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The Peony & The Dragon

Modern TianShi

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a part of The Peony & The Dragon, by SofiUnnie.

Modern RP for the same roleplay.

SofiUnnie holds sovereignty over Modern TianShi, giving them the ability to make limited changes.

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TianShi is now the modern citadel: this story goes on parallel to the one in the past, centuries ago.

Lu Cai and Lu ZhenXi are the sons of a big business mogul. Cai, who lives off of partying and dating and fooling around, while his little brother has chosen to live on his own and in the shadows, working as a modern Robin Hood in a way, offering services as Private Detective as well as holding some sort of mafia-style power in the underworld. So far no one has caught Lu Cai's eyes nor heart, until the faithful day of meeting Rou Rou in one of his family owned art galleries, where under his secret artist name, Cai was having yet another exhibition.

Hua Xiu, or also known by Wang Rou, which is a fake name he has been using, while living away from his family. He just wants to have a quiet life, away from his crazy family. He let his evil, crazy and arrogant older, half-brother take the control over their father's business.

Jiayi, the only friend to Rou, has weirdly started to take interest in the Little Lu, following him around. He is also a trained bodyguard, protector of the underworld, meaning protector of those that possess spirits and powers. He was introduced to Rou, while they both were kids.
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Modern TianShi

Modern RP for the same roleplay.

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Modern TianShi is a part of The Peony & The Dragon.


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ImageLu Cai. The Lu Sect heir. Oh gods, if his father found out about this...

Wang Rou placed a hand against his pounding head, trying to gather his thoughts. No one else knew he was here except for Jiayi, and his friend wouldn't tell his secrets. He was safe.

He was pulled out of his reverie by Lu Cai screaming at a bunch of books. It took him a moment to realize he was actually yelling at someone on the other side, presumably the one responsible for this whole mess.

"Your... your brother?" he inquired softly.

Wang Rou nibbled his lower lip, glancing around. There was no way out that he could see. He was weaker than the rest of his family, but supposed if the Lu Sect Heir made a move to attack him, he could hold his own until Jiayi could arrive to help.

But something told him there was nothing to fear with Lu Cai.

Still not looking at the other man, he mumbled, "Thank you. For saving me, I mean."

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ImageWhen the minions launched themselves at him, Jiayi made quick work of them with his ice blade. But he still wasn't quick enough to keep ZhenXi from getting stabbed.

He watched with wide eyes as the boy managed to defeat the demon regardless, then collapsed to the ground. Jiayi rushed forward, sword disappearing into thin air as he fell to his knees next to the other.

"Shit... Shit!"

He assessed the damage quickly, and upon seeing the wounds had already begun to slowly heal, sighed a sigh of relief.

"You're crazy, kid," he murmured. "You'll be the death of me, I'm sure."

Carefully, he gathered ZhenXi into his arms. Glancing around, he sensed Wang Rou was still with the other man-- whom he knew for sure now to be Lu Cai-- and knowing in his heart that his ward was safe, began to call forth a portal that would take him and ZhenXi back to that same room where he had previously patches up the boy's wounds merely days earlier.

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He looked at the beautiful man in front of him, as if he was in disbelief that he was actually real. The sudden gratitude made him feel out of place, Cai didn't really expect it coming from the other one.

"Don't worry about it," he said with a genuine, soft smile that only his lost mother used to see. His fathers nor even Zhang Xi had never seen it. "I would do it again." He was honest about it, even if he took some time to prove it to the other man.

Suddenly the building shook, and it was silent again. Cai felt a stinging sensation and he quickly grabbed Rou's arm, transporting back into the now collapsed hall. It was pile of rubble, collapsed roof, bodies, melted pain and his brother fallen on the ground. Cai didn't even notice those beautiful, little blood-ice flowers blooming. Letting go of Wang Rou, whom name he didn't manage to ask, he rushed beside Zhen Xi, with agonised yell: "LU ZHEN XI!"



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The Demon, however, wasn't completely destroyed, but it had lost a big part of its power after sending only a fraction of himself to eliminate Zhen Xi, but he had underestimated the Little Lu. The boy knew that, but he was unable to speak as of now.

As Cai reached these two, he placed a hand on Jiayi's shoulder: "Thank you for being here. You are free to give him to me now, I will take him to my place." He spoke, knowing he couldn't take Zhen Xi to their parent's mansion. The questions were going to be asked, and the Little Lu was going to be watched like he was a criminal, even by their own parents.

Holding out his arms, Cai waited. It is the worst injury his crazy, but precious little brother had gotten. Whatever mess the boy was in, Lu Cai was going to help him, whether the help was wanted or not.

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ImageImageThis man made Wang Rou's heart flutter in his chest, especially when he smiled like that. He couldn't deny, Lu Cai was handsome. For a moment, his lips betrayed him and curved up into a soft smile, but it was gone a split second later.

