gusulan is expecting the arrival of disciples from the other major sects and yunmengjiang is one of them.
he has met someone who he wants to see not with his eyes, but his heart.
jc: wei wuxian, stop fucking around and bothering lan er-gongzi. have you seen the way that the man stares at you? he looks like he wants to fucking kill you
wwx: maybe he stares at me because he thinks im handsome, jiang cheng
wwx: you're right he hates me
wwx: yeah yeah i know
he dismisses his shidi’s warning like it doesn’t mean a lot to him. of course it does. the last thing wwx wants to do is
the classes go on as usual with wwx being the loud one and with lwj always staring at him, as if he’s disgusted or annoyed at the former’s personality. wwx surmises that time be the truth.
lwj learnt that he could read minds after his a-niang left and never came back. lqr had accidentally mentioned one day that his mother, also had the same gift. lwj always thought, was that why a-niang was separated
lqr never brought it up anymore ever since. but lwj knows that his gift is also the reason why his uncle is so strict with him.
he never cared what other people think of him, anyway. those who mind don't matter, and those who matter, don't mind. and there are only two people that fall under the aforementioned category.
/noise is forbidden in the cloud recesses/
impudent. loud. unbearable. outrageous. obnoxious. undisciplined. shameless. lwj is lost in his trail of thoughts, once more.
"lan zhongzhu, lan er-gongzi—greetings from jiang cheng, courtesy name jiang wangyin, from
from that statement, lwj understands the difference of uniform color now.
“hahaha! just wei ying is fine!” says the one in red and black. he's nothing like the
or is that because lwj's mind itself is muddled?
he takes in all of what’s in front of him—
he takes a quiet deep breath and shuts his eyes briefly; he mustn't allow his thoughts run further amok than they already are. reciting mentally his gusulan rules, he knows needs to restrain these thoughts that never should have even existed in the first
"the cloud recesses welcomes you, jiang-gongzi , wei-gongzi, jiang-guniang," his brother answers courteously and bows. lwj mimics, eyes /not/ fixated on anyone at all, and apparently still in a trance
lwj finds himself wanting to carelessly throw away all propriety and get up from his bow, as quickly and as subtly as possible, so he can look into those gray eyes again. he finds it extremely challenging to keep his eyes away from
/these thoughts will vanish soon/
"we hope that our uncle's teachings will be of use to your future," lxc concludes.
/what is this/ he fails to understand
“wei-gongzi seems like an interesting person," lxc states with a smile as he turns to face his brother, who continues to stare ahead until the shadow of that one person is out of his sight. he was unaware of the looks his brother was giving.
"what's wrong, wangji?" lxc notices something is amiss.
"i could not read his mind." and lxc already knows who lwj is referring to.
"perhaps you weren't staring long enough?"
lwj immediately looks at his brother as a response and the
of course lwj did. how could he not stare at wwx?
"this is... the first time, is it not, wangji?"
"mn, it is."
both jades remain in silence as they don't have the answer to the questions in their heads.
he is curious because he wants to know what wwx feels, thinks, about him. of him. he is confused because he can't read his mind, why is that? he is relieved because if wwx
all in all, the second jade of gusu is now a mess. a mess he isn't sure if he knows how to clean up just yet.
“lan wangji! lan er-gongzi, we meet again!” wwx waves excitedly, filling the entire lanshi with his energetic voice. lwj glares
wwx nods happily, giving his biggest smile that have an immediate effect as lwj thinks that his heart just melted. and it did. he couldn’t believe that a smile could do this to him.
/pathetic, shameless, undisciplined/ it mutters, reprimanding himself.
the day ends sooner than expected as lwj finds himself inspecting the vicinity around the wall of the cloud recesses. It's not his turn to patrol the inner compounds tonight and he
“ah!” the startled figure of wwx nearly drops his wine but notices the presence of the other.
"lan er-gongzi! why do you look so angry but beautiful
lwj knows that wwx is trying to sweet talk his way out of possible punishment; still, he can't help but feel a fluttery feeling in his stomach as the man continues to spout
"liquor is prohibited in the cloud recesses,” lwj voices out as loud as possible without breaking a rule, but he knows his ears are
lwj doesn’t know what has gotten into him. he's
“impressive,” lwj asserts in
an idea strikes lwj's head as he moves reflexively. wwx anticipates the move but does not realise that the target is not him—but rather the jars of wine that
"or maybe… you can compensate me by going on a date with me at caiyi town!”
“hahaha! lan er-gongzi, you should know that shameless is my middle name,” wwx replies nonchalantly.
lwj brings, or for the lack of a better word, drags the unwilling wwx to the hanshi , where lqr and
"wei-gongzi, your punishment is not up to me to decide," lxc smiles and turns to his expressionless brother.
and wwx whines again.
he knows that wwx can’t stay
“wangji-xiong. lan wangji~ lan er-gege?” wwx calls out to catch his attention. if only he’d known that lwj’s attention had been on him ever since he stepped foot in the cloud recesses, torrents of teasing would be flowing out of
“not close,” lwj looks away as if he hasn’t been distracted at all. he’s lying to no one but himself.
“eh? lan zhan~ i just wanted to
lwj's heart dips a little upon seeing the pout wwx now has present on his always smiling face. his brush movements pause for a second time.
/please, never break it./
"lan zhan! do you know it's rude to no—
wwx sees so little, knows so little. if only wwx can take a look at the heart he unknowingly already holds.
would they ever be on the same page?
did i just want to write supportive!lxc and soulmate!wangxian? yes. the reason why lwj can't read wwx's mind is because wwx is his soulmate, but both aren't aware yet. i also headcanon that madam lan is a BAMF and has a strong ass golden core and hence could kill