“I have the worst luck in romance!” Wei Ying cried as he fell back onto Lan Zhan’s expensive leather couch without a worry in the world.
Lan Zhan was a saint for dealing with Wei Ying in general, but they also grew up together so Lan Zhan was long used to his antics. It was their weekly hangout, which has turned into another moping session as Wei Ying lamented about his sad love life.
“What happened this time?” Lan Zhan asked, already used to this routine.
Since they were close friends, best friends Wei Ying would say, Wei Ying shared everything with him, including all the people he dated or were interested in. At first, Wei Ying talked about their compatibility, eventually breaking up with little negative feelings. It wasn’t until the third person he dated in the same year, who showed promise to be a long-term partner, disappeared one day and was found dead a month later.
It shook Wei Ying up a lot and Lan Zhan was there to comfort him. Then the same thing happened to the subsequent partners he dated or started seeing. Wei Ying temporarily stayed with his brother after the fifth person went missing since their bodies were never found.
“I went out for coffee with him like I told you, and then he ghosted me! That’s so rude! I was texting him and telling him how this was probably not going to work out and all that stuff. And then I found out two days ago that he went missing the day after we met up… But he still ghosted me!” Wei Ying felt the need to clarify that he was in the wrong.
“He sounds terrible,” Lan Zhan responded.
“He was honestly an asshole. I just wanted to tell him that I didn’t want to continue seeing him, but he already ghosted me!” Wei Ying grumbled and accepted the cup of hot chocolate Lan Zhan prepared for him. “Now Jin Zixuan is convinced I had something to do with his cousin missing just because we went out for coffee. I didn’t even talk to him after we parted ways! Ugh, I should just stop dating men. Maybe I should start dating women again. They’re nice and soft.”
“Am I not a viable option?”
Wei Ying snapped up from inhaling the sweet smell of his hot chocolate to look at Lan Zhan. The other man did not look back at him but staring into his tea.
“Ah, Lan Zhan, Lan Zhan. If anything happened to you, I don’t know what I would do with myself,” Wei Ying paused and added, “Probably throw myself off a building or something. Point is, no harm can ever come to Lan Zhan. I’m sure I can break this curse if I found a woman instead. It’s probably heteronormativity hating my bi ass for thirsting over men.”
Lan Zhan frowned at his words. “I will be safe.”
“Lan Zhan, I love you, but that’s what the last guy said and we only went out for coffee!” Wei Ying said and took a sip of his hot chocolate. “His corpse is probably rotting somewhere! I can’t have that happening to you. I would never forgive myself…”
Lan Zhan put down his tea and walked over to sit beside Wei Ying, who refused to look at him. Gently prying his hands away from the warm cup, Lan Zhan put the cup on the coffee table and took Wei Ying’s hands into his again. He gently stroked the back of his hands with his thumbs and stared at them while trying to gather his courage.
“Wei Ying, I love you. For a long time now, but I was afraid. Every time you come to me with another date, I wanted to cry and ask why can’t it be me. Deep down, I always wanted to ask, have you never considered me your partner?”
“I do!” Wei Ying cried, “But I… I don’t know. You’re just so, so you! You’re handsome, and rich, and perfect. God, who wouldn’t want to be with you! I have nothing to offer.”
“Wei Ying, I love you for you,” Lan Zhan said resolutely. When he looked up, Wei Ying was still looking away. Using one hand, he gently gripped his chin and turned his head to meet his gaze. “I love you, I always will.”
Wei Ying made a whining sound in his throat that Lan Zhan thought was adorable.
“Will you be willing to go on a date with me?” Wei Ying could only nod. How could he not when he had a crush on Lan Zhan since they were teenagers.
Wei Ying cursed Lan Zhan’s neat office since it made searching harder for him. He didn’t understand what kind of system his boyfriend had, but he needed to rearrange everything the way he found it or he would be caught snooping around.
The most logical thing would simply be to ask but Wei Ying needed something that was supposedly a secret, something that even he didn’t know. How the hell was he supposed to ask, “Lan Zhan, I know you and your brother are involved in illicit business with Jin Guangyao and I need those details, please and thank you.” The answer was no, he cannot. As much as Lan Zhan loved him, he cannot compromise the company or business for Wei Ying. That’s not how it worked.
“Fuck this shit. What the fuck, Lan Zhan?” Wei Ying muttered as he flipped through more files. He finally found he was looking though he can’t tell if it was paper work and contracts for their legal or illegal business transactions. “Lan Zhan, I may love you but we’re not fucking tonight with all this work you’re giving me.”
Strong arms encircled his waist and Wei Ying froze in spot.
“What work am I giving you?” A familiar deep and sexy voice asked. “And what are you doing here?”
“This isn’t what it looks like!” Wei Ying squeaked and looked down at the papers in his hands. “Okay, this is exactly what it looks like, but I have reasons! Lan Zhan, I can explain.”
Instead of releasing him and giving him time to explain, Lan Zhan pressed a kiss against Wei Ying’s neck that sent a shiver down his spine. Just as Wei Ying opened his mouth to ask what Lan Zhan was doing, the other man sucked on a dark mark that Wei Ying had skillfully hidden behind layers.
“Wei Ying,” Lan Zhan whispered into his ears. Wei Ying was turned on and it was all Lan Zhan’s fault. “Do you love me?”
“I do. I love you so much,” Wei Ying replied easily since it was the truth. He fell deeper in love over time and poured his heart into their relationship.
“Tell me what you want.”
“Jiang Cheng, I sent you the location for the firearm deal. It’s a big business deal that Jin Guangyao has been working on for a year now. They’re meeting at midnight.”
