Wei Wuxian just knows this is going to work! After all, Wen Qing is the one who got him a meeting with the writer of a new drama after a year of no one offering him any acting jobs. She’s amazing at what she does and, if she goes along with Wei Wuxian’s idea, he’s sure he’ll get the role! He just needs to convince Wen Qing to go with it first.
“Please, Wen Qing,” he begs, falling down on his knees in front of her. “This is my last chance!”
“Get up, you idiot,” Wen Qing hisses at him. “How do you think this is going to work?”
“I have a plan!” Wei Wuxian leans back on his heels and raises a finger. “First, you’re friends with Jiang Cheng.”
Close friends, even. If Wei Wuxian were a jealous person, he’d be upset that his agent (and best friend) has a better relationship with his brother than he does. Now, he’s just happy that Jiang Cheng has found someone who is not Zewu-Jun, the kindest person in the world, to put up with his moods.
Wen Qing blinks. “I don’t see where this is going. Do you see where this is going?” she asks Wen Ning.
Wen Ning shakes his head and shifts his gaze from his sister to Wei Wuxian and back again, looking apprehensive. As he should, in Wei Wuxian’s opinion. They’re talking about the future of Wei Wuxian’s acting career! His last chance to get things back on track before Nie Huaisang and Nie Mingjue decide to drop him after—
Wei Wuxian fights back a grimace. There’s no use thinking of the scandal now. He’s spent a year suffering the consequences of it, even after the truth came to light, and he’s sick and tired of having that affect his life. This is why his plan is so important. He needs to go back to acting before Nie Huaisang and Nie Mingjue decide he’s too much of a dead weight to stay in Red Blade Entertainment.
“It makes sense!” Wei Wuxian argues, and then raises another finger to make his second point. “Second, Jiang Cheng is friends with Zewu-Jun.”
Wen Qing pinches the bridge of her nose. “Now I see where this is going.”
“So all you have to do is ask Jiang Cheng to ask Zewu-Jun to ask Lan Zhan to let me be his secretary at Cloud Recesses for three months!”
This way, when Wei Wuxian has to play the part of a lawyer for his new drama, he’ll know exactly what to do! The Cloud Recesses are the Lan family’s law firm and they are renowned for their implacable work.
Wen Qing rolls her eyes. “Of course. It’s that easy.”
“Then why don’t you ask Jiang Cheng yourself?”
Wei Wuxian pouts. “He’ll say no if I’m the one asking.”
Wen Qing’s face softens. “He’s still upset about—”
“It was hard on the family,” Wei Wuxian interrupts her. “I made them lose face.”
The familiar feeling of anger and dread curls in his stomach. He’ll always remember how angry Jiang Cheng was with him when the story hit the tabloids, the words he spit at him, the look on his face like Wei Wuxian had betrayed him and the memory of his parents. He’s forgiven him for it, but he hasn’t forgotten.
They didn’t speak at all for the following four months after it happened, with Wei Wuxian going as far as letting Wen Qing destroy his old phone and only giving her permission to share his new number with his siblings after Jiang Cheng sent him a very nasty email threatening to come over and break Wei Wuxian’s legs if he didn’t give him and Jiang Yanli some way to contact him when needed. Things are better between them now, but only a little. Wei Wuxian still avoids most of their calls and texts, not wanting to harm their reputations even further.
“It wasn’t your fault, Young Master Wei,” Wen Ning gently chimes in. “Everyone knows that.”
“You know that doesn’t matter,” Wen Qing points out and then adds, “Fuck Wen Chao. I should have killed him when I had the chance.”
Despite sharing a last name, Wen Qing and Wen Ning haven’t claimed ties to Wen Chao or his father, Wen Ruohan, since before Wen Qing started managing Wei Wuxian. Wei Wuxian doesn’t know the details behind the family fight, nor does he feel like he can ask, only that Wen Qing and Wen Ning broke away from the family and its entertainment company, Nightless Entertainment, and went on to make rather successful lives for themselves working at Red Blade Entertainment under the Nie Brothers and managing Wei Wuxian’s career.
