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The Peony & The Dragon

The Peony & The Dragon

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In the untamed world, there is a love blooming out of friendship and treacherous politics. 1x1 between SofiUnnie & kouchima.

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❀ THE PEONY & THE DRAGON ❀
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"Follwing you for a long way. Secretly, hoping you could see me behind. Together, we walk through rainy days.."
Step On Your Shadow by Xiao Zhan.
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HIDDEN KINGDOM or also known as Yin Hua as the name points at this, is where the ancient and unique magic lives in through its people - the elven. Their crest holds bloodred peony-blossom, which also is the mark of their most sacred power - the blood ice. They are the keepers of many secrets that this dimension holds and in eternal guard over the peace and most importantly - balance of the whole existence of the dimension. It is a rare sight for anyone to see one of their kind, or to even talk to one; as they rarely walk among the other races and species. The surname Hua is only used by the royal line of the Yin Hua.

Their Emperor, Hua Wan Miao and his wife, the Empress Hua Zhelan have been ruling over these lands for a long time, as there is no time in Hidden Kingdom and these elves age a lot differently as anyone else, making them immortal. Due to Empress Zhelan cheating on her husband, she bore the firstborn son Hua Wei Sheng and Emperor Wan Miao has been raising the young man as if his own. It never changed, even after Empress gave birth to real heir of the throne - a boy named as Hua Xiu, who also inherited the power of blood ice.

After Emperor Wan Miao discovery of Empress Zhelan and Royal Prince trying to rebel by assassinating Royal Prince Xiu, the worried father made a decision and placed Xiu on a journey of a lifetime. In age of five, everything changed for the boy and to keep their Kingdom falling for the wrong hands and evil, Emperor Wan Miao did everything to keep it from happening and keep his precious boy alive - as long as Royal Prince Xiu is alive, it means he will remain alive and as long as they both breathe, it is guaranteed that the Hidden Kingdom remains hidden and the world will not end.

First King Lu, the ruler of and blood-heir of Tian Shi Kingdom had found the five year old child inside a cargo ship, which had traveled along the Magnificent Dragon River that twists and turns throughout the whole dimension, becoming the most important waterway of the whole world. Their kind are known as the Magiman, a immortal human with magical abilities and whom royal line holds spirit of a magical or mythical creature within.

First King Lu and Second King Fan have been in the rule for some time, their union being a rather unique one - same sex marriage, it hasn't been seen in Tian Shi for generations now. Although they do hold deep respect and love for each other, Second King Fan is more ruthless and manipulative, to a point of being rude, but as he isn't part of the Lu Sect, he doesn't hold the real power as his husband, First King Lu does. People of Su Sect and citizens of Tian Shi call this unique powercouple Ying and Yang Kings.

With the birth of Lu Cai, they discovered quickly that this boy was a mere rut, a mutt like he is nowdays often called and seen nothing but a disgrace of the royal line of Tian Shi. Why? Because he was born with no soul energy aka without a spirit residing inside of him. As he was thirteen, he became to have a companion - a boy named Rou, whom locked powers somehow unleashed the spirit inside of him after they had become the bloodbrothers. Their blood being mixed, Cai had decided to keep it a secret and with the help of his friend, guardian, teacher and companion, they started to train his powers in secrecy.

Their life got easier, when he became older brother to Lu Zhe Xi, who was born with the trickster of a nine-tailed old fox inside of him. Cai embraced the boy, as the boy did everything to keep his older brother safe from all harm, and as Zhe Xi grew up, he found himself having to wear a mask to keep on that task. Although he seems like a real Bad Omen and evil like Second King Fan, it is only an act. Zhe Xi despices his second father, but keeps his mask on to unveil dangerous secrets.

After dark clouds started to gather above Hidden Kingdom, they heard the sad news - their precious Emperor Wan Miao had fallen into a mysterious coma, the Empress crowned her only surviving son as King Hua, who was after finding his little brother and to continue with the initial plan - failing to kill his father, they had understood that little Xiu was still alive somewhere.
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HUA XIU / ROU | The Elf | Song Yi Jang | kouchima

The Guardian of Cai.
Lost/deceased prince of the Elven Kingdom.
Real heir of his family line.
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The real son of the Emperor and Empress of Elven Kingdom, which is hidden away in the mountains and sealed away from other races and often seen as a legend. Xiu was sent away from home, when he was only five by his father and hidden into the cargo ship and sent along the river that flows through the lands like the tail of a chinese dragon. As his older half-brother is in line for the throne, he still is just an illegimate son for the Emperor. As long as the real heir is alive, that time he won't have the chance to inherit the throne as per their mother's wishes.

