A Long Road Chapter 10 Ficbit – Street Justice

So far at least a dozen street toughs and shifty servants had ended up skidding into noisome alleys, falling down stairs, or tripping with someone else’s purse in their hands right in front of Haven’s Watch.

From the alacrity with which two of those men had been grabbed, the Watch had known they were trouble, they just hadn’t had anything to hold them on. Before.

…Which was so very odd, compared to how such things normally went in the Jianghu, that Wei Wuxian almost hadn’t slipped out of sight in time. He’d seen city justice; quick, brutal, and weighted toward the heaviest purses. Life in the sects was safer. There had to be evidence of a crime to bring before your sect leader… or, well, enough people willing to lie that there was. Which didn’t happen often, even in Lanling. People might be afraid to bring Jin Guangshan’s crimes before the man himself, but most of the time he ran his sect well. The Peacock seemed to have come out with a sense of honor, at least.

And he and shijie have a son now, and – I’ll probably never see him….

Blinking away that stab of grief, Wei Wuxian had lingered an instant longer as the Watch hauled one scarred tough away. Long enough to hear Vienne’s watery laughter in the wind. Light as a water-strider, a ghostly hand had brushed his cheek where he’d hidden, her worst resentment soothed with open glee.

It’s nice to have friends.

He yawned and stretched, feeling the last bits of sunlight leave the world; resentment freed from the hammer of bright yang energy, now seeping into night air. The crows were perched not far from here, huddled into a warm stable for the evening. Not far, but not near either. There was no need to catch mostly innocent birds in ghostly rage.

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21 thoughts on “A Long Road Chapter 10 Ficbit – Street Justice

  1. the Guard are going to be quite confused… happy to finally get some of those people, but quite confused…

    and if Talia was aware,of this, i think she would have gave a disappointed mom look to WWX

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  2. Aww, Wei Ying’s helping, both Vienne AND Haven! I can’t wait to see what happens when the Heralds and their guests get word of the sudden spike of arrests. Why do I see NHS giggling behind his fan?

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  3. You know, just watching the Guard do their job, and some of it with the speed of finally having actionable information, is going to do a lot to soothe Wei Wuxian about Valdemar in general. He may still be Leary about Companions and the Crown, but the people on the ground have their own laws and options that they follow. That they are unafraid to follow. The people expect that the laws will be followed always, and not be overruled because it was convenient for the leaders, or because the leaders couldn’t be bothered with fulfilling them. The fact that Vienne had so much resentment in part because the laws didn’t have a chance to give her justice.

    And that would be an interesting idea. That Valdemar and it’s laws and it’s commitment to following and enforcing those laws help settle ghosts and resentment. “You killed me, but you won’t get away with it.” “You lied and betrayed me, but the Guard will catch you and make you sorry.” Which would make the ghosts of those like Vienne worse because they had a whole lot of things fail, but for the most part, settling would be easier.

    Wei Wuxian is probably helping more than a few other ghosts with his antics. Vienne most likely isn’t the only one enjoying some spectral peanuts here.

    … That may be why he starts getting seedlings dropped on him. Either led there to him, or led to them. He’s the one making sure the spirits can rest, he’s taking care of justice.

    “Wen Ning, help! We need somewhere safe to hide them until we can leave! Also, we should see about buying more food while we’re here, your sister wouldn’t be happy if we didn’t take responsibility.”

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  4. And that would be an interesting idea. That Valdemar and it’s laws and it’s commitment to following and enforcing those laws help settle ghosts and resentment. “You killed me, but you won’t get away with it.” “You lied and betrayed me, but the Guard will catch you and make you sorry.” Which would make the ghosts of those like Vienne worse because they had a whole lot of things fail, but for the most part, settling would be easier.

    I like that.

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  5. /People might be afraid to bring Jin Guangshan’s crimes before the man himself, but most of the time he ran his sect well. The Peacock seemed to have come out with a sense of honor, at least./

    I would assume Guangshan has a sense of honor as well.

    After all, it’s difficult to avoid something completely if you don’t know exactly where it is!

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