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Chapter 87: Loyalty—Part Nine

Translated by K of Exiled Rebels Scanlations

As Wei WuXian spoke, he grabbed two branches and started to climb up the trunk of the tree. With great ease, he leaped up until he reached an area near the top. Wei WuXian finally stopped, “Hm, it should be about here.”

He buried his face inside a cluster of thick leaves and only looked down after a long while. His voice was high, tinged with laughter, “Back then, it felt so scarily high, but looking at it now, it really wasn’t that high.”

The instant he wrapped his arms around the tree, Wei WuXian’s eyes had warmed. When he looked down, his sight was already blurred.

Lan WangJi was standing right beneath the tree, looking at him with his chin raised. He was clothed in white as well. He didn’t hold a lantern, but moonlight glided down his body, almost enveloping him in a soft halo, making him seem so bright. He looked up at the top of the tree with a dedicated expression. He seemed to have walked a few steps closer, almost as if to stretch his arms out.

All of a sudden, an abnormally strong impulse surged into Wei WuXian’s mind.

He wanted to fall down again, just like back then.

A voice inside of him said, If he catches me, I’ll…

At this point where he thought ‘I’ll’, Wei WuXian let go. Seeing that he fell out of the tree without any warning, Lan WangJi’s eyes immediately widened. He shot forward just in time to catch Wei WuXian, or one might say, be caught by Wei WuXian.

Lan WangJi’s figure was slender. He seemed to be quite the scholarly young master, but his power wasn’t to be disregarded. Not only was his arm strength shocking, his lower body was steady too. But, after all, it was a grown man who jumped from the tree, so although he caught Wei WuXian, he staggered slightly, walking a step backward. Immediately, however, he steadied himself. Just as he was about to let go of Wei WuXian, he realized that Wei WuXian’s arms were tightly wrapped around his neck, preventing him from moving in the slightest.

He couldn’t see Wei WuXian’s face. Wei WuXian couldn’t see his face either, but he didn’t need to. When he closed his eyes, all he breathed in was the cold sandalwood on Lan WangJi’s body.

His voice was hoarse, “Thank you.”

He wasn’t scared of falling. All these years, he’d fallen many times. But falling on the ground still hurt, after all. If someone was there to catch him, it’d be more than wonderful.

Hearing Wei WuXian thank him, Lan WangJi’s body seemed to freeze for a second. The hand that was about to be laid on Wei WuXian’s back paused before it returned.

After a moment of silence, Lan WangJi responded, “You are welcome.”

With a long time of hugging, Wei WuXian finally parted with him. Standing with his back straight as ever, he spoke as though nothing happened, “Let’s go back!”

Lan WangJi, “No more reminiscing?”

Wei WuXian, “Yes, more reminiscing! But there’s nothing to see if we walk farther out. It’d be the wilderness there, and we’ve seen enough of that in the past few days. Let’s go back to Lotus Pier. I’ll take you to see the last place.”

The two returned to the dock and entered the gates of Lotus Pier once again. They walked across the training field. As they passed by an ornate little building, Wei WuXian stopped and took a few more looks. His expression seemed different. Lan WangJi asked, “What is wrong?”

Wei WuXian shook his head, “Nothing. The place I lived in used to be here. Now it’s gone. It really was torn down. All of these are new.”

They passed by the layers of buildings and arrived at a quiet place in the depths of Lotus Pier, in front of a black eight-cornered palace. As if scared that he’d startle someone, Wei WuXian gently pushed the doors open and walked inside. Before the palace neatly lay rows and rows of tablets.

It was the YunmengJiang Sect’s ancestral hall.

He found a hassock and kneeled down. Taking three of the incense sticks in the container, he ignited them with the candlelight and stuck them into the bronze tripod in front of the tablets. He prostrated three times to two of the tablets, and turned to Lan WangJi, “I used to come here a lot.”

Lan WangJi had on an expression of understanding, “Kneeling as punishment?”

Wei WuXian mused, “How did you know? That’s right. Madam Yu punished me almost every day.”