Saved by the King of the Magiman Kingdom, he is thought the manners, ethics and magic of these magical humans since he was five years old and given the name "Rou". In age of thirtheen, Rou was appointed as the guardian and bodyguard to the older prince, Cai. It was the beginning of a strong friendship and underlying emotions that waited to blossom.


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LU CAI / THE MUTT | The Magiman | Sean Xiao | SofiUnnie

The Best Friend of Rou Rou
Older prince of the magical human kingdom.
Holds chinese dragon spirit within.
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He has been the prince, who doesn't have had any spirit within, or so it has been seen by everyone else around him. In age of thirteen, when he became to have someone live with him in his quarters, train with him and protect him, dear Rou's elven magic made something stir inside Cai and awakened the Dragon. They decide to hide it from everyone and Rou helping him train his powers, they are growing closer every day.

Without understanding, Cai takes admiration and loyalty towards his friend as strong friendship, but instead of it, it is just love. As the years go by, both Kings decide that there is no use of the boy and have started to plot to give him away for a princess or/and as a offering for a strong ally. Or sacrificing him to the God Mountain to become eunuch and serve the Spirits until he dies.


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LU ZHE XI / SNEAKY ZHEXI / BAD OMEN | The Magiman | Liu Yao Yuan / Wang Zhi | SofiUnnie

The Younger Brother of Cai
Second prince of the magical human kingdom.
Possessed by Kitsune spirit, who is good aligned.
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As ZheXi showed his spirit alignment early in his age, he also quickly understood the nature of most humans, doesn't matter if magical or not. Through the knowledge of his spirit, the boy's mind quickly adjusted with a fact that he needs to deceive everyone around him, acting like he was just a trickster and a troublemaker, but actually is the one who brings good luck and does good deeds behind this mask he has pulled on himself. ZheXi also helps out Cai hiding his Dragon Spirit for years now, after having figured that out through couple of cases he has had in his secret work he does in the city for the citizens and royals alike.

ZheXi uses his wit and sharp mind, and has opened a secret private investigator office.
Also has a soft spot for Rou, often teasing the other man with either wanting to marry him or complimenting the other through teasing.


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HUA WEI SHENG | The Elf | Liu Hai Kuan / Lan Xi Chen | kouchama

The King of Elven
Half-brother to Hua Xiu, illegitimate son of Emperor.
Uses dark magic to hide his identity.
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The older brother of Hua Xiu aka Rou, one whom has been plotting with their mother, the Empress to get rid both of the real Hua' liners - father and son, so they could take the ruling over Hidden Kingdom as a revenge over something petty, and go into a war with every other Kingdoms, revealing themselves and the sacred duty they hold to keep the World from falling into the Chaos and possibly end it all.

Aften managing to get rid of the Emperor, he now sits on the throne as the King of Hidden Kingdom and rules, being advised and manipulated by his own mother. He is now hunting for his little brother, so he could finally kill the Emperor and his son Xiu, so he could become Emperor himself.


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HUA WAN MIAO | The Elf | William Fang / Prince Ka Suo

The Elven Emperor
Currently in a coma.
Old friend of King Li, the one who found his son.
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Wang Rou ❀ The White Peony ❀
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He stumbled after Lu Cai, nowhere near his usual graceful self. Sitting on the edge of the prince's bed, Wang Rou took another deep breath to try and regain control of himself. At least with Lu Cai nearby, he seemed to be able to get a better grasp on his own thoughts as the haze that had settled over his mind began to clear away. The prince always did have that sort of calming effect on him.

But then Lu Cai did something completely unexpected. Before Wang Rou even had time to ask what the prince was babbling on about, he was being kissed. Wang Rou blinked a few times, but did not pull away. It took him a few seconds to react. Finally, he pulled back, staring at Lu Cai in shock as a dark blush crept across his cheeks.

"You... Why did you do that?" he asked breathlessly.

He should feel ashamed, perhaps, but as Wang Rou's eyes fell to Lu Cai's lips, all he could think about was how much he wanted that to happen again.

