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    There is something about grief that turns Lan Wangji numb. He cannot be certain if it is not some kind of defect inside him that makes him so. But just as he grieved his mother’s passing with dry eyes and a stone in his chest, so he grieves Wei Ying: quietly, frozen inside, without tears. Beyond the Jingshi window it might be spring, but Lan Wangji’s body and mind are still held within the winter’s grasp.

    As the anniversary of his leaving seclusion approaches, Lan Wangji ponders the nature of grief and healing.

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    17 Oct 2020

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    They meet at one of Jin Zixuan's barbecues, in the fancy house halfway up the coastal hills. Behind Wei Ying's shoulders and bitten-down mouth, sunset is staining the salt flats orange.

    (Or, Lan Zhan loses his battle against sexting, NBA Live, and diner food, but wins the war)

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    26 Sep 2020

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    “We hear that His Excellency might be married by summer’s end,” the merchant’s wife says and Wei Wuxian freezes, his heart in his throat. “The Gusu Lan sect has been buying enough red silk and brocade that the merchants in Caiyi can’t satisfy the demand.”

    He feels himself grow brittle inside, like a flick of a finger to his temple might make him shatter. His ears are ringing.

    “Who’s the lucky bride?” he asks despite himself. His tongue sticks to the roof of his mouth.

    Or: The story of a marriage.

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    25 Aug 2020

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    “Uncle considers Wei Ying a diplomatic asset,” Lan Zhan says, and Wei Wuxian boggles at that. Lan Qiren considers him what? “Very determined I keep Wei Ying close for the rest of the conference.”

    “An asset?” Wei Wuxian repeats. “Your uncle considered me an asset – to you?” 

    “Mn.”

    “Maybe he thought I’d make it less boring for you, haha,” Wei Wuxian says after a moment, still slightly baffled, but finding the idea of staying close to Lan Zhan a far too enticing prospect to question it further.  

    (In which Lan Qiren considers Wei Wuxian a diplomatic asset His Excellency should keep close, Wei Ying wants to be kissed, touched and ravished breathless, Lan Zhan may enjoy himself a great deal, Nie Huaisang might be making an attempt at amends, and in the end, Lan Xichen ends up feeling not the least bit guilty.)

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    23 Aug 2020

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    Ed makes the mistake of waiting on goddamn tenterhooks for something to change – and then, naturally, something does.

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    24 May 2020