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Wei Wuxian was putting on his shoes and humming to himself when he heard Jiang Cheng approaching behind him.

 

"Where are you going?" Jiang Cheng asked (it was more of a demand than a question), looking both concerned and annoyed.

"Why are you asking?" Wei Wuxian retorted, using the same tone of voice as Jiang Cheng had.

"...You're engaged," Jiang Cheng replied, sighing. "Surely you're not thinking of going out drinking because of our conversation yesterday, are you?" His voice softened slightly. "I didn't think you'd be the type to cheat."

Wei Wuxian couldn't help but laugh loudly. "Jiang Cheng," he said, standing up after he finished tying his laces, "I'm going on a date. With Lan Zhan."

"...Oh," Jiang Cheng mumbled. "You... usually don't go out with him on weeknights, so..."

"Well, yeah," Wei Wuxian said. "But he's on break." Besides, we're both incredibly horny, he wanted to add.

"When're you coming home, then?" Jiang Cheng asked. "Just so nobody mistakes you for an intruder in the middle of the night or something."

"Tomorrow," Wei Wuxian shrugged. "Dunno when exactly."

"Are you staying at his place?" Jiang Cheng's constant questions were starting to get annoying, but Wei Wuxian knew that he just wanted some idea of his whereabouts for safety purposes.

"Nope," Wei Wuxian replied. "We're staying at a hotel somewhere," he explained, as Jiang Cheng looked incredibly confused.

"Why a hotel?" Jiang Cheng raised an eyebrow. "Surely there's room in that huge-ass house of theirs."

Wei Wuxian laughed again. "So that we don't disturb anyone," he smirked. Jiang Cheng still looked confused, which made Wei Wuxian laugh even more. "I don't really want his family hearing us fucking half the night, Jiang Cheng," he chuckled. "And I don't think he does, either."

 

Jiang Cheng's face turned scarlet. "D-D-Do you have to be so vulgar?!" he spluttered, turning away from Wei Wuxian.

"Ahahahahah," Wei Wuxian cackled, "You're hilarious, Jiang Cheng. If you think that's vulgar..."

"Shut up!" Jiang Cheng spat. "I don't want any more details! I've already told you, I don't care!"

 

Wei Wuxian was about to reply when the doorbell rang. He stuck his tongue out at a still embarrassed Jiang Cheng before he opened the door.

 

"Good evening, Lan Zhan!" Wei Wuxian grinned.

"Good evening, Wei Ying," Lan Wangji nodded in response, stoic as always. He was looking past Wei Wuxian at Jiang Cheng. "...Good evening," he said, unsure.

"...Evening," Jiang Cheng grumbled.

"Don't mind him, Lan Zhan," Wei Wuxian said, smirking. "He's just jealous."

"I am not!" Jiang Cheng retorted, turning around. "Anyway, if you guys have a date, you should get going already," he added, his face still red. "And don't do anything too stupid!"

"We won't, we won't!" Wei Wuxian laughed, leading Lan Wangji out of the house and slamming the door shut behind him.

 

The two of them walked arm-in-arm to Lan Wangji's car, Wei Wuxian trying not to cling too much to Lan Wangji.

 

"So, anyway," Wei Wuxian said cheerfully as they got in the car, "What d'you wanna do tonight? Before we go to the hotel, I mean." He gave Lan Wangji a smile as he fastened his seatbelt.

"Anything is fine with me," Lan Wangji responded neutrally, turning the engine on. "I do not mind."

"Hmmm..." Wei Wuxian sat there thinking. He didn't really want to subject Lan Wangji to another dinner date, especially considering their vastly different tastes in food, so he considered his other options.

 

"How about a movie?" Wei Wuxian eventually suggested. "I don't know if there's anything good on, but..."

"I have no objections," Lan Wangji replied. "What is the closest cinema?" he asked, navigating to the appropriate GPS screen.

 

Wei Wuxian remembered that there was a movie theatre at the shopping mall he worked at (and couldn't think of the addresses or names of any of the others), so he input the name of that into the system, which recognised it. He'd been to the theatre a couple of times in the past, and it wasn't terrible, so he hoped they would be able to find a decent movie to watch.

 

When they got to the theatre, they had a hard time deciding on which movie to see.

