Shen Qingqiu was visited by the death god. It wasn't like how the scriptures described them, scary looking and invoking nothing but fear to all who sees their form. No. The death god who brought it upon itself to inform Shen Qingqiu of his inevitable death took on the form of Shen Jiu.
It appeared one day while he was meditating in the Ling Xi caves and told him that he was going to die a month from then and the exact cause of his death.
Fine. This was absolutely fine you know.
After all his hard work to become a peak lord he was going to die from a fucking fever, at least that brat told him he’d pass peacefully and not have to suffer in any pain in the process of dying.
Even after receiving a death sentence from a death god, Shen Qingqiu did not live any differently from usual. He picked on the bright students, accepted any fights thrown his way from that brute Liu Qingge and avoided Yue Qingyuan like he was a plague.
The days went by and finally it was the last day of his day on earth. He felt abnormally at peace, coming into terms with his death was far more easier than he thought. Even the face of Yue Qingyuan conversing with others didn't irk him that much like usual. He felt released from all the shackles which were set upon him by himself. He felt so much lighter and so he did something which he would never have done in the past.
He invited Yue Qingyuan into his bamboo hut for tea. Mu Qingfang who was to Yue Qingyuan’s right immediately asked if he had a fever to which Shen Qingqiu shook his head and chuckled innocently. The look on Liu Qingge’s face was a sight to see, though he wonders why it turned that red all of a sudden.
“Xiao-” Yue Qingyuan coughed, “Qingqiu shidi thank you for your invitation for tea”
Shen Qingqiu raised his brow at Yue Qingyuan, he was intending to say xiao jiu again huh… Shen Qingqiu sighed and continued preparing the tea. There was a lot of things he should probably talk about to Yue Qingyuan before he dies. The Qius is out of the question though, no way is he telling him whatever they did to him, he’s taking whatever conspired there to his grave.
The bamboo hut was quiet with the only sound coming from the water boiling and the shuffling of Shen Qingqiu’s robes.
Why was that man being so quiet today when he was usually so much more talkative when they were alone!? Steeling himself to start the conversation for the first time in god knows how many years, Shen Qingqiu asks.
“Shixiong. Is there anything you would like to ask me?”
Yue Qingyuan startles from the side of Shen Qingqius eyes, though if he notices, he says nothing about it.
Time was slowly running out, only three hours remaining. He knew that he would have to say it eventually. This was something he needed to do to give Yue Qingyuan the closure he needed years ago.
“ Listen to me Yue Qingyuan. No Qi ge.” Shen Qingqiu spoke.
“The next time I wake up, do not speak a word about this anymore because.” A beat “Because i forgive you. It doesn't matter if you don't tell me why you didn't come for me while I was at the Qius. And well… for my attitude this whole time… im sorry.”
Yue Qingyuan looked at him and Shen Qingqiu quickly found that tears were building at the corners of Yue Qingyuan's eyes, ah, now that he thinks about it Yue Qi never did cry as a kid did he? Shen Qingqiu chuckled into his sleeves and used them to wipe the tears of Yue Qingyuan.
“So you were a big crybaby all along huh.”
Yue Qingyuan response was something close to a pout which made him laugh even more heartily into his other sleeve which was not being held hostage by Yue Qingyuan.
Only after a few minutes of the soft chuckles and sniffling did Yue Qingyuan speak again.
“Somehow…. Xiao Jiu acting like this makes me think that something bad is going to happen.” Yue Qingyuan suddenly stilled and grabbed him by the shoulder “You- You arent thinking of going anywhere are you??”
Shen Qingqiu somehow manages to avoid flinching from those compelling eyes being directed onto him, using his trusty fan to gently smack Yue Qingyuan’s nose and reprimand him.
“Why does Qi ge think i'm going to go somewhere else when this is the peak i worked so hard to get. Seriously Qi ge you think too much.”
Yue Qingyuan stared at Shen Qingqiu and saw no lies in his eyes. Rubbing his nose fondly he softly replied.
“ Qi ge was wrong.”
Shen Qingqiu frowned and with an air of resignation repeated "Qi ge is wrong."
Right before leaving, Shen Qingqiu drew Yue Qingyuan into an affectionate hug both letting go only after a few minutes. He watched as Yue Qingyuan figure became a silhouette and then a blur and right before he disappeared into the night, Shen Qingqiu mumbled.
“Goodbye Qi ge.”
Laying on the bed, Shen Qingqiu eyes turned crescent and he chuckled each time he remembered the lingering feeling of his and Qi ge body pressed together in the hug.
On that night the person known as Shen Jiu drew his last breath and died peacefully in his sleep.