“Where the fuck did you find this information? You’re calling me out of nowhere with no proof but a location and a time. What should I believe you? Okay, let’s say I do believe you. How do you expect my team or even my superiors believe that this is legit?”
“Tell them that if they miss this, they will regret it because Jin Guangyao is practically impossible to stop after,” Wei Ying growled on his end of the phone call.
“What’s your source?”
“I can’t tell you, Jiang Cheng. You know this.”
“What is your fucking source, Wei Ying? You didn’t say anything when Jin Zixun went missing. They’re still suspicious that you had something to do with his missing, all of the them. I know you were trying to get information out of the Jin inc., but you stopped updating us on your status and sent random bits of information. What the hell are you doing?”
“I’m doing my job. But I’m done after this.”
“What are you-”
“Goodbye Jiang Cheng!”
Wei Ying sighed as he turned off his phone so Jiang Cheng can’t try to call him back.
“Wei Ying?” Turning at the call of his name, he saw the delicious sight of the topless Lan Zhan moving closer on the bed to pull him into an embrace. “How did it go?”
“As well as you would think,” Wei Ying replied and melted into the embrace. “I do think they believe me enough to take action. A big firearm deal; a chance of a lifetime to take down a large empire. They’ll probably grumble and complain a little, but still take action tonight.”
“Brother told me himself, it should be true,” Lan Zhan said and kissed Wei Ying on the forehead. “Jin Guangyao trusts brother a lot. We’re involved with this deal as well.”
“Wait,” Wei Ying said up straighter and looked at his lover with alarm. Lan Zhan was oddly calm. “But won’t you and your brother get in trouble if they get caught? What if they come after you next? Oh god, I helped. Lan Zhan, what have I done?”
“Wei Ying,” Lan Zhan said. It was supposed to ground him so Wei Ying shut his mouth and waited for Lan Zhan to explain. “If I was not confident, I would not have given you the information.”
“But the deal…”
“The deal was sealed and signed by Su She. Brother and I know nothing about this. If the police ask, we also have records of embezzlement and it seemed he has his own company overseas. Lan corps. is free from whatever dealings Su She has been involved in.”
“Lan Zhan, you fucking genius!” Wei Ying shouted and jumped on him to pepper kisses all over his face. “When you said you’ll handle everything, you really did think of everything.”
“How will I marry Wei Ying if I have been incarcerated?”
“Lan Zhan!” Wei Ying squawked. “Who said I would marry you? Maybe I just wanted you because of your money and your good looks.”
“Mm. I am fine with that.”
“Lan Zhan, you- Ugh, you can’t be this sweet! I love you so much. If you want to marry me, that means you’re going to take care of me for the rest of my life!” Wei Ying exclaimed.
“I plan to.”
“Lan Zhan! Warn me before you say such things! My poor heart!”
“Mm. I love Wei Ying,” Lan Zhan said with a smile as Wei Ying whined again.
“If I were to ask Lan Zhan to move in the countryside and become a potato farmer with me, do you think he’ll agree?” Wei Ying asked with a beer in hand.
“Give me a second,” Nie Huaisang said and put down his own drink, clasped his hands together, and looked at Wei Ying dead in the eyes. “You’re asking me, if the man that took down the Wen empire for you, killed all the people you dated, conspired against his own brother to take down Jin Guangyao, would leave everything behind to live a peaceful countryside life with you? I don’t know. Tough question.”
“Shut the fuck up. I know Lan Zhan did all those things for me-”
“He would serve the world on a silver platter for you if you simply asked for it, or even mention it in passing.”
“-but it doesn’t mean he can leave behind the family business or all the dealings he managed. Do you know what kind of empire the Lan family built? It’s generations of history! I didn’t realize it before because I thought they were law-abiding citizens, but the Lan empire rivals the Jin empire! The Wen empire was still the largest and Lan Zhan somehow took them down! Wen Ruohan and Wen Chao, along with half the empire are dead, Wen Xu and few others are in jail, and some scattered few that had nothing to do with the empire still live because they were innocent. Thinking about it now still blows my mind.”
“Love is a strong emotion,” Nie Huaisang said. He took a long swig and added the empty bottle to their growing collection. “I wanted to avenge my brother and here I am. Jin Guangyao is finally behind bars. May my brother’s soul rest easy.”
“I feel like he might come back as a spirit and kick my ass for dating one of the heads of the largest empires now,” Wei Ying snorted.
“I never asked you to date him.”
“I didn’t either! I tried to get close to Jin Guangyao like you suggested but Lan Zhan got jealous and went off on a killing spree. I did like a few of them, not romantically but they were decent guys that just wanted a job and a future. Too bad Lan Zhan doesn’t take too kindly to those that tried to get friendly with his future husband.” Wei Ying let out a dramatic sigh.
“Sort of? He didn’t have a ring and didn’t follow through with the question,” Wei Ying said with a shrug. “What about you? What will you do if I do move to the countryside with Lan Zhan?”
“Ah, you innocent baby. You do realize a whole new market has opened up now that the Jin empire has crumbled.”
“I might have resigned but Jiang Cheng is still on the police force, you know.”
“You got dick from one of the most powerful man in the underground world and you just asked me about your future with him.”
“Baba, baba! How long will it take to grow?” little A-Yuan crouched down and stared at the soil.
“My silly radish, we just planted them! They need time to grow, just like kids!” Wei Ying said. Without warning, he grabbed A-Yuan and started swinging him around. A-Yuan screeched in joy and Wei Ying’s laughter joined him.
From afar, Lan Zhan watched with a small smile as he tended to their little rabbit friends. He stood up to prepare dinner. Once they finished playing, Wei Ying will complain about being tired and hungry.
Lan Zhan would not have it any other way.