 

"I think Wen Ning's seen that one," Wei Wuxian said, pointing at a movie that was due to start soon. "He said it made him cry, but he cries at everything." Lan Wangji said nothing. "I dunno... I'm not in the mood for a romance tonight, really..."

 

While they were going through their options, a small voice came from behind: "Senior Wei?"

 

It was Mo Xuanyu.

 

"Oh, hey, Mo Xuanyu!" Wei Wuxian greeted happily, gesturing at him to come closer. "What're you doing here?" he asked.

"I... I just finished work," Mo Xuanyu mumbled, walking over to them. "And I don't really wanna go home yet, so I came to see if there was a movie on I could watch."

Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji exchanged glances. "You're still at work until this late?" Wei Wuxian asked, concerned.

"Yeah," Mo Xuanyu replied, nodding. "If I go home too early, I don't know if I'll get dinner. This way, I can at least eat before I get home, and there's a chance my cousin's already in bed, so he's more likely to leave me alone. At least my aunt always ignores me..."

"Still," Wei Wuxian said, "It's... not always safe to be out alone at night." Trust me, he thought desperately, I know this first hand. "I know it's not safe for you at home, either, but..."

"Senior Wei," Mo Xuanyu sighed, "I've been doing this for months. I'm always home before it gets too late, and I'm not looking to pick up anyone or anything like that. You don't have to worry about me, okay?" He gave Wei Wuxian a guilty smile.

"...Well, okay," Wei Wuxian said slowly. "So long as you're sure, Mo Xuanyu..."

"I am," Mo Xuanyu replied. "Oh, and... I'm sorry," he added quietly, looking over at Lan Wangji.

"What're you apologising for?" Wei Wuxian asked, wondering what he'd done to upset Mo Xuanyu.

"I've... interrupted your date, haven't I?" Mo Xuanyu asked back. "I didn't notice who you were with when I called out to you."

"Don't worry about that!" Wei Wuxian reassured him, waving his hands around. "We're not bothered, right, Lan Zhan?" he turned to Lan Wangji.

"Mmn," Lan Wangji nodded. "Not an issue."

Mo Xuanyu managed a small smile. "Thank you," he said.

"Oh, yeah, d'you have any movie recs?" Wei Wuxian asked. "We've been trying to choose which one to see but can't really figure out what to go with."

"Hmmm..." Mo Xuanyu said, looking up at the screens displaying the movie schedule for the evening. "I liked Silver Butterflies the most, but I have no idea if you'll like it," he suggested. "It's a story about a forbidden romance."

 

Wei Wuxian had mentioned not being in the mood for romance earlier, but he did enjoy the "forbidden romance" trope, as it usually lead to some exciting situations. That, and he didn't want to waste more time trying to pick another movie, so he decided that it would be best to simply go with Mo Xuanyu's suggestion.

 

"Let's go with that," Wei Wuxian said to his partner. "It's starting in about ten minutes, that's perfect timing."

Lan Wangji nodded again. "Mmn."

"Great!" Mo Xuanyu said. "Hopefully you'll both enjoy it! Anyway," he added, "I should get going. I don't want to keep bothering you, Senior Wei."

"Thanks for your help, Mo Xuanyu," Wei Wuxian grinned. "Make sure you get home safely!"

"I will!" Mo Xuanyu replied, bowing to them before walking off.

 

"Sorry," Wei Wuxian sighed once Mo Xuanyu was out of earshot. "He's... one of my coworkers. It sounds like things aren't going well for him at home, so I'm... kinda worried about him."

"I see," Lan Wangji said. "Have you told him about our relationship?" he asked.

"Yeah," Wei Wuxian replied. "I have. He's gay too, actually, so I think it ended up being a good thing. He said he's being bullied because of it."

"...Pathetic," Lan Wangji muttered. "It is not his fault."

"I know," Wei Wuxian said, sighing again. "I wish I could help him."

"Mmn," Lan Wangji replied in agreement.

 

With a slightly awkward atmosphere between them, Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji headed over to the ticket counter. They were able to buy two seats next to each other, and, after purchasing popcorn and drinks (like their previous movie date, Lan Wangji only ordered water, although this time Wei Wuxian wanted to offer him some popcorn to try), made their way to the theatre.

 

Thankfully, the theatre was relatively empty, and their seats were towards the back. Once they were seated, Wei Wuxian pushed the popcorn over to Lan Wangji, who gave him a confused look.

