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    Shadow World+K-pop.

    That's it.

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    “Xuan-jie said his name is Hua Cheng,” says Shi Qingxuan, shaking him out of his bewilderment. “I’ll get his number from her, if you want it. You guys can arrange something.”

    “Hua Cheng,” Xie Lian murmurs, still staring at the photo. The man’s one visible eye looks as if he’s peering into his soul. Xie Lian knows this is a man with secrets and wonders momentarily if he wants to know them.

    [OR: Xie Lian finds himself in hot water for plagiarism in his worst subject, and has to get a tutor to pass the only art class that gives him a chance]

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    27 Jun 2022

    Bookmarker's Notes

    There they are. There’s his dad, wearing his customary too-large sweater, giving him a thumbs up. His high school friends are both trying to wave at him at the same time, only to end up smacking each other. Shi Qingxuan is jumping up and down, pulling her disgruntled tutor up and down along with her. And on the end, a little ways from the rest of his family but still very present, is Hua Cheng. He isn’t wearing his eyepatch, and he’s got a bouquet of bright red roses that he lifts in a toast.

  2. Rec 16

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    Luo Binghe has almost forgotten he’s in a videogame when he chances on a new avatar; it’s been a long time, but he remembers that terrifying rush of decorporation, the feeling of a million pixels disappearing into ether and then bam: reincarnating with the energy burst of downing ten cans of Mountain Dew.

     

    OR A little self-indulgent Jumanji AU

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    24 Jun 2022

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    “I’m Peerless Cucumber.” The avatar offers, guilelessly, extending a hand out. “But you can call me Shen Yuan.”

    Luo Binghe stares at it, for long moments, trying to figure out what is this cultivation gesture—is he trying to summon his poor blade, abandoned in the grass—looking at those slender little fingers and their delicate wrist. It slams into him with a little jolt.

    Luo Binghe extends his own hand.

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    “I think…” Xie Lian says slowly, not taking his eyes off the bag. “I think I knew this person. Who this soul used to be.”

    He can hear Hua Cheng suck in a breath. “Gege, maybe it’s better if you don’t—“

    But Xie Lian ignores him, and reaches out with one trembling hand to touch the bag. A second passes, and then another, and Xie Lian almost lets out a breath in relief, before he feels something in the bag reaching back.

    “A-Ying?”

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    Once upon a time, Xie Lian took in an orphan, and gave him a home and a family. Twenty years and a godhood later, he finds he still has more in him to give.

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    18 Jun 2022

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    Xie Lian wants to press the point about Lan Zhan further, but Hua Cheng jumps in instead. “You invented it?”

    Wei Ying smirks. He takes out the flute he was using earlier and starts twirling it around his fingers in nonchalance. “Yeah, I did. Pretty cool, no?”

    Judging by the tick in Hua Cheng’s forehead, he doesn’t find it particularly cool. Xie Lian hurries to intervene. “It’s very impressive, a-Ying.”

    Hua Cheng is undeterred. “Pretty ballsy of you, to intrude on the realms of the dying and dead. Pretty disrespectful.”

    “I don’t think any god would particularly care.”

    “I’m not talking about gods, little cultivator,” Hua Cheng smiles. It’s not a very nice one, all of his sharp teeth out on display, the edges of his lips curled in displeasure. “There are things out there that are angrier than gods.”

    The flute twirling stops. “If you’re just going to give me another fucking lecture—”

    “No lectures,” Xie Lian promises.

    *

    They do hear Wei Ying call out to him as he comes running after him: “a-Yuan!”

    “The child that Lan Wangji adopted,” Xie Lian says, trying to commit his face to memory. Hua Cheng nods but doesn’t say anything, his keen eye still watching as Wei Ying scoops the laughing child into his arms, swirling him around. They then proceed to play the most confusing game Xie Lian has ever seen, something to do with clapping and singing and hopping in place. It seems like Wei Ying makes up half the rules as they go along and a-Yuan makes up the other half, but they look like they’re having fun. Xie Lian doesn’t miss the cinched look of Wei Ying’s waist, his sunken cheekbones, but he almost sheds all of it off as he plays with the child. The other adults around them look at them indulgently, the sight familiar to them.

    “Gege is a grandfather,” Hua Cheng teases, and Xie Lian flushes, covering his face.

    “Nooo, San Laaaang—”

    “Gege is wise beyond his years, so it fits him well.”

    Xie Lian peeks at him between his fingers. “Is San Lang calling me old?”

    “Never! Simply that gege would excel as a grandfather as he does everything else.”

    *

    Before Hua Cheng can say anything, Wei Ying does. “Of course Xie-gege deserves it!” he declares vehemently. “If he needed me to, I would wait—how long did he wait for you?”

    “Eight hundred years.” He receives a sceptical look at the outrageous number, but Wei Ying is not deterred.

    “Then I would have waited even a thousand years if you needed me to!”

    “Oi,” Hua Cheng objects, and Xie Lian laughs.

    “San Lang, you can’t pick a fight with a kid.”

    Watch me.”

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    Xie Lian and Hua Cheng discuss about expanding their family to fit a little someone.

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    Sometimes, a family is a big brother, the two kid brothers he simply couldn't leave as orphans, and the rabbits forced on him by his little brother's unfortunate crush.

    These are their stories.

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    07 Jun 2022

    Bookmarker's Notes

    Luo Binghe sighed as he got into the driver’s seat and shut the door. “You could have just told me you made a friend, you know.”

    “All the fuss was just to meet Xiao Zhan’s dumb crush?” Hua Cheng asked. His hands on the game didn't falter at all as he spoke. “I could’ve told you about that, I hear him practicing sappy love songs in his room all the time.”

    Lan Wangji twisted his head to frown at him, apparently angered enough to even wrinkle his nose slightly.

    “I don’t hear you denying it, didi,” Hua Cheng said dryly.

    “Ridiculous,” Lan Wangji muttered too late as he faced forward.

    Still calling him ‘ge’ when he’s gone but ‘didi’ to his face? A-Zhan isn’t the only dishonest one here. Luo Binghe tactfully restrained his amusement to another sigh and started the car.