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LU CAI ♦ The Dragon ♦ The Heir of TianShi
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Heart, that poor heart was beating in his chest as if it was about to rip free and fly away. It was painful, and Cai didn't know why, but he just went with it. After Rou pulling away, it took him a moment to open his eyes, then blinked and looked at his friend. "Because someone told me tonight that it is best to do what your heart says?" He was confused. Cai liked Rou's soft lips, and he wanted to do that again, but instead... no, he was going to do that again!

Leaning even more in, he pressed another kiss on Rou's lips, making it swift yet strong, then leaned back and fell on his back, spreading all of his limbs. "You know, Rou Rou..." he murmured, smiling as Cai had closed his eyes, "Your lips are very warm and soft..." he was gradually falling asleep, but Cai didn't let himself. He couldn't. He wanted to kiss Rou even more, but something stopped him from doing that. "Rou Rou...," the Dragon Prince murmured softly, in a sing-song voice, "You taste better than any wine or heavenly sweets."

Then, he pushed himself up and walked over to the shelves behind a seating area. There was a small plant growing, and his fingers were lingering on the edge of the white pot. His smile vanished, while Rou only saw his muscular back. Cai was worried about his companion, very worried. Wang Rou wasn't like himself, because previously, even if Cai had teased the elf, Rou had managed to avoid or punish him in that usual manner.

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When Lu Cai kissed him a second time, Wang Rou closed his eyes to better enjoy the feel of the prince's lips pressing against his own, but it ended all to quickly. He leaned forward for a moment when Lu Cai pulled away, just barely managing to stop himself before he chased after the prince himself.

Wang Rou swallowed, touching his fingers to his lips as Lu Cai spoke about the feel and taste of them. He felt himself smile faintly, but it disappeared quickly. Lu Cai was drunk. He probably didn't know what he was saying, and would most likely forget all this in the morning. There was no reason for Wang Rou to see this as anything more than a drunken mistake on the prince's part.

He suddenly felt very tired again as his eyes lingered on Lu Cai's form.

"Dianxia," he began, attempting to stand but immediately collapsing back on the edge of the bed. Huffing softly, he remained sitting, pressing a hand to his forehead and closing his eyes to try and fight against the throbbing headache that was once again forming. "You should rest. Don't do or say anything more that you'll regret tomorrow."

Because surely, the crown prince, this beautiful man, would never want anything to do with Wang Rou in any romantic or physical way. Lu Cai was just drunk, and had just returned from a brothel. If he had run into someone other than Wang Rou, the same thing probably would have happened. After all, Wang Rou thought to himself, I'm nothing special. I'm not worthy of even a second glance from Lu Cai.

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LU CAI ♦ The Dragon ♦ The Heir of TianShi
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Cai, the Prince of TianShia, would fall apart without Wang Rou. He would be nothing, only a miserable and broken soul. Without Rou, he would have never found out that he had a Dragon spirit inside of him. "Dear friend," he spoke to his Guardian Spirit inside of his soul, "what I am about to ask from you, don't refuse, don't say no and for the love of Moon and Sun, don't ask why." He sighed, a tear starting to roll over his cheek, "Delete all the memories of the kisses that happened now and all the kisses that will happen in the future. Give them back if I ever earn to remember them again in your eyes." And with the finishing touch to the wish or request, Cai snatched one of the leaves from his plant and crushed it, the tear disappearing from his cheek as if it had never been there. Why he did what he did? It was only to protect Wang Rou and not to make it so complicated, knowing the wrath that Lu ZhenXi's father held in his grasp. That particular King wasn't kind, and if found out - Rou would've been at fault, even if it was all on Cai. He couldn't let that happen. Never.

The Dragon only nodded and did what was asked of him, even if he didn't like the request. He would do anything for the safety of his boy and anyone precious to Cai. Old Luo was right, it was time to make things move, and if it meant to keep these memories as a safekeeping until they were safe to be released, the Ancient Spirit was going to do so.

As Cai heard Rou collapse, he turned around quickly... or as quickly he managed in his own weak state. He was worried, and that was very clear in his dark eyes, flashing firey red for a mere moment. "Stay here, Wang Rou," he spoke quietly, not wanting to disturb his dear elf even more, "I will stay beside you. I am resting, right here, okay."

