ok but what if xl saves hc by pushing him out of the way of an incoming car, loses his eye from injury, and gets an emergency surgery from a mystery eye donor (fudging the medical details here) and wakes up with one red eye?
they don't even know each other yet, hc just is grateful/hs seen xl helping many a old person across the street and felt it'd be of better use to xl than to him, so it was a no brainer. he begins wearing an eyepatch then. and years later (xl leaves town for 10 years)
when xl is just a memory from hc's youth and he dreams about his face sometimes, then one day, xl returns and hc runs into him at the local farmer's market. his hair is pulled out of his face and his one red eye is startling in the day light and so beautiful and hc recognizes him
instantly. of course. that's his eye! and he's like, "Oh. Gege, are you good at picking out vegetables? Can you tell me which melon is riper?" and xl smiles and hc thought it was love at first sight when he was a teen, but his heart runs into overdrive now and he practically-
-squashes the melons in his hands. Xl helps him and hc can't help but mention how pretty his eys are and xl smiles softly but sadly and says, "Well, one isn't mine. I got into an accident a long time ago and some good Samaritan offered me their eye. I wish i could thank them."
"But, after the incident, I never saw them again, and well, then I left town, but the city's changed so much since I've gone, and I don't remember the way any longer."

The fox fafa's inside hc's head are YIPPING in delight. "I can show gege around, we can look together."
Anyway they fall in love like they were meant to be (bc they are, and they're soulmates) and after they get together xl lets himself into hc's apartment (bf spare key) to surprise him one afternoon, and he's just getting out of the shower and his eyepatch is off!
And he looks up at xl in sheer surprise and eyes WIDE OPEN and xl realizes, he's MISSING his left eye!!!!! And hc immediately shucks his hair in front of his face and tries to distract xl but xl is curious and asks what's happened.
Upon further inspection xl's brain is yelling at him that something seems familiar about him, something has since they first ran into each other and then hc can't bear to lie to gege so he says, "Gege, I meant to tell you from the beginning but....well...I thought you may be-
-mad."

"Mad?? San Lang, you can tell me anything. Why would I be mad at you?" xl asks and closes the distance between them to run his palm along hc's jawline.

So hc tells xl the story and xl goes quiet and still and hc wants to touch him but keeps his arms at his side.
"I didn't need it," xl finally says and hc's face falls, but xl brings his hand back up. "But if you've given it to me, I will keep it safe for you." And xl kisses him and then yeah. Happily ever after.

Yeehaw. I just think xl with red eye BRRRRR

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