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    "Are you each other's beards?" Wei Ying guesses, mostly joking.

    Lan Zhan says, "I don't know what that means."

    Wen Qing says, "Yes." Then, to Lan Zhan, she says, "It's what we're doing."

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    What's even better than attending the wedding of someone you hate? Being the bartender at the wedding of someone you hate.

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    23 Mar 2021

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    Perhaps this month will pass amiably. Jin Ling will come to Wei Ying to make trouble, they’ll bond over catching frogs and sneaking contraband, the way Wei Ying is dreaming they will, and perhaps they might even speak of more serious matters. And at the end of the month, perhaps the two will feel more like family. 

    Perhaps he was worried for nothing. 

     

    Or: Jin Ling comes to study at Cloud Recesses, and Lan Wangji tries to hold everyone together.

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    11 Mar 2021

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    “A-Yuan,” he says, carefully, “did—did you make the flowers grow like this?”

    A-Yuan shakes his head in exasperation. “Baba, I said. Doctor Flowers did it.”

    “Doctor Flowers,” Lan Zhan repeats, pointing at the tiny plum tree, just to confirm that his son is suggesting a magical tree named Doctor Flowers sprouted overnight and made their tame family project turn into a verdant jungle.
     
    A-Yuan nods. “Doctor Flowers,” he confirms. “He’s funny! I like him.”

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    A mysterious garden blooms on Lan Zhan's rooftop. His internet forum pen pal gives great gardening advice but never seems to sleep. The man who works at the florist, who keeps reviving the plants that Lan Zhan can't seem to keep alive, has a beautiful smile.

    These things are related.

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    10 Mar 2021

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    The thing Nie Huaisang did not anticipate about successfully enacting a decade long revenge scheme is that afterwards he was left at a rather loose ends.

    It wasn’t as if he’d spent every moment since his brother died wailing at the heavens and gnashing his teeth in Jin Guangyao’s general direction -- he did have a sect to run, and still does, but it had always been a thing to pick up and worry at during his idle moments.

    On long carriage rides, during sect leader Yao’s speeches, at night when the canopy of his bed stretched further and further away from him and the edges spread out until he felt like the only star in an endless black sky, cold and untouched, he always had the candle of revenge to focus on.

    And now he doesn’t even have that.

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    Nie Huaisang needs a hobby. He turns to writing specialist literature.

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    09 Mar 2021

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    The first time you touch someone you're fated to love, you leave a mark on their skin. If they will love you in return, they'll mark you where you touched them. The deeper the color, the deeper the connection.

    Wei Ying has no marks at all.

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    27 Feb 2021

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