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plainheyokasworld · 3 hours ago
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CHAPTER 30: Poking the Ghost King, the Crown Prince Seeks His True Face
"CRIMSON Rain Sought Flower?" Xie Lian asked.
"Your Highness the Crown Prince," responded Hua Cheng.
Xie Lian turned around and said with a smile, "This is the first time I've heard you call me that."
The red-robed teenager sat on the mat, propped up one leg, and likewise smiled. "How does it feel?"
Xie Lian thought about it for a moment and said frankly, "It seems that... doesn't feel quite the same as when others call me that."
Hua Cheng said, "Mm, what's the difference?"
Xie Lian tilted his head, and narrowed his eyes slightly. "It's hard for me to say, it's just..."
Others call him "Your Highness" either without emotion or as a matter of business, such as Ling Wen. And most of the time, others call him "Your Highness" with a sense of contempt, just like calling a very ugly person beautiful. It was deliberate, with a touch of sarcasm.
However, when Hua Cheng called him "Your Highness", these two words were cherished to the utmost. Therefore, although he couldn't describe it, Xie Lian felt that when Hua Cheng called him "Your Highness", it was different from when others called him "Your Highness".
"At Mount Yujun, the groom who took me away was you, wasn't it?" Xie Lian asked.
The smile on Hua Cheng's lips deepened. Only then did Xie Lian realize that there seemed to be an ambiguity in this question and hastily rephrased it, "I mean, the one who took me away at Mount Yujun in the guise of a groom was you, wasn't it?"
Instead, Hua Cheng said, "I wasn't disguising myself as a groom."
Well, if that was the way of saying it, that was true. At that time, the young man didn't lie to him about being the groom, he didn't say a word at all. He just stopped at the door of the sedan chair and held out his hand. It was Xie Lian who went with him!
"Alright," Xie Lian said. "Then, why did you show up at that time at Mount Yujun?"
"There are only two answers to this question," Hua Cheng replied. "First, I came specifically for His Highness; second, I was passing by and had time to spare. Which do you think is more credible?"
After calculating the number of days Hua Cheng had spent with him, Xie Lian said, "Which one is more credible I dare not say... but you really seem to have a lot of time on your hands."
His entire person and gaze circled around Hua Cheng, back and forth, and after a long time, he nodded. "You're... quite different from what the rumors say."
Hua Cheng changed his posture, but still with his hand propping his cheek, gazing at him. "Oh? Then how did His Highness learn that I was the Crimson Rain Sought Flower?"
Xie Lian was filled with thoughts of the rain of blood pattering down on the umbrella, that tinkling silver chains, that cold silver vambraces, and thought to himself, 'You weren't very serious about hiding yourself.' He said, "No matter how I tested you, you're impeccable, so you must be a Supreme. You're dressed in red like maple and blood, omniscient, omnipotent, and are dauntless. With such an aura, other than the Crimson Rain Sought Flower who makes the gods and goddesses of Heaven turn pale and shudder in fear at the mere mention of his name, I can't seem to think of any other candidate."
Hua Cheng smiled. "Then, should I take that as a compliment?"
'Can't you tell that it was?' thought Xie Lian.
Hua Cheng's smile faded and he added, "Having said all this, why doesn't His Highness ask me what purpose I have in approaching you?"
"If you didn't want to tell me, you wouldn't have told me if I had asked, or what you told me wouldn't have been the truth," replied Xie Lian.
But Hua Cheng said, "That's not necessarily true. Besides, then you can kick me out."
"You're so powerful," Xie Lian said. "Even if I kick you out now, if you really wanted to do something bad, wouldn't you just come back with a new skin?"
The two were looking at each other and smiling when the brief silence in Pu Qi Shrine was suddenly broken by the sound of a rattling. The two looked in the direction of the sound, and there was no one there, only a small black clay pot rolling on the floor.
That was the same small clay pot in which Banyue had been kept in. It had originally been placed on the edge of the mat casually by Xie Lian, but somehow it fell over on its own and rolled to the door, where it was stopped by the wooden door made by Hua Cheng, and knocked against it repeatedly. Fearing that it would just smash itself to pieces, Xie Lian went up and opened the door. The little clay pot then rolled all the way to the grass outside.
As Xie Lian followed it, the little clay pot rolled onto a patch of grass and stood upright. It was obviously just a clay pot, but it gave the illusion that it was looking up at the stars.