Lan WangJi nodded, “I have heard of a few things.”

Wei WuXian, “It’s so famous that even people outside Yunmeng, even you Gusu people know—how could it be ‘a few things’? But, to be honest, in all these years, I’ve never seen a second woman whose temper was as bad as Madam Yu’s. She told me to go to the ancestral hall and kneel no matter how small the matter was. Hahaha…”

But, apart from this, Madam Yu had never really done anything to harm him.

He suddenly remembered that this was the ancestral hall and that Madam Yu’s tablet was right in front of him. He immediately apologized, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry.”

To make up for his thoughtless words, he lit up three more sticks of incense. Just as he raised them above his head, still apologizing in his mind, it suddenly got darker beside him. He turned to find that Lan WangJi had also kneeled down beside him.

Now that they were in the ancestral hall, for the sake of courtesy, of course he had to show his respect as well. Lan WangJi also took three sticks of incense and, sweeping his sleeve to the side, and ignited them using one of the red candles. His movements were proper, and his expression was grave. Wei WuXian tilted his head to look at him, his lips curving upward almost uncontrollably. Lan WangJi glanced at him and reminded, “The ashes.”

The three sticks of incense that Wei WuXian held had been burning for quite a while. A bit of ashes had already accumulated at the top, close to falling off. However, he still refused to insert them into the tripod, instead saying, “Let’s do it together.”

Lan WangJi didn’t object. And so, each with three sticks of incense, the two of them kneeled among rows of tablets and bowed down to Jiang FengMian and Yu ZiYuan’s names together.

Once. Twice. The movements were exactly the same. Wei WuXian, “That’s it.” He finally placed the incense into the tripod.

In the end. Wei WuXian glanced at Lan WangJi, who’s kneeling as properly as ever beside him. He put his hands together and uttered in his heart, ‘Uncle Jiang, Madam Yu, it’s me again. I’m here to disturb you two again. But I really did want to bring him here and show him to you. Let the two prostrates we just did count as prostrating* to the Heavens and the Earth, and to the Father and the Mother. Please help me reserve the person beside me for now. I’ll owe you the last prostrate for now, and find some chance to make up for it in the future…’

*In traditional Chinese marriages, one has to prostrate three times: once to the Heavens and the Earth, once to the Father and the Mother, and once to the Husband and the Wife (each other).

At this point, a cold laugh suddenly came from behind the two.

Wei WuXian was in the middle of his silent prayers. Hearing the sound, he trembled as his eyes sprang open. He turned around to see Jiang Cheng standing in the middle of a clearing outside of the ancestral hall, his arms folded.

His voice was chilling, “Wei WuXian, you really don’t take yourself as an outsider, do you? You come and leave whenever you want. You take with you whomever you want. Do you perhaps still remember whose sect this is? Who’s the owner?”

Doing this, Wei WuXian wanted to keep it away from Jiang Cheng in the first place. Now that he discovered them, he knew they’d definitely be faced with some vicious remarks. He didn’t want to argue, “I didn’t take HanGuang-Jun to the other, more confidential places of Lotus Pier. We only came to greet Uncle Jiang and Madam Yu with a few sticks of incense. We’re finished already and we’ll be leaving now.”

Jiang Cheng, “If you’re leaving, please go as far as possible. Don’t let me see or hear you fooling around in Lotus Pier again.”

Wei WuXian felt his brows twitch. He saw Lan WangJi’s right hand press onto his sword and stopped him at once.

Lan WangJi turned to Jiang Cheng, “Watch your words.”

Jiang Cheng was quite blunt, “I think you’re the ones who should watch your actions.”

Wei WuXian’s brows throbbed even harder, and the ominous feeling within him grew as well. He spoke to Lan WangJi, “HanGuang-Jun, let’s go.”

He then turned around and prostrated a few more times before the Jiang couple’s tablets before standing up with Lan WangJi. Jiang Cheng didn’t stop him from prostrating, but he didn’t hide his mocking tone either, “You really should kneel for them properly, having dirtied their eyes and contaminated their peace.”