“You stayed beside me when it mattered,” Wei Wuxian reminds her. “That’s what‘s important.”
“Still.” Wen Qing sighs, and then comes back to the problem at hand. “Why don’t you ask Lan Zhan to help you with your plan?”
Wei Wuxian flushes a little, both at Wen Qing’s knowing stare but also from having her use Lan Wangji’s given name like he did. Wei Wuxian met Lan Wangji when they were at school and, despite taking different paths in life, Wei Wuxian always held Lan Wangji in high regard and close to his heart. He always gets a smile on his face when he thinks back to their school years: the hours he spent trying to get a reaction out of Lan Wangji, teasing him, talking to him, joking around.
They’ve seen each other a handful of times after Wei Wuxian’s actor debut and Lan Wangji becoming a lawyer at his family’s firm, but not as much as Wei Wuxian would like. And definitely not at all since the scandal.
“He’ll probably say no,” Wei Wuxian murmurs. “And even so, I’m not even sure he’ll let me see him in the first place.”
Not that Wei Wuxian has tried to see him, since he spent the past year having to wear disguises whenever he felt like leaving the house so as to avoid being mobbed by angry people.
Wen Qing sighs and rubs her temples. “I’ll do my job,” she says, and when Wei Wuxian beams at her she adds, “but I can’t promise anything.”
Wei Wuxian grabs her hands and squeezes them tight. “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Wei Wuxian just knows this is going to work!
“Brother.” Lan Wangji’s expression doesn’t twitch, but his heart thuds in his chest. “What.”
“I’m sure we can grant Jiang Cheng and Young Master Wei this favor,” Lan Xichen says with a small smile and a light in his eyes that Lan Wangji tries his best not to find suspicious. “Young Master Wei hasn’t had the easiest life this past year and I’m made to understand this will help him get back on his feet. I thought you’d want to help him, Wangji.”
Lan Wangji does. There is nothing he wants more than to help Wei Ying. He followed the news when the scandal between Wei Ying and Wen Chao broke out and saw how it not only destroyed Wei Ying’s career but also hurt his family. Lan Wangji even tried to contact Wei Ying to offer his support and, if needed, his legal services, even more so after the truth came out, but all of his communications went unanswered.
As his brother presents this new opportunity to help Wei Ying get back on his feet, Lan Wangji cannot help the uncertainty that builds in his chest. He is not sure that having Wei Ying work as his secretary for three months is the best idea.
Not because he does not think Wei Ying capable, but because he does not understand why Wei Ying would seek his help now after ignoring him for the past year.
Not that it matters, Lan Wangji thinks. Wei Ying must have had his reasons and it is not for Lan Wangji to question them. And with this, now, he will truly have the chance to help Wei Ying achieve his dream and go back to acting.
Wei Ying has always been dedicated to his work. Lan Wangji believes it will be no different when he becomes Lan Wangji’s secretary. Heavens know Lan Wangji is in need of one.
“Yes,” Lan Wangji tells his brother, with a little more vigor than intended. “Yes, I will help Wei Ying. Whatever he needs.”
If this will also keep him from having to answer his own office calls, the better.
Lan Xichen smiles and inclines his head, eyes even brighter than before. “I will let Jiang Cheng know. And Wangji,” he places a hand on Lan Wangji’s arm, the touch light, “Young Master Wei is lucky to have a friend like you.”
“Brother,” Lan Wangji says in a curt tone, the tips of his ears going red. “We are not friends.”
“Of course not.” Lan Xichen pats his arm once. “You are co-workers now.”
Lan Wangji goes still as Lan Xichen leaves to make the necessary arrangements and leaves him to his thoughts.
Him and Wei Ying.
For three months.
Lan Wangji shall endure.