Nov 25, 2020 6:06 AM
time-travelling xichen is king of the babies
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"We have Bunny, A-Zhan's favorite doll. I don't think A-Huan brought any other toys."

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"Okay. A-Zhan likes bunnies, what do A-Huan and A-Yao like?"

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"I expect that A-Huan knows more about his own toy preferences than I do right now, under the circumstances. When he was younger, he was most fond of several toys that looked like cranes. Small wooden birds dangling on strings, A-Huan liked those."

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"A-Yao really likes storybooks. Oh, I brought the books we had as well, I should have mentioned. And he likes complex little wooden toys that are fun to fiddle with. It's really no trouble - I can sew him more dolls in time. I can sew for Wei Ying and Lan Zhan as well, if you like; it would be the least I can do."

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"Oh, that sounds awesome. I can stitch to mend clothes but I have no idea how to put dolls together, I tried once and it looked more like the fierce corpse of a doll than like an actual doll, haha. --Is A-Zhan easy to traumatize should I warn A-Ying not to try to show him Corpsy." 

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(She doesn't know enough about what frightens her own son. It hurts, how much she doesn't know.)

"I don't think he would be scared of a doll for being misshapen. I am... not sure if a fierce corpse doll specifically would bother him."

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"It's just misshapen. And has a morbid name. And plays the part of a fierce corpse when he wants some other toy to be a brave cultivator who defeats the fierce corpse. But it doesn't actually look like something that used to be alive and isn't." 

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"Then I think that will be fine." (She is guessing, and she hates herself for it.) "Wei Ying is adorable."

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"My Wei Ying is the most adorable. Wei Ying!" 

He runs up to her and she grabs him and flips him upside down and starts tickling him. He shrieks delightedly and thrashes wildly, and she laughs and flips him right-side up and snuggles him and kisses him on the top of his head, to MUCH GIGGLING on his part. 

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Wei Changze has the best wife and son ever and should hug them about it. 

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Yes he should. 

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A-Zhan is beginning to suspect that Wei Ying's mommy also does not have an uncle.

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They are SO CUTE. It's heartwarming to watch, but it's also - well. Meng Shi tries very hard not to feel jealous.

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A-Yao feels jealous! But it's okay, because his daddy is the fanciest and richest and most important daddy of all, and one day all the kids who get hugs from their daddies everyday will be jealous of him.

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Wei Ying's mommy puts him down but he is still full of HUG ENERGY so he hugs A-Yao's mommy and A-Yao and A-Zhan's mommy and Huan-ge and A-Zhan. 

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A-Zhan is FLUSTERED. Wei Ying's hugs are so energetic that they're scary, sort of. A-Zhan runs and hides behind Brother, clinging to his skirts.

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That means he can hug both of them at once!

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EEP. A-Zhan tugs urgently on Brother's robes to convey that he is in need of Rescuing. 

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Hmm. On the one hand, it goes against his shipper on deck instincts to rescue A-Zhan from Wei Ying. On the other hand...

"A-Ying, I think A-Zhan is tired." 

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Blink. "Oh. Do you need a nap?"

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"Naps are against the rules. I want to med-it-tate."

Meditating involves sitting still, like a rock, and being very very quiet, like a bunny. A-Zhan likes to meditate, even though he is too little to do a very good job yet. He likes showing Uncle how still and quiet he can sit; usually then Uncle hugs him and says that A-Zhan is good.

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"Your uncle has rules against naps???"

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"Mhm."

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"Naps aren't against the rules anymore, A-Zhan. You can rest if you feel sleepy. Right, A-Huan?"

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"Yes. Naps are good for you." Xichen had walked in on A-Yuan napping on Wangji on more than one occasion; Wangji had given him a challenging look the first time, but when their uncle failed to show up and yell at him about it he relaxed considerably about it. 

Xichen tries hard to banish thoughts of the beloved nephew who now will never be. "You should nap if you want to." 

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