 

"Wanna try some?" Wei Wuxian offered. "It's good."

Lan Wangji eyed the popcorn for a few moments before reaching out and taking a single kernel (which made Wei Wuxian groan internally) and eating it.

"Well?" Wei Wuxian asked curiously. "What d'you think?"

"...It is sweet," Lan Wangji commented. "I am not sure if I like it or not."

"You can have more," Wei Wuxian said, taking some popcorn for himself. "There's plenty!"

 

Lan Wangji slowly helped himself to another single kernel. "...Too sweet," he concluded.

"You can also get salty popcorn," Wei Wuxian remarked as he shoved a handful in his mouth. "Maybe you'd like that better."

"Perhaps," Lan Wangji said, taking a sip of his water.

 

Wei Wuxian wondered what other snacks Lan Wangji would potentially like, as he clearly hadn't been exposed to that many. He definitely didn't like sweet things, but savoury snacks existed too, so those were most likely a better choice.

 

The movie started shortly afterwards, which meant Wei Wuxian stopped thinking about Lan Wangji and food and focused on the movie instead.

 

It was relatively more interesting than what they'd seen previously, although Wei Wuxian found the pace to be a bit too slow for his liking. Lan Wangji seemed to be watching the movie intently, too -- Wei Wuxian would sneak glances at him every so often.

 

Once the movie had gotten underway, Wei Wuxian decided he'd try holding Lan Wangji's hand. Like last time, he took his clean hand and slowly, gently placed it on top of Lan Wangji's, which was positioned on top of the armrest between them. He was fully expecting Lan Wangji to jerk his hand away again, but instead, Lan Wangji relaxed his hand under Wei Wuxian's touch. Lan Wangji didn't look like he was bothered by it, so Wei Wuxian tried his luck with intertwining his fingers with Lan Wangji's. Surprisingly, Lan Wangji let him.

 

It was a small victory, but Wei Wuxian felt pleased that he was now able to initiate touching Lan Wangji without the latter reacting negatively to it. To Wei Wuxian, it meant that Lan Wangji was comfortable being touched by him in public, if only a little bit.

 

The one problem was that Wei Wuxian very much wanted to do more than just hold Lan Wangji's hand. He'd been trying to watch the movie, which was still interesting, but his mind kept drifting elsewhere.

 

I wonder if it would actually be possible to get away with giving someone a blowjob in a movie theatre, Wei Wuxian thought to himself. There aren't that many people here, but somehow I doubt Lan Zhan would want to try it. Dammit, maybe a movie was a bad idea. I can't even really talk to him, let alone touch him. Argh. If we'd just gotten dinner, we'd probably be at the hotel by now already! I'd be sucking his dick already! His dick is right there and I can't do anything with it! I wish this movie would hurry up and end.

 

...Oh, yeah, why did Mo Xuanyu recommend this? I'll have to ask him when I see him at work.

 

An idea popped into Wei Wuxian's head. It was a somewhat risky idea, but he was too horny to care.

 

He removed his hand from Lan Wangji's, slowly bringing it back to his own seat for a moment. Lan Wangji, who appeared to think that Wei Wuxian wasn't going to touch him any more, placed his hand in his lap next to his other one.

 

Wei Wuxian cautiously took his hand... and gently placed it on Lan Wangji's upper thigh. He felt Lan Wangji flinch (and could see his hands clench for a second), so he glanced over at him.

 

Lan Wangji looked back at Wei Wuxian, seemingly confused by the sudden hand on his leg. Wei Wuxian realised that Lan Wangji was probably uncomfortable, but just as he was about to take his hand away again, Lan Wangji gave him a nod, along with a look that said It is okay, you can touch me. Wei Wuxian smiled at him before turning to face the screen again.

 

It took all of Wei Wuxian's willpower not to inch his hand over towards Lan Wangji's crotch.

 

Stop thinking about his dick, Wei Wuxian told himself over and over again. You'll get to touch it later. Stop. Thinking. About. Lan Zhan's. Dick.

 

Wei Wuxian was only vaguely paying attention to the movie by this point, but he was almost out of popcorn, which meant he'd lose one of his distractions.

 

While Wei Wuxian was chewing on his last mouthful of popcorn, something happened in the movie that made him nearly choke.

 

A sex scene had begun.