He suddenly found himself back in the destroyed gallery. Following Lu Cai, he stepped over to Jiayi's side.

"Shixiong," Wang Rou whispered to his attendant. "We should go."

Jiayi glanced at Lu Cai, then to ZhenXi worriedly. He didn't want to leave the boy, but knew he was in capable hands. Not only that, but Wang Rou was in danger here. If word got out about his location...

"Let's go, young master," he whispered, standing to take Wang Rou by the arm.

After a curt nod, Wang Rou glanced at Lu Cai. He felt like he should say something, but... what? His lips parted, ready to speak, but once he met the other man's eyes, words failed him.

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As Zhen Xi was handed over into his hands, he looked at the Young Master and their eyes met. He swallowed, why were these eyes so familiar to him?

"Wait... May I ask your name... Young Master?" he wanted to be sassy, but told himself not to. It wasn't the moment nor place to do so.

He waited, Zhen Xi's breathing being unsteady, but with the energy from both of their Spirits, Cai was able to keep him secure. "Please, if you need to see Zhen Xi again, your Young Master knows where I live. The little bastard will be on house arrest until he gets well enough to venture outside again and he will need some company," he spoke to the bodyguard.

Some of the staff, whom also were Magimen, came out to start to clean up the mess. Cai nodded to some of them, then turned to his companions. "We need to leave. It is not a safe place to be."

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ImageImageWang Rou was tempted to ignore Lu Cai's questions. Their families and species were not on good terms, to put it lightly.

But something deep inside him refused to let him remain silent.

"Wang Rou," he breathed, feeling Jiayi's grip on his arm tighten. "Heir to-... Former heir to the Wang Family."

"Young master..." Jiayi warned softly.

Wang Rou looked away from Lu Cai and stared at his friend with wide eyes.

"Let's go."

Jiayi glanced again at ZhenXi, then nodded at Lu Cai.

"I might take you up on that offer, young prince," the warrior told him hurriedly. "But for now, I must take my master somewhere safe for some time."

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"Wang Rou," the tall man whispered under his breath. Even the name was beautiful to him.

Still holding his little brother close to his chest, he nodded to Jiayi and as the other men left, his eyes lingered on the back of Rou, heart aching for some weird reason.

Why did it feel like they weren't going to meet ever again?

After leaving the premises, he took Zhen Xi to his little house, to his 'lair' and set him to sleep in his one guest room. Tending to those wounds, he eventually fell asleep beside the boy's bed, sitting in armed chair, waiting for his brother to wake up.



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He didn't know for how long he had been out - it felt as if years. Everything was sore and whole body painful. As he opened his eyes, he had to be careful and gentle. Every breath he took, made him scream out of pain inside his mind.

Of course, he was stubborn and went against his pain, even if Old Luo was scolding Zhen Xi. He had to get well faster than it was possible, but knowing Lu Cai, his older brother, the young man had to restrain himself. No way he was going to be able to flee from his current situation.

Turning his head, he looked at Cai and a very small smile appeared on his pale, cut lips, yet it disappeared just as fast, making him growl in agony again.

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Some days later.
High society banquet.

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ImageImageThe Wang Family had been invited to a high-scale gala, and even though Wang Rou was no longer the heir, he was expected to show up. He did so, dressed smartly in a designer suit, followed closely by Jiayi.

”I’m planning to stay for an hour or so, make the rounds and greet the appropriate people, and then quietly slip away,” he murmured to his friend.

Jiayi nodded with a sigh.

These events were always so stressful for his master. Most people in their society believed Wang Rou had been passed over as heir. Only close family and trusted friends knew that Wang Rou had willingly stepped down.

A server walking around with a tray of champagne offered a glass to Wang Rou. He took two, handing one to Jiayi with a faint smile.

”At least the food will be delicious.”

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As Cai was continiously on his little brother's babysitting duty, not by his choice by that evening, but due to his own father finding out about the incident. Luckily it wasn't Zhen Xi's father, otherwise...

...he didn't want to think about it, actually. Just a mere ripple of that idea gave him unpleasant goosebumps. Luckily for them, only Cai's father had joined them on this event, as the other man was away for business for the time being.

Zhen Xi, holding onto a walking stick, made it out as if it was merely accessory, but it was to help him walk. He still wasn't fully recovered, and that made his mother worry - knowing the young man, he made the healing process slower, although this time he truly wasn't.

"We will keep our eyes peeled on you, kid. Go find somewhere to sit and be comfy, it isn't good for you to stand for too long," Lu Cai told to his younger brother, tone as serious as possible. Zhen Xi gave him and their father a stinky eye, witch didn't make Cai amused, although the head of Lu family snickered to himself. They all departed ways, and Cai was called upon some 'friends', ladies and gentlemen of different families. Socialites like himself. He drew a big, flashy smile on his lips. He was just pretending, like always. He hated to be around them, but it was least to help his mind and emptiness within occupied.