"Miu Miu!" he called out and white haired female peeked inside from the secret, back door that was invisible to those that didn't know to look for it, "prepare medicine and bring me herbal cloth with cold spring water. Quickly!" His handmaiden and loyal servant quickly hurried to bring what Prince had asked for.

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"I'll be fine," he whispered, shaking his head and managing a small smile. "I should go back to my own chambers. I don't want to disturb you. You need rest."

Wang Rou attempted to stand again, but failed once more. This time, though, instead of falling back onto the bed, he fell to his knees with a soft grunt. His cheeks burned yet again with a dark blush, feeling incredibly embarrassed to be so weak in front of Lu Cai.

He couldn't stay here. Not after Lu Cai just kissed him like that. Wang Rou didn't trust himself or his thoughts.

"Dianxia," he murmured pleadingly, unable to raise his gaze due to the immense shame he felt, "Please have mercy on this undeserving servant... and help me back to my room."

Wang Rou wanted nothing more than to fall asleep with his beloved prince beside him, but that was out of the question. That was not a luxury that he deserved.

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LU CAI ♦ The Dragon ♦ The Heir of TianShi
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Cai, who failed to make Rou stay the first time, grabbed other man's fragile-looking shoulders after Rou had fallen onto his knees. "Listen, you stubborn stubborn man," he was not only getting more worried, but angry at Rou for not letting anyone help him, "you have seen me weak so many times, you have picked me up, taken care of me. You are not my servant, I have never thought like that nor felt like that, no matter what other people speak. You are my friend, my companion, my teacher and my savior. Let me help you, and if you refuse, I will have to use my skills to make you stay." He spoke and ended his honest, heartfelt speech with a very strong warning.

"Tell me, what or who managed to make you so shaken up, Rou Rou?" Cai asked, once more lowering his voice and pleaded the elf to lay down. Wang Rou was indeed stubborn, but so was Cai, and he wasn't going to let the man whom had sworn to protect him with his life to suffer.

The Madam of Peony Brothel had made it clear for him that night - it was love that he felt, or at least this was what she tried to tell him, but as usual - Cai didn't listen nor believe it. He insisted that it was loyalty, although Madam managed to shout after him as he waddled off and towards the palace: "Often loyalty IS love, boy."

"Please, Rou Rou," he finally whispered, pleading, "for once, let me take care of you. It will remain between the two of us. Miu Miu won't ever say anything, you know that."

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Wang Rou blinked slowly as he listened to Lu Cai lecture him. He knew there was no point arguing with the prince even if he had the energy to do so. As he was laid out on the bed, Wang Rou closed his eyes for a moment. He was surrounded by Lu Cai's scent, and it did wonders to calm him down.

Opening his eyes once again, he spoke slowly and quietly.

"ZhenXi showed me something earlier... It's hard to explain, I don't know what's happening," he admitted. "I just feel so tired and confused."

Wang Rou could feel his body heating up as a fever began settling in. Staring up at Lu Cai, his body seemed to move on its own, and he reached up to gently cup the prince's cheek.

"If it's you, Dianxia, I don't mind being taken care of," he whispered with a faint smile. "I would do anything for you. I trust you with my life."

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"Good, finally you are listening to me," he smiled, but very faint as Cai helped Rou to lay down. Touching other man's forehead, it was heating up. "Your fever is rising... What?" His little brother was always up to no good, and now his precious Rou Rou had fallen into one of the sneaky boy's pranks. "Lu ZhenXi, just wait. I will beat your ass. I swear, he needs a lesson or two, his pranks have gone way too far!" Sure, he knew that ZhenXi wasn't actually the way that people saw Little Lu, but sometimes he wandered if it all was true.

Miu Miu had arrived with all the things Cai was in a need of and left with a shor bow, taking place to guard behind the large chamber doors. Nothing was going to bother the two love-birds and as Madame had asked of her - to do anything for those to realize their feelings for each other and actually to come to terms with. It was going to be a though task, knowing how stubborn and prideful both of the men were.

Surprised, to say the least, when Wang Rou placed his hand on Cai's cheek. He nodded and replied: "As would I, my dearest friend." And with those words, he hovered above Rou, leaning in and placing a faint, and extremely tender kiss on that red forehead. He asked the Dragon to remember this moment, only to tease Rou later or just to give him hope.