 

It wasn't exactly explicit, but anyone watching knew precisely what was occurring. Especially Wei Wuxian, who was feeling slightly annoyed.

 

As Wei Wuxian hadn't been following the story closely, he'd missed that the two main characters -- who were both men -- had admitted their feelings for each other or started some kind of relationship. And now they were fucking.

 

Wei Wuxian decided that now would be a good time to actually take his hand away, so he did.

 

I guess this is why Mo Xuanyu liked it, Wei Wuxian thought. Wait, hold on, is he eighteen yet? Oh well, I suppose it doesn't really matter since you can't actually see -- nope, never mind, there's that actor's dick. Huh. I thought they didn't allow genitals to be shown on-screen.

 

...Mo Xuanyu better be eighteen or he's going to have a lot of explaining to do.

 

Turns out it was explicit, at least to Wei Wuxian. He had never actually seen a movie featuring genitals or a sex scene before, and as he hadn't wanted to get in trouble with the government, he didn't tend to watch porn much, either. He preferred to read erotic fiction, as that left more to the imagination, so he felt somewhat unsettled with watching the sex scene play out, despite having lots of sex himself.

 

Luckily, it ended without much more than the penises of both actors being shown, and there wasn't any penetration shown on-screen, so Wei Wuxian didn't have too much time to dwell on it all.

 

There wasn't a lot left of the movie, and after only a couple more scenes, the credits started to roll.

 

"That, uh, wasn't really what I was expecting," Wei Wuxian said to Lan Wangji as the lights came on. "What'd you think, Lan Zhan?"

"Mmn," Lan Wangji mumbled. Wei Wuxian noticed that his ears were pink, which made him chuckle under his breath. "Too much."

"Yeah," Wei Wuxian agreed. "Maybe we'll avoid seeing anything adult next time..."

"Mmn."

 

Wei Wuxian knew that Lan Wangji would probably want to stop for food, but he wasn't sure if he could wait that long, despite only having eaten popcorn himself.

 

"I'm not that hungry," Wei Wuxian said after they were out of the theatre, "But we should still eat something. There's a place at the food court that makes really good chicken, we could get some to take away with us."

"Okay," Lan Wangji nodded in response. "I am also... not very hungry."

 

Wei Wuxian wondered if that meant Lan Wangji was also wanting to go directly to the hotel. At least they were both in the same boat, if nothing else, Wei Wuxian figured.

 

They wasted no time in ordering their food and getting back to Lan Wangji's car. Wei Wuxian assumed he wasn't allowed to eat in the car, so he kept the chicken in its boxes (which were inside a plastic bag) and held it securely in his lap.

 

"Which hotel?" Lan Wangji asked.

"Whichever's decent and close," Wei Wuxian replied instantly. I just want you to fuck me alreadyyyy, he whined internally.

"Mmn." Lan Wangji tapped an address into his car's GPS and, soon, they were on their way.

 

Well, Wei Wuxian thought, I guess we'll be needing the food if we're gonna be fucking all night. Aw shit, it's already close to his curfew, he realised, having glanced at the clock and noticed that it was now after eight. Hopefully I can convince him to stay up late tonight... I know he was okay in Hong Kong with ignoring his curfew, but this is different. He's still close to home tonight...

 

"Lan Zhan," Wei Wuxian said, "I know it's kinda... late for you already, but the last thing I want is for you to go to sleep at nine like you normally do. By the time we get to the hotel and eat... it'll probably be almost too late for us to, uh, do anything. Is... that okay with you?" he mumbled.

"Mmn," Lan Wangji replied. "I do not plan on sleeping early tonight.

 

Wei Wuxian breathed a sigh of relief. "Sweet, that's great."

"Wei Ying?" Lan Wangji asked quietly, pulling up at a red light.

Wei Wuxian raised an eyebrow. "Yeah?"

"Did... Did you remember to bring the... s-supplies you mentioned?" Lan Wangji asked.

Wei Wuxian chuckled as the light turned green again. "Of course I did, Lan Zhan," he replied. "They're in my wallet, don't worry about it."

"...Mmn."

 

It didn't take them much longer to arrive at the hotel. Wei Wuxian watched curiously as Lan Wangji retrieved a duffel bag from the back of the car (which Wei Wuxian hadn't noticed) . "We're only staying one night," he said. "What's that for?" Please don't tell me it's kinky costumes or something... I mean, I wouldn't mind, but we didn't talk about it in advance!

