The majestic and totally terrifying-in-a-sexy way Black Cloak Envoy took one look at Zhao Yunlan, frowned, turned to Zhao Xinci and said “No.” Then he walked out in a sparkling, billowing cloud of dark energy.
Zhao Yunlan blinked. “Did he…did he…was I just dumped ?”
His father, in a very satisfying change of pace, looked as confused as Zhao Yunlan felt. Still, he shook his head. “You cannot be ‘dumped’, you are the Guardian. The treaty is very clear about this.”
He had been promised that it was a ceremonial role only. His father explained that once the very bureaucratic and not-at-all-ever-consummated wedding was complete, the Guardian was not required to do anything more as the Black Cloak Envoy’s consort than show up a couple of times a year for Dixing religious events.
Source: A More Perfect Union – Chapter 1, by kimboo_york – 镇魂 | Guardian (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
This is such a unique and fascinating take on the arranged marriage trope (with a good dose of identity porn on top), and I loved every moment of it!
The younger Lan brother is something of an enigma on campus; while Lan Xichen can sometimes be seen in the company of other graduate students or conducting a seminar, Lan Wangji appears to spend all his time in class or in the library. He doesn’t drink. He doesn’t smoke. He doesn’t attend social events. He doesn’t do anything for fun, as far as Wei Wuxian can tell, and it’s driving Wei Wuxian just a little bit up the wall.
Source: i’d be all right (if i could just see you), by ThirtySixSaveFiles – 魔道祖师 – 墨香铜臭 | Módào Zǔshī – Mòxiāng Tóngxiù [Archive of Our Own]
For some reason college AUs are my catnip for this ship, and this one is simply excellent.
“Wei Ying.” No response. Not even the twitch of an eyelid. Just the same dull, vacant stare he’s been wearing since Lan Wangji pulled him away from the carnage at the Nightless City.
Source: not in the ways that mattered (this is the only thing that matters), by ThirtySixSaveFiles – 魔道祖师 – 墨香铜臭 | Módào Zǔshī – Mòxiāng Tóngxiù [Archive of Our Own]
This hurts. I always wondered how this scene from the novel might have gone and have now accepted this as canon.
Lan Wangji has made his feelings plain. He’s here because he has to be, because this is war, because the Sunshot Campaign is drawing all of the resources from all of the remaining sects. He wouldn’t be spending all this time with Wei Wuxian otherwise. Someday the war will be over; in the meantime Wei Wuxian can pretend that they’re allies, that he merits Lan Wangji’s company, that Wei Wuxian is someone Lan Wangji would choose to spend time with if war hadn’t curtailed his other options.
Pretense doesn’t last forever, but Wei Wuxian is very stubborn, and a very good liar.
Source: over my head, in a landslide (can you pull me out) – Chapter 1, by ThirtySixSaveFiles – 魔道祖师 – 墨香铜臭 | Módào Zǔshī – Mòxiāng Tóngxiù [Archive of Our Own]
Wei Ying and Lan Zhan hook up during the Sunshot Campaign – but that’s all it is, right? Or maybe not. This is gorgeous.
They met on a moonless night so clear the stars were a spill of diamonds across the black velvet sky. Song Lan remembered everything about that night. The way Fuxue tugged so urgently on his hair to point him at the inn. The smell of roast meat and sweet wine wafting from the inn. The way the man he would come to know as Xiao Xingchen looked as he walked out onto the street, lantern light reflecting off him like he was the bright moon; his beautiful, delicate dragon drifting about his shoulders like a gentle breeze.
The way Xiao Xingchen looked so delighted, upon seeing him. The sound of Xiao Xingchen’s porcelain voice, as he said, “Forgive my forwardness. You’re the first person I’ve met so far with a dragon.”
Source: the constellation of us, by annadream – 陈情令 | The Untamed (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
The tragically beautiful story of Song Lan and Xiao Xingchen – only there are dragons instead of swords, which changes surprisingly little.
“Why would a person like another person? I mean that kind of like.”
He makes an abrupt pause in his writing, and though he doesn’t look up, the smudge on the paper is ever-growing. If not for the practice of his calligraphy, all the work put into transcribing those rules would have been for nought. He’ll have to discard those, and start over.
Wei Wuxian, however, unfortunately encouraged by his reticence, continues.
Source: When I have you, by LilyMaxwell – 陈情令 | The Untamed (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
What if our boys had been just a bit less oblivious? A gorgeous, warm-hearted canon-divergence. Love the characterisations here.
How exactly is Zhao Yunlan supposed to manage secret late night hookups with the Black Cloaked Envoy and beginning to date Shen Wei? Will he have to choose between carpet burn and dragonfly kisses?
Source: Five Times Zhao Yunlan and the Black Cloaked Envoy Fucked, and One Time They Didn’t., by chaosmanor – 镇魂 | Guardian (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Guh, identity porn of the hottest sort!
In the chaotic years after Steve Rogers arrives back in 2023 as an old man, he helps rebuild the world, falls in love with his best friend, adopts a stray cat, and saves the entire timeline. Not necessarily in that order.
Source: Slow and Splendored, by alby_mangroves, eyres – Captain America (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
This is an epic continuation and exploration following the controversial (to say the least) ending of Endgame. It builds an utterly gripping and three-dimensional world in which Steve has to learn how to live, now that he’s no longer a supersoldier. Simply amazing!
“We are hoping to dry off and get some rest after a long journey,” Lan Zhan says. “Would you have a room for the night?”
The woman gives them a long look up and down, and a slow grin. “We have a room and much more, Young Masters.” Wei Wuxian has also noticed the make-up on the female halves of the two couples currently giggling together over their wine, and some discord between the girls’ pretty robes and the simple style of dress of their male friends, and he throws Lan Zhan a look.
Lan Zhan is his most polite self, nodding at their landlady. His face is still wet, gleaming in the inn’s soft light, which is a cute look on him.
Source: This House of Ill Repute, by Jo Lasalle (Jo_Lasalle) – 陈情令 | The Untamed (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Traveling together, Wei Ying and Lan Zhan seek shelter from a storm in this completely delightful first time fic.