Who writes and sings a song about how much they ship each other? Answer: these two beautiful dorks, and I can’t even. I also love the fact that an official TV channel then went and turned it into a fanvid.
Zhao Xinci’s son is a shadowy figure that Shen Wei knows nothing of. The man would be rather young for the position of Special Investigation Department Chief (his Haixing title) and Guardian Lord (his Dixing title), but to be able to receive such rank at a young age would speak highly of the man’s skills and accomplishments. Shen Wei knows only this, and that the man’s name is Zhao Yunlan. The name means little to him.
When I saw the way Zhao Yunlan talked to BCE on the rooftop in episode 1, I also thought they must have met before (although that doesn’t quite mesh with Shen Wei’s strong reaction to seeing him at the window). This is a great exploration of the hypothetical first meeting.
Sex is like the beat of a drum, like hurtling down a grassy hillside or the crackle of a campfire. The body’s response is instinctual, and for some it’s a social act by definition. For Shen Wei, the Envoy—like his body, like his own face—it’s intensely private.
That changes when Kunlun arrives.
Adult, spoilers for the show. I love how Shen Wei is characterized here, as well as his relationship with Kunlun. The demisexual angle fits my own headcanon perfectly, too. Just altogether lovely!
It takes…time. A substantial amount of time, and an even more substantial amount of effort on the part of Zhao Yunlan, that yet succeeds but rarely.
That he takes that effort, that his willingness is so proven—not just willingness, but eagerness; persistence bordering on the obsessive, which is one of Zhao Yunlan’s hallmarks and virtues, but to have it applied to this—that he would apply it to this—that is what finally convinces Shen Wei.
Shen Wei still doesn’t understand it, though. Not really.
Mature, dark-ish. This is a fascinating look at a darker side of their relationship, at the fact that Shen Wei always, always has to hold back part of himself. Zhao Yunlan just wants him to let go sometimes, no matter the cost. This is the aftermath, loving and just a little bit melancholy.