"...Pyjamas," Lan Wangji explained, shutting the door and locking the car. "And a change of clothes for tomorrow."

 

Wei Wuxian was so used to going home the next day in the same clothes he'd worn the night before that he hadn't even thought about bringing a change of clothes. Or pyjamas, as he usually ended up falling asleep naked.

 

"Oh. Okay."

 

There was nobody else besides them and hotel staff in the lobby, which made sense for a weeknight. Wei Wuxian left choosing a room to Lan Wangji, as he didn't really care so long as they got some kind of room for the night.

 

"So that's a room for two people," the woman behind the counter said, after they'd organised everything, "With separate beds, I assume?" she added.

 

Wei Wuxian wanted to protest, but it was only natural for someone to assume they were wanting separate beds.

 

"...No," Lan Wangji responded firmly.

"Pardon?" the woman asked, looking confused. "Did I mishear something, Sir?"

"...Same bed," Lan Wangji replied. "Not separate."

"O-Oh!" the woman exclaimed, quickly typing in the correction. "I'm sorry, Sir! I'll find you a room with a single double-bed. Is that acceptable?"

"Yes," Lan Wangji nodded. "Thank you."

 

Wei Wuxian gave the woman a guilty look as Lan Wangji finalised payments. She smiled back at him.

 

"Here are your keys," the woman said, handing Lan Wangji the aforementioned room keys. "If you have any issues, please do let us know. I hope you enjoy your stay!"

"Thanks!" Wei Wuxian said. Lan Wangji nodded silently.

 

"Separate beds, huh?" Wei Wuxian laughed once they were in the elevator. "I mean, we could've always pushed them together!"

"Not the same," Lan Wangji said, shaking his head.

Wei Wuxian laughed again. "You're right," he said, "But even in a single bed I can cuddle up next to you. We'd fit!"

 

Lan Wangji didn't say anything back, but Wei Wuxian swore he saw his hands clench into fists for a moment.

 


 

The room felt pretty basic compared to the one they'd stayed in in Hong Kong, but it still had all the necessities: a double-bed, a minibar and a bathroom that contained both a bath and a shower.

 

Wei Wuxian handed Lan Wangji his chicken and sat down on the edge of the bed before he started eating his own. He'd really wanted to tackle Lan Wangji onto the bed right away, and he wasn't entirely sure how he'd managed to control himself. He wondered if Lan Wangji felt the same... If so, he had even greater self-control than Wei Wuxian, as Lan Wangji had had to deal with the former's teasing and touching throughout the evening.

 

Wei Wuxian quickly finished his food. "Right," he said, standing up, "I'll go take a shower, so--"

"Wait," Lan Wangji said, halfway through a chicken wing.

Wei Wuxian paused. "What?" he asked.

"You... do not need to shower," Lan Wangji told him.

 

Wei Wuxian wasn't sure how to react. "But Lan Zhan," he retorted, "I need--"

"If you have showered earlier today, you are clean," Lan Wangji explained slowly. "And..." he added, lowering his voice, "I... I am unsure if I can wait that long."

Wei Wuxian couldn't help but laugh loudly. "Okay, yeah," he said, smiling. "Me too."

 

He sat back down on the bed.

 

Lan Wangji finished eating his chicken wing and, after thoroughly wiping his hands and face with a napkin, gathered up the rubbish and disposed of it. Wei Wuxian was surprised -- Lan Wangji was usually a slow eater, so for him to finish his food not too long after Wei Wuxian himself did meant that he must've been... eager. And, indeed, felt the same sense of want that Wei Wuxian had been feeling the entire day.

 

Wei Wuxian retrieved the box of condoms and the lube from his wallet. He turned around to see Lan Wangji looking slightly confused.

 

"What's wrong?" Wei Wuxian asked.

"Why do you have... multiple condoms?" Lan Wangji asked back.

Wei Wuxian chuckled. "Because, Lan Zhan," he smirked, "Surely we're gonna end up using more than one!"

"...Yes," Lan Wangji replied quietly. "We are."

 

Wei Wuxian laughed again as he started to get undressed.