Having prepared herbal infused cloth and warm water, placing it on top of Rou's forehead, after sitting up again. "If it wasn't for you, I would've never found my Spirit. I owe you for that, with life." Lu Cai had never been this serious before, and surely he was serious about kicking his brother's ass after he had made sure Rou was well and healthy again.

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Wang Rou's eyes fluttered shut as Lu Cai pressed a gentle kiss to his forehead. He lowered his hand once more, allowing the prince to gently care for him. For once, he felt content with being looked after. Lu Cai was the person he trusted most in this world, after all. It wasn't so terrible to let his guard down once in a while, he realized.

"I'm sure you would have found it eventually," he replied, eyes still closed. "You are stronger than you think, Lu Cai. Truly the worthy heir of TianShi."

He opened his eyes again, lips curving up in another small smile.

"And I will always be behind you, supporting and protecting you."

Not by his side, as that would be reserved for his empress, but behind him. Working in the shadows. Pushing him forward. Always there for his prince.

As another painful migraine settled in, Wang Rou winced and groaned softly. He was beginning to hear those whispers in that foreign language again, but now he was starting to understand some of the things they were saying. A word here and there. Not quite full sentences.

"So noisy," he mumbled, trying to block them out.

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The day started early, as he had snuck into his office, or "lair of art" as he said it himself. Always having his face covered, so no one would recognize him as that mysterious artist, who painted mysteries and fantasy and didn't fail to impress collectors and fans alike. The main characters were always the dark haired man with dragon emblem and white haired man with pyeony robe - these two had always been present in his dreams since he was born, and he didn't understand quite well of why.

Thus constantly searching for that 'right' person into his life, to have that missing feeling back into his life. All of what he kept painting was sometimes very sexual, but still familiar. It was constant search, even if it mainly happened uncounciously. Cai just wanted, needed to fill that darkness inside of him and so far painting was something that had filled it, even if it felt only a little.

His face was all over the place, both his and his little brother's were, just like both of them had secret lives. Cai prepared his brushes that he had left to soak last night and carried them over into the little garden, uncovering the last painting he had been working on. The scenery played out a sickly white haired male, while his lover was hovering above him, placing a kiss on top of other's forehead. The figures surrounded by flowers and birds and... people that looked at his art often said that it seemed as if his paintings were alive.



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Coughing blood, the young man laid on his side in some alleyway. This meeting had gone bad, and damn it, why out of all days he had not asked his minions to come along. Of course, he wasn't such a bad fighter himself, Old Luo had thought him more than any mortal trainer ever, but just something... had happened.

Still dizzy from all of the rustle, he kept coughing. It felt as if a really bad dream... and after managing to drag himself to sit, back against the dirty wall, he opened the right palm and stared at the sign he had ripped off of some dude that had come in and interrupted his meeting. The kids were being kidnapped and he had followed the trail, finally managing to meet up with one of those behind it all - until someone blessed them with a smoke, which was probably infused with some nasty herbs and magic. This mix was even getting to him, but it also made him pinpoint a theory Little Lu had come up with: these bastards had spirits, and whoever attacked them there just a hour ago... first of all didn't expect him to be there, and second of all knew about the spirits.

"Underworlders...," he muttered, coughing and wiping away some of the blood from his lips. He himself was one, although he was more like bad taste among Underworlders. They often questioned him, yet he always made sure to come out on top and prove that he wasn't their enemy, rather their ally... one of them.

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"No, I wouldn't have," he admitted, "he even told it to me, the Dragon himself." Cai took the cloth and made it wet again, then squeezing it half-dry and placing it back on Rou's forehead. "Your magic is different, and He says that he comes from the same place from where you do... wherever that is."

He didn't like to talk about being the heir of TianShi, but he knew that he would end up being one, even if he really didn't desire so. All he wanted... was something that seemed very impossible. He just wanted to live side by side with Rou until they died, but something in the back of his neck told him that it wasn't going to go like that.

"Right now there are only very few of us, who know that I am the true heir," he practically whispered, gently cupping Rou's hand, then reaching out to a certain pill, taking it in and feeling gradually more and more sober. Sure, he felt tired, but it was nothing compared to taking care of his companion.

"Am I too noisy? I am sorry, I can be quiet," Lu Cai instantly reacted and then closed his lips, heating up the medicine with his magic.

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The dragon spirit comes from the same place that Wang Rou did?

