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.
There’s no way they can focus on studying for the rest of the day. The first touch of Lan WangJi’s lips on his own had ignited a fire that ascended from his guts all the way to his brain, erupting sparks in his head and burning his conscious into ashes. Before he knew it, he was seizing Lan WangJi on his shoulders and had pushed his against the wall, planting another kiss that’s an utter contrast to Lan WangJi’s as he smooched the docile man rough and hard. If it wasn’t for a student passing by their shelf, almost catching them red-handed before Wei WuXian’s sharp ears noticed the sounds, he wouldn’t have pulled his distance with Lan WangJi and pretending he was searching for a dictionary with his fake-cheery voice, half of his body hiding Lan WangJi in his shadows, away from view, as Lan WangJi gradually came back to himself.
By the time they walked out of school, striding on the familiar way home, it was already evening. The air was damp and cool, smelling faintly of a car’s exhaust fumes. The sun dipped lower in the sky until the trees that lined the lane stood as black statues silhouetted against the darkening sky. They walked side-by-side, both saying nothing to each other.
“Lan Zhan,” Wei WuXian broke the silence after a while.
“En,” Lan WangJi answered.
“I need to ask you something,” Wei WuXian said.
Lan WangJi didn’t answer this time, but Wei WuXian knew that he was listening.
And then, he felt Wei WuXian’s finger prodding on his palm, causing his heart to skip a beat.
“Can we hold hands?”
Lan WangJi turned his head sharply to look at him; he looked like he’s reminded of something but Wei WuXian can’t tell from the way he’s staring at him now. Thinking that he’s embarrassed, Wei WuXian chuckled.
“Oops, actually that wasn’t the question I wanted to ask. Before I can ask you that, I should’ve asked you another question first, right?”
Lan WangJi gave him a wary look. “What question?” he asked.
Wei WuXian inhaled deeply and then grinned dazzlingly at Lan WangJi.
“Can I be your boyfriend?”
Lan WangJi hitched a breath. But at the next moment, he let loose a sigh that sounded like a relief and it had Wei WuXian pouting.
“W-What’s with that response? Shouldn’t you be screaming in joy by now? You should go all ‘yes, yes, yes, please, I’d love to be your boyfriend!’ at me. Lan Zhan, why are your responses always different from other people?!”
Out of his astonishment, Lan WangJi smiled at him. Without giving him his answer, he said,
“Don’t watch too much drama.”
“Hey!” Wei WuXian refuted. “Weren’t you the one who said you’ll watch with me every time I ask you to? You never said no to me! I thought you liked it too!”
Lan WangJi pursed his lips, not saying anything. But Wei WuXian wasn’t at all bothered by it anyway. In the next second, he was grinning at Lan WangJi again, trying hard to capture his eyes as he did.
“But you’re right, none of the tricks in whatever shows I watch work on you anyway. Lan Zhan is special, I need to have my own ways to deal with him!”
“Different?” Lan WangJi finally spoke.
“Yup, different,” Wei WuXian said. “By the way, you haven’t answered me yet. If you’re not going to cheer, then at least give me an ‘en’?”
“En,” Lan WangJi said.
“Hahahaha! Okay, great! …Wait, what’s that ‘en’ for? For being my boyfriend? Or ‘en’ for ‘en’?”
“Think for yourself,” Lan WangJi said.
“Lan Zhan!” Wei WuXian sulked. “You cannot do this to me.”
Lan WangJi looked at him again, his eyes warm with affection as he said,
“If the cat says yes, then I will be your boyfriend.”
“Whー” Wei WuXian gaped. “Are you seriously letting a cat decides your life happiness now? Are you sure? Sureeeeee?”
Wei WuXian grumbled at him all the way until they finally reached Lan WangJi’s home. Despite his unrestrained behaviours with Lan WangJi, Wei WuXian kept it down when he walked into the Lan’s compound, no longer grumbling, no longer complaining. Lan WangJi gave him a look, Wei WuXian pouted.
“What? Don’t look at me like that. I’m not going to climb in through your window this time.”
Lan WangJi simply shook his head. He walked towards the front door and opened it with his keys. Right from the moment they set foot into the place, they bumped into Lan XiChen, who was carrying the kitten in one arm with a bowl of what looked like scrambled eggs in another hand.
“Ah, WangJi, WuXian, you’re back.”
“Brother,” Lan WangJi greeted.
“XiChen-ge! Long time no see!” Wei WuXian waved joyfully.
“WuXian, how are you? Haha, looks like you’re still pretty energetic. Had fun in school?” Lan XiChen asked.
Wei WuXian’s grin froze on his face, reminded of what actually happened in school. By his side, Lan WangJi was giving him a sideways glance and Wei WuXian knew that he was judging him hard.
Wei WuXian coughed out loud. “Of course! School is always fun.”
“Did WangJi take care of you?” Lan XiChen continued asking with a smile as he started feeding the cat.
“Brother,” Lan WangJi spoke out.
“Take care of me?” Wei WuXian looked at Lan WangJi. “Why would he need toー”
Lan WangJi nudged him on the arm and dragged him over without waiting for him to finish his words. They came to sit with Lan XiChen, watching the cat eat at the same time.
“I don’t understand why the cat is so obedient when it comes to both of you. It won’t eat no matter how hard I try. Is this the Lan power, something only the Lans can do? Or is the Lan family associated with cats in some ways?” Wei WuXian rambled on.
Lan XiChen chuckled, “WuXian, your words are always so interesting. It’s no wonder you can always make our WangJi so happy.”
“Happy? Him?” Wei WuXian smirked at Lan WangJi. Lan WangJi averted his gaze, pretending as if he’d gained interest in the food the cat was eating.
“By the way, how do both of you intend to handle the cat now? Does it belong to someone?” Lan XiChen asked.
“It looked like a stray cat when I found it,” Wei WuXian said, stroking the cat on the head. “But it’s okay. It’s our child now. Right, Lan Zhan?”
Lan XiChen almost laughed out loud at his words but he quickly faked it with a cough while Lan WangJi’s ears were already flushed the moment Wei WuXian blurted his words out.
Lan XiChen, “WuXian, you… still have a way with words, I see.”