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GDC Chapter 87: Loyalty—Part Nine10 min read

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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Scarlet Void
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Scarlet Void

Jiang Cheng lets calm down now…

Thanks for the new chapter!

FujoshiOtakuBean
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FujoshiOtakuBean

😭 ugh the confliction in everyones heart its too much

MPFTO
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This chapter really hits home for me. Like this quote especially– “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 be there to catch him, it’d be more than wonderful.” I remember this quote from when I started this novel somewhere else, but now I see it again, it just suddenly makes so much more sense…. It not only shows how much our baby WWX has gone through, but also how we can now rest assured because we know that LWJ will always be there❤️❤️… Read more »

Kashilla
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Kashilla

Do i imagine things or this chapter was shorter than others ? Anyway, thank you for your translation as always ! Only few chapters left :C Btw. I have a question, perhaps i missed something, but… that matter with scars at LZ’s back, was it already explained ?

Halligen
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Halligen

I’m 100% sure it hasn’t been explained up to this chapter

Furanpyon
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Furanpyon

Not yet, we need to wait a little more

Kashilla
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Kashilla

Uh i see, now i relly want to read remaining chapters in one go >:D

MinervAthena
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MinervAthena

I feel like this was a shorter chapter too. The scars haven’t been explained yet in the novel (but I think we can all make an accurate guess about them by this point)

Laketica
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laketica

Not yet – will be later

I
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I

not yet. There are spoilers in the internet, but the issue has not been addressed yet in the novel

Free_spirited_ahgase
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Free_spirited_ahgase

Aw Wei Ying saving that last prostate for husband and wife at the end warms my heart so much I feel like tearing up. He wants them to be together from thereon, such a romantic. Haa, Jiang Cheng. I’m interested in seeing how Wei Ying would resolve their disagreement after so long. It’d be epic if he blatantly say ‘mock my husband again and I won’t go easy on you’ or something. I feel bad for the bro JC, I do. His whole family met such unfortunate deaths and all of them had something to do with Wei Ying one… Read more »

Saulele
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saulele

Imagining WY bluntly saying that to JC while flashing that daring smile of his….aahhh!!! 😍😍😍 made me flip.. 😍😍 the expression on everyone faces would be priceless! 🤣🤣

Veskara
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Veskara

thank you for another update 😀

Sephslover
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Sephslover

Thank you very much for another chapter! ♥

Neliel13
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neliel13

That catch scene was so sweet! And then the prostrating part: “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.” WY is so dear, I hope the last one happens soon! And then Jiang Cheng comes to ruin all the perfect atmosphere. Good job boy. And I mean it when I say “boy”. He really didn’t mature to become a reliable man even in the slightest no matter how much time passed. How can he so… Read more »

Neliel13
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neliel13

Oh, just noticed forgot to say the most important thing. Thank you for the new chapter! <3

Laketica
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laketica

Thank you for the chapter 🙂

Xatapat
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Xatapat

Oh! I realy love you for update!!!! Thank You!!!!

Dinh Giang
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Dinh Giang

Thanks so much for the update! This chapter brought tears to my eyes.

Shin_josae
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shin_josae

So, WWX wants to marry LWJ? I thought he was still painfully oblivious about his own feelings. Thank you for the translation!

Shakja
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Shakja

Since “Lan Er-Gege” he’s been more and more aware of his feelings. And remember the reaction when he finally knew what the headband really meant. So cute!

Okorenik
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okorenik

Hi Guys ! Thanks a lof for next chapter and your hard work to translate !

btw. is anyone could be so kind and help me to find chapter when was the first kiss of them, that one in a forset when WWX had tided up his eyes with is ribbon. I will be so thankful

Neliel13
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neliel13

It’s in chapte 69 ^^

Shakja
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Shakja

It’s chapter 69. 😀

Lan Clan
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Lan Clan

It was chap.69 my favorite part <3

Shakja
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Shakja

Oh wow… This is a tough one. On one hand the interactions between Wei Ying and Lan Zhan are so sweet and full of trust. Lan Zhan can even enjoy a hug now without wanting to run away. ❤️ And on the other hand there is Jiang Cheng who always felt abandoned and betrayed by Wei Ying. In my opinion he has every right to be angry but he still uses false pretense to hide how much he was hurt in the past. He is so awkward when it comes to his own feelings that he can’t help but lash… Read more »

Shampalwe
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Thank you for translating this chapter 🙂

LAN Clan
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LAN Clan

Omg my mind is screaming I’m dying someone please save my bleeding nose. That tree scene..well I can die in peace now. Thank youu for the chapter!!

Kiwi
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Kiwi

This was so sweet! They’re almost married, I’m so happy for them. ❤️
I hope LWJ knows how WWX feels for him, it’s the cutest thing. And I hope WWX and JC make up sometime, they both went through so much.

Athasaélh Vaeôn-Mè Ihr
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Athasaélh Vaeôn-Mè Ihr

Gracias por el capítulo. Fue muy interesante.

Silvermoon26
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silvermoon26

one of my favortes chapters due to the wangxian moments!
but also feel kind of sad for jiang cheng…
such complicated feelings
anyway, thaaaaaaaanks for the update! :3

Yaoilover-89
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Yaoilover-89

Thank you very much for the new chapter! <3

Tombraiderka009
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tombraiderka009

Thank you for new chapter, I was refreshing you site of all day and now here it is! Painful chapter, but still new chapter.

Bewsbud
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bewsbud

Thank you for the update!

Flo
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Flo

He is just upset because he never had the strength to do anything

KikoTsukino
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KikoTsukino

Thanks so much for this chapter! I really love all those Wangxian scenes, they are VERY SWEET and PRECIOUS!!! ❤ ❤ And I absolutely love what Wei Ying said to Uncle Jiang and Madam Yu in his heart, that he wants them to meet Lan Zhan, and he how he asked them to reserve Lan Zhan for him, all these, it really shows that Wei Ying fully acknowledges his feelings for Lan Zhan deep down ❤ ❤ ❤ As for Jiang Chang, honestly….. his attitude being like this, and how he faults others for the downfall to his own family… Read more »

Wendel
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Wendel

I’ve been waiting for Jiang Cheng and Wei WuXian’s confrontation for so long!!! Although it pains me to see both of them so tense and Jiang Cheng so hostile to Wei WuXian, Lan WangJi and Wen Ning, I’m looking forward to see if they ever reconcile and how. Not that I want them to be super close like how they once used to be but I’d like for them to come to understand each other. Cause I feel like Jiang Cheng has so many pent up emotions and he just doesn’t know what to do with them but to pin… Read more »

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