Shen Wei & Original Characters, Shen Wei/Zhao Yunlan, Shen Wei (Guardian), Original Characters, Zhao Yunlan, Jiajia (Guardian), Ye Zun (Guardian)
| Character Study, POV Outsider, Memories, Ye Olde Haixing Era, Young Shen Wei (Guardian), dark energy, Loneliness, Friendship, Insecurity, Comfort, Battle, Blood and Injury, Hurt/Comfort, Exhaustion, Minor Character Death, Canon-Typical Violence, Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Mental Breakdown, Mental Health Issues, Suicidal Thoughts, Terminal Illnesses, Caretaking, Hurt Shen Wei (Guardian), Separations, Family, Guilt, Suicide Attempt, (though only briefly implied), Depression, the trials and tribulations of academia, Implied/Referenced Homophobia, Abusive Parents, (implied not actually described), Crying, Pining, Getting Together, Love, Shen Wei’s Students, Immigration & Emigration, Homesickness, Fear, Loss, Single Parents, Shen Wei's parents - Freeform, stories, Choking, Fire, Imprisonment, (ye zun deserved an archive warning of his own tbh), Canonical Character Death, Remembrance, Hope
Shen Wei doesn’t remember the face of every single person who’s ever helped him. He tries. He really does. Shen Wei tries to remember, but he doesn’t always manage. Perhaps it’s cowardice, or perhaps it’s his mind’s own way of trying to protect him. There are only so many memories a mind can store before it starts to fray around the edges after all. So he remembers the truly important faces. He dreams of them sometimes – Fu You, Ma Gui, Kunlun, not his own parents though, somehow never his parents – and others have faded away with time.
No, Shen Wei does not remember the names and faces of every single person who’s ever helped him, but he remembers some, and they remember him in turn.
or, a catalogue of unassuming strangers and their stories of helping Shen Wei.