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WangXian (Instrumental)

The day after they met Luo QingYang and her husband, the two arrived at a small town in Guangling.

Wei WuXian put his hand above his brows, peering at the flapping flags promising good wine, “Let’s take a rest over there.”

Lan WangJi nodded, and the two walked over, side-by-side.

After the night at Yunmeng’s Guanyin Temple, Wei WuXian and Lan WangJi roamed around night-hunting along with Lil’ Apple, being ‘wherever the chaos was’ as before. They’d visit wherever they heard was haunted by the creatures of the dark and deal with the disturbances, touring the region and getting to know the local customs while they were at it. Three months passed as such, with blissful freedom and no regard to matters of the cultivation world.

They went in the wine shop and sat down at a table in a plain little corner. A servant in the shop approached them. Seeing their appearance and bearing, along with the sword at Lan WangJi’s waist and the flute at Wei WuXian’s, he couldn’t help but connect them with the two figures whose stories had been spread far and wide these days. But after he scrutinized them for quite a while, he still couldn’t be sure, seeing that the white-clothed customer wasn’t wearing the GusuLan Sect’s forehead ribbon.

Wei WuXian asked for wine, and Lan WangJi ordered a few plates. Wei WuXian listened to his deep voice state the names of the dishes, with one hand propping up his cheek and another underneath the table, fingers wrapped around a snowy white ribbon. He had a big grin on his face. Only after the servant was gone did he begin, “So many of them are spicy. Can you eat them?”

Lan WangJi picked up a teacup from the table and took a sip, his voice calm, “Sit properly.”

Wei WuXian, “There’s no tea in the cup.”

“…” Lan WangJi filled the teacup and took it to his lips again. A while later, he repeated, “… Sit properly?”

Wei WuXian, “I’m still not sitting properly? It’s not like I’m putting my legs on the table like before.”

After a moment of endurance, Lan WangJi spoke, “Do not put them elsewhere either.”

Wei WuXian’s expression looked confused, “Where did I put them?”

Lan WangJi, “…”

Wei WuXian, “You’ve got so many demands, Second Young Master Lan. How about you tell me how to do it?”

Lan WangJi put down the teacup and glanced at him. Smoothing out his sleeves, just as he was about to stand up and teach him properly, roars of laughter suddenly exploded from the table in the center.

One of the few sitting at the table gloated, “I knew Jin GuangYao had to plummet sooner or later with the things he did! I’ve been waiting for this day for so long, and now he’s finally exposed, hah! One’s deeds will be paid, one way or another—what goes around always comes around!”

Hearing this, Wei WuXian felt quite reminiscent. Both the tone and content of the criticism felt quite familiar, and only the target was changed. He couldn’t help but pay attention. Another cultivator picked up his chopsticks and pointed, “As expected, there’s no fault in those past sayings! Of the ones above, the cleaner they looked, the dirtier they were behind their backs!”

“That’s right. There’s not a single good one. No matter what ‘venerated gentlemen’ they are, is there a single one of them who’s not wearing a second outer skin?”

Drinking large gulps of wine and swallowing large chunks of meat, another person spat, “Speaking of it, that SiSi used to be quite the well-known prostitute back in the days. With how old she is, I couldn’t even recognize her. What a fucking hag. It was quite the torturous death for Jin GuangShan too, hahahahaha…”

“Props to Jin GuangYao for thinking of such a way to kill his dad. A perfect match. Absolutely perfect!”

“It’s quite a mystery—why didn’t Jin GuangYao kill that old prostitute? Witnesses should be silenced. Is he an idiot?”

“Why should he be an idiot? He’s the seed of Jin GuangShan, after all. Maybe he’s a lover of affairs too. Maybe he’s got special tastes and has… haha, an unspeakable relationship with SiSi?”

“Hah, I think so too, but don’t the stories say? Because he engaged in incest with his sister-by-blood, Jin GuangYao was so shocked he somehow fell ill in an unspeakable way, so even if he wanted to, he couldn’t, hahaha…”

These stories and rumors were indeed familiar. Wei WuXian recalled how back then countless people told stories of him kidnapping a thousand virgins to his demonic cave at Burial Mound, ravishing them day and night to cultivate the dark path. He found it somewhat funny, Fine. No matter what, the things they said about me were definitely better than what they’re saying about Jin GuangYao.

The conversation grew in an even more revolting direction. Lan WangJi began to frown as well. Fortunately, the more normal people on the table could also no longer take it. One of them whispered, “Quiet down a bit… It’s not music to the ears or anything.”

The laughing few couldn’t care less, “What’s there to be scared of? Nobody knows us here.”

“That’s right! And what if someone heard it? Do they really have so many fucks to give?”

“You think the LanlingJin Sect right now is same as before? Could they really shut anyone up? Could they really play the tyrant again? You don’t wanna hear it? Then suck it up!”

