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.

GDC Chapter 86: Loyalty—Part Eight
GDC Chapter 88: Loyalty—Part Ten

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Myra Moon
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Myra Moon

Sweet at the first and eye-twitching at the end

Yu yu
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Yu yu

Ah, poor Jiang Cheng. I mean, he’s always been an awkward short-tempered guy. But, I just feel that it’s because he doesn’t know how else to deal with grief and anger. He seems to be confused on how to deal with his emotions to the extent that he just takes his anger and confusion out on the first thing he can think of. Wwx, because he was the one who his mother always blamed. WWX was the one who his mother blamed right before she…passed away. She said that WWX was the calamity for their clan, and it was because… Read more »

Feandra (@FedraDominguez)
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exelente

Марианна Хиддлстон
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Марианна Хиддлстон

The first half of this chapter was so sweet 💓💓💓. They are almost married? Thank you for translate !!

Manichan76
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Manichan76

I really hope both of them make up with each other :/ the whole story is sad enough, i don’t wish to see JC suffering anymore either

Pan
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Pan

Thank you!!!

Shouta
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shouta

Thank you so much

Mani-Kun
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Mani-kun

BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for the chapter T.T

Willa
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Willa

Thank you so much for a beautiful chapter & letting us see how precious WWX & LWJ are together ❤ JC really needs some anger management to stop blaming his brother & everyone else for something that happened because of the Wen Rouhan sect

Hannigary
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Hannigary

Thanks for the chapter!! I was so looking foward it!! Finally, the tree scene 😭💗 Wwx, what were you going to say back then? Whem you was thinking “if he catches me, i’ll…” you’ll what? And he catched you!!! I’m so happy about this chapter :(( Wwx showed the places where he fooled around when he was just a child to lwj, and he was so happy by his presence 💖 But my baby Jiang Cheng didn’t like that 🙁 I can’t believe he hates wei wuxian just because of that. Wwx did a good thing back then, saving lwj.… Read more »

Faniac
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Faniac

Oh Lord!! Wei Wuxian!!! So you have finally taught about your marriage??? Oh man!! I wish the old master and madam is still alive, how would they react???

Tira
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Tira

Thank you for this chapter

Suzuyachan
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suzuyachan

Thank you for the trans 💕

This chapter is sweet and heart breaking at the same time, especially with all that reminiscing… 😭😭😭
And please, not just WWX and LWJ… Pls also give JC a happy ending… I really feel like his dying inside. Be strong jiang cheng 😭🙏

Audx
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Audx

I think JC have a mixed feeling. In my opinion, he was like so mad with WWX who always cause trouble, but at the same time he couldn’t really blame it on WWX. Due to the complicated feeling, and also due to his short temper personality, it all come into a conclusion that all he can do is blaming WWX for every evil thing that happen but still believe him that he not the one who did it. To me, things that happen to Lotus Pier, still going to happen becuz even if WWX didn’t do any trouble, they going… Read more »

Camy
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Camy

The unwelcomed person helped you to get your revenge when wwx was not there !! ! But now that wwx is here, it’s more easy to get angry against LWJ because you know how WWX was always nice to him, and you know that will hurt him. JC I really like you, you’re so true, like all the rage in a angry person who don’t want to see the true, you don’t want to see because you’ll have nothing to release this hate against if you see it. I hope he’ll have a good ending too, i like him because… Read more »

LanWangXian
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LanWangXian

Thank u so much for your hard work translator-nim!!! I really cant wait for the next chap 😭😭😭 Its hard to wait for a week hihihi~

TheLunatic
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TheLunatic

guys! there dilo on the art on top of the page lmao

Azilli
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Azilli

My poor WWX it was not your fault. This chapter was so bitter sweet. Thanks for updating.

PhoenixLucisCaelum
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PhoenixLucisCaelum

May I asked how to you said sandalwood in Chinese and does it smell nice (omg, what am i saying) ^_^”?

Fangirlhard
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fangirlhard

jiang cheng why are you like this…
thank you for the hard work!

Nelelbelle
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Thank you

Fie
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Fie

Thank you for your hardwork.

Meeno
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Thank you for the update, much appreciated as always.

Our boys are just to sweet and WWW in his heart mimicking the ritual was the pièce de résistance. JC has major anger issues and it seems that it is high time that WWW did something about it.

Yuki Eiri
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Thank you so much for your time and HARD work , K. I know it must be really hard to do this when you have a regular daily life to live so thank you. Oh and Addis and the others as well.

Stargreen
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stargreen

Thanks a lot for chapter 87.

Sa Ri
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Until now I still can’t find any reason to like Jiang Cheng. he’s a close minded brat looking for a person to blame his miseries. His jealousy and insecurity twisted him so much, worse he let it eat him. Above everyone else, he should be the one who knows Wei Ying the most and yet he let rage cloud his judgment.

He’s like the representation of all tantrums on earth hahahaha

I hope he gets slapped with the truth real hard. Ungrateful bastard.

Akak
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akak

Thanks translating this novel for free! 🙂

MysteriousCoupDeTat
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MysteriousCoupDeTat

Why must Jiang Cheng be such a pain? Why does he feel the overwhelming need to scorn and humiliate Wei Ying as though he doesn’t know exactly what kind of person he is? He knows who Wei Ying is, knows what he is like, knows that regardless of slacker tendencies Wei Ying is still a good person. So WHY does he feel the need to do this to the person who has also saved his life numerous times, and who was his “brother” for almost his entire memorable childhood? WHY A-CHENG!?

SerinaJane
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How much time do you have? Jiang Cheng suffers, he has learnt his way of thinking from his mother. With everything that happened he see’s himself as the victim of circumstances created or forced by decisions of Wei WuXian. He is deeply unhappy even though he has his status as sect leader, his life and core repaired thanks to Wei WuXian. He has always been unhappy, he will always be unhappy, if his family were still alive he’d be unhappy too, he’ll find a reason. Misery loves company, people who are unhappy will do everything to make others unhappy too.… Read more »

ShadowcLite
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ShadowcLite

I understand where JC is coming from. Almost losing his family, he blamed himself since he was unable to save them. He couldn’t accept this fact and that is why he is venting his frustrations to WWX. However, he found out that WWX was not to be blamed, but his heart couldn’t accept it. He is still in denial, venting his grief, imposing on the emotional level. He wanted to hurt WWX, because unlike before, there is no one that he could share his feelings with, he also lost a brother in him. LMJ took that place, and saw how… Read more »