[box]January 23rd, Year 109
Wuxian had to say, Pandopolis City was enormous. The buildings were tall and were glittering in the sun when it was morning. So many shops and stores, and yet nothing was like any of the villages he had seen here. The library was an entirely different story as well! It was enormous, with hundreds of books that were also in different languages—and anyone could read from the library! Wuxian had no idea why everyone spoke the same language but the written word was different, but apparently that was something Pandora did—but there were ways to read said books.
During the past three days, Wangji had been adamant to find a cure for the ritual. While Wuxian appreciated, he didn’t get his hopes up, despite the vast collection of books that were here. Yet, even then, Wangji looked through the books. Apple and the rabbits were left together since it’d be strange to wander around town with ten rabbits and a donkey.
But something was bothering Wangji. He didn’t say what it was, but he saw the crease in his brow and the look in his eyes. There was sadness there—something was bothering him but Wangji didn’t want to tell him.
There was also the subject that today was Wangji’s birthday. While back home, they didn’t celebrate the days of birth in adulthood, Wuxian felt like he wanted to give Wangji something. Apparently, in other cultures of other worlds, birthdays were celebrated with friends and loved ones, giving gifts and having fun.
He wanted to make Wangji smile. He already finished the gift while the other cultivator had been busy with other stuff...but he also wanted to tease Wangji. It’s been years since he last teased the other and Wuxian was never one to not take that chance.
But for now, he needed to just distract Wangji—he had a plan and had found some nice food that they could eat, but he needed to make sure Wangji didn’t see through his plan. They had finished with the library and Wuxian was eating these delicious spicy peanuts when Wangji came back from an errand. “Lan Zhan! These are amazing! I had no idea that they could make stuff like this!”
He grabbed a handful of peanuts and tossed them into his mouth as he looked over at Wangji, brow furrowing as he observed the other cultivator. “Something is bothering you. You’re making that face again.”