Someone switched the subject, “Enough, enough. Why talk about these things? Eat up, eat up No matter how powerful that Jin GuangYao used to be, right now he could be stuck in a coffin brawling with Nie MingJue.”

“I don’t think so. They loathe each other to the core, after all. I bet his bones have already been torn apart by Nie MingJue.”

“Indeed! I went to the sealing ceremony. The resentful energy in that coffin was so strong that no life grew within five hundred feet of it. I’m doubting it, really—could the coffin really seal them for a hundred years?”

“No matter what, it’s none of your business. It’s all a matter of those few sects. Anyways, the LanlingJin Sect is over now. The skies have completely changed, haven’t they?”

“Still, during the ceremony, ZeWu-Jun looked absolutely terrible.”

“What would you expect? In the coffin were his two sworn brothers, while his sect’s juniors kept on running around with a fierce corpse—they even need its assistance on night-hunts! No wonder he’s in secluded cultivation so often. If Lan WangJi still doesn’t go back, I bet Lan QiRen’s gonna start cursing…”

Lan WangJi, “…”

Wei WuXian into laughter.

The discussion continued, “Speaking of it, the ceremony impressed me indeed. Nie HuaiSang did quite a good job, didn’t he? When he volunteered in the first place, I thought he was definitely gonna mess things up. He’s the head-shaker, after all.”

“Me too! Who would’ve known he hosted it no worse than Lan QiRen did?”

Hearing their astonishment, Wei WuXian commented in silence, What’s so special about this? After all, in the next few decades, perhaps this leader of the QingheNie Sect’s would gradually begin to show his edges, bringing the world even more surprises.

Both the food and the wine had arrived. Wei WuXian filled a cup to the brim and downed it slowly.

Suddenly, he heard a young man’s voice, “Then is the Tiger Seal really inside the coffin?”

A cloud of silence fell over the wine shop. A moment later, someone answered, “Who knows? Perhaps. What could Jin GuangYao have done with the Tiger Seal except for carrying it on him?”

“But there’s no way of telling. Didn’t they say the Seal’s become just a piece of scrap iron? There’s no use for it anymore.”

The boy sat alone at a table, holding a sword in his arms, “Is the coffin really firm enough? What would happen if someone wants to see if the Tiger Seal is inside or not?”

Immediately, someone raised his voice, “Who’d dare?”

“The QingheNie Sect, the GusuLan Sect, and the YunmengJiang Sect all sent people to guard the cemetery. Who in the world would have the guts to do it?”

Everyone expressed their agreement. The boy didn’t speak up again. He took the teacup from his table and sipped, as though he gave up on his idea. Yet, his eyes hadn’t changed at all.

Wei WuXian had seen those types of eyes on many faces. And he knew that this definitely wouldn’t be the last time he saw them.

After they left the shop, Wei WuXian still sat on Lil’ Apple while Lan WangJi held the reins in front.

Swaying left and right atop the donkey, Wei WuXian took the flute from his waist and placed it by his lips. The limpid notes flew across the sky like birds. Lan WangJi halted and listened quietly.

It was the song he sang for Wei WuXian when they were stuck in the Xuanwu cave. It was also the song that Wei WuXian just so happened to have played at Dafan Mountain, the song that enabled Lan WangJi to confirm his identity.

When he finished, Wei WuXian winked his left eye towards Lan WangJi, “How was it? Beautiful, huh?”

Lan WangJi slowly nodded, “For once.”

Wei WuXian knew that ‘for once’ referred to how his memory was good for once. He couldn’t help but smile, “Don’t always be so angry about it. It was my fault in the past, alright? Besides, my terrible memory should be accredited to my mom.”

Wei WuXian propped his arm on Lil’ Apple’s head, spinning Chenqing in his hand, “My mom said you have to remember the things others do for you, not the things you do for others. Only when people don’t hold so much in their hearts would they finally feel free.”

This was one of the only things he remembered about his parents.

After his thoughts wandered for a bit, Wei WuXian pulled them back together again. Seeing how devoted Lan WangJi’s gaze was, he continued, “My mom also said…”

Hearing how he refused to continue, Lan WangJi asked, “Said what?”

Wei WuXian curled his finger at him, his expression solemn. Lan Wang walked closer. Wei WuXian bent down and spoke beside his ears, “… that you’re mine now.” The tip of Lan WangJi’s brows twitched. Just as his lips were about to part, Wei WuXian interrupted, “Shameless, impudent, frivolous, ridiculous, spouting nonsense again—right? Alright, I’ve said it for you. Back and forth it’s always the same words. You really haven’t changed at all. I’m also yours. We’re even, yeah?”

With words, Lan WangJi could never beat Wei WuXian. His voice was cool, “If you say so.”

