GDC Chapter 96

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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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193 thoughts on “GDC Chapter 96

  1. Ahhh thank you all for all your hard work!!!(I’m amazed that you can translate such long chapters so quickly and beautifully)!! I just read all of your translations from the beginning starting last week and caught up just now and am looking forward to the next chapter from you all~^v^! Though of course I played myself it seems since I caught up at this chapter full of pain oof. I hope they eventually talk things through soon but knowing them they probs will prolong their suffering for a while. Back to you lovely people though I hope you all are taking care of yourselves and getting enough rest and sustenance! If it is cold where you are make sure to stay warm also! And thank you again for your lovely work!!!^v^/*

    1. They would most probably talk about something else. Which man would be willing to gamble their pride by admitting to having feeling for another man? Same gender relationship is harder since you can’t tell from the get go if the other party has the same feelings.

  2. It’s hard to keep a straight face when I have been reading these past few chapters in my biology class😑😐😖😤😂🤣

  3. Thank you so much for such a wonderful translation. It had been years since I last watch or read wuxia but this novel is more outstanding than many of the ones I had enjoyed before. I was so spellbound, I read everything that was posted in just four days.

  4. Thank you for the translations..its good and i hope the two of them can realize how they love each other. Its so painful to see them ignore their feelings. Arghh.. But we really appreciate your translations.. Thank you so much!! More power.

  5. I just noticed something, a discrepancy, in the anime for this….or it’s just a really weird fact.
    The anime starts out stating 23 years have past since Wei Ying died and Lan Shiziu was between 2-4 years old when he met Wei Ying. So how old is he?! 😲 “Dundun dun, the world may never know,” said Mr. Owl, as the boy swallowed his tooties pop.

    1. If I am not wrong, I think you may be confused. I believe the anime starts 13 years after the death of WWX, and I also believe he died around 23 years old… So WWX is now in his mid thirties and Lan Sizhui must be 17 or so. I hope I was clear.

  6. There’s just too many misunderstandings it just cracks me up lol. Why won’t you just talk out wwx knowing lwjs personality 😣😣😣

  7. Thank you so much for this chapter!
    These two, I love them so much but I want to smack them at the same time *facepalms*
    Our greatest wingman we all need you please come thru…

  8. Can someone explain to me how Wei Wuxian developed feelings for Lan Zhang? Did Wei Wuxian realize that all the years the two were together were actually feelings of like/love? I’m confused.

    1. I don’t know either but I guess it started with just him teasing Lan Zhan but Lan Zhan has been by his side for some time and defends him, maybe he just didn’t realize it and kept on denying it because he didn’t what love or liking someone feels like? And you know what they say: opposite attracts.

    2. Wei Wuxian was UNCONSCIOUSLY ATTRACTED to that person whom he didn’t know yet was the feared Lan Wangji. From the very start, Wei Wuxian would do everything to attract his attention no matter how many times Lan Zhan ignored him. He can never get by without approaching LZ to let his presence known. He may think annoying this “proper young master of the Gusu Lan sect” would give him self satisfaction but THAT’s desperation of wanting to be friends with LWJ.What’s he got to lose when some snob guy refuses to give him attention?Nothing. But he kept on insisting. And because LWJ wouldn’t yield, he resorted to apologizing and bringing him gifts. That’s already courting the man! Anyway, if he wasn’t sent home too early, I think he and LWJ could have that normal friendship developing into love kinda sequence. but NO. WWX died not knowing LWJ is already secretly so inlove with him. So when he revived and they met again, deep inside his mind he kept on remembering their times together..their fights, their interactions, their *ahem* dates, their quarrels and so on. And (lol) would you remember “THE SMELL” of someone’s body when you are not attracted to him? I dunno but WWX could smell LWJ before he even confirms he’s physically there. AND he also bares all his thoughts on LWJ who never speaks in the first place.

      Maybe in his new life, WWX found that chance to get close to LWJ and using their old bond began to gradually develop the habit of teasing the one he likes. LWJ began to openly show his devotion to WWX and the latter’s lingering attraction turned to like, love and eventually…desire. why the heck would he try to get LWJ drunk 3 times? That’s because he had that unconscious intent to sleep with him. He was just alarmed at his own feelings for a man, not to mention an old “friend”. So THE FEELINGS was already there in the beginning. It’s only in his resurrection that WWX has that freedom to love someone he had always kept his eyes on.

  9. Oh WWX…You and LWJ really need to just sit down and talk about this! You’re breaking my heart! And while I do love the inn owner and her vibrancy, her timing could not be worse! lol

    You two are lethal, I tell you. Lethal! This is just….ARGH

  10. honestly as much as LWJ got “hurt” in this chapter my heart went straight to WWX poor baby one could definitely tell just how scared he got in this chapter almost thinking that LWJ could actually leave and he’d be alone?? goshhhh they’ve been through so much already especially wei ying i love him so much TT_TT

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