 


 

Multiple condoms and several uses of lube later, Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji both lay on the bed catching their breaths. Something Wei Wuxian was discovering was that sex while sober felt quite different to sex while drunk. Everything felt more intense (in a good way) and he swore his body responded slightly differently. Then again, Lan Wangji was also different to his one-night stands in that he actually cared about making Wei Wuxian feel good in exactly the ways Wei Wuxian wanted. He was gentle yet, at the same time, passionate. And it helped that he had a big dick, but that was personal preference on Wei Wuxian's part.

 

Wei Wuxian was starting to fall asleep, even though he knew he did actually need to shower, as he was rather sticky and covered in sweat. Not that he minded.

 

He then had an idea.

 

"Lan Zhan," he mumbled, rolling over to face his partner, "Let's take a bath together."

"A bath?" Lan Wangji repeated, sounding tired himself.

"Yeah," Wei Wuxian mumbled. "It's a big bath, we can fit."

"...Okay," Lan Wangji said. "I will prepare the bath, then I will call you." He got off the bed and headed to the bathroom.

 

Wei Wuxian caught a glimpse of Lan Wangji's scars behind his curtain of hair and felt a pang in his chest. Poor Lan Zhan, he thought. I wish there was something I could do to give him confidence so that he doesn't feel like he needs to hide his scars. He shouldn't be ashamed of them...

 

In the middle of his musings, Lan Wangji re-entered the room.

 

"The bath is ready, Wei Ying," Lan Wangji announced. Wei Wuxian stood up and wobbled slightly, only for Lan Wangji to catch him. "Are you okay?" he asked.

"I'm fine," Wei Wuxian replied, steadying himself. "And no," he added calmly, "I'm not sore anywhere, either. I'm just tired."

 

Lan Wangji didn't reply, but he put his arm around Wei Wuxian's shoulders. Wei Wuxian didn't protest, and instead leant his weight onto Lan Wangji for support as they made their way to the bathroom.

 

The warm water felt nice and relaxing against Wei Wuxian's skin. He got in one end of the bath, sitting in a position that would allow Lan Wangji to fit next to him. Lan Wangji handed Wei Wuxian a cloth and some soap before he also got in the bath.

 

"It is cramped," Lan Wangji commented, kneeling and sitting up straight.

"It's not too bad," Wei Wuxian yawned as he began cleaning himself with the cloth.

 

All of a sudden, Lan Wangji took the cloth away.

 

"What're you doing?" Wei Wuxian asked, confused.

"You are tired," Lan Wangji said. "I will wash you."

It took Wei Wuxian a few moments to register what Lan Wangji was saying. "Sure," he murmured, scooting closer to Lan Wangji.

 

Wei Wuxian was trying not to fall asleep as Lan Wangji washed him. His touch was delicate, and this somehow felt more intimate than sex to Wei Wuxian. He'd never had somebody else wash him.

 

Lan Wangji's hand came to a halt as he reached the scar on Wei Wuxian's chest. Wei Wuxian had noticed that Lan Wangji had avoided touching his scar at all, so he held Lan Wangji by the wrist and gently guided the cloth over it.

 

"It's okay," Wei Wuxian said, smiling at him. "You can touch it. It doesn't really hurt much or anything, so don't worry about it." He let go of Lan Wangji's wrist.

 

Lan Wangji nodded and hesitantly glided the cloth back and forth over Wei Wuxian's scar a couple of times. He then moved on to cleaning him elsewhere.

 

Maybe I can offer to wash his back for him, Wei Wuxian thought. His scars are probably super sensitive, though, so maybe he won't want me touching them...

 

After Wei Wuxian had been fully cleaned, Lan Wangji surprised him yet again. He put the cloth on the edge of the bath before he brought his hand back up to Wei Wuxian's chest -- and lightly touched his scar with his fingertips.

 

"...Lan Zhan?" Wei Wuxian asked, unable to figure out what Lan Wangji was doing once more.

"...I am sending you my qi," Lan Wangji replied quietly. "So that your wounds can heal."

"What, are you secretly a cultivator or something?" Wei Wuxian chuckled, closing his eyes and relaxing. "I thought those only existed in novels."

"Mmn," Lan Wangji said, still not removing his hand. "They could be real."

 

Wei Wuxian didn't really want to argue with him, so he chose to play along instead. "I bet you'd be an amazing cultivator, Lan Zhan," he mumbled. "You're great at everything, and a quick learner, too. I bet you'd be respected by everyone."

