Wei Wuxian sat down patiently on one of the couches placed by the window as he waited for Wen Qing and Lan Wangji’s conversation to be finished. His eyes were trained on Lan Wangji’s face, as if he could not look away. Lan Wangji had called Wen Qing up and had taken that time to go over some reports with her and Wei Wuxian had to admit that in a working environment, something about Lan Wangji was more eye catching than usual. There was a saying that men often looked even more handsome when they were working, and Wei Wuxian had to agree.
“How long do you want him to shadow me for?” Wen Qing asked, pulling Wei Wuxian’s thoughts from Lan Wangji and back to the room. It seemed like they had finished with their conversation.
“As long as he needs.” Lan Wangji responded.
“And the apartment?” Wen Qing said, and Wei Wuxian did not miss the glint in her eyes as she said that.
Wei Wuxian frowned, surmising that the conversation was about him. However, where did an apartment suddenly come into play?
“Have you found a suitable one?”
“I’ve found multiple.”
“Send the details to me.” Lan Wangji stated. “I’ll choose.”
“Oh, you’ll choose. To make sure it’s good enough for him, right?” Wen Qing responded. Lan Wangji raised an eyebrow, not missing the gossipy tone Wen Qing used as she leaned forward eagerly.
“It seems as if you want me to deduct your pay this month.” Lan Wangji answered.
Wen Qing laughed, “right never mind. I’ll send the details over to you.”
A knock pulled Wei Wuxian’s attention to the door and moments later, a tall man entered. His features were near identical to Lan Wangji and when in the same room like this, Wei Wuxian readily agreed that the Lan siblings looked too identical. The tall man, of course, was none other than Lan Xichen.
Wei Wuxian quickly got up, mirroring Wen Qing’s movements in bowing his head as a form of respect. The movement drew Lan Xichen’s eyes, and he raised an eyebrow before turning to his brother.
“Wen Qing, no need to stand on ceremony, I’ve told you.” Lan Xichen spoke softly. Wei Wuxian finally found something that was different between the Lan brothers beside the colour of their eyes. Though Wei Wuxian knew Lan Wangji was a kind person, to others who did not know him, the tone of his voice usually made one feel a sense of alienation. Lan Xichen, on the other hand, spoke in an airy, soft, sort of way. As if he was not used to yelling. His voice carried a sense of kindness.
“And neither do you…” Lan Xichen spoke, turning to Wei Wuxian.
“Wei Wuxian.” Wei Wuxian stammered in greeting and Lan Xichen smiled.
“Brother, I thought you were going on a trip?” Lan Wangji spoke.
“I was, but Doctor Bai…” Lan Xichen trailed off, eyes flickering to Wen Qing and Wei Wuxian’s for a moment, before continuing. “I will go tonight. Come, let’s go eat breakfast.”
Lan Wangji frowned, “I am not hungry. No need for brother to worry.”
Wei Wuxian had meant to tune out the conversation, obviously aware that there was an undertone to Lan Xichen’s words. He also caught the ‘Doctor Bai’ that Lan Xichen had said, and he frowned slightly as he wondered if there was something wrong with Lan Wangji. Wei Wuxian did not want to pry, and he was about to turn away to diminish his presence like Wen Qing was doing when,
A traitorous growl escaped from the depths of his stomach and Wei Wuxian could only ask for the earth to swallow him up there and then.
Lan Wangji looked at him, frown deepening, “you did not eat?”
Wei Wuxian reluctantly nodded his head, silently praying for the earth to hurry and take him, “I was too nervous this morning and skipped breakfast.”
Lan Wangji silently chuckled before turning to Wen Qing, “book a table for four at the closest restaurant.”
Lan Xichen abruptly looked at his brother, gaze shifting into one of disbelief. His brother had chuckled? His brother who was “not hungry” was now booking a table at the restaurant because Wei Wuxian was hungry? He knew that his brother’s relationship with this Wei Wuxian should be special considering Lan Wangji allowed him to use his birth name as he pleased, but he did not know it was to such an extent. Lan Xichen, who had been prepared to coerce his brother into eating, fell into silent contemplation.
Wen Qing inwardly grinned at the disbelief on Lan Xichen’s face, feeling glee at finally not being the only one to experience this sort of behaviour from Lan Wangji.
“I have booked you a table for 3. I’ll send the details to your driver.” Wen Qing said moments later.
“You will not be joining us?” Lan Wangji asked.
“No. I have some designs I need to look over. Wei Wuxian can come find me on the 14th floor when you return.” Wen Qing responded, swiftly collecting the stack of reports, sending a look of pity to Lan Xichen the lightbulb, and dashing out of the room.