There was too much information today. First from ZhenXi, and now this small bit from the spirit inside his beloved crown prince... Too much. Too overwhelming. Wang Rou was content with not knowing where he came from. What mattered was his future. A future where he and Lu Cai would grow old together. As friends, of course. Brothers if he was lucky.

"You will make an incredible king," Wang Rou whispered.

When Lu Cai then stopped talking, Wang Rou shook his head weakly.

"Not you," he tried to explain. "In my head... they're talking to me. Not you. Don't stop. I love the sound of your voice."

If he remembered any of this when he woke up, Wang Rou was sure to be absolutely mortified. But for now, in his weakened state, he wanted to indulge in Lu Cai's presence.

He turned his head slightly and inhaled the prince's scent from his pillow, humming quietly in content.

"You smell so good..."

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LU CAI ♦ The Dragon ♦ The Heir of TianShi
SPEECH: #D9BB0A ♦ THOUGHT: Italic #D9BB0A
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Lu Cai doubted that himself, that he would be a good King. Having been kept away from the politics, he felt like a fish on the land. Dragon in his mind patted his head and simply pointed at something that he had been figuring out on his own for years. If politics was truly of how he had been treated by fellow royals and others, then he would be very good in this. The hidden cunning side of him wasn't afraid of games, and Lu Cai somehow knew that his good nature was going to be used in one way or another in the near future - even if it was for Lu ZhenXi's pranks, it was still a training of sorts. At least Little Lu had said that to him once - ZhenXi was doing all of this to sharpen Gege Cai's fangs and it was probably working.

"Who are talking to you?" He questioned, then quickly added while washing Rou's visible skin with different kind of medicine and spring water, plus from time to time switching the cloth on Rou's forehead. "If ZhenXi managed to pull some kind of magical trick on you to go mad, I will do a lot more to him than just kick his ass..."

Visibly pouting, of course over the fact that his precious Rou Rou was feeling weak and was sick, Lu Cai suddenly heard Rou's words and blushed darkly as soon as he realized what the other one had just said. He himself had forgotten the kissing insident earlier as per request, and forgetting even about the request, he didn't know what to say as Cai was sober now.

"I doubt it, Rou Rou," he muttered to himself, still continiuing to tend to his friend.

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Hua Xiu was living under a false name: Wang Rou. Like this, he distanced himself from his family. He had no desire to take control of his father's company. He was not an aggressive businessman like his older brother, and so he had stepped aside. Not only was it not his thing, but he really didn't want to deal with his brother constantly coming after him. It was easier this way.

Wang Rou had gotten his own apartment in the city. It was luxurious. Even though he had stepped away from the company, he still benefited from his family's riches. His father cared deeply for him, after all, and wanted him to be taken care of.

Wang Rou had everything he could ever want, but his life still felt empty. There was no real purpose to his existence. He didn't work, didn't really have any hobbies... He spent most of his time going to museums or traveling to new places. He enjoyed art, but didn't create any of his own.

On this day, he woke up a bit later than usual. After making himself a cup of tea, he made his way over to the window that faced down into a beautiful garden that was kept up by the people living nearby. As he sipped on his drink, he noticed an artist setting up a canvas in the garden. Interest piqued, Wang Rou watched him closely.

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ImageJiayi was off that day. Wang Rou didn't plan on going anywhere, so he was off duty. Not that he really actually was ever on duty unless he felt there were stirrings in the underworld. Even though Wang Rou had stepped out of the limelight and given the position of Head of the Xiu Family to his brother, he was still descended from royalty, and there were still many underground dwellers that would like to see him dead.

Not having any plans, Liu Jiayi decided to wander the city, particularly where underworlders liked to gather. He had already beaten off a few minor thugs and was feeling rather proud of himself when he sensed a presence in the alleyway to his right. Glancing sideways, he paused before entering the dark alley.

"Hello?" he called out softly. Upon seeing a young man slumped against the wall, he rushed forward and knelt before him. "Oh, oh no! You're hurt, okay. Let me help you, yeah? I have some medicine in my pouch..."

Jiayi pull a small pouch from where it was tied to his belt and opened it, rummaging around the contents and looking for the medicinal salve he always carried with him.

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Wang Rou ❀ The White Peony ❀
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"I don't know what he did," Wang Rou admitted in defeat. "He showed me something... a language... and then I... I can hear someone talking to me... in a language I don't understand." He frowned slightly. "But I think... I am beginning to understand."