Zhen Xi managed to get himself on the second floor and found a more secluded small sofa for two people. He had the perfect view of all the people around, and suddenly he noticed two familiar faces. "Oh, great," he muttered to himself, "the Swan and the Hero have arrived. Cai will lose it." Seeing Wang Rou and his bodyguard made Zhang Xi want to disappear.

Unlike anything, it had been a while Tian and his husband had been to TianShi. He preferred Yin Hua and their home, but for the sake of balance or business or... whatever, he just listened to his beloved man and accompanied the other Guardian to this particular event. It had truly been a while, thus even this social butterfly and extrovert was feeling out of place, shy even.

"My dear, will you tell me at least now, why we had to crawl out of our paradise and come here today?" Tian leaned closer to his partner and whispered, sneaking his left hand into another' man's hand.

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ImageImageAs the two of them wandered a bit aimlessly, they chatted in quiet whispers. It wasn’t until a few minutes later that Wang Rou felt a tingling feeling on the back of his neck, like a warning of some sort.

Turning, he glanced across the room and caught sight of none other than Lu Cai. Eyes narrowing, he pursed his lips and turned away once again.

Noticing this, Jiayi smirked.

”Why don’t you go talk to him, young master?” he urged teasingly.

At this, Wang Rou’s eyes narrowed even more into a glare.

”Don’t be stupid,” he hissed. ”Even if I wanted to, could you imagine how father would react?”

As he hummed in reply, Jiayi’s dark eyes fell on ZhenXi.

”He’d be furious, I’m sure,” the warrior murmured.

Meanwhile, Rushen walked protectively next to his husband, his tall stature making him stand out in the crowd.

Giving his husband’s hand a gentle squeeze, he leaned down to whisper a reply in his ear.

”There are some things-- and some people-- I would like to see for myself,” he replied. Rushen stood up straight again and gently pushed a stray piece of his husband’s hair back into place. ”Besides. It’s good to get out once in a while, even if only every few hundred years.”

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Murmurs spread among the group, where Cai was, about Wang Heir and his bodyguard being present. Downing another glass of whiskey upon hearing that, Cai had conflicting emotions. He didn't know what to do, but finally turned around, leaning on the edge of the table. As soon as he laid his eyes on Wang Rou, everything around him stopped. What kind of a spell has this elven man put on him?

Leaving the group behind, surprised and confused, he picked out a beaitiful white rose from a nearby bouqet, a single blossom and stopped right next to Rou. "It is pleasant to meet you again, Young Master. Here, for the most beautiful flower in the room, for you," Lu Cai offered the flower to Wang Rou. This was about to cause some baseless rumors, but he didn't care nor about the fact that his father's eyes were glued on him. Zhen Xi... didn't care.

Zhen Xi didn't care, he was busy looking away from Jiayi. As he took a peek at the pair again, his eyes locked with the warrior and it was hard to pull away, but somehow he managed to do so. Quickly leaning back, he leaned his head back and closed his eyes.

Tian flashed a smile at Rushen: "As secretive as usual. So you going to keep me guessing, eh?" The warmth of his husband's hand gave him shivers, and Tian just kept flashing his handsome smile. "Who will we pester first, then?"

He finally took a proper look around the busy room. So many different energies. His eyes fell on Wang Rou's father and nodded towards him: "How about Wan Miao? We haven't seen him quite a while... or anyone as a matter of fact." He gazed around some more, then pointed out someone else: "Or how about Old Lu?"

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ImageImage”Well, whether you want to talk to him or not, here he comes,” Jiayi warned just before Lu Cai approached Wang Rou.

The young heir met Lu Cai’s eyes with a complicated expression. To those around them, he perhaps seemed distant, cold, maybe even disgusted. But to the people who knew him well, there was obvious admiration in his eyes.

”A rose,” he muttered, glancing at the flower disdainfully. ”How… quaint.”

He put on a smile that was obviously fake, a false air of politeness, before taking a small step back from Lu Cai.

”I must decline, Young Master Lu Cai. To take anything from a member of your family is akin to poisoning oneself.”

The words made his own heart hurt, and even Jiayi flinched a little. But it had to be said. He would not be able to accept such a public gesture of affection without punishment.

Jiayi’s eyes flickered back to ZhenXi, and he winked, as if silently promising to visit with him as soon as he could.

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”Patience, my love,” Rushen said, bringing his husband’s hand to his lips and pressing a kiss to the back of it. ”First, let’s enjoy the show the youngsters are putting on for us.”

He gestured to Wang Rou and Lu Cai, amused by their obvious affection and torment. They’d figure it out eventually, he was sure, but it would be a turbulent path for them both.