Half_a_second



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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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    10 Jun 2021

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    "But if Lan Wangji thinks that Wei Wuxian is beneath him, or if Lan Wangji's principles and integrity are challenged beyond what he can bear... if Wei Wuxian is left alone... he doesn't know what he'll do. Sometimes, he thinks he can only bear the world's wrath because he has Lan Wangji by his side. Then he remembers that he basically dragged Lan Wangji kicking and screaming (or rather, glaring and huffing) into this strange friendship and his own beliefs crumple."

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    six times the media has talked about Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji's rivalry and one time they talk to the media about it.

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    07 Jun 2021

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    Lan Xichen took a deep breath before opening the letter.

    I had not thought it possible for the great Zewu-Jun to lie to me, and yet you have done just that. Perhaps I have been over-confident in the honor of the Lan Clan if this is the way in which a request of mine is ignored.

    Do not interfere further in matters that do not concern you.

    Lan Xichen’s fingers tightened on the paper as anger rushed through him. He had never been so rudely addressed before, and there was no salutation and no signature, as though Chifeng-Zun was above such simple things.

    It's a simple misunderstanding. It escalates.
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    06 Jun 2021

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    Xichen smiles, the first true smile Lan Wangji has seen in years. It brightens his whole face, smudges his graceful mask and makes it alive again.

    “So it would not be too bad?”

    Lan Wangji frowns in mute incomprehension.

    “To be married to him, Wangji. We want to propose an alliance.”

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    Five years after the end of the Sunshot Campaign, the Yiling Patriarch has only grown in strength. Desperate to avoid another war, the Emperor proposes that he marry his younger brother, Lan Wangji, hoping to consolidate his power and take the Stygian Tiger Seal for the throne. He doesn't realise that Lan Wangji has never stopped being in love with Wei Wuxian, or what this marriage will mean to them both.

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    06 Jun 2021

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    The message says, I require exclusive commitment as well as flexibility. You may spend the night, but not always. I will be the one to keep the schedule of our meetings.

    Wei Ying crunches on a chip thoughtfully, then takes a deep breath and writes back, What do I get in return?

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    04 Jun 2021