isn’t sure what exactly Zhongli sees in him because his red hair is an absolute mess, his shirt is about to slide off his shoulders and he is almost completely naked. Or perhaps that is precisely what he meant.

    Oh. Okay.

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    03 Apr 2022

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    Venti remembers the man in the alleyway, lit almost ablaze in the lamplight. The gold in his eyes. The meteor orbiting his shoulders. His hands had been as steady as the earth, and when he held Venti, he had called him—

    —a name he hadn’t heard in a long, long time.

    After hearing news of Morax’s death, Venti travels to Liyue to honor a tradition that the Original Seven had long held: each time one of them passed on, those that remained would gather to drink a toast and say their final goodbyes.

    He figures Morax deserves this, at the least, even if it’s a party of one. He didn’t think it would be so hard to do it alone.

    Drunk, lonely, and despairing, Venti takes to wandering the streets of Liyue and stumbles upon a well-dressed stranger by the name of Zhongli, who reminds him far too much of what he’s just lost.

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    20 Mar 2022

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    “Usually, usually when I’m like this,” Venti starts and then restarts, rising to his feet, still a tad wobbly, “I need a distraction so I don’t just,” and a pause for another sneeze and unsightly sniffle, “focus on it. I think a lot of the sneezing is just because you’re thinking of it.”

    “A distraction,” Zhongli repeats, the words syrupy like honey on his lips.

    Venti glances back at him, catches the way the embers this time illuminate something different in the inlaid amber. “Yeah. Have any ideas?”

    or, in other words, after thousands of years, venti and zhongli try being friends with benefits. it blows up in venti's face, as things usually do. but not after many, many nights spent together and causing mild distress to everyone that knows them.
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    19 Mar 2022

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    Had I known the new anemo archon would be so infuriating, I would have banned every gust of wind from the nation.

    My dearest god of contracts, you ought to know better than to make promises like that!

    Morax takes the wine like it is poison. Surrender is apparent in his voice. A contract in full, then. I drink from this bottle, and you leave me be for the next fifty years.

    Be sure to enjoy it in its entirety.

    Morax looks at him with thinly-veiled disgust. The fifty years begins now.

    (Or: the conversations they have over the years.)

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    19 Mar 2022

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    Ningguang breathes a cloud of smoke through her nostrils like a dragon, and says airily, "Are we? Friends, I mean?" She puts that bored look on her face again, and with a flourish of her pipe she sets her attention back on reading through some paperwork. It's all a front - they both know that this sort of thing might work on Ningguang's usual clientele, but it doesn't do a single thing to scare Beidou off. "I don't believe I'd have the bad sense to befriend a pirate who stirs up trouble in my territory and never sticks around long enough to clean after herself. Quite frankly, I'd have a better time befriending a stray dog off the street."

    She shoots a pointed glare at Beidou over the top of her papers, before setting them down to mark off and stamp - this time with a deep black ink, meaning corrections ought to be made. Very intimidating.

    Beidou locks eyes with her and smirks. "Woof," she says - a challenge.

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    09 Jan 2022