Too tired to even open his eyes again, Wang Rou turned onto his side, burying half of his face in Lu Cai's pillow with an almost purr-like sound of approval.

"So good..." he repeated. As he inhaled, the voices seemed to fade away, or at least grow quieter. "Dianxia, please permit this lowly daozhang to stay in your bed tonight. Don't... don't leave me..."

With these words, Wang Rou could feel himself beginning to fall asleep.

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"Okay, where are we left off... Ah, there!" the man in dark silky shirt murmured, as he tipped one of the bigger brushes into yellow, he started on yet another layer of this piece. It felt good, and something felt different that day, if only he knew what. The roses and other flowers moved their heads around him, and he loved it how the other neighbours around him came to take care of this place, when he was absent or just away. It didn't matter of the season, he even painted when it was snowing or raining - with his magic it was possible.

This household and this particular garden once belonged to his late mother, whom ashes were on an altar indoors. Her magic was probably the reason why the flowers liked it here, and of why pink peonies would grow during the winter. She was still there, even if in spirit. "Thank you, mā," Lu Cai murmured, as he suddenly was feeling hot. The late summer heat was not good for someone like him, a man with Dragon spirit was always feeling warm no matter the weather.

Placing the brush aside, he unbottoned his dark silken shirt and pulled it off of him, letting the sun mingle over his well toned abdomen and upper body. There were plenty of scars on his back, but it was okay - no one was going to see them anyhow, or at least he thought so. From the corner of his eye, Cai noticed movement - a figure he had seen before, and that figured intrigued him. As if this person had become his muse, and it felt good... familiar even.

Cai finally took the courage and managed to find the stranger's eyes, boldly winking at him with a flash of a smile following right after.



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Trying to get on his feet, Lu ZhenXi fell back on his butt, hitting the back of his head against the wall. That made him moan out loud and wince from the sudden pain. This day was about to get worse, as it felt like it. He had no time to lick his wounds, there was a chance that either the goons or one of the underworlders would come after him, and it was better to get out of there as soon as possible... but it wasn't going to happen with him in that state.

In this dim light, ZhenXi looked more like another thug, bloody and bruised as if he just had a very bad fight... which wasn't a lie. He probably hurt quite many of them with his own hands, and having managed to hide his face - hopefully, he somehow felt like Underworlders were part of this trade... or one in particular and Little Lu didn't want to think of that... but he was going to do everything to reveal that bastard's double life.

Upon hearing a voice, he was instantly on high alert. He had heard this voice somewhere before, but he couldn't pinpoint of where... until Lu ZhenXi saw the small qiankun bag and he knew whom the man was from. As quickly as he was able to move, he hid the ripped emblem and covered his face with his arm.

"I am fine... I don't need your help," Little Lu stubbornly mumbled, and with the last piece of strength, ZhenXi managed to drag himself up to standing, "See!? I can stand, now go, I am... fiiiiiineeee....," and with those words, he collapsed.

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Wang Rou watched the man paint, admiring his talent and humming softly in approval. His art style looked somewhat familiar, but he couldn't quite put his finger on it.

And then the man suddenly removed his shirt, obviously having been affected by the summer heat.

Wang Rou paused, his cheeks heating up with a light blush. He shouldn't keep watching, right? The man obviously thought he was alone. Well... it couldn't hurt to watch for just a bit longer.

Just as Wang Rou was taking another sip of tea, the painter turned and locked eyes with him, giving him a flirtatious wink. Wang Rou choked on his drink, coughing and sputtering for a few moments as he tried to regain his composure.

Too bold, he thought to himself, immediately turning away and heading deeper into his apartment. This stranger was much too bold.

Then again, it had been Wang Rou who was spying on the man in the first place...

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ImageJiayi wasn't convinced whatsoever that the man was "fine", and reacted quickly as he began to collapse.

"Easy," he murmured softly, carefully supporting the boy in his strong arms. "I've got you. Don't worry, I'm a friend. Let's get you out of here, okay?"

Still supporting the stranger with one arm, Jiayi pulled a talisman out of his pouch and tossed it in front of them. A portal opened up and he took them both through it. On the other side was a clean, dimly lit room that appeared to be the backroom of some sort of shop or pub.

"Just sit here and rest," he told the stranger as he gently laid him out on a sofa. "I can dress your wounds, and then you can leave. I won't keep you here."

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