Hua Cheng also came out from within the Pu Qi Shrine, and Xie Lian said to the clay pot, "Banyue, are you awake?"
Fortunately, when they returned from the Gobi, it was already late into the night. Otherwise people would have probably made a fuss had they seen Xie Lian standing outside in the dead of night, asking "what's up?" to a clay pot.
After a long while, a muffled voice came from that small clay pot, "General Hua."
Xie Lian sat down next to it. "Banyue, you came out to see the stars? Do you want to come out of there to see?"
Hua Cheng stood aside, leaning against a tree. "She has just left Banyue City, so it's better for her to stay inside for a while longer," he said.
After all, Banyue had stayed in the Kingdom of Banyue for over two hundred years prior, so it might be difficult for her to adapt to a sudden change of place. "Then you'd better stay inside there for a while longer to recuperate," Xie Lian said. "This is where I cultivate, so you don't need to worry about anything else."
The clay pot shook twice, not sure what it was trying to express. After a moment of consideration, Xie Lian said, "Banyue, in fact, this time it's not even anything to do with you. Your scorpion-tailed snakes were..."
"General Hua, I couldn't move at that time, but I heard it all," said Banyue.
At that, Xie Lian froze. Only then did he realize that at that time, Pei Su only blocked Banyue's ability to move, not her consciousness. "That's fine."
If she heard it all, fine.
"General Hua, what will happen to General Pei Junior?" the clay pot asked.
Xie Lian had his hands tucked in his sleeves. "I don't know. But... if you've done something wrong, you have to be punished."
After a period of silence, the clay pot shook twice more. Finally, it became clear to Xie Lian this time that the shaking was actually a nod.
"Actually, General Pei Junior isn't that bad of a person," Banyue said.
"Is that so?"
"Mm," Banyue said. "He helped me once."
Somehow, Xie Lian's mind suddenly remembered more.
Banyue had often been beaten up, and in the words of the other Yong'an children, she "had a face that deserved to be beaten up".
It was only after he had known her for a long time that Xie Lian realized this. No matter how many beatings Banyue received, she would never tell anyone about them. It wasn't until one day when Xie Lian saw a group of children pushing her face into the mud that he realized where those bruises on her face had come from.
But when she was asked again some time later, all she remembered was that she had to wash and return the handkerchief that the boy who pulled her out of the mud puddle had lent her to wipe her face, and nothing else.
She didn't remember any of the people who had beaten her, but the ones who had saved her once, she remembered for the rest of her life.
Banyue added, "Although Ke-Mo always scolded me for being under his spell and that I was simply being used, whether he used me or not, I knew that it was my own will to open the city gates."
Xie Lian didn't know what to say, except that a part of his heart suddenly softened.
After a while, he patted the clay pot and said, "Alright, it's over. By the way, Banyue, Hua Xie is a fake name, and I have long since stopped being a general, so you can stop calling me General Hua."
"What should I call you then?" Banyue asked.
Well, that was also a problem. If Banyue were to call him Your Highness in all seriousness, it would feel a bit strange. Xie Lian didn't care about his address either, and hastened to change the subject. "Well, you can go ahead and call me General Hua whatever you want." Only, there was a real one here with the surname Hua, so it might be a bit confusing if Banyue kept on calling him General Hua. But on second thought, it occurred to him: Of course, "Hua Xie" was a fake name, taking the first word of the title "Flower-Crowned Martial God" as his surname. But wasn't "Hua Cheng" a fake name, too? It was also weirdly interesting that they happened to pick the same surname for their fake names.
[「花 」Huā — flower; blossoms]
At that moment, he heard Banyue say again, "I'm sorry, General Hua."
Xie Lian turned back around and said a bit glumly, "Banyue, why do you keep apologizing to me?" Did he really look that piteous in the eyes of others at first glance?
"I... want to save the common people," Banyue said.
Xie Lian, "..."
"General Hua, that's what you said at that time," Banyue said.
Xie Lian, "???"
He hurriedly pressed the clay pot down. "Wait, wait!"
"Wait for what?" Banyue asked.
Xie Lian glanced at Hua Cheng, who was standing with his arms crossed under the nearby tree, and whispered, "Did I really say such a thing at that time?"
