The youth's distressed and bitter smile caused Gu Ruoyun's heard to ache. She raised her arm and pulled the slim and delicate youth into a tight embrace. She placed her head on his shoulders and did not say a word.
When he felt a cold sensation on his shoulder, Xia Linyu's heart shook. He gently murmured, "Sister... Are you crying?"
"I'm sorry," Gu Ruoyun held onto the youth tightly, "I wasn't able to protect you."
"Sister," Xia Linyu smiled and looked joyful, setting off the emotions he felt in his heart, "It's only an arm. I may have lost an arm but I can still fight for you. Besides, now... I'm finally no longer a burden to you. I'm truly happy. Happier than I've ever felt when I discovered that I've come back to life."
Gu Shengxiao stood behind the two and frowned as he overheard their conversation.
However, he assumed that the youth was referring to his narrow escape from death as 'coming back to life', so he did not think too much of it.
"Yu'er, don't worry, I'll find a way to help heal your arm." Gu Ruoyun let go of the youth in her arms and her delicate features were full of resolve, "This is my promise to you."
"Sister..." Xia Linyu's heart trembled. He smiled as he said, "You don't need to give yourself too much pressure. To me, as long as you're by my side, it's more than enough. If that's the case, forget about losing an arm, I'd gladly give my leg away too."
In his past life, she was his Big Sister and they had both depended on each other to survive! She was also the person whom he wanted to protect for the rest of his life.
At the time, he had become a burden to his sister because his body was weak and unable to cultivate.
With great difficulty, he had been granted the opportunity to reincarnate so how could he give up so easily? Even if he were left with only an arm and a leg, he would continue to work hard!
"Big Brother," Gu Ruoyun fell silent before she turned towards Gu Shengxiao and said, "I'll have to trouble you to help take care of Yu'er for the next few days."
Gu Shengxiao nodded and caressed Gu Ruoyun's hair lovingly, "Don't worry, I'll take good care of him."
Gu Ruoyun then hurriedly walked out without another word and went straight back to her own tent.
Upon entering the tent, she reached into the Ancient Divine Pagoda and took out the phoenix egg.
"Zixie..." Gu Ruoyun stroked the phoenix egg in her hand and muttered, "When are you coming out? If you were here, perhaps you'd know of a way for us to help Yu'er."
"He's already gone through so much. How can I bear to let him live on without an arm for the rest of his life? I must help him no matter what, even if I have to give my own arm in exchange."
Suddenly, a small crack appeared on the shell of the phoenix egg and Gu Ruoyun's finger suddenly froze in place. A wave of surprise appeared in her eyes.
The cracks started to grow as she watched excitedly, finally covering the entire phoenix egg.
The eggshell shattered with a crisp sound and the pieces slowly fell to the ground.
Gu Ruoyun felt as if he heart had stopped as she stared dazedly at the tiny purple phoenix lying in the palm of her hand. A great feeling of elation then bloomed in her heart, it was the kind of joy she has not felt since Zixie had left.
Even Gu Ruoyun herself could not describe the kind of emotion she was now feeling...