Wei WuXian threw him a sideways glance, speaking in a calm voice, “I’m only here to burn some incense. That’s enough, isn’t it?”

Jiang Cheng, “Burn some incense? Wei WuXian, are you really that dense? It’s been so long since you were kicked out of our sect, and here you are taking unwelcome people with you to burn incense for my parents?”

Wei WuXian was already about to pass around him and leave. When he heard this, he suddenly stopped, his voice low, “Well, say it out loud. Who’s an unwelcome person?”

If he were alone here, he’d be able to pretend like he heard nothing of what Jiang Cheng said. However, with Lan WangJi with him, no matter what, he wouldn’t want Lan WangJi to suffer through Jiang Cheng’s vulgar remarks and obvious malice alongside him.

Jiang Cheng mocked, “Look how forgetful you are. What does unwelcome people mean? Then let me remind you. It was because you played the hero and saved Second Young Master Lan, who’s standing beside you right now, that the entire Lotus Pier and my parents went down with you. And that wasn’t enough. With the first time, soon comes the second. You even had to save Wen-dogs and drag my sister down with you. What a person you are! What’s more, you’re even so generous as to take the two to Lotus Pier. The Wen-dog’s strolling in front of my sect’s gates; Second Young Master Lan came here to burn incense. You’re here on purpose to remind me, to remind them.” He continued, “Wei WuXian, who do you think you are? Who gave you the face to take whomever you want into our sect’s ancestral hall?”

Wei WuXian knew that Jiang Cheng had to settle this with him no matter what.

For Lotus Pier’s destruction, Jiang Cheng thought not only that Wei WuXian responsible, but also that Wen Ning and Lan WangJi were responsible too. He wouldn’t give a friendly look to either of the three, let alone when they were walking right in front of his face at the same time inside Lotus Pier. He was probably infuriated.

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Bloora
Bloora
May 11, 2021 3:26 pm

Jiang Cheng is such a tragic character 😭

Lucian1110
May 16, 2021 4:32 am

I heard they tried to adapt the scene where LWJ caught WWX under the tree in the live action. But both Xiao Zhan and Yibo were injured when making that scene, so they removed it.

guah
guah
May 23, 2021 10:31 am

Dont care what y’all say, i heartily dislike jiang cheng. Sure he had reasons. But it still doesnt make it even close to ok. He’s insecure. He always rushes to push all his blame on others, he comes off so damn selfish hurting people he loves just to make himself feel better about himself

Wangxian cheerleader
Wangxian cheerleader
May 27, 2021 5:15 pm

All these dumb excuses for JC gotta stop. WWX had a much tougher life but never went around laying blame on everyone and using them as a crutch to spew hate. JC has wanted to monopolise WWX and never really approved or encouraged his relationship with LWJ. I have zero sympathy for him and I find none of any of his excuses passible.

Wangxian
Wangxian
June 10, 2021 5:06 am

Don’t tell me that even after Wei Ying wanted to do the prostating with Lan Zhan he’s still oblivious enough to think that they are just friends or something? Someone please make that dude understand.

P.S. Why in the heck is he so cuteee, he didn’t care about himself but when JC insulted Lan Zhan, he got so pissed and defended him❤❤❤😍

Felixnightingale
June 17, 2021 5:19 am

Lan Zhan was really ready to throw hands with Jiang Cheng in his house in front of his parents’ graves LMAO
Name a man more stubbornly loyal 😂😂

Also wow, it’s really heartbreaking to see how Jiang Cheng has been harboring his view on that situation after all these years. Wei Wuxian was just doing the right thing! 😭

E S
E S
June 23, 2021 4:45 am

Somehow both LWJ and WWX still thinking the other is thinking of them as a friend after this.

Just bros. Being bros. Performing a significant toart of a wedding ceremony.