“Lan Zhan… sorry, Mr Lan. Should I not go with Wen Qing to learn? I’m not that hungry and I can last until lunchtime.” Wei Wuxian spoke, feeling more embarrassed by the minute. On his first day and he had almost had a panic attack, had not learnt anything so far and was now about to get free breakfast from his employer. Wasn’t this too much?
“It’s fine. You can use this time to get to know my brother. You may need to communicate with him in the future, after all.”
Wei Wuxian thought that this made sense and he reluctantly nodded his head, following Lan Wangji.
Lan Xichen the lightbulb trailed after them, a million thoughts running through his mind.
“Ah, so Wei Wuxian is the new PA you were telling me about.” Lan Xichen spoke.
They were seated inside a private booth of an upscale restaurant, one that Wei Wuxian would need to sell everything he owned to afford to eat at. Hearing his name, Wei Wuxian quickly looked up, nodding his head. He only just realised that he had only told Lan Xichen his name, and not that he was Lan Wangji’s new PA. He waited for Lan Xichen to comment on how unsuitable he was, but instead, Lan Xichen smiled, “I’m very glad that someone will finally relieve Wen Qing of her duties and take care of my brother.”
Wei Wuxian also smiled, relaxing his iron straight back a tad, “I’ll do my best.”
Lan Wangji kept quiet, wordlessly passing the menu to Wei Wuxian and Lan Xichen glanced at him. Not only did his brother agree to eat because of Wei Wuxian, he was silently taking care of him too?
“Wangji, I left my phone inside the car, would you get it for me?” Lan Xichen spoke.
Lan Wangji rose without a word, nodding his head slightly and exiting the restaurant.
So obedient towards his brother? Cute. Wei Wuxian thought, keeping his eyes on the menu in order to avoid looking at Lan Xichen’s eyes.
“Have you known my brother a while?” Lan Xichen spoke after Lan Wangji was out of earshot.
“Not really.” Wei Wuxian answered truthfully.
Lan Xichen thought it was interesting. Of course, he knew who Wei Wuxian was; his brother had stood up for him against the Zhongs and he allowed himself to be called his birth name by the other man. From his brother’s behaviour, one would think that he had known Wei Wuxian for a long time. Lan Wangji had truthfully told him that he had given his new PA 2 years’ worth of pay in advance, knowing that Lan Xichen would have found out regardless. Although Lan Xichen trusted his brother and did not question his decisions, he also knew that his brother was not such an impulsive person. Now, seeing how his brother seemed to make concessions for Wei Wuxian, Lan Xichen did not know what to think.
However, if it was like this.
“Could I ask you for a favour? It is for my brother.” Lan Xichen asked. He could see that Lan Wangji had reached the car and it was only a matter of time until he returned.
“Of course.” Wei Wuxian replied. Lan Xichen noticed that he finally looked him in the eye at the mention of Lan Wangji, a seriousness coming over him.
Lan Xichen’s mouth twitched in amusement, “just two things. Ensure that he has his meals on time and that he does not stay for work longer than he has to.”
Wei Wuxian did not get to respond as Lan Wangji came in moments after, handing the phone to his brother. Wei Wuxian watched as Lan Xichen leaned back, happily chatting as if he had not just asked Wei Wuxian for the favour. Wei Wuxian also observed Lan Wangji, knowing that his brother would not have asked such a favour if something was not wrong.
He finally noticed what he had not in the state of his nervousness. Lan Wangji looked tired, as if he had not slept in a while. Moreover, he seemed to have lost quite a bit of weight since Wei Wuxian last saw him and he noticed that every once in a while, he would touch his head, as if it hurt. Wei Wuxian thought back to the Zhong family banquet. To the dark circles underneath Lan Wangji’s eyes, to how he wore sunglasses that day outside of the restaurant.
And finally, to what Lan Xichen had said earlier. Doctor Bai. Lan Xichen was meant to go on a trip, and yet, he rescheduled it for the evening in order to have breakfast with Lan Wangji. So, did this mean that Lan Wangji often skipped meals or overworked himself? Enough so that Lan Xichen was worried enough to ask Wei Wuxian to take care of him?
Wei Wuxian looked at Lan Wangji until the other man felt his gaze and he turned his head towards him in question. Wei Wuxian quickly shook his head, turning his attention back to the menu on his hand. Then, when he was sure that Lan Wangji was not paying attention, he caught Lan Xichen’s eye.
“I’ll do my best.” he mouthed his earlier words, and this time he meant them even more. Lan Wangji had done so much for him already, Wei Wuxian would try his best to take care of him.
Lan Xichen smile, relief overflowing his expression, “thank you.” He answered.
He did not know the nature of his brother and Wei Wuxian’s relationship. But from the little he had seen so far, he had hope that Wei Wuxian would be good for his brother.