This phrase, which he had been so fond of saying when he was a teenager, shouldn't have been mentioned at all in the following hundreds of years. When he first heard them again, Xie Lian felt that the shock was a bit too much to accept. Banyue, however, said, "General, those were your words."
Still trying to struggle, Xie Lian said, "No, I don't think so..."
"Oh no, you did say them," said Banyue earnestly and coldly. "Once, you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said, 'I don't know'. You said, 'How come you don't know what you want to be when you grow up?' I asked, 'What about you, General Hua?' You then said, 'My dream as a child was to save the common people!'"
So that was it. "Um! Banyue, why would you remember such an offhand remark so clearly!" Xie Lian said.
"Was that an offhand remark?" Banyue said. "But, General Hua, I had thought you said those words very earnestly."
Xie Lian was helpless. He looked up at the sky and said, "Haha... really? Maybe. What else did I say? I don't even remember."
Banyue said, "You also said, 'Do what you think is right! Nothing can hold you back! Even if you fall down a hundred times into the muck, you have to be strong and get up!'. Lots of them. Something like that."
He didn't need to look back to know that it was definitely Hua Cheng under the tree who heard all that and laughed out loud.
Xie Lian couldn't even cover the clay pot anymore and thought to himself, '...What a load of crap... Why do I always say things like that? ...That's not who I am... Is that who I am?'
"But I don't know what's right anymore," Banyue said.
At those words, Xie Lian was stunned.
"I was trying to save the common people like General Hua said," Banyue said. "But in the end, I destroyed the Kingdom of Banyue."
"And it seemed like no matter what I did... it all turned out badly," she said confusedly. "General Hua, I know I didn't do a good job, but can you tell me exactly what I did wrong? What exactly am I supposed to do to actually do as you've said... to save the common people?"
"I'm sorry, Banyue," Xie Lian said. "How to save the common people... I didn't have the answer to this question back then, and even now I still don't have the answer."
After a moment of silence, Banyue said, "General Hua, to be honest, I feel that I simply don't know what I've been doing for the past two hundred years. What a failure."
Hearing her say that, Xie Lian became even more depressed, and thought, 'Then wouldn't that make me even more of a failure? I've been muddling along for eight hundred years..."
Xie Lian and Hua Cheng returned inside the Pu Qi Shrine after leaving Banyue alone in the clay pot to gaze at the stars to calm down.
After closing the door, Xie Lian suddenly said, "Banyue stayed at Banyue Pass of her own free will, not because she became a Savage and was stuck there."
She always remembered that it was she who opened the gates, and never gave the excuse that she did it for the greater good of the people. In order to let the soldiers of the Kingdom of Banyue vent their resentment and depart this world sooner, she allowed Ke-Mo to lead them to capture and kill her over and over again.
Xie Lian shook his head. "In fact, if General Pei Junior really wanted to get rid of those Banyue soldiers and didn't want to be discovered by the Upper Court, he could have secretly sent his incarnation down to the mortal realm to purge them. Why did he have to use such a method?"
"The power of an incarnation would be diminished," Hua Cheng said. "You've seen that incarnation of Pei Su, Ah Zhao. It couldn't take care of so many Banyue soldiers at once. So, it was easier and faster to dissipate their resentment by feeding them the living."
"Why did he have to do it so fast?" asked Xie Lian.
"Perhaps it was to get your little friend, Banyue, hung fewer times less painfully," replied Hua Cheng.
After a moment of silence, Xie Lian said, "What about those mortals?"
"To heavenly officials, the lives of mortals are of course no better than those of ants," Hua Cheng said indifferently. "Pei Su is a typical example of a superior heavenly official. As long as he wasn't discovered, killing a few hundred people was no different to him than crushing a few hundred bugs."
Xie Lian glanced at him. Remembering the time when San Lang had killed all the Banyue soldiers at the bottom of the pit in a split second after leaping down into the Sinners' Pit, he turned around and said, "The power of an incarnation would be diminished? I see your incarnation is quite powerful."
Hua Cheng, however, raised an eyebrow at him. "Of course. But I'm the real one."
Xie Lian turned his head and was slightly taken aback. "Huh? This is your true form?"
"Authentic through and through," replied Hua Cheng.
Upon uttering those words, blame it on the expression on his face which seemed to be saying, "Please, test it out for yourself." And so, before Xie Lian could even realize what he was doing, he had already raised a finger and poked Hua Cheng on the cheek.
