「Just Instincts」13

PAIRING: Lan WangJi x Wei WuXian
RATING: Gen.
NOTE: Animal Spirits AU; Human Lan WangJi x Fox Spirit Wei WuXian.

ALL CHAPTERS: [01] [02] [03] [04] [05] [06] [07] [08] [09] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]

SUMMARY:

“It’s not something he can help, but it’s not like he’s asking for help anyway.”


They spent some more time in town, only because Wei WuXian said he needed to buy some potatoes back. Wen Yuan mindfully reminded him that Wen Qing told him she’d have him eat grass for the rest of the week if he bought potatoes instead of beans again, but all Wei WuXian did was telling him that she only said those simply because she didn’t know how to cook potatoes. Wei WuXian had then teasingly patted Lan WangJi on the shoulder and said that there’s nothing to worry about because Lan WangJi would always come to his rescue every time he’s at the verge of starving. He was totally expecting a rejection, but when Lan WangJi answered him with an ‘en’, he stopped laughing, suddenly feeling awkward.

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「Just Instincts」12

PAIRING: Lan WangJi x Wei WuXian
RATING: Gen.
NOTE: Animal Spirits AU; Human Lan WangJi x Fox Spirit Wei WuXian.

ALL CHAPTERS: [01] [02] [03] [04] [05] [06] [07] [08] [09] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]

SUMMARY:

It’s not only a new home, it’s also revolution.


He thought he’d have a way with handling pain after all that he’d been through. He’s not afraid of pain, but it’s irksome having to deal with it. For the entire process, he had his eyes closed. There were prickling sensations all over his body; he could hear Wen Qing talking to him, telling him to stay awake. Sometimes, he could even hear her trying a very pathetic joke out of desperation. Often, at those times, he wanted to laugh, maybe lift a hand, pat her, and tell her that he’s not going to die. But all that he could do was opening a pair of trembling lips and all that would spill from his mouth was strangled moans instead. Whenever that happened, Wen Qing would panic, telling him to stay put and don’t speak.

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「Just Instincts」21 (final)

PAIRING: Lan WangJi x Wei WuXian
RATING: Gen.
NOTE: Animal Spirits AU; Human Lan WangJi x Fox Spirit Wei WuXian.

ALL CHAPTERS: [01] [02] [03] [04] [05] [06] [07] [08] [09] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]

SUMMARY:

“What does a very, very good friend mean to you?”


The pool laid in the corner of the cave without any ripple in the blood-red water as if time had frozen. The cave was empty, not a sign of living being…

…until now.

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「Just Instincts」20

PAIRING: Lan WangJi x Wei WuXian
RATING: Gen.
NOTE: Animal Spirits AU; Human Lan WangJi x Fox Spirit Wei WuXian.

ALL CHAPTERS: [01] [02] [03] [04] [05] [06] [07] [08] [09] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]

SUMMARY:

“A person exists because someone remembers them.”


The next time he opened his eyes, he was in the cave again. No Wei WuXian; just as everything was like before.

It’d been a year since Wei WuXian’s death. The cultivation world had returned to its usual calm state and eventually, the news about Wei WuXian’s death had once again spread throughout the cultivation world.

“Who knows if he’s dead for real? The last time we thought he’s dead, he came back as a monster. Maybe it’s just history repeating itself.”

…was what most people said.

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「Just Instincts」19

PAIRING: Lan WangJi x Wei WuXian
RATING: Gen.
NOTE: Animal Spirits AU; Human Lan WangJi x Fox Spirit Wei WuXian.

ALL CHAPTERS: [01] [02] [03] [04] [05] [06] [07] [08] [09] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]

SUMMARY:

“Even if they’re simply memories, they’re still you.”


The bloodshed in JinLin Tower had left behind fatalities that will take a long time to recuperate. If not because of the blood resources supplied by the Lan Sect, alongside Wen Qing, who helped to calm the retained animals who’d run berserk, the disaster would definitely spread throughout the lands, worse if the escaped animals were let on the loose. Who knows what kind of impact will they bring to the cultivation world? Who could guarantee that they will be safe from diseases, and who could assure a second, third, tenth, hundredth of Wei WuXian wouldn’t arise from the disaster?

Also, there’s the thing with Wei WuXian.

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「Just Instincts」18

PAIRING: Lan WangJi x Wei WuXian
RATING: R18.
NOTE: Animal Spirits AU; Human Lan WangJi x Fox Spirit Wei WuXian.