Wei WuXian tugged the donkey’s reins, “But really, I’ve come up with almost ten names for this song. And there’s not a single one of them you like?”

Lan WangJi stated firmly, “No.”

Wei WuXian, “Why not? I think it’d be great if it’s called Love Song of Lan Zhan and Wei Ying.”

Lan WangJi said nothing. Wei WuXian blathered on, “Or Everyday Song of HanGuang and YiLing also sounds great. You just know it’s got a story behind it…”

Lan WangJi seemed like he didn’t want to hear another name, “There is.”

Wei WuXian, “There is what?”

Lan WangJi, “A name.”

Wei WuXian was surprised, “There is? Then you should’ve said its name earlier. Why didn’t you tell me for so long? You made me try for so long to come up with a name, wasting my wisdom.”

After a moment of silence, Lan WangJi answered, “WangXian.”

Wei WuXian, “Huh?”

Lan WangJi, “The song is named WangXian.”

Wei WuXian widened his eyes.

Soon, he exploded into laughter, “Hahahahahahahahahaha, no wonder you never told me. So you gave it a name like this all on your own. The reason behind it is just so obvious. Good for you, Lan Zhan! When did you come up with it? Hahahahahahahahahaha…”

Lan WangJi seemed like he’d long since expected Wei WuXian to react like this. Watching him convulse in laughter on Lil’ Apple’s back, he could only softly shake his head. His expression seemed to be of surrender, yet a light curve had already bloomed soundlessly at the corners of his lips. Something hazy drifted through his eyes as well.

He raised his arm to hold Wei WuXian’s waist so that he didn’t plunge from the donkey’s back. When he finally laughed enough, Wei WuXian spoke in all seriousness, “WangXian, good, wonderful! I like it. Yes, that’s what it should be called.”

Lan WangJi was expressionless, “I like it too.”

Wei WuXian, “It sounds very righteous, very GusuLan-esque. In my opinion it should be straight-up recorded into the song collections and made a required piece for all of the GusuLan Sect’s disciples to study. If they ask, HanGuangJun, how should we interpret the name of the song? You can then tell them how the song came to be.”

Listening to his nonsense, Lan WangJi only grasped the reins of Lil’ Donkey with Wei WuXian on it and clenched the thin rope in his palm, continuing on their way. Wei WuXian was still talking, “Where are we going next? I haven’t had Emperor’s Smile in a long time. How about we go back to Gusu and first play around for a bit in Caiyi Town?”

Lan WangJi, “Sure.”

Wei WuXian, “It’s been so many years. The waterborn abyss there should be completely cleaned up, right? If your uncle can bear looking at me, then hide me along with those jars of wine in your room; if he can’t, then let’s go tour some other place. I heard SiZhui and the others are having loads of fun night-hunting with Wen Ning.

Lan WangJi, “Mn.”

Wei WuXian, “But I heard there’s a renewed version of the GusuLan Sect’s rules? Hey, is there even more room on that Wall of Rules in front of the mountain to your sect…”

A gentle breeze came, and both their robes rippled like spring water.

Facing the wind, Wei WuXian squinted at Lan WangJi’s silhouette. As he criss-crossed his legs, he shockingly found that he could somehow manage to balance himself in such an odd position on the back of Lil’ Apple.

It was only something trivial, yet he looked as if he just discovered a new and interesting occurrence. He couldn’t hold himself back from sharing this with Lan WangJi, calling, “Lan Zhan, look at me, look at me now!”

Just like before, Wei WuXian called his name with a grin, and he looked over as well.

From then on, he could never move his eyes away again.


*Insert afterword from author that I haven’t finished yet.

Although this is the end to the main story of GDC, there are still some extras we will translate. The “last” chapter will be Chapter 127. As these 14 extra chapters are relatively long, please be patient while we work on them. Thank you for reading on our site at Exiled Rebels Scanlations and the support. 🙂

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koolullaby
koolullaby
January 12, 2021 8:10 pm

thank you very much 🥺

Rangiku
Rangiku
January 13, 2021 11:18 pm

What did Lan Zhan see turning around that made him never move away his eyes again?

Irene
Irene
January 14, 2021 7:23 am

Thank you very much for translating this masterpiece.It was my first time reading a Chinese novel and I am greatly impressed.If anyone have other great Chinese novels suggestions…pls comment

anonymous
anonymous
January 20, 2021 8:50 am

I dare say this is one hell out of a book which dragged me in to a whirlpool of emotions and almost turned me in to a living breathing corpse for few days ; ) (sleepless nights ,foodless days, blink less eyes…) Thank you so much for translating this great piece of art… hats off to MDZS…

TreezOM
January 21, 2021 10:26 am

This was the first novel I read and Im glad I did

Silver Daisy
Silver Daisy
January 21, 2021 8:08 pm

Once again I have finished this wonderful gem of a novel. A 3rd re-read and definitely not the last as Season 3 of the anime shall be released sometime this year. This novel shall always have a place in my heart for introducing me to BL, Gods thank you!