After the poke, Xie Lian then jolted to his senses and cried out loudly in his heart that he was in trouble.
He was merely curious about what the skin of the Supreme Ghost King would feel like. But he didn't expect his body to react faster than his mind and poked him! How extremely outrageous!
Suddenly being poked in the face, Hua Cheng seemed to be slightly taken aback as well, but he was always calm and his expression recovered quickly. Rather, he didn't say anything, but raised one eyebrow even higher, as if waiting for Xie Lian's explanation, while the smirk in his gaze was unmistakable. Xie Lian, of course, couldn't come up with any explanation. He looked at the finger and hid it unobtrusively, saying, "...Not bad."
Hua Cheng finally burst out laughing, crossed his arms and asked with his head tilted, "What's not bad? You think that this skin of mine is not bad?"
"Yeah, it's very nice," answered Xie Lian heartily. "But..."
"But what?" Hua Cheng asked.
Xie Lian stared at his face for a while, looking at it attentively. Finally, he said, "But, can I see what you really look like?"
Since he had just said "this skin", it meant that although this body was the original, the skin wasn't the original. This teenager's appearance wasn't his true face.
This time, Hua Cheng didn't answer immediately and lowered his arm. Perhaps it was only Xie Lian's imagination, but he felt that Hua Cheng's gaze had darkened a little, and his heart couldn't help but tighten slightly.
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blackhuajia · 4 hours ago
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.*Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ.’ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ.*Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ.*’
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miska-za · 5 hours ago
Chapters: 1/1 Fandom: 天官赐福 - 墨香铜臭 | Tiān Guān Cì Fú - Mòxiāng Tóngxiù Rating: General Audiences Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply Word count: 2,2K Relationships: Hua Cheng/Xie Lian (Tiān Guān Cì Fú) Characters: Xiè Lián, Huā Chéng Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Fluffy Ending, hua cheng's self-worth issues, and endlessly gentle xie lian Summary: Xie Lian settles on the altar and coaxes Hua Cheng to come closer, letting him lean on him and stroking his long hair gently. After a few moments of hesitation, Hua Cheng relaxes, gradually lowering himself until he’s partially lying on Xie Lian’s lap.
Xie Lian lets him rest and keeps stroking his head with gentle, careful touches. Slowly, the tension melts away from Hua Cheng’s body, although the shadow of whatever is weighing on him still remains, painfully apparent in the way he keeps quiet and avoids looking at Xie Lian.
“Please tell me”, Xie Lian asks softly. “What’s wrong? Why is my San Lang so unhappy today?”
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cayenneart · 7 hours ago
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Hua Cheng week || Day 7: Rebirth
(featuring HC in a cropped top because it just had to be done)
[Image description: A digital artwork featuring Xie Lian and Hua Cheng in a modern AU. they are at an airport, with HC carrying a bag and dragging a luggage bag, while XL is carrying a gym bag kind of luggage bag, and seem to suddenly notice each other. A red string of fate connects their hands. HC is wearing a red cropped bomber jacket with black shorts, while XL is wearing a beige sweater with striped olive green pants. HC has his hair in an updo, while XL has short wavy hair. /end ID]
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idrawmypainaway · 8 hours ago
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Some Hualian for the soul because they deserve all the love in the world <3
This took me so unbelievably long to finish when it's so simple bruh
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horumero · 9 hours ago
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I wanted to draw this screenshot for a long time and! here I am!
The colors are not so soft and dusty because I picked them up by eye and dabbled with blending modes...
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inhumanescreeching · 10 hours ago
this was the closest thing i could get to traditional looking robes in picrew but TGCF AU
minor spoilers ahead
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plus i wanted long haired hawks and dabi so sue me. anyway, takami keigo is the former crown prince who pleased the gods. the prince who ascended to the heavens and became a god three times and todoroki touya as the most fearsome ghost king of all the three realms, who lost his eye in a fit of madness and whose very presence shakes heaven's foundations
i can go on and on about how i can parallel them but im about to sleep so good night
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theineated · 11 hours ago
I have a fanfic idea but I don't know enough about weapons to write it, so I'll share the premise:
Xie Lian is sad because he wants to try all of the weapons that survived the fire but with his spiritual powers unlocked he'd either not enjoy the fight or harm his opponent. And Hua Cheng is like "gege I fought Jun Wu and had enough spiritual energy left to break the cursed shackles, let's go try them you won't hurt me" (he isn't so sure but he'll hide it if he's hurt because he wants to see him happy). So they go to try them all, and if Hua Cheng got hurt it was just because he was distracted watching his adorable husband being even cuter than usual fangirling about the weapons and he forgot to block on time.
