"When is he coming back? It's already been such a long time," Na'er said in a cold voice.
"I don't know," Gu Yue replied with a shake of her head.
Na'er suddenly flared up with rage. "You don't know? What did you say to me before? You promised me that he was fine and that he'd be back for sure, so why hasn't he come back even after three whole years? You killed him already, didn't you?"
Gu Yue turned to Na'er, and countered, "Would you have failed to sense his demise if I'd killed him? I didn't kill him and I don't know why he hadn't returned yet. However, I'm sure that he's still alive. Perhaps he stayed over there and became Dai Yun'er's fiance.
Na'er suddenly fell silent upon hearing this, and she turned back toward the direction of the Sea God's Island.
"No, my brother isn't that kind of person; he wouldn't fall in love with someone so easily. He's definitely going to come back; he's just been delayed by something along the way," Na'er said in a determined voice.
Gu Yue suddenly asked, "If he does come back, is our bet still on?"
Na'er raised her head in a proud manner. "Of course! There's no way that you'll be able to beat me."
Gu Yue's expression remained unchanged as she said, "But I can't keep waiting here any longer; there are too many things that I need to take care of. You can shirk all your responsibilities and live a leisurely life here, but I can't do the same. You should know the burden on my shoulders. If you're not willing to carry that burden, then I must take up the mantle. Hence, I'm only going to wait for three more months before I leave. I promised him that I would attend the inner court with him, but if he doesn't come back, then it's not my fault. He's the one that's breaking our promise, and I have to leave."
Na'er shuddered slightly upon hearing this, and a gentle look suddenly appeared in her eyes. "You..."
Gu Yue turned to her with a smile on her face, but the smile was rather bleak and lonely. "Are you going to persuade me not to leave? You can't bring yourself to do that, right? In essence, you're the same as me; you're also just running away from reality."
Na'er asked, "Then what if my brother comes back? Will you still leave then?"
"I will!" Gu Yue replied without any hesitation, "I can't keep everyone waiting any longer. There's not much time left, and many things need to be set into motion. The Spirit Pagoda is asking me to take on my role there as early as possible."
Na'er took a deep breath, and said, "Alright, you can go if you insist. I'll always be here waiting for him. You said that he's still alive, so he'll definitely come back; I'm sure of it!"
Gu Yue merely smiled and offered no response to this. She tucked a few stray strands
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