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You don't remember me but I remember you

I lie awake and try so hard not to think of you
But who can decide what they dream?
And dream I do...

I believe in you
I'll give up everything just to find you
I have to be with you to live, to breathe
You're taking over me

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The first time Wei WuXian met Lan WangJi in this world, he'd felt rather than seen him. After the 'soulmate experiment', as he called it, he'd been increasingly desperate to see his Lan Zhan, and then, the little boy had turned up and gathered him in his arms, just as the old one used to when he was distressed. 

And then they got their matching soul-marks.

Wei WuXian was ecstatic, of course, and he'd even managed to wrangle an extra ten days to celebrate Lan WangJi's birthday for the first time.

So what if the little Lan Zhan didn't remember him? Should that stop him from making the love of his life happy? Of course not!

After the success of the first birthday party and seeing young Lan WangJi's pretty face glowing with happiness, Wei WuXian swore that every year for the rest of his life, no matter what, on this one day each year, he would make his Lan Zhan glow with happiness. Even if he had to bring heaven and earth together to do so.

Easier said than done, though, for even as a child, Lan WangJi was extraordinarily righteous and free of worldly desires. 

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Have you forgotten all I know
And all we had?
You saw me mourning my love for you
And touched my hand
I knew you loved me then

I believe in you
I'll give up everything just to find you
I have to be with you to live, to breathe
You're taking over me

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It was a few years before Lan WangJi remembered their other lives. Once he did, though, it was terrible. Lan WangJi was wracked with guilt and terror. He had been unable to save his beloved Wei Ying twice...what if it happened a third time? The fear of losing his soulmate began to eat away at his insides.

"Lan Zhan, Lan Zhan! What do you want for your birthday this time?" Wei WuXian asked, flinging himself at his partner.

Lan WangJi was pulled from his morbid thoughts by the warm body clinging to him. His Wei Ying was alive and well, he thought, relieved. And swore to protect him this time, no matter what.

He found Wei WuXian peering at his face, concerned. "Lan Zhan? What's wrong? Did you not like the gift I got you last time?" He frowned. "Hmm...you'd be too polite to say so, anyway." Then he grinned broadly. "Tell you what, Lan Zhan - I'll get you two gifts this time to make up for it! What would you like?"

"Wei Ying."

"Yes, Lan Zhan?"

"..."

"Tell me what you want, Lan Zhan," Wei WuXian wheedled.

"Wei Ying."

"Yes, yes, I'm listening, Lan Zhan."

"I want Wei Ying for my birthday." Lan WangJi clarified.

Wei WuXian's shocked gasp was more or less expected, but his words that followed were not.

"Lan Zhan, Lan Zhan, my beautiful Lan Zhan," Wei WuXian said chanted softly. "Shameless as I am, even I have to admit that we're too young for *that* at the moment. Wait a few years, Lan Zhan, and then you can have me everyday, not just once a year."

Ears flaming red, Lan WangJi shook his head. "I want Wei Ying by my side for all of my birthdays to come for the rest of my life."

The other boy's chin wobbled and he clung to Lan WangJi even more than before. "Lan Zhan, Lan Zhan...what am I to do with you? Why are you such an angel?" he moaned. Then his mercurial eyes turned serious. "Lan Zhan, you'll have me sticking annoyingly close to you for all your birthdays from now on. For the rest of my life. I won't budge even if you push me away!"

Lan WangJi shook his head. "Not your life. Mine."

Wei WuXian sucked in a sharp breath. Silence reigned for several moments. Finally, Wei WuXian said, "In that case, Lan Zhan...why don't we cultivate together to achieve ascension? Then we can be together for all eternity. Would you like that?"

"Mark your words, Wei Ying."

Wei WuXian giggled and kissed the tip of his partner's nose. "It's a promise."

Lan WangJi smiled.

"Say, Lan Zhan, how about I get you a new forehead ribbon with red raindrops falling from the usual clouds?"

"Behave, Wei Ying."


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I look in the mirror and see your face
If I look deep enough
So many things inside that are just like you are taking over

I believe in you
I'll give up everything just to find you
I have to be with you to live, to breathe
You're taking over me
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"Why do you still need to celebrate birthdays when you're already immortals?" Jiang Cheng complained. 

"We get to meet each other and catch up, don't we?" Wen Nine pointed out mildly.

"Yes, but..."

"Hmm, if you hate it so much, we'll stop celebrating your birthdays, Jiang Cheng," Wei WuXian teased. 

Jiang Cheng spluttered angrily.

Wei WuXian rubbed his chin thoughtfully. "But it is troublesome trying to come up with appropriate gifts for Lan Zhan. I'm out of ideas. Should I just wrap his forehead ribbon around myself and present myself to him?"

"You mean you haven't done that yet?" Jin GuangYao asked. "You're not living up to your reputation of shamelessness, A-Xian."

"Brother will treasure anything you give him, A-Xian," Lan XiChen said.

Wei WuXian groaned. "That's the problem, isn't it, Big Brother? I could give him a blade of grass and he would preserve it forever."

"Oh, just build him a shrine, why don't you?" Jiang Cheng grumbled.

Wei WuXian brightened immediately. "Jiang Cheng! What a brilliant idea!"

And so, the immortal HanGuang-Jun found himself being gifted a grand, gilded shrine for his birthday.

"Wei Ying...it's against the rules," Lan WangJi said, though his eyes glowed with pleasure.

"Don't worry, WangJi, we'll take care of that," Lan XiChen said.

Wei WuXian flung himself at his husband. "Am I not your biggest worshipper, Lan Zhan? Why can't I build you a shrine?" He went teary-eyed. "You don't like it?"

Sighing, Lan WangJi could only say, "I like it very much, Wei Ying."

He received a smile as bright as the sun in response. "Happy birthday, my beautiful Lan Zhan."

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I believe in you
I'll give up everything just to find you
I have to be with you to live, to breathe
You're taking over me

Taking over me
You're taking over me
Taking over me
Taking over me

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