FANDOM: Mo Dao Zu Shi
PAIRING: Lan WangJi / Wei WuXian
NOTE: Modern AU; High school students Lan WangJi x Wei WuXian; both 15; light-hearted slice-of-life.
A/N: Daily update until the end of the story.
A story of two high school boys learning how to take care of an injured kitten.
They managed to get into the shop at the nick of time, right before the shop closed. Even so, as they stood in front of the shelves where all the cat food were, they glimpsed through every single variation, looked at each other, as Wei WuXian smiled awkwardly at Lan WangJi.
“D-Do you know which one to buy?” Wei WuXian asked.
Lan WangJi shook his head.
“I guess we can get help from the staff then,” Wei WuXian suggested.
Lan WangJi nodded.
They should’ve done this from the beginning.
Luckily, the storekeeper was a kind lady who seemed to have an intense adoration towards cats. When Lan WangJi and Wei WuXian approached her at first, she’s impatient, frustrated for being unable to close her shop earlier thanks to these two sudden young customers who didn’t seem to know what time management was. But as soon as she saw the tiny kitten in Lan WangJi’s hand when Wei WuXian asked for the type of food they can feed it, her eyes glimmered with excitement, her entire mood changed, her whole existence looked like she’s shining with enthusiasm.
And when they left the shop, Wei WuXian was holding a hand full of not only canned food for cats, but also all sorts of cute attire, grooming tools, even a small bed.
Luckily he wasn’t the one to pay for them. But was Lan WangJi serious when he said he didn’t need him to pay him back for everything that he’d bought for the kitten, out of the store keeper’s ‘kind’ recommendation?
As soon as they got back, Wei WuXian wasted no time. He opened up the canned food and poured them onto a plate while Lan WangJi settled the kitten on the floor.
“Here, eat something,” Wei WuXian pushed the food towards the kitten, his actions careful and gentle.
The kitten eyed him suspiciously before it looked at the food. But it didn’t seem like it’s about to eat. Wei WuXian brushed its fur, comforting even more, even saying things like ‘I’ll give it to the cat down the street if you don’t eat’ but the kitten remained sitting rooted on the spot, unwilling to budge. In the end, Wei WuXian surrendered. He jumped onto Lan WangJi’s bed and rolled a few times on it before he grabbed his pillow and propped it under his chin, pouting at the cat’s direction.
Lan WangJi wasn’t at all perturbed by his behaviour either. He took the plate of food and pushed it closer to the kitten. Like before, the kitten looked at him, then at the food.
“Eat,” Lan WangJi said.
Out of Wei WuXian’s surprise, the kitten let loose a soft purr before it dug its head into the food and started munching on it.
“How unfair, how unfair!” Wei WuXian screeched. “I was the one who found it. How come it listens to you but not me? Favouritism much?”
He was sure that he’d caught sight of Lan WangJi smiling a little but he blinked and it’s gone. Instead, Lan WangJi sat quietly, posture neat, as he watched the cat eat with a gentle light in his eyes.
“Lan Zhan,” Wei WuXian called out.
“En,” Lan WangJi answered.
“I think the cat likes you,” Wei WuXian said.
“And you like it too,” Wei WuXian continued, already very much used to Lan WangJi’s silence.
Lan WangJi looked at him with the last of his words, not saying anything. Wei WuXian wasn’t sure if he’s imagining things, because the gentle light he saw in Lan WangJi’s eyes from before had vanished when Lan WangJi looked at him, replaced by a shade of frustration instead.
Did he say it wrong though?
Thinking that he might’ve offended Lan WangJi, Wei WuXian jumped from the bed and cuddled next to him.
“I’m sorry I trouble you so late at night, but you’re such a great help, I know it’s the right decision to ask for your help after all! What would I become without you, I wonder? Lan Zhan, what should I do now? I feel like I can no longer live without you!” Wei WuXian said.
As expected, Lan WangJi’s expression softened. “It’s fine,” he said, stroking the cat on its head.
“Have you finished your homework?” Lan WangJi asked.
“Hahahaha! Lan Zhan, for real, are you my mom or something?” Wei WuXian broke out laughing. “I finished everything. I also ate a huge bowl of noodles before I came.”
Lan WangJi lowered his gaze, remaining quiet. Wei WuXian nudged him on his arm.
“Have you?” he asked.
“What is it?” Lan WangJi asked.
“Finished your homework.”
Lan WangJi’s eyes widened. He’d totally forgotten about it, having been distracted by Wei WuXian and the kitten. Seeing his reaction, Wei WuXian chuckled. He pulled Lan WangJi off the floor and stuffed him towards his desk.
“Go on, go on, go do your homework, role model,” Wei WuXian hushed. “I’ll be fine with the cat. Can I let it sit on your bed?”
“En,” Lan WangJi said, seated on his desk.
“Okay! Fluffball! Once you’re done, let’s roll around Lan Zhan’s bed, okay?”
Lan WangJi smiled at those words. This time, Wei WuXian didn’t catch it.
Lan WangJi spent the rest of his time focusing on the homework. Once in a while, he’d hear giggles from behind him, alongside Wei WuXian speaking to the cat. Sometimes, he’d hear the cat returning his words as well. Despite the sound, he wasn’t distracted. Strangely, he felt the company soothing, even though he was already used to the quiet environment every night when he did his homework in his room like this.
He wasn’t sure how long time had passed but when he’d finished all his homework and kept them in his bag, he turned around, stunned by the sight of Wei WuXian laying on his side, the kitten in his hands, seemingly asleep.
The last he remembered, he’d overheard Wei WuXian telling the cat to play a staring game at him. He must’ve fallen asleep in the middle of it, and the kitten, upon seeing him asleep, had fallen asleep too while it waited for him to wake.
Carefully, Lan WangJi came to sit on the bed. The time now was 10.30PM. He wasn’t sure if he should wake Wei WuXian up but seeing him sleeping so soundly like this it made Lan WangJi feel bad if he was to do it. But it’s quite late now. Would Wei WuXian want to go home?
Before he could make up his mind, Wei WuXian grunted and moved his body, waking himself up in the progress. He caught sight of Lan WangJi’s light-coloured orbs first. They shared three whole seconds looking into each other’s eyes when Wei WuXian sat up abruptly, his motion so huge it woke the kitten up as well.
“D-Did I fall asleep?” Wei WuXian asked.
“En,” Lan WangJi said.
“Sorry, sorry. I didn’t realize.”
Lan WangJi shook his head.
“Maybe I should go home. I’ve disturbed you enough,” Wei WuXian said clumsily.
“It’s fine,” Lan WangJi said. Wei WuXian scratched the back of his head, awkward. Feeling a thump in his heart, Lan WangJi blurted. He didn’t even know what had made him say it.
“You can stay here for the night.”
Wei WuXian’s eyes brightened, his jaws dropped. Noticing what he’d let slip, Lan WangJi coughed mutely and looked away.
“If you want.”
“Of course I want!” Wei WuXian said, albeit a bit too fast. “T-That’s if you’re okay, of course.”
Lan WangJi looked at him again, then, slowly, he nodded.