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"Xiao Ye, I'm here to see you."

Gu Ruoyun gingerly leaned over him and gently stroked the man's ethereal silver hair. Her eyes no longer held a clear cold gaze — the way she looked at others. She now spoke with a soft and gentle look in her eyes.

"Xiao Ye, you may not know this but... I had been betrayed in my past life. So, initially, I didn't want to trust in anyone. Yet in the end, I still trusted you! Even if I didn't understand your past and I don't know the crimes you've once committed or why Zixie is so afraid of you, I believe in my own intuition! From the moment I've laid eyes on you, I believe that you would never betray me, not in this life!"

"There are some things that should be mutual. You have once given me so much, too much, in fact. So now, it's my turn. Don't worry, we'll be together again soon. And in the future, no one can ever tear us apart."



Slowly, the girl leaned over...

And gently kissed the man on his lips. 

Like the light touch of a dragonfly on the surface of a calm lake, she swiftly broke away. 

"Xiao Ye, wait for me! I will get the Hell's Lotus as quickly as I can and wake you from your slumber!"

She then took another look at the man who was lying on the bed. A sense of reluctance flashed across her eyes before she slowly dragged her feet away.

Outside the door. 

Zixie stared at her with a complicated look on his face. After a long pause, he asked, "Little girl, due to the situation in the Banished Lands, I will be unable to leave the Ancient Divine Pagoda. However, should you ever be in danger, you can escape into the Ancient Divine Pagoda."

Gu Ruoyun nodded, "I understand, Zixie. No matter what, I must thank you."

"Little girl."

Zixie smiled demonically and raised his hand to gently stroke Gu Ruoyun's hair.

At this very moment, his sharp, demonic, purple eyes were filled with warmth and indulgence.

"I've told you, if you really want to thank me, I don't mind accepting your body as payment. I may be a demonic beast but if we practice to the end, you and I can join together."

Gu Ruoyun was startled. She shrugged her shoulders in annoyance, "Zixie, do you really think I'd be in the mood to joke with you at a time like this?"

"Joke?"

Zixie took two steps closer towards Gu Ruoyun. His expression no longer held his initial demonic air. His purple eyes stared at the delicate and pretty face before him in complete seriousness.

"Little girl, do you really think that I'm joking?"

Gu Ruoyun has never seen Zixie in such a serious state.

She clearly jumped from the shock. She raised her head in confusion and stared blankly at Zixie.

Amidst her confusion over the situation, a gentle laugh rang aloud.

Zixie curled his lips again and laughed demonically, "What, little girl? Did I scare you? Alright, alright. I won't force you."

Phew!

Hearing this, Gu Ruoyun felt relieved and she smiled. Her gaze never left the demonic man who looked as handsome as a mythological evil spirit. 

"Zixie, you will always be my companion and a person whom I can trust completely."

This man was the only person who has seen her in her past life and followed her into her current life. 

He has always been by her side ever since her days as a weakling, watching her grow stronger and stronger each day. At the end of the day, he's also the only one in this entire world who understands her the most. 

In this life, she has been quite blessed. Not only did she have Xiao Ye, a companion who has pledged his life to her, she had a comrade who could fight with her towards the apex of the entire world... 

"Because you are my contracted Master," Zixie smiled and ruffled Gu Ruoyun's hair, "My responsibility is to watch you grow and stay by your side. So, no matter what I do, you don't have to thank me because this is what I should be doing."

"Alright."

Gu Ruoyun smiled gently, "Next time, I won't thank you so much."

Because, from now on, I will prove my trust in him through my own actions.

At the Murong family home.

In the guest room, Gu Ruoyun has just emerged from the Ancient Divine Pagoda when she heard yelling from outside the door.

"What are you doing here?"

Ye Nuo glared in annoyance at the frail-looking girl before him and scoffed, "I have no interest in women like you. There's no need for you to come here and throw yourself at me."

At this moment, Murong Rou'er's face was flushed completely red.  Whatever it is, this Ye Nuo is only a ten-year-old brat. 

Yet he had just said... That I want to throw myself at him?

"Hehe," Murong Rou'er contained her feelings and laughed softly, "Little brother, I have something to discuss with you. Perhaps you'd let me in?"

"Hmph!"

Ye Nuo haughtily raised his little head, and responded with a disdainful look on his face, "I have nothing to discuss with a lump of feces!"

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