-_-

Just a gay weeb
Just a gay weeb
July 3, 2021 3:17 am

ARE JUST NOT GONNA TALK ABOUT HOW WWX ESSENTIALLY PROPOSED IN HIS HEAD?!

happy youth
happy youth
July 6, 2021 2:59 pm

If someone there to catch him, it would be more than wonderful….. ahhhh

crimson rain
crimson rain
July 13, 2021 1:49 pm

wei ying really wanted to bring lan zhan to meet jiang fengmian and yu ziyuan (his parental figures) to meet him as his future husband i’m :(((

Carly Williams
Carly Williams
July 21, 2021 12:37 am

🤣😂🤣 It cracks me up that WWX intentionally ‘tricked’ LZ into doing a wedding ceremony with him!! LZ was definitely willing!! And his little speech in his head was just ❤❤❤❤

🙄 But JC seriously!! U really blaming WWX for your parents death?!!! He was just supposed to do nothing while they attacked LZ and JX?!! How cowardly!!

Carly Williams
Carly Williams
July 21, 2021 12:42 am

With how the Wen sect was carrying on it was inevitable for conflict to come sooner or later. Standing by and doing nothing was not a solution!! Plus his actions saved JX too and u weren’t blaming him. He has held onto this resentment and jealousy for too long 😔 Too much loss for all of them

lily
lily
July 21, 2021 8:06 pm

okay,, even at the drama, i was mad at jiang cheng bc of what he said. wwx just want to visit the two, why say things like that??????

lily
lily
July 21, 2021 8:07 pm

on the other hand,, wwx, what do u mean when you said, if lwj catch u, u will…? what??? u will confess??? then pls do im begging

lily
lily
July 21, 2021 8:10 pm

wwx praying to heavens and earth, his parents and jiang parents to reserve lwj makes my heart go wild like he is thinking marriage with lwj😭😭

Gail45
July 28, 2021 5:51 pm

Is it possible that JC may have had a crush on A Xian, or he’s passed that he choose every one else except him 😞

PhoenixFyre
August 11, 2021 7:03 pm

JC is being an ass. He blames everyone for everything that has happened. He was stuck in the cave and helped the others escape but he is blamed for his parents death. And his sisters who… saved Wei because she loved her little brother and wanted to protect him. No wonder JC is alone. He is a miserable person. Wait to you see what Wei did for you.

Sky25
August 15, 2021 3:09 am

I really can’t blame JC for his attitude and hatred towards wwx tho we all know that no one wants that to happen or more like wwx didn’t wish all of that to happen still he takes part to those circumstances, and even if I’m in his shoes and both of my parents died and also my sister it rational for me to act that way isn’t? Just my opinion tho

Nicole Ann
Nicole Ann
August 24, 2021 8:01 pm

I don’t hate JC since i understand that he was hurt because almost all the people he cared for, died. But still, he grew up with WWX. I thought he would atleast understand him more, he was manipulated into thinking that WWX was the bad guy. ;((

Cas6841
September 1, 2021 1:51 pm

Guys, Wei Ying is not oblivious he knows that he’s in love with Wangji, but still doesn’t know if Wangji feels the same way. They live in a homophobic society where being gay is seen as shameful. Wangji is so righteous and moral that Wei Ying thinks Wangji can’t be gay because that would go against his morals.

Cas6841
September 1, 2021 1:56 pm

“If he catches me, I’ll…” tell him I love him. Wei Ying literally wants to marry Wangji, but is terrified that Wangji doesn’t feel the same way so he locks his feelings away if fear of being rejected. Wei Ying needs verbal confirmation that Wangji loves him because of his insecurities and their past history believing Wangji truly use to hate him.

June
June
September 2, 2021 6:21 am

This is the reason if couldn’t sympathize with JC, he is hurting everyone and blaming others for the cause, and too selfish to some point that he even forgot who he is attacking. Too competitive that he doesn’t even care about black and white. To win an argument, he will go to any level , speak anything to make the other person hurt. 🙁

Mary
Mary
September 17, 2021 8:01 pm

When Lan Zhan told Jiang Chen to “watch your words.” Excuse me… 😭🤧

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