"No," Lan Wangji said. Even though Wei Wuxian had his eyes closed, he knew Lan Wangji would be shaking his head. "You would be more skilled and have unique techniques. You would surely ascend."

Wei Wuxian chuckled quietly. "Maybe we'd be cultivation partners," he suggested. "And we'd ascend together..."

"Mmn."

 

Feeling like he really was going to fall asleep in the bath, Wei Wuxian opened his eyes again, yawning. "I should get to bed," he said. "Have you washed yourself, Lan Zhan?" he asked, rubbing his eyes sleepily.

"I have," Lan Wangji answered. "I washed myself while I was preparing the bath."

"Great," Wei Wuxian mumbled.

 

He went to stand up, only to find himself being picked up by Lan Wangji.

 

"Lan Zhan?" he asked, raising an eyebrow.

"You are tired," Lan Wangji said quietly, somehow managing to fetch Wei Wuxian a towel while holding him. "I will carry you to bed."

 

Wei Wuxian wasn't going to complain. "Thanks, Lan Zhan," he murmured, his eyes falling shut again.

 

Wei Wuxian couldn't be bothered drying his hair (especially since he hadn't properly washed it), so he simply squeezed some of the water out with his towel once he had been placed on the bed by Lan Wangji -- who had made a second trip to the bathroom to get a towel for himself, along with the hairdryer.

 

Wei Wuxian watched as Lan Wangji dried his hair, wanting to reach out and touch his scars, which were exposed whenever Lan Wangji had his hair draped over his front. He knew he shouldn't, but the temptation was far too great...

 

After Lan Wangji had turned off the hairdryer, Wei Wuxian sat up. Lan Wangji, hearing him move, turned around. Several strands of his hair fell back over his shoulder. "Wei Ying?"

 

Wei Wuxian crawled over to the other side of the bed. He brushed Lan Wangji's hair out of the way and gently pressed both his hands against Lan Wangji's scars. He felt Lan Wangji shudder beneath him, and wondered if he should stop, but Lan Wangji didn't move beyond that.

 

"I'm sending you my qi," Wei Wuxian explained, using the same tone of voice that Lan Wangji had earlier. "Because that's all I can do to help you."

 

The tips of Lan Wangji's ears turned pink, which made Wei Wuxian smile.

 

"You are already doing more than enough to help me, Wei Ying," Lan Wangji whispered. "...Thank you."

 

It was Wei Wuxian's turn to blush. He was glad that Lan Wangji couldn't see him.

 

Wei Wuxian reluctantly sat back up, knowing that Lan Wangji would be wanting to finish getting ready for bed. It was now well past his curfew, and even if Lan Wangji had said he was okay with staying up late, Wei Wuxian was sure that he'd still be tired as he was not used to it. (Not that it was late by Wei Wuxian's standards, but he was tired enough to go to sleep himself.)

 

"What are you wearing to bed, Wei Ying?" Lan Wangji asked, taking his pyjamas out of his duffel bag.

"I'll just sleep naked," Wei Wuxian shrugged, yawning again and climbing into bed.

"Will you not get too cold?" Lan Wangji asked as he sat on the bed again to get changed.

"Nah," Wei Wuxian mumbled, closing his eyes. "I'll be fine if I cuddle up next to you. It's summer anyway, it's warm."

"...Okay," Lan Wangji said.

 

A few minutes later, Wei Wuxian heard Lan Wangji turn off the lights and get into bed next to him. He immediately wriggled backwards so that he was backing into Lan Wangji's front. Lan Wangji responded by putting his arms around Wei Wuxian.

 

"Good night, Wei Ying," Lan Wangji whispered into Wei Wuxian's ear, causing a shiver to be sent down Wei Wuxian's spine.

"G'night, Lan Zhan," Wei Wuxian whispered back. "I love you."

"...I love you too, Wei Ying," Lan Wangji replied, very quietly.

 

It was much nicer saying good night in person than via text, Wei Wuxian thought as he drifted off to sleep. Being embraced and taken care of like this by Lan Wangji made him feel all warm and fuzzy inside in ways he hadn't ever felt before. It made him realise that he needed to step up his game in taking care of Lan Wangji once the latter moved in with him.

 

Just before he fell asleep, Wei Wuxian also realised that he hadn't even thought about needing a drink once that night. Maybe, if he was around Lan Wangji, he would be able to stop drinking alcohol, at least a little bit.