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Chapter 96: Longing (Part Seven)

Translated by K of Exiled Rebels Scanlations

Wei WuXian finally realized. All those promises of ‘I’ll only ask him a few questions; I won’t do anything else’ he made to himself before he made Lan WangJi drink were only self-deception.

That the most disciplined person would throw tantrums, hit people, mess about after he was drunk, meant that Lan WangJi’s drunken actions weren’t self-controlled. And, even though Wei WuXian knew this, he still took advantage of the easy manipulation, purposely provoking him and leading him to do what he wanted.

No matter how ascetic he was, Lan WangJi was an ordinary man, after all. Having been teased so rudely by him, how could he have kept his calm? Just the day before, Lan WangJi was humiliated by Jiang Cheng with such a matter, and right now he was still worried about his brother, yet Wei WuXian had to mess things up like this…

Lan WangJi didn’t say anything else after the ‘mn’, but Wei WuXian had already thought of a bunch of things on his own.

In the two lives he lived, he’d never learned how to write the word ‘shame’, but right now, he understood more than anyone. His lips were still stinging and swollen, while the stickiness at his abdomen and between his legs embarrassed him even more. He could slam his head against the wall right now.

This situation clearly verified the worst possibility. Lan WangJi was indeed very nice towards him, but… it probably wasn’t the kind of nice he hoped for.

Not wanting to make Lan WangJi feel awkward, Wei WuXian scrambled to put on his outer clothes and pants. As he dressed, he slapped one side of his forehead, speaking in a tone not much different from his usual one, “You’re awake. Well, I’m pretty much awake too.”

Lan WangJi turned around and looked at him. Wei WuXian didn’t dare take a guess at the emotions that were inside of his eyes. Arms trembling slightly, he grabbed his clothes and hurried to put them over his head. He watched as Lan WangJi reached out towards him, after a moment of silence, as though wanting to help him wipe away the fluid on his body.

Wei WuXian blurted, “No thanks!!!”

Lan WangJi’s hand paused in mid-air before being retracted.

Wei WuXian let out a sigh of relief, murmuring, “You don’t have to. I’ll do it on my own. You don’t have to touch me.”

Someone like Lan WangJi would likely feel that he ruined the other’s appearance after he did it with them. Wei WuXian definitely didn’t have the face to let Lan WangJi clean him. He fumbled for a piece of undergarment, wiped himself with it, and tossed it away, “Um, Lan Zhan, both of us probably drank too much tonight. My apologies.”

Lan WangJi didn’t say anything.

Wei WuXian only put on one boot before continuing, “But you don’t have to feel too apologetic either. Uh, it’s normal for men to be like this sometimes. Please…don’t take it too seriously.”

Lan WangJi looked at him quietly, “Normal?”

His voice sounded more than calm.

Wei WuXian didn’t dare respond. Lan WangJi asked again, “Do not take it too seriously?”

Originally, Wei WuXian thought that compared to having his feelings be found out and them become so awkward they couldn’t even be friends, he’d much rather have Lan WangJi feel that he was a cheap, flippant person instead. But right now, he began to regret saying those idiotic things without thinking about them first. He whispered, “… I’m sorry.”

Lan WangJi suddenly stood up. Wei WuXian began to panic. At this point, the owner of the inn suddenly ran upstairs, knocking on the room door, “Young Masters, Young Masters! Are you in bed?”

Lan WangJi averted his gaze. Wei WuXian hurried to put on his other boot, “No! I mean, yes, yes we are. Hold on, I’ll get up after I put on some clothes.”

Only after Wei WuXian dressed himself did Lan WangJi walk over and open the door. Wei WuXian, “What’s wrong?”

Standing in the hallway, the owner smiled apologetically, “I’m really sorry to disturb your sleep so late at night. Please don’t mind. But I have no choice, either. The guest sleeping below you said that water dripped into their room. I thought it might be from your room, so I came to check…” She looked inside the room and was immediately shocked, “W-W-W-What happened here?!”

Wei WuXian touched his chin, “I’m the one who should be sorry. My apologies, Ma’am. I drank too much tonight and wanted to take a bath. Things were going great so I slapped the tub a few times, and then it broke. I’m really sorry; I’ll pay for it.” Right after he said it, he remembered that he couldn’t possibly pay. On their trip, Lan WangJi was the one responsible all of their expenses. In the end, Lan WangJi was still the one who’d pay for all this.

Although the owner kept on saying ‘it’s fine’ and ‘don’t worry’, her face was extremely distressed. She walked inside, “Just how did the water leak down… There isn’t even a place to put my feet in this room…” She bent down, picked up a few sitting mats, and exclaimed again, “Why is there a hole here?!”

It was the one that Lan WangJi made using Bichen. Wei WuXian combed his hand through his somewhat messy hair. He could only repeat his apologies, “Yeah, that’s my fault as well. I played around with my sword, and…”

Before he could even finish, Lan WangJi had already picked up the money pouch on the ground and placed a piece of silver on the table. The owner’s expression softened quite a lot, but she still had to say a few words, hand at her chest, “Young Master, no offense, but how could you throw around something as dangerous as a sword? It’s not that big of a deal if you poke a hole through the mat and the floor, but what if you hurt someone?”