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dongmanhua · 12 hours ago
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new poster for the Japanese release of Heaven Official's Blessing
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hishoukoku · 12 hours ago
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Can we talk about how Hua Cheng told Xie Lian to keep the one object literally tied to his entire EXISTENCE, FOR FUN??
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silverstark · 13 hours ago
You know what I bet the REAL author of “Adventures in the Kingdom of Banyue” was Pei Ming. He’s sick of being the only one wrapped up in scandalous affairs!! He has the means (money, gossip from Pei Su), motive (that meddling kid Xie Lian screwed up his plans! Also he highkey ships HuaLian) and opportunity to stage a play and he made sure all of Heaven saw it.
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whitefeather-mc · 17 hours ago
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Algunos renders que hice n-n
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celestialtortoise · 18 hours ago
Day 7: Free Day
A short fic for Day 7 of Hua Cheng’s Birthday Week!
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SPOILER WARNING: Read the book first. The usual.
Note: Thank you to Jay for giving me the prompt ‘Dreams’ for today! I will now attempt to write something sweet and fluffy to counter all my angst this week.
Also note: I wrote this while listening to ‘The Weight’ by Amber Run on repeat.
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In his dreams Xie Lian always comes to Hua Cheng in a shower of flower petals. It’s never clear why the god deigns to notice him, nor why he would reach out to save such a feeble soul, yet he does, time after time, his red and gold robes flashing in the autumn sun and his mask thrown aside as he dashes in to catch Hong’er when he falls.
In his dreams the god always lets him cling to his shoulders while Hong’er shakes from relief.
When he’s older, in some of his wilder fantasies, he even dreams that the god touches him, and he shudders in his sleep.
Later, much later, when he’s trapped in the mountain, he paints another one of his dreams: the moment when his god thrilled to Hua Cheng’s touch. To think that he could make Dianxia feel that way - even if it was an accident of circumstance -
His dearest dreams, however, are when his god tells him that he wishes Hua Cheng would stay by his side forever.
Before he dives into the kiln he ties a string around his finger as a promise. When he finds his god again, Hua Cheng will take care of him for as long as Dianxia will keep him.
None of his dreams could possibly have prepared him for the reality of waking up to the sound of cool rain pattering on the roof of gege’s little cottage, a pair of strong arms wrapped around him from behind and gege’s warm breath tickling the back of his neck.
The crisp ozone smell of the earth exhaling in the rain mixes with the charred smell of last night’s dinner. Some of gege’s long hair has found its way into Hua Cheng’s mouth.
It is, in a word, perfect.
Hua Cheng is seized with the need to see his love’s face. Slowly, slowly he rolls over until he’s facing gege. Gege shifts in his sleep, tucking one hand against his chest while the other stays slung around Hua Cheng’s waist. He frowns slightly.
Hua Cheng reaches out and gently smooths the furrow between gege’s brows, marveling as he does nearly every waking moment that he’s allowed to do this. That his gege wants him, right here, sharing his bed and eating his food and teasing him until he blushes and squeaks out a scandalized ‘San Lang!’.  
That his gege has a matching red thread tied around his own finger.
There’s a lump in Hua Cheng’s throat as he listens to Xie Lian breathe. Hua Cheng doesn’t need to breathe but does it anyway when gege lays on his chest, so that gege can be lulled by the gentle rise and fall of his body.
It’s soothing watching gege breathe in and out, like watching waves rolling in to shore.
The two of them don’t need to sleep, either, but Hua Cheng loves these quiet hours with gege tucked up against him, with nothing to do but exist together.
He wants, always, to keep existing with gege. He’ll never stop wanting.
The rain starts to come down a little harder, and the wind rustles the thatched roof.
San Lang slips an arm around gege’s waist and shifts a little closer.
Gege sleeps.
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crimson-chains · 18 hours ago
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Busy trying to get a lot of things ready for returning to cons ^^ So! Drew a new charm! These two are still very precious and I love them <3
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