ALL CHAPTERS: [01] [02] [03] [04] [05] [06] [07] [08] [09] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]

SUMMARY:

“I’ll wait for you.”


By the time they returned to the Cloud Recesses, it was already late evening. Lan WangJi, naturally, led their way back to Jing Shi, just for Wei WuXian to tug him on the sleeve, stopping him in his steps.

“What’s the matter?” Lan WangJi asked.

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「Just Instincts」17

PAIRING: Lan WangJi x Wei WuXian
RATING: Gen.
NOTE: Animal Spirits AU; Human Lan WangJi x Fox Spirit Wei WuXian.

ALL CHAPTERS: [01] [02] [03] [04] [05] [06] [07] [08] [09] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]

SUMMARY:

“At the very least, he wanted to finish up what he started.”


The early morning sunlight gave way to the first coddled rays of the day. The white blanket had melted away, the evergreens and spruces scented the air with new growth. Trees in the garden budded with leaf and blossom as the remnants of snow faded, leaving behind nothing but traces of moisture on leaves. A black bird flit from branch to branch, letting out a sweet melody, enjoying the new bloom of spring. Eventually, the bird came to rest on Wei WuXian’s finger, raised as he welcomed the bird with a warm smile.

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「Just Instincts」16

PAIRING: Lan WangJi x Wei WuXian
RATING: Gen.
NOTE: Animal Spirits AU; Human Lan WangJi x Fox Spirit Wei WuXian.

ALL CHAPTERS: [01] [02] [03] [04] [05] [06] [07] [08] [09] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]

SUMMARY:

“It’s just instincts.”


The tiny fox shivered in his embrace as he dragged his foot down the corridor, leaving behind trails of blood wherever he went. The droplets of blood plopped to the floor and created a path, like millions of red flowers were blooming where his footprints left. Lan WangJi’s breathing was heavy, his vision just a tad blurry, but he never stopped moving, never stopped walking down the corridor, totally ignoring the two disciples who had been trying to hold onto him but were rejected. Brutal red tarnished his quivering hands, yet none of those blood stained the small creature in his palm. All that he could see now was red as blood kept dripping down his back, the corners of his lips, and his fingers. He could barely feel anything on his body, his white attire blemished in crimson, and all that he could feel was the very, very faint warmth in his hands, so feeble that if he wasn’t careful enough, it’d slip out of his grasp and disappear. Despite the pain on his body, he paid no attention to them. Someone was speaking to him, but he turned a deaf ear towards them.

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「Just Instincts」15

PAIRING: Lan WangJi x Wei WuXian
RATING: Gen.
NOTE: Animal Spirits AU; Human Lan WangJi x Fox Spirit Wei WuXian.

ALL CHAPTERS: [01] [02] [03] [04] [05] [06] [07] [08] [09] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]

SUMMARY:

“What is right, what is wrong. Does that matter?”


The blood oozed in time with the beating of his heart. It started as thick and strong, reeking out of his fingers as they clenched the ripped flesh. His pulses at this moment of time were always dawdling and fragile, his conscious giddy as he felt the very fluid of his life drain away, yet feeling nothing all at the same time. Streaming his spiritual energy to dissever the blood and getting them out was something that felt so instinctual to him now. The energy poured out of him along with his blood, and, like his blood, he held no worries, knowing that the energy would eventually regenerate by themselves as well.

…supposedly.

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「Just Instincts」14

PAIRING: Lan WangJi x Wei WuXian
RATING: Gen.
NOTE: Animal Spirits AU; Human Lan WangJi x Fox Spirit Wei WuXian.

ALL CHAPTERS: [01] [02] [03] [04] [05] [06] [07] [08] [09] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]

SUMMARY:

While new lives come forth, old lives wither.


Soon, winter came. The red flowers Wei WuXian let bloom in his cave was no longer rosy. The crimson slowly dimmed, petals falling off each day. The trees were littered with brown, dead leaves now. The air was a frosty lace on his skin, ethereal and icy, as he walked on the narrow path leading towards the village. Even on the coldest days of winter, the sun was radiant in the sky. He remembered when he first came to this mountain, it was winter too. Back then, snow fell heavily as he sought for a place to keep them warm with a pack of weak lions. Back then, the lions were hardly able to bring themselves to search for shelter, let alone hunt for food. Now, however…

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