Wei WuXian, “Yes, yes. You’re right, Ma’am.”

The owner took the money, “Then this’ll be it for now. It’s so late already too. You can rest first. I’ll switch you two to a new room and deal with this one tomorrow morning.”

Wei WuXian, “Yes, please, thank you… Wait! Then, could we have two rooms please?”

The owner mused, “Why two rooms?”

Wei WuXian didn’t dare look at Lan WangJi. He lowered his voice, “… I go berserk whenever I drink. You saw, didn’t you? I throw things around and play with my sword. Wouldn’t want to hurt anyone, either.”

The owner, “Indeed!”

After she answered, she indeed switched them to two rooms before she walked downstairs, holding the hem of her dress. Wei WuXian expressed his gratitude and opened the door to his room. Turning around, he saw Lan WangJi standing in the hallway, holding Bichen in one hand and fiddling with his forehead ribbon in the other. He looked down and said nothing.

Wei WuXian wanted to hide inside his room as soon as possible, but after he looked, he couldn’t walk another step. With much thought, he finally spoke, careful yet sincere, “Lan Zhan, about tonight, I’m sorry.”

With a while of silence, Lan WangJi breathed, “You do not have to say this to me.”

After he put on his forehead ribbon properly, he became the disciplined HanGuang-Jun once more. He nodded, “Rest well. We will talk about the Guanyin Temple and going to Lanling tomorrow.”

With this, Wei WuXian felt a bit better. At least they had something to talk about tomorrow. He grinned, “Yeah, you too. Rest well. Let’s talk about it tomorrow.”

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Kaiminie
Kaiminie
June 15, 2021 7:04 pm

I would liquefy in pain and cringiness if I were them 😭

Piebokou
June 27, 2021 5:10 pm

This is too 😢 My little babies nnooooo talk to each other.

Quanxi
Quanxi
July 9, 2021 2:53 pm

😭

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kiss me baby ♡
kiss me baby ♡
July 14, 2021 12:49 pm

AHHGHHGGHH KYAAASDRSHTF MY HEART FEELS LIKE ITS BEEN STABBED 5 TIMES 😭🏃🏃🏃

Gnitejulia
July 14, 2021 9:30 pm

Misunderstandings… My heart hurts 😢

Mira
Mira
July 15, 2021 8:38 am

I am sobbing idk what to feel

Daughter of Ares
Daughter of Ares
July 20, 2021 10:25 am

yuk this is disgusting, but your translation is great thank you very much

lily
lily
July 21, 2021 10:49 pm

im gonna cry

Jhhonnaisa
Jhhonnaisa
July 25, 2021 9:47 am

I think they are both hurting each other with their action💔

Imelda
Imelda
July 30, 2021 4:58 am

Everyone in the comment section is sobbing. I’m the only one left to comfort them.

MDZS Geek
July 30, 2021 5:18 pm

Lan Wangji’s heart right now: 😭😭😭

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Felixnightingale
July 31, 2021 1:35 am

PLEASE. CAN Y’ALL JUST. COMMUNICATE PROPERLY… I BEG OF YOU I HAVE A HEADACHE FROM THE FRUSTRATION.
PLEASE 😭😭😭😭

They really took the Two Bros Chillin In A Hot Tub thing pretty far, huh?

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Lilyscarlett
August 6, 2021 1:48 am

I have wanted a spoiler so much more in life rn than I do now! I just want to know if they makeup and communicate or not **sobs in a corner**

bev!
bev!
August 10, 2021 5:13 am

HWYUJFKLSJKRND SNOOOWQEW

Sky25
August 15, 2021 7:01 am

I really hate misunderstanding so much like no one wants it either but I hope they could talk it out! 😭🤦

Yanaa001
August 21, 2021 8:12 am

Welp.

CryingOnTheInside
CryingOnTheInside
August 21, 2021 10:09 am

ugh my heart cant take this

haru
haru
August 22, 2021 8:58 pm

JUST CONFESS TO EACH OTHER FFS!!! aksjdmsjks

Cas6841
September 2, 2021 1:08 am

Wei Ying would rather have Wangji believe that he is a cheap, easy lay and that he does this stuff all the time than have Wangji know his true feelings in fear of that ruining their friendship. He rather push down his feelings and stay by Wangji’s side brokenhearted than have Wangji reject him.

Cat who loves yaoi
Cat who loves yaoi
September 2, 2021 2:05 am

Turning into a sad cat

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Akane
Akane
September 5, 2021 6:05 pm

Having a romantic feeling towards friend is always the hardest. We want them so bad but at the same time afraid would ruin the friendship.

Yedi_Princess
Yedi_Princess
September 9, 2021 8:41 pm

Whether its Man-Man relationship or Man-Woman relationship…
When you fall for your closest friend, its hard to express feelings out of fear that their friendship will be ruined if other person doesn’t have same feeling….loosing him as a friend is biggest fear and pain than the heartbreak

Rice
Rice
September 9, 2021 10:48 pm

Pls don’t say that.. it was real,, it was real to me!

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