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    It’s always a tug of war between them, isn’t it? Always a fight, always a dance.

    The give and take their very own resonance.

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    This time Wen Kexing wakes with the skin of his ribs still burning, where he’d dreamed of A-Xu tracing each ridge with the edge of Wen Kexing’s fan. It had been a game, Wen Kexing keeping still under A-Xu’s steady hand, hardly breathing so that he could get the lines right. It had made sense, in the dream, as painting practice. The result was beautiful, red flowers blooming out of Wen Kexing’s skin, reaching up towards the sun. A-Xu had plucked one, and kissed the petals, his mouth coming away bloody; Wen Kexing had taken another and put it in A-Xu’s hair.

    A-Xu would probably be willing to repeat the experiment with ink and a brush. That would be its own kind of fun. Wen Kexing isn’t so sure about the knife.

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    He is the drunker one this time, which is good—Wen Kexing tends to pull back into something small and big-eyed when he drinks too heavily, his mouth going sullen like a child’s. Tugged sleeves, impossible questions. Tonight, instead, they had been talking about—about the good part of raising kids, the funny parts of it, and the ways in which camping under open skies were better than inns, and about jerking off. Wen Kexing has long since collapsed in upon himself into something lax and amused, leaning his head on his hand, limbs askew.

    “You’ve never wondered, A-Xu? I am almost offended,” Wen Kexing says in the shape of laughter.

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    It’s distant to him, at this point—a memory that he can only view again in his mind through a breath-fogged glass—but he knows he’s felt it, once upon a time.

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    “Many apologies,” Wen Kexing inclines his head. “This humble servant will endeavor not to impede again.”

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