SJea
SJea
January 25, 2021 12:56 pm

Thank you for translating ☺️☺️☺️ Beautiful

Black_wind
Black_wind
January 31, 2021 6:20 pm

So umm….how did Wei Ying die exactly? It wasn’t really addressed. What we know, it was not like in the live action…he still lived for 3 more years after the Nightless city…(that’s why in the drama they said he came back after 16 years). Supposedly he got torn apart by his “creations”?…the anime/donghua seemed to strongly suggest, that he most likely committed suicide this way…so idk.

AKBree49
AKBree49
February 2, 2021 11:38 am

I actually dont want this to end!! Im reading slowly and watching all the bts of the untamed… i was also hoping for Jiang Chen and Wei Ying to reconciled and also Jin Ling.. the song is really nice too tho 🥰

breeze
breeze
February 4, 2021 5:38 am

After avoiding it for so long, I finally read this masterpiece novel. I honestly came expecting some ordinary bl and fantasy story, but got shoved by the wonderful journey of wei wuxian and lan wangji. I must say that I endlessly cried over their past and now I’m having a mental breakdown. Anyway, thank you to the ERS team for the hard work!!

omi
omi
February 12, 2021 10:49 am

This is my first time reading a bl novel and seriously i love this novel very much. It made me very emotional.

A Girl Has No Name
A Girl Has No Name
February 12, 2021 8:11 pm

I just finished reading and I feel like there is a hole now. 😔This was the first bl novel that I have read. Thanks a bunch for translating this masterpiece. I am now looking for something else to read, but I haven’t found anything that rises to this level of storytelling. If anyone has any suggestions, hit me up.

Alvs
Alvs
February 14, 2021 8:24 am

This….. is genuinely my favourite love story of all time. I did NOT expect that going in hahaha. It’s been a ride :’)

Ciel
Ciel
February 14, 2021 10:59 am

Thank you so so so much for translating!!! This was an incredible masterpiece by MXTX and I couldn’t put it down – I got my friends to get into it too hehe. Translating is such hard work and I’m so very grateful for this translation! It was amazing and so well-detailed and I can’t thank you enough. Have a wonderful day / week / month / year ❤️❤️❤️

山川河海竹与云
山川河海竹与云
February 16, 2021 6:52 am

As a Chinese, I am proud that my favorite authors are loved abroad as well. But at the same time I am a little bit happy, because many foreigners can not enjoy the magic of the original and radio drama on the Chinese website.(机器翻译,可能有不准确的地方)

Azunim
Azunim
February 16, 2021 11:17 pm

14 extras? I feel BLESSED ❤️🥺

山川河海竹与云
山川河海竹与云
February 19, 2021 5:17 am

Ironically, mdzs, a BL novel, has been banned on Chinese websites on the grounds of sexual and bloody violence. Was banned by a hate group from the mdzs.(翻译不准就是我的锅)

很可笑的是,mdzs这一部BL小说在中国网站上被以色情血腥暴力为理由封禁了。是被讨厌mdzs的人恶意举报封禁的。

NightLynx
February 19, 2021 7:04 pm

I’m so happy and sad. Happy with the ending, it’s so cute and amazing. Sad that it’s ending, I feel empty now

I.D
I.D
February 21, 2021 2:05 am

..woooow its a complete new level of “love is the purest and most difficult thing, yet the best of them all” THANK YOU TO ALL THE TEAM THAT TRANSLATES AND THANK YOU TO THE ENTIRE SITE FOR THE GREAT JOB YOU GUYS ARE DOING. LOTS OF LOVE FROM ALBANIA

Emyko
Emyko
February 25, 2021 11:37 am

Thank you K for your hard work translating this novel! And thank you to the rest of the ERS crew and others who helped make it possible.

Idk
Idk
March 3, 2021 2:28 pm

Does anyone have any recommendations to more bl dramas?

KiwiBird
KiwiBird
March 3, 2021 8:02 pm

Is the translation of WangXian ‘hope in the present’? If so that is jsbfjfjfjsjdnfjfjeks adorable!

Nicole
Nicole
March 3, 2021 11:40 pm

What a beautiful and amazing novel! My first Chinese novel, first online novel…I only read it cuz I loved The Untamed! I absolutely hate reading novels online but this was well worth the eye strain lol Can someone please tell me what chapter describes how Wei WuXian died?! Please help! Also, how did he survive the burial mounds?

sleepycyclops
sleepycyclops
March 4, 2021 4:57 am

I’m proud of myself.

Shiela Torricer
Shiela Torricer
March 11, 2021 7:25 pm

.thankyouh so much for your hardwork in translating this novel..really enjoy reading it🥰🥰😍..

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